Travel & Tropics
A perfect holiday doesn’t get any better than sailing the mesmerizing blue waters to the remote destination on a Leyla liveaboard. This liveaboard holiday is something which everybody should experience at least once in their lifetime. The beauty of the remote destination and the numerous hidden beaches which can only be reached by liveaboard are just a few of the reasons why a liveaboard holiday is something everyone should try out.
What type of liveaboard are you after?
When it comes to the right choice of the liveaboard it is important to determine what type of holiday style you want. If your priority is to have a lot of space on deck in one of the most comfortable phinisi in Indonesia, Leyla liveaboard may be just right for you. Leyla offers luxury boats to travel around Indonesia’s Archipelago with a touch of classic and elegant style. This type of boat has one cabin with a double bed and two single beds. There are also two cabins with a double bed with a single bed. Furthermore, another cabin with a double bed. This classic boat not only offers a shared boat but also possible for private charter. It is an ideal boat for a long trip, where you could see the stunning landscape of the remote destination.
Some tips to prepare for a sailing holiday with Leyla liveaboard
Bring your duffle bag. What most travelers should look out for is overpacking. Make sure to keep things simple and don’t make the big mistake of bringing too many items. Remember, the storage space on a boat is limited. Bring your duffle bags, because the bag can be stored under your bed. Moreover, they can be folded up when you are not in use, which will save you some space.
Pack the right clothes. When sailing to a tropical destination, be sure that you pack shorts and pack light-colored shirts. Pack your cotton clothes, because it absorbs perspiration well and keeps your temperature cool. Make sure to bring a summer dress, sweater, and several swimsuits.
Prepare the first aid kit. Don’t let your Leyla liveaboard trip be ruined because of small emergencies. Make sure to bring your First Aid Kit aboard with you. Pack your first-aid kit stocked with items like cold pills, Band-Aids, painkillers, and seasickness remedies.
Bring some entertainment on board. The liveaboard holiday is a great way to unwind, escape, and relax. Bring your camera, playing cards, and board games during this sailing trip.
Grooming Kit. Sun protection is a must. Make sure to bring high SPF sunscreen, especially if you’re sailing in hot weather. Most liveaboards provide body wash, soap, shampoo, but if you wish to bring your trusted essential brands, you may do so. Don’t forget to pack these essentials in a travel-size container.
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Lots of people have been trying to identify what most successful entrepreneurs usually do. However, what they don’t usually do often counts more. Success is not coincidence or accident. It is achieved with true intent. Successful people develop habits that will benefits them in the long run. In fact, developing habits can be difficult in the beginning because you have to adjust into something you might not usually used to do. However, it pays off.
What mostly successful entrepreneurs don’t do
Successful entrepreneurs take actions and process everything with intent. They don’t do things just because it is fun. What they do or not do are made with purpose. If they choose to not do certain things, they are aware of the reasons. Here are mostly successful entrepreneurs usually don’t do in their daily life.
Consume social media
This is certainly not what most successful entrepreneurs do on their daily life. Instead, they use social media to produce not to consume or be consumed by it. They are not just scrolling feeds to know the latest gossips. Successful entrepreneurs see social media as tool to help them achieve their goal. For example, they sue social media to promote their business or build customer base. If you find yourself being consumed by social media, you’d better stop before it becomes uncured habit that can block you from being focus to achieve success.
Keep checking and responding emails straight away
Most successful entrepreneurs don’t just sit around waiting for the incoming emails. They also don’t just check emails in every ten minutes. Instead, they complete their tasks based on the level of priority. They set their own schedule so they know when to take care of things. For example, they set the time to check on their emails in the morning. They don’t check emails again int he afternoon or night unless it is necessary.
Immediately answering random phone calls
Answer phone immediately especially a phone call that is not in the schedule. It is not that they like being rude or disrespectful. They like being prepared and don’t like being caught off-guard. Besides, a phone call needs direct response. So if they don’t feel like they are ready to give it then they don’t answer phone call unless it is urgent for them. They make sure to let everyone know when to call in appropriate time. So they know no to bother you with unnecessary phone call while you are busy doing other more important matters.
