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MAY, WE BE BLESSED
‘Om Swastiastu...’ Welcome to Bali and welcome to 2011’s May edition of Bali & Beyond. In this edition, flip to our Foto Folio pages where a selection of photographic snapshots depicts the beauty of Bali. This time we invited Aji Mahareshi to share some of his striking artistic and cultural shots with you, as he helped provide us with the stunning fashion cover in last month’s edition. This time we wanted to take a look at his portfolio of cultural and human subjects... and we were more than impressed. So flip to his portfolio this month to feast your eyes while you enjoy all the island has to offer. In this month’s Craft & Culture we take a stroll around the island to pick up some hints along some historical paths. As the most important holiday on the Buddhist calendar comes on May 17, marking the holy Vesak Day of 2555, we thought that it would be interesting to trace the path of Buddhism on the island through various sites and relics. One among them is a site in Kalibukbuk, in north Bali. These mound-like structures contain Buddhist relics and are used by Buddhists as a place of worship. It is similar to the one found in the Pegulingan temple at Tampaksiring, dating back to 976 AD. For our Buddhist readers this month, we wish you a happy and blessed Vesak! Through this month’s Invite & Indulge we present a collection of restaurants that present European tastes to the island. Why? Well, just for the sake of variety... Bon Appetit then... In Pondering Point… fresh in our memories was the screening of Eat, Pray, Love. Some liked it. Some liked the book far better. Some flocked to
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Bali just to see the sites in the film, without really bothering about the story or the script... Then, still in the first semester Time magazine published an article about how bad Bali’s condition was as a tourist destination. Well, as they say there are two sides to everything. But the spotlighting of the island’s dire issues surely woke most of us up to reality, and let’s just say there is a positive side to it. Out of the island and beyond in Beyond Bali, we take you to the Wakatobi Islands in Sulawesi that boasts the highest fish diversity in the world in one location. This amount is about 590 species, making it one of the best diving spots in the world. Back on the island in Action & Attractions we take a look at the highlights of Kintamani. Up in the northern highlands of East Bali is the famous namesake area, a region renowned for its active volcano, a majestic caldera with a scenic lookout, Arabica coffee beans, exotic fruits, and original Bali Aga villages. In Capital Corner, one of Jakarta’s many tourist attractions are the city’s specialized markets. There is the Tanah Abang textile center, the Pramuka medicine market, the Kramat Jati wholesale market, and the most recent one is the Jakarta Gems Centre (JGC) that was inaugurated this month, last year. Enjoy this edition; enjoy your time and travels on the island and beyond - and keep safe! If you have interesting stories from your adventures, don’t hesitate to share them with us and drop us a line. ‘Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om…’ The Team

Aji Mahareshi shoots not only fashion, weddings, and luxury properties, but also cultural interests and art, as showcased in this this edition’s Foto Folio. www.ajimahareshi.me

Fadil Aziz is a travel photographer whose main passion is capturing the archipelago’s beauty. In this edition, he takes us to the Wakatobi Islands. www.alcibbum-photography.com

Josua Alessandro loves to photograph human subjects, cultures and landscapes. His portfolio can be viewed at www.escapadepictures.com

Patricia Ivana loves writing, which also finances her travels. She loves the beach and wishes to go to all the beautiful beaches in the world. Good luck, Pat!

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WELL, OR IN HELL?

Bali first got a slight promotion by the screening of Eat, Pray, Love. Then Time magazine published an article about how bad Bali’s condition was as a tourist destination. Two sides of the story, and a wake up call for all at the same time.

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A well-known Buddhist site in North Bali is Kalibukbuk. The mound-like structures contain Buddhist relics that are used by Buddhists as a place of worship. It is similar with the one found in the Pegulingan temple at Tampaksiring, dating back to 976 AD.

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A collection of restaurants that present European tastes to the island.

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This month’s photo gallery presents striking shots of the island’s culture through the camera lens of Aji Mahareshi.

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Wakatobi Islands in Sulawesi boasts the highest fish diversity in the world in one location, about 590 species, making it one of the best diving spots in the world.

ACTION&ATTRACTION KINTAMANI: CHASMS AND CHARMS Up in the northern highlands of East Bali is the famous area of Kintamani, a region renowned for its active volcano, a majestic caldera with a scenic lookout, Arabica coffee beans, exotic fruits and original Bali Aga villages.

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A TREE FOR A CHILD...
Accor with assistance from its guests has helped raised more than US$294,000 to provide health care and scholarships for children in an effort to end the cycle of poverty, to reforest land in Central Java and to assist local farmers to feed their families here in Indonesia. Accor Malaysia-Indonesia-Singapore Vice President Gerard Guillouet was the mastermind behind the company’s A Tree for a Child (ATFAC) program that sponsors education and health care for impoverished children and pays for their education, while rewarding parents for allowing their children to finish their schooling. The program in cooperation with department of forestry, local farmers and CIFOR have planted trees for future income for the school and this year will start building a new ATFAC Centre in Pancasari Village, Buleleng. www.atfac.org

RELAX, MOM!
Ayana Resort and Spa Bali presents its Mother’s Day spa package, an offer that dads and kids can surprise mom with via a special delivery to her door of a Flower Bouquet and Gift Certificate for the ‘Relax, Mom!’ treatment. This 90-minute package consists of a flower petal foot wash, hibiscus and orange body caramel, skin softening milk bath, and Balinese massage. Flowers and gift vouchers are delivered free to the Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Bukit, Ungasan, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak areas, while delivery charges apply to other areas. The Mother’s Day package vouchers are priced at Rp 1,350,000++ and are valid until December 24, 2011. For bookings and enquiries, contact info@thermesmarins-bali.com or call (0361) 702-222. www.ayanaresort.com/spa

A RELAXING RIVER VALLEY RETREAT
Bali Masari Villas & Spa introduces its new Spa Pavilion and treatments in collaboration with the spa operator of the Grand Bali Beach. The new pavilion features a lounging area with views over the Petanu River valley, neatly tucked away as a peaceful retreat far from the more touristy areas of the island. The Yoga Spa treatment comprises an aromatherapy massage that combines a body massage with popular techniques of Indonesian, Swedish, Hawaiian, and Thai acupressure points and stretching using aromatherapy oils. Traditional massages incorporate deep therapeutic tissue massage using palm pressure. Also available are Lomi lomi massage, Shirodara and stone massage options. Bali Masari Villas & Spa, Jl. Pantai Purnama, Banjar Gelumpang Sukawati, (0361) 290-029; www.balimasarivillas.com

NEWLY APPOINTED
Conrad Bali recently announced the appointment of Kevin Girard as the Resort’s Director of Business Development. Prior, Kevin was the Director of Operations at Conrad Brussels in Belgium, and started his career with Hilton Worldwide in 2000. Kevin will oversee the entire Business Development department that includes Sales, Marketing, Public Relations, Reservations, and Revenue Management. Conrad Bali, (0361) 778-788 www.conradbali.com
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SPA RECOGNITION
Maya Ubud Resort & Spa recently announced that its riverside Spa at Maya has been recognized by the World Luxury Spa Awards by receiving the “Best Luxury Resort Spa” in Bali award. The World Luxury Spa Awards recognizes the exceptional service that sets the benchmark in the industry. The independent judging process was based on spa guest votes and the feedback and votes from a selected global panel of spa industry professionals. All therapists in the Spa at Maya have certification from the Lembaga Sertifikasi Profesi COHESPA, an organization dedicated to developing professionalism in the spa industry and ensuring that therapists are fully trained in international spa standard practices. COHESPA is an accredited professional association for cosmetology, health, esthetics and spa. Maya Ubud Resort & Spa, Jl. Gunung Sari, Ubud, (0361) 977-888; www.mayaubud.com

WHO IN THE WOW
W Retreat & Spa Bali-Seminyak recently unveiled details for their new PanAsian inspired restaurant, Starfish Bloo, with Chef Jack Yoss as Chef de Cuisine (above). A casual, elegant seaside restaurant open for lunch, brunch and dinner, Starfish Bloo presents a seductive view of the Indian Ocean. In April it announced the launch of its WooBar, the ultimate day and night, indoor/outdoor destination for W guests and savvy island locals featuring upscale cocktails, Bali’s most sought-after DJ’s, and three-floors of space for mixing, mingling and chilling out. The retreat also introduced Ary Bestari (below), joining the W family of talent as Marketing Communications Executive. W Retreat & Spa Bali-Seminyak, Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, (0361) 738-106 whotels.com/baliseminyak

