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Embracing Life at The Gillis

Life offers stupendous opportunities to everyone to explore and to dig out the real meaning of life as well as to comprehend the intricate and obscure working of nature. As for as I am concerned, the opportunity has been bestowed to me in the form of travelling as it allows me to accumulate the unknown and to complete what is missing.

So, there I was, visiting the Gili Islands. Starting with the most famous one, Gili Trawangan tenders to unveil the uniqueness and different colors of joy in the form of music, parties, excursions and other amazements. Being Human, variety is the necessity of the life, and sometimes we need to enthuse ourselves with the excitements of dance and parties. Pubs, beaches and clubs in the island furnish these desires to its pinnacle and then there is no needing felt to go elsewhere. Gili Trawangan is the place to exert all extra energies. The local pub, Tîr na Nôg, though doesn’t render enormous options but its fresh juices are one of the best in the island. Blue Marlin Café not only excels at rendering the indigenous drinks and food but also provides elegant foreign drinks and food as well. However, too much party and drinking sometimes make the environment unbearable as well and thus compels me to seek out placid and smooth spot.

Gili Meno is the place that alleviates that commotion and ruffle of daily life by providing calm and sedating surroundings. Here the environment is tranquil and nature can be felt more lucidly. As smaller in size and having lower tourists’ density, the place offers me a unique opportunity to completely revive my inner soul with sense of ultimate content. The beautiful beaches incite people to have a walk over it. While walking on these charming beaches, it seems that the nature is uttering its melody through the composition of winds with waves striking the shores. The sun setting scene at the white beach of Gili Meno hazes my brain confusing the scenery with that of the heavens. The aroma of the atmosphere in the evening seems to uttering some untold romantic story. Sasak Café and Ya Ya Warung are two of my favourite dining resorts. In the evening, I grazed upon that lonely bunch of trees. The scenery reminded me of the words of Robert Frost, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

When it comes to Gili Air, the island offers an exquisite blend of traditional values with the beautification carried out by craftsman of science and technology. It is composed of modern resorts with most up to date technologies and at the same time provides the opportunity of seeing natural bounties in its full exposure. Being an epicurean person, it gives me great delight to get taste of several types of food. Bel Air Resort gives the yummy food. Its pasta is one of my favorite dish. The island not only suffices the need of having delicious and luscious food but also comes in hand by providing one of the world’s most sorts after snorkeling spots. For me, it’s not simply the island; it is completely a novel world exhibiting the experiences that can’t be narrated by simple words.

Glamping in Bali

Glamping is the newest way to disrupt your daily routine and shift your focus back to the things that matter. It is the way of celebrating a love of individualism, the nomadic life and being sustainable. After a short trip to the nature, you are expected to be more balanced and brimming with ideas due to the change in perspective!

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Bali’s International Culinary Journey

Over the years, Bali has evolved with each wave of visitors and is now truly a first-class dining destination, where the world’s most innovative and talented chefs can be found. You can choose to enjoy numerous International dishes with its authenticity and rustic charm right in place. The brunches are served in buffet-style with free-flowing healthy and fresh juices. The lunches and dinners are consisting of complex yet flavoursome dishes that will take you through a culinary journey altogether. Whether you are looking for a fine dining venue to celebrate a special evening as a couple, or looking to revel in a friendly place with friends and family, Bali gives you umpteen options to conclude your culinary journey with a sinful delight.

Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or so they say. In a normal busy morning, it is easy to skip breakfast and put it in the next list of priorities. But, taking just a quick few bites can really make a difference to the rest of your day. In case you don’t have time to grab something before leaving the house, there are some breakfast spots you can put on a highly consideration.

In Ubud, Petani at Alaya Resort Ubud is dedicated their breakfast to help the local hardworking farming community who cultivate the land to provide a consistent food supply. The idea is to get organic ingredients directly from the local farmers. By doing so, they believe that everyone, including the rural landowners, gets the benefits from the tourism industry. As for the diners who enjoy the food, they will get a clear understanding of where the food is coming from while at the same time get an introduction of the best dishes that the island offers.

The signature breakfast at Petani includes Homemade Granolla, Egg Frittata, Melange Platter with tea, freshly fruit juices or gourmet coffee. Also available a Continental or American breakfast, and Silhouette breakfast accompanied with freshly squeezed juice, a seasonal fruit platter, tea and coffee. Petani has its own team of trained baristas to make sure every cup of coffee is perfectly brewed using the finest grade Arabica beans from the Indonesia archipelago. As for the juices, Petani only serves the range of tropical fruit that is locally available. To maintain its freshness, all items in a special pastry basket are baked every morning.

While Petani Restaurant is focusing breakfast to treat the local community, Sands Restaurant is having Sunday Brunch with the chef. Blessed with the best view of Indian Ocean, the restaurant is hiding inside the charming ambience of the Anvaya Beach Resort. The beachfront setting of Sands features the best angle of Kuta Beach with relaxing sound of morning waves, such a perfect spot for those who come to fulfil their taste buds and look for peace of mind.

Offering a new experience for a family weekend treat, the brunch concept is a combination of international buffet-style with a mix of a delightful local taste. Your kids can enjoy an interactive cooking experience under the guidance of highly skilled chefs. Let your loved ones explore their creativity by making pizza with the chefs. As the reward, or just to leave smile on your kids, they are entitled to bring home a Junior Chef Certificate.

30 minutes’ drive from Kuta, breakfast at Anarasa Restaurant features sushi and cheese bar, bakery corner with a selection of healthy juices. Established recently, this signature restaurant at Mövenpick Resort & Spa will boost your day with a scrumptious preference of Indonesian and international specialties, coming only from the best and freshest ingredients, cooked in the live cooking stations. For family treat, children under 16 get the chance to enjoy 50% off for this buffet breakfast.

