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VILLAGE
LIFE
EXPERIENCE
A COMMUNITYORIENTED
RESORT

NAK
MULE
KETO
THE LEGACY
A
OF ARAK IN
KARANGASEM

TRUE TO
BALINESE
ROOTS
HONORING THE
ISLANDS TRADITIONS

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TEAMTALK

TRUE TO BALINESE ROOTS


Om Swastiastu...

On March 9th, the Balinese will be commemorating Nyepi, the beginning of a new Saka year
that is also known as the Day of Silence. On this day the whole island will be still and silent
no lights, no noise, no going out of the house, no vehicles on the road, and not even a single
plane will y to or out of the island from 6 a.m. that day until 6 a.m. the next morning.
Nyepi is one of the most sacred and important days for the Balinese Hindus, and to honor
this special day we are presenting you with stories that will take you back to the roots of
Bali and anything that is originally Bali in this edition. Looking to be pampered with a true
Balinese spa treatment? Flip through Invite & Indulge to discover why the Balinese massage

COVER
Photo Courtesy of Agung Parameswara

and boreh treatment at the Nusa Dua Spa is a must-try. And for culinary enthusiasts, our
Dine & Delights describes the Balinese avors at the Rasala Bistro and an elevated Balinese
Pasar Malam (Night Market), both at the Sadara Boutique Beach Resort.
A trip to Karangasem will also give you insight into local lives. Our contributor Anggara
Mahendra visited the Tri Eka Buana Village to see rst-hand the making and the struggle of
selling arak, a Balinese traditional drink, which he shares in Craft & Culture. Our team also
went to the Ban Village in Karangasem to see how a cashew processing facility improves the
lives of the villagers check out the story in Little Loves. But if you dont have much time to
experience traditional village life in Bali, dont worry. Staying at Desa Seni in Canggu will let
you experience some Balinese traditions, which Katie Truman shares in
Rest & Relaxation.
Now, before you ip through our pages, heres a little tip for you in order to fully enjoy
the Nyepi holiday in Bali: dont forget to watch the Ogoh-ogoh Parade. Held a day prior to
Nyepi, this parade aims to purify the natural environment from all negative energy. And on
Nyepi night, if the sky is clear, get ready to be amazed by the thousands of stars twinkling
high above.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om


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BAYU RAHANATHA

AGUNG
PARAMESWARA

ANGGARA
MAHENDRA

is a Bali-based
photographer who
freelances for Getty
Images News. His work
has been published
by Reuters,The New
York Times and The
Wall Street Journal,
among others. (www.
agungparameswara.com)

is a Balinese
photographer based in
Denpasar. He is currently
working on personal
documentary projects
related to cultural, social,
and environmental issues.

is a lecturer at
Udayana University
and a Marketing
Communication
specialist. He recently
started his own business
in tourism yet still nds
time to continue his
writing hobby.

EDNA TARIGAN

KATIE TRUMAN

FADIL AZIZ

is a Jakarta-based travel
writer. She began her
professional carrier as a
journalist, living in Bali
for a year then moving
back to Jakarta to chase
another dream.

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waved goodbye to her


native England fteen
years ago and has been
living in Southeast Asia
as a freelance writer ever
since. She contributes to
numerous international
publications on her two
big loves, Vietnam and
Indonesia.
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is a travel photographer
whose main passion is
capturing the beauty of
Indonesia. Check out his
photos at
www.alcibbumphotography.com

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THE SUN... THE SAND... THE SURF... THE CULTURE OF PARADISE AND OVER 18,000 SURROUNDING ISLANDS

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THE LEGACY OF ARAK

PHOTOS & FUN FACTS

The origin, the making, and the struggle


of selling arak

Snapshots and quotes picked up


throughout January and February

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PARADISE UNVEILED

VILLAGE LIFE

Discovering ve hidden beaches


in Bali

Experience Desa Seni in Canggu

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DINE&DELIGHTS
A BALINESE NIGHT

Authentic Balinese avors at


Rasala Bistro

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PROFILE&PORTRAIT

SIGHTS&SOUNDS

REST&RELAXATION

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FOTOFOLIO

THE HARMONY OF BALI


Agung Parameswara captures the
beauty of Bali

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THE SILVER LINING

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+
16 PRIMEPROMOTION
Hot deals and promotions of
the month that shouldnt be missed

Interview with Desak Nyoman Suarti

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18 NEW&NEWS
This months select news updates
from the islands tourism industry
and whats new around the island

INVITE&INDULGE

THE HERBS THAT MATTER


Balinese massage and boreh at
Nusa Dua Spa

6 2 BEYONDUPDATES
News updates from the tourism
industry and whats new beyond Bali

6 4 COMMUNITYCALENDAR
Schedules, calendar highlights and
various happenings of interest, from
art exhibitions to special events

68 SEE&SEEN
Snapshots of events and happenings
within the preceding month

70 BALIMAPS
Map of Bali showing specic tourism
areas and places of interest, as
well as a distance scale between
the islands main destinations

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74 INFOINDEX
Useful directory of companies and
island-based businesses
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FIRST COLUMN PHOTO BY RISTY NURRAISA, SECOND COLUMN PHOTO BY KATIE TRUMAN,
THIRD COLUMN PHOTO COURTESY OF KAMANDALU UBUD

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LITTLELOVES

STORY OF A CASHEW
A trip to East Bali Cashews
factory in Karangasem

CAPITALCORNER
THE HEART OF
THE CAPITAL
Exploring Jakartas
rst circle

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ACTION&ATTRACTION
THE PRIDE OF INDONESIA

Watching the Bali Agung Show


at the Bali Theatre
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TOP AND BOTTOM LEFT PHOTOS BY EDNA TARIGAN


BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO COURTESY OF BALI SAFARI & MARINE PARK

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PRIMEPROMOTION

YOGA GETAWAY
Kamandalu Ubud proudly presents the Ubud
Yoga Festival Package for the participants of
the Bali Spirit Festival. With a minimum stay
of three nights starting from US$ 210.74++/
night, guests can get a free shuttle to downtown
Ubud and a healthy set dinner at the Aira Caf
for two. Guests can also join free morning Yoga
sessions at Rumah Yoga and a one-hour private
session with an instructor for two persons.
Not to forget, daily breakfast for two and
complimentary Wi-Fi in all resort areas. And
those who stay at the Pool Villa and Deluxe Pool
Villa will get special discounts at the propertys
restaurants, spa, and club. This package is
available from March 28 to April 10.
Kamandalu Ubud
Jalan Andong, Banjar Nagi, Ubud
(0361) 975-825
www.kamandaluresort.com

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NATURAL BEAUTY
Focusing on anti-ageing and detoxication treatments,
Vietura has successfully expanded their innovative offerings.
The latest is Ultraslim Tight, a treatment that focuses on
removing fat deposits that have been planted in your body
as cellulite. Cellulite is believed to have toxins that cause
stubborn fat to build up, and this treatment is to reduce it.
Within approximately 30 minutes you will experience a
combination of vacuum and heat, but not to worry as the
treatment is painless because Vietura has a feel well look
good philosophy as their core competency. Be ready to
feel good, inside and out.
Vietura, Artisan of Anti-Ageing
Sotel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
BTDC Lot N5, Nusa Dua
(0361) 849-2988, www.vieturabali.com

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Valentines Day is over but love is still in the air, so check


out the honeymoon package at The Atanaya Hotel. For
only Rp. 1.750.000 net, a couple can stay in the Executive
Club Room with a romantic set up for two nights. Upon
arrival, guests will be welcomed with a dragon fruit drink
and will get 15 percent off on all food and non-alcoholic
drinks throughout their stay. This package also includes daily
breakfast plus a romantic set menu dinner at the Atanaya
Roof Top restaurant and a 60-minute Aromatherapy Massage.
The hotel also offers free shuttle service to Legian and return
airport transfers. This honeymoon package at The Atanaya
Hotel is available until the end of 2016.
The Atanaya Hotel
Jalan Sunset Road 88A, Kuta, (0361) 846-8600
www.atanaya.com

HAPPY TUMMY
Komaneka at Bisma, one of the most picturesque resorts in Ubud,
proudly announces the new name of its restaurant, Seneng Kitchen.
The dining venue formerly known as The Restaurant is now named
after Pan Seneng and Mak Seneng, the two farmers who have
taken care of the rice elds of Komaneka at Bisma from zero to
harvest. The rice elds are part of the scenery that is enjoyed from
the restaurant while guests are relishing its signature Indonesian
dishes such as Mahi-Mahi Sambal Sumatra, Rujak Tamarind, and
Sate Snapper ala Mek Seneng. Designed with ne-dining style,
Seneng Kitchen is now ready to serve guests from breakfast until
late dinner.
Seneng Kitchen
Komaneka at Bisma
Jalan Bisma, Ubud
(0361) 971-933
www.komaneka.com

MEDITATION DAY
To honor the Balinese Day of Silence, the Mulia
Bali encourages their guests to join the Kapha
Yoga Meditation in the propertys outdoor area.
This Kapha Yoga session will have the guests
enjoy a full Silent Day experience, the time to
clear the mind, body, and soul to start afresh.
The Mulia Bali has also prepared a Full-Day
or Half-Day Spa Experience at the Mulia Spa,
complete with nutritious dishes and training to
restore well-being.
The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas
Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan,
Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua
(0361) 302-7777
www.themulia.com

SILENT ESCAPE
The Serene Nyepi Escape package at The Laguna Bali will ensure that
you will have the perfect getaway during the Silent Day. Starting from US$
225++/night for guests who stay at the Deluxe Garden View, checking in
on March 8 and out on March 10. This package comes with daily breakfast
and buffet dinner on the Day of Silence at the Banyubiru restaurant and a
60-minute massage, all are for two persons. Dont forget to take a dip in the
resorts 5,000 square meter lagoon pool to fully enjoy your stay. One day
prior to Nyepi Day, dont miss the Ogoh-ogoh parade that will be held from
3 to 7 p.m., a Balinese tradition to cast out evil energy. And on the night of
the Day of Silence, look up to the night sky and stargaze.
The Laguna Bali, BTDC Lot N2, Nusa Dua, (0361) 771-327
www.thelagunabali.com

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Having showcased his creations at Padma Hotels and Canggus Madhu,


Federico Giolis collections are now standing tall in his own Seminyak
boutique. In this brand-new shop, the versatile collections that are made
with unique cuts using eco-friendly bamboo and other ne fabrics are
beautifully arranged on the racks and are not only available for direct
purchase but also custom made to t. Guests are welcome to try each of
them and bring their preferred choices to the staff and request to make them
t to their own size. The Italian designer has also launched his new website
to spoil his loyal customers with his Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
Federico Gioli
Jalan Camplung Tanduk, Gang Cempaka 200x No. 10, Seminyak
(0361) 731-327
www.federicogioli.com

