Indonesia

Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa: A Family-Friendly Beachside Oasis in South Bali

Posted on November 11, 2016

Kuta is the go-to place for most tourists, but if you’re looking for some quiet and relaxing downtime with your family and friends, the beach resorts of South Bali would be a far better choice. After a few days checked in at Loft Legian Hotel in Kuta, where I usually stay when I visit Bali, I went south to spend the rest of my vacation at Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa at Tanjung Benoa Beach. Only a 15-minute drive southRead More

Loft Legian Hotel: Stylish & Affordable Rooms in the Heart of Kuta, Bali

Posted on November 7, 2016

Kuta – the notorious epicenter of tourist activity on Bali – is chockfull with hotels and guesthouses that it can be daunting to pick the ideal hotel for your budget. On my last visit to the island, after journeying across Komodo and Flores, I found one of the best-value places to stay in town. I was hosted by Loft Legian Hotel, a contemporary boutique hotel managed by Avilla Hospitality, that offers chic comfort where all the Kuta action is. The modest-sizedRead More

Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge: The Best Place to Stay at Kelimutu National Park

Posted on October 27, 2016

Next to spotting Komodo dragons and scuba diving at Komodo National Park, my bucket list for Flores, Indonesia included visiting the tricolored crater lakes of Kelimutu National Park on eastern portion of the island. I was lucky to have stayed at the best place near the scenic volcano: Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge, a solar-powered eco-resort located at the gateway village of Moni. After roughing it out on our overland journey from Labuan Bajo to Kelimutu, it was such a reliefRead More

Blue Marlin Dive Komodo: Beginner-Friendly Scuba Diving in Labuan Bajo, Flores

Posted on September 26, 2016

Besides being the only habitat of the world’s largest lizard, another drawcard of Komodo National Park and its gateway of Labuan Bajo on mainland Flores is scuba diving to marvel at its pristine underwater realms. Located within the Coral Triangle – the center of marine biodiversity in the world – its churning waters surrounding 29 islands harbor gorgeous coral reefs and sea mounts bursting with a variety of marine life, including pelagics like manta rays and sharks. However, most of its diveRead More

Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers: A Family-Friendly Luxury Hotel in Bandung, West Java

Posted on September 14, 2016

Lush, scenic, cool-weathered – plus some surplus shopping therapy. Bandung ticks all the boxes when looking for a comfortable getaway, considering it’s only a three-hour drive south from the megapolis of Jakarta and now also serves direct international flights. So after a week-long adventure island-hopping in Makassar and Gili Islands, Lombok then hiking a blue-fire volcano in Banyuwangi, our Trip of Wonders media tour fittingly settled to a rewarding end in this relatively laid-back West Javan conurbation, where we checked in at the five-starRead More

Hiking the Blue Fire Crater of Ijen Volcano in Banyuwangi, East Java

Posted on September 13, 2016

Oh, volcanoes. Nothing gets me excited about visiting Indonesia as much as its mountains of fire. Volcanoes create the most dramatic landscapes, a living testimony to how volatile our planet Earth can be. The country’s rugged arc of islands were formed by a chain of volcanoes along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Presently, the archipelago has more than 120 active volcanoes. On previous trips, I’ve climbed some of the most popular fiery peaks like Bromo, Rinjani and Sibayak. But I’ve always gotRead More