Jungle Fish, Ubud ~ Bali

After walking the Campuan Ridge we decided to check out the new Jungle Fish Restaurant in Ubud. Set on the hillside with this stunning view this classy new place boasts a delicious and eclectic menu. We enjoyed the Pink Panther ( dragonfruit smoothie), choc shakes, Squid, Meatballs, Nuggets and a great fish, fennel and cous cous lunch.  We completed the meal with creamy cold icecream and hot chocolate lava cake. You can choose to dine up on the balcony or chill poolside with a more casual bar snack menu. You do need to pay to swim and lounge by the pool bar and your kids will need to be supevised however are more than welcome, with a great kids menu as well. A stunning new place for lunch if you are in Ubud. xxx



Tinkers Toy Shop ~ Canggu, Bali.

Just on your left before you get to Splash Waterpark Bali, Bounce Bali and Strike Bowling Bali, you will find Tinkers Toy Shop at the Canggu Plaza. This cute little hut is jam packed full of costumes, books, kites, mobiles, snorkle and googles, pool floaties, puzzles and so much more. They also stock some stunning wrapping paper for gifts as well. Pop in if your out this way and check it out. We shopped up a storm ( as per ususal ) and got some mini lego stuf, bows and arrows for the boys and a weird little skelton coffin thing for all of Roccos treasures etc. My boys ( and I give it the thumbs up ) . Its about 15 minutes from the top end of Seminyak xxxx


24 Carat Gold Leaf Facial at Golddust Beauty Lounge, Canggu

I was invited to come to Golddust Beauty Lounge in Canggu to experience one of their signature 24 Carat Facials and being pressed for time and slightly sceptical (you might suggest ‘silly me’) I had been a little lazy in getting back to them. However I had a free afternoon and said hmmmm I want to see what all the fuss is about and LADIES, let me tell you YOU MUST TRY THIS !!!! I don’t believe the hype of many beauty products or treatments an follow a fairly boring kind of Cetaphyl cleanse and moisturise skin routine, so really what as a bit of 24 carat gold leaf going to achieve ???? Personally I  feel this blew my expectations out of the water. Only a small day spa on Jl Batu Bolong, in Canggu and increasingly booked out ( please book in advance and ask for mini Komang) . You enter Golddust to find a stunning array of affordable and soft luxury clothing. Your are then taken upstairs to a stunning quiet dimly lit seated area, where the mood and tone is set, immediately seducing you into a sense of calmness and a touch of luxury. You are then taken to your treatment room and asked to slip on a silky little gold number and lay down on the table. This is when the real experience begins. The most subtle and beautiful facial cleansing, exfoliating, and toning process, with delicate hands and skilled massage techniques and delicious aromatherapy. This all leading to the delicate placement of the gold leaf as pictured. Now chat to the team at Gold Dust some more and I was at this point giggling saying to myself hmmmm more like ( bull dust) yes, yes sincere apologies to the team at Golddust, but have to be honest. whilst this gold leaf is in place,  the tiny mini Komang gave me the best head, should, leg and arm massages and left me to meditate( rest)  for a short amount of time. The gold leaf was removed, and I was moisturised and feeling pretty awesome by now and she left me to get dressed. I gave my skin a once over in the rather large mirror and thought hmmmmmmm I feel and look amazing. My skin appeared fresh, clean, revitalised and I really must say glowing ! the wrinkles just a tiny bit less, the freckles and pigmentation a little less obvious and you know what most importantly it felt amazing. I know this treatment wont be in everyone’s price range and I truly say my skin was beautiful for days after this treatment and possibly longer, they do have facials starting from around 350 000 Rupiah and other very professional salon treatments, I highly recommend you check out Golddust Beauty Lounge in Canggu as I truly think your expectations like mine where will be met if not blown away ! Stay tuned for a little giveaway coming soon thanks to Little Miss Bali and Golddust Beauty Lounge. xxx

Susheria ~ Umalas, Bali

Located just behind the bustling top end of Seminyak in the rice paddies of Umalas is the brand new delishious Susheria. The menu reads a little bit quirky with an innovative blend of creations mixing more tradiitional japanese style cuisine with little mexican twists. Yes I can see your faces now ( much like my husbands) but trust me when the food is served and you get it in your mouth ! you really will thank me ! with all the freshness of avocado, salmon, tuna, mango, salads and soooo much more combined with a little bit of corn chip crunch or spicy mexican sauces you will be just as in love as I am. Be sure to check it out open for Lunch and Dinner ! Just added to the ‘Cheap and Cheerful ‘ Section in the eating our category of the Little Miss Bali App.


