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Monty’s Bali Bible…

Monty by Monty
July 24th, 2015

It’s so cold at the moment that most of my tops are getting nipple punctures. Seriously, what the actual fark Australia?

I know it’s winter and it happens every year so I’m not sure why I’m continually affected by the cold assault. After 33 years of living in the land down under you’d think I would be used to it. But I’m not.

Each year I try to escape the chill with my beloved for a couple of weeks to warm our bones. (That was the last weather whinge, I promise).

For the last 12 years we have fled to Bali for a couple of weeks of sun, sand, massages, Bintangs and hair braids. The last of those a lie but I am often tempted. (Please note, it is only socially acceptable to get your hair braided if you were born in 2008 or later.)

We are just back from our annual Bali trip. We took our two young sons and Oh My God, travelling with kids? Who invented that rubbish!?!

It took me a few days to adapt to the fact that our trip was going to be VERY different this time. We have taken our 3 year old a few times but this was the first time with two needy mini men and it was a wee bit more challenging… Still awesome though.

I thought I would do my own Bali guide for you fellow sun seekers. There are some must do’s, eat’s and stays when heading to bliss aka Bali. Would love to hear any of your suggestions too.


La Plancha- Beach front in Legian. Awesome food and great, super casual vibe. Any time of the day this is a goody. It kicks up a gear from approx 4pm with music, bean bags and Bintangs.

Saigon Street- Yummmm, seriously yum. Super fresh, healthy, tasty Vietnamese food. This is a newy in Seminyak.

Sardine- fancy pants reseraunt in Seminyak. Over looking a beautifully lit rice paddy.



Sea Circus- A fave of many Aussies. Healthy, fresh, quick, winner winner chicken dinner. Also in Seminyak.

Cuca- In Jimabaran. Overlooks a beautiful garden and coconut grove. Fancy but delish.

Finns Beach Club- Go for the day and hang out on the beach, eat yummy food and watch the sun set. Then sit around the bon fire for a drink. My good mates got married here which was incredible. So pretty.

Chiringuito El Kabron Spanish Restaurant & Cliff Club- Stunning for sunset. Delsih food. We took our son – wish we didn’t. Would be ace for a romantic dinner or a fun day/arvo by the pool with friends.

Bax and I at our friends wedding at Finns beach club a couple of years ago

Bax and I at our friends wedding at Finns Beach Club a couple of years ago


* Get amongst the locals. Get massages on the beach and in little salons on the street

*Always tip. Bali is still a third world county and the locals work extremely hard to make ends meat. It can be tricky to get your head around the conversion because IDR is so different to Aussie dollars and you often find yourself being tight with a couple of bucks. Tight ass = foul.

*Check out a temple

* Visit other areas like Canggu, Echoe Beach, Ubud, Ulluwatu

* Use a babysitter/Nanny. It will make your trip more enjoyable. I have used the same nanny every year who I have become really close to. If you want a good recommendation, her and her team are your gals. details here.


We stayed at Peppers Sentosa this year. My boyfriend ran into Michael Klim (who lives part- time in Bali) and asked him for a recommendation. He suggested Peppers because you have you own private villa but also have access to the communal pool if you are feeling more social. It is in a fab location, right in the heart of Seminyak. It has a great gym, restaurant and beautiful staff.

Peppers Sentosa

Peppers Sentosa

We often split up our trip by staying a few nights in Uluwatu and then Seminyak. My pick for Uluwatu is either Mu’s or the Ananatara.

Do you have any Bali tips?