For my most recent trip to Bali, I booked a stay at the Holiday Inn Express Baruna Bai to meet the requirements of the IHG Rewards Club Accelerate promotion – and despite its mediocre location, it turned out to be a positive surprise with nice rooms and great service. If you need a hotel close to the airport and the … Continue reading
If you are living in the US and want to take your family to an exotic beach getaway without paying Hawaii prices, Bali is a great choice: Flights to Asia are inexpensive, you have beautiful beaches and lots to do! This Dream Itinerary will show you how you can spend two weeks exploring Bali’s culture, relaxing among rice paddies and tanning on … Continue reading
The most likely source of annoyance to spoil your Bali vacation has been local transportation with taxi scams on every corner! Now, finally, uber has arrived improving personal transportation on the island and reducing the risk of getting scammed on your trip to or from your hotel! As they are new and understandably not very popular with the local taxi … Continue reading
I visit Bali regularly and on this trip wanted to return to Nusa Dua Beach – on a budget. And the Mercure Nusa Dua offers modern rooms, resort amenities and their own beach club – all at a fraction of what a beachfront hotel charges. It was my favorite hotel on this trip and is great for families or anybody … Continue reading
Bali can get very busy during the dry season from June to August and if you want to get away from the crowds to enjoy nature, head North to Lake Batur. With Mount Batur on one side and even higher Mount Agung on the other, you get some dramatic views. If you really want to get away, you can join a group or hire a mountain guide to take you to the top of these mountains for even better views!
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If you want to stay on Bali’s most popular beach, stretching from Kuta to Seminyak, Legian in the center offers a good compromise in terms of price and location. The all seasons Legian is an inexpensive, midscale hotel in the Accor Group with colorful rooms and resort pool in walking distance from the beach. It’s not the newest or nicest, … Continue reading
The Ubud Wana Resort in Ubud is located close to town, yet in a quiet neighborhood – great for the first-time visitor who want to explore Ubud on foot. It offers tastefully decorated rooms with upscale features, two pools to relax and a restaurant with good food. Service is personable and friendly, resulting in a very enjoyable stay! Check out my review … Continue reading
IHG has six hotels on Bali, several Holiday Inn and HI Express Hotels, as well as an InterContinental. The latest addition is the Indigo Seminyak – it’s in a great location, looks amazing – but comes at a very high price. Find out if it is worth booking (yet). … Continue reading
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!