THE PLACE: BALI

THE PRINT-LOV­ING FOUNDER OF LA DOU­BLEJ, J.J. MARTIN, EX­PLORES A LUSH JUN­GLE PAR­ADISE

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A jour­ney to the In­done­sian par­adise with La Dou­blej founder J.J. Martin

WHERE TO GO “My ex­pe­ri­ence was mag­i­cal. I trav­eled to the out­skirts of Ubud, a great re­gion that re­minds me of Venice Beach [in Los Angeles] with all of its yoga stu­dios and ve­gan restau­rants. Later in the trip I went north to lie on the beach at

Puri Ba­gus Lov­ina (1). And I loved tree-gaz­ing in the Ubud Mon­key For­est (2); the knot­ted roots were like twisted wild an­i­mals.”

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT “I stayed on qi gong mas­ter Per van Spall’s com­pound for a well­ness re­treat, but there are lots of beau­ti­ful ho­tels in Ubud, such as Bambu In­dah (3), that I’d like to book next time. I rec­om­mend break­fast at Café Vespa, lunches at the Ele­phant, and din­ner at Sage. The area has so many veg­eta­bles and grains to en­joy. Italy, where I live, is not a salad par­adise, but Bali def­i­nitely is! Be sure to get a co­conut wa­ter while you’re there; it’s served with a straw straight from the green shell.”

WHAT TO DO “The is­land is packed with tem­ples ev­ery­where you look, in­clud­ing spe­cial ones like

Pura Tirta Em­pul (4), where you can do pu­rifi­ca­tion cer­e­monies with wa­ter. Most of them don’t al­low you to en­ter with bare arms or shoul­ders, so I’d wear a long-sleeve bathing suit with a sarong on top of it. At night we went into the out­door mar­ket, where there are stalls sell­ing cheap food and cloth­ing. It’s tourist-free and filled with lo­cals eating right from tiny one-per­son pots and fry­ing pans. We paid pen­nies and ate like kings!”

WHAT TO PACK Bright and breezy dresses, wa­ter­proof flip-flops, and a hands-free bag.

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