I am a little bit obsessed with this little piece of Bali Pampering heaven at the moment. The Rob Peetoom Hair Spa Bali is located in North Seminyak next door to Barbacoa, and near Metis, Sardine and Lantern Bali if you want to grab something to eat or drink after your dreamy hair treatment. The salon is like a floating pontoon and is surrounded by ponds and the back treatment area overlooks the most beautiful rice paddies. I had the best half hour hair and scalp Ritual (treatment), with Kerastase products and a good strong yet relaxing head and shoulder massage. I have also had my regrowth done and I was really happy with it. They have a range of treatments and both local and international stylists. Please do yourself a favour and book yourself in to check it out for yourself. http://www.robpeetoomhairspabali.com/en
I finally got to The Shady Shack Bali, in Canggu and I am in LOVE. This breezy, vegetarian, health food café overlooks the rice fields in Canggu and serves up some really delicious options. The obligatory Bali dog was relaxing in the doorway and I was hanging out for a smoothie bowl so that was my choice and this one was packed full of flavour and fruit. I had already had a couple of coffee’s that day enjoyed the cutest Matcha Latte with the bear face smiling back at me. A beautiful tropical little paradise to escape to with shady veranda or garden seating options to enjoy. I can highly recommend this place. It’s on the little street just behind Deus in Canggu.
So once again after some late night scrolling through Instagram, I came across this little gem which was just perfect for what I was after. I read mostly positive reviews across several pages and asked a few of you for your opinions which were again mostly positive, so booked a little three night getaway for a friends 40th. Its weird how spookily the internet knows what I have been looking up as I was sent an email offer via Booking.com too good to be true, for the Pool View Room, I had been umming and arhhhhing about, for just $63 per a night, Boom !!! Booked that immediately and started to get worried about some comments of itchiness and lumpy beds as my stay loomed near.
So Centra Taum is about 3 years old I believe ( I could of just made that up) and is in the heart of all the best shopping and dining out options Bali has to offer. Its on the little road which tucks in behind Ultimo and cuts through to Jl Petitenget near Villa Lumbung if anyone knows the area and I think the road is called Jl Beraban. With a modest little entrance and reception area I was greeted with those warm friendly smiles and terribly sweet orange welcome drinks we all kind of love ( not really but hey we have just arrived in Bali) and was mesmorised by the beauty of the lovely pool below. I was ushered to my room and should of taken a little more notice of the route as it was slighly tricky finding my way back after a few afternoon and dinner vinos.
The room its self was lovely and spacious, bed and linen very clean and incredibly comfy, the air con worked and the bathroom as clean as possible ( some staining in the stone and non slip surfaces which is common in Bali, but not anything I would be bothered with) .
I didnt eat at the hotel as there are so many other fantastic options around the island, however the restaurant is poolside and looked lovely. The pool gets the mid morning through until mid afternoon sun so was lovely for baking or swimming, I really should of made more use of this during my stay.
As with many hotels in Bali it does need a little maintenance however if its just a base and beautiful pool you are wanting then this may just be the spot for you. I would definately go back and perhaps the pool view rooms on level 1 might be my pick or I think perhaps Room 101 is a 3 bedroom Apartment which may be perfect for families or groups travelling as it is opens on directly to the pool.
For ages now I have been wanting to try Poke Poke in Canggu and just kept saying ahhhh another time and well, finally that time came and man am I kicking myself for not coming here from the day it … Continue reading
We enjoyed a few hours at the Sundara Bali – Restaurant/Bar/Beach Club in Jimbaran Bay recently. A luxurious resturant and pool on the pristine white sandy beach and is part of the beautiful Four Seasons Bali. I relaxed and read my book for a few hours while the kids enjoyed the extremely long infinity pool, the little shaded toddler pool and the beach. The coffee and cocktails were superb, the fruit platter lovely, the kids enjoyed their chicken, chips and veggies for lunch. They provide complimentary , fluffy white towls, suncream and apparently internet connection and a sunglass cleaning service however perhaps the day we went they were a little short staffed and I had to keep waving the staff down to order. Be careful which day bed you choose as it gets super hot in the midday sun with no shade available. Sundara is very beautiful and very expensive it is is 980 000 + + minimum spend for a day bed with 600 000 Credit on food and beverage.