Waste their time or the other’s
Successful entrepreneurs don’t like wasting their time especially for something they know won’t benefit them. It also affects how they interact with others. They don’t like wasting other people’s time unnecessarily. They don’t like to prolong things that can be done faster. They like everything to be done effective and efficient because every second counts. They don’t like to bug other with requests. Most successful entrepreneurs are self-aware and conscientious. Working with these type of people is so refreshing.
The beastly dragons that live in Komodo Island has captured the attention of many, sparking curiosity and aspire wilder adventures. Being part of the Indonesia’s Komodo National Park, this little island—along with the neighbouring Rinca Island, is the last place in earth where Komodo Dragons lives in its wild habitat. Going to this little island in the frontier Indonesia is not exactly easy. You need to first take a flight to either Jakarta, the capitol, or Bali, before taking another flight to Labuan Bajo. Then you will need to take a liveaboard to sail around the archipelago and visiting the dragons. For such strenuous (yet highly rewarding!) expedition, one should choose the time to go wisely.
Dry Season is the Best to Visit the Komodo Island
In a country where the time of the year is divided into dry and wet season, going on when it’s hot and not raining is definitely a logical choice. The dry season in Indonesia commonly spans from May to September, although it lasts a little longer in the eastern region. Here in Komodo, the dry season could start as early as in the end of March and ends in middle of November.
Going on the dry season gives you the freedom to explore the region in its best nature. You don’t have the constant fear that the rain will ruin the day. The sand at the beaches is sparkling, the water is inviting, and the Komodo is not hiding. You’ll get the best experience and photos from all of it.
The Two Faces of Komodo During the Dry Season
Do you know that the Komodo Island and the neighbouring islands have two moods? One is the dry, brownish savannah and barren lands as we frequently seen in photos. Another is lavish green grasses covering most of the terrains, which is rarely seen by most tourists. You could say that the dry landscape, lasting almost a year long in these region, is the default mood. It’s the result of Flores’ dry climate and what makes it so iconic and different from the rest of Indonesia. The green grasses usually grows during the wet season and last for the first few months after the last rain. It’s rare to see the national park covered in green. If you’re in for something different in Komodo, schedule your trip between the end of March to early May, when the grass is still pretty and luscious. These months also falls at shoulder season when travelling is not as busy and prices haven’t go up as high.
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Best Holiday for Visiting Komodo Island
By now you would have know that Komodo Island is at its best during May to September. However, would you be available during these times?
Assuming you are working a typical 9 to 5 office jobs, finding a long enough holiday to escape to Komodo could be quite challenging. Try to look at Easter holidays and see if you could combine the weekends and bank holidays. You could also take your annual leave and set for a summer holiday at Komodo. Another alternative is the Christmas break, though you have to be ready with some rains. However, we are talking about brief rain downfall here in Flores rather than heavy monsoonal downpours. As long as you choose a high-quality liveaboard Phinisi for the journey, you don’t have to worry much about the rain.
Have you decide any vacation time to explore the exotic Komodo?
When it comes to diving, many dive enthusiasts come lured from the bubbly descriptions from commercial dive magazine, depicting all lives and colours on their promoted dive destination. Alternately they saw the beauty of a certain dive sites from reviews that other divers and travelers rave so much in blog, youtube, or other social media channels. Albeit being more honest than company advertising, we cannot deny that that those reviews give certain expectation for people who are going to have a dive trip. Similar problems happens with travelers who wish to dive in Bali. They might have read/ watch amazing reviews about diving in Bali and their expectation just go up above the roof. Too many times, high expectation just end up in disappointment. This is how to manage a more realistic expectation during your dive trip to Bali.
See What Animals You can Meet While Diving in Bali
Nestled right in the heart of world’s coral triangle, Indonesia was dubbed as one of the best place in the world to enjoy an incredibly rich marine life. Bali, obviously, was one of them. The underwater of this little tropical island is brimming with pygmy seahorses, mantis shrimps, nudibranch and all kind of macro critters along with hundreds species of tropical fishes, turtles, black and white tip reef sharks, and pelagic. It’s also one of the few places in the world where you can see the rare Mola Mola sunfish and Manta Ray.
However, please remember that all these animals are living in the wild. Means that there are no guarantees to see them during your diving trip in Bali. You might see some barracudas and giant trevally, but you might not see any blacktop white shark. Things like that happens and when they do, do not be too disappointed.
