A Guide to Doing Yoga Teacher Training Abroad

Many people choose to combine the adventure of traveling and exploring a new destination with the transformative experience of doing yoga teacher training abroad.

Whatever your reasons for doing yoga training, whether you’re looking to change your career and become a certified yoga instructor, or simply want to deepen your personal yoga practice and be immersed in the yogic lifestyle, doing a yoga teacher training (YTT) offers countless benefits.

There are many ways to become a certified yoga teacher and doing an intensive 200 hour yoga teacher training program is one of the most popular options and the basic requirement to be certified to start teaching yoga.

While India, the birthplace of yoga, used to be the go-to destination for a YTT, there are now numerous options available all around the world. Courses are often held in beautiful and deeply spiritual locations, there’s so many amazing places to do yoga teacher training abroad to choose from!

My Guide to Doing Yoga Teacher Training Overseas

I did my yoga training in Bali and Goa, India where I now live. In my experience, doing an intensive yoga teacher training abroad was the best way to get my yoga teacher certification quickly and affordably, benefit from authentic, expert tuition and immerse myself in an inspiring spiritual destination and lifestyle.

I know it can be quite overwhelming trying to choose the right destination, course and plan everything, so hopefully this post will help you on this exciting next step of your yoga journey.

In this post, I’ll guide you through what to expect when doing yoga teacher training overseas, the advantages of doing the course abroad and highlight the top destinations.

Contents hide 1My Guide to Doing Yoga Teacher Training Overseas 2What to expect from a Yoga Teacher Training Course 3Advantages of Doing Yoga Teacher Training Overseas 4The Best Places to do Yoga Teacher Training Abroad 5How to Choose the Right Yoga Teacher Training Course 6Final Thoughts on Yoga Teacher Training Abroad

What to expect from a Yoga Teacher Training Course

While a 200 hour YTT is an amazing experience on so many levels you should know that it is far from a relaxing retreat. Your days will be packed with learning the physical, theoretical and spiritual aspects of yoga.

When choosing a course, make sure it is with a registered yoga school and approved by Yoga Alliance. While there are numerous different programs and different yoga styles to choose from all Yoga Alliance approved 200 hour courses have to cover a basic core curriculum.

This should include twice-daily yoga sessions, pranayama and meditation sessions, as well as classes on yoga philosophy and the history of yoga, anatomy and physiology, alignment and adjustments and teaching methodology.

The best yoga teacher trainings will also include plenty of practice teaching yoga so that you feel confident and ready to teach yoga after the course.

When you do a YTT overseas you’ll also be immersed in the yogic lifestyle, develop healthier habits, make new friends, and have the opportunity to explore an exciting destination.

However don’t expect you’ll have the time or energy for much traveling during your course. I recommend allowing time to travel after completing the training as intensive yoga teacher training can be demanding.

Before signing up for my course I worried that I wasn’t ready to do a YTT or good enough as I couldn’t do every advanced pose but I didn’t have to worry as there were yogis of all levels on my course.

Some yoga schools even accept beginners, but I would recommend having a regular yoga practice for at least 6 months before to have the best experience otherwise the whole process would probably be too overwhelming.

If you want to deepen your practice even further you can do an advanced 300 hour yoga teacher training after you’ve completed the 200 hour program.

There are also opportunities to do 50 hours or 100 hours but these won’t qualify you to teach although some yoga schools will let you do two 100 hours if you can’t take enough time off work to do the whole 200 hours in one go.

Advantages of Doing Yoga Teacher Training Overseas

For most people doing a YTT abroad is a life-changing experience, not only do you get to explore a new destination, but you also gain the knowledge and skills to become a certified yoga teacher.

Yoga teacher training retreats can be physically, emotionally and mentally challenging, but it can also be a truly life changing and transformative experience. By going abroad, you’ll be able to take a break from your normal routine and reconnect with yourself and your body so you can go deeper into the process than if you stayed at home.

One of the main advantages of doing a YTT abroad is the cost. The 200-hour course is the basic requirement for becoming a certified yoga instructor, and doing it overseas is often more affordable than in your home country. However, you should also factor in the cost of flights and, if required, entry visas.

The cost of yoga teacher training overseas typically starts at around $1000, in the cheapest destinations like India and Nepal, and can go up to $4000 or $5000 in more expensive places like Costa Rica or Europe.

Most programs take between 2-4 weeks to complete and only have 2 rest day each week. The majority of courses include accommodation and food in the package. As yoga instructor training is an intense process I recommend going for a course with the longest duration you have time for.

The Best Places to do Yoga Teacher Training Abroad

Many YTTs are held in beautiful places, yoga hotspots and spiritual destinations, giving you the chance to visit temples, ancient sights, beaches, spas, vegan cafes and indulge in other healing therapies and meet like minded people during your time off.

While you can find YTT’s all over the world nowadays, here’s my pick of the very best places to do your yoga teacher training abroad.


India, being the birthplace of yoga, is still the obvious choice for those looking for an authentic yoga teacher training experience. Additionally, YTTs in India are among the most affordable options in the world.

By learning from traditional yoga teachers for whom the yogic lifestyle is a way of life, you’ll get a real insight into yoga as a spiritual practice. You’ll also be immersed in India’s rich culture, religion, and traditions. Ayurveda, yoga’s sister life science, is also commonly taught in YTTs in India.

There are many destinations to do yoga teacher training in India. Rishikesh, situated on the sacred Ganges river in the Himalayas, is known as the “yoga capital of the world,” and offers a wide variety of ashrams, yoga schools, and temples.

Mysore, the birthplace of Ashtanga yoga, and Dharamshala, home of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan government in exile, are also popular options. Those looking for a beachside location can consider Goa or Kerala in the tropical south.

For more recommendations, read my guide to yoga teacher training in India and if you want to travel afterwards here’s the ultimate India backpacking route for more inspiration.

It’s important to be aware that facilities in yoga schools in India can be basic and traveling in India can be challenging, especially for solo female travelers. It’s recommended to check reviews from previous students before committing to a YTT in India, or consider neighboring countries such as Sri Lanka or Nepal for a similar experience.


Bali, known as the “island of the gods” due to its numerous temples, is a highly spiritual place and a top destination for yoga teacher training. Bali offers an easier, cleaner and safer experience for solo female travelers.

The Hindu island, specifically the town of Ubud, is a hub for healing and wellness retreats, featuring beautiful temples, rice terraces, and a sacred monkey forest, as well as a variety of yoga studios, affordable spas, a thriving vegan food scene and yogi community.

Bali offers the biggest selection of YTT’s in the world. If you want to practice with views of the lush jungles and rice terraces choose a retreat centre in Ubud, or, for beach front retreats, check out courses in Canggu, Ulu Watu and on the island of Nusa Lembongan. For more read my guide to yoga teacher training in Bali.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an ideal destination for yoga training, as it offers a variety of luxurious eco-friendly jungle retreats and programs lead by world class instructors. 

The country is known for its natural beauty, biodiversity, unique wildlife and commitment to sustainability. Being immersed in the unspoilt rainforests, national parks and beaches while you practice yoga allows for a deep connection to nature.

When participating in a yoga teacher training in Costa Rica, you will also be immersed in the “Pura Vida” philosophy, which emphasizes contentment and simplicity, similar to the concept of santosha in yoga.

Some of the top yoga centers in Costa Rica can be found in the Nicoya Peninsula and Guanacaste Province.  The beach towns of Tamarindo and other nearby areas offer a vibrant yoga and surf scene to explore when not on the mat. Check out my recommendations for the best yoga teacher training courses in Costa Rica.


Thailand is a popular destination for yoga teacher training due to its beautiful beaches, islands, temples, and warm, tropical weather and affordable prices.

The country’s Buddhist culture and friendly people provide a serene and Zen-like atmosphere, making it an ideal location for immersing yourself in your yoga practice.

There are yoga centers located in the jungles and mountains of northern Thailand near the town of Chiang Mai, as well as on tropical islands such as Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.

Among these, the island of Koh Phangan is particularly renowned for its yoga teacher training programs. Despite being known for its Full Moon party, the island has a spiritual side as well, with many yoga retreats and tantra workshops available in Sri Thanu, making it one of the world’s top yoga hotspots.

If this sounds like the perfect place for you check out my recommendations of the best yoga teacher training courses in Thailand and if you want to travel around after here’s my Thailand 2 week itinerary.


For lovers of history and old world charm, or those in the UK looking for a yoga training in the sunshine that’s just a quick budget flight away, there is a wide range of options for yoga teacher training in Europe.

While you can find courses all over Europe, the best countries with the most options are Spain, Portugal and Greece. All these countries offer stunning locations, great weather and the chance to be immersed in the vibrant cultures, history and relaxed way of life of southern Europe.

Spain has the widest range of courses available, from urban trainings in the trendy city of Barcelona to island retreats. The Balearic Islands, including the island of Ibiza and Mallorca, are particularly renowned for their luxurious yoga centers. The Canary Islands, located closer to Africa than mainland Spain, offer year-round warm weather, making them an ideal location for a sunny and warm winter teacher training. See this article for my recommendations for the best yoga teacher training courses in Spain.

Portugal offers the chance to combine a yoga training with learning how to surf and exploring some of the most charming and unique historic cities in Europe. Check out the best options for yoga training in Portugal.

For those who want to combine exploring ancient ruins and relaxing on beautiful beaches, the stunning islands of Greece also have some great options. Read this article for the scoop on the best yoga teacher training programs in Greece. 


Mexico is an increasingly popular destination for yoga teacher training, with an array of options available on the country’s beautiful beaches and islands. Beach destinations like Tulum and Sayulita and Baja California are popular but you can find centres all over the country.

In addition to learning yoga, students can also take advantage of traditional healing therapies like temazcal and cacao, as well as explore Mexico’s rich cultural heritage, from ancient ruins to colorful colonial towns and lively festivals, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine.

Check out this article for more on yoga teacher training in Mexico and if you want to travel around afterwards here’s the Mexico City and Oaxaca itinerary I made for my trip.

Whichever destination you choose check the climate. Most tropical destinations have a hot season and monsoon or rainy season which aren’t ideal for practicing yoga outdoors.

Also be aware that Rishikesh can get pretty chilly in winter and most buildings do not have heating. Take this into consideration when booking your trip and pack accordingly for the weather.

How to Choose the Right Yoga Teacher Training Course

Choosing the right course can be a daunting task, but by following a few key steps, you can ensure that you find the course that is right for you. Here’s some things to consider when choosing a YTT.

Yoga Style

The first step when considering a YTT is to think about which yoga style you want to teach. Some programs focus on traditional hatha yoga while ashtanga and vinyasa yoga are also very popular. These courses also offer relaxing restorative or yin yoga classes to wind down in the evening.

If you’re not sure yet and want to keep your options open go for a multi style course which will allow you to try multiple different styles and sometimes includes ariel yoga, acro yoga and yoga nidra.

Yoga Alliance Approved

When looking for courses ensure the program is with a registered yoga school that is approved by Yoga Alliance. This means that the school’s curriculum meets all of the basic requirements and that upon completion, you will be eligible to register as a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.

It’s also important to check what the course covers. All 200 hour YTT programs should cover yoga philosophy and history, alignment and anatomy, meditation and pranayama (yogic breathing techniques and exercises), teaching methodology, and include plenty of teaching practice.

Check What’s Included

Most yoga teacher training retreats will include accommodation and meals in the course price. So before you sign up you’ll want to check the quality of the accommodation provided. Some of the cheaper YTT’s offer shared accommodation in dormitories and you may have to pay an extra supplement for your own private room.

Also check that the school can cater for any dietary requirements you might have. Many yoga schools only serve vegetarian food, and many will not serve alcohol.

Some programs will also include text books, airport transfers and extra activities like massages, spa treatments and local excursions on your days off. It’s a good idea to check exactly what’s included so that you can budget for anything that isn’t.

Check Reviews

You should also research the reputation of the school, the qualifications of the yoga teachers, and what kind of accommodation and food is included.

A good way to know what to expect is by checking real reviews from previous students on an unbiased site like bookyogateachertraining.com. This will give you a sense of the standards and facilities of the yoga center and teaching quality and help you make an informed decision.

