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VOLUME 12 NO. 119
THE SUN... THE SAND... THE SURF... THE CULTURE OF PARADISE AND OVER 18,000 SURROUNDING ISLANDS
WHAT DOES CAMPAIGNING FOR GLOBAL WARMING HAVE TO DO WITH A PORRIDGE? IN BALI YOU MIGHT FIND THE ANSWER
MOUNTAIN OF JAVA
MOVES, THE BALINESE WAY
FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS PENANGGUNGAN WAS ONE OF JAVA’S MOST SACRED MOUNTAINS. THIS PEAK HAD SUCH A GRIP ON THE IMAGINATION OF ANCIENT JAVA
NEW & NEWS • INFO INDEX • MAP OF BALI • CLASSIFIED COLUMNS
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‘Om Swastiastu...’ Welcome to the Indonesian archipelago and welcome to our April 2010 edition of Bali & Beyond! Straight into the contents, this month’s Craft & Culture picks up on a certain date on the Balinese 210-day cycle Pawukon calendar. It starts with the question: “What’s campaigning on global warming got to do with a simple bowl of traditional porridge called ‘Bubur Sumsum’?” Find the answer here in Bali. One simple dish, a favorite dessert and snack, blesses the world so that the environment can be preserved and life on earth can be nurtured. What’s more, we can enjoy the tasty delight during our casual time - anytime! Flip to the page for a glimpse of the idea. Through this month’s Profile & Portraits we feature the winning streak by Bulgari Resort Bali’s culinary team, from their achievements and wins in various local, national and international culinary events. Here you can meet Chef Andrew Skinner who has been instrumental and very influential in the winning team’s successes. His and the winning Balinese Chef’s creations can be sampled regularly at this prestigious resort. In Action & Attractions, let’s dance Balinese style... The beautiful and eloquent moves, together with dynamic facial expressions performed by a Balinese dancer have become legendary. Now, not only the Balinese and other Indonesians are attracted to picking up this part of Balinese heritage but foreigners as well. Here we note some of the basic movements that every person wanting to pick up the art form must take heed of. And places for lessons are far from scarce on the island. And who knows, you might be honored by the chance to take guidance under a living Balinese maestro! We list some of the notable places to learn and figures in the art form as well. Discover totally unique furniture and accessories that have a true international reputation and following in this month’s Lifestyle & Leisure, with innovative furnishings from Carlo. In Pondering Point a breakthrough named Visa on Board, where visas and immigration papers are done while in flight has currently been adopt by one of the national airlines. So upon landing, all issues regarding immigration are cleared and visitors to the island can leave the airport faster without waiting in the long queues and more quickly start enjoying their holiday. Out of the island, we take you Beyond Bali as one of our avid contributors and adventurers shares with us some findings from his trip to Gunung Penanggungan in East Java. For hundreds of years Penanggungan was one of Java’s most sacred mountains. In this month’s article he shares with us why this peak had such a grip on the imagination of ancient Java. And this month’s Capital Corner features several recommended spa havens in Jakarta, acknowledging that in a pressure-loaded metropolis like the nation’s capital city, one indeed needs to escape from the hustle and bustle every once in a while. If you and your partner are in the need of a break to “recharge” and relax those stressed muscles and minds the next time you find yourselves there, who knows… these selections will be a good reference. Enjoy your adventures while on Bali and throughout the archipelago! Happy reading and keep safe! ‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om…’ The Team
IB Ngurah Primarta took up photography while still studying at the Denpasar Institute of Arts’ Graphic Design faculty. He now shoots freelance for events, media and actively participates in various competitions.
Gustra uses photography as a medium to articulate and express his art. Cultural, human interest, travel and experimental photography are his subjects.
Tim Hannigan first came to Indonesia to surf the world class waves of Bali, but it was the potential for adventure on dry land that really got him hooked.
Kathy Petite spends her time writing about travel, lifestyle, arts and culture. She also writes songs, and is writing a novel she never gets to finish.
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THE SUN... THE SAND... THE SURF... THE CULTURE OF PARADISE AND OVER 18,000 SURROUNDING ISLANDS
April 2010 Volume 12 No. 119
CRAFT&CULTURE NURTURE OF NATURE, What does campaigning for global warming have to do with porridge? In Bali you might find the answer.
CAPITALCORNER SOOTHING IN THE CITY
In a pressure-loaded metropolis, one needs to escape from the hustle and bustle every once in a while. Check out these recommended spa havens.
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LIFESTYLE&LEISURE RAW BEAUTY AT A HIGHER LEVEL Discover totally unique furniture and accessories that have a true international reputation and following with these innovative furnishings from Carlo.
THE SUN... THE SAND... THE SURF... THE CULTURE OF PARADISE AND OVER 18,000 SURROUNDING ISLANDS
April 2010 Volume 12 No. 119
Legong Dancer Gustra
VIE, VINI... VICI
Bulgari Resort Bali’s culinary team has scored a notable winning streak in recent local, national and international events.
NEW “ARRIVAL” ON ARRIVALS
Visa on Board lets visitors more quickly start enjoying their holiday.
12 NEW&NEWS This month’s select news updates from the island’s tourism industry and what’s new around the island. 58 BEYONDUPDATES News updates from the tourism industry and what’s new beyond Bali.
40 ACTION&ATTRACTIONS LET’S DANCE, BALINESE DANCE Now, not only the Balinese and other Indonesians are attracted to picking up Balinese dance but foreigners are interested in the art as well.
62 COMMUNITYCALENDAR Schedules, calendar highlights and various happenings of interest, from art exhibitions to special events. 66 SEE&SEEN Snapshots of events and happenings within the preceding month. 70 BALIMAPS Map of Bali showing specific tourism areas and places of interest, as well as a distance scale between the island’s main destinations. 73 CLASSIFIEDCOLUMNS Listings and product descriptions from various clientele. 74 INFOINDEX Useful directory of companies and island-based businesses.
PHOTO BY IB NGURAH PRIMARTA
BEYONDBALI A SACRED MOUNTAIN OF JAVA
For hundreds of years Penanggungan was one of Java’s most sacred mountains. This peak had a strong grip on the imagination of ancient Java.
dekuta, a budget boutique hotel opening this month in Kuta offers comfort, ambience and flair at affordable prices. Located steps away from famous Kuta Beach, dekuta offers a unique personality; chic with comfortable interiors and contemporary design, a great tourist-centered location, friendly staff - all of which combine to provide a perfect little package at affordable prices for their 51 superior and two deluxe rooms. de Palm Rooftop & Lounge offers views of the skyline and the beach, which may be enjoyed with tasty treats from the bar’s extensive cocktail and tapas menus. The Rooftop & Lounge is also available for private parties, and provides a place to relax on any given day. www.dekuta.com
Vivalavi Family Retreat Villa welcomes its new General Manager Yulia Sukanta, who will lead the operations and supervise its villa complex and facilities. She has been involved in the hospitality industry for over 18 years, with expertise in catering and event arrangements, and was the key person at one of the famous hotels in the Nusa Dua area. Her current vision for Vivalavi is to try to serve, assist and present the most comfortable family villa in Bali. Vivalavi consists of six units in a two bedroom family configuration, each with private kitchen facilities, garden and plunge pool, and complemented by an intimate café-style restaurant adjacent to a common pool and game area. Vivalavi Family Retreat Villa, Jalan Mertasari 31x Kerobokan, (0361) 8476-028 www.vivalavivillas.com
FOR MEAT LOVERS
Hotel Sanur Beach Bali refreshes its weekly “All You Can Eat” Churrascaria event at Peppers Latino Grill & Bar. With a new presentation and personalized service by waiters and waitresses in new uniforms, Churrascaria promises a special dining experience. Giant meat skewers, an extensive salad bar, and delicious desserts are available. A live band entertains guests every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. whilst dance instructors show the latest Salsa moves. Located at the Hotel Sanur Beach Bali, Peppers Latino Grill offers a wide variety of Mexican and other Latin favorites. The Peppers Bar next door provides nightly entertainment and an extensive selection of cocktails and other beverages. Sanur Beach Bali, Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur (0361) 288-011; www.sanurbeach.aerowisata.com
The Bali Dynasty Resort presents a Mussels & Clams promotion at its Golden Lotus Restaurant. The Mussels & Clams Promotions will be featured starting this month through June. Among the tasty “no MSG” treats include Hot Clear Clam soup with celery, mushroom and chili; Steamed Clams with Blackbean or Garlic sauce; and Pan-Fried Mussels “Szechuan” style. Bali Dynasty Resort, Jalan Kartika, Tuban, South Kuta Bali, (0361) 752-403 www.balidynasty.com
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South Korea’s Lee Solar won the Ladies Indonesian Open Golf Championship at New Kuta Club. This 20-year-old golfer won first place for the first time and beat Japanese pro Mina Nakayama. Nakayama placed in the second while Da Na Kim from Korea and Ming Yen Chen from China placed the third and forth. The Ladies Indonesia Open 2010 took place at the New Kuta Club in Pecatu from March 19 to 21. This was a dual sanctioned event between the Ladies Asia Golf Tour (LAGT) and the Indonesian Golf Association and was supported by R&A St. Andrew, Scotland. www.golflink-resorts.com
TALENT FOR TERRACE
The Laguna Bali recently announced the appointment of Stephen Seckold as the new Chef de Cuisine for Ocean Terrace Beach Front Dining. Stephen brings a wealth of international culinary experience from luxury resorts and restaurants in New South Wales, London, Sydney, Botswana and most recently the famed Flying Fish restaurant at the Sheraton Fiji Resort. Seckold joins The Laguna Bali to further strengthen the culinary reputation that the restaurant has already established. The Laguna, Nusa Dua, (0361) 771-327 www.luxurycollection.com/bali
The Bali-based lighting company InSens’o features quality Indonesian-made products designed by Italian-born owner Roberto Tenace. With a large factory and several retail shops located in Seminyak, InSens’o is continuously expanding their range. Their showroom features a range of chic lighting products with a focus on designer lamps. The selection is imaginative, almost spiritual, working with colors and moods: tubes, panels, lamps, bell-cones, magic balls and even Buddha’s suspended in water that change color when you tap them. InSens’o, Jl. Basangkasa 13, Seminyak (0361) 734-243; www.insensobali.com
MAJOR TAKE ON
The Meliã Bali has embarked on its new Lagoon Access Suites project. The project began in March and expects to be completed at the beginning of the third quarter of 2010. The project will provide the highest number of lagoon-side suites of any resort in Bali. In line with the resort’s commitment to preserve Balinese culture, a Balinese ‘mecaru’ blessing ceremony and a cocktail presentation for travel agents commenced in February. All of the 43 square meter Lagoon Access suites will have a private patio giving direct access to the resort’s new Lagoon, just steps away. Melia Bali Villas & Spa, Kawasan Wisata BTDC Lot. 1 Nusa Dua, (0361)771-510; www.meliabali.com
Editions Didier Millet Bali announces a new title: “My Journey from Paris to Java” by renowned French novelist and playwright Honore´ de Balzac. Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), one of the pioneers of literary realism, makes a short fantasy diversion to the mystical island of Java, where he, or rather the narrator, encounters a deadly poisonbreathing tree, civilized monkeys, love-sick sparrows, and the epitome of Oriental desirability of his day – the women of Java. This charmingly small work was nevertheless much loved by Balzac himself, and it provides a captivating glimpse of the breadth of his imagination. This is the first English edition of the French original Voyage de Paris à Java, featuring color photographs and illustrations of Java and a comprehensive Gazeteer that provides architectural and historical information. Editions Didier Millet, Bali Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No. 96B/331 Sanur, (0361) 284-153; www.edmbooks.com
Lotus Restaurants announces its new players. Italian Chef Mauro Sarti and Italian Manager Marco Bertini will be in charge at the Lotus Garden Restaurant in Nusa Dua and Agung Putra Dalem recently replaced Alberto Remondi as Group Manager & Executive Chef of the Lotus Group. Lotus Restaurants presents varied cuisines of the world including Asian and European specialties with an Italian accent along with a wide selection of beverages, surrounded by lotus flowers and Indonesian antiques and in an enchanting and relaxing atmosphere. Twelve international restaurants are operated in Bali, Lombok and Singapore, and additional locations in Southeast Asia are planned. www.lotus-restaurants.com
The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa introduces its new signature Mojitos selections: Spiced Strawberry Mojito, Garden Mojito, and Royal Mojito. The resort’s F&B team has concocted these three treats from a traditional Mojitos recipe, all with premium Cuban rum. The leading cocktail is the Spiced Strawberry Mojito with fresh strawberry puree and a hint of cracked black pepper, served over crushed ice. The next one to try is the Garden Mojito, with cucumber and fresh mint and topped with sparkling mineral water. For a touch of class, sip the Royal Mojito: the classic Mojito topped with sparkling wine. The mouthwatering nip is now available at both the Lobby Bar and Chess Bar of the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa (0361) 771-210; www.nusaduahotel.com
SAVE A TEEN
The Aston Denpasar and the Putera Sampoerna Foundation (PSF) have signed a MOU for a fundraising program called “Save a Teen” on March 19. ”We have invited guests to come and help Indonesian youth reach their goals by donating just one dollar or about 10,000 rupiah when they check-in. This program will begin on March 19 and will be continued for the next 6 months,” said Irmansjah Madewa, General Manager of the Aston Denpasar. An international school will be built in Singaraja, North Bali and start operations in 2011. About 120 students will be accommodated from all over Bali with a tight examination selection. This school will be the third after Malang, East Java and Palembang, South Sumatera. Aston Denpasar, Jl. Gatot Subroto Barat No. 283, Denpasar, (061) 411-999; www.astondenpasar.com
SPRINT IN JUNE!
