The Shang ~ China Blue

I love The Shang – China Blue, on Jl Kayu Aya, Seminyak, for all kinds of gifts, clothing and ornaments. This gorgeous little store has the prettiest traditional baskets which for a set of three is only 370 000 rupiah. Some stunning summery outfits and also at Christmas time the cutest tree decorations. Its located just near the awesome Café Zucchini, and I think may have a sister store on Jl Dyana Pura Seminyak. Stock up on the traditional baskets as they are perfect for gift wrapping or even storing all your bits and pieces and bring a beautiful piece of Bali into your home. Just make sure you spray them with bug spray and bang each item the day you leave to get any little bugs or eggs off then you wont have any problems as long as you declare them going through Australian Customs.

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Cacho’s Sunset Grill, Padang Padang, Bali

This place quickly became our favourite while hanging out on the Bukit. A fun place with a bit of history and character of an owner and awesome play list ( well for old farts like us anyway) with surf movies to enjoy as well. A breezy and really casual eatery with a tasty home made chili sauce, where you are encouraged to take your shoes off and relax. A Mexican place with fresh delicious meals, kids options, colouring in and great frozen daiquiris and margaritas, what’s not to love. I had to laugh reading one woman’s review on trip advisor taking offense to some of the signs on the walls which are all in drafted up in humour. My boys keep asking when we will be going back for the delicious Chicken Taco’s so it must be ok. Cacho’s Sunset Grill is located in Padang Padang on the main road as you head up to Uluwatu. Its about 40 minutes from Kuta depending on traffic.

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” A Day in Paradise” a day pass at the Grand Nikko in Nusa Dua.

The boys were pumped to spend ” A day in paradise” at the Grand Nikko in Nusa Dua. This place is about 30 minutes on the new Tol Road from Kuta and perhaps 40 from Seminyak. You pay 200 000 Rupiah per adult ( 1 child per adult free) to enjoy the resorts facilities for the day. We haven’t spent much time in large resorts so even the 15 story high lift with a window was an adventure. Set on one of the most pristine beaches this grand resort was built around 18 years ago however has been immaculately maintained. Included in the day pass you get to use their pool towels, the huge lagoon which includes a man made beach, specific wading pool for toddlers with crocodile slide, a super hot spa, a waterfall and the best bit is the superfast water slide. I had to road test it of course and yep it was fast and fun. The pass also includes 15% off food at The Shore Restaurant and 25% off the Mandara Day Spa. I booked in for a 50 minute Balinese massage and it was pure bliss. A little more than I normally pay ( about $65USD) however all the extras such as beautiful clean white sheets, quality oils and great technique was perfect. While I was enjoying a massage as part of the day pass the boys had 1 hour free access in the Jungle Camp Kids Clubs. Possibly one of the best on the island. With trampolines, climbing wall ( supervised with safety ropes in the mornings) play station, dress ups in traditional Balinese outfits, books, puzzles crafts, PlayStation and more the kids club is perfect to get the kids out of the midday sun. Then it was back to the pool are for about 100 more runs on the slide. We enjoyed a huge club sandwich and sate chicken for lunch by the pool with watermelon juice. We spent about 5 – 6 hours enjoying the resorts facilities and we can recommend it, particularly if you tend to stay in villas or are just looking for a fun day trip. There is actually some great surf breaks just out the front for the surfers in the family and some small beach warungs and massage ladies at the small public beach to the left of the hotel if you want to keep the costs down also. My boys were absolutely shattered on the drive back and both fell asleep which is pretty unheard of for these two active little guys. Here is the link, The Grand Nikko is in Nusa Dua, South Bali. 
http://grandnikkobali.com/news/2015/01/day-in-paradise/
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Pirates Bay ~ Nusa Dua

Arrrrrggg Me Mateys, set sail for the high seas and visit Pirates Bay Bali in Nusa Dua. It’s a great playground for the kids to get all Captain Jack Sparrow around. My boys love to run, swing, climb and play hide and seek in the huge tree houses and boat. It’s 50 000 rupiah to play or free if you have a drink or bite to eat at the cafe. Located in the BTCD area at Nusa Dua,(just to the right of the Melia Resort or the left from Opera Beach Club , and right near the public Mengiat beach) As listed in the Little Miss Bali App in the Kids Fun section 🙂 x

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Uluwatu Temple and the Kecak Ramayana Fire Dance.

