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The Ultimate Luxury Escape: Aarunya Resort

When we arrived in Kandy after the incredibly beautiful (yet incredibly long) train ride from Ella, we had no idea what a treat we were in for. We already had high hopes for Aarunya resort from seeing the photos on their website and scrolling through their awe-inspiring Instagram feed, but somehow our expectations were still exceeded. Aarunya is located just a quick half hour tuk tuk ride from the station – it’s hard to believe this luxurious, peaceful resort could be so close to the hustle and bustle of Kandy town. Situated atop a mountain peak you truly feel a million miles away. Simply arriving at the resort gates and seeing the lush greenery was a jaw dropping moment. From there, a friendly staff members picked us up in a golf cart to take us to the foyer where we were greeted with freshly squeezed passionfruit juice and cold face…

3 days on the Great Ocean Road

Having had this highly acclaimed trip on our bucket list for some time, we can truthfully say that our expectations were exceeded. We drove through ever changing landscape from the expansive ocean to dense forest and grazing pastures, stopping to see iconic sights such as The 12 Apostles, The Grotto, Gibson’s Steps and London Bridge, as well as venturing inland to Beech’s Forest in search of waterfalls. We tried to keep the driving to around 4 hours per day to fully appreciate our chosen stops. We also deliberately chose winter for our trip to avoid crowds and overall, we were very fortunate with the weather. Our top recommendations Seaside town of Lorne Setting off from Avalon, this charming town is an easy 1.5 hour drive. We enjoyed a delicious and healthy brunch at the picturesque HAH cafe on the beach. While soaking up the views, keep an eye out for…

Top 5 healthy cafes in Melbourne

Melbourne is an absolute haven for anyone who enjoys good, clean food and quality coffee. There seems to be a cool, quirky coffee shop on every corner, often accompanied by an extensive superfood menu. We are lucky enough to have regular(ish) meetings in Melbourne so we can slowly but surely work our way through our cafe list. The difficulty is deciding where to prioritise… there are simply not enough meals in the day if you ask us. There are still so many places we are yet to try, and we are always on the hunt for the newest healthy eatery on the block. If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below! For now, we’ve compiled our top 5 healthy cafes in Melbourne, as well as a short list of ones we are just dying to try. #01 Combi, Elwood Located slightly outside of the centre…

The Ultimate Bali Guide

A few weeks ago, Sophie (@coconutandbliss) and I went on our second Bali adventure, basing ourselves between the popular areas of Seminyak and Canggu. Seminyak is always a buzz with people and is packed with quirky cocktail bars, instagrammable cafes and delicious Indonesian restaurants. Canggu, often described as the ‘Byron Bay of Bali’, is arguably Bali’s most up and coming destination, and you are no less spoilt for choice when it comes to healthy cafes and fine dining, as well as luxury villas, spas and shopping.Both areas are great but there was something about Canggu that we just fell in love with. It is slightly calmer than Seminyak, but there is still so much to see and do from hole in the wall style coffee shops and boutique stores, to sunset pool bars and world-class restaurants. If you’re travelling to Bali you’ll no doubt have a lengthy list of places…

Your Hawaii check-list

For those of you following myself and Sophie (@coconutandbliss) on Instagram and snapchat, we hope you enjoyed our many, many snaps as we travelled across beautiful Hawaii. We searched high and low for the best acai bowls in town, authentic healthy cafes and the most majestic sights across Maui, Kauai and Oahu. We found some serious winners (including one cafe that served what Sophie and I deemed to be ‘the best acai bowl we’ve ever eaten’) and others that we found to be a bit of a let down or that didn’t quite live up to the hype. Here are our recommendations for cafes and restaurants we love, must-see sights and our favourite beaches. Your Hawaii check list sorted! Maui Cafes and restaurants Coconut Glen’s Coconut Glen’s is a little vegan ice-cream shack off the Hana highway. Something I really love about Hawaii is the abundance of food trucks/huts that…

