Monday, 30 September 2013

The End of Seminyak

Good morning! Sadly it has come to our last day in Seminyak, the end of our first destination. We spent the day by the pool having the best lychee ice-cream ever whilst nursing a lizard I found whose tail had been chopped off (google helped turn me into a vet for a few hours).

In the early afternoon we headed down to the beach. The landscape was absolutely sensational, the shore continued for miles practically deserted. We tip toed around the waters edge whilst watching the mini crabs scurry from side to side, fascinated by the holes they dig and seek refuge in.


Popping in and out of hotels is my favourite, along the Seminyak beach front boasts hotels that are out of this world. Personal favourite was The Legian it costs an arms and a leg but the grounds ....
^ Speechless!


We settled down at Ku De Ta (our little Seminyak spot) and ordered a pizza and some grazing bits along with cocktails. Sadly no happy hour, but we were definitely happy enough.

5pm came and the crowds slowly came in for sunset.


Cocktails in hand and romance all around, everyone marvelled as the sun slowly dipped behind the clouds and horizon.


Joe and I started to feel a little in the clouds, up with the boats. 


We left Ku De Ta, jumped in a taxi and had a quick turn around before dinner.

We saved the Samaya's restuarant BREEZE till our last night (it ended up not being our favourite in Seminyak and I've saved our numero uno to feature in it's own post).

BREEZE is number one on tripadvisor and very highly rated in Bali. It was also one of the first times Joe and I hadn't looked at the menu before we arrived and planned what we are going to eat, sad but true! So there was definitely some excitement.

It's an extremely elegant restaurant, with around 20 tables spaced out along the sea front. The service was the best I have experienced in my life, we were addressed as "Miss Kelly" and "Mr Joe" throughout the whole meal by our charming waitress and waited on hand and foot.


Although we decided to share I got the fillet in front of me (winner winner fillet dinner) and Joe got the mie goreng.


Medium rare, soft and flavoursome served with edamame, mash and puree butternut squash.

The mie goreng, a traditional Indonesian dish consisting of egg noodles, chicken skewers, fried egg, stir fried vegetable and a crispy duck leg.

 

I got a little bit chilly from the BREEZE and was given a cute cotton throw.



The mains were amazing, Joe and I talk and giggle a lot over all dinners but the waves crashing and momentary breaks of golden silence were incredibly relaxing the only communication were our mmm's between mouthfuls.

For dessert we went for warm apple cake.



The combination of perfectly prepared and presented food coupled with a gorgeous setting created an ideal evening to cap off another day in paradise and a great send off from Seminyak.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Seminyak - Part Two

At 9 o'clock in the morning the phone rang and breakfast was on the way. The crisp white sheets and comfy bed made it hard to leave but bright blue skies and a feast got us on our feet.


We shared banana pancakes, french toast, a full english (minus the bacon crisps) and even mie goreng - a traditional indonesian noodle dish topped with a fried egg.

After breakfast we headed to the hotel spa for our complimentary massages, which we were able to extend to 30 minutes for 50,000rupiah (£3.50) - amazing cheap massages are definitely one of my top 3 reasons to move to Asia.


After choosing our oils we were taken into a little room full of fairy lights.



Clicked, oiled and relaxed we headed into Seminyak Square. The hotels in Seminyak are out of this world, I've never seen anything like them. We hotel hopped looking at their pools, restaurants and beautiful grounds before settling down at Ku De Ta beach bar.


It's the best place in Seminyak to spend the day, the beds are huge and not on top of eachother, the food is delicious and there's no minimum spend. So we ate, sunbathed and played a few games of cards before hitting the boutiques and local market to spend. The road of no return.

A quick turn around in the villa and back out to Keroboken, a buzzy joint called MAMA san. To start we went for the tender roasted peking duck with steamed choysum. I'm not a huge duck fan, Joe absolutely loves it and has it at every possible opportunity. Out here they cook it so well that I'm slowly coming around.


Soft beef and bamboo dumplings with chili and hot bean sauce.


Followed by spicy chow ming noodle with duck


Stir fried asian greens - a classic


and a chicken egg net salad with caramel, coconut, beansprouts and peanuts, which was sadly a little too spicy for me.


I didn't finish it and after telling our friendly waiter why, he brought me this - ice cold cucumber with yoghurt, which did the trick!


Brick walls lit up and a huge wine vault.


Next up... deep fried icecream with nutella


 and a mango, lychee and pandan trifle which was full of exotic flavour and my favourite


You definitely need to book! I'd say it's one of Seminyaks most popular restaurants, a compromise between 'fine dining' and the local warungs that bali offers.

Yet another perfect day in paradise

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Arriving in Bali - Seminyak Part 1

After 18 hours of travelling which included a changeover in Kuala Lumpa, using eachother as pillows, too much plane food, sneaking into first class and fuelling our addiction to candy crush, we arrived in Denpassar, Bali.

In my opinion nothing adequately prepares you for the culture shock experienced upon exiting the airport. After getting our visas and being hassled in Bali's answer to the red light district (multiple currency exchange windows), we headed to the taxi rank.

Following an instant wave of intense heat we were greeted by hundreds of taxi drivers who smelt tourist and tried to win our business. After a couple of outrageous and varying quotes we found the official stand. We were taken to a car park with hundreds of little navy blue taxis and after a 45 minute journey (costing £5!) we eventually arrived at the Berry Amour Villas. Greeted with traditional bows and into absolute tranquility.


After a quick introduction, we were shown to our villa. 






Waiting for us was a selection of local fruit and a short video that included a picture of Joe's house from google earth!


After a welcoming Balinese foot bath we bombed into the pool before retiring to the jacuzzi.

The hours flew by and having not had a proper meal for almost 24 hours we headed straight into the town for a small adventure to explore our new temporary surroundings. We spent our first night at a  restaurant called Chandi.


I ordered a selection of tasty skewers whilst Joe opted for the Duck Betutu Tasting (very adventurous for him) - slow cooked duck, minced duck on sugar cane,  salted duck egg, steamed coconut and yellow rice and melinjo crackers.

 

Fresh Asian food with a distinguished modern flair.

Too full for dessert, we waklled around the local shops, most of which tended to be very westernised upmarket boutiques. Prices were just above UK high street stores with an amazing selection of cute summer clothes that sadly won't suit the current English weather.

 We popped into a little, new gelato place our driver had pointed out. Owned by a lovely oz couple who asked us to sample some new flavours. Thumbs up from me!


After our first day in Seminyak, the journey half way across the world already seemed was distant memory. Service like no other, the most incredible villa and a unique sense of calm started off our trip.

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