sojourneys


Picturesque Mission Bay, San Diego
February 6, 2009, 2:47 pm
Filed under: beaches, California, USA, vacation | Tags: , , ,

Nestled just south of San Diego along the Pacific Ocean in a picturesque enclave, Mission Bay is part of the recreational Mission Bay Park, the largest artificial aquatic park in the United States.  The total land area, including the water catchment, is about 4,235 acres (17.14 sq km), placing it the 9th largest municipally-owned park in the country.  I stayed there for a couple of days, and took these pictures from the vantage point of my hotel balcony and along the docks of the bay.

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Industrial Art Reimagined – Indigo Pearl, Nai Yang Beach, Phuket
December 3, 2007, 4:00 pm
Filed under: beaches, hotels, Indigo Pearl, Nai Yang, Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is witnessing a construction boom, but much of it is of the plebian, vanilla variety.  Barely 15 minutes from the airport, rising out of a disused tin mine at the crest of Nai Yang Beach like a phoenix is the area’s piece de resistance, the Indigo Pearl.

The hotel is very new, and it is clear that some of the kinks weren’t quite ironed out.  The hotel staff for example, could not seem to locate a non-smoking room despite two futile trips amid the pouring rain, before finally settling on an upgraded accomodation.  Fine linens, pool views, a large tub situated near the foliage-sheltered balcony, and a luxe-sized room all combined to make the minor inconvenience more than worth it.

 

While the beach is not much to shout about, there is no lack of recreational options within the hotel’s immediate environs.  There are three pools (one was under construction), a well-equipped gym boasting Technogym equipment, and four excellent dining options.

Comprehensive amenities aside, the hotel is dotted with whimsical art, fixtures, and furniture pieces–and sometimes, all three fuse.

Despite the distinctive interior design theme, the overall external arhitecture is a relaxed contemporary Thai, allowing a sense of ease as you stroll its lush, verdant grounds to explore the nearby beach.

Thanks to Thailand-based designer Bill Bensely, the Indigo Pearl‘s post-industrial look is reinterpreted to fantastic effect.  The use of cast iron, exposed wooden beams, Punka Wolla fans, all combine to evoke chic without being suffocating.  It is a hotel to come back to.



Muir Beach, San Francisco, U.S.A.
September 9, 2007, 12:12 pm
Filed under: beaches, California, Muir Beach, photos, San Francisco, SF, vacation

Located at the bottom of a bluff some 2 miles from the entrance to the hallowed Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach is a sedate beachside community with an enviable view of the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

The houses with direct access to the coarse-sand beach dotted with some sand and rock boulders are, expectedly, quite posh. Most have strategically designed their windows to maximize the breathtaking views across the beach out to the Pacific Ocean.

The beach appears to be frequented by the local community eager for some fun in the sun, students from San Francisco on their summer break, and tourists to the Muir Woods National Park. Pooches are welcome for a splash too.

While the beach may not be quite as vast or impressive as, say, Ocean Beach, it is nonetheless charming, pristine, laidback, and therapeutic in its own inimitable way.



Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California
August 4, 2007, 5:04 pm
Filed under: beaches, California, holiday, nature, Ocean Beach, Point Lobos, San Francisco, USA, vacation

I find beaches therapeutic.  They are majestic and awesome in the roaring waves.  They are also soothing and peaceful in the quiet serenity.  They are a healing balm to the madness of the everyday.  Here are some pictures of SF’s Ocean Beach.

 

Adjacent to the Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, San Francisco is flanked by the Pacific Ocean on the one side, and the Great Highway on the other.

  

Wrapped in an almost year-round fog that is quintessentially San Francisco, Ocean Beach is known for its frigid temperatures and equally cold water.  Yet, because of its expansive beach and strong waves, it attracts a fair share of families enjoying a picnic, bathers trying to catch the rays of the sun, and some serious surfers.

  

Above all perhaps, Ocean Beach is a respite.  A place for one to ponder at the marvels of nature and the natural beauty of our earth.



Scenes at Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, Indonesia
May 27, 2007, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Bali, beaches, Indonesia, Nusa Dua

Bali boasts some of the best beaches in southeast Asia.  It has black sand beaches with volcanic content, and the more vanilla white sand beaches.  Nusa Dua is one of the finest white sand beaches on the island, flanked by large resorts such as Grand Hyatt Bali, Ayodya Bali, Melia Bali, and Westin Bali. 

Here are some video clips I took on Nusa Dua.