That Manhattan is no longer the only ‘place-to-be’ has been clear for quite some time now. With a large variety of districts – that each have their own characteristics- Brooklyn’s got it. And, whilst other popular area’s such as Williamsburg and Dumbo might be located closer to the bridge, Bushwick, a little bit farther out, ain’t bad at all. Especially, if you come across an accommodation like this.

The Funky Loft

A 30-minute subway ride away from New York City’s bubbling core, lies the extravagant Funky Loft.  With a variety of lush plants, a swing in the living room, kitschy 1970’s themed bathroom, vintage furniture and props throughout; this place truly is an artists dream. The Funky Loft was named “the coolest Airbnb in Brooklyn’ in 2017 by Time Out Magazine. Well, there is no arguing that.


With its quirky interior and something eye-catching on every inch of the appartment, it’s no wonder the property is regularly rented out for photoshoots. The Funky Loft features 3 rooms that are individually themed and are fully decorated to complement that theme. New York City is famous for ever fluctuating weather but they’ve got you covered with an A/C for the hot days and heaters for the colder ones.  The doors of the accommodation are wooden barn doors, and slide from side to side. Which are super cool but do not completely close, so hopefully you’ll have mindful neighbors.


The owners are friendly and, above all, experienced in renting out their accommodation. They know how to anticipate on anything you might need and have tons of tips to make the best of your stay.  As, an original bed and breakfast be-tamed, breakfast is set up for you to use at 07:00 and remains available until 11:00.



However, as superb as this place might be, do keep in mind that the owners actually live at the property. Therefore, they’ve set silent hours, from 10pm until 10am. Not to say that you’re unable to go out or anything like that, you’re more than welcome to step in at any time of the night, just keep down the noise. Small price to pay for such a lovely apartment. Staying longer or having a romantic weekend getaway? Than maybe this place is best combined with a night in a hotel in Manhattan.


Total costs for staying at the Funky Loft in Brooklyn?

For our 3-night stay, during a particularly cold March, we paid a total of $345 (280 EUR) which is a bargain in NYC.

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*All prices as of 31 March’18 in US dollars and EUR, converted on

16 cafes you have to try for lunch in Canggu

Rise and shine. It’s another day in foodie paradise. After eating our bellies full in Canggu for roughly two months -we tried peculiar bars so that you won’t have to- here are a few of our absolute favourites. For breakfast, lunch or brunch.

1. The secret spot

Kick-off your day nice and quiet at the teeny tiny Secret Spot. Hidden next to our nr. 5 on this list, this small vegan café still truly remains a secret. Which is rare in Bali. Great for a coffee away from the crowds or a brekky to start the day off right with.

Instagram: @secretspotbali  | Canggu area: Berawa | Best for: breakfast or lunch

2. Crate Café

Get in line. Crate has become so popular over the last few years that it is busy from morning till evening. Why? We’re guessing the excellent price-quality ratio has something to do with it. Time to line up.

Instagram: @cratecafe| Canggu area: Batu Bolong/Echo beach | best for: breakfast

3. Silk Road

Placing a restaurant on this list just for its interior? Guilty. Silk Road Whole Foods opened in 2018 and is perhaps one of the prettiest cafes in Canggu. Which is, to be honest, quite the achievement. Hop in for a coffee or go for a full out brunch in their courtyard. | Canggu area: Berawa| best for: breakfast & lunch



Now for a personal favourite, Nüde. Bircher, pancakes, breakfast burritos. Each and every single item on the menu tastes so damn good at this Berawa Café. Much like Milk & Madu, the breakfast choices here are extensive and all tend to be equally yummy. Great spot for brunch.

Instagram page: @nudeincanggu| Canggu area: Berawa| best for: breakfast, lunch & dinner


5. Peleton

Those living in Bali for a longer period of time, freelancers and influencers that’s you, have all discovered Peleton. And with reason. Peleton is not only a great place to chill but it’s perfect to get some work done in the aircon whilst enjoying their delicious coffee or homemade kombucha. Other favourites are their smoothie bowls for breakfast and buddha bowls for lunch. All-things vegan, you won’t even know the difference. Plantbased goodness, right here.

Instagram: @peletonsupershop| Canggu area: Berawa| best for: breakfast & lunch

6. Betelnut

A staple in Canggu cuisine; Betelnut. As we’re trying to keep up with all the new restaurants popping up in and around Canggu, Betelnut is kicking back and reaping the benefits of its good name. They’ve been offering quality cuisine for years on end, and you can tell. Menu wise, Betelnut rarely misses the mark. Great value for money and good for a visit any time of day! Make sure to grab a seat upstairs.

Instagram: @betelnutcafe| Canggu area: Batu Bolong| best for: breakfast, lunch & dinner

7. The Shady Shack

Another Canggu classic; the Shady Shack. Grab yourself a seat in their playfully decorated garden and take your pick from their extensive (vegetarian) menu. Easier said than done because everything on there is equally delish. And healthy, and colourfull. Need we say more?

Instagram: @theshadyshack| Canggu area: Batu Bolong/Echo beach | best for: breakfast & lunch


8. Gypsy Kitchen + Bar

Bohemian vibes and quality cuisine, that’s what Gypsy Kitchen + Bar stands for. This restaurant lies on the border of Batu Bolong and Echo Beach and is a safe bet for a nice lunch. Can’t choose what to order? They’ve got just the thing. Opt for ‘The Undecided’. One avo toast, one baba toast. Life just got a little easier.

