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Sea Vu Play Restaurant Bali

AHOY! Now this place called Sea Vu Play in Seminyak’s main strip is just straight up nautical fun. The colours draw you in from across the street by day and all the lighting and fisherman decor by night. It is a place to sip cocktails while beneath the fish shack or eating your fish & chips onboard Sammy. I felt ...

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Macy Gray at Finns Beach Club, Bali

Macy Gray will be appearing at Finns Beach Club in Bali’s Berawa Beach for one night only on Saturday 23rd September and tickets are onsale NOW! OMG I am so excited! In addition to general admission for only RP350K pre-purchased online or RP500K at the door, Finns is also offering numerous VIP packages for fans to make the most of ...

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High Tea at Biku Bali

Bali Biku High Tea in Bali. Really? Yes! And I am not talking about an Indonesian High Tea either. I am talking about the real deal! I may not be very posh or even close to having near enough etiquette classes as a child but I do appreciate a good Tea and Scone and I hate to admit but I ...

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Seven-Nights with Flights and Breakfast at The Sakala Resort Bali fr $849

Highlights Relax with a stay at a five star beachfront resort situated on the Southeastern coast of Bali What You Get Choose from Three Options $849 per person, twin share for a seven-night stay with Perth flights (up to $1,643 value) $899 per person, twin share for a seven-night stay with Adelaide flights (up to $1,845 value) $1,099 per person, ...

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Food and Wine Festival at Finns Rec Club, Canggu

Food and wine for the adults and Splash Water Park is open for the kids… Can a Friday night get much better? Date: 1st September Time: 3-10pm Finns Recreation Club Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu – Bali Phone: +62 (361) 848 3939 Email: info@finnsrecclub.com www.finnsrecclub.com

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Mayweather Vs McGregor live at Finns Rec Club, Canggu

Calling all fight fans to Finns Recreation Club in Canggu Screening live from Las Vegas, late on August 26th (LA time), Bali viewers can catch every bit of the battle from 8am on Sunday August 27th and with over thirty television screens now in place at Finns Recreation Club, there’s no better venue on the island to watch the blow ...

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Swiss Belinn Hotel Legian Deal, Bali

Choose from Three Options $156 for a three-night stay (up to $289 value) $254 for a five-night stay (up to $465 value) $396 for an eight-night stay (up to $779 value) Included in all options: Superior Room for two people Daily buffet breakfast for two people WiFi Included in options one and two: One-way airport transfer for up to three ...

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Pacha Festival Bali 2017

On August 18th 2017, Bali will premiere the exclusive first edition of Pacha Festival Bali at the Anantara Resort Seminyak. For one day and night Seminyak’s premier hotel Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort will turn into in a tropical party island for the exclusive first event of Pacha Festival Bali. The world famous Pacha club will bring its famous red cherries and ...

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Dance for Peace Festival Bali 2017

Dance For Peace Festival is a yearly psychedelic trance gathering dedicated to raising the awareness of peace. Celebrating the divine blessing of Life and Love. A magical festival focused on healing, sharing, bringing people together to manifest and co-create a trans-formative experience through music, dance & art. Dance For Peace Festival 2017 will be staged on the magical “island of ...

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Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2017

Ubud Village Jazz Festival is a 2 day music festival situated in the artistic surroundings of Ubud Bali, Indonesia. Since 2010 Yuri Mahatma, a musician/composer/music teacher, and a founder of Underground Jazz Movement together with Anom Darsana, the director and owner of ANTIDA Music Productions, has been working together for some routine projects of jazz concerts, each time with different ...

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Basement Jaxx at Ku De Ta White Party Bali, 2017

RIPPIN THE LIGHT FANTASTIC with Basement Jaxx at Ku De Ta’s White Party 2017. Saturday, Auguts 19th, 2017 | 7PM – 4AM Buy Ticket Our theme “TRIPPIN THE LIGHT FANTASTIC’ should give you a clue as to what to expect … A trip luminescent transformation with futuristic twists. What to wear? Style up your finest white ensemble with a touch ...

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Bali Bestival 2017

The UK’s multi-award winning festival, Bestival, is setting sail for a new adventure in Bali on 30th September and 1stOctober 2017. On a mission to spread its very own peace and love to Asia for the first time, Bestival will be bringing its trademark unique, creative vision from the UK to the paradise island of Bali, Indonesia. Expect one of the most colourful shows Bali has ever ...

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The Melbourne Cup Canggu Style

What do beauties, Bali, French bubbles and a bunch of horses have in common? Bali’s Biggest Lawn Party of course! Melbourne Cup is but a few months away so it’s about time to get back in the saddle and start planning for Bali’s biggest event on the annual social calendar, Finns Bali’s Moet & Chandon Melbourne Cup Party! As always, ...

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Sunny Side Up Tropical Festival Bali 2017

Sunny Side Up is a tropical two-day music and culture festival that takes place in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the island of Bali. The festival brings together international headliners, cutting-edge artists and DJs from a variety of genres to one stage. Previous performers have included Disclosure, Mark Ronson, Ellie Goulding, Azealia Banks, Flight Facilities, Ta-ku, ...

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Luxury Deal at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel

Highlights Relax with a stay at a resort located in close proximity to the sandy beach with breakfast included What You Get Choose from Two Options $919 for a three-night stay (up to $1,334 value) $1,520 for a five-night stay (up to $2,156 value) Included in all options: Accommodation in Palace Club Room for two people Palace Club Room privileges: ...

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Rock on with your Family at Hard Rock Hotel Bali

What can I say Hard Rock Hotel Bali but you certainly ‘Rocked my World’. A quick drive from the airport and we are so excited to find out what all the hype has been surrounding the Hard Rock Hotel Bali for like the past 10 or so years.I remember my first trip to Bali and I was standing right out front ...

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68% off a Two Bedroom Villa Deal at Agata Nusa Dua

Highlights The 4-star resort with two-story villas and lagoon-style pool offers free breakfast, daily afternoon tea, and beach shuttle What You Get Choose from Three Options $1,299 for a five-night stay for up to four (up to $4,056 value) $1,799 for a seven-night stay for up to four (up to $5,679 value) $2,499 for a ten-night stay for up to ...

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Bali’s Best Coffee by a Caffeine Addict

I may be on holidays but my body still NEEDS coffee and knowing how difficult it can be to find one in a foreign place. I have already done some research for you around the usual ares but if you happen to know of an amazing places to stop at for a caffeine fix please let me know.  THE MOOSE ...

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All Inclusive Tijili Benoa Hotel Deal

Highlights Enjoy a tropical retreat right on the Tanjung Benoa beach at Tijili Benoa Hotel, close to numerous shopping and entertainment venues What You Get Choose Between Two Options Deluxe Courtyard Room for two people $1,399 for a five-night stay (up to $2,020 value) $1,899 for a seven-night stay (up to $2,768 value) Included in all options: Daily buffet breakfast ...

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Seminyak Villa stay from $749

Highlights Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and indulge in relaxation in a 4.5-star villa boasting a private tropical garden and pool in Bali’s coolest area of Seminyak. What You Get Choose from Six Options Low Season: 9 Jun-14 Jul and 1 Sep-20 Dec 2017 $749 for a three-night stay (up to $1,510 value) $1,249 for a five-night ...

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Your own private pool villa at Amor for 71% off.

What You Get Escape to a private island oasis and a stay in a secluded Pool Villa Lounge in the gazebo or take a dip in the private pool Wake up to an indulgent tropical breakfast each day Make the most of the complimentary shuttle service within Kuta and Seminyak to explore the surrounding area Start the holiday with a ...

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Rooftop Bars of Bali

Best rooftop bars in Bali Bali does not have the highest rooftop bar in the world. Not the second highest either. Not the third and probably not even the 103rd highest one. It would be a lot to ask for since buildings in Bali are not allowed to be higher than the palm trees and certain temples. But why would ...

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Goodbye Canggu Club and Hello Finns Rec Club

Chances are, if you’ve ever found yourself in the ‘Gu’, you’re sure to have sailed past Bali’s premier sporting and entertainment venue – The Canggu Club. Originally designed to provide a haven for the island’s expat community with access on a strictly members only basis, The Canggu Club has undergone numerous changes over the years but June 1st will perhaps ...

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Dreamland’s Mahagiri Villa deal from $325

Highlights Stay up to 7 nights for two at Mahagiri Villas, Dreamland. Unwind with a relaxing stay at a spacious villa boasting traditional decor and private pool, surrounded by Jimbaran Bay and Nusa Dua beach What You Get Choose from Five Options: $325 for a two-night stay (up to $569 value) $485 for a three-night stay (up to $854 value) ...

