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Schoolies in Bali…

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In the lead up to ‘schoolies’ or ‘leavers’ events it may be a good idea to talk to your  child and discuss some of the tips below for staying safe and having a good time in Bali during their celebrations.

DO NOT get a henna tattoo  (many are allergic with life changing results)

Do NOT accept drugs.  Drugs are illegal (you may end up with a death penalty)

Do NOT ride a motor bike without a helmet, motorbike licence, without travel insurance or while intoxicated

Do NOT get a tattoo – unless you want it FOREVER

Do NOT risk unprotected sex.  Use condoms!  (Sexually transmitted diseases – including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis are more common than you realise. HIV is FOREVER!)

DO NOT go to money changers down lane-ways, in the back of shops or offering better exchange rates than most other places (it is likely they will try…

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An established Seminyak classic…

THE ROYAL BEACH SEMINYAK

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali is a member of MGallery Collection and as such is an Accor hotel.

I have had the pleasure of staying at this comfortable, beachfront hotel on several occasions.  For me it remains a favourite, well-established Seminyak “go-to” hotel that never disappoints.

Formerly the Sofitel, the grand foyer is welcoming and the service impressive.  If you are seeking an ultra modern or chic resort, then the Royal Beach Seminyak is NOT for you!

Situated in 4.5 hectares of tropical gardens the resort has that “old Bali” feel without being too dated.

128 hotel rooms vary from  Superior, Deluxe, Grand Deluxe to Suites – all having a private balcony/terrace.  A Coffee Machine and quality tea selection in the Grand Deluxe and Suites are a nice touch.  The Suites provide a separate living area, powder room, well appointed ensuite and a spacious bedroom and walk-in robe.

17 private villas with their own private pool or spa pool are also available.  These are walled in their own private enclave with a Butler service.

Some truly are “position A” with a  direct ocean facing outdoor area.

Two outdoor  pools include a stunning beachfront pool and a private garden pool.

The garden pool has a spa attached and has plenty of tropical foliage giving a sense of seclusion.  It’s my favourite of the two pools for time-out and relaxing!

Breakfast is served at the Husk Restaurant overlooking the beachfront pool and ocean.  The cappuccino’s here are fabulous!

The Capri Beachfront Bar & Restaurant is a fab place for a sunset cocktail.  Often a guitarist is situated on the lawn area between the beach and the hotel.  The  poolside cabanas can be a great spot to chill and relax. The Teppanyaki Restaurant serves Japanese cruisine and the hotel also  provides 24hr room service.

Other facilities include free hotel parking, a well equipped air-conditioned Fitness Centre, in-house luxury Spa, Living Room Lounge featuring internet corner, kids play area and library.

The position affords easy movement between Seminyak and Legian and is in close vicinity to beachfront bars, fine dining restaurants and luxury Seminyak shopping.

If you enjoy an early morning walk, The Royal Beach is an easy stroll along the beach to Kudeta  or to Legian, in the opposite direction, along a paved beach path.

As a loyal Accor Advantage Plus member, I often benefit from room upgrades, benefit from 50% off Accor Sales, enjoy 2 for 1 meals and 15% off drinks.

If you are after a spacious resort with a firm Balinese theme, well established gardens, committed and loyal staff, well kept, comfortable and spacious rooms, then this gem of a resort is for you!

Whilst attending an invitation only, in-house cocktail party on the beachfront lawns last week, I noted the Reservations Manager was in his second decade of employment at the Royal Beach Seminyak. Clearly, the hotel treats it’s staff just as well as it’s clientele!

I can’t wait to return…

Website:  http://www.theroyalbeachseminyakbali.com/

Accor Advantage Plus website: http://www.advantageplus-asia.com/indexau.php

Accor website: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/australia/index.shtml

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ONE STOP Seminyak Shopping…

BINTANG SUPERMARKET

Address:  Jalan Raya No 17, Seminyak

Bintang Supermarket is a handy one stop shop for all your holiday essentials!  Go here early in your trip to purchase basic necessities.  Always busy, this supermarket is the stock-up place for expats.

