’Tis the season to travel seaside and soak up the sun! If you’re spending this festive holiday on the island of Gods, here is a round-up of shopping list authentic to Bali to merry up your tropical itinerary.
This street-style magnet has built a fierce social presence on the island among local and international followers. With 13 stores spanning across Bali, Bamboo Blonde has been redefining the ‘island babe’ look in line with contemporary fashion since 2007. The clothes are breezy and colourful, whilst presenting a bold and playful take on ‘resort chic’. Flowing outerwear and dress shirts to wear over your bikini; sultry playsuits and two-piece sets for a sunny stroll through Seminyak; and for the sophisticated sundown soirees, the maxi dresses and jumpsuits are elegant head-turners. This Festive season, don’t miss out on Bamboo Blonde’s latest campaign, exuding European chic aesthetics with their signature tropical touch that give it that very Bali edge. Perfect for the island’s resort and beach club lifestyle. The latest season features ruffle skirts, puff sleeves, pastel silhouettes, paisley and floral patterns and more.
Bali’s Own Skincare
This Bali skincare and beauty brand is a gift from mother Earth, handmade using 100% natural ingredients. Their products are gentle on all skin types, and better yet, contain zero toxic chemicals, making it safe for long-term use and for the environment when rinsed down the drain. Echoing Founder Michael Lorenti Jr.’s philosophy “What’s mine is yours and yours is mine”, Sensatia Botanicals gives back to the local community by employing and empowering villagers in Karangasem; and all workers have a 20 per cent share of company profit! Sensatia has welcomed a brand-new multi-purpose product to its all-natural body care family, ‘Wunderbalm’ that has been concocted to promote better skin texture for dry and sensitive skin symptoms. The rich and creamy formula is enhanced with avocado oil, olive squalane and arnica montana extract, all rich in natural moisturiser and anti-inflammatory properties to keep your skin hydrated in Bali’s sultry weather!
Christmas is synonymous with lights, the tree, wreaths, but mostly grand feasts! What’s a better way to complete a celebratory meal than a sparkling gift that you can sip and enjoy? Two Islands Wine has a great reputation amongst both local and international circles. Their Sparkling Chardonnay is easy to pair with any meal but best when paired with fruit-based desserts, cheese and smoked salmon. It’s light tasting and enjoyable any time of the day, so you could even pair it with tapas by the pool. This simple Sparkling Chardonnay is made using grapes from Hatten Wines’ cool-climate vineyard in Australia’s Adelaide Hills and Limestone Coast, fermented using the traditional French bottle-fermentation technique and ‘sur lie’ aged (when wine is kept in contact with the dead yeast cells leftover from fermentation and are not racked or filtered) for a minimum of 12 months. Visit The Cellardoor Bali in Sanur to get a free tasting or browse the vast collection of red and white available.
The Cellardoor Bali
American clothing brand Volcom has made a home in Indonesia, being part of the surf and skate scene since 1996. Beyond that, they have embraced local art and culture in Bali with their Bali Inspired Tees. Created by two artists part of the Volcom Indonesia creative team, this unique line of t-shirts features classic Balinese themes, icons and styles but done with that wild Volcom flair. You’ll see a tee depicting the Balinese ‘Kamasan’ painting style, featuring skaters and surfers in Balinese traditional attire; the cheeky Balinese monkey getting up to no good; or the unmistakable Barong mask, donning a Volcom Stone and some other crazy twists the brand is known for! These tees are exclusively found in Bali, making them not only a special souvenir but something you really won’t find anywhere else, despite Volcom being a global brand.
Volcom Flagship Store
Hidden Gems and Traditional Finds
Bali Collection’s open-air complex hosts a modest selection of world-famous brands, but the hidden gems are the ones to look out for. The shopping centre boasts 100 well-known stores stretching from west, north to east zone, and upon entering via the West or South Gate, Padi Art Market cannot be missed. It’s a mecca for Bali bijoux, from jewellery, handmade beauty products, homewares, wooden figurines, even Christmas-themed souvenirs. You’ll easily spend hours cherry-picking the most fitting item. Worth highlighting is that Padi Art Market is popular among tourists for their wide collection of batik sarongs ranging from affordable to lavish.
Located within SOGO Department Store is Alun-Alun, another hunting ground for authentically Indonesian-made trinkets. Here, you’ll get lost in a treasure trove of handmade beaded jewellery, exquisite scented candles, hardwood carved chopstick sets and kitchenwares, exceptional batik fashion, and a plethora of unique in-fashion items exclusively sold here. Alun-Alun also has authentic dolls, stuffed animals, a gorgeous selection of accessories, and handicraft on offer for kids!