How to pack your suitcase like a boss!

lv suitcseHey Lovelies!

How are all of you doing? I am doing great. I am lying in bed, typing this post for you guys as I my mind is taking a trip on it’s own. Saturday my big Euro Trip will start.

4 Countries, 8 cities, 10 days- Can I do this thing? Sure I can! It will be a very fun trip and I can not wait to see, discover and explore.

I will start my trip in Madrid and I will continue to Malaga, Barcelona, Rome, Munchen, Berlin, Nice and Paris. I can not wait to see these cities as a lot of them I have not seen before. I am originally from Holland but since I lived in Asia and traveled a lot in especially South East Asia, I currently am more of an expert on that continent. But that is about to change. 2015 has brought me already so many lovely travels and trips like my most recents from the past month: Porto in Portugal and Dublin in Ireland. Both cities/countries I have not visited up until last month.

Due to all these travels I have developed an amazing ‘fast packing skill technique that today I will share with you all so you, just like myself, can ‘Pack like a boss too’ !

1. Where are you going? – Understand your destination
It is very important that you understand your destination. Are you going to a sunny destination or to a colder destination. What will you need? Make a mental moodboard of all the stuff you need and than you will continue to the next step;

2. Make lists – preparation is everything.
The common mistake that people make is to skip this step. Why waste time on writing down everything that you have to pack right? Wrong! It might take you an extra 15 minutes but after that it is quite easy. It is like having your grocery list while walking in the supermarket. You can walk down every aisle and just get all the products you need and put them in your shopping cart. The same with traveling. Lists will be your best friend.

3. Toiletry bags and plastic containers are your best friend- Organize your stuff!
I always organize my stuff. And you should do it too. Put everything in a bag or container of it’s own in the category it belongs too. For example:
Keep all your chargers (Phone, laptop camera) in one toiletry bag (yes they are meant for your make up but why not use them for other purposes? They are so handy!
Also have a separate bag for your bra’s and undies. When you arrive at your location it is so much easier to find anything and you won’t have to look for hours for that one favorite pair of knickers.

4. Pack smart- treat your suitcase like it is a Tetris Game
Remember playing Tetris when you were a kid? Or well, if you are like me you probably played it somewhere this week. haha. The point of the game is to fit everything together perfectly in straight rows- that will give you the perfect score. And that is kind of the same thing as packing your suitcase. You want to get as much in as you can and you do not want to wase space. You already made a smart choice by organizing your categories in separate bags as mentioned in step 3. Now it is time to place all the containers and toiletry bags neatly in your suitcase. The best way to pack your suitcase is to fill both halves. Some people just stash everything in one side and than flap the over over it and they are like-done. This way you can actually pack less and you do not use your suitcase to it’s full advantage. When you pack both halves and you separate them by a carton board (if your suitcase does not come with it’s own board you can use a flat carton board, a very cheap solution to create more space in your luggage and keep it well organized) you will see that you have a better overview of what goes where and you will use the capacity of your suitcase to it’s fullest!

I hope these tips help! What are your best tips? 

xoxo

Review: Luxury Resort The Edge | Bali | Indonesia

Schermafbeelding 2015-10-15 om 00.25.30Bali probably has the most beautiful collection of luxury,  boutique en design hotels and villa’s in the entire world. One complex is more beautiful and luxurious than the other and it is my job to take you on a journey through these beautiful resorts. I want you to see all these beautiful places so we can get lost together. I have the privilege of staying in these places and it gives me great joy to share my moments with you.

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Today I will be sharing my experience about my stay at The Edge in Bali.
The Edge is part of the Mesa hotels and resorts and I must say, from all the places I have ever stayed in, this is by far the best place so far. The Edge is in it’s league of it’s own. Nothing can compare to the beauty and luxury of this resort. Everything is impeccable.

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From the 24/7 personal butler services, to the treatments at their own private Spa. From the delicious haute cuisine menu to the million dollar views you have from every angle. The Edge is definitely the place to be if you enjoy only the best things in life.

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At the Edge nothing is impossible. You want something? They will make it happen for you. I was highly impressed with the service even before I arrived at the venue. I was in touch with my personal butler by email before my arrival to set everything up. From the type of pillow that I preferred to the Spa menu that was send so I could see what treatment I preferred. (A full review on this will follow) – Oh, even the welcome drink was prepared because I could let them know in advance which one I wanted. – Perfection!

