Put the Pedal to the Metal with CarShop GB


Last weekend was amazing. The CarShop in Northampton hooked me up with a Ford Focus ST3 for three days, because I’m at the stage of needing a new car. After driving around in the SEAT Ibiza 2016 for two years, it was a nice feeling to hop in a different car, the latest model of the Ford Focus ST3 was an ideal fit for me.

The CarShop experience was fantastic, the team there were very friendly and helped narrow down a few cars suitable for what  I was looking to achieve. With such a smooth experience and process, no wonder they’ve won so many awards… Best Used Car Independent Retailer of the Year 2017 and Best Dealer Website 2017 just to name two of them!

CarShop Website Northampton
CarShop Website Northampton

With over 4,000 cars in stock to look at online, I had a brief idea of the car I was looking for. Something sturdy with speed to enjoy road trips and make the commute to work even more exciting. CarShop is pretty flexible when it comes to purchasing a car. You’ll have the option to buy it outright or finance it, of which an application can be started in less than a minute.

If you’re looking to get rid of your existing car, then trading it in is also an option to consider. You can even get an evaluation on the website!

Now it’s time for the full CarShop experience and the road trip that took place at the weekend!

My CarShop Experience

My experience with CarShop GB first began when pulling up to the Northampton site. (Easy to find and very spacious, with plenty of cars on the premises to look around. They even had a Tesla!) One of the CarShop salesmen directed me to one of two showrooms, of which I was then greeted by another member of staff, he was very friendly and made me feel welcomed.

Showroom 2 at CarShop Northampton
Showroom 2 at CarShop Northampton

I had a quick general chat whilst looking at cars before sitting down and the salesman collecting my information, evaluating what payment plan is suitable for myself and showing the options of cars available. In the end, picking the Ford Focus ST3 was a perfect choice, it was ideal for road trips and general day-to-day driving and commuting.

Next up was discussing the finance options with a business specialist. This didn’t take long at all. Before I knew it, it was time for the big reveal! I’ve never experienced anything like it before, so CarShop did an incredible job. They covered the Ford Focus ST3 with a cloth making purchasing a vehicle from CarShop an exciting memorable experience.

Ford Focus ST3 Car Reveal at CarShop Northampton
Ford Focus ST3 Car Reveal at CarShop Northampton

From the start of taking off the cloth to driving away, I had a huge smile on my face and was very excited to get behind the wheel of this beautiful blue Ford Focus ST3 which came equipped with all the tech, heated seats, top notch leather seats etc…it had everything!

The Road Trip

Prior to getting the car, I had some road trip locations in mind. It was either Cheddar Gorge, Black Mountain Pass or the Peak District. Cheddar Gorge was chosen and so the adventure began.

As it was getting a little late that day, I decided to go for a mini drive and get used to the car and its features.

The next day I set off on the road. Three hours away from Northampton and I reached the final destination – Cheddar Gorge. Wow! What an incredible road trip that was. Although it was a three-hour journey, it didn’t seem to take too long. Cruising along the motorway and the backroads with my iPhone connected to Apple CarPlay just made the journey even more exciting, listening to music, heated seats, brilliant audio system and many other features and gadgets making the whole journey comfortable.

Once I arrived at Cheddar Gorge, I was amazed at how beautiful the surroundings were. Driving through Cheddar Gorge was an experience itself, letting alone getting out and exploring!

I stopped a few times to snap a few pictures of the beast before getting back in and driving more. After having an exciting and incredible drive throughout Cheddar Gorge, I parked up and explored the area on foot taking in all the stunning views. It was an amazing weekend.

Overall, this was a very exciting and memorable experience. CarShop did an amazing job when it came to helping choose the right car. The whole process was smooth and an experience itself. If you’re looking for a new car, or want to see what’s out there on the market or even thinking of trading in your current car, then giving CarShop GB a try is highly recommend!


Bali Waterfalls – What are and where are the best waterfalls in Bali?

best waterfalls in bali

There’s much more to Bali than just the beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets and delicious cocktails. The paradise island Bali has many hidden natural treasures that you should definitely tick off your bucket list, Bali waterfalls are just one of them.  Whether you’re planning a trip to Bali or currently there, here are the best waterfalls in Bali you need to visit.

Sekumpul Waterfall Bali
Sekumpul Waterfall Bali

Uncovering the best waterfalls in Bali

If your idea of fun is wandering through jungles, climbing over rocks and spending time at stunning waterfalls, then you’ll love these. Bali is home to more than 13 waterfalls and many of them are perfect to plaster all over your Instagram feed. Ready to find out best waterfalls in Bali? Let’s dive in!

Bali Waterfalls #1 – GitGit Waterfall, Singaraja

GitGit Waterfall, Singaraja
GitGit Waterfall, Singaraja

GitGit waterfall located in Singaraja is by far one of the easiest waterfalls to discover. It’s easily reachable by road is one of Bali’s most famous tourist attractions. So with that in mind, this one might be worth visiting early in the morning to avoid the crowds. The waterfall is believed to be thirty-five metres high and is surrounded by beautiful greenery. You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities.

GitGit Waterfall Parking Address: Jl. Raya Bedugul – Singaraja, Gitgit, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161, Indonesia

Bali Waterfalls #2 – Sekumpul Waterfall, Singaraja

Sekumpul Waterfall, Singaraja
Sekumpul Waterfall, Singaraja

The Sekumpul waterfall is one of my favourites, in my opinion, it’s one of Bali’s most beautiful waterfalls. Getting up close to this incredible waterfall does take some legwork, but it’s definitely worth it. Make sure you’ve got the right clothing on as you’ll be required to cross dirt roads and paths, lots of slippery rocks and of course the rivers you’ll need to cross close by. It’s quite a trek, but thankfully, you’ve got the locals you can rely on which are more than happy to take you there in exchange for a small fee.

