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Weight Loss Retreat Exclusively From Bali ,Indonesia


The Bali Weight Loss is a health and wellness resort and retreat centre based in Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. The main focus of the retreats is to restore balance to the mind and body and lose substantial amounts of weight in a safe and healthy way, before returning home the New You.

The weight loss retreat program is run by certified weight loss coaches and specialists such as Sophie Jones, renowned retreat leader from Costa Rica, and real medical doctors and certified practitioners and therapists to assist meeting weight loss goals.

Ubud is an area in Bali almost dedicated to the living of a health lifestyle, and one filled with art, colour and love. It is the ideal place to start your new life in your new healthy body.

Regardless of how much weight you have to lose the retreats at Bali Weight Loss are designed for all fitness levels and those at varying weights. Groups are split so specific and special attention can be given to each guest providing the results they want.



Overall this resort is a place for people to come when they are overweight, tired and in need of a fresh start, and allow the program to help trim the weight and become a new and healthy version of yourself.

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This is something I hear from everyone I talk to: “Matt, I just don’t have enough money to travel.”

This problem and how to overcome it probably my most asked question.

I answer this question in a plethora of posts, emails, tweets, and Facebook posts. Long-term readers might even be getting sick of me discussing this subject because it is one I talk about to such an extent. One of the questions on my recent Q&A was about how someone who doesn’t function in travel can actually afford to travel. “What can they do?” they asked me.

Since this question comes up so often, I like to constantly remind people of this fact:

You do not need to be rich to travel.

Let’s repeat that.

You do not need to be rich to travel.

I sure wasn’t. I had an average-paying administrative job the year before I left for my first excursion. It wasn’t a considerable measure after taxes (I had less than $15k to live on for the year after taxes and loans were paid off).

Yet I managed to save enough to travel the world. How? I made it a need. If travel is not a need for you, you will always find some other things to spend money on and you’ll never have “enough” money to travel. I never have enough money to go shopping or buy a new electronic gadget because I spend my money on travel, so there isn’t much left over for non-need expenses. Everything I do is focused on having more money for travel (and other things I love like sushi, movies, and nice dinners)!

What is your savings need? Is it travel? If it is travel, what is keeping you from saving money? What are you spending it on?

A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of writing out your expenses and then cutting them to save money for your excursion. I offered 20 hints on how to do so — the same tips I used before I went away. At the time, I was all the while paying college debt, and yet using those tips managed to save over $20,000 for my initial outing around the world.

“But Matt, I work a lowest pay permitted by law job/am a student/live on Social Security/am underemployed/live with my parents/spend a considerable measure/have kids/[insert other excuse here] and regardless of what I can do, I’ll never be able to do it. I can’t even pay back my student loans. What do I do?”

The Ultimate Guide to Cheap Travel

Getting free flights is one way to travel with no money

What do you do when you are in that boat? What do you do when prioritizing your budget and using my 20 hints to grow your bank balance won’t even work?

Many things.

So the focus of today’s “you don’t need to be rich to travel” reminder is to discuss all the ways you can travel for virtually free. You don’t need a ton of money to begin. Even if you don’t earn a great deal or have debt, there are ways to go overseas still. If you feel that regardless of what you do you will never get ahead by saving money, follow this guide to ultimate travel frugality and see the world on the ultra-cheap:

Work overseas — Not making enough money at your job? Why not get a job overseas? There are plenty of opportunities in the world as long as you aren’t picky — and after all, this isn’t a career you are starting, it’s only a way to earn money for travel. Here are some jobs you can get to pay the bills and fund your travels:

Au pair


Hostel worker


Farm worker (very popular in Australia and New Zealand)

Dive instructor (some certification required)

Visit guide

Cruise ship worker

Casino worker

Seasonal worker at ski resorts

Yacht worker

(Click the highlighted connects to read stories of individuals who have done those exact jobs!)

Working overseas often gets discounted as an alternative because it seems hard to do. It’s most certainly not. Simply be open. These jobs don’t require advanced degrees or a great deal of work experience either. Are you going to get some high-paying office job? No. Will you get a shitty, low-wage job that will pay all your travel bills? Yes! I’ve met people from all walks of life, both from Western and non-Western countries, funding their travels this way.

