My stay at Viceroy Bali – hotel review

In this blog post I am going to share my experience at the stunning 5 star Viceroy hotel in Bali with you. Learn more about the beautiful surroundings, the spacious villas and the exquisite food in the resort. 

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My stay at Viceroy 

After living in Canggu for three months I felt like treating myself to a luxurious getaway in one of Balis most beautiful hotels: the Viceroy! Located in the beautiful area of Ubud my boyfriend and I checked into one of the modern villas for a night and felt like we found paradise on earth. 

Viceroy is family owned and I was lucky enough to get to know the lovely owners personally. The hotel founder is actually a 88-year old Austrian from a city very close to where I come from. It was so nice to hear the familiar Austrian accent again and hear all the stories of how he built the resort 20 years ago. Now his daughter, Amanda, is running the hotel. 

Private Villas

We stayed at the deluxe terrace villa! With its spacious 150 square meters and a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the lush green jungle this is a place to unwind and relax. The many thoughtful design features transform it into the ideal couples’ villa. What I loved was the smart sound and TV system in the room.

You can connect your i-Phone to the sound system and play your favourite music will chilling in the traditional outdoor balé seating area or the pool. The TV let’s you connect to Netflix for the perfect movie night. 

Degustation menu at Aperitif restaurant

The highlight of our stay was definitely the dining experience. We had dinner at the hotel’s own fine dining restaurant Aperitif. Let me tell you this dinner was a culinary journey through all sensations of taste! 

The restaurant is set in a spacious dining hall inspired from the 1920s with striking view of Ubud’s lush jungle. You can indulge in a unique lunch or dining experience with flavours from the island, but als modern European flavours. Many of the ingredients are actually also sourced from the property’s own greenhouse. There is the option for a 6 or 8 course degustation menu. In between there were also so many intermediate courses and treats from the kitchen. 

Dinner Aperitif Ubud

Chef Nic Vanderbeeken, brings over 20 years of experience to lead the team at Apéritif restaurant. His one-of-a-kind creations are simply fascinating and I was amazed by each dish presented to me. 

This was food like nowhere else on Bali – so creative, well presented and tasty!

Save 30% off your dining experience!

As a little treat I teamed up with Aperitif and I am able to share a discount code with you now for 30% off from the degustation menu! Make your reservation right here or contact Aperitif directly via email, quoting „Carina Berry“ to get half off the exquisit dining experience! This discount is valid until the 31th of May. This offer is valid for dinner bookings made until 31th May 2021 and is subject to availability. 

Vegan menu available

If you are living plant-based or simply enjoy vegan food there is also the option for the vegan degustation menu. I came back in April to try it and loved the creativity of the dishes and the intense flavours. The chefs really know how to combine the perfect ingredients to make each plate an explosion of taste. 

Drinks at the hotel bar

The bar at Aperitif is like no other hotel bar you will find.

Apéritif Bar is Ubud’s finest destination for crafted cocktails and viby atmosphere. You will find a unique atmosphere, creative cocktails and can enjoy playing a game of pool with the marvellous view of Ubud’s rice fields and jungle. By the way the sundeck facing the jungle is also a perfect place to admire the sunset in Ubud with a chilled cocktail in hand. 

Aperitif Bar

Head mixologist Panji brings over 10 years experience in delivering creative bar menus to Apéritif and is simply such a kind person. You can spend hours at the bar talking to Panji and admiring his work as a bartender!

The Gym at Viceroy

If staying fit while vacationing is as important to you as it is to me, then Viceroy has got you covered! Close to the main restaurant you will find a gym which is definitely larger and better equipped than what you might be used to from regular hotel gyms. 

Whether it’s cardio, pilates or lifting weights, you can do it all there. Equipment includes a treadmill, cross trainer, rowing machine for cardio, several strength training machines: two machines for legs, a smith machine where you can benchpress or squat, a chest fly machine, two cable towers as well as dumbbells that go up to about 30kg! What I also really enjoyed is that there was additional equipment such as kettlebells and an ab-roller.  

The machines and weights might not be the most modern ones, but everything is well maintained and definitely gets the job done. I actually went for two workouts during my stay and always got a great session in. Got to earn indulging in the great food and chilling at the beautiful pools right? 😉

What’s great is that there is a small fridge where you can grab a cold bottle of water for your workouts and also hand-disinfection, so you can be sure that everything is clean and you’re good for your workout.

Bonus: Connect your phone to the bluetooth speakers in the gym room to play your favourite songs while working out!

Pool area

The pool area was my favourite place to be. It makes you feel like being somewhere between Malibu and Bali. The infinity pool is overlooking the lush jungle and the white pool chairs give it that classy and luxurious feeling. When you turn around you look at stunning white colonial restaurant building and many palm trees. 

Pool Viceroy

The staff is also so attentive and immediately brought fresh, cold water to my pool chair and opened the sun umbrella. The pool itself is huge and you can actually swim laps and get some exercise in if you would want to. 

To sum it up

What I noticed throughout the hotel was the consistent branding and the neatness of everything. This hotel has been planned in such detail and I really didn’t find one thing I didn’t like there. Of course the Viceroy is more expensive but it’s worth it. For a special holiday or honeymoon it is the place to visit in Bali! 
If you end up staying in Ubud make sure to check out my guide on healthy food in Ubud as well!

The best matcha latte in Canggu

Best matcha latte in Canggu

Find out where to get the best matcha latte in Canggu and enjoy the perfect cup of green smoothness! 

On the hunt for the green divine

Honestly I am not sure how many people are going to be interested in this blog post topic, but I will write it anyways 😀 

Since I don’t drink coffee, but still love to enjoy a hot drink in the morning I am a huge fan of lattes. Especially matcha latte! I know it’s quite an acquired taste and when I started drinking matcha I thought it tasted like hay, but I guess its like red wine the more often you drink it the more you start liking the taste 😀

Living here in Canggu and being a real matcha addict I set out to find the best matcha latte possible in this tiny town. 

Here is a rundown of the places I tried and a brief description of my matcha latte experience. Read on to find out where you can get the best one in Canggu! 

So generally a matcha latte in Canggu will cost you anywhere from 35k to 45k. All restaurants had pretty much the same pricing. Some will charge you a bit extra if you want it iced. 

My matcha latte ranking

T.M.O Café: 1/10

This was probably the worst matcha latte in Canggu! I was intrigued by a sign outside that said „matcha latte with almond milk special“, so I went in to try. It was extremely sour, the latte art sucked on top and it came lukewarm. When you order they ask you if you want a big or small cup, but not even the small cup is worth the price. 

Best matcha latte in Canggu

Matcha Cafe: 2/10

Okay so big disappointment for this one. You would figure that a place that calls itself the „Matcha Café“ you would definitely get the best matcha latte, right? Well apparently not! I was utterly disappointed because it was tasting very sour and bland. We tried the iced and the hot latte and both were a big fail. 

Best matcha latte in Canggu

Esperluette French Bakery: 4/10

Well I guess I couldn’t really expect a French Bakery to serve good matcha latte. This one was not very good. However it came in a beautiful mug on a nice wooden place and golden spoon. The little cookie next to it was more of a highlight than the matcha drink itself. There was also no latte art on top which was kind of sad. 

Funky Pancakes: 5/10 

This one was alright. To be honest I don’t really remember it much, which must mean it was pretty mediocre. The pancakes were really good though 😉

Best matcha latte in Canggu

The Sloth: 6/10

Regarding the presentation of the drink I was super happy. I loved their milk foam art on top and if you are vegan or want plant based milk you don’t have to pay extra! All in all a very good drink, but a bit weak in taste. 

Best matcha latte in Canggu

Tropical Nomad Co-working: 10/10

The best matcha latte in Canggu comes from a Co-working space? Waiiiit what? Yes, I was surprised myself! 😀 I have been working from Tropical nomad for two months and obviously had to try their matcha latte version as well. You cannot even imagine how smooth and delicious their drink is. This is really a whole new level of enjoyment. You will get a lot of delicious milk foam with amazing latte art each time in a big mug that always lasts me for an hour! If you are not here to co-work you can simply hang out in the Café or garden area and still enjoy this yummy drink here! 

Best matcha latte in Canggu

So if you want the best matcha latte you know where to go now: Tropical Nomad Co-working! 

If you end up finding a place you like better please let me know in the comments, I am always happy to adapt & update this blog post. 
Check out my blogpost on the best healthy food in Canggu, where I will be sharing my favorite restaurants! 




Best Game Reserves Near Cape Town For Safari

After having spent two months in South Africa with numerous safari experiences I would say I have a pretty good overview regarding the best game reserves near Cape Town. In this article I am going to share the experiences I had at the four different game reserves I got to visit and will let you know which one was the best!