In Nusa Dua, featuring compelling blends of French and local culinary traditions, Sofitel’s Kwee Zeen is announcing its new ‘De-Light’ menu for breakfast. The concept is simple, maximum pleasure with minimum calories. The philosophy of the menu is supplying primal, powerful, nourishing, healthy food with delightful taste according to Sofitel Quiberon principles. Offering a low-calorie gastronomic adventure, you can savour the exquisite gourmet cuisine without putting aside your healthy lifestyle. The nutritionally-balanced dishes featuring clean and fresh, seasonal ingredients, which makes the small touches of opulence more indulgent. Innovative culinary techniques and an unwavering commitment to refined tastes and textures have inspired low-calorie recipes that will enchant your palate and, at the same time, energize your soul to a healthy lifestyle.

Lunch

Please understand that working long hours without food is as the same as having no energy to function properly. Skipping this meal will only lead to the falls of work efficiency. Some say that lunch should be the heavier meal compared to dinner, and some say vice versa. Whatever you finally decide, you need a lunchbreak during work. Well… everyone does. It can be for the sake of the body or simply just for refreshing.

Offering jaw-dropping views of a tropical valley, Cascades Restaurant at Viceroy Ubud put a high standard for a luxury Ubud’s lunchbreak. The scenery over the Petanu River Valley is truly wondrous, making it as one of the world’s most beautiful restaurants. Carrying a vision to always keep up quality to the highest level, the restaurant has become one of the most essential fine dining establishment in Ubud. On the menu, the creative hands of its culinary team are highly dedicated in developing the uniqueness of the food. The menu has a modern European base with a bit of Asian twists involving influences from Japanese, Thai and Indonesia cuisine.

Driving to the east, Standing Stones treats you with a unique semi-alfresco dining experience of fresh home-style cooking in the middle of an ensemble of towering megalithic stones, viewing the exotic black sands of the eastern Bali’s coastline. Remains unseen inside The Royal Purnama Art Suites and Villas, you can savour the delights on the menu presented rich in taste and flavour at the restaurant’s infinity pool, focusing on Indonesian cuisine, as well as Asian and Continental, wrapped it up using Western cooking methods. As for the food ingredients, the restaurant keeps it fresh from their own backyard garden.

Down in the south, there has been a real explosion of top quality boutique restaurants, and all of them are in competition to be the best in the region. They offer a great range of cuisine in terms of region and sophistication, from Western to Eastern, fast food style, right through to contemporary Indonesian cuisine. Some of the restaurants feature unique locations with awe-inspiring views and artistic interiors.

Let’s start with the one that receive so many spotlights from the eyes of the world, including recognitions from the international foodies. Potato Head Beach Club is without a doubt remains to be one of the most happening hotspots in the busiest street of Seminyak. This place is a ‘must-do’ on any visitor’s itinerary. Famous for its ‘old teak wood window shutters’ trademark, the club is perfect for chilling and partying on its lawn beachfront. However, apart from the lively crowds that gather over the central lawn or around the main pool, you can go to Kaum on the first floor of the club to have a fancy lunch. Catering the authentic flavours of Indonesia, be amazed of the unusual local ingredients that will serve right before your eyes.

Slightly different but quite similar with Kaum that brings the taste of Indonesian to the table, Starfish Bloo at W Bali is presenting Slipper Lobster Rujak for lunch. It is the seas finest paired with the archipelago’s exotic Rujak seasoning, topped with tamarind, jicama, and pineapple for a tropical taste. Best to enjoy it by the beachfront on a bean bag or dreamy daybed, facing to the calmest waves on a coast of Seminyak Beach. Since the raining season has gone by now, you can embrace the gentle ocean breeze tinkling your face as your hand starts digging The Lobster Rujak for your palate.

Moving on from Indonesian delights, The Butchers Club Steakhouse offers high quality steaks prepared in a variety way. Steaks for lunch do sound yummy for your tummy, indeed! This is a casual restaurant with high quality taste. The entryway is marked by a butchery working on his steaks, seafood and charcuterie. The reason being, this area is multifunction as a full retail butcher’s shop that sells branded sausages, steaks, chickens, fish and homemade condiments. In the restaurant, the décor of the dining room is industrial-chic theme with repurposed items, steel tables and vintage chairs. As for the lunch menu, you can start up with Kale Caesar and go for BBQ chicken with side dish grill corn for the main.

Travelling around 30 minutes to Jimbaran, lunch at Sundara is reflecting Jimbaran’s heritage as a hundred-years-old fishing village. Meaning ‘beautiful’ in Sanskrit word, this restaurant is one of the most exclusive dining destinations in the area with the panoramic view of the exotic curve of Jimbaran Bay coastline. This area is very famous for its nightly ritual of fresh seafood dinners with coconut husk BBQs along the beach. If you are here for lunch, you may want to order Grilled King Prawns completed with Balinese spice, papaya salad, peanuts and nuac cham dressing.

Another alternative to go for lunch is Tamarind Restaurant in ITDC Nusa Dua. With all encompassing perspectives of the Lombok Straits and the Indian Ocean, this signature restaurant of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa permits you to appreciate a world class stretch of white sandy shoreline in a rich setting outlined in impeccable concordance with nature. It additionally offers a delightful mix of culinary joys and wellbeing cognizance to guarantee the prosperity of their guests. The place has a provincial vibe and you will get an impression that you are about to eat in a tent-like shelter, to some degree exceptionally ‘back-to-nature-ish’. Go to sit upstairs to enjoy the ocean view while having lunch. Going through the menu, there is something for everyone, from light crisp and heavenly plates of mixed greens to new grilled fish and delectable side dishes. You can try Lamb Souvlaky Brochette, consists of Greek marinated lamb loin, tomatoes, onion, tzatziki sauce, served with mixed salad and French fries. Or go for something solid like 250g Australian Beef Tenderloin. Either way, both dishes are a pure bliss that one can’t resist!

