Here is why you’ll want to rent a Scooter in Bali

Yes, traffic in Bali is crazy, there is no arguing that. And while it may seem like an excess necessity to rent a scooter with taxis everywhere -that will take you across the island for just a few dollars- exploring the island on your own truly does contribute to the overall Bali experience. To give you a feel of what we’re talking about, here are 6 reasons why you will want to rent a scooter on your trip to Bali. 

1. There is ALWAYS traffic

Bluebird taxis indeed get you across Bali for as little as some spare change, but when there is traffic, and for some reason there always is, a short distance might turn in to the longest ride of your life. Being stuck for hours at a time is nothing uncommon.  With a scooter, you can do as the locals do, wiggle yourself through the traffic jam and off to enjoy your day you go.

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2. Freedom

Go where ever you want to go, whenever you want to go. Make your way to this colorful sunset spot or get up early to discover the best breakfast bowls on the island. All on your own pace, simple as that.

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3. It’s cheap

As cheap as taxis might be, so is driving and renting the scooter. Filling it up is done at one of many gasoline stops alongside the road. Bet you were already wondering what is in those vodka bottles right? Well, it’s gasoline, for one liter expect to pay around IDR 10.000/ US$0.75,-.

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4. No pick-up wait

It is great that the hotels, resorts and even hostels for that matter, are always willing to call you taxis at all times. What is less great, however, is the wait… In Bali there is no such thing as “be there in ten”, it is more like “I am on my way now, might take 2 minutes, might take 20, might take an hour”. Great if you have the patience of an angel, we, unfortunately, do not.

5. Discover hidden spots

While out and about, the chances are you might stumble upon a gorgeous rice field or a cute coffee bar that you would have never noticed otherwise. The hidden spots along the way make renting a scooter well worth the adventure.

Hidden beach Bali

6. Work on your tan 

Do you get a tan while sitting the car? We don’t think so. Enjoy the sun, with the fresh air blowing in your face instead of the air con.

Renting a scooter Bali

Where to rent a scooter in Bali

Scooters are rented throughout the island. Prices will most certainly vary per rental, if you want to avoid unnecessary long price negotiations, the best thing to do is to let the hotel arrange it for you. They can even offer you special deals on many occasions.

Keep in mind that the ‘prettiest’ scooters are also the ones likely to cost you the biggest bucks when and if an accident might occur. Whether it is your fault or not.

What you should pay for a scooter 

A good price for a scooter would around 50.000 IDR (€3.10 / $3.50) per day. The common rule that usually applies is, the longer you decide to rent one, the cheaper it will become. We paid roughly 35.000 Rupiah per day, which is equal to US$2.60. We’ve heard cheaper and we’ve heard more expensive, but it is safe to say that these amounts are common ground.

*All prices as of 7 January 2018 at xe.com

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6x Why You’ll Want to Rent a Scooter in Bali

Yes, traffic in Bali is crazy, there is no arguing that. And while it may seem like an excess necessity to rent a scooter with taxis everywhere -that will take you across the island for just a few dollars- it is truly one of the more extraordinary ways to experience Bali. If you’re all about authentic ways to explore, check out why you will  definitely want to rent a scooter in Bali:

1. There is ALWAYS traffic

Bluebird taxis indeed get you across Bali for as little as some spare change, but when there is traffic, and for some reason there always is, a short distance might turn in to the longest ride of your life. Being stuck for hours at a time is nothing uncommon.  With a scooter you can do as the locals do, wiggle yourself through the traffic jam and off to enjoy your day you go.

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2. Freedom

Go where ever you want to go, whenever you want to go. Simple as that.

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3. It’s cheap

As cheap as taxis might be, so is driving and renting the scooter. Filling it up is done at one of many gasoline stops alongside the road. Bet you were already wondering wat is in those vodka bottles right? Well, it’s gasoline, for one liter expect to pay around IDR 10.000/ US$0.75,-.

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4. No pick-up wait

It is great that the hotels, resorts and even hostels for that matter, are always willing to call you taxis at all times. What is less great however, is the wait… In Bali there is no such thing as “be there in ten”, it is more like “I am on my way now, might take 2 minutes, might take 20, might take an hour”. Great if you have the patience of an angel, we unfortunately do not.

5. Hidden spots

While out and about, the chances are you might stumble upon a gorgeous rice field, or a cute coffee bar that you would have never noticed otherwise. The hidden spots along the way make renting a scooter well worth the adventure.

