Our Stay at The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront

We decided to take a weekend getaway to one of our favorite cities that is only two hours from our home, Savannah. There are so many things to do in this small coastal city in Georgia. From it’s cobblestoned squares that have incredible restaurants to beautiful parks with huge oak trees shaded by Spanish moss, this is the perfect city for a quick getaway.

During our visit we got to stay at one of the most stylish hotels we have ever been to, The Bohemian Hotel Savannah, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. This upscale boutique hotel located right on the Savannah River is the perfect place to lay your head due to it’s proximity to everything there is to do in downtown Savannah. The entire building is full of maritime-inspired original artwork that is handpicked by the owner of these beautiful hotels, which adds to the eclectic vibe of the hotel.

Our room had absolutely everything we could have ever needed. It had a huge king bed with floor to ceiling windows that overlook either the river or downtown Savannah. The bathroom had a huge walk in shower and beautiful marble countertops. We especially loved the custom oyster shell chandelier over our bed, it was such a unique touch! It even came with a bottle of complementary champagne!

By far our favorite thing about this hotel was the rooftop bar, called Rocks on the Roof, that overlooks the Savannah River. They have an incredible tapas menu and some of the most creative and delicious cocktails we’ve ever tasted! This rooftop bar is also popular with locals and tourists alike, it’s definitely the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night! They also have a restaurant on the first floor of the hotel, Rocks on the River, with a full menu and huge wine list.

The hotel is doing an incredible job of creating a safe environment for you to escape during this time. All of the staff members are wearing masks, and all of the guests to the hotel are also required to wear masks when walking around the hotel property. There’s hand sanitizer stations all throughout the hotel, all of the tables at the restaurant are 6 feet apart, and their housekeeping crew is constantly cleaning and sanitizing everything. We felt extremely safe the entire time we were there.

Another thing that stood out to us during our stay here was the staff. They went above and beyond to accommodate us and were extremely friendly. Everyone who worked there knew our names and were very helpful and gave us recommendations on their favorite menu items and drinks. They even offered to call us cabs when we went out to explore the city.

To conclude, our stay at The Bohemian Hotel was absolutely incredible. This hotel is the perfect place to stay in Savannah due to its proximity to downtown, amazing rooms and food, and its amazing rooftop! We seriously cant recommend this hotel enough!

Our Travel Guide to Antigua

Want to visit an island where you can explore a new beach every day for an entire year??

We’re not talking about a chain of islands or even somewhere in the East Indies, we’re talking about a place just a few quick hours from the USA.

Yes, it does exist! And its name is Antigua.

Located in the northeast part of the Caribbean, Antigua is the main island of the country Antigua & Barbuda. The island itself is 108 square miles which can be easily traveled with a rental car. We absolutely loved our trip to this tiny island! We spent our time sailing, visiting many beaches, and catching the most epic sunsets we have ever seen!

What To Do

Visit As Many Beaches As Possible

With over 365 beaches, you really can’t go wrong! During our trip, we visited Half Moon Bay, Ffryes Beach, Galleon Beach, Darkwood Beach, and Long Bay Beach. Half Moon Bay probably had some of the most incredible turquoise water we have ever seen! We highly recommend getting a rental car so you can visit as many beaches as you’d like!

Take In the Epic Views at Shirley Heights

If you want to see the most picturesque spot on the entire island, you need to plan a trip to Shirley Heights. It is a retired military lookout 500 feet above sea level offering an iconic view of the English and Falmouth Harbours.

But people don’t just flock here for the views. Every Sunday from 4 pm till 10 pm, Shirley Heights becomes a party. Think of it as a traditional block party with local food, drinks, music, dancing, friends, and fun. In case you can’t make it on a Sunday, there’s also a smaller version of this on Thursdays at Reggae Heights. These events are perfect for those interested in experiencing Antiguan culture, sampling local cuisine, and making lasting memories. 

