Top things to do and see in Lombok and Gili Trawangan

I’m going to start with the gorgeous island of Lombok as it could not be more worthy of your precious holiday time. This lesser known island just over the Lombok Strait from Bali and packs a huge punch when it comes to beauty and natural attractions. It’s gorgeous. Other than its beauty, Lombok has plenty more in its favour too. There’s traditional culture, lush forests, superb beaches, great hiking tracks and Indonesia’s second largest volcano.

The best part about this is that Lombok is incredibly easy to reach from Bali and has what I would consider the perfect level of tourism. There are great resorts/private rentals and everything is easy to arrange, but the wonderful thing is, you can always find a spot to yourself. It doesn’t have the huge traffic Jams like Bali and has a much more laid back approach. There is much to love about this island.

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Kuta

On Lombok’s southern coast is the small town of Kuta, Lombok. This town should not to be confused with Kuta, Bali – they are nothing alike.

Home to a lovely set of beaches, Kuta is a place that does not have a lot but has enough of everything you need for a stay. There are a few shops, a selection of places to stay for different budgets, a few places offering laundry, a couple of places offering massage and a selection of restaurants and bars.

There’s also a few shops offering help with transport or organising diving or snorkeling trips to nearby beaches.

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A Travel Guide To Bali

So you want to go to Bali, your excited but have no idea where to go. Bali has many different sides. This is a great thing, especially if you know a little bit before you plan, so you can arrange the most wonderful Bali trip to suit you.

So much goes into planning a Bali trip, as does for any holiday or new adventure. Everybody is after something different. Time and interests are the main two things to consider. The most important thing is to consider is what you want to take away from your trip. Do you want to taste the best food (or cook it), learn the language, be adventurous and challenge yourself, live the party life or just be in the most relaxing spot to rejuvenate and escape. Bali is definitely a place that caters to most interests.

Jimbaran Bay: One of my favorite places in Bali. This is because it is the home of Ayana. Let me tell you about about this luxurious resort…

Ayana offers a 290-room hotel and 78 private pool villas which are spread out along its 1.3 kilometer coastline. For a completely indulgent holiday, escape to the most premier villa Bali has to offer. Wine and dine at lavish restaurants and relax in the five star hotel with no schedule except your next treatment at the Thermes Marins Spa. Enjoy Bali’s only Aqua-tonic Sea Water Jet Pool, rejuvenate with a 2 hour healing journey overlooking lush gardens and coast or take advantage of the professional salon for your day to day beauty needs.

This pristine 90-hectare integrated resort has unique facilities each designed specifically for specific travelers. There are multiple activities and services that are available for your personal pleasure including golf on the hotel’s putting course, balance your bliss during Yoga Meditation or even creating your own special take-home gift at their Perfume Making Class. There are 11 swimming pools to choose from, so whether you are honeymooners seeking privacy or a family in search of some fun, Ayana exceeds expectations for all. View Full Post

History of Chichén Itzá

The ruins of Chichén Itzá were a huge priority of mine on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. As my first set of Maya ruins of this trip, I have to say, they’re quite a bit different from the temples architecture of Asia – which was great for me because I got really “templed out” in South East Asia.

The Maya ruins are a whole different ball game though; the history behind the temples and the sacrifices and religious ceremonies held at Chichén Itzá are incredibly different from temples and religious beliefs in Asia. I felt very intrigued from the minute we arrived.

We hired a tour guide for the ruins – something that I’m not usually that fond of. On the one hand, I love learning new things and hearing the details from a local and then on the other hand, I prefer to go at my own pace to really take in my surroundings. I’ve recently taken and interest in photography so heading out early before the tour groups arrive is more of a priority for me now.

Saying that, I’m actually so thankful that I chose the guide option. As we pondered around the grounds I learned so much about theories and history surrounding Chichén Itzá. As the tour guide explained the ritual sacrifices that took place at the various temples at Chichén Itzá, I had to take a complete step back from everything that I know about the Catholic Religion I grew up around and even all of the other religions I have learned about while travelling the world. This really was something quite different. It was a completely foreign concept to me and I had to actively work on not to placing judgments on their religion based on my own upbringing and Western ideals. View Full Post

Miami – Dream Hotel South Beach

This 4-star luxury hotel is conveniently located in Miami’s world famous South Beach. Sexy, sleek and incredibly good value for money, this boutique hotel offers free Wi-Fi and air-conditioned rooms with luxury bedding, bathrobes, mood lighting, minibars and flat-screen TVs. This striking hotel has definitely made a stylish stamp in my travel book.

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Miami-South Beach

Top Things to See and Do in Miami

 

People watch on South Beach:

This is the major hotspot in the city. From shopping to partying, this area of Miami Beach is well known for being trendy and full of shops and bars. South Beach is the most popular among all the best beaches in Miami. It’s all about tourist action and the party crowd, especially at the weekends. The beach is well maintained and regularly cleaned every morning so if you prefer quiet, go on weekday morning. There are beach umbrellas and chairs for rent and a few public concessions.

Each hotel with beach access also has a booth on the beach that caters to their guests. Many restaurants, shops, and bars are along the famous Ocean Drive across from the beach. Parking can get expensive so take public transportation or walk/bike from your hotel. The Art Basel was on while we were there so keep an eye out for events happening around the area.

South Beach can be more expensive than other areas, but it’s worth checking out while you are there. Topless bathing is permitted. It is the quintessential Miami beach experience as it has a great vibe to it. Despite South Beach being an upper-class area you will most certainly come across some strange people. One guy was pondering around in a ladies bikini, high top trainers with a tattoo saying “Hola” across his forehead.

Go clubbing:

There is a very active nightlife in Miami and if you like clubs, Miami is one of the best places in the world to go clubbing. There is usually a $20-30 USD cover to get into the clubs and most drinks are around $10-20 USD. Nikki Beach is my favourite place to be during the Day on a Sunday and the club at night is equally entertaining. You can reserve a day bed with a $350 USD minimum spend. Sarah and I decided that we would get ourselves a bed if the beach club was busy. We turned up and the beds we empty and so was the dance area!! We literally gave each other a cheeky look and said to the hostess ‘we’ll take a day bed and a bottle of Belvedere please’ NOW LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED! Luckily the venue started to fill up, we made some new friends and the DJ, Sax and percussionist got everybody in the mood to celebrate being in one of the coolest cities on plant earth.

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