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Tips To Renting A Holiday Villa

Tips To Renting A Holiday Villa

Spending a holiday in a villa rental with family or friends can be very special. But things can also go horribly wrong. Thankfully, after years of experience staying in holiday rentals we know how to avert disasters. Here are our tips to renting a holiday...
A Balinese Royal Cremation Ceremony

A Balinese Royal Cremation Ceremony

Kiki was adamant. “There is a Royal Cremation Ceremony tomorrow,” she told us, “You must go!” Our villa manager, Kiki had made it her mission to ensure we were getting the breadth of Bali’s local experiences. And while I’m not one for taking photos at funerals (err,...
A video of Villa Tukad, Bali

A video of Villa Tukad, Bali

Sometimes words and photos are not enough… a video of Villa Tukad, featuring the sights and sounds from the idyllic surroundings of our latest holiday rental in Bali, Indonesia. A Video of Villa Tukad, Tumbank Bayuh, Bali Scenes from Villa Tukad, Bali. from Gran Tourismo on...
Bali Take-Homes: Textiles, Fair Trade and Threads of Life

Bali Take-Homes: Textiles, Fair Trade and Threads of Life

Threads of Life is a gorgeous fair trade gallery-cum-shop in Ubud that sells exquisite handmade textiles from Bali and the rest of the Indonesia that are ethically produced. Forget the tourist markets. This is my pick for a one-stop shop for your Bali take-homes. Most visitors...
Escape to Ubud, the Heart of Balinese Culture and Art

Escape to Ubud, the Heart of Balinese Culture and Art

The artistic, cultural and spiritual heart of Bali for centuries, Ubud is serenely located up in the hills in lush jungle, surrounded by rice-paddies. Lined with galleries, cafés and craft shops, its narrow streets are a delight to wander — just watch out for those drains!...
Learning the Art of Making Offerings in Ubud

Learning the Art of Making Offerings in Ubud

Life in Bali is imbued with rituals – religious, spiritual and social; complicated and simple – from consulting the Balinese calendar to the daily offerings of incense and flowers made at Hindu and Buddhist temples. Every afternoon here at our home in Tumbak Bayuh, the...
Bubur Ayam Recipe (Indonesian Congee with Chicken)

Bubur Ayam Recipe (Indonesian Congee with Chicken)

This authentic Bubur Ayam Recipe (Indonesian Congee with Chicken), comes from Desak, the cook at our villa in Bali. A local Bali version of this classic congee. One of the things we are certainly not missing this year is the hotel breakfast. The repetition of...