May 22 2011

Taman Festival: Bali’s ghost town

Taman Festival is a vast yet never completed entertainment complex a 20-minute bicycle ride north from Sanur beach. While the park had a soft opening in 1997, it closed its doors in 2000 and has been abandoned ever since. According to Bali news site BaliDiscovery, the park was a joint venture between the local government … read the full post

May 15 2011

Seminyak and Legian beach bars

Open any inflight mag and the Bali beach bars that get name-dropped are inevitably the glossies like KuDeTa, Cocoon, Rock Bar, Potato Head, Tao Rooftop Bar and so on, but there’s one problem, none of these are actually on the beach. Sure you can see the beach from any of these joints, but you’re certainly … read the full post

May 12 2011

Learning to cook Balinese food: Bumbu Bali

You can go quite a while in Bali without stumbling across true Balinese dishes on a menu: your nasi goreng, cap cay, mie goreng and even most sate are imports from China and Java. Yet Bali’s is a delicious, rich cuisine and it’s not only worth tracking down babi guling and ayam betutu while you’re … read the full post

May 08 2011

The hassle on Kuta beach, Bali

Published by under Beaches,Kuta

I enjoy going to the beach — even if it is Kuta Beach. I love the people watching, the smell of sunscreen and the general feeling there are about 50 things I really should be doing while I’m laying around doing none of them. For me, it’s a relaxing time out and makes for very … read the full post

May 04 2011

Excellent foot massages in Seminyak

I know that you can easily get a 40,000 rupiah foot massage pretty much at any run-of-the-mill massage place in pretty much any town in Bali. But when you’re after something special — say a one-off treat during a one-week stay in Seminyak — then you might want to consider going a touch upmarket. What’s … read the full post

May 02 2011

The Organic Farm, Bali

Reading through the newly-published Kids in Bali book which I reviewed here, I stumbled across The Organic Farm Bali and thought it would make a good spot to take the kids. We initially tried to stay overnight last Saturday, but a ceremony at Munduk Lumbang, the village the farm calls home, meant no one would … read the full post

Apr 28 2011

Driving around Bali: Lovina to Pemuteran

From Lovina it’s an easy ride along the northwest coast of Bali to reach the diving and snorkelling beachside hideaway of Pemuteran. The road skirts the coastline for much of the way and aside from the rising hills to the south it’s really a bit of an uneventful ride, with junction town Seririt being the … read the full post

Apr 27 2011

A good family hotel in Seminyak, Bali

With its god-awful footpaths, sorta-upscale boutiques, trendy restaurants and sophisticated beachside bars, Seminyak may not be the sort of place you’d think of as being terribly family-friendly. And well, on those fronts, perhaps it’s not. But there’s a great little hotel tucked behind Jalan Laksmana/Oberoi/Eat Street that actually makes this corner of Seminyak very accessible … read the full post

Apr 25 2011

Book review: Bali with Kids

Published by under Kids

Having long been a vocal whinger about there being so little to do on Bali for tiny kids, my ears immediately pricked up when a friend mentioned a new book is out here called Bali with Kids: Families’ Guidebook for Babies to Teenagers. I popped into La Tartine (on the bypass in Sanur) to pick … read the full post

Apr 23 2011

Naughty Nuri’s Ubud

Published by under Food,Ubud

Update Monday August 27, 2012 We were deeply saddened to hear this morning that Brian has passed away. Many ribs and way too many martini with martini chasers were enjoyed alongside his wit and fine humour. Our deepest condolences to his family. RIP Brian. Roadside shack Naughty Nuri’s is an Ubud institution, open since 1995 … read the full post

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