Eat, Love, Pray & Play Bali – Part 5.

DSC06544DSC05339After a one and a half hour van ride from Seminyak, followed by a bumpy traverse over narrow unpaved tracks deep into the paddy fields, we finally arrived at our destination – Agung Khalia Villa, abode for our 5 nights in Ubud, Bali. 



This incredibly alluring  villa complex is surrounded by plots of lush paddy fields; we learned from our driver that they belong to different farming families, with the boundaries of ownership demarcated by small shrines planted at the corners of each plot.


Agung Khalia Villa has an interesting history, as told to me by the villa manager Guru, a local Balinese who incidentally is a superb hospitality professional who doesn’t say no to any guest requests. Apparently the c0-owner of the villa, Californian college professor Laura Leaver, used to lead school trips to Bali. She fell in love with the place…

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   Novotel Phuket is a great place for a holiday stay just off Patong Beach Thailand  On my first trip to Thailand a friend and I both booked separate rooms here.

Its sits on a hill overlooking Patong Bay and is just far enough away to be quite and a sense of seclusion. But is just a very short walk to the beach and all the shops, vendors.

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I stayed here couple years ago for several weeks with friends and had a great time and recommend it! Price is not expensive and the service was very good.

Baumanburi is in Patong Phuket Thailand just a block away from Patong Beach and in the middle of all the fun things to do Shopping, eating massages, and party.


When I stayed, the wing on the far side from the street had not been added.  We both had the rooms off the pool which is great!

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Sanctum Inle Resort is not comparable to other hotels we usually preview in this section. The resort in Myanmar is a unique combination of a luxury hotel and a convent. Sanctum Inle Resort combines the calm and beauty of nature in Myanmar with the simplicity of life as a monk. All this is combined with the luxurious touches throughout the hotel.

Located at Inle Lake, a few dozen kilometers away from Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw, Sanctum Inle Resort invites guests to get to know something totally new in life. The experience at Sanctum Inle Resort focuses on relaxation, calm and spiritual experiences.

Sanctum Inle Resort Lobby Lobby (Image Source: Sanctum Inle Resort /

Each and every guest at Sanctum Inle Lake will come back from the hotel with a complete new mindset. Which hotel can say something like that from the experience guests will have?

Rooms at Sanctum Inle Resort

Minimalism is the key…

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She Walks the World

The Hard Rock Hotel Penang is located along the coastal stretch of Batu Ferringhi, in Malaysia’s northern island state of Penang. It is one of the most popular tourist spots on the island– a stretch of beach lined with world-class resorts, hotels and ritzy condominiums. The beach itself isn’t anything to shout about, but with the luxury and comfort most of the resorts provide; it more than makes up for it.

And of course, if you’re staying in a resort like the Hard Rock– with specially designed rooms, sandy bottom swimming pools and fun-filled activities; there is really no need to go anywhere else.

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I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel Penang a couple of times when I visited Batu Ferringhi. It is one of the more prominent resorts along this stretch of coastal road– after all, who can miss its signature purple sign? Just like the other few…

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