Ondy Sweeting

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Ondy Sweeting

Ondy Sweeting is an international gipsy journalist who wines, dines, reads and writes relentlessly while looking after her clan of chickens, Bali dogs and herd of local cats.

East Coast Elegance: Nail Salons in Sanur

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Aroma Nail Spa in Sanur Bali

THREE OF THE BEST NAIL PARLOURS IN SANUR, BALI

#1 The Nest Beachside Spa

This cute little salon overlooks the beach in Sanur. Step into this air-conditioned delight straight off the sand of Hyatt Beach. Two therapists descend to bestow the suitably named ‘pretty hands’ and ‘happy feet’ – 70 minutes of mani-pedi joy. Expect a thorough cleansing – sand and all – plus cuticle therapy for hands and a soothing exfoliation of the feet. This is followed by deep stimulating massages and a warm and silky paraffin wax treatment for the hands while feet undergo a reviving cool mint mask.

Your therapist delivers a rather lush head and shoulder massage while the paraffin works its magic. Post-rub, the wax is peeled back to reveal baby soft hands, while the mint foot mask is washed away leaving the toes fresh and clean.

The Nest Nails Sanur

IMAGE: THENESTBEACHSIDESPA.COM 

Nails are painted with faultless precision and a homemade sweet and delicious lime sorbet is brought to your chair while the drying machines are doing their thing. What a way to end a blissful day at the beach.

www.thenestbeachsidespa.com

 

Aroma Spa Sanur

#2 Aroma Spa Retreat

Just metres off Sanur beach are the open pavilions of this popular but tranquil spa. Feel the mellow sea breeze and listen to the gentle waves rolling in as you relax into a lazy chair for a classic mani-pedi. Fancy a glass of chilled white wine? Nothing is too much trouble for the staff of Aroma.

The spa is the brainchild of sisters Delma and Sonya Davies who – as businesswomen and mothers – both know a thing or two about the importance of achieving work-life balance. As a result Aroma Spa Retreat has been created as a haven where every client is mothered and therapists care for every need. The only difficult decision to be made is what colour nail polish.

This sweet experience is my favourite mani-pedi in the area. If you want total peace and privacy during your treatment, a gossamer blue curtain will be drawn around your pavilion for added seclusion.

This business is also a well-respected spa training school, and every therapist has completed a six-day, 42-hour training course for both the manicure and pedicure treatments.

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What to Wear to a Wedding in Bali

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Bali wedding ceremony at sunset

The legendary romance of Bali has long seduced celebrities when it comes to staging Gatsby-like nuptials. Thus, the ‘Island of the Gods’ is now a celebrated wedding destination. Perhaps you have already received your invitation? But what to wear to a wedding in Bali?

Bali simmers with wedding fever all year round and being invited to such a joyous celebration is not only an honour and an opportunity for a superb vacation – it’s also the ultimate justification to slip into something sensational.

 

Bali Wedding guests at Pandawa Cliff Estate

WEDDING GUESTS AT PANDAWA CLIFF ESTATE – THE BUKIT, BALI

DESTINATION WEDDING

International weddings, Bali style, are often set on luscious green lawns flanked by tropical gardens or jungle – a horror for high heels; or on soft white sand – shocking for stilettos. Selecting the right footwear can be a challenge for Bali wedding guests. While barefoot beach brides are bound to raise a smile, guests are expected to be suitably shod.

Be sure that your outfit works with flats or low-slung sandals. Super-light silk resort styles are the perfect partner for sexy sandals in the sultry tropics.

Whatever the dress code, frocking up for a Bali wedding should be fun. Think shoestring straps and flowing maxi-dresses; black & white prints and halter necks. Floaty dresses in feather-light silk do well with a stretch cotton underdress to guard against humidity. Another sizzling look is a frilly off-the-shoulder top paired with loose linen trousers or a slender skirt. Classic cotton sundresses, aptly accessorized, are an elegant choice, while the fashion-forward jumpsuit (which American Vogue has tipped to conquer this season’s cocktail parties) works wonderfully at a Bali wedding.

 

Wedding guests in Bali

BALINESE DANCERS JOIN A PHOTO WITH THE WEDDING PARTY

BALINESE WEDDING

If the wedding is traditional Balinese style, be prepared for some striking surprises and be ready to push out your fashion boundaries. Selamat menempuh hidup baru – is the polite way to say congrats.

