Archive for the 'Bali' Category

Nov 26 2012

Driving around Bali: Pemuteran to Medewi

Published by under Driving around Bali

Just another slice of rural scenery.

The far western tip of Bali offers a startling change in experiences as you transition from the less-trafficked north coast to the more heavily (and truck favoured) south. Along the way you get to soak up some great forest, excellent views of Java and perhaps a couple of Christian outposts before blasting along the south … read the full post

Nov 20 2012

Snorkelling Menjangan Island, Bali

Published by under Pemuteran

Just another day at the office.

Located in far northwest Bali, within the confines of Bali Barat National Park, Menjangan Island is famous for its diving, with divers regularly listing it as one of the best places around Bali to dive because of the beautiful coral formations. But what if you don’t dive but enjoy snorkelling? No problem. The main diving … read the full post

Oct 30 2012

Review: Villa Saraswati, Ubud

Published by under Accommodation

Dive in.

Villa Saraswati, on the outskirts of Ubud, is a beautiful, intimate villa with top-notch service; just right for couples who want to feel spoilt without breaking the bank. The villa is in Payogan village, a five-minute drive from the centre of Ubud. Its location isn’t ideal if you want to spend your visit popping in … read the full post

Oct 16 2012

Where to stay on Nusa Penida

Published by under Accommodation

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Accommodation offerings on rugged, out-of-the-way Nusa Penida are slim, and mostly focused around the main beach of Toyo Pakeh and in Sampalan, which is also home to the main market on the island. Here’s a rundown of where you can stay at the moment — expect things to change here quickly now though, with the … read the full post

Sep 24 2012

Finn’s Beach Club, Bali

Published by under Bukit peninsula

Just awful.

We’re all for enjoying simple days beachside in Bali and love it when we can just be left alone to soak up the rays and dip in the thundering surf. Usually we’re partial to doing it on the cheap — think swim, sand and nasi goreng at Balangan for instance — but sometimes it’s worth … read the full post

Aug 29 2012

Where is Bali’s best babi guling: Part 4

Published by under Food

Crackling, skin, heaven -- call it what you like.

Isn’t it always the way that you overlook what’s staring you in the face? It took me a while to try the babi guling at Sari Kembar in Seminyak, most likely because it’s the nearest joint to my own house. But I’ve now been back several times, and each time the serving has been really … read the full post

Jul 30 2012

Pasar Badung, Denpasar

Published by under Shopping

Limes and soursop.

The thing about Pasar Badung, Denpasar‘s main market, is that you’ve got to get up early to make the most of it. Early. I arrived shortly after 07:00 on my last visit, all bleary-eyed and self-congratulatory, but still felt like I was late to the party, even though the market’s open, in theory at least, … read the full post

Jul 27 2012

Photo essay: A walk through Jimbaran fish market

Published by under Sights & activities

In they come.

There’s more than meets the eye to consider when you go for a stroll through Jimbaran‘s fish market. Yes, it’s a stunning sight as traditional boats, or jukung, bring their catches to shore in the lemon-yellow morning light. Going for a walk through the markets with chef Heinz von Holzen, who runs several restaurants and … read the full post

Jul 20 2012

Review: Reborn Refexology, Kuta, Bali

Published by under Spas and massage

Time to be reborn.

Reborn Reflexology has a chain of 20 outlets in Malaysia, and just a single operation in Bali located near Simpang Siur. This is not the prettiest spa I have ever been to; in fact it leans towards tacky in decor – think fake plants and office-type carpets up the stairs. Nevertheless, news of their therapeutic … read the full post

Jul 16 2012

Beachwalk Bali

Published by under Shopping

There’s a new kid on the Bali mall block, and, for a mall, it’s rather pretty. We’ll put aside arguments about what our beachside Bali dream might be for now and look at the curvy new Beachwalk, across from Kuta beach, for what it aims to be. In summary, if we absolutely had to have … read the full post

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