THE ISLANDS GEMS


Harold Alexander, a jewelry brand that was rst
founded in Bangkok, has proudly introduced their
latest jewelry creations, one of them being the Pearl
of the East Cufinks that are made of shimmering
South Sea and Tahitian natural pearls, sitting on 18k
yellow gold to represent the wisdom and power of
the wearer. Not only that, Harold Alexander has also
launched Orchestra Rings as their new baby in the
ring collection. Made of 18k gold, the Orchestra Rings
are composed of two bands and designed a with
modern yet timeless style.
Harold Alexander Showroom
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan
Lot III, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, (0361) 8498-988
www.haroldalexandergems.com

BRIGHTER SKIN
The Mandara Spa at Grand Nikko Bali has proudly launched their newest
treatment, the ELEMIS White Brightening Facial. This facial treatment offers a
one-hour facial that focuses on reducing age spots, dullness, and discoloration
to make your skin brighter using ELEMIS signature products where
you will be treated with their Tone Cleanser, Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel
Mask, White Brightening Even Tone Peel-Off Mask, and Brightening
Even Tone Serum. This treatment is also combined with a
scalp massage that mixes Balinese, Indian, and Thai
techniques to rebalance your mind and body. Get
ready to say goodbye to dark spots on your face!
Mandara Spa
Grand Nikko Bali
Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua
(0361) 773-377
www.grandnikkobali.com

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NEW&NEWS

SEMINYAKS NEW STYLE

NEW BEGINNING
New Year, new beginning. Thats what the Raddison believes as they have
just rebranded two of their properties: The Radisson Bali Legian Camakila
and the Radisson Bali Tanjung Benoa. Previously known as the Ramada
Resort Camakila, the rst one located on Jalan Padma Utara in Legian
provides 116 rooms and is complete with its Salila Spa. It also offers an
outdoor pool, direct access to Legian Beach, and has several dining places
that include the Azaa Restaurant, Lagoon Pool Bar, Tao Beach House and
Tao Rooftop Bar. Meanwhile the Radisson Bali Tanjung Benoa, previously
known as the Ramada Resort Benoa Bali, has 181 rooms including one
and two-bedroom villas. This hotel is located on Jalan Pratama No. 97A at
the tip of the Tanjung Benoa peninsula, where guests can nd water sports
galore. After a day at the beach, the hotels Tanjung Terrace is the perfect
place to unwind with their international dishes. Outdoor Jacuzzi, a childrens
playground and the Amadapa Spa are also available at the hotel.
www.radisson.com

FINE WINE
Known as one of the hippest spots in the gastronomy
scene, Ubud now welcomes Divine, a wine bar
located right below the notable Bridges restaurant.
Sitting next to the Tjampuhan Bridge, guests will
enjoy sipping a glass (or more) of wine while
embracing the sights and sounds of the river that
beautifully rhymes with the well-selected tunes at
Divine. The wine collection is extensive they have
up to 330 labels, making Divine one of the most
complete wine bars in Bali. Also, dont forget to try
one or two of their groovy cocktails and enjoy the
food created by Executive Chef Miles Beleld, who
has worked in many remarkable award-winning
restaurants in Bali and London.
Divine Wine Bar
Bridges Bali Restaurant, Jalan Raya Campuhan,
Ubud, (0361) 970-095
www.bridgesbali.com/wine

THE FOOD GURU


With his catchphrase of mak nyus
labeled on every food he nds
delightful, Bondan Winarno, an
Indonesian culinary expert, shares
Balis culinary heritage in a book titled 100 Mak Nyus Bali. The book is
his latest collaboration with Harry Nazarudin and Lidia Tanod, following
their successful teamwork in establishing a food community called
Jalansutra and making the 100 Mak Nyus Jakarta book. For the 100
Mak Nyus Bali, the trio went through all parts of the island to compile
the 50 best Balinese restaurants and the 50 best international restaurants.
Flipping through these books, readers will nd all descriptions complete
with photos, recipes, locations, and GPS coordinates.
www.multibintang.co.id

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sprinkled on the owers used for


offerings to appease the evil spirits
residing in the human habitats.
Meanwhile, the rst quality arak
that contains 40 to 50 percent alcohol
is usually used for traditional healing
of rheumatism. A quarter glass of
arak before work is believed to boost
ones mood for the whole day. And
for the young and old alike, arak is
the icebreaker for any conversation.

THE LEGACY
OF ARAK

MAKING ARAK
It takes approximately 10 hours
to boil and distill the high quality
arak. First, nira is collected in a

DISCOVER THE ORIGINS


ORIGINS, THE MAKING
MAKING, AND THE
STRUGGLE OF SELLING ARAK, ONE OF THE UNIQUE
TRADITIONAL DRINKS IN BALI

the fermentation. It is then left for a


day or two before the distillation
process starts.
Arak producers use a wide

o one knows

trees. More than 90 percent of the

range of traditional and modern

exactly when

600 families living there are farmers

equipment, such as coconut trunks,

the village of Tri

and arak producers who learned

steel drums, bamboo and stainless

Eka Buana rst

their skills directly from their senior

steel pipes to extract fresh arak

became an arak

family members at a very young

from the boiling palm wine. The

producer. Nestled deep in East Bali,

age. Climbing the 20-meter high

rst container made of a coconut

this village has been making the

coconut tree to extract the liquid

trunk is lled with fermented palm

traditional Balinese liquor arak for

from its owers (also called nira

wine and boiled above a wooden

generations, a process the villagers

- the sweet palm wine that is the

re to maintain the heat and steam

call nak mule keto - a Balinese

main ingredient of arak) is one

it is connected to the second

term that actually means, its been

of them.

drum through a bamboo tube or a

like this for ages. Weve been

However, arak is not just a

stainless steel pipe. This second drum

living as arak producers since we

drink for the villagers. In fact, it has

contains water to cool down the arak

were children. Our parents and

become more than just a cultural

to avoid having a scorched taste

grandparents also made arak, said

legacy, as the villagers believe that

from the heat. Finally, the arak will

I Wayan Darmanta, one of the many

arak plays an important role in their

be distilled in a 30 to 45 liter plastic

arak producers in the village.

traditions. In religious ceremonies,

container.

This village is located in Sidemen,

the arak of a lower quality that

The alcohol levels will vary,

a sub district of Karangasem that

contains from one to ve percent

depending on how much processed

covers 336.5 hectares, and is

of alcohol is mixed with water and

palm wine is used and how long

surrounded by hills and coconut

used for tetabuhan. Arak is also

the distillation goes. An Alcometer,

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PHOTOS BY ANGGARA MAHENDRA

drum lled with husks to facilitate

a numbered stick-shaped tool is


used to check the alcohol level an
arak producer just needs to put the
alcometer on the surface of the arak
and it will oat to show the alcohol
level. The rst quality is 50 percent,
but they mostly produce it at 20
percent for daily use. It takes three to
four days to make 30 to 45 liters of
arak, which is valued at between Rp.
150,000 to Rp. 400,000.

In 2009, 25 tourists died after

the cause of this entire misfortune.

drinking arak Bali that contained

Weve been living our lives as

THE STRUGGLE

those poisons. Of course this news

arak producers since our great

Unfortunately, in the past few years

was spread widely and negatively,

grandparents era, since hundreds

there have been some concerns

so the police made strict regulations

or maybe thousands of years, we

about arak being produced by

for arak producers to ensure that

cant even tell how long. Never have

irresponsible people who mix this

the arak they produced was not

we ever heard a single person died

traditional drink with contaminants

contaminated with other substances

because of the traditional arak that

such as rubbing alcohol, methanol,

and that they needed to limit their

we made, Indrawan adds.

energy drinks, beer and even

distribution as well. The police

liquid mosquito repellent to become

said we can only sell arak around

the sales of traditional arak. The

inebriated more quickly, but it is

this village and in the Sidemen

villagers now also raise cattle and

deadly. Methanol for instance, looks

district, but our market is actually

work in construction for additional

like water. It is colorless but volatile

outside of these villages. We were

income. But their struggle doesnt stop

and easily burnt, and is commonly

often treated like criminals when

there, as local regulations currently

used for industrial products such as

we delivered traditional arak to the

restrict alcohol sales by deciding that

glue, cushion foam, synthetic textiles

outside areas, said I Wayan Lemes

alcohol should only be available at

and fuel. The price is cheap but it

Indrawan, the Head of Telun Wayah

mini markets and small shops. But

results in blindness and death when

Duuran in the Tri Eka Buana Village.

Indonesias House of Representatives

consumed.

Those irresponsible people are

This incident dramatically reduced

attempted to make a new rule to


ban all kinds of alcohol and that
includes the production, circulation
and consumption in order to protect
Indonesian people from the negative
behavior caused by alcohol.
But apart from those
contradictions, preserving the
centuries-old tradition of arak making
in Tri Eka Buana Village is still
important in order to pay respect to
their ancestors.
By Anggara Mahendra

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PARADISE
UNVEILED
OUR CONTRIBUTOR
FADIL AZIZ GOES
ON THE HUNT TO
DISCOVER FIVE HIDDEN
BEACHES IN BALI

ali is often referred to

now thirty to forty years later, and

Wangi, a beautiful white-reddish

as a living postcard

not much has changed, although

sandy beach with turquoise waters,

if you look into the

travelers are still in search of a new

a lovely view for those who are

past, you can see

paradise exotic beaches with white

looking for heaven on earth.

that Balis culture

sand, crystal clear water, and a

Bordered by a 10-meter cliff and

and beaches are the rst thing

sense of privacy, if not tranquility,

also by a recently built wall, it is

that attracted visitors to this exotic

are always in demand. And it is

pretty well hidden.

island. For instance, a picture of

even better if it is relatively new or

I would personally recommend

a long white sandy beach and

has just been discovered that is

that you hurry here before the beach

a shermans colorful outrigger

why it is called hidden.

becomes more popular. To get

gliding on crystal clear water

there all you need is to follow the

in Sanur was a popular picture

TEGAL WANGI

directions to the Ayana Resort and

representing Bali in the 70s. And

Lets go to our rst beach! Luckily

Spa Bali until you nd Pura Segara

it is no secret that Kuta Beach has

it is only 15 kilometers from the

at the end of the road. Park your

been the heart of Balis tourism for

Kuta area this is the best part

vehicle there and follow the recently-

decades, making the beach one of

about Bali; you dont need to travel

built wall on the left until you arrive

the oldest destinations that enticed

hundreds of kilometers to discover

at the cliff, then turn left and you

foreigners.

a secret beach. Tucked away in

will be standing directly in front of

the Jimbaran area is Pantai Tegal

the beach.

Fast forward to recent years,

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NUNGGALAN

Nunggalan Beach is tricky


to nd but the journey
is well worth it.

The next spot is even more


inconspicuous and a bit tricky to nd,
but trust me the journey is well worth
it. To get there you need to head to
Uluwatu Temple and look for the Villa
Plenilunio sign on the left, about 3.5
kilometers before the temple. Then
follow the small asphalt road until you
nd a villa at the end of the road,
perched high on the cliff. There is
a small path on the right you just
follow the trail to the cliffs ridge.
About 100 meters below the ridge
you will nd a deserted and unspoiled
stretch of white sandy beach,
probably 200 meters long or more.
There is also a good chance that you
will nd no one but yourself there,
although there are more visitors on
the weekend, but only a handful. The
beach is called Pantai Nunggalan, but
the name is actually not that important
as only a few people know it.

