Don’t you hate it when your social feed becomes full of your friends travel adventures and a series of show-off shots of gorgeous beaches, edgy hotels and local delicacies, meanwhile you are stuck inside behind a desk at work… It is board line depressing. I must confess that for the past week that annoying #traveller … was me.
Waiting at Sydney Airport
My partner and I headed to beautiful Bali for five glorious days in the sun and surf. Bali is a summer-lovers dream, offering warm weather and attracting tourists all year round. From lush rice paddy fields, stretches of rainforest and beautiful beaches; who could say no to this island paradise.
Where I Stayed
The Elysian Boutique Villa Hotel in Seminyak, a self discovered tropical resort oasis (thank you Tripadvisor.com).
The gorgeous Elysian Boutique Villas
Each beautiful villa is equipped with its own private pool, enclosed within a tropical style jungle. We were hosted by some of the most beautiful friendly staff and close to all the action, an easy (but hot) walk to Seminyak beach and the main street of town. But with cabs being so accessible and cheap (approx. 30-40,000 rupiah – about $4 Australian dollars), it is easy to move around town in air-conditioned comfort. Travel tip: always check your taxi has a meter as some drivers are likely to try to overcharge. I would definitely recommend The Elysian Villas for your next stay in a slice of Balinese paradise.
What I wore
In Bali, the days are long and very warm; the sun’s rays can definitely pack a punch. My daily essentials consisted of… five bikinis that I packed for a five-day stay…(too much?), my fluro orange tasseled sarong which was never far from hand, a pair of oversized shades, classic black Havaianas and le Tan 30+ coconut lotion.
What I Wore: Poolside Essentials
When not pool or beachside, my Wrangler denim cut-offs and a basic slogan tee was my outfit of choice, alongside my latest love… The Panama hat … which never left my head protecting my face and skin during the heat of the day…
Maxi Love: Glassons Dress
Throughout the night, the warmth in the air still lingers so a floaty and light maxi dress is the perfect attire for a stroll on the beach or dinner at one of the many fine dining experiences in the local area.
Where I Ate
I am a major foodie, Bali, Seminyak in particular, is known for its extensive selection of restaurants, it is a foodies paradise. So, with so many amazing choices I thought I would share three of my favs.
Sea Circus, Seminyak left me in a mini-mexicoma. Located just back from the beach, this restaurant is perfect for lunch and a few margaritas, both fresh and cool on a hot Bali day. My pick; the prawn tacos with mango salsa and a pitcher of traditional margaritas infused with Balinese limes, spicy and oh so yummy.
Sea Circus: Mexi-amazing
For cocktails at sunset, Ku De Ta is the perfect location for a drink or two in the afternoon. Ku De Ta has the most incredible cocktail selection, although the prices similar to cocktails in Australia it is definitely worth it for the view.
Lantern tree outside Ku De Ta
Dinner at La Lucciola, which offers an amazing selection of Italian dishes combining a Mediterranean flare and a touch of Asian fusion.
La Lucciola Restaurant
The restaurant is housed in an open two-storey cabana style house, overlooking one of the prettiest stretches of Seminyak Beach. It is a good idea to book a table for sunset, to experience the incredible Bali sun, setting over the ocean. My cocktail of choice is the frozen coconut margaritas (I am way too obsessed with coconut), I swear I could have had it hooked up to me on a drip!
Five days is definitely not enough to experience beautiful Bali, I guess that means I will be returning to paradise very soon.
So as I head back to work this week, the only thing to help me get over my post-holiday blues is to start planning the next one #wheretonext…