So unless you've been living under a rock (and if you have I bet it's cooler than being here in the UK at the moment!), you'll know a) that I love Bali and b) I've travelled there a few times recently! So fresh back from my most recent trip I'm updating some places we visited and ate at for some more inspiration for you, some tips and tricks and also so I can keep reliving it!

We did a multi stay trip for the 6 nights we were there and stayed with the same group at their different properties but each had their own merits and also their own quirks and reasons to visit

Where to stay

Bali Ethnic Villas (Umalas)

I've never heard of let alone stayed in Umalas before and I was really pleasantly surprised. It's about 35 mins from the airport and close by to Canguu and Seminyak, Umalas is quiet and peaceful and less populated by tourists than other parts of Bali. Bali Ethnic Villas are nothing more than heaven. If you want somewhere more secluded and private to stay then the villas are just what you need. We stayed in Villa Ka which is a 5 bedroom complex with private pool, multi media room, bar, kitchen, living area and full team of kitchen staff, grounds staff, security and butler. Yes it comes with a price and if you're doing Bali on a budget then it may not be the one for you but if you are travelling as a group or a family then Bali Ethnic Villas is one not to miss. I honestly felt like a princess for the nights we stayed here. I wandered the gardens, swan in the pool and had coffee brought to my private veranda, oh and the outdoor bathrooms with sunken tubs are amazing too!!

Blue Karma Oasis Hotel (Ubud)

It's no secret how I feel about Ubud so coming back here was like coming home. The hotel is a 10 minute free shuttle ride from the centre of Ubud surrounded by rice paddies and jungle and away from the hustle and bustle of other hotels. The resort is made up of private suites dotted around the grounds. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, ethnic, yet chic. With influences from the owners travels around the word the rooms have a Balinese yet worldly feel to them.The piece de resistance for me here was the yoga shala. For obvious reasons I gravitated straight there and I was in my element. Shaded and away from the rooms, with the trickling stream just below, the birds singing and the occasional whistling of the farmers tending to their rice fields taking (or teaching- still pinch myself at this!) a class in this shala is something special.

The Nestling Hotel (Seminyak)

I've never stayed in Seminyak before as it's reputation proceeds it as a busy and party place and I come to Bali to get away from the hustle and bustle but I was shallow minded to think that this was all that Seminyak had. The nestling hotel does exactly as it's name alludes. It hugs and hides you away from the crazy outside. Tucked down a little street away from the main strip like Blue Karma Seminyak. As soon as you step inside the entrance you are almost sucked into a new world. The discreet music, the incense in the background and the friendly smiles from the amazing staff make you forget the sounds of the motorbikes and the market stalls just metres away from you. The rooms (or suites), vary from 1 bedroom upper floor rooms to 2, 3 & 4 bedroom private villas with their own plunge pool. It's not large and showy, it's not the big branded hotels round the corner with their pool parties and cocktails. It's a little haven to let you escape just when you need it. It also has a spa with amazing massages which aren't eye wateringly expensive!

What to do

Although we didn't get out explore much this trip there were a few little gems not to miss if you are in the area!

Seminyak/La Plancha Beach

We were lucky enough to be staying only 1km from the beach so found ourselves walking there a few times a day! Our favourite time of the day was sunset. We sat at D'Joglo Beach Bar, sipped Bintang and watched the sun go down. The beach is packed, from locals to tourists, everyone heads here to watch the sun, play in the waves and have a game of beach football. It gets really busy but it's so huge everyone get a a great view!

Pyramids of Chi (Ubud)

I discovered this place a couple of hours before we left Ubud so didn't get chance to experience a sound healing but i will definitely be returning here next time and needed to share it incase you visit Ubud before me! The Pyramids are about a 10 minute drive from Ubud centre and are well known in the area for their sound healing and moon phase rituals and events. They have a gorgeous cafe with cakes, treats and coffees and also a little shop selling crystals, malas and gems. Even if you just visit for the cafe and shop it's worth the trip. It's free to enter the grounds if you just want to go and have a look around.