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Will Meyrick’s outstanding Balinese portfolio of dining establishments such as Sarong, Mama San and Ubud’s Hujan Locale are always bustling with expat residents and visitors alike, signaling this Scottish chef’s tremendous popularity. His latest addition, Tiger Palm, has just opened its doors in the brand new Seminyak Village shopping mall. The eclectic décor of Tiger Palm transports you to the ‘Palm Court’ of the famous Eastern and Orient Hotel in Penang, Malaysia, presenting a mixture of tropical mid-century modernism and vintage Malay and Tiki-pop, creating a lovely colonial charm.
The menu presents the historic influences of Nyonya, Thai and Peranakan Jawi cuisines, of the Chinese traders and self-starting businessmen from Southern India. You can see that in the richness of the cultures from the dishes, such as the famous Nasi Kandar. Open from early morning, serving Kopitiam-style breakfast with dim sum, such as chee cheong fun, chicken balls rice, coddled eggs, nasi lemak, apam with fish curry, char kuay teow, nyonya laksa, wan tan mee and Penang hokien mee followed by all-day dining and then dinner, continuing into the night with after-dinner drinks.
Malaysian street stall favourites are amongst the most popular starters and food court heroes dominate the mains.
Wash everything down with fresh juices, smoothies, traditional Malaysian lassies or something stronger – let the experienced bartenders surprise you.
A stylish hideaway in the heart of Seminyak, Lakshmi Villas is just 100 metres from the beach and a four minute stroll from Tiger Palm. Elegant design highlights contemporary tropical living, with private swimming pools encircled by neat walled gardens, atmospheric open-plan living areas and spacious bedrooms with courtyard bathrooms. Experienced and professional villa staff, including a manager, chef and villa attendants, are on hand to take care of every need. These four luxury one- and two-bedroom villas can be rented in combination to provide from one to seven bedrooms sleeping a total of 14 adults. www.lakshmivillas.com
Bali holidays present us with so many chances to indulge – outdoor recreation, luxurious spa treatments, dining at fancy restaurants. All are well worth satiating, considering the lower cost of things in Bali.
A surf lesson in Bali’s famous beach breaks with all the gear and instruction is about the same price as renting a boogie board in Hawaii and relishing in a Balinese massage is so delightful, you may find that you have one every day.
Food prices in Bali are an especially good value. A lovely breakfast set at a cutesy café asks $5 per person – a breakfast set with egg, toast and a European espresso drink, all for the same price as a bowl of granola elsewhere. Or get a $5 tropical granola. Special occasion? Gather your group for an in-villa dinner party or slip away (from your little ones in the safe hands of an affordable professional nanny) for delish east-meets-west-fusion fine dining.
Whatever you choose to do in Bali, however you spend your leisure time… when you spend a dollar in Bali, chances are you’ll get so much more than if you spend it at home.
Seminyak knows how to throw a sensational New Year’s Eve party.
From chic Petitenget to the sizzling centre of town, this corner of Bali will be overflowing with celebratory shindigs – from divine dining and all-night dancing for sassy singles, to festive feasts for gastronomes and fun events for families welcoming in 2016.
Kick the evening off at Seminyak beach, watching the sun sink below the horizon for the last time this year. A raft of vibrant venues are sprinkled along the sands here, delivering icy beers, sodas, superb fresh juices and classic cocktails as well as plenty of uber-chilled dining choices. Families can stay and play while party peeps head home to glam up for a swanky Seminyak club night.
Seminyak’s buzzing beach clubs, gorgeous restaurants and coolest bars will all be competing to smash the island’s best party. Will it be a lascivious masked ball, a shimmering rooftop extravaganza or a daylong poolside party that morphs into evening champagne glamour while pumping to the tunes of a world class DJ? Most of these affairs have a sky-high ticket price but include delicious dining and free-flow wine, champagne and beer. These are mind-altering events.
Leading the party pack are Cocoon Beach Club, W Hotel, Potato Head, Mosaic Beach Club, Double Six Rooftop and Ku De Ta, who bring to the island some of the hottest DJ’s on the globe. To take it down a notch or two, head over to Metis or a beachfront hotel like the Oberoi for a night of classy calm.
