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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...

  • Witness Beauty And Experience Excitement At These 9 Islands In Indonesia!

    The archipelago of Indonesia is made up of at least 17,000 islands which are blissful spots that will entice anyone yearning for a tropical getaway. You can get immersed in the local culture when you visit the islands in Indonesia, and marvel at the unique features of each island. If exploring tropical jungles or enjoying the vibrant sunset on a secluded beach sounds appealing, a vacation in Indonesia might be just what you need. Here are 9 of the most exciting and beautiful islands in Indonesia you should visit for your next trip! Visit These Amazing Mosques in Surabaya - Indonesia 1. Bali Picture: NomadCapitalist Bali attracts numerous travelers for its charm - from natural beauty to city attractions, and of course beaches. You can also stay at eco-lodges or traditional style hotels for a unique experience. There is just so much to explore and boredom is never an option! You can take in a serene view of the winding green Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud or spend a fun day out at the white sandy beaches of Seminiyak or Jimbaran and take a dip in the clear blue waters. Picture: MountBaturTrekking If you are feeling adventurous, try trekking up the famous Mount Batur to catch the beautiful sunrise. You can even go flyboarding at Tanjung Benoa Beach in Nusa Dua for a great thrill. Last but not least, don’t miss out on a water splashing experience at the Waterbom Bali park especially if you are traveling with your family. Finding Halal food here wouldn'n’t be too hard. You can drop by spots such as Bale Udang or the cafes that line Jimbaran Beach. You can also opt for some delicious seafood or vegetarian options at other dining spots too. 2. Lombok Picture: JourneyEra From luxurious accommodation in tranquil locations to unspoiled natural landscapes, Lombok is really ideal for a peaceful vacation. Lombok is the idyllic getaway for a honeymoon or relaxing vacation in Indonesia, especially if you prefer a chilled-out exception to Bali. It is best known as a surfer’s paradise because of its attractions such as the Tangsi Beach, with its pink sands and excellent spots for diving and snorkeling. If you are a nature buff, trek along Mount Rinjani, where the Segara Ana lake reflects the blue sky or drop by Senaru Village to take in the lush green setting. You have an option to trek to Tiu Kelep Waterfall as well. When it comes to Halal food, Lombok is known to be quite Muslim-friendly. You will easily find great restaurants that serve the local fare, as well as big chain restaurants such as KFC and Mc Donald’s. 3. Gili Islands Picture: Bali Pocket Magazine After Lombok, head down to the Gili Islands to continue your island adventures. Gili Trawangan is ideal for diving and exploring vibrant streets at night, which is great if you are looking for a lively holiday. Gili Meno is just 2km long and great for that peaceful romantic trip and for those looking for a serene spot - and there is a bird sanctuary as well. For thrill seekers, Gili Air has a lot to offer in terms of beach activities such as parasaling. There are plenty of places that serve excellent seafood and more Halal food spots on Gili Trawangan. You can really experience the local flavours at the islands. However, you can enjoy swimming, diving, snorkelling, kayaking or admire the sunset at all three islands mentioned so far. 4. Bintan Island Picture: Bintan Resorts Bintan is a known favourite weekend getaway among Muslim travelers in Singapore. From lush mangrove forests to delightful beaches and plenty of engaging water sports - there is something for the adventurers and beach loungers alike! Some of the highlights of Bintan island include the seaplane rides, where you can get an impressive view of the island scenery, and the Sultan of Riau Grand Mosque on Penyengat Island. Bintan Island is dotted with gorgeous resorts which makes this the perfect spot for relaxation, honeymoons or big family vacations. You will be pleased to know that finding Halal food won’t be a problem here - you can easily