They’ll also be happy to take pictures for you and depending who you go with, some will also give you a fresh young coconut after exploring the waterfalls.

Sekumpul Waterfall Address: Sekumpul, Sawan, Lemukih, Sawan, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81171, Indonesia

Bali Waterfalls #3 – Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud

Tegenungan Waterfall
Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud. Photo credit: Vera van Oudheusden via flickr

Tegenungan waterfall is located within Ubud village, which is not the norm for waterfalls in Bali. They are usually found in mountains, so getting to this waterfall isn’t too much hassle. The waterfall is still beautiful and also has a temple nearby too, making it worth the visit!

Tegenungan Waterfall Address: Jl. Raya Tegenungan, Kemenuh, Ubud 80581

Bali Waterfalls #4 – Munduk Waterfall, Buleleng

Munduk Waterfall Bali. Photo credit: Andreia via flickr

The beautiful Munduk waterfall is situated in the rainforest around Munduk Village within Buleleng. This stunning waterfall is definitely worth the visit, it’s a  fifteen-metre high waterfall with two twin lakes and clove plantations, rice fields and Bali’s beautiful mountains all as an incredible backdrop.

Munduk Waterfall Address: Jl. Kayu Putih – Munduk, Munduk, Banjar, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81152

Bali Waterfalls #5 – NungNung Waterfall, Petang

NungNung Waterfall, Bali.
NungNung Waterfall, Bali. Photo credit: junaidrao via flickr

NungNung Waterfall is another beauty situated in a small village where you would least expect it, nine hundred metres above sea level. There’s a car park nearby which is fairly easy to find, but just be prepared for the long hike to discover the waterfall. This is definitely one for the Instagram feed!

NungNung Waterfall Address: Air Terjun Nungnung, Belok/Sidan, Petang, Badung Regency, Bali

Bali Waterfalls #6 – Aling-Aling Waterfall, Sambangan

Aling-Aling Waterfall Bali
Aling-Aling Waterfall Bali. Credit: Dion Hinchcliffe via flickr

One of the best Bali waterfalls for adrenaline seekers! The Aling-Aling Waterfall is perfect for sliding down thirty-five metres eventually landing in the crystal clear pool -which is also fantastic for a swim! So make sure you pack your swimwear! Whilst the journey to this waterfall can be tough, walking across various rice fields, up and down lots of steps, it’s all worth it when you reach the waterfall. There are also several other waterfalls close by too, so make sure to explore those, or get a local to give you a tour.

Aling-Aling Waterfall Address: l. Raya Desa Sambangan, Sambangan, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali

Bali Waterfalls #7 – Carat Waterfalls, Singaraja

Carat Waterfalls, Bali
Carat Waterfalls, Bali. Credit: Eka Bon via flickr

The Carat Waterfalls are situated very close to the village of Tamblang within Singaraja. The journey to get there can be a little tricky, you’ll be required to trek around eight hundred metres, which includes various obstacles including a wobbly bamboo bridge and steep cliffs, so this one is for those who are a little more experienced. When you arrive, there are two waterfalls, a small and large one, along with a small pool at the bottom, again perfect for those who would love to go for a swim.

Carat Waterfalls Address: Tambalang Village, Kubutambahan District, Singaraja Bali

Bali Waterfalls #8 – Blahmantung Waterfall, Tabanan

Blahmantung Waterfall, Bali
Blahmantung Waterfall, Bali. Credit: New Bali via flickr

The incredible Blahmantung Waterfall is nestled within Tabanan, surrounded by plenty of coffee plantations and the beautiful green rainforest. This is one of Bali’s many hidden treasures and will take quite some time to get there. Climbing over slippery rocks can be quite a difficult one for some, so take care when doing so. For those that love a good jump, you’ll definitely enjoy this fifty metres high waterfall with a plunge pool below.

Blahmantung Waterfall Address: Pujungan, Pupuan, Tabanan Regency, Bali

Bali Waterfalls #9 – Jembong Waterfall, Sukasada

Jembong Waterfall Bali
Jembong Waterfall Bali. Credit: New Bali via flickr

Jembong Waterfall, one of Bali’s stunning unspoiled treasures with natural surroundings is ideal for those visiting GitGit Waterfall. It’s not too far away and is known for spiritual healings to take place. It’s situated in the Theobroma cacao area, so keep an eye out. It’s also another one of Bali’s waterfalls perfect for bathing due to its gentle slope and the water flow.

Jembong Waterfall Address: Unnamed Rd 81161 Indonesia, Ambengan, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161

Bali Waterfalls #10 – SingSing Waterfalls, Lovina

SingSing Waterfalls Bali
SingSing Waterfalls Bali. Credit: Gary Hayes via flickr

If you’re spending a reasonable amount of time in Bali and plan to head up north, then SingSing Waterfall is worth a visit. Located in right near Lovina, in Labuan Haji Temukus district, you’ll find this beauty. It’s commonly recognised as the most romantic waterfall in Bali, mostly due to its calming peaceful atmosphere.

SingSing Waterfalls Address: Tigawasa, Banjar, Buleleng Regency, Bali

Bali Waterfalls #11 – Yeh Mampeh Waterfall, Singaraja

Yeh Mampeh Waterfall Bali
Yeh Mampeh Waterfall Bali. Credit: New Bali via flickr

Bali’s tallest waterfall, Yeh Mampeh Waterfall can be discovered in a small village called Les. It’s quite a hike down the falls, but absolutely worth it. You’ll be able to explore the nearby caves, swim in the fresh water and top up the tan whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings of the green hills. One of Bali’s most beautiful natural surroundings.

