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EDGY STAYCATIONS : The Edge Bali

It’s no secret that I like (well love) a little luxe in my life and since coming across the incredible insta snaps of The Edge, I immediately knew that this was a resort that I HAD to experience. On line I hopped and booked myself a one night staycation at what looked like heaven perched high on the cliffs of Uluwatu.

We were collected from our Seminyak villa in a sleek black people mover by a resort driver along with Apong, who politely told us that he was our private Butler for our our stay. HELLO, Im starting to get used to this private butler business, its one that many high-end resorts in Bali do offer, but I have to say, The Edge have got it right.

We were whisked off to our destination in complete luxury arriving to a lobby full of staff with smiles for miles.

Upon our arrival, we were given a tour of the property; I just don’t think there are enough words in the thesaurus to describe what lay in front of us. Sitting high upon the limestone cliffs, The Edge literally takes in the 180 degree views of the spectacular Indian ocean – this sight is quite simply jaw dropping and one that I spent a lot of time during my stay gazing at.

Apong escorted us to our villa, The One. For the first time in a long time I was speechless. Larger than you could possibly imagine, of course taking in more of those spectacular views,  this villa is fit for Royalty.  Contemporary Javanese styling, featuring a large lounge area, along with a beautiful dining area, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors taking in the views of the ocean and your private 20m long infinity edge pool that literally runs the length of the villa. There is a sprawling deck area, which I was told is often used for weddings, and I can see why, I could not think of a more beautiful place to hold my nuptials.

The bedroom was bigger than some of my friend’s apartments, lush, plush, lovely and luxe with more floor to ceiling glass sliding doors looking out onto your pool, but bordered with metres of luxurious black out curtaining. Walking through the stylish and super large dressing room, is the Bathroom – wow, wow and one more wow, marble, opulent and enormous. Separate shower, his and hers vanity, jacuzzi style bathtub, separate toilet and of course an outdoor shower.


This villa is meant for 2 but could very comfortably hold a party for 50 or more. Literally larger than any resort villa I have ever stayed in.

There is detail everywhere you look, whether it be the white robes placed beautifully at the end of your bed with a goodnight note, bookmarks left on your pillows, the amenities tray in the bathroom stocked with perfectly presented items. Everything is thought of here.

The Edge may not have a private beach, but it has the amazing One Eighty Sky Pool, this now very insta famous pool extends 6 metres over the clifftop, 150 metres above the waves and rocky shoreline below, featuring a glass bottom which gives you a birds-eye view to everything happening directly below you. I watched in wonder at the people taking their pics whilst leaning on the edge of this spectacular pool. I gave it a go myself, but being slightly scared of heights, it was only seconds before I quickly swam back to the safety of the larger in ground section of this big blue pool

One Eighty has a sand lounge where you can relax poolside on sun loungers or daybeds under big white sun umbrellas, the VIP lounge is rock star, and the enclosed terrace features a restaurant along with a sleek bar area, It’s a really cool place to sip cocktails, chow down on the delicious poolside menu, take in the view and of course, people watch. Best thing – One Eighty is open to the public, so everyone gets to enjoy this beautiful pool club, please note : bookings are required.

We spent the afternoon eating, drinking, lazing around our enormous pool, reading and relaxing. Bali bliss. Snob Tip : try the  prawns – om gosh – these little seafood critters are delicious and huge !

Our breakfast order was taken by Apong, before we went retired to our gigantic comfortable bed, and we woke to the most delicious spread of fruit, yoghurts, muffins, juice, coffee and eggs, as much as I tried to, there was just no way I was going to ever get through all this food. I did give it a red hot go though.


Apong, our wonderful butler, was literally with us throughout our stay, but we never ever noticed him. He just appeared when he sensed we needed him. At one stage it started raining, and like magic, he was next to us holding 2 umbrellas! Another thing I loved, there is no check in at reception, it’s all done via your butler in the comfort of your villa, need a massage at the Edge Spa, your butler will organise, anything we needed, Apong was available 24/7 to take care of us and I mean 24/7, as he was dimming our lights and wishing us a good night sleep, he reminded us that if anything was wrong even at 3am in the morning, just to call him and he would come to help. This is service – and goes hand in hand with this luxury villa.

