The Four Islands Mekong Day Tour – Vietnam

The Four Islands Mekong Day Tour – Vietnam

When time is not on your side to take a lengthy trip down to the Mekong Delta and the famous floating Markets. Four Island Mekong Tour is the next best option, it is a great day out and within close vicinity to Ho Chi Minh City.

In a single day, you can cruise the mighty Mekong River, marvel at the four Islands (although you don’t stop at them all) and divulge in some Vietnamese Food. It’s a hectic trip done in around 10 hours and one that must be considered for all travellers who venture into Southern Vietnam.

Four Islands Mekong, Vietnam.

Get ready for an action packed Four Islands Mekong Tour.

 

Booking a tour

Booking a tour to the Four Islands Mekong can be found in most travel agencies on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, especially the row of agencies near the Ben Thanh Market. For an affordable price you can have a fulfilled tour with lunch included.

Four Islands Mekong

Exploring the Four Islands Mekong with the family.

 

The Guide

The guide almost makes the trip, that is not an understatement. Great English, good sense of humour and very informative about the Mekong River and the 4-islands. Of course, which guide you get depends on which group you end up with on any given day. But I hear most go that extra effort to entertain their guest.

The guide of Four Islands Mekong

The guide is a hoot.

 

 

The Tour Rest Stop

After an hour on the manic bus drive, you stop for a rest at the Tour Rest Stop, specifically created for tour goers. A gorgeous area, with tropical style café’s and a lush garden with a fantastic water feature. You will want to get your camera out at this stop as there are pictures to be taken.

Tour Rest Stop, Vietnam

The Tour Rest Stop.

 

Tour Rest Stop, Vietnam.

The Cafe at Tour Rest Stop.

 

 

Ving Trang Pagoda Buddhist Temple

Another day, another large Budai. The Ving Trang Pagoda is one of many great Buddhist Temples that can be seen in Vietnam, or Southeast Asia for that matter. The Ving Trang Pagoda is no exception, with the State of Budai the main attraction amongst other popular statures.

Ving Trang Buddhist temple is on the Southern side of Ho Chi Minh City and is seen of the tour before reaching the boats. Take some pictures and marvel and the fine structures that Vietnam do so well, you can also do a little shopping at the nearby markets.

Ving Trang Pagoda

State of Budai at Ving Trang Pagoda, Vietnam.

 

Ving Trang Pagoda

Ving Trang Pagoda

 

 

Cruising the Mekong River

Cruising the Mighty Mekong River, that begins in the Himalayas and makes its way through Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, before finishing in Vietnam, is an experience just to be in its vicinity of the famous river in Southeast Asia.

The crocodile filled section of the river around the Four Islands Mekong may not have the most gorgeous scenery, the mucky waters and the commercial boats can be a little off putting. Look past it and admire the Mekong for what it is. Just don’t jump in.

Mekong River, Vietnam

Cruising the Mekong River.

 

Mekong River, Vietnam

Not the cleanest part of the river as you can see by the banks.

 

 

Coconut Candy

Check out the locals make their coconut candy without the luxuries of a factory is quite fascinating. From shredding the coconut into powder, to the mixing and the packaging. It is a detailed process with mainly female workers involved and they work quick and get the job done.

On the coconut candy itself, it’s okay, but they are cheap and why not reward those hard-working girls by purchasing a pack or six. They could make great gifts for any relative back home who love their candy.

Making candy, Vietnam.

Busy at work making candy on Unicorn Island.

 

Unicorn Island

Unicorn Island is where most of the tour activities take place. From making and trying their honey tea, to pictures with a python and the unfortunate horse and carriage ride (you don’t have to ride), the activities begin to add up in quick time.

A highlight of the day is local villagers taking the group on a canoe ride through the canals, which is surrounded by many palm trees and local housing, creating a welcome shade from the heat.

The canoe ride, while more than enjoyable, can get a little annoying when the villagers start spending more time begging for a tip, than letting their guest enjoy the experience.

Unicor Island, Vietnam

Canoe the canals on Unicorn Island, Vietnam.

 

The snake handler

The snake handler.

