BLOW BAR

BLOW BAR BALI – Its not what you think it is

BLOW BAR BALI

Dont let the name fool you, the Blow Bar Bali is the best thing that has happened to Seminyak since KuDeTa put in a pool.  The first of its kind in Bali, and correct me if I’m wrong, but also this side of the equator – Blow Bar Bali is your hairdresser, nail salon and favourite bar all rolled into one, aka; your new favourite friend.

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From the moment you walk thru the door, the place is abuzz, music, hair dryers, cocktails being shaken, champagne corks going off, it instantly feels like a fun place to be.

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The salon has a Soho – New York feel to it. Centre stage is the long bar with elegant padded high back stools, where you can sit and drink champagne, martinis, or an earl grey tea – and, get this, have your hair done at the same time – BRILLIANCE.

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Everything is here – with special areas all dedicated to different types of treatments, I loved the boudoir room with the big black round velvet sofa where you sit back and get your mani and pedis done. So Luxe.

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The treatment menu is extensive, from big girl curls to the sleek sangria, also on offer are specialised hair treatments, make up, waxing, threading, eye brow tinting, opi gel nails, the list goes on and on. And, don’t you worry you can bring your Man here, as the boys are definitely not forgotten – with a barber on hand offering all the cool kid cuts, bro dry’s, scotch and shaves, or they can simply sit back and enjoy a tequila and cigar in the courtyard whilst you are blowed to perfection.

I had an absolute blast there – the vibe was fun to say the least, the place was super busy with a hens group, all in to get pampered, something that the Blow Bar Bali specialises in and they can most certainly handle large groups.

BLOW BAR BALI

This concept is perfect, heading out for a fun night out, no more frizzy Bali hair, call in for session and they will have you looking totally glam all ready for a Seminyak sunset. Grab a friend, grab 10 friends, grab your boyfriend – this place is a treat for everyone.

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Don’t feel like getting your do done, no problem, feel free to just call on in and sit yourself down and work your way thru their cocktail menu.

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Hairdresser Heaven, Pamper Paradise, Day-spa Delight, Bali’s Best Bar, call it what you like but I can tell you that Blow Bar Bali is now officially my new favourite place to hang out – all they need is a pool (and don’t put it past them) and I would more than likely move in forever.

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Open all day everyday and well into the night – contact them here to make an appointment

Check out all that they do here via their extensive menu

Blow Bar Bali is for big girls, small girls, young at heart girls and all the men in their life.

 

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CONTACT

Jl. Oberoi 61, Seminyak, Bali (behind Bamboo Blonde)
Ph: +62 361 3350600
manager@blowbarbali.com

 

 

 

 

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ITALIAN STYLE : Our favourite 5 starry eyed Seminyak eateries

Travelling to Bali with the love of your life and want to make it THE most romantic time ever.

Well, we are here to help you ! We have picked our favourite five Seminyak starry eyed Italian restaurants for you to wine and dine your one and only.  I mean really, lets face it, no one does romance better than an Italian.

Settimo Cielo

First things first, Settimo Cielo means Seventh Heaven in the language of Love – so there is no going wrong here. This elegant and intimate restaurant whispers romance with moody lighting, tables for two, cocktails to die for and the most authentic rustic Italian food on the island. Take charge here and order your loved one some Vitello Tonnato, followed by the tastiest Crab Pappardelle ever, then finish it off with the Seventh Heaven tasting dish – a desert dish made with love. One night here and I can guarantee you the passion will last forever.

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Settimo Cielo Bali, Jalan Pangkung Sari 10X, Seminyak, p. +62 (0)361 474 1117.

 

Seminyak Italian Food

Your lover will be whispering Ti Amo in your ear as you wine and dine in this swish and sophisticated ristorante. Located above the lobby at the Double Six Resort be sure to book a booth where you will be able to devour your food and each other in privacy. The menu radiates Italian love with words like Salumi, Anti Pasto, Secondi, Contorni and of course Dolci. Your stomach will be full but so will your bu’s heart.
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Seminyak Italian Food,

Double Six Luxury Hotel, No. 66 Double Six Beach Seminyak, p. +62 (0)361 734 300.

