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REVIEW: The Balé, Nusa Dua, Bali

The Balé in Nusa Dua, Bali is smart, relaxing and oozes luxury. It’s the perfect hotel for that special ‘treat’ or romantic getaway.

With 29 chic private pavilions, a wonderful spa, gym, two great dining options, and an enormous double infinity pool, it’s no wonder The Balé is one of the top hotels in Nusa Dua. The adults-only resort doesn’t really carry that ‘resort’ vibe. In fact, in the days I stayed, I barely saw any other guests, yet I knew they were there! Crossing paths at breakfast, many of us were so attached to our stunning private pools and rooms that we spent the majority of our time there.

Main pool area at The Bale, Nusa Dua, Bali
Main pool area at The Bale, Nusa Dua, Bali

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Mount Batur Sunrise Hike, Bali

The Mount Batur sunrise hike in Bali is a rewarding and magical way to start the day.

Taking in the incredible view of sunrise from Mount Batur, Bali
Taking in the incredible view of sunrise from Mount Batur, Bali

After a few weeks of beaches, palm trees and swimming in Raja Ampat, Gili T and Northern Bali, it was time to challenge myself. While I wouldn’t say I’m unfit, I’m no gym bunny. I tried yoga once and was in pain for a week! Oh and I’m pretty hazardous on two wheels. I’m not bad at running, but often lack the motivation required to find my trainers, let alone lace them up!

So when I reached Bali, it was time to stop being so lazy and get the blood pumping again. Mount Batur is 1717 metres. Due to high daytime temperatures it’s best climbed early in the morning, when you’ll enjoy the added bonus of catching sunrise from the top. Continue reading Mount Batur Sunrise Hike, Bali

Gili T: 48 Hour Travel Guide

Gili T is the largest of the Gili Islands, and the best base for a couple of days in the region. So here’s a quick guide featuring the top things to do, places to stay and what you just shouldn’t miss!

Gili T
Gili T

After the metropolis of Jakarta, adventure playground of Bandung, the temple land of Yogyakarta, and the untouched paradise of Raja Ampat, it was time for a few days on the Gili Islands. Several friends had been over the last few years and, rather than Bali, it felt like this might be Indonesia’s hottest ticket.

Beach at Hotel Ombak Sunset, Gili T
Beach at Hotel Ombak Sunset, Gili T

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REVIEW: Hotel Ombak Sunset, Gili T, Indonesia

Hotel Ombak Sunset provides a relaxed base for exploring the kooky island of Gili T in Indonesia, with its legendary sunsets, tasty food and famous Datu Swing.

Beautiful flower arrangement at Hotel Ombak Sunset, Gili T
Beautiful flower arrangement at Hotel Ombak Sunset, Gili T

My time on Gili Trawangan started not at Hotel Ombak Sunset but at its sister hotel – Vila Ombak. It was a smart complex of villas and deluxe rooms just moments from the hubub of Main Street. After a day checking out the hippie beach shops and lively nightlife I was ready to slow things down and head 15 mins by horse and carriage to the quieter side of the island.

Exploring Main Street in Gili T
Exploring Main Street in Gili T
Gili T at night
Gili T at night
Gili T
Gili T

Hotel Ombak Sunset‘s reputation preceded it.

“The swing! You just have to go on the swing,” my friend Hazel said.

She’d visited earlier in the year, and like many tourists queued up for a photo on the swing at sunset. While there are a few swings located around the island, this hotel is home to the most famous one.

Enjoying the swing at Hotel Ombak Sunset, Gili T
Enjoying the swing at Hotel Ombak Sunset, Gili T
Enjoying the famous Datu Swing at Hotel Ombak Sunset, Gili T
Enjoying the famous Datu Swing at Hotel Ombak Sunset, Gili T

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