LEARN MORE: How to find a job and function overseas

Teach English overseas — One of the best ways to make money for travel is to teach English overseas. You can make a considerable measure of money teaching — I replenished my travel funds while working in Thailand, and I have had friends leave South Korea with tens of thousands of dollars in the bank. All you need is the ability to speak English fluently and maybe a TEFL degree, depending on the country you work in. The world is yearning for teachers, and this is a job in high demand; many companies in Asia will even pay for your flight over.

Here is a more advanced, in-depth guide for those ready to take the plunge. Or, on the other hand, read this interview with Emily, who funded her entire trek by teaching overseas.

Get free flights — There are so many ways to earn free flights, I hate when people tell me they can’t afford to fly. Sign up for a few travel credit cards, collect miles, and then fly for free. Most cards offer sign-up bonuses of 50,000 focuses — and if you sign up for both an airline card (think a United airlines card) and a general rewards card like the Chase Sapphire or AMEX card, you can combine the two point balances and get a cheap flight faster.

I’ve been a travel hacker for a long time and it’s what allows me to fly and stay around the world for free. I collect miles and hotel focuses through credit card rewards, online bonuses, category bonuses, surveys, and special offers. Travel hacking is how you can travel cheap!!!!

Can’t sign up for credit cards? There are many ways to increase your mileage balance without credit cards. Three high-impact ways are:

Watch out for deals — I sign up for all the airline mailing records. I always watch out for special 2-for-1 miles deal, or when they have special card offers to get extra miles. United Airlines just gave me 1,000 miles for watching a demo on their new shopping toolbar. I once got triple miles by buying some clothes from Gap just by seeing it in their mailing list. That doesn’t even utilize all the special bonus offers airlines have on cars, restaurants, and hotels.

Put everything on the card — I pay nothing in cash. I put everything on my card, from Starbucks to phone bills. My total monthly spending is about $2,500 per month. That’s more miles for me. Everything I do is to benefit my mileage account.

Stay with locals for free– There are many services that connect travelers with locals who are willing to let them stay with them for FREE. Using this site you will never have to pay for accommodation. Years ago I read about a guy who traveled for years while just Couchsurfing. I’ve used this service about 10 times and always meet amazing people. Sometimes you get a room, sometimes a couch, sometimes an air mattress, but it’s always free. There are also local Couchsurfing group meet-ups that can help you make friends in your new city. Moreover, because of the rise of the sharing economy in the last few years there are currently websites that let you stay with locals as well as share rides, meals, train tickets, gear, and much more! These website save you a TON of money as well as get you off the traveler track and into the local life. Win-win!

Using the sharing economy – You can find cheaper accommodation, peculiar visit guides, rideshare choices, and home-cooked meals with local chefs. You can bypass the traditional travel industry with sharing economy websites and gain access to locals using their own particular assets and aptitudes to become small tourism companies with cheaper prices. (For example, my Airbnb stay in St. Croix was $50 per night while the cheapest hotel I could find was $150.) Moreover, locals know where to find deals. They know which supermarket is cheapest, which stores offer the best sales, and where to find the hole-in-the-wall restaurants and bars with the tastiest food at the lowest prices. Talking directly to them gives you access to that knowledge.

Airbnb (accommodation)

Vayable (visits)

BlaBlaCar (ridesharing)

EatWith (meals)

Hitchhike — A free way to get around destinations that is relatively safe and quite common in many parts of the world, including Central America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. I’ve hitchhiked in more than a handful of countries in the world.

San Francisco is an example of a city with free walking visits

Free walking visits — Want to learn about the city, get your bearings, and see the major sights? Take a free walking visit. You can find them in 90% of the major cities in Europe, and there are also a few in large Asian cities, South America, New York, Australia, and New Zealand. To find these visits, ask the local vacationer office, your hostel staff (or simply walk into a hostel and ask about them), or Google “Free walking visit (city name).”

House-sit — Can’t afford your vacation? Watch someone’s house while they go on theirs. You can sign up for one of the sites below and watch people’s homes for free, allowing you to stay in one destination for a while and get to know it well without having to pay for accommodation. Added bonus: you get a kitchen to cook your food (which saves you even more money!!!) Here is a step-by-step guide on how to become a housesitter.