Catch a Sunset at Sheer Rocks

Perched atop a rocky cliff on the west coast of Antigua, Sheer Rocks is a restaurant located on the grounds of Cocobay Resort. They have multiple plunge pools and day beds that you can rent while eating their amazing tapas or enjoying one of their delicious cocktails. We recommend calling ahead and reserving a plunge pool in the afternoon so you can watch the incredible sunsets! We enjoyed our visit here so much that we came back for a second time!

Sail the Coast of Antigua

This was probably our favorite experience during our trip to Antigua. We booked a private charter with Gadaboat Sailing and they took us on a four hour cruise aboard their 52′ yacht around the Antigua coast. We have never seen so many different shades of blue! Appetizers and alcoholic beverages were also provided during the trip. Stacey and her crew were the most incredible hosts!

Visit Nelson’s Dockyard

Remnants of British colonialism can be found all around Antigua from the many abandoned sugar mills to the streets of St. John. The most famous is Nelson’s Dockyard. Positioned on the English Harbour and next to Fort Berkeley, Nelson’s Dockyard became the center for the Royal Navy in Antigua, providing ship maintenance or repair and officer quarters. 

Today, Nelson’s Dockyard is a Unesco World Heritage Site, with a museum, bars, and restaurants. Unfortunately most of the restaurants and bars were closed when we visited due to COVID, but we heard that it is definitely the place to visit, especially on Sundays.

Where To Stay

For the first half of our trip, we stayed at The Escape at Nonsuch Bay. This adults-only all-inclusive hotel is the sister property of Nonsuch Bay Resort. Since this is an adults-only property, it is much quieter here, lending it as the perfect place for a romantic getaway with your loved one. Plus it is the only resort on the island where every unit includes a private plunge pool that has incredible views of the bay!

Check out our detailed blog post about our amazing stay at The Escape at Nonsuch Bay here!

For the second half of our trip to Antigua, we had the pleasure of staying at The Great House Antigua. From the moment we arrived, we knew immediately that this charming hotel was the perfect way to end our trip. We felt like we had stepped back in time with it’s colonial charm and how rich it is in history, but it still had all of the luxuries of a modern boutique hotel.

Check out our detailed blog post about our incredible stay at The Great House Antigua here!

Three Days in Paradise – The Escape at Nonsuch Bay

We had the pleasure of starting our trip in Antigua with a 3 night stay at The Escape at Nonsuch Bay. This adults-only all-inclusive hotel is the sister property of Nonsuch Bay Resort. Since this is an adults-only property, it is much quieter here, lending it as the perfect place for a romantic getaway with your loved one. Plus it is the only resort on the island where every unit includes a private plunge pool that has incredible views of the bay!

From the moment you arrive, you are greeted by all of the staff. Everyone is extremely kind, and you can tell that they actually want you to enjoy your stay at their hotel. You don’t feel like just another visitor like you sometimes do at larger hotel chains.

Each room comes with a king size bed, en suite bathroom with a separate shower and two sinks. It also has an outdoor soaking tub and day bed that overlooks your private plunge pool. All meals and alcohol are included with your stay at their onsite restaurant, The Drift Restaurant & Bar.

Everything at this hotel is geared towards romance. They offer private dinners, floating pool dining options, romantic sunset activities, and many other upgrades to make sure your stay at their hotel is absolutely perfect. One of our favorite activities was a private boat ride over to the neighboring Green Island, where a picnic on the beach was waiting for us.

Another amenity that we loved at the hotel was the pool that overlooks the bay. It is huge! Plus it’s right next to the bar so that’s an added benefit! They also have overwater lounge chairs down by the bay that are perfect to relax in.

Regarding COVID and overall sanitization, the hotel did a great job of making us feel safe the entire time. Hand sanitizer bottles were placed all throughout the property and all staff were safely protected the entire time. All wait staff and employees wore their masks and gloves when handling food and interacting with guests.

To conclude, our stay at The Escape at Nonsuch Bay was absolutely perfect. This adults-only all-inclusive hotel was so relaxing, and we loved how intimate our experience here was. They really do cater to your every need and the entire staff makes you feel at home during your stay. We seriously can’t recommend this hotel enough. If you are looking for a great place to connect with your significant other and treat them to a luxurious experience, look no further than The Escape at Nonsuch Bay.

