the seminyak beach resort

Win a Sunset Escape to The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa

the seminyak beach resort

Another fabulous Instagram competition for my lovely loyal followers

The Seminyak Snob along with the Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa are thrilled to offer a 2-night giveaway staying at this gorgeous beachfront property in the heart of Seminyak. On offer is the opportunity to win 2 nights in a Beach Wing Room, with breakfast daily and dinner for 2 at the delicious Sanje Restaurant & Lounge

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Who wants to spend a couple of days lazing in the sun around the Seminyak Resorts beautiful beach infinity pool ?

Read on to find out what you need to do :

 

The Competition – How to Win

Tell us in 20 words or less why you would love to stay at The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa. Or, alternatively you can also tell what makes Sanje Restaurant & Lounge the perfect spot to see the best sunset in Bali

Use the #seminyakbeachresortescape  #theseminyakbeachresort

You must like and follow @theseminyakbeachresort, @sanjerestaurantandlounge & of course me @the_seminyak_snob on Instagram

Tag who you would bring with you if you win

You may enter as many times as you like

Prize:

2 Nights at in Beach Wing Room, including breakfast and afternoon tea

1 x  Seafood Buffet Dinner  at Sanje Restaurant for 2 persons

TOTAL VALUE $ USD 1500

The winner will be judged by a team of 3 from the Seminyak Beach Resort along with the Seminyak Snob. The judge’s decision is final.

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Terms and Conditions:

The completion is open to an international audience.

The participants must be over the age of 18 to enter and have a valid passport

The winner is responsible for booking & paying for their own flights / transport to Bali

The competition will run from  11 August 2017 for 14 days –  with winner being announced on 31 August 2017

You must follow all 3 partners to win this prize

Block out dates do apply those being: 23 December -6 January 2018

The winner must book accommodation directly with sales team at  info@theseminyack.com   and is subject to  availability.

The Prize is not transferable from the winner to another person.

Voucher cannot be exchanged for cash

The Prize is valid for  12 months from the date of the winner being announced.

 

Please note this competition is not sponsored by Instagram yet by the accounts in this post and is in no way connected to Instagram LLC. You must abide by Instagram terms and conditions at all times. 

 

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The Ungasan

ULUWATU INDULGENCE : The Ungasan Clifftop Resort

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Are you on Instagram and follow the bazillions of Bali bloggers taking pictures in paradise. Well if you are, I am sure you have seen the amazing shots, all with hash tags like #uluwatu #bluepoint #sulubanbeach #singlefin, etc, etc, and wished that it was you there on the cliff tops looking out at that big blue ocean holding a coconut in your hand. Uluwatu –  it truly is a magical spot, situated at the southernmost tip of south Bali and filled with the most picturesque luxury villas and resorts, nearly all of them sitting on the towering limestone cliffs facing the glistening waters of the Indian ocean.

With most of the islands 5 star property’s all situated in this region – the choice of which property to stay at can sometimes be hard. Let the Snobs step in and help you out here – just recently we decided a mini vacay to Uluwatu was in order – and (like you) had seen so many beautiful pictures, but liked what we saw of The Ungasan on Instagram and promptly decided this is where we wanted to be.

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Bags packed, blue bird taxi booked we were quietly excited to be heading to the Ungasan to see for ourselves this stunning picturesque place.

Pulling up to the entrance of this extremely impressive property, we were greeted by the gorgeous staff all welcoming us to the Ungasan – walking through to the reception area – it is then that you are overwhelmed by the beauty of this villa style resort. Nothing but green grass stretches out in front of you, then disappears down the cliff face and than you are greeted with the panoramic view of the big blue of the ocean.

