The Most Fun Hotel in Legian Bali – The Stones Hotel

The Most Fun Hotel in Legian Bali – The Stones Hotel

There are a few reasons why people travel to Bali. Some come for relaxation at the sheltered resorts in Nusa Dua. Some come to find inner peace by practicing yoga in Ubud. Some just come to have a good time. And, if that is the goal for your Bali holiday, then the most fun hotel in Legian, Bali, is THE place to be! Legian Beach in Bali There are several main beach areas in Bali, and Legian might require a bit of an explanation. When arriving at the Bali airport in Denpasar, people usually head either east, south, or north. To the east lies Sanur, one of the more laid back beach areas of southern Bali, which offers a chill beach area, with no surfing waves in site. To the south of the airport lies The Bukit, a nubbin that sticks out of the tip of Bali. On the west coast of The Bukit are stunning cliffs, and rocky beaches. On the east coast of The Bukit lies Nusa Dua, the family friendly, resort area of Bali. Heading north of the airport in Denpasar, well, that is where the fun is to be had! From Kuta, closest to the airport, north to Canggu, the relaxed hippy beach community. In between are 2 main beach areas: Legian and Seminyak. Each offers amazing sunsets and great surfing waves. Generally, people are drawn to Kuta to party and Seminyak to dine and shop. But, Legian is sandwiched in between. And, it is the perfect combination of the two. Cocktails at The Stones Hotel The Stones Hotel in Legian is right on the main road of...
The Most Fun Hotel In Seminyak – Courtyard Seminyak

The Most Fun Hotel In Seminyak – Courtyard Seminyak

The Courtyard Bali Seminyak holds a special place in our hearts. It is why I was happy to return for our fourth stay there. When we were living in Bali, the Courtyard became our go-to hotel when we wanted a fun beach break. During our most recent stay, I firmly came to the conclusion that it is the most fun hotel in Seminyak! We recounted our first experience staying at the Courtyard Seminyak over 2 years ago. While living in Bali, we visited a friend who was staying in Seminyak. We cashed in a free night certificate from our Marriott Rewards credit card. Having experienced Courtyard Hotels in the US, we were shocked to find what we did in Bali. At the time we said “It’s Not Your Grandma’s Courtyard.” When we last stayed the hotel was pretty new, but in the last two years, they’ve come into their own. I was happy to return to our home away from home in Bali, and see what they’ve done. What we found was the most fun hotel in Seminyak, and some great food options! It was nothing but a surprise. Introducing What The Truck What The Truck opened in 2016, long after our departure from Bali. But, we had been following along on their Instagram account, and were curious to test it out. When living in Bali, one of our favorite places to eat was at our local padang, which served up a mix of meat and vegetables, over rice, slathered in curry sauce. We ate there at least once a week. One of our treats was enjoying their beef rendang, and then asking for...
The Best Brunch in Bali – Starfish Bloo

The Best Brunch in Bali – Starfish Bloo

Sometimes you have such a great experience when traveling, that you do your very best to recreate it. I knew it was a tall order when returning for brunch at the W Seminyak. But, we tried our very best to enjoy the best brunch in Bali, just one more time. Our First Visit to Brunch at W Seminyak While living in Ubud, we had a strange message from a long lost friend. Someone we knew many moons ago, when living in D.C. and in Chicago. Through his moves, and our travels, we had sort of lost touch with Tyler. Then, suddenly, he was visiting Bali, with his partner, Luigi. We made our way down to the beach for a night, staying our very first time at our Bali home away from home, Courtyard Seminyak. We planned our visit around brunch. What better way to break the ice after many years apart than attending what we heard was the best brunch in Bali. It was a memorable experience. Over glasses of sparkling wine, mimosas, bellinis, and who knows what else. Over plate upon plate of seafood and luxury treats. With a view over the blue seas of Seminyak, we caught up with Tyler. In a lot of ways, it was like we had never been apart. The four of us enjoyed our brunch. Immensely. Maybe a bit too much. We were the very last table to leave, and in true W Hotels fashion, they just cleaned up the party around us. Monday was a rough morning to say the least. Our Return to The Best Brunch in Bali After a...
Dining at Locavore – Coming Home and Eating Local