Yeh Mampeh Waterfall Address: Les, Tejakula, Les, Buleleng, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali

These are, in my opinion, the best waterfalls in Bali. All of which offer beautiful views, lots to explore and some with plenty of great restaurants nearby. Just take care when visiting them as some can be a little tricky.

Which of these Bali waterfalls would you visit and tick off your bucket list?


Look to Parmelia Hilton for a luxurious Perth stay

Parmelia Hilton Hotel Entrance

Australia…one of the countries I’ve always wanted to visit, and not only because of the accent but the surroundings, the atmosphere and of course the kangaroos (along with plenty other animals).

When it comes to accommodation in Perth, you’ll want to make sure you’re situated in the right area, with easy access to the local shops, top-notch restaurants and bars, along with the must-see attractions. Parmelia Hilton Perth celebrating its 50th year for the first luxury hotel in Perth is a fantastic choice, especially for those who love luxurious travelling and accommodation.

With 284 guestrooms, including 22 spacious suites,  steaks and seafood at Adelphi Grill along with incredibly tasty breakfast available every morning, a fitness centre and outdoor pool you really can’t go wrong.

Hotel Name: Parmelia Hilton Hotel Perth
Star Rating: ****
Rooms:  284 guestrooms, including 22 spacious suites
Top Tip: Consider getting breakfast delivered to the room, it’s well worth it. Also, book your trips with Scott Hulme, the head concierge – you’ll get discounts via booking with Hilton.

With the incredible success, this hotel has had alone, they’re currently opening two more hotels also situated in Perth. DoubleTree by Hilton which is located on the waterfront and will include Panoramic Views of Swan River & City Skyline.

Being a frequent Hilton Hotel guest, I knew what to expect when arriving at the hotel. The staff were very friendly, welcoming and all had smiles on their face happy to help. The check-in was very quick and before I knew it, I was in the beautifully designed lift taking me to the sixth floor, for room 629 – King Hilton Deluxe.


The location of this hotel is perfect. Situated just a 5 minute walk away from Elizabeth Quay on the Swan River, His Majesty’s Theater, top quality restaurants and bars and the Perth Arena complex all within short walking distance, you can’t go wrong. Local transport is available along with Ubers and Taxis, but if I’m honest, you’re able to walk to majority of the attractions. You even have the option to hire bicycles at a nearby shop.

Elizabeth Quay Perth Skyline
Elizabeth Quay, Perth Skyline at night. Copyright @GarethGoesPlaces

You will require transport to visit the beach, however, that works out cheap when using an Uber or public transport, so not much of a problem.

King Hilton Deluxe

For my visit to Australia, I stayed in the King Hilton Deluxe room at Parmelia Hilton Hotel Perth. The spacious 46 sqm room accommodates up to two people and is a fantastic choice for business travellers, a romantic couples retreat and perfect for luxury solo travellers.


The room had it all, from a super comfy king bed to a stunning large bathroom, seating area and 37-inch TV with complimentary cable channels, you’ll feel like there is nothing else needed to make your stay unforgettable.


The safe was very spacious and suitable to store iPads, Mac’s and many large gadgets. The WiFi was extremely fast and I never had an issue with loading a page on any device.

Breakfast in bed at Parmelia Hilton Hotel
Breakfast in bed at Parmelia Hilton Hotel

I’m happy to report the room was very comfortable, clean, beautifully designed and worth looking into if you decide to book a special luxury Australian getaway.

Dining at Parmelia Hilton Perth

The hotel has it’s own Adelphi Grill, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The restaurant specialises in serving sizzling steaks, meats, and fish on the grill with boutique beers and wines in a contemporary, relaxed atmosphere. The opening hours are Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 12:00 am, Saturday and Sunday 7:00 am – 12:00 am.

Dining at Parmelia Hilton Perth
Dining at Parmelia Hilton Perth

During my stay, I enjoyed a delicious daily buffet breakfast and mouth-watering dinners. All of which were very tasty and presented very well. There is a great selection of food and drinks available all at reasonable prices.

All facilities and services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Radio
  • Bathrobe
  • TV-Pay per view
  • TV-Standard Network
  • Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp
  • Spacious Safe
  • 24 Hour Housekeeping
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Coffee Maker
  • Hairdryer
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Mini Bar
  • Rooftop Pool
  • 24/7 Gym
  • Babysitting Service
  • Children’s Menu
  • Baggage Storage
  • Bar Area
  • Concierge Desk
  • Electric Service
  • Elevators
  • Gift Shop
  • Hairdresser
  • Luggage Hold
  • Multi-Lingual Staff
  • News Stand
  • Room Service


  • Such beautiful interior designs throughout the hotel and in each and every hotel room
  • Very polite, professional and friendly staff ready to help with a smile on their face
  • Fast WiFi
  • Delicious breakfast with a wide selection of food available including breakfast on the go option
  • Complimentary daily bottled water
  • 20% discount on dinner at Adelphi Grill (food only, valid once per stay)
  • Rooftop Pool
  • 24/7 Gym with plenty of equipment


I experienced no negatives during my stay. This hotel was very well presented with very friendly knowledgeable staff and local amenities close by.

The wrap-up

Parmelia Hilton Hotel is the perfect choice for those who love luxurious accommodation. There’s plenty of local bars and restaurants nearby along with popular attractions within short walking distance. Rooms start from $244/night, but if you’re a Hilton Honors member, you’ll be able to get discounted rates.

Disclosure: My stay was hosted by Parmelia Hilton Perth, but all views are my own and reflect my stay accurately.

