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Editor’s Pick: Tiger Palm, Seminyak

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Tiger Palm Seminyak

Will Meyrick’s outstanding Balinese portfolio of dining establishments such as Sarong, Mama San and Ubud’s Hujan Locale are always bustling with expat residents and visitors alike, signaling this Scottish chef’s tremendous popularity. His latest addition, Tiger Palm, has just opened its doors in the brand new Seminyak Village shopping mall. The eclectic décor of Tiger Palm transports you to the ‘Palm Court’ of the famous Eastern and Orient Hotel in Penang, Malaysia, presenting a mixture of tropical mid-century modernism and vintage Malay and Tiki-pop, creating a lovely colonial charm.

The menu presents the historic influences of Nyonya, Thai and Peranakan Jawi cuisines, of the Chinese traders and self-starting businessmen from Southern India. You can see that in the richness of the cultures from the dishes, such as the famous Nasi Kandar. Open from early morning, serving Kopitiam-style breakfast with dim sum, such as chee cheong fun, chicken balls rice, coddled eggs, nasi lemak, apam with fish curry, char kuay teow, nyonya laksa, wan tan mee and Penang hokien mee followed by all-day dining and then dinner, continuing into the night with after-dinner drinks.

Malaysian street stall favourites are amongst the most popular starters and food court heroes dominate the mains.

Wash everything down with fresh juices, smoothies, traditional Malaysian lassies or something stronger – let the experienced bartenders surprise you.

Tiger Palm, The Village [Seminyak’s newest global shopping and dining destination].
Tel +62 361 4737809.
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Seminyak pool villa
A stylish hideaway in the heart of Seminyak, Lakshmi Villas is just 100 metres from the beach and a four minute stroll from Tiger Palm. Elegant design highlights contemporary tropical living, with private swimming pools encircled by neat walled gardens, atmospheric open-plan living areas and spacious bedrooms with courtyard bathrooms. Experienced and professional villa staff, including a manager, chef and villa attendants, are on hand to take care of every need. These four luxury one- and two-bedroom villas can be rented in combination to provide from one to seven bedrooms sleeping a total of 14 adults. www.lakshmivillas.com

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Romantic Hideaway: 7 Hidden Beaches in Bali

in Recreation by

Looking for a little romantic adventure? Jump on the scooter and explore some of Bali’s hidden, picture-perfect beaches.

Green Bowl Beach

Finding this secret gem is not easy, but trust me, it will be worth the effort. After you’ve paid your IDR2,000 entrance fee, you’re in for a serious cardio workout heading down the concrete steps until you reach the beach. Result – your very own private stretch of sand with world-class surf.

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How to get there.

Pandawa Beach

It may no longer be quite so hidden, but its stretch of white sand and turquoise waters make Pandawa Beach one of the most beautiful on the island and definitely not as crowded as Seminyak or Kuta. We know a picture speaks a thousand words, so take a look for yourself.

Pantai Pandawa, Bali 2013--14

How to get there.

Karma Beach

This well-kept, exclusive private beach is a perfect place to spend a romantic day together enjoying the stunning views and soothing sounds of the Indian Ocean. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine is also served here. Entrance fee applies.

photo by Karma Resort

How to get there.

Balangan Beach

Bordered by two cliffs, the skirt of Balangan beach stretches for about 1km. This also means that there are great swells for surfers. An amazing mixture of white and black sands on some spots of the beach, the unique green and dark brown musty stone texture on the shore, and the pond-like hollow spaces filled with clear water (and sometimes with little fish), are among the features you can expect to find in this paradise.

photo by Balangan Seaview Bungalow

How to get there.

Geger Beach

Geger Beach is famous for it’s seaweed. It’s worth peeking in on one of the many seaweed farms nearby after frolicking about in the crystal clear waters.

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How to get there.

Nyang Nyang Beach

Another gem requiring some physical activity to reach, but totally worth it. Follow the dirt track close to Uluwatu Temple and keep a lookout for a sign saying “Nyang Nyang Surfing Beach” before alighting the flight of 500 steps that finally open up to the beach. This beach has amazing photo spots.

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Beat the heat: best pool villas in Bali

in Destinations by

Nothing beats the heat better than a dip in a cool pool. We splashed through our villa collection to find the best pools for you. Whether your preference is for plunge, infinity-edge, swim-up bars, jacuzzis on the side, a lagoon-style pool in a jungle setting or a lap pool in a traditional Balinese compound, there’s sure to be just the pool for you among our favourites.