 

Food of the Tour

A basic lunch is served to the group on Tortoise Island. On this day, the group had marinated pork with rice and vegetables. You can purchase extra food and drinks at your own expense.

After lunch, you get a good hour to wander Tortoise Island, where resting crocodiles can be seen caged in large numbers, a few market places that sell local souvenirs and the best part is the hammocks, which gets a good workout with a few of the group getting a bit of a shut eye after a feed.

Toroise Island on the Mekong

Tortoise Island on the Mekong River.

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Resting on the hammocks at Four Islands Mekong.

 

Fruit tour and a Vietnamese concert

A bit of fruit with some tea was the last on the list in the Four Islands Mekong tour. You are treated to a marvellous performance of Vietnamese music by the locals, the show runs for about fifteen minutes and has a variety of artist performing.

The enjoyable performance, contains a few basic instruments, their amazing soothing voices and beautiful women dressed in their traditional dress. It is a fantastic cultural experience to end a day, before heading back home.

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Attractions in Perth that are Free to Enter

Attractions in Perth that are Free to Enter

Perth is a beautiful part of the world comes with stunning beaches, gorgeous rivers, beautiful green parks and a bustling city that matches it within any other city within Australia or the world for that matter. Perth in Western Australia, is fast becoming tourist choice for travellers to the country and it is easy to see why with the amount of attractions that are on offer.

However, not everything in this city needs to come at a cost, there are places within the city region that are very affordable. In fact, many great attractions in Perth are free to enter, that’s right absolutely nothing. Of course, activities within the attraction may come at a cost, however, you can always ignore that and visit the attraction for what it truly is. A stunning location.

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great places that are free to enter in Perth, Western Australia.

 

Attractions in Perth that are free to enter

 

King Park and Botanical Gardens

Right on the city’s edge, Kings Park comes with mesmerising views of the gorgeous Swan and Canning River and the Perth CBD itself. Free to enter and with free parking, bring a picnic lunch and explore the gardens, the bush and take a hike amongst the many trails that comes with Kings Park.

Marvel at the botanical garden, remember those who have fallen at the War Memorial, explore the Australian Bushland native trails and rise high on the Lottery West Federation Walkway, just don’t look down. If you do have a few dollars to spare, you can grab a coffee or a feed at the many café’s available in Kings Park.

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Perth, Western Australia from Kings Park.

Kings Park

At one with nature so close to a city.

 

Elizabeth Quay

New to Perth, Elizabeth Quay is on the edge of the city that you can almost touch it. While gorgeous views of the stunning skyrises will take your attention, you won’t help but be side tracked by Swan River and the fascinating Elizabeth Quay Bridge on the opposite side of the city.

It is fun to walk and gaze at this grand feature that has risen Perth to a whole new level when it comes to tourism in the state. On a scorching hot day, the kids can get drenched at the BHP Biliton Water Park that is free to use.

Naturally there is things at the Quay that do come a at a cost, restaurants, cafes, mini golf and ferry rides on the Swan River. Don’t let that stop you however, because Elizabeth Quay must be on your list when visiting Perth and then you can go shopping in the CBD afterwards.

Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Western Australia.

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City of Perth, so close you can touch it.

 

Hillarys Boat Harbour

Hillarys Boat Harbour is one of the most picturesque place you can find in Perth. A little north of the city, the Boat Harbour, while free to enter, can be a little costly on the inside. Don’t let it be a deterrent, because strolling around Hillarys is as good as an activity within the harbour, with its beaches, luxury yachts and the Mighty Indian Ocean all there for show, it is a leisurely walk the whole family can enjoy. On a hot day, the kids can also jump off the pier and have a swim in the harbour.

If you do have money to spend, you’re in tourism heaven. On offer, there are great retail outlets, cafés and restaurants all available to spend your hard-earned dough. The kids can also have a splash at the Great Escape theme park, that is full of spine-tingling water slides and other fun, kid friendly attractions.

Hillarys Boat Harbour

Hillarys Boat Harbour.

Hillarys boat harbour

Hillarys Boat Harbour and the Yachts and Town houses.