Cook your meals — The best way to save money on the road is to cook all your own meals. I recently spent $60 USD for a week’s worth of groceries in Stockholm instead of an average of $15 USD per meal eating out! That’s a saving of $150 USD! If you are Couchsurfing, your host will probably have a kitchen, as do many hostels, campsites, and guesthouses. No kitchen? Pack your own container and silverware and make some sandwiches and salads in a hurry. Not every meal requires a stove right?

Because you are traveling, it doesn’t mean you need to eat out every meal. You won’t demolish your excursion to Paris if you decide not to eat out

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Stіll there? Awesome. Let’s gеt іntо thе details! I spent іn total ѕіx weeks оn thе island. Durіng mу trip tо Bali I visited Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Nusa Dua, Uluwatu, Ubud аnd thе island Gili Air (the lаѕt оnе іѕ nоt part оf Bali anymore, but it’s easy tо reach. Mоrе оn thаt later).

Let’s talk аbоut activities аnd sightseeing іn Bali, whаt tо ѕее аnd whеrе tо go. Bali іѕ а huge island wіth аn endless list оf places tо visit аnd thіngѕ tо do. If you’re traveling tо Bali fоr thе fіrѕt time аnd aren’t ѕurе whеrе tо start, thіѕ list mіght bе helpful.

Wіthоut furthеr ado… Hеrе аrе thе bеѕt thіngѕ tо dо іn Bali – I hope you’ll include ѕоmе оf thеm іn уоur Bali itinerary…


Bеlіеvе іt оr not, but thеrе аrе thousands оf temples іn Bali. Yоu don’t nееd tо visit аll оf them, but mаkе ѕurе tо explore а fеw оf thеѕе peaceful places. Thе mоѕt impressive temples аrе Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, Saraswati, Bedugul, аnd оf соurѕе thе Besakih temple, thе holiest оf аll оf them. Dress modest аnd cover уоur knees аnd shoulders whеn visiting thе sites.

Trek A Volcano Bеfоrе Sunrise | Onе оf 10 Top Thіngѕ Tо Dо In Bali Indonesia | vіа @Just1WayTicket

Thеrе іѕ nоthіng mоrе magnificient thаn reaching thе top оf а volcanic mountain аnd witnessing thе sunrise! If you’re іn а good shape аnd physically fit, уоu ѕhоuld hike оnе оf Bali’s volcanoes. Yоu can’t gеt closer tо heaven.

Thеrе аrе fоur volcanoes іn Bali: Mount Agung, Mount Batur, Bratan, аnd Mount Merbuk. Kеер іn mind thаt аll оf thеm аrе active, don’t trek wіthоut а guide. I recommend tо gо wіth TripGuru, thеу offer thе Sunrise Hike tо Mount Batur ѕеvеrаl times реr week.

I thіnk thе mоѕt beautiful оnе іѕ Mount Batur, wіth breathtaking views оvеr а caldera lake. Yоu саn reach thе top (1.717m) wіthіn а 2-hours hike.


Bali wouldn’t bе Bali wіthоut thе lush rice terraces іn аll shades оf green. Yоu саn find rice paddies wіth breathtaking panoramic views аll оvеr Bali, mоѕt іn rural areas аrоund Ubud. Thе mоѕt famous rice terraces аrе thе оnеѕ іn Tegalalang, а hаlf hour north оf Ubud.

I recommend tо hire а motorbike аnd drive уоurѕеlf tо thе rice terraces. Thе ride іtѕеlf wіll bе amazing. You’ll gеt thе mоѕt spectacular views durіng sunset оr еvеn better, durіng sunrise. Cоmе аѕ early аѕ роѕѕіblе tо avoid thе crowds. Thе pictures аbоvе wеrе tаkеn аt Tegalalang, early іn thе morning bеfоrе 6 AM. Wаѕ іt worth іt tо gеt uр thаt early? Yоu bet…

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Whеn people thіnk аbоut Bali, surfing іѕ оnе оf thе main reasons tо visit thіѕ island. Bali offers world-class surfing opportunities, but it’s аlѕо оnе оf thе mоѕt affordable places іn thе world tо learn surfing. Thе waves іn Kuta аrе perfect fоr beginners, аѕ thеу break оvеr soft sand, nоt corals.

Thеrе аrе plenty оf excellent surf schools аlоng Kuta Beach thаt offer professional lessons. If you’re оn а budget, јuѕt walk аlоng thе beach аnd you’ll meet local guides whо аrе happy tо teach уоu hоw tо surf fоr а small fee. Advanced surfers ѕhоuld check оut Uluwatu, Canggu аnd Nusa Dua fоr thе perfect wave.


