If you’re like us and craving a few days in Bali, but you don’t have the annual leave and cash saved up for a trip before the end of summer – look no further.
We’ve come up with a whole lot of ways to get into the Bali holiday mindset without leaving Perth. Whether you make a whole weekend of it (staycation style) or treat yourself throughout the summer – there is no shortage of Bali vibes to be had!
Head to the spa – massage the year away!
Get into staycation mode with some serious pampering. Because self-care Sundays can be every day, right? Oh yeah.
Grab your bestie – or fly solo for some ‘me time’ – to Bodhij Spa in Perth or Wembley for a massage, beauty treatment, facial, or go the whole hog and indulge in their two-hour Summer Love package. It starts with a sugar & lime, full body exfoliation, followed by a Sodashi facial, and ends with your choice of an express mani or pedi. Ahhhhh. Bliss.
Or, if your idea of a day spa includes actual bubbly bubbly, book the Retreat for One. Sip away on your glass of champers, and snack on fresh fruit and chocolate as you relax and unwind in the spa, then take the massage train to destination bliss, with a full body aromatherapy massage.
Or, choose your own Spa Journey. You are now Perth staycation ready.
Sunbaking on the beach – Bali style
Bathers Beach House is Perth’s only absolute beachfront bar and restaurant – literally three steps from the sand. It has some serious chill-out vibes, especially on Sundays.
And, you don’t need to channel those Balinese beach-front vibes because you can book a beach lounge (all day, for free!) and, hello, enjoy lounge-side service. That’s right. Nobody move. The drinks are coming to you!
Feel the sand between your toes and a Pina Colada between your hands – welcome to Australia’s first licensed beach! Thanks to Bathers’ alcohol policy allowing Perthians to make like Europeans and actually drink booze on the beach!
And for some beachside cocktail magic… look no further
COAST prides itself on being ‘Everybody’s Beach House’ – it’s like a warm welcome into a beach-front mansion (think the Hamptons) – that you can actually afford to be in! Open-plan, designed lengthways along the beach to maximise those ocean views for everyone, it is stunning. Separated – yet, all-flowing – you can enjoy a group session at Coast (main bar, dining and beer garden) or swank cocktails at Cargo (adults-only bar sitting above the dunes for best-of-all views), or post-swim, takeaway snacks from Kiosk.
Sip sunset cocktails, as you sit in awe of Perth’s stunning, postcard-worthy Indian Ocean, and sway to tunes by local, national and international DJs from Wednesday-Sunday and you will truly feel like you are in paradise. Actually, wait – you are! And, on Sundays until the end of December, you can drink right on the beach at WA’s first pop-up beach bar. Live music, beach décor, food and bev – on sand, on point. What more do you need?
Flavours of Seminyak… in Leederville
Okay, so you’ve had the pampering, the beach-front sunset drinks and tropical vibes, but you want to hoe in to some seriously good Asian fare.
Head to Kitsch in Leederville. Once you walk in past its gorgeous, full-wall mural into a funky, breezy alfresco setting, you’ll find tasty Asian-inspired food and bev options. From Pad Thai Tuesdays to Wok Wednesdays or Thai Thursdays, you’ll definitely find your fix. And if you really want to emulate Asian holiday vibes, why not give the Leederville Food Safari a crack, and be rickshawed from Kitsch (entrée) to Ria (main) and FOAM Coffee (coffee/dessert). And if you’re going to do that, make sure you have its signature Red Rickshaw – that comes with a giant sour lolly on top. You’re welcome.
Overnight it – hotel stays and beachside pools
If you want to stretch that four-day holiday a little longer, stay the night…
Keep the beach-front vibes going at The Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough, which means you can do breakfast by the beach all over again, and, if you want to top and tail your minibreak with some pampering, its in-house Vanilla Face & Body Day Spa is exquisite – with the best steam room in town.
If Freo is more your scene, check in to The Esplanade Hotel. And, the best part? The Poolside Bar is now open for summer, which means you can lie among palm trees, sip more cocktails, and kick back to tunes from local DJs. Oh, and prance around on the (inflatable) unicorn in the pool if you fancy it! Check the website for happy hours and Sunday session details.
Don’t drive – scoot!
In true Bali style, make sure you leave the car at home for the weekend and Uber your way around town. Or, if you really want to crank up the Bali vibes, hire a scooter for the weekend from Scootamore. Just don’t stack it. We guarantee it’ll be better than sitting in bumper to bumper in Seminyak.
So there you have it. The next time you’re feeling jealous because your friends are going to Bali and you’re not? No need. Make your own tropical paradise weekender right here in Perth.
If you’re keen to get out of Perth on a road trip adventure, check out our post on road trip adventures within 2 hours of Perth here.
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