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  • Get Your Dream Floating Breakfast And Feel Like Royalty For A Day At These 5 Resorts in Bali!

    In October of this year, American socialite and TV personality Kim Kardashian and her sisters, Kourtney and Khloé, had a vacation in one of the world’s most beautiful islands in Indonesia. During their stay in Bali, they shared their experience at the luxurious Soori Hotel on Instagram. This hotel is one of the top 50 best beach hotels in the world! One of their posts showed them starting off their day with a floating breakfast accompanied by the sound of crashing waves. Unsurprisingly, the post blew up and now people across the globe are eager to try it for themselves. Soori Hotel might just be the most expensive hotel in Bali so here are 5 other places where you can also enjoy a fancy floating breakfast. Read more about Bali 1. AYANA Resort and Spa Picture: Kiwi Collection Only 10 kilometers from Ngurah Rai International Airport, AYANA Resort and Spa is a world-class resort in Badung Regency. Located on 90 hectares of cliff-top land above Jimbaran Bay, it offers an ocean-front view and a white-sand beach. You can start your day in style with an unforgettable breakfast served on a floating tray in your private plunge pool. A butler will set sail to this three-course gourmet brunch accompanied by coffee and tea when you request for no champagne. Adress: Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten BadungContact: (+62) 361 702 222Website: Ayana 2. Kamandalu Ubud Picture: The Bali Bible This five-star hotel resort has existed since 1992. It is located on the hills of Ubud, an area famous for its rice terraces, ancient temples and traditional arts. This resort is beautifully built on curving ridges above the flowing Petanu River. It takes an hour to reach this resort from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Kamandalu resort has a facility called Awana Pool and Lounge where you can begin your day with a floating breakfast. You can have a relaxing swim while feasting on healthy and delicious dishes with exotic drinks on a large floating tray. As you are enjoying this unique experience in the pool, you can appreciate the view of Ubud’s magnificent tropical forest and terraced landscape. Do remember to inform their staff if you have dietary requirements so that they can make necessary adjustments. Address: Jalan Andong, Banjar Nagi, UbudContact: +62 361 975825Website: KamandaluResort 3. Aksari Villa Picture: Aksari Villa Combining the enchanting culture, fascinating traditions and beautiful natural scenery of Bali, Aksari Villa is a perfect place for a romantic honeymoon on the Island of Gods. It is a luxury private villa where you can get a private pool and Jacuzzi. When you wake up seeing floating breakfast waiting for your arrival on your personal pool, you will definitely feel like royalty for a day. It is strategically located close to Legian and Seminyak which is just a 10 minutes drive from Seminyak Square and Padma Beach Legian. Address: Jl. Sunset Road Gang Baik Baik 2 No. 8, Seminyak, KutaContact: +6281238504678Website: AksariVilla 4. W Bali Picture: EatAndTreats The winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017 is located around 15 kilometers from Ngurah Rai International Airport.  It is a perfect choice if you would like to enjoy Bali's fascinating culture and nearby eclectic boutiques, famous art galleries and concept restaurants in Seminyak. Offering spacious rooms with sea views, W Bali is just a one-minute walk from Seminyak Beach. It has classy restaurants where you can taste the world’s exquisite flavors from finest meats, seafood, and spices. To start your day in the morning, you can order a floating breakfast with the freshest selection of dishes on a colorful tray. Do note that they also serve champagne but you can definitely request for your serving to be alcohol-free. Address: Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak BaliContact: +62 361 3000106Website: Marriott 5. Royal Purnama Picture: TheRoyalPurnama Around 15km from Sanur and 16km from Ubud, The Royal Purnama Art Suites and Villas is located alongside the beautiful Purnama Beach on the southeast coast of Bali, in Sukawati, Gianyar. Locals believe that Purnama(full moon) is a sacred day when Gods descend to the earth and give their blessing. The Purnama Beach itself has glittering volcanic black crystal sand that people like to use for therapy due to its mineral content. When you arrive, you will see lush plantations and rice fields on one side and the glittering black crystal sands of the beach on the other. Picture: TheRoyalPurnama One of the restaurants that they have is the luxurious Standing Stones Restaurant, an open-air beach lounge with a meandering freeform swimming pool. While swimming and relaxing, you can experience a floating pool breakfast and enjoy their food all day long. Their impressive menu merges western classics with Asian favorites. Address: Jl. Pantai Purnama, Sukawati, Gianyar, BaliContact: +62361 8493706Website: TheRoyalPurnama Get travel inspirations for 2019...