Villa Asta – perfect for family fun and pool parties

This dramatic free-form swimming pool is right at the villa’s heart. There’s shallow tiers for wallowing and a deep section for taking dips from a diving platform. And next to the master bedroom pavilion, the 12-metre plunge pool is an extra bonus.

1. Villa Asta - The pool

Villa website.

Villa Mana – tropical paradise

With stunning uninterrupted rice-field and Mount Agung views (best at sunset), this amazing 17-metre infinity pool – surrounded by fragrant frangipani trees, hanging gardens and swaying coconut trees – will leave you speechless.

Mana-View-from-rooftop-lounging-area

Villa website.

Villa Batujimbar – traditional Bali style

With a grand ‘Bali style’ design pedigree and a celebrity houseguest list that includes monarchs and rock legends this is one of the most desirable estates in Bali. Top that with a stunning azure pool stretched out alongside the traditional Lembu Bale and you’ll have a Balinese dream come true.

Batujimbar

Villa website.

The Layar Designer Villas & Spa – garden bliss with jacuzzi on the side

Picture yourself reclining on a sun lounger next to a freeform pool in a lush garden setting. Now add a cozy jacuzzi on the side and a glass of bubbly delivered by the butler and you have yourself a luxury retreat at its best.

The Layar

Villa website.

Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa – picture perfect with ocean views

If you’re after a pool that’s not only cool and refreshing, but also makes an AMAZING backdrop for your holiday snaps, Sungai Tinggi’s 18-metre pool is perfect for you. Plus it has stunning ocean views. What else could you wish for? Come on down and show off that holiday bikini!

Sungai Tinggi

Villa website.

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Editor’s Pick: Sea Circus, Seminyak

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We are in love with this whimsical establishment on Jalan Kayu Aya, with its unique facade made from coloured glass louvers. The interior is no less enticing: a turquoise timber bar lined with high white stools and washed wood tables dotted with mason jars sprouting fresh wildflowers and matched with colorful metal chairs. At night tiny twinkle lights are lit to create a cozy place perfect for a catch up with friends or a romantic date.

Food is healthy yet hearty. For breakfast, choose eggs your way; add favourite sides and complement with fresh fruit juice, or opt for super-food quinoa & chia seed coconut milk porridge with grilled banana, pistachios and goji berries. Sea Circus coffee brings not only a good dose of caffeine but also daily motivation. An inspiring quote printed on a cute piece of paper, a fragrant frangipani flower and a cookie accompanies every Kintamani Arabica coffee served here.

Lunch and dinner menus are spiced with favourites including snapper ceviche, marinated pork tacos, beetroot and orange salad with feta and toasted hazelnuts washed down with tantalizing margaritas, signature Bloody Mary’s or tropical cocktails ready to be shared from glass milk jars.

If you are on the go, grab take-away coffee and incredible gelato.

Sea Circus is busy all day long. While they don’t take reservations for breakfast and lunch, dinner bookings can be made at +62 361 738 667.

SEA CIRCUS ADDRESS:

22 Jalan Kayu Aya [Oberoi Rd], Seminyak, Bali.

OPENING HOURS:

Breakfast & Lunch: 7 days, 8am – 4pm.

Dinner: 7 days, 4pm – 10.30pm. Cocktails: Anytime till 1am.

Check out stunning Bali Villas in Seminyak.

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Bali Wedding: Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa in Canggu

in Weddings by

Have you ever looked enviously at someone else’s wedding photos and thought “What a blast – wish I could have been there”? That’s how we felt about Danni and Jon’s wedding.

We know a picture speaks a thousand words, so take a look for yourself.

Thank you, Danni and Jon, for sharing your wedding pictures with us. Photos by Julian Wainwright.

Held at Villa Sungai Tinggi in Bali’s increasingly popular Canggu district, the soft white wedding hues stood out perfectly against the backdrop of rolling green lawns dotted with fragrant frangipanis and swaying coconut palms hugging the landscape’s natural contours. The beautiful sunset ceremony was followed by an intimate dinner under fairy light canvas and a party to remember. And we won’t be forgetting the bride’s dramatic, glamorous dress anytime soon.

More info about the venue can be found HERE.

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