Blangsinga or Tegenungan Waterfall

This waterfall is known by two names depending on which village you come through. We came via Blangsinga as our driver thought there may be slightly less stairs for my mum to come down. Not sure that was entirely true hahah though. Only 15 minutes drive from Komune Resort in Keramas or perhaps 50 minutes from Kuta/Legian or Seminyak. This waterfall was absolutely stunning. You can swim in the pool at the bottom however its really cold but refreshing. The stacked stones which I thought might have a spiritual or cultural meaning are apparently place to warn tourists to stay away from slippery areas and to help prevent erosion and collapse. There are many stairs so its a pretty sweaty walk back to the car park but just go slow and enjoy the view from each angle and vantage point. There is a small shop at the top for cool drinks and to get in to see the waterfall its just 10 000 Rupiah. My dad who is a young 69 year old did it easily however mum who has dodgy knees and tends to get a little wobbly and is not a fan of heights made it to the top of the waterfall with the help of our gorgeous driver by her side. Beau and I in our Bali hiking boots (Beau bare food and I had Havianas on) made it up and back with no problems just with typical sweat moustaches which are part and parcel of Bali.

Fidget Spinners have hit Bali ! 

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. 

Villa Bella 

The most dreamy and welcoming boho heaven, Villa Bella is offering 15 – 20% off their nightly rates during May and June. This stunningly famous villa is incredibly Instagram worthy and is a perfect little 3 Bed sanctuary located in a quiet village just in the outskirts of Canggu. Close enough to all your fave attractions but quiet enough to emerge yourself in the true culture of Bali. For more details head to the website http://www.villabellabali.com or email info@villabella.com

Little Island Store

Now you all know I do like to shop …. a lot 🙊 and my gorgeous friend, Sons has just opened the cutest place called Little Island Store for all your tropical Island requirements. It’s located along Jl Kayu Jati, Seminyak between Mexicola and Sisterfields and just near the ever popular Kody Ko. Be sure to pop in to check it out and follow them on Instagram @littleislandstore and on Facebook 👙👛👌🏼 #seminyak #shopping #boutique

My top ten things to enjoy when holidaying in Bali. 

1. Eat Nasi Campur at local Warungs2. Get a Balinese Massage everyday.

3. Sunset Bintangs at a beach bar.

4. Early morning walks enjoying the fresh wafts of incense from the offerings. 

5. Do a power shop along the entire Jl Legian/Jl Seminyak Raya Street. 

6. Share a pizza and a few cocktails at one of the many fabulous Beach clubs. 

7. Get a manicure, pedicure and Hair treatment. 

7. Go and bargain hard for some new sarongs and tshirts at the markets.

8. Head up to Ubud for a day trip.

9. Go for a snorkel way out East at the Blue Lagoon. 

10. Get my laundry done to smells divine and remind me of perfect family holidays 👌🏼

Manta Rays off Nusa Penida

Really excited to be travelling to Lembongan in the next few weeks with my mum and dad. They have been to Bali before however not yet to Lembongan. I can’t wait to let you all know what they thought. Hopefully we catch a glimpse of the Manta Rays off Nusa Penida. This image was taken by Ceningan Adventures. 

