May 11 2013

Review: El Kabron, Bali

Published by under Bukit peninsula

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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

Published by under Accommodation

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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?

Published by under Flores

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

Published by under Food

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

Apr 28 2013

Exploring Komodo National Park

Published by under Flores

Our guide Hero on the lookout for beasties.

A day trip to Komodo island from Kanawa takes in more than just the famed dragons the island is named for; expect excellent snorkelling, some beachcombing and perhaps some turtle, dolphin and manta spotting if you’re lucky. Established in 1980, Komodo National Park encompasses the three main islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar along with … read the full post

Apr 26 2013

Review: Motel Mexicola, Bali

Published by under Food

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We usually try to wait for a joint to have been open for a little while before checking it out, but with bright, bold Motel Mexicola in Seminyak, Bali, we just had to stop by. Go on, you walk past the above and try to not go inside! It’s a riot of ebullient, joyful colour, … read the full post

Apr 24 2013

Review: Revolver Boutique Coffee House, Seminyak, Bali

Published by under Food

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If you’re in the mood for a perfect coffee in Bali, Revolver Boutique Coffee House, just off Jalan Laksmana, is where you need to head. Along with coffee, this urban-style cafe — yes hipster, even — serves up smoothies, delicious breakfasts and light lunches. The coffee is a house blend and it goes down smooth … read the full post

Apr 21 2013

Review: Deli Campur Asia, Bali

Published by under Canggu

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Deli Campur Asia is a breezy little cafe on Canggu’s burgeoning Jalan Pantai Berawa strip between the Canggu Club and Raya Canggu, offering a small but delicious range of Asian dishes with a Japanese emphasis, plus coffees and other good drinks. While you’re not going to cross the island to eat here, if you’re in … read the full post

Apr 18 2013

Indonesian volcanoes: Visiting Gunung Kelimutu, Flores

Published by under Flores

Swirling souls at Kelimutu.

While many first-time visitors to Flores get little further than the port town of Labuan Bajo and its immediate surrounds, one of the highlights of Flores is the peak of Kelimutu which lies to the northeast of Ende and offers fabulous views of the surrounds. Best of all? You don’t need to be a mountaineer … read the full post

Apr 14 2013

Review: Kembang Kuning Ocean View Bungalows, Bingin, Bali

Published by under Bukit peninsula

Great for kids too.

One of the advantages of travelling with a four-year-old boy is he tends to leave a steady trail of toy matchbox cars on beaches here and there. On our recent travels through Flores in eastern Indonesia, the boy in question happened to leave a firetruck in the sand at Seraya Island. A day or so … read the full post

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