Travel: Bali – Potato Head Beach Club

Potato Head Beach Club was the perfect way to end our week-long vacation in Bali.  It ended up being one of our favorite places that we checked out.  Although it’s not necessarily an experience that’s unique or authentic to Indonesia per se, it exudes a sense of coolness and luxury that’s often associated with a holiday in Bali.  When we arrived it was a feast for the senses.

The reasons I love this place are endless….

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The architecture itself was a beautiful sight!  It was designed as a modern take on the Roman Coliseum using 18th-century teak shutters collected from across the Indonesian archipelago.  It was such an interesting and unexpected concept and design.

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I loved the open green space in the center of the amphitheater, and the inviting infinity pool overlooking the sandy beach and crashing waves of the Indian Ocean.  The day beds next to the pool are first-come-first-serve, so get there early to secure a spot.  The venue also hosts a number of private events and concerts.  We had just missed Foster the People the weekend before, in which after seeing the layout of the place I could totally envision an intimate concert pool party next to the beach.  Maybe next time…

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We sat sipping on some deliciously mixed cocktails while admiring the ambiance, watching the sunset and enjoying beats from the live DJ — a perfect way to spend our late afternoon.

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From day ’til night this place is the perfect laid back hangout, and to add to the appeal of this swanky establishment, it will soon be available for accommodations.

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Although the bar snack menu was certainly tempting, we saved our appetites for dinner at Lilin, one of several eating options on the premises.  Lilin is described as a restaurant inspired by the traditional home-cooked food of Southeast Asia, taking authentic ingredients from the Orient and preparing them in a contemporary way. There are two main parts to their menu: the first being the tapas menu where you get a choice of four from the list, and the second a selection of fresh seafood from the islands.

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A little amuse bouche to start off the dinner, if you will (and I think I will).

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We ordered:  Wok-fried clams with chili paste, kaffir lime leaf and spring onions (RP75)

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Golden Prawn Balls – Crispy minced prawns marinated with a selection of fresh herbs, served with sweet chili and plum sauce; Baby squid in yellow curry stuffed with minced pork and fresh herbs;  Fried tofu sambal curry which was marinated fried tofu served with spicy curry sauce; Baby shrimp and glass noodle salad with fresh greens in garlic, chili and lemon dressing (RP180 total)

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We couldn’t pass up the Iga Babi Panggang – Barbecued pork spare ribs marinated with fresh Asian herbs, soy and honey-tomato reduction (RP100)

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And as if the day couldn’t have been any sweeter, we finished it off with dessert: Lychee panna cotta with orange sorbet served with vanilla sauce  (RP55).

Bali - Potato Head12Our evening at Potato Head Beach Club was absolutely delightful.  After all the sightseeing during the week, it was nice to be able to relax and not worry about traveling from site to site and sitting in Bali’s unrelenting traffic.  The food at Lilin was really a great way to end our trip with a bang.  I would say it was the answer to a lot of things I had been searching for in the food tour we embarked on in Bali.  The fresh seafood was more flavorful than the beachside bbq at Menaga Cafe and the bbq ribs were just as juicy and delicious as our other favorite, Naughty Nuri’s down the road.

On your way out, be sure to stop by Eleven, their on-site boutique.  It houses a mix of chic products, clothing and accessories from international brands as well as local Indonesian designers.  I loved their selection of accessories and handmade jewelry and actually ended up picking some up as a souvenir.

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Potato Head Beach Club:  11.00 am – 2.00 am | Jln. Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia | t. +62 (361) 473 7979 | e. reservation@ptthead.com

Lilin:  5.30 pm – midnight | reservations recommended

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