Realize that Pictures Might be Photoshopped
All that deep blue ocean adorned with vibrant corals and busy fishes in the background might have some little touch on the editing. Though most of Bali’s waters are crystal clear (it’s quite renown for this quality!), not every sites are Instagram-ready. Don’t be too disappointed if your underwater photos comes blurry and foggy. Maybe it’s not the site—maybe it’s just the camera and the editing.
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Issues with Boats In the Middle of Diving in Bali
Some divers are just not-so-lucky with their dive boats. Sometimes this problem occurs in diving Bali trip, and that can be a bummer. A dysfunctional boat can make the trip very uncomfortable for the divers. The crew will, however, try their best to keep your dives going. When this happens, there’s nothing you can do except taking a deep breathe and later on, filling in a complaint.
Personal Health Issues Happens
Sometimes the unexpected happens from one’s self. When the boat is working just fine and the site is everything you have expected, your body just decide to suddenly not working. Some divers get the unpleasant Bali’s belly in the middle of the trip, forcing them to drop some dive session in their diving Bali trip. We have seen divers suffers from sudden sinus infection, get injured, or having decompression sickness before. Some health problems can be easily avoided, other times you just need a big heart to accept the situation.
Dragging large suitcase for a trip sounds exhausting already, it is not pleasant. Even if you are planning for a long trip, you can still pack light and more efficiently. There are many risks of packing too many stuffs in your luggage. First, you will highly likely spend extra because there are more expenses to expect such as paying for porter, baggage fees, airport trolley fees, etc. Also, there are risks of you getting injured because of moving heavy luggage throughout the trip especially if you make multi-destination travel.
Saving some space in your luggage
Thus, it is always safe to pack light. To do so, you need to make sure that your suitcase has needed space to pack all necessary items you need for smooth travel. You can follow some of these hacks to save some space in your luggage so you can pack and travel light.
Avoid packing largest wearable items
If you still need it for your trip, wear them instead of packing it inside your luggage. Some of largest and heaviest items are jeans and boots. You can wear them and you will stay comfortable because the temperature at the airport or inside the plane is relatively cold anyway. Wearing thin clothes may bring you more disadvantages.
Laundry tools are unnecessary
Avoid packing unnecessary stuffs such as laundry items. To wash your clothes, you can use your old soap in the sink in your hotel room. Or, you can also get your laundry done with cheap price even if it is overseas. If you bring only few clothes, it will be necessary to wash them for changes. However, soap provided by hotel and a sink are enough to wash your clothes clean.
Shared items to minimise luggages
If you travel with companion be it family or friends, you can share items to pack. For example, you don’t have to bring all toiletries from your toilet at home. Instead, split shareable items with your travel buddies. Or, you can also buy them in your destinations especially if you have long travel and need bulkier products to last longer.
Being prepared is necessary
However, relying on ‘just in case’ won’t make your travel easier. In fact, it will only make you pack unnecessary things. For example, you don’t need to pack all medicines you ‘may’ need. Just bring necessary medications that you truly need especially if you have specific need for regular medication treatment. Regular medicines such as for cough, cold, or fever are usually available in every pharmacy in every country.
Take travel size items
Leave your bulky perfume and take travel size ones. Also, avoid packing chunky jewellery since it is not that necessary for a trip. However, you can consider buying ones in your destinations. It means you contribute to the local economy as well. For entertainment, you can opt for small headset instead of bulky headphones. It still serve the same but headset can at least save some space in your luggage for you to pack more necessary items.
Nestled in the south corner of Bali, the Nusa Dua has often been overlooked by many mainstream tourists coming to Bali. Indeed, it might not be lined up with trendiest cafes and handout spots of Canggu, hippest nightclub of Seminyak, or thick cultural vibes of Ubud. Nusa Dua, however, shines the most on its pretty, white sands beaches that spreads along the peninsula. This south pocket of Bali is probably one of the most serene area in the island which is best enjoyed for a morning walk, biking around, and having a peaceful stay. It’s no wonder that one of the extraordinary things is Nusa Dua is the astounding beach resort that lines up the coastal line. Imagine having white-golden sandy steps right in the backyard of impressive, world-class hotels. Here are our best picks of glorious beach resorts destinations for your luxurious retreats.
