At the mention of the word Bali, do visions of exquisite temples, the UNESCO philosophical concept of Tri Hita Karana, and their lush green rice paddies come to mind? How about restaurants that indulge your taste buds in mouth-watering nasi goring and satays? And, don’t forget leisurely bike rides and exclusive boutiques. All of these things, along with many other “must experiences”, make the list when it comes to this Indonesian paradise. But what if you had to narrow down this list to just three favorite things? ethical muse is rising to that challenge as Cathy shares her top three recommendations after a recent trip to Bali with five girlfriends…
Favorite Place to Grab a Bite
A coliseum-shaped structure appears abruptly in front of us, but what appeals is that this particular structure is built from upcycled window shutters. This community cultural hub, known as the Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, was designed to fuse art, music, fashion and food in a luxurious yet casual atmosphere steps from the beach. We opted to eat at Lilin, authentic Indonesian cuisine with a sharing platter mentality (perfect for the six of us), eating al fresco on long wooden tables.
Inspired by the Indonesian word for ordinary, Biasa boutique and art gallery is anything but. Living in Bali for close to three decades, Susanna Perini is the designer behind the brand. My girlfriends and I found Biasa’s designs refreshing and eclectic, blending Susanna’s Italian heritage with the inspiration of Indonesian tradition, community and spirituality. I loved her social message regarding the use of plastic bags and her ArtSpace dedicated to promoting young artists in Java and Bali. Biasa Group can definitely be described as #sustainaluxe. The use of natural materials, natural dying methods and handcrafted details by local artisans make Biasa #museworthy. We just wish she had a space in Dubai.
Favorite Unexpected Surprise
The owner of Mother’s Heart House in Jimbaran, known as “Momma Ine” to her eight adopted children, can be described as a #warrior in the truest sense of the word. She single-handedly cares for eight orphans with zero government funding; relying on volunteers and donations through the community. We were able to visit her heart house to see first hand how fortunate these children are to call her “Momma”. In contrast to the relaxed holiday images that usually come to mind when thinking of Bali, there is also the reality of many unwed, young mothers that can’t care for their children. Mother’s Heart House does what it can to help. This dose of reality made an impact on my heart too.
And the story behind the name Mother’s Heart House…
“What means adopted?” one child asks.
“It means, that you are growing up in your mother’s heart but not in her belly.”