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Really excited to be travelling to Lembongan in the next few weeks with my mum and dad. They have been to Bali before however not yet to Lembongan. I can’t wait to let you all know what they thought. Hopefully we catch a glimpse of the Manta Rays off Nusa Penida. This image was taken by Ceningan Adventures.
I am really not sure who created this image, however I love it so much and huge thanks to whoever it was.
Having a wedding is stressful enough but having it in another country can add to the stress levels even more to the point where it can become a nightmare. This is why, especially in a country like Bali, Indonesia it is vital to get a wedding planner to handle everything for you. with out one you are going to end up having some serious issues that could affect your dream day. So following are reasons why you must use the services of a wedding planner.
# 1: They speak the local language so there is absolutely no misunderstanding when it comes to dealing with suppliers or organising venues or villas. Language can prove a huge barrier when it comes to getting everything right and trying to negotiate with someone whose English language skills are not up to scratch can prove frustrating. Your Balinese wedding planner does speak Bahasa so they can easily deal with he trades necessary to make your wedding day harmonious.
# 2: You will end up paying more. Sure wedding planners do take a commission and charge a fee, but if you think you can get a better deal with suppliers by going it alone, then good luck. Once they know you a foreigner they will bump up the price. Basically, in the long run you will end up getting ripped off at some point along the line. Wedding planners have their own favourite suppliers and have already negotiated the best rates and deals so why not take advantage of this. Even better, why not give them a realistic budget work with and let them take care of all the running around.
# 3: In Bali, getting hitched is not as easy as it would appear there are some hurdles, paper work and compliance issues that you must be aware of and only your planner will have these on hand ready to give to you prior to the big day. Nothing worse, that arriving only to find out that your marriage is not legal.
# 4: If your unsure about the type of wedding you want or the venue setting your planner will have all the options at their disposal ready for you to choose from. Bali is such a gorgeous island and is the perfect back drop to any wedding, therefore finding the ideal venue that suits your specific needs is going to be less of a drama if you leave it to a professional as they will have lists of wedding venues and villas at their finger tips.
# 5 Planners will also be happy to meet with you before the event and run through everything. For the ceremony right through to the reception, you will know what to expect without stressing out about every details. This is real peace of mind and worth every cent, and it goes even further in a country like Bali where little things can go wrong very quickly.
# 6: Wedding planners can customise weddings based on your exact brief – they are so much more proficient and creative at this than your stock standard, garden variety, ‘same as’ style weddings that hotels offer. Having wedding at one of the big hotels is fine if you are looking for little or no imagination. They churn these out en masse so you have to ask yourself is this the type of approach you want?
So don’t try to penny pinch and think that your going to save some money by taking a DIY approach or go for the cookie cutter hotel wedding. The risks are far too high and the day will end up being far less special that you wanted.. Let an experienced team on veterans like Your Bali Wedding handle all aspects of your big day. You won’t regret it.
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There is nothing new about Australians travelling to bali for their holidays, but what is new is their preference for Villas over hotels when it comes to their accommodation. This trend is on the increase and is increasing by about 5-10 % year on year.
The reasons for the rise in the popularity of villa accommodation, especially in very popular tourist hot spots like Seminyak are many but following are five of the main reasons why most Australian families, couples and groups gravitate towards villas.
# 1: Villas offer a level of privacy that your simply can’t get at hotels. Forget about sharing the pool with other people or having to queue up at the breakfast buffet bar with the rest of the herd. Villa living is all about maintaining a level of privacy where you are the centre of attention and not hordes of other guests.
# 2: If you are renting a 3 or 4 bedroom villa and you are coming with another family or with a group of friends, it tends to work out so much cheaper if you were to compare apples with apples. Most luxury villas in Seminyak are around the $500 per night mark and if you spread the cost over 5 people it works out to be $100 per nigh each. This is really good value and works out to be more economical than an equivalent hotel.
# 3: Nearly all villas come with their own staff of house keepers, chefs, butlers, security and even drivers. This means you do not have to lift a finger; everything is done for you. You certainly don’t get this level of service or attention in a hotel – unless you were paying some serious dollars.
# 4: Villas are mostly child friendly and come fully equipped with high chairs, cots, pool fences as well as nannies. This makes it a lot easier for parents who stress out about travelling with toddlers. Everything you could possible want for children are stock standard in most villas and if they don’t have it, then generally they can be organised for you before you arrive.
