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A Guide to Healthy Vegan Cafe’s in Uluwatu

The food in Bali is just incredible, there are loads of healthy cafes and restaurants all of which have menu’s chock full of nourishing Vegan cuisine!  The hot climate and rain bursts mean that there is an abundance of tropical fruit and vibrant vegetables, meaning there is lots of delicious and fresh food to feast on! There are lots of healthy vegan cafe’s in Uluwatu so you really are spoilt for choice, and could easily have 5 hearty meals a day and not run out of awesome options.  The hardest decision of the day is deciding where to go what to order!

Having been to Bali twice this year (I can’t get enough!) I’ve crammed in a lot of foodie research that it would be rude not to share…

Uluwatu is a must visit location, a surfers paradise with idyllic views and a super chilled out vibe. Here are my tops health food hangouts!

Temple Lodge

Temple Lodge is a laid-back boutique hotel right on the cliff front above Bingin Beach.  Offering daily yoga classes and a million dollar view, the restaurant is the perfect spot to grab some breakfast after a yoga class, or lunch after a morning at the beach.   The menu includes Ayurvedic juices, coconut porridge and tempe noodle bowls.  A lovely hidden gem, this place offers a quiet haven from which to soak up the ocean views…

The Cashew Tree

Another gem serving healthy fresh food, The Cashew Tree is within walking distance of Bingin beach.  All the food is locally sourced and organic, with the menu featuring kombucha, smoothies and raw desserts! Dishes include Tempe Soba Noodles, Burritos and Rice Paper Rolls.  On Thursday’s the place goes off, with live music and partying!

Yoga Searcher

One of my firm favourites, I already have a whole post dedicated to this awesome organic restaurant.  I’d recommend visiting for breakfast and arriving hungry – I usually order a coffee, juice, smoothie and main dish like these beautiful vegan pancakes!  As a fully fledged yoga haven, facilities include luxury poolside huts,  yoga classes, a cute shopt and a spa where you can book a massage.  There are also weekly evening detox sessions (think sauna –> steam room –> ice bath –> steaming hot pool –> camp fire!) that you can enjoy before a nourishing dinner…seriously epic.  Located on the main road towards Uluwatu Temple it’s easy to find, so you’ve no excuse not to drop in!

Bukit Cafe

Another cafe with serious credentials is Bukit, located on the main strip between Bingin and Padang Padang it’s a great place to pop into between surf sessions.  It has has super friendly staff, a delicious menu and a mountain of fresh coconuts by the bar – what’s not to love!  Offering the obligatory avocado on toast, veggie fajitas and vegan pancakes there are plenty of vegan options for breakfast, lunch or dinner, plus a fridge full of raw desserts!

Single Fin – Nalu Bowls

Whilst Single Fin is mainly renowned for it’s huge Sunday night parties, there’s a softer side to this legendary clifftop venue.  Bali’s famous smoothie bowl bar Nalu Bowls have a shack at Single Fin.  It’s the perfect place to spend your morning – enjoying the gorgeous views of the ocean and checking out the surfers doing their thing!

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Reminiscing about all my favourite healthy vegan cafe’s in Uluwatu has me longing for the tropics – there is such a relaxed vibe there! Together with the incredible food, friendly people and stunning scenery, I miss this special island and it’s safe to say I will be back again soon!

Ruth x

Healthy Flight Essentials – My Top Tips!

Eating well and staying healthy while travelling can be a little tricky, but after a few painful long-haul flights you soon get the hang it! I’ve learnt the importance of preparation in order to have a healthy flight, perfecting the packing essentials for on the plane and at my destination.  These steps help keep me energised, hydrated and free from the dreaded jet lag.

Have an energised trip with my top  tips for a healthy flight:

I prefer to eat before and/or after my flight, and avoid eating plane meals as much as possible.  They are full of preservatives and so I always make sure I pack some nutritious, healthy and filling snacks keep me going.  Also, the Vegan options tend to be lacking! As flying makes me feel sluggish and a bit bloated, for me it’s always best to eat light and focus on staying hydrated.

On my recent trip to Bali, I made sure to eat before the flight (which was a 9pm one) and then packed the below snacks for the journey.

healthy flight essentials

I like to take a few superfood powder sachets that contain probiotics to make sure my gut health is tip top!  I shake these up into a coconut water or bottle of mineral water.  Cacao protein balls are a no brainer – delicious and filling. You can of course make all your own homemade healthy snacks or just pop into your local health food shop to pick up some snack bars. It’s handy to have a few on you during a holiday too if you’re going to be active.  Making your own trail mix is another great idea – a bag of nuts, coconut flakes, goji berries, caco nibs, raisins, seeds etc.