Duration: 3 nights (2 nights complimentary), Sunday 25th - Wednesday 28th March 2018

Lagoon Spa Seminyak Review


A spa treatment is a wonderful idea when abroad and wanting to relax and unwind. During my stay at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa in Bali, I was treated to a two-hour spa treatment of my choice at the Lagoon Spa Seminyak. It’s been quite a few months since I had a massage, so I was excited about this.

Lagoon Spa Seminyak – My Experience

Upon arriving at the award-winning luxury spa, I was greeted by very welcoming receptionists and the masseuse. The building is pretty easy to find and as soon as you enter the area, you’ll already start to feel relaxed due to the comfortable and beautiful surrounding interior. The Spa itself is clean, has plenty to offer and beautifully designed.

After I had a welcome drink, I was asked to complete a little form which took a minute or two and then I was lead around the property for a quick tour before my massage began. I decided to choose the Seminyak Estate Massage and the Seminyak Estate Facial. Both of which were amazing.

Seminyak Estate Massage:

“Seminyak Estate signature massage in a unique combination technique of Shiatsu, Balinese massage using palm, thumb pressure, arm and long strokes with warm massage oil to release muscular tension, tightness and promote relaxation.”

Seminyak Estate Facial:

“Our signature facial is made from fresh natural ingredients of yoghurt, honey, brown sugar, cucumber, egg. It is nutrient rich ingredients and recommended for all type of skin complete with head and hand massage.”

Once I entered the private luxury treatment villa, I was asked to take my clothes off and put on their massage pants and then lay on the bed. I did, of course, have a towel to cover me up and the therapist left the room.

The treatment was very relaxing and quiet allowing me to rest and unwind. I was surprised with all the oils and creams plus the back massage was truly amazing.  Although, I didn’t expect the treatment to begin with a foot wash, however, it was nice.

The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the facial scrub, it felt a little rough at times but in the end, after the treatment, it felt nice and smooth.

Overall, the treatment was extremely good, the staff were very friendly and welcoming in a professional manner. I can see why they were awarded the 2017 Global Winner of World Luxury Spa Awards.

If you’re looking for a luxury treatment whilst in Bali, I highly recommend looking at their treatments and consider giving them a go. Click here to visit their site.

Disclosure: My treatment was complimentary by Seminyak Estate & Spa, but all views are my own and reflect my stay accurately.


Best Western Kuta Beach – perfect for surfers and travellers on a budget


If you’re looking to visit Bali on a budget, Kuta Beach is a great place, there’s plenty of accommodation options available such as Best Western Kuta Beach, a three-star hotel located in the heart of Kuta Beach.

Due to the location of this hotel, you’ll have an extremely short walk to the beach, a few minutes ride to Ngurah Rai International Airport and will be surrounded by many popular areas that include restaurants, bars, shopping malls and more – making it a great hotel for surfers and travellers.

Hotel Name: Best Western Kuta Beach
Star Rating: ***
Location: Jl. Benesari Pantai Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Top Tip: Try out the red velvet latte, it’s amazing and goes very well for breakfast and/or dinner!

Best Western Kuta Beach

Arriving at Best Western Kuta Beach was easy and a quick process for getting my room sorted. I was greeted by the receptionists with a smile on their face. They were all very friendly and were happy to help if I had any questions. I opened the door to my room and was impressed with a nice room layout – the interior was great and not too basic for a chain known for budget accommodation.


Best Western Kuta Beach is situated directly in the heart of Kuta. The beach is only 50 metres away, is surrounded by popular areas. Due to this, the hotel is in the perfect spot for surfers and travellers looking to get the most out of Bali’s most famous beach. At night you’ll run into lots of trendy clubs and bars and beautiful sunset spots to chill out.

Best Western Kuta Beach Rooftop Pool
Best Western Kuta Beach Rooftop Pool

The rooftop pool will give you a lovely view of the surrounding areas, so don’t forget to take a few pictures and unwind with a few drinks.

Deluxe Room

For my stay, I was in the Deluxe room which included a comfy double bed, high-speed wifi, private safe box, bathroom with shower, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen LCD TV and much more in this cosy 22 sqm room. All rooms are equipped with WiFi, tea and coffee-making facilities and comfortable beds.

Dining at Best Western Kuta Beach

The restaurant at Best Western Kuta Beach serves both breakfast and dinner. The breakfast buffet is basic which includes the pancake station, salad bar, fruits, egg station, hot dishes, a variety of bread, Indonesian stall, juices, cereals and some soup. Keep in mind, it tends to get busy around, 7:30, however, for dinner, the meals available on the menu are great and there’s plenty of room available. My evening meal was delicious, I opted for a carbonara and it was one of the best throughout my stay in Bali. The red velvet latte was amazing and I’d highly recommend that.

All facilities and services

  • Unlimited Hi-Speed Wi-Fi
  • International Taste Restaurant
  • Rooftop Langit Bar & Lounge
  • Rooftop Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Internet Corner with Hi-Speed Wi-Fi
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry, Dry Clean and Pressing Service
  • Room Service
  • Tour Desk


  • Quick and easy check-in
  • Spacious room
  • Comfy double bed
  • Room included a balcony
  • Flat screen TV
  • Tea and Coffe amenities
  • Very kind staff
  • Evening meals were tasty and great value
  • Plenty of plug sockets available in the room
  • Reasonable costs


  • Not enough tables for breakfast during early mornings – 7:30 am I struggled to find a spare table
  • No gym facility
  • Limited towels available for the rooftop pool

The wrap up

If you’re on a budget visiting Bali or would like somewhere close to the beach and local popular attractions, Best Western Kuta Beach is the ideal hotel. With friendly staff, affordable accommodation yet comfort, you can’t go wrong. You’ll be close to the popular areas and a short walk to the beach. For breakfast, try to avoid peak times like 7:30 am – you’ll struggle to find a spare table.