visit the Pujasera Hawker Stalls or simply go for the delicious seafood options. There is a popular restaurant known as Sederhana Restaurant Nasi Padang as well. 5. Wakatobi Islands Picture: Wakatobi.com The Wakatobi Islands are best known for diving and snorkeling spots that are teeming with brightly colourful marine life and coral gardens. If you are a beginner or an advanced diving enthusiast, do drop by The Wakatobi National Park where you can appreciate the underwater scenery. The island is located within the Coral Triangle and is ideal for an escapade for something quieter rather than the ever-popular Bali. If you prefer something more engaging – motorcycle tours, kayaking, and kitesurfing are some of the livelier things to do on the Wakatobi Islands. It might be a bit hard to locate Halal food on the Wakatobi Islands, but there are few spots such as WarKop Sombu DIVE and Kopi Paste Shop that you can visit. There are plenty of seafood options here as well. 6. Flores Picture: CruiseMapper This beautiful island with lush greenery gets its name from the Portuguese word ‘flores’ which means flowers. The island beaches are known for their pinkish sand that frames the blue waters. You can swim or dive in this serene paradise. Some of the unique aspects of the island include the uniquely beautiful crater lakes on Mount Kelimutu with their ever-changing colours. Liang Bua Limestone Cave, is another unique aspect of this island. Home to a number of fossils, it would definitely appeal to trekkers and backpackers. In addition, when it comes to Halal food options, there are a few restaurants that serve Halal food such as Blue Corner and Warung Mama. You can stick to seafood or vegan/vegetarian options as well. 7. Komodo Island Picture: Unesco World Heritage Centre After your trip to Flores, head to the home of the famous Komodo dragons – Komodo Island. This island, with its diverse marine life and gorgeous coral gardens, is ideal for those who enjoy diving and snorkeling. You can stroll along the pink sandy beaches and enjoy the beautiful sunset too. Even though island is quite popular among tourists, don’t let that deter you from enjoying the wonderful scenery or going trekking among the dormant volcanoes. Of course, you must visit the famous Komodo National Park to observe the Komodo dragons and enjoy the wonderful outdoors. Do note that there are very few restaurants on the Island. However, the island has a Muslim majority so you have high chances of finding Halal food options. Do not hesitate to ask the locals for help. 8. Belitung Picture: Indonesia.Travel Belitung is a peaceful getaway from the bustle. Located east of Sumatra, it is notable for its white sandy beaches lined with large granite boulders. You can enjoy a swim in the turquoise waters, or go snorkeling to admire the diverse marine life and bright corals at the Tanjung Tinggi Beach or Tanjung Kelayang. Some island highlights include the Danau Kaolin or the Blue Lake where you can take insta-worthy photos. You can also climb the old lighthouse on Pulau Lengkuas for a bird’s eye view of the area. When it comes to Halal food options, you can stop for some delicious seafood at Pulau Kapayang or enjoy most of the restaurants on Belitung as the island is a seafood heaven. However, it might be hard to locate Halal restaurants on this island. 9. Nusa Lembongan Picture: AirBali Nusa Lembongan is a tropical paradise which is located southeast of Bali. The first things you will notice as you approach the island are azure waters and unique rock formations. Along with some great resorts, the island is another spot that is extremely popular for snorkeling and diving sites. If you’re for up something adventurous, you can head to the famous Blue Lagoon for cliff diving! Nusa Lembongan is ideal for beach lovers who doesn’t mind small crowds and loves breathtakingly gorgeous ocean scenery. From catching the sunset at Jungut Batu Beach to unwinding at Mushroom Bay, this island is a great spot for a beach holiday in Indonesia. Unfortunately, finding Halal food on this island will be quite a challenge. However, you can stick to the seafood or vegetarian/vegan options during your stay. Read more about Indonesia...

