Tuesday, May 27, 2008

US lifts travel warning on Indonesia

The United States says it has lifted a travel warning placed on Indonesia following a string of terrorist attacks. It cited improved security for the decision.

Hundreds of Islamic militants have been convicted and imprisoned as part of efforts by local authorities to weaken the regional network Jemaah Islamiyah, blamed for at least four deadly suicide bombings in Indonesia since 2002.

The last one was carried out on Bali island in late 2005, killing 20 people.

U.S. Ambassador to Jakarta Cameron Hume said Sunday the warning was lifted because of "improvements made by Indonesia in its current security situation."

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

World's 'Most Luxurious Spa Retreats' Announced

Spas in Morocco and Bali have been ranked among the world's most luxurious places for a spot of rest and relaxation.

Riad Maison Bleue in Fez, Morocco and Kuta Seaview Hotel in Bali were singled out by travel site boo.com as two of the globe's best.

Commended as a "romantic" spa featuring "spectacular Arab architecture and rejuvenating, age-old spa treatments", the Riad Maison received the thumbs up for its orange blossom water massages and satin banquettes.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Bali villa a luxurious spot for shared family vacation

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to Indonesia, including Bali ... due to the current threat of terrorist attack against Western interests.... Terrorist attacks can occur at any time and in any location, including Bali."

Of all the great vacation destinations in the world, what sane person would even consider Bali after this warning? Bali, however, is where my wife and I and our three-year old daughter took our February vacation. Our destination: a Balinese villa in the Seminyak region.

We left Vancouver in the snow for the long ride across the Pacific. It was a trip we faced with apprehension. How would our three-year-old handle the 16-hour flight?

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