I've had a few emails asking for some recommendations on where to stay + dine in Bali, so I thought I'd share a 'favourites' list - which has been updated since our first visit. To be honest, the options are totally endless - so these are my top tips, but by no means the be and end all. The Luxe Guide to Bali is fabulous, as is the 'Little Luxe' version (with tips for travelling with kids). Little Bali Love is also a super handy go-to website if you are travelling with kids.
We stayed (for a second time) at the lovely Uma Sapna in Seminyak. Very spacious villas with private pools, comfortable interiors and gorgeous bathrooms (choose from one or two bedroom options). We also had three nights of luxury at Alila in Ubud. It's pretty fancy pants, and probably enjoyed the most without a spirited toddler in tow. I hear their posh sister hotel Alila Uluwatu is beyond amazing - bookmark that one for the (second?) honeymoon.
Eat + Play:
Travelling with Sunny, we based the majority of our holiday around one place - Seminyak...
We loved our lunch so much here, we came back for dinner. Enjoy a really delicious modern seafood meal while looking out at a very peaceful rice paddy. Check out more photos on their website, it really is beautiful.
Just go! The very cool fit out, the Milionario Margarita and the corn served in a cup will stay with you as a favourite holiday memory.
If you like a spicy curry, and a betel leaf laden with salmon and prawns, then this sultry but fancy restaurant is for you.
Another favourite, an Asian fusion restaurant with a delicious lunch menu featuring 'Asian Bites' with beautiful dumplings and pot stickers...with a very cool interior fit out.
A supersize hotel that we visited twice, purely for the amazing pool. Sunday and her toddler friend Kit loved it, and the adults enjoyed a couple of great breakfasts.
A newly opened cafe with a very cool floor and great chairs - serving good coffee and delicious juices.
An oldie but a goodie, a hip and happening giant of a bar that looks out at the beach - serving one of my favourite cocktails ever - the Kookaburra.
A bar/restaurant that is a short drive out of Seminyak, with the much-instagrammed mural by Lucas Grogan. Old Man's serves good pub-style food with very cold beer...all while looking out at a gorgeous surf beach, Batu Bolong.
Photos: 1. The candlelit entrance at Motel Mexicola 2. The Lucas Grogan mural at Old Man's 3. Drinks at Potato Head Beach Club 4. The cool interior of Sisterfields 5. Kit and her mum Rachel loving the pool at Alila, Ubud.
Ah! Take me back x