wearing: WHITELABEL ID top | A BRAND denim shorts | TOPSHOP outerwear | LACK OF COLOR hat | ASOS sandals 

The vivid bougainvillea cascading down the cream wall at Ayana Resort was every girls' dream for a photo backdrop. It was hard not stop and stare for a while to really appreciate how beautiful the combination is, especially with the bright blue sky in the background.

To say that Ayana resort is generously sized is a definite understatement. It will probably require days to fully explore the whole retreat. In the Balinese weather that is extremely hot and humid, one requires some sort of sun protection, ideally a hat, sunnies and a coverup. This romantic black kimono became handy for this tropical getaway as it is light and airy whilst still providing some coverage. The playful hanging tassels further accentuate the beach feels and a fun addition to the outfit. 

xoxo, ET



wearing: BEGINNING BOUTIQUE top and skirt | ASOS heels | LACK OF COLOR hat | HUMMINGBIRD ROAD fascinator

When it comes to packing for a tropical destination such as Bali, the key elements I think about are the lightness of the fabric, the loose fit for that extra breeze and obviously how comfortable the outfit is. It seems like over the trip, I have developed a deep fondness for the slitted skirt as it lends a flirtatious vibe to any ensemble. To further accentuate femininity, I accompanied it with a lace off-shoulder crop top and not to forget, a straw hat for that island life feel whilst not forgetting to be sun smart.

xoxo, ET

TRAVEL DIARY | Bali Part II - Karma Kandara


6 months later and still thinking about Bali. The island of Gods definitely live up to their expectations and will always be one of my favourite destinations. We spent the first leg of the trip around central Bali and the perfect way to end our girls' trip was to get away from the hustle and bustle of the island. In the pockets of untouched areas, we discovered true paradise at Karma Kandara that is perched on the cliff of Uluwatu, located Southwest of Bali. The 5 star resort offers a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, making it the perfect place to rejuvenate and unwind in blissful luxury before reality hits. 

It's no surprise Karma Kandara has received numerous travel awards, especially highlighting their excellency in architecture. Sticking to their Balinese roots by juxtaposing natural stone, wood and tropical foliage, the resort offers exclusive luxurious villas with a private pool. Our villa features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (with 1 amazing outdoor shower as well), a living room and a kitchen, which instantly made each of us feel right at home. And what better accessory than floaties to take full advantage of the private pool

The entire retreat is especially huge, so each time we want to leave our private villa to visit and utilise their facilities, we had to call for the buggy service. After a quick splash in the amazing infinity pool, we continue our morning with a delicious set of breakfast at Di Mare restaurant that is located right above the pool, overlooking a tranquil oceanic view. The breakfast was included in our package and they offer a wide range, from classic continental to traditional Indonesian. 

Set on the rooftop of the restaurant is the Temple Lounge where you can enjoy custom cocktails and sharing plates showcasing Middle-Eastern flavours. Personally, the blue and white features evokes a Grecian ambience.

Taking a quick ride down the cliff, using the inclinator lift, took us to Karma Kandara's private beach where their beach club is located. Its exterior is designed with local bamboo and classically thatched to create a typical cabana feel and accentuate that island-life atmosphere. Unfortunately it was high tide season during our visit, so we weren't able to swim or snorkel but there are plenty of other things to do. There is no time to get bored at this resort as there is a broad range of activities and picturesque locations to visit. The cherry on top of this already euphoric trip, was the Balinese fairy floss sunset by the beach. 

Walking through cascading blooms and vines across this inspiring retreat was an adventure in itself. I have to admit though, the countless encounters with giant tropical insects were just not my cup of tea. However, it was still a pleasurable journey as we discover a relaxing escape at Karma Spa. 

Last but not least, my favourite place out all the beautiful ones I have already mentioned and elaborated, has to be the infinity pool. It's hard to not let out gasps of delight when you see such a stunning view. If time permits, I would spend all day here to simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
It is clear enough from this post that I would go back to Karma Kandara in a heartbeat.

xoxo, ET

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