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Merah Putih, Bali’s Best Restaurant Roof

Bali’s Indonesian dining experience at Merah Putih definitely has a Wow factor and it’s not just the menu either. Located in Kerobakan, the design is an amazing eco-friendly cross visual design concept. Glass walls let the natural light in yet are solar filtered keeping that tropical heat out while you are dining under a roof designed to capture rain water for recycling. ...

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Toni & Guy Essensuals now at Canggu Club

TONI&GUY essensuals hairdressing is a diffusion concept of the world famous TONI&GUY Hairdressing from the UK, with over 50 years of hairdressing history. TONI&GUY essensuals salons aim to provide excellence in hairdressing, with professionally trained hairdressers offering the same techniques and expertise that the brand is renowned for. Our latest salon in Bali situated within the Canggu Club Body Temple ...

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My heart broke in Bali

A short scooter ride through the back streets of Seminyak I made a visit to the YKPAOrphanage. Decrepit and run down, I couldn’t begin to imagine what life would be like for the 24 children who through no choice of there own now call this place home.   As I walked through the doors armed with supplies of rice, lollies ...

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Swiss-Belresort Sanur, 3 nights from $249

Highlights Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Stroll only five minutes to the sandy shores of Sanur Beach Conveniently located to restaurants and shops Cool off with a wade in the swimming pool Stay in modern surrounds in a Deluxe Jacuzzi King Room or Deluxe Pool View Twin Room Feast on Asian or Western delicacies during one lunch or dinner, ...

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Make a statement with Mister Zimi

Husband and wife team Jimi and Zoe Paul are at the helm of the label, designing their own prints for pieces that are versatile, trans-seasonal and inspired in their simplicity. With its easy-going aesthetic, relaxed silhouettes and vivacious prints, Mister Zimi is about feeling bold in the prints and relaxed in the fit. Creating patterns and prints inspired by exotic locations and ...

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Bondi Icebergs for One Night in Bali

After Ku De Ta’s family style feast with Blaine Wetzel in January they have now decided and are very excited to bring you the Head Chef of Sydney’s most iconic venues to Bali. Monty Koludrovic will be joining them from the eponymous Sydney Institution Bondi Icebergs for their very first Culinary Lunch on 9th March, 2017 at 2PM. Places are ...

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A Bathe with a Difference

Walking in to this store was a delight for my senses and am sure it is for anyone, especially female. Perfectly timed I was greeted by the gorgeous  founder of Bathe Store, Annie Pham. Bathe products are perfect for the entire family as they are naturally-derived ingredients and are paraben + paraffin free. Even more reason to stock up on these ...

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Impress your Clients or Say I Do in Canggu at Semara Beach House

Bali has always been considered the ultimate location to celebrate a special occasion with one hundred metres of absolute beachfront to host a private party; plus over 1.2 hectares of lush lawns, swimming pool, poolside gazebo and the best sunsets in Bali Semara Beach House is definitely Bali’s 2017 premier event venue. Located in Bali’s hot spot Canggu on Pantai ...

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Trump is Headed for Bali

Say goodbye to Pan Pacific and hello to Trump’s ultra luxury, 6-star project. While there’s been chatter aplenty with little to no developments for the past couple of years about Donald Trump expanding his hotel empire’s reach to Bali, things really do seem to be moving forward now. The closure of Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort under the seven-year management ...

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Romantic Proposal Ideas in Bali

Quite often we are asked for romantic ideas to sweep your partners off their feet. So lovebirds here is a list below that is sure to impress. Aphrodisiac Picnic under the stars at Tugu Hotel, Canggu As the sun sets on the Indian Ocean, enter another world of exotic Bali, a dreamlike atmosphere filled with candlelight and magical sounds. In your ...

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Choosing the Right Wedding Location

Let me introduce Tash from the amazing Plan A Events Company. With cupids arrow in the air I thought we would ask to Tash give us some advice on some important wedding topics. Location, Location, Location One of the toughest choices my clients have is choosing the location for their wedding. Everyone has their favourite spots in Bali, but having ...

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Beat the Wet Weather Woes

Wet season weather in Bali can put paid to the best of beach day plans and the last thing you want to do on your annual family vacay is to sit, stony faced in your hotel room, surrounded by tetchy teens and kids with cabin fever. The beach might be on the back burner but that doesn’t mean there’s no ...

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Tasting Some of Bali’s Top Restaurants

Fresh local produce, a paddock-to-plate philosophy and experimental gastronomy are transforming the island’s dining scene, writes Andrea Dixon. Mejekawi by Ku De Ta, Seminyak Set within Ku De Ta, a popular oceanfront restaurant and bar, Mejekawi (Jalan Kayu Aya 9, Seminyak) is an intimate “tasting kitchen and laboratory” offering dégustations that showcase local produce. The kitchen also makes its own ...

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Cubby House Kids Club February Parties

Cubby House Kids Club provides a lively and stimulating environment where children can play and learn at the same time. Located at Canggu Club the facility is safe and secure, leaving parents free to enjoy some quality time in the knowledge that the kids will be well taken care of. The Cubby House Kids Club is available for 2 to ...

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Finns Beach Club’s Newest Cocktail Lounge

Bali’s blossoming bar scene is no secret and an influx of well travelled tourists has demanded that venues up the ante in terms of originality, ambience and the quality of their cocktails. The Lounge at Finns Beach Club on Pantai Berawa is the latest offering from this popular sunset venue and brings a sophisticated level of uber chic to the ...

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Saigon’s Green Rice Fried Prawn Signature Recipe

GREEN RICE FRIED PRAWN Serves 4 as an entree  Ingredient: 12 tiger prawns peeled, headless, leaving the last section of the tail attached. 250 of Green rice flakes(1) 1 Butter lettuce. Vietnamese mint, garden mint, coriander,spear mint 50 ml Fish sauce(2) Carrot julienne Papaya julienne 200 ml water 100 gram sugar 150 ml vinegar ½ cup rice flour Oil Nuoc ...

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Jaz B is the place to be for Eyelash extensions

As many a female will know trying to find a good place for eyelash extensions around Bali can be a challenge. I can now recommend Jaz B in Seminyak Square. Being on holidays can make you feel that you want to return home looking your best by having a mini makeover and this is the place to help you feel ...

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The man behind Bondi’s Icebergs opens Da Maria in Bali

Maurice Terzini’s modern Italian restaurant brings the Amfali Coast to Seminyak, Bali. The man who helped launch a number of iconic Australian restaurants, including Bondi’s Icebergs and Surry Hills’ The Dolphin, Maurice Terzini, has now set his sights on Asia, opening Italian eatery Da Maria in Bali’s Seminyak. Reminiscent of the Italian coast, Terzini wants Da Maria to feel like ...

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The Whatever, Whenever ‘W’ Retreat Bali

‘W’ is for where do I begin… And how does one put in to words the visual sensory overload of my unforgettable experience of the W Retreat Bali? Well I will try my best and allow you to see through my eyes… WELCOME A quick turn left into one of the longest and most impressive driveways I have seen, I ...

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Body Temple is putting the ‘OH’ in October

Body Temple Bali is putting the ‘Oh!’ into October with this month’s round of spa specials set to have you looking OMG! You’ve heard the old adage, ‘The sexiest curve on your body is your smile….”, well now you can afford to flaunt it because at Body Temple Bali in October you can reclaim that killer smile while you relax ...

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Seminyak’s Seductive Kiss

I am not talking a french kiss either. I am talking about the sexy 1,2 and 3 bedroom Kiss Villa’s located in Bali’s trendy Seminyak area. From the moment you enter the lobby of KISS, your eyes want to follow the gentle curves and fluid lines of this modern design. Japanese Zen gardens and luscious palm trees lead into the ...

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Checkout of your hotel and in to the Canggu Club

Travellers can make their last day Bali one of their best days, with this Departure Day package from the Canggu Club. Packages are available to anybody, regardless of where they are staying in Bali, with options including; use of the Canggu Club’s facilities, private car transfers from Canggu Club to the airport, VIP fast track departure service and Airport Lounge ...

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Spirit of Borneo at Bistro C

Bistro C Bali is bringing you a taste of traditional Indonesian Dayak Culture. Sunday 26 June from 5pm. Join us for a truly memorable experience and help support the work of The Dayak Dance Academy – Spirit of Hornbills. Music, Dance, Storytelling and a short film…Free Entry after 5pm (donations welcome), raffles, auctions! Hope to see you there! Above photo is Siti…the ...

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The new Finns Beach Club is everything and more…

Absolute beachfront at the famous Berawa Beach surf break, yet only 15 minutes from Seminyak, Finns Canggu bring everything you love about Finns plus more ! Visitors to Finns can laze away the day in the sun from the comfort of single and double day beds on a white sand beach or swim in a stunning 30 metre infinity edge ...

