In 2005 Les Leventhal left his corporate San Francisco life behind and started on a new path as a yoga student and later instructor. He now is the envy of all his friends, practicing and teaching yoga in breathtaking Bali. Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself there any time soon, here are some of his favorite spots. Namaste.
Where are you from and why do you love it?
In Bali, it took over a year, but we really found our dream home. It’s in a northern part of Ubud called Junjungan. It’s removed from the center of town, up in the rice fields, amazing sunrises and sunsets and lots of snakes, frogs, geckos, dragon flies, fireflies, ducks, roosters, dogs, cats, pigs, scooters and amazing people.
In Ubud, there is an amazing place called Kahiyang. It is owned by this beautiful man. He is a coffee farmer from Sumatra and he roasts fresh everyday at 5am, and I happen to be an early riser. The piccolo with madu (honey) is my favorite.
Favorite spot for a cocktail?
Fresh juice is my cocktail of choice. Abe-do does the best and they deliver! I drink a jamu everyday, tumeric, honey and coconut water. The bottle costs $3 – (would be $10-15 in the states easy) and I have not had a cold, sore throat or cough in the 2 years I’ve lived here.
Date night destination?
Aquatonic at Ayana Hotel followed by sunset at the Rock Bar (also at Ayana). It’s an old refurbished Ritz Carlton. Aquatonic is a huge huge pool with 42 stations and you walk through each station and after 2-1/2 hours each station has massaged one part of the body so that when you are whole body has been massaged and then a sunset in Bali…perfection!
Favorite find in the neighborhood?
Keramas Beach – it’s the closest beach to where I live. Most people don’t know about it, so it’s a great place to go unwind. You can sit by a pool that hangs out over the beach and ocean and go back and forth between the two.
Outdoor space to enjoy in the sun?
Probably Keramas, but really, all of Bali is pretty spectacular!
Best kept neighborhood secret?
People don’t take time to walk down all the little alleys next to the rice fields and so many times, at the end of those roads, are little warungs (restaurants) with the most amazing views of jungle and rice fields and rivers. The quiet itself can be an exhilarating moment in this faster and faster moving world we live in.