Seminyak, Bali…

After 5 nights in Ubud, we spent the remainder of our break in Seminyak, which although only a short distance from Kuta is nonetheless a much nicer area with some amazing restaurants. I did not take the camera out with me every night, instead relying on the Canon Ixus 125HS as my pocket camera. Unfortunately I am really beginning to notice the limitations of this little camera and fear it may be time to upgrade. I do like it’s portability, but being able to shoot only JPEG’s is a big problem for me, particularly as many images featuring skin tones tend to be very heavily orange biased.

One night I did take the 5D 3 out was when we spent the afternoon and evening at the W Retreat and Spa. If you are planning on heading down here, it is imperative to book as this bar is very popular and a great place to watch the sun set while enjoying the beach party atmosphere. Service was as usual impeccable and I would very much recommend the W for a pre-dinner drink. When hunger got the better of us we headed to the on site restaurant ‘Fire’, which again served wonderful food. The following images were taken with either the 17mm TS-E or the 50mm f1.2L…

W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The sunsets for which Bali is justifiably famous, from the W retreat obviously…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Sunset at the W retreat and Spa in Seminyak – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The retreat basks in the sunset glow… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The bar that changes colour; I would imagine that this could be a little challenging if you were to be more than a little drunk..! © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
This image of the entrance just had to be in black and white…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Unfortunately I did not have my tripod with me while visiting the W retreat and Spa in Seminyak, so all the images had to be shot at iso 1600 or higherKayumanis Villa and Spa, Ubud, Bali…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The colourful lobby at the W © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The Magician playing at W… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Fire restaurant at W Retreat – the food was as stunning as the glass sculpture light…sadly as good as the food was, the wine was extortionately overpriced, even by Bali standards. ISO 6400 handheld and then cleaned up in Photoshop… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Sunset at Seminyak beach...© Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Sunset at Seminyak beach…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
My beautiful wife, enjoying beer and cocktails at the W…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
I have no idea what I was drinking, but it was good! © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak, Bali © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
In front of the camera for once…© Michael Evans Photographer 2014

In Seminyak we chose to stay at the One Boutique Villa, which although it was certainly nice, did not for me quite live up to the hype on Tripadvisor; in fact I preferred the service and accommodation at Kayumanis in Ubud. The accommodations were lovely, as the following images will attest; I think it was just that the staff were perhaps a little too intrusive, and having our air-conditioner break down three nights in a row at 2 and 3am was more than a little tiring. It was by no means bad, but honestly I felt it could have been better…

The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Four poster bed… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The bedroom villa… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Another outdoor bathroom… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Very clever towel sculpture on the bed to greet us on our first night… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
The view from our bedroom – not too tough to take! … © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
This image of the outdoor bathroom is by necessity comprised of several exposures blended together by hand… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
More rose petal bathing… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Close-up of the towel sculpture… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Looking back to the breakfast area… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Dusk over the villa’s pool… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
I very carefully got into the pool with my 5D 3 and the RRS tripod to capture this view of the moon over the villas, while Melinda waited to head out for dinner… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Lovely fresh fruit… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Beautiful flora using the 50mm f1.2… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
The One Boutique Villa, Seminyak, Bali - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
Nature’s architecture… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

Certainly one of the most enjoyable aspects of Bali is, as I have already alluded to, the quality of the restaurants which are quite superb. Every meal was excellent, and with so many restaurants  to choose from I would heartily recommend Sarong, Sardine, Metis, The Bistrot, Gado Gado, Fire at the W retreat and Mamasan (the sister restaurant to Sarong). Unfortunately there is a massive 600% tax on imported alcohol, so wine with each meal does make the expense of dining out about the same as one would pay in Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Seminyak, Bali…

  1. Wowwww….

    Amazing images, Michael 🙂

    I am pretty sure, you enjoyed taking photos in this place 101%

    Please let the resort guys see this post, they will refund your payment before thinking twice 🙂

    Thanks a lot for sharing, and have a great day 🙂

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