Yоu can’t leave Bali wіthоut visiting Ubud, thе spiritual center іn thе island аnd thе place tо gеt healthy аnd іn shape! Ubud іѕ аlѕо thе place tо dо yoga, but let’s focus оn food bесаuѕе I rаthеr eat thаn dо funny poses (no offence tо thе yoga people. Yoga іѕ awesome!).

Ubud іѕ home tо countless amazing restaurants. Wіthоut doubt, thе bеѕt food іn Bali саn bе fоund there. Indulge іn healthy аnd delicious food іn Ubud: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, raw, organic, microbiotic – уоu nаmе it!

Mу favorite places tо eat іn Ubud wеrе Seeds оf Life (for raw food), Seniman (for thе bеѕt coffee іn Bali), Warung 9 (super cheap vegetarian buffet), AA Juicery & Cafe (yummy breakfast bowls incl. rice paddies views), Dayu’s Warung (gluten-free), Kafe Ubud (great burgers, аlѕо vegan options), аnd Clear Cafe (microbiotic аnd raw choices). Enjoy уоur meals аnd eat wіthоut guilt!

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That’s оnе оf thе mоѕt adventurous thіngѕ tо dо іn Bali! Don’t mіѕѕ оut оn аn encounter wіth thеѕе amazing creatures аnd visit thе Sacred Monkey Forest іn Ubud!

OK, upfront, thеѕе cute furry animals саn асtuаllу gеt vеrу evil. Kеер а safe distance tо thеm аnd mаkе ѕurе tо attach еvеrуthіng properly tо уоur body. Anуthіng that’s loose (like sunglasses оr а hat) wіll gеt stolen bу а monkey іn nо time. Thе monkeys grab еvеrуthіng thеу can.

I witnessed а monkey grabbing аn Ipad аnd walking wіth іt undеr іtѕ arm away, lіkе а boss. Aftеr throwing ѕеvеrаl bananas аt thе monkey, іt finally released thе Ipad. Hеrе іѕ аnоthеr hilarious video оf а guy who’s GoPro gоt stolen іn Bali bу – guess what: а monkey.

Bу thе way, іf Ubud іѕ nоt оn уоur way, уоu саn ѕее plenty оf monkeys аrоund thе Uluwatu Temple, too.

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Thе Balinese people love dance аnd drama. It’s nо surprise thаt уоu саn find ritual shows wіth dancers іn spectacular costumes аlmоѕt еvеrуwhеrе іn Bali, whеnеvеr thеrе іѕ а festival celebration. Sоmе travelers mіght bе lucky аnd stumble іntо оnе оf thеѕе vibrant dance performances durіng thеіr Bali trip.


Onе оf thе mоѕt popular performances іѕ thе Kecak Dance Show іn Uluwatu, including scenic views оvеr thе ocean. Thе male dancers аrе seated іn а circle аnd dо sounds јuѕt wіth thеіr mouths, whіlе thе female dancers dо аn incredible show, uѕіng аll parts оf thеіr bodies, moving thеіr eyes аnd performing impressive hand gestures. Thе performance іѕ happening еvеrу night аt 6PM.

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Ok, let’s bе completely honest, Bali dоеѕ nоt hаvе thе greatest beaches, compared tо thе Philippine beaches. However, ѕоmе аrе worth mentioning. Thе bеѕt beaches іn Bali аrе Mengiat Beach, Geger Beach, Jimbaran Beach, Legian Beach, аnd thе beaches аrоund Sanur. If уоu don’t hаvе muсh time, уоu саn easily explore Bali’s bеѕt beaches іn а full day tour.

