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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

the seminyak beach resort

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.

the seminyak beach resort 

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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villa sayang

LEMBONGAN LUXURY : Villa Sayang

villa sayang

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.

villa sayang

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).

villa sayang

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.

villa sayang

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.

villa sayang

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.

villa sayang

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.

villa sayang

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.

villa sayang

 

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.

villa sayang

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.

villa sayang

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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sundara

SUNNY SIDE UP : Sundara

sundara

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.

sundara

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.

sundara

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.

SUNDARA

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

 

 

 

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.

souq seminyak

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.

 Mercedi Homewares

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.

Rainbow Ironworks

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.

miss milne

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.

Natalie at peppers

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.

Palma

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.

kim soo

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.

Carga

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.

tropicana shop

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.

 

kody and ko seminyak

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.

the bali boat shed

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.

2nd Skin

 

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.

little joe bali

 

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.

 

workshop 13

 

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.

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.

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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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

 

 

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Beach Club Beauty : Karma

 

karma beach club

 

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 !!!

karma beach club

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.

karma beach club

karma lunch

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.

karma beach club

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.

karma beach

 

 

Snob notes :

situated approx 45 minutes drive from seminyak

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

flores

ISLAND HOPPING: Flores

flores, komodo, island hopping

Do you find yourself day dreaming about travelling to an island paradise with no cars, no parking inspectors, no kids, no nothing but sunshine, crystal clear water, white sand, pink sand and palm trees? Of course you do – who doesn’t? Well let me fill you in on a little secret, you will find all that and a whole lot more on the island of Flores and the stunningly gorgeous islands that surround it.

This picture perfect island is a 1hour flight away from Bali and well worth a trip if you can afford the time. Garuda and Lion Air fly there daily so its super easy to get to once your in Bali.

flores, island hopping Make sure you book a window seat because as the plane descends and makes its way to Labuan Bajo Airport – you will not believe the blue waters that lay beneath you, with islands scattered as far as the eye can see. Stunning I tell you – S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G.

Flores is Indonesia’s “Next Big Thing” and it’s easy to see why. Many long time expats of Bali have made the move over as this picturesque paradise reminds them of the Bali that they knew 20 years ago. Peaceful, pretty and perfect. It  is a gorgeous and fascinating island where you can swim & snorkel in the pristine waters – I have been lucky enough to visit Flores 3 times and each time is better than the last.

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We base ourselves at the Jayakarta Labuan Bajo – which is a big old style resort about 5 minutes from the center of town, it is by no means a luxurious resort – but perfectly positioned with huge big comfortable rooms all with balconies overlooking the Flores sea and with all the modern day amenities that you could possibly need.

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More and more eateries keep popping up but our favorites are Mediterraneo Inn which overlooks the harbor and is one of the more popular places in town, serving up delicious pasta’s, pizzas, and seafood, this place is great for dining or just hanging out and enjoying a cool cocktail or a cold beer.

Another must try is Made In Italy – delicious homemade pasta and other Italian dishes and a fantastic wine list – open for lunch and dinner this café / restaurant is definitely worth a visit.

flores, island hopping, snorkelling Once a small fishing village, Labuan Bagjo in Flores is now a bustling epicenter of tourism as word gets out about how beautiful this island is. Labuan Bajo (Flores) is the perfect base for the diving and sailing boats all leaving regularly for trips to Komodo Island, which is famous for the Komodo Dragons and nearby Seraya island which is fabulous for diving and snorkeling.

You will see scattered throughout the port huge big Penisi’s which are available for hire for a couple of days or a week or two – get a group of friends together and do it – you will think you have died and landed in heaven.

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We get the hotel to negotiate with one of the smaller operators in town to take us out on day trips and depending on your negotiating skills usually costs about $60 – $100 per person – please be aware that for this price you are not chartering a luxury cruiser – these boats are basic – but that’s all you need. Pack up a picnic or ask the boat owner to fill the boat with beer and soft drinks and food for you. It’s a fun adventure that you will remember forever.

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Once you cruise thru the harbor, the water gets bluer and bluer by the minute and you will see islands scattered everywhere all surrounded by white sand and palms. The boat will stop at islands allowing you to get off and take in the stunning scenery and snorkel in the crystal clear waters – they can all organize snorkels, flippers, etc. for you.

Be sure to add Komodo Island to your day trip – the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon, is found in  this national park. These crazy prehistoric looking creatures can grow up to 3m long and yes, can be deadly if you get too close. But don’t stress, you will have a park ranger to trek the island with and he knows all the spots to take you and will explain the fascinating history as you walk behind him, carrying a big stick (just in case a Komodo dragon should pop past) and I can promise you – you will spot Komodos on your way thru. A once in a lifetime opportunity that cannot be missed.

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Komodo also is home to the famous Pink beach – yes people – pink sand like you will never see again in your life. They are best seen in the morning and later in the afternoon as if the sun is too bright – the sand appears more white than Pink, there are only 7 Pink Sand beaches in the world – and Indonesia has 2 of them – how lucky are we !

Each island just gets prettier and prettier and you will want to stop at each and every one and wonder around – kind of wishing that you could be stranded there forever – as long as someone could drop off food and wine to you on a daily basis of course.

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There are multitude of luxury boats to cruise around on – check out The Luxury Bali they represent a host of super yachts as well as gorgeous old style Penisi’s or if your budget doesn’t stretch that far – look into Le Pirate Explorer which is just about start operating out of Flores.

