Saturday, April 12, 2008
The Ulun Danu temple is located on the crater lake Bratan in Tabanan area, on the island Bali, Indonesia. This very important Hindu-Buddhist temple was founded in the 17th century. It is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of the waters, and is actually built on small islands, which means it is completely surrounded by the lake. The temple is truly beautiful, with classical Hindu thatch-roofed meru (multiroofed shrines) reflected in the water and silhouetted against the often cloudy mountain backdrop - one of the most common photographic images of Bali.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
On the edge of the world, in the Tuamotu Archipelago, an immense atoll known as Rangiroa reigns in the middle of the Pacific waters.
This volcanic island of French Polynesia is the home of one of the most beautiful hotels in the South Pacific...the Hotel Kia Ora. It's location between two passes on the northwest coast of Rangiroa, the crystal blue lagoon and the traditional hospitality are assets that make the Kia Ora an exceptional hotel. Sixty-three bungalows positioned along the coral ring of the atoll, a sight of rare beauty.
About thirty kilometers south of Rangiroa on the other side of its vast lagoon you will find the Kia Ora Sauvage - a private islet, complete with five comfortable beach bungalows to recreate the traditional Polynesian way of life...(from the official website)
Now this is the place for "the vacation", because everything about it fits in the perfect ilusion for paradise, however paradise does seem to be pricy. The images are high res, as always, so you can enjoy from afar, if that's possible.