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Sri Lanka’s south coast is home to some of the island’s best restaurants outside of Colombo. Galle is Sri Lanka’s premier tourist town and it is no surprise that this increasingly cosmopolitan hub attracts the most diverse range of eateries. The streets of Galle Fort are lined with restaurants and hole-in-the-wall cafés, and the beautifully renovated Galle Dutch Hospital, a precinct of restaurants and boutiques, is the fort’s newest dining venue. From Galle to Tangalle, here are 6 of the best south coast restaurants in Sri Lanka:
The Tuna & The Crab
This outlet in the Galle Dutch Hospital follows in the footsteps of its popular sister-restaurants Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi in Colombo. This is the place to try succulent export quality Sri Lankan crab doused in beautiful sauces (we love the garlic and chilli), served with local kade paan (bread) and (optional) sticky garlic rice, or the delicately flavoured crab linguine. Also on the menu are steaks and a selection of fresh sushi and sashimi. Bring your own alcohol.
Address: Galle Dutch Hospital, Hospital Street, Galle Fort
A striking coral and lime wall, showcasing the centuries-old heritage of the beautifully restored building in which it stands, backs this open-fronted restaurant in Galle Fort. This is a popular place for a rest stop whilst touring Galle Fort, and the eclectic menu includes Singapore style burgers, table barbeques and sesame crusted tuna salad as well as coffee, beer and juices. Tables spill from the fan-cooled interior onto a convivial courtyard edged by banana plants.
Address: Church Cross Street, Galle Fort
Wijaya Beach Restaurant
This casual beach restaurant on Dalawella’s idyllic beach, 8km east of Galle, is a hot favourite amongst the region’s expats. Families and groups of friends converge here to dine on very reasonably priced seafood, pasta, salads, curries and excellent wood-fired pizzas, all served up in an open-sided pavillion with dashing views of the Indian Ocean. The sandy beach here is kid-friendly and the lagoon-like sea a reliable place for a swim. Sunsets from here are spectacular.
Address: Matara Road, Dalawella
Talpe Beach Club
Talpe Beach Club is another favourite with expat families thanks to its swimming pool, open-plan restaurant and varied menu of international dishes.
Bali is home to creative designers from all around the world. Strolling down the streets of Seminyak and Canggu you will notice cute shop fronts filled with unique pieces of art, clothing and homeware. So why not take a break from soaking in the pool at your luxury villa, to check out these 5 awesome designer shops in Bali?
Bali Boat Shed
Bali Boat Shed stocks everything from men’s and women’s resort wear to high-fashion apparel, cosmetics and jewellery, as well as handmade leather and canvas bags from Bali Boat Shed’s own label. It features brands like Love Collective, Franksland, Benson, Frangipani Shirts, The Critical Slide Society, Enki Eyewear, Le Specs, Mink Pink, and State of Georgia. This highly curated collection will get you hooked on island vibes.
Bali Boat Shed, Corner of Jalan Kayu Aya and Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak.
Ladies, these husband-and-wife-team creations are for you. Enter a bohemian fairytale featuring bold prints and exotic style shift dresses, maxi dresses and harem pants as well as jackets and boots in soft, subtle leather. You can easily while away your day here.
Mister Zimi Satu, Jalan Kayu Aya No. 22, Seminyak; Mister Zimi Dua, Jalan Kayu Jati No. 8X, Seminyak. Open daily, 9am-9pm.
Coco and Ginger
This family-run boutique sells too-cute-to-be-true baby clothes, especially for little princesses. Whether you are looking to style your little ones or to take lovely presents back home, you will find everything you need here.
Coco and Ginger, Jalan Batubelig No. 88, Kerobokan, Kuta. Open daily, 10am-6pm.
Eat, shop, relax, enjoy, socialise and be inspired all inside this one pretty Bungalow in Canggu. You’ll be greeted on the front veranda by BB King, the shop’s large chocolate brown poodle, so don’t forget to reward him with a pat. Spend the day sipping coffee, chatting and shopping for homewares, decorations, cushion covers, accessories, boho bags, tassel necklaces, pretty jewels and lots of lovely pieces for the little ones too, including handmade teddy bears, wooden toys, colourful batik owls, books, trinkets and more.
Bungalow Living Bali, 35 Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu. Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30am-6pm.