 

La Lucciola

This gorgeous beachfront Italian beauty is the Grand Dame of restaurants in Seminyak. Two story’s, bale style with uninterrupted views to a perfect stretch of Seminyak beach, your loved one will literally be left speechless as your waiter guides you to your table. On a scale of one to ten, La Lucciola scores a ten for romance. In fact it scores a ten for everything. Breakfast, brunch, dinner or lunch, you will notch up some major points on the love chart for taking your sweetheart here.

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La Lucciola, Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak (next to Petitenget Temple), p.+62 (0)361 730 838.

 

Zibiru

A secret no more, Zibiru, is the sweetest of sweet Italian finds hidden away in Seminyak. This charming, rustic and old school Italian eatery will have you feeling like you have whisked your “amante” off to Veneto for the evening. Glimmering lights, romantic tables for two and mouth watering Italian food will have you falling in love all over again with your Bu. Dinner here will be sure to get you in the mood for love.

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Zibiru,

Jalan drupadi #7 Seminyak, p. +62 (0)361 733 265.

 

Da Maria

Secretly wanted to whisk your Amore to the Amalfi coast for a holiday but the bank balance only allowed Bali?  Never fear, Da Maria is here!  This bright, vibrant and so very tasty trattoria, [whilst not exactly romantic but oh so much fun], leaves Pettitenget at the door and transforms instantly into Positano. Your better half is not the only thing you will fall in love with here – the pasta is perfect, the pizzas are delectable, the Campari bar is the best and the staff are insanely amazing. Da Maria will be sure to impress your love, especially if they like it loud!

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Da Maria, Jalan Pettinenget no. 170 Seminyak, p.+62 (0)822 3773 3099.

 

villa sayang

LEMBONGAN LUXURY : Villa Sayang

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It was that time again, the time when a little weekend escape was needed and given that the Seminyak silly season was all set to start I thought it was the perfect time to head to Lembongan to relax, refresh and recharge my slightly worn down battery.

 

That was the easy decision; the hard decision (as always) was which fabulously new and amazing villa should we stay at, my list of must haves is always long and I can (sometimes) be very, very picky – the only peeps that know my list of needs is the team at The Lembongan Traveller, the Lembongan experts.

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Villa Sayang was strongly suggested, and I have to say I was hesitant at first, as it wasn’t in the exact area where I really really love to stay and it wasn’t a brand new modern slash contemporary style villa. But…. then it was explained to me, it had its own boat (hello), its own private beach (oooh now that sounds nice) a full time team to look after everything (ummm even better) and its own private chef that cooks better than Jamie Oliver (okay im in).

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Arriving on Lembongan we were greeted by the team from Villa Sayang… where they loaded our bags, and us onto their very own boat, we were whisked off to Tamarind Beach – which is where Villa Sayang sits regally, high above overlooking the crystal clear surrounding waters.

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The gorgeous staff proudly showed us around, and I was overwhelmed not only by its majestic old style Bali beauty but how immense this property is – it literally went on and on forever.

Secluded and beachfront, Villa Sayang is nothing short of exquisite, spread over 2 tiers, this property is truly lush tropical oasis, featuring not 1 but 2 infinity edge swimming pools, 100m of ocean frontage, its own private beach, gorgeous green manicured gardens, 6 beautiful air-conditioned bedrooms all with private ensuites, these are just a few of the 5 star features that this villa has to offer.

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The bottom tier is a sanctuary in itself featuring 2 stunning bedrooms overlooking tamarind beach all facing onto the infinity pool, and a family / dining area sitting under a huge open living bale as big as a ballroom.

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Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I made my way up the winding white lava stone staircase and reached the upper level where the main villa sits …. It’s then you realize how large this property is – a double story pavilion housing 4 more super sized bedrooms all with their own private tropical style ensuite, each have massive balconies overlooking the bluer than blue bay. There’s another infinity edge pool with more sparkling views, a dining / relaxing outdoor bale and a huge family / tv area. I was blown away with how gorgeous this villa is and it had me appreciating all over again the beautiful old style Balinese architecture – with thatched roofs, open style living so you can actually take in all the beauty that surrounds you.

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Relaxing here is made pretty easy, you literally feel like you are in your own private retreat, peaceful and so very very pretty, its easy to do nothing here except chill and forget all the crazy that may be happening back home. There is a dedicated massage room where a talented masseuse can roll out all the tension that may be laying in your limbs. Or perhaps your are up for a surf? A stand up paddle ? A snorkel ? Villa Sayang has all the equipment right there ready for you to use. Their Private beach is pristine, the perfect place to take a bottle of wine, a towel and a book and hide on the white sand for the afternoon.

