Wow, I’ve just come home from the holiday of a lifetime!  My family travelled to Bali to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday.  We had a ball, it was the wet season which did bring some rain but didn’t interfere with our holiday.  Visiting during late January was perfect as it wasn’t crowded (20-30th).

We stayed in Seminyak, the upmarket area of Bali at The Royal Beach Hotel. The resorts and restaurants including The Royal Beach are fabulous, the hospitality skills of a very high standard with smiling friendly staff.  The food was delicious and cheap in most places depending on where you go and what you’re looking for.

The taxi’s are also super cheap.  The footpaths are virtually non existent and quite dangerous with huge potholes and rubble everywhere, so catching a taxi is attractive and a great way to get out of the heat quickly and back to your hotel pool.

The shopping is wonderful.  I bought lovely summer dresses from the markets for about AUD$10 each and fabric, jewellery and a painting I just love with flowers and the sea that makes me smile when I look at it.  It takes me back to that happy holiday place now that I’m home.

As Australians going to a tropical Island there were precautions we had to take so we didn’t get sick, (not having any ice, cut fruit, salad, only drinking bottled water, we were also advised to stay away from seafood) but inevitably Nick and I did get sick on different days.  Luckily it only lasted 24 hours so didn’t spoil the holiday.  I was blown away when the hotel heard I was sick and sent dry toast to the room in a basket with tea..lovely sentiment and indicative of the service we received there.

I’ll be doing separate posts on some places we ate at such as Sea Circus and Potato Head as they were among our favourites and deserve their own post.  I hope you enjoy some of my photos from the trip.  I have also put together my top places to visit whilst in Bali.

Swimming Pool at The Royal Beach Seminyak

William at hotel reception.
Nick’s birthday dinner at Chez Gado Gado.
The Royal Beach Seminyak.
Visiting a Hindu Temple.
An elephant safari sanctuary and lunch in their restaurant.
Blue Point Cottage, Uluwatu.
My list of places to go in Bali

Royal Beach Seminyak
Beautiful resort, great service and friendly staff that were very attentive to guests.  Staff were quick to respond to queries, organise day trips and taxi’s  Set amongst 4.5 hectares of tropical gardens with two swimming pools. One opposite the beach and a more private one set back from the beach where adults looking for quieter reading time and swimming frequented.

Sea Circus
Tasty dishes such as crispy calamari with ginger soy, grilled chicken tacos and salads.  Great for breakfast, they serve fantastic five senses coffee.  Will post about Sea Circus in a future post soon.

Woreng Bonita (great local food)
Great cheap local food with a beautiful candle lit atmosphere.  We had Nasi Goreng, Chicken and Beef Satays and Samosas washed down with a few drinks.  The Nasi Goreng was a standout.

Seminyak Square Deli – Casa Gourmet
Go to Seminayak square for good coffee and a great gourmet deli. The deli has lots of French and European products which are great to buy ( bread, cheeses, pate etc) and take back to your Hotel and eat next to the pool without pushing your hotel bill up!

Anantara – 4th Floor Rooftop Bar
Will take your breath away as you exit the lift at the fourth floor for sunset cocktails.
Amazing view of the beach and oversized day beds for you to relax on while you sip your drink and enjoy the view.

Chez Gado Gado
Directly across the road from Anantara, this is the place to dine after sunset cocktails.  Right on Double Six Beach, it’s casual fine dining with local and western dishes in a beautiful atmosphere.

Blue Point
Hire a driver from the street and in an hour from Seminyak you’ll be at Blue Point Cottages in Uluwatu.  Indulge in their Swim and Fun Package where you can swim in their Infinity Pool all day for around AUS$20 plus taxes per person also includes a towel and lunch by the pool or in their restaurant with sea views.  Don’t forget to take the steps down to the beach to check out the small clifftop bars and restaurants and the caves opening up to a surf beach.

Bulan Bali Shop and Studio Painting
Flick through the many paintings in the shop, they will take the canvas off the frame, roll it up and package it for your trip home.  Don’t forget to bargain.

Casa Padma
After you buy your painting, pop over the road to the Cafe at Casa Padma where they serve delicious iced coffee.  I ordered a Cappuccino Iced Coffee!

Kuta Markets
In Kuta there is an open air market where you can get all the cheap stuff..handbags, sarongs, jewellery, t-shirts.

Ramayana Resort and Spa
When you’re exhausted from all that shopping at the Kuta Market pop over the road to Ramayana.  Wander up the stairs and sit on the balcony where they have comfy balinese couches.  You can indulge in high tea for about AUD$8 consisting of  tea, coffee, apple juice, spring rolls, samosas and assorted cakes.

Potato Head
This is one you should not miss!!!  The coolest Beach Club on the planet..truly, book in for lunch or dinner and afterwards enjoy a swim and drinks in the bar area and groove to the music by the DJ.  This one warrants it’s own post which will be coming soon.

Ku De Ta
Located on the beachfront in Seminyak, fine dining any time of the day or night.  Cutting edge design and international performers make this a very funky place to visit indeed.  We went there for sunset cocktails as it was quite expensive for dinner and afterwards walked up the beach to La Lucciola for dinner.

La Lucciola
We entered the restaurant by the beach but left walking over a little wooden bridge to our taxi.  It is beautifully romantic at night with the ocean breeze and candles.  The food is really good.  Dinner at ‘La Luch’ was a perfect way to end our holiday in Bali.  A must visit.

They don’t have a website but their address is Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali (0361) 730838.
Catherine x


  1. Lauren

    I absolutely loved following along on your trip on Instagram, and this is a wonderful recap. I would just love to go to Bali. It feels very, very far away to me, but maybe someday. Seems the prefect trip for a wonderful celebration. What an amazing time you had! I can't wait to read more!

  2. Missy Piggy

    Ooooh, your hotel looks FAB. We were in Seminyak last July for my husbands b-day…loved it. Looking forward to your review of Potato Head…we liked it, but didn't love it (it's on my blog if you're interested). I kept expecting Kim Khardashian to walk by.

  3. mel

    Oh that holiday looks amazing. I love Bali, the people are so beautiful and it has a real particular feeling. Happy birthday to Nick and so glad you had a wonderful time. P.S. love that dress of you standing in the door way!

  4. tina @ colourliving

    I have LOVED following this trip on Instagram, not only because of the beauty of the places but also because I knew you were truly happy!!!

    The perfect way to celebrate your 50th..I'm sure N loved every bit of it, every surprise, every present (btw, how did he like the C?)

    Your photographs are gorgeous. Thank you for the visual feast (while it's winter here).

  5. Di

    Looks amazing Catherine! I was in Bali for my honeymoon about 12 years ago. We stayed in Seminyak too, but cannt remenber the name of the hotel. I love the people there…love to go back but I think we are going to Tahiland again. Would love to do all of Asia!

  6. Amanda

    What lovely photo's – it looks like you had a wonderful time. I've been to Bali, but many years ago. I think I almost had the husband talked into it a few weeks back, but in the end we went to Melbourne instead. No comparison really. 😐

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