#PillowTalk: A review of Gravity Bali Hotel, Uluwatu

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Gravity Bali Hotel Review

A couple of weeks ago, I gave you the lowdown on Slow Gili Air, the island resort we stayed in during our time on the Gili islands. Today it's time for me to introduce you to another one of the hotels we frequented during our time in Indonesia, Gravity Bali Hotel. This eco boutique resort is one of Bali's best kept secrets, offering a stunning hilltop resort with the most beautiful sea views and although we only got to enjoy two nights here, it was one of my favourite hotels of the trip.

On the map
Gravity Bali Hotel is found in Bali's Bukit region not far from Uluwatu, known as the island's surfers paradise. By moped it's roughly about 3-5 minutes drive from Padang Padang and Uluwatu beaches. The hotel isn't the easiest to find as it is located up a slightly steep hill just off the main road called Jalan Labuansait - meaning you get incredible views overlooking the Bali sea but also a bit of leg burn if you're travelling round by foot!

Gravity Bali Hotel Pool

Gravity Bali hotel View

Outside Decor for Gravity Bali Hotel

Style
Teaming the Indonesian boho style with all white interiors that look like they belong on a greek island, Gravity Bali Hotel provides a stunning, chilled and unbelievably instagramable place to stay.

In the centre of the hotel are a collection of cascading infinity pools which are surrounded by plush white leather sunbeds and loungers, huge wicker umbrellas and two white stone bar areas serving up cocktails, juices and ice cold fruit infused water all day long.

Gravity Bali Hotel Bedroom Decor

Bedroom Decor 2

Gravity Bali Hotel Room

Rooms      
Gravity Bali Hotel has nine rooms, all of which are individually designed to offer their own little slice of paradise. Rooms range from the standard double room to the superior suite with a private pool - which we were lucky enough to stay in. Crochet throws, thatched roofs and white wash wood throughout give the rooms a shabby chic feel, whilst little luxuries such as air con, a mini fridge and a big double bed give it a cosy vibe - meaning you can experience the striped back, slow paced vibe that Bali is loved for, whilst still enjoying a touch of comfort.

Hotel Room Decor

Wine and Dine
Each room comes with breakfast included which is served in a stunning open plan dining area at the top of the resort. You can choose from eggs, pancakes or fresh fruit (I'd recommend the pancakes - they were incredible!) and finishing time for breakfast is flexible depending on when the guests wake up, meaning you don't need to worry about early rising if you like a lie in.
For dinner there isn't too much on offer, with just a few basic bar meals on the menu - however there are lots of great options for dinner nearby including the aussie inspired Bukit Cafe and spanish restuarant El Kabron.
They do however have plenty of cocktails for you to sample, so build in an hour or so for pre or post dinner drinks in their bar area and if you really don't fancy venturing out - there's a great pizza place called Pizza Italia, where you can order on whatsapp and they deliver directly to the hotel.

Top Tips
Whether you are staying at the hotel for just a night or for a week I would definitely recommend hiring out a moped. Gravity Bali Hotel has its own mopeds which you can hire for just 80,000 IDR the equivalent of £5 for 24 hours (£10 if you include petrol). This is so convenient as it means you don't have to walk to a separate place to pick up and drop the moped off. The Bukit Peninsula is also a great part of Bali to drive a moped if you aren't super confident, as it's not as busy as Seminyak or as bumpy as Ubud. We saw most of the area in just a day and it was so easy to get around.
If you are a keen surfer there are also surf packages available, which lots of the guests were taking advantage of during our stay - not that I can tell you much about them as I could barely master a paddleboard, let alone the Uluwatu waves.

Last Word
This relatively unknown boutique Bali hotel offers a tranquil and uber stylish spot, at a very reasonable price, from which to explore Bali's Bukit region. With a prime location, it is in close proximity to the area's best beaches and foodie hotspots yet still feels a little off the beaten track. It's boho rooms and picturesque chill out areas make it one of the area's best hidden gems - no filter needed!

Details
£££: From £64 RRP per night
Address: Jl. Labuan Sait Gravity, 80364 Uluwatu
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Top 5 places to see the sunset in Bali

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Sunset In Bali

If there is one thing I am a sucker for - it's a sunset and Bali is known for having plenty of beautiful places where you can watch the sun disappear behind the horizon. Having just spent two weeks in Bali, drinking my fair share of sundowners, I'm giving you five of my favourites spots to witness the sunset in Bali.

Sunset in Bali - Pura Luhur, Uluwatu

Pura Luhur, Uluwatu
Pura Luhur Uluwatu or Uluwatu temple is one of six temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars. It is also famous for its incredible location, perched right on the edge of a cliff some 70m above sea level. At 6pm every day, a traditional Kecak Fire Dance takes place in the temple with a breathtaking backdrop of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean - a great place to see the sun go down whilst also experiencing some Balinese culture. I would recommend arriving at the temple by about 4/4.30pm to allow you enough time to look round and get to the ampitheatre early enough to get an ocean facing seat for the best views.



Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak Sunset

Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak
One of Bali's most popular beach clubs, Potato Head, is found in Seminyak - known to be the fashion district of the island. This trendy spot has an infinity pool complete with a swim up bar right on the beach and also boasts a number of cosy day beds offering the ultimate place to chill out from day right through to evening. If you want to secure a day bed for one of the best sunsets in Bali, your best bet is to get there early and stay their for the day or you could do what we did and enjoy the sunset from the edge of the pool with a cocktail in hand and then grab a bed once all the day time guests have left.



Goya Boutique Hotel, Ubud Sunset in Bali

Goya Boutique Hotel, Ubud
Known for its waterfalls and rice paddies more than its sunsets, you might be surprised to find somewhere in Ubud on this list. However the Goya Boutique Hotel with its AMAZING infinity pool overlooking the jungle was one of my favourite sunsets of our whole trip. If you are heading to Ubud, it is well worth thinking about staying here - but if that doesn't fit into your trip you can still enjoy the view by booking a table at their restaurant for sunset, which is situated right next to the pool with the same stunning view.



Sunset In Bali, Suluban Beach, Uluwatu
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Suluban Beach, Uluwatu 
The second spot to be located in Uluwatu for witnessing a beautiful sunset in Bali is Suluban beach, a popular haunt for the area's surfer crowd. This hidden beach can only by reached by descending a steep flight of concrete steps and making your way through a series of mini caves but it's well worth the walk. Grab a few Bintangs from one of the local cafes on the journey down and take a seat on one of the protruding cliff faces to see the surfers catch the last of the day's waves as the sun goes down.



Teba Mega Cafe, Jimbaran Sunset View

Teba Mega Cafe, Jimbaran
Jimbaran Bay is renowned for its seafood restaurants that line the shore and is also renowned for being one of Bali's most popular sunset spots. Most tourists will flock to the north of the bay to the restaurants close to the fish market, however in my experience the seafood here was almost double the price and nowhere near as good as at Teba Mega Cafe found in the south of the bay near the Four Seasons Resort. Arrive at around 5/5.30pm to get the best table for sunset and be sure to order one of their platters to sample the best selection of seafood on offer.

What was your favourite spot to witness sunset in Bali? Are there any I should add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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A 48 Hour Guide to Gothenburg

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Guide for when you visit Gothenburg

Before last year, I had never visited any of Scandinavia but after visiting Oslo in May, I decided to visit Gothenburg in October. 

Gothenburg found on Sweden's west coast, is known for it's dutch style canals and leafy boulevards and is home to plenty of parks and lots of coffee and cake! It's also one of those amazing cities that you can easily explore in just a couple of days - perfect for a weekend away that you don't need to take time off work for and in today's post I'm giving you my recommendations of how you could spend 48 hours visiting Gothenburg. (To see more of my favourite 48 hour cities, check out my post here)

Saturday

9.00am 
To kick start your morning, hop on board one of the famous Paddan boats for a whistle stop tour of Gothenburg's canals. The hour long tours give you a great overview of the city from the water and will help you get your bearings for the rest of the weekend.

10.30am
The Swedish have a tradition called fika, which basically means coffee, cake and chill and Gothenburg's Haga district is the perfect place to get your fika on. Head to Haga Nygata where wooden houses and cute cafes line the street and pay a visit to Cafe Husaren, where they serve amazing cinnamon rolls as big as your head!

Visit Gothenburg guide
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Visiting Gothenburg Guide

1.00pm 
As long as you aren't stuffed with cake, for lunch pay a stop to Feskekôrka. This indoor fish and shellfish market is found inside a beautiful gothic church and is visited by many locals who hope to get their hands on the day's best catch. Wander round the market itself before stopping off at one of the restaurants inside - Gabriel is the most popular and most expensive but worth the price if you're a seafood lover.

Guide to visiting Gothenburg
Visiting Gothenburg for 48 hours
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2.00pm
One unique thing about Gothenburg is it has a theme park right in the centre of the city. Liseberg is one of the most popular parks in the whole of Scandinavia with over 30 rides on offer as well as being home to a theatre, concert venue and its own beautiful gardens. Unless you are a theme park enthusiast, I wouldn't say you need a whole day here - but it's definitely worth spending a few hours. Visiting later in the day also means the queues for the popular rides are much shorter - meaning less time waiting and more time thrill seeking.

7.00pm
For an authentically Swedish dinner, head to Smaka for their meatballs with mash and lingon berries (I'm talking better than Ikea). This neighbourhood restaurant also serves up a whole host of other Swedish specialities in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere.

Authentic Swedish Meatballs whilst in Gothenburg

9.30pm 
After dinner, take a stroll to one of the cities rooftop bars. My favourites are the bar found at the top of Hotel Pigalle or Ciello, on top of Hotel Bellora - but for the best view of the city you can't beat Heaven 23, located inside the Gothia towers.

