This is the last instalment of my Indonesian adventure. I’ve loved sharing what we got up to on our trip because it brings it all back and I get to re-live it again. Indonesia is a seriously amazing country and I hope I get to have another adventure there very soon!
We spent the last four days of our Honeymoon relaxing in Seminyak, which is on the south coast of Bali. It’s quite a plush area of the island with great restaurants, bars and shopping. This is exactly why we chose it. After two weeks of travel over three islands we needed some time to chill and indulge before heading back to London.
WHERE TO STAY
We decided to stay in a hotel rather than a villa because we like to see whats going on, I think when there’s two of you a villa can begin to feel a little isolated. And well, we love a cocktail at the bar by the pool!
We stayed at The Seminyak, Beach Resort & Spa. The hotel is positioned on the beach with a stunning infinity pool and neighbours The Oberoi, Ku De Ta and a number of great restaurants. It really is in the perfect location for Seminyak.
A ten minute walk into the centre of Seminyak and you are surrounded by more places to eat and drink and some great boutique clothes and homeware shops. Walking along the beach you can reach Ku De Ta, La Lucciola and Potato Head Beach Club.
The gardens in the hotel are beautiful, with day beds dotted around for you to relax in. There is the choice of two pools, the stunning infinity pool on the beach and another with a pool bar to serve up ice cold drinks. You can take a yoga class over looking the ocean and their breakfasts were out of this world. We had at least three courses, every morning. They offered options for from all different cuisines and so much fresh fruit. Though I think if we’d been there more than four days I would have rolled home. There is also a very good spa on site offering a range of treatments – if you stay here go check it out.
Just one thing to note – do not book a room in the Garden Wing. It is a block of 30 rooms across the street. That is why they look so cheap. There is a pool over there but you are away from the main hotel. So for the beach and breakfast etc you have to walk across the street. Not always that clear when booking. But the beach side is the best side!
WHERE TO EAT
Grocer & Grind
This is a laid back place to enjoy a coffee or juice and some great food. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We came here for lunch twice. The menu is quite big so there is something for everyone. It serves quite western food with some Asian influences thrown in. Both times I had the chicken sandwich because it was that good. It is served with avocado and lime mayo and tastes so fresh. The tuna nicoise is also very good – the tuna steak is served whole on top of the salad and cooked perfectly.
You have to go in here just for the interior and furniture! It’s all beautifully crafted solid wood. I could’t get over how incredible it was. Also, the food here is good. There is a choice of four different menus here: Western, Indonesian and Asian, Moroccan and Tapas. We had lunch here and chose a selection from the Moroccan and Tapas which worked well. I can imagine there is a great atmosphere in the evening too.
We only discovered this restaurant on our last day – I wish we had found it sooner! The food here is very well executed and a mix between south-east asian and Italian dishes. This mix is common in Bali, but here is it done so well. We only ordered a light lunch of a quinoa and feta salad, calamari and a sirloin steak with caramelised onions and french fries. The steak was cooked well and fries to die for. The salad so fresh and went nicely on the side of the steak. The calamari so light and delicious. Paired with a glass of prosecco, we toasted to the end of the most incredible holiday.
We actually discovered La Lucciola whilst trying to find Potato Head! It was our first night in Seminyak and we walked the wrong way. Starting to get a little hangry we were about to just head back when we saw this open structure on the beach with fairy lights, music and on closer inspection a restaurant full to the brim. Never a bad sign, so we wandered over and looked at the Italian menu with a number of fusion dishes and were sold. There is a seated bar area to the side so we could enjoy a rather delightful cocktail whilst we waited for a table. I am so glad we stumbled across this place – in fact, we loved it so much we ate here on our last night! The lamb ragu was exceptionally good, and the pappardelle cooked to perfection. We could have eaten everything off the menu – it all sounded delicious. It’s a lovely romantic spot.
Potato Head Beach Club
So, we had planned on heading here on our first night but got lost… so the next day after our three course breakfast and a snooze by the pool we decided to head off along the beach in search for cocktails. As if by clockwork, the heavens opened mid afternoon and we stupidly had timed our walk very badly. We ran up to the entrance of the Beach Club and security said there was no space. Being a 15 minute walk back down the beach to our hotel and feeling like we were actually drowning in the rain I pleaded. Eventually he let us in, thank you security man! Half of Potato Head is under cover, but the other half is open to the elements. We managed to grab a table just under the roof but looking out over the garden and pool so it was perfect for people watching! If you want a day bed you need to book here. Potato Head has such a cool Ibiza vibe about it, we loved it. We had some fabulous cocktails, chilled in the pool, partied in the pool and finished off with a bloody good burger. There is also a restaurant which serves a different menu I think. Come here for great cocktails, people watching and extremely good gastropub style food.
Ku De Ta
This was literally next door to our hotel so perfect for a night-cap before heading to bed. The cocktails here are also good and there are often great DJs and parties going on. We also enjoyed an afternoon here too, it felt very chilled in the day and a great place to catch the sunset. We didn’t actually eat here because we ran out of meal opportunities, but it looks very good and would be a great option for dinner.
After 4 wonderfully relaxing and gluttonous days we were on our 12 hour flight back to London. We had two of the most amazing weeks, and we know we only just touched the surface of what Indonesia has to offer. The country in mind-blowingly beautiful. It is an incredible country with something for everyone and the kindest people. We can’t wait to return one day. Good bye Indonesia, see you again soon.