Dinner

Dinnertime provides a rare opportunity for one to gather with family and light talks about the day. It builds a strong family bond that the young ones can lean on for the rest of their lives. Therefore, whether you take your family out for dinner in a modern, super expensive restaurant, in a humble eatery at the side of the road, or in a recommended restaurant consisting of complex yet flavoursome dishes that will take you through a culinary journey altogether, what’s important is the people sitting next or around you. However, the dishes served on the table before you are where the magic and mystery lies. It is what triggers a long, good quality table talk.

If you are fancy for steak or any kind of meat for dinner, the list is endless. However, if you are around Jimbaran or Pecatu, you can swing by at Banyan Tree Resort in Ungasan. Its fine-dine restaurant, Ju-Ma-Na, offers the best angle of Indian Ocean and the possibility to forget all the stress of the day. Nestled on the cliff, you will get the sensation of dining on the giant ark while floating over the ocean. The evening is indeed the best time to dine, when the lighting in the restaurant blends together with the lights from the boats below the oceanwide. Truly magical! Either you finally decide to sit inside or outside the restaurant, you will have the perfect angle of the ocean. And while embracing the moment, you may want to have a plate of Grilled Kobe Beef. This signature dish of Ju-Ma-Na offers the finest beef quality in the market, Kobe Beef. It comes from Wagyu cows that have been massaged with sake-fed grain fodder and given one beer a day. This makes the beef tender, tangy and wonderfully marbled. It is served with pumpkin ginger puree, spring vegetables, potato croquette and winter truffle jus.

Travel down from Ungasan to Jimbaran, Ayana’s newest restaurant Dava Steak & Seafood Restaurant brings Bali’s seafood grill and steak house experience to a new chapter of satisfaction. Taking full advantage by overlooking Jimbaran’s sunset coast, you are bound to sit and relax while the culinary team work their magic in the kitchen. Waiting for the main served on the table, you can try Yellow Fin Tuna Tartar. Very fresh from the Indian Ocean by Jimbaran’s famous fishermen, this dish is accompanied by local avocado, crispy shallots and a soy citrus dressing. The Grill Menu section features satisfying culinary works of art such as the grain-fed, 200-day aged Stockyard Gold Striploin, a perfectly marbled Stockyard Silver Label Wagyu Tenderloin, Australian Lamb Chops, and Canadian Lobster. Each dish may be complemented by an extensive selection of side dishes including Truffle Mash Potato, Double Baked Cheese Potato, Creamy Spinach with Parmesan and Tempura Onion Rings.

Still in Jimbaran, Balique is to be considered as a cosy and homey restaurant for tourists. The interior mix of French and African style blends perfectly with the location of the restaurant among the outstanding world-class resorts and villas. Looking humble under its whirring fan-open style roof with high-ceilinged open space, you can feast your eyes to the antiques and artefacts sourced from around the Indonesian archipelago. As for the dinner menu, you can ask for Rijstafel to get the local taste.

And if you happen to be in around Legian, you can have this Rijstafel menu in Poppies Restaurant. In case you are not familiar with this type of food, it is a truly magnificent feast that comes in small tasty portions of Indonesian delights from all around the archipelago. Historical-wise, this was the colonial Dutch way to sample the best food of Indonesia. In Poppies Restaurant, this dish comes with a selection of satay, including Sate Lilit, more than enough soup options you can think of, and, of course, with some spicy elements in it.

In Seminyak, precisely on Jalan Raya Petitenget, Jemme Restaurant has prepared special meats for Wednesdays and Sundays. The Roast Beef is served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, creamy cauliflower cheese, green peas and baby carrots, sautéed green beans and roast almond, roast beetroot and cabbage, crunchy creamy leeks with bacon and horseradish sauce. If you are a fan of pork, you can try the Roast Pork, consists of crackling, roast potatoes, creamy cauliflower cheese, green peas and baby carrots, sautéed green beans and roast almond, roast beetroot and cabbage, crunchy creamy leeks with bacon and apple sauce. This delectable Wednesday & Sunday Roasts have a reputation on the island, and therefore an advanced booking is advised on these days.

Not far from Jemme, Frestro offers the premium international cuisine, crafted with passion, presented in high-quality style with the island’s spirit. While Jemme serves roast beef or pork, this artisan gourmet cuisine restaurant has Roasted free range half chicken that comes with Mizuna, confit vegetables and rosemary juice. Opening until late hour, you can have a great time with good food and drinks.

A bit of walking effort to Jalan Batu Beliq will take you to Hog Wild with Chef Bruno. The inconsistency in using the brand name doesn’t change the fact that it is still dubbed as the best ribs in Bali. Legendary with its rack of barbecued pork spare ribs, or known as ‘Wicked Ribs’, this is a street-style smoky barbecue eatery. So, wipe away the image of a typical chic and stylish Seminyak restaurant. Chef Bruno is a magician when he is working on a slab of ribs. The succulent rib meat smoothly falls off right to the bone, covered in an additively sticky BBQ sauce with enough amount of burning on the outside to give the ribs a delightful smoky flavour.

If you want to have all kind of meet in one plate, you can consider Romeos Bar & Grillery for dinner. Situated in one of Legian’s hippest boutique hotels, this restaurant offers a-top-quality-gastronomic-cuisine experience with dynamic street-front views. Adding more culinary value to the tourists in Legian, this is one of the hotspots to meet up or unwind while enjoying a plate full of meat. A combination of Ribs eye, Pork Ribs, Sausage, Chicken Wings and Lamb Chop comes in a single plate with tasty sauces and side dishes. As their philosophy, Romeos serves with hearty fare and never lets anyone leave hungry! They are, indeed!

Enough with the meat! Now, seafood lovers can have a serious dinner treat in The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa. Among many restaurants inside the property, Sanje Beach Front Restaurant stands out as the best one for a fancy dinner. Featuring ocean views in the glamorous spot of Seminyak Beach, you can go for an elegant sunset by the pool before dinnertime. Lay cosy on the lounge chairs and get yourself excited to watch live performance DJ tries to build up a cool vibe to the place. Serving grilled seafood, fresh from the great Indian Ocean to your table, and a large selection of light Mediterranean Cuisine, as well as a multiple course meal, Sanje will please any appetite and make one breezy afternoon notable.