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It’s located on the main street of Seminyak, close to the Legian end. It’s large  and has two levels.  Mostly, I’ve found it stocks all the basics – and a few surprises too. You can purchase food, drinks, bathroom products (including sunscreens, though a little exy on the island), baby goods and many other supplies here also.  It really is a one stop shop!  Don’t forget to head upstairs for stationary, hardware and all your home bits.

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Bintang is great for imported as well as local goods. It opens early around 7.30am and closes 11pm.  Such a handy shop if you’ve forgotten to pack something!!  Some friends stock up here for supplies to take back home since they’re so inexpensive eg. toothbrushes, moisturizer, soaps, hand sanitiser, panadol, rubber thongs, bodywash, bandaids, shampoo….

HINT: I use Bintang as a a land mark that people and taxi drivers will instantly recognise.

HINT 2:  There is a reliable Money Changer across the road.

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HINT 3:  A fab PHONE SHOP for sim cards and data is located on the RHS of the Bintang Supermarket carpark.

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HINT 4:  If you are looking at posting goods back home, head to the POST OFFICE – also located on the RHS of the carpark.

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HINT 5:  Although Bintang Supermarket sells alcohol, there is also a specific LIQUOR STORE several shops along on the RHS of the Bintang Supermarket.

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Happy Shoppping!! x

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How to pay for your actual LUGGAGE weight….

After numerous trips, I have learnt to pack light.  Unfortunately, this hasn’t t helped me reduce my Bali shopping whilst on the Island!

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Apart from filling your own 40 foot container to get your goods home (I’ve done this!) or paying for someone else for space in their container (I’ve done this too!), it is often useful to use a packing trick.

One handy tip I continually fall back on is to take with you at least 2 large, striped/checked shopping bags that you can purchase at “discount/bargain” shops in Australia for approximately $2.00.   I place soft goods that are unbreakable, like clothing or manchester inside these.

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I then place wide, strong tape around the stripey bag, both horizontally and vertically.  Also, tape the handles together to become one handle, for strength!  Make sure you label the exterior.

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These stripey $2 bags weigh nothing.  You’re therefore only paying for the weight of your goods, not the piece of luggage.  The bags are also strong – as evidenced recently when one of mine went missing on a flight from Bali to Australia.  Amazingly, it took 32 days before the stripey bag was delivered to my door.  The bag was all intact and had apparently traveled via Jakarta and Singapore!

It’s certainly not the most stylish piece of luggage, but I swear by them!

# Be aware that some airlines now only allow one bag to be checked in regardless of combined weight of bags.  Do check this before introducing a 2nd bag!

Happy Shopping!

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One Stop Shopping in KUTA SQUARE

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If you’re a little “over” bartering at market stalls, head to Kuta Square for no effort shopping.  Here you will find a variety of shops including jewellery, shoes, sports and clothing stores with fixed prices.  Although fixed, prices are still very reasonable and allow for a wonderfully relaxed shopping experience.

Matahari Department store is located in this precinct too.  With air-conditioning and fixed prices, it’s a shoppers dream!  It covers several levels and sells almost everything.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the supermarket and reputable Money Changer on the ground floor also!

If you’ve worked up an appetite whilst shopping, there are several restaurants situated in this locale.  You’ll also find standard takeaway staples, McDonalds and KFC here too.

With Kuta Square on the doorstep to Kuta Art Markets, it’s too good a stress-free shopping destination to pass up.

HINT:  Drop hubby off at Gloria Jeans whilst you shop til you drop.   They sell decent coffee here and delish iced coffee too.  There’s also free wi-fi and he can chill in air-conditioning as you take advantage of the shopping bargains throughout Kuta Square.

Bluebird taxis’s are plentiful in this part of busy Kuta so there will be no problem in getting your shopping back to your hotel or villa once you have had enough.

Happy Shopping!!

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Schoolies in Bali…

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In the lead up to ‘schoolies’ or ‘leavers’ events it may be a good idea to talk to your  child and discuss some of the tips below for staying safe and having a good time in Bali during their celebrations.

