Those that know me know I’m obsessed with traveling. The moment I get a few days off, I’m on a plane to a new destination. I’ve been residing in Sydney for just over ten months and have been fortunate enough to travel all over Australia including The Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef (twice!) as well as Indonesia and New Zealand. However, juggling university assignments and work, I’ve been up to my eyeballs with deadlines and sometimes find myself struggling to make time for myself. This weekend, I decided to take some time out of my hectic schedule and spend a weekend at The Sydney Harbour Marriott with a friend. It was the best decision I had made all month (actually, second best after buying my Gucci Sylvie).
We were booked into the Opera View Suite, which boasted phenomenal views of the city and Circular Quay. The Opera House and Harbour Bridge were both walking distance. I had breakfast looking out onto Sydney Harbour, a sight I’ll miss when I move back to London. Although my apartment is a short walk away from the hotel itself, I allowed myself to relax which genuinely made me feel as if I was in a different country!
I would recommend the Sydney Harbour Marriott for anyone that wants amazing views of the city Opera House. The one thing I loved about it was the location. As the weather was so lovely, we walked everywhere. Westfields is a short walk away as well as the wharf, which allows you to get a ferry directly to Luna Park, Manly or Taronga Zoo. My next Sydney vlog will be out this week, so keep an eye out!
Bali has always lingered at the top of my travel list. After relocating to Sydney for university, I decided to take a trip to Indonesia with my best friend, Lucy. Being a six hour flight from Australia meant that I could enjoy a week in the Far Eastern sun before the new semester started at university.
My first stop was Seminyak. Being greeted with a refreshing coconut drink and cold towel then whisked away to tranquility in a blacked-out SUV was just the beginning of my stay at Sahana Villas. A gentle breeze danced through the coconut-rich palm trees as the scent of incense filled the air. I was welcomed into my new home for the next few days with an ice-cold lychee drink decorated elaborately with a white and yellow plumeria flower before being handed the keys to the three-bedroom luxury villa. The pool was the most inviting shade of turquoise I had seen and the bedrooms, the epitome of opulence. Deciding between three bedrooms, Lucy and I were spoilt for choice. In the end, we ended up staying in the same room and leaving another for our suitcases and clothes.
I spent the majority of my day at Sahana lounging by the pool, eating fresh watermelon and drinking water straight out of the coconut followed by a refreshing shower outdoors under the stars. Lucy and I decided to keep the evenings free for exploring the area, which usually ended in getting a scoop of gelato on our way home. The streets of Seminyak were busiest in the evenings, with cafe’s abundant with tourists swaying to the live music playing at the restaurants along the strip. The streets were lined with trendy boutiques, displaying a mix of ethnic and high-end designer fashion.
The following day was spent by the pool at Potato Head Beach Club. Although I could feel my skin frying in the Balinese sun, I dipped in and of the pool every half an hour and kept myself hydrated with a long list of mocktails the menu had to offer. After two unforgettable nights at Sahana, it was time to head to my next hotel, Ize Seminyak, which was quite literally a five minute walk down the road.
I was welcomed with a refreshing lime and coconut drink before being shown to my suite at Ize. Bright and airy, this was the perfect room for selfies! The hotel was the epitome of trendy with a modern twist. The open-plan room was complete with a bathroom large enough to play football in and a bed big enough for ten people to have a comfortable nights sleep. The first thing that caught my eye though, was the shower. A modern all- glass unit which could easily double-up as a steam room, decorated with plumerias and a contemporary rain shower told me I’d be spending a long time in there revitalizing after a long day in the sun.
After unpacking, Lucy and I were keen to explore the hotel. With several floors, a gym and rooftop pool, Ize Seminyak ticked all my boxes. Located on the main Seminyak strip, surrounded by trendy restaurants, chic boutiques and cafes, the hotel was walking distance to all the hotspots in the area.
The next day, we planned a day trip to Gili Islands. The girls at concierge were super helpful and arranged a private car to drive us to the marina where we would board our boat, which was to depart at 9am. As we were leaving before the hotel restaurant opened for breakfast, the chef prepared snack boxes for us, packed with pain au chocolates, fruit and juices. We were told that the only form of transport on the island was horse and cart or bicycle (we took the horse option!) Once we arrived in Gili Islands, we headed straight to Le Pirate, a cute resort and beach club located on the quieter side of the island on a powdery white beach lined with tall palm trees and beach hammocks. After a quick bite and swim in the crystal clear waters of Lombok, we headed back to the port.
We were welcomed back at Ize with refreshing drinks and headed straight up to the rooftop for a swim and to catch the sunset. I’d recommend Ize to anyone staying in Seminyak for a few days as it is located in the heart of the city and is a short walk to all the best restaurants in the area.