After enjoying the luxury of a private pool villa, we needed a single night stay near the airport to avoid traffic issues prior to our flight home – and we picked the Holiday Inn Express Kuta Square. I have stayed at a number of HI Express in Asia and liked them, so at only $30 per night and a short … Continue reading
Jakarta and Bali get all the attention from foreign visitors to Indonesia – but my favorite city in Indonesia and one of the most underrated historic destinations is Yogyakarta with the incredible temples of Borobudur – and without the crowds you’ll find in Angkor Wat or even Bagan!
While the rice fields on Bali are of course man-made, walking among the paddies around Ubud feels like a return to nature from the busy towns of South Bali – it is so very relaxing and peaceful, I’d recommend it to anybody visiting Bali!
Bali has some very popular beaches like Kuta, Legian or Seminyak. But if those are to busy for you, Lovina Beach in the North is a much quieter place and I shared the beach each day with just a handful of people. You can even do it as “Bali on a Budget” and the sunsets are just as beautiful
As part of my “Bali on a Budget” trip I wanted to show that you can have a nice vacation on Bali with hotels for less than $50. I picked the brand new ibis in Legian at the center of the towns lining the beautiful stretch of land from Kuta to Legian and Seminyak. The ibis Legian Street delivered what … Continue reading
If you want to get off the beaten path, you sometimes have to make an effort. Luckily, a speedboat with four outboard engines makes it fast and fun to get to the Gili Islands, a great beach destination away from the crowds of Bali!
Read my review of Gili Islands and the Vamana Resort, a great way to enjoy the peace & quiet of Gili Trawangan, and start planning your own getaway!
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As part of my Bali on a Budget trip, I wanted to check out some new beaches around Bali to find great value. And one of the best options I found during one of the frequent Accor Private Sales was the ibis styles Benoa Bali – a midscale offering at a price that sounded too good to be true. At … Continue reading
If you are living in Europe and are looking for a more exotic beach getaway, Bali is a great choice: It’s easy to reach from most major European airports, there is a lot to do, from party-beaches to quiet, romantic beaches and the peaceful forests and rice paddies around Ubud to the many historic temples all over the island. And … Continue reading
On my recent trip “Bali on a Budget” I was looking for an affordable hotel under $50/night in Ubud that is a reflection of the town: a small, independent guest house near the center of town, with typical Bali decor, friendly service and modern amenities. Based on online and a site inspection, I picked the Padma Ubud Retreat, a short … Continue reading
In my introduction to Bali – an island that fulfills many dreams – I pointed out that you can enjoy all that Bali has to offer at any budget. You will find anything from hostels for a few dollars to private pool villas with butlers for hundreds of dollars per night. At any price point, you will find great value … Continue reading