So near yet so far! Although Bali is just less than 3 hours flight away, this is the first time we’re heading there!! I feel that we should have a break after planning #DALOVEKNOT wedding!! A well deserve vacation! PS: this is NOT our honeymoon yet!! >_<
So as you may all be aware, Bali has lots of villa! How I choose? Go to Groupon (via shopback – earn up to 7% cashback)!! Go find a villa that’s within your budget and looks appealing to you!
Bracha Villas: 4D3N stay for 2 for $452 in a Private Pool Villa with Breakfast + 1-Way Airport Transfer (up to $832 value)
This villa looks not bad leh! Most importantly the pool doesn’t have tree/plants over it hence no worries of bug/insect or leaves dropping into the pool while you swim! Clean poool! (Yes, I’m timid!)
So i went to google about Bracha Villa and learnt that it’s actually quite well located! It’s at the heart of Seminyak! Food/Shopping/Beach all walking distance! What could be better?
So deal locked flight booked and off we went!!
(View from the plane overlooking at Legian Beach (?) where hard Rock Cafe, Potato Head Beach Club are located.)
Upon arrival (about 130pm), we were greeted by our friendly hotel representative, Putu! Journey from Airport to Bracha is about 30 mins ride! Not sure how much it cost if you’re taking a cab though. However, if you’re planning to take a cab, Blue Bird should be a safer option! You can consider downloading their app and make booking easier (if you have data roaming).
BTW, there’s no time difference between Bali and Singapore..
Upon arriving at our villa, I must say… food is definitely not an issue here! Just opposite our villa is a Chinese restaurant!
Opening the door to my VACATIONNNNN!!!
The villa is quite true to the illustration shown online.. Hence no shocking sight!
& let me proudly introduce my GIANT FLAMINGO!!!
It’s soooo big that it occupied almost 1/3 of the pool! If you have kids, I got a feeling they are gonna love this giant float!! It cost IDR150,000 per day (about SGD16?)
Now let’s move in to check out the villa rooms!
The living area is a comfortable size for 2 person! They have everything that u will need! Fridge, stove, water dispenser, mineral water, complimentary soft drinks, plates, utensils, cooking ware, detergent, washing sponge, pepper & salt, tissue…
They even have some books for you to read! Now I really don’t mind staying in the villa whole day!!
From the living area (actually bedroom too), you can look out to the pool area, hence no worries about losing sight of your kids when they go to the pool
Now lets take a look at the room!!
Neat room and ……
Spacious bathroom without door.. The only door u can close while doing business in the toilet is bedroom door.. Yes inconvenient but if you’re going with your partner/spouse, I guess should be fine..
I must say, staff here are quite thoughtful.. Although it’s a groupon deal, they still arranged rose petals and honeymoon swan on bed after knowing it’s our lil honeymoon! I wasn’t expecting this though.. 🙂 A lovely surprise!
And you think that’s all….?
They even prepared a small cake for us!!!! I dont know if this cake really taste nice or because we’re hungry… This lil cake exceeded our expectation!! hahaha!
Check out what’s outside the bathroom window!! My giant flamingo!! LOL!!
I’m soooo in love with my giant float that i was granted a quick swim before we head out to familiarize ourselves with the surrounding! Apart from being our first honeymoon trip, this is also a trip for us to recce and plan for the next family trip! Private pool villa, who doesn’t like that idea??
The streets in Seminyak are all like this. A lil narrow but you’ll get a hang of it very soon..
Very soon, I got a lil too hungry to carry on and her head back to look for Ultimo!
Ultimo was HIGHLY recommended by my friend who went there for honeymoon too! Was told that they have very yummy pasta at affordable price.. I was initially a bit unsure if i want to try because I don’t know the chef’s standard..
Looking and the price, it was indeed quite reasonable and they have quite a wide variety of main course!
The next thing i can recall, I’m seated inside already! hahahaha!!
We ordered a Lychee Juice (I seriously don’t know lychee can be squeezed into juice!) 250g Waygu Steak, Prawn Linguine and a Mix Seafood Soup!
Not very appealing but taste wasn’t that bad. I love lychee hence this taste ok for me! Just image lychee drink but thicker and with a bit of pulps in every sip u take.
It’s a pity I couldn’t find my seafood soup image! The soup look so normal but taste totally like lobster bisque (without the cream maybe!)..
My SUPER DELICIOUS Prawn Linguine! It’s a lil oily but taste totally flavorful! I’m sooo in love with my pasta! Make a guess how many prawn are there in this plate? From the picture I believe u can see it’s quite a lot already ya? There are actually 20 prawns!! I can’t finish this alone!!
Then we have the 250g of Wagyu.. I had a few bit of this and I like this too! Tender medium rare steak with lots of fats.. Fine grated mashed potato with mix greens by the side!
Total Bill: 493,000IDR (approx S$53, depending on your exchange rate)
- 45,000IDR Lychee Juice
- 68,000IDR Seafood Soup
- 200,000IDR Wagyu Steak
- 180,000IDR Prawn Linguine (can’t recall the price but definitely cheaper than steak)
Food are generally a little more salty in Bali but I’m pretty fine with it. They taste more flavorful in fact! I’ll probably survive well if i’m gonna stay there!
You thought that’s all for our dinner?
We walked back further and landed at this first restaurant we saw when we step out from our villa (other than the chinese restaurant).
My hubby wanted to “purify the air” hence we sat here for a drink and I think he love their espresso! The first sip he took he immediately gave me that raise-brow look and said “好喝! (Nice!)”
Kinda rare for him to say something is nice or delicious.. He’s most common reply for good food is probably “Ok la~”.. Just first day and I heard his say something good about the food/drink!
Another reason we picked this place for him to take his puff was also because they sells babi guling! We ordered a Babi Guling set and a Mixed Satay set for takeaway so that we can have it as supper in the villa!
This is the Chinese restaurant I was saying earlier that’s opposite our villa! Looks pretty wow..
Walking back to our villa from the reception was quite adventurous for me.. It was so dark and eerie, i don’t know if there will be any lizard dropping on me! Guess my imagine went too wild!
Before we tuck in to our supper, CHECK OUT MY POOL NIGHT VIEW!! Got lights and mini “water fall” from the wall!! It’s never too cold for another swim!!!!
Now, back to my supper! The babi guling wasn’t what we expected, we thought it’s suppose to come crispy.. Nonetheless, it still taste quite good! The Babi Guling Set comes with keropok, soup, vegetables and 2 minced meat stick, cost about 98,000IDR?
The Mix Satay set comes with half dozen of satay (3 beef 3 chicken), keropok and vegetable, cost about 78,000IDR? It wasn’t too expensive but the fact that we had already taken dinner and they don’t sell just the meat, we gotta take the whole set, this made it a lil expensive.. LOL!
But overall, it’s still a nice supper!! I was sooooo FULL I think I was filled all the way up to my throat!!
Well, that’s about it on our first day in Bali Seminyak! Slept early so that we can get enough rest for the next day private tour!