A Qantas Flight Attendant Travel Blog/Review ~ Thailand & Bali

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Hello! I’m Shandhika, a flight attendant with Qantas Link. I am very well traveled and especially like off the beaten track vacations! On my last extravaganza I took my Mother as a surprise 70th birthday present and off we went to Thailand & Bali, both destinations on my bucket list.

I finally got a chance to experience these wonderful countries staying at some truly amazing and astounding places. We decided to start at Bangkok, then on to Phuket and then Bali. Staying longer as we got closer to Home (Australia)

Read about my latest trip to Thailand & Bali below! 

You can also see how to book the same special airline and industry staff discount deals as me! 

Bangkok – Phuket & Bali 28 Feb ~ 10 Mar 2019

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Everyone seems to listen to what Flight Attendants have to say and recommend as we get to travel the world and experience so many hotels! We love to 'Spread the Word' about the places and hotels we visit!

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Happy 70th Birthday Mum! I hope you loved the Far East!

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I simply had to start with this picture of the best breakfast I have ever had! served to us in our private pool villa at the wonderful Crest Resort & Pool Villas ~ Phuket, Thailand!

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I have to say the Kingdom of Thailand and Mystical Bali make wonderful twin centre holidays and I cannot recommend the trip my Mother and I did enough! You can click on the country logos below to see the hotels I stayed at and featured in this Blog/Review at very special rates for Airline and Travel Industry Employees. Enjoy!

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A wondrous kingdom of Buddhist temples, exotic wildlife, and spectacular islands.

As well as a fascinating history, Thailand boasts a vibrant and unique culture, world famous cuisine, and one of the most exciting capital cities on the planet. ​Visiting the city and a Thailand beach or island is the preferred holiday for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The country is blessed with natural beauty and its islands are among the most scenic and beautiful in the world.

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Bali's home Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world comprising 13,466 large and small tropical islands fringed with white sandy beaches, many still uninhabited.

Bali's reputation as a tourist destination is already well-established. Renowned as a beautiful island with mountains, temples, palaces and terraced rice fields, Bali is known as a place where traditions of art and culture predominate. This is particularly true in Ubud, the cultural and artistic heart of the island. It is also a place where the ultimate luxuries of life prevail: fine dining, spas and massage have reached the peak of perfection. Modern sports such as diving, sailing, rafting and above all surfing have taken hold and are enjoyed by thousands of visitors who flock here every year from all areas of the globe. 

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How to get there! 


​OK, so in our case we started and finished our vacation in Sydney. You will know your best routing, but there are no non-stop flights from Phuket to Bali, so in our case instead of returning to Bangkok or flying via Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta we opted to route into Bali via Singapore. Very simple. Click on my funky route map below to enlarge view!

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Photo Gallery

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28 Feb - 01 March ~ Bangkok

Amazing value for Money. Centrally located in Bangkok, you can get to the hotel quiet easily with the Asoke BTS (sky train) and Sukhumvit MRT. Would go back there in a nano second!

  • Within walking distance to Terminal 21 where you can shop till you drop.
  • Exotic temples close by (The Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha)
  • Enjoy some fine dining at one of Bangkok’s best Indian restaurant Rang Mahal which specialise in northern cuisines.
  • Lovely outdoor pool, a welcome from the heat and hustle & bustle!
  • Click here to read more and book at staff rates! 

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The award-winning Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok offers guests affordable luxury, outstanding service, great facilities and authentic International dining.

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01 - 03 March ~ Phuket

A remarkable concept resort in Phuket with a great variety of room types. We opted for a private pool villa!

  • We got a metered taxi from HKT international to Crest Resort & Pool Villas which was around 750 THB
  • Concept of Crest Resort & Pool villas is around Earth (tropical rainforest), water (Andaman Sea) & Sky (Hillside by the Tri Trang Beach) just 10 minutes away from Patong
  • Greeted with a delicious welcome drink and taken to our stunning Premier pool villa, Crest were kind enough to upgrade us for Free where we also got welcome fruits
  • ATMOS restaurant is where you have breakfast and on Friday nights there is a delicious Thai Buffet where you can taste a variety of dishes such as Pad Thai and green curry
  • Floating breakfast has always been on my bucket list and I must say it met all my expectations. A must have while staying at the Crest Resort
  • Click here to read more and book at staff rates! 

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  • Top it all off we had an amazing spa experience at PRIMA and Holistic Wellness Village with a Fusion candle massage, contains a warm massage oil which looks and behaves just like a scented candle and is completely natural
  • The seafood dinner at the Sky Diva lounge overlooking the sunset was a prefect end to a prefect day full of pampering

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03 - 04 March ~ Phuket

Situated on a tranquil beach away from the bustling tourist crowds, this luxury all-villa Phuket resort offers a rejuvenating retreat that exudes Thai charm.​

  • Located in Rawai where the lawn slopes to the Andaman Sea, we were greeted with gentle smiling staff and another delicious welcome drink.
  • Taken to our free upgraded Prime Pool Villa which is 178 sqm (two levels) with our all-time favourite feature of an outdoor rain shower
  • Room also had welcome fruits waiting for us at the room
  • Must try the authentic Southern Thai cuisine at Baan Vijitt which is they Sino-Portuguese style restaurant by the sea.
  • Click here to read more and book at staff rates!

