This being our fourth trip to Bali, we decided on renting a private villa.
We had always stayed in hotel accommodation, and been very happy, but a villa can be a much cheaper option. Villas can range from 2 bedrooms (our choice) to anywhere up to 6 rooms, sleeping 12 or more.
This is definitely the way to go, usually with their own private pool, maid/cook and security guards, you can experience luxury on a budget. Imagine having your own space, so much more personal than a hotel.
Drivers and masseurs can be arranged, everything is usually just a phone call away! If there are staff, and you were happy with the service, please tip them at the end of your stay. Wages are minimal, and every little bit helps.
Our private villa was fabulous. Everything we had hoped for and more.
Our maid, Liza was there to meet us and show us around. After asking us “what time we would like breakfast”, she said her goodbyes. The next morning at 8am (as we specified), a simple yet perfect meal was on the table.
Fresh juice (a different flavour every morning), a gorgeous fruit platter, tea and toast.Then she washed all our clothes, brilliant!
So now we were settled in, what to do first!
These days I have ditched the Lonely Planet. I still love it, but feel I don’t need it for Seminyak.
My fave is the “Luxe Guide“. I have always found they are on the money for restaurant, bars and shopping; perfect in my world! They are updated every 6 months, so I just grab a new one before I go. Better still, download the phone app. Too easy!
While you are there you can also pick up a copy of “The Yak” ($8aud). This local mag is published every 3 months, and will give you the low down on all things Seminyak.
Ubud has it’s own called “The Bud“, these are both available on line.
We always pick up a local SIM card on arrival. This means we can book restaurants and check out menus on websites.
For lunch we found 2 favourite spots that we alternated between. “Cafe Zucchini“, with it’s vibrant yellow and white striped canopy, was fabulous for fresh, scrumptious salads and coffee.
With a small boutique attached, it is definitely worth a visit. “The Junction” across from Seminyak square, has a serious selection of sandwiches, panini’s and wraps. Bright and breezy, with a white washed interior, it’s a great spot to take a break from shopping.
Where to go for dinner? Whip out the Luxe Guide and decide! The food in Bali is great, really diverse. You can choose practically any cuisine. From Indonesian to Indian, Mexican to Mod Oz, we had some amazing meals.
For our first night, we decided to return to an old favourite “Sarong“. Last visit we ate there twice, and it still doesn’t disappoint. If you do go, make sure you try the “Rupiah Billionaire”. A cheeky cocktail consisting of 1 part gin, 2 parts prosecco and a large dollop of home made lime sorbet, a quick blitz and we were in business. Divine!
“Sardine” on Jalan Petitenget, set against a backdrop of rice paddies, is chic and sophisticated. We indulged in scallops and quail to start, both impressive. We then had fish for mains, perfectly cooked with great flavours. A scoop each of home made sorbet and gelato rounded out a perfect meal.
Beware, Sardine has a fabulous in house shop. They sell dinner ware, and THE most gorgeous drinking vessels. Ergonomically designed and made from recycled glass.
It is so exciting to see new design in a functional item, so I bought a set of 8!
A lovely casual diner, “Sea Circus” is fun and funky. Located on Jalan kayu aya, it would be perfect for lunch or dinner. Consisting of mainly shared plates, with an emphasis on tex mex, it’s a hip joint with an indie vibe.
Potato Head Beach Club is the coolest kid on the block. An uber cool beach club with 3 dining choices, this is the hottest ticket in Seminyak. Rolling green lawn leads down to delectable day beds and then an infinity pool, all set against the backdrop of the beach.
Being Bali, the sunset is spectacular, get there early to experience the rich hues in all their blazing glory. It is a must visit. The sound system rocks, and the DJ booth is state of the art. Truly a world class venue, highly sophisticated, while being accessible. If you think Bali is for bogans after a night here, we weren’t in the same place.
Ku De Ta is the original beach bar, and is still special. On a smaller scale than Potato Head, the food is fabulous, and in my husbands opinion, the best music.
Deep house is his favourite. We thought there was an older (30 plus) crowd, so if you love something on a smaller scale, Ku De Ta is for you.
We enjoyed lobster and pork gyoza, miso chicken skewers and a tasty szechuan salt and pepper squid, all incredibly appetizing. Another wonderful night enjoying the sunset in gorgeous surrounds.
So now I’ve covered food, next week it’s all about shopping!