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Bias Tugel Beach, a hidden gem just


next to Padang Bai.

Surrounded by two small


outcroppings of rocks on two sides
from which it derives its name Bias
Tugel actually means truncated
sand this beach is so hidden from
the port and the road that once you
set your foot on the beach, it would
be hard for you to believe that you
are still in Bali. It is far away from
the commotion, although a few
small food joints or warungs are
open to serve drinks and basic food
especially on the weekend. There is

BIAS TUGEL

actually a ferry port that connects

also a small pond near the outcrop

Now lets go further from the

Bali to the eastern islands called

where you can plunge in. If youre

crowds in the direction of Padang

Nusa Tenggara. But it is the beach

planning on staying overnight,

Bai. Nestled in East Bali about 55

next to Padang Bai that we are

accommodations are available in

kilometers from the Ngurah Rai

heading to, a small patch of heaven

Padang Bai Beach on the other side

International Airport, Padang Bai is

on earth called Bias Tugel.

of the ferry port.

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GREEN BOWL
Back to the Bukit Peninsula in the
south, Green Bowl is our next jewel
to treasure although it is not actually
a new comer. A hotel was built there
a decade ago but now it is empty,
and ever since then the beach has
not really become the talk of the
island except among surfers. Green
Bowl is hidden about 100 meters
below the cliff and has powdery
sands, fringed by reef that appears
only at low tide, forming the socalled green bowl a cave that
serves as a shelter also makes this
beach special.
But before you reach this small
nirvana, get ready to descend
countless stairs, which is quite a
challenge. And maybe it is the stairs
that are the reason why not so many
visitors go to this beach, leaving it
empty most of the time. But if you
do go there, please be careful with
the monkeys, especially if you bring
snacks. You surely dont want to lose
your food to the monkeys as there
are no warungs or food joints down
at the beach.

Green Bowl, Bukit


Peninsulas
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2016
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very own nirvana.

BLUE POINT
After visiting Green Bowl, I would
recommend you to continue to Blue
Point near Labuan Sait on the other
side of Bukit Peninsula, just half
an hours drive. Blue Point offers a
different atmosphere with warungs
and cafs perched on the cliff, such
a perfect place to chill out. Although
Blue Point is getting more popular in
recent years and has become one of
the most popular places on the island
for surfers surfers discovered most
of the beaches in the Bukit area by
the way the beach is still quite a
new discovery for many people. Blue
Point is unique as it has a hidden
beach down below where you can
unwind during low tide and a number
of lively restaurants up on the cliff.
Of course, there are still many
other secret beaches in Bali to nd
new discoveries are made on this
island every year, and that includes
new beaches. And these secrets in
so fascinating to visit over and over
again.
By Fadil Aziz
(021) 844-5940
www.alcibbumphotography.com

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PHOTOS BY FADIL AZIZ

paradise are the reason why Bali is

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DINE&DELIGHTS

A BALINESE NIGHT
INDULGE IN TRADITIONAL BALINESE FLAVORS WHILE ENJOYING THE VIEW
OF A WHITE SANDY BEACH AND WATCHING AN OLD BALI MOVIE

ucked away on a

Sadara Boutique Beach Resort has

of the beach, Rasala Bistro is really

beachfront in Nusa Dua,

three restaurants: Wave Beach Club,

private as it only accommodates

the Sadara Boutique

Rasala Kitchen and Rasala Bistro.

up to 20 people and thats why

Beach Resort is truly a

The latter, Rasala Bistro, is a petite

booking in advance is advisable.

hidden gem. The resort

ne dining place that pays tribute

This restaurant embraces the avors

is designed with a Balinese style

to Balis culinary heritage, and is

of the islands nine regencies

that will remind the guests of old

the place to go for anyone who is

Badung, Bangli, Buleleng,

Bali, which is quite rare to nd these

craving real Balinese cuisine.

Gianyar, Jembrana, Karangasem,

days. What makes it even more

Klungkung, Tabanan and Denpasar

unique is that Balinese tradition is

NINE REGENCIES

by serving local dishes using fresh

not just applied in the architecture

With the view of the resorts

produce sourced from all corners of

but also in the food they serve. The

swimming pool and a partial view

this island. Each is also presented

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with a modern twist.

perfect for a starter. Among the

The restaurant has two specials

other options are Bebek Renyah (a

for the main course; Megibung (Rp.

crispy duck served with rice and

211,000 net) and Nasi Tjampur (Rp.

vegetables, Rp. 135,000 net), Sate

110,000 net). During my visit to the

Lilit Be Pasih (minced sh skewers,

restaurant I ordered the Megibung, a

Rp. 110,000 net) and Ulam Segara

Balinese rijsttafel served on bamboo

Mepanggang (assorted grilled

plates for two persons, perfect as I

seafood, Rp. 175,000 net). But of

shared my lunch with a good friend

course, dont forget to save some

of mine that day. The Megibung

room for dessert I really loved their

consists of ayam betutu, sate lilit,

Dadar Gulung (Rp. 40,000 net) as a

steamed sh cake, jukut uraban,

sweet nish to my meal.

perkedel jagung, curried egg,

Rasala Bistro also stores local

shrimp crackers and sambal all of

wine in one of its corners. The

the elements are made with avors

selection of wines (starting from Rp.

that go back to the roots of Bali.

75,000 net/glass) include Hatten

Rasala Bistro serves their dishes with

Aga Red, Sababay Black Velvet,

three kinds of sambal and each one

and Plaga Chardonay, and can be

is quite spicy, but guests can always

paired perfectly with the dishes.

ask the staff to tone down the level

THE NIGHT MARKET

of the spiciness.
Aside from those specials, Rasala

Thursdays Night Market

The Sadara Boutique Beach Resort

Bistro offers a la carte menu items

is indeed a haven for foodies, as

which are just as avorsome. The

the resort also hosts a culinary event

Be Pasih Mekuah Sareng Belimbing

with different styles each night, like

Wuluh a sh soup with sour

a satay bazaar on Mondays, an

carambola and lemon basil (Rp.

Indonesian rijsttafel on Wednesdays

40,000 net) is rich with spices,

and a wine-pairing dinner on

Bebek Renyah

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Dadar Gulung

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the Virgin is played on the screen. It


is about a love triangle between two
sisters and a lad, and is rich with
elements that showcase Balinese
traditions such as a cockght, a
Legong dance and Ngaben, a
Balinese cremation ceremony. And
heres a little tip; watch this silent
movie with a cup of hot Wedang
Ronde, a traditional Indonesian drink
made of ginger, lemongrass, sugar
and water, to warm up the night.
So imagine this; indulging in
some delicious Balinese dishes for
dinner in a garden with a view of
the ocean and watching an old Bali
movie for cultural entertainment. A

The beautiful presentation of


Megibung (above). Rasala dining room (right).

Fridays. However, my personal


favorite is their Thursday Pasar
Malam, available at Rp. 250,000
net/person. After having lunch at
Rasala Bistro, I had to head back to
eager to experience an elevated
Balinese street food that consists of

Thursday night couldnt be better

Every Thursday night the resorts

a rice cake and some vegetables

than this, especially for culture and

lawn, located next to the swimming

with peanut sauce, and the delish

culinary enthusiasts.

pool and overlooking the beach,

Bakmie Koh Ahong with selections of

By Risty Nurraisa

is transformed into an open-air

noodles and meatball soup.

Balinese night market.

dining place surrounded by food

But what makes the Pasar

Rasala Bistro

stalls offering selections of local

Malam is so unique is the old Bali

Sadara Boutique Beach Resort

food Balinese Nasi Tjampur Ayam

movie screenplays that entertain the

Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa,

Betutu and Sate Bang Tjampang

guests. Right after a live traditional

Nusa Dua

are some of the dishes served. They

dance performance, a movie made

(0361) 772-010

also offer authentic Tipat Tjantok, a

in the 50s titled Legong: Dance of

www.sadararesortbali.com

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FOOD PHOTOS BY RISTY NURRAISA,


ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF SADARA BOUTIQUE BEACH RESORT

this resort in the afternoon as I was

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PROFILE&PORTRAIT

The

Silver
Lining

Desak Nyoman Suarti

nally New York to teach traditional


Balinese dance in remarkable
universities, including NYU. At
that time I started to combine my
passion for painting and dancing
onto stainless-based jewelry design.
At rst I only did this as a hobby,

WE TOOK A TRIP TO GIANYAR TO MEET AN


UBUD-BORN ARTIST WHO FOUND HER TAKSU IN
SILVER JEWELRY

started buying the earrings and


bracelets I made. They requested
more and suggested that I make
silver-based jewelry. I took on the

orn in the Suarti clan,

us on a tour of the Suarti Design

challenge and I didnt know what

art is in her blood. Her

Center, Desak Nyoman Suarti (DNS)

got into me, maybe it was taksu

father was a notable

tells Bali & Beyond (BB) how silver

that led me to meet a New Yorker

painter and her dancing

has settled in her soul.

shop owner not long after I created

skills came from

the jewelry. She asked if I wanted

her mother. Talking to her is like

BB: You were known as a dancer

to make a trunk show at her store.

watching an art performance she

and painter. How did you become a

Since I had nothing to lose, I said

talks, dances, and draws patterns

silver lady?

yes, and my silver-based jewelry has

with her hands at the same time.

DNS: In the early 70s I went to

become novelty pieces in Indonesia

With a true calling in art, the jewelry

Singapore to study design on a

and the USA ever since. People say

that she impulsively crafted in her

scholarship and teach Balinese

it was my original Balinese patterns

basement in New York has made

dance. After a few years, it was

that made my creations popular, as

her one of the most inuential silver

either luck or simply faith, I managed

it added a unique value to each one

jewelers in Indonesia. As she takes

to travel to Japan, Russia, and

of them.

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OPPOSITE PAGE PHOTOS BY SUHARTINA SINDUKUSUMO,


ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF SUARTI

but then people actually liked it and

BB: You mentioned taksu as part of

easy to start an art-based business.

one day in 1986 someone claimed

the process. Is that some kind of an

In the 80s there were no designers

my design. I was about to give up

inspiration?

in Bali. Everyone was either a

but I thought that I needed to learn

DNS: Taksu is something you cannot

painter or a dancer. So I thought,

about public domain. Then with help

look for. It is a Balinese aesthetic

why dont I become one of the rst

from my father-in-law who was a

concept that comes with faithful

jewelry designers? Then I made a

lawyer, I won the case.

prayer and serious intention. Before

team for a home industry. I designed

I start creating an art piece I always

a pattern and sent silver materials

BB: Whats in the future for you?

ask for blessings, and it is taksu

to local people in Bali who were

BB: There are a lot more jewelry

that comes to answer my prayer. It

willing to earn their living by making

designers now, and it is not easy

then resides in every piece I make.

jewelry items. This has been my

to compete since many of them

It is one of the reasons why each

way to support the local community

have decent quality. So instead of

of my silver pieces seems to have a

as well. As they were eager to do

competing, I thought I would share

charisma and successfully attracts

more, my team got bigger and soon

my experience. I have set up a

people from all over the world.

could make hundreds of hand-made

boutique villa named Suarti Village

With my passion for art and taksu,

pieces in a month! And they were

in Pengosekan, Ubud. It does not

I believe it is my destiny to keep on

always sold out on USAs QVC

only serve as an accommodation,

making silver jewelry to introduce

(home-shopping TV channel) in

but as a workshop as well. I have

Balinese and Indonesian art to

merely two hours. Happy days!

sold my work on QVC in the USA,

the world.

