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TUGU HOTEL BALI – An Art Collector’s Dream in a Romantic Surfers’ Paradise

********* What do Donna Karan, Kate Moss and Roman Polanski have in common? well….they all stayed at Tugu Hotel Bali, one of the premier luxury hotels on the island – and often listed among the 100 Most Beautiful Hotels in the World. I recently had the opportunity to stay at this beautiful gem and what an amazing […]

Beach Villa at the Menjangan

THE MENJANGAN – Luxury Beach Villas in the West Bali National Park

********* In the most remote corner of Bali – the West Bali National Park – one very special place recently captured my heart: THE MENJANGAN,  a Luxury Resort with Beach Villas so quiet and secluded you easily forget busy civilization and all the stresses that come with it. A haven of peace, surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife […]

Puri Bagus Lovina magnificent pool

PURI BAGUS LOVINA – Luxury Ocean Villas and a Magnificent Pool

********* “Beautiful Palace” that is the meaning of the Balinese word Puri Bagus – and it is indeed a fitting name! This well known luxury resort on the Northern Coast of Bali near Lovina features 40 Balinese style villas and a spectacular pool – right on the ocean. Green, palm tree lined pathways invite to leisurely strolls along […]

Scuba Diving in Amed

BALI Adventures – My First Scuba Dive in Amed

********* My first Scuba Dive! That one had been on my bucket list for a long time – and what better place to do it than a famous diving paradise like Amed on the Bali East Coast. Amed is a small village – quiet and chill – the only tourists you’ll find here are divers – and not […]

Dubai Yacht Cruise with Atlantis Hotel

DUBAI Yacht Cruise – The Ultimate Dubai Experience!

********* A Yacht Cruise had not been the first thing on my mind when I visited Dubai for the first time this past September. There is so much to see and explore – and of course, there is the desert with all its adventures and fun. Fortunately, someone invited me aboard a small yacht and it […]

Dubai Day Trips: UAE East Coast & Mountains

DUBAI Day Trips: UAE East Coast & Mountains

********* What a different vision of this fascinating region! A Dubai Day Trip to the beautiful UAE East Coast and the Emirate of Fujairah via stunning mountain scenery! Here is a video of the whole trip: A Dubai Day Trip through 4 Emirates This Dubai Day Trip passes through 4 Emirates: Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah and Fujairah – […]

Road Trip around stunning Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - SassyZenGirl.com/New-Zealand

Road Trips NEW ZEALAND: Otago Peninsula

One of the absolute gems on the South Island lies right off Scottish Dunedin – the Otago Peninsula. A place of fascinating remote beauty, wildlife and even a real Scottish castle and an Albatros research centre on its very tip. I entered via Highcliff road and was greeting with these stunning vistas:

ROAD TRIP NEW ZEALAND: Christchurch to Dunedin - Moreaki

Road Trips NEW ZEALAND: Christchurch to Dunedin via Inland Scenic Route

Via Inland Scenic Route 72 Historic Town of Oamaru: Moeraki Boulders & Village Local institution: “Fleurs Place” (Restaurant) Stunning beach scenery along the way: Matakaea Nature Reserve & Shag Point (Wildlife viewing: Fur Seals and Yellow-eyed Penguins) Scenic Route via Seacliff and Port Chalmers to Dunedin:

Road Trips New Zealand - Banks Peninsula, Akaroa

Road Trips NEW ZEALAND: Akaroa & Banks Peninsula

Day 1 of my Epic May 2016 Road Trip around New Zealand – 159km/98mi – 3h 24min RT The day started with a bang – literally – as I incurred my first punctured tire – ever! – This ain’t my first rodeo……I had been road tripping for years: all over the US, even up to Alaska and the […]

Cape Town 10 things to do

10 Amazing Things To Do in CAPE TOWN (….aside from Table Mountain)

​”Breathtaking!” – “Stunning!” – “Amazing!” – were the superlatives coming to mind every day I spent in this amazing region!Cape Town and the Cape Penninsula are without a doubt one of most stunningly beautiful and varied regions in the world!Whether it is the turquoise blue ocean, sandy beaches, exceptional wildlife – whales, sharks and penguins in particular – historic Mandela […]

Mauritius

Why I did not like MAURITIUS….

.  Well…. there it is…… I said it. I did not like Mauritius. Not at all! Surprising, yes….. but that was my experience. Somehow I had envisioned white sandy beaches, palm trees, quiet lagoons and anything else you might expect in a tropical paradise, but there was none of that. The typical Mauritius photos must […]

Durban Skyline

Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – The Other Side of Durban

    ********* Durban is awesome! I actually found it to be the most beautiful and interesting city in South Africa – definitely more interesting than Cape Town (though that’s almost sacrilegious to say….;-) Cape Town is nice, don’t get me wrong. And the scenery around it, the Cape Peninsula and the beaches are breath […]

Storms River Mouth

Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – The Garden Route

    ********* Extensive volumes have been written on the Garden Route with all the many things you can do and see, so I will focus on the highlights that I very much enjoyed and hopefully it will give you some inspiration for your own planning. Lets start with a map: We ended the last leg […]

Cape L'Agulhas

Road Trips SOUTH AFRICA – Whale Coast Route to Garden Route

    ********* The Garden Route had been on my bucket list for many years – and I was excited to finally embark on this awesome adventure! While enjoying a lovely house sit in Simon’s Town on the Cape Peninsula with stunning views of the bay…. ….I planned my epic road trip all over South Africa: Garden Route to […]

Swakopmund, Namibia

NAMIBIA – Swakopmund, the Belle of the Sea…

Well….. if I didn’t know better I could have sworn I somehow ended up in “Little Germany” on my way to the desert – because that’s exactly what Swakopmund is.Namibia used to be a German West Africa back in the day and the influence is still noticeable everywhere – though nowhere as strongly as in Swakopmund.I […]