  • 9 [Plus a Bonus one] Best Places to Travel Solo in 2018

    We all have the nomad gene - travel is something rooted deep within us. The best way to travel is to travel solo! Most girls are used to travelling in groups, with their friends or family, but travelling alone means a whole lot more – it’s an experience. Exploring another country or city alone may be daunting, however, there’s a whole world of possibilities out there; you will see a whole other side to you! Going solo also means you can have your own personalized adventure! May it be the bustling streets of Melbourne or the serene beaches of Bali; your adventure is just around the corner. Here are the best solo travel destinations for 2018!   credit-giphy.com   1. Penang Island, Malaysia   Picture Credit - www.thousandwonders.net   Brimming with colonial charm, you are bound to get lost in its maze of colourful streets. Trishaws, old Chinese shops, a burgeoning art scene and fun-filled carnivals – Penang is the old and the new coexisting in harmony.   George Town is an eclectic mix of modern day high rise buildings and Indian-raj era architecture – a scattering of Chinese temples in Little India and Mosques in Chinatown. The idea is to get lost in this kaleidoscope of colors and smells and enjoy the abundant Halal eateries which are budget friendly! Make a note to drop by the magnificent Blue Mansion.   Spend a day at Malaysia’s smallest national park – the Penang National Park. You can take part in a multitude of activities like jungle walks and enjoying the sunny beach. A visit to the majestic Kek Lok Si Temple is a must when in Penang; it’s the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.   Malaysia is a predominantly Muslim country therefore, Mosques can easily be found. Some of the must-visit Mosques would be the Masjid Negeri – Largest Mosque in Malaysia, the Penang Floating Mosque and the Kapitan Keling Mosque – Oldest Mosque in Penang. Find nearby Halal food places in Penang  Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Penang     2. Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Dubai is a thrill seekers paradise and will definitely full fill your thirst for adventure. Be it dessert safaris or a wild shopping trip, Dubai is the one stop shop! Dubai is fearless and fast-paced, but sophisticated at the same time.   Dubai offers a variety of activities, be it a Falcons eye view from the Burj Kalifa, a thrill ride at Ferrari World, or a stroll through the Gold Souq. It is also a foodie’s dream, every cuisine available and most restaurants are Halal!   Dune bashing in the desert is a must for you adrenaline junkies out there - end the night with a 1001 Arabian Nights style Bedouin dinner by a fire. Don’t forget to visit the Al Fahidi Historic District, its labyrinthine lanes are lined with museums, craft shops, art galleries, and cafes. Make a trip to its many malls and shopping complexes, especially the Dubai Mall – the world’s largest mall, comprising of 1200 stores, 150 food outlets, ice rink and aquarium, dinosaur skeleton and, indoor theme parks.   Dubai is an Islamic state; therefore there are plenty of Mosques that can be visited. The most photographed Mosque is the Jumeirah Mosque, it deserves a definite visit. Find nearby Halal food places in Dubai Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Dubai     3. Melbourne, Australia   If you are the artsy type, Melbourne is the city for you! It’s stylish and cosmopolitan and has long since been the epicentre of all things hipster. The best way to experience Melbourne is as a local. Take a walk down its many streets and absorb the multicultural atmosphere as well as its contemporary art scene. Made up of a mix of art-deco and modern architecture, it gives the feel of New York.   Food and coffee are the main part of their bohemian subculture, so make sure to try out trendy eateries in the area. Feeling like Italian – head to Lygon Street, if you are craving Middle-eastern cuisine Brunswick is where you’ll find it, and if it’s good old Chinese you want to head over to Chinatown.   Due to its multi-ethnic community, there’s plenty of Halal friendly restaurants to choose from, as well as a few Mosques and prayer rooms around the area, namely the City Mosque at Jeffcott Street and the Brunswick Prayer Room at the Islamic Centre of Australia. Also, don’t forget to hug a Koala before leaving! Find nearby Halal food places in Melbourne Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Melbourne     4. Kyoto, Japan   Mysterious and oh so Zen, Kyoto is definitely a dream destination. It’s a great place to explore solo, with museums, palaces and Zen gardens. The month of April is the best time to witness the cherry blossoms, an absolute must whilst in Japan. One of the best spots to view the cherry blossoms is at the Philosopher’s Path, it is approximately 2 Km long and is located in the Higashiyama district.   