Italy and other countries, and now


BB: Whats youre biggest challenge

I will invite the people from these

BB: How did you decide to turn this

as a silver jeweler?

countries to visit the villa and stay

hobby into a business?

DYS: For me the hardest part is

there for a while to experience the

DYS: I was born into a family of

when you see your work being

making of silver jewelry. Workshops

artists. My parents were noteworthy

claimed by other people. I didnt

will be available every day and

artists in Ubud, which made it quite

really care about copyrights until

other facilities will also follow, such


as a dance lessons, yoga classes,
Balinese healing, and a visit to some
rice elds in Ubud.
I am also currently writing a book
about the history and background
of the patterns of the silver jewelry
that I have made. The aim is to put
the book in national libraries or
universities so students can read and
do in depth research before they start
making artwork. I hope it will inspire
the young generation and keep the
Balinese heritage eternal.
By Suhartina Sindukusumo

The jewelry collection


at Suartis shop in Gianyar.

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www.suarti.com

INVITE&INDULGE

THE HERBS
THAT MATTER
GET PAMPERED WITH A DEEP-ROOTED BALINESE
TREATMENT AT NUSA DUA SPA, ONE OF THE
ISLANDS SPA PIONEERS.

garden. Once youve arrived at


the spa, the receptionist will greet
you and offer you a selection of
treatments that promise to bring a
natural experience. Come in and feel
nothing but the goodness of Balinese
secret blends of nature, owers, oils,
spices, and herbs. Lay down and
enjoy

THE PRINCESS STORY


ali is indeed peppered

and Spa is an absolute heaven for

This is not a once-upon-a-time tale,

with numerous spas that

either a newbie or a regular spa-

but a story of the spas perfect mix of

offer idyllic settings and

goer. Local ingredients, experienced

ingredients sourced from the island.

tranquil vibes. But what

therapists who stick to traditional

But before the treatment begins,

is it that you are looking

healing, and tropical yet alluring

lets sip a glass of lemongrass

surroundings the spa has them all.

tea. Presented along with a

for in a spa treatment? This question


just might arise when you arrive on

Located next to the hotels gapura

frangipani ower, this welcome

the island and are in the mood for

(gate), Nusa Dua Spa is a 20-year-

drink is extremely soothing. Tuck

some pampering. But dont worry

old spa sanctuary that is complete

the frangipani behind your ear,

as I have the answer for you. Nusa

with a 25-meter lap pool, a spa

and you are ready to be one of

Dua Spa at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel

boutique, a spa caf and a lush

those Balinese women who worship

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A mix of herbs that produce


massage oils.

traditional essences.
Nusa Dua Spa has a great list
of spa treatments, but if you are
not sure which one to choose, I
would personally recommend the
Balinese Massage, the treatment that
I opted for during my visit after the
receptionist told me that this ritual
would smoothen my blood ow.
Once I made my decision, a spa
therapist came to escort me to a
treatment room, a bright room for two
that was complete with a bathtub, a
shower, and a changing room.
The treatment began with a
footbath. And as the therapist
scrubbed and massaged my feet
with apple-fermented soap and
sea salt, she casually told me that
shes been working at the spa for
20 years and still going strong.
With that information in my head, I
couldnt wait to be carried away by
her gentle massage supplemented by

traditions, this 50-minute massage

describe my post-treatment glow.

the spas highly concentrated plant

also uses the efeurage massage

But the treatment tale is still to be

oils such as ylang-ylang, tangerine,

technique and thumb pressure in

continued

jasmine, and lavender.

the tense spots. Revitalized and

As a tribute to Balis ancient

THATS A WRAP

renewed are the right words to

My spa journey continued with a


special treatment that has been
attracting tourists from across the
globe since the Nusa Dua Spa
opened its doors for the rst time
in 1996. Boreh is an assortment of
Balinese herbs mashed and mixed
in one container. Mind you, to make
this mix is far from simple. Ni Ketut
Danti, the hotels Assistant Spa
Sales Manager, told me that it takes
passionate hands to handpick the
herbs and spices and an accurate

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around my body. I could feel a


warm sensation as the fragrant
spices opened up my pores and
helped ease my stiff muscles. Within
approximately 40 minutes, the
boreh wrap had softened my skin
and increased my blood circulation.
Near to the end of the treatment, the
paste was cracking on my skin and
my spa therapist began to unwrap
my body. I could easily head to

Nusa Dua Spa is complete


with whirlpools.

the shower room to clean myself,


but whats the use of a whirlpool
if not to make the best of a boreh

feeling to mash them into a perfect

and brown rice, the boreh has such

experience?

boreh dough.

a comforting aroma that it almost

By Suhartina Sindukusumo

I really started to believe that

made me fall asleep. But before

only the Balinese could make this

that happened, the spa therapist

Nusa Dua Spa

concoction. But before my mind

wrapped me up tight with thick

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa

wandered, my spa therapist started

plastic covered by a sleeve of fabric

Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua

to spread the boreh paste all over

and a towel.

North 4, Bali, 80363

turmeric, coriander, galangal, rice,

The boreh paste worked its magic


right after the towel was wrapped

(0361) 771-210
www.nusaduahotel.com

PHOTOS COURTESY OF NUSA DUA HOTEL AND SPA

my body. Made out of sandalwood,

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SIGHTS&SOUNDS

Our cork board of photos,


quotes and fun facts that we
picked up while exploring
in January and February ...

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a Dua, capt
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oudy aftern
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New wave, fu
funk, soul, and jazz are the rhythms he creates. And Bali surely
has all of the
them together, which has Pete Ray Biggin (PB), the UKs hottest funk
musician, wa
wanting to come back to the island again and again. Heres Bali &
Beyonds (B
(BB) little chat with him.
BB: What brought you to Bali?
PB: I had planned a holiday with my friend, but unfortunately he couldnt
make it because
b
his mother was ill. But I still wanted to go, so I decided
to go on my own. It turned out to be the right decision as I met loads
of great
great musicians.
musician I didnt plan to stay for six weeks, but some good
friendss I have made
ma in Bali were my reason to stay longer. I ended up
col
collaborating
laborating and playing music with them, and also got interviewed
by some radio stations. It was such a great time that it
ma
made me want to go back to Bali again and again.
BB: Where did you play in Bali?
PB: I did a little collaboration with Rio Sidik at Ryoshi and
Sou
Soul Brother at Laughing Buddha Bar. I also played at Deus
Ex M
Machina in Canggu and some more places.
BB: A
Any projects coming up after this current visit to Bali?
PB: I just started up a new band called PB Underground,
and it is all about collaboration with different musicians
a
an
and
nd si
singers. I want to bring them here. I found a lot of great
sin
singers
ngers here, one of them is my friend Dira Sugandi. I will ask
he
her
er and other musicians to make music together. This is such a
fan
fantastic
ntasti island, anything could happen here.
BB: Youve
You
been well-known in the UKs funk scene. What do
you think of Balis funk and jazz scene?
PB: There
T
are many great jazz bands in Bali and they are so
funkyy and energetic. Although I have not seen all of them, so
far they
th
hey are
a wonderful. But I have been to many places here to
watc
watch bands of other genres, and in general they are all great.
BB: Has the island and its people inspired you?
PB: Yes, they have inspired me a lot. I missed three ights to
Eng
England because I have been too in love with the island. But
wh
when I am coming home from Bali, I always go straight to
the studio because my head is full of music sounds, and I am
ex
excited to produce them into good music.
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REST&RELAXATION

VILLAGE LIFE
LOCATED IN CANGGU, DESA SENI, A VILLAGE
RESORT HAS SUCCESSFULLY MAINTAINED ITS
DECADE-LONG PASSION TO PRESERVE BALINESE
AND INDONESIAN CULTURE AND TRADITIONS
IN A BLISSFUL VILLAGE SETTING

ounded by two North

boho, award-winning gem still

American visionaries, Tom

stands deantly like a cultural

differ in size, format, character

Talucci and Howard Klein,

and spiritual oasis amongst the

and history some are even as old

Desa Seni, A Village

diminishing

as 160 years but all are utterly

rice elds.

Resort, is surrounded by

Each of the 13 accommodations

charming. They were made entirely

Canggus rice elds. Rather than

HOME SWEET HOME

of teak with raised wooden oors on

being a mere hotel, this eco-

As the name suggests, Desa Seni, A

posts and modied for modern day

conscious and community-committed

Village Resort resembles an authentic

comforts expect air-conditioning,

boutique resort that opened in 2006

Balinese village, immersing guests

sensuous semi-open bathrooms

has set out to preserve and celebrate

in cultural heritage and traditions

screened by luscious foliage and

Bali and Indonesias traditional

where they and the remarkably

generously extended front porches.

cultures, offering a rst-hand

friendly and relaxed staff are all part

Dwellings range from singles-only

experience of its traditions, heritage,

of one big happy kula (community).

Village Cabins and Shared Homes

art, wellness, spirituality and more

Spaced well apart over landscaped

to wonderfully spacious two-

and a little slice of Balinese village

grounds, all of the stand-alone

bedroom Village Homes perfect for

life.

buildings including public spaces

families with lovely garden terraces.

are authentic wooden Indonesian

Oozing with ambiance, the interiors

this year and although Desa

dwellings, like Javanese Joglos and

present original antique or vintage

Seni now nds itself increasingly

Sumatran rice barns, shipped in from

furnishings and artifacts hand-picked

encroached upon by Canggus

across the archipelago and restored

from across Indonesia with many

urban development this rustic-

and refurbished on-site.

pieces imaginatively recycled or

Celebrating its 10 anniversary


th

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Tropical garden lledwith hibiscus owers.


Opposite page, clockwise from top: One of the thatched-roof accommodations;
Rustic ambience in each room; An eco-friendly pool area.

repurposed; some boast permanent

copper stamp. And every morning,

adorned with hibiscus owers

art collections and original carvings.

the delivery of a Balinese Canang

(deposited here each morning by

My home is Rumah Widja from

offering tray encourages guests to

the Hibiscus Man). I take a plunge

the Suite Village House category. It

participate in this daily Hindu ritual

in the inviting stone salt water pool,

is a traditional house from East Java,

at the porch prayer box or at Desa

shaded by coconut palms, and

named after a celebrated Balinese

Senis own temple.

over indulge at the excellent Rumah

wayang kulit master puppeteer.