All four reserves I am sharing with you today are within a couple hours driving distance to Cape Town. So it’s possible to do a day trip there and go back in the evening. We always spent one night which I think is the perfect length for your safari stay! 

Inverdoorn Safari

What I loved about Inverdoorn are the amazing lodges. As you can see on the picture below they are very stylish, modern and luxurious. With more than 43 degrees outside it was still nice and cool inside and the whole hotel area is beautifully designed and they have two nice pools for their guests. The dinner area is also very pretty and personal. Food was not overwhelmingly amazing, but I got to try ostrich steak for the first time, which was definitely a new experience for me. 

Best game reserves near Cape Town Inverdoorn

Knowledgeable rangers

One thing that stood out especially at Inverdoorn was our incredible ranger. He was so insightful and shared so much interesting information with us. You could almost feel his immense passion for the subject and his love for wild animals. It was very inspiring to have such a knowledgeable person driving you around the reserve. 

Best game reserve near Cape Town

Very special about Inverdoorn is their Cheetah rehabilitation center. They prep the Cheetahs for life in the wild and you can watch them chase their bait and get close to them with the safari car. They are beautiful animals and we have not seen them in the other game reserves. 

cheetah rehabilitation inverdoorn

Aquila Safari

Aquila impressed me with its wildlife experience. Even though it is quite a lot of mass tourism there it still makes my list of the best game reserves near Cape Town because of the many incredible animals we encountered on our daily game drives. At Aquila 10 safari cars with up to 30 people in it leave the camp at the same time. This is way more than at any other reserve. However, they also have the biggest property and the most animals.

The animal experience

Within a 90 minute game drive we saw all of the big five. We were even lucky enough to see hippos out of the water and a 4 day old baby rhino. Lions were relaxing in the afternoon shade by our safari car and the elephants came super close. I got the best pictures at Aquila.

Let me note that the game driver seemed very unmotivated and partly unfriendly. He did not give us much information and you could tell he was bored of doing this every day. But maybe it was also just that specific driver we had. We did one drive in the afternoon and one the next morning giving us two very different experiences. The food was really bad at the buffet, but the swimming pool area was nice. The accommodation was alright, but nothing compared to other game reserves we have been to.

Best safari experience near cape town Aquila

I was thinking for a long time if I should include Aquila in my list of best game reserves in Cape Town, since there were quite a lot of things that I didn’t like. On the other hand trips to a game reserves are pretty much all about the animal experience and that was simply the best Aquila and therefore it made the list regardless. Just be aware of the down sides I pointed out when visiting! 

De Hoop Nature Reserve

If you are on your way from Cape Town to the Garden Route you might want to visit de Hoop Nature Reserve. It lies three hours from Cape Town in the Overberg region, near Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of Africa. The area is 340 square kilometers large hosting a fast array of different wild animals and bird species. The nice thing about de Hoop reserve is that you can do a lot by yourself and don’t necessarily need to book a game drive. You can simply take your own car around the reserve and spot some incredible wildlife along the way. We stopped to watch a herd of zebras a couple meters away or took some photos of impressive antelopes while heading to the beach.

Beach views

Speaking of the beach – that’s probably what impressed me the most. You find a 32 square kilometer long mini dessert by the beach. Huge sand dunes everywhere that make quite an impressive photo spot. You can walk for kilometers and only see sand. There are modern beach houses and with the nordic flair you feel like being somewhere by the North Sea in Germany. 

de hoop game drive

De Hoop is definitely one of the best game reserves near Cape Town just because of its breathtaking nature. 

Indalu Game Reserve 

Indalu was by far the most private and personal experience out of the four game reserves I visited. It is owned by a couple who bought 800 acres of land with wild animals a couple of years ago for their private use. At some point they decided to open their gates to the public and founded Indalu Game reserve.

There are only two self-catering chalets on the huge property which ensures you the most private and tranquil experience you could find. The wife is managing the lodges and the office and her husband Gerhard is in charge of the game drives. The tour was super personal. We go to see so many amazing wild animals and got to go up quite close. Gerhard even has a seat in the front of the car that lets you get closer to the animals than at any other more commercial reserve. (He doesn’t have lions by the way and no one is allowed to sit there when passing the water buffalos)

Best game reserves near Cape Town Indalu

The elephant walk

A very special experience we booked at Indalu was the morning elephant walk. Each morning the elephants walk to the water hole to drink and you can join them on their walk. It is a guided walk but you can see the elephants are not trained or harmed in any way. The whole walk was very natural and in harmony with the animal. It was a magical experience being so close to such a gentle creature. At one point the elephant picked up a stone along the way and handed it to me. The cutest experience ever made. 

Even though Indalu is the most private experience I also need to mention that they don’t have all of the big 5 animals in the reserve. So if you are really looking for seeing leopards and lions this might not be the right game reserve to visit. Other than that it is a huge recommendation perfectly situated at the beginning of the famous Garden route. 

My recommendation on the best game reserves near Cape Town

So this was my list on the best game reserves near Cape Town. All of them are different and each one has something special to offer. It really depend on what you are looking for. For the best wild life experience I would recommend Aquila, for the best accommodation and guide Inverdoorn, for the best nature experience de Hoop and for the most private as well as unique experience Indalu

I hope this article on best game reserves near Cape Town was helpful for you. Let me know which one you are planning to visit in the comments! 

If you are based in Cape Town definitely check out my healthy food guide on best fitness food in the city! 



Best healthy food in Cape Town – vegan & vegetarian

best healthy food in cape town

Are you looking for the best healthy food in Cape Town while visiting this beautiful city? I summarized my favorite healthy food options, including everything from raw vegan cafés to fitness food restaurants. Have fun with my selection of clean eating places in Cape Town! 

So to start off, South Africa is not really known for it’s cuisine and after having lived here for a couple of months I still have troubles finding traditional restaurants and dishes because there is so much influence here from so many different countries. Healthy food in Cape Town is also still not as established as in other big cities around the world and there are only a handful of restaurants and cafés that I would recommend. One thing I noticed that is really big here are freshly pressed juices! You will find them in almost all restaurants and cafés and its just so healthy and wonderful! 

best healthy food in cape town

As a full time fitness food blogger I sampled my way through the cities restaurant sphere and picked my favorite places to include them for you here in this blog post:

Poke Co.

A new healthy place that is getting more and more popular is Poke Co. They just opened their third location on Kloof Street and I had probably the best Poke Bowl of my life there! I actually built my own Poke bowl, but you can also choose some of the especially designed variations on the menu. You will find stylish interior and surfer vibes at every location. If you are looking for healthy food in Cape Town this is definitely a place you should visit. We spent quite some time talking to Andrew, the owner, who is a very friendly and welcoming guy. At Poke Co you can also get healthy smoothie bowls and delicious fresh pressed juice! They are also on Uber Eats – so if you are too lazy to go there yourself you can also order yourself a healthy poke bowl straight to your apartment. 

Poke Co Capetown


This concept store is located a bit outside the bustling city center. It is a gluten free, wholefoods Cafè situated in the heart of the suburbs! Wildsprout includes a healthy food store in their restaurant. All the ingredients are locally sourced and partially grown on their own farm outside of Cape Town. This is really a top foodie choice for healthy food in Cape Town. I had the quinoa bowl, which I probably would not order again since it was a bit too bland for my taste. We tried a variety of desserts when we were there and the carrot cake was so delicious!

Wildsprout healthy food cape town

If you are looking for a quiet café away from the noise that is really focused on whole ingredients and sustainable sourcing you should definitely go to Wildsprout. They are really focused on the health aspect and all the meals are wholesome and good for your body! However, solely judging by the taste of the food I would prefer the other places in this blog post. But this is definitely the healthiest one of all!Wildsprout healthy food cape town


If you are looking for Bali vibes go to Nourish’d. Walking in reminded me of sitting in my favorite beach Café in Canggu. There are a lot of tropical plants all around and the interior gives you so many good picture spots! It has such a nice, chilled atmosphere and you pretty much only see cool, hip and young people walking in and out of that place. 

Nourish'd Cape town healthy
There are two different locations. The one at observatory is much bigger and has a bigger menu choice. I can really recommend you try the rainbow flapjacks. Its a super yummy and fudgy pancake tower. You can also buy raw, vegan Ferrero Rocher balls at Nourish’d, which are mind-blowingly awesome! I actually decided to go for the french toast filled with decadent homemade hazelnut spread. Also very delicious, but very calorie rich at the same time. 

