Kuta

A lazy Sunday Brunch at the Sheraton…

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Bali Sunday Brunches have reached a competitive level these days.

Having previously enjoyed an indulgent brunch at the divine St Regis Resort in Nusa Dua, I felt theirs would be hard to top.   It was with some trepidation therefore, that I attended Sheraton Bali Kuta hotel’s “Sunday Market Brunch”.

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I need not have been concerned however, and at just 270,000Rph per adult, the “Sip, Savor and Shop at the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s Feast Market Brunch” is a screaming bargain!

We chose the wine package “all you can sip of locally crafted beers, fine wines and signature cocktails” for an additional 200,000Rph.  (Duval Leroy Brut Champers and Starwood Wines of the World Selection was an additional 450,000Rph)

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As a self-confessed décor snob, I was slightly let down on arrival.  (The St Regis at Nusa Dua however, is on a level of its own, let’s face it!)  I soon settled in with great company, moorish free-flowing cocktails and a selection of scrumptious food selections.

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An outstanding seafood selection was available for viewing on ice, via the alfresco area.  BBQ style cooking took place here also.

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I chose more than I needed and came back for 2nds – and 3rds!!  The free flow wines are very drinkable.  The service at this brunch is impeccable.

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The Sheraton Bali Kuta brunch runs from 12midday to 3pm each Sunday.  The menu changes weekly to allow for seasonal ingredients availability.  A Market stall is also available should you wish to purchase fresh produce.

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A kid’s corner is all set for small people dining.  It really is a fab family venue- and outing!  Having said that, we were seated comfortably enough away from the kids area so as not to be disturbed.

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Did I tell you the Market Brunch is a screaming bargain?!!  Kids (aged 4-12yrs) are just 135,000Rph too.

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For more information and booking details, click here:

http://www.sheratonbalikuta.com/en/market-brunch

HINT 1:  Hit the ground running after brunch and head into Kuta square by foot for some fixed price retail therapy.  Alternatively, duck out to the adjacent  new and impressive Kuta Boardwalk shopping centre and pick up a bargain at Zara or other recommended designer stores.

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HINT 2:  If you are wanting to kick back and continue being waited on ( as we did), head on up to the next floor where you can enjoy a continued drink service whilst watching the sun set over the idyllic Kuta beach.  Bliss!

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Cheers & Bon appetite!!

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One Stop Shopping in KUTA SQUARE

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If you’re a little “over” bartering at market stalls, head to Kuta Square for no effort shopping.  Here you will find a variety of shops including jewellery, shoes, sports and clothing stores with fixed prices.  Although fixed, prices are still very reasonable and allow for a wonderfully relaxed shopping experience.

Matahari Department store is located in this precinct too.  With air-conditioning and fixed prices, it’s a shoppers dream!  It covers several levels and sells almost everything.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the supermarket and reputable Money Changer on the ground floor also!

If you’ve worked up an appetite whilst shopping, there are several restaurants situated in this locale.  You’ll also find standard takeaway staples, McDonalds and KFC here too.

With Kuta Square on the doorstep to Kuta Art Markets, it’s too good a stress-free shopping destination to pass up.

HINT:  Drop hubby off at Gloria Jeans whilst you shop til you drop.   They sell decent coffee here and delish iced coffee too.  There’s also free wi-fi and he can chill in air-conditioning as you take advantage of the shopping bargains throughout Kuta Square.

Bluebird taxis’s are plentiful in this part of busy Kuta so there will be no problem in getting your shopping back to your hotel or villa once you have had enough.

Happy Shopping!!

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Where to purchase MANCHESTER bargains….

MANCHESTER BARGAINS 

You will find manchester galore and service plus at Matahari Department store in Kuta Square.

Photo Above of Matahari Department store in Kuta Square

Towels, tablecloths, bathmats, sheet sets, pillows…… You just have to look to find what you’re after.  With so many 40 and 50% OFF SALES happening, it is not difficult to secure a “bargain”.

This store, along with Centro Department store in Discovery Mall, are  my “go to” for quality bedding.  High thread count bed sheets and pillow cases can be purchased here at much reduced prices to what you would pay back home.   I also purchase luxurious pillows for sleeping here.  Again the quality is superb and the prices ridiculous eg. the quality of bed pillows that would sell for around $200-plus each in Australia, I purchase at approximately Rp400,000 each in Matahari or Centro.

