Category Archives: Bali

Review: Sapu Lidi Resort and Spa, Ubud

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Our final night in Bali after closing the #FlowBali (check out photos from Instagram!) Yoga Retreat was a real treat given it was spent at the luxurious Sapu Lidi Resort and Spa.

Sadly, we arrived after our Big Tree Farm Chocolate Factory tour in the late afternoon so I only had a few hours to take it all in amidst the sunlight before it got too dark for photos. Please share my delight in these snippets of the resort surroundings!

Doors and pathways always lead to a destination worth taking!

My kids like big beds. They roll around and sleep in funny positions. This passed Maya’s standards alright!

Look at this lake view room! I really wish I had stayed longer! My husband would’ve loved to stare out from here. I’m hoping to be back (crossing fingers and toes!) so that he can experience this room for himself, too!

  

Maya had a visitor, a local friend named Tala. These little globetrotters had a flower staredown. Too cute for words!

I was glad to catch one of the local staff with her offerings for the day. It is one of the characteristics I love about the Balinese people, their sense of spirituality is embedded in their daily rituals. So very beautiful!

If we didn’t stop them, these kids would’ve jumped into the pool!

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Dine in their restaurant and look out peacefully out into the rice fields. Very iconic of Bali. This is my daughter playing with one of her godmothers who joined us for the retreat 🙂

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This organic bridge leaves no trace when it dilapidates. I’m digging the green architectural design! Bravo, Sapu Lidi!

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And their bathroom is totally my kind of style.   If you love bathing in the outdoors, underneath all the stars and the moon, then book this resort for your next Bali stay! I reckon you can teach your kids all about the constellations on a clear night from there.

Ended on a Bali high with a much needed traditional massage with one of their local therapist. I promise you her hands were magic!

Sapu Lidi Resort and Spa

http://www.sapulidibali.com/

You may book through Agoda for real good deals here. Enjoy your stay!

 

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Bambu Indah: A Gypsetter’s Mecca

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One of the reasons why I fell in love with Bali many years ago is because of green architecture. Most properties in Ubud like Bambu Indah use local indigenous materials to build. Bamboo structures are very famous over there and I wish that we could follow suit in the Philippines because we do have an abundance of it, too!

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The entrance itself is a sight to behold. John Hardy and his family, the creators of this gypsetter’s mecca have executed their vision impeccably. First at Green School, and then with this beautiful tropical piece of paradise you may call home for a few days, if you book here for the duration of your vacation.

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IMG_0038Our first meal in Ubud was in their restaurant called Dapoer which promotes slow food. Most of their ingredients are sourced organically, locally and fresh, if not, from their very own gardens.

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On this trip, my little globetrotter Maya got to spend precious moments with 3 of her fairy godmothers! How cool is that?

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As expected, the food was delicious! Although if you’re dining with kids, be vigilant about spice levels in local Indonesian dishes. My order was too spicy for my daughter!

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After eating, we asked for a tour of their eco-luxury resort. This is our almost-complete shot of the #FlowBali crew. Missing Woochae from Seoul here!

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It was a hot hot day so I wished I could’ve swam in their natural spring water pool. Maybe next time we book a room here!

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It’s nice that all their rooms are actually antique teak wood Javanese designed huts which have been crafted over 100 years ago by the Indonesian locals.

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My friend’s son, Kai just had to climb their gigantic bamboo tree-house that resembled a mothership! Oh, how liberating it is for a child to climb and enjoy nature’s wonders! I told my son Santi that I wil ltake him here one day….
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BAMBU INDAH

http://www.bambuindah.com

banjar baung, desa sayan, ubud, gianyar, bali 80571
telephone +62 (0) 361 977 922 /  +62 (0) 361 974 357
WhatsApp +62 812 38 34 31 74

Review: Agung Raka Resort in Ubud, Bali

I booked this resort via Agoda for the FLOW Bali retreat mainly because of the pool which I know everyone would appreciate.

Yes, that is really how it looks like up close and personal. Perfect, isn’t it?

Upon checking in, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that we were upgraded to a Deluxe room (from our Superior room booking).Gee, thanks! Our room was located on the 2nd floor which isn’t too child-friendly or baby-carrying-mommy-friendly but we had marvelous views of the pool and surrounding rice paddies. Usually, there is one king sized bed but I requested for triple shared beds since I roomed with two other adults. I was glad they complied.

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The bathroom had the least cookie points because it seemed real old and dark, without any natural light coming through (so important for me!). I didn’t even bother taking a photo.

Breakfast wasn’t fancy either. Some days you choose from Continental, Indonesian or American fare. Other days, they laid out the buffet which didn’t have much options. They start serving at 8am, which I personally find late so if you’re an early riser, request for early breakfast. Again, they gave in to this request of mine. Pretty good service, I must say.IMG_0098

This mother statue spoke to me and the other mothers in our group because she is breastfeeding and babywearing her children. Just like we do! Attachment parents unite!

If you have the budget, book one of their villas for a more authentic experience and privacy. You will also be situated closer to the main entrance versus most rooms which takes about 5-10 min walk or a short golf cart ride to the reception.

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Agung Raka Resort and Villas

Address: Jl. Raya, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Phone:+62 361 975757

http://www.baliagungrakaresort.com/