The Ungasan

The Ungasan offers 7 unique villas, all architecturally designed tropical style and all overlooking the ocean. 5 of the villas can sleep up to 10 guests. We stayed in Villa Chintamani, which can sleep up to 14 guests – all bedrooms have a private plunge pool, bale and garden decking and a humungous but romantic master bedroom, a gorgeous bathroom with a bathtub big enough to swim in. The beauty of this property is even though Villa Chintamani offers 7 completely private bedrooms all separated by lush tropical gardens, it can be booked as a 1 bedroom, meaning you get to stay in a lux villa compound but only have to book 1 of the bedrooms. Brilliant! Villa Chintamani like the other 7 villas sits on the cliff top and faces the ocean – with a super long beautiful infinity pool which can be used by the other guests staying in Chintamani, dreamy comfy day beds, a million dollar view, and a butler to take care of your every need – you will have to pinch yourself to make sure you are not actually dreaming.

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Chintamani offers plenty,  boasting 24 hour room service, nanny service (need to book) private butler, full bar service, private chef (upon request) car and driver, Wi-Fi, garden and cliff edge bale’s. The luxury is really laid on, I found it so easy to do absolutely nothing but take in the beauty that surrounded this gorgeous Balinese compound.

The Ungasan offers everything you can imagine – so you might think about leaving to explore the area … but with everything there at your fingertips, or the butler’s fingertips, I doubt you will want to leave.

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Sundays Beach Club is a 3 minutes breathtaking inclinator ride down the cliff face and provides a stunning beach on par with anything I have seen anywhere in the world. White sand, crystal clear blue waters, cocktails, day beds, bean bags, a fantastic food menu, smiling staff to look after you, paddle boards, it literally has everything – and if you get bored of sitting around your private pool – well this makes an exciting and fun change. Even though Sunday’s is open to everyone, Resort guests get priority over day-trippers, which is fantastic.

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Sunsets here are spectacular as you literally have a front row seat to the nightly show – whether you decide to take it in from Sundays beach club or your villa – be assured – this is a must do for every evening you spend at the Ungasan.

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Dinner at Selatun is a great experience; this beautiful restaurant sits at the top of the cliff taking in the spectacular view. The chef does a great job with western and of course local cuisine and I can assure you the cocktails are shaken to perfection.

With a tennis court, putting green, spa, and restaurant – this place is pure perfection. Everything is there for you and if its not – speak to Indra, the ever helpful Guest Services Manager – he can make magic happen.

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Looking to spoil yourself at a Lust after cliff top resort (of course your are) Us snobs can highly upon highly recommend The Ungasan for that special sweet getaway and there is no better time to book as at Nov / Dec 2016 The Ungasan are celebrating their 5th birthday and offering 35% off all bookings when placed directly thru them.

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Get on it guys – this place is pure paradise.

 

Reservations at The Ungasan

reservations@theungasan.com
+62 811 833 1320

 

 

sundara

SUNNY SIDE UP : Sundara

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Its no secret that us snobs love a beach club and that Four Seasons properties around the world are major snob material – so it makes sense that their Club located on the impeccable Jimbaran beach is nothing less than 5 star in every way.

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And the great thing is – you don’t have to be luxing it up at the Four Seasons Jimbaran to gain entry, this beautiful beach club is open to everyone that wants to visit for the day and soak up the sundara magic.

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Be ready to be WOW’d when you arrive, the beach is pristine and perfect, but the 57m long infinity edge pool perched alongside the beach stretches longer than you could ever imagine.

Be prepared to feel like a rock star, the staff here are absolute superstars and always ready to fluff your towels, pour your wine and serve your food, whatever you need – these guys are onto it!! Bottled water, sunscreen, oversized white towels, frozen fruit treats are handed out regularly and are all part of the Sundara service.

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Sit back relax and enjoy that bazillion dollar view, whether its while your lounging on your daybead, or whilst swanning around in the pool grab yourself a cocktail, their list is full of incredible creations all crafted by the legendary Javier de las Muelas whom I was fortunate enough to meet when he flew in to town from Barcelona to take over the Sundara list. The Bitter Sweet Love and Wasabi Martini are favourites.

