Fairytale City in Mexico

When you think about Mexico, Cancun, Yucatan, Tulum, and Mexico City are easily on your top destinations to visit. But today I want to introduce a magical city called San Miguel de Allende.  It’s easy to swoon over the 500-year-old colonial city’s narrow walkways, baroque architecture and artisan shops selling plenty of crafts, jewelry and handmade accessories. This city is truly out of a fairytale.

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Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel

This city is well known for the church called Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel. The church was built in 17th-century, and it is surrounded by beautiful garden. It is known for its soaring pink spires & lofty, ornate sanctuary.

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Guanajuato

If you visit San Miguel, don’t forget to explore around downtown Guanajuato as well. You will love the beautiful colonial city with lots of colorful buildings.

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Getting to San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is about an hour and fifteen minutes from Leon Airport. Most major rental car companies are on the grounds of the airport. There are also taxis, group shuttles, and private shuttles available. Shuttle services and private drivers should be booked in advance.

Approximate cost from Leon Airport to San Miguel
Taxis = $100 USD
Group Shuttles = $25 USD
Private Drivers = $75 USD

 

I hope I inspire you to visit this beautiful city in Mexico. You won’t regret it!

 

♥♥Yoki♥♥

 

Luxury in Bali: Ayana Resort and Spa

Luxury in Bali: Ayana Resort and Spa

 

Everyone loves Bali. One of the great things about Bali is to stay at a beautiful villa and enjoy relaxing. Ayana Resort and Spa is a perfect place for you to relax, refresh, and have unforgettable experiences. We have never felt more welcome in any other inn or hotel we have stayed at and I have to add that this was one of the most comfortable and spoiling experiences in my life!

 

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ROOMS:

There are 3 kinds of rooms; Guest Suites, Guest Rooms, and Villas. This time we stayed at one of the villas with private pool. The room was surrounded by beautiful garden, and it was perfect to enjoy the lazy days with no disturbances.

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POOL & BEACH:

There are 12 magnificent swimming pools. I spent most of my time at River Pool, but I strongly recommend Ocean Beach Pool.

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DINING:

There are over 15 restaurants/bars in Ayana Resort and Spa. Each restaurant offers amazing quality food and service. Our favorite dining was Rock Bar (Tapas and Mediterranean) , Sami Sami (Italian), and Kisik Bar & Grill (Balinese Seafood).

Rock Bar

Ayana Resort is well known for this Rock Bar. The view was breathtaking and their cocktails were delicious.

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Sami Sami

It is a stylish open-air restaurant located directly above Rock Bar, offering brilliant views any time of day. Needless to say, the food was outstanding. Sami Sami has good selection of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, seafood, meat, and desserts. Their cocktails were awesome too.

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Kisik Bar & Grill

I strongly recommend you to go during magical sunset time. The place was surrounded by beautiful Indian Ocean, and the table was set right on the sand. The restaurant also offers delicious seafood, such as lobster, prawn, calamari and deep sea fish, grilled just the way you like it.

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Breakfast

I loved their breakfast. You can choose any style you like from European, American, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian.

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If you are looking for a place to stay in Bali, Ayana Resort and Spa is the place for you!

Hope you will visit there soon and please let me know your experiences there.

 

♥♥Yoki♥♥

Traditional Japanese Hotel: Yagyu-No-Sho

When you think about Japan, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto are easily on your mind to visit, but today I would like to introduce one of my favorite hotels, located in my hometown Shizuoka.  The hotel is called Yaghu-no-sho.

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When we walked in, we were welcomed by their warm lights and Koi fish. Their welcome-drink was matcha with Japanese sweets (my favorites).

 

 

 

Suites:

The hotel has only 15 suites available. We chose the one with an outdoor bath. The room was very comfortable and quiet. I loved their traditional Japanese style. It even has a beautiful individual garden, and the view from the window was outstanding.

 

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Bath:

Even if you don’t choose the room with a private outdoor bath, don’t worry! There are outdoor baths available for everyone who stays at the hotel. The bath was surrounded by the beautiful garden.

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Dining:

The meals were traditional Japanese cuisine, and they were absolutely delightful. We had multi-course meals with gorgeous presentation and flavor. Each course was light enough so that we weren’t stuffed early.  My favorite dishes were sashimi, kobe beef cooked on hot rocks, and grilled and salted fish. The entire meal took about 2 hours and the drinks were flowing nicely.

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Attractions:

The check-in time is 2pm so arriving early allows you to walk to the town and see their small bamboo forest and beautiful temple.

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Overall, this hotel was OUTSTANDING! If you are looking for an unforgettable experience in Japan, 柳生の庄 Yaghu-no-sho is the best place to stay. It’s in a great location halfway between Tokyo and Kyoto (very easy to access to both locations).

Hope you will visit there soon!

 

♥♥Yoki♥♥