Nourish'd Cape town healthy

Raw and Roxy

This vegan healthy café is pretty new in the city of Cape Town. It offers delicious vegan food, tea creations, fresh juices and smoothies. I was there on a day where I didn’t feel very well I was unfortunately not able to try any of their food. But I enjoyed the warm matcha latte – which was a special creation with mint – and got a big beetroot kickass juice to go! The interior is really nice and I loved the flower arrangement everywhere. It’s quite big and a lovely spot to spend a couple hours chatting over coffee. Speaking of coffee – make sure to try their raw coffee. It’s a blend of different spices and superfoods and simply so dense and delicious.

raw and roxy cape town raw and roxy cape town

I was actually positively surprised because I looked the place up on Instagram before and was a little underwhelmed by the pictures and account in general. So I actually wasn’t sure to expect of it, but was positively surprised when I got there. Its a really nice café and probably one of my favorite spots for healthy food in Cape Town. 

Scheckters Raw 

If you are looking for healthy food in Cape Town going to Scheckters Raw is a must. They are based in Seapoint and have a really nice, chill restaurant. You can choose from a lot of different things on the the menu. I for example ordered zucchini pasta! They are famous for their healthy, vegan pumpkin based donuts. I obviously had to try it and they are really a yummy. Scheckters also has a stand at the Oranjezecht Farmers market at the Waterfront. So you can try their food at the market on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday as well. 

best healthy food in cape town scheckters raw

Just like the other superfood places in Cape Town, they have a big selection of freshly pressed juice! 

The Strangers Club

The Strangers Club is probably my favorite healthy food place in Capetown. It is owned by a 23 year old entrepreneur called Adam, who started with his first business when he was 18. He opened Strangers Club giving local designers a voice and offering them to showcase their products at the restaurant. Its a very cool concept store and the setting is just lovely. It is so hidden I walked by 2 times when I went there the first time. The menu is short but sweet and everything is made fresh. The Nutty smoothie bowl is supposed to be the best in Cape Town! 

Avocado Toast strangers club
Poached Egg on Avocado Toast with Cinnamon Chia Pudding in the background

This was the first café I noticed people coming in with their laptops doing some work from the café. The place was packed and it had a good mix of tourists and locals. Definitely check it out when you are in Capetown. 

More food guides

I really hope you enjoyed this guide on best healthy food in Capetown. There are not as many healthy food places as in other cities, but you can tell they are up and coming. Clean food, vegan options and raw desserts definitely still seems to be quite new to Capetown, but the few places they have a really great! 

Check out my other city food guides for more healthy eateries abroad:

I hope you enjoyed this guide for healthy food in Cape Town!



Best Instagram photo spots in Bali 2020

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Are you looking for those picture perfect photo spots in Bali? Welcome to this blog post sharing the most Insta-worthy photo spots in Bali. I have spent two month on this beautiful island and have visited many breathtaking places that I will share with you in this article. As a full time blogger I really wanted to share some beautiful photos from my stay in Bali with my followers and will include the ones I took at each spot here. So lets get into the best Instagram photo spots in Bali:

Insta Hype in Bali

Very much in Bali evolves around taking the perfect shot. We can argue if that is a good thing or not. I have seen so many people waiting in line forever to just snap a quick photo and then leave without even taking an actual look at what they came to see. In the north of Bali whole selfie parks have been constructed for visitors to get their Insta pictures. At the rice terraces they build a ton of swings just to charge a ridiculous amount of money if you actually want to swing on it. Sometimes you even have to buy selfie tickets that give you a couple of minutes in front of a landmark. It is a crazy world over there and a lot evolves around the perfect Instagram picture.

I was actually thinking for a long time if I should even write a blog post about the best photo spots in Bali because I don’t want people to plan their whole trip based on where to take the best photos. In the end I decided this blog post could actually be very helpful because it share some of the prettiest and most amazing destinations in Bali. Since I have lived there for two months and was able to get to know the island quite well I simply wanted to share my favorite spots in this list of best Instagram photo spots in Bali! 

Handara Gate, Bali, Indonesia

You probably have heard of the famous „gate to heaven“ in Bali. The Lempuyang Gate is beautiful, but be ready to wait in line 2-3 hours for a picture. It is absolutely crazy. That is why I recommend you go to this smaller gate up north in Bali. It is actually the entrance of a golf course, but has a beautiful setting with the mountains in the background and lush green jungle. 

You will have to buy a „selfie ticket“ for a couple of euros that will give you 5 minutes to take photos in front of the gate. Yes, it is a bit crazy and people actually come there just to stand in line, take a photo and then leave again because there is not much else to do.  When I was there it took like 30 minutes of waiting time until we had the spot for ourselves. Make sure to bring an airy dress that will look good on photos. Hot pants and crop tops usually don’t look that amazing for this shot. 

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Have you ever planned a vacation solely based on where to take the best Insta photos? I’ve been to Bali for three weeks now and have seen how much this platform has changed the island. I have been here already 12 years ago before Insta was even a thing and now talked to many locals and they all told me that ever since Instagram became so big a lot of things are different. So many people come here with the quest of taking their perfect instagram pictures. They form lines in front of landmarks so everyone gets their shot without anyone else on it (at some places I have heard you need to wait 3 hours to get a photo), sell selfie tickets that give you 5 minutes in front of a sight to take photos and have constructed whole selfie parks for people to capture their insta shots. Bloggers have brought so much tourism here over the last four years according to locals and so many restaurants are trimmed to serve exactly that audience with their hipster vibe, stylish interior and food blogger dishes. It’s a crazy place and I’m not sure if I’m 100% okay with this approach. I love Bali and the last month here has been absolutely amazing because honestly I simply fit perfectly in that Bali blogger cliche, but for non-Instagrammers coming here this must be a very abstract world and I have gotten very sceptical if people actually still come to Bali to really enjoy going on vacation and to recharge or rather go on a crazy exhausting photo hunting spree here…I’m aware of the fact that I’m also a driver in this space and slowly I am understanding the impact we can have on this world, which means we can also potentially change our behavior and therefore change the impact we have on the people who follow us as well. My main reason of coming to Bali was not to take one perfect shot after another, but more to enjoy the gorgeous island, get focused work done here and to meet new, like-minded people and if some awesome pics like this one come out of it – even better ?

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Kanto Lampo Waterfall

I am a huge waterfall fan! During my time in Bali I tried to see as many as possible and I love that they are all a bit different. Kanto Lampo is about a 1h drive from Canggu – which is where we were staying. The waterfall actually looks bigger than it was in real life. It is actually pretty harmless to stand in the middle of it because the water is not as intense as it might look.

However, you are definitely going to get wet for this Insta shot! Be there as early as you can because towards lunch time buses will drop a bunch of tourists and it will be hard to get the spot to yourself. When you take the photo adjust your shutter speed to get the flowy, mystical look of the water! 

Munduk Moding Plantation

Pool Goals! If you are looking or that perfect infinity pool you should visit Munduk Moding Plantation. It is a hotel up north and has beautiful villas. We were there for 2 nights and were therefore able to wake up early to catch the sunrise by the pool. There were actually already a lot of bloggers waiting to take their shots as well. The beautiful, soft light is only in the morning. It also looks good for sunset, but you will be very dark on the photo.

I am not sure if you can come to this hotel if you are not a guest. You might be able to eat in the restaurant for dinner and take this shot at sunset. We never really had a clear day when we were there, but I was told they view has to be absolutely spectacular and you are able to see very far! 

Uluwatu Cliffs

The high cliffs south of Bali are breathtaking and absolutely stunning. There are multiple beach clubs you can visit like Omnia, Single Fin or the Sundays Beach club. I however have a very special and less crowded recommendation for you. Going to One Eighty is definitely worth a visit. It is more pricey than the other clubs and you will have to pay an entrance fee (around 30 Euros, of which you can use around 25 euros for food and drinks), but in my opinion it also has the best view and the greatest atmosphere.

Hier noch ein zweiter Shot von der Pool Area: 

Leke, Leke Waterfall

This waterfall is by far my favorite one. It is so mystical and hidden with lush green leaves and so many plants in the middle of the jungle. It is a 15 minute walk to the waterfall. Depending on the season you will encounter more or less water running down. We got there pretty early and ran into a few other bloggers taking their Insta shot there. The later it gets the more tourists will come so I can definitely recommend being there as early as sunrise to get the spot for yourself. 

Banyumala Twin Falls

Since checking out all the waterfalls was on top of my list when I came to Bali, I need to share this one for my best Instagram photo spots in Bali as well. What I love about waterfalls is that they are simply so diverse and unique. Each one is completely different. Banyumala has two bodies of water coming down and a lot of lush greens around the pool. The hike down was quite steep and going up was really exhausting to be honest. I can also advise you to take good shoes for the hike and not to do it in flipflops. 

Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida

Even though this spot is in Nusa Penida and not directly on the main island I had to include it in my list of best Instagram photo spots in Bali. It is probably the most breathtaking view you will ever get. Cristal blue water, powerful waves hitting the shore and rough cliffs overlooking the water.

Certainly, you will find a long line waiting to the the infamous Kelingking beach shot that you have probably already seen a billion time on Instagram. It is super beautiful – but please be careful. Every year people die because they fall down the cliffs taking selfies. It is really dangerous since you are really standing on the edge of the cliff. 

