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Guide To Bali By Monica Tindall Of The YumList

Bali is the focus of our travel pages in our November print issue. Here's some additional recommendations from Monica Tindall, founder and editor of luxury food and travel website, The Yum List.

BY Shermian Lim | Oct 16, 2016 | Travel

The Rock Bar in Bali is a "stunning location" to enjoy the view over evening drinks. 

Monica Tindall is the founder and editor of luxury food and travel website, The Yum List. She says that if you “include travels around Australia with her parents, she’s been traveling her entire life. If you're talking independent travel, well over 20 years.

Where is Monica based? Currently I'm based in Kuala Lumpur, although my husband has a joke that I'm only really here about six months of the year as the rest is spent traveling. Initially we came for four years, but we've kept saying, "Just one more year," ever since. Thirteen years later we're still saying the same thing, so, I guess we'll be here “one more year.”

Where in the world has Monica been? It might be easier to say where I have not been. I'm yet to visit Africa and Antarctica—but they're both on my list. 

Monica’s favourite city so far? Ooh, this is difficult to choose...Verona, Barcelona, Sydney, Buenos Aires...but if I have to narrow it down to one, it's going to be Bali as it's so close to home, and every time I return, I discover something new.

Monica’s Recommendations


Locavore in Ubud and Cuca in Jimbaran are at the absolute top of the list. Both restaurants are dedicated to sourcing local organic produce and what they do with these quality ingredients is mind-blowing. At both locations I recommend allowing a good two to three hours for a leisurely meal and leaving the menu and beverage pairing in the hands of the chef. Be prepared to be wowed. For drinks, Rock Bar offers a stunning location, and Sundara in Jimbaran too provides a remarkable setting and quality cocktails formulated by one of the world's most renowned mixologists.



Semara Villas in Uluwatu are the epitome of luxury, each with your own personal butler. Nested on the Uluwatu Cliffs you'd be hard pressed to find better views. If staying in Ubud, I adore The Viceroy. The Terrace Villas perched on the edge of the ravine with your own private infinity pool are heavenly.



I’m a dedicated spa junkie and Bali has some of the most incredible experiences I've come across worldwide. Spa Village Resort at Tembok Bali celebrates the local healing culture and environment in their treatments. Volcanic sand, native ingredients and wellness rituals are pulled together to create divine relaxation and pampering.

Karma Kandara

For an unforgettably romantic spa and dining escapade, Karma Kandara is a must. Begin with a massage in the cliff side villas, continue over to a private whirlpool with infinity edges overlooking the stunning Indian Ocean below, and finish with a wine paired dinner at your secluded table for two while watching the sun disappear and light up the horizon.