The 4th Annual MRA Bali International Triathlon’s date has been announced as June 20. This year’s race will provide athletes the chance to race either in an Olympic distance race, (1,500 meter swim, 40 kilometer bike ride and 10 kilometer run), or a shorter Sprint distance race (500 meter swim, 20 kilometer bike ride and 5 kilometer run). Sprint distance athletes will begin in a separate group, commencing within 30 minutes after the start of the main Olympic distance race. The shorter sprint distance will be open to both individual and 3-member team participation. The MRA Bali International Triathlon was recently named one of the 100 best races around the world in the March 2010 issue of Triathlete magazine and one of the 10 best vacation triathlons in the world. www.balitriathlon.com
SIXTH YEAR, SIX-STAR
The Oakley Pro 2010 a 6-Star Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship event, will be held from April 1-10 at Canggu Beach. Oakley returns again this year to host the first event of this year’s Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championships series. A Mecca for the international surfing community, and one of the most photographed waves in the region, Canggu is just as userfriendly for the spectators as for the surfers. A total prize purse of nearly Rp 50 million ($5,000 USD) with Rp 10 million ($1,000 USD) going to the winner of the Open Division; along with valuable championship points, will ensure the level of competition is high. www.oakleyindonesia.com/oakleypro10 www.isctour.com
Matthew Hill has joined the Conrad Hotels & Resorts as the Resident Manager of Conrad Bali. Prior, Hill was Executive Assistant Manager at the Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island. He has held senior management positions at the Hamilton Island Resort and at the Peppers Retreats & Resorts in Australia. As part of his new role Hill will further enhance the Wellness program at the Jiwa Spa. Conrad Bali, Nusa Dua (0361) 778-788 www.conradbali.com
SUSHI GONE CHIC
KO Sushi Lounge & Bar , the InterContinental Bali Resort’s Japanese restaurant, unveils its newly refurbished cocktail selection and new design. KO Sushi Lounge & Bar has taken its refined Japanese aesthetic and improved upon it, creating a sumptuous new identity. The interior space has been opened up by clever and innovative use of interior design to generate warmth and peace. Up to 50 guests can choose to enjoy a relaxed and informal gathering in the generously cushioned gold armchairs, or a more traditional dining experience at a table setting. The Japanese design ethic is typified by oversized hanging lanterns and carved wall lighting panels shedding a gentle light on the floor to ceiling columns and recesses in layered stone. A stunning collection of glassworks complements the space’s collection of local and international artwork. The ultra modern and beautiful swirling abstracts of the sushi bar backsplash provide a dynamic backdrop to the fresh array of fine seafood on display. InterContinental Bali Resort, Jalan Uluwatu 45, Jimbaran, (0361) 701-888
NURTURE OF NATURE, BLESS FOR BOUNTIFUL
Nowadays bubur sumsum is not only found in traditional markets but also in restaurants or star rated hotels as among their choices of desserts.
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What does campaigning for global warming have to do with a porridge? In Bali, you might find the answer.
issue and is being discussed among the many nations. While national leaders and environmental experts talk of it endlessly, societies everywhere talk of the climatic conditions they experience openly. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims that most of the rise in average global temperature in the 20th century results from the increase in greenhouse gases produced from the result of human activity. One of the human activities mentioned is mass deforestation, from clearing land for industry and commerce. Millions of hectares of forests have been cleared annually to fulfill
lobal warming (amidst its pros and cons) has become the hottest environmental issue around, and now it has evolved into a political
the growing demand for space. Humans indeed need to be aware of the significance of plants in the ecosystem and their continuity. Perhaps regret is avoidable, and that’s where local wisdom kicks in. In Bali, the local societies hold onto local wisdom, which also edify respect for the environment including plants, embedded in religious Hindu and ancestral traditional teachings. A quote from the Bhagavad-Gita goes, “from food comes forth beings, and from rain food is produced; from Yadnya (sacrifice, sincerity) arises rain, and Yadnya is born of action.” Plants are the producers in the food chain, and Hinduism reveres the divine forces of nature through the god Sangkara, the god of plants. The Balinese Hindus worship Dewa Sangkara every 210 days in accordance with the Balinese calendar system. The sanctified
At The Patra Bali, bubur sumsum can be found at the dessert sections of the buffet, and also, every Friday they hold ‘night markets’ featuring various traditional menu items including the porridge.
PHOTO BY NI LUH DIAN PURNIAWATI
A unique component of the offerings is porridge or locally referred to as ‘bubur’ or ‘bubuh’, which makes way into the ritual’s other name, Tumpek Bubuh.
day on their calendar for Sangkara is known as Tumpek Uduh, also referred to as Tumpek Bubuh, Tumpek Pengarah and Tumpek Pengatag. Such diverse names for a single ritual, but actually each name bears its own meaning. In Tumpek Pengarah, pengarah means ‘directive’ while in Tumpek Uduh, uduh means ‘to ask’, as the ritual boasts aspects as in ‘asking’ the plants, especially the fruit-bearing plants, on the premise of the impending Galungan holidays. They ask for blessings over the plants so that they will produce plentiful fruit, flowers, and lush foliage. On Galungan Day, the Hindus rely heavily on the harvests of fruits, flowers and leaves in order to celebrate.
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Tumpek Pengatag mainly refers to what comprises the offerings, when tree trunks are tapped in a small ritual (tapping in Balinese is nagtag) while addressing the notions of blessing for the plants. It is also where part of the philosophy of respect for the environment, as where respect for fellow human beings is put into practice; communicating with and admiring their significant roles in human life. A unique component of the offerings is a special form of porridge or locally referred to as ‘bubur’ or ‘bubuh’, which makes way into the ritual’s other name, Tumpek Bubuh. The porridge offerings are colored green, as each Hindu god is attributed its own color of the spectrum and Dewa Sangkara’s color is green.
The porridge is made up of glutinous rice powder or ‘tepung ketan’. Cooked with coconut milk and extracts from the suji leaves that tint the mixture green, the result is the porridge known by the local name of Bubur Sumsum. Why is the porridge part of the offering? The philosophical meaning is so that the plants can easily absorb fertile nourishment from the earth’s soil and process it to all the parts of the plants to produce the desired quality and quantity of harvests. Bubur sumsum is a typical Nusantara archipelago snack. This is so because it is also widely known throughout the Indonesian islands, and different versions exist throughout other Southeast Asian countries. Muslims in Indonesia also favor
At the Melia Bali in Nusa Dua for instance, the color of the bubur sumsum is not only green but are also found in combinations of white, chocolate and yellow.
PHOTO BY NI LUH DIAN PURNIAWATI
the porridge as a fast breaking meal during the Ramadhan fasting month. It is easily found in any traditional market. The porridge can be served with or without other ingredients. In Bali it is sometimes served with additional ‘kolak’ or sweet stewed banana slices, or ‘ronde’ flour dumplings, etc. Daun Suji or Pleomele angustifolia Roxb, is a clumping plant whose leaves are widely used for natural food coloring in traditional cuisine. Furthermore, its leaves are also known as source of tonic to treat leukemia and is featured in many Eastern Asian medicinal recipes. Nowadays bubur sumsum is not only found in traditional markets but also in restaurants or star rated hotels as among their choices of desserts. At the Melia Bali in Nusa Dua for instance, the color of the bubur sumsum is not only green but also white, chocolate and yellow. But don’t worry; all colors are natural, non-artificial.
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It is generally a dessert. Quite the opposite to the typical western version porridge of oats and gruel, the likes of which are usually taken for breakfast. “The green comes from the daun suji extract, the chocolate brown comes from brown sugar, the yellow comes from custard powder, and the white means that no coloring whatsoever has been added because the glutinous rice powder is itself white,” explained Melia Bali’s Executive Chef, I Gusti Ngurah Kanca. This is a much favored dessert which frequently makes its way to the buffet line. From his observation, guests instantly like it. They easily become accustomed to the taste, moreover it can be found elsewhere in Indonesia. The same case goes for The Patra Bali, where it is found in the dessert section of the buffet. Also, every Friday they hold night markets featuring various traditional menu items including the mentioned porridge.
“Our guests like the bubur sumsum. It’s only that the color served here is not green, as it is quite hard to explain that it is derived from natural coloring. But of course, we use daun suji whenever we want green. The difference between Indonesians and foreigners in terms of taste is that Indonesians don’t like it too sweet, thus the palm sugar sauce rare gets refilled,” joked Wayan Sunia, chef at The Patra Bali. Making it out all in the end, from one simple dish, we are able to revere the divine. A small bowl of porridge blesses the world so that the environment can be preserved and life on earth be nurtured. What’s more, we can enjoy the tasty delight during our casual time! Bubur can indeed symbolize anything. Perhaps after reading this, you might be able to ponder over your next dessert. ■ Text by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati photos by Made Suwardana
Discover totally unique furniture and quality interior accessories that have a definite international reputation and following, at the Carlo Showroom in Sanur.