Dining at Locavore – Coming Home and Eating Local

When we left Ubud 2 years ago, anyone who read the last of my Ubud blog posts would assume I would never return. In fact, when I left, I too assumed I would never return. But, when the chef at Locavore Bali invited us for lunch, I suddenly found an excuse to return to Ubud. I’m glad I did. Why We Returned to Ubud During our last week living in Bangkok, we attended an award ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, hosted by The World’s 50 Best. I’m still not entirely sure how we ended up on the invite list. I will assume it is because we met Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, the 2015 best restaurant in the world. Or, that I am a budding culinary author with my recent publication of the Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna, home to the 2016 best restaurant in the world. Sometimes, it’s just luck. We showed up at the W Hotel in Bangkok, where the top echelon of the Asian culinary world rubbed shoulders. We were fancy for one night. We tried to fit in. We drank Champagne. We sat in the large ball room and awaited the announcement of the top 50 restaurants in Asia. Only one of which we’ve actually eaten at. But, we met the chef during that visit, so I felt a little more fancy. At one point they announced the top restaurant in Indonesia, and without knowing anything more, one word crossed my lips: Locavore. In fact, Locavore also won the Highest Climber Award. Of the top 50 restaurants in Asia, Locavore rose from 49,...
Luxury Dining in Ubud – The Sayan House

Luxury Dining in Ubud – The Sayan House

Ubud, Bali, has a decent food scene, and not just for vegetarians.  There are good options for western food at reasonable prices.  And, there are a few restaurants I would consider for luxury dining in Ubud. Generally, though, when we ate at those fancy places I was often left thinking “that was good . . . for Ubud.”  It just seemed there was always something missing, a hard to find ingredient perhaps that would have brought the whole meal together. The Sayan House was perfect luxury dining in Ubud, and never once left me thinking “that was good . . . for Ubud.”  Instead, everything we ate was just plain good, and easily the best meal we had while living in Ubud. The Sayan House was perfect luxury dining in Ubud http://ctt.ec/G8T_2+Click To Tweet First off, I enjoyed the calm and quiet of this far corner of Ubud, while admiring just how pretty our invitation for dinner was.  This was part of the soft opening at The Sayan House, so we had a VIP invitation, which was so classy.  It really set the scene for the attention to detail this luxury dining in Ubud experience would provide. The Sayan House – Luxury Dining in Ubud The views over the hills at Sayan were spectacular, with a sunset that offered the perfect luxury dining in Ubud experience.  We enjoyed a little romantic quiet time, while waiting for our dinner companions, Joe and Emerald.  Once they arrived, we began our feast. I started with one of the best cocktails I have had in Ubud, a Machu Matilda, . I say this...
Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua – A Bali Beach Escape

Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua – A Bali Beach Escape

I have been known to be the Goldilocks of the beaches, and in Bali this was certainly the case. I am not a surfer, or even a strong swimmer, so the hard core, strong wave beaches on the southwest of Bali just don’t do it for me.  I am all about lounging around in the water, bobbing along like an apple on Halloween.  And, it took us over one and a half years until we found me the perfect Bali beach escape, at the Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua. Nusa Dua is not the real Bali, and is world’s away from Ubud.  But, that was what I liked about it.  The Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua is set in a resort zone, on the west side of the tiny peninsula that juts off the south end of Bali, an area called the Bukit.  It was an escape, from the rainy season in Bali, from the traffic of Ubud, and our life living in Bali.  I think it is a similar escape for folks from Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur and certainly all over Australia.  A perfectly manicured resort community, with hotels, and relaxation, as far as the eye can see. Escaping to the Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua I could tell we were in a different place as soon as we walked in and saw the large open air lobby, decked out for a Balinese style Christmas and the lagoon style pool that meandered through the resort.  I knew right away that I would be enjoying a cocktail while sitting pool side.  After a week of crazy eating and traipsing all over Bangkok,...
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