CAST YOUR VOTE...
Hard Rock Calling 2011 has online fan voting for Hard Rock’s Global Battle of the Bands Competition that began last month. Bali’s Navicula was listed as among the Top 40 Finalists of the Hard Rock Global Battle of the Bands. The top 40 acts are ready to face their toughest critic – YOU! Since April 12, Hard Rock is giving fans all over the world a chance to play a part in rock history with the launch of their online consumer voting in Hard Rock’s 2011 Battle of the Bands competition. At stake for each winner is a chance to make it to the big stage and perform live at Hard Rock Calling 2011 in London’s Hyde Park – one of the world’s mostanticipated concert events. With thousands of fans and top headliners including Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks, Hard Rock Calling 2011 is the chance of a lifetime for emerging artists. Place your vote... www.hardrockcalling.com
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GRAND GASTRONOMY
The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali is taking their buffet breakfast to the next level of art. Faithful to their pleasurebased philosophy promoting the discovery of new delights, the hotel believes that escapes should be enhanced through gastronomy. The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali opened its Grand Breakfast on April 13 at the open-air Husk Restaurant, which will be the anchor of the dining experience at the resort. Offering the elegant atmosphere of the wooden-floored restaurant and direct view to the beach, the grand buffet breakfast serves the freshest of local fruits and produce combined with classically western dishes that results in an abundant and hearty breakfast. Open every day from 6:30 am to 10:30 am, this dining experience provides a distinctive and unique story to tell. The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali (0361) 730-730; www.theroyalbeachseminyakbali.com

TASTE OF PEKING
Bali Dynasty Resort’s Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant presents its Golden Lotus Peking Duck promotion this month through July. The Golden Lotus Peking Duck is one of the most popular signature dishes at the Golden Lotus, prepared in three steps. 1. The whole duck is presented and carved by the chef in front of the guest’s table. The duck’s skin is rolled in Chinese pancakes mixed with black bean sauce, cucumber and spring onions. 2. The duck’s meat is cooked with black bean sauce and mixed with vegetables. 3. The duck’s bone soup is cooked with vegetables. This delicious Peking Duck is usually Rp. 480,000 nett/whole duck, but during their new 3-month promotion it can be enjoyed at only Rp. 399,000 nett/whole duck. Bali Dynasty Resort, Jl Kartika, Tuban, (0361) 752403 www.balidynasty.com

TRUE DAY RETREAT
Aroma Spa Retreat recently opened with great fanfare in Sanur as the new spa venue in town presenting unique service offerings. This high-end spa is offering clients 7 hours of luxurious treatments that have been carefully crafted to revive, regenerate, and renew the tired and weary. The Aroma Spa Retreat has been developed as a Day Retreat, only you cannot have just one treatment! Aroma only offers 7 hours of sequential treatments. These treatments are designed to deepen your feelings of well being, as just one massage or one facial will not help a tired and worn out body but a carefully integrated sequence of treatments gives the body the time to release and relax. The Aroma team is comprised of very experienced therapists who have been trained in the Aroma technique for three months prior to the opening. Aroma Spa Retreat, Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai No.195 Sanur, (0361) 283-802; www.aromasparetreat.com
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MAY MOODS
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua presents its May promotions with an Uplifting Pineapple Scrub spa treatment, that starts with a warm milk shower to relax the body and continues with the pineapple scrub to remove dead skin cells. The treatment runs for 45 minutes at Rp 450.000++/person. Also introduced is its indulging High Tea available daily at Kites Bar from 3pm to 5pm at Rp 90,000++ per person, featuring signature cakes, pastries, and traditional scones served with jam and cream. www.westin.com/bali

SANUR BOUTIQUE
Aston International has rebranded the Aston Legend Sanur as the Kamuela Villas & Suites, following the completion of a renovation and extension project that has now introduced 12 elegant suites to the resort’s inventory. The Kamuela brand aims to offer private pool villas reminiscent of 21st Century Bali, featuring intriguing designs and is luxurious without being over the top. Aston also operates Kamuela Villas in Bali’s fashionable Seminyak area and is set to open two exclusive 5-star plus villa resorts under the Royal Kamuela label in Ubud and Nusa Dua. Aston International, Wisma Staco 3rd Floor, Suite 100, Jl. Casablanca Kav. 18, Jakarta, (021) 831-8800; www.aston-international.com

SUPER GROM
Indonesia’s 2010 Surfing Champion Putra “Pulu” Hermawan renewed his sponsorship deal with Rip Curl Asia for another 2-year period. This Lembongan Island kid won both the Coca-Cola ISC (Indonesian Surfing Championship) Open Division and the Pro Junior Division championships in 2010, and is on his way to becoming a successful international pro surfer. Rip Curl Asia proudly supports him in his search for international success. asia.ripcurl.com

CANGGU CHARGED
Marlon Gerber came back to the beach as the winner of the Oakley Pro 11 in Canggu on April 10 after an exciting 30-minute final in a high-scoring shootout to win the first stop on the 2011 Coca-Cola Indonesian Surfing Championship Tour. In the exciting finale to six days of competition, Marlon Gerber put on an amazing display of surfing to take victory over veteran competitor and boyhood friend Pepen Hendrik. During the final Gerber also posted the contest’s highest wave score of 9.5 (out of a possible 10 points), winning him the Coca-Cola ISC’s Highest Score Award of 1 million rupiah in addition to his 15 million rupiah first place prize money and 3,000 ISC Championship points. Gerber won his first ever ISC tour event last October at the Rip Curl Surf and Music Festival on Kuta Beach, the final event of the 2010 season. www.isctour.com
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Buddhism, sharing similarities to Hinduism, was believed to be an enhancement of the latter. It is no wonder that this led to the syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism in Indonesia. In Bali, Shaivism (or Çiwa) and Buddha, as we’ve found, have been worshiped on the same altars.

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isnu, the protector god in the Hindu religion, is said to descend to earth to save received enlightenment, and introduced the new teachings of Buddhism. Buddhism, sharing similarities to Hinduism, was believed to be an enhancement of Hinduism. It is no wonder that this led to the syncretism of Hinduism and Buddhism in Indonesia. In Bali, Shaivism (or Çiwa) and Buddha have been worshiped on the same altars. Bali archaeologist Anak Agung Gede Oka Astawa said that Buddhism came to Bali 50 years earlier than Hinduism. This is proven by various statues, stupas, and stupikas (small stupas) that all precede Hindu artifacts. Buddhism arrived in the 8th century through the establishment of the Borobudur temple in Central Java, Gumuk Klinting in East Java, Bawean Island and finally arriving in north Bali. There were many ancient ports in north Bali in those days. The known Buddhist site in north Bali is Kalibukbuk, a composite brick stupa. The mound-like structures containing Buddhist relics, typically the remains of Buddha, are used by Buddhists as a place of worship. This stupa is similar with the one found in the Pegulingan temple at Tampaksiring. Those stupas are known to have dated back to 898 Çaka or 976 AD. The stupa is similar to those found on the Borobudur temple. But here are 5 Buddha figures facing 5 directions that are named Dhyani Buddha or the Five Great Buddhas, a representation of five qualities of Buddha. The Dhyani Buddha Aksobya

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the world, “whenever adharma becomes overwhelming and dharma is gone to the wall.” Adharma is the Sanskrit antonym of Dharma, or ‘that which is in accord with the law’ - referring to both the human written law and the divinely given law of nature. Hindu scriptures explain the 9 avatars or manifestations of Wisnu that have descended to earth and the ninth Just before Buddha’s birth there were many deviations and violent practices in the name of religion. That was why Sidharta Gautama was deemed to have been born into a Hindu family, made a journey,
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Goa Gajah in the Bedulu village on the southern outskirts of Pejeng is a temple that served a double function for the worship of both Çiwa and Buddha.

is in the east, Amithaba in the west, Amogasidhi in the north, Ratnasambhawa in the south, and Vairoçana in the middle. These statues are a common sight in Bali. The stupa in the Pegulingan temple was discovered by accident via an excavation in 1982. In 1985 the site became an archeological location. Since then many Buddhists have come to worship. Oka Astawa said that even though having entered from north Bali, Buddhism spread fast to central Bali. During that time, central Bali was the center of civilization on the island, with the nerve center in Pejeng. No wonder many temples in the village
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This stupa in the Pegulingan temple was discovered by accident via an excavation in 1982. In 1985 the site became an archeological location. Since then many Buddhists have come to worship at this site.