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View goals! ?This was one of the most amazing spots I have ever visited! The water reflected every shade from dark blue to turquoise and the waves were so loud and powerful ? however, this place is also super dangerous and a lot of people have died here. My main message today is: Never Risk Your Life For Content! Every time I am taking photos I am super careful and mindful to not do anything stupid. One wrong step and you are history! People have died here taking selfies plummeting down the cliffs or trying to take photos of them playing with the waves and having their spine cracked in half. We didn’t even go down to the beach because we saw how strong the waves were and how unpredictably close they came to the beach. #bettersafethansorry

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Diamond Beach, Nusa Penida 

If you are already on Nusa Penida, visiting Diamond beach is a must as well! It reminded me a bit of Big Sur in California and I could have stayed there forever just looking down on the beach and watch the waves rolling in. I actually didn’t go down all the way since I have heard it is really steep and dangerous if you don’t have the right footwear. So we sadly just went there to take the photo, enjoyed the view a bit and went back since the sun was already setting. 

Rumah pohon

If you are visiting Diamond beach, this spot is not far away from Diamond beach. We actually discovered that there is a small trail alongside the cliffs from Diamond Beach to Rumah Pohon. It was such a cool walk. We even saw some monkeys and had the best views with the setting sun. If you were to take the scooter you would need to go all the way back to the main street and then back to the cliffs since there is no direct street connecting Diamond Beach and Rumah Pohon. It would take around 50 minutes with scooter, but only 20 minutes if you walk along the cliffs on the trail.

Again – you need to be very careful here because you are walking quite literally super close to the edge of the cliff and there are no security ropes. At Rumah Pohon you can see Diamond Beach from the other side. Rumah Pohon is a cute little tree house that has been instagrammed already way too many times as well, but simply makes a really good photo opportunity. The locals know this and will charge you around 3.5 euros per person if you wan to take a photo in front of it. 

Best Instagram photo spots in Bali

I hope you enjoyed these tips for the best Instagram photo spots in Bali. I loved visiting those places. If you go and have your photo, please don’t forget to actually enjoy the spots and put away your phone for a little while to just soak in the experience. Way too many people only go there to take the perfect insta shot and then leave without even really enjoying what they came to see! 

Check out my Bali food guides if you are looking for the best food recommendations in Bali: 

I also have a whole Instagram highlight with all my best tips for Bali. Check it out on my account here!




Wellnesshotel in München – das Almdorf Spa vom Hotel Erb

Was gibt es schöneres als bei kalten Temperaturen in ein Wellnesshotel zu fahren? In der warmen Sauna zu sitzen wenn es draußen schneit und sich in sein Zirbenkissen zu kuscheln wenn es draußen minus Grade hat. Das Hotel Erb bei München ist für mich ein großartiger Ort der Entspannung und ich möchte euch in diesem Blogpost den Wellnessbereich im Almdorf Spa näher vorstellen. 

Nach insgesamt drei Aufenthalten dieses Jahr im Hotel Erb Best Western Plus konnte ich wirklich einen guten Einblick in das Hotel gewinnen und finde es einfach absolut großartig. Neben dem grandiosen Alm Grill hat auch das Almdorf Spa neu eröffnet. Ein Ort der Entspannung und Ruhe! 

Das Almdorf Spa

Wenn ihr auf der Suche nach einem Wellnesshotel in der Nähe von München seit, kann ich euch für entspannte Tage das Hotel Erb empfehlen. Das neu angelegte Almdorf Spa bietet eine Vielzahl an Entspannungsmöglichkeiten und ist einfach der perfekte Ort um mal so richtig abzuschalten. Als Hotelgast kann man richtig entspannt gleich mit dem Bademantel von seinem Zimmer ins Spa gehen.

Allerdings muss man nicht unbedingt ein Hotelgast sein um Zutritt zum hoteleigenen Spabereich zu bekommen. Es gibt auch Tageskarten, 10er und Jahreskarten für externe Gäste. Hier gibt es extra Umkleidekabinen und abschließbare Schränke. 

Saunabereich Almdorf Spa

Die Saunen

Das Almdorf Spa zeichnet sich durch 5 verschiedene Saunen und ein Dampfbad aus. Somit ist für wirklich jeden die richtige Sauna dabei!

Sauna Guide im Hotel Erb:

  • Finnische Hüttensauna: Einer meiner Favoriten ist die finnische Hüttensauna. Bei 80 Grad kommt man so richtig ins Schwitzen. 
  • Salzsteinsauna: Das Sole-Inhalat regt die Tätigkeit der Flimmerzellen an, löst aktiv den Schleim und lässt die Nasenschleimhaut abschwellen. Somit werden die natürlichen Reinigungsmechanismen der Atemwege unterstützt. Perfekt also wen man verkühlt ist! 
  • Bio Zirbensauna: Die Zirbensauna hat eine deutlich höhere Luftfeuchtigkeit (40-50%) und somit kommt man viel schneller ins Schwitzen. Bei dieser Sauna mit etwas niedriger Temperatur wird Herz-Kreislaufsystem weniger beansprucht als bei der klassischen Finnsauna.
  • Kräutersauna: Mein absoluter Saunafavorit im Hotel Erb ist die Kräutersauna!  Eine sanfte Variante der finnischen Sauna die sich hervorragend für kreislaufschwächere oder hitzesensiblere Saunagäste eignet. Kräutersaunen gelten im Allgemeinen als hautpflegend und gesundheitsfördernd und wenn man reingeht riecht es einfach richtig gut! 
  • Aromadampfbad: Das Dampfbad ist vor allem für jene Saunagäste geeignet, die von hohen Temperaturen in der finnischen Sauna stark beansprucht werden. Angenehme 60 Grad erlauben entspanntes und längeres Schwitzen. Wechselnde Aromen helfen bei der Entspannung.
  • Medizinische Salzinhalation: Sole hilft bei unterschiedlichen Atemwegs- und Hauterkrankungen und dient zur allgemeinen Regeneration des Organismus. Die erzeugten negativen Ionen erhöhen die Sauerstoffaufnahme des Blutes und stärken die Abwehrkräfte. 

Saunabereich Almdorf Spa

Was ich so an dem Saunabereich schätze ist, dass er jeden Tag bis 24.00 Uhr offen hat. Somit kann man auch nach dem Abendessen noch einige entspannte Stunden darin verbringen. Wer noch mehr Wellness möchte findet übrigens Europas größte Therme – die Therme Erding – nur ein paar Kilometer vom Hotel entfernt. 

Aqua Peeling-Salze

Gratis für alle Spagäste stehen Aquapeelings im Almdorf Spa zur Verfügung. Das hat mich vor allem sehr beeindruckt, da man oft dafür in Thermen separat zahlen muss.  Die anregenden Körperpeelings wechseln täglich im Duft und so hab ich schon Mango, Eukalyptus, Aloe Vera und Limette probiert. Es hilft die Haut in Balance zu bringen, den Körper zu vitalisieren und den Geist zu verwöhnen.  Die Aqua Peeling-Salze von Prof. Dr. Biener haben natürliches Urmeersalz als Basis. Es fördert sanft die Durchblutung der Haut und macht sie seidenweich und strahlend. Ich habe die Aquapeelings vor allem gerne in der Zirbensauna verwendet, da man hier besonders schwitzt. 

Saunabereich Almdorf Spa

Infrarot Liege

Nach einem anstrengenden Tag kann ich euch auch die neue Infrarot Liege im Almdorf Spa empfehlen. Pure Entspannungsgarantie einfach! Infrarotstrahlung ist nämlich das beste Mittel, um dem Körper Wärme zuzuführen. Sie arbeitet berührungslos und wird daher auch als besonders angenehm empfunden. Jede Infrarotstrahlung wird in der Haut in Wärme umgewandelt. Ich habe die Liegen täglich vorm Schlafen gehen verwendet. Gerade jetzt im Winter wo es so kalt draußen ist haben sie mir das schönste, wärmende Gefühl gegeben! 

Gesunde Snacks

Im Saunabereich gibt es eine kleine Snacking Area mit warmen Kräutertee, getrockneten Früchten und Nüssen sowie frischem Wasser. Auch hier bleibt das Hotel Erb seinem „no plastic“ Konzept treu und verwendet keine Plastikbecher, was ich sehr zu schätzen weiß! Gerne habe ich mir die Snacks nach ein paar intensiven Saunagängen dann in den Ruheraum mitgenommen und dort vernascht.