RAW BEAUTY... AT A HIGHER LEVEL
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art, be it an 1885 classical Italian maestro fencer or a baroque sculptor of 1876. But here in a corner of idyllic Sanur, in his retail outlet on Jalan Danau Poso, a living visionaire (and ‘artist’ in his own right) has etched his own name in the world of quality interior design and furnishing, through his mastery in the use of natural materials. And from this island, his works and collaborative projects and high profile commissions have decorated, augmented, and added a distinct touch to prestigious hotels, resorts and residences all over the globe. Italian designer Carlo Pessina’s work can be found in many of the world’s most prestigious resorts and spas, as well as in the homes of people with a passion for the beautiful and the unique. Carlo pioneered the use of many materials including coconut, seashell, stone, brass, pebbles, woods and
is name might ring a bell for those people with a basic grasp of European history. For others, searching for his name on the net would easily lead to various great Italian figures that fall in the line of
Carlo has pioneered the use of materials including coconut, seashell, stone, brass, pebbles, wood and natural ﬁbers. His design ﬂair and passion for quality and ﬁnish are evident throughout the pieces at the Sanur retail outlet.
By integrating coconut shells, penshells, mother-of-pearl and terrazzo in the designs, one-of-a-kind pieces are produced. This unique combination of high design and exotic materials give each of the pieces a contemporary style with primitive verve.
natural fibers. His work has attracted plenty of imitators, but none have managed to equal his design flair or his passion for quality and finish. Carlo’s charming Design & Marketing assistant, Barcelonian born Anna Gutierrez, showed me into the realm of these beautiful pieces that are self defining and unique. She explained how Carlo started off with his enterprise, his inspiration built on meditating on the use of the coconut, because it was only used for cooking and there was plenty of it available on a tropical island like Bali. It fascinated him in the sense that it was a way to recycle the common but beautiful material, yet bringing it in to another level of use. A higher level. And the trade progressed onward with very important projects that made use of everything, all in coconut shells, like at the Amankila Resort that was a collaborative endeavor with architect Ed Tuttle as well
as the project at Bali’s Sheraton before its recent rebranding. For 20 years now, Carlo has been producing furniture for hospitality projects and beautiful houses around the world, not only using coconut shells but also other natural materials, which are embedded in the various objects and furniture items in his Sanur showroom - from solid tables, lounge chairs, cabinets and stools that apply the intricate use of natural fibers, stones, sea shells, barks and metals in their various forms. By also integrating the coconut shells with penshells, mother-of-pearl and terrazzo in the designs, one-of-a-kind pieces, exceptional in craftsmanship and understated beauty are produced. This unique combination of high design and exotic materials give each of the pieces a contemporary style with primitive verve. Carlo admits, “I think my work is clearly a blend of both styles - west and east.
Morotai pillars augment corners of a room and create a warmth in the overall ambience. Intricate textures from natural materials are omni-present throughout the items, such as in this Penida Credenza that comprises batik motifs.
Without my previous experience in Italy my products would not be as they are today, and of course if I was not in Bali I don’t know how my creations would be.” He recalls his early years in the trade, saying “I am an autodidact; I abandoned my studies in my twenties to start working in advertising when I was in Torino. I ended up working with my friend Mr. Rino Ferrario and we had good clients like Ferrero, Lancia, Eaton and many more. I feel more like an artist but now I end up having more than 400 workers in my factory in Bali, producing my creations and also customizing them for the needs of all the clients.” Supported by his factory in rural Tabanan and his team of highly skilled artisans, Carlo spent years creating sophisticated furniture and decorative pieces for the niche market of prestigious
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resorts and private residences throughout the world. His client list includes the high flyers in luxury hospitality such as the Four Seasons, the Aman Resorts, the Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, Sheraton and presidential palaces. If you happen to stay at the Amankila in Candidasa, enjoy a feast for your eyes with the natural textures that are a showcase of its own of Carlo’s innovative furnishings. However, after years of dealing with architects and interior consultants on an appointment basis only, Carlo decided it was time to expand and give individual buyers the opportunity to access his exclusive pieces. Thus, the Carlo Showroom was launched six years ago in 2004. This well appointed space in Sanur showcases an extensive range of furniture collections defined by unusual and
aesthetic designs and finishes. With his experience that now spans longer than two decades, Carlo Pessina is seen as a visionary who single-handedly took on the challenge to expose the detailed beauty and durability of tropical resources to a worldwide audience. Carlo’s furniture can be found in Bali as well as abroad through his exclusive representatives in the US, Russia, Italy, France and Malaysia; but the best is when you’re in Bali, take a worthwhile trip to this corner of Sanur. ■ Text by Nyoman Ari Gunadi Courtesy photos ■ Carlo Showroom Jl. Danau Poso No.22, Sanur (0361) 285-211 www.carloshowroom.com
VIE, VINI… VICI
One can easily recall their memorable dining experience at The Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Sangkar Restaurant – perched 150 meters above the seashore high on a cliff overlooking the broad azure of the Earth’s third largest ocean, one of the best views in Bali. And it is the award-winning culinary brigade behind the kitchen doors that assures the guests of an exceptional culinary experience.
hanging from the ceiling. The cages can fit any diner’s interpretation. One is plainly ‘caged’ or beautifully ‘confined’ in the pleasurable but casual dining moment, and you can ‘let yourself fly free’ on the alfresco dining area, with the breeze and bird’s eye view of the azure sea, and with the award winning talent of the figures behind the delectable cuisine, diners are assured of a valuable culinary experience. Here we highlight the winning streak that the culinary team of the Bulgari Resort Bali has been on recently. Executive Chef Andrew Skinner is an award-winning chef whose ‘silver jubilee’ of years in the industry is unrivalled. He led the resort’s Food & Beverage team to total triumph in the Bali round of the Meat & Livestock Australia’s Black Box Challenge in late 2006. The Bulgari culinary team took top honors in one of the individual sections and was judged to have created the Best Fish Course on the way to winning the overall prize back then. The 2006 win was in Vini Vidi Vici manner, as the resort’s food and beverage service was only just up and running at that time and fresh off the opening of its two world-class restaurants. Fresh from the turn of this year, members of the culinary brigade of the resort had once again been awarded for Bali pride, Global Chef Asia, and Executive Sous Chef at the Bulgari, Chef I Wayan Wicaya.
The man behind Bulgari Resort’s culinary winning team, Chef Andrew Skinner.
resort’s signature restaurant and seats 36, the perfect place to enjoy the very best of Italian cuisine. For all day dining the 70-seat Sangkar Restaurant offers creative cuisine combining traditional recipes of the region with modern culinary techniques and presentation. Named after the traditional Indonesian rooster cage, the venue’s theme and décor incorporates outdoor spaces and breathtaking cliff views. Indulge in the dining experience of Indonesia and Asia with touches of Japanese, Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, and Western — a fine combination of contemporary cuisine. Sangkar literally means ‘cage’ in Indonesian, so the restaurant’s interior is defined with the exquisite décor of subtly lit rooster cages
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he Bulgari Resort Bali, which opened in 2006, boasts international standard restaurants and a very talented team of chefs. Il Ristorante is the
their creative talents – winning the final event of the World Association of Chefs Society (WACS) Global Chef’s Challenge in Santiago, Chile – the competition that brought together internationally acclaimed chefs from around the world to showcase the finest cuisine and the rarest wines. Balinese chef I Wayan Wicaya, Executive Sous Chef at the Bulgari Resort Bali, won first place in the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge, beating out 6 other continental winners. The competition, one of the largest in the world, is held bi-annually. Chef I Wayan Wicaya together with Junior Chef Alexander Tanuhardja from the Bulgari Resort Bali headed off to Chile after winning the World Association of Chefs Society (WACS) Global Chef’s Challenge held in Hong Kong in 2009. Back in 2008, Chef Wayan Wicaya scored a Gold Medal at the Global Chef Challenge, also held in Hong Kong, and then another Gold Medal at the Bali Salon Culinaire the same year. The Global Chefs Challenge saw talented chefs from 88 counties that
had won seven continental semi-finalists competing for the top prize in Santiago. The final round of competition had chefs from seven regions preparing a four-course dinner for twelve people. Prepared and presented under the unforgiving gaze of a blue-ribbon panel of Master Chefs, judges rated the meal on culinary, hygiene and preparation standards. The Final “cook-off” in Chile saw
the world finals. Chef Andrew Skinner, serving as team coach, and the kitchen brigade at Bulgari supported Wicaya’s bid. Obviously Wayan was delighted with his prize, stating that winning the title of Global Chef Asia was one of the highlights of his career. He remembered to stay calm and focused and simply do his best. Joining Wicaya in Chile was Alex
Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Bali’s commitment to quality and dedication in each field of culinary expertise is reconfirmed.
our chefs in a battle against chefs from Norway, Canada, Portugal, Holland, Dubai and Australia, all vying for the gold cup. Before competing in Santiago, Chile, I Wayan Wicaya had to undergo the arduous two-year battery of local, national and regional competitions before earning the right to represent Indonesia and Asia in Tanuhardja, Commis Chef at the Bulgari Resort who also serves as the President of the Bali Young Chefs Club. In Santiago, each competing chef was allowed an apprentice or assistant to help prepare the four-course meal. Alex has been with the chef throughout the competition, exposed to the highest level of expertise as he
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Il Ristorante (previous page) is the resort’s signature restaurant and seats 36, the perfect place to enjoy the very best of Italian cuisine. The 70-seat Sangkar Restaurant (right) offers creative cuisine combining traditional recipes of the region with modern culinary techniques and presentation.
competed against Michelin-starred chefs from Europe, America, Australia and Africa. There was also a wine-pairing competition held in conjunction with the Global Chef Challenge. Wayan tasted 8 premiere Chilean wines in order to pair 3 of the wines with his menu. Indonesia also won this award, creating a clean sweep for Wicaya and Indonesia. The heroes’ welcome after the homecoming from Chile had the team adding to their fine winning streak recently at an event held on home soil at a national culinary competition, the Salon Culinaire 2010, held from March 11-13 at the BICC, The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua. This culinary competition, in which Chef Wicaya also scored a Silver Medal in back in 2004, featured approximately 270 chefs
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from hotels and restaurants competing for various prize categories, and it was a night of celebration for the Bulgari Bali Hotels and Resorts culinary team who was elected the Best Culinary Team for 2010. They were also awarded three additional titles, namely Best Pastry Chef, Best Individual and Team Hot Cooking. During the three days of competition, the Bulgari team had 14 entries and received 12 medals. Achievements were 7 Gold Medals, amongst them for Pastry Petit Fours, Individual Live Cooking and Hot Team Cooking Black Box Category, and 5 Course Fine Dining. 3 Silver Medals for Bread Show Piece, Individual Hot Cooking Indonesian Family Style and Team Hot Cooking – Black Box, and also 2 Bronze Medals for Fusion Sushi Platter and
Fruit and Vegetable Carving. To further enhance their reputation, the Culinary Team was awarded 4 out of the 5 challenge trophies to be won: Best Pastry Chef, Best Chef Individual Hot Cooking Chef, Best Hot Cooking Team Chefs and Best Culinary Organization Team. These trophies further reconfirmed Bulgari Hotels & Resort’s Bali’s commitment to quality and dedication in each field of culinary expertise. ■ Text by Nyoman Ari Gunadi Photos courtesy Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Bali ■ Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Bali Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin Uluwatu, (0361) 847-1000 www.bulgarihotels.com
Tidying up and reorganizing… tasks that never seem to end. Problems need to be resolved by the day. Such is the case at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.
