Bali, day 1: Is Rock Bar worth the hype?

(Warning: stupid amount of photos ahead)

Tough day at the coalface yesterday. Started with buffet breakfast, massages and a spot of shopping.

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We then headed to the pool on the roof at our hotel, Ize.

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The rooftop bar had 11 kind of mojitos on the menu. I went for marshmallow. Followed by lemon and basil.

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Marshmallow mojito

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Having proven myself so adept at underwater photography on a recent trip to Exmouth (ha!) I was keen to get some snaps on Claire’s camera.

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#crazyeyes

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Lemon and basil mojito

We then went and got ready to head to Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort in Jimbaran, about a 45 minute cab ride away. On last year’s trip we wanted to do sunset at Rock Bar but never got ourselves organised in time.

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We certainly did not have that problem. We got there at 4pm and admired the swanky gardens and pools on our walk down to the bar, taking in incredible views along the way.

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When we got down there we quickly snapped up a table in the sweltering sun. There is limited seating for people not guests of the hotel. Because it was so stinking hot everyone took cover under massive black umbrellas.

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So classy

The afternoon then took on an air of ridiculousness, as we huddled under our umbrellas, faces melting into our exorbitantly priced drinks, wishing the damn sunset would hurry up.

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An overpriced strawberry daiquiri

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Under the umbrella

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Singing in the rain

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It was pretty hard to admire the view from under those things. But it was just too disgustingly hot to go without some form of shelter.

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Gin berry slushy

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Chips and popcorn chicken with dukkah

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Mini corn dogs with the most amazing butter sauce

I gave up trying to hold the umbrella and eat at the same time. And thankfully by then it had cooled down ever so slightly.

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Margaritas

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“Wish the sun would bloody set”

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As the sun got lower, the selfie sticks were out in force down on the beach and at the bar.

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Backs to the sunset, trying to capture the magic

Everyone it seems, has a selfie stick these days. We saw heaps of them today as well.

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Low clouds on the horizon kind of blocked out the sun, but the sky still looked amazing.

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We wandered back to the lobby and caught a taxi back to Seminyak. Was it worth the hype? At this point we are saying yes, but that could just be because we invested a lot of money in the experience…

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We went to a bar near our hotel for ‘one drink’. Multiple drinks later and having been a little too rowdy during a music quiz for which the prizes were free shots we stumbled back to the hotel. Along the way I stubbed my toes really hard on a brick sitting in the middle of the footpath (walking anywhere here is a total nightmare) and convinced myself and everyone else that my toes were broken.

They are not broken. An excellent day! Have you been to Rock Bar?

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6 Responses to Bali, day 1: Is Rock Bar worth the hype?

  1. Jess Carey says:

    1. Marshmallow mojito. What is this magic?!
    2. I hope you’re taking one of those fluro bulldog statues home.
    3. I hate you a little bit right now!! Looks incredible! 🙂

    • Bec says:

      1. Not going to lie, it was amazing! And not too sweet, which I was worried about.
      2. Taking wood into Australia might be a ‘thing’… Also well spotted, I didn’t even see those when I was in the store!
      3. I’ve heard this more than once and I totally understand 😉 I would hate me too!

  2. Jo Joy says:

    oh good now I don’t have to go – felt the experience. ps hate selfie stick – lucky you girls have long arms

  3. courtalkek says:

    Oh great now I just want a marshmallow mojito…

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