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Premiere Departure Lounge

The hidden airport Premiere Lounge. FOUND IT! Ah it’s that time again where you struggle to walk yourself through the airport to make the flight back to reality. I have travelled several times to Bali and haven’t seen one slight piece of evidence of a departure lounge. The previous one was a well kept secret so I thought maybe, just ...

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The Beauty of Bisma Cottages, Ubud

It’s no secret that Ubud is the emerald jewel in the crown of the Island of the Gods. Though merely an hour at most from Seminyak, it’s a world away from the madding crowd and mayhem of Bali’s more Southern tourist haunts. And what better way to enjoy a tree change than to spend a few days at an intimate ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Bali Villa ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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