This is us

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Om swastiastu; hello! We are Mark and Narina, the authors of this site. We're also wanderers – professional travel writers who call West Bali "home".

We created this website to share the part of Bali we know and love with travellers who're searching for destinations off the beaten track, and who're looking for authentic Bali experiences. We have included only the hotels, homestays and villas that we know and recommend – places that are truly special. 

People often ask us how long West Bali has been our base – and to be honest, we don't really know. Mark had lived in Pekutetan, a village near Medewi, in 2002 and a decade later when he and Narina fell in love and became "we", we started to spend more and more time in West Bali. We were drawn to the peace, to the people (and particularly the family Mark lived with), and to the beautiful landscapes out here. Without us really realising, West Bali became home; our books found their way onto shelves and Mark's quiver of surfboards found a pondok all of their own. 

We hope this website gives you both practical knowledge and inspiration to travel to this special part of the world – and if you have any questions regarding where to stay and what to do in West Bali, please drop us a line (email address is in the footer of this site).

Why are there affiliate links on this site?


We've visited every property that's included on this website and have chosen to showcase them here because they're special in some way – and we recommend them because they will enhance your Bali experience. is a site that we use regularly and we find it a very convenient way to book accommodation for the trips we make, and so we have chosen to refer users to that site to make hotel bookings. Please note that as we are affiliate partners we will earn a small commission – at no additional cost to you – should you make a hotel booking from our referral. Also, as an Amazon Affiliate we might earn a small commission from qualifying purchases.

If you do choose to book or buy anything via our site: thank you very much for your support. 

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