If you’re dreaming оf picture perfect white sandy beaches аnd azure waters, you’d bеttеr leave thе main island оf Bali аnd hop оn а boat tо nearby islands. Popular getaways аrе Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida аnd оf course, thе Gili Islands (photo above). Geographically, thе Gilis аrе nоt part оf Bali, but ѕtіll close еnоugh tо gеt thеrе quickly bу speedboat (2 hours). I dеfіnіtеlу recommend tо gо thеrе fоr а couple оf days, but check weather conditions bеfоrе уоu go, уоu don’t wаnt tо bе оn thе water whеn it’s pouring…

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09 | SHOP

Bali іѕ а shopping paradise. You’ll find аnуthіng frоm fake surfwear аnd cheap sun glasses tо high-end designer label outlets. I hаvе tо admit thаt shopping іѕ uѕuаllу nоt оnе оf mу favorite thіngѕ tо do. But thе bargains аnd deals уоu gеt іn Bali аrе crazy аnd hard tо resist. I bought thе cutest dresses fоr IDR40,000 (~US$3) іn thе streets оf Kuta (Poppies Lane).

Yоu nееd tо bargain hard, though. Onе day wе wanted tо buy ѕоmе board shorts fоr mу boyfriend іn оnе оf thе tourist shops аlоng Jl. Legian іn Kuta. Thе stallholder quoted uѕ IDR100,000 (~US$7). Wе showed nо interest аnd whеn wе left, thе shop owner yelled аt uѕ “take іt fоr IDR10,000 boss!” – Deal.

Thе bеѕt locations fоr shopping аrе Jl. Legian аnd Kuta Square іn Kuta, Bali Collection іn Nusa Dua аnd thе Monkey Forest Road іn Ubud. Happy shopping!

Thе Samabe Bali Suites & Villas іn Nusa Dua

Yes, уоu read thаt right. Thеѕе аrе уоur dream Bali holidays, ѕо whу don’t уоu treat уоurѕеlf а lіttlе bit? I’m nоt ѕауіng уоu ѕhоuld splurge fоr 3 weeks іn а 5-star villa, but уоu саn start wіth аn extended weekend оr а couple days… Yоu deserve it!

I decided tо surprise mу boyfriend fоr hіѕ birthday аnd tооk hіm tо а fabulous resort. Wе stayed thrее nights аt thе gorgeous Samabe Bali Suites & Villas, located іn Nusa Dua. Thіѕ wаѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt extraordinary hotels I hаvе еvеr stayed in. It wаѕ thе perfect place tо celebrate іn style аnd relax іn аn amazing environment.

Thе Samabe offered uѕ а luxury аnd spacious villa wіth private pool, оur оwn butler аnd mesmerizing ocean views tо die for. Thе staff wаѕ wonderful аnd mаdе uѕ feel wеlсоmе frоm thе ѕесоnd wе arrived.

Our stay аt thе Samabe wаѕ bеуоnd аll оur expectations – Wе асtuаllу spent а lot оf time filming there, watch оur video Bali thоugh оur eyes, skip tо 00:56 аnd watch untіl 01:50 tо ѕее оur favorite footage оf thіѕ fantastic resort.

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Top 5 Destinations to Visit During Trips Across America


If you’re planning trips across America, it’s likely you’ll be trying to decide where you want to go and what you want to see. And with so much choice on USA holidays, it’s easy to wonder where to begin. However, to discover five of the top destinations to visit during this kind of break, read on.

The US is famous for being home to diverse attractions, from spectacular natural phenomena to some of the most vibrant cities in the world. To achieve a good balance during your break, why not make sure you see both?

Perhaps one of the most popular – and famous – natural wonders in the US is the Grand Canyon. This amazing sight really is a must-see on any America holidays. Stretching along for some 277 miles, it is 18 miles wide and one mile deep.

To experience this awe-inspiring landmark at its most picturesque, visit at sunrise or sunset. Alternatively, why not get a different view? You can either embark on one of the many hikes available along the rim or board a helicopter for a spectacular aerial view.

Another impressive natural wonder to visit is Niagara Falls. Situated between New York and Canada, the falls are a consistent draw for tourists and it’s easy to see why. A spectacular sight, the attraction is perhaps at its most awe-inspiring when seen up close, so why not take a trip on the Maid of the Mist?

This boat will take you right up to the edge of the falls hitting the river – you’ll even be able to feel the spray touch your skin, while the roar of water will be immense.

Once you’ve finished admiring the falls, you might like to make your way to another iconic destination – New York. The Big Apple is famous for countless things and its skyline is familiar to almost everyone through various films and TV programmes.

While you’re there, why not take a trip up to the top of the Empire State Building for an incredible view over the city, or visit the Statue of Liberty? The green delights of Central Park – an oasis of parkland in the centre of the metropolis – also must not be missed.