Final Thoughts on Yoga Teacher Training Abroad

There’s a lot to think about and prepare for when you do your YTT overseas. With so many options you need to take the time to carefully consider your intentions and preferences so that you can choose the right destination and the best course for you.

While most YTT courses are amazing and often life changing experiences there still are some fake gurus out there, Always do your research, read the reviews and get personal recommendations if you can to make sure your course is a memorable experience for all the right reasons!

I hope this blog has helped you choose where to do your yoga teacher training abroad. If you need recommendations on the best yoga teacher training courses check out my other articles on these top yoga destinations:

  • India
  • Bali
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • Thailand
  • Europe
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Portugal

My Ultimate Goa Travel Guide – Insider’s Tips for 2023

There’s many Goa travel guides out there, but my insider’s guide to Goa has everything you need to know to plan your Goa holiday – I’ve been living here for over 10 years since 2015, so I know my way around more than most!

Goa changes quickly, new places open and close every season, so I have updated this post for 2023 with all the latest information. India is now fully open for tourism after being closed during covid and 2023 looks to be a busy season!

My Goa Travel Guide

In this Goa guide I’ll go through everything you need to know to plan the perfect trip to Goa. From when to visit, where to stay and how to get to Goa, to insiders tips on the best beaches and places to visit, things to do, restaurants, nightlife and much more.

Contents hide 1My Goa Travel Guide 2Why Visit Goa 3My Insider’s Guide to Goa 4The Best Time to Visit Goa 5Where to Stay in Goa 6The Best Beaches and Places to Stay in Goa 7The Best Places to Visit in Goa 8Best Tours of Goa 9Best Things to do in Goa 10Nightlife and Parties in Goa 11Best Restaurants in Goa 12How Long to Spend in Goa 13How to Get to Goa 14How to Get Around Goa 15How to Get an Indian Visa 16More Goa Guides and Blog Posts


Why Visit Goa

Goa is India’s smallest state, famous for it’s laid back lifestyle, over 101 km of sandy tropical beaches, colourful markets and legendary nightlife all infused with a unique blend of Indian and Portuguese culture.

Goa first became popular in the days of the hippie trail and has now become India’s most popular tourist destination, Goa attracts many domestic Indian tourists as well as travellers from all over the world.

Sadly, most tourists haven’t read a Goa travel guide so they don’t explore beyond the beaches and parties. This is a huge shame because Goa offers so much more to explore, from historic churches and forts to spice plantations, waterfalls and natural beauty spots.

There really is nowhere else quite like Goa and with everything from luxury resorts to cute beach huts, wild nightclubs to mellow yoga retreats – it’s not surprising that so many people love Goa. 

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My Insider’s Guide to Goa

Goa is a much bigger and more diverse state than most tourists realise. So for the best experience it’s really worth doing a bit of research and reading some a Goa travel guides and some Goa blogs like this when planning your trip, especially if it’s your first time in Goa.

I fell totally in love with Goa almost 10 years ago now and have spent many years living here, exploring every beach and corner of this beautiful state.

I’ve put together all my insider’s Goa travel tips into this Goa travel guide, from the best beaches, parties, hotels and places to visit to the best places to stay, best time to visit and much more.

I’ve tried to keep this Goa travel guide concise so if you want to know more click on the links for the full article on each topic

The Best Time to Visit Goa

When planning a trip to Goa, one of the most important things to consider is when to visit.

The best time to visit Goa is in the main tourist season in Goa runs from November – March when the weather is sunny, dry and cool (by Indian standards) and perfect for sightseeing, enjoying the beaches and water sports and the nightlife is buzzing.

Goa is one of the best places to spend Christmas and New Year. The churches are decorated for the festive season and it’s the best time to visit Goa for nightlife as there are so many parties around New Year and festivals like Sunburn.

This is also the busiest and most expensive time to visit Goa. Don’t come to Goa around New Year without booking your accommodation well in advance as everywhere gets fully booked!

Another great time to visit Goa is for the Carnival! Join in with Goa’s biggest party as the streets of the capital Panjim (Panaji) come alive with a riot of colour and noise in mid February before the beginning of lent.

In April and May, the tourism season starts to wind down and prices drop. Goa is still dry but is almost unbearably hot, mangoes and cashews fall from the trees and the locals eagerly await the arrival of the rain.

Monsoon in Goa

No Goa travel guide would be complete without mentioning Goa in monsoon – visiting in the rainy season is a totally different Goa expereince.

The monsoon rains arrive in June and continue until September/ October and marks the off season in Goa. Many places including open air venues, beach shacks, parties, markets and beach huts close down for the rainy season. But every year more and more facilities remain open.

In many ways Goa is at it’s most beautiful in the monsoon season, although the rough seas mean its dangerous to swim or do water sports. The Sao Joao Festival in June is a fun and unique experience. But June and July see the heaviest rain with torrential downpours that can last for days, frequent power outages and flooded roads.

The best time to visit Goa in monsoon is from August to October as the rain becomes less heavy. Enjoy the lush greenery, waterfalls, fewer crowds and lower prices. Just don’t expect everything to be open and, apart from Independence Day parties, don’t expect a wild nightlife scene in the off season.

Read more about visiting Goa in monsoon

Where to Stay in Goa

Deciding where to stay in Goa is really important as each beach, city and area has a different vibe and will appeal to different types of travellers.

Whether you’re looking to party the night away with friends, take a romantic couples trip or a family friendly holiday you can find the perfect place to stay in Goa.

There’s a big variety of accommodation in Goa, from luxury resorts, private villas and yoga retreats to mid range and budget hotels, backpacker hostels and beach huts.

But first you need to decide where to stay in Goa. That’s the hard part! My advice is to do read some Goa travel guides and do some research into the different places Then you can find the best hotel for you in your chosen location.

I made this map of Goa to help you see where the most popular beaches and towns are located in relation to Dabolim airport (GOI) and the new Mopa airport (GOX) and Madgaon/Margao train station.

The Best Yoga Retreats in Italy for 2023

Italy is on the bucket list of many travel enthusiasts, thanks to its mouth-watering food and wine, gorgeous countryside, and ancient architecture. So if you dream of visiting this Mediterranean country, why not combine it with a yoga retreat?

Italian retreats balance daily yoga and mindfulness with culinary and cultural experiences, creating the ultimate wellness holiday. So, if you dream of finding your zen in the Mediterranean, read on to discover the five best yoga retreats in Italy for 2023. 

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Why you should go on a Yoga Retreat in Italy 

All the best yoga retreats in Italy feature yoga and meditation classes amidst nature or overlooking beautiful views of the countryside or ocean.

You’ll also taste many culinary delights, including local favorites, and explore peaceful, authentic towns and villages in your free time.

Still, because each Italian region offers its own unique charm and character, the activities on offer will depend on the local area.

The Best Italy Yoga Retreats

Here’s a quick overview of the best yoga retreats in Italy:

  • Best Luxury Yoga Retreat – Yoga and Pranayama Retreat in Tuscany 
  • Best Budget Yoga Retreat – Farm Reiki and Yoga Retreat in Abruzzo National Park
  • Best Active Yoga Retreat – 7-Day Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Tuscany
  • Best Adventure Yoga Retreat – Stand-Up Paddle and Yoga Holiday with Kitesurfing in Sicily
  • Best Yoga Retreat for Foodies – Italian Cooking and Yoga Holiday in Puglia

Read on for more details on each…


Best Luxury Yoga Retreat – Yoga and Pranayama Retreat in Tuscany 

If enjoying relaxing yoga and spa treatments in a gorgeous villa surrounded by the Tuscan countryside sounds as good to you as to us, you’ll love this retreat in Casciana Terme. 

Highlights of this luxury yoga retreat include:

  • Stay in a unique setting – A village famed for its therapeutic thermal springs
  • Enjoy the ultimate pampering and relaxation experience
  • Daily yoga, pranayama, and meditation
  • Daily brunch with local and seasonal products

The retreat takes place at the 17th-century Allegroitalia Terme Villa Borri in the peaceful spa village of Casciana Terme. Here, you’ll stay in a private room with a kitchenette and views of the Tuscan hills. 

The program offers a complete holistic experience, including pranayama, mindfulness meditation, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and Yin Yoga. Of course, you’ll also have plenty of time to soak in the healing hot springs and saltwater pools. 

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Best Budget Yoga Retreat – Farm Reiki and Yoga Retreat in Abruzzo National Park

For an affordable week of high-quality yoga, nature, and organic cuisine, head to Yoga Farm Italy in Pescosolido.

This retreat includes:

  • Daily morning yoga sessions (Hatha, Vinyasa, or Yin) and optional afternoon yoga classes
  • Authentic and tranquil organic farm setting
  • Simple Italian breakfast included each day
  • One Reiki treatment

Set at the foot of the mountains in Abruzzo National Park, the location is incredibly peaceful and ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. 

To help you save money, the recently restored farm has a shared dorm, or you can camp. If you prefer your own space and a bit more comfort you can upgrade to a private room. 

Aside from daily yoga, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the surrounding nature, visit the nearby town, or spend time with the animals at the farm. Then, you’ll enjoy an authentic, home-cooked Italian dinner with the group each night. 

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Best Active Yoga Retreat – Hiking, Fitness and Yoga Retreat in Tuscany

For those who prefer an active yoga getaway rather than a relaxing retreat, you’ll surely love this hiking and yoga retreat by Tuscan Fitness. 

This Italy retreat includes:

  • Daily morning yoga and optional afternoon class
  • Daily fitness sessions, such as HIIT, Barrè, and Pilates.
  • Guided hikes
  • Wine tasting excursion

A typical day starts with morning yoga followed by breakfast overlooking the valley. In the afternoons, take a guided hike across the beautiful Tuscan countryside or participate in activities like olive oil tasting or a trip to the local town.

Three daily meals are included in the package, consisting of fresh produce from local farms and various Tuscan flavors. 

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Best Adventure Yoga Retreat – Stand-Up Paddle, Kitesurfing and Yoga Holiday in Sicily

Floripa Yoga & Kitesurf House offers your much-needed dose of yoga, sun, sea, and sand, with as many water activities as you can handle. 

Highlights of this beach yoga retreat include:

  • Morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Optional workshops to perfect your alignment or develop your arm balances, inversions, or backbends.
  • Daily use of the Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) 
  • One kite-surfing beginner class

Set on the golden beach of Santa Maria del Focallo, when it’s time to relax, you can top up your tan or swim in the crystal clear waters of the blue flag beach. You can also take a bicycle around the quiet village or to the nearby bustling beach town of Pozzallo. 

A daily hearty breakfast buffet is included, along with a welcome dinner on the first night. 

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Best Yoga Retreat for Foodies – Italian Cooking and Yoga Holiday in Puglia

Let’s be honest; the incredible cuisine is one of the top reasons to visit Italy. This retreat by Vedaguru center combines yoga with Italian cooking, so you’ll not only get to taste all the delicious food but learn how to create it too. 

This retreat features:

  • Relaxing Hatha yoga sessions each morning
  • 2 Italian cooking classes
  • Various culinary, cultural, and nature tours
  • Homemade breakfast and dinner included

The yoga and cooking holiday is set in the gorgeous region of Puglia in southeast Italy. Here you will stay at a country house just a few kilometers from the sea. You’ll learn how to cook delicious Italian cuisine from a local chef and will even receive a certificate upon completion. Recipes include different types of fresh pasta, pizza, and focaccia. 

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Tips for Planning your Yoga Retreat in Italy

As one of the most famous European destinations, there are frequent flights to Italy from all over the world. However, you may have to fly into one of the biggest international airports, like Rome or Milan, before taking a domestic flight to the region of your retreat. So why not combine your yoga holiday with spending a few days in the eternal city of Rome!

Some of the best yoga retreats in Italy are in the beautiful region of Tuscany, the main international airports are Florence and Pisa.  Many retreats are in secluded locations, so a bus or taxi journey will likely be required. Check with your retreat organizer if they offer transfers from the nearest airport.

Generally, the best time for Italy yoga retreats is early summer (May to June) or late summer/early autumn (September to October). In many parts of the country, July and August can be too hot for many.

However, as the climate differs significantly between north and south, check the weather in the region you’re visiting. Have a look at this yoga retreat packing list if you’re unsure what to bring with you.

