Archive for the 'Bali' Category

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 19 2012

Review: La Lucciola, Seminyak, Bali

Published by under Food

Enough cheese? There's no such thing as enough cheese.

Italians do all the important things in life well – shoes, bags and food. Most people enjoy Italian food, but it can sometimes be too heavy for a tropical climate. Bali institution La Lucciola, located a stone’s throw from Petitenget temple on one side, and the thundering Indian ocean on the other, manages to put … 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

Jul 14 2012

Cooking class at Hotel Tugu

Published by under Sights & activities

My eyes water just looking at this.

When I did my cooking class at Bali Asli recently, chef Penelope Williams told me it was worth checking out the cooking classes offered at Hotel Tugu due to their lovely surrounds. So I booked in for a half-day class, comprising a pick up, market visit, then cooking in the “warung”, a kitchen set up … read the full post

Jul 12 2012

Review: Warung Bunana

Published by under Food

dishes

UPDATE, October 2013: The Jalan Raya Kerobokan location has moved around the corner to Sunset Road, about 50 metres on the left as you come rom Raya Kerobokan. I was poised to write something about roti canai and how it’s the simple things in life that are often the best… and then I remembered we’d written … read the full post

Jul 07 2012

Cooking class at Bali Asli

Published by under Sights & activities

Ah, my definition of perfect prep -- prep done by someone else.

Suck on a lemon, then a lime, then a lemon again, the lemon will seem much sweeter; take a slice of kencur, a root essential to Balinese cooking, bite down on it a little and it will leave your tongue anaesthetically numb; take slices of ginger and smear over sunburn for relief — it’s cool … read the full post

Jul 04 2012

Munduk by motorbike

Published by under Munduk

After almost a week in Bali I had still only managed to acquire one two-word phrase of Indonesian, which is more than a little sad really. Fortunately, terima kasih is a phrase with a lot of mileage; it got me all the way from Denpasar to the magnificent volcanic highlands at Munduk and back again, … read the full post

Jun 27 2012

Medewi beach, Bali: Learning to surf and enjoying a massage

Published by under West Bali

The walk up from Medewi Beach to the mosque. (photo taken on a different trip to Medewi)

What exactly does a travel writing scholarship entail? We’ve been busy finding out with New Zealander Hanna Butler, winner of the World Nomads/Rough Guides travel writing scholarship for 2012. We’re only two days in and we’ve surfed, been massaged, eaten and drunken and yes, we have driven quite a few miles. But what exactly is … read the full post

Jun 18 2012

Review: Cheap food in Seminyak, Warung Murah

Published by under Food

Just eat it.

I kicked off a series on cheap Indonesian food in Seminyak a while back and am continuing with a little post on Warung Murah, which translates, literally, as cheap roadside restaurant. Located on busy Jalan Laksmana/Oberoi/Eat Street, it’s actually better than roadside, being a proper three-walled restaurant, but the food mentality here is the same: … read the full post

Jun 07 2012

El Parque

Published by under Kids,Seminyak

UPDATE: El Parque has closed. El Parque, a playground and cafe for children and their parents, opened in Seminyak a few months ago and is a great addition to a fairly slim scene when it comes to easy places to take very young kids in Bali, particularly in Seminyak. Yes, there’s Cubbyhouse, but you have … read the full post

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