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Photo above of Manchester Department in Centro, Discovery Mall

The sales people at these department stores are plentiful too.  (Myer and David Jones in Australia could take a leaf out of their book!)

*A word of warning with sheet sizes:  Do take your regular sizes from home and compare them with those written on the packets in Matahari since Indonesian sizes differ.   (I find that I can purchase King sheets that have more depth to the mattress, hence the fitted sheet has an easier fit to an Australian size mattress and the loose sheets too are more generous).

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HINT:  Watch the waves roll in over Kuta beach while you chill with a cool, cold drink at the restaurant on the same floor as Manchester in Centro at Discovery Mall, between shopping for bargains.

Happy Shopping!!

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Bali Market Shopping and PRICE Guide

Market shopping 

Bargaining – you either love  it or loathe it!

Either way, consider these tips:

  • keep smiling
  • never say this is your first trip to the island (even if it is)
  • have a clear price you are willing to pay before you start negotiating
  • be mindful that they do this for a living so are likely to be more skillful/persistent than you are
  • go early for best “Morning Price”
  • be prepared to walk away
  • if you think it’s a reasonable price, then do the deal
  • remember that 10,000Rp is equal to approximately $1.00Aus
  • watch the zero’s on your notes as it can be confusing.

Above all, always keep your sense of humour!!

ROUGH GUIDE TO MARKET PRICES

Please note:

These prices from Tripadvisor are VERY outdated. I recommend you use them as a GUIDE only.  (Be generous in your negotiations.  Some peoples livelihoods may depend on it!)

Stay tuned for a CURRENT Market Price Guide, coming soon!

Bamboo Wind chimes: Sml – Lge RP 10000 – 20,000

Baskets…set of 3 with mesh tops for food 50 000

Batik bags 30 000 with Bali written and 45 000 plain

Beach towels (toughen up princess , Bintang etc) 50 000 rp

Beaded purses, 20 000 to 30 000 for larger size

Board shorts RP 30 000 35 000rp

Bracelets, wide knitted stretch beaded 10 000rp, chunky beaded 20 000rp.

Caps Baseball Peaked RP – 15 000, 20 000rp

Car steering wheel ( timber and with boss kit) 150 000

Cardigans light weight plain coloured mesh RP 35 000 + to larger size printed with hood 85 000

Cushion covers RP 25 000 – 30 000

Denim skirts, branded 70 000rp

Dresses (summer market style batik , Rayon or crinkle) RP 35 000 to 80 000 depending on size and length

Dresses , cut on the bias flowing 3/4 length 100 000rp and long 120 000rp

Earrings (market danglies) 10 000rp ,20 000rp

Earrings, pearl studs 20 000rp +

Flags/umbal umbals 25 000rp each + for longer

Frangipani butterfly hair clips 10 000 medium sized single frangipani. 15 000 multiple small frangipanis on clip

Handbags (department store, hardy’s, Ramayanas etc) no brand…RP 50 000 – 70 000 depends on size

Handbags better quality and a brand name etc 130 000 to 160 000rp.

Incense and oils 5000RP to 20 000rp

Ikat style throw blankets 100 000 to 150 000rp

Kids T-shirts/Singlets RP 15 000 – 20 000

Kimonos (satin) RP 50 000

Ladies fashion stretch tops in markets (lace, print etc) 60 000rp

Ladies tops made from a sarong 35 000 to 70 000rp

Large Overnight Bag RP 180 000 – 200 000

Lawang root oil (bottle) they come in and sell to you in restaurants 25 000rp

Masks RP15 000+

Mens shorts, short pull on 30 000, longer fitted striped 70 000rp.

Necklaces beach to markets RP 10 000 – 25 000, boutique shops 50 000 plus

Pashminas 50 000 – 80 000rp

Pearls, twisted double strands 70 to 100 000rp, long with stones too.. up to 150 000rp.

Placemats Wooden RP 12 000 to 15 000

Placemats thick cinnamon printed 40 000 each

Puppets large 100 000rp

Rayon pants 35 000 +

Sandals, soft leather 60 000rp

Sarong dress with elastic in back 35 000rp

Sarongs Short wrap (basic printed) RP 15 000

Sarongs Long RP 25 000 – 35 000

Sarongs, Very fancy cut out or painted and fancily gold or silver embroidered (turtles, elephants, geckos etc) 60 to 160 000rp.

