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Fancy a late breakfast? No problem: from sun risers to sundowners everything is served with a smile

Jon Stonham

Probably like many people, I had always thought private villas were exclusively for the rich and famous; beyond the budget of a mere mortal like me. How wrong was I?

A few years back my family was staying at a well-known resort in Phuket. Following an afternoon by the pool the drinks bill arrived. It was over US$30 for a couple of cokes and lime sodas – a mark-up of almost 600% on prices at the nearby supermarket and probably double those of the local Thai restaurant on the beach. After a week it became clear that room costs were just the start of the holiday expenses: for every dollar spent on accommodation, another was spent on food and drinks.

Private Homes and Villas

Private Homes and Villas Ltd.

Private Homes & Villas was born out of frustration and two very grim holidays. I personally have found it extremely difficult to find decent and impartial information on villas to rent. As a result it has gone into ‘the too difficult tray’ and I have stayed in a hotel instead. Now in the absence of anything else we decided to do something about it.

Melia Bali awarded top EarthCheck rank

Megan Gell

Resort attains regional-first platinum certification following 10-year commitment

Melia Bali was recently awarded Platinum Certification by EarthCheck – the first venue in Asia to receive this and one of just five worldwide. CEI Asia speaks to Melia Bali general manager Jim Boyles about the landmark achievement:

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Badung Lifesaver Goes to Darwin for Arafura Games

Bali Travel News

Badung Lifesaver (Balawista) team had the honor to attend the championship of Arafura Games 2011 in Darwin, Australia. The nine contingents representing Indonesia would show off their capability in the world championship. “This championship will last for eight days, namely on May 7-14, 2011,” said Chairman of the contingent, I Gede Berata, when meeting with the Regent of Badung, AA Gde Agung, Tuesday (May 3).

Sukasada Ing Rat Fragmentary Mesmerizes Tourists

Bali Travel News

Enchantment of Sukasada Ujung Park of Karangasem increasingly shows off its magnetism. Having been restored with the assistance of World Bank, the Sukasada Ujung Park has been considered successful to support a variety of spectacular events both in the regional and national level. Agenda of the official visits of a number of ministers have been successfully organized in the Panglila Cita Garden that was usually used by the King of Karangasem in hosting state guests of the past.

Go Green in Bali

Expat Living

Visited Bali before? Looking for something different to extend your thoughts beyond the swimming pool and the fantastic food? Here’s an idea: sample a little culture and community at VILLA HANSA in Canggu.

Spiritual souls with environmental leanings, an interest in community awareness and a thirst for local culture, will love this one-of-a-kind villa. Named after the Goddess of Knowledge, its design is gorgeous, but Villa Hansa is so much more than just another Balinese deluxe villa.

Raditya “the Bull” Rondi Takes Down Pepen “the Tiger” Hendrik to Win the Rusty Rumble in Da Jungle

Bali Waves

Sanur-Bali: Raditya Rondi bested last year’s Rumble in Da Jungle winner Pepen Hendrik today in a 30 minute man-on-man battle in testing 5-6 foot wave conditions yesterday to claim victory and the additional distinction of being the first goofyfooter to ever win the legendary event.

The stylish and aggressive goofyfooter from Kuta nicknamed “the Bull” takes home a winners check for Rp 15 million and 3,000 Coca-Cola ISC Championship points, and now sits in second spot in the 2011 rankings, having finished equal third in the first event on the Coca-Cola ISC Tour in April.

Surf Goddess Retreats, surf and yoga in style

Surf Goddess

Surf Goddess Retreats is a boutique holiday adventure on the magical island of Bali created especially for women just like you.Perfect for absolute beginner surfers and solo travelers, our retreat provides an enchanting space where you can learn how to surf in a totally positive and supportive environment packed with fun and laughter with your surf sisters!

You’ll also have plenty of time to unwind from the pressures of life and take time to pamper yourself.

The Start of Our Love Affair With Bali

Rick Pursell

Ironically enough, I had avoided coming to Bali for the thirty-three years that I lived in Perth, Western Australia, because all I had heard about was the partying crowd in Kuta.

I preferred to venture off the beaten track to Burma, Cambodia, North Vietnam and other remote locations in South East Asia, so joining a bunch of beer-swilling Aussies (and yes, I was one), didn't really appeal to me as an adventure.

Garuda Indonesia Operates New Boeing 737-800NG on Singapore - Bali Route

Asia Travel Tips

Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, has started operating its new 162-seater Boeing 737-800NG aircraft from Singapore to Bali which features the carrier’s new ‘Nature’s Wing’ livery, signature interior and upgraded on-board services.

Garuda Indonesia’s new Boeing 737-800NG also includes individual touch-screen LCD TVs throughout Executive and Economy Classes with Video on Demand (VOD) entertainment systems offering 25 feature films and 250 audio tracks.


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