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The (Non-Beach) Romantic Places in Bali
14 May 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

There’s just something that is magically romantic about Bali. The romantic vibe is just too strong in that particular island. Single people travel solo to Bali in the hope of encountering love. Marriage couples travel to Bali to rekindle the fiery love that they have lost along the way. Newlyweds from around the world pick Bali as their honeymoon destination to create their first romantic memory as husband and wife.

Romantic is an absolute in Bali, with or without the beaches. That is why, through this post, we unveil several “non-beach” romantic places in Bali that are definitely worth your time.

The Sea of Gold at Desa Belok

Dip your toes into another version of beautiful sea, filled with hundreds of breath-taking and stunning Marigolds. Located at Desa Belok, this Marigold Fields can be reached through a drive between Kintamani and Bedugul. The vibrant colors are just too exotic to be missed, especially when it’s being kissed by the sunshine.

Tegenungan Waterfall

Another spectacular nature sight in Ubud worth a stop. You can get an amazing lush green view from the top of the stairs or come down and enjoy the fresh water. It has a sexy vibe into it, but since It’s a popular place among locals, you might want to go early to avoid the crowd and have it almost to yourself.

Campuhan Ridge Walk

Search through every single page of Google about this spot and you will find that Campuhan Ridge promise one thing, a romantic short trek that will take you through rice fields, surrounded by beautifully designed villas. Start your journey at the Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas & Spa on Jl. Campuhan and head towards the school where parking is available. Butterflies will accompany you during the stroll. Make sure to stay hydrated and drink up before you make your way back out!

Romantic Dining Experience

Try a five-course menu inside a secret cave, Samabe, located at Jl. Pura Barong, Nusa Dua Selatan. Experience a romantic dinner with scented candles around you, and the blue ocean only for you. Or, try dining like butterflies flying over the Ayung River Valley at the Birdnest, Kupu-Kupu Barong, Ubud. Last but not least, if those two places are fully booked, you can try a 100 Candle Dinner at the Samaya, Ubud. It offers a six-course menu with the choice to combine it with wine.

Bali has one of the best beaches in the world, but these romantic places are great alternatives to the typical beach spots in the Island of God. So, which one would you like to opt for your romantic getaway? Let us know.

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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!