Pay a visit to the historic Kyoto Imperial Palace; you don’t need to make prior arrangements with a tour guide (Although English language tours are available). You can explore its gardens and outdoor premises and get a glimpse into the lives of ancient Japanese royalty. Head over to Gion during an evening. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a Geisha (Geiko) rushing down an alleyway, and get transported back in time. Gion was the Geisha district of Kyoto, Geisha is a long since misunderstood profession - they are artisans shrouded in mystery. Make Gion a definite visit to learn more about the mysterious Geisha.   Definitely, add Kyoto Railway Museum to your list of places to see in Kyoto. The museum showcases retired locomotives, as well as a restored old Nijo station. The Kyoto Manga Museum is an absolute delight to visit as well, with a collection of over 300,000 comics and manga-related exhibits.   Most travellers may question the availability of Halal restaurants; fear not, your dreams of travelling to Japan are not over! Kyoto has a number of restaurants that serve Halal food, a quick search on the net and you can easily locate these restaurants. Kyoto also offers prayer facilities at the Masjid Kyoto and Islamic Cultural Center. Find nearby Halal food places in Kyoto, Japan Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Kyoto, Japan     5. Bali, Indonesia   Bali has it all, relaxation, adventure and spirituality. It’s a magical landscape that boasts of serene beaches and ancient temples, with friendly locals. A must do in Bali is to go for a hike on Mount Batur situated in Kintamani, and be rewarded with a stunning bird’s eye view of the beautiful region.   Another attraction is the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, located on a cliff, overlooking the sea. You will be joined by some sneaky monkeys (Macaques) who dwell in the temple premises. You can find some good Halal food in Bali, with a range of high-end restaurants to good ol’ street food.   Due to 12% of the population being Muslim, you can easily find a Mosque in Bali. Finish off your trip to Bali with a visit to Jimbaran, a quaint fishing village with a secluded beach, and reflect on your experiences there while enjoying an unforgettable sunset. Find nearby Halal food places in Bali Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Bali   6. Istanbul, Turkey   Beautiful and rich with culture, it is where the West meets the East. Istanbul is a cultural hub as many great civilizations fought for its rule. Being the last stop of the Silk Road the city attracted many merchants from all over Asia in the past, making it rich with culture and heritage. All of this adds to the charm of Istanbul.   Istanbul is famous for its architecture, namely mosaics and frescoes as well as the elegant arches that adorn the many palaces, mosques and churches. The Topkapi Palace is a must-see, with its opulent pavilions, bejewelled Treasury and expansive Harem, which gives a glimpse into the lives of the many Sultans that inhabited the Palace.   The Aya Sofya, once a grand church which was converted into a Mosque and now stands as a museum is the best example of Turkish architecture. Make sure to visit the Blue Mosque, known by this unofficial name due to the blue Iznik tiles that adorn its interior. Drop in at the Basilica Cistern which is an underground palace. It is a great spot to hide away from the summer heat.   The famous grand bazaar of Istanbul will definitely be the highlight of your trip. It’s a mix of sights, sounds, and smells and will entice your senses. Drink lots of tea, learn the art of bargaining and make sure to taste some famous Turkish delicacies!   Because Turkey is a dominantly Muslim country you don’t have to worry about finding Halal friendly restaurants and, Mosques in Istanbul as there’s plenty. Just enjoy your time in this magnificent city. Find nearby Halal food places in Istanbul Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Istanbul     7. Basque Country, Spain Picture Credit - www.travelblog.viator.com   Basque country has long been an unexplored travel location; however, things are fast changing. This is a beautiful region located between northern Spain and southern France; it has a rich cultural history and is made up of different ethnicities. It’s a mix of quaint little villages, cosmopolitan cities and amazing natural landscapes.   Basque country is all about indulging your senses, it boasts a world-class cuisine, but don’t worry there are many Halal options to choose from so you won’t be missing out on any of that good food.   Art and architecture play a key role in Basque country tourism so don’t forget to visit the Museo de Bellas Artes which showcases classical art by Goya as well as contemporary art. The Guggenheim Museum is a must visit more for its stunning architecture than its contents - it is one of modern architecture’s most iconic buildings.   