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...
Romance on Mai Khao Beach Thailand

Romance on Mai Khao Beach Thailand

About a year ago, I was excited to settle down into our new life living in Bangkok. We had our little apartment, a group of friends, and a city full to explore. After almost 18 months, though, I needed a break from the big city. Big time. I needed rest, relaxation, quiet, and a little romance on Mai Khao Beach. Where is Mai Khao Beach I love Bangkok. I really do. I like that I can travel to anywhere in the world from Bangkok airport. I love that in one day I can eat cheap Pad Thai on the street, and great Mexican that night. I love that we can shop at enormous shopping malls, and Eric can get his hair cut for about $5. But, towards the end of our stay in Bangkok, I craved quiet. I realized, suddenly, how loud the city is. The traffic, the tuk tuks. The traffic. I felt like I could not even hear myself think. So, we hopped a Nok Air flight to Phuket, and within 10 minutes from the airport, we were on the beach. Mai Khao Beach is located on the north west side of Phuket. It’s miles long, wide and clean. And, is home to a turtle hatchery. In the mornings, it’s possible to walk for almost an hour in either direction, while listening to, well, not much. Unlike other areas of Phuket, Mai Khao Beach is quiet. And, yes, romantic. Most important, I could hear myself think. Mai Khao Beach Romance We were greeted at the Renaissance Phuket by a pleasant surprise: An upgrade to a private pool...
A Luxury Khao Lak Resort in Thailand

A Luxury Khao Lak Resort in Thailand

I’ve become a little picky about where we stay when we visit the Thai beaches. Part of this is a direct result of our stay in some luxury villas in Koh Samui. That experience was fabulous and hard to replicate. Some of it also revolves around our recent vacation to Ao Nang, which was no vacation at all, and ended in a bout of food poisoning. Even as travel bloggers, we want to make the most of the time we spend at the beach. That is why I was so happy to have found a fab Khao Lak resort, which ticked off all of the boxes for a perfect Thai beach stay. The JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Beach Within minutes of arriving at the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort, our bathing suits were on. We wanted to make the most of our late afternoon arrival to explore the property before dark. This is not that much different from any other time we’ve stayed at a beach resort. The difference here: we explored the resort via water. Bathing suits on, no shoes. We had a pool access room, which meant that we were two steps away from an enormous pool, over two kilometers long, which snaked across the entire resort, in front of our room, past two swim up bars, and pretty much up to the beach. We jumped in and started to explore, ultimately ending up at the edge of the pool with a view of the beach. We returned back to our room amazed at how far we swam without even making it all the way around. But, happy...
Where to Eat in Galaxy Macau

Where to Eat in Galaxy Macau

One similarity between Las Vegas and Macau is that both areas are infamous dining destinations. The Galaxy Macau complex is loaded with dining options, from food courts to soon-to-be Michelin Star restaurants. Here’s our pick on where to eat in Galaxy Macau. Lai Heen at the Ritz-Carlton Macau When creating a list of where to eat in Galaxy Macau, I of course had to start with the most glamorous of the restaurants we tried – Lai Heen in the Ritz-Carlton Macau. Chef Fu Man Piu came from the two Michelin Star Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong. I would not be surprised if Lai Heen Macau earns a Michelin Star soon. It was one of the best Cantonese meals we’ve had. The food was as decadent as the surroundings. Every inch of the decor at Lai Heen was purposely designed to incorporate elements of Chinese, Macanese, or Portuguese architecture. From the glass tiles along the wall, to the ancient Chinese vases, the stone work, the Portuguese tiles. Even the flatware was gorgeous, with mother of pearl and black checkered silverware. I kind of wanted to slip a set into my purse they were so beautiful. I resisted this urge. The service was also top notch, from the sommelier who poured us our Louis Roederer champagne, to the tea sommelier, who recommended the perfect tea for our afternoon dim sum lunch. We sat in a table near the window, offerings us a few from the 51st floor, making Lai Heen the highest Cantonese restaurant in Macau. It was experience before we even started eating. We walked through a...
The Galaxy Macau – All Glitz and Glam

The Galaxy Macau – All Glitz and Glam

While riding the Cotai Ferry, which runs from Hong Kong to the Taipa area of Macau, I was bombarded with the luxury of Macau. The television screens offered advertisements about what to do in Macau. The first offered a glimpse of what it is like to be David Beckham at the Venetian in Macau. Tuxedos, cocktails, sexy lighting, Carnevale style parties. In the end, he kicks a soccer ball clear across the hotel while flashing his trademark style. It’s all glitz and glamor.  I suddenly started to think about our arrival at Galaxy Macau, and how we would fit in. Even the Cotai Ferry has an economy class and a first class seating area. The upper levels allow for priority exit from the ferry. I think they serve a snack. We were happy in the economy section. It’s only a 70 minute ride. Instead of organizing a private Mercedes to pick us up and whisk us off to the Galaxy Macau, we took the complimentary shuttle bus. We may be luxury travel bloggers, but we are still travel bloggers. I wondered how our travel blogger status would fit into the luxury experience we were about to have. Arriving at the Galaxy Macau The shuttle bus pulled up outside the JW Marriott at the Galaxy Macau. We’ve stayed at other JW Marriott properties, but this one in Macau is one of the biggest in Asia, and one of the newest. And, it represents the luxury of Macau. I suddenly felt underdressed, even though I dressed up a bit for the arrival. I knew as soon as I walked into the massive...
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