boast many Buddhist attributes. On a small search recently, we started off at Goa Gajah in the Bedulu village on the southern outskirts of Pejeng – a temple that serves a double function for the worship of both Çiwa and Buddha. It was discovered in the early 20th century by the Dutch, who found carvings on a big rock on the river that seemed like a stupa, plus fountains with statues of deities. Now the statues of Ganesha (son of Çiwa) and goddess Hariti (a deity in Buddhism) are placed together. In the Manik Corong temple of Pejeng, two big statues of Buddha are placed on the altar of worship. Stutterheim, a Dutch archaeologist, categorized it as an 8th or 10th century artifact. From its hand gestures, the statue is known as a Dhyani Buddha Vairocana or Dhyani Buddha,
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which sits in the center. Other statues include the Bodhisattvas or the ‘enlightened beings’ or ‘the messengers of Dhyani Buddha’ who are to deliver the teachings of Buddha to the world. This kind of statue can be seen in the Galang Sanja temple, the Batan Klecung temple, the Generuan temple and other temples in the Pejeng and Bedulu areas. Most of the statues are in a bad condition. Both in the Pegulingan temple and in the Manik Corong they are mostly headless, lost, missing along the course of time. Most of the relics are hard to identify. Nevertheless, all of them remain very sacred and are worshipped as such. Buddhism and Hinduism in Indonesia have gone through a long road of mutual adaptation. They have blended, and this can be seen as the statues of Çiwa, Ganesha,

Buddha, Bodhisattvas, and various other deities from both religions are placed on the same altar and worshiped in harmony. It reminds us of the Indonesian motto, “Bhineka Tunggal Ika.” A phrase from the Sutasoma manuscript written by Mpu Tantular in the 14th century that literally means “dissimilar yet one.” Originally this sentence meant that even though Divinity is uttered in many names, there is only one. This phrase was in praise of the atmosphere during the Majapahit era when Hindus and Buddhists lived together in harmony. After Indonesian independence the sentence was used in the spirit of uniting the diverse Indonesian nation, leading to its more common “Unity in Diversity.” ■ Text and photos by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati

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TASTES OF EUROPE IN BALI
Experiencing the authentic tastes of European cuisine does not always mean having to spend a fortune and go through the hassle of applying for a Schengen in order to travel to Europe. Nowadays, Bali being the international rendezvous point that it is, offers virtually anything from anywhere in the world, including the food. So it is worthwhile to search around the corners of the island and indulge yourself in some European tastes.
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bale style structure, boasting an elegantly suggestive atmosphere suffused with soft lighting. Il Ristorante is an intimate finedining experience featuring premium Italian food and is only open for dinner. Quality ingredients are imported from Italy and combined perfectly with local organic produce. Try the newest menu items created by Chef Andrea Farrero. Crab salad in the antipasti or anything on the appetizer list will be a perfect choice. Alaskan King crab and juniper marinated salmon, edamame beans puree, seared kumquats, tofu, lemon, and avocado petals to name a few Two choices go for main course. If the first is not enough, just go through the second. One great choice is the Risoto Caranoli that is comprised of carnaroli rice (which is often described as being the “superfino” rice, or “the king of all rice”), rocket salad chlorophyll, Alaskan king crab, and orange essence. Enjoy your meal with a wine pairing. You can choose your favorite, as it will certainly be among those their complete wine list. Close with the Il Ristorante signature classic tiramisu. Feel the taste of Italian
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Italian food has become the most popular European selection. At the least, you will have no difficulty whatsoever encountering spaghetti and any kind of pasta in any bistro on the island. But in order to find an “authentic” Italian restaurant, your search may come to an end at Il Ristorante, located at the Bulgari Hotels and Resorts, Bali. Il Ristorante sits on a rock hill facing the Indian Ocean and features an open-air

Tuna tartare is raw Yellowfin tuna chopped fresh and served with fries, salad and tartare condiments.

cuisine combined with the hospitality of Bali and complete it with the Indian Ocean dining atmosphere. Il Ristorante at Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Bali, Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin - Uluwatu (0361) 847-1000 www.bulgarihotels.com

Seminyak, agrees with that. He explained that Belgian cuisine is best with good ingredients and a fine finishing. MacKeren has 35 years of experience in the culinary business under his belt. He started off in the cruise line industry, and owning a restaurant in Belgium. He eventually sold it and started the Belgian restaurant in Seminyak, naming it after the famous landmark statue of a little boy peeing in front of a shop. The restaurant is easy to find, located in the busy main street of Seminyak. There are many Belgian specialties on the menu, such as Brussels sprouts with pork tenderloin. The pork tenderloin is pan-

fried and sliced then served with the wild cabbage that is typical of Belgian cultivars. Some of the sprouts are kept whole and some are mashed with potatoes, nutmeg and mustard, giving it a savory, sweet, and fresh flavor. They also serve raw meat dishes such as steak tartare and tuna tartare. Tuna tartare is raw Yellowfin tuna chopped fresh and served with fries, salad and tartare condiments. The meal can be preceded with fresh oysters and concluded by Chocolate Mousse for dessert. Belgium is of course very proud of their chocolate. A Belgian dark chocolate is served with fresh

MANNEKEPIS
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The signature dish at Mykonos is the lamb chops. The lamb is juicy and tastes great even without any dressings applied. The secret lies in how they grill it, which is usually with lemon, oregano and garlic. The lamb chops are served with grilled potatoes and fresh mixed vegetables.
strawberries and whipped cream. The Belgian cuisine is often accompanied with jazz and blues, a great experience at Mannekenpis. This bistro also has DJs on its groovy Thursdays, with funk, soul, rock, and nostalgic tunes from the 70s and 80s. Mannekepis Jazz & Blues Bistro, Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 2, Seminyak, (0361) 847-5784; www.mannekepis-bistro.com

MYKONOS
Some people may say that typically Mediterranean cuisine is similar from one region to another, but you have to believe that even if the menu items are similar, each region still has its own specific characteristics. Greek cuisine is special because the most characteristic element of it is the use of certain ingredients, mostly olive oil, lime, oregano and black pepper, throughout most of its dishes. Arjan William Prenen, a Dutch man who grew up in the USA, bought this restaurant 4 years ago. He had never been to Greece before but he was optimistic about running his business. He said that Greek food is characteristically simple and that makes it easy for visitors to accept. Greece has many kinds of food, and they are usually served in big portions as that matches the Greek peoples characteristic of loving to share. Just glance at the popular Greek salad that contains lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, feta cheese, green paprika, Greek olives, and dashes of olive oil, red wine and vinegar. The signature dish at Mykonos is the lamb chops. The lamb is juicy and tastes great even without any dressings applied. The secret lies in how they grill it, which is usually with lemon, oregano and garlic. The lamb chops are served with grilled potatoes and fresh mixed vegetables.
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Gracie Kelly’s juicy imported lamb steak is grilled then served on a hot lava stone with garden veggies and baked potatoes, or thick cut fries and mushroom sauce…or onion gravy

Want to try something more typically Greek? Moussaka and pikilia (“variety” platters) are among the many choices. Mouzaka can contain beef or vegetables according to your preference. Traditional mouzaka is cooked with eggplant, potatoes, bolognaise or mixed vegetables, cheese, and topped with béchamel sauce, while pikilia is an appealing mix of hummus, melitzapres, tzatziki, dolmathes, feta cheese, and Greek olives. Mykonos Taverna Bali, Jl. Laksmana No. 52, Seminyak, (0361) 733-253 www.mykonos-bali.com

The decorations and accessories in the pub suggest an Irish country setting for pub-goers. The owner and management love to visit Irish pubs as well to collect original Irish curios. The black beer and beverage collection easily reminds us that the Irish must be among the jolliest drinkers in the world. Remember also that Ireland is also known for their sheep farming industry and producing the best lamb is perhaps a byproduct. Lamb has also become Gracie’s signature dish, namely from Gracie’s hot stone. The 225 grams of juicy imported lamb steak (or beef sirloin) is grilled to your liking, then served on a hot lava stone with garden veggies and baked potatoes, or thick cut fries and mushroom sauce…or onion gravy, with a choice of red wine. The Irish are known as meat lovers, so they usually serve meals with big meat portions. This can be found in other

traditional Irish menu items such as the assortment of meat pies served from Gracie’s Kitchen. Big portions of main courses don’t mean you’d have to skip dessert. There will still be some space available for their Hot Sticky Date Pudding, a Gracie’s date pudding with sticky coffee sauce served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A large selection of beers and spirits abound here. It is open daily for lunch and dinner. And besides the scrumptious bites, pub visitors can enjoy live entertainment nightly from 8 pm with the resident local Irish band. Gracie Kelly’s at Bali Dynasty Resort Jl. Kartika, South Kuta, (0361) 752-403 www.balidynasty.com Text and photos by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati

GRACIE KELLY’S
Bali Dynasty boasts Gracie Kelly’s as Bali’s first and only original Irish pub. They offer a large selection of local and international beers and spirits combined with traditional Irish pub grub and great entertainment.
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SWEET SOJOURN
Hidden away from the fray of Bali’s southern crowds and traffic, yet within convenient reach of it all and situated next to one of the most renowned beaches on the island, Karma Jimbaran provides its guests and their families with the utmost privacy through its 40 expansive luxury pool villas. The villas at Karma Jimbaran offer the kind of spaciousness and homey composition that makes you feel more than at home, as options abound and the full range of features make for a memorable island sojourn. One enters the villa compounds via lush and traditional Balinese village-inspired pathways, carefully maintained paths that twist throughout the property passing through stands of tropical trees and dense tropical foliage. Some of the large trees seem to have existed there long before the villas were built, providing a notion of the villa’s development of preserving the original, natural features of the Jimbaran hillside landscape. Under the traditional alang-alang thatched grass roofs in each guestroom are spacious lounge areas with glass walls augmenting the spacious feel. These lounge areas feature fully equipped designer kitchens and dining tables, digital video entertainment systems with satellite television and wireless internet connections. The natural and vivid colors are provided by the touch of orchids and clumps of tuba roses that offer a soothing aromatic welcome upon entering the pavilions.
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The villas were designed by one of the region’s most respected design firms, Grounds Kent architects. Each of the one to six bedroom luxury pool villas takes inspiration from classical Balinese architecture, with two or three pavilions making the courtyard garden complete with a minimum of a 6m x 4m swimming pool, outdoor shower and pool deck set with softly upholstered sun loungers. The three-bedroom villa that Bali & Beyond had the chance to sample was a wonder in itself. The design was unmistakably contemporary but was perfectly complemented by the typically traditional elements. The living pavilion has an airy, expansive feel from the high-pitched ceilings with exposed rafters and cool marble floors set with low-slung lounges. Throughout the pavilion and room interior, local artwork and antique elements subtly capture the spirit of the archipelago. Push open the expansive glass sliding door to reveal the teak lazy deck chairs that flank one side of the swimming pool. Across the pool towards the villa is a subtle lotus pond, but we couldn’t find any koi that would have added a more animate feel to it. Across the pond were stepping-stones that led to the lower level twin bedroom, fit for two kids staying with a family. Adjacent is another similarly furnished room, and up the flight of stairs is the master bedroom with a corridor leading to the spacious bathroom. And this room takes up the whole length

of the villa upstairs. Glancing down from the balcony provides a wide view of the pool and gardens, as well as the sense of villa’s sheer scale. All luxury pool villas boast top of the line amenities including the latest LCD screen audiovisual systems, broadband WiFi internet and top of the line SMEG appliances in the open plan kitchen. The generously proportioned master bedrooms are dominated by four-poster canopy beds and boast en-suite bathrooms with oversize tubs and double vanities, while second bedrooms feature queen sized beds and both indoor and outdoor showers. The four story six bedroom Grand Residence 2 is a study in opulence with its 22-meter lap pool, 2 lounges and extensive gardens, ideal for intimate wedding ceremonies and private festivities. Karma Spa offers a boutique menu of curative sessions at the new spa and wellness facility. Many ingredients used in Karma spa treatments are organically grown and harvested. Karma Spa offers therapies and wellness experiences that are luxurious, organic and authentic. Massage curatives include the holistic ‘Karma Rubdown’ and ‘Blue Light Energy Massage’ concocted from organic healing oils, and there are also half-day Japanese bathing rituals bestowed with seaweed, clay and cherry blossoms in an outdoor bathing area flanked by deep green bamboo. Karma Jimbaran’s signature restaurant, Karma Lounge, is a centerpiece found amongst beautiful tropical palms and scented frangipani trees in the heart of Karma Jimbaran’s exotic gardens. After a series of name changes since its sister property, Karma Kandara, came into the scene up in the Bukit

area, Karma Lounge has also seen changes in its cuisine presentation and the figure at the kitchen’s helm. Leading the team of talented chefs at Karma Lounge is Miles Belfield, a seasoned culinary professional who has steadily developed his successful career with positions in a variety of Michelin awarded restaurants. He delights his guests with exquisite fine dining in an unpretentious environment with genuinely caring staff. Karma Lounge serves up world-class cuisine with a more casual take on Miles’ degustation menu ‘Izakaya style’, a smallplate concept of creative dishes that are all starter sized, giving you the opportunity to savor a whole parade of culinary delights in one meal. Each dish offers a delicious variety of tastes and textures of Asian Pacific origins with hint of the Old World. This concept of eating gives you a greater variety and not only encourages conversation but also for friends to enjoy a unique social dining experience. “Make a table”, by ordering a selection of tasty dishes to share and enjoy together.

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Belly and Ricotta cheesecake for the first dinner, and first impression expectations were exceeded and contentment surely found. And because it is very hard to leave the comfort of the villa, with such a well-equipped dining feature and cozy setting, dialing “3” for in-villa dining was always hard to resist. Karma Jimbaran Resort, Jalan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran Bay (0361) 848-2200; www.karmaresorts.com
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Kuta Beach... Enough said.

WELL OR IN HELL?

Well, as they say, there are two sides to everything. Rwa Bhineda. But the spotlighting of the island’s dire issues surely woke most of us up to reality, and let’s just say there is a positive side to it.
feature would be watched by people all around the world, especially as it starred an Academy Award-winning actress. In early April, no “fool’s day” feature it was, an article in Time, “Holidays in Hell: Bali’s Ongoing Woes,” drew attention as it revealed to the world several negative facts about Bali stirring up those in the island’s government administration, the tourism industry, and the Balinese in general. It described how dirty Bali’s beaches were, the traffic jams, the floods, and the continuing hotel developments on this small island with minimal care for the environment. The author not only presented the facts, but he also had interviews with several key persons.

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arly 2011 seemed to be filled with important moments for Bali. First Bali got a slight promotion by the screening of Eat, Pray, Love in cinemas all around the world. Then while still in the first semester, Time magazine published an article about how bad Bali’s condition was as a tourist

destination. The two contrasting things emerged at almost the When Julia Roberts came to Bali for the film shooting, many people were jovial and optimistic. They believed it would have a good impact on Bali’s tourism in the future, as this Hollywood
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it. Fresh in our minds was the stir that a documentary on gigolos on Kuta’s beaches had caused, despite not a single screening having been held (seen), and which led to a ‘crackdown’ ordered of suspected figures appearing in the film’s trailers. Soon after the Time article had been published and read by the masses, many people in Bali read the article and copied it from the net; journalists came to the governor’s office and interviewed him for comments. He did not show the slightest of resentment, and actually wisely admitted to the facts conveyed in the article. He was one of the notable figures mentioned in the article. He seems to have wanted to express, “Let’s think positive. Criticism also means they care. Let’s look into the main ideas and respond to it positively, do what we have to do”. Bali is just a small island with limited capacity. On the other hand, hotel developments continue day after day. The increase in demands for rooms during the peak seasons is always the reason. But it becomes a big concern when the developments neglect the environment. Some hotels are even suspected of dumping their waste into the sea, along with many other unlawful practices. The governor recently issued a hotel development moratorium in 3 regencies, namely Badung, Denpasar, and Gianyar (Nusa Dua to Kerobokan is within the Badung regency, Ubud is in Gianyar, and Denpasar is Bali’s capital city). Unfortunately this policy was not very popular and the regents unabashedly disregarded it. Each of the regencies wanted to show their achievements, gaining profits but often neglecting the environment. Nature never complains at first, but it will react gradually. Sometimes it shows its wrath unexpectedly and can bring major impact on short notice. The island’s government and tourism industry have to put on a brake on these developments. In this case, we have to thank the author of the Time article, Andrew Marshall. Reality bites. We need to develop a better way. Nevertheless there is one thing, equally important, which Marshall did not describe in the article. It is a good thing that Bali still has other pristine places. He only addressed the southern part of Bali where the tourism industry is mostly centered. The world tends to generalize... Just like naming the 2002 and 2005 blasts as “the Bali bombings” or even giving it a sequence such as “Bali Bomb I” and Bali Bomb II”, which was a totally terrible for image’s sake. As if the whole island was bombed! Slightly “Southern Bali’s ongoing woes”. Nevertheless, a cautionary tale for the whole island indeed. All does become affected. Bali still has many other clean beaches, beautiful scenic places without any man-made structures, and no traffic. Places where people respect and uphold their culture more than industry. ■ Text by Ni Luh Dian Purniawati bad geography. Perhaps, the article’s headline should have read,

