My week of Bali bliss

It’s no secret that I love to travel. It’s why I work in tourism!

And its certainly no secret that I love to indulgence whenever I can. {I blame it on my Taurus star sign}. Creature comforts will always rule my world.

Hubby and I are back from a week away in Bali. We haven’t travelled to Bali in 10 years and to be completely honest, it has never been a fav destination of ours.

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But, how do I put this? Umm. BALI ROCKS. I don’t know what I was thinking? Of course I always knew Australians loved to visit this island oasis but I’d forgotten how spiritual and connected the place makes you feel.

If you interested to read on, this is the what/where/when/why/who/how of our Bali getaway.

ACCOMMODATION

Hubby and I stayed at The Kunja Bali Villas in Seminyak on the recommendation of a work colleague. I cannot recommend this place enough. It’s not five star but the service is five star. From our airport pick-up to our complimentary late check out, the staff were friendly, attentive and welcoming.

Our one bedroom villa was a massive 285 square metres and the swimming pool is one of the biggest I’ve seen for a private villa. A chef came to our villa each morning to cook us breakfast {nasi goreng overload} and again in the afternoon to cook us banana pancakes. The villas have a great sound system, free WIFI, walk-in closet, generous bathroom and the bed is super comfy. You can select in room spa treatments or opt to visit the spa centre on site.

The Kunja, Seminyak

The Kunja, Seminyak

The location of The Kunja is good but not great. The hotel offers a complimentary car transfer to anywhere in Seminyak, Legian or Kuta so we utilised this service several times a day. There was no need to walk anywhere.

SEMINYAK RESTAURANTS

Rumours: Cheap and cheerful. The lobster pasta was amazing!

Sarong: By far my favourite Bali dining experience, Sarong is a super stylish restaurant located around the corner from The Kunja. Asian inspired cuisine created elegantly in an open aired dining pavilion. My DIY steam duck buns were out of this world. Best to book this restaurant in advance!

Motel Mexicola: I swear the minute I walked into this place, I was no longer in Bali. The place screams Mexican and the decor is really quirky and colourful.We tried every Taco on the menu ($3 each) and the drinks menu heavily involves Tequila.

Motel Mexicola, Seminyak

Motel Mexicola, Seminyak

Chez Gado Gado: Another great restaurant. High quality and reasonably priced. It’s located on the beach and very romantic. Definitely grab a table before the sun sets. {I fainted just after my main meal arrived – combination of Bali belly the day before, an empty stomach and 4 cocktails – so I didn’t get to finish my meal. However the friends we were dining with loved the food}.

SEMINYAK BARS

Potato Head Beach Club: We arrived here around midday and managed to secure a poolside position – minimum spend of 500,000 Rp on food and beverages. The Kookaburra cocktail is a MUST! Hubby mentioned the crab cakes were some of the best he’d eaten.

Potato Head Beach Club

Potato Head Beach Club

Ku De Ta: I’m saving the best for last. This place had me grinning from ear to ear. It’s the BEST sunset venue in Bali. Arrive before 5pm, grab a bean bag, order an espresso martini, listen to the amazing chill out music and watch the sun disappear. This place doesn’t disappoint!

Ku De Ta

Ku De Ta

SHOPPING

Bali Boatshed: Great for men and women. Bikinis, boardies, frocks, towels, t-shirts, jewellery. This place has it all. Hubby bought 5 t-shirts in this place in less than 5 minutes!

Mien:  Handpicked furniture and homewares store that ships to Australia. Hubby wouldn’t let me touch/view/smell anything in the store. Boo! I have no idea why I deserved this type of punishment.

Uma and Leopold: Think embellishments, lovely frocks and luxe designs for the ladies!

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MEDITATION

I’m trying to introduce meditation back into my morning routine and Bali was the perfect place to focus on this. I recently downloaded the CALM app and this helps me focus on my breathing and bring awareness to my body. It only takes 10 minutes and leaves me feeling calm and centred.

WHAT DID I READ? 

  • Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting: Captures you immediately. Keep the tissues handy.
  • While it Lasts by Abbi Glines: Fifty Shades of Grey meets Danielle Steel.
  • Hubby read bio about Australia surfer Tom Carroll.

Bali is certainly a place I will happily visit again and again in the years to come. It soothes you, it heals you and it centres you. It’s Bali bliss.

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4 Comments

  • Catherine says:

    I love Bali!!!! Your post makes me want to be there. How cool is Potatohead? KuDeTa is my fave too though. I think Bali is the perfect mix of indulgent, affordable and convenient, with great shopping and restaurants, or seclusion if you want it. What’s not to love!

    • TheLoverList says:

      Cat – I want to be there as well. Why on earth did I fly back to Sydney? I can understand why people want to live there. The lifestyle is super laid back. And yes, you can indulgence as much as you want because everything is affordable.

  • Heavenly says:

    Wow, how exotic! I’ve never been there, but after reading your post I am just the teensiest bit jealous. You look so happy and relaxed. You deserve it daaahling!!! Welcome back.
    *kisses* H

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