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The Sayang staff are nothing short of amazing, smiling, funny and so polite, they really are fabulous – all getting their jobs done with out ever “getting in your way”, nothing was ever a problem, pulling out the SUP boards, preparing the boat for snorkeling, making us a G&T, picking up a take away hot chocolate from The Deck. And of course the Chef… well she most certainly knocked our socks off. Nasi Goreng, Stir Fried Noodles, Chicken Salad, Thai Green Curry …. No wonder I went home 3 kilos heavier. This lady could cook up anything within a minutes notice and I cannot even begin to tell you how delicious her dishes were.

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villa sayangWe had planned on heading out for dinner in fact we had plans to hire a scooter and do all the usual things we love to do when on Lembongan, but why bother, when you have the perfect paradise with everything you need right at your fingertips.

I was really impressed with the attention to detail that Villa Sayang paid to the little things, L’Occitane products, hair dryers, kimono’s, beautiful, white linen, cable tv, flowers, magazines, the list goes on. The Bedrooms are large and the beds so comfy.

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It’s a perfect family holiday villa – with so much space you can send the kids up to the lower level area and not even hear them, an ideal place to celebrate that special occasion, wedding, 40th, engagement, whatever your celebration may be – these guys have the space and the staff to ensure that they can accommodate anything.

Also this 5 star villa offers a 5 star pick up service from Sanur – yes … if you have a group of 6 or more and are staying longer than 3 nights – the Villa Sayang team will pick you up on their private boat and whisk you over the blue waters where you will land beach front right in front of the villa. So very very VIP.

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villa sayang

We absolutely adored our stay at Villa Sayang – everything was perfect. Thank you to the Lembongan Traveller for introducing us to this magnificent villa and thank you to Villa Sayang for having us – it is most certainly the closest thing on earth to paradise.

 

This villa may not be the newest on the island but it is most certainly the grandest.

 

Want to experience this Lembongan luxury – contact our friends at The Lembongan Traveller – they are the island experts. Let them help you organise your tropical escape and make everything easy for you.

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the bali tailor

LEATHER LUST HAVES : The Bali Tailor

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Some things never ever go out of fashion and are fundamental for any woman’s wardrobe; the must have “man style” white shirt, your favorite pair of denim jeans, a cool black v neck tee, the little black dress…. And of course a lux leather biker style jacket – something every style conscious girl should have.

And trying to find that one gorgeously glam leather jacket that you don’t have to fork out the big big bucks for can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

Never fear…. The Bali Tailor is here!!

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Lets face it, its not hard to find a leather maker in Bali, there are many that line the busy streets of Seminyak, Legian and Kuta…in fact they are nearly as common as a blue bird taxi – but try to find one that is filled with pieces that you could easily walk in and say “Give me one of everything” is very hard. This is what happens when you walk into The Bali Tailor.

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These guys have got the cool leather market in Seminyak cornered, every piece in this beautiful bright design studio / boutique is a lust have must have.

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From the tough lux black biker jacket, to a luxurious leather shoulder bag, oversized leather totes, gorgeously glam suede slides, cool croc clutches – I’m telling you – these guys have created a luxury leather heaven. Their designs are always current and look like they just walked off a Milan catwalk.

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Don’t really fancy battling the heat and traffic to go shopping? No problem, the team at The Bali Tailor will come to you – they will carry with them their look book and samples of their range for you to chose from, take your measurements and deliver your new leather baby to your door in a couple of days. Have your own design in mind – not a problem, they are like leather magicians – whipping up a style that you may have seen in the latest copy of Vogue.

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I can guarantee you, you will find your new forever favorite piece, one that you will see you thru for years and years, the leather used is of the highest quality, the tailoring is outstanding, custom made for you and the detailing in every item is perfection – your friends will think you have for sure been shopping online at Net-A-Porter.

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Coming to Bali – be sure to call in and see them, or make a time to for them to come to you. Follow them on Instagram to keep up with all their latest designs – @thebalitailor

We love The Bali Tailor – and know that you will too.

