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countryside. We ventured into town daily to experience the vibrant labyrinth of markets and shops filled with great food and exotic treasures. Mayura’s unique activity list includes a cooking class from an internationally trained Balinese chef. We woke up with the sunrise and headed to the market, where we toured the stalls and purchased ingredients for our five-course meal. Our chef, Made Suwardika, was wonderfully enthusiastic and encouraged us to pick unfamiliar produce. We chopped, laughed, and learned about traditional Balinese cooking methods under the palm trees in Mayura’s pop-up outdoor kitchen. Highlights included a satay lilit (hand-rolled mahi mahi on a stick) and glazed pork belly. It was a phenomenal experience that we’ve attempted to recreate at home without much luck. After a long day, we retreated to our room, high above the narrow river, which faced a gorgeous view of cascading foliage. As the weather turned, we drew a bath, opened the windows, and listened to the tropical storm. Small crocodiles swam in the waters below. The magic of Bali is tangible here, and Mayura is the perfect home base from which to experience and explore. Karma’s boutique properties share a timeless luxury and offer experiences to suit every taste. Fortunately, there are so many places to discover on this sacred island that leaving only ever feels temporary. The biggest challenge you’ll face is preserving your vacation mindset when you return to the real world. 62

FALL FASHION ISSUE 2016


NICHE Fall Fashion Issue 2016