Saunabereich Almdorf Spa

Die Stille Alm

Saunieren, Peelen oder Trainieren kann anstrengend werden. Ausgiebige Ruhe in schöner Umgebung gehört zu einem Wellnessaufenthalt dazu, nicht wahr? Nach ausgiebigen Saunieren findet man im Ruheraum in ruhiger Atmosphäre einen Ort für Entspannung. Die Liegen sind wahnsinnig bequem und alles ist top durchgestylt. Des öfteren bin ich dort eingeschlafen weil man einfach perfekt runterkommt und in der stillen Alm richtig abschalten kann. 

Saunabereich Almdorf Spa

Saunabereich Almdorf Spa


Um sich während des Hotelaufenthaltes auch sportlich betätigen zu können, gibt es ein Fitnessstudio mit neusten Technogym Geräten. Laufbänder, Crossträner und Fahrräder sorgen für ein gesundes Training. Es gibt auch genug Gewichte um Kraftraining zu machen und auch die wichtigsten Maschinen für den Muskelaufbau. Nach einem intensiven Workout kann man sich dann direkt in das Almdorfspa schwingen. Handtücher werden übrigens vom Hotel zur Verfügung gestellt. 

Fitnessstudio Hotel Erb

Wellness am Zimmer

Wellness im Hotel Erb hört nicht im Almdorf Spa auf sondern geht weiter bis zum eigenen Hotelzimmer. Dort gibt es hochwertige Produkte der Firma L´Occitane für das eigene Wohlbefinden. Duschgel, Bodylotion sowie Handseife werden jedem Hotelgast bei Besuch zur Verfügung gestellt. 


Man kann sich im Hotel Erb sogar beim Schlafen noch etwas gutes tuen. Mir hat die Idee des Kissenmenüs sehr gut gefallen. Man kann sich für einen ganz individuellen Duft entscheiden und einfach mal etwas anderes probieren. 5 verschiedene Kissen stehen zur Auswahl. Ich habe das Zirben- sowie das Rosenkissen während meines Aufenthalts getestet.

Kissenmenü Hotel Erb

Hochzeitssuite und Romantikzimmer

Diesmal habe ich auch einen Blick in die Hochzeitssuite geworfen. Ein wirklich charmantes Zimmer mit wunderschönem Himmelbett. In so einem Zimmer lässt es sich bestimmt schöne Stunden verbringen. Des weiteren wurden mir vom Hotelpersonal die Romantikzimmer gezeigt.

Romantikzimmer Hotel Erb

Seit neuestem gibt es beim Hotel Erb die Möglichkeit ein Romantik Package zu buchen. Hier findet man schon bei der Eingangstür Rosenblätter, welche den Weg zum Bett weisen und dort in einem Herzen enden. Es werden kleine Häppchen sowie eine Flasche Sekt zum Anstoßen bei der Ankunft am Zimmer bereitgestellt. Beim Abendessen gibt es dann einen besonders gedeckten Tisch und man genießt seine Speisen in trauter Zweisamkeit bei Kerzenlicht. Wirklich eine schöne Idee wenn man seinem Liebsten mal eine besondere Freude machen möchte!

Romantikzimmer Hotel Erb

Ein Aufenthalt im Hotel Erb garantiert Entspannung und ich kann euch das Hotel sehr empfehlen. Schaut doch gerne auch mal bei meinen anderen beiden Blog Posts vorbei, bei welchen ich meinen Lesern das Alm Grill Restaurant und den Nachhaltigkeitsaspekt im Hotel Erb näher bringe!



Co-working as a digital nomad in Canggu – full review!

Dojo Coworking Space

Trying to find out if being a digital nomad in Canggu is right for you? Well, then you definitely came to the right blog post. I have spent two months living in Canggu as an online entrepreneur and have really gotten to know this little town quite well. In this blog post I will tell you more about the food, sports, accommodation, co-working spaces, nightlife and safety in Canggu.

I actually wanted to hold my excitement for how much I love living in Canggu for a couple of paragraphs, but here it goes: this place is absolutely the best! 

The food in Canggu – Cafés, restaurants and bars reviewed 

Canggu is literally my personal food heaven. As a food blogger especially I could not ask for more amazing places to eat out! One café is more beautiful than the next. There are so many choices for every single diet. Raw, vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo, unhealthy pizza,… You will find everything you are looking for in Canggu. Prices are reasonable, however the hipster places are obviously more expensive than the local „Warungs“ (little eateries) Be prepared to spend about 1/3 more if you go to the new stylish restaurants and cafes. The sphere is also changing so much and so fast. I have lived in Canggu for only two months and I have seen whole new restaurants from starting construction to opening in that time.

Please make sure to check out my blog post on best healthy food in Canggu, where I am sharing my favorite places in great detail! 

best bowls in Canggu

Doing sports in Canggu – Surfing, Yoga, Crossfit, Fitness 

Getting your workout in will be super easy in Canggu. No matter what sports you practice you will find a place that offers it. Obviously you will find a lot of Yoga studios and more and more crossfit studios are opening, but I have also seen MMA studios and horse riding centers. The most famous crossfit place is Wanderlust Fitness and for yoga I can recommend Ecosfera. The big beach clubs like la Brisa and Finns are also offering weekly yoga directly by the beach. I can highly recommend attending those classes. You pay 100k and have the most amazing morning workout directly by the ocean with a professional yoga teacher. 

On the beach every couple meters you find a surf school and can rent boards for 3 euros for 2 hours. When I got to Canggu I wanted to sign up at a gym and checked out all of them. I can recommend the body factory (upper class, luxury gym), avenue fitness (average prices), Sayuri (local gym). I actually signed up at the local gym because it was much cheaper and closer to my apartment. It was only 20 euros per month. 

Dehnungsübungen nach dem Workout

Co-working spaces in Canggu

The week I arrived in Bali I made sure to check out all the co-working spaces in Canggu, because I wanted to make sure to really work from the one I felt most comfortable in. I was surprised how many of them already opened in the tiny village. There are 5 or 6 in total right now. Can you believe it? Canggu has only 40.000 inhabitants and more co-working spaces than the capital of my state in Austria!  The two most famous ones are Dojo and Outpost. These are the „oldest“ ones and those who really brought digital nomads to this area. Recently a couple others opened as well. Price wise they are all pretty similar. You can pay per month, per week or per hours. Internet is fantastic in all of them. Dojo Coworking Space

Here a quick rundown of the co-working spaces in Canggu that I have been to: 

  • Dojo: I signed up at Dojo for 2 months and couldn’t have loved it more. They do a great job connecting the co-workers through many social events. Dojo offers keynotes, networking events and fun activities on a weekly basis. They have a café included and serve you drinks & meals straight to your seat. People were super friendly and it was so easy to find new friends through all the social activities going on there. It has the perfect location very close to the beach. Sometimes we went for an after work drink to the la Brisa beach bar and watched the sunset from there or went for an early morning surf and to work after at Dojo. They partnered with Hubud in Ubud, so if you spend some time there you can also use that space for free. 
  • Outpost: This place seemed a bit outdated to me. I just didn’t like the vibe. However, you will find everything you need around this co-working space and if you live in Berawa (which is another part of Canggu) it might be the closer choice for you. Right next to it is a gym and a healthy cafe. It also has a pool that you can use. 
  • Tropical Nomad: This place is pretty new and so stylish! Probably my favorite if it wouldn’t be for the „bad“ location. It is a bit out of the center right at the most feared intersection the so-called „shortcut“. There is so much traffic on that side of town and the road is continuously jammed. You can do a one day free trial day to see if you like the space. They also have a very cute cafe and a nice garden at tropical nomad. 
  • ConCon: This one is pretty new as well and closer to the beach. It was quite expensive though. They collaborate with the hotel below it and you get to use the pool for free as a member. The space was also much smaller than the other ones, which is why we decided to not work from there. 

Dojo Coworking Space

Co-working from cafés

If you don’t want to spend so much money on a co-working space you can alternatively work from one of the many cafés in Canggu. That is actually what I did once I ran out of hours at Dojo at the end of my stay. Most of the cafés are work-friendly and have great wifi.
I can recommend the Common café, Nude, Alterego, Cassava, Cinta Cafe and the Sloth.

Dojo Coworking Space

Accommodation for digital nomads in Canggu

Most co-working spaces also offer co-living. All through Canggu you will find many guest houses and home stays. It is very easy to find accommodation and won’t cost you too much, unless you want your private villa. I stayed in a beautiful guest house together with my boyfriend for 16 euros a night! Definitely less than what I would be paying at home in Austria for an apartment. 
You can book long term stays through Airbnb or directly at the guest houses. Most places have daily room cleaning, a pool and a common kitchen. 

Nightlife in Canggu

Being a digital nomad in Canggu gives you access to some of the greatest parties in Bali. Two of the best beach clubs are located in Canggu. La Brisa and Finns. Every month you will find unique DJ events there attracting all kinds of fun party people. Every Friday is a big party at the lawn, which is quite famous. For pre-drinking Old Mans is a really good option. There are also so many other nice bars and even breweries for you to chose from. Another place I can totally recommend is called alternative beach. Every Monday at 6mp they have an outdoor movie night and on Saturdays big pool parties. 