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Tea time with Camilla and Ovvio

On a hot humid day all I need is Tea. This tea to be precise. When Camilla and the organic Ovvio brand collaborate then you expect nothing less than one of the most refreshing range of tea blends imaginable. Dawn Dew is one of three and is so refreshing on warm days with it’s mint dew infusion and cooling properties ...

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Hello Solar D and goodbye Vitamin D deficiencies

My weekend necessity is now the beach and the newest Solar D sunscreen. I have used so many sunscreens over the years and with a sensitivity to quite a few on the market, I may have finally found the one! Solar D Sunscreen is fantastic and not only leaving my skin feeling smooth, it also allows some of those essential Vitamin ...

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Island entrepreneurs

Three entrepreneurs share their experiences of running businesses part of the year from Bali Zoe Paul, co-founder of Mister Zimi, says she felt a special connection to Bali. Photo: Supplied Hundreds of thousands of Australians travel to Bali each year for holidays but what if there was a way of living on the holiday island? After falling in love with ...

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Movida Restaurant Seminyak Bali

Your next Bali jaunt just got a little tastier – iconic Australian restaurant MoVida, which currently has restaurants in both Sydney and Melbourne, has packed their bags and headed to Seminyak to share their love of all things tapas with the fine beach folk of Bali. Working in collaboration with Bali’s famous Potato Head Beach Club, MoVida has set up shop at the base ...

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Six-Night Getaway with Flights and Breakfast at Favehotel Seminyak from $499

Choose from Two Options $499 for a six-night stay with flights departing from Perth or Darwin (up to $772.15 value) $549 for a six-night stay with flights departing from Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne (up to $865.65 value) Price is per person, based on twin share Included in all options: Standard Room for two people Return flights with 7kg of cabin ...

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Aussie Expats share their Bali favourites

Rock Bar in Jimbaran Bay offers amazing ocean views. DISCOVER the island that locals love through the eyes and ears of Australians who live there. Here eight chefs, creatives and surfers share their favourite spots, shops and insider tips: ALICE McCALL Fashion designer Shop: I love walking the streets of Seminyak to see any new boutiques that have popped up ...

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Virgin cancels all Bali flights as Mt Rinjani ash cloud returns

Flights between Australia and Bali have been disrupted as ash blown from an erupting volcano continues to affect travel to and from the Indonesian island. Virgin Australia has cancelled all flights in and out of Bali due to the eruption of Mt Rinjani. A 9:00am Virgin flight from Perth to the Balinese capital of Denpasar was turned around mid-air an ...

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A Canggu Beachfront Wedding Venue

Couples lucky enough to get engaged over the Christmas and New Year holidays now have the perfect absolute beachfront Bali wedding venue available. Villa Gajah Putih is one of Bali’s finest luxury beachfront villas and a landmark in the Canggu area. The 1.33 hectare estate is now open for wedding bookings and provides couples with a number of different venue ...

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Baby bumps and the changing self

It takes a baby bump and a healthy frame of being to realise how amazing life can be. Finding the simple things more satisfying then ever before. If you don’t make time for yourself then you don’t have time to find what makes you happy. Not trying to go out every spare moment on a weekend has given me that ...

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The Westin w/ return Jetstar flights from $899

Choose from Five Options $899 for a seven-night stay with flights departing Darwin (up to $2,689.09 value) $999 for a seven-night stay with flights departing Perth, Cairns or Townsville (up to $3,044.60 value) $1,099 for a seven-night stay with flights departing Adelaide (up to $2,638.39 value) $1,149 for a seven-night stay with flights departing Brisbane (up to $2,911.45 value) $1,199 ...

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Nasi Ayam Singapura Recipe

Now and again I am bringing to you recipes from some of Bali’s best chef’s and restaurants in which I have had the pleasure of experiencing myself. However, I may not be the best of cook’s in my own kitchen but I’m definitely going to attempt to replicate this dish from Bali. NASI AYAM SINGAPURA or to some of us ...

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Bali’s Inaya Putri Resort

What You Get Choose from Six Options $599 for a three-night stay in a Deluxe Room (up to $1,264.50 value) $659 for a three-night stay in a Deluxe Pool View Room (up to $1,372.80 value) $1,119 for a three-night stay in a One-Bedroom Villa (up to $2,395.90 value) $949 for a five-night stay in a Deluxe Room (up to $1,853.80 ...

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Saigon Street is a Bali must

Situated in the heart of the dining and entertaining scene of Seminyak and Petitenget, Saigon Street restaurant and bar is already being billed as the place to see and be seen by both expats and visitors to Bali alike. Under the expert guidance of another Aussie, Geoff Lindsay, the menu pays homage to classic and regional Vietnamese dishes with an exciting spin ...

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Kubu the new edition to Ubud’s Foodie bucket list

Kubu in Indonesian language means Hut or Shelter, where Balinese farmers keep the rice after harvesting habitually. This tradition inspired Mandapa in designing its signature bamboo restaurant. A tropical breeze and the soothing sound of water set the mood at Kubu which offers an intimate space with 9 private cocoons overlooking the Ayung river for you to enjoy fine Mediterranean-European ...

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Have Rice Day

Working The Rice Paddies How many times do we pass a Rice Paddy without sparing a thought to the farmers? Well not anymore…Not since I decided to get out there amongst a paddy to feel what it is like. Off stable ground I step foot on to the field, yet my feet keep sinking lower and lower like quicksand. A ...

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Waterbom Bali Day Pass

What You Get Choose from Six Options: $35 for a ticket for one child (up to $37 value) $47 for a ticket for one adult (up to $51.5 value) $145 for a family ticket for two adults and two children (up to $177 value) $55 for a ticket and return hotel transfer for one child $66 for a ticket and ...

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Horison Seminyak with Garuda Flights from $679pp

What You Get Located just minutes from Double Six Beach Enjoy a free beach club and complimentary shuttle service Soak up the sunset on the rooftop lounge Stroll to a range of eateries and shops during downtime Familarise yourself in Balinese culture with a traditional music lesson, among other in-house activities Dine onsite or enjoy a casual cocktail at ManiManika ...

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Mel’s Easy Nasi Goreng Receipe

When I experienced my favourite Nasi Goreng dish on my stay at Mayaloka Villas I could not help but to ask the Chef the recipe for one of Indonesia’s most popular dishes. Courtesy of the staff at Mayaloka putting up with me in their kitchen I bring you this to share- Ingredients: 4 cups of cooked rice 150g of your ...

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Visa’s exempt for Australian’s….NOT!

So, a day or two ago we were advised that Australia was one of 47 countries that were being added to Indonesia’s visa exemption list in October? People seemed pretty excited about it but suprise, suprise…it won’t be happening. While the Indonesian government said it is still willing to scrap the visa fees for folks from the Land Down Under, it ...

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Does your credit card travel insurance really cover you?

Some banks and credit institutions offer “free” travel insurance when you book a trip using their premium credit cards. This ready-to-go cover is very convenient, but can you depend on it? Credit versus standalone cover Most credit card travel insurance policies cover you for all the usual things like medical emergencies, cancellation and protection for baggage and items. But they ...

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Trump Empire to build resort in Bali

“The Donald” may be busy trying to take over the White House in 2016, but that doesn’t stop him from extending his empire out to Bali. It’s been announced that the notorious ginger will open up shop in Tanah Lot and construction should begin early next year. The Trump Hotel Collection struck a deal with the Indonesian investment group MNC ...

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Admission to Bali Zoo $9

What You Get Awarded TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2014 Selected as one of the top 25 zoos in Asia Enjoy rides on elephants and ponies, feed and take photos with tiger cubs and crocodiles and interact with baby animals in the petting zoo Choose from Two Options $9 for one-day admission for one child aged 2 – 12 years (up to ...

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Kasih Luxury Villa in Seminyak deal from $899 for two people

What You Get Tranquil setting is enveloped by lush gardens for seclusion and relaxation Take the complimentary shuttle to Seminyak and Legian for ample shopping and dining options Visit the beach club to take advantage of the guest-only pool, lounge and restaurant by the ocean Spend lazy afternoons by your private pool Make yourself at home with a spacious living ...

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Stuck in Paradise…AGAIN?

Virgin has cancelled all flights in and out of Bali’s Denpasar Airport because of ash from Mount Raung. Jetstar said it had cancelled three flights yesterday and one today to Perth and delayed two flights in and out of Melbourne. Conditions are unsuitable for flying because winds are highly unpredictable and are pushing volcanic ash back towards the airport, Virgin ...