NEW ARRIVAL ON ARRIVALS
destination, and not to mention more specifically of Ubud, with one hotel or spa in Bali titled “the best in the world.” No wonder it lures so many. Brochures, web promotions and tourism publications lead the tourism masses to Bali to take in all the wonders it has to offer. But do they really experience these wonders once they set foot in Bali? Currently, the first foot that lands on Bali soil steps into the Ngurah Rai International Airport. Out of the plane and then into the airport, oops... you see a lot of tumult at the long queues. Some long flight passengers would find the standing time welcome, yet for regulars and the majority, it’s a great deal of legwork for
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ali, a small island with a big and deep impression. Several times hailed as the most beautiful island in the world, a most favorite tourism
the jet-lagged, yearning for a place to lean on through the process. But this is international regulation. You need to sort out your papers. So patience is quite in demand when you get into these lines. Well, it’s no secret that the service here is very far from top notch. All the small things, like running out of toilet paper in the restrooms, or the din of people promoting stuff, and on to one of the most frequently highlighted problems – the long queues at the international arrival. After the same criticisms have kept on flowing for long enough, at last the Indonesian government issued a breakthrough, a collaboration between the Directorate General of Immigration, Garuda Indonesia (the largest state owned airline) and BNI (one of the state owned national banks) with the Tourism Office. This breakthrough is named Visa on Board, where visas and immigration papers are done while in flight. So upon
landing, all issues regarding immigration are cleared and visitors to the island can leave the airport faster without waiting in the long queues and more quickly start enjoying their holiday. Here’s how it works. Garuda opens a visa voucher service counter at the tourists’ country of departure. The settlements are then sent to the immigration office in Indonesia. Administrative and visa issuance matters are settled by an Indonesian immigration officer onboard the plane, so upon landing at the destination, the tourist need only to show a special card for visa and immigration clearance. In the national paper Neraca, Faik Fahmi, Garuda Indonesia’s Senior GM for the Japanese, Chinese, South Korean and the United States regions, expressed that the visa on board solution would drastically cut short the process to four hours. This is counting from the departure up to exiting the airport’s immigration gate at the international airport. Besides shortening the long and strenuous visa queues, it would also definitely improve Indonesia’s first impression in the eyes of foreign visitors, and in the end add to the appeal of the destination for future visits.
All issues regarding immigration are cleared and visitors to the island can leave the airport faster without waiting in long queues and more quickly start enjoying their holiday.
This service came into effect at the start of February with Garuda 881 flight from Tokyo to Bali with 168 passengers on board. Jero Wacik, the Minister of Tourism and Culture, stated to a number of media representatives that he was optimistic that the service would increase visitors’ satisfaction. It also resulted in the government’s confidence in setting targets for tourism arrivals to Bali at 2.3 million for year 2010. Data from the Bali Government Tourism Office showed 2009 tourist arrivals from countries respectively, Australia: 446,042, Japan: 319,473, China: 199,000, Malaysia: 132,835, South Korea: 123,879, Taiwan: 119,413, France 110,244, UK: 92,898, Germany: 74,678 and The Netherlands: 74,409 visitors. An old saying goes something like, ‘a mile journey starts with one single step’. And this breakthrough program also started with one city, Tokyo. Garuda has flights to 23 international destinations. It
has gradually shown improvement. Another positive highlight is the achievement of Garuda being categorized by Skytrax as a 4-star airline. Skytrax is a private London-based company that has ranked world airlines since 1989. Skytrax has the facility to carry out analysis and research on the service improvement of the airline industry including airports. If Garuda has been successfully approved of prestige, then opportunities to add international service routes lie ahead. If networks expand, the Visa on Board service can not only be enjoyed by tourists departing from Japan but by all who board the Garuda flights. Tidying up and service improvements will hopefully continue. Good service will further appeal to visitors. And the most effective and free form promotion ever – word of mouth – will benefit Indonesia’s appeal in general.■ Text by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati
Garuda has ﬂights to 23 international destinations. Gradually, Garuda has shown improvement.
ELOQUENT THE BALINESE WAY
The beautiful and eloquent moves together with the dynamic facial expressions performed by a Balinese dancer have become legendary. Now not only the Balinese and other Indonesians are attracted to this part of the Balinese heritage but foreigners are as well
he clock showed 2 p.m. and the children were all ready with their training costumes, which consisted of a length of kamen cloth, a waist
in synchrony. There are those that already know the moves by heart and are fluent at the counts, but there are also the fresh starters who still strive at getting the moves and rhythms right. The more experienced ones are usually in the front row, so their new friends can view them as examples. However, their coaches swiftly approach them and help them out with each move. The Agung Rai Museum of Art, better known by its abbreviated name ARMA, is located in the village of Pengosekan in Ubud, and has a mission to preserve Balinese culture and introduce local arts to youth at an early age. They provide a special space at the Museum for children to learn to dance. The children are mostly elementary grade schoolchildren and are taught basic traditional dance by experienced dance teachers. On this afternoon there are three teachers and one of them is Luh Mas Sriati, better known by her peers and pupils as ‘Bu Luh Mas’. She is one among the senior Balinese dancers, the daughter
of the late dance maestro Wayan Gandra and granddaughter of Made Lebah, a gamelan maestro. She also had the chance to learn dance under the guidance of dance maestro Gusti Made Sengog Niang Sengog, and has served as an Indonesian arts ambassador traveling abroad to perform. Now she dedicates her life to children. Dance lessons are held every day, except during certain occasions such as when religious ceremonies are at their peak. One dance can be completely mastered after a year of practice. Dancing the Balinese forms are not as easy as they may seem. There are basic dance moves that must be understood and usually this is the most difficult part, yet it forms the strong base. There are at least three basics that must be mastered; gem, seledet, and egol. Ngagem is executing the asymmetric position of the body in a stationary posture. Agem can be divided into two parts: right and left. The right agem is
strap, and a bokor flower tray. Today they
are learning the Pendet dance, which is usually considered the most basic dance form for anyone interested in picking up Balinese dance, especially for ladies. In nearly all dance workshops, this is the first dance that is taught. The Pendet is one of the oldest Balinese dances used in ceremonies. There are gestures of worship and the use of flower petals in its sequence. Yet lately the Asosiasi Seni Tari Indonesia (the Indonesian Arts Institute) in Denpasar has recreated it into an abridged version that falls into the welcoming dance category of Balinese dance. Children line up in rows, then recorded accompanying music is played, and at specific times they start to move together
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Dancing the Balinese forms are not as easy as they may seem. There are basic dance moves that must be understood and usually this is the most difficult part, yet it forms the strong base.
Those curious about Bali’s arts and culture will find the answers in Ubud. For those who just want to know the basics, they can pay to visit the various local workshops. But for those who want to dive even deeper, they can pay a living Balinese maestro a visit.
when the upper body slants to the right and the hips to the left, while the hands are at shoulder level. Seledet is the facial expression that focuses on the sharp dashing glances of the eyes, with directions in accordance to the agem posture. While executing or ngagem to the right, then the seledet glances would normally be to the upper right and lower right. Learning to nyeledet does not only involve the eye movements but also the facial expressions. A dance surely comes to life when dynamic expressions are skillfully carried out. Sometimes a dancer may either seem fierce, sweet and timid, or dead serious, depending on the act being performed. Egol or the ‘hip shake’ is executed while stepping on the spot or forward. It is the most difficult move and requires stamina. Because the body posture when executing this move is not standing upright but rather in what the Balinese refer to as ngeed or standing with a slight squat. Generally this is the position throughout the dance sequence. Besides that, the ngegol is not only about shaking the hips but also maintaining the harmony between
the hip, hand gestures, and the head. ARMA not only encourages children to get involved in dance lessons, they also open their classes to foreign visitors who want to dive deeper into these Balinese dance forms. Several hotels in the Ubud area also send their guests to try out dance with the dance coaches at ARMA. Practicing can also be done at The Kamandalu Resort & Spa. This hotel that sits on the border with Tegallalang also invites senior dance coaches and facilitates the local children to further hone their skills at the art. Ubud surely has become a focal point in the island’s art scene. Those curious about Bali’s arts and culture will find the answers in Ubud. For those who just want to know the basics, they can pay to visit the various local workshops. But for those who want to dive even deeper, they can pay a living Balinese maestro a visit. Luh Mas is one among these masters who accept pupils. Several times she agreed to teach foreign students who seriously want to pick up the art form. For these kinds of pupils, the sessions are intense and held privately. They not only learn the moves but also discuss the
Learning Balinese dance can be done throughout the island. One hotel in the Nusa Dua area, Laguna The Luxury Collection has also added a facility for its guests, especially children. (courtesy photos)
ARMA not only encourages children to get involved in dance lessons, they also open their classes to foreign visitors who want to dive deeper into these Balinese dance forms. Several hotels in the Ubud area also send their guests to try out dance with the dance coaches at ARMA.
philosophies behind each dance and each move so they can best understand and embody the spirit of the art. Several other senior Balinese dancers that can be asked for guidance include the likes of the topeng mask and gambuh maestros from the village of Batuan, I Made Djimat; Kebyar Duduk maestro, Ida Bagus Oka Wirjana or better known by the name Gus Aji Blangsinga from the village of Blangsinga. Those keen may also visit the Sanggar Cudamani dance workshop in the village of Pengosekan. Sanggar Cudamani is managed by the husband and wife couple of artist Dewa Putu Berata and Emiko Saraswati Susilo, together with Dewa Putu Berata’s brother, Dewa Ketut Alit. The workshop was officially opened in 1997, although the activities have been carried out long before that. They now not only teach the local children to dance but they
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also teach Balinese gamelan orchestra to visitors and are now active performers. One Japanese visitor who delved into Balinese dance under a maestro’s guidance and stuck to it is Koyano Tetsuro. In the beginning he came to learn Balinese gamelan, but he was attracted to dance forms and even wayang shadow puppetry. He now frequents Bali and has the honor of dancing at temples during religious ceremonies and anniversaries. Learning Balinese dance can be done throughout the island. One hotel in the Nusa Dua area has also added a facility for its guests, especially children. The Laguna also provides its guest’s children with complimentary Balinese dance lessons as one of their kid’s club activities. The children can get busy learning the moves while their parents have their own agenda. They can don traditional Balinese attire during the lessons and learn under ■ The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua (0361) 771-327, www.luxurycollection.com/bali ■ Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) (0361) 974 228, www.armamuseum.com the guidance of Komang Suarti, The Laguna’s Human Resources Manager. So far, the children who participate express high enthusiasm in each of their moves. Balinese dance give you the chance to feel and experience part of the heritage, which suits both young and old. ■ Text and photos by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati
For hundreds of years, Penanggungan was one of Java’s most sacred mountains. According to legend, when Hinduism first arrived in Indonesia, Mount Meru the mythical home of the gods was shifted to Java.