SHOP ADDRESS:

Jalan Beraban, No 67, Seminyak, Bali

Or contact them via email : thebalitailor@gmail.com

Komune Resort Bali

GETTING MY SUFER SIDE ON : Komune Beach Club

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A 45 minute drive from Seminyak (well okay can be 60 minutes in bad traffic) is a blissfully beautiful stretch of beach known very well to surfers from around the world called Keramas.

The word is slowly getting out about this surfer’s paradise and as a result accommodation is slowly popping up in and around this picturesque area, one of which is the magnificent Komune Beach Club & Resort.

I was looking for a new beach club to try and the photos I had seen of Komune totally captivated me – this stunningly beautiful resort is set on 180 metres of private lawns and gardens in amongst the 100’s of coconut trees and a total beach front property – where you witness every super sized snobby wave barrel on in.

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As I made my way down the tropical lush pathway that lead from the carpark to the beach club – I was in total amazement of the magnificent stretch of Keramas beach, the photos I had seen did not do this place justice, WHAT – Why had I not been here before ?? I definitely have to get out of Seminyak more.

We grabbed a lounge right next to the beautiful bluer than blue and rounder than round beachside pool which was totally surrounded by day beds, bean bags and umbrellas to help shade you from the intense afternoon sunshine. This place has such a chilled, relaxed, party vibe – tunes were playing, waves were crashing, kids were swimming, suffers were taking on the gigantic waves, the staff were being incredibly helpful and their service was incredibly fantastic. I knew it was going to be a great day – and I was not disappointed.

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Komune Resort Bali

Paddleboards and snorkels are on hand for when the tide goes out allowing you to explore the rock pools and crystal clear lagoons. And of course – if you surf, this venue could not be more perfect for you – it’s a match made in heaven.

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At night Komune has an outdoor beachside cinema showcasing weekly surfing events, highlights from the days or weeks surfing are shown on the big screen as well as regular screenings of latest release movies

Hungry? (silly question) this incredible beachside structure houses a restaurant and bar both providing some amazingly good food choices, healthy salads, juices, burgers, pizzas along with some pretty delicious seafood. You will not go hungry here – with something on the menu to satisfy everyone. The cocktails are pretty awesome too all served with a huge big Balinese smile.

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When it came time to head back to the Yak, I have to be honest – I just did not want to leave, I felt totally at home here and the view that was laid out right in front of me was totally hypnotic – I hadn’t felt this chilled in a long time.

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Komune Resort & Beach Club has so much to offer, you dont have to be a full time surfer to enjoy it here,  the hotel has a range of rooms, suites and villas which cater to everyone’s budget, along with a health “hub” a well equipped fitness centre and yoga retreat, long lap pool along with a day spa – there is not one reason you have to leave this resort after you arrive. Not knowing much about Komune when I visited, I can tell you I made it my priority to find out more once I arrived – this place is heaven. Now I have visited for the day – I am going to make it another priority to go back – but next time – I will definitely be staying for a couple of days to experience the hospitality that Komune is so obviously well known for. I would even go as far to say – skip Seminyak, get off the plane and head straight here for your holiday. I have no doubt that you will walk away feeling more relaxed than ever before.

Komune Resort Bali

Komune Resort Bali

Komune Resort Bali

If your heading for the day – be sure to phone ahead and let them know your coming, as very often they are booked out for weddings, etc. I mean really – why wouldn’t you want to get married here. What a great place to start the rest of your life together with the one you love.

I cannot recommend Komune highly enough and I cannot wait to get back again – but next time – I will be staying for a couple of days not a couple of hours. They may have trouble getting me to leave.

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On a side note – my partners son left his ipad on one of the day beds, he did not tell us about this until the next day…. We called Komune, and yes his ipad had been found and was locked away – we are grateful to the wonderful staff at Komune for this.

 

Komune

To reserve by phone:
Ph: (+62) 361 3018888

To reserve by email:
reservations.bali@komuneresorts.com

shopping in seminyak

SHOPPING : Some of my favourite places to stop for a shop

I LOVE shopping, I confess, I am a shopaholic, I remember way way back when I used to holiday in Bali (before I decided to call this island my home) one of the things I used to get excited about was trawling the crazy streets, stepping carefully so not to fall into a deep dark pot hole, searching for amazing finds, to take back home to melbourne. Well nothing much has changed, I still love shopping, the streets are still crazy, however, the foot paths have improved greatly and the shopping has only gotten better and better! Back then Bali used to consist of Sarongs, Singlet’s, Gucci knockoffs and bawdy board shorts, now, thanks to the many talented designers that call this island their home, the streets are lined with the most amazing boutiques, galleries, homewares and furniture stores that will be sure to give that credit card in your pocket a work out.