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Sanur B’front from $149 per couple for 2 nights

What You Get Peaceful resort located close to sandy beaches and cultural attractions in Sanur Spend lazy afternoons wading in the lagoon pool Kids have their own pool to splash about in Take the convenient free shuttle to the beach club Keep up to date with family with free Wi-Fi Dine at Café de Dapoer with views of the lagoon ...

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Lombok Escape from $169 for two nights

What You Get Winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Stay just a stone’s throw from the bars and restaurants of Senggigi Explore the nearby villages and markets of Mataram Relax in the lagoon-style swimming pool with timber sundeck Spend a day beach-hopping or cruise to the Gilli Islands Take advantage of opportunities to surf, scuba dive and kayak Trek ...

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Two-Night Escape in Kuta from $90

What You Get Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Conveniently located within walking distance to the beach, shops and local attractions Stroll to nearby restaurants for a taste of both local and international cuisine Spend lazy afternoons on a deckchair by the hotel pool Feast on breakfast, lunch, dinner or a light snack at the two restaurants onsite Bonus: 15% ...

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Five Day Yoga Retreat in Uluwatu

What You Get Escape the chaos of city living with a holistic health experience on the cliff tops of Uluwatu Beach Ideal five-day experience for busy workers or couples craving relaxation and time to reconnect Practise yoga daily and learn new techniques, regardless of your ability or skill level Take time out with meditation and relaxation exercises Enjoy free time ...

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Away with the Away Spa

Walking through Away Spa reception we are greeted by the ‘Talent’ and taken to our designated area to prepare for the ultimate experience. And here we have it….the room I had dreamed about so often truly does exist and it’s opened for 24 hours. Now that is definitely my dreams come true. After suffering a tight squeeze onboard a long flight the ...

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Recipe: Monsieur Spoon’s famous Salty Caramel Tart

If you haven’t been lucky enough to visit Monsieur Spoon when on holidays in Bali then maybe you should try your hand at this signature tart. I am drooling already! Monsieur Spoon’s Salty Caramel Tart Recipe: Sweet Crust Pastry Recipe Ingredients 200 gram fine Almond Flour 880 gram Icing Sugar 880 gram all purpose Butter 20 gram Sea Salt (from ...

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High Tea at the ‘W’

Some say High, some say Afternoon but as long as there’s Tea it doesn’t matter to me! The W Retreat & Spa High Tea is held in the W Lounge and with it’s over sized cakes, pastries, tea and coffee it would be one of the most decadent of indulgences. Oh and how could I forget to mention the Champagne? Can’t have a High Tea without ...

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Bali exempt from the alcohol ban.

Phew… That was close! According to reports, a total of 16 tourism regions in Bali are to be exempted from the central government policy banning the circulation and distribution of alcoholic beverages (Mikol) to certain retailers. “Mikol sales can not be done haphazardly in all places,” said Bali Governor I Made Pastika, admitting that the tourism sector on the island ...

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Rob Marchetti’s Bread of Life recipe

If you haven’t heard of Rob Marchetti then you haven’t been to Bali or Bondi atleast not for a while. Rob was know to me for his time spent at the well know North Bondi Italian. An icon that is no longer but as they say all good things come to an end or atleast move countries. He has know ...

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30% off Flash sale @ Anantara Resort Seminyak

Immerse yourself in style and luxury of a beachfront resort at Seminyak’s Anantara Resort & Spa. You can’t afford to miss this! Why you will want it? Beachfront resort in Seminyak! Infinity edge swimming pool with ocean view! Spacious & state of the art facilities in-rooms. Soothing body treatments at Anantara Spa! Enriching sunset cocktails and evening dining, chill out to ...

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Flash sale at Peppers Sentosa Seminyak

25% off Peppers Sentosa Resort but only for 2 days. What you’ll like… Choice of spacious 1-5 bedroom pool villas! Central location, close to Seminyak bars & restaurants. 35 m natural rock pool and sun deck. The Laneway Restaurant featuring the best of local dining. Peppers Sentosa Seminyak excels, if not exceeds its raison d’être based around total privacy, instantly ...

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Jamie’s Italian appoints General Manager

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s upcoming Bali outpost, has appointed its General Manager in the months leading to its opening. The international brand of casual Italian restaurants chose to go local, engaging Balinese hospitality veteran Made Sukadana for this important role. Made Sukadana, affectionately known to his peers and staff members as Suk, has been working in the hotel and food ...

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The newest family favourite in Benoa

The opening of the newest addition to the impressive resort portfolio of the Intercontinental Hotel Group in Bali, Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa, is now just around the corner. The property is humming with activity as every detail is finished off and preparations are made to welcome its very first guests on April 1, 2015. In what can only be ...

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Don’t allow your hands to look older than you are.

With my new bling on my ring finger and the time I spend outdoors especially when I am overseas in places like Bali, my hands can get a little too much exposure to the elements. I have been keeping my hands well maintained with the Elucent Whitening Hand Cream.It’s moisturises and brightens the skin and is now a product that ...

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Luxury Bali pool villa for up to six people incl. daily breakfast, massage & more!

WHAT YOU GET Villa Sandhya introduces you to the pinnacle of contemporary style, combining stunning architecture with unique designer touches and luxury furnishings. Located just minutes from Bali’s Echo Beach, where restaurants are plentiful – including the latest hot spot Echo Beach House. Your three bedroom villa boasts luxury finishes from the artisan stone sculptures to the manicured gardens, light-filled, over-sized bedrooms ...

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Six day yoga retreat package incl. meditation, massages & more!

WHAT YOU GET Rejuvenate with a six day yoga retreat in Uluwatu, Bali with Luxe De Voyage. Luxe De Voyage programs are designed to help guests reconnect to themselves and nature through an extraordinary combination of peaceful yoga, meditation, nourishing cuisine, adventure, relaxation and divine pampering. Their Uluwatu retreats are accommodated in stunning villas, so you can kick off your shoes, ...

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Family fun at the Courtyard by Marriott

Not too long after the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott I thought it would be ideal to take the family for a few nights to experience a hotel that was said to be family friendly in the Seminyak area. That it was and from the moment our tribe of four arrived we were all taken care of. From the ...

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Get your bounce on with your kids at Canggu Club

Not all Bali houses boast door frames or anchor points conducive to hanging a Jolly Jumper, so if your little tots have a spring in their step and live to bounce then you might want to mosey on down to Canggu Club West this Monday morning. Bali’s only Bounce centre has just introduced Mums and Bubs mornings every Monday at ...

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Bling It On! Introducing Glow Ink Metallic Jewellery Tattoos at Body Temple

Body Temple Spa constantly asks the question: What does your body need today? Sometimes the answer is a little bit of bling! Body Temple Spa is happily getting on board with Bali’s latest body enhancement craze: Temporary Metallic Jewellery Tattoos by partnering with rapidly expanding Glow Ink. Waterproof and non-toxic, these beautifully feminine tattoos will enhance your favorite body part ...

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Top ten things to do in Ubud

With breathtaking views of its picturesque rice terraces to its luxury resorts, Ubud is full of diversity and culture. Known as the Arts Hub of Bali it not only attracts the budget conscious backpacker looking to loose and then find themselves again after weeks of Yoga and micro diets, but now also the luxury seeking tourist as well. Its culture is a shining reminder ...

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Cure that holiday hangover at Cocoon

Do you have body and muscle pain, nausea, groggy voice, feeling moody and have a splitting headache? Switch from feeling MISERABLE TO VIBRANT! Cocoon’s Hangover and Redemption Package is quick and easy. Your hangover is eliminated very quickly, because the saline solution is directed to your bloodstream. The package is a combination of vitamins and antioxidants that will instantly make ...

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Bali Botox Group Discount

                Now is a good time to see who your good friends are and make a girls day out for some anti-wrinkle love. The more the merrier! Cocoon Medical Spa is located Jalan Sunset Road, Legian, For Bookings email – info@cocoonmedicalspa.com I highly recommend them for any treatment.             ...

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Silicon Valley meet Silicon Bali

Andrea Loubier stands on the balcony outside her office, which looks out on rice paddies in Denpasar Continue reading the main story Entrepreneurship Attracting foreign entrepreneurs Argentina’s love affair with polo Tech behind facial recognition glassesWatch Part-time power The Sun is setting over lush green rice paddies in Denpasar, Bali, as Andrea Loubier leads me downstairs, towards the pool. “It’s ...

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Coolest Airbnb villas in Bali

Tired of staying at your typical cookie-cutter hotel? Want something different from a commercialized villa? Bali is a hidden trove of accommodations that one might not find out on the usual travel sites. Have you thought of “renting” a private villa, be it just a room, or an entire Balinese home for your vacation? You get a unique experience, privacy, ...

