Postcards from Bali: Seminyak | Bali Swiss Villa

Postcards from Bali: The Arrival

Nikki Parkinson Life, Travel 29 Comments

The moment we stepped out of Denpasar Airport yesterday afternoon I was immediately grateful for recent spate of hot, humid weather back home.

Except for an air-conditioned six-hour flight, we were pretty much ready for the wall of thick, heavy air with which our bodies were slammed.

And as the hotel driver ducked and weaved the Tarago through the back streets of Kuta, beeping his way past street stalls, laundries, clothing stores, Balinese home ware outlets, spare blocks of land, the odd cow or six and plenty of half-built homes and holiday villas, I had everything crossed that the accommodation I’d booked four months ago vaguely resembled the internet photos. {The New York apartment *incident* is still too fresh!}

We’re not staying in the most luxurious accommodation on offer in Seminyak and we’re not on the beach but for this pool-less family of five it took all of three minutes from the time we stepped through the high-gated compound of our three-bedroom villa for everyone to high-tail it into our pool.

Our own pool. That’s right, we don’t have to share. Or lay our towels out at dawn to grab a sun bed. No, it’s ours to jump into at any time.

In fact, that’s what the rest of them are doing right now while I write. We’re back from dinner {I may have indulged in the first of many lychee martinis} and a couple of games of pool at The Deck.

As you do.

Today our driver for the week arrives so we can start exploring this island. I cannot wait to get stuck in.

… there may be shopping involved. I’d like to say this is because I listened to everyone and packed lightly. But I’d be telling a big, fat lie.

Unless, of course, by lightly you mean the weight of each item. Then I’m winning … singly, kaftans don’t weigh very much. There just may be a lot of them 😉

Postcards from Bali: Seminyak | Bali Swiss Villa

Postcards from Bali: Seminyak | Bali Swiss Villa

Postcards from Bali | Bali Swiss Villa | Seminyak

Postcards from Bali | Bali Swiss Villa | Seminyak

Postcards from Bali | Bali Swiss Villa | Seminyak

Postcards from Bali | The Deck | Seminyak

Postcards from Bali | The Deck | Seminyak

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.

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  • There are lots of villas in Indonesia. The one that I loved the most is the , Australian owned.

  • sari


    the villa looks gorgeous- do you mind sharing what it’s called? looking madly on trip advisor for something affordable and this looks perfect!

  • Belinda

    Love that bathroom….oh and everything else.

  • Kelly

    That looks stunning Nikki. Enjoy … though I think you would be hard pressed to do anything else!

  • Ooo noice! We’re thinking of a trip there at the end of the year to celebrate our youngest graduating from high school 🙂

  • abeachcottage

    enjoy! drink lots …of water of course haha xoxo

  • mary_j_j

    Ah, we stayed at the Semara last year – and ate at the Deck so often!! Enjoy your stay in Bali! We did!

    • Very family friendly!

      • mary_j_j

        Oh yeah, with a then two year old and a four year old in tow it was great! We stayed a week, then went to Nusa Lembongan for a week too.

  • Looks AMAZING Nikki. Enjoy every second and keep the poscards coming. x

  • Sian Gipslis

    If you get a chance, head up to Ubud. There are some lovely shops up there and having lunch at Casa Luna is always a nice thing to do. I also love visiting the John Hardy showroom. It is made entirely of bamboo and the jewels are beautiful!

    In Seminyak my favourite haunts have been Perlu on Jalan Laksmana (which I think is now called Jalan Kayu Aya), Niluh Djelantik for great shoes on Jalan Raya Kerobokan and Grocer and Grind behind Seminyak Square for great brunch! I also love having dinner at Sarong. Enjoy!

    S xx

  • Have a great holiday Nikki & family, looks great. Looking forward to seeing what shopping you do 🙂

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Thank-you Nikki for taking the time out of your holiday to send us postcards,i love where you are staying,your own pool in your hotel, gold idea,because I have a pool I don’t like to share and I love how it is in the middle of your villa with the sliding doors to enter,some sneaky midnight swims may be in order.
    The Bath is stunning,that is what I call a bath and I hope you are going to take full advantage of it ,you may just have to have a roster,Love love love.Enjoy your day trips and have lots of Lychee Martini’s ,and shop shop shop for Kaftans and beautiful things in silk,have a fantasic time x

    • The good news? I don’t have to share that bath as there are 3 of them! One for each room!

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        That is great news enjoy!!!

  • Oh, that looks great. My husband and I are off to Bali soon. I’m going to be taking notes, so keep sharing 🙂

  • Alli @ ducks on the dam

    You’ll have to do a side line post about how to find accommodation. Love the private pool. Our non pool owning family would also be in heaven.

  • Nikki your villa looks fantastic! You’re all going to have the best time. Enjoy all the food and the shopping and the people xxx

  • Kathryn

    Happy to hear that you all settled in SO quickly. It looks very inviting and perfect for lounging around in pretty kaftans. Your cocktail looks fabulous too, such a bright colour. Is it pineapple? Have some great adventures this week.

    • Thanks Kathryn, the bright coloured drink was our welcome orange juice – fancy!