Some snobby tips: I always shop at night – the majority of the shops are open till 10 every night – yep that’s right 10pm!! And it’s a hell of lot cooler at night than in the heat of the day. The lights from inside the stores shine bright like a beacon – so it’s easier to see what’s inside and you are not wasting your time on things you know you don’t want nor need. Grab a driver – start at the top of Oberoi – work your way down and get him to meet you at the end – hello perfect. Don’t forget some of the little side streets have some of the best boutiques – you don’t want to miss out on these. A great map to get hold of is the one from the Yak magazine, available on line or at the back of each copy of their mag. Wear some comfy footwear and something easy to slip in and out of, as no doubt you will be spending some time in the changing rooms.

So with that said here are some of my favorite places to shop in Seminyak…. Some places i am sure your already know about – some you may not have heard of, but all worth a visit.

 

SOUQ

Souq is true to its name, a treasure trove of exciting goodies, I always call in there to check out the new and beautiful pieces that fill this huge space. It’s a lifestyle slash concept store and better still has a great cafe – you can drink coffee whilst you shop. Filled with men’s, women’s and children’s clothing – that you will not find anywhere else on the island, along with gorgeous homewares, jewellery and furniture. Call in for a coffee and one their delicious cakes or call in for a shop.

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Mecredi Homewares

Think Hamptons, think Parisian Chic, this beautiful store is filled with cushions, furniture, hand made bedding, throws, floor rugs, vases, art and a whole lot more. Their window displays will draw you in and have you wanting to re design your home. Everything here is exquisite and the prices are super reasonable.

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Prisoners of St Petersburg

This small boutique at the top of Oberoi is packed full of women’s fashion, sunglasses, bags, cushion covers and a whole lot of other fun and quirky pieces. The owner of this store travels the world religiously looking for new and unusual bits and he never disappoints. You will walk in and want to pick up and touch everything. There’s new stuff there’s vintage stuff – I guarantee you will go back to Prisoners a couple of times wondering if you missed something.

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Rainbow Ironworks 

I love this place – looking for crazy coloured candelabras, wrought iron chairs in bright yellow, an iron table in bright blue – Rainbow ironworks is your place. If they haven’t got it – and it’s made of iron – they can make it for you. Don’t miss this place – even if you’re not looking for furniture – just to take in all the colour.

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Miss Milne

Miss Milne boutique is full of pieces that I am not going to run into on the island. Her beautiful designs are sold on all the top fashionista websites, should you not be able to make it to Bali and worn by celebs around the world – although you can find the latest collection for a better price here. The tiny details make them special and you will have not for a season but forever. From Glam going out wear to super cute retro inspired resort wear – make sure you seek out the Miss Milne Boutique.

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Natalie at Peppers

Off the beaten track, but well worth it when you find it, this beautiful boutique stocks international labels like Alice McCall, Sundays Resort Wear, Melissa Odabash swimwear Amber Sceats Jewellery  and Sass and Bide Eyewear, Natalie’s is a perfect place to find your gorgeous stand out in the crowd Potato Head Playsuit or if you love wearing white. Natalie is full of lacey and crochet pieces that will stand out at Seminyak sunset.

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Palma 

Another women’s boutique which stocks the most delicate lace and silk designs – perfect for sultry Seminyak nights and so, so feminine, again these Palma pieces will remain in your wardrobe for years.

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Kim Soo

My favorite store has tripled in size !! And added a café so you can sip an iced coffee whilst browsing the array of amazing homewares that fill the shelves in this gorgeous store – Lets face it we all know how I feel about Kim Soo homewares, I have shouted it out to the world a zillion times, read about my addiction to Kim Soo here.

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Carga

Carga Bali is just next door to Biku and opposite potato head and another store filled with more beautiful Bali / Indonesian inspired homewares to take back home.

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Tropicana Shop

This store is super cute and super fun – bikinis, playsuits, tanks and crazy fun tees and as their name suggests all perfect for island holidays. Call into Tropicana Store if you want something fun for your holidays.