Meals are served and drinks are passed around... Raja Ama Doko Lomi Djara and group are indulging delightedly in the English veal dish (the last on the ship) and the quality European beverages. Cheers all around on board the Endeavour that night in September of 1770. When Raja Ama Doko left the Endeavour, Captain James Cook ordered his crew to fire off nine salvos in honor of the king.
In the deep green forest on the slopes of the the sound of running water and the scent of
Penanggungan volcano the cool air is filled with incense. At the end of a steep, potholed road,
surrounded by a thicket of tall trees and tangled creepers, stands Candi Jolotundo. This Hindu water temple is over a thousand years old, but even today, long since most of Java converted to Islam, it is still attracting a steady stream of pilgrims. In the damp niches, people place Balinese-style offerings of leaves and petals; on the temple’s central platform of carved basalt, men sit cross-legged in meditation. And in the bathing tanks on either side – women to the left,
men to the right – people stand in the cool, clear water, bowing their heads beneath the rivulets in search of blessing and the energy of this sacred place. There are Balinese migrants, Chinese Indonesians, and a few local Christians amongst the visitors, but most of the pilgrims here are Javanese Muslims. This temple, and the steep mountain from which its eternal
today, as it has been throughout Java’s history. from the center of Surabaya. This 1,653-metre mountain stands like a sentinel at the edge of the by road from the crowded East Java capital. when Hinduism first arrived in Indonesia, Mount Meru the mythical home of the gods was shifted to the base broke away to form Mount Semeru in the Bromo-Tengger Massif, while the smooth summit tumbled some 60 kilometers to the north to form Penanggungan. the hot yellow coastal plain in a perfect cone and flanked by a series of smaller attendant summits, it dominates the local landscape. Under successive
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water supply is drawn, is still seen as a place of power On a clear day you can see Gunung Penanggungan
volcanic hinterland that is just an hour and a half away For hundreds of years, Penanggungan was one of Java’s most sacred mountains. According to legend,
Java. But the peak suffered some damage in transit:
It’s easy to see why this peak had such a grip on the imagination of ancient Java. Rising steeply from
The hard work is worth it. From the rim of the shallow crater, the view opens over the green landscape of East Java.
Hindu dynasties it was a pilgrimage destination and the focus of intensive temple building. Today the remains of some 81 temples dot the forested slopes. Oldest is the sacred bathing place at Jolotundo on the western slope of the mountain. A facade of dark, carved basalt set into the steep hillside, it dates from the time of Sanjaya, the dynasty also responsible for Java’s biggest Hindu monument at Prambanan. Built around 977 AD, Sanskrit inscriptions connect the place to Udayana, the king of the old unified kingdom of Bali who was married to a Sanjaya princess. The natural spring here, fed by pure mountain mineral water, was probably considered sacred long before the temple was built, and of all Penanggungan’s temples it is the one still most venerated today.
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Visit at any time and you will see people who have driven up from the nearby cities to bathe and to fill bottles with the water – said by locals to be second in quality only to that from the Zam-Zam well in Mecca. In fact, you’ll probably be encouraged to take a dip yourself – and you should! Mystical powers aside, the cool and clean water is incredibly refreshing. But for those serious about accessing Jolotundo’s power, locals say it is necessary to visit after dark,-- between midnight and 2 am. Every night –especially when the moon is full – this remote place deep in the forest is busy with visitors. There is another sacred Sanjaya-era bathing place on the eastern side of Penanggungan. Follow a rising, narrowing lane off the roaring Surabaya-Malang Highway and you’ll reach Candi Belahan,
People drive up from the nearby cities to bathe and fill bottles with the water – said by locals to be second in quality only to that from the Zam-Zam well in Mecca.
known locally by its more racy name, Candi Tetek, the “Breasts Temple”, for the obvious reasons; the supply of sacred spring-water here emerges from the ample bosom of a statue of the goddess Laksmi. This place is said to be the memorial for Udayana’s son Airlangga, the last and greatest of the Sanjaya kings. Pilgrims still come here today also, and local villagers use the shallow pool that stands before the temple’s brick facade as a public bath. After Airlangga’s death in 1049, Sanjaya split into two warring kingdoms, and East Java was not unified again until two centuries later under the Singosari realm, based not far from Gunung Penanggungan near the modern town of Malang. Singosari made its own additions to the sacred geography of Penanggungan, the most striking of which is Candi Jawi, which stands southeast of the mountain in the village of Prigen. A tall tower of carved limestone; it is nonetheless overshadowed by the mountain that inspired it. But it was under Singosari’s successor, the mighty 15th century Majapahit Empire, that temple building on the sacred slopes of Penanggungan reached its zenith. The mountain’s enigmatic purple cone, rising from the coastal haze, would have been visible from the Majapahit capital some 30 kilometers to the west at Trowulan. As pilgrims made their way up ancient pathways towards the sacred summit,
masons carved cubes of rough basalt into plinths and statues and set them on laboriously leveled terraces all around the slopes of the mountain. The Majapahit rule lasted less than 200 years, and in 1543 Gunung Penanggungan was captured by the nascent Islamic state of Demak. No more temples were built on the steep slopes and the more remote of the Majapahit constructions were reclaimed by the forest, only to be rediscovered by archaeologists in the 1930s. But the mystical draw of the mountain and its bathing places has endured – and continues to do so today. Modern pilgrims can find places to stay in the nearby hill resorts of Trawas or Tretes, small towns with fine views looking out across the shining green rice terraces and stands of thick forest towards Penanggungan. But the closest accommodation to the mountain is a kilometer downhill from the Jolotundo temple at PPLH, an environmental education center deep in the forest that also has some neat little bungalows for visitors. And this is the place to start from if you want to make your own way up to the home of the gods, the very summit of the sacred mountain. Though it’s a tough and sweaty climb, Penanggungan grass, leads to a succession of small Majapahit temples before rising sharply for the final sweaty slog up the bare stony slopes to the summit. The hard work is worth it. From the rim of the shallow crater, the view opens over the green landscape of East Java. To the north the cities of Sidoarjo and Surabaya can sometimes be made out beneath their blankets of yellow haze; the lower slopes of the mountain are cloaked with a dense green forest that gives way to the shining terraces and red-roofed villages of the farmland. And to the south the great bulk of the Welirang volcano massif towers over Trawas and Tretes. It’s easy to understand why the people of old Java saw this place as the home of the gods… ■ Text and photos by Tim Hannigan
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is one of Java’s most accessible peaks – a day hike rather than an expedition. After seeking blessings with a bath at the Jolotundo temple, hikers can follow a path through the steamy silence of the forest before emerging eventually in the thick scrub between the main mountain and its attendant peak of Mount Bekel. Here the
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trail, winding through stands of tall yellow
Our Jakarta-based contributor lists several recommended spa havens for those in the need of a break to “recharge” and relax stressed muscles and minds while in the city.
to “recharge” and relax your stressed muscles and minds, check out these recommended spa havens.
t’s no secret that in order to keep one’s sanity in a pressure-loaded metropolis like Jakarta, one needs to escape from the hustle and bustle every once in a while. If you and your partner are in need of a break
the Ayuslomi Ritual, the Romantic Retreat, the Men’s Facial treatments range, and the Hot Stone Massage. Get ready to slowly drift into a peaceful slumber with the last one, as it will melt the tension from your muscles like never before as you feel each of the passing strokes of the warm and smooth basalt stones heat penetrating deep into your seven Chakra points. This treatment can be taken for 60 minutes (Rp 355,000) or 90 minutes (Rp 480,000). Soaking or splashing in one of their water treatments is another fun and refreshing experience as well. Enjoy the gentle warm rain from seven showers spraying your body in the Jet Affusion Shower. Or a soothing dip of oil and aromatherapy with a massage of warm pressure sprays from 150 holes in the Hydro Bath tub. For a more awakening dose of shower power, try the Scotch Shower that will detoxify your body by
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A RELAXING AND REJUVENATING HIDEAWAY AT THE BIMASENA SPA
Spacious, cozy and equipped with sauna, steam bath, whirlpool, deposit box and vanity desk, what couple would ever want to leave Bimasena Spa’s Private Suites? These three indulging rooms are additions to their six regular treatment rooms, with a view of the lush garden of the Dharmawangsa Hotel. Their highlight treatments include the Chocolate Ritual,
Prepare to be pampered by the unique fusion of traditional Indonesian and Swedish techniques at Borobudur Club & Spa.
Enjoy the gentle warm rain from seven showers spraying your body in the Jet Affusion Shower or the Hot Stone Massage at Bimasena Spa.
spraying it with a hose of delivering high pressure warm water. Each of these treatments lasts for 15 minutes at a price of Rp 250,000. At the Bimasena Spa, relaxing also comes with rejuvenation. After loosening your mind and muscles, why not please your partner by getting a younger, better look? Try their new “The Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion” treatment to complete your spa experience. Enjoy the sensation of instant coolness on your face as the serum pours into the skin through oxygen that works with topical hyperbaric pressure. Containing Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins A, C, and E, green tea and other antioxidants, amino peptides and nano hydrators, the serum regenerates new cells, elastin and collagen immediately. At Rp 650,000/30 minutes for each treatment, you can choose between the Rejuvenation Facial Infusion, Opulence
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Brightening Facial Infusion, and the Atoxelene Facial Infusion. Prices are subject to tax and service charge. The Bimasena Spa Jl. Dharmawangsa Raya 39, Jakarta (021) 725-8668; www.bimasena.co.id
A TOUCH OF BLISSFUL HERITAGE AT THE BOROBODUR CLUB & SPA
Even before surrendering yourself to those magic hands at Borobudur Club & Spa, you will already feel calmed and relaxed, thanks to the tranquil, leafy garden of the Borobudur Hotel. Fresh air, colorful flowers, happy chirpy birds and well, a sudden urge to go plunging into the semi Olympic-sized swimming pool accompany your healthy walk to the spa through this vast garden. Prepare to be pampered by
the unique fusion of traditional Indonesian and Swedish techniques at prices that won’t make your muscles tense up again when you get the bill. The distinguished punch of the Borobodur Club & Spa is their rich use of indigenous ingredients handed down through the generations. The exotic formula for the Balinese Boreh Body Wrap for instance, combines herbs and spices like nutmeg, cloves, ginger and curcuma Heyneana. Using native Javanese botanicals turned into an herbal aromatic lotion, the Herbal Body Scrub comes with interesting options like Traditional Javanese Lulur, Lavender, Balinese Coffee-Ginger, Green
From the moment you enter the spa room at the Alameda Spa & Health Club, you can feel a distinctive touch from the warmed fresh ginger and lemongrass floating in the bowl right as you lay down on the spa bed.
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Spas in Jakarta also have the option of enjoying treatments in rooms and out.
