The elegant Shalimar Estate is located minutes away from the rural village of Seseh on the south west coast and is flanked in all directions by the phenomenal natural beauty that Bali is famous for. On one side are the white horses of the Indian Ocean and on the other reams and reams of rice fields punctuated by clusters of coconut groves. This is a location of peace and serenity, far from the madding crowds of Kuta and an altogether more authentic experience. Seseh lies between the trendy neighbourhood of Canggu and the more traditional area of Tanah lot and about a 20 to 30 minute drive away from the cosmopolitan hub of Seminyak.
Canggu is one of the up and coming areas of Bali and is famed for its surfing beaches including the legendary Echo Beach and Old Man’s. At Echo Beach there are also a variety of restaurants including some really delicious beachfront BBQ places. Other trendy eateries in the area include Shady Shack, Avocado, Betelnut and Bottega. There are also some great opportunities for a night out here at Deus, The Lawn, Old Man’s, Finns Beach Club and Single Fin. If you are looking to find even more Zen there are a number of excellent yoga shalas including Desi Seni, The Practice and Serenity all of which have excellent teachers and classes for all levels. Furthermore, the well-equipped Fins Recreation Club provides plenty of options for more activities from tennis to ten pin bowling and water slides for the kids.
Tanah lot and Tabanan
Tanah lot is a pilgrimage site on the south west coast of the island and for centuries its offshore temple has been the place the Balinese have come to worship the Sea Gods. In more recent years because of its truly breath-taking setting, perched on a rocky outcrop, it has become a particular favourite with visitors to the island. The Nirwana golf course is located nearby and this too overlooks the Indian Ocean providing one of the most beautiful 18 hole courses in the world. Another option is to move inland and explore the Tabanan regency which has some incredible volcanic scenery and well-hidden hotsprings.
Seminyak is the nearest main town and it provides a wealth of activities and facilities depending on what you are looking for. Some of the best shopping on the island is offered up by a bevy of small independent high end boutiques and there are some excellent restaurants such as Metis, Sardine and Mama San, providing exceptional international cuisine. Also in this location are Ku De Ta, Potato Head and the W, all of which are beach clubs that provide excellent food and have DJ’s until the early hours of a balmy morning.