Sunday

9.30am
In true lazy morning style, start your Sunday with breakfast from Bar Foxx. This popular juice bar serves breakfast all day long (so it doesn't matter if you sleep in a little) and is renowned for it's freshly squeezed juices and tasty bagels.

11.00am
Now you're fuelled up it's time to enjoy one of my favourite things about visiting Gothenberg - the cycling. Bikes are available to rent from plenty of spots around the city and the cycling lanes are some of the best I have seen. Take a ride around the leafy Slottskogen, which is the biggest of the city's many parks. You could easily lose a few hours just riding round this beautiful spot, but there are also plenty of activities such as a maze or a mini golf course if you want something extra to keep you entertained.

Cycling in Gothenburg
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2.00pm
Top of your trip with a visit to the Gothenburg Museum of Art to check out, what is said to be one of the finest art collections in Northern Europe. The Museum is home to many nordic artworks along with some western art including works by famous international artists like Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore and Louise Nevelson.

6.00pm
For an early dinner before your flight home a great place to try is Pinchos, a circus themed tapas style restaurant where everything is ordered through an app. But beware it is all in Swedish - so you might get a bit of a jackpot with your order if you don't have google translate to hand!

Pinchos Facebook

Have you ever had the chance to visit Gothenburg? What are your favourite things to do in the city?

For more information on things to do, see and eat when visiting Gothenburg check out the Gothenburg Tourism website

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5 Tips for handling a cancelled flight

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5 Tips For Handling A Cancelled Flight

In recent trips, we haven’t had the best of luck with flight delays and cancellations seeming to follow us around. A spell of bad luck has however meant, that we have become pros at how to handle any departure dramas, so I’ve put together my top tips for handling a cancelled flight and getting your hands on flight delay compensation you're entitled to. 

1.    Get ahead of the game
Whenever you are taking a flight, I would always advise checking in as early as possible. For most airlines this will be 24 hours before you fly, but in some cases, for example if you are part of a loyalty scheme, it could be even earlier. 
Not only does this mean you give yourself the chance of getting the best seats but it also means if there are any cancellations you will know about it first. We found out our flight was cancelled from Bali to Doha as it had disappeared from our schedule when we tried to check in from the hotel the day before – if we hadn’t we wouldn’t have found out until we got to the airport. The flight we actually took ended up being 9 hours later so by checking in (or trying to check in) earlier we saved ourself the hassle of having to wait around at the airport for all that time.

2.    Be mobile
If flight cancellations do arise and you are already at departures, all of the airlines' advice will be telling you to head to the customer advisor desks for assistance – where you will likely be met by a pretty lengthy que. 
A better option is to try and find a resolution using your phone. Some airlines, such as Easyjet will let you rebook cancelled flights straight from their app and if that’s not possible you are still better off calling up the customer service line and speaking to someone there as they will be able to help you much faster, plus you can do it sitting in a comfy coffee shop with a latte in hand.

3.    Check your insurance
In some cases the alternative flights the airline is offering you aren’t convenient for your schedule and although on occasion an airline is willing to put you on a flight with another carrier this is very rarely the case.
If this happens, it’s best to check the details of your insurance to know where you stand. When Easyjet cancelled our flight to Berlin on the 30th December, the only flights they were offering us were due to arrive post New Year’s Eve, which was the whole point we were going. So instead we accepted a full refund from Easyjet and booked another flight through Norweigan Air to Berlin for the early hours of the 31st. Our insurance then covered the difference between the refund and the new flight which we had to book. This won’t necessarily be the case with all insurers but it is always a good idea to get in touch with them to find out what they could offer.

4.    Be flexible
If there are lots of flights cancelled, for example in bad weather, this obviously means there will be lots of people trying to rebook, so being flexible will really help you get to your desired place as quickly as possible.
Offering to fly from other UK airports is always a good idea – as everyone will be trying to find other flights from the airport where the flight was originally cancelled. Why not take advantage of friends you have in other cities and book an early morning flight from there? When we were struggling to rebook cancelled flights from London for a few days due to fog – we instead booked flights early the next morning from Birmingham and stayed with my mum and dad, meaning we didn’t have the hassle of trying to claim back hotels.
It is also helpful if you can offer to take alternative routes, for example a route with an additional or alternative change to the one you were supposed to take.

5.    Get what you’re owed
Once your trip is done and you are back home, now is the time to worry about getting back any money you are owed. Under EU regulation (take advantage while you can!) you are entitled to a sum of £509 if your flight arrives at its destination over three hours late and even if you are flying outside of the EU – airlines are usually willing to offer some form of compensation if you have been significantly delayed.
Money Saving Expert’s website Resolver is a god send for taking the pain out of complaining, giving you a simple to use guide which tells you your rights for each airline and also handles the process of complaining for you.

Have you got any tips for how to handle cancelled flights? Or have you had a flight cancellation drama? Let me know in the comments below!

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