Archive for the 'Bali' Category

Jul 23 2011

Nusa Lembongan’s Batu Karang spa

Having had a splurge dinner on Nusa Lembongan, what better way to follow up than a splurge spa visit? Batu Karang Lembongan Resort and Day Spa is one of the island’s higher-end spots to stay or to go for a massage, so expectations for a visit here were high. I called in advance and couldn’t … read the full post

Jul 21 2011

Balinese dance in Ubud

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 Food,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

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

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

Jun 30 2011

Cheap places to eat in Nusa Dua

Published by under Food,Nusa Dua

That headline is a touch misleading. When I say cheap, I mean not a meal at a five-star hotel; and when I say Nusa Dua, I mean up the road in Tanjung Benoa, the finger of land stretching toward Benoa harbour away from that government-created ghetto — because Tanjung Benoa is where you’ll want to … read the full post

Jun 27 2011

A good cheap hotel in Nusa Dua

You’ve got the fancy invitation and you just can’t say no to this relative: you’ve got to head to Nusa Dua, Bali for the wedding even though you can barely afford the airfare. You won’t find any budget rooms in Nusa Dua proper — the sterile, manicured enclave specifically created for five-star resorts. But just … read the full post

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