Travel and Tourism

What is it about Bali…

My ♥Bali…

Bali is an island drenched in incredibly diverse things to see: each highlighting stunning natural spaces and stirring, artistic mediums.

I swoon at the stone sculptures, ceremonial dances, occasions and offerings, ornate wood carvings, fabrics, gardens, architecture, music and paintings.

The innate beauty of long sweeping coastlines, cliffs, terraced rice paddies, calm seas and picturesque volcanoes are all inspiring.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Balinese people are warm, polite, humble and welcoming.

What is it about Bali that calls your name?

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TIPS ON PREVENTING BAG THEFT

Theft in Bali is unfortunately all too common. Often occuring via motor-bikes with one person driving, the other armed and ready to cut a bag strap from a pedestrian or fellow rider.

The world is full of people looking to get money from tourists through scams or theft.

Some handy tips on preventing bag theft or pickpockets:

  • When walking along the street, wear your bag on the side of your body that is away from the traffic.
  • Don’t carry more cash or credit cards than you need.
  • Leave expensive jewellery at home.
  • Hold your purse/bag tight and close to your body.  If possible, place it under your clothing, unseen.
  • Shorten the strap on your bag so it can be held tightly between your elbow and your body.
  • Walk in busy, well lit areas – preferably with a friend.  (Muggings can happen at any time, but are often more prevalent in dimly lit, less busy locations).
  • Where possible, do without a handbag.
  • If a robber grabs your bag, resist the impulse to struggle.  If you hang on, chances are you’ll be pulled down or dragged along the streets.
  • Be especially cautious in busy stores, streets and markets.  Thefts and pickpockets often work in teams; one creates a distraction by bumping or shoving, dropping something, or asking a question – while others lift wallets from pockets or handbags.
  • Keep bags and wallets zipped up and closed at all times.
  • Where possible, use specific travel bags that have wire reinforced straps since they can’t  be easily cut.
  • Car drivers lock your doors whilst driving and lock your doors when you get out of your car for any reason.  Ask your driver or taxi to lock their doors also.
  • Most of all keep alert to people travelling near you and don’t allow them to get too close if you can help it.
  • Listen to your instincts.
  • Photocopy both sides of important documents like credit cards, licences etc and keep it in a safe place at your hotel or villa.
  • Last but not least, always take out Travel Insurance.

Wishing you safe travels! x

photo credit: James Alcock/ Murrayontravel

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The ultimate charming, quiet boutique hotel !!

THE COLONY

The ‘feel’ of the hotel is exclusive, classy and quiet without the price tag being too high. If you don’t mind not being on the beach (the beach is about 5mins away), the Colony could be the hotel for you.

It’s a charming and personable all-white boutique hotel with just 20 rooms. I recommend it for solo travellers, couples, or a girlie group.

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The Colony is located directly across the street from Samaya and just up from The Legian, so an excellent position on Jalan Oberoi. It’s only a few minutes walk to some of the best restaurants, beach clubs and bars (La Lucciola, KuDeTa, Potato Head) and the main strip of shops.

The hotel is set back from the street so there is no noise whatsoever making it a peaceful haven in what can be a rather noisy road in Seminyak. The hotel has built an extension on the front of the hotel which is going to be their main restaurant but is not yet open. The rooms are built around a central courtyard that houses a small swimming pool and the breakfast area as well as a few sun loungers and tables.

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The breakfast is served daily on the terrace poolside. Not a huge selection but adequate and well-prepared. The staff are are polite and efficient and do their job very well.

The rooms are absolutely spotless, as is the whole hotel.

http://www.thecolonyhotelbali.com/

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Note 1:  The Colony does not accept children under 16 years

Note 2:  The Frangipani bathroom amenities are a nice touch

Note 3:  Breakfast stretches from 7-11am

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