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It was quite surprising when Bali’s governor did not try to deny

Quieter highlands of the island

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Tranquil shores of Candidasa

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CAPTURES OF CULTURE
This month’s photo gallery presents striking shots of the island’s culture through the camera lens of Aji Mahareshi. View his other portfolios online at: www.ajimahareshi.me
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A black and white rendition of a Melasti procession augments its splendor
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Melasti procession, again. With a different perspective

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When at a ceremony, look elsewhere and you’ll find infinite unique angles

The skyline at Serangan Island, South Bali, after sunset

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Dancer in motion

The Barong in artistic rendering

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DESTINED TO DELIVER
Pacto Ltd recently launched their annual luxury brochure “The Villas & Resorts Collection 2011” on March 25 at the Barong Restaurant of the Bali Golf & Country Club, Nusa Dua. Pacto’s key persons, Umberto Cadamuro, Director of Business Development and Freddy Rompas, General Manager Inbound, opened the evening with a presentation and opening speech. It was a successful event where more than 100 General Managers, Directors of Sales, Directors of Sales and Marketing of Hotels, Villas and Resorts in Bali, Lombok and Java and other tourism industry representatives golfed in the morning and enjoyed a lavish cocktail party in the evening. The guests were pampered with the warm atmosphere, music, entertainment, cocktails, wines, and light dinner. “While we are relying more and more on digital media for our marketing in order to limit the use of printed material, we still find that several markets are responsive mostly to printed advertising. The pleasure of handling a high quality book as our latest Villas and Resorts Collection cannot be replaced by digital media, and it plays a very important role in marketing the destination,” expressed Umberto Cadamuro. The Villas & Resorts Collection 2011 features the assortment of properties in 6 different groups, named after famous symphonies, featuring properties beyond Bali, such as Java and Lombok. To talk about leisure is to talk about Pacto Ltd. Founded in 1967, Pacto is recognized as one of the pioneers and most established organizations in the Indonesian tourism industry. Pacto Ltd now has 17 offices and has handled 35,000 customers in 2010, and aims to reach 40,000 in 2011. Pacto built its success through creativity, innovation, professionalism and reliability, complemented by a customer-centered way of thinking. “We believe that people’s satisfaction is our greatest reward. We continuously increase our standard of quality and reliability through strategies centering on customers, and we are determined to be the most cost-efficient operator in the industry. We also believe that all businesses should respect the environment. Therefore, we had just planted 3,500 trees in Bali, a number 3.5 times greater than our original plan, in a parallel mission with Bali’s government to make Bali ‘Cleaner & Greener’ and we hope that other companies including our competitors will follow our path,” said Umberto Cadamuro. He also said that caring for the environment is a very important part of business. Tourism has taken a lot from nature, so now it is time to give back. This year Pacto plans to replace their entire car fleet with hybrid cars as part of their eco-friendly movement.

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KINTAMANI: CHASMS AND CHARMS
Up in the northern highlands of East Bali, approximately 1,500 meters above sea level, is the famous area of Kintamani, a name that sums up several frequently highlighted specialties of the region such an active volcano, a majestic caldera with a scenic lookout, locally produced Arabica coffee beans, exotic fruits such as mangosteen and snakefruit, an original Bali Aga village and an indigenous dog breed.
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not just in the crowded south. The regency offers a myriad of tourist destinations within its borders. It is the domain of several well-known options on the travel itinerary such as Bukit Jati, the majestic Kehen Temple, the Penglipuran traditional village, the Penelokan scenic lookout and the magnificent Mount Batur with its lake, temple and active volcano. This great mountain is dotted with idyllic Balinese villages that each serves

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he regency of Bangli in the island’s east is home to various scenic and cultural highlights that show that Bali’s attractions are

a highlight on their own. The Kintamani region generally encompasses the iconic villages of Penelokan, Toya Bungkah, Batur and its namesake Kintamani. These villages serve as highlights on their own with Toya Bungkah sitting at the lake’s edge, while the others perch around the rim of the Batur caldera; each offering dramatic views of the active volcano and serene lake. On an island dubbed as “the island of a thousand temples”, two iconic lakeside temples have throughout time colored Bali’s postcards and posters as among the island’s finest landmarks; one is Pura

Ulun Danu Beratan that is located on Beratan Lake in the neighboring Tabanan regency, while the equally scenic yet more noteworthy is Kintamani’s own Pura Ulun Danu Batur, which correspondingly serves as backdrop to a legendary tale of love and deceit called Balingkang, that has the goddess of the lake, Dewi Danu, as among the central characters. The amalgamation of the iconic lakeside temple, the active volcano and lake, an indigenous Balinese community dwelling amidst the surrounding highland forests, all tally up to the serene and exotic destination that is Kintamani.

Adventurous cycling down the majestic Mount Batur .

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Lush green forests of Kintamani.

Kintamani caters to a variety of travelers, be it the adventurous type who can opt to climb the majestic mount or those with adventurous taste buds who can opt for the exotic tastes of the region. The still active Mount Batur’s summit, approximately 1,717 meters above sea level, offers an on-top-of-the-world experience during sunrise, especially for pre-dawn climbers and early-birds. The relatively easy climb – compared to the island’s highest Mount Agung – can normally be completed in about 2 hours. Local guides are easily found and can lend a helping hand. Also for adventures, one may opt for cycling and canoeing on Lake Batur, which is provided by the local tour operators in the village of Kedisan. Adventurous taste-buds may discover the famed snakefruit variety of Salak Bali that is equally popular with locals and foreign visitors to the island, favored for its
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crumbly yet moist consistency. Another variety also grown in the region as well as in the neighboring regency of Karangasem is Salak Gula Pasir (literally “sugar granule snakefruit”), a prized fruit which is smaller in size than the regular Salak Bali but is considered the sweetest of all. They are usually priced at around Rp. 25,000 (US $2-3) per kilogram depending on season, compared to the regular Salak at Rp. 12,000 (US$1.38) per kilogram. The mandarin cultivars of Kintamani are known as Jeruk Kintamani, and are a must try as they are known for their sweetness and succulence. The aboriginal Bali Aga community of Trunyan village can be found on the eastern shore of the lake, which can be reached by boat from the village of Kedisan. The name of the village is derived from the words “Taru” and “Menyan” literally “fragrant (or frankincense) tree (or wood)”. The village is well-known for its unique funeral rites, where bodies of the deceased are not buried or cremated as the majority of Balinese Hindus do but rather are placed on top of the ground under the Taru Menyan tree at the village cemetery, covered and picketed for protection by the scented wood and left to Lineup of skulls in Trunyan. Not for the queasy.

decay naturally. Interestingly no strong foul odor is apparent due to the fragrant planks and pickets. Visually not for the queasy though, as real skulls and bones are easily visible all around. Kintamani also happens to be the name of the breed of dog native to the area. A popular pet among the Balinese, it is indigenous to the region. The breed is well known for its long fur coat, broad face with flat forehead and cheeks resembling Chow Chows, and noted for their loyalty. Animal lovers can meet local villagers and get up close with their pet Kintamani pups to enjoy their fun and antics. For sightseers and souvenir seekers, Penelokan is the favorite vantage point from where to best view the vast Batur Caldera with Mount Batur and waters of Lake Batur. Mind the myriads of street sellers and always keep a trick of bargain

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A girl places offerings at the serene Batur lakeside.

favorite vantage point that is also a much frequented stopping place from where to view the scenic expanse of the rugged

from Ubud and public transport is also available by means of small minibuses known as bemo, however these are more often used by locals. Virtually all hotel concierges and tour organizers include the area on its itinerary. ■ Text by Nyoman Ari Gunadi Main photo courtesy Werner Duderstadt (CocosTravel). For Kintamani cycling and adventure tours, visit: www.cocostravel.com
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in hand. For those who are “shutterrelease happy,” definitely a not-to-miss are the early morning landscape photo opportunities here. Located on the western brinks of the majestic Gunung (Mount) Batur’s larger caldera wall, Kintamani is on the same north-south road as Penelokan – the

Batur landscape. Kintamani is generally reached from the southern routes, mainly from the Ubud and Payangan main road and from the Bangli main road. From the north in Singaraja, a turn on the main road towards the east road results in an hour drive to Kintamani. Daily shuttle bus services are available

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Wakatobi’s greatness lies not only in its waters. Above the surface, Wakatobi is equally breathtaking. The beaches are no less beautiful than those found in other regions – white, clean and placid. A combination of crystal clear sea water and waving coconut palms… and add to that the cool sea breezes and blue skies, you have a perfect paradise!