 

Whiteman Park

Spread out amongst 4000 hectares of Australian Nature, Whiteman Park is a very popular day for families in Perth. Only a fifteen-minute drive on the city, a day out is not near enough in Whiteman Park that is surrounded with open parklands, a typical Australian bush and kilometres worth of trails in length to either ride your push bike or enjoy an easy-going walk.

Free to enter, but of course there are attractions that do cost, but only if you wish. Because you could easily spend a day at Whiteman Park and not spend a cent, especially if chilling on the grass with a picnic bag is your kind of deal. Other attractions within the park include The Caversham Wildlife Park, The Village, Museums and tram rides to name only a few.

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Explore Whiteman park in Perth, Western Australia

Explore Whiteman park in Perth, Western Australia

Nothing says Australia more than Whiteman Park.

Explore the spacious parklands with the surrounding gumtrees and the native Australian plants, not to mention the loveable wildlife and you’ll know in an instant that this park represents Australia to perfection.

The kids will run and play, as the Parents sit back on the rug and relax within the nature around them. It’s happy times at Whiteman Park, the perfect place to take the family as you enjoy the great outdoors discovering the iconic park in Western Australia.

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Family fun is alive at Whiteman Park.

 

 

Where is Whiteman Park?

It will be hard to believe that Whiteman Park and its 4000 hectares of Australian bushland is only 15 minutes north of the Perth CBD, in the Caversham area. It’s next door to the famous Swan Valley wine region which is a treat in its own Right. Take the road down Reid Highway and follow the signs, you won’t miss it.

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An Heritage tram.

 

The Village of Whiteman Park

The Village is a popular hangout that features heritage wooden buildings. Take a walk down the main village area, with the trams tracks down the middle and gaze at the different souvenir store and take a peek at the Print Shop, Handcraft Centre and Lolly Shop for those who have a craving for the sweet tooth.

If you didn’t bring your own bike to ride around the park, there is always pedal play. Here you can hire the traditional two wheel bikes or enjoy family fun on the four seater pedal carts. It is full on adventure as you explore on wheels.

Get all the facts you need at the information centre, not only about Whiteman Park but also grab a brochure about various destinations within state of Western Australia. When done with the rest of the village, it’s time to rest the feet, stop in at the Village Café for a delicious cappuccino or a bite to eat.

The Village

The Lolly Shop in The Village.

 

The Village Whiteman Park

The Village

 

 

Take a picnic on Parklands

There is plenty of open parklands to lay out a rug, get out the picnic basket and munch on a few snacks with a cold beer in hand or a bottle wine bought at the nearby Swan Valley Region. Life could not be better as you sit back on a fold out chair and watch the little ones having a ball in the great outdoors. As every kid should be in their youth.

Whiteman Park

The open areas of Whiteman Park.

 

 

Explore on the open trails

Hiking through paths of this great park is the highlight of the day. It’s a leisurely stroll through easy going tracks that take you to all corners of Whiteman Pak. Discover different areas of the park as you pass the Mussel Pool, through the dog park, where the happy K9’s are in their own little doggy heaven, before wandering past the popular cricket pitch, where there is further open space to throw the ball around and roll out the rug.

Start at The Village and take your time exploring the different facets of Whiteman Park. Spot the various wildlife that are hidden amongst the bush and visit the Children’s Forest on your way around track, here the young ones can learn about the Australian Forest with their own kid friendly adventures.

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Take a hike in the Park.

 

The Heritage Museums

Heritage means a lot at Whiteman Park and it is on show wherever you gaze your eyes. From the Motor Museum and tractor Museum (separate locations) full of olden day vehicles and machinery that will get any rev head excited. Then take a ride on the Vintage Trains and Trams, where you can have a joy ride within the park at an affordable price.

Motor Museum

The Motor Museum.

 

 

Tractor Museum

Tractor Museum.

 

Caversham Wildlife Park

Located close to The Village, The Caversham Wildlife Park is a must visit for any visitor to the park, especially for those who are eager to get up-close and personal to some famous Australian animals. Feed the Kangaroos, watch the hilarious farm show and cuddle everyone’s favourite, the Koalas. It’s a few hours of education at the Wildlife Park, discovering a large range of Australian Wildlife and reptiles.

