Every time I visit Bali, I always make a pit stop through Seminyak before I carry on my adventures. If you have been to Bali before, most likely you have spent time here too! Its extremely buzzing and full of Cafes, Bars and a mix of designer and market shopping! Very much a touristy hub and central to so many things.

Expat haven, smoothie bowls galore and an amazing variety of all kinds of cuisines. Personally, I love the fact that there are so many healthy options, vegetarian and vegan cafes amongst health food stores so you can stock up!

The only con’s when it comes to Seminyak is the traffic and the fact that road rules don’t exist. Want to cross the road? It’s as simple as putting your hand out and stopping the traffic. Or you can try running for your life. Either will work just fine!


TS Suites Bali – Steve and I discovered this hotel last year on our stop through Seminyak. If it’s good enough to go back to they must be doing something right, hey?

Steve and I both agree that when it comes to travelling, we like to do it in luxury. For us, there is nothing like coming back to a 5 star hotel and it makes the trip that much more enjoyable.

TS Suites lives up to everything you would expect from a 5 star hotel. From the immaculate presentation, central location, impeccable staff service and of course a buffet breakfast with everything you could imagine!

Hotel Highlights:

The rooftop pool – If you are planning on spending some good holiday quality time laying by the pool and in the sun, this is the perfect location. For a large hotel the pool never seems to get overly busy. It’s open and staff operated 24/7 for bar foods, cocktails, fresh juices and beers.

Location – One of the huge things we fell in love with on our first visit was definitely the location of the hotel. It’s so central to everything and walking distance to everything you could want!

The Rooms: It doesn’t matter what room you get, you can guarantee the room is going to be huge! All of the rooms are so spacious and fitted with a King Size bed. The part that got us coming back was the standalone bath which opens up into the bedroom through the roller door.

My FAVOURITE place to visit and a must if you are travelling to Bali! This place feels like home to me and these kids bring Steve and I so much joy! As the orphanage relies heavily on donations, Steve and I  make it a priority to ensure that we donate what they need the most, food.

Upon our first visit we always do a huge grocery shop before hand and donate as much as we can that is within our budget. The money goes a lot further in a Balinese grocery store than it does in Australia so we end up with plenty of Kgs of rice, noodles, canned foods and things such as soaps!

One of the greatest highlights for me was to see little Gracie again (pictured standing in the above photo). I met her last year when she was just crawling and to see her now running around in her gorgeous little princess costume just amazes me! Nothing could beat that feeling of walking in and seeing that friendly little face smiling back at me.

On a side note, these kids love gadgets! So if you are going for more than one day I suggest you might want to leave your phones, cameras and anything electrical at home!

This place is so well known and has every reason to be. Situated in Seminyak and on a busy little road, you would never imagine that a restaurant could create such peace and feel like you are on a secluded island in Bali.

We went here for lunch and a few cheeky cocktails. I have heard this place gets really busy around dinner time however at lunch it was literally just Steve and I to the whole restaurant. We were so surprised at how the prices of the food could be so good for such a 5 star place.

Food, cocktails and ambience is a 5/5 perfect date night/day location. Once the restaurant closes to prep for dinner we hulled at the back bar lounge for a few more cocktails before heading back to the hotel. Steve and I have been to quite a few nice restaurants and bars whilst in Australia and abroad but this by far was one of our top picks!

Nusa Dua has been on my bucket list for quite some time now. It was one place in Bali I was still yet to visit and boy am I glad I did!

If your idea of a holiday is not leaving the resort then Nusa Dua is exactly where you want to go. We stayed in Nusa Dua for 5 nights and didn’t leave the resort for anything except a trip to the shops and massages.

It’s not exactly a shopping destination and you wont find great little clothing boutiques but what you will find is miles of restaurants of traditional and western food, strips of resorts along the beach and plenty of honeymooners!

The décor on this place was absolutely stunning. Its very traditional Balinese with a very modern resort twist.

The hotel highlights were certainly the exterior of the resort. In the resort you have 3 main restaurants and 3 bars. One of the bars was located right on the beach, one inside and the third was in the pool.

From every angle you have stunning views and fresh sea breeze air. Plenty to choose from when it comes to the Bar’s and restaurants and of course, an amazing buffet breakfast which will make you want to eat all the foods you usually wouldn’t!

The beach being right at our doorstep, there are plenty of water activities to do! Because we did so much last year our whole aim was to do absoloutely nothing but lay in the sun in Nusa Dua which we managed to achieve.

Although, it is extremely easy to catch a cab to venture out and explore (which is sure to cost you next to nothing). It was also the perfect resort for anyone who like Steve and I, wanted to do absolutely nothing but unwind. Nusa Dua, I have a feeling I’ll be back one of these days!

7 Comments on Bali Travel Diary 2017

  1. Katie
    September 10, 2017 at 5:11 pm (2 months ago)

    Looks like an absolutely amazing vacation! You’re so lucky to be close(ish) to such an exotic location. It’s a long plane ride for me but I hope to visit someday.

    • Stephanie Barreca
      September 10, 2017 at 11:00 pm (2 months ago)

      I know! It’s only 6 hours on a plane which is perfect for a quick getaway! I could say the same about you! There are so many amazing destinations around you that I would love to visit! haha! One day indeed!

  2. Jen
    September 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm (2 months ago)

    Oh my goodness! Everything about this vacation looks phenomenal!! Bali has always been on my dream destination list, and now I think it’s at the top! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos and travel tips, I feel like I’m almost there with you!

    • Stephanie Barreca
      September 10, 2017 at 11:02 pm (2 months ago)

      It was pretty phenomenal! Out of all of our holidays Steve and I had to agree that this was probably our most relaxing yet! haha (Because I didn’t drag him around into jungles and random adventures) Glad you enjoyed! x

  3. Milly
    September 10, 2017 at 6:29 pm (2 months ago)

    O my goodness! Your photos just speak for the place. Reading through this, just shows the too much fun you had and what a phenomenal trip. I read the stories of the little girl and just 😢 teared up. I love kids and I want the best for them, they are innocent. I love this post, I always look forward to your posts cause they are just so engaging and so real. And your photos are just perfect 👌🏾

    • Stephanie Barreca
      September 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm (2 months ago)

      Thank you! I was trying to limit the amount of photos I put into one post! I had so many more I could have added! I know, my favourite place to visit is that orphanage and little Gracie just pulls my heart strings. I too have the biggest soft spot for these little kiddies! So glad you enjoyed it! x

  4. Sarah Surman
    September 12, 2017 at 3:34 am (2 months ago)

    Reading this i felt like i was on the trip with you steph!! This post makes me want to go and jump on a plane straight to nusa dua and do absolutely nothing like you said….so much envy! The photography is just stunning…and i especially love seeing steve feature in so many of them haha! Also…can we just take a minute to express how cute those little girls are in their princess dresses, absolutely adorable and so generous of you guys to donate all that food. Such a fun travel blog xo


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