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Family Friendly Resorts in Bali That We Love
01 Jun 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

We believe that there is nothing more replenishing than a family getaway in the midst of your hectic schedules and crazy deadlines. The best thing about a family getaway is you don’t have to go far! In fact, the farther you go, the more unfamiliar places are and the more uncontrollable situations will be. You wouldn’t want a family vacation so difficult to navigate, right?

This coming holiday, you won’t need to go far. In fact, fly near to Bali, the Island of Gods. Other than being known for its party scenes and entertainment, Bali is also the place for families to relax and enjoy a short getaway. They even have the perfect resorts for that!

Take Westin Nusa Dua for an example. With a private beach and pool so easy to access, we would recommend this resort for a family time. You can even bring your little ones to the resort’s playroom to give them variations between the outdoors and the indoor entertainment.

We have to admit that there is something so spectacular yet quiet in Nusa Dua. Other than Westin Nusa Dua, you might want to check out The Mulia, Sofitel, St. Regis and Mulia Villas for more family friendly resorts. Their private beach is definitely out of this world and the pools are kid friendly making it safe for the whole family.

A little up to the north, you will find Rimba Jimbaran by Ayana. This 5-star hotel is spacious and perfect for kids to run around in itself. However, bringing toddlers might not be advisable for the young families. If your kids are grown up and responsible enough to be left on little supervision, Rimba Jimbaran is perfect as it offers a romantic ambiance for the parents to have some quality time.

Heading a little bit more to the north, you will be able to find W Hotel and Alila Hotel, both located in the heart of Seminyak. Families could enjoy some swimming time in the pool and even take on the golf buggy ride up to the main road!

Moreover, despite of the hotel of your choice, enjoy taking good photos! Since your loved ones do not stay young forever, cherish every moments that you have with them. SweetEscape is more than ready to be included in this privilege to make your family getaway even more memorable.

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!