Mrs Sippy Lands in Bali
Mrs Sippy Bali is the tropical spinoff of the original Australian Mrs Sippy located in Double Bay. The venue in Bali is essentially a pool club, restaurant and bar all rolled into one. Mrs Sippy Bali is located in the heart of Seminyak – you’ll find it in a smaller street just off bustling Jalan Petitenget. Just look for the Alila Seminyak Resort and you’re there.
Right upon arrival, I’m struck by just how spacious the whole venue is – that goes for both the pool and the surrounding seating area. This means the place doesn’t feel crowded even though there’s plenty of people around on this fine Saturday afternoon. Guests have a choice between tables, sun loungers and day beds. If you’re riding in on your own motorbike, I’m happy to report that there’s also plenty of room for parking. This is a rare treat in densely built Seminyak.
Pool Daze in Seminyak
Now let’s talk about the main event here, which is the massive pool dominating the venue. The pitch goes that this is one of the largest salt water pools is Bali and after seeing it first-hand, I don’t doubt that for a second. Mrs Sippy’s pool has a unique freeform design and it gradually gets deeper, which makes this feel more like a lagoon than your average swimming pool. The fact that there’s real sand under the sun loungers plays up that natural beachside feel.
What really makes Mrs Sippy’s pool stand out from all the other Bali pool clubs, though, is the five-metre jump tower. There’s a deep section right beneath the tower and attendants supervising that things run safe and smooth, so jump if you dare! If the five-metre height feels daunting, you can also try jumping in from one or three metres.
If you’re planning to visit Mrs Sippy Bali with kids, you better make it early as the pool becomes “adults only” from 12pm onwards.
Poolside Grub & Sippy Sundays
And what about the food, you say? Mrs Sippy Bali’s menu is all about no nonsense poolside grub, all executed with a gourmet twist. This is trendy Seminyak, after all! Glancing over the neighbouring tables, the most popular order seems to be the wood-fired oven pizzas, which do look delicious. I go for the club sandwich, which is served swiftly and with a smile.
Overall, the service is great and there are plenty of waiters floating about, so you never have to wait too long to be served. If you’re following a special diet, Mrs Sippy’s menu clearly marks vegetarian and gluten free dishes as well as dishes containing pork.
More than anything, Mrs Sippy Bali seems to be targeting the cocktail crowd. The venue has two weekly specials: Thirsty Thursdays and Sippy Sundays. On Thursdays, it’s 2-for-1 drinks starting at 4pm and come Sundays, you can gulp down 2-for-1 drinks all day long. The Bottomless Brunch Club, which is on every Saturday, sounds pretty tempting as well.
Besides the weekly offerings, Mrs Sippy Bali also hosts plenty of special events. The Saturday we were visiting, they were offering free flow drinks between 7 – 9 pm.
The Fine Print: Minimum Spend & Bookings
Unlike many other pool clubs in Bali, Mrs Sippy Bali doesn’t have a minimum spend if you want to sit at the tables or use one of the sun loungers. In this case, you can also use the pool for no additional fee or minimum spend – you simply pay for the food and drinks you order. This is great if you’re curious and just want to check the place out.
If you want to use the day beds though, a minimum spend of IDR 600,000 (USD $45) applies. This includes the use of the day bed plus two towels. You can also pre-book daybeds for up to four people, in which case a minimum spend of IDR 3,000,000 (USD $225) applies. Booking ahead is advised on the weekends, as the place does get crowded. That being said, we spontaneously visited Mrs Sippy Bali on a regular Saturday afternoon and had no trouble getting a table without a booking.
Before we wrap up, I need to give a special shout out to the restrooms. For one thing, there’s enough of them and even on a busy Saturday, there was no line. But more importantly, the design is gorgeous! Not surprisingly, there were more than a few teenage posses snapping selfies at those tropically themed mirrors. Ah, to be young and in Bali.