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08/2016 Bali Day 4: Revolver | Studios at Alila Seminyak | The Bali Ball 2016

February 7, 2017

Fourth day in Bali! We started our day pretty late and only made our way out at slightly past 13:00. Even though it’s nice to just chill in the hotel room with AXN or Fox Movies, it feels awesome to step outside once in awhile to explore the surrounding.

So, the mission of the day was to walk down the street to Revolver to get coffee! Ever since I figured out how near Alila Seminyak and Revolver is, I’ve been meaning to drop by for coffee. (By near, I mean it’s within walking distance.) The first time we passed by, we just had drinks at another cafe hence we gave it a miss. Then every time the fiance went out for a meeting; I had been telling him I want to walk down to Revolver to get coffee. But he didn’t allow because after all, it’s still a few streets away and he probably thought I would lose my way.

Since we were free that afternoon, we finally decided to drag ourselves out of the hotel to go get some coffee.

Passed by Montigo while on our way to Revolver! The pool looked beautiful from the outside, but I must say I don’t appreciate the proximity of the pool and the main street.

The famous and Instagram worthy backdrop – entrance to W Bali.

It was harder than I’ve expected to get a clear shot because there’s vehicle coming in and out all the time.

Revolver

 

A tiny little cafe located along the street.

There were only three tiny tables inside the cafe? Fortunately, the place was empty when we arrived.

Didn’t know they serve breakfast and lunch. We initially only came here for the coffee but ended up having our lunch here too.

Hot Mocha

and Chai Latte.

Can’t remember what I ordered for lunch but I think it was the one with chicken, avocado and cheese on toast.

The food was okay. Can’t go wrong with avocado on toast, right? The fiance ordered mocha while I went for the chai latte. Ended up, I found myself liking the mocha more so I ordered an additional cup for takeaway.

“Central Kuta Money Exchange” – The place we usually go to exchange our currency. (Not this outlet though. We usually go to the one at Kuta Square.) The exchange rates are usually the same across all outlets. Safe, decent, no commission, exchange rate is comparable to those in Singapore – are the reasons why we always go back to them when we need to exchange SGD to IDR.

IDR250.000++ for a Balinese Brunch? Bali have some of the cheapest buffets around. It seems like hotels like to do themed buffets? We saw so many of them plastering on the signboard wherever we go.

Back at Alila Seminyak…

The fully restored vintage 1980 Volkswagen Kombi.

We were already planning to head up to our room when the fiance decided to check with the reception counter to see if there was any vacant room available at “The Studios at Alila Seminyak” for us to snap some pictures. Initially, we were told that they were fully booked (due to the event happening later that night), but somehow they managed to find us a vacant Deluxe Room in the end.

The Studios at Alila Seminyak

Housed in two independent buildings, “The Studios at Alila Seminyak” is located just steps from Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak’s most happening street that combines a cool neighbourhood feel with an eclectic mix of boutiques, clubs and eateries.

There are two separate buildings – the one situated closest to the main road (Jalan Petitenge) comprise of the 64 Studios. Each Studio (room) offers 46 sqm of urban living space with either one king-size bed or two separate twin beds. Buggy ride is readily available for guests who wish to get to the main building.

Next to the Studio, there’s another separate building that comprises of the 35 Deluxe Studios. Similar to the Studio, each Deluxe Studio offers 46 sqm of urban living space with one king-size bed. For those who loves to swim, they’ll be happy to know that there’s a private pool within the compound. All guests staying at Lobby level will get to enjoy direct access to the pool that is located in the centre of the building. The Deluxe Studios are also just a few steps from the resort’s main buildings, accessible via a bridge.

At the time we were there, the Studio rooms were not yet fully furnished; hence we only managed to check out the building that housed the Deluxe Studio.

Even though the building and rooms here had the same theme/colour scheme as the suites, the vibe here was somehow completely different. Being tucked away from the ocean and the three swimming pools, it was a lot quieter over here. It felt like an oasis in its own way.

Deluxe Studio

 

Lobby area

There’s currently an on-going promotion for “The Studios at Alila Seminyak” – Enjoyed the 3rd night for free with every two nights booked, exclusively for bookings of the Studio and Deluxe Studio. This promotion just started in January. Not too sure when it will end, so it might be a good time to book now if you want to give it a try.

It was already late in the afternoon by the time we got back to our room. The fiance wanted to go for a dip in the pool, so we got changed and headed down to the Family Pool. (Do you know that there’s a name for each of the five swimming pools in Alila Seminyak?) Family Pool being the one on the right side of the main building; the one closer to Potato Head.

We didn’t stay that long in the pool because we had to get ready for the event that was happening that night.

 

The Bali Ball

Not going to go into full details; but to sum it up, The Bali Ball is the island’s largest fundraising charity event, held every year in Bali. This year, the event happened to be held in Alila Seminyak and since we happened to be in Bali at that time, we decided to check it out and take some pictures while we were there.

The event kicks off with champagne, cocktail and firework reception, followed by a five-course meal and ends with a live auction with exclusive ‘Best of Bali’ prizes.

Fireworks in Bali is always amazing due to the proximity. The fireworks we saw in Singapore are always so far away.

We only stayed for the Kecak Dance and Fireworks, before heading off to have our dinner at The Restaurant.

Ordered my favourite Mahi Mahi with Indonesian bumbu! Love this dish a lot because the fish is always soft and juicy. Perfect when paired with steamed rice.

Went back to take some more pictures of The Bali Ball after our dinner and called it a night.

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