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Save 39% off at Double Six Luxury Resort

Double Six Resort is one place you must experience and I myself am buying this deal! What you get is: Enjoy seven lavish nights at the Double-Six Luxury Hotel located in trendy Seminyak, Bali. The resort boasts uninterrupted beach frontage overlooking the famous Seminyak coastline. Enjoy world class facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, gym, day spa and much more! ...

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My Bikini Buddy

I have a new BUDDY and my skin feels absolutely amazing. I can’t describe in words how soft and smooth my skin feels right now. It is all natural, chemical and very importantly cruelty free. Not only is this a packet of awesome, it smells so good you’ll want to eat it. Although I highly recommend you don’t. Buddy Scrub is definitely ...

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Little Joe Woman opens in Bali

Shopping in Bali is so much more exciting LJ is open. It is amazing what you can learn from Instagram posts. I rarely use Insta (biggest lie ever) and as I was scrolling I found that the gorgeous Gail Elliott has a boutique in Seminyak. Feel like a kid at Xmas time. I can’t wait to visit and hear more ...

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New Bali restaurant deal for Bondi icon Maurice Terzini

MAURICE Terzini will be spending more time in Bali this year. Sydney’s A-list restaurateur, whose Bondi Beach establishment Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, is a pit stop for all visiting celebrities, has signed a deal to take his Da Orazio brand of low key eateries to Bali. It will be an addition to Bali’s newest edgy restaurant precinct to Kerobakan, ...

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Bungalow Living Bali

Who doesn’t love Shopping and Homewares? Well I think I just stumbled across my new favourite Bali Store located in Canggu. Beauty all around with their gorgeous collection of homewares, furniture, books and music and even better still they offer delicious fresh juices, light meals and fantastic coffee. Located – 35 Jl Raya Brewa , Canggu (Just up from The ...

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54% Seven Nights with Return Garuda Flights

Luxury SEVEN night Balinese escape with return flights from just $1,099pp. Includes daily breakfast, welcome drink, late check-out, massage, WiFi, transfers, three course meal & more! Escape to Bali with a seven night stay at the luxurious Uppala Villa and Spa Umalas. Includes return flights with Garuda Indonesia departing Perth. Upgrade to depart Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. Stay in a ...

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Seminyak’s Lacalaca

At Lacalaca Cantina Mexicana restaurant and bar in Seminyak, they have a passion for good food, good booze, and good times. In the kitchen they work with traditional Mexican recipes and make them their own. The salsas are made daily, fish is market fresh and they take their sweet time to braise select cuts of beef, lamb and pork. I highly recommend that you share ...

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Cocoon Medical Spa

It’s not always what’s on the inside that counts they say. Well I want to know who those people are. Just kidding! Seriously though, I am not getting younger so a trip to the award winning Cocoon Medical Spa was in order and  founded by beautiful Australian Louise Cogan I felt completely safe in her hands. Louise has been involved ...

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Beachfront luxury with Canngu’s Villa Melissa

Villa Melissa I think I may have found the perfect Villa for my 40th Birthday. It does have my name on it after all. A luxury five bedroom villa situated on the beach near Canggu… what more could a girl want? For more information and how to book Villa Melissa please get in touch with our friends at Ministry of Villas. ...

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Designer Layar in the heart of Seminyak

The Layar, which literally means “sails” in Indonesian, is an elegant estate in Bali. The Layar has a total of 23 villas, each of which has its own garden, pool and Jacuzzi. The swimming pools are stunning with finishing touches that you would not expect to see on typical pools in other villas and estates. Cutting-edge contemporary architecture and ultra-chic ...

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Bondi to Bali: how Australian restaurateurs are taking over the island

A clique of Australian operators are riding a tourist wave to riches in Indonesia – but business in Bali is not for the faint-hearted It’s not so far from Bondi to Bali. Four and a bit flying hours, or 5400 kilometres, but the psychological leap isn’t quite as profound. Head to the holiday island’s upmarket Seminyak district and things are ...

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Frank Camorra’s Movida to open in Potato Head

Yes, another Australian Chef. You can run, but you can no longer hide from the Movida empire. Joining the restaurants and airport outlets in Melbourne and Sydney, Frank Camorra has revealed to goodfood.com.au that he is opening Movida in Seminyak, Bali, in June next year. Camorra has partnered with the group behind Instagram-magnet Potato Head Beach Club for the venture. ...

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Save 65% at Semara Seminyak this Christmas Season

Holidaymakers can celebrate the Christmas season in style and save a bundle on a relaxing getaway to Semara Seminyak where rates have been slashed by up to 65%. Recognised as the highest-standard hotel with the best location in Seminyak’s trendy Jalan Petitenget precinct, Semara is the perfect haven to escape the stresses of everyday life and experience the finest that ...

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Benoa Beachfront Escape from $269

Luxury three night beachfront Balinese escape for two. Includes welcome drink & fruit platter, breakfast, airport transfer & massage. Upgrade for five or seven nights. The Segara offers the ultimate luxury getaway with Benoa beach at your door step and magnificent views of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the ambiance of a residence with the amenities and services of an upscale hotel. ...

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White water rafting down the Ayung River for $45pp

White water rafting adventure along the Ayung River in Bali, for just $45pp! PLUS indulge in a buffet lunch, discover waterfalls, go swimming & marvel at the natural scenery. Explore the beauty of Bali with a white water rafting tour! See for yourself why Bali Sun Tours has an outstanding 98% Tripadvisor rating! Your six hour tour includes: • Return ...

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Three nights in Jimbaran from $199

Luxury Balinese escape for two at a boutique hotel with daily breakfast, airport transfer, massage treatment, Ubud tour & more. Escape to Bali with a three, five or seven night stay for two people at a luxury boutique hotel. Located in Jimbaran – a peaceful and traditional Village in the south of Bali It is just 20 minutes drive from ...

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Jamie Oliver’s Italian set to launch in Bali

Jamie Oliver is set to launch his Jamie’s Italian restaurant brand in yet another country, with a restaurant in Bali on the cards.  The Jamie’s Italian group has partnered will Hotel Properties Limited (HPL) on the project, and building applications have already been submitted to the relevant authorities. If all goes to plan, the restaurant will occupy a site adjacent ...

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Bali’s Best Beach Clubs

MOZAIC BEACH CLUB, Batu Belig   EL KABRON, Pecatu (Uluwatu)   COCOON BEACH CLUB, Legian   FINNS BEACH CLUB, Uluwatu   SUNDARA, Jimbaran    WOO BAR @ W RETREAT, Seminyak   NIKKI BEACH, Nusa Dua    KU DE TA, Seminyak   KARMA BEACH CLUB     VUE BEACH CLUB @ LV8 Resort, Canggu    You wouldn’t want to be anywhere ...

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Baba’s Restaurant of Hu’u Bar

With some research into this trip I had heard of Hu’u Bars adjoing Baba’s Restaurant several times and knew it was one venue I had to check out for myself. Walking through the doors it feels almost ‘Alice in Wonderland Goes Mod’ in terms of style as Hu’u Bars modern decor spills out on to the outdoor dining area of ...

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Bali’s Visa on arrival may be waived for Australians

A BALI holiday may become even cheaper for Australians, with Indonesia considering lifting its visa on arrival fee. The $US35 fee ($AUD41) could be scrapped for citizens of Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia from next year, Tourism Minister Arief Yahya says. “Those countries are our main foreign tourist targets,” he told reporters on Wednesday, as reported by Indonesian ...

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41% off Luxury at The Bale Nusa Dua

Balinese escape for two in stunning Nusa Dua. Stay in a luxury pavilion with private pool, butler service, breakfast, 3-course dinner, massages, unlimited beach club access & more! Valid to Dec. 2015!   BUY NOW The Balé is an unique adults only boutique resort located on the hillside of Bali’s fashionable Nusa Dua. Spend three, five or seven nights in ...

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Vasanti Resort Deal with Return Garuda Flights

Luxury seven night Seminyak getaway with return flights from $899pp. Includes welcome drink, complimentary WiFi, late check-out, massages & more! Escape to Bali with a seven night stay at the luxurious Vasanti Seminyak Resort. Located amidst the rice fields of Petitenget, the Vasanti Seminyak Resort is close to Batu Belig Beach, Seminyak Square, Petitenget Beach and more! Resort features an onsite restaurant, day ...

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Lookout Bali the Schoolies are coming!

A GROWING number of Schoolies are choosing overseas adventures ahead of the traditional Gold Coast sojourn. Travel agents confirmed the number of students looking to head overseas has risen dramatically this year. STA Travel Australia product and marketing director Andrea Robinson said their annual Schoolie’s Week overseas package bookings were up 37 per cent compared to 2013. “We have seen ...

