skimbaco This is the kind of beach I love: private, non-crowded. At St. Regis Bali Resort. #spglife #skimbacobali 2h

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skimbaco There are several beaches in Bali, and one of the most recommended is the Padang Padang, also seen in the movie Eat, Pray, Love. This photo is not from there. The St. Regis Bali Resort concierge and I agreed that we should enjoy the private beach at the resort, and enjoy the beach villa, private access directly to the beach, and yes, the drink service to our beach chairs. (Watermelon juice, so refreshing). This is rare for me, but I actually relaxed for a while ;) #spglife #skimbacobali #skimbaco 6h

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skimbaco Good morning from Bali. We are staying in a beach side villa at the @SPG St. Regis Bali Resort, and the sunset on the beach is literally five steps from where were are staying. Super easy to go on the morning walk on the beach, watch the fishermen in the sea, and catch the six o'clock sunrise. And then you can go back to your villa to sleep a few more hours before breakfast. I'm liking this #spglife in Bali. 15h

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skimbaco Good night from @spg St. Regis Bali. The salt water lagoon looks gorgeous even in the dark. I'm overwhelmed by the luxury & the beauty of this resort, and I just want to enjoy everything they have to offer here tomorrow, and forget about sightseeing. I admit I'm not as hotel - obsessed as @Hinessightblog from Skimbaco Team, but I am now starting to see the appeal to travel somewhere just to stay in a specific resort/hotel. I have stayed in many five-star hotels before, or resorts with 24-hour butler within a phone call, just like here, but the St. Regis experience here in Bali kind of tops it all. I might call the butler and ask a jetlag remedy... Earlier I burnt my lips with spicy Indonese food, and I received honey and hot water in the resort restaurant ;) #spglife 19h

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skimbaco Rice fields of Bali - this was our lunch view today. One thing you will want to know about Bali when picking up a hotel to stay in: the driving distances can be deceiving, and the traffic can take much longer than you'd think. We were in a car several hours today so we cloud see a few things like the rice fields. #spglife 22h

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skimbaco Good morning from Bali. The pools at the @spg hotel the W Retreat & Spa Bali are designed after the rice fields in Bali. I really like the contemporary design and feel of The W Bali, and how it still appreciates the Balinese culture and has so many things designed after the characteristics of the island or the Balinese culture. We are saying goodbye to the W Retreat today and hoping to see some rice fields before checking in to another @spg member's favorite resort on the island. #spglife #skimbacobali 2d

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skimbaco Uluwatu Temple sits on the top of the cliff with a rocky beach under it and it enjoys the best location for viewing the sunset over the Indian Ocean. Monkeys inhabit the surrounding area, and they think the numerous visitors of the temple actually come to see them and bring gifts like sunglasses, cell phones, hats etc - because that's what they are after! One monkey was obsessed with my sandals and wanted to rip off the flower decorations of them! #spglife experience to remember a lifetime ;) 2d
  •   kdl77 How funny!! The monkeys were like that in Gilbraltar. Lol 2d
  •   hillaulla Wow what a place and story! I don't think I'd like the monkeys over there The cliffs are incredible... feel dizzy sitting and watching at home 2d
  •   prestigebeyond Happy memories of this amazing place! 2d
  •   ai_followus Lovely spot! 1d

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skimbaco Pool or beach? Oh, the decisions at the @spg W Retreat & Spa Bali. #spglife 2d

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skimbaco Good morning from Bali. I woke up at 5:30 to watch the sunrise from our private balcony at the @SPG W Retreat & Spa. Gorgeous morning, and happy to be here. I can't wait to explore Bali this week. Already feeling relaxed in the luxury of the W and in these views. #spglife #skimbacobali 3d

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skimbaco Greetings from Bali! We just arrived in the W Retreat & Spa, and already enjoying seafood in one of the many ocean side restaurants in the hotel. This picture is from the WooBar with stunning lanterns. The W Bali is one of the @spg member's favorite resorts. #spglife 3d

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skimbaco Today is the first day of the rest of my life, and so it's yours. What are you doing today?

