HAMPTONS MEETS BALI

My husband and I have just returned from our holiday in Bali.  We counted that it was our 7th trip to the Island of Gods.

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When my kids were younger, we preferred to stay at Club Med but if it is only the two of us, despite the fact that the island boasts myriads of five star hotels, we prefer to stay at a private villa.  Not only does it provided you with absolute privacy and sole use of the pool and all the other facilities, the majority of villas offer you more personalised service such as having your own butler, a cook and a driver with further services of a masseur, yoga instructor and so on, subject to the your budget.  Luckily for us, due to the very favourable exchange rate, we could afford to live surrounded by such luxuries which back in Australia are totally beyond our reach.

We try not to stay at the same location but rather get a perspective of different parts of Bali and this time we chose Seminyak, the hip resort area at the end of Bali’s main beach strip where the chaos of Kuta gives way to a more sophisticated, laid-back vibe, in one of the myriads of private villas called Villa Hermosa, situated in one of the tiny gangs (lane-ways) not far from the main strip but hidden behind tall walls and dense fauna providing us with complete privacy and noise isolation.

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The house itself was absolutely beautiful.  Painted in white inside and out, it was sparkling under the hot sun and its white walls were reflected in the bright blue pool situated in the middle of the front lawn surrounded by sunbeds on one corner and a cabana on the other. The interiors were kept in the a light neutral palette and reminded me of the Hampton’s style, casual and relaxed but done in a classic and sophisticated way skilfully blended with a distinctive touch of Balinese culture.   Beaded boxes, woven baskets, cute tin containers and other artefacts, showcasing the best crafts of local artists, were brought in to create a fusion of East meets West ambiance.

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The villa also provided a private chef, a driver and two lovely local young women who were there to cater to our every whim and make sure that our stay was the most enjoyable.  As we had done a lot of sightseeing and driving up and down the island in the past, we decided that it was high time for us to do virtually nothing but relax and have some care-free moments.

On a few occasions we asked our chef to prepare us dinner using local recipes and they were delicious.

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DINNER AT THE VILLA

The other advantage of staying in Seminyak area is the close proximity to the great dining scene of Bali:  places like Ku-De-Ta and Potato Head, two of the most popular beach clubs, restaurants such as Mamasan, Metis, Merah Putih and the likes were all within a 20 minute drive from our villa.

Potato Head Beach Club

POTATO HEAD BEACH CLUB

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WATCHING SUNSET AT KU-DE-TA BEACH CLUB

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ART INSTALLATION, METIS RESTAURANT

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OUTSIDE OF KU-DE-TA BEACH CLUB                                                  ART INSTALLATION, METIS

So if you are planning a trip to Bali, drop me a line and I would be happy to help with advice

Until then