Still around Seminyak, Alila Seminyak’s restaurant offers bistro-style setting of communal tables fronted by ocean views. The dinner setting takes place in the open kitchen, featuring an Asian Noodle Bar and a Grill & Rotisserie, presenting adventures into authentic and favourite flavours to anyone. The Chef’s Table introduces a new 5-course culinary journey through a unique Western gastronomic experience deliciously paired with a selection of creative cocktails. You can expect the freshest seasonal ingredients and local produce combined with perfectly complementing cocktails to create a distinctive and memorable experience.

Going the same line with Alila Seminyak that introduces its new culinary journey, The Restaurant at The Legian Bali is proudly presented the ‘Discovery Menu’. This dinner menu is a collection of the Executive Chef, Luke Macleod’s signature dishes, pared down to its quintessential elements in the pursuit of balancing simplicity and complexity using the fresh and local ingredients. You are about to be pampered with a six-course degustation menu accompanied by Wine Spectator’s award winning list. The dining place is spacious, opens out onto a poolside terrace and facing to the shimmering Indian Ocean.

Now, moving on to Sanur. This area has long been known for its beautiful sunrise, white sandy beach and iconic rock jetty along the shore. But not many know that the beachfront is also sparked with some of the most exquisite dining options in Bali. Nestled conveniently at Segara Village beachfront, Byrdhouse Beach Club is the first beach club in Sanur, providing diversified selection of international cuisine and vivid cocktails. With a semi-al fresco dining venue, the beach club orchestrates three different kitchens with distinguished dining area and menu specialties

In Ubud, Kubu brings you a fine Mediterranean-European cuisine in a tropical breeze and intimate space of private cocoons overlooking the Ayung river. One of Kubu’s highlight is their Tuna Crudo served with burrata pugliese, smoked lettuce and tomato essence. The Executive Chef, Maurizio Bombini, created this excellent dish to remind him of his hometown Apulia, in Italy. The main ingredients are the Yellow Fin tuna & Burrata cheese – one of Italy’s greatest cheeses but made in Bali by an Italian cheese maker, which remains as his preferred fresh cheese up to this day. This dish is also known as Italian Sashimi. The tuna is served raw, or ‘crudo’ in Italian, and it is seasoned with some orange essence. The burrata is served just as is, giving a slight acidity to the tuna. The sweet taste comes from the onion confit and tomato, and a slight bitter touch from the smoked lettuce. Tuna Crudo is best to serve as a fresh dish, light and easy. It is a perfect selection for the hot/humid weather of Bali, while at the same time keeping the Mediterranean flavour as the main concept of the dish.

Best Dubai Vacation

“People don’t take Trips. Trips take People”. That is exactly what this desert city does to you. If you can think of a desert which has transformed itself marvellously and effortlessly into a place the world could never have dreamt of, it has to be Dubai. At first, Dubai appears like a vast expanse of desert broken only by huge hills. A second later you scramble to readjust your vision, as a glass and steel metropolis unfolds itself like a shimmering mirage in the Arabian Desert. For most of us the UAE is synonymous to Dubai, the sci-fi-esque city of iconic skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, city-sized malls, indoor ski slopes and palatial beach resorts. An ideal place to vacation with your family as it provides all types of entertainment you are seeking.  The city remains architecturally and geographically unparalleled. Modernity and antiquity collide into this vibrant city. This is the best Dubai vacation.

If you are planning to spend a few days in Dubai be ready to visit a lot of places. Get your itinerary straight so that you can have a planned and hassle-free sight-seeing experience. The first day in Dubai, make sure to go for the Desert Safari. It will be the best part of this trip as it includes the best of Dubai. From dune bashing in the deserts to camel rides, trying out Arabian clothes, sipping on Arabic coffee, devouring Arabic dates, enjoying the famous Shisha (flavoured hookah), the night ends with a lip-smacking buffet dinner, a mind-blowing Jambura dance and a scintillating belly dance performance.

The next morning you can visit the Dubai’s landmark building, Burj Khalifa, which is at 829.8 meters and the tallest building in the world. For most visitors, a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird’s-eye perspective are just overwhelming. The 360-degree views out across the skyscrapers to the desert on one side and the ocean on the other. You could go either at sunrise or sunset to witness the various avatars of Dubai city while in light or in darkness with lights glittering the city all over. You should also visit the Burj Al-Arab, the world’s tallest hotel, standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline. For those without unlimited credit, you can opt for dinner at the underwater Al-Mahara restaurant, which allows you to view sea life while you eat delicious Californian food.

For the remaining vacation days, it is best recommended to enrol into a hop on hop off bus tour like City Sightseeing, Big Bus and many local bus services. This way you get to see a lot of places without paying for cabs. Start your day by visiting the famous Jumeirah Mosque which is the most beautiful mosques in Dubai and a fine example of Islamic architecture. This stone structure is built in the medieval Fatimid tradition. A program consists of tours, lectures, Arabic classes, and cultural meals to extend better understanding of Muslim faith.

Plan a day to visit places like The Dubai Mall which is the city’s premier mall and provides entry to the Burj Khalifa as well as the Dubai Aquarium. The Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. You can walk through the aquarium tunnels.at the Underwater Zoo. Different activities help you get a closer look at the sea life. Glass bottom boat tours are particularly popular. Cage snorkelling and shark diving activities are also on offer. There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone and cinema complex. But the main attraction here is The Dancing Dubai Fountain Show. It is a synchronized water movement that is brilliantly choreographed to a wonderful musical soundtrack and goes 500 feet above.

For history fanatics, the Dubai Fort is a must-watch. The fort’s walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and held together with lime and the courtyard is home to several traditional boats and a palm-leaf house with an Emirati wind-tower.