The Amarterra Beach Resort Bali Nusa Dua – MGallery
As part of the renown MGallery Hotel Collection, the Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua arises as a beautiful oasis within the heart of Nusa Dua. Situated close to the beach, the 39 luxury private pool villas in this complex offers an unparalleled boutique resort experience. Each villas beautifully captures refined elements of Balinese living and architectures. Amarterra is the perfect gateway for honeymooners or travelers who seek for quiet place to escape all the hustles and bustles of the world.
The St. Regis Bali Resort
Getting down to the hallmark definition of tropical paradise, the St. Regis Bali Resort is almost completely surrounded by water and lush tropical trees. Not just a beach resort of Nusa Dua, the St. Regis resort promises the opulence of live, a taste of the elite of the world. The moment guests entered this exclusive resort, they will instantly greeted by extensive blue pools that goes all around the premise. Stay at their beachfront world-class suites for an idyllic holiday.
Holiday Inn Nusa Dua Beach Resort
Taking advantage of its position at the sparkling waterfront of Tanjung Benoa, the Holiday Inn Nusa Dua beach resort gives you uninterrupted scenes of lapping ocean waves. The private white beach sands promise a tranquil outbreak you’ve long deserve. Blissful relaxation starts at the Tea Tree spa, where licensed therapists ready to give you a natural pampering and rejuvenation your body truly deserves. Being the perfect family retreat is the core of Holiday Inn Nusa Dua. Every facilities at the resort is aimed to cater family needs and designed to be kid-friendly. Unlike any other resorts, kids are VIP guests here! Not only that they have their own kids-club to spend time and have fun, they also have their own kids-themed room at the resort!
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The Revivo Wellness Retreat
Just as the name suggest, wellness retreat is the true essence of this luxury resort. Unlike other beach resorts in Nusa Dua, Revivo is well settled amidst the breezy hills of the peninsula. here scenic villas at this resort is surrounded with dense tropical forest that’s truly refreshing to look at and the Indian ocean downhill. Taken from a latin word meaning “I’ll leave again”, the Revivo Nusa Dua aim to help guests to improve their emotion, physics, and mental health back to the prime. A range of wellness program inspired by Balinese’s ancient healing traditions is the main menu on this resort. Join them on yoga, pilates and holistic medicine treatments for a refreshed body and soul.
A beach holiday with sun and relaxation can really make a big difference in your attitude as a whole family. It is essential to go to the beach with your family, take advantage of the benefits, collect happy and beautiful memories together and enjoy. However, finding the right Bali family resort for holiday with your loved ones was never an easy tasks. With so many resorts in this beautiful island, how can you pick up the right one? Look up on our tips on finding the perfect resort where both parents and the kids can enjoy some relaxing time together.
See Bali family resort with kids special packages
A lot of resorts in Bali focus on grown-up fun. Beachfront infinity pools, pool bars, private clubs, and other adult things. If you want to look for family-friendly beach resort, search up resorts that have kids-special packages/ facilities. For this reason, the Holiday Inn Bali family resort in Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua is more than just a spectacular hotel suitable for the whole family. This resort knows what to make kids happy in a holiday; kids pool, kids club, nautical-themed kids room, and kids-eat-free packages that would be just perfect for family trip. Every aspect tells you that children are welcome and that the resort is making sure you and your family have a good time.
Are There Any Kids Entertainment Available?
Look for a good all-inclusive family resort that takes kids “entertainment to another level and watch your kids smile from ear to ear. You may not feel comfortable bringing very young children, but you should look no further than the Nudi beach in Holiday Inn Bali family resort, one of the best beach for children. Here you can take the kiddos for surfing, sand-play, or checking out the enormous variety of wildlife and birds nearby. The purpose of staying here is to enjoy the child-friendly beach, where good and safe swimming for beginners is the best protection for swimming beginners.
An Activity-Packed Resort
If you choose a Bali family resort with all-inclusive offers with many activities, it is a great way to burn a lot of energy and make the children happy. You may have difficulty convincing your children to leave the all-inclusive resort’s pool complex, so you should be sure that the hotel is child-friendly and pet-friendly if you decide to bring your dog or cat with you.
