“Dare to love yourselfas if you were a rainbowwith gold at both ends” Aberjhani
My family and I recently set out for some much needed retreat time to Bali with Luxury Retreats, and what we experienced was beyond all expectations. It was such an easy and seamless getaway from beginning to end. The concierge took care of every little detail, making this trip such a retreat for us all. As a mother juggling my own business, family, and rolling with the random curveballs that life has to offer, I am so very grateful when someone else takes over the reigns and plans the nitty gritty details. Luxury Retreats anticipated all our needs and created the perfect holiday for our family.
Our time at the Pandawa Cliff Estate was nothing short of total luxury. And absolute fun! The best part was having quality one on one time with our kids. Slow breakfasts with conversations about what adventures the day would bring, followed by frisby on the grass, tennis on the courts, pool time and more pool time, walks along the beach, silly games of Uno, and so much amazing Balinese cuisine right there in our villa. Having our own personal chef cook all our meals, catering to our dietary needs/preferences, was just so wonderful. We all felt so well taken care of. This was truly a rejuvenating holiday for us, just as we intended it to be.
As you can see from these pictures our villa was beyond amazing. It’s definitely one of the best we’ve ever stayed in here in Bali. It was so spacious, light and luxuriously appointed, yet still maintained a homely feel, making it so comfortable and enjoyable for us. We stayed in the Rose Villa, which is one of 3 villas in the Pandawa Cliff Estate. You can even hire out all 3 villas and have the perfect destination wedding with all your friends and family, in total privacy and luxury. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of a wedding in one of the adjacent villas and it looked spectacular! It was a gorgeous balmy evening filled with loving vibes, twinkling lights, happy music and a magical finale of fireworks over the ocean.
One of my personal highlights of our stay was waking up each morning for the sunrise. I am the biggest fan of waking up with the sun anywhere in the world. It starts my day off perfectly and energises me in a way that extra sleep doesn’t. It’s worth the early wake up, trust me. Witnessing beauty like that, so transient, and always so unique, is a very special and indescribable experience.
We are so thankful to Luxury Retreats for our perfect family holiday. They have an incredible selection of villas across the world and the best service and expertise I’ve dealt with to date. I highly recommend them for your next vacation. Follow them here for travel inspiration from all over this beautiful world.
Every time I go back to beautiful Bali I fall in love with the culture and sacred energy of the land more and more. The rituals and gratitude the Balinese have for life, for each other, is so humbling, and it reminds me what is most important in my life – my family, my friendships, my connection to myself, others, nature, and always being open to learning and discovering deeper levels of peace, love and joy.
On this wanderlust journey we split our time between the coast and the hills. Both quiet, picturesque locations with so much to offer in different ways. Our first stop, Samabe Suites and Villas, in Nusa Dua, was situated on the most pristine beach I’ve seen along this part of the coast. The cliff edge, with it’s panoramic views, met the whitest, softest sand, and multiple shades of turquoise ocean. The tiered infinity pool overlooking this beauty took this scene to another level. This is the place you want to wake up early and watch the sunrise. It’s spectacular, and sets you up for the most perfect day in paradise. One of the highlights of our stay here was the breakfast buffet. As avid foodies, we enjoy a big breakfast with a lot of variety + quality. This was hands down in the top five of our best breakfasts we’ve encountered to date. They even had a strawberry chocolate fondue fountain with marshmallows and strawberries. Not that I usually eat sweets for breakfast but it does give you an idea of how well this place caters for everyones whims.
Out next stop was to Hidden Hills Villas. A picture of total serenity, perched upon the hillside in Uluwatu, overlooking the Indian ocean. This is where you want to sit by your infinity pool, enjoy a cocktail or two with your lover, and watch the sunset. It’s one of the most romantic places we’ve stayed. We had complete privacy, yet super attentive hosts when required, that took care of our every need. We loved the open plan, light filled, design of the villas and attention to detail. I felt as though I’d entered my dream house with all the white wash and a perfect splash of blue. The design and layout created an ambience that made it very hard to want to leave this space…ever! And wow the food was so delicious! I highly recommend ordering in here and enjoying a few days of just relaxing and melting into this space. It’s so healing and for me personally I found Hidden Hills perfect for some much needed R & R. You won’t feel the need to leave your villa at all, and sometimes that can be just what you need.