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Hold onto your beach hat, your day is about to get considerably better, the daytime food menu here is so tasty, even if you just consumed everything in sight at your hotels buffet breakfast, you will eat, this menu is too tasty not to. Enjoy your feast as you sit by the pool or pop yourself on the terrace under the shade of one of the oversized umbrellas, whilst still soaking up that gorgeous view.

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At the end of the day you will find it hard to pack up and move, and, be told now, the Sunsets at Sundara are spectacular and well worth hanging around for, the fiery sky lights up that enormous pool and creates the most incredible romantic setting.

There is so much to love about Sundara, Sunday brunch, the wine list, the cocktail list, the Kids menu and get this… a dedicated kids area and pool with nannys on hand to entertain and take care of your bambinos – hello perfect!

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sundara

If you are in Bali – a day trip to Sundara is an absolute must, you will fall in love with this place and….. quite possibly your significant other all over again.

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Tips :

take a driver / taxi – because i guarantee you – you will drink more of their cocktail than you think you will

phone ahead and make a booking – there is a charge to book a daybed but comes off your food and beverage bill

To reserve a daybed, please contact sundara.bali@fourseasons.com.

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finns

NEW KID ON THE BEACH BLOCK : Finns Beach Club moves to our Hood

Finns Beach Club

I was beyond excited when I heard that Finns Beach Club (previously on the shores in Uluwatu) had decided to relocate to my side of town as much as I loved the old Finns, sometimes driving to Uluwatu in high season traffic really did my head in.  I don’t know about you, but I love a great beach club, and Finns new location at Berawa Beach, just a 10 minute scoot up the road from Seminyak is super easy to get to.

As expected, Finns not only secured the perfect beach side possie, they have improved their concept and is a great way to spend a very lazy day in the sunshine.

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This absolute beach front venue is situated on the stunning stretch of  Berawa Beach where you can see surfers catch the famous surf break that this beach is famous for.

The phenomenal  bamboo structure was skilfully designed so no matter where you are sitting you are guaranteed to enjoy the breathtaking view, take the time to look up and look around as this structure is quite simply amazing !!!! and houses the surf bar, the dining area and the very beautiful sunset lounge on the 2nd level – again offering incredible ocean views – this can also be booked for private events.

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The pool area is my favourite – there are lounges and day beds everywhere – or if you prefer to sit facing the beach, there are sun loungers lining the front of Finns all facing the ocean – but so close to the pool that you can turn around and quite literally fall in. And of course….. a fabulous the pool bar which is IN THE POOL where the cool Finns waiters shake up the best cocktails.

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Sit back, relax, read, sleep, eat – just enjoy your day lounging around the pool and being looked after by the incredibly friendly staff. The pool bar menu is delicious, with a huge choice of all the yummy stuff, tacos, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pastas, and of course all our favourite indo dishes are on the menu, the list does go on – with vegetarian and glutten free options – there is nothing they have not thought of.

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Did i hear you say Drinks…. well it wouldn’t be a day out to a beach club if we didn’t participate in a cocktail or …. four. And Finns Barman shake up some good stuff – my favourite the Espresso Martini – is made to perfection. Huge choice here my friends… mocktails, smoothies, juices, sangrias and the wine list is small but includes some great vinos to choose from all at very reasonable prices.

Now sunset here is an absolute must – the uninterrupted 180 degree views ensure that sunsets at Finns are pretty special – with the palm tree’s and the waves – it’s truly picture card perfect.

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Finns is such a great spot, this place is child friendly, but so huge that if you are not that way inclined, you wont even know they are there. Every afternoon at 4pm the resident DJ spins some tunes – if you’re in the pool duck you head under the blue water and listen to the underwater speakers. Hello fabulous you never have to miss a beat.

finns beach club

finns beach club

I cannot recommend this place highly enough…. awesome beach club, relaxed, friendly, fun vibe….. you will love it. I will be going back again and again to soak up this sensational new spot.