Renting a Holiday Bali Villa: Why Australian’s Love It?

If you have ever stayed in a Villa whilst holidaying in Bali you will know what I mean. But, for those Australian travellers who have never stayed in a villa and have always stayed in a hotel in Bali, then you are really missing out on something special. Why? Because renting a Bali Villa is now flavour of the month for many Aussie tourists and the reasons are many.

Following are some reasons why renting your Bali Villa is so much better than staying in a resort or hotel:

Firstly, Bali Villas offer so much more privacy. If you are travelling in a group or as a family, you get to spend quality time with each other and not hundreds of other noisy guests. Imagine waking up in the morning, putting on your sarong, going for a swim in your own private pool with no one else around to disturb you. What a perfect way to start the day and it just keeps on getting better.

Most of the Bali Villas that we manage here at Bali Villa Escapes comes with in house staff. This means that after you leisurely and tranquil morning swim or spot of yoga, you can have your breakfast made for you by your very friendly villa staff. Fancy some eggs, fresh fruit with yoghurt, hot croissants , brewed coffee and some fresh juice? You can have that all made for you, generally included in the daily price of your Villa. And you get to eat all of this in your stunning, spacious dining room.

If you can imagine this scene then you are starting to get a better idea of what renting a villa in Bali is like. For many Australians, the lure of this level of service and luxury far out-weighs staying in a hotel any day.

I also want to make mention of the pricing factor. Villa accommodation works of to be far cheaper than staying in a hotel. For example, if you are comparing apples with apples then you would be paying around $300 – $400 per night for a hotel room that would offer the same level of accommodation. If you were to stay with a group in say a 3 bedroom villa the cost works out to be $100 per night per couple. You can see the cost saving right away. The money you save can be used for some of the awesome restaurants or shopping in and around the Seminyak area.

If you would like to try an alternative holiday experience and see what staying in a Villa is like for 1, 2 or even 3 weeks – make sure you go to the website: www.balivillaescapes.com.au browse through our range of over 500 hand picked villas, make your choice and get in touch with our reservation team. We make the villa booking process super easy and very fast. Plus unlike other villa booking website you will be paying in Australian dollars so you do not have to worry about currency fluctuations.

Go on give it a try – you will absolutely LOVE IT!

This post was brought to you by Steve and the Team at Bali Villa Escapes.

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A day at the Pan Pacific Resort ~ Tanalot.

Thinking of something to do today? Staying in a villa and the kids are going a little stir crazy or low cost hotel which doesn’t have many other kids or water slides, then enjoy a day at the stunning seaside Pan Pacific Resort. Pack your hats, bathers, towels and sun cream and head off around 9:30 am after some breakfast as the Pan Pacific Resort is approximately half an hour from Seminyak ( depending on traffic) and is just next to one of the islands most famous temples, Tanalot. The views are simply breath taking as the resort and Driftwood Restaurant overlooks the ocean and the lagoon like pool area. With 3 different water slides, the smallest for toddlers another slightly longer, then the longest one which much to Beaus delight even went underground, the kids will have a ball. There is a volley ball net, spa and huge waterfall into the largest pool.  There is even a golf course with the most breathtaking views if you fancy a few rounds. The Driftwood Restaurant is set up a little higher so you can have a good view of the kids in the largest pool area, kick back and enjoy a few drinks while the kids make new friends and wear themselves out running up the stairs and zooming down the slides.
There is a delicious range of western and Indonesian options and a great Kids menu as pictured in the photos, and some reasonably priced wines too. It costs around 100 000 Rupiah per child to swim which is then taken off your Food and beverages and 200 000 for Adults. Just be sure to perhaps wrap up lunch and your day around about 2 or 3 to avoid the sunset traffic heading to Tanalot and the day trippers all heading back to the Kuta area in the later afternoon. A transport guy should charge around 300 000 – 400 000 Rupiah to take you here, wait for you and bring you home.