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6. Work on your tan 

Do you get a tan while sitting the car? We don’t think so. Enjoy the sun, with the fresh air blowing in your face instead of the air con.

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Scooters are rented throughout the island. Prices will most certainly vary per rental, if you want to avoid unnecessary long price negotiations, best thing to do is to let the hotel arrange it for you. They can even offer you special deals at many occasions. In addition, the rule usually goes that, the longer you decide to rent one, the cheaper it will become. We paid roughly 35.000 Rupiah per day, which is equal to US$2.60. We’ve heard cheaper and we’ve heard more expensive, but I guess it is safe to say it is a safe common ground.

*All prices as of 7 January 2018 at xe.com

SECRET HOTEL: Le Jardin Secret

Le Jardin Secret

Right within the Centre of Brussels, capital of Belgium lies Le Jardin secret. A, literally, secretive hotel hidden within the walls of another hotel, named Le Berger. The entire hotel is garden themed and can only be accessed via a plant shop. After you’ve located the plant shop in one of Brussels many alleys, you will find the cloaked reception and are ready for check-in. After which, entrance to the hotel will be granted via the back door and you can make your way to your room via the inner garden.

Hotel Le Jardin Secret
Reception

Hotel Le Jardin Secret room

Room layout

Before our visit, we never actually realized how uncommon it is to have lots of plants in your room. Total shame because it is absolutely lovely and has a very relaxed and homely vibe to it. Also contributing to those vibes are a view of, yes, the large inner “secret” garden. All of which you can admire from your, very comfortable, window seat.

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Hotel Le Jardin Secret Brussels bathroom

Garden Hotel Le Jardin Secret Brussels

As Brussels tends to get quite busy – with either tourism, business conferences or European affairs- prices for hotels can be relatively high at times.  However, for this unique hotel, we only paid EUR 68/$82.81, way below the usual Brussels average. To have the diverse continental breakfast they offer included, the price will go up with EUR 14/$16.81 p.p.p.n.

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For more information on the hotel visit www.jardinsecrethotel.be

HOTEL TIP – BRUSSELS

Le Jardin Secret

Right within the Centre of Brussels, capital of Belgium, lies Le Jardin secret. A, literally, secretive hotel hidden within the walls of another hotel, named Le Berger. The entire hotel is garden themed and can only be accessed via an extraordinary plant shop. After you’ve located the plant shop in one of Brussels many alleys, you will find the cloaked reception and are ready for check-in. After which, entrance to hotel will be granted via the back door and you can make your way to to your room via the inner garden.

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Before our visit we never actually realized how uncommon it is to have lots of plants in your room. Total shame because it is absolutely lovely and has a very relaxed and homely vibe to it. Also contributing to those vibes are a view of, yes, the large inner “secret” garden. All of which you can admire from your, very comfortable, window seat.

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As Brussels tends to get quite busy – with either tourism, business conferences or European affairs- prices for hotels can be relatively high at times.  However, for this unique hotel we only paid EUR 68/$82.81, way below the usual Brussels average. To have the diverse continental breakfast they offer included, price will go up with EUR 14/$16.81 p.p.p.n.

Find out what it is going to cost you on your desired dates here

For more information on the hotel visit www.jardinsecrethotel.be

3x Amazing Bubble Baths Across the Globe

Truthfully, you don’t even have to be a bubble bath fanatic to appreciate the following three beauties, that each have views to never – ever- forget. Without spoiling to much, have a look at the following absolute stunners and find out how much it is going to cost you to take a dip.

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SMOOTHIE BOWLS – Where to find the best in Bali

These fruit packed vitamins bombs, commonly known as breakfast bowls, are quite the phenomenon in Bali. Swirled with tropical fruits and topped off with so-called superfoods, these heavenly bowls are as delicious as they are good for you. Here is where to find the best smoothie bowls in Bali: 

1. Betelnut Cafe

Right within the center of popular surf area Canggu, you’ll find Betelnut Cafe. A tree-house styled cafe which offers bright bowls filled with fresh and healthy ingredients. With the beach within 10-minutes walking distance, the cafe boasts a relaxed surfer vibe, which also happens to be the main customer pool. For the best seats, make your way up to the rooftop. The Betelnut Cafe is opened daily from 11:30 till 22:00 and this Tropics Bowl will cost you $4.43.