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  • There is a free shuttle bus which will take you to old town where you can go to the open market for souvenirs and try some exotic foods.

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04 - 06 March ~ Bali

Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach, Nusa Dua, Bali (formerly Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort) is a five-star hotel resort and an ideal retreat to escape, unwind and enjoy peace of mind.  

  • We were picked up by hotel transfer and taken to our hotel which is located in Nusa Dua
  • Greeted by warm friendly staff and a delightful welcome drink, our check in was a breeze where we again got upgraded to a  very spacious 1 unit ocean front Suite where welcome fruits were waiting in our room
  • Breakfast at Grand Benoa Resto has great a selection of authentic food from all over the continents, a superb spread of International buffet breakfast which is prepared fresh daily.
  • There is also a free shuttle bus which goes to Kuta and brings you back several times a day
  • While staying at Hotel Nikko you must try the Balinese massage for 1 hour
  • Click here to read more and book at staff rates! 

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  • Enjoy a deliciously fresh seafood or international menu at C beach view venue every day with a fabulous view overlooking to the blue ocean
  • Also there is several activities which you can do throughout the day or just relax by the pool and enjoy some cocktails at the Aloha Pool bar

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06 - 08 March ~ Bali

At its spectacular location along the southernmost coast of Bali, Alila Villas Uluwatu offers a rare and unparalleled lifestyle experience. Unbelievable hotel! 

  • Transferred by a freelance driver from hotel Nikko to Uluwatu was an hour ride based on traffic
  • This place is truly a piece of heaven
  • Arriving at the foyer when you look out you see the infinity pool which looks out to the ocean
  • After check in we got taken to our wonderful 1 bedroom pool villa which is 290 m2 in a buggy where you have a Garden and Ocean view, with a 24 hour Butler service and my all-time favourite outdoor shower
  • We got a chauffeur to take us in town to the watch the Ogoh Ogoh parade which are hand painted sculptures which are paraded around the village to keep the evil spirit away from human
  • 2000 vintage batik stamps are used a part of the décor in Quila where each stamp has a unique design
  • Enjoy  à la carte breakfast menu which changes every day
  • Click here to read more and book at staff rates! 

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  • Sip on some delicious cocktails while watching the sunset at the Sunset Cabana which is an overhanging cliff side platform with the view of the Indian Ocean
  • Must try Quila restaurant which has a set 10 course menu and aimed to target all the senses where local ingredients are transferred into creative dishes by executive chef Marc Lorés Panadés

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08 - 10 March ~ Bali

An enchanting hillside retreat overlooking the Ayung River, yet located only minutes away from the excitement of Ubud, the centre of the spiritual world. Be mesmerized! 

  • Intercompany transfer from Alila Uluwatu to Alila Ubud 
  • Greeted with friendly staff, we received yet another delicious welcome drink and a seamless check in process where we were yet again upgraded to a beautiful Terrace tree villa with welcome fruits, prawn & veggie crackers with sambal
  • ​Have delicious authentic Balinese cuisine at the Planation restaurant inspired by local seasonal ingredients
  • An amazing à la carte breakfast menu which changes every day
  • Saturday night they had movies by the pool side while you relax sipping on cocktails under the stars. The Angry Ubudian is delicious which contains chili infused vodka, fresh mango, mango syrup, lime juice and club soda which is quite refreshing and sweet
  • The next day we really enjoyed the lunch menu at Cabana Lounge with grilled halloumi, Green papaya salad and thai green curry
  • Click here to read more and book at staff rates! 

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  • This place certainly is peaceful and calm where the monkeys roam around and the sound of nature
  • Enjoy a daily afternoon tea where herbal tea coffee and sweets such as pumpkin cake and banana fritters are served
  • Also the Balinese massage is a must do at Ubud to release any tension and to fully relax

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In Summary!

Thailand and Bali make an amazing twin Centre vacation, we loved every minute of it! The hotels we stayed at were all spectacular in their own right and I would recommend them all to anyone. Airline and Travel Agency Employees can book them all at very special industry staff rates by clicking on the links above. I choose just to give you key bullet points in my review above, but if you click on the links above you can read about them all in much more detail.

Finally a HUGE Thank You to all the hotels that made our trip so memorable and such a delight for my Mothers 70th birthday, we will never forget it it, and I am sure fellow airline and industry employees will feel the same way when they come and visit!

Shandhika

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