Make sure you have travel insurance that covers you for all the activities you plan on doing and for any covid related cancellations or emergencies. We recommend World Nomads

Finally, read the reviews on BookYogaRetreats before choosing your yoga holiday in Italy. Reviews are a great way to learn what to expect and avoid disappointment or confusion.

Still haven’t found the perfect yoga retreat? Check out our pick of the best yoga retreats in Europe!


Where to Stay in Mexico City: Safest Areas, Neighborhoods & Hotels (2023)

Mexico City is one of the most exciting cities in the world. A colourful, effervescent and sprawling metropolis, infused with history, art and architecture at every turn that captures the hearts of both first-time visitors and seasoned travellers.

I really fell in love with this vibrant city and, even as a solo female traveller, didn’t have any problems. But I know that Mexico City doesn’t always have the best reputation for safety.

The key to having a safe and amazing time here is to do your research and carefully consider where to stay in Mexico City so that you choose a good hotel in a safe area and stick to the safe neighbourhoods.

Where to Stay in Mexico City: The Safest Areas,  Neighborhoods & Hotels for 2023

This blog post is like a mini Mexico City guide. I’ll guide you through where to stay in Mexico City, covering all the safest areas and coolest neighbourhoods. I’ll also give my recommendations for the best hotels and places to stay in Mexico City.

At the end of the article are all the Mexico City travel tips you need. I hope this blog post makes planning a trip to Mexico City easier and that you love it as much as I do!

Contents hide 1Where to Stay in Mexico City: The Safest Areas, Neighborhoods & Hotels for 2023 2Why I Love Mexico City 3Where to Stay in Mexico City 3.1The Best Areas to Stay in Mexico City 3.2Mexico City Map 3.3The Safest Neighborhoods in Mexico City 4The Best Places to Stay in Mexico City 4.1The Best Mexico City Hotels – My Quick Picks 4.2Centro Histórico – Best for First Time Visitors and History and Culture Lovers 4.3Reforma – Best for Central Location, Connectivity, Safety and Green Spaces 4.4Zona Rosa – Best for Nightlife & LGBTQ+ Travellers 4.5Roma – Best for Experiencing the City Like a Local 4.6La Condesa – Best Area for Green Parks and Boutique Hotels 4.7Polanco – Best Neighborhood for Luxury, Michelin Star Dining & Designer Shopping 4.8Coyoacán – Best Neighborhood for Immersive Art & Village Ambience 4.9San Rafael – Best Area for Budget Travel, Local Life and Theatre Lovers. 4.10San Angel – Best Neighbourhood for Local Heritage & Colourful Craft Markets 5More Tips for Planning your Trip to Mexico City 5.1The best time to visit Mexico City 5.2How many days to spend in Mexico City – 5.3How to get to Mexico City and get around 5.4Where NOT to Stay in Mexico City

Why I Love Mexico City

Did you know Mexico City is the largest Spanish-speaking city on the planet and the largest metropolis in Latin America!

It was founded over five centuries ago on the site of Tenochtitlan, an ancient Aztec Empire, and today, throughout the city, remnants of the civilization can still be seen in its buildings, artwork, cuisine and traditions making it an endlessly fascinating city to explore.

There’s so many unique things to see and do in Mexico City including the historic colonial churches of the UNESCO world heritage listed ‘Centro Historico’ and the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan.

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Where to Stay in Mexico City

Mexico City is a huge and exciting metropolis, home to over 20 million people and often referred to as CDMX (short for Ciudad de México) by the locals.

The city sits at an attitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft) so it’s refreshingly cooler than Mexico’s beach resorts but the high altitude can make sightseeing tiring until you’re acclimatised.

The city is vast with many different districts and obviously I can’t cover every single one, but I will summarise all the safest areas and neighbourhoods of Mexico City that are the most popular for visitors and tourists and my favourite hotels.

I’ll also give you some tips on the best time to visit Mexico City, getting around and planning your itinerary as well as which Mexico City neighbourhoods to avoid.

Mexico City sometimes has a bad reputation for safety, but like with any big city, there are safer areas and ones that you are best off avoiding, and Mexico City is no different.

The most important thing is to do your research into where to stay in Mexico City and make sure you stay in and only visit the safe neighbourhoods – then you shouldn’t have any problems.

The Best Areas to Stay in Mexico City

Here’s a quick rundown of the best areas to stay in Mexico City based on the reason for your visit. (Click on the link to take you to more on this area.)

  • Best for First Time Visitors – Centro Histórico , Reforma,
  • Best for History and Culture – Centro Historico, Coyoacán
  • Best for Nightlife – Roma, Zona Rosa
  • Best for Couples – La Condesa
  • Best for Family – Reforma
  • Best for Local Life – Coyoacán, San Angel
  • Best for Budget Travellers –Centro Histórico, San Rafael

Confused about all the different areas? Have a look at the Mexico City map below to get acquainted with their location and then read on and I’ll describe them.

Mexico City Map

The Safest Neighborhoods in Mexico City

The Historic Centre or Centro Histórico is the best place to stay in Mexico City for history and culture. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, around the Zocalo boasts abundant art, historical and cultural attractions and is easily accessible from Mexico City International Airport.

To the west of Centro Histórico, San Rafael is a quieter residential neighbourhood with markets, museums and budget accommodation close to main attractions of the centre.

The area around the Paseo de Reforma and Chapultepec Park is a safe and upscale district with plenty of attractions, some of the best hotels and restaurants and convenient connections to the rest of the city making it handy for families and first time visitors.

Just South of Reforma, Zona Rosa, or the Pink Zone, is popular with the LGBTQ+ scene, with lively Mexican dining, shopping and buzzing nightlife. A short walk from Zona Rosa, you will discover Roma, a hipster favourite with a lively café culture, fine architecture, all within 30 minutes by bus or metro (45 mins walk) from the centre of Mexico City. Zona Rosa and Rome are the best places to stay in Mexico City for nightlife.

West of Roma, La Condesa is a chic and safe neighborhood punctuated with leafy streets, upscale boutiques and hotels on the edge of the city’s largest park Bosque de Chapultepec. It’s a great neighbourhood for families with plenty of activities to entertain younger travellers and one of my favourite places to stay in Mexico City.

The upmarket area of Polanco lies to the north of Chapultepec Park appealing to couples, luxury and business travellers with Michelin star dining, designer shopping, interesting landmarks and five-star hotels.

Some of the best areas to stay in Mexico City to experience life as a local are to the south of the city. The quintessentially Mexican neighbourhoods of Coyoacán , home to Frida Kahlo’s house and museum, and San Angel are primarily residential with colonial architecture, narrow cobbled streets and lively plaza’s populated with locals.

If you wish to spend leisurely days immersing yourself in local culture, staying in boutique artsy hotels, dining in authentic cantinas and browsing colourful craft markets, these two areas are a great place for your Mexico City stay.

I should also mention Xochimilco – it’s great to visit in the daytime to ride the colourful canal boats and see the floating gardens, but it’s quite far from the city centre and doesn’t feel so safe at night so it’s not on my list of areas to stay.

Xochimilco is one of the most unique things to do in Mexico City though and well worth a visit but I recommend you take a tour. I took this Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour which was one of the highlights of my time here.

If you want to add in a beach break to your stay in Mexico City, here’s a guide to the best beaches near Mexico City.

The Best Places to Stay in Mexico City

The Best Mexico City Hotels – My Quick Picks

    • Best Luxury Hotel – Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico
    • Most Romantic Hotel – Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
    • Best Boutique/ Heritage Hotel – Zocalo Central Hotel
    • Best Family Friendly Hotel – The St. Regis Mexico City
    • Best Apartment – Lincoln Square Polanco
    • Best Budget Hotel – Ibis Styles Zona Rosa
    • Best Backpacker Hostel – Hostel Home
    • Best Airport Hotel – Camino Real Aeropuerto

Centro Histórico – Best for First Time Visitors and History and Culture Lovers

Centro Histórico, or the Historic Center is the best place to stay in Mexico City for cultural attractions and historical sights. It’s the beating heart of the city – a place where grid systems converge at one of the world’s largest squares known as the Zocalo.

There are numerous cultural, historical and tourist attractions in the Centro Historico. The National Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral surround the Zocalo, as do ruins of the ancient Aztec Empire Tenochtitlan on which the current city is built.

The main highlights for art connoisseurs are the Diego Rivera Mural Museum and Palace of Fine Arts, the latter displaying a stained-glass curtain curated by Tiffany of New York and works by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamaya and David Siqueros.

Return to the Zocalo before sundown to enjoy Aztec style traditional dance performances in the plaza, before venturing to a nearby restaurant for traditional Mexican cuisine and ending the day at a rooftop bar with a cocktail.

The Centro Historico is a great place to stay in Mexico City with plenty to explore, it’s also one of the best places to stay in Mexico City on a budget with plenty of backpacker hostels and affordable budget hotels.

However, after dark some areas are deserted and this neighborhood doesn’t feel the safest for walking home alone and there’s not much nightlife, so I recommend using an uber when traveling through the Centro Historico after dark.

The Best Places to Stay in Centro Histórico

Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico – Zocalo Views & Central Location

This stylish 5-star hotel in the heart of Centro Histórico is one of the best hotels in Mexico City. Overlooking the Zocalo and National Palace, it is within walking distance of Mexico City’s main tourist attractions including Templo Mayor, Diego Rivera Mural Museum and several local food and craft markets. Enjoy a sophisticated room with a view, equipped with cable TV, a work desk, free WiFi and two restaurants serving authentic Mexican cuisine.

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Casa Pepe – Sociable, Budget Friendly & Close to Attractions

This lively budget hotel and hostel is within a short walk of Metropolitan Cathedral and Tenochtitlan Ceremonial Centre. It has a great community spirit especially with younger clientele and backpackers, with a bar, shared lounge and kitchen, and every room – including the dormitories and family rooms have their own private bathroom and shower facilities. It’s the best place to stay in Mexico City for solo travellers, backpackers and those on a budget.

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Reforma – Best for Central Location, Connectivity, Safety and Green Spaces

If you are wondering where to stay in Mexico City with family, Reforma could be a great option.

The main boulevard, Paseo de Reforma is one of the most famous avenues in the city and contains many attractions and museums as well as some of the best hotels and restaurants in Mexico City. One of the most recognisable sights in Reforma is the Angel De La Independencia or Angel of Independance.

Reforma runs through Mexico City’s biggest green space, the 1,695-acre Chapultepec Park. This ecological green space in the heart of the city is home to Museum of Modern Art, National Museum of Anthropology, Chapultepec Castle, a lake, zoo, and auditorium.

This Mexico City neighborhood is very safe and upmarket and has easy access to public transport making it a convenient base from which to explore. There are plenty of shopping and dining options in Reforma too, and it’s one of the best places to stay in Mexico City for families or first timers to get a taste of all the city has to offer with no hassles.

People also refer to these areas as Juarez or Colonia Cuauhtémoc. Whatever you call it, the area around Paseo de Reforma is still one of the safest and very best places to stay in Mexico City.

The Best Places to Stay in Reforma

Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City – Award-Winning Hotel with Outdoor Pool.

Set amongst lush gardens on Paseo de la Reforma next to Chapultepec Park, this attractive 5-star hotel is perfect for couples and families. With a full-service spa, on-site dining, fitness center and outdoor pool, there’s plenty to occupy those who wish to relax after a day of exploration. There are several dining options ranging from Italian and Mexican and a well-stocked Champagne bar for sunset drinks in the pretty gardens.

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Monoambientes Cuauhtemoc – Walking distance to Chapultepec Park.

Just a short walk from Chapultepec Park, the Angel of Independence landmark, shops and restaurants, these 3-star budget units are more apartments than hotel rooms, thanks to a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and functional dining area. They benefit from a TV, WiFi, private bathroom with shower, air conditioning and some have their own sun terrace.

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Zona Rosa – Best for Nightlife & LGBTQ+ Travellers

If you’re searching where to stay in Mexico City for nightlife, look no further than Zona Rosa, or the ‘Pink Zone’.

This lively Mexico City neighborhood lies west of the Historic Centre with good transport links, a fabulous café culture, cocktail bars, clubs and great Mexican dining and shopping.

Local cultural attractions include the Angel of Independence, Museum of Wax, Chocolate Museum and Estela de Luz – a 341-foot-tall building commemorating Mexico’s independence from Spain.

