Archive for May, 2011

May 28 2011

A Fivelements afternoon

Published by under Spas and massage,Ubud

There was a stuff up the other day when I headed to Fivelements outside Ubud for what was supposed to be a very special treat for myself and my four-year-old daughter: a spa treatment, an afternoon tea and a puppet show. The show was cancelled, but I didn’t see the email they sent me; I … read the full post

May 25 2011

Bali iPhone app: Now Available!

Published by under Phone & internet

July 23, 2011: UPDATED! The Bali iPhone app has been approved and is now available in the AppStore. You can read more about the Bali iPhone App right here. Just a quick note to let you know that our long-awaited iPhone app for Bali is in the final stages of compilation and testing. It’s been … read the full post

May 24 2011

Good books about Bali

Published by under Shopping

We had the good fortune to hear Bill Dalton speak in Ubud last week. Bill is the founder of Moon Publications and the author of what started as the first proper guidebook to Indonesia, eventually becoming the Indonesia Handbook. For years it was the guidebook to the archipelago. During the talk, the question was asked … read the full post

May 22 2011

Taman Festival: Bali’s ghost town

Taman Festival is a vast yet never completed entertainment complex a 20-minute bicycle ride north from Sanur beach. While the park had a soft opening in 1997, it closed its doors in 2000 and has been abandoned ever since. According to Bali news site BaliDiscovery, the park was a joint venture between the local government … read the full post

May 15 2011

Seminyak and Legian beach bars

Open any inflight mag and the Bali beach bars that get name-dropped are inevitably the glossies like KuDeTa, Cocoon, Rock Bar, Potato Head, Tao Rooftop Bar and so on, but there’s one problem, none of these are actually on the beach. Sure you can see the beach from any of these joints, but you’re certainly … read the full post

May 12 2011

Learning to cook Balinese food: Bumbu Bali

You can go quite a while in Bali without stumbling across true Balinese dishes on a menu: your nasi goreng, cap cay, mie goreng and even most sate are imports from China and Java. Yet Bali’s is a delicious, rich cuisine and it’s not only worth tracking down babi guling and ayam betutu while you’re … read the full post

May 08 2011

The hassle on Kuta beach, Bali

Published by under Beaches,Kuta

I enjoy going to the beach — even if it is Kuta Beach. I love the people watching, the smell of sunscreen and the general feeling there are about 50 things I really should be doing while I’m laying around doing none of them. For me, it’s a relaxing time out and makes for very … read the full post

May 04 2011

Excellent foot massages in Seminyak

I know that you can easily get a 40,000 rupiah foot massage pretty much at any run-of-the-mill massage place in pretty much any town in Bali. But when you’re after something special — say a one-off treat during a one-week stay in Seminyak — then you might want to consider going a touch upmarket. What’s … read the full post

May 02 2011

The Organic Farm, Bali

Reading through the newly-published Kids in Bali book which I reviewed here, I stumbled across The Organic Farm Bali and thought it would make a good spot to take the kids. We initially tried to stay overnight last Saturday, but a ceremony at Munduk Lumbang, the village the farm calls home, meant no one would … read the full post