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Mermaiding and Mermaid Tails

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Mermaiding is the act of “becoming a mermaid” by wearing a mermaid tail for swimming, modelling or performance art.

#Bali and #Lombok in Indonesia, famous islands for diving and snorkelling among other tourist lures, are now also exceedingly popular for mermaiding.

Island Mermaids Swimming with a Pink Mermaid Tail in Gili T

Never heard of it? Not likely, unless you went to the same D-A-I-Y-E spa as Zoolander, you’ll recall his mermaid modelling photos (er, merman). Then a lot of models did it for Vogue in 2012. The Gigi Hadid of Bali Inka Williams did it in Komodo with the Island Mermaids team. And Cara Delevigne did it in Pan.

Bottom line, models love mermaiding. And now the rest of us can also have our very own sequinned or scaled mermaid tails and underwater mermaid pictures.

MERMAID TAILS AND FINS

Mermaid tails for children and adults are sold in stores and online. A huge range of products has become available, with prices from $30 up to $300 for bejeweled silver and gold mermaid tails.

BILLIE’S CANGGU
Jl. Pantai Berawa 150
Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Bali

ISLAND MERMAIDS
Bali’s first mermaiding company
www.island-mermaids.com

SUN TAILS
Mermaid tails and shark fins for kids
www.suntailmermaid.com

For safety, it is important to know which are mermaid tails specially designed for swimming, versus tails which may be intended as costumes for dress up only, so be sure to check.

MERMAID-INSPIRED SWIMWEAR

Tasteful women’s seashell bikinis, one-piece mermaid swimsuits and mermaid accessories are here. Nothing like the mermaid costumes of your childhood, sequinned nylon has been swapped for real seashells and high-quality Lycra.

Mermaid Bikini Set by Island Mermaids

MERMAID BIKINI SET BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; TOP: ONE SIZE FITS A-D; BOTTOM: S, M, L

Island Mermaids Pink Shores Bikini

HAND BEADED BIKINI BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; COLOURS: PINK, GOLD; SIZES: S, M, L

Island Mermaids Kerang Black One Piece Suit

KERANG ONE PIECE BY ISLAND MERMAIDS; COLOURS: BLACK, NUDE; SIZES: S, M

Thoughtfully designed, carefully produced and beautifully modelled, these swimsuits really caught my eye.

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Lombok: Bali’s Quieter Side of Paradise

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If a glittering azure sea meeting pure white sands of a blissfully unaffected by mass tourism remote beach is your holiday desire, then Lombok whispers your name.

Lombok is an exquisite getaway full of local charm, dream waterfalls, magnificent luxury villas and some of the region’s hottest surfing, diving and trekking destinations.

Wake up to sunbeams shooting through tropical jungles just moments away from pristine waters of Sira Beach. Villa Sepoi Sepoi is perfectly convenient if you are looking forward to swimming in the crystal clear shallows, as it is situated alongside the picture-perfect white sands of Sira Beach. Six acres of tropical gardens, an outdoor cinema-style projector and screen, six large themed bedrooms are just a few highlights of this villa.

The Three Magical Gilis

Evenings are made of pink and purple sunsets as the sun drops into the ocean behind Lombok’s three gorgeous islands know as the Gilis. Those three magical Gilis – which is Sasak for ‘island’ – are a quick boat trip away and a must-do day trip.

Each island is wildly different from the next. Gili Trawangan is a bustling place full of backpackers while Gili Air is laid-back and gorgeous, where push bikes and pony carts rule – no cars here. Dotted with lovely little shops, a cooking school, diving and (plenty of) snorkelling centres, there are a range of restaurants and a beach club or two. It’s uber-family friendly.

Gili Meno offers Robinson Crusoe panache as a barefoot paradise that has a hand full of visitors seeking seclusion. Expect to see your feet through the water and spot turtles in the coral gardens just offshore. While Meno is the remote choice, it does have some great dining and few shops that sell emergency snorkelling gear, sunblock, fruit and snacks. The local hawkers offer local pearls and other desirable adornments too.

Lombok’s Fabulous Waterfalls

Back in Lombok, traditional villages, coconut groves and the sea surround the small tourist town of Senggigi. It is the go-to spot for ATMs, pharmacy and a few cafés and restaurants.

Lombok is fabulous for waterfalls that float the imagination. Rent a bike, hire a driver or take a tour to one of the many waterfalls on the island. Don’t expect a morning café latte at these stunning places, instead, have a dip in a spring feed pool in an absolute privacy.

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Best Luxury Lombok Villas

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Lombok island is blessed with exquisite white sand beaches, spectacular surf spots, soaring volcanic peaks, forested hiking trails and sublime diving at the coral-fringed Gili islands just few minutes offshore. So if you’re looking for a peaceful holiday retreat, surrounded by unsurpassed natural beauty and away from bustling Bali, Lombok is your perfect choice. Still not convinced? Take a look at these four stunning Lombok villas offering complete relaxation in a beautiful tropical setting.

Villa Sepoi Sepoi, Tanjung

Villa Sepoi Sepoi, whose name means ‘Sea Breeze’, is situated on Sira Beach, on the north-western coast of the beautiful island of Lombok. A dream holiday awaits at this luxury six-bedroomed villa set on a white-sand beach overlooking the Lombok Straits. Villa Sepoi Sepoi offers absolute beach frontage, with six acres of tropical gardens ensuring a secluded and private retreat. Designed as a family home, there is something for everyone here. As well as providing a safe environment for kids to play, there’s the stunning 18-hole Kosaido golf course right next door, and diving and snorkelling opportunities on the nearby Gili islands.

www.sepoi-sepoi.com

Villa Sapi, Tanjung

A masterpiece of design from Canadian architect, David Lombardi, Villa Sapi will surprise and delight at every turn. This five-bedroom tropical oasis features three swimming pools plus a children’s pool, a ‘space-age’ home theatre, a two-bedroom guesthouse, a tennis court, exemplary service and gourmet cuisine. Villa Sapi shares its prestigious neighbourhood with the Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club, the Tugu and Oberoi hotels, and the superb dive sites of the Gili Islands are only a short boat ride away. This is barefoot luxury at its best.

www.villasapi.com

The Anandita, Tanjung

Spectacular Anandita rests within a huge coconut grove bordering the postcard-perfect, white-sand Sira Beach on the island of Lombok. With acres of space and four delightful bedroom pavilions, The Anandita is ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a get-away-from-it-all holiday in a gorgeous, tropical island location while being pampered by a dedicated team of experienced staff. Outdoor activities abound, from swimming in the 26m free-form pool to volleyball on the lawn, snorkelling, sea kayaking and bike rides through traditional villages, to a round of golf on the adjacent and stunningly situated 18-hole championship course.

www.theanandita.com 

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