bali | indonesia | the places...


in this final post about my holiday in bali, that is now a distant but fond memory, I wanted to share with you a couple of my favourite places we visited. there are undoubtedly hundreds of places we didn't see but what we did, were truly beautiful, memorable and definitely worth the visit.

below are four of my top recommendations for places that have amazing food, stunning views, relaxed atmosphere and inspiring architecture.


potato head beach club | seminyak

as you walk down a narrow road towards the ocean it’s an impressive sight when the home of this beach bar comes into view. vintage teak shutters sourced from across indonesia are pieced together with metal plates and iron bars to create a modern take on the coliseum. these shutters continue to line the ceiling within its confines, the d├ęcor is simple mid-century furniture mixed with concrete and steel to add to its relaxed atmosphere. the building wraps around a lawn area leading towards an infinity pool with the indian ocean in your sights. the lawn area was definitely a fun place to people watch, as the music pumps through the speakers.

we had lunch here and it was amazing, relaxed, modern, and homey. and the cocktails – its all about the cocktails.
  



potato head beach club | more info click here
  

jimbaran bay | jimbaran

we hadn't planned on visiting this incredible turquoise beach, but our driver said it was a must. we trusted him and we were starving, so we drovedown narrow dirt roads and feeling like we were actually driving inland, out of the corner of our eyes this appeared. our immediate thought was "why did we not make more time to be here and thank you wayan!!".

we'd arrived between lunch and dinner, but the staff at this sleepy fishing town were happy to offer up delicious seafood and cold bintangs. this area is know for its seafood and the best time to visit is in the evenings to dine on the beach as the sun goes down. 




jimbaran bay | more info click here


rock bar bali | jimbaran

known as one of the places to go for the most spectacular sunset viewing with stylish bar vibes, perched on the rocks just 14 metres above the indian ocean at the base of ayana resort is this outdoor bar.

facing west, the sun is directly shinning in your face and its hot, hot, ridiculously hot but completely worth it. the staff happily offer umbrellas to block the sun and cool towels to help bring your temperature down. if you can stand the heat for an hour or two before the sun drops below the horizon, you’re in for a stunning display of mother nature. we were also lucky to witness a romantic wedding proposal on the nearby pier. open from 4pm to 1am, this bar offers a delicious tapas menu and super tasty cocktails while the ocean laps below your feet.

photo via rock bar bali website



rock bar bali | more info click here


finns beach club | uluwatu

from the moment you walk through the reception area of samara luxury villas, located approx. 30 minutes drive from seminyak. you’ll think you have found paradise at your very first glimpse of turquoise indian ocean and pristine white sands.

take the inclinator to the beach at the base of the limestone cliffs to spend your day at this exclusive but surprising casual beach. it costs the equivalent of $15 australian dollars to gain entrance. this entitles you to use of standup paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment. the friendly staff will give you a beach towel, escorted you to your own beach lounge area and they will bring you food and drinks from well priced finns menu. don’t forget to take a book, sunscreen, your camera and a hat – this is a place you’ll want to spend the whole day and never want to leave.

 




finns beach club | more info click here
PHOTOS © christine mcdonald | state of joy 2014

to wrap up this final post on bali, i wanted to note a couple of other recommendations that you may want to look up or visit if you find yourself in seminyak, bali.
  • something happened to me while i was away in a place where i was told, "don't drink the tap water", "ask for no ice", "avoid salads"... but for some reason i couldn't get enough of raw proteins. tuna tartare, beef carpaccio, and any type of fish ceviche. i pretty much had one of these at every restaurant we went too and managed to come home avoiding the dreaded bali belly. for awesome interiors, food, and atmosphere try the bistrotsardinemotel mexicola, and sea circus.
  • the lighting in many of the retail stores were to die for. after some investigation we found out the lighting was by designer robert nollet's and can be ordered to your specifications. he splits his time between st barth in the caribbean and bali. not a bad life.
  • silver jewellery is everywhere. i loved pieces by leeloo bird, a french designer named sandrine levalois based and manufactured in bali.
  • looking for some pampering, i would recommend booking yourself in for several treatments before the horrid red-eye flight home at bodyworks. we spent four hours there to finish our holiday off and it was the perfect indulgence. (not to mention a quarter of the price then at home).
  • our accommodation was amazing. if you are looking for a private villa in the heart of restaurants and shopping and close to beaches without the feeling of a over commercialsed resort, try pradha villas. waking in the morning and diving into your own private pool, was simply heaven.
can not wait to go back... x