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The thing I love about visiting Bali is discovering new parts of the island. This year (our fourth Bali holiday) we spent a week staying at Como Uma Canggu which has just opened. 

Poolside at Como Uma Canggu

The opening of a luxury hotel is a bit of a big deal for Canggu which is a pretty laid back surf spot. I’m sort of in two minds about it as I am worried this part of the Bali will get over developed but at the same time this hotel is so gorgeous and perfect for families so I just had to stay there.

Nasi goreng at Como Uma Canggu

The highlights for me of Como Uma Canggu were the prime beachside location, the beautiful rooms, complementary fitness classes, great kids club and the great food. Meals are served at the hotel’s ‘Beach Club’ which is certainly not your typical hotel restaurant. It’s the sort of place you’d want to eat at anyway, whether you are staying at Como or not.  Breakfast includes yoghurts, mueslis and breads from a buffet style set up then hot dishes which are cooked to order.

View from our room which overlooked the pool.

The hotel is brand new so all the rooms are very modern and well appointed but there are certainly some rooms that are better than others. It’s worth paying extra to get a room with a balcony (called a ‘residence’) as the majority of the hotel style rooms don’t have any outdoor space at all or any view which is a shame in a tropical climate like Bali. 

Inside Como’s beach club.

Forget the food though (who ever thought I would say that!) with two kids in tow the main attraction for me at Como was the kids club which is included in the price. It is really stunning with brand new toys and a lovely setting just down from the pool. There are a heap of different activities on offer including visiting the temple next to the hotel and making and flying kites. My kids loved it. Like most kids clubs in Bali kids need to be four years old to attend without an adult so we also had to hire a nanny separately for our youngest for when we wanted to use the kids club. 

My favourite breakfast dish: zucchini waffles.

Other things I loved about the hotel included the options for fitness and healthy eating. The hotel rate includes one fitness class per person per day and I went a few times to yoga classes which were really good with a great instructor. Every meal includes options for healthy eating like the breakfast dish of zucchini waffles: good for you but also so delicious. 

Sunset at Como.

The real hotel highlight though was its proximity to the “real” Canggu. Eating breakfast in the morning a colourful and prolonged religious procession went past, each day from the poolside we watched the surfers catching waves and every evening we skipped the pricey hotel cocktails in order to wander down the path 100 metres to a beachside shack for happy hour priced beers and watching the sun set. 

Gourmet Travel Tips

  • I flew to Bali with JetStar and my flight was $800 return from Melbourne to Denpasar. Australians no longer need a visa for entry to Bali. 
  • For more Bali tips here are my guides to Seminyak restaurants,  and Ubud eats.  

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Details: Bali Como Canggu, Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia 
Damage: Budget breaking. From $475 a night for a family of four in the one bedroom residence. 
10/10 

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One of my favourite wineries in the Yarra Valley is the delightful Dominique Portet. The Dominique Portet Fontaine rosé is simply the best out there and the winery itself is completely charming with its vine covered walls and petanque court in the garden.

Lunch at Dominique Portet

However a recent invitation to lunch at Dominique Portet to celebrate the harvest, or Fete Des Vignerons, offered a chance to discover a few new things to love about the winery. 

The menu for lunch at Dominique Portet.

The first revelation was all the fabulous wine that Dominique Portet makes beyond its signature rosé. I loved the buttery Yarra Valley Origin Chardonnay and the rich Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cassoulet and shiraz

The second was that Dominique Portet has a fabulous menu now of classic French dishes. The only food on offer used to be cheese and charcuterie but now the menu now includes steak frites, confit de carnard and cassoulet. 

Cassoulet is on the menu now.

The cassoulet is fabulous with slow cooked duck, sausages and beans making a hearty and rustic dish. Desserts were also a highlight with a crisp apple tart and oozing chocolate fondant. 

The cheese plate at Dominque Portet

This is such a great place to pop in to for a long wintery lunch if you are exploring the Yarra Valley. Best of all, the one thing that hasn’t changed at Dominique Portet is the Portet family’s lovely hospitality. Magnifique.

Apple tart and chocolate fondant.

Gourmet Chick was a guest of Dominique Portet.  

Details: Dominique Portet, 870 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream. 

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