The Colony Hotel - 2.5M IDR ($250AUD) Per Night
We made it to Bali after a 6.5 hour flight, our first stop was Seminyak, the accommodation we booked can only be described as the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen not to mention stayed in. I had heard about The Colony Hotel through a few social influencers and had my eyes on staying there from the second I saw photos of the pristine white walls surrounding a beautiful swimming pool centred in the middle of the hotel only a feet away from the bedrooms. The lady who organised everything for us was incredible and had us collected on arrival at Denpassar Airport and brought to the hotel. We arrived in the evening (which is the worst time to land when going overseas as all you want to do is explore right away). We woke up and had breakfast delivered to our room, the breakfast was included in the price and was amazing, you had the choice of all different fruits, fruit platters, full breakfasts, assorted toast selections, tea & coffee and also local Indonesian breakfast. We had a feast to get us going on our first day exploring Seminyak.
We organised a private driver for 5 hours to take us around to Seminyak & Canggu (450,000IDR = $45 AUD) our first stop in Canggu was the famous Finns Beach Club, as you walk in you're made very welcome and have the choice of hiring single or double beds around the pool. We had a couple of cocktails and sat in the pool for a few hours soaking up our first bit of sunshine before our appetite started to build so we met our driver and had him take us to Café Organic which is an extremely well known Vegetarian/Vegan café in Bali. The food was delicious as were the smoothies and everything else about the place.
After we ate we also went to check out the famous Deus Ex Machina bar, the vibes were amazing there, it brings influence from Indonesian culture and Western cuisine and is the perfect place to go with a bunch of friends and hang out the food they serve is also very simple but made very well. The interior is all wooden, and they also have a store connected full of all your favourite Deus clothing and motorbikes. Out the back they have a half pipe and also a barber shop which I couldn't help myself and had to get spruced up.
The next day we went to check out Potato Head Beach Club (entry is free, but if you want a bed for the day its around $50AUD), unfortunately the weather wasn't amazing so we sat at the pool bar playing cards and meeting a bunch of travellers. It was only a 5 minute walk from our hotel right in the centre of Seminyak. Whilst we were there I had one thing on my mind whilst being in Bali and that was to get a tattoo, I love the nautical theme and for those who have seen me have probably noticed I already have an anchor tattoo on my ankle, but this time i was going to go for a Helm (Ship wheel) on my forearm.
I probably paid a little bit to much for my tattoo but boy it was worth it, I paid around 1.8million IDR ($180 AUD) at a studio in Seminyak called Bali Angel, Aimee also got a little tattoo on her forearm done as well. After we got a tattoos done there was only one way to finish the day and that was to head to a sunset bar called Ku De Ta, its prime location on the beach front for sundowners playing awesome deep house with table service so you literally don't have to move, what a perfect way to end our stay in Seminyak.
Next Stop Gili Islands.