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Kody & Ko

Bright, fun and filled with crazy cool homewares that you wont find anywhere on the island – #Shelfies is the theme, pink pineapples, blue rhinos, yellow sausage dogs, this place is filled to the brim with stuff to take home and pop on your shelf that will be sure to add some cool colour to your room and your life. Kody and Ko is like a colourful candy store for big kids and small kids.

 

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Bali Boat Shed

You can’t miss the Bali Boat Shed – it’s a brightly coloured row of eye catching boat sheds just down from Motel Mexicola.

Stocking a huge range of local designers – its filled to the max of hipster cool island clothing and accessories for girls and guys. Hats, sunnies, bags and beach wear, well worth a stop in if you are after some casual gear to wear around the yak.

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2nd Skin Leather

Want a leather jacket made to take back home ? Leather shoes, pants or a bag – well 2nd Skin in Petitenget are here to bring your design to life. Take a tear from a magazine, draw up your own design or better still – you can chose from the  cool collections they have hanging in their store – your size not there – no problem – they will take your measurements and whip it up for you in flash.

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Little Joe Women

Super model Gail Elliot brings her city style sophistication but with tropical taste to Seminyak – this beautiful boutique is filled with her designer pieces – whether you need something for an uluwatu beach wedding or an Alila Resort black tie dinner – you will have no problems finding it at Little Joe Bali.

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Workshop 13 : Johnny Ramali

Workshop 13 is a must visit on the Seminyak shopping trail. Ramali’s jewellery is like nothing else you will find anywhere on the island – the pieces are so unique, made from oxidized silver, gold and precious stones. The use of religious icons, antique coins as well as other intricate ornaments gives each piece a distinctive feel – it gives the impression that it has been made exclusively for you. Alongside the jewellery cabinets are leatherbags, clutches and a small selection of super cool designer clothing pieces. A must visit.

 

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These are just SOME of my favourite places to shop in Seminyak – i will continue to add to this list – stay tuned

 

Please note

Some pictures sourced from google.

bliss sanctuary for women

SECRET WOMENS BUSINESS : Bliss Sanctuary

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Ladies…. need to take some time out on your own, without the husband, boyfriend, kids, dogs, etc, so you can forget about work, dinner, school pick ups, washing, ironing, and all the other somewhat mundane things that may just be getting the better of you?

Want to take yourself out of your comfort zone and away from the familiarity of what you know so well and perhaps experience new things that you could never imagine doing for yourself?

If I told you there was a special place in Bali that could cover every single one of your needs, where the most difficult decision you will need to make is what spa treatment you would like and what meal you would like the chef to prepare for you, where you wake up to a beautiful fresh tropical breakfast everyday, where your washing can be done for you, where you could meet like minded women from all over the world…. would you believe me? I promise you its true and this place is aptly named Bliss Sanctuary for Women – yes you heard me correctly – FOR WOMEN ONLY. No kids, no couples, no men, just women.

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Bliss Sanctuary is more than just a retreat, it is a paradise that welcomes ladies from all over the world travelling on their own, looking for a beautiful place to holiday, without being alone.

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No matter what your needs, Zoe and her extraordinary team will tailor the ultimate relaxing holiday where each day is planned for you based on what YOU want. At no stage are you “forced” to take part in anything you don’t want to – Being a sanctuary means everything is tailored to your individual needs.

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There is a wide variety of packages available to chose from:

Blissful yoga, cross fit bliss, womens surf, water lover, sightseers, thrill seeker, fab foodie, bliss active, wellness, ultra fitness and detox, eat pray love, self empowerment….and the inclusions are incredible, for instance; meals cooked in your villa for you by the Bliss chef, accommodation in a stunning villa with a dreamy bedroom all with AC of course, a 4-poster bed, a semi indoor / outdoor bathroom with a shower and a bathtub big enough to swim in, a pool to relax by, personal drivers to pick you up and drop you at the airport as well as take you shopping, out for meals, to the beach, sightseeing or anywhere else you would like to go, unlimited Yoga as well as daily massage / spa treatments all performed by the gorgeous local ladies which will help you unwind and reconnect. These are all included in the price and Ladies I promise you the list goes on – there is nothing that the team at Bliss has not thought of – this sanctuary is every woman’s dream come true.

bliss sanctuary for women

bliss sanctuary for women

Bliss has villa accommodation in Canggu and the newest location in Seminyak has just opened its doors. The sanctuaries are all private and peacefully situated in quiet locations – but close enough to all the action if needed.

bliss sanctuary for women

This place is heaven – a perfect retreat for all women to reconnect, relax and reinvigorate.