# 5: The area of Seminyak is the tourist hot spot in Bali. It’s known world wide for it’s fabulous bars, restaurants, cafes as well as day spas and shops. This is why so many holiday makers choose the areas of Seminyak, Petitenget, Oberoi all the way up to Legian as their preferred location. Staying a villa here means that you do not have to travel far for dinner or enjoying some of the nightlife and restaurants. Essentially, Seminyak is just the place to be and be seen. So if you have your villa here it is extremely handy.
So, make sure next time your thinking about a holiday in bali take a look at our range of Villas in Seminyak. There are so many to choose from and they all priced to appeal to all budgets and tastes. all we can say is that if you stay in a villa the chances of you ever staying in a hotel again are remote.
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Hey Bali Lovers, I get loads of private messages every day asking for advice and information about holidays tips to which I have an automated response pointing people to my app for most queries ( apologies as for years I have tried to provide personalised responses and just couldn’t keep up with the queries any longer). However a reoccurring theme regarding which area of Bali to stay in is repeated of late. So my little run down of popular locations includes: Kuta – head to Kuta if you are keen for market shopping, enjoy partying and socialising which includes loads of alcohol consumption, have your wits and common sense about you regarding personal safety and crime, enjoy shopping for all the International Brands at larger Shopping malls, love to socialise with the locals at the beach bars and are looking for larger hotels with all the mod cons or also ‘old school’ smaller Bali home stays for budget travellers. A plus side to Kuta is the close proximity to Waterbom Park and the Baby Turtle Sanctuary.
Legian – Legian is not too far from the airport and is great again for market style shopping, some boutiques and nice casual dining options and is somewhat close to Waterbom Park. It is a softer option for the party crowd with several sports bars dotted around and is great if you enjoy casual sunset drinks on the beach. Legian is popular for budget and luxe travellers with a range of hotels to suit all travellers and sits beautifully in between Seminyak and Kuta. Families enjoy Legian due to having many popular beach side eateries great when travelling with kids.
Seminyak- Seminyak is a definitely more upmarket and has considerably more boutiques and only small pockets of Market style shopping. The cafes, dining options and Bars are definitely more upmarket and fashionable and the style of accommodation is also more mid priced to luxury with a large blend of resorts and luxury villas available.
Umalas/ Batu Belig / Berawa – are beautiful areas which are quickly becoming built up, yet have smaller style hotels with a blend of Villas as well. There are no market stalls or large shopping malls, however there are some excellent cafes and restaurants and some boutiques and they are much quieter than perhaps Seminyak, Legian and Kuta. These areas are great if your keen to explore both Seminyak and Canggu.
Canggu – Canggu has become incredibly popular in recent years and attracts a lot of families and younger people. There are some great, cafes and smaller bars which have popped up and a small amount of boutiques. There aren’t any market stalls, shopping malls etc but there is awesome surf. Splash water park + Bounce and Strike Bowling Alley are big draw cards for families.
Balian and Medewi- are fantastic little get away locations with no shopping, no sports bars, no night clubs. Casual budget accommodation and dining options are abundant and great surf and beautiful scenery is why people come here.
Candidasa – A beautiful village vibe with small casual dining options. No shopping, nor night clubs and there are a few larger exclusive resorts but mainly smaller home stays and budget resorts.
Sanur – still has that old school, quiet Bali vibe with budget and luxury accommodation, calmer beaches than other locations, so it’s good for those with small children. Sanur has some market shopping, yet no boutiques or large scale shopping malls and has some lovely casual eateries and is a very popular location for retirees.
Nusa Dua- Has some of the islands most beautiful beaches and is mostly large scale upmarket resorts. There is one large shopping Centre although it has manly local crafts for sale and a food Hall type of thing. So not an area for much shopping or dining out other than what the resorts have on offer. Popular for Golf enthusiasts, families which like resorts which offer everything and those with higher budgets.
Balangan – is a stunning beachside location and is mainly for surfers or those wanting to relax with very casual, local style eating options and boutique or very casual budget accommodation. It’s a favourite of mine as I enjoy the coastal tranquility.
Bingin/ Padang Padang / Uluwatu – again another favourite of mine and is mainly for surfers / beach lovers and again families wanting to coastal vibes to relax. With stunning beaches (however loads of stairs need to be navigated to access them not for those who are elderly, unfit or may have special needs). There are a couple of boutiques and great coffee spots and cafes however no markets, nightclubs, large shopping malls etc.
