An Exceptional Journey Into the World of Art

The Balinese, as many of us know, are true artisans by nature. From carving, sculpting, painting and building, the skills that are passed down the generations are valued components of their heritage. It is therefore of no surprise that visual art has become such a core part of the island’s culture. Then again, what do

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A Right Royal High Tea

In the sunlit jungle somewhere behind Mambal, near Ubud, we descended the steps to the river, heavily backlit by the late afternoon sun. Bamboo leaves glistened gold and the Ayung River gurgled softly below. Guests wore hats of an earlier era – here a Panama Fedora, there a pith helmet, straight from the British Raj,

A Day in the Life of a Balinese Farmer

Bali is famous for its breathtaking scenery of paddy terraces which have spread to the world through paintings and photography. Getting back to nature and finding out more about the life of Balinese farmer will make your visit to this island even more unforgettable. “A Day in the Life of a Balinese Rice Farmer” is

Camp in Style at Sandat Glamping

Sandat Glamping is a two year old establishment which has started to emerge as a favourite, if unique, accommodation option. If you seek an exceptional stay experience on the island, SandatGlamping might be one of your ‘must-visit’ premises. Situated in a quiet part of Ubud, SandatGlamping offers you a glamourous camping experience, in luxurious tents.

Gym Time

W RETREAT & SPA BALI – SEMINYAK The aptly named fitness centre of W Bali, FIT is the playground for the Seminyak’s fashionable crowd to get that hot, red carpet ready body. FIT’s state-of-the-art workout facility comes equipped with elliptical cross trainers, free weights and high-tech machines. Located on the same level as the AWAY®

Fit Vacation

A holiday is a time to celebrate; and all of us really make the most of it. We eat, we drink, we over indulge and before we know it, we end up feeling (and probably looking, too) like bloated whales by the time it’s all over. And while many find shopping a fun ‘exercise’, it

The Best Things to do in Bali

A year ago Trip Advisor’s 100 Best Things to do in Bali only had TWO genuinely Balinese things on it, the rest were western lifestyle nonsense including glass-bottomed boats, camel rides and bungee jumping. I wrote to them and asked them to think again, and wrote to every hotel I know asking them to ignore Trip

An Afternoon in Perancak

How far would one go just to experience a beautiful sunset? I’ll tell you how far I went: 100km away from Bali’s busy southern hub, headed for west to Perancak Village in Negara in Jembrana Regency! Quiet and isolated on Bali’s western tip, Perancak Village sits at the mouth of Perancak River, where its waters

Creating Your Own Fragrance

Now here is something different that one can do while on holiday in Bali! With many essential oils being made or produced in Bali and all around Indonesia, the island provides you with the unique opportunity to make or find your very own scent. I recently made my own unique fragrance with the attentive help

Making Bali Plastic Free

Sisters Isabel and Melati Wijsen are on a mission to ban the use, sale and production of plastic in their home island, Bali. Their campaign Bye Bye Plastic Bags has caught the attention of the likes of Ban Ki-Moon and Jane Goodall, and has been key in increasing awareness around garbage disposal. We spoke with

Mangrove Tour Lembongan

The mangrove plants we see surrounding islands are in fact very special and very important. These groves that grow in tidal zones are an island’s natural defence against large waves and coastal erosion. Their prop roots trap and cycle organic and chemical elements, producing nutrients for the coastal ecosystem. They are thus home to many

Dive Nusa Penida

Dozens of dive cylinders and bags of dive gear lined the Semawang Beach in Sanur. Porters were busy delivering the loads from the beach to the speedboats anchored way in the distance. During high tide the job could’ve been done faster, but it was low that day, and the boat couldn’t reach the shore. Meanwhile,

Going East

Ever wonder why people visiting Bali in the first place? Is it the sun? Is it the sand? Is it the nightlife? Yes, yes and yes. However the reason people came to Bali originally is because of the alluring serenity Bali possesses

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