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49% off Bali’s Luxurious Kiss Villa’s

Award-winning, luxury Balinese escape for up to FOUR people! Stay in a self-contained villa with private pool & daily breakfast. Includes transfers, WiFi, shuttle service, massage & more! Escape to Bali and stay in award-winning luxury, at the Kiss Bali! World Luxury Hotel Award 2014 nominee and winner of the Indonesia Most Reliable Companies Award 2013, Indonesia Tourism Best of ...

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Kaftan Dreaming

Holidays are on the way and all of a sudden we feel the need to pack an entirely new wardrobe of everything comfortable yet sexy enough to show off your soon to be glowing skin, unless you spray tan yourself up before you arrive. No secrets here…we all do it! Now I have provided a list of my favourite ten ...

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Bali’s Gili Trawangan named the cheapest Island

TripAdvisor has awarded Gili Trawangan as the most affordable island destination in the South East Asia region for the 2013 to 2014 period. The average estimated cost for one day of holidaying at Gili Trawangan was Rp 2.67 million, a stark contrast to Sentosa island in Singapore which is the highest on the list where holidaygoers expect to pay at ...

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Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Midnight is not the best time to be arriving at Denpasar airport, however the upside is it takes only ten minutes to the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort as opposed to 30 minutes in the daytime. After the hassles of even a short flight, we were able to relax almost immediately, having been met at the airport by the hotel transportation. ...

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Nikki Beach Opens in Bali

Bringing in tow its signature all-white sun beds and champagne parties, the latest outpost of Nikki Beach will debut at the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort October 24. The stunning beachfront venue will feature underwater speakers to enjoy the sounds of international DJ talent from the confines of the pool and 2,500 fiber optic lights that will attempt to rival ...

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Measles risk on Jetstar flight from Bali to Brisbane

TRAVELLERS who flew on a Jetstar flight from Bali to Brisbane on Wednesday last week are being urged to look out for measles symptoms. Queensland Health has issued the warning after three passengers on the flight JQ46 from Denpasar were confirmed as having the infectious disease. The highly contagious disease can be spread by coughing and sneezing and symptoms can ...

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Double Bay’s Mrs Sippy to open in Bali

Double Bay’s Mrs Sippy will join the growing band of Sydney ventures headed to Bali. The new spin-off venue, Mrs Sippy Pool Club, is slated for an early 2015 opening. Mrs Sippy co-owner Ben May confirmed they’ve nabbed a block directly behind Bali’s popular Potato Head Beach Club and have already started clearing the site for building work. Low wages ...

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Melbourne Cup Day in Bali

If you are lucky enough to be spending Melbourne Cup in Bali you had better book your preferred place to celebrate. To make it easier I have compiled a list to point you in the right direction. CANGGU CLUB – CANGGU  BARBACOA – KEROBOKAN/PETITINGET   BALI EQUESTRIAN CENTRE – BERAWA    COCOON BEACH CLUB – LEGIAN   THE DECK – ...

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Escape Haven’s Light Bali Retreat Package – Spaces are limited!

Escape Haven’s – Stay In Paradise For FREE!  Book your blissful Bali retreat with us for any full week retreat in November or December and receive 2 free nights accommodation in cultural oasis Ubud or serene Nusa Lembongan for FREE!** Gift includes transfers, accommodation and breakfast with Escape Haven travel partners. All bookings made before 31st October qualify for this special offer ...

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Even More Aussie’s Heading to Bali

According to statistics on Bali interest in the wake of the reality TV show What Really Happens in Bali, Australian tourists appear to be even more inclined to take a break here. Figures from hotel search site trivago.com.au show Australian interest in Bali has grown in the two months since the show first went to air. Searches spiked for some ...

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Charlie Bali Bistro

Since its launch in August 2013, Charlie has established itself as a go-to place for the bar scene and some of the craziest parties in town, but the owners refused to rest on their laurels until they made Charlie into a dining destination. With the recent launch of the eponymous Bistro by the French master Chef Damien Le Bihan (formerly of Guy ...

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Protests Greet New Cruel Dolphin Attraction

A newly opened dolphin attraction in Bali has sparked protests from NGOs, which say keeping dolphins in a small chlorinated pool will cause the intelligent beings to suffer a slow, horrific death. Located on the beachfront in Keramas, Gianyar regency, Wake Bali Resto and Dolphin is offering a dolphin show, as well as a Swim with the Dolphins program. Four ...

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BAWA Volunteers Making a Difference

As an animal lover I wanted to bring the attention to an amazing group of people that volunteer at BAWA (Bali Animal Welfare Association) in Bali which needs our help. It is a non-profit organisation that works to save, protect and improve the lives of all of animals in Bali and beyond however they are mainly focused on ‘Man’s best friend’. ...

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Australian and US Tourists Arriving by Cruise Ships

Tourists from the United States and Australia still dominate cruise ships arrivals at Benoa Harbour, Denpasar. Based on data from the PT Pelindo III Benoa, 29 foreign cruise ships, mostly from America and Australia, have arrived so far this year. “There is expected to be 58 cruise ships visiting Benoa Harbour this year,” said general manager of PT Pelindo III ...

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50% Discount on Seven Day Yoga & Wellness Retreat in Ubud. Now $749

Seven day Bali wellness & yoga retreat including accommodation in Ubud, daily yoga, fitness sessions, spa treatments, wellness coaching, daily breakfast & much more for $749 (normally $1500). To purchase or for more information CLICK HERE. Explore the magical island of Bali and immerse yourself in a holistic wellness environment designed to leave you healthier and happier. Escape to Bali’s ...

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Tara Stiles Yoga Retreat at W Retreat & Spa

STRIKE A POSE WITH YOGA REBEL TARA STILES AT W RETREAT & SPA SEMINYAK From 12-14 September, Yoga Rebel, Tara Stiles, will join the W RETREAT & SPA BALI –SEMINYAK for the FIT with Tara Stiles Yoga Retreat. New York based, Tara is the founder and owner of ‘Strala’, a yoga movement that ignites freedom. The flagship studio is located ...

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Charlie Bali Shares a Chef Specialty

Have you not been able to get yourself to Bali’s Charlie Bar yet? Then no problem as I have asked ‘Chef’  to share one of his recipes with us to create the flavours of Charlie at home. Salmon Rillettes For 6 people Ingredients : Salmon Fillet : 800 g Carrot : ½ pc Onion : ½ pc Thyme: 1 stick Bay ...

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Two Bedroom Villa Sahaja Package Deal

5 Nights for $1249 AUD 7 Nights for $1749 AUD Includes- Breakfast, massages, return airport transfers, welcome drinks and fruit basket on arrival. Email – info@thebalibird.com.au Villa Sahaja is a complex villa in Bali that offers beautiful Balinese sanctuary and it awaits you at the sophisticated and conveniently located area of Umalas . The newly developed Villa Sahaja offers four ...

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Bali Bird Offer – Elephant Safari Park

ELEPHANT SAFARI RIDE TOUR – Suggested price for customers: adult – AUD $84 / child-  AUD $57 / infant – AUD $23 / family – AUD $252 Inclusion: Return transfer (Ubud and surroundings), park entrance, gourmet buffet lunch (food only), elephant safari ride, elephant talent show, insurance. BOOK and enquire here with The Bali Bird to receive this discounted package – info@thebalibird.com.au Read about my ...

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Exclusive Offer- 3D Skin Rejuvination

3D Skin Rejuvenation Package – Exclusive Offer of 20% to Bali Bird readers We have this new 3D Skin rejuvenation package which is the complete package to treat all levels of the skin. It will hydrate and refresh and smooth your skin and give you a youthful glow. The package includes: Diamond Microdermabrasion for deep exfoliation and improving the texture ...

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Exclusive – Naked Skin Package at Cocoon Medi Spa

Exclusive offer to Bali Bird Cocoon Medical Spa’s most popular and raved about package is the “Naked Skin” package, so called because the goal is to clear and brighten the skin naturally so you can go makeup-free everyday. The  package includes 4 treatments that help the skin at different levels and resolve different problems – including reducing pigmentation, fine lines ...

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Cooking Classes at The Elysian

If you love the taste sensations of Balinese food, join us for this fun and informative class – the perfect way to learn all about our cuisine. Visit a traditional market, learn how to produce spice-enhanced flavourings and then recreate your favourite Balinese dishes and all in one day. Cost for Bali Birders –  iDR 950,000 nett per person or iDR ...

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Underwater Haven at the Artificial Reef Park Lombok.

