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 !
Rumah Besar is a private villa nestled amongst rice paddies just north of Seminyak. The Villa has been built to the highest standards in a distinctively Balinese style offering wonderful facilities and comfort while maintaining the uniqueness of the Balinese culture and design. The villa features 5 air conditioned bedrooms complete with king-sized beds and ensuite bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms also contain bunk beds for the children, and additional roll away beds or cots can …be provided if required.
Rumah Besar has an open living area, a dining table large enough to comfortably seat 14 guests, and a fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances. Two large daybeds overlook the private swimming pool which features a thatched roof gazebo surrounded by manicured tropical gardens.
The Villa comfortably accommodates 10 adults and 4 – 6 children
A short walk will take you to local restaurants, a supermarket, an ATM and the famous Bumbak Coffee Café. A 5 to 10 minute drive will take you to the centre of Seminyak where some of Bali’s finest restaurants and shops are located.
Rumah Besar is perfect for a group of friends or family that prefer to stay together in a private setting. Included in the rate is breakfast, laundry and airport transfers in Bali, day time baby sitting is included in the rate and the staff are happy to baby sit in the evening for a small charge. Starting from $400 AUD per night this large villa is exceptional value and you must book in advance as it fills up quickly. Don’t be disappointed and book early.
Take a virtual tour here ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPQVP8ZR-IM
Whilst Balinese Officials debate solutions to the growing issue of tiny newborn babies being abandoned in the streets like rubbish, 3 lonely little souls await clearance from local hospitals to be released to the gorgeous Vivi and her team at Metta Mama & Maggha Foundation. With gut wrenching stories of abandonment due to being born outside of marriage, to very young mothers, into absolute poverty or with health issues which parents could never manage to cope with. These tiny little humans will soon join the smiling baby Kissa ( photo by the gorgeous rowe timson photography) to be in safe loving arms, in this beautiful little sanctuary. Since opening only last year Vivi has been inundated with requests not only to help the babies, a new need has arisen to help abandoned young mothers. If you would to help grow and support this wonderful project provide a loving, nurturing environment and give these little cherubs the best chance possible, please consider donating a dollar or two. My gorgeous friends Balis Best Babysitting, Mini Muncher Baby Food Bali , Bali Baby and I have set up this You Care Fund Me to which every cent will be donated to Vivi and her team. You Care ! https://www.youcaring.com/bali-orphans-metta-mama-baby-orphanage-bali-548427
A favourite shoe shop amongst my girlfriends and I has long been ‘ Cat Sweet’ and ‘Phia’ both located on Jl Seminyak. Good quality and well priced with on trend designs. Prices start from 250 000 Rupiah upwards dependant on style and materials used. Be warned these savvy business owners don’t bargain hahaha .
I found this image on one of the Bali Facebook pages and it seems really popular with newbies to Bali, when they are getting used to the currency. Perhaps Print it off and laminate it to take out in your wallet or save the image to your phone, to use when shopping up a storm or paying for a taxi when the notes all just seem a little overwhelming.
Why not take the opportunity to capture your family while they are relaxed, tanned and enjoying beautiful Bali. If you are after life long memories and stunningly candid photos speak to the gorgeous Bepe and his team at Silangit Photography. They have a range of affordable packages to suit your budget and can cater for your creative ideas as well. Bepe is incredibly passionate about making sure your whole family relaxing during the session which creates some really fun photos. If you are like us it’s so hard to get the whole family into photos with everyone looking nice however Silangit is able to do this for you. Head on over to their website for more information Silangit Photography