Blissful Bali June 2011
Ozdane and I returned from a long weekend of relaxation in Bali on Sunday night. Since I already shared a bit about why Bali is so special to us in my last post I’ll just stick to the highlights of this most recent trip. This was less of a cultural experience trip and more of one of our relaxing Bali weekends filled with beach, sunsets, exquisite food, cocktails and massages. Oh bliss!
The airport experience. This pictures says it all:
Where we called home for 4 nights:
We stayed at The Legian Resort, Seminyak which is just beautiful! If you feel like spoiling yourself with an amazing experience while in Seminyak I’d suggest staying here. It is truly a five star resort experience situated right on the beach and yet still not far from the restaurants and shops. The service is absolutely outstanding and it is one of the more beautiful resorts I have seen in this area of Bali.
Our first dinner out was at Chandi which is located right in the heart of Seminyak. I had been once before with a girlfriend in February and was impressed so I wanted Ozdane to experience it as well. The second time around I enjoyed it as much as the first and Ozdane did too. Much of their food is organic from Bedugal Farmers and their meats are imported from Australia and New Zealand. Their tag line, “A Gastronomic Twist on Pan Asian Cuisine.” Ozdane had the flavorful Beef Grilled Short ribs which I enjoyed last time and I chose the Seared Scallops. Both were delicious! The restaurant has a bit of a swanky feel to it with indoor and outdoor dining choices. If you want something quieter be sure to request the back courtyard or inside. If you are looking for a bit more of a lively dining experience go with the front terrace where there are only a few tables but you are entertained with the busy street noise and people-watching. One of the best things about Bali is for the most part you don’t have to dress up to go out to dinner, even to what are considered the nicer restaurants. It is quite a mixed bag of attire in the restaurants given all the tourists in the area. I highly recommend Chandi.
Saturday night we went to Sarong in Seminyak. This is somewhere I have been wanting to go to for months now as I kept hearing how great it was. I made the booking before we even arrived in Bali online so we were all set. It didn’t disappoint. The ambiance, interior design, outside area, the bar, all of it was gorgeous. We sat inside which was quite a large dining area but the furniture looked more like furniture you’d find in a stylish yet comfortable living room. It was very unique and totally worked for this restaurant. It had a hip feel to it also, especially around the bar and outside area. You definitely could do before and/or after dinner drinks here too. Great cocktail menu by the way! Much on the menu is Indian cuisine but it has a twist to it so it isn’t too typical. The flavors of the food were amazing! Ozdane had a curry dish and I went for the black bean crusted Barramundi, yum! Service was superb, food delicious and I loved the ambiance! I highly recommend Sarong in Seminyak as well.
Great spot to watch the sunset while sipping on a cocktail:
Ku de ta – Ozdane and I hit up this one almost every trip. Beachfront, lounge atmosphere, good chill tunes, yummy nibbles and enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Grilled pineapple and black pepper martini – recommended by some nice Kiwis we met at Ku de ta.
Wasabitini – bartender had no clue what this was but he gave it a shot! If you love wasabi, try one! I’ll have to try the “real deal” with RockStarMomLV Vegas style!
Mojitos – one of my all-time fave, more refreshing drinks.
Very busy days at the beach:
Beautiful Bali sunsets:
Sigh!! Can we go back now please?