The ART-ificial Reef Park is a project to revitalize the dead coral reef in the warm tropical sea off Lombok’s Senggigi Beach. The Official Launch of the Reef is May 24th and I can’t wait to get my snorkel on! Indonesia’s acclaimed artist Teguh Ostenrik, will “electrify” his metal sculptures with a revolutionary scientific process that turns dissolved minerals in ...

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Away Spa at The W Retreat’s Five Star Facials

W RETREAT & SPA BALI – SEMINYAK is thrilled to welcome super facialist Su-Man Hsu back to the award-winning AWAY® Spa.   Described as a natural alternative to Botox, Su-Man will be in-house at the W BALI’s renowned spa retreat from Saturday 14 June until Tuesday 24 June offering her legendary ‘five star’ signature facials to hotel guests and in-the-know locals.   Su-Man has built ...

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The ‘Sunday Brunch’ at Karma Kandara

KARMA KANDARA’S NEW SUNDAY BRUNCH TURNS EVERY WEEKEND INTO A CAPTIVATING CELEBRATION WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY Why spend Sunday Brunch within a stuffy air-conditioned hotel restaurant when you can experience contemporary epicurean delights at di Mare, Karma Kandara’s breath-taking gastronomic destination. In addition to di Mare’s stunning architectural open-air design, 180-degree panoramic ocean views and a sophisticated island vibe, di Mare ...

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Bondi Icebergs to Open in Bali

The Icebergs, long synonymous with its classic Bondi Beach views, will soon be able to treat diners to a new horizon. That’s because the restaurant is set to open another branch — in Bali. You’ll find it at Echo Beach, Canggu, where it’ll form part of the Sea Sentosa development. That’s on Bali’s southwest coast, 15 minutes from Seminyak, 15 minutes ...

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Celebrate and Wish a Happy 3rd Birthday to W Retreat Bali

The W RETREAT & SPA BALI – SEMINYAK is turning three and to celebrate the award-winning resort is throwing a month long party entitled A NEW SCENE UNSEEN. All expectations and formalities of a typical anniversary have been abandoned, and instead, a brilliant line up of events spanning across all things food, fashion and music will take place, including: an international fashion show, ...

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Is Seminyak the new Gold Coast?

IT’S been 12 years since I’ve travelled to Bali and that was as a Schoolie. Pool cocktails at 6am and getting your hair plaited was de rigueur. This was pre-Bali bombing and Kuta was the happening place. It was where all the bars, nightclubs, restaurants, markets and boutiques were. Day trips exploring Kuta’s surrounds were spent walking quiet streets lined ...

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A Bingin Fairytale Wedding

Not long a go a beautiful girl wearing a Lisa Ho gown by the name of Laine married the man of her dreams named David in what could only be described as a fairytale wedding on a cliff top estate in beautiful Bali. The ceremony was held a top of Bingin, near Uluwatu on The Bukit Peninsula in the elegant ...

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Beachfront Dining at Gado Gado

After a blissful treatment at The Breezes Resort and Spa we headed down the road to one of Bali’s most  famous  and original haunts Gado Gado Restaurant. As the sunsets we arrive to a very welcoming Maitre d’ who showed us to our table which was  prime spot on the balcony overlooking the beach. Now with a glass of wine, Australian ofcourse, ...

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Tips for Departure and Arriving in Bali

Now your flights are booked and you have your Passport. But if you have had your passport for some time I am hoping you checked that you you have more than 6 months until it expires? I may be someone that is on top of all things travel. However, when a busy life schedule gets on top of you this ...

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Canggu’s Beachfront Lv8 Resort

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Looking for somewhere less crowded where I can lay back and relax poolside I welcome with open arms the new kid on the Canggu Block, Lv8 Resort. Arriving at then newly opened resort was a wonderful experience as we are greeted by the team with huge smiles who were awaiting our every need and taken straight to our room. We ...

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Tropical Cyclone Threatens Bali

The department of Meteorology (BKMG) is monitoring an area of low pressure that could turn into a tropical cyclone. According to the agency, Bali and Nusa Tenggara could be facing heavy downpours with the coming storm. “Bali and Nusa Tenggara would be the regions most affected if the seeds of a tropical cyclone in the Timor Sea grow into a ...

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Not to be missed. Top Australian Chef at Starfish Bloo

AUSTRALIAN DALLAS CUDDY GUEST STARS AT STARFISH BLOO For five days in February a culinary switch up will take place in the kitchen of the award-winning W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak STARFISH BLOO restaurant. The Pan-Asian eatery, best known for its premier local seafood, delicious signature creations and its picturesque backdrop of Seminyak’s sandy beachfront will play host to an ...

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The Best Ginger Tea Recipe Yet

Now I know that this is a big call however it’s is true and I was lucky enough to taste this while waiting for my Spa treatment at The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa, Seminyak. I loved it so much that I had to ask for the recipe and now I have it I wanted to share it with you ...

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Mother and Daughter die in Bali

A mother and her teenage daughter from Australia died early Saturday morning after a suspected food allergy in Padang Bai, East Bali. A spokesman from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) confirmed the death on Saturday evening. According to the spokesman the pair, Noelene Bischoff, aged 54 and Yvan Jeana Yuri Bischoff, 14, were from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. ...

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Bali Niksoma is Luxury in Legian

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Niksoma On The Beach Working my way North from Kuta I have had the pleasure of staying at the Niksoma Luxury Beach Boutique Resort in Legian which is the perfect location to watch the beautiful sunsets of Bali. It may feel as though you are one minute away from the crowds but you definitely get a different vibe here. Greeted at the lobby ...

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Ku De Ta’s Pastry Masterclass

Consider yourself a bit of a Pastry buff and heading to Bali in December? Then this two day do may just be for you. Four  signature dessert recipes of KU DE TA & Mejekawi will be revealed in a ‘Pastry Master Class with Will Goldfarb’ This class design for pastry professionals & presented by Sub-Zero and Wolf. Held on the 10th & 11th ...

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Shhh…It’s Victoria’s Secret

I am over the moon with Beachwalk’s newest addition to it’s portfolio of  ‘All of Mel’s Favourite’ brands in Bali’s best shopping complex. Kuta’s ultimate venue will soon be opening the much loved ‘Victoria’s Secret’ and I am sure there will be quite a bit of hours and money spent from most females I know on their next visit to ...

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A Villa Big Enough to Take Your Family and Friends

avalon bali villa

Enjoy a Relaxing Holiday with Family or Friends in this 7 Bedroom Villa in Canggu. Bali  is a province of Indonesia with over 4 million people that live here. The island is known for its amazing scenery, beautiful beaches and incredible views, while the people are known for their creativity of dance and the arts. A holiday here allows visitors ...

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Kampoeng Villa Deal

DEAL -Bali villa escape for up to 4 people from $589. Includes breakfast, spa treatments, transfers & more! HUGE 93% TripAdvisor rating. Kampoeng Villa  is just a few minutes away from the vibrant Seminyak, Kuta and Legian areas and only minutes away from one of the island’s most famous stretches of golden sandy beaches, numerous restaurants, and shopping boutiques. Offering ...

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Seminyak’s 4 Bedroom Villa De Suma

 Stay Central at De Suma Villa In order to fully enjoy a stay on this island off the coast of Indonesia, you need to find the right place to stay. The De Suma Villa may just be that place. The unique 3 – 4 bedroom villa, situated footsteps from Petitinget Beach in Seminyak offers its guests the best in comfort, ...

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Health Alert for Measles Outbreak

The Health Department has issued a warning after four West Australians returned home from Bali with measles. The highly-infectious disease is spread through respiration and can lead to hospitalisation and inflammation of the brain. The Department’s Paul Armstrong says anyone who may have come into contact with the affected people should watch out for symptoms such as a fever and ...

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The Charm of Three Bedroom Villa Oost Indies

Located in Seminyak, the first thing that you will notice about this three bedroom villa is the proximity of the beach. The view of the beach may be the first thing that is noticed, but it will not be the only thing. The 3 bedrooms are just as beautiful as the beach at Villa Oost Indies. Two master suites are in the ...

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Bali’s New Toll Road, Mandara Opens

Bali’s first toll road, which links Ngurah Rai Airport with Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa, was officially opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) yesterday afternoon, just in time for the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in early October. “I pronounce this road the Bali Mandara toll road,” said SBY as he signed a commemorative plaque in the presence ...

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Bieber in Bali. Not that I care!

According to reports online, teen pop sensation Justin Bieber is currently in Bali recording new music. The news first surfaced on Twitter with a tweet from @beatsbydre that read “#BeatsSpotted @JustinBieber’s recording in Bali right now! Who’s ready to hear his new music?” Soon afterwards a string of tweets from Bieber’s own feed appeared to confirm the news, with three ...