Walk down the narrow lanes of Bastakia (Old Dubai), highly reminiscent of a bygone, and much slower, age in Dubai’s history. Bastakia occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek, and the coral and limestone buildings here, many with walls topped with wind-towers, have been excellently preserved. The Dubai’s architectural, cultural, and maritime heritage is showcased at the Heritage and Diving Village, with displays related to pearl diving and dhow building, two of old Dubai’s historic economic mainstays. Dubai Creek separates the city into two towns with Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. Boat tours and ship cruises on the creek gives a spectacular waterline view of Dubai.

For the shopaholics, the Deira lies on the northern bank of Dubai Creek. Deira is most famous for its traditional souks (markets), which bustle with shoppers at all times of the day. Deira Gold Souk is world-renowned as the largest gold bazaar in the world. The Deira Spice Souk sells every imaginable spice like paprika, saffron, sumac, thyme and much more.

Take your family to the awesome Dubai beaches and amusement parks. Jumeirah Beach is a strip of sandy white bliss and the number one beach destination for Dubai visitors. Hotels are strung out all along its length, with this being one of the most popular places to stay for tourists. The beach has excellent facilities, with plenty of sun loungers, restaurants, and water-sport operators offering jet skiing. South of Jumeirah beach is the Kite beach. It is renowned as Dubai’s premier destination for kite surfers and is home to an array of water sports operators.

While IMG World of adventure is about Marvel cartoon characters and rides, Wild Wadi and Aquaventure waterpark at the Palm Atlantis is all about adrenaline-rushing water rides. Bollywood Parks brings the world of India’s famous movie industry alive on its rides, and Legoland Dubai provides younger visitors with a fun-packed day out on its interactive rides. So, you have a whole lot of places to give your kids the best time of their lives.

For staying in Dubai, hotel prices start from 350 AED with a breakfast menu. The tickets to waterparks, amusement parks tickets cost 300 AED approx. Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab tickets start from around 130 to 500 AED. You will find very good restaurants in Dubai but the rates are on the higher side. So, it is best advised to plan a detailed itinerary according to your budget and stick to it.

Dubai is one of the most popular destinations in the world for holidays and tours and there are millions of travellers visiting the city every year. Shopping festivals, culinary delights, loads of adventure and much more is all entitled on your Dubai vacation. Whether you are visiting with family or friends, a vacation in Dubai will make you want to travel here again. Plan your next trip to this destination and revel in the marvellous man-made wonderstruck city Dubai.

Romantic Cruise to Nusa Lembongan

Bali is without a doubt one of the best wedding destinations in the world. However, it is where and how to get there is the most crucial decision that will lead to either a memorable or disaster honeymoon ever. A romantic cruise honeymoon getaway to Bali’s neighboring islands can be an option. There are a number of companies in Bali offering honeymoon cruise packages leading to Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and the Gillis Islands. As much as there is a lot to enjoy and appreciate in these islands, the main romance must always be accorded while you are on the sail.

romantic cruise to nusa lembonganIdeally, most of the cruise packages available start with a breakfast before set out for the waters. This is more so the case in luxury cruises. And of course, for the honeymooners, you can expect to go the luxury way. Inside these vessels is fine comfort and sophistication. All the amenities are luxurious, starting with the washrooms, all the way to the ambience of the catering tables. In a normal vessel, there should be some tables for different groups with the possibility of offering a provision for bigger group eating on a single table. Enjoy your romantic cruise with drinks and music that blends with the stunning sea views. And because it is your honeymoon, everything is tailor-made as your request. Special décor, custom prepared cakes, flower arrangements together with other delightful ways are provided for anyone to give their significant other a surprise of their lives. Remember that you really want to pour your heart to your loved one during this cruise. Be assured of getting the real surprise of your life.

Lembongan is a village that anyone would easily spend the whole day in, admiring and appreciating the on goings in an ideal island village. The village has so much in store for you to do and see, yet it is such a small island indeed. Doing a village tour is a must-as this, imprints in your mind the best sense of what an ideal village life looks like on tropical islands.

Catching with the peaceful and quiet early morning ceremonies of Nusa Lembongan ensures you start your day on a high note. And along the main street of the island are a number of shops with some of them selling fresh fruits and super strong coffee, which you can give it a try with your loved one as you head downwards to the seaweed farms. Seaweed farming can easily be concluded as the hardest job within the island as it is tide reliant.

So many things can be done or seen on this island. This includes diving, visiting the underground village house and sailing between the islands. You can also just enjoy the stunning beach views. If you opt for luxury packages, your day’s trip will include total access to private beach. For accommodation, staying at Hai Tide Beach Resort can be another journey to meet people to exchange stories of this beautiful island. In the evening, enjoy the best part by the poolside as you get ready to be in touch with a romantic diner in the hotel. A pool-side romantic dinner is a great option for the two of you and the experience is one worth spending some extra ducks on.

Don’t let dreams be dreams. And when it comes to expressing love, the sky is the limit. To have a luxury experience doesn’t always end up with high budget that will hurt your pocket. You can create your own luxury moment with your own style.

An important note to remember for safety and comfort purposes, when having such cruises, wear as limited jewelry as possible, wear tight tropical clothes, head wear, swimwear, and sunshade and apply sunscreen & UV protection. Also be in flip-flops or sandals for wet landing.

This article is also published at NOW! Bali Magazine
 

Romantic and Family Getaway to Phuket

The “Land of Smiles”, Thailand is a holiday destination where you can have it all. Enchanting turquoise beaches, gorgeous islands, diverse wildlife, glittering Buddhist temples, lip-smacking cuisine, Luxury accommodations and the very hospitable Thai people. Because of the diverse offerings that Thailand makes to its tourist, this island is one of the most popular vacation spots in South East Asia. Among all the different things to do and places to stay in Phuket for all type of visitors, in this article, our team has listed some of the most suitable luxury hotels for families and couples looking for a memorable and comfortable holidays at the best price.

Phuket is one of the popular destinations in Thailand. It has everything from party spots, sightseeing, nightlife, and loads of street shopping as well as street food. In the last few years, Phuket has been gaining high popularity among tourists. Formerly known as ‘Thalang’ which means cape, Phuket contains of two words; ‘phu’ meaning hill and ‘ket’ meaning jewel, and therefore it is now known as “The Pearl of Andaman”.