Makan, an all-day dining place

Accommodating four people, the

FROM THE GARDEN

serving home-cooked and wholesome

house is complete with large living

Its tempting just to laze on the

Asian, Western and Indonesian

and relaxing areas. Furnishings

gorgeous timbered porch and

dishes, with many vegetarian and

include two 1930s Javanese

daybed, enjoying a good book

raw food options. Around 80 percent

wedding chairs on the porch, a

or the unobstructed views of the

of the produce served here originates

carved window shutter depicting

omnipresent vegetable gardens 40

from the resorts organic gardens,

rites of manhood from Nias Island

percent of the grounds are devoted

otherwise from local, sustainable

screening the open-plan toilet and

to organic farming and produce

farmers.

the back strap of a traditional

including pumpkins, cauliower, red

weaving loom doubling as the

spinach and basil, which are tended

Makan is more like a nurturing

towel rack. As elsewhere, this is all

to daily by conical-hatted gardeners.

family kitchen than a restaurant.

meticulously recorded in a guided

I do however manage to tear myself

Sitting at a communal-style table, I

inventory do a personal tour of

away.

munched on delish dishes like Sawi

your very own living museum!

Alternative chill-out spots are

Personally, I feel that the Rumah

Spring Rolls and Grilled Snapper

thatched mini-bales dotted throughout

with mango sambal, with Tom and

includes a batik sarong souvenir

the exquisite tropical gardens, full

Howards pet dogs snoozing at

gift, hand-printed with a traditional

of exotic blooms and stone deities

my feet.

Further cultural immersion

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Yoga Class is
scheduled ve times
a day; Healthy yet
yummy foods are
served.

HOLISTIC ACTIVITIES
The Merapu Svaasthya spa focuses
on traditional eastern and western
holistic and wellness treatments such
and retreats run throughout the year.

as acupuncture, aura chakra therapy


for quitting smoking and losing

a genuine community-like resort to

weight. I however, make the most

truly experience (and re-appreciate)

of Desa Senis authentic spirituality

complimentary for in-house guests

Balinese culture and daily life

by participating in the Melukat,

and open to outsiders. Classes cover

albeit in comfort; the entire village

a Balinese cleansing ceremony

a huge diversity of yoga disciplines

set-up and experience amounts

that is a strong Hindu ritual for

including hard-to-nd Kundalini

to a nurturing wellness retreat (if

self-purication to prevent havoc,

and Anusara, led by certied yoga

you cant stay, then at least pop-in

chaos and bad luck. Ofciated by

teachers from across the globe and

for their destination-worthy spa,

a Mangku (a Hindu priest) at the

yoga spectrum, all contributing

restaurant and yoga). You can

temple who is chanting blessings

a long-term commitment, passion

feel the positive energy and good

and Sanskrit mantras, holy water

and instruction for body, mind and

vibes as the resort is actually built

mixed with young coconut is poured

spirit wellness. Desa Seni is actually

on sacred, ceremoniously cleansed

over me, spring cleaning my spiritual

one of Balis premier yoga centres;

land. With healthy food, yoga,

aura and removing negativity.

The Collective is an accredited

heartfelt care and complete rest

school of yoga and their renowned

not forgetting my much-needed

Then there are daily yoga classes


at the open-air Mahadevi Studio,

transformational yoga workshops

purication I leave injected with


renewed positivity and restored
calm. The only stress I encountered

FIFTY SHADES OF GREEN

was deciding what to eat and being

Deeply committed to minimizing their carbon footprint, Desa Seni is created

dive-bombed by dragonies during

from recycled, repurposed, or sustainable locally sourced products and

my twilight swim.

is almost entirely green, sustainable and organic. Initiatives include rain

By Katie Truman

catchment, recycling and compost systems and a no-plastic policy, with


nothing served in plastic alternatives are from glass straws to rellable

Desa Seni, A Village Resort

pump dispensers. Giving back to the community efforts cover weekly

Jalan Subak Sari No. 13, Berawa

yoga and Balinese dance classes free for Canggu children. Desa Seni also
supports local orphanages with work-study apprenticeship programmes.

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Beach, Canggu,
(0361) 844-6392
www.desaseni.com

FIRST PAGE TOP AND SECOND PAGE PHOTOS BY KATIE TRUMAN,


ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF DESA SENI, A VILLAGE RESORT

Desa Seni does not only provide

and personal wellness retreats

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FOTOFOLIO

THE HARMONY
OF BALI
Beyond the chaotic trafc, land
exploitation, over population,
and other problems in this
modern era, Bali is still magical
in so many ways, and not just
spiritual-wise. The beauty of Bali
is much deeper than meets the
eye I believe it is the energy
called taksu that makes Bali
attractive to so many people.
Bali is not just about breathtaking scenery and white sandy
beaches. It is about the people
living harmoniously with a strong
belief in a life philosophy called
Tri Hita Karana, a Sanskrit
term that means three paths to
peace and prosperity. The belief
in a harmonious relationship with
God, fellow human beings, and
the environment.
As I recall, Kati Basset, a
French PhD of Ethnomusicology
and anthropologist once said,
Living happily among the
Balinese is easy, not because
they are materially well off, but
because they are spiritually rich.
It is proved in their beautiful
smiles, and thats how they stole
my heart. And in this photo
collection I am capturing what I
believe to be the harmony of the
island the peoples relationship
with God, fellow humans, and
the nature.
By Agung Parameswara
Photos by Agung Parameswara
(www.agungparameswara.
photoshelter.com;
www.agungparameswara.com)

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Rice elds in Ceking, Ubud.

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Jatiluwih, Tabanan.

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Silhouette of a sherman in
Karang Beach, Sanur.

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A man is engraving lontar in


Tenganan Pengringsingan Village.

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Two little girls in Tenganan


Pengringsingan Village.

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The children of
Tenganan Pengringsingan Village.

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AS YOU MUNCH ON YOUR SNACK


OF CASHEWS, HAVE YOU EVER
WONDERED WHERE THEY CAME FROM?
OUR TEAM VISITED A COMMUNITYORIENTED CASHEW FACTORY NESTLED
AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT AGUNG IN
KARANGASEM. COME ALONG AND SEE
WHAT WE FOUND.

he Karangasem region has

prosperity through this factory. Soon

facility is truly unlike any other food

been producing cashews

East Bali Cashews (EBC) was born,

factory. This factory is surrounded

since the 80s it was

and started producing high-quality,

by lush greenery with fresh air, and

Indonesias then president

carbon-neutral and pesticide-free

the main building that houses the

Soeharto that initiated

cashews for snacks. Now nearly four

management ofce boasts a view

a cashew plantation to replace

years after it was rst established,

of Mount Agung we had a hard

oranges, the regions previous main

EBC employs more than 300 local

time believing that this was in fact a

commodity. Those cashews were

people and sells their products in

factory and not a retreat.

then exported to Vietnam and India

a number of the islands grocery

to be processed, reducing the value

stores and mini marts such as Circle

greeted by I Made Sudarma (Pak

of Balinese cashews and eventually

K, Hardys, MiniMart and Duty

Made), the Purchasing and Supplies

causing the farmers to live in poverty

Free, and even manages to export

Manager, who took us on a tour of

for years.

to several countries, including

the factory. However, that day we

Singapore and the USA.

couldnt witness the rst half of the

But everything changed when


American entrepreneur Aaron

You might wonder how cashews

As soon as we arrived we were

production process since the amount

Fishman visited Bali on a charity

could improve the lives of the

of cashews required for that week

mission back in 2012. During

villagers, so, lucky for you, our

had already hit its limit which is a

his visit he saw an opportunity to

team took a tour to EBCs factory

sign of how good the business is. But

boost the value of local cashews

in Karangasem and witnessed how

in spite of that, Pak Made still took

in Karangasem by establishing

EBC produces their products and has

us around and explained each of

Indonesias rst large-scale cashew

boosted the local economy.

the stages.

processing facility. Not only that,

The process starts by grading the

he was also determined to help the

COOKING CASHEWS

cashews based on their size using a

farmers and the villagers to gain

Nestled in Ban Village, EBCs

machine Grade A for the biggest

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FIRST PAGE PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST BALI CASHEWS,


ALL OTHERS BY RISTY NURRAISA

LITTLELOVES

STORY
OF A CASHEW

and Grade D for the smallest. The


cashews are then steamed for 15
to 25 minutes, depending on their
grade, and left to dry for at least 24
hours. The next step is to cut them in
two to take the cashews out of their
shells. Some are then left with their
skin on for EBCs Native variant,
while the others (which are prepared

The cashews, before


and after peeling.

for other avors) are put into the


oven.
Once out of the oven the cashews
are hand-peeled in a highly hygienic

LOCAL ORIENTED

Families Foundation, a non-prot

room. Then they go through a

What we love the most about

enterprise focusing on improving

machine for a thorough check to

this factory is their dedication to

the locals education as well as

make sure that the cashews are all

improving the lives of the villagers.

providing a subsidized community

peeled and clean before they are

EBCs cashews come directly from

store where EBC workers, many of

vacuum packed in and put into

the farmers in the Karangasem

whom are also housewives, go for

storage some of them are ready

region (and also from other parts of

their grocery shopping. The Cashew

to sell while some others go to

Indonesia like Flores and Sumbawa),

Families Foundation also provides an

be avored. EBC produces seven

and are processed by hand by

early learning center that serves as

different avors in total. Aside from

the female workforce around

a childrens daycare to take care of

Native, they also have Chilli Crunch,

90 percent of the workers are the

the workers little children while their

Chocolate, Garlic Pepper, Roasted,

women of Ban Village who were

parents are working in the factory.

Sea Salt and Sesame Ginger. Once

previously unemployed before EBC

This learning center is complete

they are avored, the cashews are

was established.

with open-air classes as well as a

then packed and are ready to be


distributed.

But their dedication to the local

pond and a rabbit and a dove

community doesnt stop there.

cage for children to learn and

EBC also established The Cashew

play with nature.


