Bali Diaries…Cepaka/Canggu


9 years since I have been to Bali and first O/S holiday as a family of 5! I couldn’t wait to show Bali off to the husband and escape the Sydney Winter!!

I literally booked this holiday a year ago after being introduced to Villa Sungai through a friend. The photos looked beautiful and a family friendly Villa just out of Canngu (the new Seminyak) was exactly what the Dr ordered!

What’s special about Villa Sungai is the location.  Surrounding you is dense luscious greenery, yet you are also within a local quiet village of Warungs and rice paddies. No tourists, just the real Bali.

The villa itself is in Cepaka, on the fashionable West coast and is the most luxurious and secluded Villa I have seen. 

From the gorgeous terrazzo floors, white on white interiors and timber furniture to the luxurious four poster bed, stunning outdoor bathrooms (with shower or bath) for star gazing!! and lovely open plan living, You are surrounded by tranquil sounds of flowing water, crickets and local farm animals.  The stunning crystal clear infinity pool is a stand out feature, as well as the exquisite service and cuisine!

Let me touch on the service as seriously it is beyond! Our driver Made was waiting for us at the airport (literally as the plane door opened) fast tracked us through customs and we were chauffeur driven (with snacks and refreshments) to the Villa to be greeted by our lovely staff with a welcome cocktail in hand – Vodka, lime juice and palm sugar with kaffir and lemongrass infusions mind you!

The Villa owner Pamela was extremely helpful, coordinating room configurations for the kids, car seats, meals on arrival etc! She has really created something so special and unique here!

The biggest decisions were what we were going to eat for breakfast lunch and dinner so the staff could shop and prepare for us. The food choices were amazing!! 5 star restaurant quality (with Noosa Spirit House influences) and great kids menu too!

We had a driver on hand whenever we were ready to shop, eat out or explore and a massage room ready whenever we were! The hot stone massage was bliss!!

Do yourself a favour and explore this stunning Villa with a group of friends or family (Villa Sungai consists of 3 bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms) and Villa Gold has 2 seperate bedrooms with ensuites too. My parents stayed next to us in Villa Gold and was great to meet up for meals but still have our own space.


A few faves from our adventures into Canngu… image 1 and 3 is the very cool The Slow…funky new hotel and minimal fitout. We had lunch here and a look at some of the cool clothes stores next door. Middle pic is The Lawn, grab a spot under the brollies poolside to sip the day away overlooking Canggu beach.

Image 4 and 5 from Goldust Bali… in the middle of the cool cafs and shops is this gold haven…the most amazing stress buster massage and 24k gold facials!! Book it now! And maybe have a delicious smoothie at Crate cafe when you are done! Yaaaas!

Part one of Bali complete!! Terima Kasih!

For accommodation enquiries email Pamela at pamela@bali-villasungai.com

Bali Diaries…Sanur/Seminyak

From the Village to the beach! We loved the vibe driving into Sanur…busy strip of shops and cafes which lead us to Maya Sanur. A superb beachside resort in the heart of Sanur.  The gorgeous lush garden landscape and lagoon pool was breathtaking.  We stayed in a lovely garden room (interconnecting) located on the ground floor and pool access right out the front. 

The main pool overlooking the beach is beautiful and lined with daybeds and lounges, with a button on your side table for food and drink service whenever you require! We loved the fresh rice paper rolls and a glass of rose poolside!

There’s a lovely walk right along the beachfront where you can hire bikes or wander taking in the ocean and gorgeous villas along the way. Also plenty of water sports if your heart desires.  

The buffet breakfast was great! Lots of fresh fruit, pastries, eggs, sweet or savoury…whatever your heart desires. The Tree bar was also great for happy hour and afternoon snacks watching the sunset.

We didn’t really need to leave the resort but enjoyed dinner at Dusk Blue…sweet pastel blue cafe for coffee, lunch or dinner with a lovely shop next door.  Coffee at Grocer and Grind was also nice and a few stores to check out for local handmade goods and a couple of more modern shops.

Due to the traffic expected into Seminyak we decided to make a day of it. We left straight after breakfast for coffee at Revolver ! This had popped up on my radar a few times and is such a good find for the coffee lovers! In a hidden wooden door down a little lane, the place is a buzz with coffee, cake and a super cool and friendly staff. We wondered past the Junction and some cute stores and I grabbed a second coffee hit at Expat (another top coffee specialist)!! They even stock Bonsoy! We walked past the very happening Sisterfields  but decided the Pool was where we needed to be for lunch with the kids so hit Mrs Sippy.  Like an Oasis in the desert, we nabbed ourselves a day bed and sprang to the pool. We ordered Margherita pizza and greens with a Rose and Bintang and watched the kids jump off the diving block.  Cool tunes and lots of fun by the pool but after 3pm kids aren’t allowed to swim so we headed to The W.  The best part of the W is the entrance!! It felt like we were entering Jurassic Park! A looooong drive with billowing trees leads you to the hotel. We grabbed a lift on the golf buggy and kids loved this! The initial view of huge pool and beach was very much a wow factor! We grabbed a spot poolside and spent a few hours swimming and enjoying the amazing sunset before hitting Saigon for dinner. Great Viet food just across from the W…dumplings and pumpkin curry were a winner!! Seminyak!! Yasssss!!!

Milkshakes and cake….Miss Sage turns 6

Cupcakes, milkshakes, face painting and cake were the highlights of Sage’s 6th birthday party.  

Always happy to share the details of my kids parties, both big and small so here you go…

I found some pretty confetti cards at Kikki K with matching pastel envelopes and printed the party details inside, filled with confetti of course.

Sage and I are regular milkshake goers at Daisys Milkbar (after ballet) and thought the old school Aussie milk bar vibe would be the perfect party venue for a few friends and family. Lots of colourful walls, giant ice creams, neon lights and sweets (think lollypop rings, zappos, redskins, ovaltinis)!! 

I booked the sweet pastel booth seats at the rear of the cafe and the kids played pass the parcel whilst sipping milkshakes. All the excitement when the face painter arrived and the parents enjoyed tea, coffee or champas whilst the kids were being entertained. We ordered fairy bread, ham & cheese jaffles and I made a cheese and fruit plate and bought some Woolies cupcakes plus a few bottles of champas.

We had the place to ourselves for the last hour to wander, take some pics and sing happy birthday. My mum made Sage a sweet vanilla cake and we decorated with flowers, candles and a little mouse…was really cute!!


Sage’s outfit was my highlight! Those who know me know I love to style an outfit! 
Her gorgeous dusty pink cord dress, blouse and Mary Jane shoes are from Hubble and Duke, socks from Mabel’s Garb and beautiful flower crown from Rosie girl florals.

A special bday present was her My Name Necklace in rose gold.  This is a lovely bday or special occasion pressie (my Niece requested one for her bday)! All their Jewlery is made from sterling silver, gold plating or solid gold and offer free worldwide delivery.  For 15% off use code ‘Brie15’. Sweet for the little ladies!! Shop this necklace here!

And a big shoutout to Hello Little Birdie for the amazing Luft balloons! The softest, pearliest, pretties balloons I have seen!!

So there you have it! All the details of a sweet milkbar party celebrating my sweet 6 going on 16 girl, Sage x b

For venue enquiries email the super sweet Jess at Hello@daisysmilkbar.com