Monthly Archives: July 2009

Seek your Chakra at Chandra Villas, Bali

By Dian Hasan | July 30, 2009

Chandra Villas_Seminyak_BALI_chandravillas_pic3As the saying goes: beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. It is that magical blend of qualities that delight the senses. True in describing an aesthetically-pleasing lady, as well as art, design and architecture. What is obviously clear is that the team of architects and designers who created Chandra Luxury Villas in Bali, definitely have an “eye for beauty”.

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Green & Chic ~ Ubud Hanging Gardens, Ubud, Bali

By Dian Hasan | July 30, 2009

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Your private funicular whisks you to your villa. Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali

Riding in a personal funicular descending down verdant tropical hills to your sumptuously-appointed luxury villa in the heart of magical Bali, is – after all – not your typical hotel experience. Such is the unique travel experience that awaits you at Ubud Hanging Gardens.

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Bali Bliss at The Balé

By Dian Hasan | July 30, 2009

The Bale Bali_Nusa Dua_BALI_dining03The Balé is a rare gem in Bali. Close enough to Nusa Dua resort enclave, a mere 15 minutes from the airport, and yet in a corner of Bali offering total seclusion away from the hustle and bustle. Overlooking the sweeping ocean and within walking distance to the beach and to the adjacent Bali Golf and Country Club.

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Sleek & Chic ~ The Elysian, Seminyak, Bali

By Dian Hasan | July 29, 2009

The Elysian_Seminyak_BALI_1.theelysiands1_3With a myriad of accommodation choices in Bali’s Seminyak enclave, an area renowned for luxe private villas and lifestyle restaurants and lounges, The Elysian Boutique Hotel & Spa offers a compact ambience, and its little surprise; The Elysian Spa.

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Eco Chic ~ Kayumanis Villas, Ubud, Bali

By Dian Hasan | July 29, 2009

Kayumanis Ubud_BALI_kayumanis-frontKayumanis Ubud Private Villas and Spa is located in Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. Strongly rooted in traditional Hindu customs, Ubud is a perfect venue to witness traditional Balinese ceremonies passed down countless generations.

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Reinventing a “new you” at Desa Seni, Village Resort, Bali

By Dian Hasan | July 28, 2009

Desa Seni_Canggu_Bali_desaseni-galleries7bWhat does it feel to live a close-to-authentic “kampung” (village) lifestyle on the the Isle of Gods of Bali? A unique resort in Bali has the answer.

The ocean breeze that kisses our faces in the Balé (Balinese open-air pavilion) feels like the Gods have descended to watch over as a group of obedient students increase their breathing to overcome the discomfort of holding the Yoga pose for the few remaining seconds.

The large wooden platform shaded by a large roof, overlooking a sea of waving green fields, mesmerize us on this brilliant morning at Desa Seni (Art Village in Indonesian) as we move through the poses of our Kundalini yoga class.

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Green & Chic ~ Turtle Inn, Belize

By Dian Hasan | July 27, 2009

Copolla's Turtle Inn_Belize_turtle_inn_6160The hotelier Francis Ford Coppola is generally better known for his films, and for a thriving sideline in Northern California wines. But his foray into the hospitality sector in his beloved Belize can be counted as one of his hits. After winning praise for his rustic, elegant Blancaneaux Lodge, built in 1993, he added to the empire with Turtle Inn, a wonderfully quirky, environmentally friendly beach hotel on an unspoiled patch of rainforested Caribbean coastal paradise.

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