August 23, 2017
John Hardy's striking thatch and bamboo showroom sits amid sylvan grounds.
Hollie Bonneville Barden and images relating to the Naga Collection.
Inside the architectural bamboo showroom.
Each and every piece of jewellery is hand made at the workshop in Ubud.
A choker from Hollie Bonneville Barden's Naga collection.
The Naga collection takes inspiration from Balinese expressions of the mythical serpent.
Locavore, loved for its lack of pretension and beautiful food that excites.
Trad Indonesian recipes reimagined by Will Meyrick and co at Hujan Locale.
Como Shambhala's remarkable position, high above the rainforest.
Check in for yoga, raw bites and transformative therapies at Five Elements.
Drawing on nature and Balinese tradition and spirit as influences, the extraordinary John Hardy Collection has been wooing stylistas in the know for more than 40 years with its gypsy-chic gold and silver jewellery, handcrafted with precious and semi-precious gems by a crack team of Balinese artisans.
At the helm as creative director is Hollie Bonneville Barden, who joined the biz in 2016 after a stint at De Beers and now splits her time between New York and the verdant rice fields of Ubud. A year into the role, with her new autumn collection just released, Hollie is enchanted by the creative centre of the island: “I love the fact that everyone I meet is either a dancer, painter, musician, woodcarver, chef or some type of creative whether they’re local or expats living la dolce vita. Conversations get interesting very quickly”, she says. Here, Hollie shares her fave Ubud finds.
The amazing non-profit Threads of Life is preserving the art of natural dyes, motifs and traditional Indonesian weaving techniques. They keep traditions alive and support local communities.Italians with an eye for beauty and detail team up with local artisans to create ceramics that are timeless. Gaya Ceramics produce pieces for all the big-name hotels, and will do so for you too. Handcrafted and precious.
I love Locavore for its lack of pretension; it’s just beautiful food that excites and challenges. The freshest local ingredients are turned into a visual feast that always tastes good. Indonesian dishes and recipes with a twist.
Nusantara is Locavore’s newest creation – it’s food from around the archipelago served to you in Ubud. A homage to the richness and diversity of Indonesia.
The cocktails at Night Rooster are medicinal. Think turmeric, ginger, herbs and spices from the forest and fields of Bali mixed with spirits. You can’t help be mesmerised by watching the ritual of burning pine cones and sweet smelling herbs while the staff mix away.
Another must is Hujan Locale where Will Meyrick introduces long-forgotten recipes from across the Indonesian archipelago. Staff always remember your favourite plates so it has a nice personal touch.
Perfect for a reboot after a long flight, Moksa literally digs fresh ingredients from the onsite garden to create delicious vegetarian dishes. It’s an ever-changing menu and they have great take-away sweets for late night jet lag cravings.
There’s no disputing Como Shambhala Estate is one of the best retreats in the world to shake up your chakras. But what I love most is it’s remarkable position: high above the rainforest, arranged around the Ayung River and overlooking rice fields. Its spring water is used for healing properties. Of course the treatments go beyond beauty and include stress management, nutrition and a myriad of ahead-of-the-curve therapies.
Five Elements is traditional Balinese healing at its best. This is not just a spa experience, it’s transformative on so many levels from it’s yoga, raw bites and mind-altering treatments to its jungly waterside situ.
Cleanse mind and body with water straight from the source, sacred and divine Tirta Empul Temple.
The view over the clouds from atop Mount Batur at sunrise is sublime, it’s another world and I come here for peace and inspiration. It was one of the inspiration points for my John Hardy Naga Collection.
If you can’t (or won’t!) climb the mountain then a cooking class at Bali Asli affords wow views of sibling Mt Agung. Book a day with Chef Penny who will lead you around local markets and villages then teach you how to whip up local Balinese specialties using traditional recipes and techniques
By appointment only, call Kapal Bamboo +62 361 469 888 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
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