The community is also well-known as friendly and welcoming for LGBTQ+ visitors with shops and nightclubs catering to all.

Staying in Zona Rosa is a popular and fun choice, especially if you have a mid-range hotel budget. It’s close to all the main attractions and one of the best places to stay in Mexico City for nightlife.

The Best Places to Stay in Zona Rosa

Geneve Hotel – A-List Treatment & Art Deco Bar

Chic 5-star hotel within walking distance of Paseo de Reforma and Chapultepec Park, near shops, bars and attractions of Zona Rosa. Dating to 1907, the hotel infuses upscale elegance with Art Deco architecture in the bar, stylish rooms, courtyard restaurant and hotel cinema. Decorated with unique works of art, the hotel also houses an on-site spa, wellness centre and state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

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Ibis Styles Zona Rosa – Within Easy Airport Reach.

One of the best budget hotels in Mexico City, 3-star Ibis Styles in Zona Rosa has 79 modern, soundproofed rooms decorated in a combination of crisp whites and bold shades, each with air conditioning, 32” TV and free WiFi. The hotel is located just 25 minutes from Mexico City’s International Airport and 10 minutes’ walk to the Angel of Independence landmark.

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Roma – Best for Experiencing the City Like a Local

The Roma neighbourhood is one of the coolest areas to stay in Mexico City. It is divided into two halves – Roma Norte and Roma Sur (north and south).

Roma North offers a blend of traditional Mexican and modern-day culture with excellent food options and nightlife, and as central attractions and Chapultepec Park are both easily accessible, it can be a great place to stay in Mexico City for first time visitors, foodies, couples and families.

The neighbourhood is home to Mexico’s first museum dedicated to design – The Object Museum, Casa Lamm, Mercado Roma (a trendy gourmet food hall and market) and pretty Plaza Rio de Janeiro with a statue of Michelangelo’s David displayed in the centre of a fountain.

In contrast, Roma South is more residential with local shops, cantinas, and events venues. It offers tourists the opportunity to experience a slice of local life and is perfect for sampling traditional Mexican food and longer-term stays in one of the coolest Mexico City neighborhoods.

 The Best Places to Stay in Roma

Sofitel Mexico City Reforma – Indoor Pool & Rooms with a View

Although not directly in Roma, this luxurious 5-star hotel is close enough to be considered as an option. It sits 250 yards from the Angel of Independence and is close to Roma’s bars, restaurants, and cultural treats. Boasting an indoor swimming pool, concierge service and comfortable hotel rooms with flat screen cable TV, private ensuite and WiFi, it’s a perfect choice for singles, couples, groups and families who enjoy being within walking access to several neighbourhoods in Mexico City.

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Hotel Monarca – Easy Access to Mexico Arena & Museums

This budget hotel in Roma Norte is perfect for short stays in the city. The rooms come with private facilities, flat screen cable TV and guests can walk to Mexico Arena, Pushkin Gardens and several museums. With an airport shuttle and free parking, it’s a great choice for couples or friends and several rooms come with terrace views across the city and neighbourhood.

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La Condesa – Best Area for Green Parks and Boutique Hotels

West of Roma lies La Condesa, one of the most affluent and fashionable neighbourhoods in Mexico City.

It’s an easy and safe area to walk around with shady, leafy streets and parks, appealing boutique style hotels and international dining, close to Chapultepec Park attractions and museums. It may not be the cheapest area in Mexico City, but it’s certainly one of the most fun and safest neighborhoods to explore.

La Condesa has a buzzing nightlife scene, which ranges from cocktail bars and lounges to karaoke clubs and all-night dancing. Shopping is also a treat, with a whole range of art, jewellery stores, shoes and vintage clothing shops.

Plus, Condesa is one of the greenest and safest areas to stay in Mexico City. It’s my personal favourite neighborhood in Mexico City and one of the best places to stay for everyone from couples to families and group of friends.

The Best Places to Stay in Condesa

Condesa DF – Boutique Chic with Rooftop Bar near Parque Espana

Located in La Condesa neighbourhood close to Parque Espana, this hotel is perfect for couples with a movie theatre and rooftop bar with dining. The surroundings are beautifully biophilic, decorated with plants and serene colours and guest suites and rooms are designed with signature furnishings, flat screen TV and mini bar. The luxury hotel is a short walk from Chapultepec Park Castle and Museum of Modern Art and there are several delightful restaurants nearby.

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Hostel Home – Family-Owned Hostel Promoting Art & Community Living

If you’re searching where to stay in Mexico City on a budget, this charming family home borders La Condesa and Roma neighbourhoods. Set inside a characterful building on a leafy street, there are male, female, or mixed rooms with bunk beds, shared bathroom facilities and a communal kitchen where you can get to know like-minded travellers. With quirky shops, bars, restaurants, and places of interest locally, it’s a great base for budget travellers in the city.

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Polanco – Best Neighborhood for Luxury, Michelin Star Dining & Designer Shopping

Polanco is the city’s most exclusive district, with Michelin star restaurants, five-star hotels, designer shopping, street sculptures and colourful artworks.

This upscale and very safe neighbourhood is a great place for first timers, couples and business travellers as it gives an insight into Mexican life and feels very safe. Even as a solo female I was felt relaxed enough to wander alone at night in this area.

Local attractions in Polanco neighborhood include Soumaya Museum (home to Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali and Renoir artworks) and you can spend leisure time relaxing in Plaza Uruguay, a charming woodland park with murals in the heart of the neighbourhood.

For designer shopping, Avenida Presidente Masaryk is expensive and popular with affluent locals. It’s compared to the Champs-Elysees in Paris and home to top Mexican and international clothing and accessory brands.

On Saturdays, Tianguis or temporary markets (dating back to Aztec times) take place selling fresh fruit, vegetables, and Mexican street food.

Polanco is the best place to stay in Mexico City for luxury travellers. Santa Fe, the main business district, could also be an alternative, although it’s located further out from the city centre, so it’s better suited to business travellers than tourists.

The Best Places to Stay in Polanco

Hyatt Regency Mexico City – Walking Distance to Chapultepec Park & Designer Shops

This 5-star hotel sits northwest of Chapultepec Park close to the zoo and Museum of Anthropology, whilst also being within walking distance (10 minutes) of Avenida Presidente Masaryk – Polanco’s premier shopping street. The hotel boasts elegant, modern accommodation with glorious views, a swimming pool and 3 on-site restaurants which include a Teppanyaki grill restaurant, Japanese Zen Garden dining, a Mexican bakery and sweet shop.

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Caravansaro Vazquez de Mella 347 Polanco – Budget Friendly near Soumaya Museum

If you are searching for a comfortable and affordable place to stay in Mexico City, these rooms are a great option. Each one is fitted with a microwave, fridge, coffee machine and shower facilities, there’s also a shared kitchen, lounge, and free WiFi throughout. It’s a great place to meet other like-minded travellers whilst adventuring in Polanco and it won’t break your budget.

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Coyoacán – Best Neighborhood for Immersive Art & Village Ambience

South of the city is the picturesque neighbourhood of Coyoacán (in Nahuatl – place of the coyotes). Coyoacán is one of the best places to stay in Mexico City to experience local life. The mainly residential area is punctuated with beautiful colonial architecture, cobbled streets and there’s a lively plaza and park popular with locals.

When staying in Coyoacán you can immerse yourself in local culture and discover the life and works of creatives at Frida Kahlo Museum (La Casa Azul), Leon Trotsky House Museum and Diego Rivera’s Anahuacalli Museum.

There’s also a zoo dedicated to the coyotes for which the district is named and Mercado de Coyoacán, a typical Mexican market selling everything from artisan products to handicrafts, street food and groceries.

The Best Places to Stay in Coyoacán

H21 Hospedaje Boutique – Friendly Staff, Close to Parks and Museums

This elegant hotel is within a short walk of Coyoacán’s central park and fountain, Frida Kahlo Museum, the National Museum of Popular Culture and Plaza Coyoacán. Classed as an upscale boutique guest house, rooms are stylish and beautifully decorated, with air conditioning, seating area, flat screen cable TV, a terrace (optional) and a safety deposit box. If you plan to hire a car in Mexico City, there’s free private parking, plus, you’re only seven miles from Six Flags Mexico if traveling with children.

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Casa Ayvar – 200 yds to Frida Kahlo Museum

Located in the heart of Coyoacán, this charming hotel is just 200 yards from Frida Kahlo House Museum, so you can get a real feel of what it was like to live in the neighbourhood. All accommodations benefit from a patio or balcony, WiFi and flat screen TV and free bikes are available to rent. The hotel offers a continental or buffet style breakfast and there’s a paid airport shuttle if you don’t want to drive.

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San Rafael – Best Area for Budget Travel, Local Life and Theatre Lovers.

Often overlooked by tourists in favour of more trendy locations, this residential area just beyond the Revolution Monument is arts focused, home to Aldama and San Rafael Theatres, modern art and history museums and beautiful architecture.

San Rafael is easy to access via metro and a short distance away from Diego Rivera Mural Museum, the Historic Centre and Angel of Independence monument.  This neighbourhood places you in the heart of Mexico City, without paying the prices of Reforma, La Condesa and Polanco making San Rafeal is one of the best places to stay in Mexico City on a budget.

The Best Places to Stay in San Rafael

City Express Junior CDMX Sullivan – Value Accommodation next to Modern Art Exhibition

This sleek chain hotel is a great option for a few nights stay in Mexico City. It sits on the edge of Jardin de Arte Sullivan and is next door to a modern art museum, with easy access to the Historic Centre and Zocalo via metro. Hotel rooms are clean and comfortable, room service is available and WiFi available throughout the property.

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Hotel Sevilla – City Views, Close to Nightlife

Hotel Seville is a modern hotel, clean, comfortable and budget with city views and superior rooms with air conditioning. There’s an on-site restaurant serving Mexican and global cuisine, and nearby, further dining options, bars and nightlife. The hotel is within walking distance of the city’s main artisan market and Museum of the Revolution.

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San Angel – Best Neighbourhood for Local Heritage & Colourful Craft Markets

Southwest of Coyoacán lies San Angel in Mexico City. This thriving local neighbourhood is a place for artisans and creatives – picturesque with parks and colonial buildings, churches, art galleries and open-air markets.

Plaza San Jacinto is the heart with rich history and superb authentic Mexican restaurants, however hotel options are limited. Visitors can venture to the Saturday bazaar, where crafts from all over Mexico are displayed for purchase, then walk to the local monastery/museum to gain a glimpse into San Angel’s intriguing history.

The Best Places to Stay in San Angel

Krystal Grand Suites Insurgentes –Celebrity-Style Treatment

Nestled in San Angel district, just over 1.5 miles from Frida Kahlo House Museum and close to Arte Carillo Gil Museum, this luxury 4-star hotel boasts spacious, art-infused rooms with wooden floors, comfortable beds, ensuite facilities and a smart TV for movie watching. It’s a peaceful area, where you can fully immerse yourself in the unfettered beauty of San Angel, close to local markets and attractions. It’s a perfect couples’ retreat and close to Six Flags Mexico for families.

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Hostal Cuija Coyoacán – Close Frida Kahlo House & San Angel

Just 350 yards from Frida Kahlo House Museum, this charming hostel caters to backpackers, solo travellers, friends, couples and families. It may not be directly in San Angel but it’s just a stroll through Coyoacán Park or a short bus ride. The hostel offers single, double and twin rooms with private bathrooms, dormitories for males or females and there’s a shared lounge so you can arrange to meet fellow travellers. It also has free WiFi, a delicious breakfast and free parking.

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More Tips for Planning your Trip to Mexico City

Teotihuacan – a great day trip from Mexico City

The best time to visit Mexico City

Mexico City is a delight to visit any time of the year. The city has a temperate climate and affordable hotels, and multiple cultural attractions which make it a pleasure to visit whatever the weather.

High season is between March and May when weather is in the high 70-degree Fahrenheight/ 20 degrees Celsius bracket. Easter in Mexico, known as the Mexican Holy Week or Semana Santa is busy period as most businesses close and Mexican families travel to gather with loved ones meaning crowded or fully booked hotels and restaurants. If you plan to travel during this peak season, book well ahead and look at hotels near Mexico City International Airport or a little further away from the centre to save.