Instagram: @gypsy_bali| Canggu area: Batu Bolong/Echo beach | best for: breakfast & lunch


9. Matcha

Any matcha lovers out there? Then a quick stop at the tiny Matcha cafe cannot be left off the itinerary. Try their skinny matcha lattes or go full out and dig in on some matcha pancakes.| Canggu area: Berawa | best for: breakfast or an afternoon snack stop


10. Two trees

Pretty in green and yellow: Two trees Eatery. Runner up for Silk Road for the prettiest cafe in Berawa, Canggu. This open space lights up by nightfall, which results in a cosy candlelight-esque atmosphere. With, of course, food that’s not inferior to the interior. Give their Nachos or stunning Green Bowl a go whilst you’re there!| Canggu area: Berawa | best for: lunch or dinner


11. Ruko

Planning to get your surf on today? Conveniently located on the way to the beach is Ruko. Plant yourself on the small street-facing terrace and watch others make their way to the beach while you enjoy a sweet bircher and golden chai. Don’t forget to order at the bar, or that meal is going to be a long wait. | Canggu area: Berawa | best for: breakfast & lunch

12. Quince

Perhaps the smallest amongst the restaurants on this list is quince cafe. Unlike most restaurants in Bali (which are open AM-PM), Quince only briefly opens for lunch and then closes its door again. With limited seating available, be there or be square.

Instagram: @Quince_bali| Canggu area: Berawa | best for: lunch

13. Motion cafe

Fitness freak? Head on down to Motion Café. This sports bar focusses on whipping up healthy meals, full of protein and other nutrients. Having one of their protein waffles is like eating a piece of heaven. Jup. That good.| Canggu area: Batu Bolong | best for: breakfast, lunch & dinner

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14. Milk & Madu

Due to its sheer size, Milk & Madu is not the cosiest place in Canggu, but nevertheless a favourite of many. With excellent and speedy service, Milk & Madu is jam-packed for brunch and dinner on the daily. Must try: their signature avo toast with poached eggs and caramelized onions ‘The Madu’. Like flipping a coin in the Trevi fountain; this guarantees an island return.| Canggu area: Berawa| best for: breakfast, lunch & dinner | 2 for 1 pizza’s on Tuesday and Sunday


15. Duatiga

Duatiga; coffee place, cap re-seller, clothing printshop and restaurant. Normally that would instantly cause anxiety amongst foodies, but there is nothing to worry about here. The food is good. With a Vietnamese and Thai inspired kitchen, your menu options here are diverse. Lunch with one of their charcoal smoothie bowls or, do as the Balinese do, with a good old fashioned noodle. Big delicious lunch or brekky guaranteed.

Instagram: | Canggu area: Berawa | best for: breakfast, lunch & dinner


16. Bahn Mi & Beans

Want to head down to the beach as quick as you can? Skip the seat and take a sandwich, fresh spring roll or bowl at the go at Bahn Mi. This small Vietnamese shop, hidden next to the Jet Black Ginger hair-salon, has some delicious menu options that are great on the go. | Canggu area: Berawa | best for: lunch on the go



HOTEL TIP: Nyuh Resort & Spa – Ubud, Bali

Ubud Nyuh Resort & Spa

Retreat from the busy streets of Ubud to your own little sanctuary at the Nyuh Resort & Spa. The Nyuh resort is roughly a 10-minute drive from town and is a stunning setting to privately re-charge for a few days. Every villa comes with its own spacious pool,  personal assistant and diverse breakfast options– delivered right to your own villa if desired. Guests are granted one upgrade to a floating breakfast during their stay to contribute to that genuine Bali experience.

Nyuh resort & spa Ubud


At the relatively new Nyuh resort, the villas themselves are spacious and incredibly well airconditioned.  They all come with their own private pool, outdoor bathtub and lounge area. The large bathroom features two sinks, one for him and one for her. But, no shower nor toilet. These can also be found outside, something to keep in mind but definitely fun for the experience. Don’t worry about privacy, you really have your own little space here. When and/if there is anything you might need during your stay, a dedicated personal assistant is at your disposal 24 hours a day. From arranging tours to figuring out the breakfast selection; they’re there to help!






In the mood to pamper yourself or take a romantic flower bath with your partner? Then the Nyuh on-site spa is a great place to go. The spa is partially set outdoors, has a capacity of two and can be closed off for privacy. Reservations are preferred as this will allow the staff to prepare for the treatment.



Within the comfort of your own luxury villa, it is likely you don’t want to leave the premises during the day. With the high-quality food on offer at Nyuh, you don’t have to. Aside from dining in the on-site restaurant, guests can also choose to have the dish brought to the villa and set up at the kitchen table; talk about a stress-free meal. The prices of the menu items are in line with local restaurant prices, perhaps even cheaper.


Love a healthy meal? Nyuh resort highly encourages highly amongst their guests and this reflects this on their menu selection. For breakfast, guests can choose between a large range of healthy options such as cinnamon oatmeal, yogurt with fresh fruits, egg-white omelets and more. And, as mentioned previously, guests are granted one upgrade to a floating breakfast during their stay to contribute to that genuine Bali experience.



