Images | Mantra
Last month I travelled to Bali, Indonesia for a few days of RnR with handyman Eddie. We stayed in a beautiful resort in Seminyak and spent our days reading, swimming and visiting the numerous bars and restaurants for lunch, dinner and drinks. Before we left Perth, everyone told me how ‘Aussie’ Bali would be, particularly party town Kuta which is full of boozy holiday mayhem and is actually closer by plane to Perth than Sydney or Melbourne! Seminyak in comparison was a lot quieter, more relaxed and surprisingly a lot like Perth – some great boutiques, interiors stores and quirky bars with that relaxed beachy/industrial look.
Mantra Kitchen & Bar was a short walk from our resort and had a great selection of Indonesian tapas style dishes, delicious cocktails, whiskies (for Eddie) and Prosecco (for me). The mood was chilled, with comfy vintage seats and sofas, intimate tables and soft lighting. The front ‘walls’ were actually weathered fishing boat shutters; so even though you were sitting in the bar, you could feel the balmy breeze drifting in and the hustle and bustle of the Balinese traffic outside. Exposedwork brick gives way to the largest frame wall I’ve ever seen and vintage fans and glass globes hung above the bar complete the look. Towards the end of the week, Mantra becomes a mini club with a DJ or bands playing from Thursday – Sunday and they also host regular vintage market days, usually on a Sunday morning.