Our Travel Guide to Cartagena

When most people normally think of Colombia, one thing comes to mind: Narcos, the popular show on Netflix about Pablo Escobar and his drug empire in Colombia, who was responsible for over 25,000 cartel related deaths. To be honest, before we did any research on this beautiful country in South America, we thought the same. But forming opinions based on what happened in the 80s isn’t fair to what Colombia has now become.

We absolutely loved our trip to Colombia. With mountains, jungles, white sand beaches, colonial architecture and bustling cities, Colombia has transformed into one of the best places to visits in South America. We spent most of our time in Cartagena and the Rosario Islands during our short stay.

What To Do

Get Lost in the Old Town Cartagena

Strategically located on the Caribbean coast, Cartagena was historically one of Colonial Spain’s most important ports. Stone fortresses and gigantic walls up to 30 meters thick and 11KM long line the city, which was so well protected after many pirates (most notably Sir Francis Drake) in the 16th Century attempted in sieges of the wealthy port city’s riches. We recommend that you just wander around the city and stop in at the many coffee shops, historic sites, and restaurants that are all over the city. Be warned: it gets very hot during the middle of the day. We usually left our hotel early and wandered around until we couldn’t take it anymore, and then went back to our hotel pool after lunch until the sun started to set.

Catch a sunset on a rooftop bar

Cartagena is known for their sunsets, and what better way to enjoy the golden hour than by drinking an aguardiente sour (Colombia’s national drink made with orange juice, sugar, egg whites, lime juice, and anise-flavored liqueur) on one of the many beautiful rooftop bars! We especially enjoyed the rooftop of the Townhouse Cartagena hotel, right in the middle of the old city.

Visit the neighborhood of Getsemani

Within walking distance of old town Cartagena lies the up and coming barrio (neighborhood) of Getsemani. This neighborhood used to be riddled with drugs and prostitution, but the city did a great job of cleaning it up and making it a must see destination during a visit to Cartagena. Beautiful graffiti art lines the walls of many buldings, open air restaurants are popping up everywhere, and smiling locals made this our favorite area of Cartagena to visit!

Experience the amazing nightlife

Cartagena is known for their lively nightlife, especially their salsa dancing. One of the most famous salsa bars in the world, Cafe Havana, is in Getsemani. People flock there to hear live salsa bands and drink delicious mojitos. One of our favorite watering holes to visit was Alquimico, a three story bar in a renovated old mansion. They have amazing craft cocktails and a beautiful rootftop!

Venture out to sea

While we were obsessed with the old town, we recommend breaking up your trip with some time on the water or the beautiful beaches of the nearby islands. (Note: there is a beach in the nearby neighborhood of Bocagrande, but we heard it gets very crowded and it wasn’t the scene we were looking for) We decided to spend a day at the Blue Apple Beach House, located on the island of Tierra Bomba. It was a short 30 minute boat ride from Cartagena. Once you land on this tiny island, the vibe completely changes from the hustle and bustle of the city to a serene and tranquil experience like no other. This resort comes equipped with two pools, beach front loungers or huts, and six private villas if you choose to stay the night. We highly recommend you stay the night like we did, we loved every second of it!

Where to Eat + Drink

Abacus Book + Coffee Shop
Alma

Where To Stay

During our three days in Cartagena, we decided to get a hotel in the old town because it is centrally located to practically everything in the city. We stayed at Casa del Coliseo, a charming small boutique hotel within walking distance of many restaurants and bars. It is a gorgeous hotel and it even has their own rooftop pool! For one night, we rented a villa at Blue Apple Beach House on Tierra Bomba. We also highly recommend this place!

Rooftop pool of Casa Del Coliseo

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Ultimate Guide to Bali

Bali has been a bucket list destination of ours for many years. We’d heard nothing but good things about venturing to this side of the world. With its idyllic beaches, lush jungles, and legendary sunsets, we decided to visit the Island of the Gods for our honeymoon! And wow, it certainly didn’t disappoint!

