The legendary island promises a mystical adventure of self-awakening, but the reality greeting travellers is usually more crowded beaches and overpriced restaurants. So can we ever find the Bali that once was? The answer, is yes.

The busy throngs at Kuta is still largely contained there, with some spillage to Seminyak. Canggu is fast becoming an alternative hotspot with upcoming development, but maintains a relaxed vibe. To really get away, Ubud with its rice terraces, keeps it rustic.

But if you really want Eat. Pray. Love. on the island, I’ve drafted an elemental guide (earth, air, fire, water and spirit!) with activities that can let you reconnect and rejuvenate.

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