Bali’s best kept secret?

Eropa temple

An office with a view

Surely this has to be one of Bali’s best kept secrets? Most surfers will know the beach, but many tourists seem to be missing this piece of heaven!

This is where we found ourselves today at Echo (also written as Eco) Beach in Canggu, sipping a drink and listening to the waves at high tide crashing onto the beach.

Now, there are many beautiful beaches in Bali, so is this one any more special than others? Always a tough question but I’ll answer it this way. This one is unique because it seems the vast majority of tourists haven’t found it yet! And, it’s right under their noses!

Many of you may have already found your way down to Echo Beach and discovered the superb seafood restaurant and BBQ there. Enjoy some wine, a fresh juice or even music some afternoons, and watch the surfers test their skills on the varying sized waves. But many miss the temple that is just tucked next to it, which is right near a carpark, which is right next to a casual warung Eropa, which has simply breathtaking views. Even on a warm day the breeze washes over you, the salt water can be tasted in the air and you can take in the sight of Bali, right down past the airport to Uluwatu.

So that’s where we ended up today, planning our newest venture, Bali Soul Journals. What an office!

Firstly though, we had to try the food. Eropa boast they have the best crispy duck in Bali. An avid foodie critic, that was a challenge that needed to be met! Trish tried the roasted chicken and as promised, both were superb. If you love spicy, the Bali Sambal with rice is heaven, full of flavour and yes, some heat! Bali Sambal is a unique blend of onion, chilli and lemongrass served with rice. Here’s a suggested way of making it at home!

Bali Sambal recipe

bali sambal

15 shallots, peeled, cut in half and finely sliced
4 cloves garlic, cut in half & sliced
15 small sliced chilies
5 lemon leaves (daun limau) finely chopped
1 tsp roasted shrimp cake (terasi), finely grated
4 stalks lemon grass, bruised and finely sliced
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
80 ml coconut oil

Simply combine in a bowl and season with pepper!

So where was I?! Ah yes, the view! If you face out and look to your left, you will make out the domes of the new airport. Find that and follow around to the left…that’s Bali Discovery Mall. To the right are the cliffs of Uluwatu.

One of the things I like about Eropa is that it is authentic with a touch of comfort. Cheap, yet not too cheap. Tourists seem to prefer the business of the other side of the temple, but for us, a bit of peace and quiet while absorbing the sound of crashing waves and breathing in fresh air has a holiday appeal.

After lunch, head to Therapy and indulge yourself in one of their treatments, or take a walk along the beach (best if the tide is on the way out, the waves can crash in!)  The beach is safe for swimming in parts but take care as there are no life guards, and there is a rip, in addition to rocks beneath the water at the front of Eropa. Ask a surfer if you are unsure.

Soon to open will be Sentosa, which promises to be a classy addition to Echo Beach with a shopping centre and stunning ocean view accommodation.

But for now, we will enjoy watching the sun go down on another day in Bali and contemplate what everyone is up to around the coast line, while sipping a cool drink with arguably one of Bali’s finest sweeping views!

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