One AMAZING tip is to pack a flask! I picked up this cute floral one for a super long trip from Sydney to London – it is brilliant. You can bring a few bags of your favourite herbal teas and ask the flight attendants to fill your flask with boiling water for you.  That way you don’t have to suffer with a tiny weeny cup of tea.

healthy flight flask

Another great tip is to pop a nugget of fresh ginger in your flask before you fly so that you can have fresh ginger tea.  Ginger tea improves circulation, relieves nausea, reduces inflammation and is antibacterial – everything you want when you’re stuck on a super long flight.

It goes without saying to pack a big bottle so that you can get water re-fills.  I take my favourite water filter bottle from Invigorated Water which removes any impurities or heavy metals.  By bringing your own bottle you can keep tabs on your intake much easier. It’s well known that flights are extremely dehydrating so having a large bottle is really important to help you stay hydrated.

I like to spritz my face regularly throughout the flight – it’s refreshing and hydrating on the skin. I really like a facial spritz by Swiss Phytomedics.  It is completely plantbased and full of botanical nutrients such as Chamomile, Ylang Ylang and Mandarin.  It is also free from any nasty chemicals and is vegan friendly.

I also pop in a few miniature face treatments and hydrating masks for the flight – when I’m buying my toiletries for a holiday I ask for some product samples. A great way to keep your skin hydrated and an opportunity to try new products. Win win!

If you know someone who is traveling soon and needs these tips, please share this post with them! I’m sure they will thank you for it – let’s spread the wellness hacks far and wide!

Enjoy your flight and let me know if you have any fab tips to share 🙂

Ruth x

ZenUbud Villa – Bali’s Hidden Tropical Paradise

ZenUbud is next door to the Viceroy, which goes some way in helping explain how unbelievably incredible the location is.  The complex is made up of three villas all perched on the edge of the rice paddies, overlooking the lush green jungle.

Villa1 ZenUbud - The Vegan Edit

ZenUbud Villa - View of Pool - The Vegan Edit

Located just outside Ubud, you get to experience peace and tranquility that’s only a stone’s throw away from the bustle of Bali’s cultural heartland. The best of both worlds.

It’s easy to see why this place stole my heart…

Pool ZenUbud - The Vegan Edit

ZenUbud Garden - The Vegan Edit

ZenUbud is pretty exclusive with only 3 villas, so it’s lovely and quiet; we didn’t need to share the pool at all during our 3-day stay.

ZenUbud Boutique Villas - Bali Infinity Pool - The Vegan Edit

ZenUbud Infinity Pool - Rosie - The Vegan Edit

This has to be one of the most gorgeous and affordable infinity pool views.  The same view 1/4 mile down the road at the Viceroy is £600+ per night!

Rosie - ZenUbud - The Vegan Edit

Even the bathroom is incredible, open to the elements, with a view looking out across the valley.  Fitted with a rain shower, so that you can enjoy the view while you wash.  I can’t imagine any shower beating this one!

ZenUbud - Bathroom View - The Vegan Edit

You get a front row seat to mother nature’s best show, with loads of gorgeous tropical birds flying by.  One morning we spent a good half an hour laughing at a family of Monkeys playing in a tree over the way while we ate our breakfast.

ZenUbud Villa View - The Vegan Edit

Enjoying the sunset from the comfort of the infinity pool when we first arrived was a definite ‘pinch me’ moment. The villa staff even brought us down a welcome cocktail to enjoy while we made ourselves at home.

ZenUbud Boutique Villa - Infinity Pool

ZenUbud Villa - Pool - The Vegan Edit

This place comes into it’s own in the evenings …

Imagine the crickets singing, the fireflies glowing, a sea of stars overhead, and the warm evening air all mingled with the smell of jungle flowers and incense. Truly magical.

ZenUbud Villa - The Vegan Edit - Sunset

Although we had a kitchen in our villa, and there are chefs on site that can cook for you, we decided to order a takeaway as we knew exactly what we wanted.  You can get the most incredible salads, the food is so amazing and fresh.  A great decision if I do say so myself…

We opted for trying Alchemy, an organic vegan café that was on our health cafe hit list.  ZenUbud is barely 15 minutes outside Ubud, so it wasn’t long before we were setting up for a feast!

ZenUbud Villa - Alchemy Takeaway - The Vegan Edit

Coconut Kefir - The Vegan Edit - Alchemy Cafe

How insanely cute are the takeaway boxes made out of banana leaf? Eco-friendly and adorable.  We chose to get a mixture of things to share; a juice, smoothie, coconut kefir, salad, budda bowl and raw chocolate dessert.

ZenUbud Villa - Alchemya Organic Dessert - The Vegan Edit

Alchemy Green Juice - ZenUbud - The Vegan Edit

You can see from the photos that ZenUbud is the ultimate tropical paradise.

