Taking a breather in Jimbaran Bay

After what felt like the world’s longest journey, we finally reached Bali, and our first stop – Jimbaran Bay! We reached the hotel (Intercontinental Bali) just in time for sunset and were greeted by the front desk with cooling towels and a lovely tea cocktail (“rosella” Tea with lemon and honey – I need to find out what this is!) The hot and humid climate seemed like such a welcome relief from the never-ending winter 2013.

We quickly dropped our bags in the room and headed out to check out the hotel and more importantly the beach. The hotel is beautifully maintained and the grounds included elements from the local Indonesian architecture for the pools and the common areas.

Photos from travel blog

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Off to Magical Bali

We recently got back from a week in Bali, and I just have to say that the trip was nothing short of magical! We have had a really L-O-N-G winter in NYC and work has been incredibly hectic. So, we just had to make a trip some place warm (and notably exotic) for spring break – and we picked Indonesia! So, off we went to Barnes & Noble to buy a map and scour books on travel to Indonesia. To our surprise, there were not that many travel guides for Indonesia, looking at the map one can see why! Indonesia is estimated to have┬ámore than 18,000 islands of which 6000 are inhabited (wikitravel).

Indonesia’s main islands are Sumatra, Sulawesi, Papua, Kalimantan, Java, and the small but world-renowned island of Bali. To traverse these islands (or one entire region) would take weeks, if not months. For an itinerary of 1 week (7 days), we picked Bali and Lombok. The next set of posts will cover our magical trip!