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Want to know more? Don’t be silly, of course you do – you need to hop on to the Bliss Sanctuary’s website and chose a retreat that suits you – I have no doubt you will be packing your suitcase waving the hubbie and kids goodbye.

contact :

blisssanctuaryforwomen.com

bookings@blissinternational.com

bliss sanctuary for women

villa coral nusa lembongan

ADDICTED TO PARADISE : Villa Coral Nusa Lembongan

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It’s no secret that our go to getaway when we need to escape the silly that sometimes Seminyak is known for is Nusa Lembongan. We are pretty fussy about where we stay returning to our favorites again and again. But this time we thought – lets mix it up and try somewhere completely different. We got in touch with our friends at The Lembongan Traveller, who told us about a brand spanking new beach front villa in a secluded part of the island, so beach front in fact, you have to walk across the white sand to gain entry. Hello – book us in!

villa coral beach front

I must admit I was pretty excited to try some new digs on the island, a change is as good as a holiday, and that’s what we are on Lembongan for. As the Rocky’s Van made its way through the bumpy roads and overgrown foliage we were pretty eager to get to this new villa we had heard so much about – Villa Coral. Pulling up on a narrow road right next to Tamarind Beach – I knew I was staying somewhere absolutely beach front when the waves were lapping at my feet as I was wheeling my luggage as promised thru the white sand to get to Villa Corals entrance. We were not disappointed by what greeted us.

villa coral nusa lembongan

Very large and lovely, modern but in an elegant island style way this villa is cleverly designed so every inch of the bay is captured from every point of this double story villa.

This beach front beauty is tucked away in a private and very quiet part of the island, it’s truly beautiful, with every amenity that you will need during your stay provided for you. With four staff to take care of everything – all you need to do is sit back and do nothing – something I’m very good at.

villa coral nusa lembongan

The villa has 4 enormous, repeat ENORMOUS, air-conditioned bedrooms, each with king size beds and very generous ensuite bathrooms – all bedrooms have views of the beach and bay that stretch out as far as the eye can see.

villa coral nusa lembongan

We spent our days by or I should say laying in the infinity pool taking in the impressive outlook – the star of the show being Mt Agung – which, when he makes an appearance is seen perfectly from every location in this villa.

mount agung villa coral

The poolside bar got a good work out– that impressive stainless steel refrigerator kept our champagne chilled to perfection. The staff were always on hand with menus from local warungs and happily ordered delicious meals for us, collected them and lay out our dishes for us in the beautiful open-air dining area overlooking the pool and the beach.

Breakfast at villa coral is a great way to start your day – the staff cook up a some tasty treats that will keep you full right thru to lunch – so good in fact – we requested 2nd servings (my constant diet was forgotten for this getaway).

breakfast villa coral

This villa is literally on the beach! When the tide comes in – you open the front gate – and the waves almost reach the beautiful stone boundary. A walk along the beach you will find local fisherman untangling their nets whilst their young children play in the rock pools and waves.

At night take in the sunset from the poolside bar – or the view is just as good if not better from the upstairs lounge area.

With an air- conditioned entertainment room that also doubles as a massage room – This villa has everything to ensure your holiday is perfect in every way.

villa coral

There is lots to do on this island paradise, snorkel, explore, etc., but we have been to Lembongan many times before, so we decided just to chillax and enjoy everything that Villa Coral had to offer – that being the peaceful and secluded position – leaving us with the feeling that we had this whole stretch of beach to ourselves.

villa coral

Villa Coral is most certainly a beachfront beauty, a picture perfect position which will ensure your island getaway is as every bit as wonderful as the view it looks out to.

The Lembongan Traveller have this island covered – they can match you and your requirements to the perfect villa and book snorkelling trips, boating trips,  you want to do something – TLT can assist you.

If you haven’t been to Nusa Lembongan – can i suggest you put it on your itinerary next time you visit Bali – only a 30 minute boat ride from Sanur, i can promise you, you will become addicted.