Now that we have witnessed the
processing of the EBC products, we
surely dont look at their cashews
the same way anymore, as in each
of the cashews lies a story of the
people in Ban Village. And as
their brand is expanding, we sure
hope that EBC will always continue
to strive for the prosperity of their
workers and the community that
surrounds them.
By Risty Nurraisa

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www.eastbalicashews.com

ACTION&ATTRACTION

THE PRIDE
OF INDONESIA
IT WAS MY FIFTH TIME WATCHING
THE BALI AGUNG SHOW, YET I WAS
STILL MIND-BLOWN. THE SHOW KEPT
MY EYES FOCUSED ON EVERY LITTLE
DETAIL AND STILL MANAGED TO CARRY
ME AWAY. THE BALI AGUNG SHOW
AT THE BALI SAFARI & MARINE PARK IS
A JOURNEY BACK TO THE REAL BALI
OF THE 12TH CENTURY. IT IS A LOCAL
FOLKLORE STORY THAT STAYS IN THE
HEART OF THE BALINESE PEOPLE.

nce upon a

daughter of one of the most notable

still childless, which had the whole

time, when rice

merchants from China, visited

village in sorrow. So the King got

elds covered

the island and met the King. Jaya

frustrated and decided to travel

Bali, there was

Pangus couldnt resist the beauty of

to seek enlightenment. One day

a king named

Kang Ching Wie and they fell in

the King got separated from his

Jaya Pangus. Under his rule the

love and got married, even though

troops and was stranded at the

island was glorious, and eventually

the Kings priest advised him not to.

foot of Mount Batur. He decided

attracted Chinese sailors and

As it turned out, the priests

to pray and meditate on the top of

merchants. One day a Chinese

advise was accurate because after

the mountain, but that plan failed

lady named Kang Ching Wie, the

years of marriage the couple was

when the Goddess of Lake Batur,


Dewi Danu approached him. Jaya
Pangus couldnt resist the charms
of this beautiful goddess and asked
Dewi Danu to become his wife. She
agreed with one condition; that one
day, their son will become the king
of Bali, replacing his father. King
Jaya Pangus agreed, so they got
married and were soon blessed with
a son.
Meanwhile in the Kings Palace,

When the Chinese merchant


arrived on the island.

after a long wait, Kang Ching Wie


decided to look for Jaya Pangus

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around Mount Batur. Once there,

and also the artistic designer of the

These rituals are one of the keys

she met a little boy who looked like

Bali Agung Show, that suggested the

to the spectacular performances of

someone that she had known for

idea of performing the legend of King

Bali Agung Shows. The cast and

years. After discovering the truth

Jaya Pangus on stage this idea was

crew believe that the spirit of Jaya

Kang Ching Wie was torn apart, and

then supported by Balinese priest Ida

Pangus, Kang Ching Wie and Dewi

she led the kingdoms troops to attack

Pedanda Made Gunung and made

Danu are always with them in every

Dewi Danu. The war of the broken

into reality in collaboration with Peter

performance.

hearts then began Kang Ching Wie

Wilson, a well-known Australian art

was almost killed, which made Jaya

director. The King Jaya Pangus story

THE SPOTLIGHT

Pangus realize that his true love was

is believed to be one of the most

The story, the theatrical performance

actually his Queen. So he stopped

sacred legends on the island, so

and the immaculately composed

Dewi Danu from killing Kang Ching

even before the production began in

choreography are the highlights of

Wie and asked for her mercy.

2010, the cast and crew went to the

the show that makes the Bali Agung

Balingkang Temple to pray and ask

Show a must-see performance. It

for a blessing.

took the crew which also consists

It was like a lightning shock for


Dewi Danu to realize that the father

of her child was still in love with

At that time, the spirit of the King,

of young creative talents as well

the Queen. She never knew that

Kang Ching Wie, and the Goddess

as a team from Australia for the

Jaya Pangus was married, so she

of Lake Batur possessed some of the

lighting, sound and music almost

cursed the King and the Queen and

cast. After performing the ritual four

a year to mix and prepare all of the

banished them from earth. She then

times, the spirits gave blessings to

aspects for the solid one hour non-

created a statue of Jaya Pangus and

all of the cast and crew to perform

stop performance.

Kang Ching Wie so that their spirits

the show with taksu (charisma) to

would always guard the island of

give a charming performance to

180 performers from the nearby

Bali.

the audience. Not only did they

villages, 40 puppets, gamelan

perform rituals at the Balingkang

musicians and more than 30 animals

BEHIND THE SCENE

Temple, the cast and crew also had

including ten elephants on the 60

It was Mr. I Made Sidia, a well-

to pray regularly in the Bali Theatre

meter by 40 meter stage. Bringing

known Balinese wayang puppeteer

Temple for each of their 100 shows.

the best of the local talent on to the

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The Bali Agung Show features

King Jaya Pangus and Kang


Ching Wie were turned into
statues to guard Bali.

huge stage, this show is now not just

that the Bali Agung Show is one

also as Indonesias Leading Tourism

a performance for the cast and crew

of the best international standard

Show 2015/2016 at the Indonesia

it is a passion, a way to express

performances theyve ever seen. The

Travel and Tourism Awards.

themselves. The show has become

former president of Indonesia, Mr.

By Bayu Rahanatha

their lives.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, called


the Bali Agung Show the pride of

Bali Theatre

and international stars including

Indonesia. And recently, the Bali

Bali Safari & Marine Park

Hollywood famous names come

Agung Show was honored as Balis

Jalan ByPass Prof. Ida Bagus Mantra

incognito to watch this show. And

Leading Tourism Show 2015/2016

Km 19.8, Gianyar, (0361) 950-000

they all come to the same conclusion

at the Bali Tourism Awards and

www.balitheatre.com

FACTS AND MYTHS:

sound and lighting systems.

The Bali Agung Show is performed Tuesday through

The seating is designed so that all of the audience


will feel like they are watching a 3D cinema in a

Sunday from 2.30 to 3.30 p.m.

theatre.

Only 45 minutes away from the Ngurah Rai


International Airport, the Bali Theatre where the Bali

The statue of King Jaya Pangus and Kang Ching

Agung Show is performed sits in a lush tropical jungle

Wie are named Barong Landung. You can nd these

in the heart of the islands prestigious Bali Safari &

statues in some Balinese temples. The Balinese also

Marine Park in Gianyar.

make gigantic puppets of Barong Landung and march


them on the streets during the celebration of Galungan

The Bali Theatre is Balis rst indoor premier

(a traditional Balinese ceremony).

dance and performing art theatre. It is set in an

After King Jaya Pangus disappeared, the son of King

approximately 460 square meter building and


accommodates up to 1,200 seats. It is fully equipped

Jaya Pangus and Dewi Danu, Prince Maya Denawa,

with advanced multi-media technology and state-of-art

took the throne and became the cruelest king of Bali.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF BALI SAFARI & MARINE PARK

Many celebrities national

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CAPITALCORNER

The Heart
of the Capital
OUR CONTRIBUTOR EDNA TARIGAN TAKES US
AROUND JAKARTAS FIRST CIRCLE

espite being the

half a day to tour and explore this

center of bureucracy

historical place

in Indonesia, the

The National Monument is


surrounded by a park where locals
usually go for a picnic on the

area around the

HISTORICAL SITES

weekends or their holiday. Many of

Presidential Palace,

Located in Gambir, the Monumen

them even do their daily exercises in

usually called the Circle One area,

Nasional (the National Monument

the park in the morning and evening,

is not all about governmental

or Monas for short) stands on what

running or cycling. But heres a little

business. In this area, tourists can

used to be Ikada Square. With a re

tip; come to the National Monument

also have some fun and enjoy the

statue made of 50 kilograms of gold

for a sunset session. The view of

capital city. Circle One is located

sitting at the top of the monument,

Jakartas skycrapers during the

in Central Jakarta, the heart of the

this 132-meter tall landmark

sunset is worth seeing.

capital city, and is easily reached

symbolizes the ght of Indonesians

using public transportation tourists

for independence back in 1945.

Off to the east side of the


National Monument you can go to

can take the Trans Jakarta bus and

The Museum Sejarah Nasional (the

see an art exhibition at the Galeri

the commuter line loops to get there.

National History Museum) is situated

Nasional Indonesia (the Indonesia

The area is also well developed with

at ground level, displaying the

National Gallery). Located right

decent sidewalks to accommodate

history of Indonesia from pre-historic

across from the Gambir Station, the

pedestrians. And it may only take

times to the modern era.

National Gallery hosts a monthly

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exhibition, showcasing the works of

Standing adjacent to Jakarta Cathedral,


the Istiqlal Mosque is a must-visit. Opposite
page: The National Museum.

Indonesian and international artists.


Not only that, the gallery displays its
art collection that includes paintings,
photographs and sculptures as a
part of the daily exhibition.
Next, move on to the Museum
Nasional (the National Museum),
which is located on the west side of
the Monas. Flanked by ministerial
ofce buildings, this museum is easy
to spot with its elephant statue sitting
in the main yard, which is why it is
also called The Elephant Museum.

Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta

one of the oldest churches in Jakarta,

Cathedral Church, which are close

was built in 1901 in neo-gothic style

of Indonesias diverse culture from

to each other and are very popular

architecture. Like other religious

the pre-historic to the modern time.

tourist destinations, despite the fact

places, people can of course pray

From ancient megalithic stones found

that they are holy places. Both have

inside or outside of the church. But

in remote areas in the archipelago

unique architecture and are rich with

for those who come at the right time,

to traditional clothes and musical

history the two main reasons why

they can see the doves being fed at

instruments, as well as ancient war

this mosque and the church have

the churchs yard.

weapons, armor and even ancient

become one of the must-visit places

jewelry from all over the country, are

in Jakarta. They are also popular for

street to see the Istiqlal Mosque. This

all on display.

city photography.

mosque can accommodate up to

This museum is the melting pot

The next places to visit are the

The Jakarta Cathedral Church,

After visiting the church, cross the

120,000 people, but still it is often


jam-packed with locals during the
Islamic holidays of Idul Fitri and Idul
Adha for morning prayers.

SHOPS AND SWEETS


For those who want to do some
shopping but dont really want to
go to a mall, dont worry as the
Circle One area is home to Pasar
Baru, a local market that has been
a shopping center since the Dutch
colonial era, 196 years ago it
is actually engraved on its gates,
Passer Baroe, 1820. In this
modern era, Pasar Baru is still one
of the most favorite shopping centers

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The Jakarta
Cathedral.

pioneering jamu companies in

legend in the capital city. Since it

Indonesia. Along the main alley

was rst established in 1932, the

there are also a lot of money traders

restaurant has been famous for its

selling various types of authentic

choices of healthy and delicious

Indonesian bank notes, published

non-preservative ice cream. Which

from the Dutch colonial era up to

one to try? Their Spaghetti ice

the 1990s. These bank notes are

cream with dried fruits, peanuts and

usually bought by collectors or even


used as unique dowries.
After strolling around Pasar Baru
one might feel a little bit hungry. Not
to worry because Pasar Baru offers
some great culinary experience
Bakmi Gang Kelinci and Bakmi
where traders with ancestral roots

Aboen are two restaurants that have

going back to India, China and

been really popular for their noodles

Melayu (Malay) do their business.

for generations.

There are so many shops, which

For some sweet delights, head

could make one feel overwhelmed,

to Jalan Veteran and have a scoop

but among the shops located at

or two or even more of ice

Pasar Barus main alley there is

cream at Ragusa Es Italia (Ragusa

one that is the oldest. The Nyonya

Italian Ice Cream) to end the trip

Meneer shop that sells jamu,

around Jakartas rst circle area.

chocolate milk topping is the most

an Indonesian herbal medicine,

The Ragusa Italian Ice Cream

favorite. And did I mention that there

is a must-visit as it is one of the

Restaurant is another culinary

are also a lot of stalls selling street

Pasar Baroe, one of the


oldest markets in the capital.

food like satay and otak-otak (sh


Spaghetti ice cream at
Ragusa Italian Ice Cream.

cakes wrapped in banana leaves)


just outside the restaurant?
By Edna Tarigan

Museum Nasional
Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat
No. 12, Central Jakarta
www.museumnasional.or.id
Ragusa Es Italia
Jalan Veteran I No. 10, Gambir,
Central Jakarta
(021) 384-9123

The iconic National


Monument at night.

