Travel Photographer, Daphne Hargrove, Takes Us to Bali

May 12, 2019

Travel Photographer, Daphne Hargrove, Takes Us to Bali


Where was the last place you travelled to?


Was it for business or pleasure?

Pleasure, but I did a few days shooting for Anaskela while I was there… although that never feels like work (haha)! 

How long did you stay?

Two weeks across four very different destinations. 

Where did you go and what was it like?

We started in Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, teaming with craft markets, dance, temples and health-conscious living.

Then we moved on to Nusa Penida Island, it’s untouched distant cousin, where the main attraction is the insane landscape. The roads to each destination got rockier, bumpier and more foreboding than the cliffs that we arrived at. But when you finally reach your destination… WOW. 

After Nusa Penida we went to Uluwatu, a laid back surf town in Bali known for some of the best waves in the world. Uluwatu is where people come to ride the waves or just watch those that do. We spent most afternoons at our favourite spot, Single Fin, where watching waves at the edge of an infinity pool, eating fruit bowls and tacos, seemed like the absolute right thing to do. We saw some temples, beaches, wicked sunsets, and monkeys too!

While in Uluwatu, we also stayed at a beautiful property called Villa Hari Indah. A private outdoor bathtub, the friendly staff and the understated luxury were the perfect addition to this incredible trip. 

Our final stop was Seminyak, for 2 nights. We stayed in a gorgeous (and surprisingly affordable) private Villa with plunge pool, butler, and the most amazing sunset on our very last night. We enjoyed walking through the pretty little streets filled with stylish shops as we sipped on the best home-made frappuccino I’ve ever had. On the first night, We accidentally happened upon the cutest beach club, Mrs. Sippy, where we had steaks and drinks and ice cream from an old-fashioned ice cream cart. The second night, after a day touring the Tannah Lot Temple, we spent the evening at the popular and chic Potato Head Beach Club. This place was incredibly creative with cool, chill vibes, and it was obvious why it’s one of the most popular hang outs in all of Bali. Here, both locals and tourists come together to lounge, eat, drink, listen to sweet DJ spun tunes, and watch the incredible Seminyak sunset. It was the perfect end to our trip.

What was the highlight of your trip?

Its too hard to pick one – the views, the food, the sunsets, the hospitality and the private outdoor bathtub all make the list.

What would you recommend people see/do/eat while there?

Everything I’ve already mentioned, but if you have time to go to only one place I’d say Ubud if you’re looking for sightseeing and culture, Uluwatu for a beach holiday, Nusa Penida Island for an off-the-beaten-track adventure, or Seminyak for the comforts and solitude of a villa with the option to venture out for some fun. 

What travel accessories can you not live without?

I like to travel as light as possible as my cameras take up so much space. My camera is my number one travel item, followed by the most compact version of clothing and toiletries, and my Anaskela travel towel of course!

Do you have any travel tips to share?

Plan and do your research. There is so much to see out there, if you’re going to make the trip you might as well make the most of it!

Where are you off to next?

Iceland… watch this space!

For more on Daphne's travels, follow her on Instagram @travelswithdaphne

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