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

Flat Out Mum Retreat 

Mums put themselves last on the list of priorities far too often. Besides having healthy and happy children, all Mums really want is some quality ‘me time’, a great nights sleep and perhaps a little pampering. Throw in some relaxation at a stunning villa, a giggle with like-minded Mums and an awesome Goodie Bag – there you have a Flat Out Mum Retreat! In 2016 they held two successful Flat Out Mum Retreats in Melbourne and in 2017 they  heading to Bali! Joining Olivia aka Flat Out Mum to plan this adventure, is her sister Emily who lived in Bali for almost 7 years with her family and operates the successful business Bali Family Villas. They will combine their intimate knowledge of the island with their understanding of what Mums really need to create a truly memorable premium experience. Join Olivia, Emily and a small group of other Flat Out Mums on June 9th 2017 for 5 nights AND September 1st 2017 for 5 nights. You will relax, recuperate and have some fun. You totally deserve it! For more information head to www.flatoutmumretreats.com.au


Rumah Besar

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.

Susheria ~ Umalas, Bali

Located just behind the bustling top end of Seminyak in the rice paddies of Umalas is the brand new delishious Susheria. The menu reads a little bit quirky with an innovative blend of creations mixing more tradiitional japanese style cuisine with little mexican twists. Yes I can see your faces now ( much like my husbands) but trust me when the food is served and you get it in your mouth ! you really will thank me ! with all the freshness of avocado, salmon, tuna, mango, salads and soooo much more combined with a little bit of corn chip crunch or spicy mexican sauces you will be just as in love as I am. Be sure to check it out open for Lunch and Dinner ! Just added to the ‘Cheap and Cheerful ‘ Section in the eating our category of the Little Miss Bali App.

   
   

Gusto Caffe & Gelato

Gusto

Gusto Gelato – There is nothing better than after a great swim in the pool with the kids, jumping onto the scooter and cruising into Gusto in Umulas. Gusto is a is an ice cream parlor and coffee place with all of their ice creams and sherbets being homemade with all natural ingredients. The coffee is from Caffe Del Angelo. With over 20 flavors and daily baked croissants and brioches. They are open Monday to Saturday, 8am to 7pm. Closed on Sunday. Say hello to the sleepy cat while you are there.   Gusto Caffe & Gelato   67 B Jalan Umalas 2, Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia   081338027041.
 
 

Gusto Sign

Monsieur Spoon

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The Island has gone a little bit crazy about the treats coming out of Monsieur Spoons patisserie, they are now being served in some of the coolest cafes, the best buffets and if you are particularly lucky and events also. Baked fresh every day, you can place an order online. The residents of Umalas of late have been seen scooting by to grab a few of these addictive little French treats. Please try some soon x

Warung Hotei

I was just scooting along, minding my own business when I found this little oasis of tranquility. Warung Hotei is the cutest little vietnamese/ thai fusion place, with fast wifi and great food. You can sit in the garden out the back or in the restaurant and enjoy the breeze. Head on in there soon, its on Jl. Umalas 1 Kerobokan, Just behind Sardine. 504 506 508 510 512 2193 2202Image