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And of course, it goes without saying that the sunsets are pretty spesh – be sure to make your way to the Sunset Bar at the top of the big hill, grab something cold and watch what takes place – i know i use this word all the time – but it is truly spectacular.

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Slowly starting to become busier, Flores provides an incredible adventure for those looking to slow down and get away from their crazy city life. This island escape will provide you with lifelong memories.

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Snob Tip : Don’t Miss It !!

 

 

 

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DAY TRIPPING IN PARADISE : Pandawa Beach

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Scrolling thru your instagram feed and spotted beaches that you cannot believe are found in Bali? Well let me tell you something – they do exist and they are incredible! Bali is chock-full of beaches that scream AMAZING – some are just a short scooter ride away and some are worthy of 2 night getaways and many of them are so secret you may never be able to find them.

Pandawa Beach is very worthy of a day trip; it has just recently become quite popular, as word has spread about this amazing long stretch of white sand and crystal clear blue water.

This place is old school Bali – no Starbucks or circle k’s in sight, just beach umbrellas and sarong sellers as far as the eye can see.

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Getting there can be a bit of schlep. As you drive down winding roads that you think lead to nowhere, but believe me once you reach the descent  in that road that leads to the start of this stretch of paradise you will know you have arrived somewhere.

When you first hit the car park – you may spot many big busses – but don’t despair – get off your scooter and head down to the paved path take a right and keep walking, you will see lots of “tin sheds” all housing warungs selling the yummiest and freshest local food, gado gado, satays, nasi goreng and lots more. The brightly coloured loungers can be “rented” for the day all shaded by big beach umbrella’s protecting you from the hot hot sun.

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Snobs – Welcome to Pandawa beach. Picture perfect and pristine. Swim, snorkel, hire a paddleboat and head out to the waves past the rocks, where you will spot fish and be in awe at the crystal clear turquoise water.  Pandawa provides a perfect Bali beach day for everyone.

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Whilst you are laying in the water turn around and look up to the cliffs and checkout the lux villas that take in the magnificent view of pandawa from up high. These villas are all available to rent but you may need a lotto win to be able to afford the nightly rate.

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Looking to escape the throng of Seminyak, us Snobs suggest a day trip to Pandawa where you will experience the real old school Bali.

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Snobs tip : If heading there for the first time – take a driver – it can be a little hard to find but once you have been once you will never have a problem finding it again.

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PARADISE GETAWAYS : Mick’s Place Bingin Beach

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Whenever someone hears that I live in Bali – often one of the first questions I get asked is “Oh do you surf?” Uhhhh no…. but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the plethora of incredible surf beaches on the island, many within a short scooter ride away. One very special place is Bingin Beach – this serene beach is away from the madness of Seminyak and features a stunning stretch of white sand, caves, warungs, turquoise water with big rolling waves that are worshipped by the surfers that travel from all over the world.

There are lots of homestays, bungalows and villas sitting on the cliff front that face the water and provide the most beautiful views out onto the Indian Ocean that you could possibly imagine.

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One of our favorite spots to stay is Micks Place at Bingin beach. Paradise is exactly what comes to mind when you walk thru the bamboo gates and catch sight of the incredible outlook this cliff top resort is famous for. With 180-degree views of all the surrounding beaches – Padang Padang, Dreamlands, Uluwatu and Balangan you will find yourself gazing at this seascape for hours and hours.

Whilst Micks Place does not have the lavishness of a luxury resort, what it does have to offer cannot be replicated anywhere else in Bali. Consisting of 7 Beach Hut style bungalows – all nestled within a tropical terraced landscaped garden and all share a communal area. They are tropically traditional but, basic, you need to know you are not staying at “The Ritz” here, but the pure charm and position of this resort that no photo will ever do justice will win your “essential luxuries” heart over in an instant.

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The bungalows are super clean and comfortable, but simple, there is neither hot water nor air conditioning. But trust me even for this snob, it was never a problem. The breeze provides cool relief at night and pedestal fans are there for back up.

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The honeymoon bungalow delivers more of those added extras that some may care about, AC, Mini Bar, private infinity pool, plasma TV’s, a DVD and a stunning indoor / outdoor bathroom with a huge big round bathtub and double showers. You don’t need to be on a honeymoon to book this villa – however Mick’s is the perfect place for a wedding, hence why the whole resort is often booked out by groups of travellers all there to witness friend’s nuptials in this very beautiful and romantic location.

If you are booked into one of the other bungalows – there is an infinity plunge pool that juts out over the cliff and if you are like me… you will spend most of your days sitting here sipping on cocktails and taking in the panoramic delights. When your skin starts to wrinkle up due to excessive pool time – grab a menu from one the friendly staff and treat yourself to some authentic Balinese food, all healthy, using the freshest ingredients and available throughout the whole day. Make sure you are here at sunset – no words can describe the spectacular that we witnessed here.

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Another great thing about Mick’s is the wonderful travellers we met from all over the world – we spent the afternoon chatting to two Scottish girls who had just arrived and were awe struck at the beauty that surrounded them.

When you tire of relaxing, swimming, eating and drinking, take a “hike” down to Bingin Beach, take a seat at Kelly Warung, and watch the surfers tackle the barrels its famous for. The hike back up is not for the faint hearted – but if I can do it, anyone can.

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Micks Place and Bingin provides a relaxing Gilligan’s Island type adventure – it is literally a slice of pure paradise that you do not want to miss out on if you are travelling to Bali.

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