Choose Family Resort that’s Close to Attractions
If you are planning a fun holiday with your family, you will want to choose the right accommodation for your needs. Choose a beach hotel that offers you access to a variety of activities and activities within walking distance of your hotel. During your stay, you may want to be able to shop for souvenirs and necessities, so choose a resort that offers several convenient restaurants on site. Guests at the Landmark also don’t have to travel far to eat, and the resort’s restaurants and bars are within walking distance of the hotel’s main entrance.
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Does the Bali Family Resort Brings Fun to You, Too?
Parents can meanwhile take part in one of the many activities at the Holiday Inn Bali family resort or simply enjoy the tranquility of a normal adult – just in the pool. The children of this child-friendly all-inclusive resort will love the beach, the pool and of course the great food and drinks. Large beach hotels for families offer fun activities and many basics, so you can enjoy yourself with little effort. Some resorts offer shallow beaches for the whole family, with incredible nanny service that provides families with one or two nannies included in the room rate. You can do all the work yourself by choosing the best all-inclusive family holiday without doing too much footwork or research.
There are advantages and disadvantages of work from home. Many find it more challenging and some other find it easier to do. Regardless, working from home is considered to be the most effective solution due to the pandemic situation we are all facing today. Distractions during work may appear anytime and anywhere whether you work from home or office. However, many find themselves get easily distracted while working from home because it is a personal space not professional one. It makes them have difficulty to draw the line.
Overcoming distraction when working from home
Distractions of works can be in many forms. It can come from within yourself, from others, or due to certain circumstances. If you succumb to the distraction, it may just take control over your productivity. Thus, it is essential to deal with distractions and here are several tips to consider:
Consistency in work mode
Do not change your work mode even when you do it from home. If usually you go directly to your office without doing any housework, keep the habit. If you start doing your housework before starting your work, it may make you harder to get into the transition. You may end up feeling exhausted before work day even started. Thus, stick to your regular work schedule so it gives you a sense of normal working experience.
A clear separation
Draw clear line between professional and personal life. Make yourself at ‘no disturb’ mode when work day. If you live with other occupants at home, inform them your work schedule so they know not to disturb you. Or, you can also put your phone in silent mode so you won’t always be curious to find notifications.
Make difference in work mode
It is recommended to change your clothes when you are in work mode. You don’t have to wear formal work clothes. However, it is best to avoid wearing pajamas during work day. You can dress in something comfortable but not something you are going to wear to bed. Even simple things as clothes can give you a sense of professionalism, making you stay focus on your work.
Work day planning
Plan your day in advance including the time to take a break or have a snack. You can also prepare your meals in advance so you won’t waste too much time thinking of what to eat and making it. You can prepare your meals in the morning before doing your work. Or, you can prepare the snacks the night before. During your work days, you can just grab your meals or snacks without cutting too much of work time.
You can also set timers so you have a deadline to finish every task you have to complete. This way, you won’t waste your time doing unnecessary things. You will focus on the deadline and make your work as efficient as possible. It may take great self-discipline to get used to effective and productive work mode at home. However, intentional focus and solid plan can help a lot to make it easier to accomplish.
Flores, a little archipelagic region far in the eastern border of Indonesia has recently been rising into fame and that’s for good reason. The remote and barren islands are home of the last colony of dinosaurs—whops, we meant the last dragons on earth. The Komodo Dragons (Varanus Komodoensis) that has been roaming the earth since five million years ago. Flores’s little islands that scattered within the Komodo National Park radiate irresistible rustic charm with its hilly terrain, open grassland, pristine cave lake, stark white beaches, and a rare pink beach. However, Flores is more than the national park. The mainland is also overflowing with natural beauties—volcanic mountain, the ever changing three coloured crater lake, megalithic sites, and hundred years-old traditional village. Exploring the mainland Flores as well as the exotic national park on a Labuan Bajo tour is a must if you have some spare time on the holiday.
Seeing the Dragons is A Must on Labuan Bajo Tour
What is Labuan Bajo tour without seeing the dragons? Head to Komodo Island or Rinca Island to see these living fossils. Remember, they are not anything related to the dinosaurs—albeit looking very much like one.
