Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse Bali

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Finding paradise in Canggu, Bali. A delightful Guest House experience.

Guesthouse NameSleepy Gecko Guest House

Address:  Jl. Padang Linjong No.6, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia

Note:  This is an independent hotel / guesthouse review based on my personal experience.

Our host Putu, met us on arrival; as we would discover during our time with her, she has a gentle kind spirit and a beautiful aura.  Due to availability, she graciously, without request or mention, upgraded us to the charming Wood Room villa.

The Accommodation: The Wood Room features large glass windows facing the pool. A huge, romantic, queen sized poster bed is the focal point, while a wardrobe, side tables, tv/dvd player (more on that later), air conditioner, and fan provide appreciated conveniences.

The rustic stone, spa style bathroom had a shower area, a soaking tub, sink and of course, a toilet. A small ladder provided a perfect drying rack for swimsuits and towels.  A bar of soap, some liquid hand soap and towels were provided.

A Community kitchen equipped with a good variety of pots, pans, dishes, flatware and glasses along with a two burner stove was well appreciated by the guests.  Thoughtfully, drinking water is available to use as needed. Just off of the kitchen, was an eating area with tables and chairs.  We liked doing our computer work here in the breeze.  It was a great place for socializing too with other guests and our host.

The refreshing swimming pool was a god send on most of the hot, humid days and we really used it – a lot.  Surprisingly, only one other guest seemed to appreciate it as much as us, which we had no problem with because it seemed like our own little paradise.

The DVD Player in the room actually had a purpose. In the community area is a fairly generous movie library with old and new titles to borrow and watch.  We had a movie night one evening after dinner and it was very relaxing.  I assume if it rains, guests are very thankful for this thoughtful diversion. In addition to films, there is a small library of books to borrow as well.

Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse also has Motorbikes for rent at 50,000 IDR / €3 / US$3.50 per day.  We discovered very quickly that this affordable means of transportation is a necessity, so plan with it.

Things I did not like:
– Barking dogs, it didn’t matter whether you wanted to take a nap in the afternoon or were rudely awakened in the morning the dogs were often barking.
– Watered down hand soap. I guess at the fantastic price, we can let it slide and be thankful there was soap at all.


The Cost:  Deluxe Double (our original booking) – 4 nights, 2 persons: 1,180,000 / €70 / US$87.  That is a meager €17.50 / US$21.75 per day!


Do I recommend Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse?  Definitely, it is an extremely affordable, clean place, within walking distance to a few restaurants, laundry service and an atm, not to mention all of the amenities.  Thank you Putu!


Contact: +62 821-4649-7798


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SenS Spa, Bali

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Recharge, Refresh – SenS Spa may take you to the Ananda of Relaxation!

Name:  SenS Spa
Address:  SenS Hotel, Jl. Sukma, Tebesaya, Ubud, Petulu, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571

Note: This is an independent Spa review based on my personal experience.

Surrounded by rice terraces and amazing rainforest greenery, cultural Ubud is the perfect spot to find tranquility and relaxation.  SenS Spa, located in the SenS Hotel, invited us to try their SenS of Two, a Balinese Couple Massage with foot cleansing ritual.

Sri & Tini greeted us on arrival and offered a refreshing cold tea to sip away on while filling out a general health questionnaire. Upon completion, Continue reading “SenS Spa, Bali”

Amsterdam Top Sights

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Winter in the Netherlands.  A perfect time to visit the top sights and attractions without the crowds.

A photo compilation with names of the top sights and attractions to see in beautiful Amsterdam.


Usedom Island

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Top Reasons to Go to Usedom in the Winter

Usedom Island is a beautiful tourist destination in North Eastern Germany, Northwestern Poland.  This small island claims dual nationalities, German and Polish.  Every summer thousands of visitors from all over Europe flock to the spa destination to soak in the sunshine and swim in the Baltic Sea.

Which brings us to the first reason to visit Usedom in the winter!  We went to the resort town Heringsdorf where  quiet streets greeted us.  Parking, shopping and stroll the beach without bumping into people and waiting in lines was a simple pleasure.  We meandered our way along the boardwalk pier, known locally as Die Seebrücke, out over the calm sea water and only Continue reading “Usedom Island”

Usedomer Brauhaus Heringsdorf

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Traditional, hearty German Cuisine in an authentic Craft Brewery on the Island of Usedom.

Restaurant NameUsedomer Brauhaus
AddressFriedenstraße 1, 17424 Heringsdorf

Note:  This is an independent restaurant review based on my personal experience.

Usedomer Brauhaus, is a culinary delight located on the Baltic Sea Island Usedom in Northeast Germany, Northwest Poland.  The tourist spa island is divided between Germany and Poland.  It is here that we had the pleasure of dining in the Craft Brewery which serves an impressive menu of beers and German Cuisine.

The Restaurant: The casual atmosphere is inviting; booths, tables and chairs are placed around huge copper brew kettles and a large bar invites the single visitor.  Brewery tours complete with tastings are sometimes available, so be sure to ask!  Grilled chickens are roasting on the back wall and Flammkuchen, a traditional German flatbread, is Continue reading “Usedomer Brauhaus Heringsdorf”