  • Finding Mosques in Bali

    Bali, the ideal holiday destination to rejuvenate your thoughts. A land where nature meets culture, with jaw-dropping views, spectacular waves and stunning sunsets. Enter into a very exotic and warm atmosphere that will leave you breathless. While Bali is renowned for its beauty and staggering beaches, visiting its mosques will plunge you into a spiritual realm that is otherworldly. More on Bali Find a Halal Hotel in Bali   1. Masjid Ibnu Batutah Picture Credit - Located in Nusa Dua, the Masjid Ibnu Batutah shares ground with a Hindu temple as well as a Christian church.The Masjid comprises 2 levels: the first one is used for educational purposes and Qur'an recitations, while the second floor is dedicated for praying. Location: Puja Mandala, Jalan Kuruksetra, Nusa DuaTel: +62 (0)361 771 010 Facebook   2. Masjid Agung Sudirman Picture Credit - Masjid Agung Sudirman is situated in the city center of Denpasar. Known for being the largest Masjid in the island, the Agung Sudirman Masjid has gained popularity amongst the locals as well as tourists for its original architectural structure. Designed with an almost wall-less feature, the Masjid is highly appreciated by Muslims for its natural ventilation, making it an ideal place to pray the night prayer or organize Islamic events. Location: Jalan Slamet Riyadi, Dauh Puri, DenpasarTel: +62 (0)361 264 595   3.Masjid Ar-Rahmat Picture Credit - Sylvia Nurhadi, Found in Kuta, Masjid Ar-Rahmat is one of the most visited Masjids in Bali. It is very popular amongst Muslim tourists, which makes it a place where different nationalities and ethnicities meet. During the Friday prayers, the Masjid is filled with Muslims who come from different countries and nations. Location: Jalan Raya Kuta No.75, KutaTel: +62 (0)361 224 435   4. Masjid Nurul Huda Gelgel Picture Credit - With its 17 meters tall minaret, it is impossible not to notice the Nurul Huda Gelgel Masjid. Built during the 13th century, this Masjid is the oldest Masjid found in Bali. It is located in the center of one of Bali's largest Muslim communities. The history of this Masjid dates back from the times of a Hindu King whose 40 soldiers converted to Islam while returning from a royal meeting. Location: Jalan Waturenggong, Kampung Gelgel, Klungkung   5. Masjid Nurul Huda Tuban Picture Credit - The Nurul Huda Tuban is another Masjid which is international in nature. Situated in the vicinity of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, the Nurul Huda Tuban Masjid welcomes Muslim travelers, tourists as well as staff of the airport. Location: Jalan Ngurah Rai, Tuban   6. Masjid Besar Al Huda Picture Credit - Located on the main road of Tabanan, Majid Al Huda can barely go unnoticed with its imposing green dome. With a capacity of up to 2,000 people, the Masjid is divided into 2 sections, where the first section is dedicated to praying and the second one, to Quranic studies. Due to its accessibility, the Masjid is visited daily by locals as well as Muslim tourists for prayers. Location: Jalan Ahmad Yani, Kediri, Abian Tuwung, TabananTel: +62 (0)857 3700 2959   7. Masjid At-Taqwa Picture Credit - Another edifice that Muslim tourists will notice easily, with its twin minarets facing the main road and imposing structure. Found in Denpasar near the Bali Police Head Quarters, Masjid At-Taqwa is daily visited by a number of worshipers, including members of the police force as well as the public. Location: Komplek Polda Bali, Jalan WR Supratman, Denpasar   8. Masjid Raya Ukhuwwah Picture Credit - Found near the Kumbasan Night Market, the Raya Ukhuwwah Masjid is principally occupied by shop owners. Located in the commercial part of Bali, the Masjid rents out spaces to the traders, whereby the money of the rented places is invested in the Masjid. Location: Jalan Kalimantan No.19, Dauh Puri Kangin, DenpasarTel: +62 (0)361 248 868   9. Masjid Baitul Makmur Picture credit - Unlike the other Masajids who are imposing and easily found, the Baitul Makmur is found away from the main road. The Baitul Makmur Masjid is, however, a well-maintained building with the capacity of welcoming up to 700 worshipers daily. Quranic lectures are held on a weekly basis in Baitul Makmur Masjid, and foreign preachers are sometimes invited. Location: Jalan Gunung Merbuk No.4, Tegal Kertha, West Denpasar, Denpasar   10. Masjid Agung Al-A'la Picture credit - ayra_jo5, Being the central place of worship of Gianyar , Masjid Agung Al-A'la is situated a few kilometers away from the Gianyar Night Market. It is known amongst the locals as "Gianyar Masjid. Tourists can stop by to pray if they are in the vicinity or just want to relax a bit. Location: Jalan Kesatrian No.16, Gianyar Facebook   Find a Mosque near you in Bali Find a Halal Restaurant near you in Bali...