Finns is open 7 days a week from morning till late at night – contact them here to make a booking

 

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Beach Club Beauty : Karma

 

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Waking up everyday in paradise is indeed a blessing – so much to see, so much to do, so much to eat, so much to (dare I say) drink. That is the beauty of Bali – every day is an adventure and you are never ever stuck for things to do, see, experience or explore.

Today we decided to take the windey road that leads to Uluwatu and spend a day at Karma Beach Club – I mean lets face it, who wouldn’t want to spend the day laying on sun loungers, soaking up the sun and watching those waves barrel in.

The drive there can sometimes be a pain in the butt, however once you arrive – it is worth every bit of it.

Positioned on what is known as the Bukit Peninsula, Karma Kandra also offers luxury cliff top villa accommodation, but the beach club is open to all – best you book a day bed in advance – especially in the high season. Be sure to join the Karma Club before you go – as you get (i think) 20% off all food and beverage when you visit – hello = thank you karma.

When you arrive you will be literally awestruck by the view that greets you! Situated on a cliff overlooking the spectacular Indian Ocean– you will no doubt be wondering how in the hell you are going to get down to the beach – don’t freak out, there are not 10,00o steps to tire you out,  but an inclinator that travels down the face of the cliff providing an awe-inspiring ride and stunning views of the ocean and the limestone cliffs that surround this impressive region. Get your camera out !!!

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Karma Beach is truly breathtaking, we can see why it was named one of the Worlds 50 best beach bars by CNN Travel – private and tucked away from everything – you feel like you have arrived at your own beachside oasis.

karma beach club

karma beach club

The gorgeous staff will show you to your sun loungers, each with a beach towel and shaded by large umbrella’s, they will bring you a menu and the all important cocktail list – and from there your day will only get better.

The ocean is so blue – you will want to dive on in straight away – but please note – the waves and current here can be risky, and the rocks in some parts of this beach can be slippery and sharp – so be sure to maneuver you way thru safely. Or do what we do – bring those ugly reef walker shoes – not very flattering – but you will thank me later.

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The large open air, thatched roof beach hut style restaurant provides a tasty and generous asian & Mediterranean themed menu, and trust me the chefs here do it well. Pizzas, Pastas, Seafood, Sushi and Sashimi – there is so much on this menu that we wanted to try. We went for the seafood paella, which was scrumptious, the prawns fresh, large and delicious and the greek salad perfect.

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It wouldn’t be a day out if we didn’t participate in a few cocktails – and like their food menu there is so lots too chose from – and the barman didn’t disappoint, the frozen ginger martini, the karma spritz and the all time favourite espresso martinis are all to made to perfection.

cocktails at karma

Lay back for the rest of the afternoon, perhaps get a massage under the shaded bales, or if the tide is out wander further up the beach and take in the beauty of this part of the island, if you have young children with you,  the Three Monkeys Kids Club will be happy to help, leaving you to enjoy some quiet time, or cocktail time.

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Don’t want to leave ? You can continue well into the evening, with dinner served on the beach (tide permitting) or dine at Di Mare their stunning restaurant at the top of the cliff overlooking their pool and views out onto the indian ocean – be sure to try their vanilla martini !

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And……there is always the luxe Karma Villas if your driver got tired of waiting for you and you need somewhere amazing to stay.

The Karma Group are currently expanding – and offering luxury accommodation and beach clubs at exotic locations all over the world. If your travelling further than bali – be sure to look out for them.

Everything – and I mean everything about Karma Beach Club is quite simply Magical – The sand is golden and the ocean is blue – this is your Karma – sit back and enjoy your day.

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Snob notes :

situated approx 45 minutes drive from seminyak

Entrance fee: IDR 350,000 including IDR 150.000 Food and Beverage credit.