There are tons of tourist spots in Phuket, but you need to plan well and prioritize the spots, in case you are on a short trip of 3 to 5 days. A well-planned itinerary helps you to see the places of your interest and also keeps the budget in check. Our team has prepared you with suggestions and recommendations to make your holiday in Phuket with family or partner not just memorable, but also affordable.

What to do in Phuket
Tuk tuk Traveling with family or partner is really fun, and Phuket really delivers the true meaning of being fun with the things to do for families and couples. You can start by renting the famous Thailand ride “Tuk-Tuk” for the whole day to visit places in Phuket. Please bear in mind that most of the regular taxis prefer to operate from the airport to the hotel, and vice versa. For that reason, besides hotel taxis or motor-taxis, “Tuk-Tuk” is an optional transportation around the island.

phi phi island, phuketOne most famous destination to visit from Phuket is Phi Phi Island. The island consists of 6 islands, out of which the famous ones are normally covered in a tour. Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Leh with Maya Bay, which featured in the movie “The Beach”, and the “James Bond” Island are one of the most preferred islands to visit. Phi Phi Islands are famous for its limestone cliffs rising sheer out of the emerald green waters, white powdery beaches and its many coral reefs.

Promthep Cape, phuketNext up, there is The Promthep Cape, which offers an irresistible view for those who are keen for a good old-fashioned sunset photo. Another such spot is the Karon or Kata viewpoint, which means “Hill of the three beaches”. You can view Kata Noi Beach, Karon Beach and Koo Poo or The Crab Island form this spot. The best way to enjoy this view would be going on an elephant trek through the hills and forest of Phuket, and then view the beaches atop the hill while sitting on the elephant.

big buddha, phuketAnother must-see tourist spot in Phuket is the “Big Buddha”. It is a 45-meter-tall white marble statue and is visible from anywhere in the Southern part of Phuket. The huge Buddha statue gives you a greater than life feeling. Follow this up with a visit to “Wat Chalong”, which is the largest Buddhist temple in Phuket. Offer your prayers with candles and lotus, before view the walls and ceilings which are decorated with beautiful paintings that illustrate the life of Buddha.

Siam niramit showWhat good is a visit to Phuket if you have not witnessed the world class spectacular performance of Siam Niramit? Spending an evening to watch this dazzling show is a must. The Siam Niramit show boasts an 11-meter proscenium which is certified by Guinness World of Records as the world’s highest stage. The show comprises of royal processions, sword dances, bamboo dance, boxing matches, realistic rainfall, thunder and lightning. Huge ship, elephants with state-of-the-art special effects will make you wonder whether it is actually a stage show.

Another interesting place to visit would be Phuket’s “Trickeye Museum”. It is an interactive 3D painting exhibition offering amazing photo opportunities, perfect place to go if you are traveling with children. Needless to say, Phuket has so many shopping destinations, like Ranong Road, Phuket Weekend market, Patong market, and many more.

Where to stay in Phuket
Our team has featured for you some of the high-end accommodation in the island, specifically for families and couples. This information will help you choose the best place to stay according to your needs, while at the same time narrowing down the selection among the large number of luxury hotels that Phuket has.

Starting from the west coast, The Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa is located in Patong Beach. It is designed in Thai contemporary Style and offers four distinct room categories. Rooms and Suites offer both Thai and Western amenities. The beautiful Patong beach is famous for its aquamarine water, and the ultimate party destination “the Bangla road” is just around the corner. The Phuket Fantasea, a nighttime cultural park, is also within a convenient reach from the resort, making The Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa a perfect place for families.

If you are around Nang Thong Beach, you could stay at Centara Seaview Resort. While it is perfectly framed in the emerald blue waters of the Andaman Sea and a lush mountainous background, the resort offers a wide range of accommodation options ranging from comfortable garden view rooms to relaxing pool villas, along with a stunning beach. This tranquil spot is, however, only minutes away from the center of Patong, with its endless leisure attractions, shopping opportunities, and amazing nightlife. For travelers interested in restaurants, diving or sunsets, Nang Thong Beach is just a few walks away. The tranquil location, the facilities and easy access make this resort an ideal place to stay for families.

If you are looking for a place closer to the beach, Twinpalms Resort is only 100-meter distance from Surin Beach, which is perfect for couples who are looking for soothing tranquility of a secluded getaway. The area is famous for its beautiful stretches of golden tropical sand, making it a romantic spot to spend valuable time with your lover. The resort is surrounded by palms and features a private terrace facing the lagoon pool with garden view. For sure, by now you can imagine how lovely your holiday is going to be staying at Twinpalms Resort.

If you are keen for a mix of lavish gardens, clear sapphire-blue water and a sparkling white sandy beach, then The Haven Khalo Lak is a place to be. Situated on the famous Khuk Khak Beach, the resort offers a private beach, very suitable for a long romantic walk at sunset. For honeymooners, the Oceanfront Jacuzzi villa is highly recommended to embrace the perfect ambience.

Phuket holds a special place in everyone for its amazing hospitality, natural splendor and unique culture. It is a perfect destination if you are traveling with family or your loved one. At the end of the day, the most important thing in travel is not simply just about where you want to go, but it is also about how to spend most of your valuable time with the special people next to you. Now, how about sharing your holiday in Phuket with us? Let us know about other things to do that are not mentioned in this article, or luxury hotels that you think would be perfect for families and couples. However, if you haven’t been to Phuket, our team is also available to give the best recommendation to make your holiday in Phuket memorable.

This article is also published at Luxly Indonesia & Luxly Singapore

Dream Journey in Maldives

“I don’t want to be tied with someone. I want to be set free with someone…” This is an ideology fast setting in among couples all over the world. Most of them have bucket list of places they need to travel alone or with their beloved. One such have-to-go place is Maldives, a place where God has secured the best of everything. Famous for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs, Maldives has become very popular among the couples and is considered as one of the dream honeymoon destinations. This exquisite island sets your spirit free and gives you the amazing combination to enjoy nature as well as to spend the most romantic moments of your life.