Disclosure: My stay was hosted by Best Western Kuta Beach, but all views are my own and reflect my stay accurately.

Duration: 1 night, 24th - 25th March 2018
ExperiencesFood & DrinkIndonesia

My Cocktail Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Cocktail Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali

I’m a big cocktail lover, especially when I’m travelling and abroad in the sunny countries – a cocktail is always tempting. When I was invited to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel in Bali and join in on a cocktail masterclass, there was no second thinking. I never made cocktails before so this experience was a must!

Hard Rock Hotel Cocktail Masterclass Experience

Before I began the masterclass, I was greeted by the Yudha, the master of the cocktails at Hard Rock Hotel Bali. He told me a bit about himself and his background of making cocktails at the hotel whilst we were both sipping on cocktails.

The cocktail masterclass was set-up at the Hard Rock Hotel Centerstage entrance. The beautiful interior and stylish ambience set the scene for the session to begin. During the session, the mixologist, Yudha, shared various interesting tips and tricks when it comes to making cocktails and grabbing people’s attention for them to come over and to be served by you.

Cocktail Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Cocktail Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali

During the experience, I made three different cocktails, a Mojito, B53 and a sex on the beach. They were carefully planned, mixed, tried and tested.

From start to finish, I added each ingredient to the cocktail shaker as directed by Yudha. Carefully measuring, pouring and shaking to create the perfect cocktail.

Cocktail Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Cocktail Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Learning about all the ingredients I added and seeing the end result was real added value. The master of cocktail making, Yudha, shared his knowledge with me to create the tasty cocktails. It wasn’t all work though, it was done in a fun and exciting way.

Cocktail Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Cocktail Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali

The cocktail masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali is perfect for those adults looking to have a fantastic time and create memorable experiences with lots of humour and fun involved.

Cocktail Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Cocktail Masterclass at Hard Rock Hotel Bali

The masterclass cocktail sessions run daily from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Centerstage. They are priced at 181k (local currency) nett per person. You can find out more about the cocktail making masterclass here.

Disclosure: My experience at the cocktail masterclass was hosted by Hard Rock Hotel Bali, but all views are my own and reflect my experience accurately.


Akmani Legian makes your dream holiday come true

Akmani’s Grand Deluxe Poolside/ Pool Access room

When visiting Bali it’s important you choose the right accommodation. Whether it’s a solo travel, couples retreat or a family holiday, accommodation is one key factor in making your holiday perfect. Akmani Legian specialises in providing stunning luxury accommodation at affordable prices.

The Akmani Legian Hotel not only offers extremely comfy beds and beautifully designed rooms, they also have a rooftop swimming pool, a swimming pool with a kid’s pool on the ground floor, a gym and meeting rooms. With poolside access just a few feet from your room, there’s nothing better than being able to wake-up in a spacious room and go for a quick dive.

Hotel Name: The Akmani Legian
Star Rating: ****
Location: Jl. Legian Raya 91, Kuta – Bali, Indonesia
Rooms:  152 rooms
Top Tip: Treat yourself to a hazelnut latte in the morning, you won’t regret it! Unwind in the evenings by the pool drinking a variety of cocktails on offer.

The Akmani Legian

After my driver pulled up at this beautiful hotel, I admired the stunning interior and thoughts gone into the lobby designs. I checked in quickly and was dealt by very friendly staff, which were happy to help whenever I had questions. They were doing everything they could throughout my stay to ensure I had a relaxing comfortable experience.

For my stay, I was in the Grand Deluxe Pool Side / Access room 106. Upon entering, I was immediately met with a beautiful view of the pool right outside just a few steps from my bed. Also outside, not far from the room was the ground floor swimming pool bar serving cocktails and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Enjoying cocktails at Akmani Legian Hotel Bar
Enjoying cocktails at Akmani Legian Hotel Bar


The Akmani Hotel is located on Jalan Legian, just a short distance from Kuta Beach. With plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from and various shops surrounding the hotel, you can’t go wrong with accommodation in this area.

Kuta Beach, Bali
Kuta Beach, Bali. (Credit)

Grand Deluxe Pool Side / Access

During my stay at The Akmani Legian, I was lucky to get the Grand Deluxe Pool Side / Access close to both pools and the bar. This stunning room accommodates up to two people and is perfect for those who want to enjoy a romantic vacation with pool access just a few feet away.

Grand Deluxe Pool Side / Access
Grand Deluxe Pool Side / Access

The interior of the rooms are amazing, you can tell this hotel has really put a lot of thought into making the rooms beautiful. They even went to the point of creating towel art, which I love! I can honestly say, this is one of the best rooms I’ve stayed in at a hotel.

Dining at The Akmani Legian

During my stay at this stunning and very welcoming hotel, I enjoyed both a delicious breakfast and mouth-watering dinner. When it comes to breakfast, there is a buffet available on the top floor with views of the surroundings in Kuta. There’s plenty of food to choose from with the option of omelettes and other foods available on request. The special selection of coffees and lattes is also worth trying out. The presentation of them is fantastic!

Hazelnut Latte
Hazelnut Latte

For dinner, the restaurant is located just outside of the hotel reception, Legian Street Food. The restaurant serves local Indonesian food, with the option of burgers and other generic meals. Legian Street Food is open daily, on Monday – Thursday : 04:00 pm – 11:00 pm and then Friday – Saturday : 05:00 pm – 02:00 am.


