its just like a tree house with good food ~ Shelter Bali

The coolest tree house in town will be sure to become one of your new favourite spots to hang, catch the breeze and graze on scrumptious wholesome food. Just off the busy street of Jl Basangkasa, nestled in behind the Queens Tandoor, and backing onto the old soccer field, Shelter Bali is now open for business. Serving a blend of delicious international cuisine, fresh juices and good coffee. Open between 9 – 4  and kid friendly with high chairs. Just pondering if to add it to my App under Breakfast and Brunch spots or Cheap and Cheerful categories. Friend Request them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/shelter.bali?fref=ts

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Grocer & Grind Echo Beach NOW OPEN

Born out of the need for seriously good coffee, Grocer and Grind has been delivering quality  service, coffee and food for over 7 years. The Seminyak flagship store is popular spot of mine for a glass of red and its sensational meals all day long. Particularly when my boys were smaller as it is one of the first places to open in the morning and they love to feed the huge fish at the entrance. It was awesome when they opened a café on the Bukit, it just makes the all day surf trips more tolerable with a coffee in my belly. Most recently making a welcome glamorous addition to the scene in Sanur, long term holiday makers who prefer that side of the island, welcomed the fresh ground and expertly created coffee and bite to eat. Grocer and Gring has just opened its doors next to the hugely anticipated Sea Sentosa in Echo Beach. I know some of you will be incredibly nostalgic like me about the area and will reminisce about when it was just s tiny shack on the beach with an incredibly awful toilet. Yep the area has evolved and as long as its as classy and quality like this place who am I to stand in the way of development. Enjoy the cool air con inside or breezy outside option, with superfast free wifi and some tasty offerings on the menu, check it out if your in the area x

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Be Chocolat

For the chocolate lovers you may want to get up to Be Chocolat by Michel Clement. Strawberries covered in white chocolate, 85% dark chocolate be still my beating heart !!! Be Chocolat is a chocolate loves heaven with everything is made at the site, fresh every day. You should smell this place,
Jl.Subak Sari 4 Berawa. ( About 10 minutes north of Seminyak)
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Like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bechocolat

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Run freeeeeee- Toddler friendly dining idea’s

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Bali truly embraces children so most restaurants, cafes and warung’s welcome them. Many also have high chairs (baby chairs) available, however perhaps just ring them to check before you go or take a small foldable umbrella stroller ( best if they can layback if your tiny tot is still napping).

These places have larger grassed areas for toddlers to run (be aware of water features, ponds and pools)

Kakilima by the Sea,  Jl Batu Bolong, Canggu +62 361 4731706

Old Mans,   Jl Batu Bolong, Canggu  0361 8469 158

Red Salt,  No. 29 Jl. Munduk Kedungu
, Canggu +36 1 848 2666

Deus Ex Machina,   N8 Jl Batu Mejan (Echo Beach), Canggu  +62 361 3683395

Arivina,  Bali Equestrian Centre, Jl Karang Suwung, Berawa +62(0) 361 844 6533

Warung De Sawah,  Jl. Raya Kerobokan Kelod No. 17 Kerobokan +62 (0) 361 731 196

Potato Head Beach Club,   Jl Petitenget, Seminyak +62 (361) 473 7979

La Lucciola,  Jl Petitenget, Seminyak +62 361 730838

Ku De Ta,  Jl Kayu Aya No 9, Seminyak +62 361 73 6969

The Cashew Tree,  Jl Pantai Bingin, Bingin+81 3 5321 8157

Terracotta Restaurant,  Jalan Raya Lungsiakan Ubud,  03618989700

Fat Chow Asian Eatery which is right next door to the shopping mecca Beachwalk Bali

If you are after a good, wholesome Asian feed for a great price in an unpretentious eatery then head into Poppies 2 ( the beach end)  to Fat Chow Bali. Perfect if you have just shopped up a storm at Beachwalk Bali. This place is serving up some really tasty treats from Japanese inspired beef rice bowls, Hainan chicken rice, to yummy pork  mini burgers. To wash it all down are some fresh, yum mocktails served up hipster jars, Fat Chow is not the place if you are after cocktails or an extensive wine list, with only house wine and Bintang on offer and WIFI is not available just yet so you may need to communicate with each other. However you can perhaps chat about interesting interior design or which ice-cream flavour you will try. You can enjoy a drink, starter 2 mains and dessert for under 300 000 Rupiah so good value for money. Perhaps just worth a journey into Kuta if you haven’t been for a while Like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fatchowbali?fref=ts   xxx
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The Kids Bucket List for Bali

With so many options its really hard to decide which adventure or experience to take the kids on. Here are some of the ultimate kids adventures to consider-