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PHOTOS BY EDNA TARIGAN

Galeri Nasional Indonesia


Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur
No. 14, Central Jakarta
(021) 348- 339-54
www.galeri-nasional.or.id

The old and preserved Jakarta


Cathedral.

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BEYONDUPDATES

JAZZ IT UP!
From March 4 to 6, the Jakarta International BNI Java Jazz Festival 2016 will rock JIExpo
Kemayoran in Jakarta. The 12th edition of Java Jazz Festival is proud to present numerous
international and local musicians such as the New West Guitar Group, Patty Austin, Jazz
Orchestra of The Concert Gebouw, Barasuara, Mocca, and more. In accordance with this
years theme, which is Exploring Indonesia, the festival also presents Indonesia Duets
where todays most popular male and female singers will collaborate singing hit songs from
the 90s and 2000s. But the highlight is actually the special shows, like Chris Botti featuring
Sting, Robin Thicke, and David Foster.
www.javajazzfestival.com

WHILE IN LOMBOK

ALL COURTESY PHOTOS

The Plateno Group from China proudly announces


the opening of its rst ever ZMAX hotel in
Southeast Asia, the ZMAX D Hotel Praya
Lombok, located in South Lombok, West Nusa
Tenggara. Located only three minutes away from
the Lombok International Airport, this hotel offers
138 rooms and suites all well-designed for
both business and leisure travelers as well as a
ballroom that can accommodate up to 600 people,
a swimming pool, a gym and a sky lounge. The
hotels ZOLO restaurant, bar and lounge is also
ready to serve guests with food and drinks. The
ZMAX D Hotel Praya Lombok is near the Kuta
and Mandalika beaches, and is only 45 minutes
away from Senggigi.
ZMAX D Hotel Praya Lombok
Jalan Raya ByPass Bandara Internasional Lombok,
Desa Penujak, West Nusa Tenggara
(0370) 615-8888, www.plateno-group.com

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COMMUNITYCALENDAR

SPIRIT UP!
The Bali Spirit Festival is back! Held from March 29 to April 3,
the ninth annual Bali Spirit Festival will be transforming Ubud
into a lively international center of world music and yogic fun,
and is expecting to welcome thousands of people from all
over the globe. This years Bali Spirit Festival will be hosted at
the Bhanuswari Resort and Spa for the daytime program and
ARMA Museum for the night events, and will be a lot of fun
with workshops, the organic Dharma Fair market, Healing Huts,
a Kids Zone and a community music stage. On the last three
nights of the festival, The One World Night Music Stage is
going to showcase live performances by local and international
musicians, such as Kayah and The Opiuo Band, Baraswara and
Rio Sidik. Check out the following website for more details.
www.balispiritfestival.com

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MERTASARI DAY
On March 26 and 27, the Mertasari Beach Festival will surely
be an amazing weekend. Held at Mertasari Beach in front of the
Power of Now Oasis and Mercure Resort Sanur, this festival boasts
a number of fun activities such as Balinese dance lessons, a beach
cleaning, a jukung race, banana boat rides, surng and stand
up paddle lessons, and more. Yoga and meditation classes will
also be conducted, with a number of yoga practitioners ready for
consultation. The festival will be even merrier with Balinese cultural
shows, live performances, reworks and a market selling art and
food, making it the perfect place
for a family day out. And did we
mention that everyone is welcome
to join for free?
www.mertasaribeachfestival.com

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BALI ROADSHOW CONDUCTED


BY U & I HOLIDAYS
Tourists flocking to Bali, Indonesia from India with the count rising to more than 120,000 passengers in
2015. Need a better DMC for Bali ... get in touch with U & I Holidays.
Mumbai, India - 12th February 2016 - The recently concluded 05 City Bali Roadshow 2016 organized
by Mumbai based Destination Management Company - U & I Holidays was a major success amongst
retail tour operators across India. Covering 5 major business hubs of India viz. Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru,
Ahmedabad & Mumbai, this show provided an excellent platform for various hotels and allied services to
showcase all possible avenues relating to the tourism in Bali & overall Indonesia as a whole. Some of the
most popular hotel brands, Indian restaurants and other tourism related services were a part of this grand
show. From every city more than 100 retail tour operators touched base with the participants of their choice
in this free & easy affair with Ahmedabad & Mumbai crossing the 150 mark.
Shyam Upadhyay Director, U & I Holidays, shares with Bali & Beyond the details of its recently conducted
Bali road show and talks about the product which will be showcased for the travel trade.
Q What was the focus of the Bali Roadshow?
Numbers to Indonesia especially Bali, are on an upward trend and growing at a fast pace. Last year around
90000 people travelled to Bali alone. We have been in this industry since the last six years and have been the
market grown exponentially. So this year we decided to strengthen our base even further by organizing a
Bali roadshow for all our existing as well as potential trade partners
Q What Products you have promoted at the Roadshow?
We have invited 25 participants from Bali including hotels and other allied services like the Bali Zoo and
even Indian restaurants. There was a mix of branded, star category hotels present at the roadshow.
Q What was the business in 2015 for U & I Holidays?
We saw a 14 per cent growth in 2015 as compared to 2014, handling around 12,000 passengers to Indonesia
from India in 2015 that included MICE, FlTs, weddings, etc. Our product works very well in India because
our reservation is centralised from Mumbai. Our USP is no international calling, no language barriers,
quick reverts, most competitive rates and to top it all efficient services deliverance. Our existing clientele is
extremely satisfied with our excellent service standards and they swear by it. Check-in reminders. Prompt
check-in reports, client updates on a daily basis, efficient feedback mechanism are some of the advantages
of working with U & I Holidays.
Q What are your focus areas for 2016?
Our focus will remain on Bali with a clear target to increase last years production in terms of numbers, since
that is Indias favourite destination currently when we talk about Indonesia. However, we will also focus on
other destinations like Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Ubud, Lombok and Komodo Islands which is coming
up really well. This year we are also launching our online portal which will help us penetrate the market
even better. We are also developing our events team which will look after big events like weddings in Bali.
Q What trends do you foresee this year?
This year looks promising in terms of tourist numbers. Certain sectors like MICE are picking up very well.
There are a lot of groups happening this year. Bali is also a wry popular wedding destination and a lot of
hotels are promoting them- selves for this market.
Overall the Indonesia growth story from India looks very promising. As they say - Make Hay while the Sun
shines & now is the time to enjoy the summer.

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05 City Bali Road Show in India


The recently concluded 05 City Bali Roadshow 2016 organized by Mumbai based Destination Management Company
- U & I Holidays was a major success amongst retail tour operators across India. Covering 5 major business hubs of
India viz. New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad & Mumbai, this show provided and excellent platform for
various hotels & allied tourism services to showcase all possible avenues relating to tourism in Bali & Indonesia as
a whole. From each city more than 100 retail tour operators touched base with the participants of their choice in this
free & easy affair.
Participants: Sheraton Bali, Holiday Inn Baruna Bali, Bali Dynasty, Risata, Bali Zoo, W Bali, Four Points by Sheraton,
Ayana Resot, Mandapa, The Ritz-Carlton, Lifestyle Retreat, Melia Bali, Alila Seminyak, Pan Pacific, Queens of India,
The Royal Pitamaha, Sense Hotel, Plateno group, Kayana, Uppala Villa, Kuta Central Park & Double Six

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SEE&SEEN

SAVE THE DUGONG


Teaming up as a Flying Squad, mammal and animal
care specialists from the Bali Safari & Marine Park and
the Batang Dolphin Center ew off to Kanawa Island
in the Komodo National Park last January to rescue a
dying one-month-old dugong. Internationally known
as a sea cow, the dugong was found with numerous
scratches that were caused from hitting sharp coral and
it was lacking mothers milk. The mother of the Dugong
was possibly dead but the squad is still trying to nd
her, searching the sea for eight hours every day, and
they are still going to be in the area to supervise the
baby dugongs condition for a while.
www.balisafarimarinepark.com

SAFETY ALERT
Following the success of Bali Childrens Projects
Sex Education Program in 2015, the USA-based
Mel Wolf Foundation has again given a grant to
the NGO for the same cause this year. The program
is delivered in a workshop about the birds and the
bees, rather than a formal class. This one-year program aims to prevent kids from a free and dangerous lifestyle, and the NGO has targeted over 3,800
students from 54 schools to be educated about the
dangers of free sex. www.balichildrensproject.org

GALUNGAN READY
To celebrate Galungan, the South Kuta Beach
Business Association (SKBBA) and Kuta Village
organized a Penjor and Gebogan competition
both penjor and gebogan are Balinese offerings to
honor the Gods and spirits that will fall to earth on
Galungan Day. The event was held on February
5 at the Lippo Mall Kuta, which also marked
the opening of the SKBBA Food & Entertainment
Festival that lasted until February 8. At the end
of the day, the Alaya Resort Kuta won the Penjor
category and the Holiday Inn Resort Baruna won
the Gebogan category. www.southkutabali.com

CHEEKY MONKEY
Celebrating the Lunar New Year, the Anantara
Seminyak put up a Naughty Monkey New Year Tree in
their lobby from February 1 to 15. Guests were invited
to purchase the wooden monkey toys (available at Rp.
50,000 each) that were hung around the tree. Each
of the toys contains a secret prize inside, ranging from
airline tickets to hotel vouchers. All prots from the
purchase and prizes went to Solemen Indonesia, a nonprot charity organization. To launch the charity tree,
the resort held an intimate event on February 8 that was
attended by Solemen Indonesia Ambassador Tamara
Bleszynski as well as in-house guests and media.
www.bali.anantara.com

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SHARING IS CARING
On January 15, the Sotel Bali Nusa
Dua Beach Resort held a blood
donation drive in the Gamelan
Ballroom. With the Save a life,
give freely, give often You are
Somebodys Type motto, the event
had 206 people donating their
blood the participants ranged from
hotel employees and ambassadors
to media people, in-house guests,
LPM community members, Indonesian
Tourism Development Corporation, and
even Indonesian tness celebrity Ade
Rai. The blood donation drive event is
hosted at the hotel every three months.
www.sotel-bali-nusadua.com

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INFOINDEX

AIRLINES

Tel: (0361) 286-465, Fax: (0361) 286-408


E-mail: bali@honorary.mzv.cz

Renon, Denpasar Fax: (0361) 263-310


E-mail: rtc_bali@thaimail.com

AIRPORT OPERATOR
Tel: (0361) 751-011

FRANCE

TIMOR LESTE

CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS

Jl. Mertasari Gg. II No. 8, Sanur


Tel: (0361) 285-485, Fax: (0361) 286-406
E-mail: consul@dps.centrin.net.id

Jl. Prof. Yamin No. 4, Renon, Denpsar


Tel: (0361) 235-093, Fax: (0361) 235-092
E-mail: cgtl@dpsbali.com

GERMANY

UNITED STATES

Tel: (0361) 768-358, Fax: (0361) 768-369

Jl. Pantai Karang 17, Batujimbar, Sanur


Tel: (0361) 288-535, Fax: (0361) 288-826
Email: germanconsul@bali-ntb.com

Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188, Denpasar


Tel: (0361) 233-605, Fax: (0361) 222-426
E-mail: amcobali@indosat.net.id

ROYAL BRUNEI

HUNGARY

Tel: (0361) 757-292

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

Marintur, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 219, Sanur.