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LOCATION- How to get there
The Edge is set within the traditional village of Pecatu. This might not be the most familiar place in Bali for the travels so let’s just say that it is a 5 minute drive from Uluwatu and approximately a 35 minute drive from Ngurah Rai Airport.  It is very easy to reach the resort because the Edge offers a complimentary transfer and pickup service. This transfer is done by a driver and your personal butler will accompany you for the trip. When I was picked up from my hotel in Uluwatu to bring me to the Edge I was picked up in a luxury vehicle. Directly upon entering the vehicle the butler introduced himself and gave me great information about the venue. What I also absolutely adored was that while driving towards the resort the butler showed me a presentation with lots of beautiful pictures of the venue on the iPad while offering me water, a refreshing towel and some chocolates- Yes, the million dollar treatment started from the get go!

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The Edge is build literally on ‘The Edge’ making it one of the highest points in Bali where I have ever been. Because you are on this ‘Edge’ you will have a fantastic view overlooking the clear blue ocean and trust me while I say that it is the perfect spot for pink sky sunsets!

The edge is the perfect location because from there you can go everywhere. Just ask your butler for tips and he will give you all the ins and outs about Bali. You can easily go to a beautiful beach like Dreamland in Jimbaran or have a golf session in Nusa Dua. Every place is easy to reach from the Edge because even though it might be a bit of a drive, your butler will take good care of you and make sure you will reach there in all comfort!

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THE RESORT-
At the Edge it is all about quality and not about quantity. You can see that in everything. The villa resort is so exclusive that it ‘only’ has 3 villa’s.
The Mood ( a 2 bedroom Villa)
The Cliff   ( a 3 bedroom Villa)
The View  ( a 5 bedroom Villa)

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I had the pleasure and honor to stay in the 5 bedroom villa that can accommodate 10 people. But more about that later on.
Even though all the villa’s come with their own private swimming pool (some with several swimming pools) there is also a common area where you can take a dip or have a tanning session while enjoying a cocktail that is freshly made by one of the fantastic staff members. This common area is connected to the Spa

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THE VIEW- The villa I have stayed in
I stayed in the 5 bedroom villa named ‘The View”. When you enter the villa you will understand why it is called ‘The View’. When you go outside, on your private terrace where you have not one, but 2 swimming pools you will see the most magnificent views that you have ever seen, overlooking Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods. The view of the ocean is incredibly beautiful. Just for a moment you will forget all the bad things in your life because the beauty of the villa and it’s views are so incredibly beautiful.

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The villa has 2 floors. The top floor has 2 master bedrooms. Both with their own million dollar view. The windows from the floor to the ceiling will create the best morning view you will ever have. When you wake up you will see the clear blue sky and the ocean. You will immediately feel that you are in paradise. Oh, and if that won’t do the trick for you, you will have palm trees in your own garden too.

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All the rooms are beautifully decorated and you will see the Eastern world fuse with the Western world. It has all the luxuries from the Western standards but with beautiful Asian and Balinese details. All the details in the villa are definitely the ‘best of both worlds’.

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On the ground floor you also have the kitchen area and the living room. The living room comes with a big comfortable couch and again, you will have a fantastic view of the scenery. And perhaps you would like to play some piano? This is also not a problem because the living room comes with it’s own piano so you can let all your musical talent out and create some lovely tunes!

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The huge dining table is perfect to host your family dinner. Since the villa can fit up to 10 people this big dining table is just perfect. It is beautiful and luxurious.

On the Lower Ground Floor, because ‘basement’ just does not sound right while talking about this luxury villa, you will have 3 other bedrooms. All the bedrooms come with their own bathroom including a shower and a bath tub. Downstairs you also have a living area and even a wine celler.

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2 highlights from this Lower Ground Floor area are the home cinema where you can watch your favorite movie in your own private theatre and the kids playroom. The playroom comes with the best toys ( I even fell in love with Mr. Teddy :)) and the best games like a nintendo, wii, playstation and so on. All the toys are renewed every 3 months so you can be sure that you will have great new toys to play with (or let your kids play with).

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Kissy Kissy!

FOOD AND BEVERAGES-  Fantastic food and delicious drinks
At the edge they offer only the best things so you can imagine what this means for the food and drinks. The most delicious meals you will ever have in your life will be in this place, I can guarantee you that. They have a menu where they offer a big variety of food. From local dishes to Western food- there is something on the menu for everyone. They also do offer personalized menu’s  and again, whatever you want, your butler will make sure you will have it.

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The delicious lamb chops!