The best, and most temperate times to visit the Mexican capital are during September through to late November – although during Day of the Dead celebrations early in November, accommodation can be more expensive. These mid-season months are a great time to travel with children as the weather is more bearable and cooler for exploring the city.

Budget travellers will enjoy venturing to Mexico City between June and August and December to February as these months are classed as low season. There may be a few rainy days and cooler evenings, however, you can achieve amazing hotel deals and view city attractions minus hordes of tourists. If you are just passing through for a few days, avoid Three Kings Day in early January as prices can rise, and some shops and museums may be closed for the holiday.

How many days to spend in Mexico City –

It’s easy to spend a week or longer in Mexico City. However, if you are short on time and are just passing through on route to Mexico’s idyllic beach resorts, allow for a minimum of 3 days. You can divide your days into different neighbourhoods, to avoid missing out on top attractions.

3 – 5 Days Mexico City Itinerary Ideas

Day 1: Centro Historico & Zocalo, spend the day in the historic centre, exploring the architecture, key attractions. Take a food tour and explore the markets.

Day 2: Venture to Roma, La Condesa and Chapultepec Park to explore the city’s charming neighbourhoods and green spaces, followed by dinner and dancing in La Condesa.

Day 3: Head south to Coyoacán and San Angel, browse local markets and visit the Frida Kahlo House Museum before dining in a traditional cantina under the stars.

If you can extend your Mexico City trip to 5 days, add a canal boat ride in Xochimilco to your itinerary and delve into Mexico’s history at the ancient city of Teotihuacan. It’s easy to see these as a day trip from Mexico City.

This is the Teotihuacan tour I took – it got us into the site early before the crowds and our archaeological guide brought the ancient site to life. The Tequila tasting afterwards was a nice touch too.

How to get to Mexico City and get around

Getting to Mexico City is easy via air, train, coach or car from other regions. Mexico City International Airport (MEX), also known as Benito Juarez International, is the busiest airport in Latin America and served by around 30 domestic and international airlines.

It’s about 30 minutes by taxi from the airport to the Zocalo. The Camino Real Aeropuerto is the best place to stay near Mexico City’s airport – it’s connected to the airport by a footbridge and has great value luxurious rooms, pool, fitness center and spa to help you refresh after or before a flight.

Mexico City is built on a grid system, making most areas easy to navigate. Getting around Mexico City can be easy too if you plan ahead. There are metro stations in almost every neighbourhood, plus, you can get around via buses, bicycles, taxis and on foot.

The city metro is a popular mode of transportation for the locals with just under 200 stations and 14 lines, and it’s cheap to buy tickets, making it a cost-effective way to explore the city. The services operate from early morning until midnight, however, try to avoid rush hour or rainy days, as when the metro is busier, there’s a higher chance of pickpocketing.

In addition to metro services, buses and peseros (microbuses) operate throughout the city. They stop almost anywhere, in any neighbourhood, and some routes to popular tourist hotel areas (such as Paseo de Reforma) operate all night.

If you prefer to explore the city on two wheels, bicycles are free to rent from kiosks next to Metropolitan Cathedral in the Historic Centre and at various locations throughout La Condesa, Paseo de la Reforma and Roma. However, stick to quieter lanes and routes, as the main city roads can be busy and erratic during peak times.

There’s also the option to drive around Mexico City by car, although this discouraged for tourists due to the heavy traffic that can make getting around slow going. Hotels can order taxis and Ubers are available via smartphone apps.

Uber is a convenient, safe and affordable way to get around Mexico City although traffic congestion means traveling across the city can take time so factor that into your itinerary. The easiest way to see all the tourist attractions is on the popular Hop On Hop Off Bus. 

Where NOT to Stay in Mexico City

As with any city you’re not familiar with, you should always take care to secure your belongings, especially when out and about after dark. Mexico City has a reputation for not being very tourist-friendly when it comes to safety, however, if you are vigilant and don’t wander into specific neighbourhoods you should be fine.

Staying around the central areas of the city are usually problem-free, however, after dark areas surrounding Zocalo in the Historic Centre can feel a little unnerving with shops fully shuttered up and a large police presence. Problems with pickpocketing have also been reported in this area.

I didn’t have any problems, however I wouldn’t walk alone at night in dark, lonely areas. Also keep belongings safe and don’t wear excessive jewellery or carry items worth a lot of money, especially when visiting busy markets and watching entertainment.

Other areas to avoid in Mexico City include Iztapalpa – a poverty-stricken area, Ciudad Neza, Tepito, Tlatelolco and some areas to the far north and south of the capital. The Merced market area and picturesque canal area of Xochimilco have also witnessed incidents.

It can be helpful to check TripAdvisor before visiting places to read about others experiences and known if they had any safety issues.


I hope my tips on where to stay in Mexico City have helped you to plan your own trip.

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The Best Digital Nomad Accommodation and Coliving in Portugal

Portugal is fast becoming one of the best digital nomad destinations in the world due to the country’s natural beauty, sunny climate, easy going lifestyle, business-friendly policies, and affordable cost of living.

Why coliving in Portugal is becoming so popular

As the digital nomad scene in Portugal booms there are many options for digital nomad accommodation and even specialised places offering stylish, sociable, affordable and hassle free digital nomad coliving in Portugal!

Portugal is really shaping up as a digital nomad hotspot. Forbes named Portugal as one of the top 3 countries in the world to live in, a new digital nomad village recently opened on the island of Madeira and a new digital nomad visa (D7) for Portugal has been introduced!

When you’re not working Portugal offers beautiful, historic and cultured cities to explore, the best surfing in Europe, rejuvenating yoga retreats and a plethora of natural beauty spots to discover.

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The most popular place for digital nomads in Portugal is the buzzing and beautiful capital Lisbon which has plenty of coworking spaces, like minded people to meet and events to get involved with (check out my Lisbon digital nomad guide here and my guide on Where to Stay in Lisbon here.)

The city of Porto in the North with it’s lovely riverside setting is another digital nomad hotspot and those who love the sun, sea and sand head to Lagos in the Algarve.

Digital Nomad Accommodation and Coliving in Portugal

It can be hard to find suitable short term accommodation with the right equipment and good enough WiFi to enable you to live and work productively and stress free.

Air BnB’s are an option but the cost can really add up and they might not have the facilities you need, hostels can be too noisy with not enough privacy to allow you to focus on work and traditional house rentals often require longer commitments and too much paperwork. I’ve also found it can get a bit lonely as a solo digital nomad in a foreign city.

Luckily, there are now many fantastic option for coliving in Portugal where the whole property is focused on meeting the unique needs of digital nomads and where you’ll have the perfect combination of your own private space whilst also being able to meet other like minded digital nomads. You’ll often also get access to onsite coworking spaces too and won’t have to worry about long term commitments, deposits or complicated paperwork.

It’s easier than ever to find the best digital nomad accommodation and coliving in Portugal online. My favourite sites are Anyplace.com  and Coliving.com  These fun and easy to use sites have have buzzing coliving spaces and fabulous fully furnished apartments set up especially with remote workers in mind, not only in Portugal, but all over the world.

The benefit of using Anyplace or Coliving over trying to rent an regular apartment yourself is that it’s flexible meaning you can live month-to-month in any city. It’s easy to find and apply for apartments online and there’s no hassle as the properties are fully furnished and ready to move in to and are all inclusive as utilities, WiFi and often weekly cleaning are included too.

If you are looking to make friends and connect with other digital nomads then staying at a coliving space or hostel in Portugal could be ideal. Or if you are looking for more privacy but just looking for a shorter stay (under 1 month) then you can also find some great studios and apartments on Air BnB or Booking.com that can be suitable for digital nomads. I’ll recommend some of my favourites in this post.

Here’s a few of my favourite digital nomad accommodations and coliving in Portugal …

Best Coliving Spaces in Portugal

Selina Secret Garden, Lisbon

Selina has become a popular chain of coliving spaces across the world, check out this one in Lisbon to realise why. Selina Secret Garden is located in Lisbon’s trendy Cais de Sodre neighborhood which gives you easy access to the area’s ever growing ecosystem of art, culture, history and lively nightlife. Selina is the perfect coliving in Portugal for those who like a lively and sociable atmosphere within walking distance of the amazing nightlife of Bairro Alto, Lisbon Cathedral, the waterfront and many cultural hotspots.

Selina offers one of the most affordable coliving accommodations in Lisbon if you opt for the dorm which is complete with plenty of storage lockers, privacy curtains, comfortable beds and a stylish wooden finish. There’s also quirky private bedrooms but the highlight of Selina Secret Garden is the fabulous, sunny rooftop deck with a swimming pool and patio area. There’s also a bar, restaurant and co-working space on site as well as Wifi, AC, laundry, housekeeping and a shared kitchen. There’s also a full weekly program which includes dance classes, wellness and yoga, social nomad meetups and more. You’ll never get bored at Selina Secret Garden!

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Selina, Porto 

After Lisbon, Porto is Portugal’s second most popular city and it’s lovely historic riverside setting and famous vineyards are places all digital nomads should explore. Luckily, there’s also a Selina coworking and coliving space in Porto too! It’s located in a newly renovated building within walking distance of Riberia – the city’s enigmatic, medieval, waterside district from where you can take a cruise along the picturesque Douro River.

There’s an airy and bright coworking space with high speed WiFi and meeting rooms, an onsite cafe and you can enjoy evenings with like minded digital nomads with live music and a bar in the courtyard. Choose from comfy dorms with plenty of privacy, lockers and sockets or splash out on the spacious private rooms. What I love about Selina Porto is that most of the rooms have really large floor to ceiling windows offering lots of natural light and views of the courtyard or city. Selina Porto also offers daily excursions like visits to interesting places like the Serralves Museum, the Virtudes Garden and the Coliseu do Porto.

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Coliving House in Bonfim, Porto

This beautifully renovated and stylish traditional house turned into a coliving for digital nomads is located in Bonfim, an artistic area of Porto where you can get a taste of the local life but within a short walking distance to the tourist attractions. There’s 8 bedrooms of different sizes to choose from, with single or double beds and workspaces, some bedrooms with private bathrooms and balconies while the cheaper ones have shared facilities.

There’s huge communal areas and work spaces, a large shared kitchen, dinning room and a terrace. Get to know people and get inspired by new connections with yoga sessions and social activities. You can call this place home from €600.

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Selina, Peniche

Portugal is the best surfing hotspot in Europe (check out my recommendation of the best Portugal surf spots and surf camps here) if you want to surf and work then Selina Peniche is the perfect coliving in Portugal, the only problem is there’s so much to enjoy it might be difficult to tackle the boring paperwork you’ve been putting off!

Peniche, once a famed fishing port is now Portugal’s surf capital and Selina Peniche is located in a beautiful white and blue building right in the heart of all the action and offers a coworking space, library, cinema room, pergola garden, plunge pool, Mediterranean restaurant, bar, and rooftop terrace that hosts daily yoga sessions as well as weekly workshops and live music events. There’s even a skateboard ramp.

Save money by staying in the stylish dorm which has loads of storage lockers and comfy beds complete with privacy curtains or go for one of the cute and colourful private bedrooms or suites. What I love about Selina Peniche is that most of the rooms have large terraces too. There’s also a shared kitchen and large communal dining area, housekeeping and laundry onsite, AC, Wifi and public parking.  When you’re surfed out, explore the local markets, sample the local delicacies and enjoy soaking up the views and the sun along the cliff trails exploring old lighthouses and fortresses.

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Poolside Beach Villa near Peniche

If music is your thing then don’t miss this swanky beach villa coliving space with a full equipped music studio! This place is perfect for surfers, creative digital nomads or if you just need to get some tracks recorded. The villa offers twin or double rooms with shared bathrooms is located in an amazing little surf village called Ferrel a short drive from Peniche – one of the best places to surf in all of Europe!

There’s 2 bright and inspiring coworking areas, my favourite is the one which overlooks the pool! There’s also a large shared kitchen and dinning area, a lounge with big screen, plenty of spaces to chill outside as well as a BBQ area and not forgetting surf boards and wet suits available for hire.

