Bali Bliss

A heavenly Bali break has meant no blogging, for two weeks!! Just some Facebook and Twitter activity to keep in touch. There are Bali lovers and Bali haters. As I’ve been visiting Bali twice a year for over 20 years, I’m definitely in the LOVE camp! Bali has wormed its way into my heart. When I’m there, I always feel like I’m at ‘home’. Below is a tiny snapshot of what Bali has to offer. There’s soooo much more…for you to find and explore for yourself! l

I prefer to stay in a traditional Balinese-style hotel or villa. There are many new, flash, sleek hotels, but when you stay in them, you feel like you’re in… Singapore! This time we chose the Sofitel or Royal Beach, as it’s now known. It’s in a perfect location, on the beach in Seminyak and is very close to all the fab cafes and shops. Its manicured gardens and ponds are picture postcard, old world Bali style. The rooms are fully refurbished and the staff are simply delightful. I’d definitely stay there again!

There are 2 pools at the Royal Beach. Breakfast is served overlooking the large newer, beach pool, above. There’s also a smaller hidden pool (below) for those who want to relax in peace.

I simply love this tranquil place!!

On Day One, I have a ‘Chill’ tradition. To unwind and get my busy Perth lifestyle totally out of my system ASAP, I head to ‘Chill’ in Jalan Kunti (Bali Deli Rd). Ask for a $20 ‘Classic’ massage. It starts above, with a foot bath, followed by an hour of pampering in the ‘Whisper Zone’ room. Aah what a treat… I’m chilled just thinking about it!

Always on the hunt for an affordable, spotlessly clean Day Spa, I was thrilled to meet David (ex-Queenslander), Yurika and puppy Cleo outside my hotel. They own ‘Home Base’ Day Spa, in Dyana Pura St. It’s fabulous and reasonably priced. Worth a daily visit!!! Yurika is a fully trained beautician and her staff are also very experienced. I had the luxury hair spa. It’s $8.50 for a sensational hour. Best tea in Bali too. I had lime, ginger and lemongrass, mmmmn!

I usually start the day with an early, hour long beach walk. It’s my ‘meditation’ time and I always discover new beach stalls. Just near the Royal Beach there is a string of brightly painted ‘Gilligans Islands’ huts (above). Perfect for a true Bali juice experience.

In Seminyak and Legian, the shopping is incredibly good. You can shop till you drop until 10pm at night. However, be prepared. They do not barter. Prices are good, but NOT cheap and in some cases, are similar to Perth prices. Below, I’ve listed a few of my faves that are worth a browse or perhaps a purchase or two!

* Shakuhachi, Zuttion, from, Biasa, The People Vs., Uma & Leopold extra, Sol & Luna. All located in Jalan Raya, Seminyak

* Down Town, Saldo, and Shoreline. All located in Jalan ‘Double Six’, Legian

* Shop Five/Oscar the Third: Fab range of Camilla. Located in Jalan Kunti (near Bali Deli) 

* milano for leather bags at Discovery Mall, Tuban

* Bagus for watches and jewellery. Located in Kuta Square. 

An abundance of interesting characters, all with wares to sell in their market stalls and on the sidewalks. Tip: All watches need a new battery!

Found these Happy Beads at a beach stall. Only a few dollars. Bargain!

We visited fabulous cafes or restaurants each night. Food in Bali is sensational. Below I’ve listed some of my all time fave, fab eateries. The ‘Blue Bird’ taxi drivers know ALL of the places listed below!

Cafes:  $$ Biku, $$ Sea Circus, $$ Grocer & the Grind, $ Blue Ocean, $$ Sip, $$ Bali Deli Cafe, $$ Cafe Seminyak

Restaurants:  $$$ Sardines, $$$Mama San, $$ Ultimo, $$$ Metis, $$$ Warisan,

$$$ La Luciola, $$$ hu’u Bar, $$$$Sarong

$$$ Cocoon, $$ C-Side, $$$ Queens Tandoor, $$ Kori (Poppies Lane ll)

Sunset drinks:  $$$$ Ku De Ta

Bali….see you soon!!!

PS Tip: I ALWAYS take a soft pom pom scarf. It’s a handy sunsmart option for day, and great shoulder throw for night. Some nights are a bit chilly these days in Bali.

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