All facilities and services

  • Private Bathroom / Shower
  • LED TV with International Channels
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Daily Bottled Mineral Water
  • Coffee/Tea Making Facility
  • 24/7 Reception
  • 24/7 Room Service
  • Strong WiFi
  • Restaurants
  • Airport Transfer
  • Swimming Pool with Kid’s Pool
  • Rooftop Pool & Bar
  • Gym
  • Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service
  • Meeting rooms
  • Car Rental
  • Tour Desk Information
  • Basement Parking Space
  • Spa


  • Stunning rooms with such beautiful interior designs and layout
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Very friendly and welcoming staff
  • Poolside access
  • Strong WiFi
  • 24/7 Room service


I experienced no negatives during my stay. This hotel was very well presented with great staff and local amenities close by.

The wrap-up

The Akmani Legian Hotel is a fantastic choice for those looking to relax and enjoy Bali with access to Kuta Beach just a short walk and plenty of restaurants and bars surrounding the hotel. Rooms start from just USD 68.34, but using my promo code; GARETH you’ll get 11% off all rooms, starting from USD 60.82 with the discount applied. (Code valid for booking until 31 May 2018 and stay period until 30th June 2019)

Disclosure: My stay was hosted by The Akmani Legian, but all views are my own and reflect my stay accurately.

Duration: 2 nights, Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th March 2018

Luxury Balinese Villa – The perfect couples retreat


Whether you visit Bali for a romantic getaway, a solo travel or even as a family break, staying in a villa is a fantastic choice. Especially luxury villas that include a private pool just like Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa.

Staying in a modern Balinese style villa is a perfect way to create special memories. Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa specialise in providing comfortable and luxury villas finished in fine quality, local stonework, copper, indigenous timber and hand-woven fabrics. Each and every villa has a thatched roof and interior design to give you the feeling of tropical Balinese living.

With the nearest beach, only a 5-minute drive away and Seminyak’s finest boutique shops and dining places surrounding the villas, it’s the perfect place for couples and families to create special unforgettable moments.

Hotel Name: Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa, Bali
Star Rating: ****
Location: Jalan Baik Baik Seminyak, Kuta, Bali 80361 Indonesia
Villas: 52 villas
Top Tip: Don’t forget to book a special treatment at the Lagoon Spa! I would recommend the Seminyak Estate Massage and the Seminyak Estate Facial.

Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa, Bali

After arriving at this beautiful Villa, I was immediately impressed with the interior in the lobby and surrounding areas. It felt like arriving in paradise, very tropical and stunning villas. Once I checked in, I enjoyed a delicious welcome drink. I then hopped onto the buggy and was driven to my villa. I stayed in the Grand Deluxe Pool Villa, also known as the honeymoon villa.

Grand Deluxe Pool Villa at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa
Grand Deluxe Pool Villa at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa

Opening the door to the villa, I soon had a big smile on my face and couldn’t believe how luxurious it looked, both the exterior and interior designs. I dropped my bags off, look around then jumped right into my private 4×8 meter swimming pool.

Swimming Pool at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa
Swimming Pool at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa

The 200 sqm villa included outside kitchenette, a private pool, spa gazebo, garden, en-suite bathroom, queen-sized bed and a living area. I had everything I needed for a luxury comfortable and unforgettable stay.

The staff at the resort are extremely helpful and very welcoming. They helped me resolve any issues I came across and made sure I had an enjoyable comfortable stay.


Seminyak has commonly known for being the home to the most luxurious resorts on the island. Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa is one of them, with the Lagoon Spa Seminyak winning 2016 and 2017’s world luxury spa awards.

With access directly to local attractions, a wide variety of dining and a short drive to the Seminyak’s Beach, you’ll have everything you need right near the resort.

Grand Deluxe Pool Villa

During my visit to Bali, I stayed in the Grand Deluxe Pool Villa at Seminyak Estate & Spa. The villa accommodates up to two people and is fantastic for a romantic couple retreat. After stepping into the villa, I noticed it was very spacious and had plenty to offer.

From a king-sized bed to an en-suite bathroom with a beautiful interior, an outside kitchenette, a private pool, spa gazebo and garden. The villa includes a flat-screen TV, music docking station, fridge stocked with drinks and several snacks and plenty more. You’ll also receive complimentary bottled water.

Grand Deluxe Pool Villa at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa
Grand Deluxe Pool Villa at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa

The safe was spacious and suitable to store iPads and other smaller gadgets. However, you may have trouble with fitting a laptop/MacBook. The wifi was a little slow and took several attempts to get some connection, of which still seemed to be a little slow. However, the wifi in the lobby and restaurant is very fast.

Other than the above, I’m happy to say this resort is very comfortable and worth looking into if you decide to book a special luxury getaway.

Dining at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa

Whilst staying at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa, I had both dinner and breakfast the following morning. Both were delicious and the menus were varied. For breakfast, there is a buffet available with some foods available to order, such as scrambled eggs, omelettes etc.

Breakfast at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa
Breakfast at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa

The restaurant is located above the reception has a beautiful Balinese design. With plenty of options to choose from, you’ll find some delicious food to start your day off right or end it with a mouth-watering evening meal. For my breakfast, I had a plate full of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and plenty more. A coffee and some fresh juice accompanied my meal nicely.

Breakfast at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa
Breakfast at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa

Breakfast is available from 6 am – 10.30 am, lunch from 11 am – 5 pm and lastly dinner from 5 pm – 11 pm.

All facilities and services

  • 24/7 Reception
  • Romantic Dining
  • In-villa Private BBQ
  • Award Winning Spa
  • Bedroom (King)
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Living area
  • Kitchenette
  • Spa Gazebo
  • Swimming Pool
  • Garden


  • Stunning luxury villa with beautiful interior and exterior.
  • Welcome drink and chilled towel upon arrival
  • Daily breakfast
  • Two large bottled mineral water
  • WiFi in each villa
  • Free Shuttle Service to the nearest Seminyak beach
  • Private large pool


  • Experienced connection issues with the villa WiFi and seemed to be a little slow.