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Read More: Where to Stay in Lisbon – Best Neighbourhoods and Hotels

Best Digital Nomad Apartments in Portugal

If you prefer a bit more privacy than a coliving space and need a home away from home to be productive and get work done then finding a studio or apartment is the best option. You can set up a comfy workspace in your apartment, live like a local and save money and time and stay focused by cooking for yourself.

You can find some great places on Anyplace and Coliving if you can commit to 1 month. Or, if you just need a shorter stay then Air BnB or Booking.com is probably the best option.

Here’s some of my favourite studios and apartments that are perfect for digital nomads:

Our Home in Lisbon Apartments, Lisbon

Our Home makes a great choice due to it’s super central and convenient location near the Avenida de Liberdade in Lisbon. These beautiful, bright and airy studios and apartments have everything you need to feel at home including fully equipped kitchens, workspaces and free wifi. If you stay here you will be close to all the best restaurants and attractions in Lisbon and some units even have a private garden, terrace or patio!

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Home Out Rooms & Apartments, Lisbon

One of my favourite accommodation options in Lisbon is Home Out in Areeiro. These quiet, clean, comfortable rooms, studios and apartments feel like a home away from home with fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning, wifi and decent workspaces.

Some units have a living area and a balcony to relax on while the cheaper options have shared facilities. It’s a great value choice and the location just a few minutes walk from Alameda metro station makes it super convenient and easy to get around the city. The hosts are also helpful and easy to contact through WhatsApp.

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Estoril Beachfront Apartments, Cascais

Choose from a 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom apartment on the beach front of Estoril in popular Cascais. Estoril Beachfront Apartments offer the perfect combination of a relaxed seaside setting just a stones throw to the train station that will whisk you to exploring all the buzz of exciting Lisbon in just 35 minutes. It’s also only a 15 minute drive from the magical, UNESCO heritage site of Sintra making these apartments a great base for exploring the best of Portugal.

The apartments are homely, well furnished and have everything digital nomads need including a kitchen, washing machine, WiFi and comfortable furniture. I especially like the large floor to ceiling windows in the living room that open up to views over the municipal gardens and out to the ocean. Estoril Beachfront Apartments are also super close to the renowned Tamariz Beach as well as the shops, supermarkets, bars, cafes and restaurants.

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Traditional Beach Villa with Gardens in Ericeira 

This large, renovated, traditional Portuguese beach villa in trendy Ericeira is the perfect location for those who love to surf and be close to the nature as well as the buzz of the city. With homely coliving areas and commual kitchen, a bright and airy dedicated coworking area and outdoor gardens and surf and social events, you’ll soon feel at home here.

Choose from dorm rooms or ensuite private rooms, there’s even free safe on street parking as well as good public transport connections. All this from €485 per month including all bills.

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Taberna Penthouse, Funchal, Madeira

This amazing 2 bedroom open plan penthouse apartment is located in the heart of the pedestrianised Old Town of Funchal on the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira where Portugal’s first digital nomad village has been set up in nearby Ponta Do Sol. These spacious apartments are conveniently located close to the market, shopping areas, restaurants and bars, marina and sea promenade and the cable car to Monte making it a perfect base to explore all Funchal has to offer.

These apartments feature an open plan lounge and dining area for 4 people that opens up to a french balcony facing the sea. It’s fully furnished and equipped with a flat screen TV and digital channel box and WiFi. There’s also a sofa bed meaning the apartment can sleep 5 guests. The kitchen is large and fully equipped and there’s also a washing machine. Both bedrooms have comfortable king size beds and share a modern bathroom with a bath.

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Seacrest Villa, Ponta Do Sol, Madeira

If you’re looking for something extra special located close to the exciting new digital nomad village of Ponta Do Sol on the island of Madeira then look no further! This is a truly special place that will definitely have you waking up every day feeling super inspired by the views of the ocean. Seacrest is a stunning, modern 3 bedroom villa set on a hilltop with amazing views over the sea that really has the wow factor and all the mod cons.

The open plan layout and floor to ceiling glass windows and doors make the most of the stunning location and the large terrace and infinity swimming pool is just heavenly. The whole villa is ultra modern and sumptuously furnished with everything you could ever wish for, there’s even a games room. For a group of 6 digital nomads this could be an amazing taste of the luxury life while coliving in Portugal!

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If none of these properties suit your needs you can find many more digital nomad apartments and coliving spaces in Portugal on Anyplace.com or Coliving.com. If you find this post useful and choose to book one of these fantastic places I can earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you and I hope you have a fab experience coliving in Portugal!

9 things that Malaysia is best-known for

9 things that Malaysia is best-known for

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Ah, Malaysia. A tropical paradise in Southeast Asia, it is a country shaped by a long history and the various cultures that have called it home. There are so many reasons to visit Malaysia that it would be impossible to list them all here.

However, many people wouldn’t be able to name one famous thing about the country. Malaysia may not be as recognisable in the Western world as countries like Japan or China, but perhaps it deserves to be. Take a look at these 9 things that Malaysia is best known for and you’re sure to discover plenty of reasons to take a trip to this incredible country.

Before you set off, make sure you check which of the Malaysia visa types you need to enter the country — there are different requirements for different nationalities. And of course, you might well need the multiple-entry visa if you feel the need to take more than one trip!

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Easily Malaysia’s most iconic landmarks, the twin Petronas towers dominate the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Along with the nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower, they are the tallest buildings in the capital and are still the tallest twin towers on Earth.

The Petronas Towers have been lauded as masterpieces of postmodern Islamic architecture. Perhaps the biggest draw is the sky bridge between the two buildings. It is the best place to get spectacular views over Kuala Lumpur and the KLCC Park that sits below the towers.

This is one of the top 10 things to do in Kuala Lumpur as well as one of the items on the must-do list when visiting Malaysia (although maybe not if you don’t have a head for heights!).

Penang Island

Located off the west coast of the Malay Peninsula is the fascinating island of Penang, which makes up half of Penang state. The capital, George Town, is found here, and is well worth a visit. This unique city was a British colony the historical core remains so well-preserved as a colonial settlement that it is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Historically an important trading port, George Town has been described as having “unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia”. Landmarks like Fort Cornwallis, Penang State Museum, and the City Hall are sure to impress any visitor.

The rest of the island is equally worth seeing, from the rainforest-covered hills in the centre to the sandy beaches and resorts on the coast. If you are looking for a bit of luxury, you’re in look — Penang has a number of high-class hotels, such as the famous E&O.

Malaysian cuisine

Travelling is a great opportunity to try something new, and that’s especially true when it comes to food. If you are a fan of Asian dishes, Malaysian cuisine does not disappoint.

Nasi Kandar is one of the country’s well-known and best-loved dishes. This staple of the national cuisine can be incredibly varied — it is essentially rice with toppings and sauces of your choosing.

Frequently inspired by Tamil cuisine, you can expect Nasi Kandar to be rich in flavour, with curry powder, chili, and other spices used in many of the sauces. Ingredients can be as varied as chicken, fish, squid, and vegetables like okra. And if you are vegetarian or vegan, don’t worry! There are plenty of vegetarian options both in Nasi Kandar and other Malaysian dishes.

Rainforests and National Parks of Malaysia

As a tropical country, Malaysia is known for its wild side. Much of the country is covered in lush jungle teeming with exotic wildlife. In fact, it is estimated that 59-70% of the country is covered in rainforest.

Much of this forested land belongs to Malaysia’s national parks. The largest national park in peninsular Malaysia is Taman Negara National Park, while much of the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo are covered in national parkland.

If you’re visiting Malaysia, you should definitely take the time to visit one or more of these parks and experience the beauty of nature in the rainforest. You might even catch a glimpse of some of Malaysia’s more elusive critters, such as gaur, Asian elephants, leopards, and even tigers.

Genting Highlands

The Genting Highlands offer a very different sort of holiday — one more akin to going to Las Vegas.

If you make the 51 km journey from Kuala Lumpur to the Titiwangsa Mountains, you can find attractions and entertainment galore over 5,000 feet above sea level: theme parks, casinos, resorts, international restaurants, nightclubs… You name it, the Genting Highlands have it!

Take a ride on the Genting Skyway — a cable car that offers stunning views over the mountainous terrain and was previously the longest in Southeast Asia and the fastest in the world.

Kek Lok Si Temple

The magnificent Buddhist temple of Kek Lok Si is one of the main draws of Penang and is important enough to warrant its own entry in this guide!

A pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from all over Southeast Asia and as far north as Hong Kong, the 7-storey pagoda is striking in and of itself and is filled with 10,000 statues of the Buddha made of alabaster and bronze.

The centrepiece is a 36.57-metre-tall (120 ft) bronze statue of Guanyin (Kuan Yin), the Goddess of Mercy.

The temple complex incorporates various architectural styles, including Chinese, Thai, and Burmese.

At only 2 Malaysian ringgits per ticket, it is easily affordable and well worth the trip to see the country’s biggest Buddhist temple and one of the most amazing temples in Asia.

Visit Orangutans

The instantly recognisable orange-haired apes are famously only found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. While much of this is Indonesian territory, most of northern Borneo forms the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. If you’re heading to either of these states, you can’t leave without visiting these endangered cousins to human beings.

Danum Valley, Kinabatangan River, Deramakot Forest Reserve, and Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah and Batang Ai National Park in Sarawak are all locations where you might spot an orangutan in Malaysia.

Mount Kinabalu

The highest mountain in Malaysia is the ultimate challenge for outdoor types. Making the climb to the peak of Mount Kinabalu is tough going, but it is a great experience for seasoned hikers.

No mountain-climbing gear is needed — there are 2 walkable routes to the summit. However, there is a risk of altitude sickness due to the sheer height of Mount Kinabalu and all hikers must make the climb with a licensed guide.

While an experienced climber might make the hike in one day, there are places to stop for the night for those moving a little slower. There is plenty to savour on the journey — from views over the clouds to the biodiversity of flora and fauna to be found on the mountain.

Mount Kinabalu also forms part of a national park, so even if you don’t climb all the way to the top, there is plenty to enjoy here.

Batu Caves

The Batu Caves are found a short distance from Kuala Lumpur and are a must for anyone visiting Malaysia’s capital.

The limestone cliffs have been carved by nature into caves and rock formations, and then by human beings into wondrous Hindu temples and shrines.

The caves also provide home to wild bats and monkeys, which can frequently be seen by visitors.

This is Malaysia at its most magical; an atmospheric monument where the wonders of nature and the accomplishments of mankind meet. It’s no wonder that this holy place is the destination for many Hindus making a pilgrimage.

My Favourite 5 Star Luxury Resorts in Goa for 2023

Goa has come a long way from it’s past as a hippy haven, nowadays it’s home to some of the best and most stylish restaurants, bars, boutiques, resorts and nightlife in India!

And there’s a huge variety of luxurious accommodation in Goa nowadays, from luxury beach huts to incredible 5 star hotels, luxury beach resorts and amazing villas complete with private pools. 

To help you decide which of these luxury resorts in Goa are really worth it I’ll let you know my favourite Goa resorts and many more tips to plan your trip to Goa after a decade of living here.

Where to find the best 5 star luxury resorts and hotels in Goa

Most of the 5 star hotels, luxury resorts and best beach resorts in Goa are located in South Goa, which is also home to the emptiest, cleanest and best beaches in Goa. There are also some amazing luxury hotels and 5 star resorts in North Goa close to where the best parties, restaurants, markets and all the action is happening.

When my family and friends come to visit me in Goa I like to treat them to a luxury beach resort stay. It makes their Goa trip more special and more memorable and there are so many amazing 5 star luxury resorts in Goa to choose from.

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It makes even more sense nowadays to stay in a 5 star hotel in Goa because you know that the cleaning, sanitisation and hygiene are going to be top notch so you’ll have a healthy, safe and enjoyable well deserved break. Many luxury resorts are offering pretty good deals right now too so there’s never been a better time to stay in an amazing luxury hotel or beach resort in Goa.

My Favourite 5 Star Luxury Resorts in Goa for 2023

I’ve lived in Goa since 2015, so I’ve been lucky enough to visit and stay in most of the best luxury resorts in Goa. So here’s a quick list of my top recommendations for Goa’s best luxury and 5 star resorts in south Goa, north Goa and near Panaji. If you want more detail, carry on reading and I’ll explain why each hotel is so special.

