Pamper Yourself in Bali: The Best Massage and Beauty Treatments

The Balinese definitely have an affinity for massage. They are brought up with it, as they massage their children from an early age. They have many colleges now and are very well trained. I have never had a massage in Bali that wasn’t excellent. Though, to be honest, I don’t tend to favour the ones which take place on the beach in public...

Spanish Food

One of the reasons why Spain is so high up on my list of possible retirement destinations is the food. Although perhaps not as famous as French cuisine, the Spanish have a very rich and delicious food culture. The Spanish eat their main meal at lunchtime and tend to have rather long lunch breaks, sometimes followed by a siesta...

Shopping in Bali

Shopping in Bali is never dull. Whether you go to the big department stores, the small boutiques in the tourist towns or the little markets off the beaten track, you will be greeted with warm smiles and good humour. No matter where you are, offerings (known as canang sari) are placed in front of each business every morning to give them luck for the day. Little woven banana leaf plates with rice...

Test-Driving a Bali Retirement

I’m sitting cross-legged on the sand in the cool of the early morning. I can see the outline and the white cliffs of Nusa Penida island in the distance, through the fading pink sky of dawn which is slowly transforming itself into the bright blue of a sunny day. I’m on Sanur beach, a place which touches the soul. The gentle sea breezes are fanning my face which is already warm from the short cycle ride down to the beach...

In Pictures: My Top 5 Favourite Balinese Dishes

Most people have heard of nasi goreng (fried rice) and mie goreng (fried noodles) which are the staples of the Indonesian diet and are eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are available everywhere in Bali and justly popular. But some of the more specifically Balinese dishes are perhaps less known and sadly not appreciated as much as they might be.

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