  • A Muslim Traveler's Guide to Bali : Exploring Hidden Gems in Bali

    In today's society, sustainability has become an important aspect to life, which has gradually improved over the years and has brought people closer to one another. In addition, different cultures can be discovered throughout different parts of the world. Just south of the equator and east of Java, lies a small Indonesian island recognized as Bali. We know of Bali as a beach heaven, a place for rest, relaxation and a great tan. But few people know the hidden gems in Bali, the places that could take your travel adventures to the next level and reveal the cultural significance of Bali. The Balinese people are a momentous example of how culture has been formed through art, food production, marriage, social organization, and religion. If you don’t experience the extraordinary, you’ll never know what you’ve been missing out.   Check out the best period to travel to Bali   Best vacation package to Bali   So Go off the beaten track and discover Bali through our Muslim- friendly guide to hidden attractions around this Island!   Photoshoot in the Sacred and Secret Canyon of Sukawati Photo Credit -   Although Bali is best known for amazing beaches and beautiful rice paddies, Bali also has plenty of Canyons and beautiful rock formations which maybe new to some Muslim travellers. The Guwang Hidden Canyon – yes, people named it as hidden as the location – is located in Guwang, a small village in Sukawati, Gianyar Regency just around 30 minutes from the city center of Denpasar through Bypass Ida Bagus Sumantra. You might find that entrance of the canyon is next to the temple, Pura Dalem Guwang.   For any artist, photographer, creative, or simply anyone who wants to be wowed by a real life view of nature’s masterpiece – this secret canyon is a must-visit in your muslim-friendly travel to Bali.   Located Near Pura Beji Guwang in Sukawati, it is just a short 5 – 10 minutes walk along the shallow river. However, do take note that some climbing over rocks are required to reach the canyon. You will also pass a river, which may very in depth and flow. Many parts of the river are very shallow, but some can be deeper than it seems so watch your step. Don’t worry about looking for Bali Travel Guides For Muslim Travelers in Bali as there are many available in Bali that can direct you to find halal food in Bali. You can also browse our Muslim Travel Blog before you visit this Bali for more information.   Travel to Bali, Indonesia   Plan your Muslim-friendly family tour to Bali now!     Take a camel on a joyride in Nikko Beach Nusa Dua Photo Credit - Would you like to try unusual things in Bali? Then, take a camel on a joyride on the beach with the white sands of Nusa Dua Bali and immerse yourself in the nature around it with the surrounding temples. The Camel Safari in Bali is as popular as an Elephant Safari. The Bali Camel Safari have packages that include lunch at the restaurant of Nikko Bali Resort or at seafood restaurant in Jimbaran. On the back of these camels, the view is picturesque - you can even have a brief Middle-Eastern moment right here in Bali. There are many photogenic places for potential wedding photo shoots along the way and also chances to stop for some refreshing and complimentary drinks by friendly locals.   Beside that, if you want to find nearby mosques and prayer places in Bali, Nusa Dua, you can visit the Ibnu Batutah Grand Moswue. The mosque is right next to a Hindu temple and a Christian church. It features dominant gold-yellow linings in its exterior and a prism-shaped roof.   Plan your Halal trip to Bali, Indonesia now!     Get Picnic on Bukit Teletubbies, Nusa Penida Photo Credit -   Another unusual thing to do in Bali is picnic on Bukit Teletubbies. The name is a reference to the rounded green hills that were home to the fuzzy aliens from the children’s television program. During or just after the rainy season is when the hills are a vivid green and most resemble the cutesy world of our gobbledygook speaking space critters is the best time to visit there.   You can also find nearby Halal food in Bali, and there are so many restaurants to visit. If you want to enjoy Indonesia cuisine, do visit Warung Pondok Nusal Penida, a cute little breezy place right on the beach. Enjoy well-prepared Indonesian dishes and seafood (or an odd international dish or two) while taking in the views to Bali. You might want to try the 'seaweed mocktail' dessert as well.   Find nearby Halal restaurants in Bali   Visit Ubud Art and Culture Photo Credit -   Maybe you know the book and movie Eat, Pray, Love, yes it caused Ubud to be famous and became epicenter of Balinese art and culture. This is where the modern Balinese art movement was born, with the surrounding royal palaces and temples acting as the main patrons. Until now several excellent local museums and galleries can be found to celebrate its evolution and traditions. Art gazing is particularly rewarding here, as many collections are housed in traditional Balinese buildings surrounded by serene tropical gardens.   For an overview of Balinese art, your first stops should be Agung Rai Museum of Art(ARMA) and the Neka Art Museum, which lie within a short stroll of the Ubud Monkey Forest. Both display works spanning from traditional to contemporary works, including kris (ceremonial daggers), photography, and classical wayang (puppet-figure) paintings. Other worthwhile art galleries and museums in the Ubud area include Setia Darma House of Masks & Puppets featuring ceremonial masks from Asia and beyond; Museum Puri Lukisan, which showcases a range of Balinese artistic styles; and the Don Antonio Blanco Museum, at the artist's former home and studio.   FYI, The Bali people also have domestic shrines, which portrays carved figures of god like deities. Culture and art throughout Bali has become popular amongst tourist. It has become an asset to the Island, which has given them the opportunity to continue to create cultural art, while helping their economy. The men typically make paintings, sculptures, and musical instrument. While the women put the dyes and weaves together. The art that they create is unique because it is intertwined with their culture and religion.   If shopping for art is more your style, don't miss the the Ubud Art Market. You will find many things there, this labyrinth of stalls brimming with carvings, sculptures, jewelry, sarongs, paintings, and homewares is one of the top tourist attractions in town as well.   What to do and see in Bali   We’ve had the adventure of a lifetime discovering these hidden gems in Bali. Go forth and have the time of your life!   Check out shopping places in Bali  Find nearby Halal food and restaurants in Bali, Indonesia Halal/Muslim-friendly travel and holiday packages to Bali Where to find Halal food in Bali   ...

