There’s no escaping the humidity and the heat when in Bali.
Except, of course, if you remain in an air-conditioned room or standing in a pool drinking cocktails.
I totally endorse those two options – and may have employed them myself while in Bali last week – but there comes a time when you need to get out. To venture beyond your villa and explore.
For those times, I like a light, flowy frock in a breathable fabric. The flowy is important to me (if I have things constricting my body it just makes me sweat more), as is some sleeves for sun protection.
On this particular day we were going from lunch to afternoon drinks, changing venues but not returning back to the villa for a costume change.
It was the perfect opportunity to bring out this dress from the current Binny collection.
Nina Proudman Offspring fans will remember Binny for this skirt in Season 4. Binny is just of the many independent Australian designers that get picked up to feature in the wardrobe for Offspring – and deservedly so.
Stay tuned for news on what’s being featured from Binny on Nina in the next season of Offspring currently being filmed in Melbourne.
In the meantime, here’s the model wearing the Binny Bosa Nova dress.
If you’ve already clicked through then you’ll see that this dress has sold out online. It’s still available in selected boutiques around Australia so if you’re keen, email Binny with your location and she’ll help you find a store.
I’m wearing the size 14 and it’s just ok across my bust (my bust is a 16D). The dress also features small gold bells in its detailing so there’s no chance of ever sneaking up on anyone in it.
This trip was so short. It was fun to re-visit favourite places and to discover some new ones.
I do love Mexican food and Motel Mexicola is new to Seminyak since my January visit. It was pretty quiet on this particular lunch day – the whole of Seminyak was quiet as it was a Hindu religious day and many of the shops were shut – but I imagine with a big crowd that it has an addictive energy.
The menu is simple and cheap. My pick from the menu? Jugs of margaritas for $30 and $3 fish tacos.
After lunch we met up with the rest of our group and our drivers for a 30-minute trip to Ayana Resort at Jambaran.
Ayana is a stunning place to stay and is now on my wishlist but it’s also home to the Rock Bar, an amazing bar and restaurant on the rocks of the bay at the bottom of cliff that you reach via an inclinator.
It’s extremely popular – especially for sunset drinks – and can only hold limited numbers, with a priority for guests staying at the resort.
We didn’t get there early enough so rather than still be standing in the queue watching the sun set without a cocktail in our hand, we moved to the resort’s Sunset Bar on top of the cliff.
Nothing like a statement drink in a watermelon to set the mood.
As night fell, so did the numbers at the Rock Bar. So we all took the trip down for one drink and vowed to come back and stay for a proper session.
Have you been to the Rock Bar? Or Motel Mexicola? Love a loose and flowy dress for summer?
PS. We stayed at Bali Villa H2O in Seminyak – it’s simply stunning and perfect for a large group of people. You can find more details about it here.
* These pieces were sent to me for editorial consideration