Indonesian’s adore dressing up so choose something spectacular, formal and traditional. Given the extraordinary outfit the bride will be wearing – complete with a massive golden crown – it will be impossible to outshine her. And expect to see the groom bedecked in an equally magnificent costume; draped with jewelry;

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Natural Nails by Maria Curau Salon

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Maria Curau Salon

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

IMAGES BY: www.facebook.com/mariacuraubali/
COVER IMAGE: www.cangguguide.com

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A Guy’s Guide to Grooming

in Weddings by
Shearlock Seminyak Barber

Bali has long been an Asian capital for sensational spas and salons. Seminyak and Canggu are keeping ahead of the trend with a swathe of shape-up shops offering men everything from a simple sports manicure through to the full ‘manzilla’. Walk-in, schedule an appointment, or contact them about doing your groomsmen. 

BALI BARBER 

First on the island to put male grooming on the spa map with its flagship Seminyak shop, Bali Barber is conveniently situated above sister operation The Shampoo Lounge. Haircuts are the new hip souvenirs and this Bali Barber has a picture wall of famous sports stars, celebrities and even a couple of coolly coiffed kids, so clients need only point and pick their preferred style.

Pamperings on offer include clipper buzz cuts, scissor cuts, skull shave, sports massage and mani-pedi’s plus some ‘tactical waxing’ from neck, back and shoulders through to the full MANzillian. Check in for spray tanning and the Flip Flop Fleet hot stone foot massage, tattooing, hair braiding and dreadlocking for the surfer look, plus nape undercuts. Bali Barber is legendary among grooms and their mates as the operation will create a full-on pop-up shop in your wedding villa – complete with reclining barber’s chair.

The Bali Big Boss includes a haircut and shave that starts with a skin softening aloe vera rub then a hot towel wrap followed by a slathering of rich shaving crème that is brushed on and shaved off with a straight razor. The ritual is finished with non-stinging aftershave lotion and a cold towel press. The Signature Massage is super relaxing, with a good slice of time spent on the head. The Gentleman’s Facial is a deep cleansing job that shuns blackheads and enlivens the skin.

The atmosphere is deeply blokey as is the designer rough ‘n’ ready interior that features ancient televisions, stereos and a glass-fronted fridge packed with cold beer. Expect to hear Meatloaf and AC/DC being pumped through the speakers here in Seminyak and at their shops in Nusa Dua and Poppies in Kuta. shampoolounge.com

GOLDUST BEAUTY LOUNGE 

The local surfers know exactly where to go in deepest Canggu for a great Balinese massage in a male-friendly environment. Goldust in Batu Bolong, Canggu offers knot decimating massages and stress busting reflexology. The Back Buster massage gets right into the neck,

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Bali Highs

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Bali Thrilling Things to Do

Bali delivers equally extraordinary experiences to seekers of chic elegance as it does to those pursuing adrenaline, education or picture perfect mountain scapes. Here are just a few of the enriching experiences to seek out on your next visit to Bali.

 

WICKED APERITIFS

Those who appreciate a well-curated cocktail will love Akademi, a hub for Bali’s growing mixology scene. Not only can you sample amazing cocktails here, but Akademi also offers regular master classes led by the internationally celebrated British mixologist Dre Masso.

Bali cocktails Akademi bar

AKADEMI COCKTAILS
JL. PETITENGET NO. 51B, SEMINYAK, BALI
IMAGE CREDIT: www.akademi-bar.com

Delve into the mysteries of Bali’s tropical produce with cocktail ingredients like mangosteen, jackfruit and salak, plus a range of unique spices and roots. Get up close and personal with luscious infused dark rums, inspired gins and araks saturated with rare botanicals from the Indonesian archipelago.

Dre brings the knowledge accumulated from trips to more than 40 countries and includes the history of flavours in his classes. Cocktail-making skills will be honed while learning about indigenous ingredients and how to balance flavours with every integral part of the recipe. A recent master class explored the two cocktails that were presented by Akademi at the Southeast Asian Finals of the Diageo World Class Mixology competition.

Other master classes have included the analysis of nutmeg and cascara (coffee fruit skin), where spices are dissected and the bar-made tincture, liqueurs and jams are tasted. Cascara was first used in Yemen, where it was infused into hot water with a powerful selection of spices to make a drink called ‘Qishr’, and has now become the star ingredient in one of Akademi’s cocktails.

The Akademi daily cocktail menu is seriously worth a visit. Check out the artisanal ceramic, copper and wooden cocktail vessels that make a clear statement about this exclusive destination.

 

WINE TIPS-Y

Head into the verdant hills of Ubud and the beautiful Bridges restaurant where the Divine Wine & Cocktail Bar is located below the Riverside dining room and is the exclusive haunt of Bridges’ sommelier Rahul Mehra. Participate in an outstanding master class, listen to the river flow and enjoy the privileged view.

Bridges Wine and Cocktail Bar

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