Read about our first few days in Bali here.
On Monday we woke up early and went straight back to The Shady Shake. I’m telling you, this was my favorite place in Bali and I could have eaten here everyday for the rest of the trip.
For breakfast, I started with a iced coconut milk cappuccino. Bliss! It was the perfect combination of creamy and coffee. I also ordered the tomato and avocado toast topped with poached eggs and a side of gluten free bread. (The bread turned out to be so dense and filling, I skipped the eggs.) Mike ordered a drool-worthy smoothie bowl and an iced matcha green tea latte.
We had to be back to our villa by 9:30am because our scooter rental was being dropped off then. Traffic and driving in Bali seems insane. Before we went, I read on Natalie Dressed that there were scooters everywhere. Although I was excepting the crowded, slightly chaotic, streets, I didn’t anticipant actually getting on a scooter myself. My adventure-loving man had other plans…
Mike was really excited about the idea of renting a scooter to drive us around on and honestly, at first, I just didn’t want to let him down. I hesitantly agreed to the scooter and followed through with getting on the back of the bike with a when in Rome mentality backing me. Plus, the fact that Mike has his motorcycle license from before we started dating put me more at ease.
Fortunately my instincts were spot on and Mike was great at driving the scooter. I felt safe with him driving (even the few time I squeezed him tightly when a car or other scooter got a little close for comfort). After our first right turn (which were the hardest because you have to cross both lanes of traffic since they drive on the other side of the road in Bali), Mike was zipping around like a local!
We took the scooter to Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak. It was only about 30 minutes away but hard to miss. We drove by it a few times before finally locating it, which isn’t the funnest thing to do your first time mastering a scooter but again, Mike was a champ.
When we walked into Potato Head, I was like, honey, I’m home! It had all of the elements of a perfect vacation day for me. There was a huge infinite pool overlooking the beach. On one end of the pool was a swim-up bar and the other had a section where the water was ankle high that you could lounge on. There were day beds poolside, a few bars scattered around, and big, open areas to sit and eat and drink. The club was casual with a hint of luxury. It felt secluded but not snobby. Perfection!
And a perfect day it was.
We started the day in the bar with a round of cocktails. We also ordered “chips and guacamole,” forgetting we were in an Australian influenced country. When our order came out, Mike and I smiled and shook our heads, realizing our mistake of ordering
French fries chips and guacamole instead. Oh, well!
After our snack, it was pool time! (Side note: the day beds are available first come, first serve. We arrived around 11am but it was already too late to get a bed. You have to be there right when they open to score a bed. We put our names on the list – #14 in line! – anyway and ended up getting a bed around 4pm that afternoon.)
The water in the pool was nice and the view of the beach wasn’t hurting anyone! About a hour or so in we decided it was time for another beverage. Since Mike was driving the scooter back, we kept in PG. I ordered a watermelon juice (YUM! I can guzzle watermelon juice down faster than you’ve ever seen) and Mike got a quintessential island-vacay drink: coconut juice in a giant coconut.
We splashed in the pool a little bit longer before stopping for lunch. I ordered nachos and Mike got a crab sandwich. Both were great! (I was surprised at how much Mexican food I ate while in Bali but this California girl is not complaining!)
We walked down to the beach after. The water was warm and gorgeous. We entertained ourselves by watching for these tiny crabs that come out of little holes on the beach. Here and there, you’ll see a ball of sand thrown out from the hole and you know a crab is in there, digging his home deeper.
I also haggled for the first time while we were on the beach. There was a lady selling traditional sarongs and I knew I wanted one for myself and a few other people at home. I had read online not to go into haggling without knowing how much you will pay before. I quickly set a number I was comfortable with in my head and walked up to her. After a little bit of negotiating, I walked away with my sarongs at the price I set.
We were about ready to leave back to our villa when called for a daybed. So we had one last (virgin) drink and didn’t regret leaving a little later (even with the traffic we hit on the way back). Having a daybed the whole time would have been great. It’s comfortable and convenient to get out of the pool and just go plop down on your bed for a rest or to read. If we’re ever back in Bali, we’ll be sure to get there right at opening.
There was a lot of traffic on the way back to the villa, which made for a more stressful ride. But once you’re on the open road, it’s quite peaceful scooting around all of the rice fields.
Although, nothing could prepare us for the best, most beautiful rice field we were about to discover… Stay tuned for our two day adventure in Ubud coming up!