I've been in Bali for more than three years and frequently get questions regarding hospitals.
I've had fully anesthetized surgery at BIMC and all went well despite a black out while it was in progress. The cost was about 70% of what I would have paid in Singapore. The hospital is world class with that the priciest in Bali but the place to go if things are complicated.
Siloam is the up and coming hospital in Bali, prices are good but the pharmacy is a rip off, go elsewhere to fill the scripts they give you. My wife spent five days there following a broken ankle and it seems to be the most frequented by westerners in motorbike accidents in Bali, I saw several come in each day. The surgery went well and it was complex.
I've also been here for MRI's, Check Ups, Blood Work, and common things like Bali Belly, Asthma, and Dental. They're good but not awesome. Awesome for me is Singapore but alas I live here.
Guys, our spa is strictly healthy and we have an enforced "Erection Ejection" policy. We offer up an excellent Athletic massage and many other Men's spa treatments like foot massage, shoulder massage, waxing, facials, and such but if you're looking for the proverbial happy ending massage - we're not the place for you so please don't offer up your lil bro for our sweet staff ladies to see - that's not what we're about and appreciate that you respect our staff in this respect. WE DO NOT HAVE ANY HAPPY ENDINGS in our spa. Please be respectful
For those seeking services outside of what we offer, P4P, we recommend you use google as there are plenty of options. One spa in particular we recommend is River View Spa, it's near bye and professionally run - you'll leave very happy! we highly recommend the Two therapist VIP room treatment. Go in first with a solid haircut from Bali Barber, be confident and generous and the ladies will take good care of you. Riverview Spa Location
For the guys seeking a bit of male mm attention, we don't offer that but there are several well known places in Bali that might. Consider Banana Spa, Adam's Apple, or M2 for a more personal focus than we offer.
Our Spa is obviously not the place for naughtiness or happy endings, please respect the ladies on our team and take your happiness into your own hands elsewhere :)
If you absolutely must find a happy ending handjob or pay for play in Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Sanur, or Jimbaran, start your search here
I'm getting, where's the best place in Bali to watch the footy, the match, the Superbowl, the game, the World Series, The Stanley Cup, etc...." alot. I personally like Adrenalin in Seminyak Square, Signal is great, professionally run, and always a great turnout! Here's a great list from Top Ten Bali that I agree with....
Top Rating Bali Sports Bars
1Adrenalin Sport Bar - Seminyak 5/5 (6)
2Y Sports Bar - Legian 4.67/5 (3)
3Rama Garden Hotel Sports Bar - Legian 4.5/5 (2)
4The Sports Bar - Benoa 4/5 (1)
5SportsZone - Kuta 4/5 (1)666 corner - Seminyak 3.5/5 (2)
7Bamboo Bar & Grill - Badung 3.5/5 (2)8Stadium Cafe - Kuta 3.5/5 (2)
9Piggy's Bar & Cafe - Kerobokan 3.5/5 (2)
10MAMA'S German Restaurant - Legian 3/5 (1)
Had this question a few times recently, "Where's the best place for Sunday Brunch?" We love The St. Regis and typically treat ourselves once a month there, their Bloody Mary's are excellent and the food isn't too shabby either!
Here's the Bali Bible's list of Sunday Brunch spots to consider...If you haven't checked out The Bali Bible, do so, it is a great way to familiarize yourself with all Bali has to offer.
BALI'S BEST SUNDAY BRUNCHES JUNE 24, 2015
‘Sunday Brunches’ have become trendy amongst the high-end international hotels over the past few years all around the world. With buffets and all you can eat style dinning cascading with oysters, sashimi, premium meats, decadent desserts, accompanied with free flow champagne if you choose, it’s no surprise the trend has caught on here in Bali. Here we have the best of Bali’s Sunday Brunches from gastronomic and extravagant, sophisticated and polished to child friendly.
Soleil at The Mulia Nusa Dua
An extravagant brunch serving Mediterranean and Pan-Asian cuisine. Everything about the Mulia says luxury and the Brunch is infamous for its decadence.
Cut Catch Cucina at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
A huge selection of the best local seafood, premium meat cuts and modern Italian dishes. Cut Catch Cocina is a sophisticated dinning experience and has a very good reputation amongst the island’s brunches. Also open for a Saturday sitting.