Be sure to visit La Concha Bay in San Sebastian, it is a seaside metropolis. Many festivals and activities take place throughout the year, and the best way to get around is by bicycle. So wear some shades, hop on a bicycle and explore the city and what it has to offer.   Basque country is home to a few Mosques and prayer facilities. One of the most well-known Mosques is the Mezquita Asslam.   Find nearby Halal food places in Basque Country Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Basque Country     8. Valetta, Republic of Malta Picture Credit - www.timesofmalta.com   Malta is part of an archipelago, located in the Mediterranean Sea. An enchanting island with a rich history, otherworldly landscape, and elegant architecture - it is sure to leave you spellbound! Fun fact - the successful HBO TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed in several locations in Malta!   It’s small but mighty capital - Valletta - was built by the 16th-century Knights of St John, and has been described by Unesco as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world”. It is also the European Capital of Culture for 2018, so don’t miss out on this great city. Valletta is a must see for the art and history buff.   It may be tiny but it boasts of some amazing tourist attractions. Stepping into the Grand Masters Palace is equivalent to stepping into a time machine and going to the past. Corridors lined with Knight’s armor and weapons, rich interior covers the insides of this majestic establishment. Five rooms of state are open to the public, while the rest are closed off due to the palace being the official residence of the president of Malta.   St John’s Co-Cathedral was built in the 16th century; a baroque style revamp was made in the 17th century. The cathedral contains two paintings by Caravaggio. However, the most treasured work of art is the large scale painting of John the Baptist.   Want to feel like Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider, then paying a visit to the prehistoric Hal Salfieni Hypogeum and Tarxien Temples is a must. It may be eerie but it is definitely worth it! The upper Barrakka Gardens is a great spot to retreat to from the bustle of the city – the balcony offers a stunning view of Malta.   So, is Malta Halal friendly? You are in luck, it is! Malta has a minority of Muslims, and there’s a variety of Halal restaurants to choose from due to their cuisines being influenced by Moroccan and Turkish cultures to name a few. Malta has one Mosque, the Islamic Centre of Paola. Also, don’t forget to enjoy those warm, crystal clear waters!   Find nearby Halal food places in Malta Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Malta     9. Amsterdam, Netherlands   Amsterdam is a treasure trove of museums, cafes, art and music. Amsterdam may be the best Halal friendly city to visit in Europe after Turkey, so if you are looking for a chilled atmosphere full of beautiful sights, Amsterdam should take a spot on your 2018 travel list.   Amsterdam is made up of tiny lanes that pass the canal; a leisurely stroll through the city could introduce you to a tiny vintage shop, a cosy café or even a bookstore. You can explore the countless art galleries such as the Van Gogh Gallery, and museums like the Anne Frank house. The Rijksmueum art gallery is a worthy visit as well, housing works by Vermeer and Rembrandts.   You can explore the many restaurants in the city, there’s a wide range of Halal restaurants in the area. Therefore, your options are not limited. You can take a Canal cruise through the city’s waterways or take a bike ride.   There are several Mosques scattered around the city, and it’s not difficult to reach any of them. The most notable being the El-Thaweeb Mosque. The Mosques can easily be located by doing a quick search on the net or asking a local or the front desk of your hotel/hostel.   Find nearby Halal food places in Amsterdam Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Amsterdam   Last but definitely not least, your bonus destination!       10. Chefchaouen (The Blue City), Morocco Famously known by its unofficial name - The Blue City – is a city of powder blue and white buildings tucked away in the Rif Mountains. A mesmerizing destination that’s sure to stick with you for a long time to come. Built in the 15th century as a Moorish Fortress for Spanish Exiles, the city grew through the centuries accepting Jews and Catholics.   The blue walls of the city are due to a religious choice and not a stylistic choice, Jews believed that the color would remind people of the power of God and to this day the tradition of painting the walls blue has remained the same.   Offering picturesque views, a variety of activities are at your disposal - nature treks that pass through lush green forests and streams, you can spend your nights stargazing under the cloudless skies, and you can even explore the mountainous terrain by taking a mule ride.   