Why you need a wedding planner in Bali

Having a wedding is stressful enough but having it in another country can add to the stress levels even more to the point where it can become a nightmare. This is why, especially in a country like Bali, Indonesia it is vital to get a wedding planner to handle everything for you. with out one you are going to end up having some serious issues that could affect your dream day. So following are reasons why you must use the services of a wedding planner.
# 1: They speak the local language so there is absolutely no misunderstanding when it comes to dealing with suppliers or organising venues or villas. Language can prove a huge barrier when it comes to getting everything right and trying to negotiate with someone whose English language skills are not up to scratch can prove frustrating. Your Balinese wedding planner does speak Bahasa so they can easily deal with he trades necessary to make your wedding day harmonious.
# 2: You will end up paying more. Sure wedding planners do take a commission and charge a fee, but if you think you can get a better deal with suppliers by going it alone, then good luck. Once they know you a foreigner they will bump up the price. Basically, in the long run you will end up getting ripped off at some point along the line. Wedding planners have their own favourite suppliers and have already negotiated the best rates and deals so why not take advantage of this. Even better, why not give them a realistic budget work with and let them take care of all the running around.
# 3: In Bali, getting hitched is not as easy as it would appear there are some hurdles, paper work and compliance issues that you must be aware of and only your planner will have these on hand ready to give to you prior to the big day. Nothing worse, that arriving only to find out that your marriage is not legal.
# 4: If your unsure about the type of wedding you want or the venue setting your planner will have all the options at their disposal ready for you to choose from. Bali is such a gorgeous island and is the perfect back drop to any wedding, therefore finding the ideal venue that suits your specific needs is going to be less of a drama if you leave it to a professional as they will have lists of wedding venues and villas at their finger tips. 
# 5 Planners will also be happy to meet with you before the event and run through everything. For the ceremony right through to the reception, you will know what to expect without stressing out about every details. This is real peace of mind and worth every cent, and it goes even further in a country like Bali where little things can go wrong very quickly.
# 6: Wedding planners can customise weddings based on your exact brief – they are so much more proficient and creative at this than your stock standard, garden variety, ‘same as’ style weddings that hotels offer. Having wedding at one of the big hotels is fine if you are looking for little or no imagination. They churn these out en masse so you have to ask yourself is this the type of approach you want?
So don’t try to penny pinch and think that your going to save some money by taking a DIY approach or go for the cookie cutter hotel wedding. The risks are far too high and the day will end up being far less special that you wanted.. Let an experienced team on veterans like Your Bali Wedding handle all aspects of your big day. You won’t regret it. 

* sponsored by Your Bali Wedding 

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


Finn’s Beach Club ~ Canggu

To be honest I am not sure how I feel about the newly located Finn’s Beach Club. Mostly due to loving this quiet little beach for many years as it was. So heading down what used to be a quiet stretch of road in Berawa to find the grand new construction all felt all a bit weird. However in saying that the bamboo structure is incredibly beautiful and once the palms are a little more established it may look like it’s always been there. Being greeted with that warm Balinese smile at the security check seems like the done thing these days sadly, however knowing security is thorough is a good thing I guess. I arrived late morning to meet a friend for some drinks and lunch and there was already queues at the reception so the word is definitely out there that this is the place to be and the people are loving it. They have towels and sunlounges available for hire; see their website for details, which require a minimum spend and also larger day beds so your posse can hang all day. With all the beautiful people in their bathers showing off hot young fit bods, with drinks in their hands enjoying the dj’s relaxed day time beats and sun shine out it makes for great people watching. I felt it was very cosy around the pool with sun lounges packed around in to make maximum usage of the space or layered perhaps 5 deep along the ocean front. It felt a little claustrophobic to me ( I am getting a little old though these days hahaha and enjoy my space) . I’m not sure if the black fabric on the day beds would get super hot in the steamy Bali mid-day heat as well. I chose to sit in the beautiful, spacious, shady restaurant and was in awe of the stunning structure and enjoyed a nice strong mojito. My friend arrived a little later as traffic was hectic and we then ordered a few more cocktails, duck spring rolls, nasi goreng and a chicken wrap all of which were delicious. The staff are very friendly and service was ok and the prices fair (check out the photos of the menu). It may take me a little while to get used to you Finns please bear with me. I would be keen to hear what others think and have you enjoyed a day here yet ?

http://www.finnsbeachclub.com

Rob Peetoom, Hair Spa, Seminyak, Bali.

I am a little bit obsessed with this little piece of Bali Pampering heaven at the moment. The Rob Peetoom Hair Spa Bali is located in North Seminyak next door to Barbacoa, and near Metis, Sardine and Lantern Bali if you want to grab something to eat or drink after your dreamy hair treatment. The salon is like a floating pontoon and is surrounded by ponds and the back treatment area overlooks the most beautiful rice paddies. I had the best half hour hair and scalp Ritual (treatment), with Kerastase products and a good strong yet relaxing head and shoulder massage. I have also had my regrowth done and I was really happy with it. They have a range of treatments and both local and international stylists. Please do yourself a favour and book yourself in to check it out for yourself. http://www.robpeetoomhairspabali.com/en