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You’re on holiday! Time to relax, rejuvenate and pamper yourself to pieces. Give your hands and feet a special treat at one of these top Seminyak nail parlours.
#1 SPRING SPA
Everything at Spring Spa is chilled. White-pitched ceilings, a DJ spinning tunes from his second-level booth, super-comfy reclining chairs and a hip New York vibe. This is the go-to venue for sensational shellac.
Spring Spa is the tropical child of New Zealand mother business by the same name – and boasts the same great menu and high service standard.
Try the hot milk and almond pedicure, where your silky just-buffed feet are soaked in hot whole milk before being rubbed with mega-moistening almond oil. This hour-long treatment is so lushly gentle that it sends guests to cloud nine, so don’t be surprised if you doze off while being stroked, massaged and painted with shellac that lasts very well in the humid heat of Bali.
If time is short, drop in for a 15-minute file + paint for Rp75,000, or even just a clip + buff for Rp50,000 – very popular with the gents.
Seminyak has two Spring Spas – one in Seminyak Village and another opposite the W Retreat on Petitenget. One more coming to Canggu, Bali is in the planning stages.
#2 AMO SPA
Amo Spa in Petitenget, the brainchild of native New York supermodel/actress Navia Nguyen, never fails when it comes to consistency and quality.
Magazine racks spill over with the latest issues of Gourmet Traveller and Vogue straight from Australia, so be sure to grab a few to browse from your comfy chair. You can also charge up your phone while you’re there, but leave some room on the armrest for a tropical cocktail or a hot coffee and cookie from the cute mini café.
Then just sit back and slip your feet into a warm-water soak (dressed up with a sprinkling of pretty petals). Completely zen out while the nail experts create masterpieces on your fingers and toes, and get an amazing shoulder massage while your nails are drying.
There’s also AMO Express on Jalan Basangkasa and a mobile service if you’d prefer some in-villa pampering.
#3 THINK PINK NAILS
This is the only nail salon in Bali that has ALL 72 shades of GelColor by OPI.
Location, location, location. If you’re after a luxury villa, which is just a short stroll from the golden beaches of Legian and Kuta and a stone’s throw from the gorgeous boutiques and world-class restaurants of Seminyak Square, Laksmana Estate is hard to beat. With villas ranging in size from one to five bedrooms, each featuring a private swimming pool and with its own manager and skilled chef, Laksmana Estate puts everything at your fingertips.
From the cast bronze ‘mudra’ hands adorning the entrance door to the colourful batik cushions piled up on the poolside bale, Villa Adasa delivers a mega-dose of style, right down to the smallest detail. Gather in the huge living pavilion for a convivial meal prepared by the accomplished villa chef; retire to the double bale for a massage after a dip in the 14-metre green-stone-tiled pool; retreat to the upper deck for some sunbathing or yoga or enjoy sunset cocktails on the second level master bedroom terrace.
Villa Shinta Dewi
This opulently furnished glamorous villa is a thoroughly grown-up fully-staffed villa, where you can relax by the pool, retire to the shade of the dining room for a leisurely lunch (prepared by the villa’s excellent chef – with a fixed price menu to make the choice easier), work out in the gym, enjoy sunset cocktails on the terrace, pop across the road to La Lucciola for dinner – and, with 24-hour butler service, still be pampered when you return to the villa in the early hours. It doesn’t get better than that!
This paean to laid-back tropical living was created by Bali-based Dutch architect Joost Van Grieken as a stunning holiday retreat for its sociable, style-conscious owner. Think spacious vaulted living pavilion, multiple dining areas, glamorous bedrooms, Philippe Starck bathrooms, and gorgeous statue-graced garden with 17-metre pool, antique balé, ornamental ponds and rooftop terrace. Add an air-conditioned gym, temperature-controlled wine room, dedicated music control room with centralised iPad-controlled Bose sound system, home office with iMac, Apple TVs, and iPods in every room and a super talented chef to whip up yummy meals for you. This could not get any better!
Designed by acclaimed Balinese architect Putu Edi Semara Villa Batavia’s colonial architecture is evident in the whitewashed exteriors,
Wining and dining in Bali has never been more exciting, and if you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas on this Island of the Gods, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to brunch and dinner celebrations: from traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings, to seafood spectaculars, sushi platters, barbecue buffets and foie gras to die for, there’s treats for every taste bud. The only likely problem is narrowing down the options. So, to help you, here are our top tips for fabulous festive feasts on the 25th December.
W RETREAT & SPA BALI – SEMINYAK
Super Christmas Brunch at FIRE
FIRE brings together the best dishes from east and west. Asian delights complemented with salads, soups, chilled seafood, prime meat and mouth-watering desserts. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30pm. IDR 900,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.
Christmas Brunch at STARFISH BLOO
It’s not just the views that will keep you here. There are endless options of sushi & oysters; dim sum, BBQ lobster, salmon and carvings of ham or turkey with all the accompaniments and then some. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30. IDR 1,000,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.
Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
Tel +62 361 3000106
MÉTIS – SEMINYAK
MÉTIS is offering a divine Christmas selection to complement their a la carte menu. Highlights include Sturia caviar, rabbit, hazelnut terrine, foie gras, cannelloni, roast turkey from the US, roast duck roulade, honey ginger glazed pork knuckle and sweets such as chestnut crème brulé. Have we got you drooling yet? Book now to avoid the disappointment. Check the website for the latest pricing.
Jalan Petitenget no. 6, Seminyak
Tel +62 361 4737888
MOZAIC – UBUD
Staying in Ubud? Treat yourself and book a table at the famous Mozaic Restaurant. Priced at IDR 1,350,000++ the dinner menu highlights include Canadian lobster tail with Balinese lemon-basil and Jerusalem artichokes, Atlantic cod with winter black truffle, duo of chilled and seared foie gras with pomelo and kaffir lime and much more. You can also add a wine pairing option at IDR 880,000++.
Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
Tel +62 361 975768
KU DE TA – SEMINYAK
Carols by the Sea,
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.