Melali Villa, Bingin, Bali

I was lucky enough to recently stay at the beautiful Melali Bingin, Bali. A stunning villa with two bedrooms in the main house and a small private villa just next door. This villa can be hired out as a whole or room by room. Located in Bingin ( a short drive) from Bingin beach, it’s in a perfect spot for some superb relaxation and as a base to explore the stunning beaches of the Bukit Peninsula. Run by a gorgeous young couple who live just next door Elise and Liam are the perfect hosts supported by a team of staff that could not do more for you to make your stay as you wish. The villa is so beautifully decorated you will want to chat to Elise as to where she sourced EVERYTHING made including the most beautiful mermaid tiles in the private villa. The breakfast is a highlight with the yummiest chia pudding with mango and you can meet other guest’s and whilst I was there I got to chat to the cutest young couple who had just finished studying quantum physics at Uni on their first trip to Bali. The beds and linen are really beautiful to ensure you enjoy the most restful sleep, and each room has its own balcony to read a book or enjoy a wine. I can’t wait to stay again soon, just loved it ! For more information and booking details head to the website Melali Villa, Bingin

 

On Point Bali Blogs 

Hey friends if you are heading to a particular area of Bali, then be sure to hit up ( or follow ) these excellent Instagram accounts, Facebook pages and boutique blogs providing you with the most up to date and best deals for each location. These accounts are dedicated to their area and are a wealth of knowledge. LOVE their work. 

The Gu Guide

https://cangguguide.com/

Insta: @guguidebali

The Seminyak Snob

http://www.theseminyaksnob.com/

Insta: @the_seminyak_snob

UbudHood

Insta: @ubudhood

The Bukit Guide

Insta: @thebukitguide

The Lembongan Traveller

https://www.thelembongantraveller.com/

Insta: @thelembongantraveller

The Gili Guide

http://thegiliguide.com/

Insta: @thegiliguide 

LMB  xxx 

Location by location, popular tourist spots in Bali. 

Hey Bali Lovers, I get loads of private messages every day asking for advice and information about holidays tips to which I have an automated response pointing people to my app for most queries ( apologies as for years I have tried to provide personalised responses and just couldn’t keep up with the queries any longer). However a reoccurring theme regarding which area of Bali to stay in is repeated of late. So my little run down of popular locations includes: Kuta – head to Kuta if you are keen for market shopping, enjoy partying and socialising which includes loads of alcohol consumption, have your wits and common sense about you regarding personal safety and crime, enjoy shopping for all the International Brands at larger Shopping malls, love to socialise with the locals at the beach bars and are looking for larger hotels with all the mod cons or also ‘old school’ smaller Bali home stays for budget travellers. A plus side to Kuta is the close proximity to Waterbom Park and the Baby Turtle Sanctuary. 

Legian – Legian is not too far from the airport and is great again for market style shopping, some boutiques and nice casual dining options and is somewhat close to Waterbom Park. It is a softer option for the party crowd with several sports bars dotted around and is great if you enjoy casual sunset drinks on the beach. Legian is popular for budget and luxe travellers with a range of hotels to suit all travellers and sits beautifully in between Seminyak and Kuta. Families enjoy Legian due to having many popular beach side eateries great when travelling with kids. 

Seminyak- Seminyak is a definitely more upmarket and has considerably more boutiques and only small pockets of Market style shopping. The cafes, dining options and Bars are definitely more upmarket and fashionable and the style of accommodation is also more mid priced to luxury with a large blend of resorts and luxury villas available. 

Umalas/ Batu Belig / Berawa – are beautiful areas which are quickly becoming built up, yet have smaller style hotels with a blend of Villas as well. There are no market stalls or large shopping malls, however there are some excellent cafes and restaurants and some boutiques and they are much quieter than perhaps Seminyak, Legian and Kuta. These areas are great if your keen to explore both Seminyak and Canggu. 

Canggu – Canggu has become incredibly popular in recent years and attracts a lot of families and younger people. There are some great, cafes and smaller bars which have popped up and a small amount of boutiques. There aren’t any market stalls, shopping malls etc but there is awesome surf. Splash water park + Bounce and Strike Bowling Alley are big draw cards for families. 

Balian and Medewi- are fantastic little get away locations with no shopping, no sports bars, no night clubs. Casual budget accommodation and dining options are abundant and great surf and beautiful scenery is why people come here. 

Candidasa – A beautiful village vibe with small casual dining options. No shopping, nor night clubs and there are a few larger exclusive resorts but mainly smaller home stays and budget resorts. 

Sanur – still has that old school, quiet Bali vibe with budget and luxury accommodation, calmer beaches than other locations, so it’s good for those with small children. Sanur has some market shopping, yet no boutiques or large scale shopping malls and has some lovely casual eateries and is a very popular location for retirees. 