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Wakatobi is an acronym for the four main islands in this archipelago (Wangiwangi, Kaledupa, Tomea, Binongko). Wakatobi’s name was popularized when the islands were barely visible on the country’s map with the advent of the diving scene.

The World Coral Triangle is an outstanding territory that stretches from the Solomon Islands in the east, to the Karimata Strait in the far west, the Sula Islands in the Philippines and the south of Nusa Tenggara. This triangle is host to 85 percent of the world’s coral species.

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archipelago (Wangi-wangi, Kaledupa, Tomea, Binongko). Wakatobi’s name was popularized when the islands were barely visible on the country’s map with the advent of the diving scene. Like an artist whose real name and ‘commercial name’ often are different, so is the case with Wakatobi. It is still referred to as the Tukangbesi Islands administratively and legally, a name derived from the famed iron craftsmen of Binongko Island. As known, Wakatobi in Southeast Sulawesi are coral islands. Several species and types of coral dwell here; fringing reefs that surround the islands, barrier reefs that are separate from the island with deep lagoons, and coral atolls. One of the atolls is the Kaledupa Atoll. It is said that this is the longest atoll in the world. In total there are about 600 km of coral here.

Wakatobi and Tukangbesi Islands are two names for this

single place. The first time I heard about these islands at the tip of Sulawesi’s “right leg” was about 2 decades ago and by the name “Tukangbesi Islands.” And it was indeed the official name of these islands bordering the Banda Sea. Most likely, it is the same name that you will encounter when looking at a map. Wakatobi is an acronym for the four main islands in this
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Wakatobi’s greatness lies not only in the water. Above the surface Wakatobi is equally breathtaking. The beaches are no less beautiful than those found in other regions – white, clean and placid. Combined with the crystal clear sea water and waving coconut palms… and add to that the cool sea breezes and blue skies, you have a perfect paradise! Various ethnic groups inhabit the Wakatobi Islands. In general the Wakatobi population is divided into two major ethnic groups: the Ethnic Bajau or Bajo and the Orang Pulau or the ‘Island People’. The Bajau tribe are known as the Sea Gypsies, the nomadic ‘people who live in the ocean seas’. They are spread across the archipelago from areas of eastern Malaysia, Brunei to

the Philippines, while the Orang Pulau are a tribe that inhabits only several parts of the archipelago. Both the Bajau and the Orang Pulau all live from the sea. The development of tourism in many ways has become a new hope. Since it has been developed into a district, the regional government has launched its maritime vision. The community is asked to abandon the fishing practices that are known to damage the environment. Even some of the ecotourism revenues are distributed back to the community, which total an approximate 90,000 inhabitants, as well as for education and support for the Wakatobi Marine National Park. The government has set these islands from Kendari and Bau Bau as a marine national park with an area of 1.39 million hectares – the second largest marine national park in the archipelago. All these efforts surely deserve our support so that this paradise will be able to sustain life on our planet and remain for our future generations to admire. Visitors can enjoy comfortable accommodations on the islands of Hoga and Tomea. An airstrip has even been established on the latter by investors, adding to the convenience of visiting among this archipelago’s ‘last paradises on earth’. ■ Text and photos by Fadil Aziz www.alcibbumphotography.com

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COLORFUL PRECIOUS STONES
Enter this capital city’s market specializing in gems, originally known as the Rawa Bening market, established in 1974. In the beginning it was only a traditional market, where around 20 gemstone traders opened their stalls every day in an open space.

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ne of Jakarta’s many tourist attractions are the city’s specialized markets. There is the Tanah Abang textile center, the

their stalls every day in an open space. As the numbers of traders grew they felt the need to form an association, so in 2010 the government refurbished the traditional and rather run down market and now it is an air-conditioned modern market that attracts gem enthusiasts from all over Indonesia. Today JGC is home to thousands of traders, making it the second largest gems center in South East Asia after Thailand’s Gems Tower Building, and a long way from its modest beginnings. JGC carries various gemstones not only from Indonesia but from all around the world such as Garut stone, Pancawarna stone and Bacan stone as well as Blue Sapphire, Emerald, Arizona

Stabilized Turq, Dyed Lapis, Malachite, Tigereye, Pendot, Citrine, Rock Crystal, Red Tigereye, Black Onix, Snowflake and Leopard Skin. Almost every island in Indonesia has stones that can be made into gems. Agate stones are easily found in Garut, Pacitan, Lampung and Sukabumi, amethyst can be found in Kalimantan, and opal can be found in Banten. The stones are sold per 200mg. Physical characteristics that make a colored stone valuable are color, clarity, cut, unusual optical phenomena within the stone such as color zoning, and asteria or star effects. According to Yanto, one of the traders who has been trading at JGC since it was still called the Rawa Bening market,
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Pramuka medicine market, the Kramat Jati wholesale market, and the most recent is the Jakarta Gems Centre (JGC) that was inaugurated in May 2010. Located in the old town Jatinegara of East Jakarta, JGC is a refurbished market for gemstones. It was originally known as the Rawa Bening market that was established in 1974. In the beginning it was only a traditional market, where around 20 gemstones traders opened

Almost every island in Indonesia has stones that can be made into gems. Agate stones are easily found in Garut, Pacitan, Lampung and Sukabumi, amethyst can be found on the island of Kalimantan, and opal can be found in Banten, West Java.
the price of the gemstones is determined by type, color, shine, uniqueness, the location where the gemstones were found and most important the rarity. The price range varies from as low as Rp 20,000 to unlimited. Yanto recalled that he once heard that a Blue Sapphire was sold for Rp 1 billion to a collector, but most are sold between Rp 50,000 and Rp 5 million. Opal stones are special because they are worth only Rp 5,000 when they are still raw, but after the stones are processed and made into jewels with special designs they can be worth millions of Rupiah. The price escalates when they are sold by collectors.
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Gemstones enthusiasts and collectors come from all over the world to hunt for precious gemstones at JGC. The center is especially popular with Japanese and Taiwanese collectors. Wahyu, a gemstone enthusiast from Jakarta, says that the collection that JGC has is impressive. He comes regularly to hunt for gemstones to add to his extensive collection of twenty years. “I’ve been coming here since it was a small market in the 80s. Now with more and more traders coming in, I have more choices,” he says. ”I like the fact that the market now has become more modern. It’s clean and air conditioned, making

browsing around a lot more enjoyable.” There are people who consider gemstones as something sacred, but Wahyu does not believe in superstition. His love of gemstones is purely out of admiration for their beauty and his interest was inherited from his father, also an avid collector. Wahyu says that over the years he has developed an eye for differentiating original gemstones that worth a lot to imitations that are worth nothing, even if sometimes they look really similar. He says that not all of the stones sold at JGC are original. Some are imitation and buyers must exercise caution when buying. “Collectors are usually able to tell

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“Collectors are usually able to tell the difference, as we recognize the characteristic of the stones. Original stones have a kind of fiber that makes a sort of picture; therefore we call them batu gambar, picture stone.”

the difference, as we recognize the characteristic of the stones. Original stones have a kind of fiber that makes a sort of picture; therefore we call them batu gambar, picture stone. They are also heavier and have a different kind of shine. If you put an original stone up to the sun it will shine through, whereas imitations remain flat. But if you have doubts, you can have them examined at the gemstone lab in the Gajah Mada area,” Wahyu explained. Despite its reputation of being the second largest gemstone center in South East Asia, JGC does not have its own gem certification service. Customers who want to have a certificate to guarantee that their stones are original need to bring their stones to a private certification agency at the Kompleks Harmoni Plaza in Central Jakarta. If the stones are proven to be original, the agency will create a certificate.

