Bali Trip

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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…

Restaurants:

Sarong http://sarongbali.com/

Biku http://bikubali.com/

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

Ryoshi http://www.ryoshibali.com/

Dahana for some seriously good Japanse food http://www.dahanabali.com/

Shops:

Magali Pascal http://www.magalipascal.com/

Lulu Yasmine http://www.luluyasmine.com/

Milk & Roses http://milkandrosesboutique.com/

Daune http://www.daunandco.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;-)))

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Sri Lanka time

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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
  • Amangalle
  • Mango House

Where to eat:

  • Tuk Tuk
  • Amangalle
  • Tuna & Crab
  • Poonie’s Kitchen
  • Fortaleza

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.

 

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Tulum


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Took me years to get there and damn why did I not pick up my gear and go earlier? Something about the way Cancun has been in de media, the stereotypes of Mexicans, the drug traffic problems and the unhealthy Mexican food eaten in the West that have kept me from travelling to this huge and beautiful country.

Boy I was wrong. Even though it is a country with yes huge drug problems these areas can easily be avoided as an informed and intellegent traveller and yes big parts have been ruined by toerism and have nothing to do with the real beauty of Mexico.

Being quite ignorant of the diversity of the culture we were immediately intriged by this ancient culture. Flew into Cancun and left as soon as possible, ok ok one Starebucks coffee to go… Even just writing that can give you a hint as to how fast you should leave that place:-) We drove to Merida, visited Progresso at the coast. And drove through Izamal where all the houses are painted yellow! Then stopped at a hacienda along the way to have lunch. The natural resources and handycrafts blew me away. I think Nicolas and his wife of Coqui Coqui did a great job at using indiginous handycrafts to show in simply jaw dropping jewels, clothing, fabrics, handmade hats, leather good and perfumes what they are capable of making.

Vallalolid is a great stop to get a better feel of the Yucatan cuture. Travel down to Coba for Mayan ruins. Chitchen Itza is great but the hords of toerists make it feel less special. Somehow even though you know you are probably the zillionst toerist visiting you still have this ‘adventurous’ feeling that you want to persuade yourself of. Trust me, when you see those buses arriving that feeling is nowhere to be found, so if you go make it a quicky…!

And then precious Tulum; the new place to be. Go off season and still find the peacefull side of this little peace of paradise. Having seen quite a bit of beautiful places this place did strike me as special. Why? Well I have this theory that every spot first dicovered by hippies are the best. The nature is unusually  breathtaking, the energie is good, fertile grounds which consequently leads to fresh produce and great food.

So go, relaxe, breathe, take a yoga class or two and enjoy. Don’t plan, let go, sleep, eat, swim and have a mojito or two..!

Tips:

Yaan Wellness

Yaan Wellness for the best treatments ever, extremely pricey but out of this world. You can actually feel that the therapist is loving and giving her or himself in the treatment. Tuning in to you as a individual person. Try the ‘egg’ reading treatment, old mexican tradition and mind blowing. Or just go for a daily yoga class, beautiful.

Uno AstroLodge

An old hippie ‘community’ and lodge on the beach. Join Bobby Klein here for weekly meditaion session on Thursday at 16:00. Donation of 100 pesos. Truelly a special experience and not to be missed.

Cenotes

Do not miss out on the Cenotes. This made our family vacation! Kids loved it and were intrigued by the underwater tunnels. Even though it might seem like a touristic thing to do, the beauty of these ‘caves’ will blow you away. Or just use it to really cool down as the fresh water is super cold!

Restaurants:

Hartwood: get in line or reseve a table for 8 online

Posada Margerita allthough the chef didn’t have his best day when we visited. Great shop though!

El Galeon: best taco’s from an old streamliner next to the road

Casa Jaguar

Arca

Gitano has good food and great live music

Pasha for kebab, humus and falafel

Places to stay:

There are actually endless possibilities and different options in luxury, atmosphere and price. The choice is yours!

Nomade

Papaya Playa Project

Uno Astrolodge

Ahua Tulum with surfkiteschool on the beach

BeTulum (no kids allowed)

 

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