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Luke Mangan’s Salt Tapas Opens in Bali

Luke Mangan, one of Australia’s leading culinary experts, leading chefs and restaurateurs, is going to have the next chapter of his existing ‘Salt’ brand open within the Sentosa Seminyak luxury resort. His French classical training combined with his finesse in only selecting the freshest local and Australian products will certainly present the atmosphere of elegant yet simple dining to every ...

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Five Star Facials at ‘W’ Hotel’s Away Spa

SEMINYAK, BALI –W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak will host facialist to the stars, Su-Man exclusively at the award-wining AWAY® Spa Bali, where she will be offering her ‘five star facial’ as denoted by Tatler Magazine UK. She will be providing her 60-minute signature treatment as part of the ‘Facial Pop-Up’ at AWAY® Spa for six days, only in October 2013. Based in ...

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Bali Airport Closures

It has been announced by The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation via the Directorate General of Air Communications that there will be a partial closure schedule for Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport during the APEC CEO Summit taking place in Bali in early October 2013. This is in order to facilitate the arrival and departure of private aircraft carrying heads of state and official delegations for the APEC Summit, through ...

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Cocoon Beach Club’s 8 Hour Pork Belly Recipe

Whether you are missing Cocoon’s succulent 8 Hour Pork Belly and wanting to attempt to replicate it at home or you simply think your a Masterchef in the kitchen, then  I have just the recipe for you! Courtesy of Cocoon Beach Bar they shared this amazing recipe for you to enjoy which is on their tasty menu Lunch and Dinner. ...

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Bali’s New Airport is Almost Complete

Bali’s new airport which is expected to be completed by end of June 2013 is praised to be the best airport in Indonesia. The airport will have the most modern facilities that can even beat the current Indonesia’s biggest airport Soekarno-Hatta. Bali is one of the most popular travel destination not only to Indonesians but also to tourists from all ...

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Cattleya Suites Seminyak

Cattleya Suite by Marbella is located in the centre of Petitenget, Seminyak, just five minutes from Potato Head, Ku De Ta Restaurant, W Hotel, Seminyak Square and nearby shopping galleries and the vibrant nightlife of Seminyak. The resort is the perfect hideaway for couples, honeymooners and families alike. Nestled in between beautifully landscaped gardens, the resort exudes a relaxing atmosphere and ...

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Villa Jeruk Seminyak

This Villa offers affordable one, two and three bedroom villas in beautiful Seminyak. It features everything required for your holiday needs, including private swimming pools and two separate living areas – one located upstairs and the other downstairs. Each bedroom has its own shower, dressing room and cable TV. Complimentary WiFi broadband service is available as well. Located in the ...

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Deal – Villa Rona Canggu

Looking for a Last Minute Villa with everything included from $150? Well here it is massages for 2, Return Airport Transfers, Breakfast and more at Villa Rona. Last Minute – ALL Inclusive $150  per night June -September 30th – ALL Inclusive  $170 per night   + Complimentary Simply Fabulous massage for 2 person at the villa  + Pool Fence   ...

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Book Reveal – My Offering

Having spent nine years photographing Bali’s daily offerings, Philippa Goldie’s ‘My Offering’ was published. The 2nd edition of My Offering has recently been released. The book is a collection of her favourite photos; each one accompanied aptly by an inspirational quote from some of the world’s most prolific people – from all walks of life. Each photo shows the canang in ...

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Australian’s are #1 Tourists

Bali tourist arrivals were up 2.36 % year on year in the first quarter of 2013, recording 727 013 arrivals in Bali during the period January-March 2013 compared to 710 236 in the same period of 2012. There were 179 375 Australians holidaymakers during this time which is an increase of 74% compared to the year before of 178 050 visitors,” ...

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Zara Now Open in Bali

If you can’t get enough or find a Zara store at home then you can now experience it on your next holiday to Bali. Zara has joined the ranks of other International Designers at Beachwalk Bali, which is situated beachfront on Jalan Pantai and next to the newly opened Sheraton Kuta. While you go shopping you can send your little Angels ...

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Sea Circus

This is no circus which is great for me as I am yet to venture to a circus, so why start now? From Breakfast to Dinner it is a distinguished taste of London bar meets Melbourne Cafe meets Mexican, if at all that is even possible. Sea Circus does it!   The one thing I do look for globally is good Coffee and that is one thing you ...

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64% off at Bali Vivere, Seminyak

Deal –65% off at Bali Vivere Seminyak 3, 5, or 7 night getaway for two for just $44 pp, pn! Unwind in a chic Bali resort with transfers, massages, breakfasts & more. Huge 64% savings! Explore Balinese temples, indulge in local fare, or take a treatment at a traditional Indonesian spa during a getaway to chic Seminyak Settle into a ...

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Yoga & Stay at Hotel Puri Tempo Doeloe

Calling all Hot Yoga Lovers to Hotel Puri Tempo Doeloe. Now there is the Yoga enthusiast then there’s the HOT Yoga enthusiast. To me it appears that you are either one or the other as there is no in between. So for all you HOT Yoga Lovers, I have found a little oasis just for you in Sanur. Now you can ...

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Bali Honeymoons & Weddings

Your wedding and honeymoon are times in your life that you will never forget, but why not make them even more unforgettable by choosing a destination a little different from other blushing brides and their handsome grooms? Want to know why you should be tying the knot or honeymooning in Bali? Read on! Great Weather Some of the more obvious ...

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Seminyak Beach Villa

If you are looking to stay in the hottest spot in Seminyak in a spacious, trendy bungalow at an unbeatable price then here you are!  Enjoy a funky post-modern beach bungalow nestled into the liveliest, modern neighborhood of Seminyak as your home away from home in Bali.  You’ll feel welcomed with genuine smiles and warmth by our friendly and dedicated ...

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Deal – The Maha Seminyak

BB Deals – Book now this amazing package for the brand new Seminyak Kerobokan Maha Hotel and save 55%. Travel anytime in the next 3 months and enjoy 2 nights luxury accommodation plus complimentary airport pick up at Seminyak’s newest hotel 5 minutes from Sunset road and Seminyak shops.  Beautiful furniture, free wifi, imported linen, friendly staff and lush bathrooms ...

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Villa Bahagia

Villa Bahagia or better know in Indonesian as Villa HAPPY. The familiar scent of Bali awakens my scenes as I walk through  the doors of the airport once again. To make everything easier a Driver had been pre-arranged by lovely Julia from First Management Bali as the airport can be a little hectic, if not overwhelming, especially if your a Newbie to ...

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Facials, transfers and more at Bali Green Spa

I have been told about this place called ‘Bali Green Spa‘ on a few occasions so I thought I should look into it a little more and I am quite surprised I am yet to have come across this what seems little secret hideaway. Located closely to Legian you are able to arrange FREE pickup from your place of stay and drop ...

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Vision Villa’s Gianyar

On the road for higher ground I am headed to Vision Villa in Gianyar. Vision Villa It is a 1 hour drive from Seminyak and about 20 minutes from Ubud. To get a taxi It cost me about $25AUD which would not get me very far at all back home in Sydney. I have a fascination for doors! Open or closed… As ...

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North Bondi Italian Meets Double Six Seminyak

Think North Bondi, think Bali and what do you get? You get the famous North Bondi Italian’s Chef, Rob Marchetti joining forces with the a hotel to create ‘The Plantation Bar & Grill’ for the December 2013 opening of  ‘Double Six’ a 154 Room Five Star Hotel located Beachfront in Seminyak. Stayed tuned for updates…my taste buds are drooling already! ...

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Tanah Lots of People

Tanah Lot Puri or Tanah Lots as I say. Tanah Lot Puri – Puri meaning Temple in Balinese is one of Balis most sacred Sea Temples dedicated to the Hindu guardian spirits of the sea. Has anyone seen the ‘Snake’? It is said to be protected from evil spirits by the sea snakes that ‘apparently’ inhabit the caves surrounding. Cave of ...

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Tips from Biggest Losers Shannon

“You Play, You Pay” Says our Shannon from Australia’s Biggest Loser series. Shannon is in Bali having a few well deserved weeks off inbetween filming seasons but that doesn’t mean he can afford to let himself go either. He must return to Australia for media commitments so he needs to remain inshape during his time holidaying in beautiful Bali. As we all do in ...

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Gear

Please be under! Please be Under! If you have this going through your mind at Check-in, you are not alone! On a flight home from a recent trip I was shocked to discover that my Carry-on was verging on being ‘CHECKED IN’ due to it’s weight. What was a suprise to me however, was the fact that I (apart from ...

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