What does life in Bali mean to you? For most people it’s a lifestyle by design. It’s waking without an alarm. It’s Bali time. It’s unplanned chats over coffee. It’s about calling every meal brunch coz you’re honestly not quite sure what time it is. It’s when days melt into one, and Monday isn’t really a thing.
To Robert Ian Bonnick and his partner Marina Agustina, Life in Bali meant a move from Sydney for a better quality of life with their young family. It meant selling up their hugely successful Redfern Café Social Laneway.. trading it all in for the island life, island time and Lyfe in Bali – their new café concept here in Canggu – kinda same same, and yet so refreshingly different.
Now, Robert is no stranger to a life by design. A motivational speaker (not only professionally, but also socially – seriously, catch a coffee with THIS GUY!), a published author and a hospitality mogul, upon meeting this charismatic and larger-than-life Londoner, you’d never guess how the narrative to Robert’s autobiography began. An abandoned child, coming from nothing, he was able to activate a dream life made up of everything he so longingly desired. It began with the career milestones – playing basketball at a professional level, fashion modelling in Milan alongside the biggest industry names, and hosting VIPs at some of Sydney’s hottest nightclubs. Later, he was able to manifest what that orphan child had always coveted – a family. He met the love of his life in the spicy Indonesian native Marina Agustina, had two little girls, and together, followed their hearts to Bali.
Robert is a total people magnet, and Marina – a knockout mama you’ll girl crush straight into your whatsapp faves – so hospitality for them just makes sense. With the opening of Lyfe in Bali, the couple have opened their living room and created a community, a place for everyday walks of life to gather – whether it be over that impromptu coffee, or a long lazy, well.. “brunch”.
You’ll find communal tables seating old friends & new, mingling over meals, and spilling the tea over a damn good coffee. The menu is fresh & healthy, with a fusion of your Eastern & Western faves. Think brekkie classics like poached eggs & mushrooms on toast, fruit & yogurt bowls, and lunch dishes like tuna poke bowls, chicken San Choy Bau lettuce cups, Marinated tofu with rice noodles, and the iconic Indo Mie Goreng.
With the Tamora Gallery playground soon to open right outside, Lyfe in Bali set to become a hot hangout for the Canggu-with-kids crowd. Mum can savour a red velvet latte in peace while the kids are still within eyesight, and dad can enjoy a mean feed over catch-ups with his new bestie Rob.
Lyfe in Bali is also where life and style come together. Play dress-ups in amongst the racks of the house-label “Lyfe by Marina” garments, and level up your living room with a few sneaky purchases from their trendy homewares range.
A place for food, fashion & friends.. make a date with Berawa’s newest lifestyle-by-design concept; Lyfe in Bali.