Besides those that are already cut, JGC also sells uncut stones. Customers will then bring the stones to a craftsman who will cut, brush and polish the stone. The traders at JGC also carry rings for their stones. They are made from silver, white or stainless steel. The designs of the rings vary too. The more complicated, the more expensive they are. The rings sell for Rp 75,000 to Rp 300,000. Customers at JGC are not limited to gem collectors. Gold jewelers also frequent this market to hunt for valuable stones for their gold jewelry. Colorful and sparkling, gemstones have long captured the imagination of men and women, who then embark on a lifelong pursuit of the precious stones. ■ Text by Patricia Ivana Photos by Josua Alessandro www.escapadepictures.com

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WOVEN LOVE FOR MOTHERS
JW Marriot Jakarta presents Mesmerizing Mother’s Day at its Sailendra Restaurant on May 8. Mother’s Day is a great time to spoil every mom with the most mouth-watering buffet in the city and also to support a good cause to help mothers in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara in conserving the special Tenun Ikat woven fabric. The JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta ensures that all mothers and families will have the best time together by preparing two surprises to pamper mom’s palate on this special day. Savor the delectable poached egg with smoked salmon, Alaskan King Crab, herb crusted prime rib, whole roasted lamb, the delicious strawberry mille-feuille and much more. Those dishes are a great compliment in a family brunch moment specially dedicated to mothers. JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta, Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan Kav. E.1.2 No. 1& 2, Mega Kuningan, Jakarta (021) 5798-8808

MAORI TIMEPIECE
Bulgari and New Zealand rugby team the All Blacks have joined forces for 2011. One product of the new relationship is a special edition Endurer Chronosprint watch for the All Blacks team. The limited edition timepiece is based on the ex-Daniel Roth watch that has been merged into the Bulgari brand. The case is coated with a very hard DLC (diamond like carbon) black coating and the dial has a special Moari tattoo motif. www.bulgari.com

MASTERS TEE OFF
As this goes to press, a strong line-up of 24 Indonesian golfers takes on Asia’s creme de la creme and world number two Lee Westwood of England at the inaugural Indonesian Masters. The event also welcomed new partners including Coca-Cola, Rolex, San Miguel, Casillero del Diablo, Toshiba, Brava Radio and Yahoo! Asian Tour stalwart Rory Hie spearheads the home challenge in the US$750,000 event at the prestigious Royale Jakarta Golf Club from April 21-24, alongside the nation’s rising stars Andik Mauludin and Benny Kasiadi. Four local amateurs also enjoy the opportunity to compete in the Asian Tour’s newest tournament, which is positioned as Indonesia’s most prestigious golf tournament. Kyi Hla Han, Executive Chairman if the Asian Tour said, “The Indonesian Masters will present a great opportunity for Indonesia’s top players to compete against our finest stars such as Thongchai Jaidee, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Chapchai Nirat. For further information contact: pr@obgolfandlifestyle.com; (021) 7094-7806
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Astana Kunti Suite Apartment & Villa

HOTELHIGHLIGHTS
Astana Kunti boasts suite apartments and villas offering affordable and luxurious accomodation. It features a five-star resort style that can be enjoyed at reasonable prices. Each suite apartment consists of a bedroom with en suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, living room with comfortable sofas, a fully-equipped kitchen and complemented with five-star luxury accommodation services. The private suite apartments and villas offer individuals an opportunity to own a lifestyle investment property that benefits from a professional marketing and management service. Astana Kunti is located in the Seminyak area, 25 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from the beach. Seminyak is strategically located, right in the middle of the island’s hip fashion stores, homeware, quality restaurants, bars and nightlife that personify the famous island’s luxury lifestyle. Managed by Astana Hotel management.

Jalan Dewi Saraswati III no. 39, Seminyak Bali - Indonesia Tel: (0361) 882 1455, (0361) 882 1445 Website: www.astanabali.com

Bali Tropic Resort & Spa
Bali Tropic Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive hotel that epitomizes the authentic Balinese architecture and style fringed by whitesand and crystalline sea--s. It combines nature, rejuvenating spa treatments, and a host of recreational activities to give you the ultimate tropical retreat... Perched gracefully between the ocean and the sky, embraced by the lush tropical landscape, resort serenity designed for indulgence, the ambience is definitely natural, a place of beauty beyond imagining. The resort offers 130 deluxe rooms, 14 royal bungalows and 3 2-bedroom suites, each featuring individually controlled air– conditioning, private bath/showers, satellite TV, IDD, minibars, and tea/coffee making facilities, safe deposit box. Vast choices for dining include three restaurants and four bars, serving international barbecue buffet dinner. Bali Tropical Spa has 10 treatment rooms with private shower and bathtub offering traditional massages, body scrubs, facial and other therapies to choose from. Experience the authentic Balinese hospitality.

All Inclusive
Jl. Pratama 34A, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua Tel: (62) 361 772130, Fax: (62) 361 772131 E-mail: hotel@balitropic-resort.com Website: www.balitropic-resort.com

Danoya Villa

Holiday in Luxury
Offering a modern spin on traditional, tropical villas, the residences at Danoya Villa combine open-plan architecture with an Indonesian touch. They are stylishly furnished and offer all the benefits that are expected at a luxury resort. In addition to the advantages of the estate’s prime location, on-site five-star facilities are provided exclusively for guests. The villas cater perfectly for relaxation and pure indulgence. Poolside wooden sun beds are a feature of the stunning pools that are surrounded by tropical gardens. There are 24-hour security and reception, laundry services, free Wi-Fi in villas, business centre with free internet access, spa and massage in villa, drop off shuttle bus service to Legian and Seminyak areas, and airport transfers by request.

Jalan Batubelig 559, Kerobokan Kuta – Bali Tel: (0361) 735 305, Fax: (0361) 733 372 E-mail: reservation@danoya.com Website: www.danoya.com

Danoya Villa is only 10 minutes by walk to Batubelig beach, 5 minutes drive to famous restaurants such as Métis, Sardine, Warung Sobat, and Nuri’s; 15 minutes to the entertainment and shopping district of Seminyak; and 25 minutes to Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Harris

Resort Kuta Beach - Bali
Strategically located only few steps away from Kuta’s surfing paradise and its exciting nightlife. Experience the simple contemporary design with comfortable, unique ambience, and friendly spirit of all Harris “Players”. The resort features 191 rooms ranging from Harris room, Harris Pool Access room, Harris Terrace room, and Harris Suite room in fresh colors design. All rooms are equipped with cable television, free WiFi and are surrounded by a free-form swimming pool and Kids pool with waterslide. It is also a perfect meeting place for your business needs with 5 meeting rooms. A health conscious Harris Café offers a range of Indonesian, Asian, and International specialties with also healthy juices at our Juice Bar and Pizza & Pasta at Harrissimo. Free daily sport and leisure activities are available by the pool such as Yoga and our special dances the “Harris Moves”. Dino Kid’s Club features free fun games for children and H’Spa and Happy Feet Reflexology offers energizing and refreshing body treatments. Harris Resort Kuta is a fun place for everyone!

