Vacay: Tell us a bit about yourself!
I have been living in Adelaide, South Australia for the last 10 years and I own a high end car dealership. Cars are my passion but I really love to travel and get have good quality down time when I can.
Vacay: Where are you from and what brought you to Seminyak, Bali?
I’m originally from London but moved to Adelaide in 2010 and haven’t looked back. I love Seminyak, Bali for a few reasons that keep bringing me back, I think the first one is that it’s easy!
I like to leave on the early flight from Adelaide that gets in around 9am-10am depending on the time of year, and its only a 5 hour flight. Most destinations from Australia take 8,9,10 hours plus which if you're only taking a week off cuts into the trip.
Another thing I love is the vibe, it doesn’t matter what time of year you go there’s always something happening in Seminyak from the day clubs to the night clubs its always got a buzz about it.
The people also make the experience that much better. The Balinese people are among the nicest I have come across and their customer service in hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs is always exceptional.
Vacay: What is the one thing about Bali that you fell in love with?
That’s a really tough question as there are so many great things. But if I had to choose one it would probably be the people, the locals are really welcoming and hospitable.
Vacay: What was your favourite thing to do while you were there?
It would have to be going to Finns Beach Club the place is a world class venue! The drinks and the food are amazing and to top to all off they’re always playing wicked beats! If you go get a day bed it’s worth the spend!
Vacay: What are some tips you have for those heading to Bali this summer?
Let's assume you’ve never been, you’ll have a lot of random people offering you transport, it's usually in the form of scooter in which case I’d decline. I use GoJek, its basically an Uber app for the island that shows you the price you will be paying for your journey so you don’t get over charged.
Another tip I'd give anyone thinking of heading over is to make sure you exchange your currency in Bali at an authorised conversion dealer. There are a number of back street currency dealers which will scam you with incorrect amounts so be wary!
Vacay: Your top 3 places to eat?
Da Maria, Sisterfields Cafe and Saigon Street
Vacay: your top 3 bars/ clubs?
Finns Beach Club, Mrs Sippy and Motel Mexicola
Vacay: Where do you recommend staying?
There's literally 1000's of places to stay on the island, I personally really like the Amadea Resort. It’s not a 5 star hotel by any stretch, however it’s great 'bang for buck' and is literally a minute walk to get to the hustle and bustle of Bali. The service is always fantastic and the staff are great!
Vacay: And lastly, where to next?
Hmm... that's a tough one. I'd love to visit the West Coast of the US, I've never been there before and it looks awesome. I'm a big fan of the movie 'The Hangover', and those guys sold it to me!