The morning proved to be a little grey so decided that a gym session could be in order, and given that the gym at the Edge has one of the best views of any gyms in Bali, it made for a rather enjoyable workout. We then decided to treat ourselves to a one hour massage at the Edge Spa, the ambience is so relaxing – you literally walk through water to get to the massage table, again all taking in the most amazing vista. I left there relaxed and totally blissed out.

This stunning resort might be large in scale, but it is small whereby it only has 8 villas, keeping it exclusive, personal, and so very special.

The staff are nothing short of amazing (I seriously wanted to sneak Apong in the car back to my villa) the views are literally jaw dropping and the villas are most certainly fit for a king and queen.


We will definitely be back for another stay, but until then, we will be visiting One Eighty Sky Lounge very soon as I need more pics of that insanely infinity edge pool.

Makasih Banyak The Edge – we loved our staycation with you.

 

 

The edge – Uluwatu Bali
Jl. Pura Goa Lempeh Banjar Dinas Kangin, Pecatu – Uluwatu BALI 80364 – INDONESIA
T. (62) 361 8470 700| F. (62) 361 8470880 | E. intouch@edge.mesahotelsandresorts.com 

FIVE STAR FABULOUS : St Regis Bali Resort

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Even when you live in paradise – you need a sneaky getaway, and given that Seminyak was slightly cray cray during the Christmas, New Year, School holiday stretch, my BF and I were looking for some time out away from party town which is what the Yak turns into during this time. We were in desperate need of quiet time where we could do, ummm, well, absolutely nothing.

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We decided that the calmness and serenity of beautiful Nusa Dua was calling our names, this would be the perfect spot to wind down and, we wanted to do it in style so the stunning St Regis Bali was where we were going to stay.

As soon as you drive through the spectacular St Regis entrance we knew instantly we had made the perfect choice. Having stayed there many years ago, we had forgotten how truly magnificent this resort is.

 

Right from the second we entered the exquisite lobby, we were treated like royalty, check in was super speedy, which was great because I was dying to familiarise myself with the resort all over again. Within minutes we were escorted by Edi (our private butler) to check out our one bedroom St Regis lagoon villa. The property actually has 42 villas and each and everyone of them has undertaken a total refurbishment at a total value of $5 million USD.

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This villa was beyond what I could have ever imagined, this newly refurbished mini palace, is large, luxe and lavish. Décor perfectly reflected the traditional Balinese / Javanese style, opulent but not too over the top. The villa was so large, lounge, dining, extremely impressive bedroom, exquisite marble bathroom, with an enormous “I want to dive into your right now bathtub”. Outside was our own private pool, a bale that you just wanted to lay in all day, but my favourite part, stairs that led directly into the HUGE, and I mean HUGE (4,900 m2 to be exact), salt water lagoon pool that surrounds a good part of this property. I seriously think that this is THE biggest pool in Bali. AHHHHMAZING.

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The resort offers 5 delicious dining choices, but beachfront at the beautiful Kayuputi restaurant was where we wanted to dine. We have eaten here in the past, and I had literally been dreaming of their pasta from when i last inhaled it approx. 5 years earlier , the smoked chicken linguine is legit the best thing I have tasted ever. This restaurant overlooks the stunning blue waters of their private pristine stretch of Nusa Dua beach as well as the beautiful blue beachfront pool and pool bar. The service here is impeccable as is the food. Speak to Harald Wiesmann, the sommelier who has been there forever and a day, there is a reason St Regis has won the best wine list in Bali, and he is it.

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There is nothing to do here except relax, and it is so super easy to do that, the resort has such a calmness about it, we spent our time swimming, snoozing, swanning around the enormous pool, sunbaking, sipping on cocktails and of course taking in that perfect view. Their golden sand private beach is lined with sun loungers and the waiters deliver beverages and food straight to your lounger, so your sunbaking session need not be interrupted.