Nusa Dua- Has some of the islands most beautiful beaches and is mostly large scale upmarket resorts. There is one large shopping Centre although it has manly local crafts for sale and a food Hall type of thing. So not an area for much shopping or dining out other than what the resorts have on offer. Popular for Golf enthusiasts, families which like resorts which offer everything and those with higher budgets. 

Balangan – is a stunning beachside location and is mainly for surfers or those wanting to relax with very casual, local style eating options and boutique or very casual budget accommodation. It’s a favourite of mine as I enjoy the coastal tranquility. 

Bingin/ Padang Padang / Uluwatu – again another favourite of mine and is mainly for surfers / beach lovers and again families wanting to coastal vibes to relax. With stunning beaches (however loads of stairs need to be navigated to access them not for those who are elderly, unfit or may have special needs). There are a couple of boutiques and great coffee spots and cafes however no markets, nightclubs, large shopping malls etc. 

Ubud – remains a craft and yoga hub for those seeking beautiful scenery and a retreat perhaps. Ubud has some of the best markets on the Island for shopping and a range of boutiques and Tegallalang rice fields are a must for craft shopping and viewing. There is a huge variety of dining options as well. 

Lembongan- is incredibly laid back and mainly for surfers, divers and snorkelers with a great variety of accomodation, yet no shopping or nightlife at all. 

Gili’s – are stunning and for those who love to dive and snorkel and also those that love to party hard. 

I haven’t been to Bedugal, Lovina or Amed as I get super car sick so can’t really comment until one day when I travel around the entire island to find new discoveries and will report back. I hope that helps a little xxx

The Ungasan Clifftop Resort.

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.

http://www.theungasan.com/

Bukit Cafe, Ulutwatu.

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.

   
    
    
    
    
 

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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Island Getaways …..

If you are after a true island get away, getting back to basics?  then have a look at Mu Bali, located on the Bukit cliff tops in Bingin. With amazing views of the ocean and a variety of thatched roof huts/ bungalows available. The French owners will do their very best to take care of you, with the yummiest communal dinners with a selection of salads , grilled fish and so much more each night at 7.45.  You will make new friends, relax enjoy the most sensational views in Bali. Make sure you don’t leave any valuables around otherwise the cheeky monkeys which live close by may decide to reposes them. Only 30 minutes from Kuta and close to some of the most beautiful white sand beach’s of Dreamland and Padang Padang, a great location to relax , cruise and soak up the sun. Check out ‘Isha’ the open air villa AMAZING …

http://www.mu-bali.com/index.html

Mu bath view

Mu Bathroom

Mu mozzie nets

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Bali Buda Cafe & Health Food Shops

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If you love your food fresh, organic, ethically sourced and have small toddlers in tow? you may really like the Bali Buda Cafe, with its focus on real food, it is a great place opening from 7 – 22:00, 7 days a week and popping up in several locations on the island. They have a small enclosed reading/ play area to contain the toddlers while you enjoy a fresh mixed juice or a wrap packed full of goodness. Here are the locations

Bali Buda Bukit

Shop & Home Delivery – Jl Raya Uluwatu, Br Wanagiri
Nusa Dua, Badung Bali, Indonesia – 

Bali Buda Ubud

Café, Shop & Home Delivery – Jl Jembawan #1 (across from the Ubud Post Office)
Ubud, Mas, Gianyar 80571 Bali – Indonesia

Bali Buda Kerobokan

Café, Shop & Home Delivery – Jl Banjar Anyar #24
Kerobokan Bali -Indonesia

Their Services

  • We strive to offer healthy homemade meals that satisfy all dietary persuasions.
  • We deliver meals and groceries within a certain radius from each of our outlets – call to see if your area is applicable.
  • We can send our products to other islands within Indonesia, please contact us for further details.
  • We offer info on how to enjoy a day at the farms we buy from. See Our Farms for more info.
  • We do birthday cakes, see our birthday cake book for ideas – please order 48 hours ahead.
  • We have a rack of information about many of our products in the shops.
  • We act as resource center for any community events, health and nutritional information.

For more details Click here 

Finn’s Beach Club ~ The Bukit

283 295 275 253 246 235 280 342If you are planning a day trip then perhaps consider a drive up to the Bukit ( near Uluwatu ) to spend the day at Finn’s Beach Club. Entrance is via the Semara Luxury Villa’s and it is $25 USD per adult ( kids under 12 free) which is redeemable for food and drinks. You can enjoy the sun lounges and a swim for the day. There are many stairs to go down and you have a ride in the inclinator which was my favourite part. This place is not cheap , however it is beautiful , plan to get there around 9 to ensure a lounge, it can get busy on the weekends. You can actually walk along the beach to the Nammos Beach Club. I personally prefer Finn’s xxx.