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SOMEWHERE SUPER SNOBBY : The Alila Seminyak

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Want some where spesh to hang with your significant other away from the Doof Doof and smell of Hawaiian Tropic? Well a day, a night or a week at the Alila Seminyak may be just what you need if you are wanting to add a capital R into your romantic holiday. You will want to kiss your partner long and hard as soon as you walk thru the striking entrance of this beautiful ocean front resort – this place reeks of romance and love.

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Comprising of 240 ocean or garden facing rooms and suites that surround a vast communal area,  Alila Seminyak contains 4 bluer than blue swimming pools that look right out onto the sparkling indian ocean – this resort is first class all the way. The hotel is shrouded in vertical gardens, leafy plants and a gorgeous green lawn that rolls on down to the beach interrupted only by a tranquil Balinese temple – you are right in the heart of Seminyak but the peace and calm takes over you the minute you walk down those steps onto the lawn looking onto the beach, the beautiful big pools and the dramatic beach bar – everything so strategically placed that doesn’t matter where you sit you are able to see all the goings on.

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We head down to the Alila often to get away from the continual interruptions taking place at our villa. This is the most perfect peaceful place to lay and enjoy the beautiful surrounds, sip a cocktail, read, swim and enjoy the delicious pool menu.

 

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With its prime beach front position – it’s a given that the Alila is a perfect spot for a romantic sunset, and even better,  it doesn’t get quite so busy here and even if it did you wouldn’t notice because there is so much room to take in the show – that there is no possibility that anyone is going to get in your way.

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Get there early, make a day of it, lay yourself down on one of their oversized loungers or if you prefer the shade, grab a seat under the cover of the beach bar and sit back and enjoy Alila’s hospitality.

The pool menu is great (not enormous) and is more snacky type fine food, however the beach front restaurant is a stones throw away from the pool and offers a more substantial selection. The Beach Bar offers a good variety of cocktails to choose from and a small selection of wine.

We love the peacefulness of the Alila, its full of couples hanging out resting and relaxing, probably not a great idea to bring 20 kids with you, but if they are well-behaved, i am sure it wont be a problem

We are yet to stay at the Alila (we hope to do that very very soon) so when our villa gets noisy and we are in need of some peace we will continue to head on down there for the day and do what we love doing, sun baking, sipping on cocktails and enjoying the serenity of this sensationally beautiful seminyak resort.

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ISLAND HOPPING : Nusa Lembongan

Oh my SNOB,  Nusa Lembongan is pure perfection – this small friendly chilled out island has such a relaxed vibe and is only 12 kms away from Bali meaning it  provides a great weekend getaway or the perfect long stay holiday away from the hustle and bustle of  home.

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Where to start !  So much to see So much to do…. or if your a bit like me, not to do – i come here to relax and do nothing.

This island is a short 30 minute boat ride away from Bali, but when you land it feels like you have stepped back in time – it is literally Bali 30 years ago. We love Lembongan – i mean whats not to love. White soft sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters, no traffic, friendly smiling locals, grass roof huts on the beach, palm trees everywhere – it is pure paradise. As your boat transfer makes it way up to the shore, your will be in awe at the gorgeous vista that literally takes your breathe away.

There is a great selection of accommodation on the island, from home stays, to huts on the beach, to resorts and the most stunning and luxe beach front villas. The Snobs always use The Lembongan Traveller when making our bookings – these guys have the island covered and know everything that is happening.  Wherever you stay – I guarantee you will  be no more than a 5 minute walk to one of the gorgeous beaches that surround this island, if not ocean front where the big blue bay will be right in front of you.