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The St Regis staff are nothing short of incredible, attending to every request at a moment’s notice, their big Bali smiles melt my heart. From the buggy drivers, to the waiters, to the ever-attentive and extremely patient person that answered my ongoing requests when I pushed the “butler service” on my phone, nothing ever was a problem, not even me leaving my sunglasses in the car we arrived in, somehow they managed to track them down and i found them later that morning sitting by my bed !

The gardens are vast and lush, be sure to take a walk thru all of them, you will find the most amazing hidden secret spots.

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Cocktails and a bottle of champagne in the King Cole Bar whilst watching the fire dancers was the prelude to our beautiful dinner (we couldn’t resist dining again at Kayuputi ) . This restaurant takes on a whole new feel at night, with the subtle lighting showcasing its grand white architecture and that beautiful chandelier over the main bar. And, yes….. another dish of that smoked chicken linguine please!

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Our sleep was sweet, this super king bed with its incredibly large pillows – was like sleeping on a cloud. There is nothing like waking up to another day in paradise in the worlds most comfortable bed.

Be warned: Breakfast will break the diet, with so much on offer at the buffet as well as many a la carte choices included from the menu, I found myself circling the buffet over and over again – wanting to try every single thing.
St Regis Nusa Dua is a retreat from the crazy that Bali can sometimes be, it’s so peaceful here, nothing to do except relax and remove yourself from the outside world, there is so much on offer here at the resort, there is no reason to ever leave its grounds.

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The Remede spa is a beautiful escape offering a range of excellent treatments and pamper packages in the most beautiful setting, it also features an Aqua Vitale Hydrotherapy pool which is a great way to start, or even end your day, the gentle pressure of the massage jets relaxes your body and any stresses from the outside world will be quickly forgotten.

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I loved the St. Regis Butler service which is available to not only the Villas Guests, but each and every guest can enjoy this on call  butler service. They are available 24 hours a day to assist with all your needs, be that a nanny, a round of golf, a tour to the elephant park, an outside dinner reservation. The St Regis staff are here to take care of you.
I need to tell you, we were only booked to stay one night, but ended up staying three…. We just didn’t want our time here to come to an end. But like all good things, they eventually do.

The St Regis Bali Resort  is Five Star Fabulous and I can highly recommend this relaxing resort to anyone looking for a bit of a break from the crazy life, its quiet, its romantic, its lush and its luxe its Paradise done to Perfection.

 

Want to sample a bit of the St.Regis Bali luxury – well good news – they currently have a Taste of Luxury Package which includes the following :

A Taste of Luxury

Your luxury breaks made unforgettable. Reserve 3 nights and be enticed with a complimentary 4th night.

Your exquisite benefits includes:

  • Daily breakfast at Boneka Restaurant for two
  • Luxury roundtrip airport transfer
  • Complimentary late check out until 3 PM (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary 4th night

Rates start from IDR 5,700,000++ per night for a St. Regis Suite.

click here to find out more and book yourself in

 

St Regis Bai Resort

Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua,

Lot S6, PO Box 44, Nusa Dua, Bali, 80363, Indonesia 

 Phone: (62)(361) 8478 111  •  In Australia, call: 1-800-221-637

 

 

 

BLOW BAR BALI – Its not what you think it is

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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.

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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

 

 

 

 

LUXURY LAID ON : The Legian Bali

The Legian Bali

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With the Seminyak stretch filled with beautiful beach front resorts, each of them offering something different, it can be difficult to decide where you should stay, however, if your list of requirements includes, luxury laid on, ocean views, romance, an incredible location and a perfect pool – We can highly recommend The Legian Bali.

This stunning sophisticated resort may not be the newest on the Seminyak strip but she is most certainly the Grandest (a major refurbishment to upgrade all rooms and facilities did take place in 2012). Approaching her 21st birthday she has stood the test of time and is proof that luxury lasts forever.

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Beachfront and so very beautiful, The Legian Bali offers the best of everything. With her distinctive Balinese style, this property is spread large with nearly every corner of the property looking out to the famous Seminyak beach.