La Laguna

La Laguna has finally opened after being careful planned, created and built in the somewhat secret location between Jl Batu Belig and Jl Pantai Berawa. From the talented creative team which has brought you La Plancha and La Favela. To get there is a  tricky as its down a little dirt track just after La Finca, heading towards the beach. If your on the beach its south of the LV8 Resort. This place is quickly becoming popular with expats and tourists alike when they can find it. With an excellent, well priced cocktail menu and tasty tapas menu, set amongst gypsey caravans and bohemian cushions. Even the toilets are uber cool ! My fave is the La Laguna Breeze cocktail and another great choice is the espresso martini. Cocktails from 120 00 Rup this place has been added to the Little Miss Bali App in the Cocktail Spot Section. Watch out for the Spansih Dancing horses, strutting peacocks and feisty Geese !


Amazing Cultural Spectical to behold !

Do you want to see the real Bali ?
~ WAR DANCE / MEKARE-KAREAN~ . The Pandanus war is a tradition in the village of Tenganan just over an hour from Kuta. Pandanus war is conducted in honor of Lord Indra who is known by the Tenganan community as the protector of their village. Lord Indra is the God of war in the Balinese belief system. The name Pandanus War is taken from the war ornaments that were used, in this case a thorny pandanus branch. Each participant battles each other until a winner is decided. People who engage in this tradition wear traditional clothes and are often shirtless. In addition to using a pandanus, participants also use a shield as a means of protection. The tradition of Pandanus war was first used in the surrounding villages for protection against Gods

This traditional War dance happens in July 4th, 2015 if you are keen to witness this authentic Balinese experience for only 400 000 rupiah per person, please book soon via Rio Bali Tours www.riobalitours.com
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Uforia Chocolate ~ Jasri, East Coast Bali

If you LOVE chocolate and are on the east coast of Bali then way out east, past Candi Dasa ( about 10km) ( about 5 km past the Bali Chocolate Factory where the swings are) is where they create this delicious, high quality locally grown chocolate. With sensational flavours ours being the Vanilla, Espresso and Cashew blends, once you have tried it you really will never want other brands again. Lucky for us you can find Uforia Chocolate around the island  ( see the photo in the album of where you can buy it. ) only been operating for 18 months, the smell in this teeny tiny little chocolate factory is just dreamy. You can purchase blocks from 35 000 Rupiah from here also. YEHAAAAAAA ! its not really geared towards tourists however we were totally welcomed and enjoyed seeing what happens to create this divine food for the soul ! For more details and to make contact head over to their website http://www.uforiachocolate.com/


Bali Chocolate Factory ~ Jasri, East Coast Bali.

This place is pretty dreamy, with giant “swings of enlightment’ and chocolate, who could really go wrong ! ( apart from a terrifying goose that i suspect may bite ) . The Bali Chocolate factory is great place for a day trip, possibly around 2.5 hours from Kuta. About 10 kms past Candi Dasa. Make a day of it and stop in at Virgin Beach, see the lotus pond in Candi Dasa and head on out past the beautiful ( yet winding so don’t be hung over ) road to Jasri. You will see a tiny sign as shown in the album to turn off to your right, and past the coconut grove. You will arrive. Taste the peanut crunch and a couple of other chocolaty options, then climb the ladder and launch yourself off on the huge swing. It is amazing the sensation of dropping down and swinging through the coconut trees with the view of the stunning east coast beach scape. I gave a huge ‘ eeeeeeeeep ‘ much to the locals delight as I let go and enjoyed. This place can get busy on Sundays and on Indonesian Public holidays so perhaps head out mid week. Just personally I think the chocolate is much better at Uforia which is just 5km up the road and a teeny place not quite set up for tourists but pop in and grab a few blocks while your out this way.