This French-born, Bali-based designer has stunning collections that combine luxurious silks, laces and organic fabrics with refined embellishments,
Finns Recreation Club (formerly known as Canggu Club) is set on a sprawling four-hectare estate amongst the rice fields of Canggu, Bali. It’s a one-stop destination for people of all ages to work out, play sport, have some water fun, relax in the sun or be pampered with Balinese massages and beauty treatments at the spa. There are three floodlit tennis courts, a state-of-the-art gym, group fitness studios, a 25-metre swimming pool, as well as great food outlets offering everything from healthy snacks to hearty international and local cuisine.
Finns Recreation Club Fitness Centre is the heart of the club – a huge air-conditioned gym with new equipment for spinning, weight lifting, cardio and stretching, and studio rooms for private and group fitness classes. The sauna and steam room are also up to standard. Plenty of ways to work out under the sun as well – swim laps in the pool, play tennis or join a game of football or rugby on the sports field.
Splash Water Park features world-class water slides and activities that will take fun to a whole new level, including the Giant Racer (a 5-storey-high, 90-metre-long slide); Speed Racer (designed for the younger ones); Super Bowl; Big Red and Crazy Creek. Splash Playground is an area dedicated to the little ones complete with a lagoon pool.
Bounce Trampoline Centre has a specially designed, spring-loaded frame allowing you to bounce really high! But fear not, all its frames and springs are covered by 2-inch thick safety pads. You can free- bounce and practice tricks all day, or you can join in organised activities like trampoline dodge ball or basketball.
Strike Ten Pin Bowling offers the latest ten pin bowling experience in Bali. The six lanes have automatic pinsetters and computerised scoring systems, so keeping score isn’t a chore, and bumpers are available for kids (or anyone else) to keep the bowling ball out of the gutter. Whether you are looking for a fun-packed family day out or catching up with friends, bowling is a great way to team up and enjoy a day or evening.
Cubby House Kids Club is tailored for kids aged 2-12. It provides a safe yet stimulating environment to keep kiddies happy and busy all-day long. Children from 2 to 4 years old are accompanied by Cubby House Kids Club staff and have their own space where they can play Lego,
The brainchild of creative director Nicholas Meimaris, The Fashion Festival Bali is back 15-22nd August 2015 to inspire and entertain fashion-savvy folks from around Southeast Asia. At this year’s event, themed ‘Embody The Blessed’, young talented creatives from Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Dubai, Vietnam, UK and USA will get their chance to shine on the fashion frontier.
Packed with extravagant launch parties featuring live musicians from around the world, international runway shows featuring established and emerging designers, and an exclusive shopping experience at The Showroom – a unique concept that allows its visitors to buy clothes literally straight off the runway – this event is not to be missed.
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Looking for a place to while away the day, cooled by the ocean breeze and with the sand between your toes? Here’s our choice of the best beach clubs in Bali – perfect spots to sit back, sip cocktails and enjoy the view.
Finn’s Beach Club
BERAWA BEACH, CANGGU
The absolute beachfront club overlooks the surf break at Berawa Beach, Canggu with dining below a soaring thatched roof, multiple bars and luxurious day-beds flanking a 30-metre infinity pool. The seriously accommodating jellybean-shaped swimming pool is outfitted with a swim-up bar and underwater speakers. Single and double daybeds are first come first served and come with a plush teal towel – yours “free” for the day with a Finns membership or minimum spend on food and bev.
Sunday’s Beach Club
UNGASAN, THE BUKIT
When Finn’s Beach Club moved to Canggu, Sunday’s swooped their old spot, and it’s our cover image. Located adjacent Karma beach club, the descent to the powdery white sand requires a worth-it ride in a cable car and some steps. Kick back and enjoy life at this chic day retreat that is nestled on a white sandy crescent beach on Bali’s Bukit peninsular. Pull up a beanbag or sun lounger and enjoy a day of sea kayaking, snorkelling or stand up paddle boarding wile listen to cool island beats and grazing from a perfect beachside menu. Sip hand crafted cocktails and watch the sun set while crating fabulous holiday memories.
UNGASAN, THE BUKIT
Enter one of the globe’s hottest beach clubs high above the glittering azure ocean. Ride an inclinator down the limestone cliff to a white crescent of sandy beach that is perfect for a party. Bamboo and thatch make a sexy scene with hedonistic drinks and delectable foods. Groove to the soundscape by the stars of Ibiza and London’s DJ decks.
ECHO BEACH, CANGGU
Step into an amazing ambience at Echo Beach. Pirate ship pastiche meets bamboo building, tribal trimmings and fishing nets, ropes and palms trees. La Brisa is big and has a menu to meet demand.
Drinks range from sensationally cold beer to cocktails crafted from local fruits.