I’m so thankful for this recent trip to Bali for opening my mind, my eyes, and my heart. For the blessings of insight. There is always so much to learn, and so many ways to enrich your life and your experience. To find deeper levels of intimacy within your relationship to yourself and others. Finding easier ways to cope with those rough patches, and when you feel a little broken, being able to embrace your vulnerability and reach out for a helping hand…especially your own. I discovered a greater level of compassion, love and appreciation for myself, and I’m eternally grateful for that. Bali, you’ve brought me back home even deeper into my heart, just where I needed to be. I can’t wait to visit the island of the gods once again :)
A big thank you to Asia Collective who organised our travel experience from beginning to end. Make sure you check our their travel guide when you plan your next tropical escape.
Finally in my 39th year I made it to Coachella! It’s been on my bucket list forever and I was determined this year, no matter what, I had to be there! And it was everything and more! I am still trying to describe the feeling and why it was so magical. Even with all the walking in the dusty, windy desert heat, I was not deterred one bit. The excitement built within me every step I took. The lights, the music, the palm desert backdrop, the crowds of festival goers all hit me at once. I had to just stop, breathe, and take it all in. So much beauty, so much inspiration. As though every single person really let their inner lights shine and be seen, without a care in the world. True self expression. I think maybe that was what was most attractive and exciting to me. I am continually inspired by those who are fearlessly and unapologetically themselves. It instantly gives permission for others to do the same. Imagine feeling that free to be yourself, dancing to your favourite music, surrounded by a tribe of people all there for the same exact reason. The energy it creates is exponential and healing on so many levels.
The highlight of Coachella for me was getting to share it with my beautiful neice, Kira, who took all my awesome pics :) High on the list of amazingness were the Revolve parties…they were another level of party entirely. We danced, we drank, and we had some of those divine synchronistic chance meetings with like hearted folk that leave you feeling so one with the world. And WOW soooooo much amazing music! Omg, A$ap Rocky, LCD Soundsystem, Ice Cube, Calvin Harris and of course for me reliving my youth to Guns n Roses actually brought me to tears….I had flashbacks of dancing in the living room as a teenager with my besties, crying over break ups (with my besties) always with a GnR soundtrack. There were also some super special people we met that made the experience next level…special shout outs go to Luxx Limo and Solkissed for chauffeuring us around Coachella in ultimate style. So many amazing conversations and laughs went down in that limo ;)
After my crazy fun coachella shenanigans I found myself in the pure serenity of Point Dume, Malibu. I was lucky enough to stay in the most incredible, inspiring guest house hosted by my divine soul sistar, Tysa, owner + creative director of Tysa Designs. The lovely Tysa and I explored the beautiful coastline, with it’s spectacular views over Malibu and Little Dume; one of Malibu’s last private beaches. Finding deep heart connections and kindred sisters like Tysa and her gorgeous mum Rise, was the perfect finish to my california trip. My time in Malibu was so precious…those slow brunches by the ocean, amazing sunsets….it’s yet another little piece of California that has won my heart and I can’t wait to go back there!
Next up on our wanderlust adventures is the very beautiful tropical paradise known as the ‘island of the gods’….stay tuned on insta for our pics!
What an incredible week we just had with the family in beautiful Byron Bay with the divine Sienna Byron Bay. The town was so alive, abuzz with festival energy and excitement! It’s been over 10 years since our last Byron trip and even though it’s changed so much, it was still just as magical as I remembered it before. I was instantly in love once again with those lighthouse views over Cape Byron, pastel sunsets over Wategos beach, and long stretches of deserted sandy beach right at our doorstep at our wonderful beach house.