Funny anecdote: While we got the tour through the villa the manager told us that he once had guests that preferred Scottish salmon. But let’s be honest, where will you find Scottish salmon in Bali? You just don’t. So they flew it in. Just for this one guest and his company. If that isn’t top notch service I do not know what is. (of course this service has it’s own price tag but hey, nothing is impossible :))

I have tried so many things from the menu but I must say I have found my love in the lychee cocktail, the grilled lamb chops and the creme brûlée was the best one I ever had. And trust me, I have tasted my fave dessert in over 20 different places but the one in the Edge is just sublime.

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Creme brule? Creme bruYAY!

FOR WHO?- Should you stay in the Edge?
YES YES AND YES- You definitely should if you ever have the chance. The Edge is a beautiful resort that caters to all your dreams and wishes. Because The Edge offers 3 different villa’s it is suitable for a large target audience but you must love only the best things in life. The Edge is focussed on the luxury traveler, the city expats that are looking for their sweet island escapes and it won’t surpass you that they also cater to celebs from over the entire world. Fredrik, are you the next celeb that will stay here? I thinks so! You belong here honey!

The resort is perfect for a romantic getaway or even a corporate trip. If you are going on a teambuilding trip please look in to this lovely resort since you can rent the entire property too and this will be the best place for you to stay, I can guarantee you this.

If you are visiting with your family it is perfect too. I would recommend you to stay in the villa ‘The View’ because you will have plenty of space and a kids playroom and home theatre so there will be entertainment for all.

The villa is so amazing, I don’t think you would want to leave it ever again…

Some beautiful visuals:

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The shared swimming pool overlooking the ocean!
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Feeling creative with my  new rings 🙂
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Mr. Teddy is waiting for dinner on the gorgeous table!
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Hi!
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Doesn’t this make you feel like you are in a tropical paradise?
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Beautiful living.
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Home theatre anyone?
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A piano with a view!
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One of the 3 bedrooms at the Lower Ground Floor.
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Even the staircase is beautiful!
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I woke up with this view!
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Beautiful bathroom!
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Movie, anyone?
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Downstairs livingroom.
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Let’s take a walk!
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comfy and big beds everywhere!
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Work hard!
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Play harder. HAHA!
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A drink with a view!
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Part of the awesome high tea (more info about this later)
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The Famous Caesar Salad!
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The entrance, welcome at the Edge!
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Jummy!
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Breakfast!
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Breakfast!
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Top notch service!
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All I need in this life is my Teddy ❤
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real love.
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One of the 3 bedrooms at the Lower Ground Floor.
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Did somebody order Lobster?
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Wagyu beef carpaccio
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Delish springrolls!
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Bedroom 4.
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View!
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The dining table I fell in love with.

For more information about the Edge please check their website: http://www.mesahotelsandresorts.com/theedge/

xoxo

Review: Kamandalu Resort || Ubud || Indonesia

Hi lovelies,

So today is an exciting day. Review 1 of my Bali trip is online! Since I have lived in Bali before I know all the hotspots and best cities to visit. I will dedicate another post to that so I can share all my insider tips with you guys!

Today I will take you to the lovely city of Ubud. Ubud is a beautiful city in Bali that is known for the beautiful green nature and rice paddy’s. It also has the most beautiful villa’s and resorts to relax after a day well spend discovering the beauty of Ubud.

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I was invited to stay for 2 nights in the beautiful Kamandalu Resort and looking back, I am very happy I took this assignment.

The Kamandalu Resort is probably one of Ubud’s best resorts!

The Kamandalu Resort is like ‚Little Ubud within Ubud itself’- The resort almost feels like a little village with a bunch of villa’s surrounded by the beauty of the Nature. The Kamandalu Ubud is a 5 star boutique resort that will make you feel like you are in Bali due to the traditional Balinese style villa’s but with all the luxuries that you could possibly think of and this all while being surrounded by rice paddies and tropical green forests.

The Kamandalu has 6 villa types as you can see in the picture down below.
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PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
But let’s start at the beginning. When I arrived I was escorted to the front desk. I thought that this was the place where I would check in. The first thing I noticed was the openness of the lobby.lobbyIt is very big and spacious and you immediately get a luxury vibe. I handed the lovely lady at the frontdesk my passport and when she looked up my reservation she saw that I was staying at one of the „Pool Villa’s”.
She told me that due to my accommodation type, the check in would be at the private lounge and she escorted us downstairs to the V.I.P lounge called the “Village Club’. Here we were greeted by our butler. He offered us our welcome drink and gave us all the information that we would need during our trip. He explained that this private V.I.P lounge was for all the guests that were staying in the villa’s You could come here and enjoy complimentary thee, coffee and fruits during the entire day and you were entitled of one complimentary drink such as a delicious cocktail during the day.

