I kind of, not really, but maybe thought I would want to do this, however when I saw it I just couldn’t. Hahahaha yes call me a chicken. Roc looked at it first and said no thanks then I dared him for 1 million Rup and he was up for it. It costs only 80 000 rup and you get an icy cold water for your tension induced dry mouth at the end. It’s located on Nusa Ceningan and there is a lovely view and infinity pool at the restaurant there to enjoy a few drinks or dinner. Follow the signs to The Abyss Zip Lining for a few seconds of dare devil fun across giant waves crashing onto deadly rocks way, way, wayyy below.
So we hunted down this new little gadget called the Fidget Spinner and haggled hard ( well as you know I’m not great at bartering ) and got them for 50 000 rup. We went in a mission through the Sanur And Sindhu Markets. I think you could go lower the more you buy and a little higher if they have lights on them. All the rage with primary aged kids and my boys LOVE them.
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.
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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
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.
Hey everyone some of the most frequently asked queries are around travelling to Bali with little ones. I have loads of tips with what to pack listed in the Packing for babies and toddlers section of my app also, however I found the Baby Bjorn carrier sensational for keeping my hands free when my boys where little, and also a really light weight collapsible stroller with sun shade was the best to use getting in and out of taxis and also for at cafes and restaurants so my bubbies could nap in the shade. I found them really useful for the airport also as you can on most flights carry them up to the plane door then fold them to put in the cargo hold. In many tourist area the foot paths have improved so much since my boys were little so that’s also a bonus. If you don’t want to lug all of your baby gear with you, please contact the gorgeous Helena at www.balibaby.com to hire top of the range products for your little ones. xxxx