  • Shop Till You Drop in Bali

    Bali, while known for its laid-back atmosphere, aquamarine waters and stunning white beaches, spectacular sunsets, delicious food, fascinating culture and breathtaking scenery; which makes it a top tourist destination and Indonesia’s most famous island, also happens to be a legendary shopping spot. Offering a wide range of shopping options, from bustling open-air markets to lively modern shopping centres, Bali caters to all kinds of shoppers. Whether you’re looking to buy renowned designer brands, or to get your hands on a unique traditional souvenir, shopping in Bali will not disappoint! . Mal Bali Galeria Located near the iconic Dewa Ruci Statue, Mal Bali Galeria is one of the biggest shopping centres in Kuta. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, this mall houses a wide range of stores catering to the needs of all kinds of shoppers. Mal Bali Galeria features a variety of clothing stores, accessory stores, souvenir shops, bookshops, a good selection of restaurants and even a cinema complex. . Beachwalk Shopping Center Beachwalk is another popular shopping centre in Kuta. Like Mal Bali Galeria, Beachwalk is also home to a fantastic selection of stores; international and local, that appeal to all sorts of shoppers and offers a variety of entertainment options for visitors of all ages. With its unique design and open concept, the Beachwalk Shopping Center is quite different from a typical mall and offers a one-of-a-kind experience. . Sukawati Art Market   A photo posted by Jean-Claude WINCKLER (@jc.winbali) on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:00am PST Visiting the Sukawati Art Market, or 'Pasar Seni Sukawati', on Jalan Raya Sukawati in Gianyar, is a great way for tourists to learn more about Balinese culture, and is thus on almost every visitors’ itinerary. The Sukawati Art Market is one of the most popular art markets in Bali and is also the biggest of its kind on the island. Spread across two floors, the Sukawati Art Market is home to stores selling everything from Balinese handicrafts to paintings, wooden sculptures, traditional clothes and traditional woven textiles. If you’re looking for distinctive souvenirs to take back home, the Sukawati Art Market is a must-visit. And don’t forget, like at most other markets in Indonesia; bargaining is a must! . Ubud Art Market   #travel#bali#getaway#photographyislifee#photography#photooftheday#instapic#nature#urbanexploration#urban#urbex#explorer#goexplore#instaphoto#streetphotography#travelbali#exploretheworld#travelgram#vocation#traveling#instatraveling#holiday#artwork#art#baliubud#ubudartmarket#craft#ubud#ubudmarket#balinese A photo posted by @twenty3_j2323 on May 28, 2016 at 8:14am PDT The Ubud Art Market, or ‘Pasar Seni Ubud', is another of Bali’s must-visit markets. Located opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace, the Ubud Art Market is also known for the Balinese handicrafts and souvenirs it offers. Woven goods such as bags, colourful silk scarves and clothing items like sarongs can be found throughout. Also found here are goods that are not unique to the area, or Indonesia, thus making the art market the perfect spot for tourists of all tastes. Again, while here, remember to bargain, bargain, bargain! . Tegallalang Handicraft Centre Bali’s Tegallalang Handicraft Centre is another famous spot on the island. Housing numerous art shops which feature an assortment of carved figurines, furniture, jewelry, ornaments, Balinese curios, and so much more, the Tegallalang Handicraft Centre is a stop that every tourist must make when exploring Bali. . Other shopping malls, markets, shopping streets, and shopping villages in Bali that must be visited include; Kuta Square, the Discovery Shopping Mall, Bali Collection – a high-end department store, the village of Celuk, and Jenggala. For more information on Indonesia please visit ...

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