Bali Series | Villa Review + Bonus

When someone mentions Bali, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it the beautiful beaches? The luscious rice fields or the amazing culture? The many YouTube videos you have watched from numerous travel bloggers? Of course all of those things stood out to me, but my first thought before going was of the amazing villas and how beautiful they were! I have never seen a place where almost every villa looks magical. I went through so many properties trying to pick the right one for this trip. At one point, I got frustrated and decided to make a list. I broke everything down into a list of needs and wants. I am going to share with you the villa that we chose and what it took to get there. Welcome to Part II of the Bali Series!

Within Seminyak, you will find a long road filled with shops and restaurants called Jalan Raya Seminyak No. 17. Behind this busy street you will find smaller streets lined with beautiful plants and many villas. Gang Keraton No. 36 is where you will find Villa Dua and the other gorgeous properties that make up Villa Nest.



While searching for a villa, my needs were not only things within the villa but the area around it as well. The villa itself had to have the following: be located within Seminyak, must have pickup to and from the airport, daily cleaning, pool, great wi-fi, closed in bedrooms, security, air conditioning, not be near a rice field, a water machine and not be too far from a main street. I also had a list of wants which consisted of: an outdoor shower, possibility of early check-in, not far from the beach, a safe, privacy, breakfast preparations and a female Airbnb host. The one thing I was extremely firm on other than cleaning was the location. I refused to be near a rice field due to mosquitoes.


FeesServices_DiasehsI got everything that I wanted and more with this villa! Now, let’s talk fees and extra services. At the time of booking this villa, the cost was $266.84 USD per night. The service fee was $107.51 USD, and that was paid once. We ended up doing an early check-in and the fee was $133.42 USD which was absolutely fine. Our flight arrived at 8:10 a.m. and I feel that is reasonable since standard check-in wasn’t until 3:00 p.m. She blocked the villa for the night before as well. This brings the grand total to a lovely $1,041.45 USD. There are no hidden fees!


Once we arrived at the airport, the driver was waiting in the lobby once we came from customs and baggage claim. He was holding a sign with my name on it, so it was very easy to find him. He brought the car around to us in the parking area which is right outside. From there, we went straight to the villa. He was extremely friendly. Our host, Awen, met us at the villa. She showed us around and gave us all the information about the villa. I loved her, and she was so sweet. She even brought us coffee desserts the day before we left!

Unfortunately, Awen was feeling a bit ill on the day of our departure, but she did call to wish us off. She also made sure I didn’t forget my passport, which was greatly appreciated. The full staff came to wish us off and helped us get us situated with the driver. We were at the airport in great timing, and we did not have to rush at all. Of course I gave Awen, her staff and the villa experience an amazing rating on Airbnb. If you are interested in this villa or one of the other properties included in Villa Nest, I say go for it! You will not be disappointed.


Let me make your life a bit safer & easier regarding your villa and stay in Bali!

  1. Villas are meant to be private. Most of them have high walls, large doors and are located off of smaller streets. If you’re in a taxi heading back to your villa, your driver may not be familiar with the specific street because they are small alleyways, and exactly as I said…PRIVATE. With that being said, find a popular area within walking distance of your villa. This will help your driver and sometimes get you the cheapest rate! In our case, we chose Bintang Supermarket.
  2. If you have a flight that arrives or departs very early in the morning or very late at night be mindful of location and traffic. The traffic flow in Bali is already bumper to bumper as it is, but once the evening hits…It is insane! Choose a villa closer to the airport if you need to get going quickly. If you have a bit more time to linger around, try to choose a villa with a driver. This way you will not have to track down a taxi while standing with your bags a few hours before your flight. The taxi driver does not care if you are late. Your villa driver will care.
  3. While in Bali, we felt completely safe the entire time, but every city has its own dangers. If you are out alone, especially at night, be mindful of your surroundings while walking back. While the location of your specific villa might be private, the area may be known for its villas and having a good bit of tourists. Also, Bali has a lot of dogs that like to relax outside of houses. Not every puppy is your puppy.

BONUS: I have an INSANELY LONG list of villas tucked away, and I would love to share them with you! This post is password protected! The password is Seminyak.


I hope this post has helped you and/or inspired you to get out there and travel! See all that the world has to offer! Bali is definitely a beautiful start. If you enjoyed this post or took a look at the villa list, let me know! Leave a comment below!

Also, make sure you hit the follow button at the top of the page to stay updated on new posts, giveaways and more! Part III of the Bali Series will be up soon.

¡Besos y Bendiciones!


Bali Series | When to Go & Where to Stay

¡Hola Mis Amores! It has been a while! How have you been? How’s the family? Good? Great! You will have to excuse me… I have had entirely too much coffee today.

