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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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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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Raja Ampat: A Travel Guide To Indonesia’s Secret Paradise

Raja Ampat, Indonesia is home to some of the most beautiful islands on the planet. There’s spectacular snorkelling and diving, and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Isn’t it time you explored this secret corner of paradise?

Piaynemo, Raja Ampat
Piaynemo, Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat isn’t like anywhere else on the planet. Well, not that I’ve been to yet anyway. It’s raw, rugged and the closest thing to paradise that I’ve found. Above the ground exotic birds call to each other, gigantic colourful butterflies flutter by, and hermit crabs dance along the sand. Below sea level majestic lion fish prowl through the waters past tropical fish, purple pufferfish, turtles, dolphins and sharks. These Indonesian waters are the most biodiverse in the world, and if you pop your head under for a moment you’ll be amazed at what you find.

Along with stunning landscapes, incredible snorkelling, diving and endless sunshine, there’s a heart and soul to this region of Indonesia. The people. The people with smiles on their faces. People who have no doubt been through some serious hardships given the tricky political situation in West Papua. But they were open, welcoming, and made our experience extra special. Continue reading Raja Ampat: A Travel Guide To Indonesia’s Secret Paradise

Win A Luxury Break To The New Forest Food & Drink Festival

Fancy heading to one of the most beautiful parts of England and enjoying top food and drink? Then listen up!

At the start of this year I popped down to the New Forest and discovered not only that it was a stunning place with magical landscapes filled with wild ponies, but also that it ticked the foodie box too.

New Forest
New Forest

This year they’ve upped their game and are holding their first ever New Forest Food & Drink Festival from October 31st to November 6th. From the region’s excellent farmers, bakers, brewers, chocolatiers and fishermen, to the culinary gods who work in the restaurants, the festival will be the perfect chance to sample all the foodie joy that the region has to offer. Headline events include a mad hatter’s tea party, a vegetarian forest feast at Burley Manor (where I stayed in January) and a special smokehouse dinner.

New Forest
New Forest
New Forest
New Forest

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