Nypei: March 7th

Nyepi is the Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa (Saka new year). Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day before is an afternoon/evening full of fun as the locals chase the evil spirits out of the island by parading large monsters through the street. This can be watched in Melasti, or, if you want the full experience and you have a motorbike, in Culik (20 minutes from Lipah). That night is the last opportunity to prepare for Nyepi day, as no lights, noise, or activity is allowed.

After being chased out of Bali, evil spirits will return and search the island for souls to corrupt. This is the reason people are not allowed to be seen or heard on Nyepi day. No lights, no music, no walking around the streets. The day is for meditation and contemplation, reflecting on who you are as a person and how you contribute in society. The evil spirits see there is noone left on the island, no souls to corrupt, so they fly away in search elsewhere.

There is no movement at all on Nypei except for those who have been blessed or have an emergency and are escorted by one of the blessed. The airport shuts for the entire day, no air traffic is allowed. No motorbikes or cars, no pedestrians, no internet, no radio, no television. To some tourists it sounds quite daunting, especially if it is not explained why this is occuring.

The rules are simple, you can not leave the resort, but are able to enjoy the facilities inside the walls, like the pool and the restaurant. Our restaurants will be closing early to allow our staff time for their own reflection and meditation, please check with the restaurant for exact closing times. We request that you please keep light use to a minimum and draw your curtains if you would like any lights on. If possible, please use only the reading lights or the mirror lights on this night. Please do not use the veranda light, play music, or be loud during this day. We appreciate your consideration for the Balinese people.

In Amed, we are incredibly lucky. We have unobstructed views of the sky, and with zero light pollution, you are able to see shooting stars and all of the night sky. This is a good night to play cards or catch up on downloaded shows (as there is an internet shutdown), or partake in some meditation and relfection as well.


Touring the east!

What is there to see on the east coast of Bali? Well, this side of Bali has so much to offer, and much of it is just being discovered by tourists.

We have Lempuyang temple, one of Bali’s most instagrammed temples as one of the gates looks over Gunung Agung. There is Besakih temple situated at the base of Gunung Agung, the “Mother Temple” and is one of the most prayed at temples in Bali.

We have 2 water palaces, one is a formal water palace, Ujung, with a beautiful landscaped garden, sweeping steps, and man made lake. The other is a more locally used palace with large Koi fish, more nature based landscape, and a fresh water pool open for swimming.

Within a couple of hours drive, we have waterfalls, some of which require a guide, and usually a short walk to get to it. Absolutely stunning all year around, the waterfalls are well worth the extra bit of effort to get to. I have listed the names of some of the closer ones.

    Yeh Mampeh
    Tukad Cepung

In the Amed region there is natural sea salt making, and you can visit the farms to see how it is made. These spots are beachside and gives you an idea of how much work goes into making salt, with the minor use of modern equipment.

The east coast is also very well known for its’ diving and snorkeling. With coral gardens just off the beach and hardly any current, this area is one of the best for learning to dive, getting a dive certificate, and snorkeling with children or hestitant swimmers. Gentle seas, hardly any waves, and underwater beauty within 2 meters of the shoreline, it doesn’t get much better than this. Check out our section on Eurodive for more diving information.

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Bali has many faces…

Whilst travelling around Bali, you can easily forget that it has many faces and a whole variety of things to do. From religious sites and ceremonies, to scuba diving and hiking, to shopping, and amazing food and drink options! Every area of Bali has something unique to offer you.

The far west of Bali is the least touched by western culture. You will meet more locals and see less western foods and tourist activities.

Heading north west of Bali is Pemuteran and Menjangan Island. These are wonderful scuba diving spots and very quiet in terms of tourist places.

Moving to the north of Bali is Lovina, a Dutch colonisation that is popular with retirees. Not to say there is nothing to do, it is a beautiful area with lovely sunsets and many sea based activities (like sunset cruise or fishing).

The north west, north, and heading into the north east you can find many waterfalls and hidden gems for exploration.

The east brings you to the Karangasem region, where Amed is. We have plenty of snorkeling, scuba diving, free diving, hiking, and relaxation. We also have some awesome temples and palaces.

