Country: INDONESIA

Shamballa Residence is one of three villas in Ubud owned by the lovely couple, Atsu and Wendy. They make a good impression in the booking stages, and this only gets better on arriving at the villa. It is simply magical. Perhaps I am a rookie when it comes to experiencing the unique welcome that you only receive in Indonesia, but regardless, being greeted by a small Balinese family laden with hand-made flower leis, their two kittens in tow, is enough to convince anyone they have arrived in a tropical paradise…

Two words: tropical paradise. Qunci Villas is one of the best-rated hotels in Lombok and there are a number of reasons for this: the grounds are gorgeous, the pool is to die for and the staff make everything so damn easy for you. First impressions can be simplified to lots of lush greenery, inviting water, a warm greeting and lovely rooms…what more can you ask for…