No plunge pool at your villa – the pools at Nyuh resort are large in comparison to most Bali hotels and resorts, making them perfect to hang in all day long; going from sun lounger to pool and vice versa. Need to cool off? The kitchen/lounge area is conveniently located poolside.


What is a night at Ubud Nyuh Resort & Spa going to cost you?

Ubud Nyuh Resort & Spa


Deluxe pool villa’s starting at €167 ($187) per night

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Great hotels for an unforgettable trip to Bali

Planning your trip to Bali and looking for a good hotel in Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud, Sanur, Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan? We’ve got you covered! This handy little list of hotels is here to help you make the most out of your stay, no matter which area you wish to go. Each hotel on this list has its own unique features and charm, yet they all have on thing in common. They all have been handpicked –by the pickiest of pickiest-  tried and tested. With a stamp of approval, these hotels are ready to contribute towards an unforgettable trip through Bali.

Did you know that often allows travellers to cancel their booking up until 24 hrs in advance. Perfect for those wanting to keep their options open and remain flexible at all times!

Where do you want to go?

Nusa Penida
Nusa Lembogan & Nusa Ceniga


Villa Karisa

Villa Karisa Seminyak

Looking for calm Balinese bohemian vibes in the midst of lively Seminyak? Then the rather unique Villa Karisa might just be the place for you. The villa, which is actually a boutique hotel, is roughly a 12-minute walk from the beach and a stone’s throw away from loads of shops and restaurants. Read our full hotel review here!

Room prices starting at €55 ($62.50) per night

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The Kemilau Hotel & Villa

The Kemilau Hotel & Villa
© photo by the Kemilau

Canggu has been booming and new hotels are popping up weekly. The Kemilau is one of these recently opened hotels offering great value for money in the streets of Berawa. The Kemilau hotel is located near loads of popular restaurants -such as Nude, Duatiga and Ruko- and only a 5-minute drive from the beach. This area is especially popular with locals, freelancers and surfers as it is slightly more peaceful than Batu Bolong and Echo beach. You do need a scooter to get around here as the roads are not paved… yet.

Room prices starting from €52 ($58) per night

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Ubud Village Hotel

Ubud village hotel

Whilst loads of Ubud’s dreamy resorts are set outside of town, the Ubud Village hotel is set right within the middle of it all. Due to its convenient location, staying in the Ubud village hotel means simply walking to most restaurants, the monkey forest, the night market, and other Ubud highlights. Don’t want to drive home or get a cab after a happy hour? Then this is the hotel for you! For the ultimate Ubud experience, combine the Ubud village hotel with a few nights outside of the center in a jungle-esque resort.

Room prices starting at €72 ($80) per night 

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Nyuh Resort & Spa

Nyuh resort & spa Ubud

Retreat from the busy streets of Ubud to your own little sanctuary at the Nyuh Resort & Spa. The Nyuh resort is roughly a 10-minute drive from town and is a stunning setting to privately re-charge for a few days. Every villa comes with its own spacious pool,  personal assistant and diversified breakfast offering – delivered right to your own villa if desired. Guests are granted one upgrade to a floating breakfast during their stay to contribute to that genuine Bali experience.

Deluxe pool villa’s starting at €167 ($187) per night

Book now


The Alantara Sanur


Sanur has been one of Bali’s touristic hubs for many years now. Whilst it is an area we would usually stay clear of due to its slight over-tourism, it is the perfect transportation town to the Nusa islands. Therefore spending a night here ain’t bad at all, especially if it is at a dreamy resort such as the Alantara. Featuring their own gym, large swimming pool and spacious rooms with balconies, this hotel makes the perfect stopover!

Room prices starting at €43 ($48) per night

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Nusa Penida

Kompyang Cottage

Kampyong Cottage Nusa Penida
© by Kompyang Cottage

With all the highlights to be seen in Nusa Penida, people do not spend much time in their hotel rooms. But, coming back from a day full of adventurous sightseeing has never felt better than in the tropical huts of Kompyang Cottage. These island style cottages are located in the North of the island which makes them a good jumping off point to explore both the left and right side of the island. Keep in mind that due to the sheer size of Nusa Penida, a scooter or driver is required to get around and to make your way to dining facilities of the resort.

Room prices starting at €56 ($62) per night

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Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Cengigan

 D’Puncak Villas


Turquoise waters and a carefree atmosphere; Nusa Lembongan, and in extension Nusa Ceningan, is a great place to come to rest after a few days of adventure in Nusa Penida. D’Puncak villas, located right within the middle of the island, is an ideal hotel to ensure a relaxing stay. The huts are, compared to island standards, luxurious and the friendly staff is eager to help you make the most of your stay.  Scooters can easily be arranged at the property for IDR100.000. Not a fan of scooters? The hotel also has a list of restaurants and beach clubs to choose from that have free pick up and drop off service, making the island easily accessible for everyone.

Room prices starting at €55 ($62) per night 

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All prices converted on as of 9 March ’19, in EURO and US Dollar. Subject to currency fluctuations. 

