Fashion is an instant universal language that crosses barriers. It allows me to express myself and my aesthetics through experimenting with different fabrics, colors and styles. It bears witness to my growth through the years. It is empowering and liberating.
Some say all resort holidays are pretty much the same. Yet last month, we had a delightful stay at The Pavilions Bali which filled us with surprises with its many unique features.
Located in the heart of the seaside town of Sanur, The Pavilions Bali is both convenient and secluded. Its long and serene bamboo alley leading to the entrance acts as a gateway to a piece of heaven on earth. Whilst many tourist attractions are nearby, none of the buzz was audible once we got inside the resort and we felt a world away.
Taking a dip in petals-filled pool is one of my floral fantasies. The special arrangement came with the Heaven On Earth in-villa dinner which is one of The Pavilions Bali’s signature dining experiences.
Greeted by a floral bathtub on our first day of arrival.
Another very special feature of The Pavilions Bali: the ancient sacred tower located just next to the hotel’s main pool, giving the usual pool experience a traditional Balinese vibe. I read that its name is Kul Kul tower, and it was once a village gathering point for villagers to share news.
Having a pampering spa treatment gave the perfect ending to our stay. The Coconut Passion treatment is unlike anything I had experienced before. The therapists used warm coconut virgin oil and fresh coconut flakes in the massage which exfoliated and nourished my skin at the same time. As I am now recalling the experience, it seems that the calming tropical scent of coconut is still lingering. It’s the ultimate indulgence.
Sumptuous breakfast was served in-villa daily with options aplenty.
View from our suite, overseeing the pool and the private white sand beach.
Every corner is photogenic and oozes sophistication.
It was raining a bit on our first day of arrival, felt lucky that we could still see the magical sunset in unicorn hues despite the rain.
Seafood dinner in the resort’s beachside restaurant – Sea Shack. We had a nice chat with the internationally-renowned sommelier Eduardo Contreras Pérez that night. He has curated a magnificent wine cellar for the resort and recommended Ruinart Brut Rosé to us for pairing with our dinner.
Outside Sea Shack.
Mocha by the pool. Wish I could start every day like this.
Italian lunch at Ombra by the pool. Still missing the sea urchin pasta!
Day bed in our suite’s balcony.
My favorite meal during our whole stay: authentic Vietnamese cuisine in Sora & Umi. The Phu Quoc chicken bamboo rice is a must try.
Sora & Umi also serves Japanese food and we had our 3rd night’s dinner there.
In-room brekkie of rainbow colors.
Before leaving the island, we tried the deep tissue massage treatments offered by the HARNN Spa staff who are skillful and caring. We ended our vacation feeling more refreshed than ever.
Check out the special opening offer by InterContinental Phu Quoc Long Beach Resort HERE.
Serendipity. The best things in life usually happen unplanned.
We came across this little patch of wonderland in the middle of nowhere as we were driving to Komoro Castle Ruins Kaikoen from Karuizawa, and the flare was unplanned too.
It was late April when we went to Tokyo and all forecast said the best viewing period of cherry blossom was early April. With not much hope, we tried our luck anyway and paid a visit to Komoro Castle Ruins which proves that the ancient wisdom is right: “The secret to happiness lies in having low expectation.”
First time seeing Shibazakura carpet – Misato Sibazakjura Park