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Bali Butterfly Park – Tabanan ~ From 50 000 Rup

Pastry Making Monsieur Spoon – Canggu ~150 000 Rup http://www.monsieurspoon.com/

Be Creative Beading Workshop – Batu Belig ~ from 90 000 Rup

Balinese Cultural Creation –all kinds of dance and craft classes – Denpasar http://www.balineseculturalcreation.com/

Bali Equestrian Center ~ Berawa – From 120 000 Rup http://www.baliequestriancentre.com/

Jenggala Paint a Pot ~ Jimbaran Bay – 340 000 Rup https://www.jenggala.com/xcms.php?xcmscategoryid=11

Santai Surf School Double 6 Beach ~ Seminyak – 300 000 Rup https://www.facebook.com/santaisurf

Payuk Bali Cooking Class ~ Ubud -350 000Rup http://www.bing.com/search?q=Payuk+Bali&src=IE-TopResult&FORM=IE11TR&conversationid=

Bali Sea Turtle Conservation (Baby turtle release) ~ Kuta Beach https://www.facebook.com/baliseaturtlesociety?fref=ts

Waterbom Park ~ Tuban – Kids From $19 USD Adult 31 USD Packages available

Bali Tree Top ~ Bedugal – Kids $14USD Adult $22 USD Packages Available https://www.facebook.com/balitreetop

High Flyers Bali ~South Kuta – 32 500 Rupiah for 75 minute class. https://www.facebook.com/HighFlyersBali?fref=ts

Bali Safari and Marine Park~ Gianyar – $39USD Kids $49USD Adult http://www.balisafarimarinepark.com/

Bali Zoo ~ Gianyar – $12 Kids $24 Adults http://www.bali-zoo.com/

Pirates Bay Bali ~ Nusa Dua – 50 000Rup http://thepiratesbaybali.com/v02/#.Uxvab2fNuUk

Elephant Safari Park ~Taro , Ubud – from $45USD kids $64USD Adults http://www.baliadventuretours.com/index.php/en/elephant-safari-park/safari-park/about-safari-park

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Sisterfields ~ Seminyak Bali

Sisterfields is the bright, airy, new kid on the block serving up yummy smoothies, fresh salads, good coffee and the most interesting charcoal buns. This Café come juice bar/salad bar offers you both inside and outside dining, located in Jl… Cedana next door to uma and leopold and opposite the Cool Spa, its open from 7 – 3 so great if you have little ones with you an your out on the hunt for a good coffee. Check it out for breaky, lunch or a juice today. Like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sisterfieldsbali?fref=ts
 
 
 

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Bambu Restaurant ~ Bali

Bambu Restaurant, Bali  is quickly becoming one of the new must try restaurants  in Bali. Brought to you by the highly successful team which created La Lucciola, Bumbu is delivering a high quality Indonesian cuisine with a modern twist . Hidden unassumingly behind a high private wall you could easily pass this little gem by however this tranquil little water paradise has the most exquisite food on offer. The décor is traditional but modern.  The vibe is relaxed and you have the choice to be seated by the bar for a drink or dine at a table for your meal.   Due to the depth and amount of water it is safe to  presume its not one for the kiddlett’s.  The staff are dressed in traditional sarongs and are extremely knowledgeable of the menu and the areas of Indonesia the food has originated. Any of you who have travelled to Bali will be well accustomed to the cultural politeness of the locals inquiring where you are from, your marital status , how many children you have an your intentions and length of stay in Bali and the staff at Bumbu carry this traditional on.  The food was presented beautifully with the Street Style Pancakes being a top choice. Add it to your List Bali Travellers or just download the Little Miss Bali App as this one is being added to the Fine Dining Section xxx
Jln Petitenget No 198, Seminyak
+62 361 8469797
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The Best of Nusa Lembongan

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Nusa Lembongan is fast becoming THE place to travel. Recently voted by Trip Advisor as Asia’s #2 island destination – and it is little wonder with its crystal clear water, crisp white sandy beaches making it ideal for surfing, snorkelling and diving. If you’re not the active type and hubby is, you will have plenty of time to relax by the pool of your villa or resort, check in for a massage and facial or perhaps take time out doing yoga.
Nusa Lembongan has a relaxed village vibe that makes holidaying a pleasure for the entire family. Teenagers can take a boat out to the surf, then grab a bite to eat at a local warung. There are plenty of resorts and villas that are well suited to younger children who provide cots at no charge and also offer reliable babysitting services.
Getting to Lembongan is made easy with the service of Rocky Fast Cruises who will have you landed on the island within 30minutes of departing Sanur. The boats depart four times a day and include pick up and drop off at your hotel / villa in Bali, or the airport. You receive 10% discount off your return transfers when booking accommodation through The Lembongan Traveller.

