Where does the man who has spent the past three decades on the road rate the
best? Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler chooses his favourite in today's The Guardian. Small wonder, he still remembers us in Bali:) Not only for Poppies in Kuta, the Four Seasons and the Kecak dance of Ubud, but surely also as the place, where it all started for him. Here his recommendations...
Tony Wheeler wrote the very first Lonely Planet guidebook 30 years ago.
Photo: Lonely Planet
In the 1970s, Hikkaduwa on the west coast of Sri Lanka was the perfect
beach: sand, palm trees, clear water, beautiful girls, it was all
there. Runner up: Bondi Beach in Sydney - everything a city beach
The Four Seasons Sayan near Ubud in Bali, outrageously expensive, amazingly
designed and ridiculously romantic. Much cheaper - Poppies Cottages 1has the same aesthetics and, amazingly, it's right in the heart of Kuta.
Â· Four Seasons Sayan (fourseasons.com, from US$450 per night). Poppies Cottages 1, Kuta Beach (0062 361 751059, poppiesbali.com, from $US59).
It was in 1971, in Rovinj on the Istrian peninsula - now Croatia but still
Yugoslavia in those days. None of the campers had anything on. We had
very good sun tans and, 30 years ago, looked better in them. Croatia is
still renowned for its clothes-free coastline. Runner up - a great
campsite overlooking Florence, everything Europe-on-a-shoestring should
The Ice Bar in Stockholm saves heading all the way north to Lapland to stay
in the Ice Hotel. The Â£9 charge for a drink (in an ice glass) also
includes the loan of a faux fur-lined cape and mittens. The bar in the
Royalton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York, for people watching and
its great toilets. Au Petit Fer Ã Cheval in the Marais in Paris also
has a great toilet, probably to a design by Jules Verne.