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THE BEDROOM:Schermafbeelding 2015-09-15 om 12.23.27The butler opened the door to our little complex where our villa was located and walked towards the door of our villa. When he opened the door and I walked in I was amazed. It looked so beautiful! When you walk in, directly at your right side you have the closed with a safe and the minibar. The butler explained that all the items that were currently in the minibar would be complimentary but all the refills would be chargeable. There were 10 drinks in total that were complimentary.

4 waters, 2 coke’s, 1 diet coke, one tonic and 2 bintang beers. There were also some complimentary snacks such as honey roasted peanuts and kit kat chocolate bars!

Directly in front of the front door and left of the minibar there is a table with a big mirror where you could fix your hair and make up before leaving the villa.

On the left side of the very spacious room was the beautiful bed located. What I loved about this room is that they kept the traditional Bali vibe alive while still creating a luxury vibe.

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The bathroom was gorgeous. I loved the big bathtub in the midst of the bathroom, one where you could take a bath and also be able to watch outside and enjoy your lovely private pool. There was a double sink, kind of like a ‚his and hers’ one and the bathroom was very spacious. The toilet is also located in the bathroom and is separated by a small wall from the sink area. What I also loved is that they had an outside rain shower. Taking a shower outside, in the middle of the night amongst the stars is definitely something you should try at least ones.

THE GARDEN

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POOLS:
Beside having your own private pool (That all the villa’s have besides the Garden Villa), the resort also has 2 pools that are available for all the guests. Schermafbeelding 2015-09-14 om 22.05.01The main pool with a cool bar in the pool, yes you have read that right and also a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the nature!

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FACILITIES:
–  Large free-form swimming pool
– Kid’s swimming pool
– Swim-up bar
–  Infinity Pool
– Infinity Deck
– Rumah Yoga
– Alun Alun
–  Tour desk with private car transfer and personal guide services
– Andalu Shop for Balinese arts, crafts and sundries
–  Postal and foreign currencies exchange services
–  Baby cots and babysitting services upon request.
–  Complimentary wi-fi internet connection at our villa and public areas
– Complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Ubud center starting from 10 am until 9 pm

BREAKFAST:
Breakfast is served in the restaurant of the resort in the mainbuilding. You can chose to have your breakfast inside or on the terrace where you will enjoy your croissant while enjoying the million dollar view of the rice paddies and tropical forrest.

There is an eggstation and waffle station which is pretty cool because you can get your omelette or waffle that the staff will make especially for you!
There is also a possibility to juice your own fresh juice or let one of the staff members do this for you- JUMMY!

The breakfast is also a mix of Asian and Western cuisine. They offer traditional Indonesian food that can vary from day to day but also western pastries, saussages and bacon and there is even a ‘create your own salad’ bar!

There are many healthy choices and and a lot to chose from. The Breakfast at the Kamandalu definitely gets an A+!

LOCATION:
The Kamandalu Resort is located in Ubud, down below you can find the address:

Jalan Raya Andong
Banjar Nagi, Ubud
Petulu
Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesië

The resort is only a 10 minute drive away from the city centre of Bali. The Resort offers free shuttle bus service to and from the city center that go multiple times a day.

CONCLUSION: 
The Kamandalu Resort is a beautiful luxury resort that will meet all your expectations. It is a perfect resort to kick back and relax after spending a day in the vibrant and dynamic Ubud, strolling down the traditional Ubud markets. You will be able to relax and feel like a million bucks in this beautiful resort with friendly staff to cater to all your wishes. You can stay in the privacy of your own villa all go to one of the 2 pools that is available for everyone staying in the resort. If you want to take a yoga class in the mornings, this is possible! They also organise aqua robic classes so you do not have to worry about getting out of shape during your stay in the resort!

I would recommend this resort for couples as it is the perfect romantic getaway but it is also perfect for a friends vacay. There are villa’s with several bedrooms which make it perfect for a holiday vacay too. Basically, this lovely resort is for all the luxury lovers who appreciate luxury but also like to have the traditional ‘Bali Vibe’ arround them!

SOME BEAUTIFUL VISUALS: 

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For more information about this lovely luxury resort and to check out their current prices and special offers, visit their website: www.kamandaluresort.com

xoxo