The wrap-up

Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa is perfect for a couples retreat in paradise, Bali. You’ll have access to the local attractions, a short drive to the beach and the option of having a very high-quality treatment at the resort’s award-winning Spa. With prices starting from 991,680 IDR (51 GBP) you can’t go wrong with grabbing a luxury villa at this bargain price.

Disclosure: My stay was hosted Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa, an Astadala property, but all views are my own and reflect my stay accurately.

Duration: 1 night, Wednesday 21st - Thursday 22nd March 2018

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – The #1 Family Resort

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Desperate to jet off to a warm beautiful country with plenty of exciting adventures awaiting? Indonesia is the perfect country, more specifically, Bali is an ideal destination. With beautiful beaches, lots of temples and thrilling activities, what’s not to love?

With super friendly, affordable yet luxurious and family-friendly accommodation at Hard Rock Hotel, there’s no reason not to visit. I’m happy to say, your search ends here for a luxury, fun and exciting stay full of friendly staff, mouth-watering restaurants and fantastic activities.

Hotel Name: Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Star Rating: ****
Location: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Rooms: 418 rooms, 50% of which are being refurbished in June this year.
Top Tip: If you’re into music and love to sing/play guitars, check out the on-site recording studio. Also, don’t miss out on the cocktail masterclass, get that booked – you won’t regret it.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Hard Rock Hotel Bali Swimming Pools
Hard Rock Hotel Bali Swimming Pools

Whether you’re looking to visit Bali for a family holiday, a couple’s retreat or a just a solo adventure, Hard Rock Hotel caters for all. Kuta is a great location in Bali with lots going on, a great beach with beautiful sunsets, a strip full of clubs and bars and plenty of shops available for you to grab a bargain. Hard Rock Hotel is situated right near the beach, just a short walk across the road and you’ll soon be stepping on the beach of Kuta.

As you may have guessed, a popular chain such as Hard Rock not only offers guests a very comfortable and relaxed stay, they ensure you have the best time possible whilst in Bali. Each and every room is equipped with a bathroom which includes a very well designed shower and bath, very comfy beds, large pillows, work-desk, flat screen TV stocked with various new films available to watch for free, a mini-bar and more.

Other services available at the hotel include;

  • Rock Spa
  • Swimming pools with 22 poolside cabanas available
  • Body Rock Gym
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rock Shop
  • The Sound of Your Stay®
  • TABU Teens Club
  • Rock Royalty
  • Foam Party
  • ROXITY Kids Club
  • In-House Clinic
  • 8 dining and nightlife places to kick back and relax


Kuta is Bali’s most popular tourist destinations, especially for surfing sports enthusiasts. The area is also full of star hotels, restaurants, villas, malls, and so forth, making it the perfect location for an enjoyable getaway. Hard Rock Hotel is situated directly in front of Kuta Beach with access to the beach just across the road.

Kuta Beach Sunset
Kuta Beach Sunset

The surrounding areas of the hotel include many shops and restaurants including Hard Rock Hotel Bali’s Jamie’s Italian.

Deluxe Room

After checking in at Hard Rock Hotel Bali which was very quick and easy, I proceeded to my room 6414. The Deluxe room was very spacious and had plenty to offer. The room accommodates up to 2 adults and 2 children. I was also impressed with the flat screen TV being personalised with a welcome message displaying my name and a quick guide. Before unwinding, I had a quick hotel tour followed by a cocktail masterclass, which I highly recommend – such an exciting and fun experience!

Deluxe Room
Deluxe Room @ Hard Rock Hotel Bali

This room consisted of a shower and bathtub all in one. The bathroom also had a basket of the all the amenities you’d need including a toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, hairdryer etc.

Bathtub and Shower at Hard Rock Hotel
Bathtub and Shower at Hard Rock Hotel

I’m pleased to report the room was very comfortable and had everything for a relaxful yet exciting and fun stay.

Dining at Hard Rock Hotel Bali

Where do I even begin? When staying at Hard Rock Hotel Bali you’re given various options when it comes to breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel has 8 restaurants and bars. From the very popular Hard Rock Cafe to Jamie’s Italian, you’ll have plenty to choose from, all serving delicious foods.

Jamie's Italian
Jamie’s Italian

During my stay, I had breakfast at Starz Diner twice, lunch at Jamie Italian and lunch at the Splash Bistro. All of which were great and had very friendly staff and service.

Being a big Jamie Oliver fan, I was excited when I knew they had a Jamie’s Italian. I decided to go for something different, something I’ve never had before – crab spaghetti…it was actually very tasty! I will definitely be having it again.

Crab Spaghetti
Crab Spaghetti

The deserts were also extremely tasty, I would recommend the tiramisu!

Don’t just limit yourself to just Jamie’s Italian, make sure you also visit the Splash Bistro for a fantastic delicious lunch.

Lunch at Splash Bistro, Hard Rock Hotel Bali

All facilities and services

  • Free fast WIFI
  • 24/7 Reception
  • Rock Spa
  • Swimming pools with 22 poolside cabanas available
  • Body Rock Gym
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rock Shop
  • The Sound of Your Stay®
  • TABU Teens Club
  • Rock Royalty
  • Foam Party
  • ROXITY Kids Club
  • In-House Clinic
  • 8 dining and nightlife places to kick back and relax


  • A very simple friendly check-in process
  • Spacious room
  • Very comfy king-sized bed
  • Great view of the family courtyard with balcony
  • Tea and Coffe amenities
  • Flat screen TV
  • Beautifully designed bathroom interior featuring both shower and bathtub
  • Very fast WIFI throughout the hotel
  • Extremely kind and welcoming staff
  • Great selection of food and drinks available at a variety of restaurants
  • Lots of exciting activities to do at the hotel including the cocktail masterclass


  • Safe isn’t big enough to fit an Apple Mac, but it’s the perfect size for an iPad or smaller gadgets.

