April 11, 2018

Elegant Beach Chic in Berawa

Things change a lot in Canggu. Nip off the island for a nanosecond and you can bet your smoothie bowl there’s a new place to dine, shop or spa where you could have sworn there was something different the week before. Jalan Pantai Berawa has been a real hotbed of activity over the last few months and where my favourite Chinese Takeaway once stood, there now resides a new lifestyle-homewares-clothing concept store. But I can assure you I’m not complaining!

Cove Island Essentials is one of those shops you’re glad you found but somehow wish you hadn’t…. for the simple reason that once you walk through the door you’ll want to buy EVERYTHING!

The interior of this boutique alone epitomises chic style with creams and concrete and the delightful addition of cute, illuminated enclaves in the walls which feature soaps, scents, oils and up to the minute, locally handmade ceramics styled by Cisco & The Sun. Rugs add a colourful accent to the floors and original artworks and framed photography adorn the walls – all available for purchase I might add.

Cove is spacious and inviting. Divided into two show rooms by a central wall, the first space features a wooden table choc full of household must haves from crystals to wear or to heal your home, wooden serving boards, heaven scented candles, baskets, brass utensils, vases, jewellery, jars, natural skincare and sunscreens from ‘we are feel good incorporated’. It’s one of those shops that smells good! And there’s no wonder why with ‘dear dream’ moonstone infused calming mists by Courtney & The Babes, scented California Nights soy candles, rose hip lip balms, essential body oils and more from Salt by Hendrix.

But that wasn’t even my favourite part of the store. Being the clothes obsessed shopper that I am, I was inevitably drawn to the second room where Cove Island Essentials showcases their own divine line of designs. Natural linens and cottons, muted tones and stylish cuts meant that I was immediately drooling over wrap dresses and femininely frilled tops. Colours are delicate ranging from light lemons, pretty pinks, navies and neutrals to whites and classic blacks. Within minutes I’d already singled out some sleek wide leg pants to partner the prettiest dusty pink crop top. Team that with a pair of their sweet fringed raffia slides and a set of Cove Island bikinis and I was all styled up for a Sunday session with the beautiful peeps at Omnia or Ulus!

In addition to their own clothing range they also stock a line of stunning lingerie from Souhela Ferrah, towels from Ranger, sarongs, accessories and resort wear from Indie Bindie Official.

A cut above your standard Bali homewares-come-clothing boutique, Cove Island Essentials is not overstocked with ‘stuff’ and you’re not likely to find a multitude of the same item should you shop similar stores across the island. Australian owned, Cove is populated largely with locally produced wares, many of which are their own design.

From its pastel hued facade fringed with a ‘driftwood’ look verandah to the airy and spacious interior, Cove Island Essentials oozes a Bali-Bondi-Byron beach chic style that adds a little extra elegance to Berawa.

Located on Pantai Berawa opposite the original Milk and Madu site, Cove Island Essentials is open daily. Check out their Facebook and Insta accounts:

COVE island essentials

@cove_island_essentials and stay tuned for Spring 2018 when their online shopping site is set to go live!



Get Back Into the Weekly Swing of Things With JSA

For many of us, holidays mean a welcome break from weekly routine, a well deserved rest and a chance for the family to indulge in some yummy treats that might usually be off the menu. Hello chocolate my old friend…. Yikes! you say, but with the start of the new school term it’s time to get back on track to that healthy lifestyle. That might mean gym time or footy training for us but it’s just as well the Junior Sports Academy has everything the kids need to get outdoors and active too.

Term four’s fixtures span out over the course of eleven weeks from Monday April 2nd to Saturday June 23rd. This means there’s plenty of time to take on a different activity and learn new skills or continue to hone the techniques that have already been established for your favourite sport.

Football is definitely a predominant flavour for term four with Soccer, Rugby, AFL and Futsal featuring, along with perennially popular sports such as gymnastics, swimming, dance, tennis and newcomer, Parkour added into the mix. Trampolining is still included in the line up and now incorporates Bounce Boards into each training session for extra flips and fun, not to mention a whole new dimension of skills.

Under a slightly different format for this term, Futsal is now included in the Soccer schedule which means students can also incorporate this fast paced footy into their soccer training sessions on Mondays at 3.00pm. Alternatively, indoor soccer fans can choose to sign up for just Futsal alone. Designed to develop new skills and further enhance techniques learned in soccer, indoor Futsal is an ideal complement to the regular discipline of soccer and a great way to further prepare for JSA Sunday soccer friendlies with other Bali sporting academies.

These Sunday morning comp games are a terrific tool to boost team morale and fire up a healthy competitive spirit amongst the kids. Players signed up for the term in at least two out of the three weekly training sessions can participate in the Sunday comp for free, otherwise standard drop in rates apply. For more information regarding session times and dates for Sunday matches, check out page four of the JSA Term Four brochure here: www.jsabali.com

JSA continues to offer the choice of dropping in for a training session here and there (a great option for short term travellers or holiday makers keen for their kids to continue with sport whilst away) or committing to the whole term. Of course, considerable discounts apply when you sign up for a full term of ten weeks or more and don’t forget that Finns members are also eligible for further discounts of up to 30%. Winning!!

In addition to regular training sessions on the JSA schedule, did you know that coaches are also available for private sessions for individuals or small groups? You might even wish to further develop your child’s sporting skills with private lessons. Feel free to discuss these possible training options further with your child’s coach or drop them an email to: jsa@finnsrecclub.com

The new Term Four JSA schedule provides all the information you need to know about each sport, training timetables, coaches and fee structures. Simply head to their website www.jsabali.com and click the tab: “After School Program” to download the current brochure. Stay tuned for some exciting info about their upcoming holiday camps scheduled for the July/August Summer Vacation.


Honouring The Brave and The Fallen…

One of Australia and New Zealand’s most important national days, Anzac Day is a time to remember all of those military service men and women who have served their country in times of war, conflict and peace keeping activities in periods past and present. Though you may find yourself on Bali sand or soil on April 25th, that doesn’t mean you cannot pay your respects to those fallen and returned service personnel and celebrate this special day in true Anzac style.

Finns Recreation Club’s 30 plus screens within the Sports Bar and Bistro C will be showing the live telecast of the Dawn Service from Gallipoli from 10.30am onwards. It’ll be just like your favourite RSL back home. The beers will be flowing and the BBQ fired up for the annual Anzac Day AFL grudge match between Essendon and Collingwood from 1pm.

Satisfy your cravings for some typical Anzac Day tucker with a traditional meat pie or the Aussie barbecue and the day wouldn’t be complete without fresh baked Anzac cookies. There might even be a bit of adult entertainment throughout the afternoon with a ‘coin toss or two’…. if you know what I mean…… Heads up!

Of course, Splash Water Park will be open as usual and just for Anzac Day, Splash is inviting all Australian and New Zealand military personnel, past and present, to ride the slides for the day free of charge! Everyone else is welcome to join in some slide action too for the regular advertised price of Rp350k per adult and Rp230K per child.

Whether you are holidaying on the island or here as an expat in Bali, join us at Finns Recreation Club on Wednesday April 25th to recognise and celebrate the efforts of those who have risked and sacrificed their lives to ensure that current and future generations of Australians and New Zealanders can continue to enjoy a life of freedom in the lucky countries!

‘At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them…..