The legendary romance of Bali has long seduced celebrities when it comes to staging Gatsby-like nuptials. Thus, the… Keep Reading
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Bali has a secret. Forget the spectacular scenery, vivid sunsets, and post-card perfect beaches the travel guides tell you about. Behind the doors of the island’s luxury retreats lie the most beautiful spots to have a soak. Bathrooms in Bali are an experience in their own right: open air showers, smooth pebbles under foot, tubs that stand in the shade of tropical trees. Lather up and lounge back in the best Canggu has to offer.
Have an American Beauty moment, Bali style, immersed in frangipani petals in the stone bath of VILLA BENDEGA RATO’S garden suite. The tub stands in the koi pond in the shade of a mango tree, so you can soak up the rays or lounge under the stars as you bathe.
Fancy a soak with a view? The ensuite in the master bedroom at next door VILLA BENDEGA NUI faces out on to Canggu’s surrounding fields, so you can cool down under the rainforest shower while gazing across verdant rice paddies.
Nothing says Bali luxe like an al fresco shower under the serene gaze of a stone buddha. The Master shower in elegant VILLA BELONG DUA is tucked in a green walled garden – think Secret Garden meets Eat, Pray, Love. The villa gets its name from the traditional belong – stone basins for sluicing yourself down.
Balinese jungle meets high design chic at VILLA HANSA, with its rustic floorboards and smooth stone surfaces. In the Gladak suite, you’ll bathe in a sleek, modernist tub surrounded by long grass and palms.
From the verdant manicured lawn surrounding the deep stone tub, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re at an English country pile. Thankfully, SIMONA OASIS is warm enough all year round to make an outdoor soak in the shelter of the bathroom’s stone porch the perfect antidote to a day of discovering temples or catching waves.
Possibly the most Instagram-able shower experience in Bali is the master ensuite in VILLA LEVI. It’s an aesthetically pleasing combo of modernist design – all clean lines and sunlight – clipped greenery and the muted hues of local stone and aged decking. You won’t find a more stylish bathroom this side of Copenhagen.
Mermaiding is the act of “becoming a mermaid” by wearing a mermaid tail for swimming, modelling or performance art.
Never heard of it? Not likely, unless you went to the same D-A-I-Y-E spa as Zoolander, you’ll recall his mermaid modelling photos (er, merman). Then a lot of models did it for Vogue in 2012. The Gigi Hadid of Bali Inka Williams did it in Komodo with the Island Mermaids team. And Cara Delevigne did it in Pan.
Bottom line, models love mermaiding. And now the rest of us can also have our very own sequinned or scaled mermaid tails and underwater mermaid pictures.
MERMAID TAILS AND FINS
Mermaid tails for children and adults are sold in stores and online. A huge range of products has become available, with prices from $30 up to $300 for bejeweled silver and gold mermaid tails.
Jl. Pantai Berawa 150
Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Bali
Bali’s first mermaiding company
Mermaid tails and shark fins for kids
For safety, it is important to know which are mermaid tails specially designed for swimming, versus tails which may be intended as costumes for dress up only, so be sure to check.
Tasteful women’s seashell bikinis, one-piece mermaid swimsuits and mermaid accessories are here. Nothing like the mermaid costumes of your childhood, sequinned nylon has been swapped for real seashells and high-quality Lycra.
MERMAID BIKINI SET BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; TOP: ONE SIZE FITS A-D; BOTTOM: S, M, L
HAND BEADED BIKINI BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; COLOURS: PINK, GOLD; SIZES: S, M, L
KERANG ONE PIECE BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; COLOURS: BLACK, NUDE; SIZES: S, M
Thoughtfully designed, carefully produced and beautifully modelled, these swimsuits really caught my eye.
Essential questions to ask yourself when choosing an island wedding venue
courtesy of our elite events experts
Can the venue accommodate the number of guests expected?
Which areas are best for your entrance and ceremony?
Have you tried on your wedding makeup in the tropical climate?
Which areas can be used for the reception, formal dinner, dance floor?
Can your friends and family stay at the wedding villa with you?
What kind of mosquito repellent will you provide? Got that covered?
Have you chosen an experienced event organiser?
What kind of food do you want at the reception?
What entertainment do you have in mind? Is it allowed?
Who will provide your beverages? Can you bring your own?
Congratulations and special thanks to Sam & Cath 31/3/2017 WEDDING VENUE: Villa Semarapura LOCATION: Cemagi Beach, Bali, Indonesia EVENT PLANNER: Hitch’d FLOWERS & CANDLES: Gloriosa CATERING: Dijon PHOTOGRAPHY: Terralogical
Here in Bali we like to layer up the recommendations to try Balinese food and Indonesian food, especially our chef’s special recipes, but Bali is a foodie’s paradise with international chefs plating dishes with flavours from all corners of the globe.
Did you know you can find sensational seafood, authentic Mediterranean cuisine and extraordinary Middle Eastern food in central beachside Seminyak? That’s exactly how Linda Lim handled three nights out with friends:
DINNER FOR TWO: Urchin
Urchin Bar and Restaurant is relatively new to Seminyak’s seafood scene. We let restaurant manager Ramon Meijer choose our dishes for the evening (and didn’t regret it one bit).
IMAGE: COURTESTY OF URCHIN
STARTERS: Having worked up quite an appetite while browsing at the amazing Kim Soo homewares store next door, the bread basket hit the spot; thick slices of warm bread with butter and a dusting of seaweed powder. The real starter was tuna tartare, fresh raw cubed tuna coated with lime juice and wasabi and stuffed into a crispy cone made from wonton wrapper.
FIRST MAIN: Homemade sea urchin fettuccine with juicy prawns, clams, garnished with crispy fried seaweed ‘balls’ and a dollop of caviar. I twirled the fettuccine ribbons with my fork and popped the crunchy seaweed ‘ball’ into my mouth. Delicious. To finish, I mopped up the remaining sauce with a slice of bread (it seemed sinful to waste all that delicious sauce).
IMAGE: COURTESTY OF URCHIN
SECOND MAIN: Sea bass with grilled octopus, ink sauce, lemon coulis and (more) crunchy seaweed ‘balls’. This fish was cooked to perfection, crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. Each bite-sized piece gets topped with a pat of lemon coulis and ink sauce. What a combo, you need to taste it to believe it.
DESSERT: A pleasant creamy nougat glacé, half-blanketed with an almond-crusted orange coulis. Light and refreshing, it was the perfect way to end the night.
GUESS I’LL BE BACK FOR LUNCH: According to Ramon, Felix Da Housecat is a fan of the Urchin lunch special – crispy pork belly with tzatziki, pickled cucumber and apple salad in a tortilla wrap.
Jalan Laksmana 22,
This serene salon in Canggu, Bali is socially aware and aims to soothe the emotional and physical state of all who enter. Bali’s only vegan nail parlour, chemicals are shunned, and homemade kombucha (fermented tea) is offered on arrival along with a fragrant chilled towel.
Settle in for a gorgeous treat while overlooking the lush rice fields. Sit back and relax into one of five chairs while well-trained therapists deliver an expert manicure and pedicure using coconut cream to hydrate feet and legs. A blissful head and shoulder massage is thrown in as a delightful bonus.
In keeping with Maria Curau’s holistic approach, a refreshing ice water hand and foot plunge bath is used to expedite the drying process. Owner Tatiana greets and chats with clients about the holistic philosophy of the salon, which is enlightening and entertaining.
INSIDER TIP: the nail art is excellent. Think striking geometrics, vibrant colours and unique minimalist designs – particularly popular with girls and teens.
RESERVATIONS: (+62) 0813 3877 5526