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WELCOME. I'm Annika and the Midnight Blue Elephant is my blog. I travel between adventure and luxury and some of my favorite things are finding Nemo, noodles & champagne! Keen to come looking with me?

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Want to know why the Amankila in Bali is such an amazing resort? The view, the beach, the infinity pool - as easy as ABC to fall in love with it!

Today I want to show you more of my recent favorite hotels: the Amankila in Bali. Here I got to spend a couple of nights and attend their on-site wellness retreat which was pure heaven. But honestly, even without the retreat a stay at this hotel would have been pure joy.

If you find yourself in Bali and want to splurge for a night or two, this is the place for you. Why? Glad you ask! Read on…the why the Amankila is so amazing ABC here.

Looking for the last secret Thail island? Look no further because today I am letting you in on a secret - now all you have to do is go there

Looking for a secret Thai island? Yes, indeed, one still exists and no, it ain’t Koh Phi Phi. And today I will let you in on its secret location. You are getting a real hidden gem here.

The reality is that we travel bloggers always talk about hidden gems, getting off the beaten path and like to pretend that THE beach is still new and exciting. Alas, in most of the cases whatever we write about is none of these.

All I want for Christmas is ... your vote to go to India. Please help me with a quick and easy vote to be part of the Kerala Blog Express 2017!

I know I am coming to the party rather late. In all fairness, I had my good reasons. Work, a relationship, you know… life. But then I thought, well, it has been on my agenda for 2017 and the deadline is only January and why not at least try?

India.

I have yet to go to India and whenever I admit to this I get very incredulous looks. Even from people who usually call me daring and adventurous. 

Keen for a 2016 wrap up of a different kind? I am sharing some of my favorite moments from this year - in animal selfies.

I wanted to do a little recap of 2016, but I didn’t feel like putting up the usual post of what I did and where I went.
What I started to do this year and loved, was to take animal selfies of really anything that would get in front of a lens with me. Mind you, I am using the term selfie loosely as it is quite hard to dive, not smash into anything and take a picture of yourself that will show you AND the manta ray. So sometimes I asked for help and yes, I will still call it a selfie and hope you will forgive me the error in semantics.

Keen for a wee road trip in the Highlands? Here is the 5 Day Scotland Itinerary - just right to taste some whisky and check what Outlander is all about.

Keen for a wee road trip in the Highlands? Here is the 5 Day Scotland Itinerary - just right to taste some whisky and check what Outlander is all about.

Keen for a wee road trip in the Highlands? Here is the 5 Day Scotland Itinerary - just right to taste some whisky and check what Outlander is all about. Keen for a wee road trip in the Highlands? Here is the 5 Day Scotland Itinerary - just right to taste some whisky and check what Outlander is all about. Keen for a wee road trip in the Highlands? Here is the 5 Day Scotland Itinerary - just right to taste some whisky and check what Outlander is all about. Keen for a wee road trip in the Highlands? Here is the 5 Day Scotland Itinerary - just right to taste some whisky and check what Outlander is all about. Keen for a wee road trip in the Highlands? Here is the 5 Day Scotland Itinerary - just right to taste some whisky and check what Outlander is all about.Keen for a wee road trip in the Highlands? Here is the 5 Day Scotland Itinerary - just right to taste some whisky and check what Outlander is all about.

My main reason for wanting to go to Scotland was Outlander. There – I said it! But if you have read the books or watched the series, you will know that is a damn good reason, albeit one a little embarrassing to come from a fully grown adult.

What or whom I was expecting to find is a story for another day, but I liked the idea of misty Highlands, men in kilts and finally becoming a whisky connoisseur if only to warm up because really who goes on a road trip in Scotland in November?

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