It’s a sun seeking Australian’s top pick for a quick getaway destination and there’s good reason for it. A short six hour flight, diverse foodie culture, adventure and relaxation, shopping and of course the balmy weather, boasts a true Bali experience.
Having explored Bali already, I was more interested in a ‘relax and unwind’ approach this time. We stayed at Maca Villas & Spa, for the first two nights. Set up in a gorgeous tropical villa with private pool, we were officially in paradise. The villas had their very own MASÉ Kitchen and Bar, where we enjoyed tantalising French-influenced cuisine in a candlelit setting. For the both nights we stayed at the villas, we didn’t need to venture very far in search for an intimate and delicious dining experience. A good bottle of South Australia pinot plucked from MASE’s wine cellar and a stroll through the leafy walkway back to the villa oozed bliss and tranquility.
To keep things interesting, since our days were filled with mindless poolside lounging, massages and dining; mid-week we switched from peaceful Maca Villas to hotel accommodation, to be among the Seminyak hustle. U Paasha Hotel’s perfect positioning allowed easy access to the high end shops and restaurants of Seminyak. The chic hotel featured a rooftop pool and bar with great views of Bali and its spectacular sunset. We took advantage of these facilities on the afternoons we weren’t at the beach, or W Hotel’s Woo Bar, to capture the beauty of the evening whilst enjoying a cheeky passion fruit mojito or two (okay, maybe a few more some nights).
One day I took a trip to Canggu to visit GOLDUST Beauty Lounge to be pampered with a 90 minute 24k gold facial treatment. This luxurious and highly beneficial treatment left my skin soft and luminous and I literally felt like a golden goddess.
Trendy little Changgu plays host to some very cool bars and stylish restaurants and is well worth the short taxi ride (or scooter, if you’re game like myself) from Seminyak. Deus café and bar had a laid back vibe with bean bag seating and chilled tunes. La Dunia showcased French cuisine in a sophisticated and spacious, dimly lit restaurant. Sisterfields Café was a favourite for breakfast, with its iconic Australian café culture, we tried out savoury and sweet options. My favourite: the eggs benedict and brioche french toast (A nutella lover’s heaven). Café Organic and Nalu Bowls were a food bloggers dream, attractive venues and food with flavours to match, their acai bowls and other health foods were served in quirky ways and hit the spot at lunch time.
Venturing into the streets for an evening, browsing the Seminyak Square market stalls and in pursuit of another new place to dine, we enjoyed a selection of Vietnamese and French plates at newly opened Batik. Ginger Moon also gets a mention presenting a delectable Asian menu.
By the time we had reached the end of our holiday, the desire to get back to reality and a more productive routine had surfaced. One more massage before the plane flight, of course! At least we could head back to Australia feeling rejuvenated and looking sun kissed.
Words by Candice Groves
Images by Candice Groves