Nikki Beach Nusa Dua
The brunch at Nikki beach is the place to be seen, with Brunches turning into all day pool parties. Enjoy a large variety of food before heading to the lounges for some sun and cocktails.
Starfish Bloo The W Petitenget
An island favourite, Starfish Bloo specialises in Pan-Asian cuisine and seafood platters in a casual but elegant seaside Brunch setting.
Benkay Japanese Restaurant at Grand Nikko Bali
Japanese specialties such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, udon and other favorites are available from an extensive buffet accompanied by free flow green tea. A stunning resort and the Sunday Brunch is a refreshing change from other Sunday Brunches.
Sheraton Sunday Market Brunch Kuta
This Sunday Brunch really highlights fresh produce and ingredients from the island. Known to be very unpretentious, the Sheraton Sunday Market Brunch is also great for kids.
Lobster Bruch Fairmont Sanur Beach
eaturing a unique lobster-centric a la carte menu and a wide selection of savory and sweet buffet dishes, including oysters, cold meats, cheeses and delicious seafood dishes.
Uma Cucina at Uma by Como Ubud
With all you can eat à la cart service, Uma by Como insures a quality dinning experience. Choose from a variety of anti-pasto dishes to seafood and of course dessert.
Glow at Como Shambhala Estate Ubud
Come Shambhala Estate offers a ‘health retreat’ style stay. The Sunday Brunch at Glow is à la cart style with a focus on lighter dishes.
The Astor Diamond Champagne Sunday Brunch at Kayuputih St Regis Nusa Dua
Expect decadence and gastronomic indulgence with beverage packages including premium champagne and wine. Use of the Children’s learning centre complimentary during Brunch hours.
Boneka Sunday Bruch St Regis Nusa Dua
Only a little bit more low key than Kayuputih also as St Regis, Boneka does an Avruga pearls and oyster station and lobster omelette. Use of the Children’s learning centre complimentary during Brunch hours.
Pregos Westin Nusa Dua
The family friendliest Brunch on the island, Pregos serves an Italian style all you can eat brunch with many child friendly options. Beverage packages available for adults.
- See more at: http://www.thebalibible.com/bali/balis-best-sunday-brunches#sthash.s5EuUHLE.dpuf
I saw this on FB Bali expats and it's a great list of restaurant's we'd recommend as well. Do email if you have any questions about where to dine in Bali, we're happy to assist!
TOP 20 RESTAURANTS
Urchin Bar & Grill
Seminyak Italian Food
Jemme (Sunday Roast)
Deus ex Machina
WARUNG (INDONESIAN CAFE)
Shiro Sushi & Sake Bar
Il Mare (Sunday brunch)
Starfish Bloo (Sunday brunch)
Paradise Dynasty (Beachwalk)
Robert Machetti The Plantation Grill (Double six)
Australians holidaying in Indonesia could find themselves short of money from today after the country’s central bank pushed through new legislation prohibiting foreign currencies from being used in domestic transactions.
The new rule, which takes effect today, has been introduced as Jakarta tries to get a grip on the falling rupiah, a historically volatile currency that has been on a downward slide over the last four years..
Trust in the rupiah has been fragile ever since the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s, when its value went into free fall and Indonesia went under an International Monetary Fund rehabilitation program. The rupiah has become one of Asia’s worst-performing currencies this year, depreciating around 7% against the dollar. Bank Indonesia says the prohibition against foreign currency in domestic transactions is intended to reduce reliance on the dollar and other foreign currencies and mitigate against capital outflows.
According to Bank Indonesia, transactions within the country in currencies other than rupiah amount to $73 billion a year. From today, prices for all goods and services will need to be quoted in rupiah only, a measure that will affect prices for hotels, and restaurants used by tourists as well as local services, such as legal advice, insurance and accounting.
As is often the case with Indonesian regulations, the law empowering the ban was passed several years ago but implementation has only been announced over the past three months.
The shift comes at a time when President Joko Widodo’s government is struggling to draw investment to help fund infrastructure projects that are badly needed in this Southeast Asian nation of 250 million people. Economic growth has hit a six-year low and confidence in the current government’s ability to manage economic policy has slumped. “You can only implement this policy when the exit rate risk is relatively small,” said Muhamad Chatib Basri, a former finance minister and chairman of the Mandiri Institute, a research think tank affiliated with state-owned Bank Mandiri. Peter Jacobs, a spokesman for the central bank, said Bank Indonesia would consider allowing companies more time to put the rule into effect on a project-by-project basis. “If there are corporations that have concerns about transactions about any problems related to this, they can write us a letter and we’ll see the possibility to give them a delay,” he said
affected businesses say they are trying to minimise the impact of the regulation by building in market-based adjustments to help offset the rupiah’s volatility. Some property companies are considering a dollar-linked rupiah rate that changes with each billing cycle.
