I must say that traveling back to Bali was something I always was a little bit afraid of. Having lived there for a year in 2011 I dreaded seeing all the changes due to excessive building, tourisme and pollution. Due to the increase of population the island had radically changed into a hectic traffic nightmare. The southern side of the island is not the best for kids, the sea is way to rough and not very clean however if you are into food and shopping eat your heart out!
Rent a scooter in the area of Seyminyak, Canggu or Umalas and make your way through the maze of endless restaurants and shops for both inerior and clothes.
Here’s my shortlist…
Earth Cafe http://www.earthcafebali.com/
Mama San http://www.mamasanbali.com/
Made’s Warung http://madeswarung.com/
Desa Seni is also one of the best yoga venues http://www.desaseni.com/
Cafe Organic http://cafeorganicbali.com/
Ku de ta (just for a sundowner) http://www.kudeta.com/
La Luciolla for an easy quiet lunch with sea view https://www.tripadvisor.nl/Restaurant_Review-g469404-d804047-Reviews-La_Lucciola-Seminyak_Bali.html
Dahana for some seriously good Japanse food http://www.dahanabali.com/
Magali Pascal http://www.magalipascal.com/
Lulu Yasmine http://www.luluyasmine.com/
Milk & Roses http://milkandrosesboutique.com/
Great inspiring day trips:
Green School https://www.greenschool.org/
Five Elements Spa http://www.fivelements.org/en/
So scooter your way through traffic and be sure to wear your helmet even though it might ruin your looks;-)))
Ibiza, you have to admit, it still is fun!
The scorpio island has changed so much over the past few years and gotten very busy but it still has the magic that once made it a hippie, bohemien hangout for creatives from all over the world.
So where do we go now? Here are some of my tips & tricks to survive, even with kids! Ibiza is a great destination with friends or as a family vacation.
- Cappuccino in the marina with a great view of the old town
- Can Guimo; small hippie place with homemade breakfast, lunch etc. It is next to the road in San Lorenzo
- Passion Cafe has various restaurants all over the island. The place for healthy juices and great food.
- Croissant Show in the old town for a french breakfast
- Jockey Club only if you are very early
- Aqua Blanca for the best sandwhiches ever
- Es Torrent for excellent service and fresh fish
- Los Enamorados in the North of the island
- Paloma Cafe the lunch in the campo
- Il Giardinetto, Italian food in the Botafoch harbor. Simple but very consistently good Italian food!
- Babylon beach in St. Eulalia
- Cala Bonita at s’Estanyol; new, great staff and food
- La Luna del Orto
- Cicale the other great Italian
- Es Caliu for the meat lover
- Macao in busy St. Gertrudis
- Les Terasses for a special Moroccan or Thai night
Feel like doing something different? Catch the ferry (or rent a boot) to Formentera and rent an old fashioned Mehari or a bike! Lunch options are numerous but make sure to book ahead as some are quite popular. Here are some great places:
- Chezz Gerdi
Don’t forget to try the local drink, hierbas but drink it on the rocks🙂
For a while this had been on my Bucket list. A country with a rich past, gorgeous beaches and beach taking inland nature.
Our family trip started off in Galle. A cute little town with a rich history of the Portugees, Dutch and English settlers. Now it is being renovated and has numerous cafe’s, boutique hotels, shops and great restaurants.
Here is a short list!
Where to stay:
- Fort Bazaar Hotel
- Galle Fort Hotel
- Mango House
Where to eat:
- Tuk Tuk
- Tuna & Crab
- Poonie’s Kitchen
One more thing, I know Sri Lanka is known for its tea. Not so strange that coffee is not a priority but for me with a slight coffee addiction, it is hard waking up! In Galle, after a little trial and error exercise the Fort Bazaar has my vote!
To do tips:
Go surfing! Just outside of the fort is Devata beach. Grab a tuk tuk to the Shack where you can rent a board, book a lesson and have a bite to eat. Open for breakfast.
Go to the beach and have lunch:
- Wijaya Beach
- WB beachclub
- Talpe Beach Restaurant
If you have more time and want to really get Some waves drive down to Arugam Bay. It is quite a drive (4,5 hours) but well worth it. Book a room at Hideaway and enjoy the laid back surfers paradise.
Amsterdam, my home town… Love this city! With all it’s different neighbourhoods, farmers’ markets, the beautiful canals which never bore you and not to forget dozens of great restaurants. Here’s a little short list with my favorites:
- Toscanini… the famous Italiaan
- George Bistro for the best burger (yep sorry, they won!)
- Gebroeders Hartering for a ‘old Amsterdam’ surrounding and simply amazing food
- Buffet van Odette the not to miss lunch (breakfast, dinner too!)
- Hotel Goudfazant good food in a huge and cool old garage
- Choux near central station is a precious little gem
- Krua Thai for authentic Thai food
- Marius is more intimate yet simple, and not to forget Worst next door
- Restaurant Breda delicate tastes and great decor
- Ku Kitchen’s Asian food and cocktails
- De Klepel always has a great set menu
- Brut de Mer oysters yeah!!!!
- The Seafood Bar for your classic ‘fish dish’
- Sama Cebo the Indonesian oldtimer, get a spot in the brasserie!
More to follow… Enoy!!!