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HOTEL TIP: Villa Karisa – Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak, one of Bali’s trendiest hubs, is known for its many hotspots, beach clubs, and fashion boutiques. Which is exactly why it is no surprise that the lively streets of Seminyak meet the travel itinerary of most people visiting Bali. Still looking for that perfect hotel to stay on your upcoming trip to Seminyak? We might have found the place for you!

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Villa Karisa, Seminyak

Balinese bohemian vibes in the midst of Seminyak; that is Villa Karisa. The villa, which is actually a boutique hotel, is roughly a 12-minute walk from the beach and a stone’s throw away from loads of shops and restaurants. Aside from its lovely interior, Villa Karisa was renovated early 2016 and, with rooms going for as little as €55 a night, offers great value for money for guests that are looking for a centrally located hotel in Seminyak.

Villa Karisa Seminyak

Adjacent to Villa Karisa lies Villa Saffira. This luxury 4 bedroom villa features a Morrocan rooftop, swimming pool, and a stunning living area. Guests of Villa Saffira have direct access to Villa Karisa and can enjoy all the amenities of the boutique hotel. But, this also goes vice versa. Should Villa Saffira be free upon the time of arrival, guests of Villa Karisa can make use of two magnificent areas to relax and explore.

Pool Villa Karisa Seminyak

Hotel rooms

All rooms at Villa Karisa have been individually designed by the owner and furnished with hand-picked Balinese furniture. This gives each of the 10 hotel rooms a unique personality and atmosphere-  having in common that they are all incredibly good looking. Some rooms feature a separate bathroom, others have the bathroom cooperated within the room. But, they all feature a rain shower, a characteristic mirror, and shielded toilet. Furthermore, all rooms are equipped with filtered water dispensers, flatscreen TV and air conditioning.


Bedroom Villa Karisa Seminyak



Swimming pool

Villa Karisa boasts one large swimming pool that guests can make use of. The comfortable sun loungers make the pool area a great spot to spend an afternoon sunbathing and doing absolutely nothing. If Villa Saffira is available, there are two swimming pools for guests to enjoy. Another bonus: the pool is beneficially located and has sun for the largest part of the day.

Drone pool Villa Karisa Seminyak


Daily breakfast is included in all room rates. Between 07:00 and 10:00 guests can enjoy breakfast in the lobby area where your choice of the a la carte menu will be freshly prepared. Aside from the standard coffee, thee and fruits, guests can choose between three different set menus. Other items are available upon request and require a surcharge.

Breakfast Villa Karisa Bali

Rooftop (Villa Saffira)

When and if guests are lucky enough to have Villa Saffira available for usage, there is a stunning Morrocan rooftop to enjoy. The all white rooftop is the perfect spot for afternoon drinks and chats under the open sky.

What is a night at Villa Karisa going to cost you?

Villa Karisa

Villa Karisa pool

Room prices starting from €55 ($62.50) per night 

More information

Guests that book 3 nights or more at the hotel get extra privileges by booking directly. For more information on Villa Karisa, its facilities and the promotional offer; please visit

Hotel room Villa Karisa Seminyak

All prices converted on as of 28 February ’19, in EURO and US Dollar. Subject to currency fluctuations. 

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Mexican in the City – NYC

Murals, string lights and good vibes; transport yourselves to the cozy back alleys of colorful Mexico at Tacombi Bleecker. Inspired by the original taquerias, Tacombi Bleecker is affordable, fun and delicious. In the mood for some quality Mexican food in New York City? Look no further, Tacombi Bleecker rarely disappoints.

Tacombi Bleecker

Tacombi started out in Mexico, in 2005, as a street food vendor, selling loads of tacos on the popular beaches of Playa del Carmen. Since then, Tacombi has come a long way. They moved up to New York and now own six restaurants throughout the city. In this article, we highlight our favorite due to its bright interior and flavourful cuisine; Tacombi on Bleecker Street.

Mexican bar

Avocado tostada


Tostadas, tacos, campechanos, and quesadillas; whatever Mexican street food you could possibly crave from a taqueria, Tacombi Bleecker got it. Don’t forget to order the avocado tostada. A little spicy, but one of the best items on the menu. Picky eater or already want to start looking for your favorite dish? Here is the full menu to take a peek at. 

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Costs of dinner at Tacombi Bleecker

As the amount of tacos people consume largely varies, we decided to give out the average costs of individual items on the menu instead of a dinner total.

Entradas: $3.95 |€3.50  (Tuna tostada is an exception at $8.95)
Tacos: $3.95  | €3.50
Campechanos: $6.95 | €6.15
Quesadillas: $6.95 | €6.15

We told you it was affordable.


Tacombi Bleecker street

Additional information

Opening hours

Sunday-Wednesday: 11am – 11pm
Thursday-Saturday 11am-midnight.
Open every day throughout the year except Christmas day


Due to its success, the Tacombi family has extended and they now own a total of six restaurants throughout the city.  Yet as mentioned, the one on Bleecker Street, in generally popular Greenwich village, remains our favorite and can be found here:

Address: 255 Bleecker Street, New York NY 10014

 All prices as of 17 February 2019, in US dollars & Euro, converted on If prices divert at the moment of visiting, this depends on the currency exchange.  