Singlets /tank tops 25 000 rp

Silk mix scarves and sequined scarves 25 000 – 50 000RP

Shirred dress 35 000rp to 65 000rp depending on size and length

Shirred top and similar styles 25 000rp to 35 000rp

Shirts Collared Polo’s RP 25 000 to 35 000

Shoes (dressier, sling backs , suede , studded etc) 75 000rp to 90 000

Stubby holders packs of 6 – 20,000 rp

Sunglasses 30 000 rp

summer shorts Ladies/ girls (checked etc with zip) about 50 000rp

Table runner 30 000rp 1.5 meter satin with elephants etc , up to 50 000rp for 2 meters or woven ones are up to 70 000rp, batik Table runners (tootsies) are 50 000rp.

T-shirts (always buy larger as will shrink) 35 000rp up to large, 40 000 XL plus Bintang 25 000

Umbrella / ceremonial 60 000 rp

Umbrella for rain 35 000rp, 40 000rp

Watches RP 30 000 to 70 000rp (Bagus watch shop more expensive but gorgeous)

Wallet mens, branded, Black Leather RP 35 000rp

Wallet ladies , branded, 40 000 rp to 50 000rp

 

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Price information – as per current tripadvisor

They look so real that they’re a steal!!

BAGUS WATCHES

One of my all-time favourite shopping haunts in Kuta is Bagus Watches.  It’s a fab little superstore of copy bling!

Bagus Watches is a small, local chain of stores selling replica designer watches (think Bvlgari, Tag Heuer, Omega, Rolex) at various price ranges.

Replica Tiffany jewellery and imitation designer sunglasses are also sold.  The items are packed in matching designer cases and boxes.  Keyrings, scarves, ipad/ iphone covers and key rings of various upmarket brands are also featured.

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Bagus Watches have a couple of stores in Kuta.  There is also a EURO Watches just around the corner from the address below that sells a very similar type of stock.  All prices are fixed.

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I have found the quality and selections in these stores better than the street sellers.  Although a little more expensive than on the streets, I have found it worth it.  The shops are air-conditioned too though can get quite busy.  Be sure to go upstairs for jewellery items as watches and sunglasses are mostly featured on the ground floor.

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HINT:  They accept major credit cards for all those “must have” buys when you have run out of Rupiah.

Address: Jl. Raya Pantai Kuta 36B, Bali, Bali, Indonesia

Phone: 753-022

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On trend – stylish PIMENT ROUGE for homewares…

PIMENT ROUGE – Homewares

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When it comes to homewares, Bali is on trend. A few years ago, when building a new house in Australia, I topped up my container of imported goods with assorted purchases from the very stylish “Piment Rouge” homeware store. Unique decorator items are sold here including soft furnishings, bed linens and furniture.

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Bedside lamps, placemats and table runners, ornaments, vases, paintings and various unique items I had not seen elsewhere, I enthusiastically purchased at bargain basement prices. I am still so thrilled with the items – each holding a special memory of the time I sourced them.

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On each return trip to Bali, I never fail to stop in at Piment Rouge – usually on Monkey Forest Road, Ubud or Jalan Raya Seminyak.

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Pigment Rouge’s Factory showroom is at Jl. Serangan No 3, Pengubengan Kauh, Kerobokan, telephone: 0361 738 411. Retail stores include Jl. Raya Seminyak 60X, Seminyak; and Jl. Purabagus Taruna No 513, Legian.

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Shops and factory:
– Boutique Legian :Jalan Pura Bagus Taruna 513, Legian Bali Tel : 751 783;
– Boutique Seminyak 1 : Jalan Raya Seminyak 60x, Seminyak Bali Tel : 730 432;
– Boutique Seminyak 2: Jalan Sunset Road 18, Seminyak Bali Tel : 2796 495;
– Boutique Ubud : Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud Bali Tel : 977 983

Fabric Heaven at Alta Moda….

ALTA MODA

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Considering having clothes made in Bali? There is an amazing selection of fabrics and textiles that can be purchased from Alta Moda.

Alta Moda is 3 stories and air-conditioned. They have helpful staff with an in-house tailoring service – or take to your own dressmaker.

If you’re looking for fabric to recover a lounge, make a ball gown or suit or any clothing for that matter, this store could be just what you’re looking for.

HINT:   Quite a saving can be made by purchasing meters of quality linen or similar fabric here and using it as a  tablecloth for your formal or outdoor table.  It can then be hemmed at one of the local dressmakers.

ALTA MODA Address:  Jl Patih Jelantik, Kuta Galeria

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