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Bali is known for a myriad of things such as alluring beaches, international DJ parties, and surfing, but nothing compares to its picturesque and world-famous rice terraces. Besides being a popular tourist attraction for people visiting Bali, it provides an insight into the way locals lead their lives. The rice terraces are not only breathtaking but are also a part of the country’s heritage and culture. A Farming Community United by Water: The Subaks Before we reveal our list of the most spectacular terraced rice fields in Bali, let us take the opportunity to learn a bit about the cultural value of these man-made spectacles, an aspect often overshadowed by their awe-inspiring visuality. The ‘subaks’ are perhaps one of the oldest and most revered irrigation traditions in the country, and they were built to water the gorgeous terraces. History has it that people in the past were faced with the …

Snow-capped mountains and world-famous ski-resorts are a few things that come to mind when talking about Niseko. However, there is much more to this humble Japanese village than meets the eye. Amidst miles of spectacular skiing trails and helicopter tours, there are more than a dozen local onsens that form the Niseko Onsenkyo as listed by the official Niseko Tourism website. Today, we put the spotlight on these winter land wonders to help you relish the best onsen experience in Niseko. So, what is an onsen? Onsens, as they are called in Japan, are naturally occurring volcanic hot springs that have become part of the country’s rich culture. In Niseko, they offer a welcome relief to strained muscles after a long day of hiking or skiing and is something you should definitely not miss during your visit. Not every onsen is the same as the water varies widely in terms …

Hearing the genuine joy of our guests is a profound reminder for us of how meaningful it is the work that we do. To us, guest reviews are testaments of how a stay at our villas can truly touch lives, re-ignite relationships, and re-orient perspectives. Be it the food, be it the services of the staff, or be it the incredible views, the offerings of these luxury holiday homes are experiences sure to be remembered and definitely worth being shared. Based on customer feedback which we have compiled over the years, we are proud to bring you 10 of the most beloved villas in our collection in the very words of our guests: 1. Villa Analaya – Phuket ” They say the hardest part is saying “goodbye”…so, instead, we’ll say “au revoir” — as in see you again. Villa Analaya is the closest place to paradise we’ve ever experienced..and the …

Experiential travel, where vacationers want to enjoy adventures and activities that are all about uplifting and memorable experiences, is part of a new wave of conscious travel that is sweeping across the world. Today’s vacationers are looking for experiences that enrich their lives and this includes ones that connect with themselves, local communities, and a destination’s environment in a positive way. This feel-good philosophy is not reserved just for the millennials, either. Gen Z, Y, and X are also sharing this deeper understanding of how travel today needs to be responsible, socially aware, and mindful. For luxury travelers in Southeast Asia, whether visiting the spectacular Thai islands or the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia, there are plenty of opportunities to interact and experience destinations in a conscious way. Ethical Wildlife Activities Most people know that in popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, there have been plenty of reports about …

Dubbed as “The Aspen of Japan,” Niseko has become one of the world’s most sought after ski destinations. Also known as the world’s powder capital, Niseko is the ultimate skiing destination for its powdery light snow that falls in abundance each year. Come summer season, the region then becomes a must-visit for its bounty of outdoor activities including river rafting, biking, hiking, and more. But before you revel in Niseko’s luxury chalets, world-class resorts, and the beautiful tree-lined slopes of Hokkaido, there are things you should know about the proper etiquette on the island so your visit will go as smooth as can be. Related article: The Four Ski Resorts of Niseko. Japan is widely known for having a group-oriented culture, where maintaining harmonious relationships with others is a way of life. Consideration of other people, being attentive to others, and being aware of one’s own impact in the community …