If you’re totally ambivalent to cutting-edge clubbing then opt for the cool bars and impressive restaurants that will mete out an unforgettable NYE experience, without an overlay of frenetic flotsam. Go utterly upscale at Sarong, uniquely local at Merah Putih or hang with the expats at Petitenget Café and Restaurant.
Once darkness descends, fireworks start fizzing all over town. There’s an impressive panorama of the pyrotechnics from the beach, and from many of Bali’s favourite family friendly restaurants like La Lucciola, Seminyak Italian Food and Chez Gado Gado.
Many Seminyak streets will be closed for the night so aim to remain within walking distance of your villa.
Looking for a little romantic adventure? Jump on the scooter and explore some of Bali’s hidden, picture-perfect beaches.
Green Bowl Beach
Finding this secret gem is not easy, but trust me, it will be worth the effort. After you’ve paid your IDR2,000 entrance fee, you’re in for a serious cardio workout heading down the concrete steps until you reach the beach. Result – your very own private stretch of sand with world-class surf.
It may no longer be quite so hidden, but its stretch of white sand and turquoise waters make Pandawa Beach one of the most beautiful on the island and definitely not as crowded as Seminyak or Kuta. We know a picture speaks a thousand words, so take a look for yourself.
This well-kept, exclusive private beach is a perfect place to spend a romantic day together enjoying the stunning views and soothing sounds of the Indian Ocean. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine is also served here. Entrance fee applies.
Bordered by two cliffs, the skirt of Balangan beach stretches for about 1km. This also means that there are great swells for surfers. An amazing mixture of white and black sands on some spots of the beach, the unique green and dark brown musty stone texture on the shore, and the pond-like hollow spaces filled with clear water (and sometimes with little fish), are among the features you can expect to find in this paradise.
Geger Beach is famous for it’s seaweed. It’s worth peeking in on one of the many seaweed farms nearby after frolicking about in the crystal clear waters.
Nyang Nyang Beach
Another gem requiring some physical activity to reach, but totally worth it. Follow the dirt track close to Uluwatu Temple and keep a lookout for a sign saying “Nyang Nyang Surfing Beach” before alighting the flight of 500 steps that finally open up to the beach. This beach has amazing photo spots.
Nothing beats the heat better than a dip in a cool pool. We splashed through our villa collection to find the best pools for you. Whether your preference is for plunge, infinity-edge, swim-up bars, jacuzzis on the side, a lagoon-style pool in a jungle setting or a lap pool in a traditional Balinese compound, there’s sure to be just the pool for you among our favourites.
Villa Asta – perfect for family fun and pool parties
This dramatic free-form swimming pool is right at the villa’s heart. There’s shallow tiers for wallowing and a deep section for taking dips from a diving platform. And next to the master bedroom pavilion, the 12-metre plunge pool is an extra bonus.
Villa Mana – tropical paradise
With stunning uninterrupted rice-field and Mount Agung views (best at sunset), this amazing 17-metre infinity pool – surrounded by fragrant frangipani trees, hanging gardens and swaying coconut trees – will leave you speechless.
Villa Batujimbar – traditional Bali style
With a grand ‘Bali style’ design pedigree and a celebrity houseguest list that includes monarchs and rock legends this is one of the most desirable estates in Bali. Top that with a stunning azure pool stretched out alongside the traditional Lembu Bale and you’ll have a Balinese dream come true.
The Layar Designer Villas & Spa – garden bliss with jacuzzi on the side
Picture yourself reclining on a sun lounger next to a freeform pool in a lush garden setting. Now add a cozy jacuzzi on the side and a glass of bubbly delivered by the butler and you have yourself a luxury retreat at its best.
Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa – picture perfect with ocean views
If you’re after a pool that’s not only cool and refreshing, but also makes an AMAZING backdrop for your holiday snaps, Sungai Tinggi’s 18-metre pool is perfect for you. Plus it has stunning ocean views. What else could you wish for? Come on down and show off that holiday bikini!