So guys finally I am here to discuss my trip to Bali! I know this is way overdue but my MacBook has dealt with a couple of issues lately so it’s took a while to get all my photos together! I went over to Indonesia for 10 days whilst I was in Australia & had the most incredible experiences over there! It seems as though Bali is the prime holiday destination for Aussies, however with an increasing popularity of European tourists, I thought I’d share my experience with you all and let you know my highlights.
So I know that a lot of people travel to Bali and stay for months at a time as the island and surrounding islands are so big that there is so much to explore. Due to the time I was there for, I only stayed mostly in Seminyak & Ubud so those are the places I’ll be discussing!
I did a lot of eating in Bali. A L O T. You’d think that in that kind of chokey heat, appetites would be at a low, but nope there’s just too much good stuff to not induldge! From Aussie inspired, to fancy french to traditional Indonesian, Seminyak has EVERYTHING on offer. When I visit a country for a short period I usually only stick to the countrys national cuisine. However being in Indonesia, where you can suffer from the infamous ‘Bali Belly’ it was good to have some home comforting foods readily available for the times when you’re too full of these rich, yet wonderful exotic foods & spices.
Sisterfields will most likely pop up on EVERY ‘Where to eat in Bali’ list. It’s cooler than cool aesthetic is an added bonus to the deliciousness that is served up on their vast and exciting menu. I suffered from several very bad hangovers whilst I was in Bali (something in the air just makes you feel all that more drunker,) but it was nothing that this Banana Brioche French Toast couldn’t cure. Topped off with Banana Sorbet, Banana Crumble and a maple matcha custard oh my holy moly. I’m literally salivating just thinking of it. I didn’t get a great pic but here’s a snapchat I managed to take before demolshing every last piece…
Sea Circus is another incredibley aesthetic eatery which serves up delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. The place itself is awash with colour and the waitresses wear the cutest uniforms. The coffee was probably the best I had in Bali. Slow dripped and iced, just the way you need it in 40c humidity. Sea Circus also hosts taco tuesdays where soft shell tacos and margharitas are both 2 4 1. It’s a dangerous game. The measures in the margaritas are insane and you won’t leave the place in the slightest bit sober.
Motel Mexicola is another very ‘instagrammable’ joint in Seminyak. The decor is abso amazing and you feel like you’ve entered another world. The food isn’t the main event here. It’s the cocktails, it’s the luxe decor and it’s the buzzing atmosphere. There is a dancefloor where people spin around to all kinds of latin music, and the drinks are pretty damn good. It’s a MUST whilst you’re in Seminyak.
If you’re after a more traditional Indonesian meal then head off to Chandi which is a more formal experience than the places I’ve already mentioned. The service is excellent and the pricing is really reasonable for what you get, and it’s a definate 5 star dining experience. Take a look at these delicious meals we had…
Finally my FAVOURITE nighttime restaurant (although I do LOVE their lunch menu as well) was Batik. Batik is a wonderful south eastern asian restaraunt and no joke I have physical tears in my eyes whilst writing this because all I want is food from there. Another extremely reasonable priced restraunt with ludicrously delicious tasting food. This maybe one of my favourite restaraunts I’ve ever dined in. The menu is extremely varied therefore there certanily is something for everyone. I’ll let these pictures do the talking but PLEASE if you ever find yourself in Seminyak you MUST dine here! Unfortunately I ate my food too quickly to ever take photos so let their instagram dot the talking…
Tiger Palm sits conveniently outside of the Seminyak mall. It’s perfect for happy hour cocktails and a light bite post spa or shop. Each mojito is garnished with a pure sugar cane and oh my are they delicious.
Merah Putih was a idden gem we stumbled across after spending the dy at the W Hotel. The decor was truly spectacular as you feel like you’re sat inside half a rainforest half a palace. We ate several small dishes including a delicious complimentary soup to start. I HIGHLY recommend the duck dish – the nicest duck I have EVER had!
I did a LOT of spa’ing whilst in Bali. I never thought i’d hear myself say ‘I dont think I can handle another massage’ but believe me, it does begin to take its toll eventually. Heres a a few of my fave spas out there, and the one I didn’t enjoy so much!