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The landscaped gardens are lush with THE softest and greenest lawn I have ever stepped on, the 3-tiered pool situated smack bang centre of the resort is so blue you will spend every daylight hour by it and if you are like me, will not move until the sunset is done and dusted, the poolside dining menu is delicious (snob favourite, the prawn cocktail – hello yumm) and the cocktails are served with smiles as big as the ocean this property faces. I can promise you all the worries in the world will be forgotten when you walk through the impressive entrance – this place literally projects peace and tranquillity.

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Each and every room at The Legian Bali has ocean views, so no need to worry when making your booking that you will be in the back blocks facing a stone wall. The suites are large and luxurious, all with enormous terraces and jaw dropping views, obviously the higher you are the more you see, we were lucky enough to be on the 3rd floor – which overlooked the pool and an amazing view that stretched from Jimbaran to Pereranan.

Our 2 bedroom suite was huge and I mean HUGE !!! I could have held a party for 100 in this suite and still had room to swing a CAT. Dining area, Butlers Kitchen, Lounge area, a dreamy bedroom and a bathroom bigger than some people s apartments. Everything you could want, and some things that you didn’t realise that you would want are included in the suites. From the nespresso coffee machines, the ipod that plays various genres of music, the blue ray dvd machine, the dreamy bath products, the complimentary mini bar, the list goes on, and on.

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I could spend hours, probably days laying by the Pool, 3 tiered and so very very blue, it is truly mesmerizing, with the 3rd tier being a long 30m infinity edge lap pool which sits literally just above the beach – I found myself grabbing a cocktail and watching the passing procession of beach walkers and gazing out at the waves all day, only moving to my lounger at sundowners to watch the spectacular sunset show.

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Dinner is served poolside with romantic candle lit tables for two lining the terrace, if your Boyfriend hasn’t proposed to you yet, don’t be surprised if he gets down on one knee here. The food is delicious and cooked up by a some very talented (& quite handsome) Balinese chefs from their open kitchen – you can walk on over and watch them do their magic. Could not fault anything here – food, knowledgeable waiters, ambience – everything amazing.

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I managed to drag myself away from my sun lounger to visit the spa and wellness centre for a organic deluxe facial and a foot massage – hello heaven. A treatment at the spa is must if you are staying here and the well equipped gymnasium will help keep the kilos at bay if you are on first name basis with the cocktail list and pool side dining menu.

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Breakfast is delicious, served, again on the terrace looking out to the glistening waves.

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There is obviously lots to see and do around the Seminyak area which is just a walk away, however, you will find it very hard to leave the confines of this beautiful resort.

 

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Sitting regally and very proudly on Seminyak Beach, everything here is just perfect. I can see why this resort is the choice of Royalty and Dignitaries when they come to town.

If you want to spoil yourself, even if for one night, you cannot go past The Legian Bali.

The Legian Bali & The Club at The Legian Bali
Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach,
Bali 80361, Indonesia
Telephone number: (+62) 361 730 622

Reservation Enquiries: reservation@thelegianbali.com
Weddings & Event: events@thelegianbali.com

 

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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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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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.

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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

 

 

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.

sundara

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.

sundara

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.

sundara

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!

sundara

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.

sundara

 

 

 

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.

finns

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.

finns beach club

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.

finns beach club

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.

finns beach club

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.

finns

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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ADDICTED TO PARADISE : Villa Coral Nusa Lembongan

villa coral nusa lembongan

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

 

 

Snobbing it in Sanur : Fairmont Sanur

sanur beach

Its been so long, years in fact since I hopped on the vespa and took a scoot down to Sanur, and with noisy workmen trouncing in and out of our villa here in Seminyak – we were looking for somewhere quiet to spend some time. The day trip turned in to an overnighter, when we discovered that our noisy friends were going to take another day to fix our AC issues. Righto, where should we stay ?? Having been following the Fairmont Sanur on instagram for ages (the reason it ignited my interest in Sanur) the decision was pretty easy. Called them, locked in a night and off we went.