Unsurprisingly we decided to stay on an extra night here, as we couldn’t bear to leave.  Heaven on Earth!

If you’re ever visiting Ubud (which is a must fyi), then definitely stay at ZenUbud. The location, quality and affordability make it the ideal base from which to explore all the Balinese culture.

I’m looking forward to my next visit.

Ruth x

Check out ZenUbud Villa on TripAdvisor

Yoga Searcher Bali

Bali is such a beautiful country, it’s pretty difficult to pick a favourite place, Uluwatu is definitely very high on my list though.  There are some incredible beaches, cafes, hotels and yoga centres – heaven for a health nut like me.  It was on the way to Uluwatu Temple that I first spotted the amazing Muz Kitchen restaurant at Yoga Searcher Bali as I whizzed past on a moped!  When I’m on holiday, the days are as much about discovering the best Vegan cafes as they are discovering the idyllic beaches.

Muz Kitchen is a must visit if you’re a serious foodie.  As usual with the best health food hangouts, the menu is awesome, offering everything from Acai Superfood Bowl’s to homemade Vegan Banana Bread.  Yoga Searcher pride themselves on offering fresh, organic, plant-based food – Earth friendly and cooked with love!

On my first visit to Muz Kitchen after a morning of yoga, I was pretty hungry and in the market for a breakfast feast.  Following much deliberation, I decided on the vegan Buckwheat Pancakes. It’s rare to find vegan pancakes so I absolutely have to try these whenever they’re on the menu! An extremely good decision…

Yoga Searcher Bali - Buckwheat Pancakes

The pancakes are d i v i n e!  The toppings consist of a perfect combination of caramelised banana, strawberry cardamom cream, pecans, and dried cranberries.

The smoothie pictured is called ‘Midnight Chocolate’, a lovely decadent mixture of blueberries, coconut, vanilla, cacao nibs and homemade almond milk.  The quality and freshness of the ingredients is just great – there’s nothing like local grown fruit and homemade dishes. I’ve got to say the food in Bali is the most fresh and delicious of anywhere I’ve been.Yoga Searcher Bali - Logo

I’ve got to confess that I ended up visiting Muz Kitchen twice in the same day… The food is so delicious and the venue so chilled, I couldn’t help myself.

At night the restaurant is completely transformed into a super cosy and tranquil space.

Yoga Searcher Bali - At Night

Yoga Searcher Bali - Entrance

It’s always best to eat a light meal for dinner, so decided on this really tasty burger with a gluten free bun …

Yoga Searcher Bali - Vegan Burger

…washed down with this delicious watermelon juice

Yoga Searcher Bali - Watermelon Juice

And naturally I had to finish off with the Apple Tart and Cashew Icecream 😉

Yoga Searcher Bali - Apple Tart

If you’re planning a trip to Bali, make sure you stop off at Yoga Searcher in Uluwatu.  They have an Organic Spa, Yoga Retreat, gift shop and gorgeous boutique villa accomodation… as well as amazing food! What more could you want?

I’ll be visiting again later this year and I’m counting down the days…

Check it out here: yogasearcher-bali.com

Ruth x

Tropical Travel Essentials: Natural & Organic Products

There’s something undeniably exciting about getting ready for a holiday.  It’s an opportunity to explore new products and brands, have a good old preen and get ready to pamper yourself.  I searched high and low for cruelty free and eco-friendly products to take with me on holiday this year.  Determined from the outset, I’ve managed to find products I’m excited to use, and feel luxurious.  After all, an ethical/cruelty free/chemical free/guilt-free purchase doesn’t have to be boring… Oh no!  Since I eventually found a couple of amazing products that are now my go-to tropical travel essentials I had to share them!

After a few online research sessions, I decided to try the Neal’s Yard Suncare & Travel range. I went into the gorgeous Covent Garden store (first opened in 1981!) and got some great advice from the experts there who talked me through the products.  I bought on the Sun Lotion and Bug Spray – the essentials for a tropical holiday!

The Vegan Edit - Tropical Travel Essentials - NYR

Citronella Formula – Bug Spray

Having spent 3 months in the outback, I know the importance of a good bug spray cannot be underestimated.  Whilst I stayed at a beautiful farm,  it was right on a river so the midgies were savage – You soon learn what works and what doesn’t! I learnt the hard way and it wasn’t pretty!

Mother Nature knows what she’s doing.  The natural herbal products that use citronella or rosemary are far more effective and pleasant to use than the chemical deet sprays that plague the pharmacy shelves.  The Citronella Formula bug spray is toxin free, cruelty free, certified organic and vegan – as are all NYR products. To be honest it’s a gorgeous product to use, and has such a relaxing scent which is really luxurious. It contains lavender oil, thyme oil and eucalyptus oil to name a few – who knew there was such a thing as luxury bug spray?? This one’s a winner – Happy Days!