The wrap up

Thinking of booking a family holiday in Bali? or maybe a break for yourself and partner? Well, Hard Rock Hotel Bali caters for all, and they have plenty of activities and services available for both kids and adults. With Kuta Beach right outside the hotel, friendly welcoming staff, plenty of restaurants, daily activities and entertainment, you’ll have an amazing unforgettable stay at this holiday resort.

Disclosure: My stay was hosted by Hard Rock Hotel Bali, but all views are my own and reflect my stay accurately.

Duration: 2 nights, Monday 19th - Wednesday 21st March 2018

U Paasha Hotel, Seminyak Bali, Luxury Hotel Review


If you asked me the best country I’ve been to, I would have said the Dominican Republic, but now, it’s Indonesia – Bali. With plenty to do and such tropical scenery, Bali is a must for your travel bucket list.

Choosing accommodation to stay in when visiting Bali can be a little tricky, however. Depending on what type of vacation you’re wanting and where you would like to stay, U Paasha Hotel in Seminyak, Bali is an ideal destination for luxury travellers and is perfect for couples or solo adventurers.

Hotel Name:U Paasha Hotel by U Hotels & Resorts
Star Rating: ****
Location: Jalan Laksmana, No. 77, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia.
Rooms: 88 Suites (Size: 55 sqm), 10 Suites with a view and a Penthouse (Size: 110 sqm)
Top Tip: Relax by the pool with a Coconut Breeze cocktail, they’re amazing!

U Paasha Hotel, Seminyak Bali

My experience with U Paasha Hotel started as soon as I got off the plane. Airport transfer by the hotel was arranged prior to my landing resulting in a smooth and relaxful transfer directly to the hotel. U Paasha Hotel is located in Seminyak, just 14 minutes drive from the airport.

Lobby at U Paasha Seminyak Bali
Lobby at U Paasha Seminyak Bali

Upon arrival at the hotel, I was greeted by the receptionists of which sorted my room out very quickly. They were all very friendly and were happy to help if I had any questions. As I opened the door to my room I knew U Paasha Hotel was a great choice. All rooms are equipped with fast WIFI, tea and coffee-making facilities and very comfortable beds.

Rooftop Swimming Pool at U Paasha Seminyak Bali
Rooftop Swimming Pool at U Paasha Seminyak Bali

For my stay, I was on the 5th floor in room 519. With a spacious room a total size of 70 sqm, a walk-in shower and a king sized bed, I had everything I needed for a luxuriously comfortable and memorable stay.


Seminyak is Bali’s most stylish and top-notch beach resort area. It’s known for being the home to the most luxurious resorts on the island. With easy access to local attractions and plenty of dining and mini markets just a short walk outside the hotel, you can’t go wrong with this location.

Due to the hotel being situated in a stunning location, heading up to the rooftop swimming pool and bar will give you an incredible 360 view of the surroundings.

Suite with a view:

For my visit to Bali, I stayed in the Suite with a view at the hotel. This suite accommodates up to two people with a king size bed. After stepping into the room, I noticed it was very spacious and offered a lot. Walk-in shower, double sink, sofa, flatscreen TV, music docking station, balcony along with the general tea and coffee-making facilities and a mini-fridge.

King Sized Bed at U Paasha Hotel

Whilst there wasn’t a bath-tub, a very spacious walk-in shower definitely topped that. The only downside I encountered was the safe not being big enough to store a Mac.

Bathroom at U Paasha Hotel
Bathroom at U Paasha Hotel

Other than that, I’m very happy to report, the hotel came equipped with everything needed for a luxurious stay in Bali.

Dining at U Paasha Hotel

Whilst I did miss out on dinner at U Paasha Hotel, I did make the most of my breakfast. Every morning you’ll have the option to choose from a variety of mouth-watering foods from the breakfast buffet. With plenty on offer, you’ll definitely find something that will be very tasty. All rooms include free breakfast and is available from 6:30 am – 11 am.

Throughout the day, you’ll be able to visit the rooftop bar and purchase drinks and snacks at reasonable prices. At the time of writing this blog post, I’m currently sat outside on the rooftop bar with a stunning view and a bottle of Bintang!

Outside seating at the rooftop bar, U Paasha Seminyak Bali
Outside seating at the rooftop bar, U Paasha Seminyak Bali

All facilities and services:

  • Free WIFI
  • 24/7 Reception
  • 24-hour room usage policy (whatever time you check-in you can check-out at the same time on your date of departure.)
  • Laundry
  • 24 hour Gym
  • Rooftop Pool
  • Rooftop Bar


  • Quick and easy check-in
  • Spacious room
  • Very comfy king-sized bed
  • Great view with balcony
  • Tea and Coffe amenities
  • Flat screen TV
  • Spacious wardrobe
  • Two sinks, beautifully designed bathroom interior
  • Very fast WIFI throughout the hotel
  • 24-hour room usage policy
  • Airport transfers
  • Very kind staff
  • Great selection of food and drinks available


  • Safe isn’t big enough to fit a MacBook Pro
  • No bathtub
  • No free shuttle service

The wrap up:

If you’re looking for a luxurious stay in Seminyak, Bali exploring the local attractions then U Paasha Hotel is the perfect hotel. With affordable accommodation, high quality, luxury and comfort, you will be able to enjoy Bali and create many memorable experiences. The staff at the hotel are extremely friendly and will do whatever they can to make your stay the best it can be.

Disclosure: My stay was hosted by U Hotels and Resorts, but all views are my own and reflect my stay accurately.

Duration: 1 night, Sunday 18th - Monday 19th March 2018