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. www.petitenget.net
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. https://bikubali.com
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. https://tandjungsarihotel.com
Sari Organik, Ubud
Café-style organic food served in the middle of the rice fields in Ubud.
Simply the best gelato outside of Italy – try the parlours in Ubud and Seminyak.
Handmade batik on silk – Simonetta and Marco design the most exquisite contemporary patterns which are then hand painted on fluid silk. https://www.quarzia.it
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. www.carloshowroom.com
Gaya Ceramic, Ubud
For handmade ceramics. A real work of art. https://gayaceramic.com
For the best selection of everyday home-ware and accessory items. A stylishly-edited collection.