Archive for May, 2013

May 29 2013

Review: Warung Hotei, Umalas

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Hotei.

Warung Hotei is a breezy, shabby chic-style restaurant nestled into a picturesque patch of paddy just north of Seminyak. Serving up a range of well executed Asian and Western dishes and some scrumptious desserts at reasonable prices, if you’re looking to escape the mad traffic of the Petitenget area, it’s a fine choice. It seems … read the full post

May 23 2013

Review: Kali Manik, Bali

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Bananas?

Kali Manik is a lovely three-bungalow eco-resort set on the black sands of Bali’s northern coast, about seven kilometres west of Seririt. If you’re looking for a relaxing midrange retreat where you can swing in a hammock, listen to birdsong and not do too much else, you’ve found it. But you could also base yourself … read the full post

May 21 2013

Review: The Menjangan, Bali

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menjangandeck

Located smack-bang in West Bali National Park, The Menjangan is spread across 382 hectares — yes, it’s massive — though the actual development covers a very modest area. If you’re looking for somewhere secluded and plush beachside in Bali that’s a bit different, you enjoy nature-based activities and your budget stretches to luxe, it may … read the full post

May 20 2013

How to prepare for climbing Gunung Agung

Published by under Gunung Agung

A prayer for the mountain.

Climbing Bali’s Gunung Agung is easily the most physically taxing activity I have ever done. And while this was my second attempt (the first was unsuccessful as someone in our group couldn’t go on), I still wasn’t as prepared as I could have been. Other climbers I saw on the day were not prepared at … read the full post

May 19 2013

Photos from the summit of Gunung Agung on Bali

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An offering from one of the guides.

Gunung Agung is the tallest and most revered peak on the Indonesian island of Bali. On a clear day (billboards not withstanding) it can be seen from just about anywhere on the island. Last year as a part of the World Nomads travel writer scholarship programme, I made an attempt on the peak but we … read the full post

May 12 2013

Travelling to Komodo National Park with kids

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Exploring Seraya Island's viewpoints.

Flores is in general a very basic travelling experience and can be quite tough when it comes to travelling with children.  One of its key attractions is Komodo National Park, usually visited on a day trip from Labuan Bajo, Kanawa or Seraya islands, or as a stop on the Lombok-Sumbawa-Flores liveaboards. Here’s a rundown of … read the full post

May 11 2013

Review: El Kabron, Bali

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elkabronpool

Seeking out cliffside El Kabron on Bali’s Bukit might take a bit of time, but the reward of incredible views, delicious classic Spanish cuisine, a chilled swimming pool and comfy bean bags makes the journey more than worthwhile. Beanbags and umbrellas are scattered around a curved pool that looks straight out to the Indian Ocean; … read the full post

May 10 2013

Review: Komune Resort and Beach Club, Bali

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surfkomune

We love Bali’s wild and beautiful east coast, and we’re glad to see more places opening in out-of-the-way places to make the most of its stunning views and surf. Komune Resort and Beach Club opened just last year and offers a great, relaxed midrange choice, particularly for surfers and their partners in this neck of … read the full post

May 07 2013

Kanawa or Seraya Island?

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Typical Kanawa beach scene.

The Flores Sea is dotted with glistening tropical islands. Some are home to high-end dive resorts, others to fishing villages, others still remain blissfully devoid of civilisation. Two islands however draw a steady stream of independent travellers — perched on the rim of Komodo National Park lies Kanawa Island and north of Labuan Bajo sits … read the full post

May 07 2013

Eating at Kali Manik, north Bali

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Crispy fried sardines served with garlic butter, pommes au beurre and tomato salad with balsamic vinaigrette. 68,000 rupiah.

Kali Manik is a garden-set, beachside eco-resort in the true sense of the word, on the black sands of Bali’s northern reaches, about an hour’s drive east of Pemuteran and six kilometres west of Seririt. While we love the three rooms here, what really stands out is the food — if you’re anywhere in the … read the full post