Samantha Sargent is a holistic nutritionist, health blogger and the founder of natural beauty and lifestyle brand Be Genki. She also loves visiting Bali. We asked Samantha to open up her Balinese address book and share some of her fave hotspots for healthy food and luxe pampering.
“The food at this luxe retreat is amazing,” says Samantha. “So healthy and fresh and incredibly delicious. The raw menu is a must. To start with I’d recommend the sprouted quinoa salad with spinach, peppers & red cabbage, tahini tamari dressing and beetroot, apple relish. And to finish the beetroot, strawberry and raw cacao layer cake. The juice menu is also out of this world. My favourite is combo is cucumber, parsley, celery, fennel, pear and mint. The spa is a must visit too.”
“A great day spa in the heart of Ubud,” says Samantha. “Spend a day here doing a yoga class, getting a Balinese massage and having bite to eat at the garden cafe. They do great smoothies and have a delicious raw vegan menu too. I particularly love their chilled cucumber, avocado and lime juice soup, nori rolls and salads. They also offer holistic health services like Reiki and Access Consciousness Bars. Not to mention their fab hot stone massage!”
“If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud then Hanging Gardens is a beautiful option,” says Samantha. “Surrounded by jungle and completely private, I love this luxury hotel for a few days of relaxation. The villas are heaven and have their own private infinity pools with breathtaking views. The food is also amazing! I loved the breakfasts in particular, as they have offer mini versions of various dishes. So you can pick and choose little bite-sized offers each morning.”
“Head here to feast on delicious organic food while looking out onto rice paddies,” says Samantha. “So beautiful and peaceful. The sweet treats are amazing; think raw chocolate mousse and raw carrot cake. Yum! But they also do delicious Ayurvedic drinks. My favourite is the Clean Green with Gotu Kola, which contains gotu kola, amaranth, mint, parsley and coriander juice blended with coconut water.”
“This café, chocolate, juice bar and health store is a must-visit if you’re in Ubud,” says Sam. “The salads they do are incredible. You get to pick and choose which ingredients, so that your salad is exactly how you’d like it. Think tomato, beetroot, cucumber, carrot, bean sprouts, avocado, mushrooms, spring onions, kale, cauliflower cous-cous, marinated veggies, sprouted almonds, sprouted pumpkin seeds, goji berries, sauerkraut and a lemongrass dressing. Talk about a party in your mouth! They also do a huge variety of juices and smoothies, have takeaway options and a great health store that stocks superfoods and organic produce.”
“This is a beautiful organic cafe in the heart of Ubud,” says Samathan. “It’s really fab for dinner. They also do fab juices. For a refreshing change from the green juice, the watermelon juice with a sprinkle of sea salt is heaven. There are so many delicious options to choose from the raw and macrobiotic menu. Think raw pizza with a topping of sundried tomato marinara, cashew ‘cheese’ and marinated veggies. The kitchari is delicious too and consists of rice, mung beans, broccoli, green beans and carrots cooked in spices and coconut oil. The Suki Sushi is also delicious with sprouted sunflower seed pate, red peppers, fresh daikon and basil, rolled in cucumber with a sauce of maca and wasabi.”
“Home delivery doesn’t get much yummier or healthier than this,” says Samantha. “They also have cafes in various parts of Bali. I love the raw flax crackers with raw vegan spreads and the tropical smoothie which is a delicious tangerine, pineapple, banana, coconut and dates. The fermented noni, soursop and honey drink is also a definite must.”