Bodyworks, Seminyak, Bali

Postcards from Bali: Indulgences

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty, Life, Travel 17 Comments

It is no secret that I’m not a girl who likes to rough it.

I love my creature comforts and I’m more than a little fond of a an indulgence or six. Because I’m SO worth it. {Mr SY, stop that eye rolling, it’s bad for your health}

This whole holiday could be classed as one big indulgence. And for our family that’s very much the case. We haven’t done something like this – all together – ever.

So in between little regular family niggles and squabbles {yep, you can take the kids out of home but you can’t take the home out of the kids}, we’ve all been enjoying something new, something fun and something we’ll remember forever.

But in the interests of amping up the indulgence factor a little further, I’ve been enjoying a few little extra treats. As you do.

Treat number one: dinner at Sarong.

Now, that Mrs Woog, she is an insistent friend. Apart from telling me to get some lobster gyoza in my belly at Ku De Ta, she also said that Mr SY and I HAD to dine out at her favourite restaurant in the world, Sarong.

We missed out on a reservation the first night we tried but we weren’t missing out the next. Even frocked up for the occasion in a Camilla kaftan and my Stuart Weitzman gold platforms from NYC.

Insisted that Mr SY step out in his salmon {no, it’s not pink} shirt.


Oh, and because a flash of neon is always warranted, wore this uber-cool watch which kindly Moment Watches sent me*, to feed my neon addiction.


We arrived on dusk. Which suited us just fine as you get to watch the whole subtle light show take full effect while we rolled a Summer Fate and Chilli and Lime Magarita cocktail respectively.

Sarong Restaurant, Seminyak, Bali


… before downing some of the most amazing food I’ve ever had the privilege of eating. Starting with a soft shell crab salad.

{Expect to pay about $AU200 for a three-course meal, a couple of cocktails, a bottle of wine, water and coffee for two.}


Next on the list of indulgences? A bit of spa action with Miss SY.

We booked in at Bodyworks because a girlfriend of mine who gives my Spa Rat status a run for her money declared that it was THE spa to go to in Seminyak. And after a morning there enjoying a full body massage, flower bath and manicure for the princely sum of $AU44 each, I’d very much have to agree.



Walking in a state of bliss back to meet up with the boys, Miss SY spotted this store … a whole store devoted to Samantha Robinson porcelain. I did a little happy dance but not so boisterous as to break any of the beautiful pieces before my eyes.


Prices are about the same as in Australia {they are still hand made in Australia} but the shopping advantage here is that the entire range is on offer in one place. What you will pick up for less are the cushion covers and sarongs which Samantha has had made in Bali using her designs.


Another girlfriend, my gorgeous hair stylist Maria, said that The W in Bali was her happy place and that she would indeed be very unhappy if I didn’t go there and order a drink on her behalf.


I am nothing but a devoted girlfriend, prepared to go above and beyond in the name of friendship. Especially when the menu is etched on neon perspex. And you can pay $AU15 per person {kids half price} for the privilege of enjoying the pool and pretending you are staying at his 5-star hotel. Don’t want to use the pool? You just pay for your drinks and food.


Yes, that would be me going above and beyond while showing off my silver ring purchase from Sari Dewi Silver … and the Bodyworks manicure {OPI No Room for the Blues}.


And really, right now … there’s no room for the blues. Plenty of time for that when we’re back home next week.

PS. Stay safe and dry my fellow Queensland friends and Happy Australia Day.

Editor’s note: I’m on holidays this week with my family. I’ll be popping in here most days with postcards from Bali. Regular Styling You programming will resume next week.

Want more? 13 tips for travelling for travelling to Bali if you’re a newbie

* Moment Watches gifted me this watch for editorial consideration, in accordance with my disclosure policy.

Comments 17

  1. You are sooooo lucky to be away from all the storms and floods in SE Qld. It just keeps bucketing down and the canal levels here on the GC are on the way up. Bad hair days, make up melting off in the humidity (oh forgot you are in Bali)! Hope you have a safe flight back into Brisbane airport..wouldn’t it be unbearable if your return flight was cancelled and you had to stay in Bali for another week? Stay safe.

  2. I want to go to Bali right now!!! Love all those places you visited,the restaurant the W the spa beautiful,who can go past a flower blossom bath and all the pampering that goes with it,spas are my favourite places,I actually had a pedi yesterday with a voucher the kids gave me and was so surprised at the service, so nice and gentle and caring, I nearly fell asleep ,and guess what they were balinese so I will be going back there.I am with you on this one 5 stars all the way I do not rough it either I figure I am worth it too.I can’t believe you only bought 2 things from the Samantha Robinson shop.The ring you bought is so beautiful,I wish I wore silver as gold is so expensive.I love all your pictures they are so pretty and It is lovely to have family memories of holidays together,priceless,you can’t buy that,I am glad you are having a wondeful indulgent time togther.Thanks for sharing ,enjoy your last few days x

  3. This week you might just have converted me try Bali…spa, cocktails (shopping) and Sarong = Heaven. Thanks for letting us all come along for the ride 🙂

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