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bali // asia The Bukit Phil Stoodley ( is a singer/songwriter from New Zealand who’s been living and working in Bali for two years, performing at various bars, restaurants, hotels, beach clubs and weddings. The view from Ku De Ta Martin Fischer is a marketing manager from Berlin who has lived in Bali for four years. “The view from Ku De Ta restaurant – one of Bali’s most famous hotspots – is an Insta favourite at sunset. I love this entire stretch of Seminyak Beach, from here to Gado Gado, another top restaurant. I love to walk along this beach and would highly recommend this to anyone to clear the junk from your mind and keep in touch with nature – followed by a cocktail at Ku De Ta, of course!” “The Bukit is the large limestone plateau that dangles like a pendant at the southernmost point of Bali. It includes some of the island’s best beaches and surf spots, plus the famous sea temple at Uluwatu, one of the oldest religious buildings in Bali. The sheer beauty of the area makes it my number-one Instagram subject. It has the best golden-sand beaches, cliffs, wide open spaces, and breathtaking windblown scenery. I love riding my bike along the quiet roads of the Bukit and then revving up the vibe with some Uluwatu night life.” Tirta Gangga After working in Paris for three decades, British-born Carla Peterson chose to retire in Bali. That was five years ago and she says she never wants to leave this magical island. “I just can’t stop taking pics of the elegant water palace of Tirta Gangga in east Bali. I keep being drawn back here – it’s my base for beautiful long day treks in unspoiled countryside, across rice fields, along back roads, and through bamboo groves and jungles. I love visiting remote hill-top temples, enjoying country-style Balinese cuisine and palm wine... all under the towering gaze of Mt Agung and Pura Lempuyang.” Manta Point Originally from London where he worked in the property sector, James Valentine is now Asia-based, but still travels six to eight months of the year. A passionate scuba diver, he first visited Bali in 1997 and has been returning ever since. “My most Instagrammed pics are of the manta rays at Manta Point, off the coast of Nusa Penida, which is just a 30-minute ride by speedboat from mainland Bali. I’ve been diving extensively throughout southeast Asia for more than 15 years, and this is a legendary dive site where you’re almost guaranteed to see majestic manta rays. And if that’s not enough, the enigmatic mola mola (ocean sunfish) – a deepwater giant rarely seen elsewhere – can also be found in the area.” 57