Recently, I took a trip to Bali, Indonesia. I have been back for a little over a week, and I promise that jet lag is a real thing! Today, I am going to share with you some tips on how to decide when you should go to Bali and where to stay.

Welcome to Part I of the Bali Series!


When planning any trip, whether it’s across the world or just up the street, one of the most important questions should be… Why am I going?

It’s as simple as that! Knowing the answer to that one question can open the door to so many things. More importantly, it will help you plan your budget, which we will get to a bit later. In the case of traveling to Bali, there are two things that will greatly affect your trip…Weather_Holidays_DiasehsBali has two types of weather that can vary year round: wet and dry. I know that sounds a bit short, but it is nothing shy of the truth. From the month of May until the beginning of October is considered the “dry season”. The end of October through April is considered the “rainy season”. I went to Bali in the middle of October, and the weather was perfect. There were a few clouds in the early morning on the last day, but there was absolutely no rain.

If you are thinking about visiting during the month of March, please do your research on Nyepi Day. This day is the celebration of the New Year in Bali, and it is also known as the Day of Silence. On this day, all daily routines come to a HAULT. This means all stores are closed, people stay within their homes and even keep their lights off. The holiday within it self has a cleansing purpose with a lot of history behind it. There is also a huge parade the day before! In short, do your research and plan ahead.


Now that you know when you will be going, it’s time to find somewhere to stay. Accommodations in Bali tend to be divided into three types: hotels, villas and hostels. The easiest way to locate a hotel in the area that you wish to stay in will be to use your trusty search engine. Just type in, “Hotels in Bali”. You will be flooded with numerous options and reviews.

The next option is to stay in a villa. This is really when you get what you paid for and is also my favorite option. I prefer to search for villas using Airbnb, but if you are not a fan, you can also use HomeAway. Disclaimer: If you use my Airbnb link, you will receive a $40 USD travel credit. If you are looking to stay for more than just a few days, this would be the best way to go. The lowest price per night for a villa in Bali could be around $19 – $23 USD. The highest could be around $1,070 USD per night. Choose what fits into your budget, and go from there!

If you are on a limited budget and want to engage in a more social environment, look at hostels. Hostels have a reputation for being unsafe, but that is not always true. Check ratings and look at well advertised hostels to make the best decision. The best site to use is Hostelworld.

This trip, we decided to stay at a villa in Seminyak. To see more of the villa that we chose, check out my villa review. There is an added bonus within the post!

What do you love about Bali? Planning to visit soon? Leave a comment and let me know!

Also, make sure you hit the follow button at the top of the page to stay updated on new posts, giveaways and more! Part II of the Bali Series will be up later this week.

¡Besos y Bendiciones!


Wanderlust: Events, Places & Culture

Travel is something everyone experiences in life. Whether it be moving to a new town or going on an adventure.

For those of you that love to travel, you may be familiar with the word WANDERLUST. For those of you that are not…

Wanderlust is a feeling. It is a strong desire to travel and explore the world.

There have been a few places & events that I have been wanting to see. I figured….Why not share with you?

Lets take a trip

The Color Run

This fun & colorful 5k run is currently the single LARGEST event series in the WORLD! The Color Run events are held in 50+ countries. If you’re not big on running, that is perfectly ok. This event is about having a great time! The best part is that this race has no time limit!

How does the race work? 

Ticket prices are broken up into two categories: Team Runners & Individual Runners.

Prices for Team Runners are as low as $35.00/person and can reach almost $60.00/person.

Prices for Individual Runners are as low as $39.50/person and can reach almost $60.00/person.

The sooner the purchase | The cheaper the ticket!

Participants start the race in a white shirt (Please do not show up in any other color). This is obvious because the colors will show up much better this way!

At each kilometer, participants are doused in crazy & vivid colors that can range from hot pink to aqua blue.

Once you are finished with the race…it’s not over! The Color Run hosts a Finish Festival. This is a huge party that includes music, dancing, food & color throws (You get one color throw of your own at the beginning of the race, and additional color throws can be purchased at the festival).

The Color Run is all about:

  • Healthiness: Promotion of a healthier lifestyle.
  • Happiness: This race is known as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet“.
  • Individuality: Everyone is welcome, & everyone runs for their own reasons.
  • Giving back: Millions of profits gained from Color Run events have been donated to charities (HandsOn Jacksonville, Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, Maui United Way & the Cool Kids Campaign are just to name a few!)

To check out their site & possibly register to participate in a Color Run event CLICK HERE! >>>> SHINE TOUR 2015!

Coachella: The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Annual Festival

This festival is so massive that it is broken up into TWO WEEKENDS! Coachella is held at Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. This event is in April, and the lineups are identical, so if you miss the first weekend…just go to the second one. You really can’t lose!