The Vegan Edit - Tropical Travel Essentials Natural Organic Luxury

Lemongrass Sun Lotion

Now as a fair-skinned ‘English rose’, the sun and I have a somewhat strained relationship. I’m careful to protect myself from burning as it’s so easily done with pale skin.  So for me, finding a good sun cream is a really important part of pre-holiday prep!

Even though I’ve tried out natural products before, I was still a bit dubious about whether chemical free lotion would work. This one does the trick, and doesn’t need reapplying that often unless you go for a swim. As with all NYR products, the Lemongrass Sun Lotion has an amazing smell. There are no parabens or synthetic fragrances added – which is a great bonus for those with sensitive skin. I bought spf 30 but you can also get spf 15 or spf 50.

So there you have it, two fantastic ethical products that are now firmly on my list of tropical travel essentials.

Happy Holidays!

Ruth x

I’ve recently noticed that Neal’s Yard Organic’s have just released a Travel Kit of miniature sized products too – perfect!

Gilly T Bali: Kaleydo Villas and Pituq Vegan Cafe

Tropical Islands are what dreams are made of, especially when it’s one of the famous Gilly Islands.  The Gilly Islands are made up of three small idyllic islands off the coast of Lombok, and an hours ferry trip from mainland Bali, Indonesia. I spent a few days exploring Gilly T, the slightly larger and livelier island of the three. Here’s my take on the beautiful Kaleydo Villas and the delicious local vegan hangout Pituq Cafe…

This part of the Bali adventure was dedicated to Birthday celebrations for my best friend. We stayed at the suitably luxurious Kaleydo Villas, a hidden gem consisting of a small set of villas just off the main strip with the most friendly and helpful staff.  The pool is so inviting, as soon as you arrive you can’t help but leap in!

Kaleydo Villas Pool View

I took a million photos of this place, because I didn’t want to miss anything.  I had to keep pinching myself at how gorgeous and tranquil it was. Absolute Heaven! There really isn’t a leaf or petal out of place. I’m not even sure these photos fully do it justice, every little detail is perfect.

Kaleydo Villas Private Pool

 

Kaleydo Villas Breakfast

Our bathroom was gorgeous, with carved stone sinks, a rain shower and soft cozy towels. A welcoming luxury after a hot sticky day exploring island – the villa is your own private spa. It’s an amazing space to unwind and let stress melt away. Face masks at the ready!

Kaleydo Villas Luxury Bathroom

As Kaleydo Villas are just a couple of minutes ride from the main strip, the cycle down to morning Yoga is a breeze. There’s nothing quite like starting the day with some heart-opening Yoga in a tropical garden to get you feeling fabulous!

On Gilli T everyone explores the island by bike, as there are no cars, only horse and carts.  Theoretically, you cancycle around the island in half an hour. However, there are so many tempting views to photograph, juices to drink and massages to stop off for along the way that it easily becomes a chilled half day of exploring.

Gilly T Snorkelling

 

We cycled up to the North of the island in search of the best sites for snorkeling.  The coral, fish and ocean wildlife are mesmerizing. You can hire a snorkel and flippers from the local dive school for a very reasonable price.  Don’t forget to go mad on the suncream though…Bali sun is seriously fierce!

 

Pituq Cafe: Gilly’s best Vegan cuisine

As food obsessed travellers, we had done our research and knew exactly where we wanted to fuel up.  Our favourite place to fill up with amazing Vegan grub was Pituq Café, where the food, smoothies and juices were seriously delicious.  It is pretty difficult to find, but so worth the persistence.

Below is a photo of a delicious butternut squash, salad and tempeh wrap… plus an incredible dragon fruit smoothie in the background… foodie heaven!

Lunch at Pituq

We ate here at every opportunity and even got takeaway for our ferry journey back to the mainland, determined to try everything on the menu!

Lunch at Pituq day 2

 

As it happens Pituq Café is right around the corner from Kaleydo Villas, a match made in heaven.  We wound down after our action packed day by cooling off in the pool.  In the evenings, the stars are mesmerizing, a star gazer’s dream!

If Gilly T is on your bucket list, I’d recommend adding Pituq Cafe and Kaleydo Villas too.  I can safely say that I have never slept anywhere more relaxing, or been met with a more charming, hospitable welcome!

I honestly had the time of my life at this place!

For more Bali travel reviews keep an eye out , I’ll be posting some more soon…

Ruth x

Find out more about Kaleydo Villas here

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