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Surfing in Bali

Many die-hard surfers have a similar item on their bucket list: a chance to surf in Indo!! This comes as no surprise as Indonesia is the world’s largest Archipelago and it has more islands than any other country in the world.

Bali, Indonesia’s crown jewel travel destination, is an important part of the surfing scene. Although not home to the most challenging of waves, Bali has the whole package of sun, sea, sand, cuisine and culture. And when you throw in surfing for all levels, it makes it more complete still.

Here’s a look at surfing in Bali, courtesy of Best Destination TV Travel Guide.

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Bali Hotels hit by Eat Love Pray fever

By Dian Hasan | September 3, 2010

Eat Pray Love Vacation Package

The “Eat Pray Love” frenzy continues and for those who have been inspired to set off on their own soul-searching adventure in Bali’s Kamandalu Resort has come up with their own version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s story. The “Eat Pray Love” package starts with your choice of private luxury villa (Garden, Pool, or Deluxe Pool) and includes a variety of goodies all for both you and a guest including daily breakfast, cycling to see the Eat Pray Love movie sets in nearby Ubud, a romantic Italian dinner in the garden, 30 minute spa treatments for each of you, an outdoor activity of your choice (trekking, cycling, village or Royal Palace visit), and a trip to see Elizabeth Gilbert’s palm reader. Plus plenty of extras like bottled water in the room, comfy robes and slippers, transportation, and free drinks and coupons at the lounge.

The package is available from September 2010 thru July 2011 and sounds like a nice balance of experiencing the movie’s theme while still leaving room for a personalized experience, and if you were really inspired by the movie you can enter their contest and potentially win a trip for free. Otherwise there’s a minimum two night stay required with rates ranging from $280 – $440/night, depending on which villa you choose. Let yourself go!

Inspiration: Luxist and Unique Travel Destinations

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Green & Chic | The Hardy Residence, Bali, Indonesia

By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010

What do you do after you’ve built a jewelry empire from scratch on the idyllic tropical isle of Bali? That is probably the question that John Hardy has pondered many times over in the past few decades he’s been living in Bali. A life’s journey that saw him build himself into a brand name synonymous with exquisite silver jewelry pieces inspired by daily life of culturally-rich Bali. Celebrating the craftsmanship if the Balinese people for whom exploring their artistic gift was as second-nature as their creations of ornate daily offerings to their Gods.

Over the years, John Hardy’s pieces have adorned real royalty and Hollywood royalty alike. And upscale consumerist palaces like Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and Nieman Marcus have been his loyal customers.

John Hardy sold his jewelry business a few years ago, and has since focused most of his attention on education and the environment, a merging of two ideas that have resulted in the creation of the “out-of-this-world” Green School, Bali’s international school that is way ahead of its time, where man, nature and education become an inseparable bond! (check out my blog post about the Green School).

To take a peek into his extraordinary life, the stunning place he and his wife, Cynthia, calls home is an excellent start. A 110-foot-long traditional house, that overlooks Ayung River valley in Bali.


The upper house stands on stilts 59 feet high.


The main house was finished in 1997, and for their the Hardys who love to entertain, they’ve had to expand their kitchen. Continue reading

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Get your Kite Surfing adrenaline fix in Paradise

By Dian Hasan | July 6, 2010

Kite-surfing is the newest baby of water sports that is fasts gaining popularity across the world, including Indonesia.

Naturally, Indonesia’s premier vacation destination, Bali, attracted the kite surfing crowd first, with the establishment of Bali Kite Surf and Blue Oasis Beach Club a few years ago. Kite Surfing areas in Bali are spread across the island, at either beach or lagoon locations.

But die-hard kite surfers venture eastward to the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa, the latter which is considered to be the destination of choice.

Already renowned among the surfing crowd as among the world’s best surfing destinations, for its consistent waves at Lakey point, Sumbawa now beckons kite surfers with its excellent and consistent wind.


Ketut, one of the IKO-licensed instructors at Bali Kite Surf [L]. Nothing brings the day to a close after an enthralling day of kitesufing like an ice-cold Bintang!

For more information on kite surfing lessons and excursions, contact Bali Kite Surf, Blue Oasis Beach Club, and Bali Kitesurfing School.

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Indo ~ on every global surfer dude’s travel wish list…

By Dian Hasan | May 16, 2010

Among the global surfing community (the real surfers that is, NOT the web surfers!), Indonesia has long been known as the ultimate surfer’s destination, with the greatest variety and most consistent waves to delight any surfer. And “Goin’ surfin’ to Indo” is a common phrase that translates well within the surfing community.

Comfortably accommodating surfers of any level of proficiency, but it is for the intermediate and advanced surfers where Indonesia and her abundant islands – each with their own surf characteristic – truly beckons.


Padang Padang, Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Jason Childs

With its dramatic scenery of high-rising limestone cliffs overlooking a turquoise ocean of pumping barrels, Padang Padang was voted one of the world’s top-ten waves.

Padang in two words: power and fear. It’s one of Bali’s most dangerous and hollowest wave. The final bowl is an obligatory tube. In short: Tube at the take-off, then speed, speed, speed and the ledgey final tube section.

Inspiration: Surf Music

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Exquisite Villas | Royal Santrian Villas & Spa, Tanjung Benoa, Bali

By Dian Hasan | May 16, 2010

Bali is synonymous with world-class resorts, luxurious villas and even quaint traditional losmen guesthouses.

Regardless of choice of accommodation, you can be assured that it comes with the personal level of service from the warm-hearted Balinese people with their intoxicating culture and distinctive style. The grace in which they extend their hospitality is of course legendary across the world.

The last decade has seen a mushrooming of luxury villa offerings across the island. Each villa with its look and feel, but share in common the Bali Design Style that has evolved into a recognizable style that is emulated around the world.

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Exquisite Villas | The Amala Villa & Spa, Seminyak, Bali

Bali is synonymous with world-class resorts, luxurious villas and even quaint traditional losmen guesthouses.

Regardless of choice of accommodation, you can be assured that it comes with the personal level of service from the warm-hearted Balinese people with their intoxicating culture and distinctive style.  The grace in which they extend their hospitality is of course legendary across the world.

The last decade has seen a mushrooming of luxury villa offerings across the island. Each villa with its look and feel, but share in common the Bali Design Style that has evolved into a recognizable style that is emulated around the world.

Defined by elegant interiors, tropical gardens, Balé open-air pavilions, covered verandas or shaded terraces overlooking stunning views over the rolling ocean, dramatic limestone cliffs, or the lush paddy fields, and verdant hillsides. All of this awaits for discovery in Bali.

The Amala Villa & Spa, is no different, and a fine addition to Bali’s growing portfolio of exquisite villas available for a select few discerning clientele.  Situated in Seminyak, Bali’s hippest lifestyle destination, conveniently close to all the major lifetsyle haunts, bars + lounges, restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.

The Amala is the sister-property of the delicious The Balé, near Nusa Dua, one of Bali’s first designer boutique resorts that deliberately took a different approach from the expected Bali look, opting for modern architecture instead.

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