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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…

Whether you are looking for artisanal furniture, designer handbags or sarongs and souvenirs, Bali is a shopper’s haven. The island’s long history of craftsmanship skills has been passed down through the generations. As a result, villages specialise in a myriad of trades including printing, wood-carvings, textiles, weaving, rattan furniture and more. It’s this incredible history matched with the inexpensive price tag that makes buying Bali furniture so appealing. Love a piece of furniture at your Seminyak villa but not sure how to get bulky or heavy items, such as furniture, back home? Although this can seem like a daunting task, it really is quite straightforward. Here’s how.1. Know what you want to buyAs with most things in life, a little basic preparation can help the whole process run more smoothly. Provided you know in advance of your trip that you will want to bring heavy items back with you, there…

Living on the incredible island of Bali means different things to different people, perhaps endless poolside cocktails for some, living the expat life for others. But for me, the excitement lays in the homewares shopping. What once was endless window shopping has now turned into an ever-growing obsession with the amazing interior design stores that the island has on offer! For those of you who are just visiting and may not have as much of a chance to explore Bali’s many meandering streets and alleys (after all only so much time can be taken away from the pool and cocktail bar – oh the stresses of holiday time management!), here is a quick guide to some of best Bali homeware stores that you simply must visit. Kim Soo Kim Soo (@kimsoohome) is one of Bali’s most dreamy interiors and homeware stores. The entire shop is extremely photogenic, in fact, you’ll…

The coffee scene is expanding in trendy, sophisticated Seminyak and there are more and more super cute, vintage coffee cafes opening up along the lively streets of this celebrated beach town in the south of Bali. We tracked down some of the cutest hot spots in town. Charming places to get a lovely breakfast with coffee in the morning or a delicious hearty bite in the afternoon. Places with bright colourful, vintage interiors, beautiful mural paintings, sweet cakes and laid-back atmospheres. Awesome places where you can turn to for your daily shot of caffeine, combined with a healthy detox juice and a piece of raw chocolate. Our pick of 9 cute cafes in Seminyak are highly Instagrammabe, too! 1. Kynd Community Colourful, charming and always busy from morning until closing time in the late afternoon. Kynd Community is a cool and trending plant-based cafe located in Petitenget. A great place…

There is a reason why Seminyak is one of the most popular tourist destination towns in all of Bali. It’s the island’s fashion capital, it’s a shopping and surfing haven, there are tons sophisticated restaurants and exclusive spas, gorgeous private pool luxury villas in the heart of town and just outside in the rice fields, and the nightlife is happening and ongoing. The wide stretch of sunset beach, the waves and the sunset cocktails – Seminyak is a great place for a girls’ only holiday. Here is our guide for your girls’ trip to Seminyak: Girls’ activities to do in Seminyak Check into your ladies-only holiday retreat and off you go to explore this lively, sophisticated little beach town. Here’s what you’ll love to do: 1. Shopping, shopping, shopping Shopping at souvenir shops and local markets is lots of fun but Seminyak offers more than this with its classy, trendy shopping…

Bali makes a great place for a family holiday, but everyone needs a break from the kids every once in a while. Whether you just want to unwind for a couple of hours over cocktails or are planning a whole day excursion that’s not quite kid-friendly, here are a few childcare services in Bali that will leave you feeling reassured that your little ones are in safe hands. Babysitters and nannies in Bali: The Balinese are known for having a great attitude towards children, and, as can be expected on an island with such a reputation, there are plenty of babysitting services to choose from. First things first though, check to see if your hotel has an in-house babysitting service or a kids club. You will find that most of the big resorts offer something in the way of childcare and a kids club in your own hotel can be…