An Adventurous Hike to Padar Island
There’s no way you embark on Komodo liveaboard for the Labuan Bajo sailing trip and all if you missed out the sensational Padar Island. That one island that keep appearing on travel blogs and social media feeds. Take a trek to this stunning island and get unparalleled panoramic landscape at its top hills. Padar would easily be the highlight of any traveller—and you won’t be able to escape from its charm.
Labuan Bajo Tour Under-land: Plunge to the Ultra Rich Ocean
The Komodo National Park might be barren from Indonesia’s typical lush plants on its terrain, but wait until you see the underwater. Don your snorkel or dive gears and take a plunge to the ocean. Be surprised—cause you are going to enter a whole different world. In contrast from the dry lands above, the underwater is bustling with thousands of colourful fishes, vibrant corals, sea fans, turtles, and all sorts of marine life living in unspoiled saltwater environment. Do not ever end a Flores trip without at least one dip to the ocean or you’ll regret it for life.
Sunrise at Kelimutu’s Three Colored Lake
Once the sailing trip ends, head to Flores mainland and hike the majestic Kelimutu mountain for sunrise. Seriously, sunrise here is magical. As the sun lights the surrounding, you’ll see three lakes each beam in distinct colour. All the lakes changes hue at any given day—so what you see today won’t be the same with what other see a week before or even in the day after.
Labuan Bajo Tour to Ancient Villages
Flores is quite isolated from the rest of Indonesia, so many of the tribes are able to preserve their ancient traditions. There are at least three ancient villages in Flores that’s worth to see on your Labuan Bajo tour; Bena Village, Bajawa, and Wae Rebo. Some are even still practicing their megalithic belief and do the rituals on thousand years old megalithic site!
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Swim at Rangko Cave
Want another otherworldly dip? Head to Rangko Cave and find a stunning natural pond with crystal clear water. The pool is located near the mouth of the cave which allows plenty of sun lights to come in, lightening up the whole saltwater lake. This is the coolest place to swim.
Refresh on Cunca Wulang Waterfall
The spectacular cunca wulang will refresh any tired soul on the journey. Jump off the cliff into the water. You won’t be able to resist the splash of waters and the beautiful turquoise pool underneath the waterfall.
Nusa Dua offers a bubble of Bali haven that you won’t find the islands’ busier parts. This gated region, while not entirely secluded, is quite exclusive with luxurious hotels, private beaches, and emptier streets. It’s clean, quiet, beautiful, and very neat. The Nusa Dua is just 30 minutes away from the famous tourist hub Kuta and yet you’ll find it totally like a different world. You don;t have to wiggle your way to get a spot in the beach or shopping in crowded markets. Nusa Dua basically consist of 5 star accommodations, small shopping centres, water sports centres, nice restaurants, and cultural shows. You can even easily pass a week just in the proximity of your Nusa Dua resort and still getting everything you want. Nusa Dua is definitely recommended if youw want some peaceful time in Bali and here’s aeveything you need to know how to make your Nusa Dua stay even more wholeseme.
Book Nusa Dua Resort with Airport Shuttle
Quality service is the middle name of most Nusa Dua resort and the best of them usually have airport shuttle service. Nusa Dua is not far from Ngurah Rai Internasional Airport and the shuttle fee is usually affordable. This means you don’t have to worry about taxi scams or refusing offers. You can just roll on from the departure get and proceed to your awesome holiday.
Nusa Dua is Good Pretty Much All Year Round
It’s hard to go wrong in Bali. The island is basically a good destination all year long. It can be a bit rainy from December to March but generally the weather is humid and hot. The hottest months will be May to October when the sun is plenty and the sky is clear.
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What to Do in Nusa Dua Resort
Nusa Dua is the fancy part of Bali and lots or luxury resorts there take the matters seriously. On common Nusa Dua resort, you will find a private beach where you can bask in the sun without being disturbed. During the hottest time of the day, you might want to soak up in its clear blue swimming pools overlooking the ocean while sipping your favourite tropical drink. Maybe you want to start your day with proper exercise in the resort’s gym and don’t want to skip it even on holiday. More than that, you can enjoy cooking class, golf club, Balinese ritual class/ ceremony, or just biking around the resort. They do know how to splurge you with comfort and experienec even without you going out of the neighborhood.