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bali // asia The Valley of the Kings Merah Putih restaurant Self-confessed computer nerd, Scott Ford, says he’s lucky enough to be able to base himself anywhere with a good internet connection, so he works from his home in Canggu, Bali, where he’s lived for two years. “Whenever I have visitors I take them to Merah Putih restaurant in Petitenget, Seminyak, for some upmarket Indonesian food and a visual experience like no other, especially during a thunderstorm. It’s made for Instagram. The cathedral-like interior has semi-transparent hollow pillars that channel the rainwater into indoor streams. It’s a mini-ecosystem. How cool is that?!” Duncan Murray Kirk (duncanmurraykirk.com) is a writer and an entrepreneur who came to Bali from England via Australia, and has lived here for more than 30 years. “Gunung Kawi – Bali’s ‘Valley of the Kings’ – is located at Tampaksiring, northeast of Ubud. I find this pre-Hindu temple complex to be profoundly scenic and spiritually resonant – it’s a definite must-see (and a must- photograph)! Walk barefoot in the rice fields and feel the lush volcanic vibrations – and then get totally drenched in a warm tropical downpour.” Seminyak Beach Sekumpul Waterfall Steve Hall (asiapacificyoga. com) has been in Bali for 17 years, enjoying the relaxed lifestyle and studying yoga. “There are so many amazingly beautiful places in Bali, but my all-time favourite is Sekumpul Waterfall in North Bali. It’s a well-kept secret that I recommend to anyone, and well worth the hunt to find it – and worth posting it to Instagram and make all your friends back home jealous!” Jacqueline Lang is a journalist from Perth who’s been coming to Bali for 35 years. “This entire stretch of beach is Insta-worthy. One of my favourite viewing spots is La Lucciola Restaurant. From here, I can gaze out to sea while enjoying delicious food, and see local people worshipping on the beach at the same time. When I’m looking out to Seminyak Beach, all I can see is beauty.” H holidaysforcouples.travel 61