In between our festival days dancing up a storm at Bluesfest, we spent them with the kids celebrating a very special 10th birthday, exploring the local beaches, and enjoying some amazing Byron food and hospitality. There were a couple of absolute standout, must experience food highlights for us. First was the inspirational Naked Treaties who catered the most delicious, vital array of yumminess for our daughter’s birthday. The raw, gluten, dairy, sugar, guilt free cookies and cream birthday cake was simply out of this world! And so beautifully decorated :) We also spent a magical evening at The Byron at Byron, enjoying the most divine 4 course meal and relaxing massages….this really was so perfect for in between all the festival craziness and dancing…..my feet were very very thankful ;)
Our days at Bluesfest were undoubtedly the highlight of the trip for us all. It was our first time, and also taking the kids to a festival as well. It was so amazing and fun dancing with them, having our nails done at Sienna Byron Bay’s nail bar, and shopping the artisan stalls. Strutting along at dusk in gorgeous Spell Designs with so many gorgeous festival babes was an absolute dream come true. We feel so blessed for the connections we made during our time in Byron. It’s always the best part of any adventure for us.
Besides all the music and dancing, we had a blast hanging out at the nail bar, switching up our colours each day and having some mother/daughter manis. Sienna Byron bay make the most beautiful, eco-friendly nail polishes. Not only does it contain no nasties, it’s vegan, and it’s quality polish in the most exquisite colours. It’s been my favourite brand of polish for well over a year now, and watching the beautiful Danielle, owner and creative director of the company, grow this amazing range from the heart has been so beautiful to witness. Make sure you go check them out and follow their beautiful journey on insta.
We are so grateful to Sienna Byron Bay for organising this trip for our family. It was full of so many beautiful moments and deep connections to like hearted folk, and these memories will continue to sing in our hearts forever.
“To create art with all the passion in one’s soul is to live art with all the beauty in one’s heart” Aberjhani
My heart has been completely won over by beautiful Thailand yet again. Those friendly smiles, intoxicating flavours and scents, a colour palette that dreams are made of. Our recent stay at Cape Panwa was by far the most magnificent of all our resort visits to date. We stayed in the most luxurious penthouse suite, accessible via private elevator, with breathtaking turquoise ocean views from every room. Each morning we woke up to watch the sunrise, whilst our private chefs cooked us the most wonderful breakfast spread. We indulged in so much deliciousness as we listened to the soothing sounds of water trickling over the edge of our huge infinity pool, and the melodic tunes of the capiz shell lamps chiming in the ocean breeze.
When we actually left our magical room, we discovered even more beauty at Cape Panwa. The private beach is lined with massive palm trees, the softest cleanest sand, and vivid turquoise water. The bamboo bar is nestled on the beach where you can laze about on sun lounges, tropical cocktail in hand. The Panwa House, just a few steps away, totally blew my mind. A Sino-portugese mansion with more character than I could even deal with. I couldn’t stop looking at ever single intricate detail in complete awe. We spent quite a few nights here enjoying the most tantalising thai cuisine. One evening we enjoyed a candlelit private dinner date right on the beach. The ultimate romantic scene was set with lanterns and candles gently illuminating the night. The setting was perfect, the food was out of this world amazing, though my dinner date was what made it one of the best nights of my life. Later that night we were lucky enough to witness some fireworks right on the beach!
We had so many special moments and magical memories though the highlight of this trip was definitely the day we went exploring the surrounding islands and beaches upon the Princess Panwa yacht. Whoever thought to put a spa on a yacht was an absolute genius! My wanderlust was on fire as we took a dinghy to shore and explored secluded beaches. We spent the day jumping off the boat into the most iridescent water I think I’ve ever seen, snorkelling through lagoons, and soaking up all that sunshine and turquoise bliss.
A few things I highly recommend for your visit to Cape Panwa – take the Thai cooking classes. We learnt how to cook our favourite Thai dishes, and now we are making them at home! And they taste so good! Take the boat out to Coral Island for the day. Or charter the yacht to celebrate a special occasion. Make sure you eat at every restaurant as the food is out of this world. Watch the sunrise over the pier…you won’t regret waking up early for this.
We are so grateful to have shared such a wonderful time together in the most idyllic setting imaginable. Special mention goes to our fabulous butler Somchai. We were completely flawed by how attentive and kind he was. He took such great care of us and made our stay at Cape Panwa next level amazing. Big thanks to Cape Panwa for their wonderful hospitality and for one the best trips of our lives. It’s not something we’ll ever forget and our beautiful memories and experiences will continue to flourish within our hearts.