Chefchaouen is a foodie’s paradise as the Moroccan cuisine is dynamic and full of flavour. The signature dish is the Tagine – popular amongst tourists and locals alike - consisting of meat, vegetables, spices and oil served on couscous, deserves a taste. End your meal with a steaming cup of mint tea, which is a staple of the Moroccan lifestyle. The food served is Halal, so there are no restrictions - enjoy all of it!   Head over to the quaint but colorful Medina where you can buy little trinkets, carpets, shawls and slippers. Haggling is the game here, so make sure you get a good deal on your purchase. The Grand Mosque of Chefchaouen is located within the Medina, however it is only accessible to the male Muslim community.   The blue city is a must visit destination for 2018!   Find nearby Halal food places in Morocco Find nearby prayer places and Mosques in Morocco Travelling solo as a female is a compelling experience and certain factors come into play but these cities are safe and who knows, you may make some great friends along the way! These destinations will definitely add to the magic of your journey. So pack those bags and book those flights for 2018 and travel! 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  • 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 - www.bestthingstodoinbali.com   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 - www.bernardbaliadvisor.com 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 - www.www.thebalibible.com   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 - www.baligreentour.com   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   ...

  • Beautiful Bali - Is the Food Halal?

    If you're looking for Halal food in Bali, this article is for you. Bali is one of the top tourist destinations in the world with wildlife, nature and beautiful islands to visit. However, finding restaurants and hotels serving Halal food in Bali is not too hard, but most places will not have a 100% Halal-certification. Most of Balinese cuisine contains pork, but there are plenty of other dishes that you can enjoy. Well known items like sate are prepared with chicken, beef and other meats including pork and might sometimes be placed together. The main issue in almost all places is that food is not served as 100% Halal, but is usually free of pork and pork based items and alcohol. Before you order your meal, ask the owner or manager of the restaurant about the food items they serve. Where to Find Halal Food in Bali Denpasar, Kuta and Seminyak have become popular tourist spots for Muslims in Bali since there are a number of Muslim-owned warungs or street vendors. There are many of warungs who sell local cuisine and Muslims in Bali can experience traditional and authentic food too. Some cafés and warungs in Jimbaran noted for their seafood do not serve pork or alcohol but it is always better if you check before ordering. In Ubud, the uplands of Bali, there are places with vegetarian options but first inquire if they serve alcohol as most them do.  You can stick to ordering seafood and vegetarian items but ask the staff beforehand whether any pork is a part of the meal preparation. Halal Restaurants in Bali to Visit Most of the chain restaurants like Pizza Hut, McDonalds and KFC are Halal-certified but then you would miss out on traditional cuisine. Most Muslims in Bali also recommend the Nasi Padang restaurant chain which is not only Halal certified, but owned by Muslims too. In the Discovery shopping mall you can even find restaurants in the food court with the Halal logo displayed. Before going ahead with your travel plans get online, search for Halal-certified restaurants and make a list when you can, just to be prepared or ask any friends for their recommendations. for more information about Nasi Padang, click here! Finding Muslim-Friendly Facilities in Bali To ensure Muslim-friendly holidays, the less stressful way to go would be by traveling on a Halal tour package where you are assured you will be taken to restaurants that serve Halal food in Bali and stay in hotels with Muslim-friendly facilities in Bali. For a Muslim honeymoon in Bali, look for special tour packages with meals and entertainment included as there are holiday villas you can stay in and be directed to Halal restaurants for meals.  But there is a significant rise in Muslim tourists from Asia and the Middles East, so hotels are now trying to provide more Muslim-friendly facilities in Bali to make visiting Muslims in Bali feel more welcome. You will find mosques located in Denpasar, North and South Kuta and Nusa Dua. Traveling Muslims in Bali can now experience Muslim-friendly holidays since there are Halal certified hotels and villas that can be checked for their certification online, or by getting information from the management. Click here for more Muslim-friendly guides to Indonesia ...



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