It sounds terrible. I mean, I hate the name for starters. For someone who tries to avoid carbs as an easy and lazy way to maintain her weight, why would I want to go to a place called Potato Head? Oh, but how wrong I was to have been the slightest bit skeptical. This place has landed in Bali from Jakarta. And. Is. Seriously. Cool.
Before our Potato Head discovery we wandered down to Ku De Ta on our first night in Seminyak for an obligatory after dinner Earl Grey tea infused vodka cocktail (I am an Earl Grey fanatic) which I was devastated to learn is off the menu permanently.
Busy but lacking the edge it used to have, I now know why: everyone’s decamped to Potato Head Beach Bar, further up the road and about a 2 minute walk from the Kayana.
A quirky curved building with a facade made from a meld of paint-peeled shutters, it’s almost worth a visit for the building alone. The crowd here, on the whole, were not tooooo achingly hip and people did seem able to actually speak to each other rather than just prance around with a slight pout, big eyewear and an inability to make conversation…which I am afraid I can’t be doing with (read my post about the W, coming up soon).
There’s an infinity pool overlooking the ocean – buy a drink and you can use it – a grassed area to lounge around on, a separate pool with a proper swim-up bar as well as the compulsory DJ.
A relaxed vibe, similar to the lovely Tanjong Beach Club in Singapore but on a bigger scale, we came to Potato Head for sundowners and dinner and loved it despite the name, or perhaps because of it (my expectations could not have been lower).
We ate at the pan-Asian restaurant Lilin which dished up Asian-type tapas on wide communal tables. VG. It was also lovely for two girls travelling together not to have to sit at yet another romantic table for two. The PH boutique hotel is opening here soon.
Potato Head top image courtesy of Trend Land