Tea and Chocolate. Try to resist licking yourself though, if you opt for the latter one, as it feels so delicate and smells so good on your skin. What you and your mate can try as first timers is one of the treatments from their Spa Packages, the Borobudur Signature at a price of Rp 480,000. That will give you a blissful 150-minute total retreat that starts with the Lulur, then the Aromatherapy Body Massage Oil, and closes with the Traditional Yonka Mini Facial. Prices are subject to tax and service charge. Borobodur Club & Spa Jl. Lapangan Banteng Selatan, Jakarta, (021) 380-5555 www.hotelborobudur.com the Stress Focus, and an Indonesian Massage. For body care, you have the choice of the Lovely Scrub, a Body Polish Emulsion and the Solution Retreat. Another highlight is the Alameda Signature Massage that combines the Indonesian and the Swedish Massage with the intention to purely pleasure your body. You can choose the 60-minute duration at Rp 325,000 or the 90-minute for the price of Rp 425,000. From the moment you enter the spa room you can already feel a distinctive the back of your neck. Immediately you’ll feel a wave of heat penetrating deep into your weary muscles. Soon the other points of your body are covered as well with the hot sand. After a smooth ginger scrub on your back, you will then be spoiled head to toe by a powerful oil massage that strokes every single tensed muscle in such a way that it leaves you with the ultimate joy and pleasure that goes beyond expectation. The must-try Hot Sand Therapy is offered at a price of Rp 460,000 for a 120-minute duration. Prices are subject to tax and service charge. Alameda Spa & Health Club Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan Kav E. 1.2. No. 1 & 2, Mega Kuningan, Jakarta. (021) 5798-8888, ext. 3580 Text by Kathy Petite, photos courtesy of The Bimasena Spa, Borobudur Club & Spa, Alameda Spa & Health Club
A TREASURE FROM NATURE AT THE ALAMEDA SPA & HEALTH CLUB
Located on the 3rd floor of JW Marriott Hotel, the Alameda Spa & Health Club offers a range of treatments for those who are in need of total stress-relief. The choices for an absolute getaway from your routine include a Hot Sand Massage, the Aromatic Massage, a Swedish Massage,
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touch from the warmed fresh ginger and lemongrass floating in the bowl as you lay face down on the spa bed. It creates a subtle scent of fragrance in the air, getting your mind ready to be pampered. The uniqueness of their Hot Sand Therapy lies in the ingredients that blend a special “potion” of hot Lombok sand with Indonesian herbs and spices. The journey starts with a bag of hot sand placed on
UP TO THE SHOWDOWN
The Rip Curl GromSearch youth surfing event will be coming to Cimaja in West Java on April 18. This is the second grommet event by Rip Curl this year. The first was at Lakey Peak in Sumbawa back in March, and the third event will be in Medewi, West Bali in September. There will be also a national training camp in Kuta in October that will be followed by the GromSearch final in Kuta, also in October. The first and second place winners of the 16 years old and under division of each regional event will receive a ticket to the final in Kuta. The battleground for the ticket to Australia will be set in the middle of the Rip Curl Surf and Music festival 2010. Rip Curl will send the final winner to Bells Beach in Australia for the International GromSearch showdown. Rip Curl, Jl. Sunset Road no.69 Kuta, (0361) 754-455 www.ripcurl.com
REVIEW EN ROUTE
Having terminated its Kuala Lumpur- Manado (North Sulawesi) flights back on February 25, AirAsia is now reviewing its flights between Kuala Lumpur-Makassar, South Sulawesi. If in two or three months the KL-Makassar route does not rise above the 70% load factor as it is currently, then this route may be closed also, stated Marketing Director Indonesia AirAsia Widijastoro Nugroho. The KL-Manado flights had an average load factor of below 60% with ticket rates at 170 Ringgit, while the ideal load factor should be 75% at the ticket rate of Rp. 1 million. AirAsia flies Makassar-KL four times weekly. There are relatively more passengers flying from Makassar to Kuala Lumpur at 60:40 ratios, compared to passengers from KL to Makassar. www.airasia.com
Aston International announced the grand opening of the Aston Samarinda Hotel & Convention Center, located in the heart of Samarinda’s central business district in East Kalimantan. The Aston Samarinda Hotel & Convention Center is an international 4 star business hotel serving the region’s growing business travel and conference market as well as domestic leisure travelers. The hotel features 99 modern and comfortable guest rooms and suites, several conference rooms, the largest pillar-less ballroom in the city with a capacity of up to 1,500 guests, and Kalimantan’s only indoor swimming pool. Aston International Hotels, Resorts and Residences (021) 831-8800; www.aston-international.com
CRAFT IN THE CITY
Jakarta International Handicraft Trade Fair (Inacraft) is an international scale promotional and sales activity of Indonesian handicraft products for domestic and foreign markets that is held at the Jakarta Convention Center from April 21-25. This annual Inacraft exhibition has become one of the most popular international events and a target for foreign buyers and importers. Profiles for exhibits includes national and international handicraft producers/ manufacturers & SME ranging from gift items, housewares, home and garden, decorative, toys and games, batik, embroidery, jewelry & gemstone, pottery, and more. www.inacraft.co.id
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Sangkringan Art Space will hold an art exhibition titled “Ba’Al” from April 22 to May 6, which is a painting exhibition of the GOTRI club from the year 2003 generation of Indonesian Institute of Art students. Some of the 25 artists are still students at the institute. Ba’al, meaning “numb,” showcases the different developmental stages of young artists in Indonesia, which is unique in that it features the variations of creative sourcing. This struggle in creativity spawns the tendency towards new ideas and formations. Each year a new art force emerges. The works that the artists display have different languages as well as feature different techniques. Sangkringan Art Space, Nitiprayan, Rt 1/ Rw 20 Ngestiharjo, Bantul, Yogyakarta, (0274) 381-032; www.sangkringanartspace.com
Effective this month, the Indonesian government offers Tax Refunds for tourists on purchases exceeding Rp. 5 million. Designated airports where refunds can be obtained at present are Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport and the Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar, Bali. Meanwhile, Governor Sultan Hamengku Buwono X of Yogyakarta has also urged the government to include Yogyakarta since the province is ready to implement tax refunds for tourists. “We are ready with both the personnel and the area at the airport so that this can be implemented immediately,” said the Sultan. Through tax refunds, the number of visitors to Yogyakarta is expected to increase. Ten specialized shops most often visited by tourists have already been designated in the city. Yogyakarta is the center for many exclusive handicrafts including silverware, batik, furniture, accessories and others. Courtesy: Indonesia Digest
WORLD OF KEBABS
El Patio Coffee Shop at the Melia Purnosani Jogja presents its Kebab Program this month. This selection is served a la carte for lunch and dinner. The chefs provide seven variants that were adopted from several countries. This will be El Patio’s main menu through June. The seven selections include Lamb Kebab (lamb curry with Briyani rice); Sweet Satay (which is also Kebab a la Indonesia); Chicken Yakitori (chicken with teriyaki sauce and plain rice); Beef Shaslik; Fish Brochette; Seafood Skewer; and Sausage Szaszlyki. Melia Purosani Jogja, (0274) 589-521 www.meliajogja.com
Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Asia’s first Hard Rock Hotel, covering a prime three hectares site at the heart of Bali’s entertainment and shopping district. This is the ultimate theme vacation resort with Hard Rock’s signature of limitless energy, unparalleled creativity and quality service - the perfect place to Rest, Relax & Rock! Hard Rock Hotel features 418 tribute rooms and luxury suites, alongside six cutting edge food and beverage outlets. A paradise for couples, families and singles. Situated at Bali’s famous shopping and entertainment district, Kuta, just 10 minutes drive from Bali airport, you’ll find that the Hard Rock Hotel offers more than just comfortable accommodation, it also blends tropical majesty with today’s modern luxury.
Jl. Pantai, Banjar Pandai Mas, Kuta Tel: (0361) 761-869 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.hardrockhotels.net
Pool Villa Club Sanur Beach Bali
The Pool Villa Club at Sanur Beach Bali offers luxurious one-bedroom ocean view villas with direct beach access. Each villa with private terrace and its own 11m private pool also comes with a majestic bed, living and dining areas and expansive gardens with gazebo. The villas have fully equipped kitchens with breakfast bar, a spacious bathroom with Jacuzzi and walk-in wardrobes. Guests may take the option of dining at the gazebo while enjoying the beach and the ocean. Personal butlers provide personalized services. A perfect place for couples, families or to entertain friends. Sanur Beach Bali also features 426 rooms and suites, 2 large pools, a choice of restaurants and bars.
Jl. Danau Tamblingan, Sanur 80228 Bali, Indonesia Ph: +62 361 288011 Fax: +62 361 287566 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sanurbeach.aerowisata.com
The Patra Bali
Resort & Villas
The Patra Bali Resort & Villas is an 11 hectare five star resort in Tuban, offering one of the largest guestrooms in Kuta. All decorated in traditional Balinese style with exquisite wooden furnishings overlooking exotic tropical landscapes. The hotel has a warm and peaceful atmosphere and is ideal for total relaxation! The Resort has 206 rooms and suites, all beautifully appointed, with marble bathrooms and five-star amenities. There is a huge swimming pool right by the sea. The 22 Villas are a semi-boutique concept, giving extra privacy and luxury for families or couples. Many have private plunge pools, and they’ve all 24-hour butler service. Villa guests have their own huge seaside swimming pool and exclusive use of the Floating Heritage Lounge. The hotel offers more facilities like 4 restaurants, convention centers, a Kids club, Spa & Health club, a Beach Bar and free shuttle service to Kuta.
Jl. Ir. H. Juanda, South Kuta Beach, Kuta Tel : ( 0361 ) 751-161 Fax: (0361) 752-030 email@example.com www.patrabali.com
The location is ideal, a huge landscaped property on South Kuta Beach, directly on the Indian Ocean and next to the international airport. A 5-minute drive north brings you to the heart of Kuta’s shopping district.
The Dreamland Luxury Villas & Spa
The Dreamland Luxury Villas & Spa is a new destination for those who want to experience the atmosphere of first class service with state of the art facilities. 42 Private Pool Villas are available with different categories; 1 bedroom suite villa, 2 and 3 bedroom family villas to meet every guest’s dream. Main pool, Terrace Restaurant, Sunset Bar, Dreamland Beach Shuttle, Kuta Shuttle, Dream Spa Center, Free Internet at Business Centre, Gift Shop, Pool Bar, and spacious parking area. Each Villa Features: Fully air-conditioned, in-room personal safe, 29” flat color television with international TV Channel, IDD Telephone, Mini bar, Jacuzzi, DVD player, original imported latex mattress, shower jet massage, imported bathtub with hot and cold running water, private plunge pool and Balinese gazebo. In the Ungasan village, high on the southernmost peninsula of the island of Bali. Ten minutes to Dreamland beach, from your villa by our free shuttle service.
Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Br. Bakung Sari, Ungasan, South Kuta, Bali Tel. (0361) 708 199; Fax. (3361) 708 168 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.dreamland-villa.com
The Bali Community Center and Playground has organized an Earth Day Environmental Art & Music Festival scheduled for April 22-24, with the main event on April 24 in Banjar Kumbu, Ubud. The 5th Annual Bali Earth Day theme is “Green up your act”. Building on the success of previous years, Bali Earth Day 2010 will be held at the Ubud Playground over three days, showcasing activities promoting environmental education, sustainable development, the arts and entertainment. Environmental organizations, foundations, and businesses are invited to participate in the event to share the ideas and possibilities for sustainable living. A multitude of influential and prominent members of the community will gather to share knowledge and their passion for the Earth, and to raise environmental awareness through these festivities. www.baliartscenter.com
PEOPLE ET CETERA CHANGE IN LIFE
Adi’s Gallery presents a “3 brothers + 1” fine art exhibition through “Change in Life.” It runs until April 30. The names behind the title are three brothers, Nyoman Budiarta, Ketut Budiarsa, and the Wayan Piadnya, who suffer from ‘glass bone disease.’ They live in Kedewatan, Ubud. Adi Bachman, owner of the gallery and also the organizer of the exhibition, described “Change in Life, the art of 3 brothers + 1” as being about life in general and about life’s basics, which gives their existence a special direction and determination. This is what makes their art so strong and unique. All their thoughts and feelings continuously move around the circumstances which make them unique and special. Adi’s Gallery, Jl. Bisma No. 102, Ubud, (0361) 977-104; www.adi-s-gallery.com Launched at the end of February, German artist Adi Bachman and the owner of Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) Agung Rai held a sculpture exhibition titled “People Et Cetera” at the gardens of the ARMA Cultural Center in Ubud, even though the Grand Opening was targeted for July 17. Throughout the venue Adi and Agung Rai placed over 40 items, most of them Adi’s latest modern sculptures. They feature highly differentiated forms of ideas and shapes and are mainly made from cement; and almost all of them are painted in bright and intense colors. ARMA, Pengosekan, Ubud, (0361) 976-659 www.armamuseum.com
OASIS TO BE
Maha Art Gallery is holding the painting exhibition “Oasis to Be” through May 10, presenting paintings by famous artists like Affandi, Mella Jaarsma, Titarubi, Nyoman Erawan, Jompet Kuswidananto and S.Teddy D. Curator Afrisal Malna said there are three points that comprise the exhibition’s narrative, To Be’s thread, Oasis To Be and Affandi Sharing. To Be’s thread was built up from the newest global issues such as global warming. There are also video screenings about Affandi titled “Affandi after Epoch”, and “discussions on Affandi.” Maha Art Gallery, Club House Bali Beach Golf Course (Sector), Jl. Hang Tuah 58 Sanur (0361) 872-8866; www.mahaartgallery.com
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Villas & Spa
Bali Masari Villas is a hotel with a difference and features four onebedroom and eight two-bedroom luxury villas each with their own private plunge pool beautifully situated overlooking a ravine in the valley of the Petanu River. A place to be at one with nature, to soothe the senses - mind, body and soul. Self-contained villas are perfect for honeymooners, for discerning travelers and executives. Restaurant providing a range of Asian and European food; bars, a spa, a large swimming pool and a smaller childrens pool. The villas have recently been refurbished to four star standards, each featuring its own dip pool and equipped with television, air conditioning, hot and cold water, telephone, electronic safety deposit box and kitchen. Spacious rooms boast high Balinese roofs, marble floors, a large central living area and a pull out sofa double bed. The 1.6 hectare resort is situated near the Sukawati village in the Gianyar Regency. 45 minutes drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, 30 minutes from Ubud, 20 minutes from Sanur. Shopping and art markets are nearby in Sukawati.
Jl. Pantai Purnama, Banjar Gelumpang, Sukawati, Gianyar Tel: (0361) 290-029 Fax: (0361) 290-050 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.balimasarivillas.com
Mentari Sanur Hotel
The Mentari Sanur Hotel is tucked away down a small side street just off Jalan Hangtuah at the northern end off Sanur, Bali’s most enchanted village. Shaded by frangipani trees, this two-storey 28 rooms hotel offers the ideal combination of modern facilities and a charming Balinese atmosphere with family style hospitality and service. A large luxury private swimming pool is the right place for you to pamper your self and relax in a privacy atmosphere under a warm tropical sun. Tunjung Restaurant offers a combination of continental and traditional Balinese dining, cozy lounge is the area where you can sit down, relax, and bar will serves you varieties of drinks. Free exclusive broadband internet access. Located in a tranquil coastal village of Sanur make the Mentari Sanur Hotel is situated in an ideal location with immediate access to the main highway and just minutes from many great tourist activities and attraction, 25 minutes drive to the Ngurah Rai International Airport, 20 minutes drive to Kuta Beach, 5 minutes drive to the Sanur shopping area, 10 minutes drive to Denpasar and 30 minutes to Ubud.
Jl. Hangtuah III No.3, Sanur, Tel: (0361) 283-286, Fax: (0361) 283-017 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.mentarisanur.com
Maxi Hotel & Spa
The Maxi Hotel & Spa is situated in the heart of Bali’s shopping and nightlife district. Centrally located, the property offers an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore Bali while keeping all the island’s best shops, bars, restaurants and beaches within easy walking distance. Hotel facilities and services include restaurant, bar, meeting room, massage and spa, room service, swimming pool with Jacuzzi, children’s pool, laundry and dry cleaning service, airport pickup and transfer, snack bar, tour desk, doctor on call, free car park, baby sitter upon request, broadband internet connection, major credit cards accepted, individually controlled air-conditioning, local and IDD telephone, satellite TV, daily mineral water, private bathroom with bathtub and shower, mini bar, personal electronic safe deposit, tea & coffee maker. The balcony overlooking the swimming pool and landscaped tropical garden offers a private area for relaxing.
Jl. Legian 83A, Legian Tel: (0361) 754-082Fax: (0361) 750-792 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.maxi-hotel.com
The hotel is less than 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport; 20 minutes drive to Denpasar, 30 minutes from Sanur, Nusa Dua and within 45 minutes drive to the artistic centre of Ubud and about 350 meters from Bali’s famous Kuta Beach.
The Haven Hotel
Pioneering three in one concept, hotel, suites and villas located in the heart of hippest Seminyak Area. Famous area for clubs, boutiques and restaurants. Walking distance to beaches. With perfect concept “Naturally Elegant” post Perfect palace for honeymooners, party goers and fashionista. 96 hotel rooms, 60 spacious suites, 7 villas with private pool in each, function and meeting rooms, Three Main swimming pools, Atma Spa, SABEEN Healthy Restaurant, Gym, Library, Tirta Pool bar, butler services, Limousine service, LCD TV’s, Broadband Internet connection.
Jl. Raya Seminyak 500 – Bali Tel: (0361) 738-001 The Haven Suites & Villas Gg. Raja, Jalan Double Six – Seminyak - Bali Tel: (0361) 738-001, Fax: (0361) 738-002 Sales: (0361) 738-008 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.thehavenbali.com
Honeymoon package, Meeting package, Bed and breakfast package and Photo-shoot wedding Package. 15 Minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, walking distance to beaches, Shopping area, and Boutiques.
FORM, LIGHT AND EXOTIC
A dual painting exhibition featuring the works of Pranoto and Auly Kastari is being held through April 20 at the Terasseni Gallery on Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning 1 in Pengosekan, Ubud. Pranoto is a figurative artist of Javanese origin who has spent much of his life in Ubud. He settled on the island in the early 1970s as part of a diaspora of Indonesian artists eager to rediscover in Bali aspects of a cultural past that had disappeared from their island of origin. Kastari was born in Semarang and is a recent resident of Bali. In his works, human representation is almost exclusively female, and female representation always laden with sexual connotations. firstname.lastname@example.org
PASSION AND CREATIVITY
Harris Resort Kuta hosts a photo exhibition by Dewandra Djelantik through April. Dewandra Djelantik was born in 1977 in Surabaya. Discovering photography 11 years ago it became his passion, so then he made it his profession. He is one of Bali’s most creative photographers. On the agenda is his collection of 18 photos at the bubbly orange display at the Harris Resort Kuta. Harris Resort Kuta, Jalan Pantai Kuta (0361) 753-868 www.harris-kuta-bali.com
Hospitality students from the Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata Bali will bring professional coffee makers, or Baristas, to join in a Barista Competition slated for April. This reputable profession is widespread throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. The event will also feature discussions by keynote speakers from the SCAI (Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Tourism Ministry, and the BHA (Bali Hotel Association). For further information please contact Public Relations Coordinator Sukma Winarya, Perumahan Permata Nusa Dua, Blok IV, No. 1 Nusa Dua, (0818) 548-984; email@example.com
Bulding up to an upcoming exhibition in 2010-2011 that will feature among the others Mondo Zanolini, Ugo Untoro, Budi Kustarto, Heri Dono, Kirsty Ludbrook, Maurizio Vetrugno, Matteo Basilé and Sara Nuytemans, as well as a number of collective shows, Biasa Artspace introduces Hyperlinks, an exhibition that showcases works from the gallery’s permanent collection through April 20. Hyperlinks stages a hybrid experience of art practices ranging from graffitism, kynetic video, design assemblages, strongly inspired to Indonesian forms, both traditional and contemporary. Biasa Art Space Jl. Raya Seminyak 34, (0361) 847-5766; www.biasaart.com
SOS at the Anantara Seminyak Bali played host to 2010’s first ‘recharged’ Recharge Night, featuring fashion shows by Point Management, an international DJ and sexy dancers, and free flow wine from Hatten Wines, cocktails by BaliMoon Liqueurs, and finger food by Anantara Seminyak Bali. Bali & Beyond would like to express their sincere thanks to Hatten Wines, Bali Moon Liqueurs, The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa; Sour Sally and Bali Indo Production for all the generous support for the event that... rocked! Anantara Seminyak, Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak, (0361) 737-773; bali.anantara.com
Korean Belly Dancer Angela Kim won the belly dance competition at the Asian Belly Dance Festival that was held from February 24-28 at the Ayodya Resort in Nusa Dua. Angela’s performance was so excellent that it put her in first place. Coming second was Yamina Soreya from France and Michele Ridsdale from Australia took third place. Angela was born in Seoul and is a belly dance instructor in Beijing and at several belly dance studios in China’s big cities. Angela practices 3 to 4 hours a day, not including her time teaching in the studio. She started her carrier as theater artist but then 5 years ago she became interested in belly dancing and decided to take it up seriously. Her win at the festival was her second win that week. Prior, she had placed runner-up at the Seoul Belly Dance event. The Asian Belly Dance Festival had 18 participants from 10 countries.
