To be honest I am not sure how I feel about the newly located Finn’s Beach Club. Mostly due to loving this quiet little beach for many years as it was. So heading down what used to be a quiet stretch of road in Berawa to find the grand new construction all felt all a bit weird. However in saying that the bamboo structure is incredibly beautiful and once the palms are a little more established it may look like it’s always been there. Being greeted with that warm Balinese smile at the security check seems like the done thing these days sadly, however knowing security is thorough is a good thing I guess. I arrived late morning to meet a friend for some drinks and lunch and there was already queues at the reception so the word is definitely out there that this is the place to be and the people are loving it. They have towels and sunlounges available for hire; see their website for details, which require a minimum spend and also larger day beds so your posse can hang all day. With all the beautiful people in their bathers showing off hot young fit bods, with drinks in their hands enjoying the dj’s relaxed day time beats and sun shine out it makes for great people watching. I felt it was very cosy around the pool with sun lounges packed around in to make maximum usage of the space or layered perhaps 5 deep along the ocean front. It felt a little claustrophobic to me ( I am getting a little old though these days hahaha and enjoy my space) . I’m not sure if the black fabric on the day beds would get super hot in the steamy Bali mid-day heat as well. I chose to sit in the beautiful, spacious, shady restaurant and was in awe of the stunning structure and enjoyed a nice strong mojito. My friend arrived a little later as traffic was hectic and we then ordered a few more cocktails, duck spring rolls, nasi goreng and a chicken wrap all of which were delicious. The staff are very friendly and service was ok and the prices fair (check out the photos of the menu). It may take me a little while to get used to you Finns please bear with me. I would be keen to hear what others think and have you enjoyed a day here yet ?
We recently enjoyed a stay at the De Sapphire Cliff Villa, which is about 40 minutes from the airport and right near Uluwatu. This place is perfect for surfing families. They have a variety of rooms and we stayed in a deluxe villa. It was perfect for us with the kids down stairs and Brad and I upstairs from around1 700 000 per night a very budget friendly resort. It overlooks the ocean and has a great little restaurant which does pretty good coffee and also this pork three w…ays dish which we all highly recommend and with super friendly staff. It’s only a small resort which I really like as well. The beds where huge and comfy with good pillows and mattresses, all the linen really clean and fresh. The bathrooms have a beautiful view from the bath /shower and they have toilets both down and upstairs. There are TVs both down and upstairs and good air con in both areas. There are small balconies upstairs and down which are great to enjoy a few sips of your duty free purchases. We really love this area as it is quiet and is close to some of our favorite beaches. There is not much shopping and no nightclubs again which we love. A really great, relaxing place to stay for families. http://desapphire.com/
We were fortunate enough to recently stay in a Deluxe Ocean Villa at The Ungasan, Clifftop Resort. Nestled in 7.5 hectares of manicured gardens on the clifftops of Uluwatu, The Ungasan comprises a collection of luxury villas all architecturally designed and offering secluded living spaces. This breathtaking property is made of up 7 larger private villas each with their own infinity pools, butlers, communal living areas and multiple bedrooms, which are just perfect for a wedding, family get together or special occasion. The property also has a shared 28m infinity pool which lets you swim and take in the view of the Indian Ocean. The beautiful Selatan restaurant combines superbly created dishes with carefully selected wines for an indulgent dining experience. You can relax, rejuvenate, or reinvigorate yourself at the Vela Spa, which offers pampering treatment rooms or in the privacy of your villa. There is a complimentary pro putting green is the perfect spot to sharpen your short game. Carved into the cliff is a fully equipped gym which overlooks the ocean. You can enjoy a match with the whole family on the tennis court or book a coaching session. Racquets of all sizes are provided. Another idea is to venture down the inclinator to the Sundays Beach Club for a day at the beach and complimentary water sports. We enjoyed the evening bon fires and live acoustic music each sunset and the kids enjoyed toasting marshmallows and making smors. An incredible place to stay if you are looking for absolute luxury and exceptional service. Head to the website for all enquiries.
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.