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The snobs love  Villa Lago which is private 4 bedroom villa situated right on coconuts beach and is STUNNING – (check out our review here ).  We also love our stays at Batu Karang  Which is a beautiful boutique resort that is carved into one of the hillsides that you cant miss when you arrive on the island.  You will do nothing but relax if you decide to stay here, the staff will make sure of that. The only resort of its type on the island, this place has it all including 3 huge pools, one with a swim up bar (hello cocktails). The rooms are super generous, all with 4 poster beds, and outdoor bathrooms all with generous size stone bathtubs, big balcony’s  and nearly all have a 180 degree view looking over the spectacular Lembongan bay. The 3 bedroom penthouse is perched high at the top of the resort and the views are stunning – especially when Mt Agung pokes his head out from behind the clouds to say hi.Our favourite villa rooms are #17 and #18 – right at the top and a 3 step walk to one of pools. Karang has a great restaurant, Muntings, offering local and western food – all of it delish.

view from the top at batu kerang

There is so much to do on Lembongan – Love to surf – well this place is famous for its superb surf breaks like Playgrounds, Lacerations and Shipwrecks. The  snorkelling and scuba diving is amazing – all in crystal clear waters – there are some fantastic snorkelling spots – the locals know them well – we book Captain Nemo’s every time – his fishing boat is fairly new and comes equiped with snorkelling gear and fishing rods – he knows every nook and cranny and can take you snorkelling at Mangroves, Crystal Bay or The Wall – where you will feel like you are swimming in an aquarium.  Snob Tip – snorkel in the afternoon, and head back at around 4pm – and I  PROMISE you will see dolphins splashing around. They come out to play once all the big boats have headed back to the mainland.

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Want to kick back, relax, take in a pizza and sip on a cocktail – The Deck is the perfect place for you. This super cool cafe and bar is situated right below Batu Karang on the boardwalk and is as waterfront as you can get – any closer you will get wet. This place is a favourite with everyone who visits the island, the pizzas, panini’s, pies, home baked cakes, fresh juices, healthy smoothies and promise – best coffee you will get on the island. The un-obstructed view on the lower deck is quite simply ahhhhmazing – perfect possie to sip cocktails and take in all the activity that is happening on the bay and of course when the sun sets – this is one of the best spots on the island to watch it all go down. Staying on the other side of the island ? No Problem – Batu Karang offer a free pick up and drop of service to your accommodation.

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Nusa Lembongan definitely offers something for everyone, whether you just want to lie around, read, sunbake and swim – but if you want to explore – there is so much to see. You can hire a scooter or even a buggy to get around the island on. Head over to Dream Beach where you will find a small but fun beach club with a two tiered pool looking out over this beautiful beach. You can stay at one of their Beach Huts – we haven’t done this – its a bit back packerish and the reviews on trip adviser are not great – but a visit to their beach club is well worth it.

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Another place worth a visit is Sandy Bay & Sunset Beach – this pretty place is home to the Sandy Bay Beach Club. A great place to wine, dine and just lay around and watch the waves crash onto the sand.  . It is situated (again) right on the beach and has a cool little pool with day beds surrounding it. This place is fab for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering a great selection of bbq’d seafood, burgers and of course lots of local selections. The wine list is fantastic and is served nice and cold. Must try : the coconut prawns. Again Sandy Bay Beach Club offers pick up and drop offs right to your door.  Be sure to check out The Walking Tree Boutique at the front as you enter Sandy Bay Beach Club and if you need a mani, pedi or a massage the lovely ladies at Glo Spa right next door will be happy to oblige and can even come to where your staying if cant be bothered leaving your pool side position.

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This island is perfect for families with so many activities to keep them busy, paddle boards, SUP, jet skies, cliff jumping, fishing, the list just keeps going on and on. Lembongan provides everyone, young and old, single or taken the perfect holiday destination.

We have so much more to share you on Lembongan; swimming with the mantra’s, scuba adventures, exploring the neighbouring islands Nusa Penida the largest of the three neighbouring islands  & Nusa Cenengan – which we will do shortly – but us snobs promise that you will fall in love with Lembongan, we did, thats why we keep going back whenever we can.