Not too sure what to expect, as I mentioned I think it had been over 6 years since I had visited this sleepy fishing village. We were in love when we turned in to the leafy quiet stretch of Jalan Danau Tamblingan which is the main drag of Sanur – the complete opposite to Jalan Oberoi.

fairmont sanur

We rolled into the Fairmont and we were taken aback at how beautiful and grand this property is, high thatched roofs with dark wooden beams, all open with the cool breeze coming thru off the beach – which you could just see thru the top of the palms trees.

lush and green fairmont sanur

After checking in we were given a quick tour of the resort – this lady is big, the grounds are HUGE, the gardens are green, lush and tropically beautiful. Excited now to see our room – I was totally WOW’d when we walked into the cool comfort of our Garden View Suite – the room was enormous! 95 sqm in fact. Featuring a spacious bathroom with separate shower, toilet and a bath big enough to sail a ship in. The bedroom area was stunning – king size bed and then slide the glass doors open to your own outdoor terrace, with a day bed, dining area, another tv and huge minibar, looking over the stunning green gardens and with a good view of the ocean. I was in resort heaven.

garden suite room

garden suite terrace

fairmont sanur

The sky was blue so I was desperate to get to check out the beach and lay by the pool. And like everything else at the Fairmont – this infinity pool is humongous – 50m long ! All overlooking the gorgeousness of the golden sand and blue waters of Sanur beach. I was in paradise. Cocktail, tick, swim tick, another cocktail tick …. This afternoon was turning out perfectly – just how I like it.

pool side fairmont sanur

Grabbing myself the pool bar menu – i was super tempted by everything, wanting to forget the diet I tell myself I am on every morning, I selected some yummy wraps and sandwiches along with some calamari – all very generous portions and all very delicious.

poolside at fairmont sanur

Wanting to explore a little more, we grabbed some bikes from reception which the Fairmont have available for all guests and cruised on up the paved pathway which goes for 10klms along the foreshore.

sanur beach This beautiful quite seaside village is stunning – riding along the beach the shallow waters are lined with colourful fishing boats on one side and market stalls, restaurants and spas on the other, no crazy traffic to contend with just other bicycle riders to watch out for. Complete opposite to its crazy sister Seminyak.

During our overview of the hotel we were taken thru the Spa, and liking what we saw – we decided to head back and partake in a few of their treatments. Well, we were totally beyond blissed out – foot massage, facial and relaxing body massage – I don’t think I actually woke up properly until an hour after leaving. If you are lucky enough to stay here be sure to visit – I haven’t felt that relaxed in a long long time.

Dinner via room service in our suite arrived quickly via our butler (hello) and was a perfect way to end the day, that was until we hopped into the king size bed… which was fluffy, white and just right.

sunrise fairmont sanur

Now, in Seminyak we get to see a sunset eveynight….. here in Sanur, it’s the sunrises that are super magical. Not wanting to miss out on this, we set our alarm for 5.45am and headed down to the beach to witness this magical ritual – spectacular. As hard as is was getting out of that comfy bed…. It was worth it. You must do this no matter where you are staying when in Sanur.

poolside at the fairmont sanur

I have to say I fell in love with with this sleepy village, especially the Fairmont – this beautiful beach front resort is large but you kind of feel like you have it all to yourself ? It wasn’t until we had breakfast in the morning that I realized that there was actually people other than us staying here. This place is so quiet, peaceful and very chilled out – the staff are AMAZING, friendly and very efficient all with big smiles that make your day.

If you are looking for beach clubs, loud music, sunsets and a bustling vibe, perhaps save that part of your trip for Seminyak. Sanur is so peaceful, pretty and romantic you will be happy just to lay around, read, rest, relax and unwind.

The Fairmont is one of the only beach front resorts in sanur with over 120 suites and villas, a kids club, a massive beachfront pool, a stunning spa service, I think 4 dining options, all that along with amazing staff with exceptional service – it would be hard to stay anywhere else if you were looking for a resort style holiday.

The snobs loved our 24 hours at the Fairmont Sanur – we will most definitely be back again soon when Seminyak gets a little crazy and we need somewhere nearby to escape.