Other companies are expected to increase their prices in rupiah to account for the risk of depreciation.
If something catches your eye in a little shop with an unmarked price, decide what you think it's worth to you, offer 50% of that first and gradually offer up in small increments until you get it at the price it's worth to you. No matter what you pay, it probably can be cheaper but seriously, most things are cheap and haggling is a sport in Bali so have fun with it.
Excerpt from one of the better posts I've seen on the Trip Advisor Bali Forum
Rough Guide to Market prices and Fixed shops
Watch the zeros in your money 1000 (10c) ,10 000 ($1) ,100 000rp ($10).
If you think it's a fair price, pay it. Don't squabble over small amounts ( an extra 10 000 rp is only $1 )
This is a guide to shopping at the markets though I have also included some of the department stores and popular shops in most areas, for those who love to shop and don’t know where to go.
I have compiled prices from fixed price market shops Rikas in Tuban, Tootsies in Sanur, Ketuts in Legian and Nyomans in Kuta. Some may charge 5000rp more than others. Some things were cheaper, some the same, some dearer.
I did not get to the Homeware shops this trip but if you go to Biarritz inSeminyak, It’s bright, airy, clean and 3 floors of fixed price. It’s sister shop is Geneva and they both have websites to look at their prices and goods. This will give you an idea of what to pay in the markets.
Lastly there are a couple of ladies that have plagiarised this shopping list, please note this is the ORIGINAL and there are severe penalties for doing so.
Back pack surf 75 000rp
Beach towels (Bintang etc) 50 000 rp
Board shorts Mens RP 40 000rp
Bracelets, wide knitted stretch beaded 15 000rp, chunky beaded 25 000rp.
Caps Baseball Peaked RP - 25 000rp
Flags/umbal umbals 25 000rp each + for longer length
Kids Singlets/T shirts RP 20 000 and 30 000rp
Kids board shorts 30 000rp
kids AFL shirts 80 to 100 000rp.
Mens shorts, short pull on 40 000, longer fitted striped surf 80 000rp, Denim surf 110 000rp
Mens dress shirts surf 65 000rp
Mens Collared Stretch Polo shirts RP 60 000rp
Mens AFL Football shirts Collared 120 000rp
Mens T shirts (always buy larger as will shrink) 50 000rp poly cotton 60 000rp cotton and short sleeved Bintang 35 000rp
Mens Long sleeves surf T shirt 70 000rp
Mens Singlets /tank tops poly cotton 40 000 rp to 50 000rp for cotton
Puppets large 100 000rp
Sandals, soft leather 60 000rp
Sarongs Short wrap (basic printed) RP 25 000
Sarongs Long RP 30 000
Shoes / Sandles (dressier, sling backs , suede , studded etc) 85 000rp to 100 000rp
Stubby holders packs of 6 - 30,000 rp
Sunglasses 30 000 rp
Travel cushion 50 000rp
Umbrella / ceremonial 60 000 rp check for borer holes when buying.
Umbrella for rain 45 000rp, 55 000rp
Vans style shoes 100 000rp (bought in Tootsies, some shops ask 150 000rp)
Watches RP 40 000 to 70 000rp (Bagus watch shop more expensive but gorgeous and fixed price)
Wallet mens, branded, Black Leather RP 35 000rp
Wallet ladies , branded, 60 000 rp to 80 000rp for the large
Fixed Price shops
TOOTSIE’S new shop location behind her tootsies bar and café, when you come down Jalan pantai Sindhu, turn left at the beach and it’s 20 meters. Behind her shop, her daughter has opened a spa salon.
There are shops surrounding Tootsies now that do fixed price also.
Jenis shop 28 and 29 Sindhu beach markets behind Bennos.
Hardy’s department store and supermarket and Tina Shop (boutique)
Ketuts. Enter Jalan Sahadewa (garlic lane) from Jalan melasti and its the first tiny lane on your right.
