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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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Taste of Indonesia at Sydney’s Shangri La

Indonesia’s electric and diverse cuisine will take centre stage at the second “Taste of Indonesia” Food Festival at Café Mix from 16 to 26 August 2018. Guests are invited to embark on a culinary adventure of authentic dishes created by guest chefs Rizal Nadution and Irwanto of Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya, who have flown in for the festival. Rich in a ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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