Home sweet home at the secret honey house – Villa Madu Ubud, Bali

I would never have known about Villa Madu in Bali if a friend in Ubud hadn’t suggested it to me (thank you  secret friend! You know who you are!).   It’s one of those under-the-radar places that I’ve never seen before in big magazines, but is known through word-of-mouth, or by people who know people. I…

Tropical Weight Loss Holiday – Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort Sri Lanka

Sometimes –  usually after I’ve overloaded on too much cake and croissants – my idea of a dream vacation is to go to a nice  seaside health resort to lose weight, eat good food, relax and rest without stepping inside a gym, and do hardly anything .  Hahahaha!  Sounds too good to be true? It’s not. Such places do exist! The hilltop swimming…

The Smog Eaters Are Coming – the Vertical Forest Nanjing, China

Next year, an eco building with 1,100 trees will absorb 25 tons of CO2 per year and produce 60kg of oxygen daily in smoggy China. Big trees fascinate me; the older and bigger, the better. They’re so beautiful, and so majestic. If you’ve seen my Barefoot Luxe Facebook page, there are quite a few posts of beautiful…

In Search of Man-Eaters of Kumaon – Corbett Tiger Reserve, India

I went by elephant and by jeep, and nobody was eaten alive.  That’s because nobody tried to eat us. Mention animal safaris,  animals in the wild, and most people think African safari, but I love visiting the tiger reserves of India. And there are actually quite a few of them. India was once a land teeming…

Where to Relive Bangkok’s Old Town Charm – The Asadang Historic B&B

Bangkok’s historic Grand Palace district is the place to be right now if you’re in the Thai capital.  A small heritage B&B offers old-time charm just a short walk from the city’s grandest spectacle. Thailand is experiencing the most heartbreaking event ever known to Thai people, the passing the world’s longest reigning and most greatly beloved  monarch, HM the late King…

Tomb Waiter – Dream Dining Amid the Ruins at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

At Angkor Wat, where a lost civilization once feasted under the stars, you can too.  Just add butler. Here’s how … In recent years, I’ve been hearing of private parties and chi-chi events held amongst the ruins at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Yes gala dinners, jet-set party people frolicking amid the…

3 Best Affordable Wellness & Spa Retreats in Thailand

Psssst! … Guess what! You don’t have to pay big bucks for a wellness & spa escape any more –  if you know where to find it.  And I’m telling you here.  These  are the newest and nicest wellness retreats with the most affordable, professional spa offerings you can find in Thailand! Whenever I see the bill to…

Where Turtles Lay Eggs, and Nobody Knows – A Secret Black Sand Beach in Bali

On a secret black sand beach in Bali, turtles lay their eggs, and nobody knows… Many complain that Bali is ruined – commercialized, over-run by invading tourist hordes, group package tours, beach cowboys, and shaggy souvenir shacks blocking the view of the postcard-perfect rice terraces that the world comes to see.  That may be true, but it’s a big…

Biking Phuket’s Surprising Back Roads in Mai Khao

Oh give me a zone…where the buffalo roam…where the beer and the nightlife don’t play… I like lazing on the beach as much as the next person, especially when there’s a waiter with crisp chilled pineapple near by,  but sometimes one feels the need to get out and poke around a bit.   Biking always brings me back to my carefree childhood, and…

Kidding Around in Bali – family travel play book

Eliza says she’s not good at stalking. But happily, she found me on the internet and sent me this wonderful activity book that she and her husband wrote about things for kids to do in Bali.   I’m a doting aunt and my maternal instinct goes all soft and gooey when I see adorable kiddie toys, clothes, shoes,…

Pune’s Soul Sight – The Ashram Tour

I’ve been to India many times but only once to an Indian ashram.  In fact, I’m not even sure it was a real Indian ashram as I didn’t actually do anything there other than be led by the nose on a controlled guided tour, which is probably not the way one is supposed to experience an ashram. I’d never heard of…