One of the best things about Bali is despite being fairly small, it has something for everyone. The yoga lovers flock to Ubud, beach bums to the coast towns of Seminyak and Uluwatu, spring breakers to Gili T, and the adventurers will conquer Nusa Penida. We decided to spend four days in Ubud and four days in Seminyak to get a taste of both the jungle and beach life.

What to do in Ubud

Visit the rice terraces

I know it sounds weird that we’re recommending you visit rice fields, but we promise they’re worth it. These rice fields are carved into steep mountains and gorges all over Ubud and North Bali, and they are beautiful. Tegallalang is the most popular field to visit as it’s only a 20 minute drive out of Ubud. Make sure you get here nice and early to avoid the crowds and the heat of the sun.

Rice terraces of North Bali

Mount Batur Sunrise Trek

This was Stephen’s favorite part of the trip, not so much for Renee. Our wake up call was at 2am, when we are usually going to bed after a night out. A car picked us up and drove us an hour to the bottom of a huge active volcano, and we proceeded to hike 2.5 hours in pitch black up the mountain to catch the sunrise. Our only means of light were our headlamps. But it was worth every minute. The sunrise was epic! We hired a private guide through Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking for about $50 and he helped us the whole way and even cooked us a small breakfast of eggs and toast at the top.

We hiked up an active volcano!

Waterfall chasing

There are many waterfalls within a short drive of Ubud. We hired a private driver for a very cheap price and he basically drove us wherever we wanted to go during our stay in Ubud. He took us to Leke Leke waterfall, which is an hour north, and we got to experience the Balinese jungle almost entirely to ourselves.

Leke Leke waterfall

Visit the Monkey Forest

As touristy as this place sounds, it is still worth a visit. Over 700 monkeys live in this open area forest right outside the city center of Ubud. You pay a very small entrance fee and you walk around a beautiful forest and interact with monkeys. There are no cages, they roam freely throughout the forest. So that also means you should watch your belongings! We saw a monkey steal a pair of sunglasses right off the top of someone’s head!

 

 

What to do in Seminyak

After four days of adventure, we were ready to relax. We hired a driver for about $30 USD and took the 1.5 hr drive from Ubud down to the beach town of Seminyak. It’s a much different vibe from Ubud. Seminyak is a popular resort town with a long stretch of beach. It has tons of exquisite hotels and private villas, incredible restaurants, and many beach clubs that overlook the Indian Ocean.

Visit one of the many beach clubs

We made sure to visit a handful of the legendary beach clubs that Seminyak has to offer during our stay. These places are great to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean. During out first night in Seminyak, we went to Potato Head Beach Club, and witnessed the most spectacular sunset we’ve ever seen. The next day, we went to Finn’s and spent almost the entire day at their pool. It was so relaxing. We loved it!

Day trip to Nusa Penida or other islands

We took a day trip over to Nusa Penida island which was about a 45 minute boat ride from the port in Sanur and hired a driver to take us around to the different sights. You really have to see this place to believe it. With insane cliffs, beautiful beaches, and breath-taking landscapes, we highly recommend you taking a day trip to this island.

Where to Stay

During our time in Ubud, we stayed at Chapung Sebali Resort. It was by far the most beautiful place we’ve ever stayed at. We had our own private villa that is high up on a hillside overlooking the Osh River Valley. The resort had a huge infinity pool that people from all over Bali flock to for the views! We’ll go into more detail about this incredible resort in a separate blog post!

Chapung Sebali

In Seminyak, we stayed at The Ulin Villas & Spa, where we also had our own private villa with a pool. It was a very nice resort and was close to many restaurants and shops. There are tons of hotels and villas to choose from in Seminyak so you really can’t go wrong.

Conclusion

We absolutely loved our 8 days in Bali. We wished we had more time because there was so much we weren’t able to see. One major plus about Bali is how affordable everything is. Besides the expensive flight to get there, food and lodging are actually really cheap. We did splurge a little with our stay at Chapung Sebali (it was our honeymoon!), but you will not have any issues at all finding affordable places to stay in Bali. We highly recommend you make this trip across the world to visit the Island of the Gods!

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