Archive for July, 2011

Jul 29 2011

A good mid-range spot on Nusa Lembongan

Published by under Nusa Lembongan

UPDATE: This place has now closed. It’s been taken over by Sandy Bay Beach Club and been converted into a Glo spa. We’ve done cheap and we’ve done pricey on Nusa Lembongan; but often you do want something a bit better than average that won’t have you whipping out plastic. Seaweed Lounge, next to the … read the full post

Jul 28 2011

A visit to Bali Zoo

Published by under Sights & activities

As someone who usually avoids zoos in Southeast Asia, my expectations of Bali Zoo were not high. But the verdict: it makes for a good half-day out with 3- and 4-year-old kids in tow. For the most part, conditions for the animals seemed decent by (non-Singaporean) regional standards, and the experience was quite hands on. … read the full post

Jul 21 2011

Balinese dance in Ubud

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Maybe I’m just getting older, but while I used to find Thai and Cambodian traditional dance dull when I lived in the countries that produced the style, I find myself these days enjoying the slightly less staid Balinese dance. While Balinese dances can be incredibly intricate and slow moving, there’s an element of almost slapstick … read the full post

Jul 19 2011

Ubud Writers Festival venues: Bar Luna

Published by under Ubud

The Ubud Writers Festival takes place at an array of venues across Ubud, several of them overseen by Festival organiser Janet De Neefe: Indus, Casa Luna and Bar Luna, for instance. Being restaurants, however, these are venues that you can visit even when an author isn’t holding court. And at Bar Luna on Tuesdays and … read the full post

Jul 18 2011

Which is the best boat service from Bali to Nusa Lembongan?

Nusa Lembongan is a beautiful little patch of an island just off the east coast of southern Bali. It’s famous for its surfing, sunsets and snorkelling, and is growing in popularity among those looking for a less crowded, unadulterated flavour of Bali. But the big question: how to get there? It’s an island, there’s no … read the full post

Jul 14 2011

John Hardy jewellery

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You’re thinking jewellery, ka-ching, can’t afford to buy jewellery in Bali, bananas, are you crazy? But this isn’t really about buying, necessarily. John Hardy jewellery is probably Bali’s most famous jewellery export, which isn’t a bad achievement considering how many silversmiths the island plays host to. You won’t however actually find John Hardy jewellery retailing … read the full post

Jul 12 2011

Bali’s eastern Bukit beaches

Published by under Bukit peninsula

The Bukit peninsula at the southernmost tip of Bali is home to some of the most stunning beaches on the entire island. We’ve already written at length about some of the best beaches on the west coast of the Bukit, from Dreamland down to Nyang Nyang, but the Bukit is a big place and there’s … read the full post

Jul 11 2011

Kids’ books and toys in Kerobokan, Bali

Published by under Kids,Shopping

UPDATE: Rainbow Road listed below has now closed. If you’ve travelled too light to Bali and you need a few more toys or books to keep your kids entertained while you’re here, a few excellent little toy and book shops have sprung up close to each other on Jalan Raya Kerobokan in recent years. You … read the full post

Jul 09 2011

Janet De Neefe on the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2011

The clock is ticking in Bali’s Ubud: the 2011 Writers and Readers Festival is just three months’ away. Janet De Neefe, founder of the festival — also author, restaurateur, hotelier and cooking teacher — sat down for half an hour over a glass of wine last week to tell Travelfish.org just how loudly that clock … read the full post