For a lot of people going on holiday means letting go completely, but not everybody wants to spend their time off being a glutton by the beach, or they want to at least have a bit of balance. Luckily, Bali has an abundance of gyms and fitness programmes for holiday goers, so the beach bod can be maintained throughout a break on the paradisiacal island. No matter what your preferred form of exercise or your fitness goals, this Indonesian island has you covered. This is true whether you want to exercise casually or join a specialised programme. So, gym bunnies and power lifters rejoice, because we’re going to show you the best fitness spots and gyms in Bali.
The mystery of the deep, blue sea is something that has always captivated us; now, we have the ability to explore it in all its glory: scuba diving. Diving is one of the most unique and inspiring experiences you can have, and nowhere is this truer than the serenity of the Indian ocean. Diving in Bali is suitable for all levels; it’s also one of the most popular places in the world to become a certified diver because of the gorgeous underwater scenery. Incredibly safe and fun, becoming a certified diver here means you’ll be able to dive anywhere else in the world. In general, November to February is the best time to dive because the currents and weather will be favourable, but there are great options all year round. So, whether you’re a scuba expert or don’t know your DCS from your DPV, get ready to back-roll into the wonderful world of Bali scuba diving.
Whilst a lot of people make the trip to Bali to unwind on a beach, others are a little more keen to get their heart rate booming when they visit. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with lounging by the sea, book in tow, but thrill-seekers have plenty of options to choose from when they visit, usually for a much more reasonable price than in more developed countries. However, that doesn’t negate the safety aspect of adventure tourism here; things may be less expensive, but safety is still the number one priority, as it would be in a Western country.
There are very few places in the world with a better food culture than Rome. You can’t really go wrong with a meal in the Eternal City, because everywhere from the small hole in the wall places to the largest restaurants create meals that would make anybody with working taste buds drool. With that being said, there are some restaurants which are a cut above; the crème de la crème of fine dining in Rome offer up more than just great food, but unforgettable experiences too. In a city where food is king, these Michelin starred restaurants are the Gods.
There’s nothing more romantic than the notion that one day you’ll run off to Italy, buy a classic vespa, and spend your days driving through cobbled streets and the countryside, stopping for the occasional espresso or limoncello on the way. This might be but a dream for most, but at least you can easily spend a holiday touring around the Italian capital on two wheels, whether they be electric, pedal powered or both. In fact, many would argue it’s by far the best way to see the city. Biking means being mobile, which allows you to explore sights you might not have had the opportunity to, because of their location or time constraints.
Memories can last a lifetime, but you can’t show them off to your friends, and sometimes you just don’t have the words to explain how beautiful and unique your experiences were. On these occasions, only a photograph will do. There are more than enough opportunities for unmissable snaps in Rome, and that’s before we even get to the (wholly necessary) food pictures. So, for all of you budding photographers on their way to the Eternal City, we’re here to show you the best of Rome photography.
In a country famous for melt in the mouth mozzarella, salty cured cuts of meat, and creamy gelato, it can sometimes feel like Italy wasn’t made for those who follow a plant-based diet. This might have been true in the past; a culinary tour of the boot shaped country would have been wasted on vegans, who would likely be forced to endure breadsticks dipped in balsamic and olive oil for the duration of their stay. However, with the ever-growing prevalence of vegetarian and vegan diets, a new breed of Italian chefs are reimagining old classics – and sometimes looking directly to their culinary history – to make sure these customers are catered to. This is very much true in the capital, where there is now a plethora of options for those avoiding animal products.
Rome is steeped in history, hence the moniker “The Eternal City”, but trying to soak in everything the Italian capital has to offer can be tiring at the best of times, especially given the scorching summer temperatures and sheer volume of sights to feast your eyes upon. Sometimes, you just need to find a spot with a good view so you can relax and take it all in, usually with a cheeky Aperol Spritz and a few snacks to savour on the side. Luckily, there are an abundance of rooftop restaurants and bars in Rome which cater to every need, whilst providing a stunning backdrop to whatever treat you’re indulging in, whether it be a scoop of gelato, a morning espresso, or your dozenth pizza of the trip.
If the appeal of floating face down on toasty-warm azure waters hasn’t quite gripped you yet, read on. With just some basic kit you can drift into the underwater wonders of tropical Barbados, home to quirky creatures, diverse corals and Turtle Grass that undulates gently in the barely noticeable currents. Gaze long enough and you’ll spot camouflaged critters waiting patiently for their next meal. Don’t worry it’s not you. Even if you’re lucky enough to spot a placid nurse shark or two, your flesh is just not appealing. Which, from a shark, is frankly the biggest compliment you’ll get.
We don’t have to tell you that sharing some quality time with a creature that dates back as far as the dinosaurs is pretty special. Add in warm Caribbean waters, tropical seascapes and the vulnerability of sharing the deep blue with a critically endangered species and you’re in bucket list territory.