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The Kangaroos of Caversham Wildlife Park in Whiteman Park.

 

Lama at Caversham

What are you looking at? Says the Lama.

 

It is the park that keeps on giving and it is fair to say that a whole day may just not be enough. Not with The Wildlife Park, museums, The Village and stunning walking tracks that will leave you mesmerised as you have a fun adventure exploring Whiteman Park. Remember while attractions within the park may cost, but it is free to enter and explore.

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Beach or Rice Fields – 4 Great Places to stay in Bali

Beach or Rice Fields – 4 Great Places to stay in Bali

Bali – a holiday destination so unbelievable that choosing an ideal location, while fun can also be a little stressful. Questions fly through your head, is that resort right for me? Is the dining ideal? What is the customer service like? Or is the resort in an ideal location?

So many questions and so many reviews to look at. Some people give rave reviews, others such negative reviews and on the very same resort. That wonderful app of TripAdvisor where everyone’s point of view is different. There is no right and wrong answer, it is just the way people think. Opinions differentiate.

Talking about point of views, how about I throw in my two cents. I have been fortunate enough to stay in some magnificent resorts/villas throughout various countries, including Bali. And whether it is on the beach or in the beautiful rice fields, these four resorts or villas will make your Bali stay that much more enjoyable.

Sakala Resort

The Sakala Resort’s large swimming area.

 

The Sakala Resort

  • Where is it: In the Tanjung Benoa area of Bali and on the doorstep of Nusa Dua. The Sakala Resort is in a quieter part of Bali, that is famous for its adventure on Beach. The resort is only about twenty minutes from the Airport.
  • The features: The stunning Sakala Resort contains large rooms, fabulous dinning and swimming pools that are surrounded in tropical gardens with great pool bars to sip down a few cocktails in the Bali sun. The Wellness Spa is also incredible experience that needs your time. Relax, be pampered, and enjoy an incredible massage in gorgeous rooms. The Sakala is your 5-star resort and is worth the dollars you will spend during your stay.
  • Dining Experience: Two amazing restaurants that will have you licking your plate clean. One on the resort side where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served, with delicious local and International cuisines.
    Then cross the road for a different dining experience altogether. The Sakala Restaurant not only has a fine-dining area, but a sparkling swimming pool, with deck chairs to enjoy the views of the nearby beach.
Sakala Resort

Sakala Resort.

Sakala Resort

Fun in the sun at the Sakala Restaurant.

 

Alaya Resort Ubud

  • Where is it: Alaya Resort is smack bag in the middle of Ubud with plenty of action all around you ad only 200 metres from the Sacred Monkey Forest. The Alaya Resort is a good hour from the airport.
  • The features: Great dining, spacious rooms and the Dala Spas are the main treats at the breathtaking Alaya Resort. Not to forget the boutique swimming pools that is surrounded by gorgeous landscaped gardens and rice fields. It makes it easy to unwind and take in the nature that you are surrounded in.

 

  • Dining Experience: You will love the Alaya Resort dining experience with their pick of two tantalising restaurants. The Petani and Manisan. The Petani, is situated at the front of the resort and off the streets of Ubud, near the lobby. It has a lively vibe about it with some live entertainment during the evening and a menu that will have you spoilt for choices.
    Then there is the Manisan. Tucked away in the middle of the lush rice fields, with the fabulous resort in full view.  Serving divine Indonesian food, it is a great dining experience and even better with your loved one opposite to you.
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Alaya Resort.

Alaya Resort

Take the path to the Manisan Restaurant.

 

Ellora Villas

  • Where is it: Ellora Villas is situated in Sanur and close by to beautiful beaches. There is shopping, restaurants, and massage parlours all nearby. It is about 20 minutes from the airport or the popular Kuta area.
  • The features: The feature is own your very own villa with a private pool. Great for families, with the two bedroom villas and even single room villas for those who require a little less space. You will have a perfect time at Ellora Villas with its large rooms, bathrooms and even a private kitchen area by the pool.
  • Dining Experience: The Beach Café and Club is a small walk from the Villas and serves fine meals. The treat though is at breakfast time when you get your own personal chef to cook you up some excellent foods, such as waffles, eggs of your choice and pancakes to name a few. It is a five-star experience each and every day at Ellora.
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Ellora Villas, Sanur.