The Lembongan Traveller can help you with everything, from accommodation, to dining out, to scooter hire, everything you need – TLT can help – contact them or us if you need any further info or suggestions.

Snob Tip : If you are coming to bali – make sure your itinerary includes lembongan – you would be crazy not too.

 

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SUNSET SUPERSTAR : Kudeta

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I’m super lucky to live within walking distance to Seminyak’s very glam beach club KUDETA, hence why its become my “local”. Most nights you will find me down there ready to take in the amazing sunsets that takes place right on their front door step.This place is an institution in Bali, and is on everyone’s “must do list” when they land on this beautiful island. A trip to Bali is incomplete unless you witness a sunset at this iconic beach front bar.

As you walk up the steps to the main entrance and are greeted by the friendly staff  you will feel the energy that this club is known for worldwide.  Get ready as the beautiful vista of Seminyak beach literally takes your breath away, especially if you visit around sunset time. This place is pure magic.

Lay back on one of the day beds, or grab a seat in what we call the “mosh pit” and you have literally got front row seats to one of the most spectacular shows on earth! A Seminyak Sunset.

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With cool tunes from the resident DJ’s playing, waves crashing on the sand, beach sellers trying to sell you stuff you don’t really need but cant help but check out – and the BEST people watching place in town – you will spend hours here and be captivated by what’s going on around you.

Cocktails are amazing and I guarantee you will down a few of them – I have drunk more Watermelon & Mint Martini’s than I have had hot dinners….. I can never stop at one, I have stumbled out of here more times than I care to remember (oops). The food is freeeking fabulous too, pizzas tick, (another great body is my personal favourite) sushimi  tick, tacos tick – everything is scrumptious. Or if you feel like something a little bit more spesh…. grab a table at one of their two restaurants – both of them will leave you wanting just a little bit more – all put together by the brilliant chefs Ben & Steve and their talented team.

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I can promise by the end of night you will be dancing by the edge of pool gazing up into the stars and by then you will know for sure you are in paradise.

Snob tip: always book whether it be for a day bed, a seat in the mosh pit or a table for 4 at the restaurant – you don’t want to miss a night at kudeta.  They have recently popped in a pool (as you do) making it a super cool place to hang during the day too.

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SUNSET SPOTS

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Bali and of course Seminyak is renowned for their spectacular sunsets. Every single day at around 5.30pm ish you will see locals and tourists alike flock to the beach, beach clubs or roof top bars to witness the dazzling show that this island is famous for.

If you are in town – it would be criminal not to participate in this ritual. The sky literally puts on a breathtaking performance,  painting the skyline a multitude of colours : pink, yellow, orange, purple, greys, blues, it is truly an experience you must not miss.

The snobs love doing it with a cocktail in hand (of course we do) so we have put together a list of just a few of our favourite places to kick back and watch the show.

KUDETA

As mentioned in a previous post – this place is our local – and we head there often as its only 2 minutes from home. When the clock strikes 5, I grab my bag and head on down to Ku.  Its hard not to have a good time at  Kudeta, there plenty of people and the atmosphere is buzzing. There are loads of spots to sit and watch it all happen, upstairs downstairs, poolside, daybed, they have every vantage point covered. The staff are fantastic and the cocktails are the best.  If you want to snag  a day bed or sit on the seats the butt up to the beach (front row) best to get there early or call and make a booking,  these are probably the best seats as there is nothing to distract you except the pirate ship kites and the beach sellers waving sarongs in your face.  Kudeta is one of my favourites to watch the nightly show, and not because it’s within stumbling distance from my home, its because this is place is an institution in Seminyak and it always feels special to be there. We love Kudeta.

