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Check out any Google search or Instagram page and you will see that Bali is a tropical mecca of fun, relaxation, partying, shopping and care-free living. Unfortunately, things don’t always go to plan and if you or a family member become unexpectedly sick or have an unfortunate accident, would you know what to do or where to seek help? Needing medical attention in a foreign country can be a daunting experience so it’s good to have an idea of what kinds of medical issues may arise and what help is available should you need it. Accidents and Emergencies Bali Belly aka Travellers diarrhoea An upset stomach is not uncommon whilst holidaying on the island of the gods. Anything from a change in diet and lifestyle to poor hygiene (or even an accident gulp of water in the shower) can increase the chances of contracting an unwanted stomach illness. To minimize…

Have you been talking to your friends about the woes with your teeth, lately? That’s what I had been doing, not so long ago. A few months back, 2 of my molars suddenly started giving me a hard time. The good old dentist advised me to get root canals but the price he quoted for the procedure was as painful as my aching molars. I was looking at paying around $6800. The check-up cost alone was $305. I tried to handle the pain with home remedies but no luck. While I was researching for cheaper ways to do it, I was surprised to find that the public health system has a four-year wait even on periodontal work. Wow!!! Some of my friends, based on their experience, advised me to go overseas and get my dental work done at a fraction of the price. They suggested Thailand, India or Indonesia (Bali). Bali was closer to Australia…

Teeth whitening is an ever-growing, much sought after treatment that will leave your smile looking better than ever. There are a number of different treatments available, with everything from whitening rises and gels to laser whitening done in the chair at a dental office. Unfortunately, it can drain the bank account quite a bit. Therefore, we’ve decided to bring together the best (and cheapest) clinics in Bali for this sort of work, to take away the hassle for you! Teeth whitening in Bali can range in price from anywhere between $70 – 300 USD, depending on the type of treatment and the clinic. Gone are the days where you need to be worried about getting dental procedures done in Bali, all clinics are now clean with modern technologies and the latest equipment in order to keep up with the demanding tourism market. So Smile Bali This is the newest branch…

Villa Finder: Could you give us a short intro about yourself? Hayley: Hello, I’m Hayley. I’m from a small town south of Sydney, Australia. Now residing in Canggu, Bali. I am the co-founder & designer of Stowe Swim.Villa Finder What brought you to Bali? Hayley: My mum first brought me here when I was 15 to show me the island she also madly is in love with. As soon as I took my first step off that plane and had my head hanging out of the taxi all the way from the airport to the hotel taking in all the new scenery and cultural differences, I knew right then and there that it wouldn’t be my last time here.Villa Finder: What are your favourite places on the island? Hayley: In Bali, I would have to say my soft spot is the Bukit. Bingin & Balangan especially. But I have to…

Villa Finder were lucky enough to get a hold of the incredible Frederique Lessard, founder of the wonderful Les Basics boutique store in Canggu. Here’s a little bit about her life and work!Villa Finder: Could you give us a short intro about yourself? Frederique: I am a 27 year-old French Canadian girl passionate about life and fashion living in Bali. I love simplicity and taking time to enjoy life. I always wanted to discover different ways of living, I am thrilled to discover different cultures and countries. Villa Finder: What brought you to Bali? Frederique: Many things but mostly when I came on vacation I fell in love with Canggu. 5 years ago it was still raw and not busy at all…there were very few restaurants and only 2 stores…. I was in love with the lifestyle and how I felt being there. So I came a few months after…

The Hakuba ski season typically runs from late November to late April or early May. In the different periods across the winter season, there will be changes in key elements that will affect your vacation—like the weather, snow conditions, prices, dining venues, entertainment options and village amenities. To help you better plan for your Hakuba trip, we’ve provided a quick overview of each period below. Start of Hakuba ski season: Late November – mid-December Having little to no crowds to jostle with and getting discounts are the benefits of coming to Hakuba during the early season. If you’re planning to make advanced bookings, we won’t recommend arriving before the second week of December. Any earlier, and it can be hit-and-miss with the weather and snow conditions; you might be able to ski if the snow comes early, but there’s also a chance that you might be shut out due to…

Niseko is widely known as a prime ski destination, thanks to its powder quality, variety of trails, and fantastic options for night skiing and backcountry skiing. It’s located in one of the coldest regions in Japan, so the town enjoys a long ski season that lasts from November till May. Beyond the slopes, Niseko still checks off all the right boxes – it offers incredible outdoor onsens, luxury ski chalets, a lively après-ski scene and abundant dining options. To help you plan for your holiday, we’ve put together a complete Niseko Ski Guide. Check out where to ski in Niseko, information on ski equipment rental, ski passes and more. Where to ski in Niseko The main ski resorts are Niseko Hirafu, Niseko Village, Annupuri and Hanazono (Hanazono and Niseko Hirafu are jointly known as Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu). These four resorts form a collective known as Niseko United and are…

Visiting Niseko soon? There are three main transport options for getting around in Niseko: via rental car, shuttle bus or taxi. In our guide below, we’ll provide an overview of the different transport options, along with tips to help you get around Niseko more easily and safely. Let’s begin: Rent a car in Niseko Hokkaido’s well-maintained roads make for easy driving during the summer. But during wintertime, the road conditions can be hazardous. Plus, there’s also the problem of limited parking during the winter – covered parking lots are limited, and while public parking is available, these spaces may not be easily accessible due to the heavy snowfall (you’ll need to be prepared to shovel a lot too). Driving around Niseko during winter isn’t recommended unless you’re experienced in driving in extreme winter road conditions. Niseko Auto – 37-97 Aza, Yamada, Kutchan, p. +81-80-5586-3490. Open 9am – 6pm Mon -…

Mention Niseko, and one immediately thinks of its world-class powder snow, excellent ski conditions and top-notch ski accommodations. In different periods across the winter season, there will be changes in the weather, snow conditions, prices, dining and nightlife options and other key factors. To help you better plan for your trip, we’ve provided a quick overview for Niseko ski season below: Start of Niseko ski season: Late November – early December Average temperatures: -1°C to 6°C (November) & -1°C to -7°C (December) Night skiing: Unavailable Backcountry gates: Open (depending on weather conditions). Monthly observed snowfall (2018 / 2019 season): 84 cm Lift lines: There aren’t that many vacationers in Niseko during this period, so you can expect short lift lines. Restaurants, nightlife and events: The majority of restaurants commence their operations at the start of December, and you’ll find a good selection of dining venues open before then. The nightlife…

Mauritius is such a small country that only stretches across an area of 2,040km², there are no trains or trams on the island. On the other hand, because Mauritius is so tiny, it’s surprisingly easy to get around: in fact, you can actually travel from the North to the South of the island in just three to four hours. We’ve made getting around Mauritius even easier for you. Check out the guide below! Roads in Mauritius The island has quite a clear network of roads, with the three main ones being: M3, which links Terre Rouge to Verdun in the North, passing through Port-Louis, the capital M2, which links Port Louis to the tourist village of Grand Baie, in the North of the island M1, which links the airport in the South East to Port Louis. This is the most important road on the island since it also passes through the…