BALI DAY-TRIP INSPIRATION: Where to go and what to visit

Hanging out all day at your luxury Bali resort, sipping Mai Tai’s by the pool and only moving from room to restaurant sounds like a tropical fantasy right? Well, indeed, for some. But for those that are fully re-charged from their day-to-day life after a few days of doing absolutely nothing, there is an island adventure that awaits!  Hit the road by renting a private taxi driver for the day and explore all the known and unknown that Bali has to offer. Here is some inspiration to help you, and your driver, along the way!

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These trips have been mapped from the Canggu/Seminyak area. If you are planning on taking one of these trips whilst located near Uluwatu (trip 2) or  Ubud (trip 1), check the travel distances on Google maps and see if you can possibly do the tour yourself by scooter.

Balinese women

Bali day trip 1:

Ready to explore hidden waterfalls and hike through lush rice paddies? Discover the beauty of Bali’s inland on roundtrip no. 1. This trip will take you to some of the lesser known waterfalls on the island, past the famous rice terraces, and last but not least, seat you directly at the table of a Balinese family.

Summarized day tour:

Tukad Cepung waterfall
Tegallalang rice terraces
Lunch: Balinese Home Cooking
Tibumana waterfall

Tukad Cepung waterfall

Now here is a secret we don’t like sharing. The Tukad Cepung waterfall is amongst the prettiest waterfalls on the island. Not due to its size or crystal clear waters, but due to its magnificent light rays. Light rays? Yes, stay with us, we’re still talking about a waterfall here. What makes Tukad Cepung so unique, is its underground location. The waterfall is set between rock formations, of which the top has been largely covered by natural plantation. When the sun hits the top of the cave just right, light rays turn the waterfall into something majestic.

It takes a little adventure to get to Tukad Cepung, but that’s half the fun! Expect a short trekking through the jungle (paved, but steep), going into a cave, wiggling under a rock, and passing through streaming water. Yes, the feet will get wet.

Usually, we would say save the best for last on a road trip, but this waterfall is too magical in the morning to miss. Arriving here before 09:30 will likely mean you get to chance to experience this hidden gem all by yourself. Hang around for a bit longer to get a glimpse of the light beams, they start making their way through the waterfall a little later on the day.  Let’s keep this beauty a secret between us, for now, shall we.

Entrance fee for the Tukad Cepung waterfall is 10.000 IDR. 

Tukad Cepung waterfall route

Tegallalang rice terraces

If you’ve seen pictures of Ubud, you’ve seen pictures of the Tellegan rice terraces. These rice terraces have become quite the phenomenon, which unfortunately also means the area is now hurdled with tourist orientated shops, restaurants, and the latest hype, the Bali swings.  That said, the rice fields are still, without a doubt, worth a visit whilst in the area. The area is quite large and once you make your way through past the chaos,  it is easy to find yourself a nice quiet area to enjoy the immenseness of the green paddies.


Lunch: Balinese Home Cooking

Support the local community by dining in the backyard of a lovely Balinese family. Balinese Home Cooking is a small family run restaurant which operates from their own backyard. The entire family lives on the premises and visitors are happily allowed to take a walk around their homes so that they can get a sense of local habits and culture.

Tibumana waterfall

We started the day with a waterfall, so it only feels right to end it on the same note; with a visit to the Tibumana waterfall. The Tibumana waterfall might not be the biggest on the island, nor is it the smallest, but it is a lovely one to experience in an intimate jungle setting. The walk down to the waterfall takes roughly 10-minutes and is an amusing tropical track. Don’t forget to pack your swimming gear!

Bali day trip 2:

This beach orientated day trip is guaranteed to take you past some of the most incredible beaches on Bali’s mainland. Expect to see all shades of turquoise and plenty of surf action. Best thing is;  although insanely beautiful, these beaches are not as crowded as one would expect because they are hard to reach without a driver.

Summarized day tour: 

Belagan beach
Bingin beach
Lunch: the Cashew Tree
Dreamland beach
Uluwatu Tempel/Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Keen on going for a surf? Keep in mind that waves and currents in the Uluwatu area are extremely strong. This is therefore not the place for anyone just starting out. There are loads of surfers in the water but these are at an expert level.

Balangan Beach

Starting off, yet again, with a good one; Balangan Beach. Aside from being a popular beach amongst local surfers, Balangan features a limestone cliff with an incredible view. The viewing point is actually super easy to access from the parking lot, making it a popular pitstop for daytrippers like yourselves. Make sure to make your way down for a dip in the waters, as they’re just as blue from beneath as they’re from above.

Balangan Beach view point

Bingin beach

Bingin beach, a quiet little surf hub that can only be entered via an alley, followed by a steep stair down. This hidden beach is surrounded by limestone cliffs and has a stretch of sand that lends itself perfectly for some sunbathing. Cool off with a drink at Kelly’s Warung, or any other of the other beach shacks, and enjoy Bingin’s splendid coastline.

Lunch: the Cashew Tree

Stop for lunch at the Cashew Tree. The restaurant is playfully set-up on a small square and focusses on serving healthy meals that are just as good for you as they are for your taste buds.

Dreamland beach

Another beach, another baby blue shoreline. The last beach of the day is perfect for a dip in, yet again, crystal clear waters or, if you’re done swimming, to do some bodyboarding! More a pool lover than an ocean fanatic? Make your way upwards to the Klupa New Kuta resort for a pool overlooking the sea. The resort allows outside visitors to use the pool for 60.000 IDR. Disclaimer: this place does get crazy busy with Asian hotel guests. Some days worse than others, but it’s definitely something to consider before paying. 

