Eat, drink, sleep. Couldn’t ask for more of a quick weekend getaway.
And did I mention the very, very good company? :)
So I’m emailing because you’ve either expressed interest in Bali or I think you may be interested in Bali (helloooo all you soon-to-be honeymooners), just got back from a short weekend getaway and can I just say? It was one of the best decisions I’ve made this year (according to my colleague, my skin actually got better.. that’s what 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night and lots of massages will do for you). Anyhoos, so here’s a quick run down of places to go/things to do in Seminyak, Bali.
Kudeta on Seminyak for drinks at sunset is a must (order the cucumber+elderflower tim collins and the dark+stormy with real ginger beer), head there around 5pm, snag a spot on the day beds or the grass and get a prime view of one of the most gorgeous sunsets you’ll ever see;
Rock Bar at Uluwatu for drinks with a killer view – unbroken blue horizon as far as the eye can see, on the bottom of some pretty stunning cliffs. I recommend that you get there at 3, drink all afternoon and enjoy the view, or suffer the insufferable queue at 5 for the sunset;
Babi guling at Ibu Oka. We didn’t make it there, but Anthony Bourdain does swear by it, I believe his exact words were “best pig of my life.” We did however manage to snag some pretty decent babi guling about 5 minutes away from Seminyak. Apparently it’s the only place to go in the area for good babi guling – ask your concierge they should know where it is;
Dine over the ocean at Warung at Alila Uluwatu (go for the set menu to get a bit of everything), you’ll want to start eating at sunset to catch the view (sunset is around 630 bali time) so make your reservation at 6;
Wahwah burger (across from legian) for mid-afternoon mini wagyu burgers with quail eggs and foie gras, throw in a lychee martini for good measure;
Ultimo for pretty decent Italian in Seminyak;
Potatohead (it’s a beach club, a little like TBC) for drinks;
The Grocer & Grind for a decent (not amazing) cup of coffee. There’s free wifi and it’s a great place to chill for a little bit out of the heat with a magazine, or for you tech-savvy-people, your ipad;
and as always, there’s Legian for coconut ice cream.
The villa we stayed at this time round was just about as perfect as it gets for couples. It’s a little pricey, but if you catch it at a good rate on Agoda it is so very worth it. Breakfast is included (it’s a la carte BUFFET sent to your room by your very own butler FWAH), and there’s complimentary tea as well. In addition to that, they have a chauffeur service anywhere within a 15 minute radius of the hotel. They also organise tours to Uluwatu and Ubud to see the sites (and I know at this point you’ll frown and say tours!?! Full of TOURISTS!?! Ewww.. But no, it’s not like that, because there are only 24 villas – 48 guests max – on the property, it’s pretty much a semi private tour). Gotta love it.
So yes, go to Bali. Like now. Don’t say I didn’t care to share :)