My three months of living in hotels pretty much started yesterday. I can't wait to tell you in detail where in the world we are going the next, but we are already working on our move out of Sweden. I am heading to Bali today with @the1little_artist, and I will return back to Sweden only for one week after that, and then permanently move out. The good thing about expat living: you can't own much, and moving is pretty easy (especially with our experience, hah!), so it makes perfect sense to spend a week in serene luxury & exotic beach destination and recharge for the upcoming months of more... Travel.
Picture is from the @SPG property @lemeridienbali from my last trip to Bali. This time I will explore the three Starwood Preferred Guest member favorite hotels & resorts on the island. Starwood has almost 1,200 properties around the world, and each year their members vote for the best of the best. All 3 Bali properties I'm going to visit were voted as the "Best Exotic Excursions". I will be using the hashtags #SPGlife #skimbacobali #skimbaco and #igtravelthursday on my trip on various accounts.
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  •   nomadicnewlyweds Congratulations - cannot wait to hear more about your upcoming adventures! (and see the snaps of course! ) 4d
  •   alisonchino Congrats Katja and wishing you lots of wonderful memories along the way!! @skimbaco 4d
  •   fantasiresor Wow! I hope you will have a great time @skimbaco! The perfect time to leave this dark place. Will we meet at #NBEFinland ? 4d
  •   skimbaco @lindseymaxwell I started my own company so I can create my dream job. It was 7 years ago. 4d
  •   lindseymaxwell Wow, @skimbaco that's incredible... Good for you and I wish you luck on your travels! 4d
  •   hinessightblog Yea! It is only up from here. Congrats. I can't wait to travel along, too. 4d
  •   chamorro_chica Congrats! Such an amazing experience! 3d
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skimbaco The best way to explore Stockholm: on a boat. Check out the smörgåsbord pictures from the brunch on s/s Stockholm at @katjapresnal account. We need a good evening walk in the city after that 3 hour long feast! 5d

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skimbaco Greetings from Stockholm. @mattpresnal surprised us with a brunch cruise to the archipelago. Three hours of pickled herring and enjoying the traditional Swedish smorgasbord. 5d

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skimbaco Busy packing, and ready for new adventures! I hope I can soon announce our new place to live, but it's looking like we will be homeless in less than 30 days. But before that... a few adventures. Tomorrow Stockholm, and then flying to Bali on Monday. I am not afraid anything else as much as of a boring life! 6d

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skimbaco Last week I was in Valeggio sul Mincio in Verona, Italy, and learned how to make tortellini. Next week... I will be in Bali and hoping to learn a few new recipes! Do you bring culinary inspiration home from your travels?
And more about the amazing details of my trip to Bali on my website today.
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skimbaco Happy Instagram Travel Thursday! Follow @igtravelthursday and join us today and share your travel photos with #igtravelthursday. We feature favorite instagrammers & their travel photos to over 40,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter. My photo is from Le Ali del Frassino resort by Lake Garda in Italy. 1w

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skimbaco Life is better in costume. Because everyday can be an adventure, the kids and I played croquet in the backyard yesterday dressed up as characters from the Alice in Wonderland. Costumes from @buycostumes 1w

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skimbaco My #lifeinrealtime - I drive kids to school and back every day from our country home, but it doesn't mean that I have to do it without style. I love the classic look of my new @pulsarwatches to keep me on time as I try to balance family life & business. I feel dressed up just when I wear a watch and leather gloves - what are your favorite accessories for fall? 1w

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skimbaco Lake Garda, I'll be back. #veronagarda 2w

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skimbaco Good morning from Italy. I fell in love with Lake Garda on this trip, but will post more photos of the locations too once I get back having wifi all the time. Flying home today. #veronagarda 2w

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