In early August I ventured back to Bali for 4 days of R&R amongst good food and sunshine.
This was my second trip to Bali and I had yet again another memorable trip with nothing but positive experiences and a glowing tan 🙂
Having previously stayed out of the heart of Seminyak, i was a little wiser this time around and opted for Semara Seminyak which is right in the heart of all the action near the likes of Potato Head, Sarong and KuDeTa.
Semara is a boutique resort which is set back off the main road so guests can enjoy the tranquil surrounds among luscious landscapes and two swimming pools.
The staff at Semara are lovely and professional, the rooms are kept tidy and clean and the rooms themselves comfortable and classic. I stayed in a Poolside room.
While breakfast wasn’t included in the room charge, breakfast at the resort (The Deck) was one of the best I have enjoyed in Bali, and the regular bacon, eggs, hashbrown, spinach and roasted tomato on toasted bread became the norm.
On my first morning in Seminyak I decided to try out ‘Sea Circus‘ after hearing raving reviews. I ordered poached eggs with bacon on toast with avocado and a freshly squeezed orange juice. I was a little disappointed as I found the eggs to be quite watery and bacon was a bit on the smelly side. I didn’t head back to Sea Circus but later discovered the tapas meals for lunch or dinner are moreso what the place is known for. Sea Circus has a very quirky and diner style vibe with bright colours, it doesn’t look like much from the outside but has a unique decor to it which has tourists flocking to it.
On a full stomach I headed back to the resort to relax by the pool and bask in the sunshine.
My stomach soon began to grumble and it was time to eat yet again, the restaurant of choice for dinner was ‘Sarong’. Sarong has developed quite a reputation for being one of Seminyak’s most sought after Asian restaurants, it is headed by Chef Will Meyrick who opened Sarong doors in 2008.
Upon entering Sarong you are dazzled with a stunning pavilion setting comprising of an outdoor and informal eating areas. I enjoyed crispy pork belly with mandarin ginger chilli and black vinegar caramel and the salt and pepper squid with Vietnamese dipping sauce for entrée (pictured below) followed by a Soft shell crab salad with green mango coriander shallots crushed peanuts taramind and chilli dressing. The pork belly was amazing, however I found the soft shell crab to be a bit overpowering from a spice perspective. There is plenty to choose from on the menu and well worth a visit, just make sure you reserve a table well in advance or expect a long wait at the bar.
To start the day I opted for a big breakfast at The Deck for the standard bacon and egg special! After hearing about the picturesque beaches of Uluwatu I researched and found the sister Semara property Semara Uluwatu to have it’s own beach club. Hailing a cab off the main street I negotiated a rate with the driver to take me to Finn’s Beach Club.
If you can afford the coin – this is one location worth spending your pennies on. Semara Uluwatu is around a 40minute drive south of Seminyak. It features 9 private Cliff Edge Villas, a spa and fitness centre, golf putting green, two floodlit tennis courts and infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Semara Ulutwau is also home to Finn’s Beach Club which has a great restaurant, beach bed and restroom facilities as well as a host of aquatic activities including; kayaks, snorkels and paddle boards.
Other than taking in the blissful surrounds, gorgeous clear blue waters and reef I indulged in a gorgeous barbecued prawn salad and passionfruit cocktail.
After an afternoon of sun and cocktails it was time to start heading back to Seminyak but not before a stop in Jimbaran Bay to catch the sunset and enjoy a bit more seafood for an early dinner.
Jimbaran Bay is a little fishing village. Fishing boats line the beach shorelines with fisherman bringing in their catch of the day to the many restaurants that adorn the sand. At its freshest, pick from the likes of squid, prawns, snapper, crabs, moreton bay bugs and crayfish.
Take a walk along the sand and the many restaurant staff will hurry up to you trying to secure you a spot in their eatery. I finally settled on one restaurant and devoured into a seafood banquet of squid, barbecued prawns, grilled red snapper, sticky rise and Asian greens washed down with a fruity cocktail. The key is to get a table up the front before sunset so you can enjoy unspoiled views as the sun slips behind the horizon.
Following another healthy bacon and egg breakfast I decided that after a busy day of gorging on great seafood and soaking my skin in the sun, I need a good walk around the town.
The rest of the day I laid by the pool kicking back and enjoying a good read.
That evening it was back into town for another stellar meal at ‘La Lucciola’ right on the beach. This straw hut style open air restaurant doesn’t look much by day, but come night fall is lit up with gorgeous fairy lights and candles and has a lovely romantic vibe. A well known Italian eatery head here to enjoy lovely pasta dishes as well as fresh seafood and meats.
Adamant to enjoy not only my main meal but a dessert too, I tucked into stuffed prawnzucchini flowers, a spaghettini with mixed seafood and finally a deliciously rich chocolate fondant washed down with a lychee cocktail. Needless to stay I stumbled back to Semara a very full traveller.
This final day in Bali was spent relaxing at the resort given the overcast and intermittent showers. By early afternoon I opted for some poolside treats at Semara and once I had whet my appetite it was time to hit the W Retreat & Spa Seminyak for cocktails, wedges and another spectacular sunset. This resort is uber chic and funky, also one of the main high rise accommodation houses in Seminyak, it boasts the works.
My final dinner was at new eatery ‘Petitenget Restaurant & Bar – where for my final meal I couldn’t pass up the grilled salmon on potato mash purée.
A blissful 4 days in Bali full of glorious food, sunshine and relaxation; a perfect winter escape.
- Finn’s Beach Club – Uluwatu
- Sarong Restaurant
- Jimbaran Bay
- La Lucciola
Some of my other favourites which I didn’t revisit on this trip included
- KuDeTa (a fine dining experience)
- Potato Head (great for a Sunday session to some chilled tunes)
- Mamasan (sister restaurant to Sarong)
- Rock Bar at Ayana Resort (perfect for sunset cocktails)
Until we meet again Bali