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AMANDARI

AMANDARI (link) (instagram) Location: Jalan Raya Kedewatan, Ubud Year built: September 1989. Architect: Peter Muller from Sydney, Australia Ethos: modern Balinese village, located around terraces and the only resort located close to a temple Bali is like an oasis for the senses – the scenery, the people, the food, and the pace, each have their own distinct, unique qualities, but together, act as a respite for the mind and body. This trip to Bali gave me focus and mental clarify by giving me the chance to completely immerse myself in nature (one of the best things about being in Ubud.) This time, I stayed at Amandari, which i...
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AMANKILA

AMANKILA (link) (instagram) My latest escape has taken me to Bali, where I got to relax at the closest thing to paradise – Amankila resort in Manggis, Bali just off the east coast of the archipelago. Amankila means ‘peaceful hill’, which describes the resort in the most minimal way. Built in March 1992 by architect Ed Tuttle, the resort was inspired by the palaces of Ujung and Tirtagangga. Each suite is built like a beach house and is connected with pathways, each suite elevated on stilts to maximize sea views. It overlooks the Lombok Strait and everywhere you turn is a picturesque moment. The resort is a perfect mix of modern...
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AMANKORA

AMANKORA (link) (instagram) This is one of the most exciting trips I’ve been on that I’ve been anticipating the most because I finally got the chance to visit Bhutan! Located in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is a Buddhist country that requires an extensive visa process, so it’s crucial that you research the different visas that are required before you go. Make sure you get your visa first before booking your flight since there are different fees, for example, there is a minimum spend each day per visitor, or if you’re traveling by car, certain permits are required to go through certain areas. Because I stayed at AMANKORA, the...
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ROYAL PHUKET MARINA

ROYAL PHUKET MARINA (link) (instagram) The Royal Phuket Marina was like a home away from home in Phuket. Literally, because it’s an extended stay experience with a minimum of one month stay at its properties. (Get around this time minimum by booking through Air Bnb.) Located on the east coast of Phuket, the Royal Phuket Marina is right on the waters, that gives me the same feeling as a town center. There’s a square, restaurants, bars, and a great kid’s club, and it’s all a couple hours of sailing away to the beautiful beach areas of Krabi, Phang Nga Bay, Koh Phi Phi, and the Similan Islands. All properties have waterfront vi...
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THE LIFECO BODRUM

THE LIFECO BODRUM (link) (instagram) The holiday season is a tempting time to indulge and gorge on alcohol and rich food, but during my stay at the LifeCo in Bodrum, Turkey, I was converted and motivated to live a raw, healthier lifestyle. I previously stayed at their Phuket location during another detox trip, and while this was another detox, the tailor-made experience was on a whole new level.  This time I participated in a seven-day retreat (other programs are available with a four-day minimum) that was made up of two green experience days and four raw vegan days made up of a 1200 calorie daily diet. Throughout the day, besid...
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