The Bukit Cafe Bali is a welcomed addition to the chilled out Uluwatu scene, one of my absolutely favourite places to hang out in Bali. Serving up healthy and delicious meals, juices and coffees, we were really impressed with this place. I have to admit I was totally sucked in by an Instagram photo of a hot guy with abs enjoying a Pitaya and Banana Smoothie Bowl here only to discover it wasn’t actually on the menu. However when I showed them what I had been day dreaming about ( hahaha the smoothie Bowl of course) they whipped one up for us to enjoy and hopefully its on the menu really soon. We have been back a few times as the boys are tots addicted to the Hot Chocolate Lava cake YUM YUM YUM ! We can highly recommend this place if your up this way. Now added to the Breakfast and Brunch section of the Little Miss Bali App.
We recently stayed at La Joya Biu-biu at Balangan and LOVED it. Balangan is about 30 minutes from the airport , and just past Jimbaran Bay. The main attraction of the area is the stunning, long white sandy beach and the surf. La Joya Biu Biu is a small boutique hotel and is about a 10 minute walk from the beautiful beach. We stayed in Chaka 1 which was a 2 story room up the back end of the resort. There are 2 double beds in some rooms so suitable for families. The top bed wa…s fairly hot however as the aircon doesn’t quite reach, however that didn’t bother my kids. There are no t.v’s and no room fridges however the view, the tranquillity and ambience makes up for all of that. It is on the cliff edge so perhaps a little dangerous for toddlers who just like to run, however there were other babies and kids relaxing here when we were her. This is a perfect place for honeymooners for a few nights and families wanting the simple life. There is a secret tiny beach also just down some stairs which we really liked to catch a few sea urchins and crazy crabs with the local kids and mermaid around in the rock pools at low tide. The restaurant has some yummy food and my boys tucked into the chicken curry every night, while I enjoyed a chilled rose. The Sel Spa was simply breath taking on the cliff edge and you get to enjoy a 15 minute complimentary massage and then sink into this cute little pool and sip your ginger tea. I had read on trip advisor about the cats that are super friendly they don’t bother us at all however may others. There is also some construction going on while they build a new restaurant and some more bungalows at the moment so book your massage for after 5pm. A truly beautiful little resort away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta and Legian.
I love spotting cool pics on Instagram then seeking them out in Bali, this cute place is one of them. Smoothie Shop, Mandala Village is on the way to Balangan beach, in South Bali, depending on traffic perhaps half an hour from the airport. If you are in the area its a great place to grab a coffee or bite to eat. They have speedy fast wifi, a basket of toys for the kids and a really chilled out vibe with soothing sound track to match. I was desperate for some Eggs Benedict and this Eggs Florentine was the closest I could find in the area and was pretty good. The boys are totally hooked on smoothie bowls and this one did not disappoint. The brownie was also totally delectable. Smoothie Shop is right on a bend as you head around the corner so you could miss it so keep an eye out no the left hand side of the road. There is also ,shall we say a fairly eccentric, older shirtless Balinese guy that sits on the other side of the road just opposite kind of directing traffic in his own private universe, which you can’t miss as he points and waves at each passer by.
The boys and I are heading back to the Bukit ( South Bali) in particular Balangan and Bingin. I love this area as there are less tourists, less traffic, less shopping to be tempted by. More beautiful beaches, more gorgeous warungs and cliff top boutique resorts to check out. We will be staying at La Joya ll Biu Biu for a few nights and then Sal’s Secret Spot after that. Keep an eye out on my Instagram feed @littlemissbali for stunning pics and more detailed posts to come via Facebook and here on the blog. Here is a sneak peak !