Nusa Lembongan’s Ediana Putra claimed victory at the first event of the three-part Rusty Gromfest series held at Keramas Beach in late February. Ediana was challenged by Jeren Kiring, Nyoman Satria ‘Blacky’, and Mansur Ramlin in the 20-minute final, but managed to edge his way into the lead and hold it for the win. In the Under 14 division, emerging talents surfaced with Agus Saputra, Komang Bereng, and Komang ‘Komo’ Sastrawan as standouts. The eventual winner was Agus Saputra, but ‘Komo’ impressed Head Judge Tipi Jabrik enough to score a new surfboard courtesy of Coca-Cola Indonesia. The overall Under 16 series champion will be awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Australia to compete in the 15th annual Rusty Gromfest at Lennox Head in July this year. The second stop of the series was at Pererenan, Canggu on March 28. (Photos courtesy: Freedom Photoworks) www.isctour.com
Magic Ink magazine launched recently as the first tattoo media in Indonesia. The theme was ‘In Pain We Trust’, and introduced the new periodical to the public aimed at gathering tattoo artists, tattoo art enthusiasts and the general audience. Various music talents, DJs, and a sexy fashion show from the C&C Models colored the event in late February at the Double D Sport Bar & Club in Legian. The event also featured a tattoo show contest within the “Balinese Category” that aimed to showcase expressions from the tattoo artist community. Further info: (0361) 263-569
ALL MIXED UP
Envy hosted its inaugural Bar School on March 13. Envy gathered local media representatives for an afternoon class in the art of cocktail mixology, providing a unique opportunity to learn how to shake and stir under the expert guidance of internationally acclaimed mixologist Steve Collins from Barsolutions Asia. Participants were taught all the tricks of the cocktail making trade in a high-speed interactive session that covered the signature drinks of Envy as well as a few all-time cocktail classics. The two-hour class has a repeat performance planned for the near future. Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali, Jalan Wana Segara 33, (0361) 755-577 www.bali.holidayinn.com
French photographer Didier Leblond exhibited his collection of photographs at the Harris Hotel & Residences Riverview Kuta in March. He has visited several countries in Southeast Asia but the most interesting place for him was Indonesia and Bali. He traveled to various places in Indonesia and still wishes to explore the other parts as well. He captured many interesting moments and exhibited them in Bali. Harris Hotel & Residences Riverview Kuta Jl. Raya Kuta 62A, (0361) 761-007 www.harris-riverview-bali.com www.primeplazahotels.com
Hard Rock University Class of 2010 rumbled in on March 10 featuring Burgerkill vs. Koil. Burgerkill, hailing from Bandung, stepped up to the stage in front of the local black-shirt dominated crowd. The stage rocked until almost 2 a.m. Earlier that night, the industrial metal band Koil, also hailing from Bandung, presented several of their anthemic tracks. To start the evening, the stage was opened by bands Mom Called Killer and Parau, who presented Bali’s local metal community, proof that these guys surely had the powerful voices. Hard Rock Cafe Bali Jl. Pantai Kuta - Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta; (0361) 755-661
CHEFS IN ACTION
Baker’s Corner presented its “Chefs in Action” cooking class on March 21. They presented several professional chefs who fixed- some cuisine and pastry selections that have become their specialty recipes. The chefs were Chef Ridwan from Jakarta, Chef Sinyo from Bali, Chef Roberto from Italy and Chef Tan from Singapore, who all form up the team of chefs from the Rama Restaurants group, which Baker’s Corner is also part of. Baker’s Corner, Jl. Teuku Umar 173 Denpasar(0361) 243-861; www.rama-restaurants-bali.com/ outlet/barkers-corner
CULINAIRE PARTING SHOT
Salon Culinaire 2010, held from March 11-13 at BICC, The Westin Resort, was declared a major success. The culinary competition organized by Bali Culinary Professionals included new categories for junior chefs, elegant stylish wedding cake decoration, Fusion sushi platter display, and Individual Hot Cooking Norwegian Seafood. Pictured is the group shot of the committee and judges. BALI&BEYOND APRIL 2010 67 www.balichefs.com
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Kuta Sea View
Ground Zero Monument
Jl. Han g Tuah
H S H
Jl. Pratama Raya
Melia Benoa Art Market
au Be ra ta n
Inna Grand Bali Beach
Jl. Danau Buyan
Jl. Segara Ayu
Jl. Tegeh Agung
H H CD
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai
Sanur Paradise Paza French Consulate
Jl. Kurusetr a3
Sweden & Finland Consulate
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Jl. By pa ss Ng ur ah Ra
Jl. Danau Tamblingan
erta sar i
Bali Golf & Country Club
Jl. Danau Poso
Czech Rep. Consulate
Jl. N usa Dua Sela tan
The St. Regis
VILLA DIANA BALI – luxurious and exclusive place, good value for money. 3 villas with 3 bed rooms each, private swimming pool and garage, kitchenete, shower and bath tub, hot/cold running water. Jl. Kresna, Ulun Tanjung, Legian, Kuta. Tel: 754-038, 744-1282, 745-1600; Fax: 751-510 E-mail: email@example.com; www.dianagrouphotel.com
during these tours are sometimes beyond description. BaliQuad (using ATV’s / quad bikes) and BaliBuggy (using off-road cars) are located in different locations which offer different tracks. A special “2-in-1 adventure” can be arranged, combining both off-road tours in one great adventurous day. BaliQuad, Jl. Wirasatya VI No.9X, Suwung Kangin, Denpasar, Tel: 720-766; Fax: 727-956 www.baliquad.com; www.balibuggy.com
ACTION & ATTRACTION
BALI ORCHID GARDEN – Enjoy the beauty of walking among hundreds of beautiful and rare orchids, Heliconia, Ginger and other interesting plants. A peaceful, natural and safe haven close to the city. Enjoy a drink and find unique souvenirs. Tel: 466-010, Fax: 466-011; www.baliorchidgardens.com; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. BALI QUAD DISCOVERY TOURS - The Bali Quad and Bali Buggy tours both bring you to a part of Bali where you still can find old traditions alive. Drive yourself with a specially designed off-road vehicle that copes with all kinds of terrain, through an authentic part of the island, passing rice fields, crossing jungles and driving through a traditional Balinese village. The views
NEWSPAPER DIRECT – Bali widest range of daily newspapers from anywhere of the world. Chose from 1012 titles of 79 countries, daily, weekly or as you like it. This service delivers you the complete edition of your preferred hometown newspaper on the same day of publication to your hotel or residence on Bali. Contact your hotel or villa reception or call or email them for the selection and pricelist 0361 769414 / email@example.com
TOURS & TRAVEL
ADVENTURE INDONESIA – JUNGLE SURVIVAL TRAINING & FUN JUNGLE WAR, Student Field Trip, Orangutan & Dayak, Explore Irian Jaya Tribes, Komodo & Flores Adventure, Toraja Tour. BALI: Ruko Wana Segara 12A, Tel: (0361) 750 971, 750 964. JAKARTA: Wisma 31 kemang, 3rd floor tel: (021) 7182250/56, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.adventureindonesia.com
■ AIRPORT OPERATOR: Tel: (0361) 751-011 ■ CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS: Wisthi Sabha Building, 2nd Floor Ngurah Rai International Aiprort Call Centre: 0804-1-888888 ■ CONTINENTAL MICRONESIA: Tel: (0361) 768-358, Fax: 768-369 ■ ROYAL BRUNEI: Tel: (0361) 757-292 ■ SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Airport Tel: (0361) 768-388, Fax: 768-383 ■ GARUDA: Jl. Jalan Sugianyar 5 Denpasar Tel. (0361) 227-824, Fax: 226-298 24-hour access: 08071-807-807 ■ MERPATI: Jl. Melati No. 51, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 235-358 Airport Tel: (0361) 751-011, 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 ■ 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. Wisti Sabha Building, 2nd Floor, Ngurah Rai International Aiprort, Tel: (0361) 760-274 Fax: 760-275 ■ DEPARTURE Arrive at the airport two hours prior to departure. A Rp. 150,000 international departure tax is required. Domestic departure fee is Rp 30,000. Residents pay an additional Rp. 2.5 million Fiscal tax for international departures, whereas holders of official tax registration (NPWP) numbers are Fiscal tax-exempt. Ngurah Rai Intíl Airport, Tel: (0361) 751-011 Tel: (0361) 285-485, Fax: 286-406 E-mail: consul @dps.centrin.net.id ■ GERMANY: Jl. Pantai Karang 17, Sanur Tel: (0361) 288-535; Fax: 288-826 Email: email@example.com ■ HUNGARY: Marintur, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 219, Sanur. Tel: (0361) 287-701 Fax: 287-456 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ ITALY: Lotus Enterprises Building Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran Tel: (0361) 701-005 E-mail: italconsbali @italconsbali.org ■ JAPAN: Jl. Raya Puputan 170, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 227-628; Fax: 265-066 ■ MEXICO: PT Puri Astina Putra Building Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin 1A, Renon Tel: (0361) 223-266 E-mail: email@example.com ■ NETHERLANDS: KCB Travel, Jl. Raya Kuta 127, KutaTel: (0361) 751-517, Fax: 752-777 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ NORWAY & DENMARK: Mimpi Resorts, Jimbaran, Tel: (0361) 701070 E-mail: email@example.com ■ SLOVAKIA: Jl.Gunung Agung 93, Denpasar 80118 Tel: (0361) 426171; Fax: 426-477 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ SPAIN: Jl.Raya Sanggingan, Br. Lungsiakan Kedewatan, Ubud. Tel: (0361) 975-736 Fax: 975-726; E-mail: email@example.com ■ SWEDEN & FINLAND: Jl. Segara Ayu (Segara Village Hotel) Tel: (0361) 288-407, Fax: 287-242 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA: Istana Kuta Galeria Blok Valet 2 No 12, Kuta Tel: (0361) 751-735, Fax: 754-457 E-mail: email@example.com ■ UNITED STATES: Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 233-605 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. ■ 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. ■ MUSEUM PURI LUKISAN: 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.
■ MEDICAL EVACUATIONS: Contact your consulate. ■ BIMC HOSPITAL: Provides medical attention for emergencies and evacuations. Jl. Ngurah Rai 100X, at the KutaSanur-Nusa Dua roundabout. Tel: (0361) 761-263. ■ INTERNATIONAL SOS CLINIC: 24-hour emergency medical clinic services, medical evacuation, multilingual staff. Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 505X, Kuta 80361. Tel: (0361) 710-505, Fax: 710-515. ■ RUMAH SAKIT UMUM PUSAT SANGLAH (General Hospital): Jl. Diponegoro, Sanglah, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 227-911/15. ■ KASIH IBU HOSPITAL: (Private Hospital) 24-hour emergency traumatology unit, maternity center, complete facilities and a full list of specialists, Jl. Teuku Umar 120, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 223-036; Fax: 238-690 Email: email@example.com www.kasihibu.co.id
■ CELLULAR SERVICES Indonesia applies GSM (Global Services for Mobiles). You can purchase prepaid calling cards at lower cost than calling on your home card. Major Service Providers are Telkomsel, Satelindo, Pro XL and Indosat. Look for kiosks and outlet signs or banners with product variants and brand markings. ■ TELKOMSEL The major GSM provider, Telkomsel, is reputed to have the widest national coverage area, minimizing connection and signal relay inconvenience. Graha Telkomsel, Jl. Diponegoro 134 Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 228-811.
■ 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 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.
■ ABIAN KAPAS: Tel: (0361) 227-176 East Denpasar. ■ AGUNG RAI MUSEUM OF ART (ARMA): Ubud, Tel: (0361) 976-659, Fax: 974-229. Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud, open daily 8 am-6pm. ■ ANTONIO BLANCO: Tel: (0361) 975-502, 975-551, Ubud, open daily 8 am-5 pm. ■ ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: Tel: (0361) 942-352, Pejeng. 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.
■ AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND: Jl. Tantular No. 32, Renon - Denpasar 80234 Tel: (0361) 241-118, Fax: 221-195 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.dfat.gov.au ■ BRITAIN: Jl. Mertasari 2, Sanur, Denpasar 80227. Tel: (0361) 270-601 Fax: 270-570 E-mail: email@example.com ■ CZECH REPUBLIC: Jl. Pengembak 17 Sanur. Tel: (0361) 286-465, Fax: 286-408 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ FRANCE: Jl. Mertasari Gg. II No. 8, Sanur
HEALTH & MEDICAL
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 ﬂuids. For discomfort, diarrhea and cramping, drink strong, hot tea; avoid fruits and spicy foods. Some day-biting mosquitoes carry dengue