You’re all packed for your summer vacation at one of Asia’s best beach destinations. Whether it is frolicking on the Sunkist beaches, strolling along the verdant paddy fields out in Ubud or setting off the beaten track in Petitenget to get your shopping fix, looking readily chic and comfy while at it will make the vacation a smooth and memorable one.
Count on the ultimate backdrop of tropical living to carry a stellar collection of resortwear. In this guide to resortwear in Bali, we’ve cherry-picked a jumble of boutiques that hold fabulous pieces – everything from subtle to bold – made with traditional techniques and in various prints and patterns for every body shape and type. Read on to discover where to find these gems.
Handmade designs showcasing traditional local techniques
One look at this boutique and we were sold. You can’t possibly resist an exclusive resort wear boutique that utilises traditional techniques that are unique to Bali itself. And the designs are stunning. You’ll find a mix of the usual suspects; bohemian-inspired off-the-shoulder tops and maxi dresses, kaftans, playsuits and jumpsuits, clad in handcrafted prints and batik designs, crisp whites, elaborate bead work and handmade crochet, just to name a few. The label focuses on using socially responsible methods, avoiding mass-produced garments. Another reason to shop at Beachgold!
A free-flowing style for both men and women
36 Jalan Raya Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, 80361 | Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud Bali, 80571 | 37 , Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Bali, 80227
A combination of creative cuts, artisanal details and natural materials is what you’ll find at Biasa. Perfect for the tropical weather, this label has been around for over 20 years crafting a reputation of being one of the most established and unique fashion brands on the island with an international following. From tailored linen looks suited for adventure to stylishly loose-cut silhouettes, the label showcases effortless elegance for men and women. The latest Fall 2016 collection presents timeless and avant-garde looks – think playful appliqué prints, Mondrian-inspired striped patterns, and knotted and hand worked details in luxurious linens, cottons and silks.
Subdued colours and great fitting designs
15X Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak, Bali 80361 | 55A Jalan Raya Seminyak, Bali 80361 | Jalan Monkey Forest Ubud 80571
Buddha Wear first started out producing yoga wear but it wasn’t long before requests and demands brought them to creating everyday wear as well. With a winning combination of using simple colours and great fitting designs made with materials of outstanding quality, this fashion label truly stands out. The collection at Buddha Wear slants a little to the subdue side with a good balance of quiet, simple tones and vibrant tie-dye prints.
Free-spiring pieces for the whole family
It really doesn’t get any more “resort-esque” with a fashion label called By the Sea. Inspired by the island’s vibrant colours, natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle, founder Renato Vianna cleverly turns these elements into free-spirited resortwear for men, women and children. Yes, you read that right; it’s a one-stop destination suited for the entire family. Select from a variety of linen, shirts, Bermuda and pants for the gents; and dresses, tees, pants and accessories for the ladies.
Bold tropical prints
If loud Hawaiian palm tree printed shirts, motif dresses and tribal, floral and animal prints are preeminent must-haves in your resortwear list then you have struck gold at Eva Putu. Recognised for it’s extravagant and bold tropical prints, the label is not shy in going all out and we absolutely adore it. The pieces are hand-tailored in Bali from fine imported cotton, luxury linen and silk so expect comfortable you can wear all day.
1 Jalan Cendana, Seminyak, Bali 80361 | Jalan Dewi Sita Ubud 80571 | 19a Jalan Batu Belig, Bali 80361
Though it founded in Sydney, Frockk is manufactured in Bali by talented sewers, fabric printers and dyers. Its aesthetic is based on natural fabrics and soft, natural hand dyed colours with muted tones and whites with an occasional splash of colour. What’s more, their designs are created to flatter and fit the feminine shape. They also boast versatile styles that can be worn for holidays, to the office and even for after dinner drinks. They even carry a humble collection of jewellery and fashion and lifestyle goods.
Bohemian inspired resortwear
100XX Jalan Raya Petitenget, Seminyak Bali 80361 (Flagship Store) | Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali 80571 | Also available at various locations.
With a creative designer carrying a smorgasbord of cultural references at her fingertips – Luiza Chang was born from a Brazilian mother and a British-Chinese father and has called Europe and Asia home through the years – you just know the pieces at Lulu Yasmine are going to be impressive. Using organic fabrics, their resortwear include a touch of Parisian and Boho influences with the use of luxurious lace, intricate prints and patterns and a mirage of colours. From casual to dressy, you won’t find a dull piece at Lulu Yasmine.
Batik prints with a European twist
Quarzia is a Batik-specialised label that has revolutionised the traditional batik manufacturing technique by adding a European twist. Silky off-the-shoulder dresses drape the body in figure-flattering cascades of fabric; loose-fitting satin pants feature clean lines that create an illusion of length. The batik prints are inspired by flower petals, palm trees, peacock feathers and geometric patterns. They also carry a range of kimonos and sarongs.