Parking fee for Dreamland Beach is 20.000 IDR. This includes usage of a minivan that will bring you towards the actual beach. 

Dreamland beach view

Uluwatu Temple / Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Finish off the day with a visit to a temple rising 70 meters above sea level; the Pura Luhur Uluwatu, commonly known as the Uluwatu temple. Whilst the temple itself might not be very impressive, the cliff views that accompany the premises are nothing short of spectacular. This spot is one of Uluwatu’s touristic highlights, so do expect a lot of people here. A walk along the grounds surrounding the temple will not take more than 30 minutes of your time.

Note: Watch out for the monkeys here. Whilst they may look incredibly cute, they’re more than eager to get a hold of a pair of sunnies or, worst case scenario, your camera or phone.

The entrance fee for the Uluwatu Temple is 30.000 IDR. This includes free usage of a sarong, which is required as it is considered holy ground. 

What you should pay for a full day private taxi

A fair price pay for a full day private taxi in Bali would be anywhere between 500.000 and 600.000 IDR, equal to €37,- and $42,- Keep in mind that a lot of the sights on this list also ask a small parking and/or entrance fee, which has to be paid by yourself as well. This is usually fairly cheap -think anywhere between 2.000 until 20.000- but make sure to bring some spare change for this.

All prices as of 25 January 2019, in US dollar and EURO, converted on 

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Great hotels for an unforgettable trip to Thailand

Planning your trip to Thailand and looking for a good hotel in Bangkok, Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Chiang Mai, Pai or Chiang Rai? We’ve got you covered! This handy little list of hotels is here to help you make the most out of your stay, no matter which area you wish to go. Each hotel on this list has its own unique features and charm, yet they all have on thing in common. They all have been handpicked –by the pickiest of pickiest-  tried and tested. With a stamp of approval, these hotels are ready to contribute towards an unforgettable trip through Thailand.

Did you know that often allows travellers to cancel their booking up until 24 hrs in advance. Perfect for those wanting to keep their options open and remain flexible at all times!

Where do you want to go?

Koh Chang
Koh Kood
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai 


Marriott The Surawongse


Pamper yourself upon arrival in Bangkok with this 5* hotel. Marriott the Surawongse has it all; a killer infinity pool, large gym, diverse breakfast, and the perfect rooftop bar to watch a Bangkok sunset. Basically, guests don’t even have to leave the hotel in order to have a good time. Read our more detailed review here.

Room prices starting from €128 ($145) per night 

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Koh Chang

Santhiya Tree Resort


Our island favorite; Santhiya Tree Resort in Koh Chang. This hotel has a 9.0 guest review score on and there is no wonder why. The hotel staff is friendly, the rooms are incredible and the bathrooms are unique. Even the restaurant has the perfect beachfront location. A night at Santhiya Tree resort is guaranteed to be money well spent.

Double room prices start from €126 per night

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Koh Kood

Away Resort Koh Kood


A lovely resort, that is affordable, on Koh Kood is Away Resort. Without to much fuss, this hotel offers all you need. An activity center can be found on the premises and scooters are available for rent to explore the rest of the island. Read our detailed hotel review by clicking here.

Bungalow prices start from €110 ($124) per night 

As with most islands, prices on Koh Kood tends to be slightly higher than on the Thai mainland.

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Chiang Mai

The Inside House


Sleep like a royal in Chiang Mai at the Inside House. This newly opened hotel is set right in the middle of all the action; Chiang Mai’s old town. Restaurants, shops, and some general sightseeing are therefore all to be found within its immediate surroundings. The iconic white interior, spacious rooms, and general design are what makes this hotel breathtaking.

Price for a double room starts from €151 ($171) 

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The Quarter Pai


There is plenty to discover in Pai but it is always good to have a nice home front to fall back on. The Quarter Pai is just that. The hotel offers spacious light infused rooms, which all feature a separate bathroom and two small outdoor lounge areas.  Done exploring Pai for the day? The Quarter Pai’s large on-site pool lends itself perfectly to hang out till the sun is long gone.

Price for a double room starts from €39 ($44)

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Chiang Rai

Sabai Chiang Rai


Who said good things rarely come cheap? At Sabai Chiang Rai guests can book a comfortable room for solely 18 euros a night. The rooms are a tad small but the hotel is centrally located and the staff is super friendly. Great value for money!

Price for a double room starts from €19 ($21) 

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Le Meridien Chiang Rai


Le Meridien is a luxury hotel set a little out of the center of Chiang Rai. This is the hotel you go to the end of your trip to have a night of tranquility and relaxation. The riverfront pool is chilly but phenomenal. Guests that are keen on a good meal don’t have to go far. Le Meridien’s on-site Italian restaurant proudly upholds the no. 1 place on Tripadvisor for best restaurant in the area.