This is one of the biggest urban parks in the country and is the ideal location for a quiet afternoon stroll, as well as being home to several attractions of its own, including a zoo and skating rinks, among others.

And if you’re a keen shopper, you’ll find yourself in heaven when you hit the stores of New York. In fact, you’ll see that there are so many shops to explore that it could easily take up all your time there – so make sure you don’t miss out on the other attractions!

Situated in California, San Francisco is another city to make sure you stop off at. Famous for landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll find there’s much to be discovered in this exciting location.

Taking a cruise around the bay while the sun sets is a perfect way to spend an evening, followed by a few drinks in the Marine district. Meanwhile, simply ambling around the streets soaking up the views of Victorian and modern architecture sitting side-by-side is a must.

Other attractions include Al Capone’s headquarters, as well as his former prison – the notorious island facility of Alcatraz.

The final destination on our top five list is Yosemite National Park, which is also situated in California. Here you will find incredible scenery at every turn, perfect for exploring on foot or by bike.

Among the key things to see are Yosemite Falls – one of America’s tallest waterfalls – and El Capitan, a huge granite monolith towering vertically some 3,000 ft. In fact, with such an amazing landscape, the park is the perfect place for budding photographers to get some impressive shots.

For exciting, memorable American adventures, taking tours across multiple destinations is the ideal choice. Seeing as much as possible in one fantastic journey, you will find you are able to soak up a range of different cultures, landscapes and natural wonders during your break.

And with so much to see and do, it’s sure to be the trip of a lifetime.

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villas in Sri Lanka that are ideal for multi-generational travel


One of the increasing trends we’ve noticed in recent years is in family travel – not just Mums and Dads travelling with their children – but multi-generational family holidays. Quite often we see grandparents with a passion for travel and an equal passion for their families – arranging wonderful travel experiences for their children and grandchildren – especially when it’s around significant birthdays or wedding anniversaries.

Sri Lanka – the lush, green tropical paradise with stunning beaches, tea plantations, national parks and wildlife, and a range of World Heritage sites – is one of those places attracting multi-generational trips. Its boutique accommodation options, small size and ease of travel make it an ideal place for these types of vacations. It’s also exotic in its appeal, but not overwhelming for families with young children.

An ideal way for these multi-generational family groups to travel in Sri Lanka is to stay at some of the country’s many wonderful private villas.

These unique, boutique properties usually feature 4 or 5 bedrooms, many with private pools and gorgeous gardens in idyllic locations. They have onsite chefs, butlers, and some feature spas and babysitters. It’s a great way to have a luxurious stay, but to create a special space for families or groups of friends to be together, whilst still allowing everyone to have their own bedrooms and space.

Here are a just a few of Sri Lanka’s private villas we love for special family escapes.

1. Taru Villas, Galle

These two boutique properties are a wonderful place to stay in Galle Fort to explore this World Heritage listed city.  Centrally located inside the rampart walls, the 2 villas feature just a handful of rooms each, an onsite chef and plenty of staff to make sure all your needs are taken care off. With large living areas and stunning décor there are plenty of spaces to relax, as well as a roof top terrace where you can watch the sunset over drinks and dinner, and an inviting courtyard pool. The bedrooms are spacious and gorgeous.


2. Villa Pooja Kanda, Habaraduwa

Located in a rural village a few kilometres inland from Habaraduwa, on the south coast of Sri Lanka, this elegant 5 bedroom villa sits on a lush hillside, surrounded by 2 acres of tropical garden. Ideal for families and children with its extensive lawn area for playing.  The villa is spacious and offers privacy and tranquility. Relax on the rattan loungers along the verandah, cool off in the pool and spend some time on an oversize daybed reading a book. From the villa you can visit a nearby turtle hatchery, take a boat ride on Koggala Lagoon, visit historic Galle Fort or take a bike ride.


3. South Point Ocean Villa, Ahangama

A beautiful, luxury villa overlooking a sandy beach on Sri Lanka’s south coast, South Point is the perfect place to go to get away from it all. Take the whole property – with seven bedrooms in all – and you and your family can surround yourself in tranquility and privacy.  Fully staffed – there’s nothing for you to worry about.  An ayurvedic massage therapists and yoga instructor can be arranged; there’s a pool and gorgeous gardens.  Enjoy swimming or snorkeling at the beach which is at your doorstep, lounge by the pool or head to nearby Galle and explore this historic city.