Maldives is one of the most stunning nation surrounded by Indian Ocean. It is a tropical nation and comprises of 26 ring-shaped atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. The small picturesque islands with dense tropical vegetation including shrubs, flowering plants and tall coconut palms and surrounded by dazzlingly white beaches, sparkling lagoons exhibiting all shades of blue and green has acclaimed Maldives to be “The Paradise on Earth”.

Being a tropical island, Maldives gives visitors a lot of option for water activities. Water sports such as diving, fishing, wakeboarding and windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving are the facilities which can be availed at most resorts. Morning fishing in Maldives is one of the most commonly experienced modes of sport. When the first rays of the tropical sunrise touch the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean, the local Dhoni vessels set sail with fishing enthusiasts on board. Tourists enjoy the astounding marine vistas as they set off in the early hours of the morning. The Maldivian waters teem with fish and visitors can hope to catch unique specimens like barracuda, wahoo, rainbow fish, sailfish, swordfish, marlin and yellow fin tuna. The Bluetribe Moofushi diving centre is a famous one offering the best experience in terms of water sports activities, such as windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, riding on catamarans/pedal boats, and many more activities. Moofushi is also known for the excursions where you can spot whale sharks, manta rays and a lot of fish from the shore.

When in Maldives, you should definitely opt for a one-day island tour to Fua Mulaku, Kudahuvadhoo, Mirihi Islands or Alimatha Island. Apart from soaking in the sapphire waters or sunbathing in the crystalline sands, you will find exotic tropical fruits and vegetables in the trips. You will come across unbelievably beautiful coral reefs of vivid colours found nowhere else. One such place is Banana Reef, which is the most sought out diving site in the Maldives. It is called Banana Reef because it has the shape of a banana that extends 300 meters from north to south. The major feature of the reef is its marine life, where you can find Napoleon Wrasse, Moray Eels and the rare Bannerfish. Manta Point is a diving area for the adventurous couples where you can enjoy seeing large numbers of manta rays being fed and cleaned by wrasses. You can swim with them and feed them plankton.

For the philosophical tourists, the Hukuru Miskiiy, also known as the Old Friday Mosque is a place to admire. It is the oldest mosque that can be found on the island. The interior of the mosque is superb, and its coral stone walls with carvings of different kinds of patterns and Arabic scripts is truly remarkable. It also houses tombs that have been erected for the memory of sultans, heroes and nobles. The calm and quiet place would be great for people to discover the Islamic culture the Maldivians follow. For the history admirers, the National Museum of Maldives gives a lot to explore. The building houses a lot of different kinds of historical artefacts that reflect the history of the country. The original museum was the old 3-story museum that is the only remaining part of the Maldivian Royal Palace. Another famous tourist attraction is the Male Fish Market where you can find almost any kind of fish. The market is very vibrant and colourful and is a great place to watch the life of Maldivian people up-close.

Maldivian nightlife tends to be on the calm side. Most of the resorts organise musical nights within the premises, near the ocean. It is an unforgettable experience listening to heavenly music and dancing away with your beloved beneath the stars, soaking in the beauty of ocean. Still, if you want to party the hard way, you can visit the chic Fifteen Below at W Retreat and Spa, the unique underwater Subsix nightclub at Per Aquum Niyama Resort or the Reethi Beach Resort, which enjoys a reputation of a socialites’ magnet.

What good is a honeymoon without sharing tasty meals with your partner. Explore the Maldivian cuisine including skipjack tuna, little tunney, yellowfin tuna, frigate tuna, bigeye scad, wahoo and mahi-mahi. Coconuts are a major part of many dishes in Maldives and can be served in grated form, as milk or as coconut oil which is used to deep fry foods. Visitors should also make sure to eat in the cafes, known locally as hotau.

Honeymoon is the most special time of our life, and we definitely want to make each moment memorable. So while planning a honeymoon getaway, booking the appropriate hotel/resort is the most important task. Maldives provides plenty of beautiful resorts to choose from. These high-end resorts are dedicated for those couples who do not mind going slightly over-budget and choose to indulge only in the best.

Palm Beach Resort & Spa is located in Lhaviyani Atoll, in the island of Madhiriguraidhoo reachable in 40-minute from Male International Airport via seaplane transfer. Surrounded by a 4 kilometres sandy beach, this resort brags of a pool bar, beach bar, coffee shop and a romantic, candle light dinner themed restaurants giving the guests no reason to step out of the resort. It has luxurious villas, suites with by the ocean with either sunset or sunrise view choice.

Adaaran Hudhuranfushi offers a holiday experience filled with sun and sea on Maldives’s Lhohifushi Island. The main attraction of this resort is the Water bungalows that allow unregulated access to the ocean waters and private sun decks. Wake up to the splashing of the morning tides and fall asleep listening to the gentle murmur of the waves all around you. Welcome to the contemporary tropical stay. Adaaran is about 19 kilometres from Male International Airport. From there, it is 30 minutes by speedboat to the island.

Anantara Dhigu offers stylish beachfront and over-water villas in the South Male Atoll where the beach goes around the entire island. Choose to stay in an over water pool villa, sunrise villa or a sunset villa. Savour your taste buds in the Maldivian, Thai and Japanese cuisine served in the finest restaurants here. Do not miss out on the Fresh seafood dishes served at Fuddan Fusion Grill. Anantara Dhigu is a 35-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.