DO NOT get a henna tattoo  (many are allergic with life changing results)

Do NOT accept drugs.  Drugs are illegal (you may end up with a death penalty)

Do NOT ride a motor bike without a helmet, motorbike licence, without travel insurance or while intoxicated

Do NOT get a tattoo – unless you want it FOREVER

Do NOT risk unprotected sex.  Use condoms!  (Sexually transmitted diseases – including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis are more common than you realise. HIV is FOREVER!)

DO NOT go to money changers down lane-ways, in the back of shops or offering better exchange rates than most other places (it is likely they will try to rip you off)

DO NOT go crazy on cheap cocktails  (they WILL contain arak)

DO NOT leave your drink unattended (they could be spiked)

DO NOT take your eyes off where you are walking (paths are uneven)

DO NOT promise to come back to buy if you don’t mean it (you will not be forgotten)

DO NOT forget to apply mozzie repellent (Dengue fever is rife)

Do NOT forget to use sunscreen

DO NOT take the offered scratchy tickets (this is timeshare)

Do NOT leave anyone out on their own (they will be more vulnerable)

Further handy hints:

  • Nominate a sober person in your group to get you home
  • Take an unlocked phone & install an inexpensive Bali sim card – then install emergency numbers.
  • If you MUST get a tattoo, check that the tattoo parlor is using clean, new needles otherwise you risk Hepatitis or HIV
  • Take out travel insurance
  • Always stay in pairs
  • Stick to Bluebird taxis as they have a better reputation
  • Be respectful of the Balinese and fellow tourists
  • Keep hydrated (drinks lots of bottled water)
  • Email to yourself, or other, a copy of your passport, insurance and other travel documents

Some emergency contact numbers:

  1. The Police 110
  2. Ambulance- 118
  3. Bali International Medical Centre Hospital,  Ngurah Rai Bypass open 24 hrs +62 361 761263
  4. Kuta Tourist Police Post, Jalan Pantai Kuta, (0361) 7845988
  5. Sanur Tourist Police Post : BK3S Post, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, (next to Bali Hyatt Hotel, Sanur), (0361) 8531960
  6. Nusa Dua Tourist Police Post : Bundaran Tugu Mandala Kawasan BTDC Nusa Dua, (0361) 7442622
  7. Ngurah Rai Airport Tourist Police : Airport Police Sector Ngurah Rai, (0361) 751 023
  8. Tourist Assistance Centre : Bali Regional Police, (0361) 224111
  9. The Australian Consulate , Jalan Tantular 32
    Renon, Denpasar , Telephone: +62 361 241 118

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10. Some very handy medical services information put together by the AU Consulate Bali:

http://www.bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au/blli/medical.html

Safe Travels!!

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Fantastic family fun day!

BALI SAFARI & MARINE PARK

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It is easy to keep yourself and your children fully engaged at the wonderfully maintained and well presented Bali Marine & Safari Park. It is a day full of photo opportunities too: a picture at every turn!

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Tourists can enjoy a variety of performances as well as having the opportunity to ride and hand feed the elephants, take photos with them and learn of their ancestry and diversity at the parks historical and graphic displays.

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The aquarium is crystal clear with lots of fabulously attractive fish – and some pretty unattractive ones too!  Air-conditioned safari buses tour through the park leaving every 15minutues.  This allows you to be up close and personal to most of the animals.  You will be but a few feet from lions, hippo’s, rhino’s, zebra’s, cheetahs and more!

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If you wish to stay overnight, you are able to stay at the Mara River Safari Lodge.  In the evening, visitors can see wildlife roaming in their habitat.  There is also a restaurant which serves a range of food and beverages.

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Besides being an attractive tourist destination, Bali Safari Marine Park is also used as a breeding place for endangered animals, including the white tiger.

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When you need to cool off, the water park is an absolute hit with the kids. It has shallow play pools with spurting water, slides and big buckets so there is plenty of fun for older kids and adults too.

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I can highly recommend a visit to this Park.  Book a tour or arrange a driver to take you as it’s an approximate 2 hour drive from the southern resorts of Bali.

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HINT:  Don’t forget your hats and sunscreen.  Try to get there early as there is a lot to see.

Jl Prof Ida Bagus Mantra Km, 19.8, Bali 80551, Indonesia

62-361-95000

http://www.balisafarimarinepark.com/

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