 

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W RETREAT & SPA SEMINYAK

Another one of my favourites is the W Retreat & Spa Seminyak . This place is always pumping, DJ’s playing, people dancing, staff full of friendly smiles and crazy fun cocktails that will send your sugar levels spiralling out of control.  They have two sunset areas – and our favourite place is to sit on the huge incredibly comfy beach beds right in front of the Ice Bar (the right hand side when you walk in) a little less people and 180 degree views  of the beach / sunset with no obstructions – sshhh dont tell too many people.

The other option is Woo Bar on the left hand side when you walk in – this fun bright and buzzing area is another great spot to take in the show, however, there is a (beautiful) temple right at the front which can obstruct the sunset views. Here the cocktails are crazy and the staff are crazier. Be sure to get a picture standing in front of the big W at the beach entrance at sunset – this is an instagram must, your friends will be jelly for ages !

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Potato Head Seminyak

Everyone that comes to town wants to experience Potato Head – since opening their doors in 2010 – this place has certainly made a name for itself as the party place in the hood. Pot Head as us locals call it – has held some massive events, Ellie Goulding, Fat Boy Slim and Snoop Dog, just to name a few. As well as their parties… it is a super cool,  very glam spot to watch a sunset or two when you are in town. This venue is so popular if you dont get in early or book a seat, day bed, etc, it can fill up fast and on occasions, hard to get into. This place is huge, the semi circular shape and its multi tiered layout ensures it has lots of viewing areas to take in the show – with poolside seats obviously being the favourite providing an awesome view out to the Indian ocean.  There is a great selection of  cocktails – get stuck in to a millionaire martini and the Kookaburra . The main bar and bistro serves up some great food and the French fine dining upstairs offers a quieter less busier spot to drink and dine and a very romantic spot to watch the sunset and all the crazy stuff that is going on below in the pool and around the whole “arena” We love Potato Head – but it can get pretty busy – the place is massive with something to suit everyone – the party goes on all day and all night – from pre dinner drinks to lots of late night dancing.

Snobs Tip: Make a day of it – get there early, bag a lounger by the big blue pool, get your suntan on and hang on in there till the sun goes down. You will love it.

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Some super special and snobby places out of Seminyak for you to try :

SUNDARA

Oh my snob – this beach club is amazing. Situated right on Jimbaran Beach, everything about this place is BEAUTIFUL  Sundara is totally luxe, you will die when you walk in, especially when you catch sight of the pool which stretches on forever and ever. Its smack bang on Jimbaran beach where the water is blue and the sand is soft. Grab a cabana and order some wine from one of the best wine lists on the island and be sure to taste their cocktails – give the frozen apple martini a whirl… you wont be disappointed, what do they say …. an apple a day keeps the doctor away, well you can get your daily dose here.  The views of the sunset are, again, breathtaking. Get there in the afternoon, enjoy that pool and the beautiful beach and of course it goes with out saying, you must stay on for the sunset. Again – be sure to book, especially in high season.

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EL KABRON

This super glam beach club and perfect sunset spot is a MUST visit whilst you are holidaying in Bali. You will be literally blown away when you walk thru the doors. This clifftop venue in the Uluwatu area it is perched 50 meters above sea level – the views are spectacular.

Its approximately a 45 minute drive from Seminyak but so very very worth it -again,  make a day out of it – visit Binging beach (more about that stunning beach in another post) and head down to El Kabron in the afternoon for a swim in their pool which literally perches  on the edge of the cliff looking out to the blue waters.  These guys have got it right ! With a spanish atmosphere you can snack on  an assortment of their delicious tapas treats and sip on cooling cocktails as you watch the sun go down. You will not want to leave …. their restaurant is also fantastic if you have room for more.

There is a special VIP sunset viewing deck – which if not too busy I’m sure the staff will gladly direct you down there – personally i prefer sitting poolside front row and taking in the incredible views that this club offers – 3 words for you snobs DONT MISS IT.

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There are loads more places to do sundowners in Seminyak and of course Bali – we will keep adding to our Snobby Sunset Spots each week to make sure you dont miss out. Stay tuned snobs.