  • The St Regis Goa Resort, Cavelossim Beach
  • The Alila Diwa Goa, Majorda Beach
  • ITC Grand Goa, Arossim Beach
  • Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Goa, Utorda Beach
  • Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Benaulim Beach
  • The LaLit Golf & Spa Resort, Rajbaga Beach near Palolem
  • The Zuri White Sands Resort & Casino, Varca Beach
  • Taj Fort Aguada and Taj Holiday Village, Fort Aguada, Candolim Beach
  • W Goa, Chapora Fort, Vagator Beach
  • Goa Marriott Resort, Miramar Beach near Panaji
  • Cidade de Goa, Vainguinim Beach, Dona Paula near Panaji

As prices vary depending on dates I’ve included links so you can check out more reviews, photos, availability and prices for your dates and room type. Did you know that if you visit out of season or in monsoon most of these hotels offered greatly discounted rates. Also be aware that sometimes the rate doesn’t include tax so take that into account too.

Accommodation in Goa is at it’s most expensive around New Year’s but many of these luxury resorts also host gala dinners, fireworks, live music, dancing and parties and are a better option for families than the crazy night life in Baga Beach! Check out my insider tips for celebrating New Year in Goa.

The Best 5 Star Hotels and Luxury Beach Resorts in South Goa

South Goa is where the best and quietest beaches are and where most of the best 5 star hotels and luxury beach resorts in Goa are located. This area is perfect for a peaceful and luxurious getaway or a romantic honeymoon.

1. The St Regis Goa Resort, Cavelossim Beach

For the best luxury resort in Goa look no further than The St Regis Resort in Cavelossim.  This sprawling, opulent 5 star resort is exquisitely decorated to reflect both the Indian and Portuguese heritage of Goa and has a private beach, lagoon, and tropical riverside gardens and is widely regarded as the best 5 star resort and luxury hotel in Goa.

Formerly known and much loved as The Leela, the rooms at The St Regis are super plush with all mod cons and even private plunge pools. There’s also a range of excellent on site restaurants, lounges, a luxurious Ayurveda spa and fitness centre as well as a beach club, 12-hole golf course and 24-hour casino so you’ll hardly need to take a step out of the resort. This is the best beach resort in Goa for a luxurious escape from it all.

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2. The Alila Diwa Goa, Majorda Beach

The Alila Diwa Goa, part of the Hyatt brand, is a gorgeous, elegant Balinese style 5 star hotel and resort in quiet Majorda beach, South Goa. The Alila is one of my favourite luxury resorts in Goa, I especially love the gorgeous views over the paddy fields from the infinity pool, hot tub and jacuzzi.

The resort is stunning all over and the staff make you feel like royalty, especially if you go for one of the ‘club’ rooms which even come with a private butler service and extra privacy.

There are also 4 great dining options, one of which is open 24 hours, and the popular Martin’s Corner restaurant is also nearby. The Alila Diwa is a great choice for an elegant and luxurious honeymoon escape.

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3. ITC Grand Goa, Arossim Beach

The ITC Grand Goa, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is a spacious, award winning, beachside 5-star resort designed to resemble an Indo Portuguese village situated on serene Arossim Beach. It’s located only 15 mins from Dabolim airport, which makes it super convenient for a quick luxury weekend escape.

I love the ITC’s understated luxury, the gorgeous Indo-Portuguese village pousada-style rooms, the huge swimming pool and lovely lagoons, award winning spa and large selection of good restaurants. It’s not just a hotel, but an experience.

The ITC was formerly the Park Hyatt but reaches new heights under the ITC brand to become of the best luxury resorts in Goa near Dabolim airport.

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4. Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Goa, Utorda Beach

Planet Hollywood is one of Goa’s best luxury 5 star beach resorts. It’s a modern, stylish, glamorous and glitzy resort located on quiet Utorda beach in south Goa with an American Hollywood theme.

Planet Hollywood Goa offers a unique experience for luxury hotels in Goa as it is the first and only Planet Hollywood resort outside the United States.

There are 2 restaurants, a beautiful pool and a spa. It’s also super close to the famous Zeebop beach shack and restaurant.

I took my Mum to stay here for 4 days for a treat when she visited Goa for the first time and we weren’t disappointed, we were given the star treatment all the way  – read my full review of Planet Hollywood here.

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5. Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Benaulim Beach

The Taj Exotica is another amazing luxury 5 star resort in Goa with a private beach. The Taj run some of the best luxury hotels in India and this grand resort in Benaulim, South Goa, is no different.

I love the architecture, wooden beams, old world charm, lush gardens and spacious grounds. There’s also a private beach with water-sports facilities, a gorgeous pool, luxurious spa and fitness center and multi-cuisine restaurants.

The rooms and suites are super plush and well equipped and there are also wonderful sea views from the resort as well as the fantastic service you would expect at the Taj.

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6. The LaLit Golf & Spa Resort, Rajbaga Beach near Palolem

The LaLit is another one of India’s top luxury hotel brands and this luxury resort situated far in South Goa is the closest luxury hotel to the popular beach of Palolem – the most beautiful beach in Goa.

As well as spacious suites and rooms with lovely traditional wooden Goan design touches and private verandas, some with sea views, there is also an 18-hole golf course that overlooks the Arabian Sea.

The LaLit also offers a fabulous swimming pool with sunken bar, sprawling landscaped grounds and manicured gardens, a spa, fitness center and watersports. There 4 restaurants to choose from that offer excellent local Goan specialities  and seafood as well as Mediterranean and international cuisine.

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7. The Zuri White Sands Resort & Casino, Varca Beach

The Zuri, situated on Varca Beach, is also the home of Dunes Casino and is the only beach resort with a casino in South Goa. The Zuri also has spectacular sea-facing contemporary Goan-style luxury rooms with private balconies overlooking the tropical gardens.

There is also a large and beautiful swimming pool and spa and no less than 6 on-site fine dining restaurants offering everything from pan Asian to traditional Goan cuisine.

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Best 5 Star Resorts and Luxury Hotels in North Goa

North Goa is busier and is where all the action is. There are many hotels in North Goa to suit all budgets but there are still a few 5 star luxury beach resorts in North Goa where you can enjoy a luxurious stay whilst still being close to all the nightlife, markets, restaurants and things to do in Goa.

1. Taj Fort Aguada and Taj Holiday Village, Fort Aguada, Candolim Beach

If you want to stay in the best luxury resorts in North Goa then look no further than The Taj Fort Aguada and Taj Holiday Village which are located next to each other on the most Southern end of Candolim beach by Fort Aguada.

The location is the best part of the most popular area of Goa – the busy Baga, Calangute, Candolim stretch meaning that you can enjoy a luxury stay without too many crowds and still be within easy reach of all the parties, markets, restaurants and attractions of North Goa

Both resorts are luxurious and perennially popular, The Taj Fort Aguada is classy and classic and the Taj Holiday Village next door is slightly more laidback with cute, colourful cottages spread across the tropical gardens. I prefer the atmosphere of this one actually. They both have awesome sunset views over Candolim beach.

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2. W Goa, Chapora Fort, Vagator Beach

The W Goa opened in 2017 and has quickly became popular due to it’s modern, unique design and stunning location. It’s undoubtedly the best luxury resort in the Anjuna, Vagator area and one of the most hip 5 star hotels in Goa.

This huge, modern, ultra cool and stylish 5 star resort is perched right on the quiet end of Vagator beach under Chapora Fort and has amazing views – especially at sunset.

Rooms are very modern and swish and the whole resort really makes a statement with it’s stylish and contemporary design. There’s also a swimming pool with amazing views over the beach, a spa, sauna, bars, restaurants, an indoor play area, yoga classes, boutique shops and much more.

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Best Resorts and Luxury Hotels in Panjim, Central Goa.

Goa’s capital Panjim (Panaji) is right in the middle of Goa so it makes a good base from which you can explore the whole state. It’s also not too far from Dabolim airport so if you’re visiting Goa for a quick break then these luxury hotels are convenient and centrally located.


1. Goa Marriott, Miramar Beach near Panaji

The Goa Marriott Resort is the best luxury beach resort near Panaji (Panjim) Goa’s capital city. It’s a 5 star hotel that is on the beachfront of Miramar beach but still super close to all the city, and the rest of Goa, has to offer.

Rooms are stylish, modern and comfortable, there are great sea views from the pool and many excellent dining options.

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2. Cidade de Goa, Vainguinim Beach, Dona Paula near Panaji

The Cidade de Goa is a 5 star beachfront resort with a unique design and colourful terracotta hued architecture inspired by Portuguese villages. The hotel is located on Vainguinim Beach, Dona Paula, 10 mins from the Goan capital Panaji.

There are 2 lovely outdoor pools and a great spa and fitness centre and several restaurants to choose from. The rooms are comfortable, bright, colourful and well equipped, many with stunning sea views.

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I hope this blog post has helped you find your ideal luxury resort in Goa and that you have an amazing time! If you need more tips and inspiration to help you plan your trip to Goa I’ve got many more articles and Goa blogs.

Start with my Goa travel guide and check out these blog posts for more tips on where to stay in Goa:

  • The best places to stay in Goa 
  • Where to stay in Goa in monsoon
  • The best luxury private pool villas in Goa
  • The best beach huts in Goa
  • The best yoga retreats in Goa

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Have you stayed in one of Goa’s luxury resorts? Where did you stay and how was your experience?

Traveling to Spain: A Beginner’s Travel Guide

Traveling to Spain: A Beginner’s Travel Guide

Guest Post by Susan Noel

Popularly known as the land of fiestas, siestas, and flamenco, Spain is undoubtedly among the most visited countries globally. With plenty of diverse landscapes and cuisine, this is one of the countries that charms every kind of visitor and keeps them coming back for more. Whether you are exploring the vibrant cities like Barcelona (my all time favourite city in the world) the luscious or the south coast, be sure that you will come across plenty of incredible snacks, social Spaniards, and great music.

Important information you need to know about traveling to Spain


Spanish is of course the language of Spain but English is also a prevalent language in Spain, with numerous people being good in English in the major tourist cities. Also, English is widely spoken in the south and major coastal resorts. Although English is not spoken everywhere, the Spanish people are known for their enthusiasm for their language. If you are armed with just a few phrases, and you try to communicate with them as much as you can, they will appreciate it and be happier to help you if you have any issue. 


Spain is one of the safest places in Europe to visit with little serious crimes, so most visitors shouldn’t come across any significant challenges. With that said, Spain is a very crowded country, the major cities like Barcelona or Madrid are the target for scammers and pickpockets, so ensure that you have your travel insurance.


Spain is among the 26 European member countries of Schengen agreement. Therefore, visitors from outside the EU will need an ETIAS visa to enter Spain and most parts of Europe. At present, travelers from at least 60 countries will be entitled to apply for ETIAS Spain visa waiver as the number of countries expected to increase. The visa will be valid up to 90 days and those traveling for business or tourist  purposes will be required to apply for travel authorization.

Suppose you need to work or stay longer in Spain, you will be required to apply for a work, student, or resident visa, which is more complicated. Ensure that you check this correctly and in advance before you begin your journey if you are sure that you will stay for a more extended period as the laws keep on changing.

Transportation in Spain

This country is pretty well connected through high-speed trains, which means you can quickly get from one point to another with a lot easier. With that being said, the best way to explore Spain is to rent a car.

Not only will it offer you the freedom to go anywhere you want, but it will allow you to explore the least known places. The car rental can be a super affordable option if you are traveling as a group, which is another reason we recommend this.

Best time to visit Spain

While you can visit Spain any time of the year, most visitors tend to travel to Spain in the summer months to soak up that fantastic Mediterranean sun. The only challenge with this is that it leads to more crowded areas, especially coastal regions. The best time to visit Spain is from April to October.

Estimated budget

With various places to visit in Spain, it is not easy to estimate the daily budget. However, from our experience, I would suggest that it is possible to roam around the country with as little as €68/£62/$80 depending on the kind of accommodation you prefer, as that will take up the bulk of your entire budget. The snacks are relatively expensive, mostly if you prefer to eat in local restaurants, and transport is cheap and efficient. Here’s a super useful and detailed article about the costs of traveling Spain.