Villa Coral can be booked through The Lembongan Traveller 

villa coral

 

 

Hanks Pizza

PIZZA PARADISE: Hanks Liquor and Pizza

Lets get this straight, I love PIZZA, and have searched Bali high and low looking for pizza perfection, and finally I am positive I have found it – Hanks dishes up the best on the island.

Situated in Oberoi Street, but well past the crazy part, on the way to Kudeta, look up as your heading down the road and you will spot the Hanks Pizza & Liquor sign that shines bright and screams out at you “come on in”. You will find it right above the Sailors Falls Womens Boutique. Head up the flight of stairs and you have landed in Pizza Paradise.

Hanks Pizza

Slip on inside (where the AC is cool) or hang on the upstairs balcony and grab a seat at the long communal dining table – either spot is great with tunes playing and happy staff all ready for you, the whole place has a really hipster vibe that you can feel as soon as you hit that last step.

Hanks Pizza Grab a menu and this is where the hard part starts – what to choose? Everything on the menu is DELISH! Each pizza has a rock n roll name, but with massive Italian flavor – our favorites are The Dylan with pork and fennel meatballs, The AXL with spicy salami and the Siousxie with King Prawns and Roasted peppers – to die for I tell you. The crusts are thin and crispy and the toppings are generous and scrumptious.

Hanks Pizza

That along with some lip-smacking pasta (again amazing – try the Mac & Cheese –  again DIE – this dish is freeeking beyond words !) and some cool tossed salads, you and your mates can order a couple of dishes and share them all – a great way to eat, you get to try a whole lot more this way. Be sure to wash it down with a cold beer, or if you are like me and love a COCKTAIL, Hanks shakes up some absolute beauties. Try the Holy Bloody Mother of Mary, Watermelon Spritzer and trying to be healthy? Give the Health Kick a go, filled with Belvedere, kale, pineapple & lemon juice with a dash of coconut water – kind of like being healthy…but not.

hanks pizza, seminyak

Hanks Pizza

 

Everything about this place is hip, cool and crazy, from the urban edgy feel, to the menus that sit in old vinyl records. The bad boy rock n roll theme is laid on thick and contributes to the fun, party, cruisy atmosphere.

Hanks is open for lunch and dinner or even if your not up for a pizza it a cool hangout for a drink or 5  – they have two up Tuesdays and live music on Thursdays. You would be crazy not to put Hanks on your list for a cruisy night out with friends or family whilst you’re in town.

hanks pizza

This super cool spot is sometimes hard to find – but once you do, you will find yourself coming back and telling all your mates about it – promise.

 

 

Hank’s Pizza & Liquor

Jl. Kayu Aya no. 27x, Seminyak

T: +62 361 738 391

 

note: all pictures from google

 

kody and ko

SHOPPING FOR A SHELFIE : Kody & Ko

cute light boxes and a french bulldog

Kody & Ko

homewares with a heart

Kody & ko is definitely not your traditional souvenir store. This super cool and very bright space stands out from the crowd in more ways than one. Its white walls and shelves provide the perfect environment for all the lively coloured, unique, fun objects that are displayed on the shelves. Everything just pops out at you, meaning you’re sure to find yourself browsing for ages as the items are like candy for the eyes… You just cant get enough.

kody and ko

French bulldogs, Pineapples, Deer Heads, Teddy Bears, Colourful Cushion Covers and Designer Dog Beds, Beach Towels, and the brightest of bright Pop Art all jostle for your attention as soon as you walk through the doors, Kody & Ko has a collection of utterly unique and super fabulous pieces that you won’t find anywhere else in town and will look perfect on your shelves back at home.

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Named after the creator’s two beloved dogs Kody and Ko, the store is a haven of quirky, kitschy, funky pop art in the style of the grand master himself Andy Warhol. Located in the heart of Seminyak, just down from Motel Mexicola and 50m from Grocer and Grind café, Kody & Ko is the perfect place to browse for homewares with a heart while doing your shopping rounds in town.

Snobs Tip : Be sure to get a pic of yourself out the front against the big red wall and instagram it – Kody & Ko have monthly competition that can see you wining cool stuff from their store and gift vouchers.

kody & ko
jl kayu ayu #2
Seminyak
0361 737 359

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