nz herald: “spring break: top spots to party and relax, from bali to the balearics”
Whether you’re looking for a lively getaway or a quiet escape, there’s a travel hotspot to suit all shoulder-season tastes, writes Thomas Bywater.
In September, as winter thaws, there are only two appropriate courses of action: rejuvenate in some late-season sun, or dance till you’re dead. In Europe and the US particularly, spring has a reputation for travellers letting their hair down. While spring might not align perfectly around the world, it offers the same appeal: world-class resorts at shoulder-season prices. But those wanting to avoid the riotous mass of students at leisure might be surprised by the more relaxed options nearby. The most successful spring breaks offer both.
Party in Seminyak, Chill in Lombok
Isle of the Gods has a unique place in Indonesia. This is especially true for Kiwi and Aussie students on their spring holidays. The beachside resorts of Kuta and Seminyak exist somewhere along the boho-bogan continuum. In a remix of Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 paperback, young party goers come here to Eat, Play, Rave. The “new age” hippie fantasy of Bali has been replaced by parasols, fish-bowl cocktails and swim-up bars. There are some more sophisticated haunts, such as Potato Head, which specialise in sustainably-minded hedonism.
But to turn back the clocks to a more relaxed Balinese experience, you can take the hour-and-a-half ferry ride to Lombok. You’ll find pristine beaches and free-range livestock among the coconut groves, but there are also some comforts. Upmarket accommodation options include the Hotel Tugu Lombok in Tanjung.
Original article by Thomas Baywater. Published on 09/01/22 (NZ Herald)