Fun in the pool

 

Alaya Jembawan

  • Where is it: Alaya Jembawan is tucked away in Ubud. A short drive from its sister resort, Alaya. While hidden away from the busy Ubud streets, you will still find many activities and boutique market stalls to find on the streets nearby.
  • The features: It is a Wellness retreat for those looking for ultimate hideaway With only 38-rooms, you won’t get the large crowds that you get with some resorts. But you will get some rejuvenation for your body with the Dala Spa and daily yoga classes. Of course, there is the blissful swimming pools to occupy your time, be it in the water or sunbaking on the deck chairs.
  • Dining Experience: Healthy eating only at Alaya Jembawan, in the laid-back Herb Library Restaurant. Mainly a vegan menu but it does have its selected choices of white meat. At the end of the day, the food is all good for and their juices, incredible.
Alaya Jembawan

Alaya Jembawan

Alaya Jembawan

The Duluxe Rooms.

 

 

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The Delightful Sakala Resort in Bali

The Delightful Sakala Resort in Bali

Welcome to the Sakala Resort, where every day is a luxury in the Tanjung Benoa area of Bali. The Sakala has you covered for an ideal resort stay, with spacious deluxe rooms, glamorous swimming pools and a dining experience that you will never forget. It’ll have you coming back for more.

Sakala Resort

Sakala Resort

 

It all takes place in Tanjung Benoa

Tanjung Benoa is a quieter part of Bali, but a haven for water sports lovers with a heap of activities happening on the nearby beach. During the day or evening, you can wander the streets and do a little shopping in the boutique market stalls and greet the cheerful locals, who are always keen for a chat.

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The busy beach of Tanjung Benoa.

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The streets of Tanjung Benoa.

 

A Perfect family getaway

At the Sakala Resort, there is a strong emphasis on families and it’s a message the resort are keen to get out there for anyone wishing a luxury experience in Bali. Activities aren’t short lived at the resort, and with the large swimming pools and an amazing all-day kids club, the little ones are bound to have a ball.

Sakala Resort

Fun, sun, pools and relaxation. It’s perfect for families.

 

 

It all starts in the lobby

With any hotel in the world, the lobby is the first place you see. At the Sakala you are swept away at first sight. The large lobby area comes with the usual check in services, a boutique bar, lounge and stunning water features. Immediately you know you have arrived in paradise.

Don’t forget to pause for a moment to take in the view of the Sakala Restaurant and gorgeous Tanjung Benoa beach. You won’t miss it.

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The lobby.

Sakala Resort

The view from the Lobby.

 

Enjoy the space in the Luxury Rooms with Pool views

If you seek freedom, space, privacy and breathtaking views, then the Sakala Resort has you covered. It has all the amenities you need in the Deluxe Rooms and Suites. Kitchenette, wine coolers, cable television, real coffee maker (none of that instant stuff) and a balcony to admire the views of swimming pools and the lush green tropical bushlands.

The all-important question is, will you get a good night sleep? Absolutely, in the comfort of a soft king size bed. It makes for a great night sleep with your significant other, especially with a large bathtub in the next room.

Check out the Private Villas if you seek the more personal touch.

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The spacious Deluxe Rooms.

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View from the rooms.

 

Relax, swim and cocktails in the large open swimming pools

You are spoilt at the Sakala with amazing swimming pools. Take a pick of one of the two pools, either on the resort side and another across the street at the Sakala Restaurant. Take advantage of the multiple swim-up pool bars available and order a drink of choice from the friendly bartenders. If sunbaking is your ideal choice, then relax on the deckchairs with the beautiful tropical bush in the background.

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The Sakala swimming pool.

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The Resort’s large swimming area.