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Tropics bowl 60K IDR – $4.43

2. The Spicy Coconut

Dragon fruit, papaya, and banana swirled with coconut water and topped off with freshly baked granola. If that doesn’t sound like a delight I don’t know what does. The Dragon Delight bowl at Spicy Coconut was not the first bowl I’ve ever tried, but -because of the overload of tropical fruit flavors which you simply cannot find in the Netherlands- it might very well have been. Cannot get enough toppings? For a surcharge, they’ll let you add as much of each as you’d like, prices ranging from $0.35 to $0.70 cents. Whichever bowl you prefer, costs will be 55K IDR – $4.04

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Dragon delight

Find out more on www.thespicycoconut.com

 3.Nalu Bowls Shelter Cafe

Offering their bountiful bowls at four different locations in Bali, Nalu bowls has become a household name on the Island. And for a reason.. the large selection of yummy goodness overloaded with tropical fruits is simply a menu that few can resist. I especially like their location, underneath Shelter cafe, which is kind of a beach shack, not on the beach. Sit down on a bar stool and watch your tasty bowl being prepared right in front of you. Or choose to have a comprehensive breakfast within the relaxed atmosphere of the upstairs, covered in green and bamboo, Shelter cafe.

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Uluwatu bowl – 65K IDR/$4.79

Find out more on www.nalubowls.com

4. Sea Circus

Serving thick and creamy textures, Sea Circus in Seminyak is definitely worth the breakfast visit. We’ll leave its colorful and vibrant exterior out of it for now, as that deserves an article on its own. 😉  The açai bowl itself is not one of prettiest bowls you’ll ever see- not that there is anything wrong with its appearance but hey, look at the competition above- flavor-wise, however, it sure is on top of the list. What is this bowl at sea circus going to cost you? Well, 95K IDR so $6.99 to be exact, that also makes it the most expensive bowl on the menu, probably related to the perceived health benefits the açai berry offers.

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Açai bowl

Find out more on http://www.seacircus-bali.com

*All prices as of 19 December 2017, converted on xe.com 

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4x Best Healthy Breakfast Bowls in Bali

These fruit packed vitamins bombs, commonly known as breakfast bowls, are quite the phenomenon in Bali. Swirled with tropical fruits and topped off with so-called superfoods, these heavenly bowls are as delicious as they are good for you. As an instant fan, I went on a quest to discover the most exquisite bowls on the rest of the island. Here are my top picks:

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Sunset Magic at La Plancha – Bali Hotspot

Restaurant La Plancha, Bali

Bright cocktails, fresh food, and pink-isch sunsets; a magical combination. La Plancha, located on the Double Six beach between Dhyanapura & 66 road in Seminyak, is a Spanish beach bar with an abundance of colorful bean bags and tasseled parasols.  

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La Plancha Bali

This place is superb to watch the sun sink into the ocean, not only for its vivid appearance. The waiters are super friendly, as the Balinese mostly are, and your food and drinks will be on the table in no time. The whole place aids good vibes and is jam-packed every sunset, so be sure to get there on time to steal a seat and nestle in. Sit back, dig your feet into the sand, watch one of Bali’s fairly like sunsets and stay awhile.

Food La Plancha Bali
Chipirones a la plancha 56K IDR/ 4.12 USD
Drinks La Plancha Bali
White sangria 95K/6.99 USD- Bintang 30K IDR/2.21 USD

The Menu

As for the food, as the name implicates, the Spanish beach bar serves all sorts of menu items a la plancha – which means prepared on the grill. And what is a Spanish bar without some tapas… La Plancha offers all the classics one would expect, varying between $3,30 and $4.40. For those keen on burgers, salads, and fries to watch away the sunset, that can be ordered as well.

Bean Bags La Plancha Bali

Price of an evening at La Plancha

So what is this evening of sunset gazing going to cost you? La Plancha is one the cheaper beach bars and the tiny inexpensive bites are a perfect light meal or complimentary snack.  For three tapas dishes, which were quite large, we paid $11,78. The drinking is what makes a bit more expensive, with cocktails priced roughly $7.40 Beers are, as always, the cheapest option, a Bintang will only cost you $2.20

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Afterglow

La Plancha is open daily from 12:00 till 22:00.

