Bali

Are you cool enough for this coffee den?

SEA CIRCUS

Contrary to the name, there is no circus nearby, nor is the sea. This is a brightly coloured, quirky cafe positioned on a corner. It’s full of fun with attentive staff and plenty of interesting artifacts to look at while you sip “5 senses coffee”.

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Call me old fashioned, but the first time I attended the much coveted Sea Circus, I was taken aback when our cocktails arrived in “jam jars!” I soon adjusted though and realised this is part of the charm of this funky, rustic corner cafe.

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From relaxed family breakfasts (with exceptional coffee, healthy smoothies and an Eggs Benedict to wake up for!) to casual lunch and dinner dining with the freshest of ingredients and reasonable prices, this restaurant hits the mark.

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A chilled atmosphere – perfect for families or large groups.

Hint 1: It’s a small venue so best to book for a large group.

Hint 2: Try a DELISH mango margarita!

Address: 22 Jalan Kayu Aya (Oberoi Rd) Seminyak

Phone: +62 361 738 667

http://seacircus-bali.com/menu/

Suave, New York Style bar/restaurant with wicked cocktails!

MAMASAN

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Chef Will Meyrick has brought the same exacting standards from his flagship restaurant Sarong to this breezy, more casual second outpost. Decor is terrific, big pictures of Mamasan herself on the walls – very stylish. The music has always been excellent and I find myself returning frequently. The seating downstairs is fairly basic  (it works) – upstairs though is a selection of arm chairs, bar stools and more.  I prefer it!

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The food is a smorgasbord of Asian fusion delights with a focus on China, Thailand and Vietnam.  Faultless service, inventive, thoughtfully prepared dishes and a beautiful, hipster-chic decor combine to make this a remarkable dining experience. Too many standout dishes – to name however a few are: Vietnamese chicken and pomelo salad, Szechuan slow cooked beef short ribs and masalachai panna cotta, spicy beef dum sum, peking duck, pork belly, crispy duck curry, thai beef salad, crème brulee’ with coffee afogatto….. mmmm!  Try the tapas selection too – you won’t regret it!

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The service is fabulous and very high-end.  There is a decent wine list but the real deal is in the cocktails – just superb!

This bar and restaurant is a modern, sophisticated, luxury haven at super reasonable prices.

Mamasan delivers!!

Jln. Raya Kerobokan 135, Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia

0361730436

http://mamasanbali.com/

A “Must Do” Ubud experience….

BALI BIKE BAIK TOURS

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Getting a little “off the beaten track” in Bali is always a treat!  One of the best ways to do this is to join a cycling group through the streets of outer Ubud.

I first enjoyed the Bali Bike Baik tour nearly a decade ago, when it was newly formed and the owner Wayan hosted the tour himself.  I was travelling with my children at the time and it was a memorable, happy and full day out.

The second occasion was more recently when I travelled with a longtime girlfriend.  This was another remarkable day, where I witnessed first hand the blossoming of Wayan’s business after a decade of hard work.

An early AM pickup from your hotel sees you arrive at a coffee plantation, enjoy a smorgasbord breakfast overlooking Mt Batur, cycle mostly down-hill, riding through local villages, rice paddies and schools and back to a delicious buffet feast at the owner, Wayan’s compound.  Wayan’s talented wife and family cook incredibly tasty dishes.  There was more than we could eat!

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It was delightful to be greeted by children in villages running out to say “Halo” and offering “high 5’s” as you ride along village roads. Comfortable, frequent stops with cold towels and water is offered. All of this with the safety of an air-conditioned backup vehicle following, should you tire.

A delightful day & great value for money! A truly wonderfull way to experience outer Ubud and receive local information along the way. So informative and scenic as well as 100% owned & operated by Balinese!

On both occasions, this cycling tour was one of the highlights of our trip.  A truly wonderful experience and well recommended!!

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Hint: Don’t forget your camera!!

For more information and bookings, go to website: http://www.balibike.com/

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HAVELI – A little treasure trove of extraordinary homewares…

HAVELI – Interior Decoration

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These two stores situated diagonally opposite each other on Jl. Seminyak, offer home-wares that are uniquely beautiful with a definite stylish, refined and elegant edge.

Bargain hunters will particularly LOVE the second of these stores since it’s a “factory outlet” type store where the prices are even fabber than the first!

These home-ware stores stock European, Moroccan and Asian combinations of tableware, linen, cushion covers, lamps, mirrors, stunning chandeliers, jewelry and accessories. Beautiful fabrics are made of taffeta, silk, satin, French linens and Indian saris – all in gorgeous jewel-like colours.

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If you adore home-wares as I do, it is a wonderful delight to find beautiful, unique items, without the designer price-tag, for your individual table settings, gifts for your gal pals or just distinctive items for your home.

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Happy shopping!! xx

Haveli by Shahinaz and Haveli Oriental
Jl.Basangkasa 15 & 38 Seminyak – Bali

Also Available at :

*HAVELI INTERIOR (Jl.Basangkasa 15 Seminyak)
*HISHEM FURNITURE (Jl. Sunset Road Kuta)
*BALQUISSE LIVING (Jl.Kunti Seminyak)
*BALQUISSE LIVING CLASSIC (Jl.Gunung Athena)

http://www.havelishop.com/

The uber chic Sarong….

SARONG (Restaurant)

Chef Will Meyrick, has created another dining sensation!

In Sydney it was his fantastic Thai food (and destroyer cocktails) at Jimmy Liks in Kings Cross. In Bali he’s wowing diners with Sarong – a sultry, rustic-meets-rich space of chandeliers and candles, billowing curtains and breezy bale…..so very “uber chic!” With long-time colleague Palm by his side, terrific Thai food just keeps getting better.

Elegant decor, divine food, fab service, soothing ambiance.

Stay tuned for Sarong’s new Chinese subsidiary, Porcelain, due to debut mid-year opposite the Bodyworks Spa on Jalan Seminyak.

19 Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Kuta, +62 361 737 809.

http://sarongbali.com/

Heavenly luxury at the Alila Villas Soori…

ALILA VILLAS SOORI, Tabanan, Bali

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Stunning architecture and dramatic yet understated interiors combine with a breathtaking setting. Alila Villas’ architects describe it as ‘an inspired expression of contemporary Asian architecture blending seamlessly with rice fields and coastline’. Views from the sculptured stone terrace across the infinity pool include a shimmering black volcanic sand beach, the Indian ocean and verdant rice padi’s.

Alila Villas Soori. © Alila Villas Soori

This uber chic resort will contemplate your every need, from acknowledging your music preference prior to your arrival to a dedicated butler service throughout your stay.

Alila Villas Soori. © Alila Villas Soori

This is the kind of location you luxuriate in and don’t leave – because everything is about 1-2 hours drive away.

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An extraordinary haven of pure indulgence!!!

Alila Villas Soori. © Alila Villas Soori

http://www.alilahotels.com/soori

🌟 HINT 1: At around $600++ per night, these villas are pricey but would be a wonderful setting for a wedding or 2nd honeymoon!

🌟 HINT 2: Start saving!!

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