Gili Islands, Indonesia travel guide

Not long ago, the Gili Islands were just a popular stop for sun- and beach-loving backpackers travelling through South East Asia. Cheap accommodations, white sand beaches, crystal clear blue water and a laidback atmosphere were the main attractions. All that can still be found on the Gili Islands, but recently, luxurious villas, posh restaurants and […]

Puri Lumbung Cottages in Bali

Puri Lumbung Cottages in Bali are made of 80-year old restored ‘lumbung’ or rice granaries and are part of Bali’s unique cultural heritage. Traditionally used to store rice under the protection of the goddess Dewi Sri, they have been converted into an “eco resort” near the village on Munduk in the central-northern part of the island. […]

Kayumanis Villas: luxurious private villas in Bali

Kayumanis Villas in Bali are the ultimate retreat if you are looking for privacy and luxury. The villas are located in different areas of Bali: Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Ubud. Jimbaran and Nusa Dua are on the beach, but Ubud (where “Eat Pray Love” was filed) is inland. Kayumanis Ubud Personally I prefer Ubud because […]

Villa Julius: affordable beach front boutique hotel on Gili Trawangan

If you are traveling to Bali but are looking for a very quiet spot to spend a few days, go to the Gili islands, off the coast of Bali. There is a lovely beach front boutique hotel called Villa Julius on the island of Gili Trawangan, an oasis of calm because there is no motorized […]

Alila Villas Uluwatu: luxury meets contemporary Bali-inspired design on the Bikit Peninsula

Located on an elevated limestone cliff above the Indian Ocean on Bali’s Bikit Peninsula, the Alila Villas Uluwatu integrates contemporary design with cultural richness.  The result is an experience that is ‘serene, sensual, and surprisingly different’. The resort is only 30 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport and 15 minutes from Jimbaran Bay near […]

Kupu Kupu Barong Villas: romantic luxury resort in Ubud, Bali

The Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa is a luxury boutique hotel in Bali set in an idyllic resort for a couples on a honeymoon or romantic holidays, and for those who want to get away from the busyness of everyday life. It is enclosed by lush tropical gardens that overlook the Ayung River […]

Alila Ubud: secluded luxury retreat in Bali

If you read our Eat Pray Love Travel Guide to Bali and want more recommendations of boutique hotels and retreats on the island (other than the alluring Bambu Indah which we loved), check out the Alila Ubud, perched on a hillside in the village of Payangan overlooking the Ayung River, only 5 kilometres from the […]