Ubud – remains a craft and yoga hub for those seeking beautiful scenery and a retreat perhaps. Ubud has some of the best markets on the Island for shopping and a range of boutiques and Tegallalang rice fields are a must for craft shopping and viewing. There is a huge variety of dining options as well.
Lembongan- is incredibly laid back and mainly for surfers, divers and snorkelers with a great variety of accomodation, yet no shopping or nightlife at all.
Gili’s – are stunning and for those who love to dive and snorkel and also those that love to party hard.
I haven’t been to Bedugal, Lovina or Amed as I get super car sick so can’t really comment until one day when I travel around the entire island to find new discoveries and will report back. I hope that helps a little xxx
Mums put themselves last on the list of priorities far too often. Besides having healthy and happy children, all Mums really want is some quality ‘me time’, a great nights sleep and perhaps a little pampering. Throw in some relaxation at a stunning villa, a giggle with like-minded Mums and an awesome Goodie Bag – there you have a Flat Out Mum Retreat! In 2016 they held two successful Flat Out Mum Retreats in Melbourne and in 2017 they heading to Bali! Joining Olivia aka Flat Out Mum to plan this adventure, is her sister Emily who lived in Bali for almost 7 years with her family and operates the successful business Bali Family Villas. They will combine their intimate knowledge of the island with their understanding of what Mums really need to create a truly memorable premium experience. Join Olivia, Emily and a small group of other Flat Out Mums on June 9th 2017 for 5 nights AND September 1st 2017 for 5 nights. You will relax, recuperate and have some fun. You totally deserve it! For more information head to www.flatoutmumretreats.com.au
To be honest I am not sure how I feel about the newly located Finn’s Beach Club. Mostly due to loving this quiet little beach for many years as it was. So heading down what used to be a quiet stretch of road in Berawa to find the grand new construction all felt all a bit weird. However in saying that the bamboo structure is incredibly beautiful and once the palms are a little more established it may look like it’s always been there. Being greeted with that warm Balinese smile at the security check seems like the done thing these days sadly, however knowing security is thorough is a good thing I guess. I arrived late morning to meet a friend for some drinks and lunch and there was already queues at the reception so the word is definitely out there that this is the place to be and the people are loving it. They have towels and sunlounges available for hire; see their website for details, which require a minimum spend and also larger day beds so your posse can hang all day. With all the beautiful people in their bathers showing off hot young fit bods, with drinks in their hands enjoying the dj’s relaxed day time beats and sun shine out it makes for great people watching. I felt it was very cosy around the pool with sun lounges packed around in to make maximum usage of the space or layered perhaps 5 deep along the ocean front. It felt a little claustrophobic to me ( I am getting a little old though these days hahaha and enjoy my space) . I’m not sure if the black fabric on the day beds would get super hot in the steamy Bali mid-day heat as well. I chose to sit in the beautiful, spacious, shady restaurant and was in awe of the stunning structure and enjoyed a nice strong mojito. My friend arrived a little later as traffic was hectic and we then ordered a few more cocktails, duck spring rolls, nasi goreng and a chicken wrap all of which were delicious. The staff are very friendly and service was ok and the prices fair (check out the photos of the menu). It may take me a little while to get used to you Finns please bear with me. I would be keen to hear what others think and have you enjoyed a day here yet ?
We recently enjoyed a stay at the De Sapphire Cliff Villa, which is about 40 minutes from the airport and right near Uluwatu. This place is perfect for surfing families. They have a variety of rooms and we stayed in a deluxe villa. It was perfect for us with the kids down stairs and Brad and I upstairs from around1 700 000 per night a very budget friendly resort. It overlooks the ocean and has a great little restaurant which does pretty good coffee and also this pork three w…ays dish which we all highly recommend and with super friendly staff. It’s only a small resort which I really like as well. The beds where huge and comfy with good pillows and mattresses, all the linen really clean and fresh. The bathrooms have a beautiful view from the bath /shower and they have toilets both down and upstairs. There are TVs both down and upstairs and good air con in both areas. There are small balconies upstairs and down which are great to enjoy a few sips of your duty free purchases. We really love this area as it is quiet and is close to some of our favorite beaches. There is not much shopping and no nightclubs again which we love. A really great, relaxing place to stay for families. http://desapphire.com/