Sunday, 26 June 2016


Good morning Bali. Our view from the bedroom balconies

We woke up to stormy clouds, apparently unseasonable. Little did we know that this pattern would continue. The upside was that it kept temperatures cool with lovely sea breezes. I've included some more photos of the villa taken at various points of our stay.

As we lazily got dressed, our complimentary continental breakfast was prepared freshly for us by the villa staff with a great assortment of pastries, jams and tropical fruit. I loved not having to get up to make myself a cup of tea. Breakfast was a relatively short affair for the children. We couldn't hold kids back any longer from the enticing pool and they jumped in for a post breakfast swim.

The garden entry of the villa

The living and dining area

The media room

One of the 4 King bedrooms

The outdoor bath (there was an indoor shower)

The inclinator to take us down to the Cabana and beach access

The Cabana has an extra ocean facing bedroom

Also houses an air-conditioned gym which can double up as a massage room

Complimentary continental breakfast with selection of tropical fruits

Breakfast is ready!

Jonah loved the binoculars to look out to the ocean

Elliot has found his favourite reading spot

This view from the living area did not deter the children...

In they went!

With their swim out of they system, we were introduced to Made, our driver and our minivan. This service (for 8 hours per day) was also complimentary as part of our stay. We did have to pay for petrol which was cheap by Sydney standards.The first order of the day was a haircut for the 2 boys.
Made brought us to a hairdresser who took his job very seriously. He carefully cut each boys hair with scissors rather than clippers and so the cuts took much longer than expected!

A visit to the money changer gave us the cash needed for our trip to Potato Head Beach Club. As we arrived the heavens opened up and it poured. The beach unfortunately hadn't recovered from the recent King Tides. Much of the sand had been washed away and the beach was not a pretty sight! The food, mostly Western with a slight Asian twist, was still highly enjoyable and the ambient relaxing despite the rain. Mocktails were only AUD$3-5 and desserts that would cost around $10-15 in Sydney only came in at around $6 each! We let loose and ATE.

With a break in the weather, we took the opportunity and shopped around Seminyak before making our way back to the villa to relax. We also had a few important things sorted:

  • Vital supplies - 40 cents for unfridged 330ml can of Coke!
  • Game of thrones confirmed to be on cable in the villa. We didn't want to miss the season finale...

We're set...

We dined as a family at the villa before Mal and children went fishing with a local fisherman organised by the villa stuff. In the meantime, I had a 1.5 hour in-villa massage for a total of $45. Life couldn't be better. If I really wanted to save I could have travelled to the spa with the driver and it would have only cost $30...

Very pleased with his new haircut!

The distinctive and colourful shutters of Potato Head Beach Club, our lunch venue

With drinks so cheap. Drink up! 

Soft shell crab sliders


One of the tastiest salt and pepper squid ever!

Sugar cane margarita

A study of coconut

Dragonfruit sorbet

Churros ice cream sandwich!

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