 

 

Pamper yourself at The Wellness Spa

Enter the Wellness Spa, down the flight of stairs and into pure bliss. The reception staff will give a cheerful welcome and a relaxing pre-massage drink.

Soon after, you wander into the amazing and boutique treatments suites. The interior design is nothing short of mesmerising. What follows is a pampering of highest standard by the professional masseuse. Chill, relax and listen to the quiet music, while taking in the healing massage of your choice.

 

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Entering the Wellness Spa.

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A Perfect place to relax ad grab a massage.

 

Dine at two Sophisticated Restaurants

At the Sakala there are two fabulous restaurants, with delicious selection of cuisines on offer. Let’s take a look at both

–          The Restaurant – Situated at the main resort area of level three, The Restaurant (and that’s its name) is a laid-back dining experience, with a choice of Indonesian or Western Cuisine. It opens early for a magnificent buffet breakfast, then be wowed for lunch or dinner with a great selection on the A-La-Carte menu.

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Breakfast time at the Restaurant.

 

–          The Sakala Restaurant – Across the street from the main resort area, close to the lobby, get ready to dine with beach views. In fact, at the Sakala, you could spend the whole day at the Sakala restaurant and it wouldn’t be wasted, with a swimming pool, pool bar and deck chairs to relax in the sun. All the while the Tanjung Benoa beach is nearby for a stroll on sands.

Also, keep an eye out for any cooking class activities available at the resort and say hi to head chef Nyoman (AKA superman), great guy and even better chef.

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Inside the Sakala Restaurant.

Sakala Resort

Outside the Sakala Restaurant.

 

 

Fair Dinkum Traveller Review

It’s a five-star resort, with 5 star services and wonderful staff. I cherished my time at Sakala, with everything I experienced, from the dining, to a relaxing Balinese Massage and a comfortable king-size bed. Did I mention the swimming pool? It’s a great resort that ticks all the boxes necessary for a luxury vacation.

Check out they say about the Sakala Resort on TripAdvisor.

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Take in the Culture and Serenity of Alaya Resort – Ubud

Take in the Culture and Serenity of Alaya Resort – Ubud

Set amongst the serene tranquillity of the rice fields and on the doorstep to the Ubud town centre. Alaya Resort truly impresses in its pursuit to create a pleasant and cultural experience for the guest in this fine Balinese resort.

Great for families, perfect for lovers. Alaya Resort offers everything and much more for any holiday goer seeking that affordable luxury experience. Go on, take a read and see for yourself, why Alaya needs to be on the list whenever in Bali.

Alaya Resort.

Welcome to Alaya Resort

 

Indonesian Culture is the theme

At Alaya Resort they are proud of their Indonesian/Balinese heritage and it shows throughout the design of the resort. Everywhere you look you’ll notice a strong Indonesian flavour to it.

Whether it is your own hotel room with a stunning interior touch, the staff in their thoughtfully designed outfits, or the restaurants by the lush green rice fields. You’ll be surrounded by a rich piece of Indonesian culture.

It may seem a little odd to talk of a resort’s proud Indonesian heritage within its own country, as it’s not always the case in a typical Balinese resort that goes the Western way. That was the point of difference the owners wanted to make when designing the Alaya resort, completed in the year 2013. If you are in Indonesia, then you should feel like you are in Indonesia.

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Rice fields and the Joglo Pavilion. Popular spot for weddings.

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The Bamboo Bar keeps to the Indonesian theme.

 

The staff rise to another level

The staff of Alaya take their customer service to a whole new level. The exceptional service provided at the resort will make your holiday that even more enjoyable, as the staff will do everything possible to make your stay comfortable.

Every request that you make is greeted with a friendly smile. And don’t think for one minute, that you will be able to walk by a staff member without them giving you a cheerful greeting in Indonesian or English.

The staff and their attitude is what I always look for when visiting any resort, and at Alaya Resort, I was not disappointed and neither will you. 

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Customer service is sublime at Alaya.

 

Relax by the boutique swimming pools

Take in the natural surrounds of the Alaya Swimming pools by sunbaking under the palm trees with the rice fields in foreground. Relax, swim and let nature take you the rest of the way as you unwind in comfort.

