30.10.14

NUSA DUA

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As I said in my post about The Balé it was my first time staying in Nusa Dua, so I definitely wanted to take advantage of the amazing surroundings. Our first activity was a whole bunch of water sports! We went jet skiing, took a crazy trip on a 'flying fish' and also parasailing - which you will be able to see more of when I upload my gopro footage on my youtube channel - spindizzyfall. Next we were off to Finn's Beach Club for some cocktails & chill time. We had a serious 'yolo' moment and decided to eat at the St Regis for dinner. The grounds of the St Regis was a rainforest and we were whizzed over to the restaurant in a golf buggy when we arrived. We ordered a main of chicken and a main of lamb and shared (obviously the best way to try more than one thing in a place like that) - both plates complete with micro veggies and foam! It took us so long to finish our huge cocktails after dinner that we ended up being the last ones there. It was quite an experience. 

emma

29.10.14

VIDEO: Istanbul



I know I've already past my Europe posts but I had to share my Istanbul videos with you guys! The first is a collection of snippets from our time exploring the city - including the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Hagia Sophia, The Grand Bazaar, The Spice Bazaar and a boat ride of the Bosphorus. The second is a special video from our tour of the Mavi Jeans factory! Hope you like them. Make sure you subscribe to my youtube channel too - spindizzyfall


emma

28.10.14

THE BALÉ

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Can you really blame me for jetting off again so soon after Europe when I was welcomed into a paradise such as this place?! I travelled to Bali with my pal Bree over the past few weeks and our first stop was The Balé in Nusa Dua. Belive it or note, it was actually my 7th trip to Bali but I still had a few 'firsts' on this trip. I had visited Nusa Dua before but never stayed there and I quickly learnt that when staying there is was all about luxury. Mostly because all you want to do is hang around in the resort - who wouldn't when it's as amazing as The Balé? It has all the pros of a luxury resort; a personal butler, private swimming pool complete with daybed, two showers, divine room service...but something we loved the most was that it was a kid-free-zone! Oh the serenity. Thanks to The Balé & Lifestyle Retreats team for having us!


emma

15.10.14

MAVI FACTORY

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On our last day in Turkey we were taken on a private tour of the Mavi jeans factory. It was mega. Every staff member had a different job and would pass the designs down the line. From zippers, to pockets, from denim cutting to laser printing. Yes, lasers! As you can see we were also surprised with cute little laser prints of our own. We also saw how they stone wash their designs and how they get the perfect crinkle. So much work is put into each design and you really appreciate the designs when you see how high the quality of production is. After the tour we had a huge lunch - as we were told "you're in Turkey - you got to eat like us!" And we were definitely treated to a feast! 

As I wrap up my Europe posts I want to say a huge thank you to the Mavi Istanbul team for being amazing hosts and Mavi Australia and Trans Turk Travel for making the trip possible in the first place! We had a killer time and it's definitely a trip to remember. 

emma

13.10.14

TURKEY

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While in Istanbul we had a few days to wander about on our own. Our first stop was the Hagia Sophia. Even though part of it was being renovated it was still stunning. We also got the chance to make a wish at the wishing column which was pretty funny (I'll include some footage in my upcoming video from Istanbul on my youtube channel - spindizzyfall). We decided to revisit the Grand Bazzar for a bit of shopping and also explore the Spice Bazzar which was magical. As you can probably imagine the smell in there was pretty amazing and we ended up with quite a few little spice kits & sweets. As if we hadn't had enough we headed over to one of the best cafes in Istanbul for turkish delight and order a few plates of sweets. The next day we went made our way to the Galata tower which boasts 360 degree views of the city. As you can probably tell a lot of our time also revolved around food. It's a bit hard to describe everything we ate so I guess I'll let the photos do the talking this time! 

emma