Walkability and Safety 

Maybe the online bad thing I have to say about living as a digital nomad in Canggu is regarding traffic safety. People drive like crazy and there are no rules. They also drive on the other side of the street than us Europeans which makes it harder for tourists to navigate well in the traffic mess. Pretty much everyone has a scooter in Canggu. It is the fastest and easiest way to get around. A lot of accidents happen however, because most people don’t really know how to ride it properly. Walking from one place to another will take you a long time and your best bet is always hopping on a scooter. 

Driving a scooter in Canggu
Our scooter in Canggu

Apart from crazy traffic, during my two months in Canggu I have never felt unsafe one single time there. You can walk outside at night without a problem. A couple of times I have left the key in my scooter or personal items on the table and nothing ever got stolen. 

Why I would recommend Canggu

To sum it up the quality of living as a digital nomad in Canggu is simply so high. You can live at low cost and get an amazing lifestyle at the same time! You can go out to eat to beautiful restaurants, attend fun social activities and live in beautiful places for very little money. The chill vibe and nice atmosphere here is really one of a kind. I could not imagine a better place to be as a digital nomad and online entrepreneur than in Canggu! 

Let me know if you have any specific questions, I didn’t answer in the post. I would be happy to help! 



How to learn a language fast – my 8 best tips!

How to learn a language fast

Ever wondered how to learn a language fast and fluently? I currently speak 6 languages fluently and I am learning two more. One time I challenged myself to learn Norwegian in 2 weeks and was able to have conversations with the locals. Just recently I decided to learn Indonesian and mastered it within 2 months. Over the years I believe I have cracked the code on how to learn a new language in record time and will be sharing all my most valuable tips with you in this blog post.

My language background

Learning new languages is probably one of my biggest hobbies. Sitting down in the afternoon to study vocab is something I consider as fun. Yes, I’m a weirdo I know 😀

Thanks mom!

It all started when I was a little girl my mom would expose me to all kinds of different languages. Whenever we travelled somewhere she bought me books in the native language of the country. Even though she didn’t understand the language she read them to me. She made me listen to audio cassettes in French and watch television in English. When I was four years old I had memorized whole rhymes in different languages or recite the entire greek alphabet after a vacation in Greece. Even though I didn’t really know what the words meant I am certain it gave me a basic understanding of languages and opened up something in my brain that helps me nowadays to pick up new languages faster.

My quick language history

I started out like any other Austrian kid learning English in school. In elementary school I remember thinking it would be fun to learn a secret language that I can speak with my friends so no one could understand what we were saying. That’s when I started studying Spanish by myself (I was about 11 back then). After realizing that my friends weren’t into the whole language thing I dropped that project though. In high school I started to learn French and took Spanish as an elective. I decided to do an exchange year in the United States and worked on my English there. I kept improving upon my French and Spanish through studying abroad and added Italian during my Master studies. Earlier this year I started with Indonesian and also Dutch. My goal is to be able to speak 10 languages by the time that I am 30 years old.

How to learn a language fast on your own
During my exchange semester in France with friends from Mexico, Spain, Italy and Norway

After having mastered 5 languages (or 6 if you count my Austrian dialect) fluently and currently studying 2 more I believe I know a thing or two about how to learn a language fast and efficient on your own.

So how can you learn any new language fast and fluently?

Don’t worry if your mom didn’t raise you reading bedtime stories in a different language every day. I will be sharing some of my best tips and tricks of how to learn a new language by yourself in this blog post.

1. Vocab, vocab, vocab

Many language teachers focus way too much on grammar. My credo is: get as much vocab into your brain as possible. The more words you know the more you can say and people will also understand you even though you didn’t get the grammatical structure right. Grammar is something that you will pick up with practice. When I learnt Spanish I got thrown into a Spanish family for 4 months as an AuPair that didn’t speak a word of English or German. I was running around with a dictionary the first weeks looking up every word I wanted to say in order to be able to communicate with them. I had studied Spanish a year before as an elective in high school, but our teacher was only focused on grammar. Only when I got to my Spanish host family I realized I wasn’t able to say anything because I simply didn’t know any words! 

2. Learning through watching TV

I am not a big fan of wasting my time on watching movies and series, but when I do I try to at least get something out of it. That is why I always watch it in a different language. Currently I am watching a new series I really like called Shadowhunters on Netflix. I watch all episodes in Italian. In the beginning I started out putting subtitles and finally switched them off, focusing fully on what they are saying. I love Netflix for that because it lets you switch between different languages and also put subtitles that makes it even easier to follow along.

Another thing I like to do is to go to English movie theaters. I just really like to watch movies in their original language since jokes or sayings often don’t translate that well into other languages.

How to learn a language fast on your own

3. Use language learning apps

I love language learning apps like Duolingo! It lets you set a private goal (mine is 5 minutes a day) and makes it fun and easy to study vocab. It is not good for grammar though because it doesn’t really explain you anything, but rather lets you study new words. I don’t believe you can learn a whole new language solely by studying it on Duolingo, but it is a great way to practice and pick up some new words. In my experience it really comes down to saying things out loud and that is something you can’t really do with the app as I am mostly using it when I am in public and have waiting time to kill. 

4. Read books

The best way to learn a new language is to soak up as much of it as possible. Once you get better you can start reading books. When I was trying to improve my Italian I went to the book store and asked for beginner books in Italian. There are whole companies focusing on bringing out books for language learners. The ones I bought always had difficult vocabulary translated and some exercises included after every chapter. This is a fun way to learn and read at the same time. It also always helps me to see the words written down.

How to learn a language fast on your own

5. Listen to audio books

Depending on your language level you can start listening to audio books on the go. This is a convenient way that lets you practice a language while commuting or doing tasks at home that don’t require a lot of attention like washing the dishes or doing laundry. I also like to download vocab on audible. A reader will read out words and you can repeat them.

How to learn a language fast on your own-4

6. Take lessons

If you want to get really serious about learning a language I can recommend taking some classes or signing up for a language school. Many university offer these types of language courses and there are also always language schools in every city offering great courses and classes for you to take. In Indonesia I actually had a private teacher, which was so incredibly helpful and let me learn the language within 2 months.

How to learn a language fast

7. Find a tandem partner

If you are wondering how to learn a language fast it actually all comes down to start speaking it. The best way to learn a new language effectively is to get the words out of your head onto your tongue and practice with a tandem partner. There is an app called Tandem (it is kind of like Tinder for finding a tandem partner :D) I used it when I lived in Budapest and wanted to learn Hungarian for the brief time that I was there. It is so easy to find other people who want to learn your native language. You meet up for coffee, talk 30 minutes in your language and 30 minutes in the other persons language. This way both parties get something out of it and you get to meet new people! I also did Tandem in Vienna practicing my Italian, which was also a great way to practice the language before leaving for Rome.

In most major cities there are also Tandem meetups where people meet in a bar or café in order to practice their languages. I did that in Berlin a couple of times and it was great fun. After some google research for your city I am sure you will find these types of events. 

8. Get local!

My best and most effective tips for learning a language is to actually go to that country and try to speak it. I have done this for every single language I wanted to master. Immerse yourself as much as possible with the locals and use every single opportunity to talk in their native language. I have lived in France, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Indonesia and the USA for quite some time. I always made sure to keep my distance from the internationals and try to make local friends. This way you not only speak way more, but you also learn a lot about their local culture and traditions. Try to meet locals! It is the number one best thing you can do if you really want to learn a new language effectively!

I know for some people it might be difficult to spend a semester abroad somewhere, but why not plan a vacation to the country you are learning the language from? Or book a one week language camp there?

How to learn a language fast on your own

The number one mistake most people make

If you are looking into learning a new language on your own make sure to really start speaking it. That is the number one mistake I see most people do. They are too afraid to speak and never get the words out of their head. Don’t be afraid of making to make mistakes. It really doesn’t matter. No one will make fun of you because you got the word order wrong or pronounced it differently. The important thing is that you try to speak because thats the fastest way you will learn. 

Also stay curious. Ask the locals for new words when you speak and try to repeat them right away. Use every opportunity to speak and practice and I can guarantee you will learn any language in record time! 

Learning a new language and being able to speak to locals is the most wonderful thing for me. Being able to speak in their native tongue brings your travel experience to a whole new level. Locals will always appreciate your extra effort and you will simply get so much out of it!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Would love to know what language you guys are currently trying to learn. Let me know in the comments 🙂

In case you also want to watch a video on this topic, I recorded a short YouTube video summarizing this blog post: 



The best healthy food in Ubud – raw & vegan

Best healthy food in Ubud

In this food guide on finding the best healthy food in Ubud I will be sharing some of my personal favorite vegetarian, raw, vegan cafes as well as restaurants that I have been to while visiting the bustling center of Bali.