*All prices as of 17’December 2017, converted on xe.com 

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Sunset Magic – Bali Hotspot

Bright cocktails, fresh food and pink-isch sunsets; a magical combination. La Plancha, located on the Double Six beach between Dhyanapura & 66 road in Seminyak, is a Spanish beach bar with an abundance of colourful beanbags and tasseled parasols.   Continue reading Sunset Magic – Bali Hotspot

5x the best Rooftop bars and restaurants in Marrakech

Ah, the rooftop bars in Marrakech. The ultimate way to escape an ever chaotic Medina, which -don’t get us wrong- definitely has its charms. It is however not quite suited for those who are looking for a moment of tranquility and relaxation. Luckily Marrakech offers a way out, even if it’s just for a moment. When stepping into the following 5 cafes and restaurants, where the hectic is left behind and one can take in all the colorful beauty that this diverse old city has on offer – from above.

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1.Nomad

Nomad, this trendy decorated restaurant is located right in the center of the Medina. The atmosphere is fascinating and with three floors -two of which are outdoors- you will be able to view the old city from above from many different angles. During nighttime, the lit lanterns and light beamed edges of the rooftop create a romantic atmosphere under the open sky. Nomad is incredibly popular so reservations come in handy, especially during high season.

An extensive three-course dinner, including four sodas and coffees, will set you back 588 Moroccan Dirham, which equals 61.12 US Dollar.

Nomad Marrakesh upper floor

Nomad Marrakesh
Total costs for a three-course dinner for two- 588 Moroccan Dirham, 61.12 US Dollar

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2. Atay Cafe Food

Cafe Atay is a multi-level little gem that offers the ideal combination of good food and a good view. The seating areas get smaller the further up you wish to go, so being there early ain’t a bad idea if you want to be guaranteed of a good spot to start gazing at the city and of course – the biggest eye-catcher of all – the mosque.

For lunch with a view – which consisted of a tajine, omelet, two coffee, juice and tea- we paid roughly 200 Moroccan Dirham, which equals 21.13 US dollar.

Cafe Atay rooftop terrace

Cafe Atay rooftop terrace
Orange cinnamon juice 25 Moroccan Dirham- 2.64 US dollar | Mint tea 15 MAD- 1.51 US dollar

3. Café Des Épices

Café Des Épices, located just minutes away from its sister Nomad, offers equally beautiful views of a colorful square. An open space that immediately feels like a relieve when making your way to the vibrant, but narrow, streets of the souk. This lovely place has more of a casual vibe to it, making it perfect for daytime meals or some Moroccan whiskey. (Read: tea)

Total costs of our lunch came down to 202 Moroccan Dirham, equaling 21.34 US dollar. And it was a LOT. Next, to the meals, it included a juice, two coffees, and a large soda.

Café Des Épices dinner
Lamb Taijne 7.39 US dollar – Chicken sandwich 5.28 US dollar

Café Des Épices Marrakesh

Café Des Épices Marrakesh market view
Colorful views

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4.  Souk cafe

The bright and playful rooftop bar of Souk cafe was such a pleasant surprise. We actually ended up here by accident, as normally we carefully look for places we want to eat way before. But this time, after hours of strolling through the Medina, we needed some energy ASAP, and then there appeared Souk cafe. Where we honestly ate the best Taijne we had throughout our stay! The beef tajine, topped off with apricot was finger licking good, and the terrace itself was lovely during the day. Don’t expect spectacular views of the Medina, but the food alone is reason enough to stop by.

Total costs for our meal -consisting out of two tajines, two juices, two sodas, and coffees- was roughly 340 MAD/35.92 US dollar.

Souk Cafe rooftop terrace

Souk Cafe in Marrakesh

5. Le Jardin

Soaked in emerald green, Le Jardin is a sight for sore eyes.  The restaurant features a combination of Moroccan and European chic interior and is garden themed throughout. The relaxed atmosphere alone is why Le Jardin should be on top of your to-do list, either by day or by night. However, for the more romantic ‘dinner-in-the-garden-by-candle-light’ idea, nighttime is definitely advised.

For dinner at this lush green restaurant, we paid 529.20 Moroccan Dirham, which is 55.91 US dollar. We, again, ordered extensively and this included a two-course dinner, four sodas, coffee, and a juice.

Le Jardin in Marrakesh Morocco

Le Jardin in Marrakesh Morocco

Green restaurant Le Jardin in Marrakesh Morocco
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All prices as of 11’December 2017, converted on xe.com