This was the first spa I got to upon arriving in Bali. Bodyworks spa is in the heart of Seminyak and boasts a gorgeous moroccan feel. With terracotta walls and a beautifully designed courtyard where you can choose to have treatments, you’ll feel as though you’re in another world. Each therapy room is beautifull tiled with whites and blues and the air con is a welcome escape from the sticky streets of Bali. Whilst one of the more pricier treatment lists, it’s definately worth every penny (and still manages to be at least 1/3 of the price of a massage in the UK or Australia) I had the full body massage with flower bath which cost Rp355,000 (£21/$35 AUD) – absolute bargain! The massage was extremely thorough and combined both relaxing and repairing techniques. The flower bath was a dream.
Spring Spa is situated on the rooftop of The Seminyak Mall. The aesthetic is everythaaaang & more. The sea breeze is the first thing you notice after riding the esculator to the top of the mall where the spa sits cooly and comfertably. The chic white decor is accentuated with driftwood deisgns, steppingstones and it’s surrounded by water. It’s a MUST do. The treatments were the most expensive that I had, but still, compared to UK prices it’s nothing. It’s only when comparing them to Balinese street prices that it seems a lot. I had several treatments done here as I kept returning for more! I had the Raw Charcoal Facial. My skin was in major need of some TLC after plastering it in sun cream & mosquito spray daily (the dengue fever fear is real) and I was breaking out badly and needed a gentle treatment to help my poor skin. The charcoal facial consisted of only natural products such as the enzymes of various fruits as well as cooling cucumber concoctions. It was glorious. I also had a coconut hair treatment here where they literally pour warm coconut oil through your hair and rake it through. With hair like mine, this was essential. Finally I had a luxury pedicure which consisted of all the usual pedicure steps with the addition of a gallon of warm almond milk & honey being poured over your lower legs and feet to send you straight to moisturising heaven. Yep it was as good as it sounds!
Now I don’t really like to bash places on my blog but I’m just gonna put this out there as a warning. I thought that I should probably try out some cheaper spas as I had spent quite a lot of money in all these wonderful but albeit pricier places and I knew that some of the cheaper options would still offer great treatments. So I took myself off to Cool Blue spa and let me tell you now I was quite hungover and had what my friends and I like to describe as ‘the fear’ – if you know you know. Anyway, I had seen that this spa was on a top 20 spas in Seminyak article so I thought all would be fine. Just before I got there I read up on TripAdvisor that a customer had been asked to leave their phone and wallet in a locker, and they had had money stolen from the wallet. For whatever reason (hungover? heat? general life woes?) I proceeded to go in still after making the journey there to be greeted with the dreaded ‘can you leave your phone in this locker please.’ Anyone else would have had the sense to have just said no sorry I don’t wish to do that and left. However, being a classic Brit abroad, fearing that I’d offend off I went leaving my most valuable possession in a locker. Now if you know me you’ll know that just as Irene Adler once said in a BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes ‘my phone is my life’ so for the entire time throughout my treatment (cream hair treatment) I was on the verge of a breakdown. My anxiety was already at a high so this realllllly nearly sent me over the edge (remember I was hungover and had the fear) – ANYWAY I cut my treatment short and returned to find my phone still there and safe but still, it wasn’t worth the panic. So I don’t wanna say avoid this place because I’m sure it’s all ok but If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your phone/belongings locked several floors below you then avoid this place.
Now Bali Botanica Day Spa was a real highlight for me. Ubud is situated around an hour and a half away from Seminyak so we hired a driver who my Aussie family had used a couple of times before and he took us to Ubud for the day. Our first stop was at a spa I’d found online and let me tell you know it was an absolute hidden gem. For the bargain price of £23 ENGLISH POUNDS I had a two hour body massage, a turmeric exfoliation scrub and a flower bath. The spa backs onto some forestry so you are literally looking out into a jungle of wonderful smells and giant butterflies. It was one of the most relaxing experiences I have ever had! I cannot recommend this place highly enough. There are loads of different spice scrubs to choose from for your exfoliation and that’s an experience in itself. The staff are attentive and blissful, and it’s all incredible from the moment you enter the spa.
So there are a few places to eat and a few places to spa for you to enjoy!
Let me know where else you love in Bali as i’ll most certainly be booking a trip back soon!