The food experience in Ubud

Early November I got to spend a whole week in Ubud, which is known to be the ultimate paradise for vegans and raw food lovers. Ubud has this spiritual vibe going on, focusing a lot on yoga practices, raw and healing food as well as esoteric powers and supranatural experiences. The smell of joss sticks will follow you everywhere you go and girls with messy hair buns carrying their yoga mats will cross your way many times. Ubud is the spiritual center of Bali and very focused on well-being and healing the body from within. The whole vegan and eating raw concept fits perfectly into Ubudians belief system and is well promoted by new and traditional restaurants.

It’s easy being a vegan in Ubud

Lucky enough I got to experience Ubud’s cuisine while being on a 30 day vegan challenge. I could not have picked a better place for my plant-based mission! On the 1st of November I started to eat vegan in Singapur and it was almost impossible to find vegan food there. I was desperately trying to find something to eat for lunch and dinner there, asking so many food stalls if they had anything vegan. They just looked at me funny and I had the feeling they had never even heard the word vegan before.

Ubud is completely the opposite of what I experienced in Singapore. If you are looking for healthy food in Ubud you definitely will find a lot of amazing places to choose from. Ubud is heavily vegan focused and most cafes and restaurants already advertise their vegan dishes outside. I was surprised that even the local and traditional Indonesian Warungs (eateries) offer a lot of plant-based meals.

Best healthy food in Ubud

Finding healthy cafes and restaurants in Ubud

Eating plant-based in Ubud is definitely not a trend anymore, but a sheer lifestyle! This is reflected in the amount of plant-based only restaurants you find there. Never ever have I seen so many vegan only restaurants that do not even offer dairy or meat dishes in their menu. However, Ubud is taking it one step further and there are quite a lot of raw vegan restaurants that have opened over the last years. These places prepare all dishes under 48 degrees Celsius to preserve all the important vitamins. 

I was surprised by the creativity and originality of the dishes we were served in all of these awesome cafes and restaurants. Everything tasted amazing and it won’t make you miss dairy or meat one single bit. During my stay in Ubud is was actually so easy to eat vegan and its so nice to go to a restaurant and not having to think about what to order because everything on the menu is good to go! I discovered eating Tempe in Ubud. Omg it is the most delicious vegan meat alternative! 

What I also noticed in all places was that they are very focused on sustainability. None of the restaurants I went to used plastic straws or any other type of plastic for table-wear, take-away boxes or glass coasters. Most restaurants follow a zero waste concept, which I find great!

In this blog post I will share with you my tips for best raw and vegan food in Ubud and will link to my favorite restaurants that I have visited during my stay. These places are definitely a bit more pricey than the traditional Indonesian places, but you also get better quality of ingredients and a nicer atmosphere. Be prepare to pay between 50k and 90k for one main dish.

Best healthy food in Ubud

Seeds of Life – raw vegan restaurant

Seeds of Life was the first raw vegan restaurant I have ever been to. Oh wow what an experience! Walking in you immediately know you found the spiritual center of Ubud. Everyone is sitting on the floor and the restaurant is filled with yogis and guys in dread locks. The menu is basically a novel explaining in great detail each dish, drink and the importance of raw food. They have a taoist tonic bar as well, providing you with the most interesting life enhancing magic drinks. I ordered a zucchini walnut lasagne and my boyfriend got the pizza. For dessert we both had a vegan cheesecake. Food was absolutely delicious! The cafe was very busy so we had to wait a long time for our food.

Raw Vegan lasange at Seeds of life ubud
Raw Vegan Lasagne

Elixir – healthy dining in Ubud

What I loved about the plant based restaurant Elixir war the nice atmosphere. We went for dinner and it was so beautiful with all the little candles. It seems like a really fancy dinner restaurant and the dishes were super yummy. I ordered the Vegan Kichiri which was lentil daal on sourdough bread and my boyfriend had the jackfruit burrito. Both excellent dishes. We got an order of cassava fries as well that were super juicy and yummy!
They have this thing that if you tag them in your Instastory you will get minus 15% off. How cool is that?!

The Seeds of Life best vegan food ubud

Lazy Cats – go for the location

I was struggling to decide if I should include this place or not. If I would only consider the taste and price-performance ratio of the food it would definitely not make the list, but regarding atmosphere and experience it was definitely the best.
So just know that I was very disappointed by the food. This was actually a vegetarian restaurant, but they had many vegan and also raw options on the menu. They have everything from breakfast, lunch to dinner, coffee and also cocktails! Unfortunately, the portions were very small and tasteless. We went as a group of four and all of us were not happy with what we got so I believe we got a good overview over the menu. However, that being said the location of Lazy Cats is just so cool and even going for a coffee is totally worth it!
They have this awesome hipster/vintage vibe going on and the place simply looks so cool. 

Lazy Cats Cafe Ubud

Sayuri Healing food – my favorite place for healthy food in Ubud

This has to be my favorite place out of all! Not only is the food amazing, but the space is also very nice furnished. It is quite big and seemed to be super popular as almost every table was taken. Everything is vegan with many raw vegan options as well!

There are a lot of amazing dishes on the menu and every day of the week has a special meal as well. We go the nourish bowl and the Reuben sandwich. Both very colorful and delicious. The highlight at Sayuri healing food, however, were the desserts. Never ever have I tasted such amazing vegan cheesecakes. We had the triple berry cheesecake and key lime pie. Here are some pictures:

Vegan Cheesecake best healthy food Ubud

Best healthy food in Ubud vegan cheesecake

Dessert was so good that we also got two cookies to go and enjoyed them the next morning.

The only thing I cannot recommend is their lattes and drinks. We literally couldn’t drink the iced cafe latte because it was so bitter and I had to use about 3 tbsp of coconut sugar to down the matcha latte that I had ordered. I think it was because of their homemade cashew milk that just had a very sour taste. Better stay with water or juice 😉

They have a little shop included selling amazing whole food products like superfoods, cacao butter, home made cookies and coconut oil. It is also possible to get their amazing desserts as take-away! 

On top of that they offer raw vegan chef training courses, classes on how to make your own vegan cheese and have detox workshops. If you are looking for healthy food in Ubud this certainly is the perfect place to visit! 

More recommendations:

Since I just spent a couple of days in Ubud and couldn’t go to all places I am listing here a few more recommendations that I have gotten myself from vegan friends who lived in Ubud for a very long time:

Sage, Bella by Sage, Zest, Alchemy, Moksa, Clear Cafe, Kafe, Watercress, Kismet

These places are not solely vegan restaurants, but offer a great variety of plant-based and also raw meals.

If you are eating plant-based or are just curious to try raw vegan cuisine I hope you will follow this food guide and check out some of the cafes and restaurants in Ubud that I have mentioned in this blog post. I am certain you will be surprised of how amazing this kind of food can taste!

Looking for more restaurant guides? Visit my food guides for Seminyak and Canggu if you travel around more in Bali. 
In case you are ever in Tulum, Rome or Taipei make sure to check them out as well! 


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Best food in Canggu, Bali in 2020 – healthy, vegan cafes

best bowls in Canggu

If you are wondering where to find the best food in Canggu, Bali, then you came to the right blog post! As a professional food blogger I basically eat for a living and sampled my way through the entire restaurant and cafe sphere in Canggu. There are so many incredible places in this tiny village and its the absolute honestly my personal food heaven here. I will share my favorite food spots with you now. 

One Instagram spot after another in Canggu

Let’s start by saying how absolutely incredible and amazing food is here in Canggu and Bali in general. You find so many tropical fruit, colorful veggies and fresh seafood. Recently some really trendy hipster cafes have opened all across the island and somehow most have settled down in the Canggu area.

Please be aware that these places are not reflecting typical balinese food and are way more expensive than the less fancy restaurants locals would go to. In while I have been in Bali I have barely seen an Indonesian in those places. It is mostly tourists who obviously pay more for food than locals ever would.  However, they are gorgeous and beautifully designed. Walking in there alone feels like going on vacation. The places I am going to share with you are honestly some of the coolest restaurants I have ever been to in my life! There is simply such a unique vibe and feeling to them. 

I will always link the instagram account of those places. Make sure to check them out as you can really see they trimmed the places for bloggers and foodies to take their Instagram pictures. Literally all of these places have tens of thousands of followers. Crazy! 

Healthy Cafes and Restaurant Guide Canggu

I will share my tips for the best food in Canggu now with you. I have selected restaurants that are hip, trendy with a cool atmosphere and beautiful interior design. All spots offer healthy food, many vegetarian and vegan options and a lot of fitness dishes. Rarely ever have I eaten so healthy for such a long time and this is only thanks to these wonderful restaurants I can go to and enjoy an incredible healthy meal that also tastes absolutely amazing at the same time. 

