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Mayaloka Villas Seminyak

With the sounds of Frogs & Geckos…it is difficult to imagine I am a two minute walk from the beach and the busy area of Seminyak here but I am. No need for me to walk anywhere either as I have a driver to take me anywhere I need. Although, since I have been here I have hardly left my Villa. ...

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Villa Sungai…Pure Luxury

Picked up by the marvellous Made I made our way to the little village of Cepaka. The drive took approximately 45 minutes from Seminyak however, time flew by as I were so entertained by many of Made’s interesting stories of the region and Bali itself. You could say I learnt more of Bali in that short drive then I did during the three ...

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Elephant and Bat Caves of Bali

Caves of Bali Bat Cave A one hour drive between Manggis in East Bali and Ubud has been a perfect route to see two temples that I have wanted to visit on my travels to Bali. Gua Lawah or as we call it, The Bat Cave is small but a very important temple that holds many a ceremony. Entry to ...

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My Safari Journey

Safari and Marine Park I felt this experience raised many issues within myself and the issue of animal conservation. However, the park promotes itself on the education of animal conservation and environmental awareness which was the main drawcard for me here but I can only share my story and leave you to make your own decision… With bus loads of ...

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Language of the Locals

Island Of Smiles Thought I would share a few words with you to help you mingle with locals. I feel there is no point being in a different country without learning some of their language.

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Viceroy is Heaven in Ubud

MAJESTIC! The first word that came to mind as I entered the lobby of Viceroy, the luxurious hotel in Ubud, Bali. Standing in awe of its grandeur I was completely shocked to be informed I had been upgraded to not only a better room but to The Viceroy Villa, known to some as the Presidential Villa.

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Maharta Resort Legian

Sweet Dreaming is what happened as I drifted off during my massage at the cutest ever Spa within the Maharta Bali Hotel in Legian. I hope I didn’t snore! Maharta, a 3 star resort that has recently had a change of ownership and with the many renovations taken place, this quaint little resort’s atmosphere is thriving. It is a peaceful retreat that ...

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Just A Tip On Bali Belly!

As I sit here struggling to find the energy to type I thought I need to share with you ways in which to avoid this dreaded infection that could potentially ruin your precious time on this beautiful island

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Monkeying Around In Ubud

Did you say you want a Banana? Take Note this is the last photo you see of me in The Monkey Forest due to a mild phobia my travel buddy has with monkeys…haha! Awww…just one cuddle? On my own from this point I entered the Jalan Monkey Forest in Ubud which is home to over three hundred Macquees and let me tell you…they are ...

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Japan Meets Maya Sayang Villas

The Maya Sayang Villa In a very convenient location in Seminyak I find myself at the Maya Sayang Villas. A mix between traditional Balinese and Japanese inspired architecture it really gives a point of difference to the typical style of accommodation offered in Bali. Enter The Maya From the reception I head off in a golf buggy to my private ...

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The Good Karma Of Jimbaran Bay

Now in Jimbaran Bay staying at the gorgeous Karma Resort and have been unable to truly enjoy any meal for the past week thanks to our beloved Bali Belly and from running around Bali like a crazy woman, all in the name of Mel Travelled.

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Photo Friday – Gianyar Night Market

Gianyar Night Market -Pet Shop? A must on your Bali – To – Do List. Between Denpasar and Ubud you will find this market open daily but not until the sun goes down as this is Gianyars famous Night Market. With the site and aromas of curries and freshly cooked pork and duck your senses will be heightened as there is so ...

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The Hostility of Sari Beach Inn

Probably the least excited staff of any resort to greet me since my stay in Bali but considering the price of approx. $60 per night and the location on the beach in Legian I won’t take it too personally. I may not have found any luxury here but I did find it quite peaceful, relaxing poolside on the deckchairs sporadically placed ...

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Karma Kandara Luxury

Through the hectic traffic of Denpasar, past Jimbaran, past the Nusa Dua and Uluwatu turn off and along a precariously remote road in the Ungasan area, I finally arrive at Karma Kandara.

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