January 17, 2018

Step Into Batu Bolong’s Most Stylish Closet

 Shopping for fashion in Bali these days offers so much more than the ubiquitous sarong dress and sandals. My sojourn through the streets of Batu Bolong recently unearthed another magical little boutique, Velvet the Label a shop that is destined to become one of my favourite fashion haunts. Step into this stylish closet filled with local designs and discover a treasure trove of cool, colourful and original pieces to keep you looking your best for every Bali day and balmy evening!

A veteran of the fashion industry, Alana Miller has been successfully producing clothes for other retailers and independent brands since she was in her teens. Buoyed by her continued success, experience and extensive knowledge of the garment industry in Indonesia, she recently decided to channel that creativity into her own pet project and opened Velvet the Label in Gg Nyepi Canggu, (across from Little Flinders Cafe) in August of 2017.

In just a few short months, this divine little boutique is already enjoying a loyal following with images of models and bloggers adorned in Velvet the Label designs gracing many a social media account; a surefire indication that the ladies are indeed loving these fresh new designs. The boutique is intimate and inviting and chock full of ready to wear ladies attire. Peruse the racks of this pretty store and you’ll find florals, frills and flirty styles to suit a broad range of figures. The clothing oozes femininity with flattering and classic cuts branching into edgier pieces that are just perfect for those frozen margarita Fridays girls!!

Find fresh coloured basics for every day wear to pair with flouncy wrap skirts in on-trend season patterns or polka dots and must have animal prints (got to love a little leopard print in every wardrobe I say!). Look for their line of simple tanks, muscles and off the shoulder tops that match perfectly with classic denim bottoms. Their signature Velvet bodysuit is a continuous staple in store with new colours and styles adding to their collection on a regular basis.

Seeking some stylish accessories to finish off your look? Browse a little longer and you’ll find the perfect woven clutch to carry your essentials along with a stunning scarf to add an extra pop of colour. Hand crafted leather bags and belts complete the picture and before you know it you’ll be looking hot to trot, turning heads and heading out on the town!

Drop into Velvet The Label and update your wardrobe with some fashion pieces that will definitely add the ‘wow’ factor to your next night out. What’s the wager that you won’t leave this gorgeous Batu Bolong boutique without a bag of Velvet goodies in your hand! Check out their Instagram account: @velvetthelabel for some fabulous pics of these gorgeous fashion finds or see them for yourself in store along Gang Nyepi, opposite Little Flinders Cafe in Batu Bolong.


Let Finns Take the Tension Out of Planning Your Next Party

Does the thought of planning a kids’ party put you into a cold sweat? Don’t be deterred from organising an awesome day for your favourite family member just because you think you have to put together the event yourself. Finns Recreation Club is the perfect place to host your next family celebration. With all of the entertainment options you’ll ever need to keep everyone happy, excited and entertained Finns is a one stop shop for birthdays, end of term celebrations or graduation parties.

Where else would you be able to find a safe and secure venue with such a variety of activities to suit every age group? Long gone are those grim days where party games to engage your guests were limited to pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey! At Finns, the only limit to your party program is your imagination!

Plan your next party around activities to really get your guests involved and active. You can choose an entertainment package that focuses on one or two venues or include them all and with trampolining, ten pin bowling, water slides and a kids only club to consider, the options are exciting!

In this digital age, kids spend enough time glued to a small screen so any opportunity for some activity is always welcomed and what kid wouldn’t want to spend their birthday at a water park with their mates! Splash Water Park offers a great variety of slides and rides to engage partygoers in a day filled with thrill seeking and aquatic fun yet intimate enough to keep a close eye on your crew.

Lifeguards on duty ensure that guests are safe and under care and attention at all times. There are ample undercover areas for groups to gather for private functions and Splash can fashion a food and beverage package to suit your group. If you want to ensure wet weather doesn’t threaten to dampen the party mood, choose Bounce Trampoline Centre for the kids’ next birthday bash. The tramp team can put together a line up of party games like dodgeball, your very own disco or simply a few hours of free bouncing!

You could also create a combo and include a few games of ten pin on the lanes at Strike Indoor Bowling adjacent to Bounce and Strike Cafe provides the perfect place for party groups to enjoy birthday cake with a view over the Bounce Arena. Birthday guests a little too tiny for bowling or bouncing? Cubby House Kids Club is king when it comes to planning parties for pint sized peeps! As well as providing a fully supervised and secure area for the kids to run and play, Cubby House also has designated party rooms where the birthday crowd can celebrate in private. The party planners at Cubby House can create a themed party complete with drinks and snacks to satisfy your hungry crowd.

Adios any trauma and tears associated with party planning and contact the experts at Finns Recreation Club to help you put together the perfect birthday celebration for your cherub’s next milestone. Email them on: events@finnsrecclub.com for an event free of headaches and hassles allowing you to be a part of the fun too!


Celebrate Australia Day With a Swim & an Aussie Barbie

Nothing says ‘Straya’ quite like a barbie, some pavlova or a lamington….. Add to that an all day Happy Hour, non stop water slides, a game of handball and a few flying Havaianas and you’ve got everything you need to enjoy a cracking good Australia Day abroad!

Whether you’re an Aussie just visiting beautiful Bali or one who has opted to live here and love it ‘long time’, there’s always a moment when each of us look for a few reminders of home. Comforts from the mother land might simply be the smell of a sausage sizzle, the scent of lawn clippings on a Sunday avo or laughing with friends over a few cold brews. Whatever triggers your yearning for a taste of the Great Southern Land, you’ll no doubt satisfy any stirrings of homesickness when you join in the Australia Day celebrations at Finns Recreation Club on Friday, January 26th.

Grab that tomato sauce bottle, apply liberally and wrap your laughing gear around some Aussie BBQ delights, but leave plenty of space for dessert ‘cos here comes the ‘Pav!’ You can whet your whistle without worrying too much about your wallet because Finns is keeping happy hour prices going for the whole day!

With bellies full and cold beers in abundance, try your hand at thong (the rubber ones…) throwing and handball or throw yourself down the slip n slide. As we head towards the end of January and the weather is still warm, Australia Day is quite likely to be another scorcher so remember to pack your cozzies because Aussies are entitled to 50% off the price of a day pass at Splash! Just flash your Aussie ID at reception and you can cool off around the pool and on the slides for half the price.

Splash is perfect for the whole family with slides and rides to suit every age group from the shallow toddler pool to the Speed Racer! (Gold and Platinum Finns Club members are entitled to full use of facilities as per membership benefits).

Splash will be open all day from 9am until 5pm so you can work up a super sized thirst and an appetite for some Aussie tucker as you climb the stairs to ride the slides all morning, then join everyone for lunch and an afternoon in the Great Outdoors. Head to Finns Recreation Club on January 26th for ice cold beers and Aussie tunes and hang around for a few innings as Australia versus the ‘Rest Of The World’ in the avo.

Not an Aussie? Never fear! You couldn’t get a country with a bigger melting pot of cultures which means everyone is welcome to join in and get a taste of Australian spirit. Come dressed in Aussie coloured clobber – Choose an Akubra or chuck on a Jackie Howe but be sure to bring your cozzie and settle in for a swim, some sun and rib tickling fun. I can already smell those snags sizzling…..!

Finns Recreation Club is located on Jalan Canggu Club, Canggu.