13 Sep / BALI
Bali would have to be one of my favourite travel destinations. Not only because it’s easy to relax and escape from the business of everyday life, but also you can choose which kind of holiday you are after. Your time here can be as slow or fast paced as you want it to be. You can do it on a budget or live a little luxe. Oh it’s so good to have choices! Here is a little insight into what I got up to on my eight day visit:
Where I ate:
- Motel Mexicola -This is one of my all time favourite spots in Seminyak. Not only because I simply drool whenever someone mentions “Taco”, but also because when you step into the venue and are immersed in the eclectic pieces and colourful prints, you feel as though you have been transported to Mexico. Hola! Rock up early or book ahead of time for a good spot.
- Sisterfields -The interior and marble finishes remind me of Melbourne cafes and all of the ‘Smashed Avocado’ comforts of home. Such a great brunch spot if you are looking for Westernised food.
- Bossman – Located right next door to Sisterfields and owned by the same person, Bossman is the perfect ‘dirty burger’ go-to with all of their burgers named after infamous ‘boss men’. They even deliver after 2pm! Thank me later.
- Saigon Street – Serves up refreshingly light Vietnamese Cuisine such as rice paper rolls and San Choi Boa. The cocktails here were definitely my favourite. Add the Ginger Dragon one to your list!
- Shelther/Nalu Bowls – Nalu bowls is the creator of those Insta-worthy acai bowls you’ve seen all over your feed. Eat at Shelter the cafe upstairs and order your bowl to share over a game of Jenga.
- Mamasan – If you love dumplings and spice this is the place for you. Lounge vibes and amazing food all round!
- Cafe Organic – We discovered this cafe on our daily walks through Seminyak. Its menu brings a range organic meals like smoothie bowls and all day breakfast.
- Sarong – I am so glad my best friend persisted in going to this place as my stomach was in pure heaven. Booking a few weeks prior are essential as it is so popular. My word advice: skip dinner and head straight to dessert – the chocolate boa is insanely delicious.
- Corner House Bali -I’ll admit I visited this place simply because the interior made my insides melt. A good interior will always rope me in, but the breakfast did not disappoint either.
- Revolver Espresso – This is another great breakfast and lunch spot which is decked in saloon style interior.
Where I drank:
- Single Fin – A must do on a Sunday night. The vibes are amazing, not to mention the spectacular view. If you are staying in Seminyak like I did, be sure to leave around 3pm as the traffic to Uluwatu can be terrible and you don’t want to miss out on the beautiful sunset.
- La Favella – When I first stepped into this place I literally felt as though I was on the set for Alice in Wonderland. With the overgrown garden and quirky house layout there is something to discover at every corner.
- Potato Head – Poolside and endless cocktails. Need I say more? Although the drinks here were on par with the pricing in Melbourne the presentation of each cocktail definitely made up for it.
- Woo Bar at the W – If you are not staying at the W hotel this is one to visit simply to see the hotel’s pool and grand entrance. It’s a great pre-dinner drinks spot to sit and relax with your girlfriends.
- Double Six hotel – Perched on the rooftop of the luxury Double Six Hotel this restaurant and bar has amazing views, great tapas and yummy cocktails.
Where I relaxed:
- Spring Spa – All day every day! Not really, but I did go back for multiple treatments and loved every one of them. There are two Spring Spa locations: Seminyak and Seminyak Village with the latter being my favourite simply for the entrance. My favourite treatments were the ‘Sports Massage’ and the ‘Blow Dry and Braid’.
- RE spa – This was a little spa I discovered right next to my hotel. With refreshingly light interior and a great range of treatments, you walk in feeling immediately relaxed.
What I travelled with:
My new Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0 suitcase (here), which was super light, but roomy enough to fit in all of my trip necessities. I’m normally an all black kind of girl, but I loved the midnight blue as the it definitely made it easier to spot on the bag carousel.
Some places that I didn’t get to visit this time around, but beg you to put on your list are:
- Kudeta – Seminyak
- El Kabron – Uluwatu
- Crate Cafe – Canggu
- La Plancha – Seminyak
- Cacoon Beach Club – Seminyak