Price for a double room starts from €89 ($101) 

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7+ Things to do during your next trip to Sydney

With an abundance of diverse activities – surfing on brilliant beaches, going into the depths of the urban jungle or visiting world-renowned landmarks – it can be difficult to decide what to do first when arriving in Sydney. For a little head start, we’ve laid out the highlights, that cannot be missed on a visit to the biggest city of Australia:

1. Luna Park

Ride the Ferris Wheel, the Wild Mouse rollercoaster or just enjoy some people gazing at Sydney’s retro Luna Park. This colorful theme park originally opened in 1935 and has been open on and off since, with some of the attractions still in use this day. The general old-school vibe and its waterfront position are what makes Luna Park worth the visit even for those who are not planning on riding anything.

Entrance to the park is free, visitors solely have to pay for the rides they want to get on. Luna Park is open year round and can be easily accessed by ferry, which stops right in front of its literally smiling door. (Milsons Point Wharf)

Note: avoid going on school holidays as it tends to get extremely overcrowded. 

Luna Park Sydney

Luna Park Sydney Luna Park Sydney

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2. Sydney Opera House

Perhaps the most symbolic to Sydney is the Opera House. Surprising for some is that, even though it looks like one gigantic building from a distance, the Sydney Opera House actually consists out of 7 individual venues. Each and everyone with their own iconic white roof built up out of over 1 million tiles. The Opera House still hosts over 40 shows a week and no, these aren’t only opera shows. Shows vary from cabaret to theater and dance; basically, anything that concerns performing arts so that visitors of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy a visit to the striking UNESCO world heritage site.

TIP:  Have a drink at the Opera Bar whilst visiting the Opera house. This beer garden is situated right at the waters edge and offers a phenomal view of the harbour.


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3. Chinese Garden of Friendship

An oasis amidst the busy city center; the Chinese gardens of Sydney. This calming sight is open to the public for an entrance fee of 6 AUD (€3.7/$4.2 ). It takes roughly 30 minutes to an hour to make your way through the park

Chinese gardens of friendship Sydney Chinese gardens of friendship Sydney

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4. Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney’s Harbour Bridge was originally build to make the Northern half of Sydney more accessible and has been in use for nearly a century now. The bridge is 1.149m long and 49m wide, allowing cars as well as pedestrians to cross the sea. For an exceptional walk in which you can spot several city highlights from above, access the bridge on Cumberland Stree in Circular Quay,  and make your way over to the Northern end. The walk is particularly good during sunset and sunrise!

Sydney Harbour Bridge bonus activity:

Feeling a bit more adventurous than crossing the bridge by foot? It is also possible to actually climb the steel arch bridge, where an organized tour will bring you all the way up to the top. Hearsay has it that this experience, and the views from above, are ones to never-ever forget. As it is a once in a lifetime experience, climbing the bridge does not come cheap. Tour prices start at 168 AUD and run up to 388 AUD.

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5. Bondi Beach

A visit to the world’s most renowned beach can surely not be left off this list. Surfing, tanning, people watching, take a ton of photos, drinks with a view, outdoor workouts; there is something to do for everyone on this nearly 1 km stretch of sand. For a complete overview, click here to discover the best things to do in and around Bondi Beach.

Bondi Icebergs Pool

6. Darling Harbour

Sydney’s Darling Harbour is without a doubt a leisure and entertainment hub. The long paved path surrounding the harbour is filled with bars, restaurants, and shops that are ready to entertain its visitors. The waterfront location and the skyscrapers set in the background of the area, is what makes Darling Harbour an impressive sight in general. At night, the area comes even more alive, with street performers, happy hours and tourist and locals alike flocking to the area, preparing for a night into town.

7. Go to Manly 

Perhaps one of the most surprising Sydney suburbs is Manly. This idyllic beach set town is located a half hour ferry ride away from Circular Quay, or 15-minutes if you hop on the fast ferry. Manly is a Sydneysiders favorite and many will go to Manly on the weekends, to either get their surf on or just to enjoy a nice meal along the palm-lined boulevard. There is more to Manly than just the long stretch of golden main beach, make sure to explore the area and visit Shelly beach whilst you’re there.

The ferry to Manly leaves every half hour from Circular Quay. The price of a ticket for the regular ferry is roughly 15 AUD per person. The fast ferry is priced at 18.20 AUD. Prepare yourself for some killer views along the way.

Tip: on Sundays, public transport fares are adjusted to a $2.70 travel cap within NSW. Making it by far the best day to explore farther out areas in Sydney, such as Manly.



8. The Rocks 

‘The Rocks’ is the oldest neighborhood in Sydney’s inner city center and can be referred to nothing less than spectacular. Whilst the area is mainly popular with locals for its shopping and dining possibilities, it is the view that makes The Rocks into something truly unique. A walk through these vibrant streets is amusing at any time of day.


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4x Where to eat in Koh Chang

While large in size, Koh Chang, a Thai Island just offshore Trat, is lesser known than its siblings – like Koh Samui, Phuket, and Krabi- in the Southern end of the country. The island used to be referred to as one of the few ‘unspoiled islands’ remaining, but times are changing and Koh Chang is becoming increasingly popular due to its relaxed atmosphere and fine nature. Is a visit to Koh Chang also on your agenda? Make to sure to visit our top restaurant picks on the island:

1.El Greco

Souvlaki, gyros, and tzatziki – yes, you’ve guessed it. The first restaurant on our list is a Greek. And a really good one. El Greco is run by a friendly Greek family and can be found on the Bang Bao pier. The restaurants boast a view over the sea as good as the quality of the food and the ambiance of the restaurant itself. Expect to pay roughly 180 baht (€4.92/$5.59) for a greek main course such as souvlaki or gyros.



