I've been meaning to try this place out for quite some time. Gorgeous, gorgeous is all I can say.
The tapas at Catalunya were exquisite, the suckling pig being the absolute highlight!
Oh yeah, right after slicing up the piglet our waiter did the customary throw of the cutting plate into the ground. Ole!
If someone was to ask me to paint an idyllic Bali image, one of the images that would come to mind is a beachside bungalow with a thatched roof, surrounded in incredible lushness, palm trees reaching out over the water, the sea gently lapping onto the shore, surrounded by peace and experiencing the gentle touch of the Balinese people.
Well, staying at the Gaia Oasis resort in northern Bali meets that description!
Located in Tejakula, discreetly tucked away on the beachside of northern Bali, the lushness of the landscape captivates your soul. The bungalows blend perfectly into the green surroundings, providing spacious and well appointed rooms with very high ceilings and the prerequisite outdoor bathroom / shower.
The restaurant serves wonderful organic food. When we were there, the menu was Ayurvedic. Not sure if that was due to the visiting yoga group, or if they have an Ayurvedic menu every day.
Oh my, the lamb curry with chapati is to die for! Actually everything tasted amazing at Lelle Lello!
Just don't wear your best pants to this small gelato shop / Indian pop-up kitchen right across the Samaya Hotel in Seminyak, for you definitely don't want to spray yourself with curry.
BTW, you may think the gelato / Indian combination is rubbish, but after your roti, you will see how well a guava gelato tastes. Even better, try out their 5-bowl degustation gelato special.
Merah Putih refers to the Indonesian flag - red white - so the menu is contemporary Indonesian and very good. Plus the decor is heavenly. Literally!
It is located on Jalan Petitenget in Seminyak.
Ulun Danu Beratan temple is one of the main temples of Bali, located on the shore of Beratan lake. It is also perhaps one of the more touristy ones. The setting is beautiful, the grounds are well kept yet they somehow allowed several kitschy elements to spoil the spiritual and historic feel of the place. All around the grounds you will find brightly coloured kitschy statues of various animals. Doesn't suit the place at all! Now why did they do that?!
If you're a surfer, you will love the spot for supposedly this is a good surfing point.
If you're not, then you come here for a casual lunch, lazy afternoon, and to watch the surf bods stroll by with customary board in hand.
Komune Beach Club is located up the coast of Sanur.
Who said raw food is boring?
Alchemy in Ubud has an amazing selection of salads, juices, smoothies and desserts ... yes desserts. All natural. All raw. All healthy.
No ... It's not on Pulau Ubin!
But the location is just as unexpected - an industrial estate in Bishan. Amongst car and truck garages you will find the Ubin Seafood Centre, a whole in the wall practically, but the food is outstanding! And not just seafood. We had beef cubes with a mustard sauce that was delish. And how about foie gras on a skewer?
It's one of those unexpected experiences that captures your heart ... through your mouth!
This is food porn!
I never really mention stores, but this one gets me all excited. And I don't even cook. But I do LUV kitchen gadgets and supplies. I dare you to walk through Tott's without buying something :-)
They supposedly also have very good cooking classes.
Very, very impressive! This is one very slick operation.
This year the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) gala dinner was being held at Marina Bay Sands, so we decided to stay there for the weekend.
Given the size of the hotel, with over 2,500 rooms, I wast totally amazed at the level of personalization and attention that we received. It was very exclusive. Perhaps it was because of the massive suite with a pool table in it!
We were picked up at Changi airport in a white BMW 7-series limo and whisked straight to the hotel. Upon arrival we were greeted by our butler and were escorted directly to our suite via a private bank of elevators reserved for the suites, where we did the check-in. Very smooth and efficient.
The suite had a stunning view, with more space than we knew what to do with. But extra space is always appreciated :-) Of course the infinity pool on the 57th floor, overlooking the Singapore skyline, is what everyone comes here for (besides the gambling). Given the amount of rooms that are at MBS and that their occupancy is always at 98%, sitting by the pool is not a private experience. But it actually didn't bother me. There was a great buzz by the poolside while everyone was trying to get that perfect shot of this amazing skyline.
When we arrived for our first breakfast at The Club, the lounge right by the pool, I was shocked that the girl at the counter greeted me by my last name. Had never been there before and with all the guests in the hotel, they certainly have an impressive system for identifying you. Whatever the system though, the service felt incredibly personalised.
Did I mention the gym on the 55th floor? This has got to be one of the best views that a gym could have. WOW!
MBS is really like a little city. Whatever you want to experience can be found within the massive premises. Fantastic dining, shopping, clubs, theatre, entertainment, gambling. You name it. So don't forget to leave the complex and actually visit Singapore.
Check-out was just as efficient. Arriving to the airport we realised, this is one smooth and well-oiled operation, geared towards awing the visitor. And it works!