Look down and you will see Ketut written....thats when you manage to get past the group of guys on the corner…She has 3 or 4 shops, gives bottles of water and does western sizes (including the correct crutch sizing)….She also sells some homewares, handbags etc….She is always busy so try to go around 9am ish when she is opening.
Or Ketut's "sister" in garlic lane. Between Billys and Suriwathi hotel. Same stuff and same prices. Not crowded as most people don't know it's fixed price. She will get from ketut if she hasn't got.
Also in Legian …from LeeV1
In Legian Markets next to the Mini mart on the corner of Jl Melasti and Garlic Lane..... you will find Anna's Shop, it's down the second aisle off Jl Melasti, If you look up at the signs, hers is pink. Ayu and Wayan, ask for Fixed price and say that Lee sent you.
In Legian art market is Turika . Looks to be just around the vicinity of Ketuts and before Billys bar. Call out for Turika. She is fixed price if you ask.
From Andrea Miss Debbies is also very good located in Garlic lane, about half way down on your right.. Just ask to go out the back and they will take you to the rear compound with lots more stock and set prices, bottled water and no hassle!
Santa's is at the top end of Garlic Lane on the left, about 4 shops before it meets Jl Padma. Number 23c (just past Losari Hotel)
Kuta and surrounds.
at Kuta art markets, looking from kartika plaza entrance towards the beach.......she is down the back left Isle.
Shop 111. Her name is Nyoman and she is lovely. Ask for fixed price. ( her husband is also a driver).
Shop 39 (over towards right middle Isle) wayan is also fixed if you ask.
Mataharis and Kuta square
Ace hardware , at Istana Galleria (Alta Moda fabrics is there too)
Bali mall galleria with another mataharis (near the by pass road)
Down opposite Sun Island hotel are 3 more fixed market shops, Rikas, Jenis and Diannes.
Centro discovery Mall
3 Fixed price stores for all things market and homewares
Geneva Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 100
Biarritz on sunset road (lighter and brighter and near carrefores)
Krisna on sunset road (good for t shirts and batik goods)
Bali Brasco for great clothes especially including kids.. is on the Sunset Road, on the opposite side to Carrefour
Carrefores department store
Bintang supermarket (upstairs is also good) (they have the cheapest Bali natural soaps in Bali)
Jalan 66/ double six street, mostly fixed price. Paisal (opposite Scisilia spa) is great for costume jewellery
Silverberry….gorgeous jewellery……on Jalan legian just past Jalan padma (on the right) and up further just before Bintang supermarket (on the left) and in the new Beachwalk shopping centre near poppies 2..
Divine Divas Jl. Laksmana +62 813-3865-4266 Seminyak
Soul Sisters 3 brothers lane Seminyak
Tina shop 3 brothers lane Seminyak.
Erlangga 1 Jl Nusa Kambangan No 28
Bali Zen, near Bali Deli.
Bypass road, 3 factory surf outlets within 150 meters (take a driver, too hard to get a taxi back)
B Denpasar ph -0361 221 1281 (like Biarritz)
Ramayana dept store
Mataharis (and KFC is on basement if you want a lunch stop)
Robinsons local dept store
Tiara Dewata local dept store
Hardy’s department store
Careforres (nothing like Seminyak)
If you're planning on visiting Bali, this old book gave me great insight into Bali and Balinese beliefs, highly recommend it and it can be found at most Periplus bookstores on the island.
First published in 1937, Island of Bali is still regarded by many as the most authoritative text on Bali and its fascinating people. Included is a wealth of information on the daily life, art, customs and religion of this magical "Island of the Gods." In the author's own words it presents a "bird's-eye view of Balinese life and culture."
Miguel Covarrubias, the author, was a noted painter and caricaturist as well as a student of anthropology. He lived in Bali for a total of three years in the early 1930s, and today his account is as fresh and insightful as it was when it was originally published. Introducing the island with a survey of hits history, geography and social structure, Covarrubias goes on to present a captivating picture of Balinese art, music and drama. Religion, witchcraft, death and cremation are also covered.
Island of Bali will appeal to anyone with an interest in this unique island, from general Eat, Pray, Lovereaders to serious anthropologist alike. Complementing the text are 90 drawings by Covarrubias and countless others by Balinese artists. Also included are 114 half-tone photographs, and five full-color paintings by the author.