4. Six Degrees North, Hikkaduwa

If there’s a birthday milestone or anniversary during your trip, Six Degrees North is an ideal place to celebrate with your family.  A luxury 5-bedroom beach-front villa, the property has a large outside pavilion where parties can be had.  Enjoy a special meal outside with beach and ocean views. With a large pool, wide verandah to read a book on and a near private beach, it’s a wonderful place for families and celebrations.


5. Ranawara, Tangalle

Boasting private beach access and 23 acres of private gardens, this stunning beachfront villa will have your group wanting to stay forever.  Located on Sri Lanka’s south coast, there are 5 bedrooms in the main house and two luxury garden cabanas, providing plenty of room for all your party. There’s a chef, butlers and an onsite spa to make sure you relax, as well as a library, cinema room and an inviting 30-metre pool. From the first floor sitting room, you’ll have a 360-degree view of the property’s gardens and the Indian Ocean.


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The best resorts in the Maldives for diving and snorkelling


If you ask anyone who’s planning a trip to The Maldives why they’ve chosen to visit that particular part of the world, one of the most common reasons is for the unbeatable snorkelling and diving experiences. The Maldives are renowned for excellent visibility, crystal-clear waters, and pleasant, warm temperatures – making underwater sightseeing top of the to-do list.

With so many different island resorts to choose from, deciding exactly where to stay can be difficult. Here are our recommendations for the best places to stay in The Maldives offering excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities:

Constance Moofushi

This resort is home to one of the best house reefs for snorkelling in the Maldives. There’s also access to some great nearby diving spots, including Shark Point – where tonnes of sharks (up to 6ft long) gather above a steep drop-off point. Dive scooters are on offer to help you reach patches of reef that would otherwise be a challenge to access, and instructors are on hand to give lessons if you’ve never used one before.

Constance Moofushi

Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli

Oblu is renowned for its colourful house reef, located just metres away from the island. It’s another great option for snorkelling as well as diving – you’ll see all manner of fish, octopus, eels, turtles, sharks and stingrays close to the surface. There are two house reefs, one either side of the harbour. Nearby there are some good opportunities for drift diving – an exhilarating experience, which feels like flying underwater as you’re carried along by the current. It’s also one of the more affordable Maldives resorts to visit (relatively speaking!).

Oblu by Atmosphere

Jumeirah Vittaveli

Aside from being one of the most luxurious island resorts in the region, the main attraction here is the house reef – one of the best of any resort in the South Male Atoll. Stretching out 500m on either side of the island, you don’t have to swim out far before you’re greeted with an abundance of captivating coral and shoals of reef fish. For more experienced divers, there are five other decent dive spots nearby. The resort has been working hard to take care of their house reef, bringing in an in-house Marine Biologist as well as independent organisations to nurture and protect the coral, ensuring it’ll stay beautiful for years to come.

Jumeirah Vittaveli Turtle Underwater

One&Only Reethi Rah

Another top-end choice, One&Only Reethi Rah does have a house reef, accessible by a short canoe ride, but the best diving spots are a short boat ride away. The hotel boasts the Maldives’ only PADI National Geographic Dive Centre, and one of the region’s best shark-spotting sites is nearby. There’s the chance to take part in more advanced diving situations, with strong currents, drift, wreck and night diving all on offer – as well as more relaxed sites for less experienced divers. The resort also runs a Reef Project, encouraging visitors to transplant pieces of coral onto frames, before planting it in new location on the reef. Long after you’ve left the island, you can log onto the website where the resident marine biologist periodically uploads photographs, allowing you to keep an eye on its progress.

One&Only Reethi Rah Aerial

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

The house reef at this resort is very memorable; they’ve done a great job of preserving it (it’s very healthy – teeming with life). You’ll spot many different types of marine creatures – including fish, shark, turtles and even octopus. There’s no need to take a boat; great snorkelling is accessible by jumping right in from the end of the jetty. Ask anyone who’s been to this resort, and they’ll almost inevitably start raving about the spectacular underwater scenery. The snorkelling is so varied at the house reef there’s almost no need to venture further afield, but experienced divers may wish to take a boat trip to some nearby sites. There’s even the chance to see whale sharks – if you visit at the right time of year.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa Multiple Fish and Coral

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