Read a book on the deckchairs, or order a cocktail from the Bamboo Bar nearby and relax in the sun. When the hot Bali humidity takes its toll on you, cool down with a refreshing swim in either of the resort’s two swimming pools.

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The stunning swimming pools of Alaya Resort.

Relax or swim. The choice is yours.

 

Fine dine in Style

Pride and passion continues to the dining area at Alaya with two exceptional restaurants to get your taste buds chomping at the bit. The Petani and Manisan Restaurants couldn’t be more different than one another but they do share one common theme – The food is delicious.

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Great food of Alaya.

–  Petani – The Petani restaurant is situated by the lobby and it comes with a lively atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at Petani, with a mixture of International and Indonesian cuisine. At dinner time, sit back, drink some wine and enjoy some live Balinese music.

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The view from Petani Restaurant.

– Manisan – Take in a stroll through the rice fields from the lobby to the restaurant itself, it is a walk to cherish. The Manisan is a relaxed environment that serves Indonesian cuisine. A perfect place to dine when seeking that top quality local food. It is also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Take the path to the Manisan Restaurant.

Breakfast at Alaya is done a little differently than other resorts, as it offers A-La-Carte only. No buffet. I loved the concept. Everything comes to your table fresh, from the fruit, to your western or Indonesian breakfast of choice. It’s a great way to start your day.

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Curry prawn crepes, not your typical breakfast, but it’ll do me fine.

 

Luxury Rooms with gorgeous views

105 rooms make up the Alaya Resort and majority of the time the Resort is at a 100% occupancy. Alaya just have that good of a reputation in Ubud and bookings in advance are recommended.

Perhaps the Resort’s strong reputation comes from the cheerful staff, the lush scenery, or the two delicious restaurants that await you at the Resort. However, to me, another part of that equation is due to their stylish rooms, that comes with that natural hint of Indonesian.

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Rooms with a view.

– Deluxe Rooms – Stylish, elegant and all the comfort levels you would expect from any top-class Resort. The spacious Deluxe room comes with a modern bathroom design with a quality interior design, comfortable Kings size bed and a magnificent balcony views.

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All ready for bed in the Deluxe Rooms.

– The Suite – Go to a completely new level with a two- room suite. It has all that the deluxe and Alaya rooms offers and much more. Including a large bath tub that will get those romantic vibes flowing. Honeymoon alert for all you newlyweds out there.

The comforts of the Suite.

 

A Spa to remember

You will feel at home, you will feel relaxed and you will feel refreshed at the Dala Spa. Be prepared to be pampered and given a Balinese blessing before the treatment of your choice begins. Close your eyes, breathe and let the professional masseuse take care of you for the duration of your massage.

The Dala Spa offer a range of treatments with plenty of great packages available to suit your personal needs. I need to strongly recommend the Sandalwood Healing Massage, it’s all in the name as the Sandalwood is rolled all over the body releasing any aches and Pains. Perfect if you prefer a massage on the strong side.

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The entrance to the Dala Spa.

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Relax in comfort of Dala Spa.

 

Enjoy Ubud while Staying at Alaya

The town of Ubud is a hit with tourist from all over the world and it is easy to see why. A bubbly township with many traditional boutique stalls, restaurants, markets and attractions nearby to take in the culture of Ubud.

Alaya Resort is central to all the excitement and is only a stone throw the popular Monkey Forest, which I can tell you is a lot of fun. If you are venturing to Bali and the town of Ubud, make sure you give Alaya Resort every consideration. I can assure that you will fall in love with the resort as much as I did.

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Take a stroll through the Ubud Markets

 

Fair Dinkum Traveller’s Verdict

I don’t think you need to read the review to know what I thought of Alaya Resort. In life, it is hard to perfect, but at Alaya, they do everything in their powers to make it a perfect stay for the guest. From the staff, to the landscapes, the rooms and the dining area, Alaya ticks all the boxes. Therefore, it deserves a perfect rating. 10/10

Don’t take my word for it, read what they say on TripAdvisor.

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