One of our yummiest and most talented chef friend and 100 percent Travel Junkie is food connoisseur Reem Ayyash! Food blogger and founder of AFoodAffair.me, she started the blog because ” There were a handful of beautiful food blogs that were my constant source of inspiration and I’ve always wanted to be part of the blogger community, but was too intimidated to start and share. After leaving LivingSocial I felt ready to jump into what I love (almost) more than my husband: Food. My LinkedIn profile shows you my business experience and nothing about my love and passion for cooking. A Food Affair by Reem Ayyash launched in November 2012. It’s a diary of my food experiments, with a few adventures thrown in for good measure. It’s a place to explore step-by-step recipes, hosting tips, cleaver DIY and inspiration for stylish entertaining. ” Her travel diaries are always inspiring so be prepared to have her here very often!!
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Destination Bali, Indonesia – For our honeymoon, my husband and I were looking for a destination that is packed with adventure, relaxation and vibrant culture and Bali was the perfect getaway. We went in June and the weather was gorgeous: sunny, with light showers during the day and very slight humidity
Month We went in June – the best time to go is from May-October
Stayed at We stayed at Ayana Resort & Spa
The hotel is one of the most luxurious spot in Bali with acres of tropical gardens, stunning beach views, 3 pools and many restaurants to choose from. They will do anything to ensure your stay is a memorable one – from the moment you check-in until the second you check-out. Service is beyond outstanding: if you don’t feel like going to the restaurant for breakfast they’ll bring whatever you desire to your balcony and set-up a beautiful spread. They have 11 restaurants and bars to choose from – ranging from fresh seafood on a cliff to traditional Italian cuisine. But the highlight is the award-winning Rock Bar, giving you 360 degree views of the shimmering waters. It’s pricey and since we were staying for 10 nights we chose the standard guest room – but it’s anything but standard. Very spacious room with a balcony overlooking the garden and beach. The spa is like an island on its own and they have a golf course, library, cooking classes, yoga and so much more. You can honestly just stay at the resort and have a great time.
In your suitcase A mix of super cute bikinis and swim suits from H&M and Victoria’s Secret, flip flops from Havaianas, lots of summer dresses from Mango and H&M. I also bought a lot of funky jewelry, cover ups and slippers from Bali – their stuff was amazing and so reasonably priced. You should definitely keep your heels at home, everyone is walking around barefoot or in flip flops
Dined at The Living Room Bali the venue is just stunning with a beautiful garden decorated in lights and candles. It’s a fine dining restaurant which is rare to find in Bali and the food is unique with a mix of Indonesian flavors and International favorites. We ordered the Baby Chicken with Harissa and Beef Tenderloin with Miso sauce. They also have classic French desserts that are impossible to resist.
Afterwards you can walk over to Ku Da Ta – an amazing lounge by the beach where you can have drinks and dance the night away. It’s a very popular hangout but it’s so fun! The food is great there too.
Shopped Don’t you dare go to the mall, the have lots of stalls and shops on the streets that sell everything from souvenirs, to swimwear, jewelry, to coffee and one of a kind paintings. Don’t remember any names but they were all great – you def find what you’re looking for.
Diary Bali is actually a big island and each area differs so much from the other. Our resort was near the airport and just 20-minute car ride to Kuta. Kuta is very active and busy, great for shopping and hanging out at the beach. We would spend the day at the public beach, have lunch, get a foot massage for AED 15 (no joke) and go back to our resort. We then decided to spend a couple of nights in Seminyak where it’s trendy area with chic restaurants, clubs, fashion and eclectic galleries. We didn’t get a chance to go to Ubud but I wish we went – it’s all rice fields and very cultural.
Tips To really experience Bali go for at least 10 days. There is so much to do and see. Stay at boutique hotels because they’re so unique and vibrant. Everyone is so friendly and the majority speaks English so language is no issue. The massages are amazing, even the ones by the street so spoil yourself. And eat at the chic and trendy restaurants and cafes. The food is fantastic and full of flavor. And of course the exotic fruit is a must. You can hire a scooter to get around – cheaper than cabs, but the streets are really busy and it can be dangerous if you don’t know how to drive one. Finally, experience a traditional Balinese dinner and dance show, it’s really entertaining.
Mode of travel We took Emirates, there are no direct flights to Bali so you need to stop in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. From Dubai to Jakarta it’s an 8 hour flight then another hour to Bali. I recommend stopping in anywhere except Jakarta – the airport was really run-down, dirty and no place to sit while waiting for the flight.