Tuesday, August 23

bingin beach, bali

Bingin in August is a very different scene to the Bingin we experienced in January.  Firstly there is the weather; the wind is offshore, sun is bright and the days are generally dry. It is the season of surf and sunbathing, with a hard day of seaside activity rewarded with a cheap massage, even cheaper nasi goreng and a large bottle of Bintang.  Road access to Bingin beach is limited to the cliff top, from where all supplies are carried down the steep steps on foot. At least the full bottles are going downhill.

The chatter is dominated by French, German, Spanish and Italian. Brazilians also fair strongly, with the Aussie contingency always present. Competition for the waves if furious, with  gun local boys staking claim to poll position and Balinese "guides" blocking for their paying surf buddies. Photographers shoot every move from the shade of a warung verandah, and you can buy an ego boosting image as soon as you return to the sand. At low tide, rock pools are exposed, providing perfect splashing holes for kids and source of collectibles for beachcombers.

Accommodation on the cliff is basic, but even spartan rooms with nothing more than a bed and mosquito net boast uninterrupted ocean views.  A number of foreign owned houses are crammed between the warungs and guesthouses, with influences of Mediterranean architecture and casual Australian beach style. Even if you are staying elsewhere, I recommend at least a day trip to Bingin and nearby Uluwatu, to immerse yourself in the ocean and modern Balinese surf culture.

Monday, August 22

mick's place in bingin

I never tire of the view from the cliff top at Mick's Place, and it is a pleasure to take on the job as relief manager for a week while Sasha and Mick take an overdue holiday together.  The infinity edge pool is just the spot to watch the shenanigans in the line-up below while sipping a pineapple infused green smoothie. 

The staff arrive at 7.00am and set out coffee and tea in the pool side pondok.  Early mornings are quiet as guests take their time to emerge from their bungalows and greet another day of their holiday. With a maximum of 12 guests, it is a social and convivial atmosphere.  For ultimate privacy, book into the honeymoon suite and float naked in your private cliff edge pool.  My abode is Mick's personal bungalow to the rear of the hotel, which has a shady courtyard and lush grass underfoot. The hotel has a small day spa that is open to outside guests, so if you are in the Bingin area, be sure to treat yourself to one of the best massages in Bali with the sound of the waves thundering below.

More photos of Mick's Place here and here.

Sunday, August 21

bali food & family run

I'm home again after two weeks in Bali. Stocked up on food, indulged in pineapple and mango smoothies with all day power, spent a week in my manager's bikini at Mick's Place, then picked up the in-laws for the trip east.  Here are a few photo moments.

Breakfast at Biku, Seminyak
Sunset drinks at Breeze, Samaya
Tuberose flowers

Lighting at Breeze, Samaya
Dayana japanese restaurant & ceramics, Petitenget
Breeze restaurant, Samaya

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