Seminyak sunset, Bali.

     I have been lucky enough to travel through a few new countries in the last few years, each offering a new experience and mostly a magic moment. A magic moment for me in Bali was sitting watching the sun go down creating silhouettes of the Balinese going about their jobs or the tourists playing on the […]

Spa at Samaya, Bali – Rituals of Royalty

A perfect treat at a perfect location. The Samaya is perched right on the beach at the glorious Seminyak beach famed for its rolling waves and gorgeous sunsets. The Rituals of Royalty treatment is over two hours of pampering with a partner or friend. Great welcome with a refreshing lime juice whilst the staff tell you what is going to […]

Satay and sunsets: Seminyak, Bali.

Two teenage girls beckoned us down a narrow alley behind the main Seminyak thoroughfare, they were keen to show us the menu of Warung Siam and for £14 we both enjoyed a main course and an alcoholic drink. The chicken was pasted in a sesame and cashew dressing and the taste was to die for. If I […]

Top 3 attractions in Ubud.

There are many reasons to visit Ubud not least for its unique atmosphere and cooling breezes after a few hectic days in a popular beach location. It is serene and calming, easy to wander around and the major attractions are close together.  The Grey Traveller’s     top three picks are…… 1 Monkey Forest – walking distance from […]

The Samaya Secret – Balinese experience.

This is a secret I want to share…. The Samaya Secret. A secret about two hotels in Bali, The Samaya Seminyak and The Samaya Ubud. Two very different locations but two hotels which offer exquisite service, a unique experience and each set in a beautiful location.   Each Samaya hotel offers private villas with their […]

Trekking in Gianyur, Bali, Indonesia

Splitting open a plumpious passion fruit and sucking the sweet seeds straight from the two halves was perhaps the highlight of a trek through the rice fields in Gianyur. Led by the knowledgeable Tegu from The Samaya on a private tour, the sun was beginning to lose some of it’s heat and The Grey Traveller was in heaven. Tourism […]

Moskito Guard is the way forward!

Travelling can be quite a bug bear when insects bite. Us pasty sensitive English travellers sometimes come off decidedly worse for wear when travelling in foreign climes and in particular the tropics. I have tried many types of insect repellent but Moskito Guard is my new best friend forever. However worry ye not no more. Pack […]