http://thelembongantraveller.com/getting-there/

It is worthwhile remembering that few places on the island accept credit cards so bring your cash! There is one ATM on the island and a number of money changes who offer competitive exchange rates to the mainland Bali.
The island has recently seen a burst in development of villas, now offering families a range of options from staying in an exclusive luxury villa to more budget style accommodation which has everything you need for an island holiday without having to pay top dollar. Some awesome recommendations from The Lembongan Traveller are :
Villa Pantai
A luxurious beach front island hideaway which sleeps 18 people and includes 6 suites plus a 7th which is a kids bunk house. This is the only villa on the island where you can safely drink the water from any tap – great piece of mind for those who forget that you must drink bottled water in Bali! From AU$1100 / night

http://thelembongantraveller.com/villa-pantai

Villa Pisang
A stunning 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa that has ocean views, a huge infinity pool that the kids will LOVE and is only a two minute walk to the beach. Amazing value, includes breakfast, sleeps 8. From AU$225 / night

http://thelembongantraveller.com/villa-pisang-1

Naturale Villas
This brand new property is located in Mushroom Bay and has a spacious family Villa which can sleep up to 6 people. The property has a pool, restaurant and is ideal for families or couples. From AU$120 / night for family villa and AU$50 night for traditional huts.

http://thelembongantraveller.com/naturalevillas

Lembongan has a mix of warungs which serve suburb local cuisine or you can indulge in a fine dining culinary experience.

The Top Warung recommendation ~
Nyomans Warung along the mangrove – if you go with a group ask for a banquet, you will be back the next night wanting the same all over again!
Ph +62 878 619 26765

Fine Dining recommendations ~
Gastronomic acclaimed French chef Clement Fouquere and his team are renowned for ensuring you have a truly special culinary experience as you discover the pleasures of Asian flavours mixed with skills of traditional French gastronomy.

http://thelembongantraveller.com/gastronomicindiancekenanga

Nusa Lembongan is an idyllic island oasis for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of mainland Bali. You cant shop for designer clothes but you will have some truly amazing family holiday memories as you explore the amazing underwater wildlife, take a bike ride back in time through the villages, watch the seaweed farmers go about their daily life, look out to Mt Agung silhouetted in the distance or sit and watch the sunset with a cocktail, we think you will find it pretty addictive.
A huge thank you to Tania at The Lembongan Traveller for sharing all of her knowledge, for the best range of accommodation options go to their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LembonganTraveller?fref=ts
or browse their website.

http://thelembongantraveller.com/

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~ Travelling with Babies and Toddlers ? ~

 Here are my tips for what to pack:

1. Bring your own portacot to ensure cleanliness and safety standards.
2. Bring swimming nappies ( they are available however they are expensive and hard to find) and dirty nappy bags.
3. A mosquito net for cot is a must.
4. A stroller which can lay back, has a sunshade and can collapse easily into a taxi.
5. A sling like a Baby Bjorn for when they were tiny, this will be great for the airport.
6. Muslin sheets or use the Villa or Hotel sheets in the cot.
7. Take bottom wipes as the ones in Bali are highly perfumed.
8.Take some nappies for the plane however you can purchase Huggies or Mama Poko which are my preferred brands to use.
9. You could take a large container with a lid to disinfect bottles and baby spoons with Milton tablets.
10. Take your own preferred brand of Formula ( particularly after the scare of the Chinese formula’s containing toxins I wouldn’t be trusting labels you can not read or understand).
11. My babies mostly spent time in a nappy with a long sleeve T-shirt for sleeping in, so don’t take too many clothes.
12. An infant friendly mozzie repellent and sun cream.
13. Floaties and a wide brimmed hat
 14. Hydrolyte icy-poles to keep toddlers hydrated.
15. My babies ate mashed banana’s, mangoes, yogurt, rice , fruit, toast, pancakes etc however you can purchase baby food in jars in many places.
16. I would take baby rice cereal, however you can purchase in Bali however the ingredients are in Indonesian often.
17. You can get fresh milk, soy milk and rice milk in Bali.
18. A sarong is very handy to use as a sheet or sunshade.
19 I would take a small bottle of your preferred baby soap and shampoo from home as in Bali it is  not quiet the same and I would wash them in the bathroom sink to attempt to avoid them swallowing any tap water. Really, it is only their bottoms that need a wash anyway.

To hire high quality & clean baby equipment speak to Helena and mention Little Miss Bali at www.balibaby.com

Love from LMB xxx

This is my Baby Rocco :)
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