They say that every visitor to Bali should see at least one dance and if you plan to see only one then this should be it. The combination of ancient ritual, dance, humour, drama, sunset and cliff setting makes the Kecak Ramayana Fire Dance one of the most spectacular performances imaginable. Accompanied by a choir of chanting men with it truly is a special memory that will stay with you long after you leave. You need to arrive around 5pm ( aim earlier as it gets sold out most evenings and traffic can get hectic on the way up the Bukit. Under an hour from Kuta, make your way to one of the most famed Temples on the island. There are loads of monkeys hence our local friend Suweni made the boys a scary stick to keep them at bay. Don’t take food, bananas sunglasses etc as they are well known for taking these from you. have ever if they do a sneaky cookie or something could make them drop your possessions for the treat. You need to pay around 10 000 donation to the temple for a sash and sarong which you need to return. You then can go in and explore the temple, the specially built monkey pool and walk along the tragic cliff edge where 100’s of Balinese ended their lives rather than be ruled by the Dutch many years ago. However don’t leave it too late to head to stunning amphitheatre to grab your seats. Set high on the cliff top, this is truly a moving experience with the priest blessing the performance prior to the show commencing. There was actually a storm brewing out to sea tonight so it was incredibly dramatic as the sun set and rain clouds swirled. The chanting men were mesmerising , the costumes elaborate and the white monkey Hanoman hilarious, be warned he may pick on you! my boys were absolutely fascinated with the show, with love, large knives and dancing and humour. Will Hanoman make it out of the fire alive ? that is the question ??? It is a fantastic show that lasts around 50 minutes I highly recommend it !

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Afternoon craft session ~ Warrior Headpieces.

My boys LOVE to make things and at the moment they a hugely into imaginary place with weaponry hahahah. The lovely Komang brought some palm leaves to make the boys some headpieces and swords this afternoon for a bit of a craft session, great for a rainy day or to get out of the sun for a while. Perhaps ask your babysitter, nanny or Balinese friend if they can do this with your kids one day too.

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Sea Shanty ~ Jimbaran Bay Bali.

The Sea Shanty is a stunning four bedroom luxury villa set in a richly green and informal environment for cool, low impact tropical living. Every aspect of the villa has been designed with your family’s entertainment, relaxation and safety in mind. The warm, friendly live-in staff are always there to ensure your holiday is enjoyable and relaxing.

The Sea Shanty is designed and equipped for families with children of any age. With 3 young children of their own, the owners’ wanted a place with instant kids entertainment in a safe environment, so they could really relax. The second priority was to have it all there: an optional onsite pool fence, a toddler pool, 2 high chairs, a cot, toys, a pram, kids books and DVD’s, plastic eating and drinking utensils, a kids menu, pool flotation toys, a chalk board wall in the kids room, and live-in staff who adore kids (perfect babysitters).

The villa is located in Jimbaran only 100 metres from one of Bali’s best and safest beaches. In Jimbaran, there is something for everyone… and there is no doubt it is the most family-friendly holiday destination on the island. Prices starting from $510 ++ USD per night.

They look forward to welcoming you to our family home away from home, on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. For more information go to http://www.seashantyjimbaran.com/

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Padang Padang Beach ~ South Bali

As featured in the popular ‘Eat, Pray Love’ Film, Padang Padang beach is a tiny stretch of white sand beach and is beautiful to swim, has great surf and is popular with day trippers. There are a few stairs to get down ( perhaps 100 so not good for people who may have bad knees) and a narrow cave like space. You can get sarongs, drinks, baby coconuts, massages and snacks here and also hire stand up paddle boards from 100 000 rupiah for and hour( I think it was). My boys saw some rock climbers scaling the cliffs and thought they would try it too. It can get a little cloudy in the wet season however usually pristine in dry season. It’s about 40 minutes from Kuta and its on the way past Bingin and to Uluwatu. Perhaps include it in with a trip to the Uluwatu Temple and finish off the day watching the Kekak Fire Dance on the cliff top. More details of that coming soon x.

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