Best Experiences:

Walk the Camino

El Camino de Santiago is a famous pilgrimage route that stretches from France’s border to northwestern Spain. Stretching for over 800 km, this month-long walk takes a lot of dedication. Nevertheless, it’s a significant way to see the country and some of Spain’s less-visited places.

Join the running of the bulls

 Running of the bulls is held in July in Pamplona and attracts both the brave and the stupid. While it’s not a must to do the actual running, the multi-day celebration is still a better place to drink sangria, wear a red scarf, eat good food and celebrate the only way Spain can.

With endless cultural festivals, renowned nightlife, and world-class beaches, Spain is impressive 365 days per year. You could spend years while exploring Spain. From Barcelona to Madrid to Bilbao to Girona, it is such a vibrant country. Whether you want to worship the sun in the canary island or wander the vineyards of rioja, this country is guaranteed to impress travelers any day of the week.


Author Bio:

Susan Noel is an experienced content writer. She is associated with many renowned travel blogs as a guest author where she shares her valuable travel tips with the audience.

Working for an NGO in Sierra Leone: An Interview with Austin

Working for an NGO in Sierra Leone: An Interview with Austin

There are so many ways to earn money while also being able to travel the world and also loads of ways to volunteer abroad to help out less privileged communities whilst learning new skills and becoming totally immersed in a different culture. This week I’m talking to Austin from the US who works for an NGO in Sierra Leone.


Austin Klise is from the US and is currently living and working in rural Sierra Leone. He works for a small not for profit, First Things Foundation, that sends volunteers to the poorest parts of the world to live and work alongside those they serve. Before moving to Sierra Leone he backpacked in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and was a manager at a software development company based in Colorado. Austin has ‘starred’ in a Sierra Leonean movie and when not working spends his time chatting up locals, reading John Henry Newman, or doing push-ups. He can be reached at [email protected].

Working or volunteering abroad is a dream for so many people. Please tell me a bit more about your work in Sierra Leone. 

I’m living in rural Sierra Leone (West Africa) in a small village called Kailahun. I work for a small NGO that sends people to a country to “live like the locals do,” in an attempt to understand the culture and to form real relationships. For me that means living simply since that’s how people around me live. For example I shower using a bucket and wash my clothes by hand. I also walk most places and go through my body weight in sweat everyday since A/C is non existent. 

The best part of living here is my “day job” or rather “day jobs”. Some days I’m working in one of the many rice swamps. Other days I’m mixing huge buckets of dough that will later be baked and sold around town. My favorite job is “mashing banga” which involves jumping up and down on a pit of palm kernels to manually press out their orange / red oil. Think mashing grapes by foot, but Sierra Leonean style. After the foot smashing is done we pour boiling water over the kernels to bring the oil to the top. Next it is skimmed off then boiled again to remove any excess water.

Wow, sounds super interesting. What made you decide to work in Sierra Leone and how did you make it happen?

Before this I was working a 9-5 job in the IT sector. It was a good job and I worked with talented people. However, I wanted to try something that would completely take me out of my element and would be simple at the same time. I found First Things Foundation (a non-profit) which was advertising just that. It was small and had a philosophy I liked. That by living simply, living locally, and by suffering and celebrating with those you work with you’ll learn more about that community and about yourself.

After I decided this is what I was going to do, I gave my notice, packed my bags and flew to the otherside of the world.

As for finding the day jobs I do in my village it’s pretty simple. I tell people that I want to learn how to farm, bake, teach, etc and that I’m willing to work for free. Most people think I’m joking at first, but when they figure out I’m serious almost everyone is more than willing to take me on.

What do you like the best about working in Sierra Leone?

The relationships I’ve been able to build. The other day I was “mashing banga” with Howa, one of my friends and while we were working, she told me her story. How she had to flee to Guinea during the Sierra Leonean civil war and how her children are still there. How she buys and sells palm oil across Guinea and Sierra Leone, braving the disaster that is the public transportation system here. How she wants to have enough palm trees to exclusively sell her own product and not have to travel so much. Doing physical labor with someone has a mysterious way of quickly building deep relationships.

I’m also grateful that in a country like Sierra Leone I can volunteer to do almost any job and people will take me. I’ve helped in field surgeries, baked bread, farmed, attempted to harvest palm wine, and many more things that wouldn’t be so easy to do spur of the moment in other countries.

Sounds really interesting and worthwhile. But nothings perfect right? Are there any downsides?

Yes, of course. The work is hard and it’s not always easy to get motivated to go to work on a farm for a full day or teach math to a 100 students at once. It’s also hard being the “outsider”. While I’m doing my best to integrate by learning the language and working like everyone else there are still obvious differences. I’m one of the handful of white people in my village and it’s not uncommon that a toddler will see me (the first white person they’ve seen) and will start to cry.

Do you have one standout highlight or biggest achievement?

There is a drink here called “palm wine” which is harvested by climbing to the top of huge palm trees and hammering a tap into the tree. The climbers are usually from one specific tribe and are highly respected because it’s hard and dangerous to climb these trees. The other day I offered to try and climb one of the trees, everyone thought I wouldn’t get off the ground. I got almost half way up. It was then that I decided I better leave it to the professionals. But half way wasn’t bad.

And what has been the greatest challenge?

Like I mentioned before, complete integration is hard. I’m 27 and it’s expected that I should have a wife and at least a few kids so people get confused when I tell them that I’m not married. After that sinks in people are often a bit confused and might even say they know a few women in the village who are looking for a husband. There are other things that are quite culturally different between my U.S. background and the Sierra Leonean way of life.

What do you wish you had known before you started working in Sierra Leone?

It’s hard to say. There are so many unknowns about working in a new country and in a new role. I don’t think I could pin down one thing that is particularly relevant. Maybe, that I should have brought more mosquito repellent?

So, what are your plans and ambitions for the future?

I’m working for First Things Foundation for another 6 months, after that I have a few businesses that I want to start. I do freelance project management / development work and I’d like to get that rolling again. This experience has also made it clear that I need to be doing something where I’m getting my hands dirty so maybe I’ll start a garden or something similar.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, what tips would you give for people wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Relationships are key. The work matters, the culture matters, but relationships are king. In my experience authentic relationships are found by living and working with those around you. The best relationships are built when you’re working at the same level as someone else and living life as they do. It’s not always easy, but it’s incredibly fulfilling.


Thanks so much Austin for the tips and for sharing your story, its really inspirational.

Don’t forget to check out the other interviews with people working and volunteering abroad. 

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Why Nusa Lembongan is my New Favorite Place in Bali

Bali is undeniably beautiful, the stunning scenery, unique culture and wonderful hospitality make it one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. The island’s popularity does mean that Bali’s main tourist areas are now very busy, developed and commercial, but there’s still plenty of laidback Bali to explore if you know where to go!

Why Nusa Lembongan is my New Favorite Place in Bali

I was looking for something more laid back so I got a speedboat just 30 minutes from Sanur on mainland Bali across to the small island of Nusa Lembongan. Now this was the island life I’d be looking for, I spent a month doing yoga teacher training here and it quickly become my new favorite place in Bali!

I love Nusa Lembongan because it’s more like the chilled out, tropical Bali I dreamed off and a far cry from the noisy, developed, traffic clogged, busy streets of places like Kuta.

Previously I’d been disappointed with some of Bali’s beaches but the beaches on Nusa Lembongan are uncrowded and idyllic with soft white sand and the water is a breathtakingly clear and bright turquoise blue.

Not surprisingly this island, and along with neighbouring Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Pendia, are becoming ever more popular and are now considered some of the best places to visit in Bali, and perhaps even the whole world, for snorkeling and ping with giant manta rays.

Add to that the views of majestic Mount Agnung on mainland Bali in the distance from Jungut Batu beach, the boats bobbing up and down and sunsets that streak the sky with hundreds of colours and you’ve got a really idyllic Bali island escape without the crowds.

Driving around on a scooter through the tropical greenery is still fun here as the traffic isn’t as hectic here as on Bali.  There’s still plenty of lush green nature and mangroves so far most development is low key although there are still some beautiful places to stay in Nusa Lembongan that suit all budgets and enough restaurants serving both Indonesian dishes and food from all over the world to keep your taste buds happy at reasonable prices.

View over Devil’s Tears on Nusa Lembongan. Photo Credit: Joel Cabrera Lorenzo and Shutterstock

Things to do in Nusa Lembongan

And even though it’s a small island there’s plenty of things to do in Nusa Lembongan. The island has plenty of natural beauty spots to explore like Devils Tears, Dream Beach, Sandy Bay and Mushroom Bay. You can also explore the mangrove forests, tide pools and cliff jumps.

There’s also good surf here although it’s a reef break so it’s more suitable for intermediate surfers. Beginner surfers could join a surf camp to learn the ropes and watching the waves break on the horizon is a meditation in itself. It’s also becoming a popular place for yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses

Exploring Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida

Once you’ve explored Nusa Lembongan simply cross the photogenic, little yellow bridge over to explore tiny Nusa Ceningan – don’t miss the Blue Lagoon, Mahana Point, Secret Beach and the zip wire.

It’s also easy to take a boat over to explore Nusa Penida as well. This island used to be a penal colony and is known to locals as the ‘black magic island.’

Nusa Penida is still largely untouched by tourism apart from the crowds of day trippers that gather at some of Bali’s most instagrammable spots like Kelingking Beach with it’s stunning coast line that looks like a T-Rex.

There’s also many waterfalls, beaches, viewpoints and places of outstanding and unique natural beauty to discover including Broken Beach, Crystal Bay and don’t miss the spectacular Angel’s Billabong and Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave.

There’s loads more to see on Nusa Penida so you might want to spend a few nights there if you have more time. It’s a pretty large island and the roads are pretty bad so getting around takes time so it’s worth doing a bit of research into the best places to stay in Nusa Penida before you book. You could even stay in this treehouse which has been made famous by Instagram.

Kelingking Beach (T Rex) on Nusa Penida

Why I Loved Nusa Lembogan, Bali

What I really love about Nusa Lembogan is that there is a still thriving local Balinese culture and life.

I’ve visited the Gili Islands a couple of times and while they make a picture postcard beautiful tropical island escape they are also very small. You can walk around the whole island in about an hour and I would find myself getting a bit bored and having island fever after a few days.

The Gili islands are nearer to Lombok than Bali and so most of the islands local inhabitants are Muslim so I missed the beautiful Hindu architecture, temples, culture and rituals of the Balinese.

In Nusa Lembongan you can still soak up the beautiful Balinese culture, visit the spectacular temples, see the locals dressed in traditional clothing on their way to a temple festival,  hear the tinkering sounds of the gamelen in the distance.

I love how the penyor (ornamental bamboo poles) bowed down with garlands of flowers wave in the breeze arching over the roads along with the palm trees and you can smell the incense as you step over the cute canang offerings outside every house and business in the morning.

The Balinese just make everything so beautiful! Every building has a small temple or shrine and most of the guest houses and homestays are beautifully decorated with that unique Balinese spirituality and style.  Not to mention the people are some of the friendless and most genuine I ever met.

The Future of Nusa Lembongan

The island still has quite a low key, rustic, local feel its not yet overrun with tourism and it’s not hard to find reasonably priced homestays and local warung if your on a budget.  There’s still shacks with local fishing communities living near the beach and mangroves.

I imagine this will change quickly as the island grows in popularity as Bali’s new hot spot, so if you want to experience why Nusa Lembongan is my new favorite place in Bali you had better go soon before everyone else does!

How to get to Nusa Lembongan: Getting to the island is a quick, easy boat ride from Sanur in mainland Bali. You can book online on Bookaway.

Where to stay in Nusa Lembongan: There’s a wide range of accommodation on the island to suit all budgets. Check out my post on the best places to stay in Nusa Lembongan.

Where’s your favourite place in Bali?  Have you been to Nusa Lembongan?

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Cover Photo Credit: View of Nusa Lembongan from Panorama Point by  I. Noyan Yilmaz and Shutterstock 

Read More Bali Blogs:

  • Where to stay in Bali – the main areas explained plus hotel recommendations for all budgets
  • The best things to do and see in Bali
  • Falling in love with the spirituality and culture of Bali. 
  • Best places to stay on Nusa Lembongan (for all budgets)
  • Best things to do on Nusa Lembongan island