To the center of Bali is Gunung Agung with Besakih (Mother Temple of Bali) at the base of the volcano. Ubud is a short trip away and is the cultural hub of Bali as it is where the Royal Family traditionally resides. This area is well known for their waterfalls, temples, traditional ceremonies and performances, terraced rice fields, and adventure activities.

The south of Bali is where all the tourists come to play. From Canggu, to Seminyak, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, and up to Sanur, you will find your spot. Nusa Dua is where the 5 star resorts are, Sanur is quieter and a better spot for older people and people with young children. The beaches are calm and shallow, there is one main road, and it’s very safe. Sanur also has market shopping, upmarket shopping, small bars and a wide range of restaurants (in terms of price and flavours). Uluwatu is for the surfers, the biggest waves and breaks are to be found, but definitely not for beginners. There are many secret beach spots, many of which require climbing down some hidden stairway into an almost private beach paradise. Canggu is hipster heaven, everyone is a yoga instructor or a surfer or tattoo artist, you will find your fill of cafe racers/vintage bikes, hippy/surfie/indy clothes shopping, plus amazing dining and super cool bars and cafes. Kuta is full of Australian tourists looking for a cheap holiday and cheap chopping. It offers parties, parties, and more parties. Australias version of Ibiza (for the Europeans) or Cancun (For Americans). Lastly, Seminyak. Seminyak offers beach clubs, fine dining, galleries, upscale bars and restaurants, up market party spots, and awesome breakfast haunts. The shopping is decent and most people will find a part of it they like, but beware of traffic. It gets incredibly congested around the southern areas of Bali.

So there you go, a little break down of Bali! Keep an eye on our facebook and instagrams over the next few weeks for activities and sights available in some of these places as I holiday around Sanur, Uluwatu, Canggu, and Ubud for a week. ✌️


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Self Care


As we approach wet season, but are not yet getting rain, you may notice it is getting quite a bit warmer. The humidity levels start to sky rocket, it is hot, sticky, and oppressive. How to combat this?

If everyone puts their airconditioning on at the same time, there is an electricity dip and they underperform. As it is so hot, they do take much longer to start letting out cold air and cooling your room. This is an issue in the area, but simple steps can help you survive.

First- have a cold shower or swim in the pool or ocean. A simple solution that can also be fun! Take time to snorkel, or lounge in the pool, frequent dips make the heat much more bearable.

Second- if you are going to be inside and the airconditioning is not cooling as fast as you want it to be, wet a sarong or t-shirt and wear that inside. The wet material with a little breeze cools the body considerably.

Third- Drink lots of cold water! Cold water when ingested internally cools the body and it does make you feel better. Sweat is the bodies natural way to try cool down, so make sure you top up your liquids to ensure you do not dehydrate. Note: if yor lips are dry, you definitely need more water! Otherwise check out this following website for more information on dehydration https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/dehydration

Self Care


During dry season (June-September), there are almost no mosquitoes about. This happens due to 2 main reasons; first, it is the windy season, so not many can fly about in the strong winds, and second, it seldom rains. Because it is so dry, pockets of water dry up quickly, and as it does not rain, those same areas are not refilled.

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so you will see many lotus pots filled with small fish that eat the larvae to stop this from happening. These little spots of water exist everywhere; spare tyre, an unused bucket, a dark damp corner of the garden, below stacks of tiles or building equipment, even in a dense clump of bushes where the ground does not dry. These are all enough to create a breeding ground for mosquiotes. As the wet season approaches, with the rains brings more mosquito breeding areas, and therefore more mosquitoes.

How can you protect yourself?

Always wear mosquito repellant, whether it’s day or night. Many people think DEET filled repellants will work because it’s so strong, but for some reason it does not work that well here. A locally bought alternative (Autan or Soffel) is lighter and less oily, but more efficient, and a more pleasant smell.

Use your mosquito net.

Just undo the ties and your mosquito net will cover your bed!

Use your Electric Mosquito “Mat”.

Each room will be equipped with a little electric mosquito plug in. You slide the infused bug spray “mat” in it, and plug it into the wall. This will then diffuse a pleasantly smelling bug spray throughout the room.

Use your “Baygon Bakar”, mosquito coil.

When you are on your veranda, you will have access to a mosquito coil that you can light or will be lit for your dailiy to repel mosquitoes whilst you enjoy your veranda.

Hopefully this helps you with your mosquito woes, feel free to ask the staff for more information!