This lovely lady has a fruit shake shack just outside of the Bang Bao pier and has some great smoothies that can be taken on the go.

Smoothie Koh Chang

2. Cocomango

Smoothie bowls are never a bad idea, especially not on a tropical island like Koh Chang. Hop on in at Coco Mango and get yourself some of their swirled goodness, like the Aloha Delight’ bowl (which is extremely good). In addition to smoothie bowls, they also offer a large variety of other healthy dining options, including vegan spring rolls fried in coconut oil. Even though Coco Mango’s interior is very nice, the place is small and doesn’t invite to hang around for long.

Smoothie bowls are priced at 160 baht (€4,30 /$4,90)

Coco Mango Koh Chang

3. Lisca Beach

For a romantic dinner on the beach, head down to Lisca Beach. This tiny beach orientated restaurant serves food from both the Thai and the Italian cuisine. As can be expected with an Italian owner, it is especially the Italian food here that is sublime. This especially goes for the pizzas, which are without a doubt the best on the island. Due to its waterfront setting, Lisca Beach boasts tranquil vibes throughout the day and also happens to be a pretty good spot to watch an epic sunset.

The price for a pizza at Lisca Beach starts at 220 baht (€6/$6,80). The strawberry margarita, a must try, is priced at 200 baht (€5.4/$6.2)

Lisca Beach Koh Chang


4. Cafe del Sunshine

Didn’t think we would leave some genuine Thai food of this list now did you? The Sunshine Cafe is a rock-themed bar and the most budget-friendly option on here. It is a great place to hang out with friends due to its relaxed atmosphere, the pool table and the fact that the cafe is located directly next to several bars and other nightlife facilities. Expect to pay roughly 60 baht (€1.64 /$1.86) for a main course per person.


If you’re keen on finding good fish restaurants, make your way down to the Bang Bao pier where tons of restaurants are aligned next to each other, all serving fresh seafood.

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Lisca Beach
Sunset view from Lisca Beach

Suprise your partner! 5+ Romantic things to do for Couples in Barcelona 

Romantic Things to Do for Couples in Barcelona

Planning a city trip to Barcelona for your next romantic getaway? Surely tapas dinners and pitchers of sangria are already on the agenda. Eager to do something a little bit more memorable for that special someone? Here are 5 out of the ordinary and romantic things to for couples in Barcelona!

1. Sunset wines at the Bunkers del Carmel

For the best view of Barcelona, head up to Bunkers del Carmel. As the name suggests, this nowadays popular viewpoint formerly served as a bunker to defend against aircrafts during the Spanish civil war in 1937. This spot now offers 360 degrees over Barcelona and is incredibly popular with locals and tourists alike, that often go here to hang out, have a picnic and watch the sun drop over the city. The bunkers are easily accessible via public transport. Make sure to bring your own bottle of wine and start spotting those landmarks.

Free entrance

bunker del Carmel

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2. Rent a jet ski for a thrill ride

More the adventurous couple? Opt for some thrill and rent a jet ski to see Barcelona’s skyline like never before. Jetscoot is located in Port Fòrum, a short taxi ride from the city center, and is a one-stop shop for all sorts of water activities. Either rent a jet ski all for yourself or hop on the back of your significant other. No license required and whole a lot of fun guaranteed.

Price for 20-minute jet ski rental: €55 ($62)

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3. Relax at an underground spa: AIRE Ancient Baths Barcelona

Hidden within the El Borne area, AIRE Ancient Baths Barcelona is something special. This one of a kind spa is set completely underground, within the walls a former meat storing facility and is still upholding all of its historic features. This is the place if you’re looking to spoil your partner with some tranquility and relaxation in a captivating setting. AIRE even has wine baths on their treatment menu.

AIRE Barcelona is open daily from 09:00 till 23:00. As they strive to not overcrowd the baths, only a set amount of guests are allowed to enter at the same time for a set amount of time.

Price of a visit to AIRE Ancient Baths starts from €39 ($44)


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4. Picnic in Parc de la Ciutadella

If you’re looking for a romantic picnic spot, look no further than Parc de la Ciutadella. Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona’s largest parc and is great for a pleasant picnic or a casual stroll in the afternoon. Best place for a picnic setup? If not too crowded, the grass fields near the fountain, set amidst the center of the parc, lend themselves perfectly. TIP: At Picnic Barcelona you can hand pick a picnic basket which will then be delivered to the entrance of the parc. Or, if you truly want to surprise someone, they can even arrange the whole set up for you.

Free entrance

Parc de la Ciutadella

5. A visit to Palau de la Musica

Palau de la Musica, located in the narrow streets of Barcelona’s center, is perhaps one most stunning concert halls in the world. Palau de la Musica was first opened in 1908 and is still in use today. Designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the concert hall is characteristic for modern Catalan design and has been a part of the UNESCO world heritage list since 1997. There are two ways to visit Palau de la Musica; either by going to a concert or by booking a daytime tour.

Costs of a tour through Palau de la Musica: €20 ($22)

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All prices converted on as of 19 December 2019, in US dollars & EURO. 


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