Baros Maldives Resort is a one-minute walk from the beach. Apart from the stunning villa to stay in, the guests are provided with unique destination dining options. Dine in style at the ‘Sandbank” surrounded by the turquoise water or enjoy a breakfast on the “Wooden Piano Deck” amidst the ocean. You could also sail away with your beloved on “Nooma” a traditional wooden sailing Dhoni to enjoy cocktails and dinner while watching the sunset. Baros Maldives is a 25-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is another luxurious resort in Vadoo, which is famous for its bio-luminescent beaches. The glowing water in the dark is no less than a fairy-tale. This resort has villas enclosed in the Indian Ocean. Apart from the marvellous diving, snorkelling, spa and dining experiences, this resort provides the “Renewal of Vows”. Indulge in the best marriage ceremony exquisitely designed for you followed by a dreamy night with your partner and wake to champagne and lobsters. Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is 8 kilometres from Male International Airport, which is about 15 minutes by speedboat.

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort is a paradise enveloped in soft white sands and turquoise waters. Here, time is a luxury which is well spent in leisure and tranquillity. It houses only water bungalows leaving you with no other option than to spend each moment living in the ocean. Some amazing services provided by this resort are a memorable night at the movies where there are private cinema screenings amidst the coconut palms, and comfortable beanbags to sink into while keeping the sand between your toes, or taking a yoga class in the pavilion overlooking the Indian Ocean, guaranteed to uplift and inspire you and last. But the most romantic experience with your partner would be when you step into an aromatic floral bath filled with blends of lavender, lime and rosewood and enjoy the toast of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, decadent chocolate dipped fruits with gold leaves. Located within the South Male Atoll, Anantara Veli Maldives is a 35-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.

Maldives is one place which guarantees an experience of a life time for honeymooners. The romantic ambience just sets you in the mood and you cannot help but be awestruck with all the beauty around. For people who are in search of a peaceful place where natural reserves are carefully preserved, staying options are advanced yet exotic, where people are welcomed with open hearts and their happiness and safety is never compromised, then Maldives is the place to be. As a quote says, “Sky above your head, sand beneath your feet… life is good.” You are bound to create the best memories of your life on this dream journey in Maldives.

Memorable Stay at Sohotel Hongkong

You are invited with great pleasure to Sohotel; a fifteen-story hotel where the touch of West and the vibrancy of the modernism, very near to the heart of cosmopolitan Soho, will make you do not want to miss the pleasure of visiting it for at least once. Located very convenient for any types of traveler, this 2009 award winning for the best hotel design from Great China Design Award, is second to none.

As you enter its square-like main entrance, you will quickly get a sense and fragrance of what it means to be in a place of incomparable luxury and an endless color combination. It is your first vivid memory and the beginning of an unforgettable experience, as you will stay for a while at its entrance and try to imagine the sense of comfort waiting inside your own room. The white, light green and black color in the lobby blend together to create a great impression to the eye and will leave you a mark inside your head until the day you check out.

With the latest word of modern furniture and characteristic illustrations that hide the secrets of China’s deepest history and witness the inspiration of an artist with great aesthetics, the hotel’s flowered glassy lobby brings instantly an aura of hospitality, coziness and comfort.

No visitor will want to miss reserving one of the Sohotel’s marvelously decorated and equipped rooms. The standard room includes a very comfortable bed that offers the mere simplicity of needed and deserved relaxation. The visitor can either enjoy the tranquility of sleeping at its relaxing white blankets, or simply zapping through the incredible variety of channels that a flat screen 22-inches LCD television includes for his exclusive pleasure. Sitting in front of the room’s window in the room, while sipping a fresh Chinese Tea, will trigger the enjoyment of watching the luminous of Hong Kong night. You will start to make plans for visiting the rest of the many attraction sites that Hong Kong has to offer on the days ahead. Our super speed wifi will help you to browse those attraction places easily. We have two computers standby for your convenience at the lobby.

Why not enjoying these moments with a beloved person? Sink deeper into the stunning architecture of a junior suite room, and create memories of what it is to see, hear, taste and feel the love of pure hospitality. The room includes a private comfortable bathroom with many exclusive amenities where you can indulge into a relaxing, and refreshing bathtub that will take away all the strain and fatigue of your long day trip. The double bed will provide enough space for you and the special ones to lie down and describe so many pictures that the incredible town of Hong Kong has left you, the moment your airplane landed on the ground. Our 32-inches flat screen television will pamper you through the night.

A superior double and twin room is also waiting to satisfy every demand of color delicacy and welcoming Chinese authenticity. Blended red and grey combinations along with luminous white ceilings will create an impression that it could resemble a very neat royal room which crosses the threshold of the usual hotel staying for the night and goes beyond a sensation that you owe this very well selected premise.

Do not even think for one moment that you will be alone during this incredible stay. Apart from the room’s hospitable aura, and the feeling that you have a lot to do and know as your journey in Hong Kong continues, there is a very hospitable and friendly hotel stuff waiting for you to be served, so as to understand what it is to prolong this magical staying. Having “Give a bit extra” philosophy as our solid foundation, you will be amazed the personal touch that we create in serving all guests. Not just we remember all guests’ name, but we also aware and prepare a special gift for those who are having a birthday during their stay.

Do not hesitate to ask our assistance, so that you will not miss even one of the hotels incomparable service, and the chance to get complete information on the breathtaking sites and places that Hong Kong has in store for every guest. To reserve your place at a wonderful expedition in the city’s historical spots, you can arrange a wonderful local tour with a guide that will show you all the sightseeing, which everyone should admire before returning back. For those who have a more eclectic and demanding taste to wonder about the avenues and sites of Hong Kong, our staff will help you to select the best tour packages that meet your needs and pocket, yet still give a tone of extra luxury to the journey.

And while your magnificent journey to the town that welcomes all civilizations reaches the end, we would like to say goodbye to you even during your last moments of your visit. Ask our staff to arrange your airport transfer service for your convenience, and promise us for the next stay at Sohotel in the future. We will definitely reserve you another warm welcome.

Either you are a parent, a group of friends, a solo traveler, a couple who wants to live romance, or a businessman who wants to add professional prestige to his business, this hotel is the perfect place for you. A place in our heart. Live the experience of a hotel that cares for the visitor as if a member of its own big family!

Embrace the life as we will always embrace you!

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