Putting a face to the term ‘style nomad’, Anna Chittenden is the founder and explorer behind Lost Guides, a travel website for those who crave an off-road travel experience. She’s also the creator of the ultimate Bali bible — a guidebook set to uncover Bali’s hidden gems.

Anna Chittenden on Bali | Insider's Guide | Travelshopa

Since moving to Singapore in 2014, London lass, Anna Chittenden has made Bali her second home, frequently jetting to the paradisiacal island every couple of months. While she’s always up for a blissed-out stay at a luxurious villa, she’s also an adventure seeker who has given to exploring Bali off the beaten track — climbing down cliffs, following hand drawn maps given by locals, battling the ravaging surf and drinking Bintang beers at sunset. Whether you relish a walk on the wild side or much prefer dipping into quiet moments of relaxation, there’s something in here for everyone.

Bali’s vibe…

Laid-back but also stylish. I love that there is a foundation of art and design that runs through every aspect of Bali, whether it’s the clothes worn by the local women, the hand-carved stones that adorn the temples or the ikat textiles woven by artisans.

Favourite thing about Bali…

It’s hard to pinpoint one thing. Bali has so much to offer everyone, which is what makes it so special.

Least favourite thing about Bali…

The traffic!

Fun fact about the locals…

When you visit Bali, you will notice beautiful palm-leaf baskets filled with colourful flowers as well as other things, known as ‘Canang Sari’. The Balinese Hindus make these offerings daily, and you’ll see them in temples, on the ground and by homes.

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Image: ‘Canang Sari’

 

Best time to visit…

Low season. It can be terribly busy around July – August, so anytime other than then.

Local phrases one should know…

Good morning: Selamat pagi
Thank you: Terima kasih
How are you: Apa kabar

What to pack…

My travel guide book Lost Guides – Bali, which uncovers the best of the island; from secret beaches, boutique retreats, food favourites to authentic artisans.

Bali Black Book

See:

The view of Mount Agung never fails to impress. One of my favourite places to see this is from the yoga studio at Intuitive Flow in Ubud

Uluwatu Beach – a small beach in a cave with dramatic waves crashing in front of you. This is also the entrance to the famous Ulus surf break.

The rice fields dotted all over the island

Stay:

Passiflora in Penestanan near Ubud – a beautiful antique joglo bought over piece by piece from Java, located in the quiet rice paddy fields.

Sal Secret Spot in Bingin – Book the cliff view rooms for the best sunset views.

Eat:

Locavore in Ubud must be one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to! They use the wonderful produce that is found around them locally in Bali and Indonesia to create the most mind-blowing tasting menu experience.

Mama San in Seminyak – this Asian inspired restaurant is a firm favourite.

Shop:

Magali Pascal and Uma & Leopold for clothes, Kevala for the ceramics and the shops down Jalan Raya Kerobokan for lovely things for the home.

Do:

Surfing at Bingin beach, followed by drinks at Single Fin in Uluwatu.

Exploring the island by bike.

Having a spa and massage at either Bodyworks (Seminyak) or Kush at The Yoga Barn (Ubud).

You can’t leave Bali without…

Visiting the artists’ villages around Ubud. This is so often overlooked, but I feel it’s one of the most special aspects to Bali. You’ll find incredibly talented painters, wood carvers, mask makers and bone carvers working away in their home studios.

Anna Chittenden on Bali | Insider's Guide | Travelshopa

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