So lets get into my best food in Canggu restaurant tips: 

1. Cafe Organic

Another lovely hidden spot for the best healthy food in Canggu is Cafe Organic. Make sure to check out their Instagram, as simply looking at their feed will make your mouth water. It is a healthy conscious cafe with a passion for sustainability and waste reduction. They don’t use any plastic, which I find fantastic and cook with a lot of fresh ingredients. It basically feels like you are eating a rainbow there! 

Cafe Organic best healthy food in Canggu

They have a big breakfast and lunch menu! They have organic coffee and fresh smoothies and juices as well. There is a nice selection of different smoothie bowls that are prepared beautifully and all the food simply looks so instagrammable. I met the founder of Cafe Organic personally when we recorded a video for the Cafe Organic Instagram channel. She was the first one opening a plant-based cafe in Canggu and has done quite some pioneer work in this area! 

Insta photo spot tip

On the terrace you find a little whit hammock in the corner that just cries for you to take a fun shot in it. Thats the one I took there:

Cafe Organic best healthy food in Canggu

2. Crate Cafe 

This healthy food spot in Canggu might as well be my favorite one out of all of them. I love coming to Crate Cafe because it feels like stepping into a food bloggers kitchen. If I wouldn´t know better I would have sworn they hired food bloggers as kitchen staff to prepare the dishes. Everything you order is mind-blowingly awesome decorated. I personally could not do it better than the kitchen fairies at Crate Cafe. The best seller there is the Wuddup avocado, hummus bread. It is such an eye-catcher. This cafe is a must if you are looking for the best food in Canggu. 

We went back to Crate Cafe while being on a 30day vegan challenge and what I also loved about this place is the great amount of plant-based option on the menu! I had the scrambeled tofu on toast and my boyfriend tried the vegan burger. We also shared the coconut pancakes. Probably one of the best pancakes I have ever eaten. The food at Crate Cafe does not only look amazing it also tastes delicious! 

Crate Cafe Canggu

3. Nalu Bowls

I love to include Nalu Bowls in my list of healthy food places in Bali because it is such a cute little spot. They only serve smoothie bowl and compared to the other restaurants don´t have a huge menu selection. Sometimes in other cafes its really hard to decide because they offer so many different dishes. At Nalus its just five different smoothies bowls. During my stay in Canggu I have tried them all and my favorite one is the peanut butter one! We have been going to Nalus quite frequently, also just for coffee, because it is literally right next to our co-working space. I love the minimalistic design of the shop and the beach vibes you get visiting this little food spot!

Nalu Bowls canggu

4. The Loft 

The Loft is a beautiful restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner on the main street of Canggu. Everything on the menu sounds super yummy. I had the Vida Halloumi Bowl there and my friends tried the Loft Burger, the Poke Bowl and a wrap. Everything was really good. Portions are quite small though, so keep that in mind.
If you go to the Loft I would in hindsight rather order a drink and a dessert. They really go above and beyond regarding decoration and all the coffee drinks simply look so magical and amazing. They make the most boring latte look incredible. What I also really love about this place is that they are very focused on sustainability and don’t use any plastic. 

The desserts are all homemade, mostly vegan and I have never seen such an elaborate decoration on the plate for ever dessert the brought to our table. It was really pure art on a plate. 

The Loft Canggu Desserts

If you are looking for good smoothie bowls I also highly recommend them. Here is one of the smoothie bowls we had at the Loft: The loft . canggu smoothie bowl

5. Motion Cafe 

A restaurant that only serves pure fitness food is my personal definition of the perfect food place for me! Motion Cafe developed a concept of clean eating and all the dishes you can order are 100% fitness approved by me! I can recommend the mega chicken salad as one of my favorites on the menu. You can also design your own protein shake and choose from different diet styles (Paleo, vegan, ketogenic, high protein). During our stay in Canggu we also tried the meal plans from Motion. In the morning you get all your meals delivered to your home and have everything ready for your day in perfectly labeled containers. I tried the paleo meal plan and my boyfriend the gainer meal plan. This made clean eating so easy and gave us so much more time as we didn´t have to cook for the whole day. Don´t leave Canggu without visiting Motion Cafe! 

Motion fitness food bali_

6.  Secret Spot 

The secret spot is indeed hidden very well, as I only discovered it after a couple weeks in Canggu. A bit off the busy main street it is a cute little surf cafe with a lovely atmosphere and delicious dishes. They only have vegan and vegetarian dishes which are so tasty you would not even miss the meat one single bit. I ordered the „Chicken“ Bowl, which was crispy tofu on a Mexican salad and my friend got the tofu poke bowl. For dessert we shared a raw, vegan, gluten and sugar-free snickers bar. Let me tell you this was one of the most amazing things I have ever eaten. The food at the secret Spot Canggu was outstanding and I really recommend you check it out while you are in town.

The secret spot Tofu Poke Bowl

I was actually talking to the owner of the Secret Spot for a little bit and he told me that they are following a zero waste concept and are really mindful of where they source their ingredients. They only use the best and purest food for their dishes.

7. Milu by Nook

Milu by Nook is actually not directly in the center of Canggu, but a little further outside in Berawa. It is by far the most beautiful restaurant regarding interior, style and design. Nude has a beautiful garden with tables overlooking the rice fields. You will get such a comfortable, chill feeling there. No matter how stressful your day was, walking in there will feel like taking a vacation from everything. They have a really big menu and many different choices, also offering a lot of vegan and vegetarian meals. The first time I went I was not so lucky with my meal selection as I didn’t like my pumpkin hummus on sourdough so much. The second time I chose something else and liked it much better. I can also really recommend their dessert. We have tried all their cakes and the coconut cheesecake is my absolute favorite! 

This place can get really busy around dinner time and it is a good idea to reserve a table if you want to sit by the rice paddies. I recommend you book the table for 5.3opm to be able to see the place still at daylight, spend the sunset hour there and then also see it at nighttime with the many lights. 

8. Nude 

I went to Nude for lunch and it was absolutely fantastic. We tried the vegan protein shakes, the nourish bowl and the vegan burger. Super colorful and yummy food. You can definitely take insta worthy shots there! The restaurant has very nice interior design and looks like a real blogger place!
What I loved about Nude is that they have an are with aircondition as well. This makes it much nicer to enjoy the meal when its super hot outside. It also seems like a good place to do some work from. I saw many people with laptops and the internet was very fast. 

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9. Shady Shack

Shady Shack is one of the most hyped Insta spots in Canggu. They have an awesome vegan dessert bar and so many yummy cakes – especially the carrot cake is a must try! It is a really sweet garden setting a bit of the busy main streets. You can go there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I probably hat the best gnocchi there (they are called pillow talk). They bowls are also always a great go-to! 

Shady Shack Canggu


10. Cinta Cafe

Cinta Cafe seems to be a really hip co-working cafe. We saw a lot of people with their laptops and they have great internet and places to charge your devices. My boyfriend and I both had amazing coffees. The red velvet chai latte was especially creative and tasty. Vegan choices were a bit limited, but other than that the menu is very fun and creative. It is a good spot to chill out and enjoy a nice healthy meal. 

Cinta cafe Canggu


More food

These were my top choices for healthy food in Canggu. However, there are so many other incredible places that didn’t make the final top list because they don’t serve the typical hipster, healthy and vegan food category that this blog post is about. 
That is why I wanted to dedicate a special section for those places as well:

Best Indonesian and local food in Canggu 

This where you need to go for the best Indonesian local food in Canggu:

  • Just Warung: secret tip from my Indonesian professor. Very local, beautiful place and very cheap. Try the chicken curry, its so good. 
  • Casa Tua: Such a great experience. The staff is so friendly and the restaurant is beautiful. Authentic and cheap. They have rabbits running around free! 
  • Warung Local: Indonesian Fast Food: So cheap, cute and authentic. Always a lot of people because everyone loves it there! 
  • Give: I love this place so much! Its a non-profit cafe and what you pay goes towards charity projects. You can choose yourself where you would like to donate the money. This Warung is fully plant-based and everything is so delicious. Best vegan chicken I have ever had! 

Best Western food in Canggu

If you are looking for burger, pizza and ice cream these are the places I can recommen: 

  • La Barraca: Simply for the atmosphere! You will get complimentary sandwiches in the beginning and dessert after your meal. They also have vegan pizza. 
  • Gelato Secret: best option for ice cream in town
  • Plant Cartel: vegan fast food restaurant. Really good seitan burger and the loaded fries were amazing as well! 
  • Milk & Madu: the best pizza in town! 

Make sure to visit at least some of them while you are staying in Canggu! Check out my food guides for Seminyak and Ubud if you make your way to these cities as well while visiting Bali. 


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