Recently I travelled to Bali for a blissful week in paradise where I ate, drank, bathed and immersed myself in total relaxation mode.
I’d been to Bali twice before but always for large family occasions where there are so many people to please and little ones involved, it’s hard to participate in things you actually want to do. So, after working through Christmas my boyfriend and I decided a romantic week away was just what the doctor ordered. After teaming up with Instagram gurus @balilocal, we settled on Seminyak as the ideal location with which to base ourselves as we could access transport easily to visit other locations and there’s an abundance of amazing villas to stay.
Sun Island Boutique Villas was conveniently located in the heart of Seminyak – walking distance to the famous Double Six Beach, 15 minute drive from the International Airport. It can only be described as a hidden treasure, conveniently accessible behind a secluded entrance. The staff there were friendly and accommodating and as you can imagine the rooms and facilities were both picturesque and dream-like. Imagine that feeling when you wake up in a massive bed and it’s how you imagined clouds in heaven would feel like – then you realise, you’re living in reality except you’re on holiday and you can sleep in till whenever you like.
Set up in our own villa with private pool, some days you feel as though you never have to leave but if you don’t you’ll miss out on a hell of a lot of exciting stuff… particularly FOOD!
When I travel, food is definitely a major priority and Bali did not disappoint. Along with some amazing traditional cuisine there are so many incredible options in and around Seminyak, Uluwatu and Nusa Lembongan. Here’s a list of some of my favourites:
Cafe Organic: We ventured here twice because it was so good, deliciously healthy (and cheap). The acai bowls were abundant and their brunch style dishes of a more savoury kind are all vegetarian and very tasty. Next door to Cafe Organic is an amazing spa called Spring where I received some major pampering. Across the road is the W Hotel, the perfect spot for sitting by the pool, drinking cocktails and watching the sunset.
Speaking of the W Hotel, the Sunday brunch there is INSANE! One of the best recommendations I received was to dine at the W on a Sunday, where the champagne was flowing and the buffet was delectable. With a range of fresh seafood, Asian cuisine and desserts to die for, it definitely did not disappoint. Book in advance!
Sisterfields is another must for any time of day but the brunch options there are top notch. It also has the most divine marble countertops which we know make for great food flatlays. The dishes are super unique with everything from sweet to savoury and great coffee too.
When it comes to good coffee, Revolver Espresso is another one on the must-sip list. The atmosphere has a very Melbourne vibe to it with its dim lit nooks and crannys and hipster baristas.
If you’re after a sweet brekkie on the go then Nalu bowls is perfection. There’s one in both Seminyak and Uluwatu and the combinations are divine. Perfect to have by the beach and ideal when you’re on holiday and craving that healthy fix to set you back on track.
CornerHouse is the perfect lunch spot. Surrounded by boutiques and fabulous shopping, you can duck in for a quick bite, then get your cardio up with some retail therapy afterwards. The salads are extremely tasty and uber fresh.
BossMan Burgers can be eaten at lunch or dinner but be prepared to enter the eatery with an empty belly because you will struggle to chow this baby down. I opted for the classic beef and with a side of loaded fries and it was hefty (heftily good)!
A perfect option for lunch or dinner, La Finca is something different from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak and its typically Asian cuisine. The outside eatery serves authentic Spanish food. Inspired, fresh, rustic and authentic, it’s a nice change to try something Mediterranean while in an Asian area.
For a casual night out, you can’t go past Hank’s Pizza with its ultra-cool hipster vibes and incredible Italian cuisine. The pizzas are all named after famous rock stars with the Dylan, Axl and Debbie topping my list. The baked Macaroni and Cheese is also a must if you’re like me and can never pass one up.
Mamasan is modern Asian cuisine at its finest. The cocktails were divine, the wine divine and the food incredible. The crispy whole fish with three-flavor sauce wild ginger turmeric pineapple chilli and tamarind is perfect for two (or one as my boyfriend ate most of it)! Plus, you cannot go past the green curry of sliced beef with bamboo long bean apple eggplant and Thai basil.
If you’re looking for something truly five-star and epically romantic the Mejekawi is the place to dine. It’s attached to Ku-De-Ta and its infamous beach club in the heart of Seminyak. Head to the beach bar for pre-dinner drinks at sunset, then feast on the five or seven course degustation with wine.
On our final night, we had to party like it’s 1999 (you know the Prince classic) so we went to the coolest place in Seminyak (possibly the world), Motel Mexicola. Food, drinks, dancing to cheesy nineties music, you could pretty much say this is my dream. In fact, I dream about all those things often.
You might be thinking by now with all this food why did I not return busting out of my bikini. Well, I kinda did and was straight back into the gym. However, we also did a few other things while we were there… I can definitely recommend heading out to Nusa Lembongan for the day. The water is crystal blue and it’s easy to get around on a motorbike across the island. Or just take a seat at The Deck all day and watch the boats come in.
For more snaps from our trip, see below. Lotsa love, LM xx