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

 

Batik Air Test flight

Selamat Pagi Friends,

Hey, I just wanted to let you all know I recently tested out the Batik Air, Malindo Perth – Bali – Perth route. I paid around $500 AUD however it was a last minute trip. The plane was small and old, however it was clean and had heaps of leg room. I had 30kg check in luggage which is great. The plane seem to be bumped to low priority on both tarmacs, having to walk down onto the tarmac like the good old days at Perth and also in Bali with getting the bus to the Arrivals terminal. I got a small meal on the plane and 1 drink and no alcohol. There were a choice of 8 old movies to choose from, no blankets or pillows. Lastly when arriving in Bali they didn’t hand out Customs cards so be sure to grab one and complete one quickly before joining to customs lines, after collecting your luggage as heaps of people were getting sent back to complete one. I will happily fly with Batik again( that’s if Garuda remains so expensive 🙊).

Love from LMB x

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 Warungs.

2. 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