Tel: (0361) 287-701, Fax: (0361) 287-456
Email: huconbali@telkom.net

Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Airport


Tel: (0361) 936-8388, Fax: (0361) 936-8383

INDIA

GARUDA Jl. Jalan Sugianyar, 5 Denpasar

Jl. Raya Puputan 163, Renon - Denpasar


Tel. (0361) 259-502/259-503
Fax.(0361) 259-505

Wisthi Sabha Building, 2nd Floor


Ngurah Rai International Aiprort
Call Centre: 0804-1-888888

CONTINENTAL MICRONESIA

Tel. (0361) 227-824, Fax: (0361) 226-298


24-hour access: 08071-807-807

MERPATI
Jl. Gatot Subroto Tengah, 26 Denpasar
Tel: (0361) 411-364
Airport Tel: (0361) 9351-011, ext. 5240/5242
Hotline: Tel: (0361) 722-740, 722-741

MANDALA AIRLINES
Komp. Plaza Kertawijaya
Jl. Diponogoro No. 98, Denpasar, Reservation
Call center 08041234567

NGURAH RAI AIRPORT


Tel/Fax: (0361) 759-761

HEALTH&MEDICAL

ITALY
Lotus Enterprises Building
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran
Tel: (0361) 701-005, Fax: (0361) 701-005
E-mail: italconsbali @italconsbali.org

JAPAN
Jl. Raya Puputan 170, Denpasar
Tel: (0361) 227-628, Fax: (0361) 265-066
E-mail: denpasar@dp.mofa.go.jp

MALAYSIA
Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort Jl. Pantai Kuta
Tel: (0361) 752-520, Fax: (0361) 766-373
E-mail: info@consulmalaysia-bali.com

THAI INTERNATIONAL
Grand Bali Beach Sanur, Tel: (0361) 288-141

QATAR AIRWAYS
Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, South Kuta Beach
Tel: (0361) 752-222; Fax: 753-788. Departure
International Terminal, 2nd . Room OP.II.8
East Wing Ngurah Rai International Airport
Tel: (0361) 9360274; Fax : (0361) 9360275
DEPARTURE
Arrive at the airport two hours prior to
departure. A Rp. 150,000 international
departure tax is required. Domestic departure
fee is Rp 75,000. No Fiscal tax-exempt to pay
for Indonesian and expatriates holding KITAS for
International departure. Ngurah Rai Intl Airport,
Tel: (0361) 751-011

MEXICO
PT Puri Astina Putra Building
Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin 1A, Renon, Denpasar
Tel: (0361) 223-266, Fax: (0361) 244-568
E-mail: consulmex@astinatravel.com

Call an ambulance by dialing 118, but it is a lot


more practical and quicker to hire a taxi. Most
hotels have on-call doctors on standby. For Bali
Belly, Lomotil and Imodium eliminate symptoms,
but not gastro-related infections. A fever along
with symptoms requires doctor-prescribed
antibiotics.
Drink as much liquid as possible. Isotonic
drinks under various brand names are widely
available and are known to replenish body
hydration and replace uids. For discomfort,
diarrhea and cramping, drink strong, hot tea;
avoid fruits and spicy foods.
Some day-biting mosquitoes carry dengue
fever, but this is not a problem in tourist areas.
Bali is non-malarial and prophylaxis is not
required. Mosquito bites, cuts or abrasions
easily become infected in the tropics. Treat them
immediately.
Drink only bottled or boiled water. Peel fruit
before eating; avoid raw vegetables except at
reputable restaurants. Ice in restaurants is safe.
Protect yourself from the intense equatorial sun.
Use high SPF sunblock and a hat.
AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases
are increasing in Indonesia. Local sex workers
have multiple partners from around the world.
They are not checked for sexually transmitted
diseases. Act responsibly and use condoms,
available over the counter at pharmacies.

NETHERLANDS

ROYAL DANISH
Sunset Road No. 89 Ruko Sunset Indah I Kav. 3
Tel: (0361) 821-6979, Fax: (0361) 7666-38
E-mail: danishconsbali@gmail.com

CLINIC&HOSPITAL
24-hour emergency medical clinic services,
medical evacuation, multilingual staff.
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361
Tel: (0361) 710-505, Fax: (0361) 710-515

(ARMA)
Ubud, Tel: (0361) 976-659, Fax: 974-229.
Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud, open daily 8 am-6pm

ABIAN KAPAS
Jl. Nusa Indah, East Denpasar
Tel: (0361) 227-176

ANTONIO BLANCO
Ubud , Tel: (0361) 975-502, 975-551
open daily 8 am-5 pm

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Pejeng, Tel: (0361) 942-352
Open 8 am - 3 pm weekdays

GEDONG KIRTYA HISTORICAL


LIBRARY Tel: (0362) 25141, Jl. Veteran,
Singaraja. Open 7am - 3pm Monday Thursday, until Fridaynoon, closed on weekends

GALLERY SENIWATI Jl. Ubud Raya,


Gianyar. Tel: (0361) 975-485

MUSEUM BALI Tel: (0361) 235-059,


222-680, Jl. Let. Kol Wisnu, Denpasar

MUSEUM LE MAYEUR
Tel: (0361) 286-164, Jl. Hang Tuah, Sanur.
Open 8 am - 2 pm, Tuesday - Sunday.

MUSEUM MANUSA YADNYA


Mengwi, open daily, but often unattended

MUSEUM NEKA Tel: (0361) 975-074,


975-034, Jl. Raya Campuan, Ubud
open daily 9 am - 5 pm.

Tel: (0361) 975-136, 971-159, Jl. Raya Ubud,


Ubud, www.mpl-ubud.com

MUSEUM RUDANA
Tel: (0361) 975-779, 976-479, Peliatan, Ubud

MUSEUM SUBAK Tel: (0361) 810-315,


Jl. Raya Kediri, Desa Sanggulan, Tabanan

BIMC Hospital Kuta


POLAND

BRITAIN

SPAIN

BIMC Hospital Nusa Dua

Jl. Tirta Nadi 20, Sanur, Denpasar


Tel: (0361) 270-601, Fax: (0361) 287-804
E-mail: bcbali@dps.centrin.net.id

Istana Kuta Galeria, Blok Vallet 2, No. 11


Jl. Patih Jelantik, Kuta
Tel: (0361) 769-296, Fax: (0361) 769-296
E-mail: espana_bali@blueline.net.id

24h Accident and Emergency Centre, 24h


Medical Centre, international standard hospital
with fully equipped ambulances, emergency
room, intensive care unit, operating theatres,
radiology and pathology, ward rooms,
international and multilingual team of medical
experts, CosMedic Centre, Dialysis Centre,
Dental Centre.
Kawasan BTDC, Blok D, Nusa Dua 80363,
Tel: (0361) 3000-911, Fax: (0361) 3001-150

NEW ZEALAND
Jl. Tantular No. 32, Renon - Denpasar 80234
Tel: (0361) 241-118, Fax: (0361) 221-195
E-mail: bali.congen@dfat.gov.au
www.bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au

AGUNG RAI MUSEUM OF ART

INTERNATIONAL SOS CLINIC

Jl.Gunung Agung 93, Denpasar 80118


Tel: (0361) 426-171, Fax: (0361) 426-477
E-mail: konsulslowakbali@yahoo.com

AUSTRALIA, CANADA,

MUSEUMS

MUSEUM PURI LUKISAN

KCB Travel, Jl. Raya Kuta 127, Kuta


Tel: (0361) 761-502, Fax: (0361) 752-777
E-mail: dutchconsulate@kcb-tours.com

24h Accident and Emergency Centre, 24h


Medical Centre, international standard hospital
with fully equipped ambulances, emergency
room, intensive care unit, operating theatres,
radiology and pathology, ward rooms,
international and multilingual team of medical
experts, CosMedic Centre for non-invasive and
invasive cosmetic and aesthetic treatments.
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 100X, Kuta 80361
Tel: (0361) 761-263, Fax: (0361) 767-701

CONSULATES

RUMAH SAKIT UMUM PUSAT


SANGLAH (General Hospital): Jl. Diponegoro,
Sanglah, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 227-911/15

Jl. Raya Petitenget No. 11, Block I/C,


Banjar Umasari, Kerobokan
Tel: (0361) 732-165, Fax: (0361) 732-165
E-mail: consul@balipolandconsulate.com

SLOVAKIA

TOURIST INFO.
INTEGRATED TOURISM
INFORMATION CENTER (ITIC)
A one-stop tourist information complex of
ten provinces in Indonesia comprising Bali,
Lampung, Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central
Java, East Java, Jogjakarta. Jl. Raya Kuta 2,
Kuta, 80361; Tel: (0361) 766-188

NGURAH RAI INTERNATIONAL

BRAZIL
Jl. Raya Legian No. 186, Kuta
Tel: (0361) 757-775, Fax: (0361) 751-005
Email: brazilconsul@bali.net

SWEDEN & FINLAND


Segara Village Hotel, Jl. Segara Ayu
Tel: (0361) 282-211, Fax: 282-211
E-mail: sweconsul@yahoo.com

CHILE
Jl. Jl. Pengembak Gg 1 No. 3, Sanur, Denpasar
Tel: (0361) 756-781, Fax: (0361) 756-783
E-mail: chilehonconsulate@bali-villa.com

SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA


Jl. Ganetri 9 D, Gatot Subroto Timur, Denpasar
Tel: (0361) 264-149, Fax: (0361) 243-747
E-mail: bali@honrep.ch

CZECH REPUBLIC
Jl. Pengembak 17 Sanur.

THAILAND Jl. Puputan Raya No. 81,

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SILOAM HOSPITALS
24-hour emergency 779-911
Jl. Sunset Road No. 818, Kuta, Badung, Bali
Tel: +62-361-779-900
E-mail: info.bali@siloamhospitals.com

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AIRPORT Tel: (0361) 751-011

BADUNG GOVERNMENT TOURISM


OFFICE Jl. Kuta Raya 2, Kuta
Tel: (0361) 756-175/76
BALI GOVERNMENT TOURISM OFFICE
Jl. Supratman, Niti Mandala, Renon, Denpasar
Tel: (0361) 222-387
SINGARAJA TOURIST INFORMATION
OFFICE Jl. Veteran 23, Singaraja
Tel: (0362) 251-41

UBUD TOURIST INFORMATION


SERVICE Jl. Raya Ubud, Gianyar
Tel: (0361) 96-285, 973-285; 8 am - 9 pm

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