Not just one genre of music is showcased at this festival. They have branched out to cover  rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music! Some of the artists that performed at this years festival are: The Weeknd,Tyler the Creator, Azealia Banks, Drake and David Guetta.

When you enter Coachella, the set times for performances are posted everywhere, but if you forget a time just check the site. On the official site you can build your own schedule as well!

Art will be everywhere, and you can not miss most of the pieces because some of them are just….HUGE!


Lightweaver by STEREO-BOT (Coachella 2014)

Escape Velocity by POETIC KINETICS (Coachella 2014)


Pulp Pavilion by BALL-NOGUES STUDIO (Coachella 2015)

Are you an artist that is interested in showcasing your large scale artwork at Coachella? Email low resolution images of your past work & your proposal to INFO@COACHELLA.COM.

Now, let’s get back to business!

To get to Coachella, you can either drive (if you are going with friends, carpooling is best) or you can ride the shuttle. Tickets can be purchased alone or you can purchase your Coachella ticket and shuttle ticket in a bundle package. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO! >>>> Valley Music Travel

I did mention that Coachella is in the desert right? Well just in case I didn’t (I did), IT’S IN THE HOT…SCORCHING…DESERT! There I think I got my point across. Please stay hydrated. Wear clothes that are light and airy…don’t go almost naked though…unless you are into that kind of thing. The weather at night is a completely different case! Bring a few layers with you because it could get a bit cool.

Coachella does have a long list of restricted items! Please make sure you look over this before you start packing your bags. Some of these restricted items are: drugs of any kind (This includes medical marijuana.), recorders, chains, flags, pets (Leave little scruffy at home!), professional cameras, sharpies/markers, hula hoops ( Don’t look at me crazy…I don’t know why either!), selfie sticks, fireworks, umbrellas, tents, laser pointers, outside food/drinks, etc. For the rest of the list CLICK HERE! >>>> Festival Info!

There will be vendors everywhere selling food, clothes and all kinds of things! As of 2015, credit cards are accepted, but if you feel the need to carry cash…there are ATM machines available. There are also cell phone charging stations for those that bring them, and DAY parking is free!

Venue gates open at 11:00 AM each day and the last set generally ends around 12:30/1:00 AM.

Check out the official Coachella site for more information! CLICK HERE! >>>> The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Annual Festival

Rio Carnival

This week long event is held in February every year, and is known for its explosive showcase of culture! There will be a massive parade, beautiful costumes, food, music and all of Rio to see!

Rio Carnival is generally broken up into many parts, but there are two types that are a “Must See“: Street Parties & The Parade!

Street Parties are literally the parties that just don’t stop. They occur every day… all day…for 1394413485-block-party-and-street-carnival-in-porto-alegre_4145152the entire week practically. There will be dancing, food and live music! The individuals who organize these street parties are called Blocos. This is the time to enjoy the city, and all that it has to offer. Just make sure you wear comfortable shoes and carry some form of identification on you. Many of these parties are on the Rio Carnival event list. The party located on Avenida Rio Branco, Downtown is a musical competition like no other. It starts on Saturday and ends on Tuesday. The largest and most organized party is on Cinelândia Square! Did I mention that street parties are free?

The Parade is something that you will always remember! The parade is located at the Sambadrome. This is where the beautiful costumes and amazing floats come in!

Warning: There will probably be some form of nudity…I’m just saying. The parade happens each night during the week of Carnival. The show is LONG! (Ends around 5:00 AM). I promise that it is completely worth it! The parade is a competition of Samba schools, and the schools are judged at the end of the week. It is beautiful to those who are watching, but these dance teams are giving it all down this half a mile runway! I am sure those costumes & bright lights are no joke.1424052197484

 If you are interested in the history of Rio Carnival, the Samba Museum is located inside the Sambadrome at the very end of the runway. It is directly under the arches of Apotheosis Square.(You couldn’t miss them if you tried!) 

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Costs & Fees

You knew this was coming….Don’t act like you didn’t.

Now in the grand scheme of things, it’s not bad at all. It just depends on where you are coming from. (Expedia anyone?) Once you are in Rio for Carnival, the only tickets you will need are for the parade and any clubs that you may decide to attend after certain events.


I can not stress this enough! The tickets for the parade go fast, and the prices go up even faster. They start at $47.00/person and shoot up after that! The end is somewhere around $771.00/person. The VIP Boxes are much..MUCH different. To find information for Rio Carnival VIP Boxes CLICK HERE! >>>>Tickets & Prices

Golden Rule: Travel in groups!

We travel not because we want to escape life, but so that we can experience it.