About Rick M
Lives in Albany, Australia
Since Jan 2015
50-64 year old male
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monuments & Statues
Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs & Discos, Other Food & Drink
Sacred & Religious Sites
Having stayed at this delightul little hotel I can certainly recommend it. The staff are friendly and the hotel is will situated in the heart of Poppies 1 in Kuta. It's not expensive and rooms are average only, however the price includes breakfast. There's good sized fridges, the air con is generally pretty good and pool and surrounds are pleasant. Situated about 1 minute from Kuta Townhouses and a short distance to both Legian Road and the beach.
Just 100 metres up (towards Legian Street) from Fat Yogi cottages is this delightful trendy coffee shop. Has a limited menu, however what it has is very good and suitable for a morning coffee break or light snack. Delightful baguette rolls and wonderful waffles abound! Belgian waffles with honey, icecream and banana! Be warned, "Once on the lips, twice on the hips". I bet you'll go back....
The Victory caters for families and couples alike. Recent upgrades to this restaurant/bar are in the Olde Worlde English style and worth a look even if you don't want a meal. There's a bar and seating overlooking Poppies 1 where you can watch the world go by. Food? Yes, an extensive menu including European, seafood and local fare. Quality & price? Food is generally of a high standard, and the price is reasonable given the standard of the property. Staff are also very helpful.
Exiting from Poppies 1 lane onto Legian Street you can go left and window shop to your heart's content. Up about a kilometre on your right is the Ground Zero Monument, which is worth visiting to pay your respects to those that passed away in the Bali bombings. It's not morbid or anything so don't be hesitant. It's also ok to take photos as you will see many tourists doing.
Situated on the east side of Legian Street, adjacent to the Poppies 2 exit is the Ground Zero Monument to those who lost their lives in the Bali bombings. This is a wonderful monument and is sacred ground to Aussies, Europeans and Balinese alike.
The Skygarden is one of the major multi level bar/club/restaurant establishments in the Kuta area and is situated opposite the Poppies 2 exit onto Legian Street. It is also only 30 metres from the Ground Zero Monument. The Skygarden has a fantastic evening BBQ, with free beer from 5-6pm for those who purchase the BBQ meal. It's gone up a little bit, but at less than $6 AUD for an excellent meal, you just can't go wrong. Each night is themed (Sunday is Roast Night) however the BBQ is also on and you can choose what you have from the buffet style servery.
Located in a small alleyway off Poppies 1 and just before getting to Legian Street is Un's Restaurant. It's an Alladin's cave of sorts and doesn't look much from the alleyway, but on arrival it opens out to a beautiful (although not huge) interior. They have a great European menu as well as an extensive menu covering many cuisines. Great frozen Margarita's and they also give you a free Margarita on arrival. It's not overly expensive, but do expect to pay a little more than you would usually as the quality is excellent. The staff are also very attentive and helpful.
On day 2 you may wish to traverse South Kuta and Jalan Kartika Plaza including Kuta Square. From the beach and Bemo Corner Kuta Square is only a few hundred metre walk. Kuta Square is really a short avenue with shops and restaurants on both sides. Predominantly fashion and surf shops and fast food restaurants. At the southern end there's the entrance to the Matahari Shopping centre that has fixed price goods. Plenty of perfumes, mens, womens and children's clothing and footware and tourist knick knacks. No bartering here, which appeals to many tourists. Prices are also very reasonable and generally less than you'd pay at home. There is a Gloria Jean's coffee lounge with an airconditioned upstairs area tucked around the southern end (near back entrance to Matahari) as well.
This Kafe is situated right in the middle of Kuta Square, you just can't miss it. Call in for a juice, coffee or light snack. They do a pretty good breakfast although there are better places. If you plan to spend a bit of time in Kuta Square then maybe stay for lunch or go just around the corner to Gloria Jean's coffee shop.
Discovery Shopping Mall is only a short walk from Kuta Square south on Jalan Kartika Plaza, say 300 metres. Worth a look with 4 floors of shops very similar to the malls we have in Australia. There's a few snack food places, but not many restaurants unless you want fast food. Black Canyon Coffee is very good and the Centro Department Store is also worth a look as there's plenty of goods for sale. Centro also has an excellent range of souvenirs all at fixed prices. Better than Matahari in my opinion and the Discovery Mall itself is worth a look. You would spend a couple of hours here quite easily and there's a couple of coffee lounge/ restaurants on the beachfront end of the centre that provide excellent views over the water.
If you have children that need entertaining then get down to Waterbom Park, don't take the name too literally but do bring your family for a great fun day. Plenty of water slides and rides, there's a "lazy river" for the older (or younger) folks and plenty to eat and drink available. The facilities are excellent here and although it's not cheap you will have a great day.
For a bit of fun after your day at Kuta Square you might wish to travel up to Seminyak for a meal and show at Frankensteins Laboratory. My wife and I went with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this horror themed restaurant. The show is free and the standard is quite high. Food is quite good, although there are many better places to eat in my opinion. The show is the highlight and the drinks served in syringes or drip bags are an excellent novelty and are reasonably priced. Certainly worth a visit.
Before heading out to your sumptious Kayuputi Restaurant brunch why not go to the beach at Nusa Dua? You'll need to be at the St Regis Hotel Kayuputi restaurant at around 10:45, so allow enough time to get from Kuta to the Nusa Dua beach area. The taxi from Kuta will take 20-30 minutes depending on traffic and will cost you around 100,000rp ($10 AUD).
Are you a foodie looking for the ultimate fine dining experience? If so, then this hotel and restaurant is what you're looking for. They do an amazing Sunday Brunch (read the Tripadvisor reviews) with an hour of complimentary French Champagne and cocktails and hors douvres. What follows is a 3 hour gastronomic experience that words just can't convey. There's a huge choice of foods that are brought to your table in addition to the a la carte menu that you can order from. The foie gras and caviar are to die for! My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our day being pampered by the St Regis Hotel staff and will be back again!
After your sumptious lunch at the Kayuputi Sunday Brunch why not take a taxi or driver and head down to Padang Beach and the Uluwatu beach and temple? Well worth a look and you can get there fairly directly now from Nusa Dua area. Take your cozzie and take a dip if you want. The beach does get fairly packed and there is limited food/drink options here, but it's worth a look.
Not far from Padang Padang is the Uluwatu Temple. The temple boasts fantastic views over the water and Uluwatu surfing area. A bit of a walk from the main office area of around 400 metres or so.
When you're back from visiting Padang Padang and Uluwatu you're just a short walk from Fat Yogi's to the Kuta Townhouses where the Brazillian Aussie BBQ is situated. Only a couple of minutes walk, this restaurant which is actually part of the Kuta Townhouse buildings is really novel and great value for money. It's gone up a bit and last time I was there it was about $15 AUD for adults. There's a salad bar and the food concept is rather novel with waiters bringing meats around on really long metal skewers. There's a card system - green means "bring it on" and red signals that your ready to throw the white surrender flag up the flagpole. The quality of the food and surroundings is excellent. Great for families and couples alike.