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Seminyak Sizzles on New Year’s Eve

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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.

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Romantic Hideaway: 7 Hidden Beaches in Bali

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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.

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How to get there.

Pandawa Beach

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.

Pantai Pandawa, Bali 2013--14

How to get there.

Karma Beach

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.

photo by Karma Resort

How to get there.

Balangan Beach

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.

photo by Balangan Seaview Bungalow

How to get there.

Geger Beach

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.

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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.

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Beat the heat: best pool villas in Bali

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Layar

Villa website.

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!

Sungai Tinggi

Villa website.

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Editor’s Pick: Sea Circus, Seminyak

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We are in love with this whimsical establishment on Jalan Kayu Aya, with its unique facade made from coloured glass louvers. The interior is no less enticing: a turquoise timber bar lined with high white stools and washed wood tables dotted with mason jars sprouting fresh wildflowers and matched with colorful metal chairs. At night tiny twinkle lights are lit to create a cozy place perfect for a catch up with friends or a romantic date.

Food is healthy yet hearty. For breakfast, choose eggs your way; add favourite sides and complement with fresh fruit juice, or opt for super-food quinoa & chia seed coconut milk porridge with grilled banana, pistachios and goji berries. Sea Circus coffee brings not only a good dose of caffeine but also daily motivation. An inspiring quote printed on a cute piece of paper, a fragrant frangipani flower and a cookie accompanies every Kintamani Arabica coffee served here.

Lunch and dinner menus are spiced with favourites including snapper ceviche, marinated pork tacos, beetroot and orange salad with feta and toasted hazelnuts washed down with tantalizing margaritas, signature Bloody Mary’s or tropical cocktails ready to be shared from glass milk jars.

If you are on the go, grab take-away coffee and incredible gelato.

Sea Circus is busy all day long. While they don’t take reservations for breakfast and lunch, dinner bookings can be made at +62 361 738 667.

SEA CIRCUS ADDRESS:

22 Jalan Kayu Aya [Oberoi Rd], Seminyak, Bali.

OPENING HOURS:

Breakfast & Lunch: 7 days, 8am – 4pm.

Dinner: 7 days, 4pm – 10.30pm. Cocktails: Anytime till 1am.

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Bali Wedding: Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa in Canggu

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Have you ever looked enviously at someone else’s wedding photos and thought “What a blast – wish I could have been there”? That’s how we felt about Danni and Jon’s wedding.

We know a picture speaks a thousand words, so take a look for yourself.

Thank you, Danni and Jon, for sharing your wedding pictures with us. Photos by Julian Wainwright.

Held at Villa Sungai Tinggi in Bali’s increasingly popular Canggu district, the soft white wedding hues stood out perfectly against the backdrop of rolling green lawns dotted with fragrant frangipanis and swaying coconut palms hugging the landscape’s natural contours. The beautiful sunset ceremony was followed by an intimate dinner under fairy light canvas and a party to remember. And we won’t be forgetting the bride’s dramatic, glamorous dress anytime soon.

More info about the venue can be found HERE.

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