The little black book of bali

London-based Michela Lanteri knows a thing or two about style. As the founder of ML Home Design, which designs interiors for discerning clients, she always has an eye out for creative items that she can incorporate into her designs. Here, she introduces you to one of her favourite places to look for them, Bali, and one of her favourite fashion designers and friend, Paola Zancanaro, who now lives in Bali, and runs House of NAMU.

Born in Italy, Paola has worked for some of the biggest names in luxury goods: Miuccia Prada, Giorgio Armani and Vivienne Westwood. She fuses ethnic looks with high fashion, and creates something entirely unique, but deliciously simple. Here, she reveals the places in Bali that she has in her little black book.

Eating and Drinking

Como Shambala Estate, Ubud

A slice of paradise hidden in the fields and hills of Ubud. This exclusive hotel has the best spa treatments and organic food on the island, and unforgettable accommodation.

La Lucciola Restaurant, Seminyak region

An iconic restaurant in Bali set in a traditional Balinese open structure overlooking the sea. Charming for brunch and dinner. Locally known “La Looch” the Italian chef blends Mediterranean classics with Asian spice. The famous Petitenget Temple is right next door.

Petitenget Restaurant, Seminyak region

My favourite breakfast in Bali. Supplied by its own organic farm, this restaurant has a farm-to-fork approach to cuisine, and stunning interiors to match.

Biku Restaurant, Seminyak region

My “canteen” where I sip tea, eat the most delicious carrot cake and read my book surrounded by Balinese and Javanese antique furniture.

The Bar at the Oborei, Seminyak beach

My favourite hidden place for aperitivo on the best beach in Bali.

Old Man’s, Canggu

My favourite hang-out for people-watching and experiencing the hipster Canggu surf vibe.

Tanjdung Sari Hotel, Sanur

The first boutique hotel to open in Asia 50 years ago, overlooking the sea in Sanur. Old-school charm and the most delicious Balinese food.

Sari Organik, Ubud

Café-style organic food served in the middle of the rice fields in Ubud.

Gaya Gelato

Simply the best gelato outside of Italy – try the parlours in Ubud and Seminyak.


Quarzia, Ubud

Handmade batik on silk – Simonetta and Marco design the most exquisite contemporary patterns which are then hand painted on fluid silk.


Linen, simplicity, elegant resort-wear. Shops in Ubud and Seminyak.

Carlo Showroom, Sanur

Italian design meets Indonesian materials for the most sophisticated furniture available on the island.

Gaya Ceramic, Ubud

For handmade ceramics. A real work of art.

Carga, Badung

For the best selection of everyday home-ware and accessory items. A stylishly-edited collection.

Michela Lanteri is a London-based working mum email her and Paola Zancanaro is based in Bali, and runs Seminyak’s House of NAMU,

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