Welcome to #Kalefornia

California, or as it is becoming known, #KALEfornia is an absolute haven for acai-loving, green juice drinking, kale chip eating individuals, such as myself. This was very clear after a short stroll down Union street and Chestnut street in San Fransisco where every second shop was showcasing cold-pressed juices and vegan desserts… I was most definitely in my element. Of course I made it my mission to find the best acai bowls in town. I’m sure there are more I haven’t yet tried, but here are my top picks. Basik acai Clearly I am not alone in thinking this is one of the best acai bowls around given that people queue for an hour to get their fix on the weekend, myself included. I tried the “Banyan” bowl (the one with peanut butter) but I don’t think you can go wrong. Bowl’d Acai I have been following their drool worthy IG for years…

Our road trip to Chablé Resort, Mexico

The majestic Chablé Resort Whilst we were not quite ready to leave our sublime beachside location at the extraordinary BeTulum Hotel (read more about our Tulum adventures here), we had another very special treat in store… The mystical Chable Resort and Spa. We had been spellbound by their website and noticed that Tulum did not look too far on the map. We also noticed that the ancient Mayan site of Chichén Itza, one of the seven architectural wonders of the world, was approximately half way. This helped inform our decision to travel by road, with an extremely knowledgeable bilingual guide, organised through the delightful staff at Chable Resort. Our first detour on our journey was a visit and refreshing swim in the Cenote Samula, near the town of Vallalodid. It was much smaller and a little colder than the one we had visited near Tulum but definitely worth the visit, especially as we were fortunate enough to have…

Tulum Travels

With our limited time in Mexico, we had chosen Tulum (pronounced Teloom), as our first stop and headed there straight from the airport – it is about an hour and 30 minutes drive. The trip itself was underwhelming, not very scenic until we approached Tulum and landscape became more lush. Arriving at our hotel, Betulum Resort and Spa, was a jaw dropping moment. The spectacular setting of the Caribbean ocean took our breath away and we knew we had made a good choice. Our first night was spent in awe of the beauty, enjoying delicious food at the hotel’s main restaurant, Maresias, listening to live music whilst we contemplated how we would best use our precious few days. Whilst we didn’t quite get through our entire list, we have put together some suggestions of restaurants, places to visit and experiences. Restaurants and cafes Hartwood This restaurant is not to be…

Paperbark Camp

Slowing down to be in harmony with nature is not easy in modern society. We are immersed in constant stimuli with our busy city lives… Even when we sleep, there will often be a steady hum of traffic; low levels of external light often seep into our bedrooms and we are surrounded by electromagnetic appliances, hindering restful sleep. Escaping to Paperbark Camp, just 2 1/2 hours out of Sydney, gave us an opportunity to restore, sleeping in total darkness with only the sounds of rustling trees. There is also comfort in knowing that Paperbark was built, and continues to be maintained, with the utmost respect for the environment and sustainable practice, whilst we enjoy the privilege of spending a few days in such a pristine and beautiful setting. These holistic principles extend to the Paperbark dining experience. At their charming treetop restaurant, Gunyah, the produce is mostly seasonal and local, and…

St Tropez highlights

The name St Tropez conjures up images of exclusivity and opulence. The town has a long and interesting history, however it only became a popular tourist destination in the early 20th century due to it’s famous visitors and the various movies set in St Tropez, most notably those featuring French actress, Brigitte Bardot. The port is lined with super yachts, expensive restaurants, cafes and local artists selling their works. Behind the port is an array of beautiful little streets, flooded with shops and cafes, not to mention the famous Place des Lices (the markets held here on Tuesdays and Saturdays are an absolute must!) An archway not far from Place des Lices leads to the charming ‘old town’ which is where our stunning hotel was located. Where to stay Le Yaca First things first, check into Le Yaca in the historic old town. It is a charming luxury hotel, neighbouring ‘La Ponche’ beach and only a few minutes walk to…

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