Harris Resort Kuta Bali Jalan Pantai Kuta 80361 Tel: (0361) 753 868 Fax: (0361) 753 875 sales@harris-kuta-bali.com www.harrishotels.com

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MEXICAN ENERGY
A delegation of parliamentarians from the Energy Commission of the Mexican House of Representatives visited Jakarta from March 21-25 to meet with several Indonesian agencies involved in the energy sector. Mexico, like Indonesia, has been endowed with many natural resources, therefore the importance for the country to guaranty an efficient use of them. The Mexican government is trying to develop and modernize their energy sector, hence the visit of their parliamentarian delegation to Indonesia and their interest in understanding the latest reforms in the archipelago. The delegation held meetings with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, BPMigas, Pertamina, BAPENNAS, BPPT, KADIN and SHELL Indonesia, which allowed the parliamentarians to learn and understand about infrastructure development, (particularly the pipeline network), energy security, energy national supply, gas distribution, private investment in the sector in particular in the development of the electrical power plant in Central Java (10,000MW) and in oil and gas exploration and renewable energies. Embassy of Mexico, Menara Mulia, Jl. Gatot Subroto Kav. 9-11, Jakarta, (021) 520-3980; embmexic@rad.net.id

NO CHORES, JUST CHEERS
Surabaya Plaza Hotel (SPH) recently held its annual party in celebration of its staff, and this year showcased its Employee Talent Show (ETS). ETS had the departmental teams competing to show off their best talents and win the attractive prizes provided by the management. Not only did the team members compete among themselves they also provided the audience with a cheerful and entertaining event. The celebration was a refreshing break from the daily routine of the workforce. Nine departments participated in the competition that featured various categories such as dance drama by the Housekeeping department, folk songs by the Finance and Engineering departments, dance by Sales and Marketing, parodies by Food & Beverage, traditional dance by General Affairs, and masquerade & pantomimes by the Front Office. Surabaya Plaza Hotel, (031) 531-6833 sby.pphotels.com

PARTNERS IN SPORT
The Secretary General of the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI), Arie Ariotedjo, presents a token of gratitude to Dr. Ian Ford (center), Director Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) and Gary Dawson, Head of Division Biomechanics and Analysis Skill NTIS in a sports seminar organized by the Australian Embassy and KOI on April 6. Australian Embassy Jakarta, (021) 2550-5288 www.indonesia.embassy.gov.au

FUNDS FOR FACES, FAMILIES
Hotel Kristal Jakarta collaborated with the Harley Owners Group (HOG) foundation in a social sharing activity and charity fundraiser. The hotel successfully raised Rp. 125 million for the Yayasan Harley Owners Group (HOG), which dedicates the funds to cleft-lip palate operations for children. The aid was in continuation of the “12th Annual Hotel Kristal Charity Golf Tournament” that took place at the Jagorawi Golf Club in December of last year. Public Relations Manager Damita Almira expressed, “Yayasan Harley Owners Group (HOG) Indonesia has raised the money that has helped change the lives of thousands of underprivileged families in Indonesia through the reconstructive surgical operations”. HOG has 45 members, is based in Jakarta and has been active since 1982. www.hotelkristal.com

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Hotel Santika Kuta Bali

HOTELHIGHLIGHTS
Hotel Santika Kuta is a strategic base from which to explore the island of Bali at leisure. Located in the heart of Kuta’s vibrant shopping and dining district, the property is just minutes from the island’s celebrated sunset beach. Within easy reach to the airport and other popular sites of interest, Hotel Santika Kuta welcomes travellers from all walks of life with genuine hospitality. The Superior Room anticipates the needs of today’s traveller with a smart decor in earthy tones and modern conveniences to ensure a relaxing experience. It is an exceptionally comfortable base for business or leisure guests during their time on the island of Bali. Appetites are satisfied at Kafe Serani. This open-plan dining area serves an extensive buffet breakfast and a more substantial menu of Indonesian and Western cuisine as well as light refreshments.

Jln Raya Kuta 98, Kuta, Bali - Indonesia Ph: +62 361 764-033, 764-044 Fax: +62 361 764-041 kutabali@santika.com www.santikakutabali.com

Meet in style with a fully equipped meeting room located just off the lobby, designed to accommodate 50 participants in a classroom setup, and 35 delegates in a U-shape configuration. Meeting package rates with attractive incentives are available on request.

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) 754-082 Fax: (0361) 750-792 E-mail: info@maxi-hotel.com 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.

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: sales@mentarisanur.com Website: www.mentarisanur.com

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. The Dream Spa is a fantastic hide away spa destination for the mind, body and soul. Featuring 3 Romantic Spa Rooms with double spa bed, shower, Jacuzzi, Sauna and spa locker. From the moment you enter into the resort’s lobby you can see the amazing Ocean Views, nice breeze, breathe in the fresh air, you can feel the sensation of the tranquil up hill environment. The Dream Spa is where a heavenly atmosphere invites you to relax, with an assortment of treatments invite you to indulge. Let the sensation of the Dream Spa’s atmosphere pamper and comport you soon. 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. BALI&BEYOND MAY 2011 61

Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Br. Bakung Sari, Ungasan, South Kuta, Bali Tel. (0361) 708 199; Fax. (3361) 708 168 E-mail: reservation@dreamland-villa.com sales@dreamland-villa.com www.dreamland-villa.com

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GIVING BACK
Naka Contemporary Art together with BARC (Bali Adoption and Rescue Center), BAWA (Bali Animal Welfare Association), and the Yudhistira Swarga Veterinary Clinic, has organized a fundraising exhibition for Bali street dogs titled “Oh, For Dog’s Sake!” It aims to raise funds to help protect these poor canines from imminent danger due to sickness and injury. Through this event Naka offers a way for all gifted and generous artists to support and help raise money for animal rescue organizations through their works of art. The exhibition will be held on May 21 at Naka Contemporary Art Gallery from 7 pm – 9 pm. . Naka Contemporary Art, Jalan Kunti I No.16, Seminyak, (0361) 733-768 www.nakacontemporaryart.com

TALENTED CHILDREN
Sanggar Anak Tangguh is presenting an art exhibition at Alliance Francaise in Denpasar from May 1 to 14. Anak Tangguh is a local community group that cares for children’s development. One of their interests is improving children’s art talents. In March of last year they introduced a “Lempad Reborn” program, a special painting class for children that was inspired by Balinese legendary artist I Gusti Nyoman Lempad. Alliance Francaise, Jalan Raya Puputan I no. 13A Renon, Denpasar, (0361) 234-143; www.anaktangguh.wordpress.com

TWO RETURN
Ganesha Gallery presents an art exhibition showcasing the works of Rie Mandala and I Wayan Andita (Yanik) in “Return” through May 30. In their joint exhibition, Yanik of Bali and Rie Mandala of Japan not only share their individual expressions of their respective cultural origins but also join together in a work. It is a collaboration that began in 2001 but only realized now a decade later. Both clearly express their opinions on the meaning of the theme, preferring to work on paper that they describe as having an ancient history in many cultures. They write, “Paper demands precision of work. Errors and mistakes are impossible to correct. Paper is honest and working on it requires skill and patience that is comparable to meditation.” Ganesha Gallery, Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Jimbaran Bay, (0361) 701-010 www.fourseasons. com
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Basilico Italian Pavilion & Bar

Budesa Indonesia Grill & Seafood

asilico Italian Pavilion & Bar is an elegant, yet cozy, Italian restaurant, with indoor and outdoor garden seating. It offers an intimate dining room with great views of the sea, beach and marvelous gardens. The restaurant serves fresh home-made pasta, pizza and other Italian specialties. Enjoy the relaxing ambience and savor a truly satisfying dining experience. Located right on the sandy beach of Sanur and surrounded by 7 hectares of tropical garden, discover a perfect culinary experience at Sanur Beach Bali. Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11.00am – 11.00pm

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o you often feel tired and confused with your daily bustles? Do you miss the cool rural atmospheres? Do you want to enjoy your meal in peace and friendliness?

Head to the newly opened Budesa Restaurant in Kuta, where you can enjoy a meal in a calm and cozy atmosphere. Come as you are, and be greeted by the rushing sounds of clear water and rural voices. Select your live gourami, crab, or favorite selection from our live aquariums, and savor the best flavors with our authentic Indonesian recipes in no time. Enjoy the delicious Indonesian food and fresh seafood dishes. For reservations, please dial: (0361) 7955-909 or (0361) 768-244

Basilico Italian Pavilion & Bar
Jl. Danau Tamblingan, Sanur 80228, Bali Indonesia P.62 361 288011 F.62 361 281 755 E-mail: hsb.fb@aerowisatahotels.com www.sanurbeachhotelbali.com

Jalan By-Pass Ngurah Rai No. 888 Simpang Siur, Kuta - Bali P. 62 361 7955909 F. 62 361 768 244 info@budesa-restaurant.com budesa-restaurant.com

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Rush Bamboo Restaurant

Japanese fusion-style cooking arrives at The Elysian Commencing this April, Rush Bamboo Restaurant presents our guests with a completely new concept for Bali. Inspired by the variety of worldwide cuisines that continue to arrive in Bali along with the increase in tourism from distant shores, Executive Chef Surya Negara (aka, Chef Banjar) will be creating a series of unique, Japanese-inspired fusion meals. Chef Banjar will design an original 4-course set menu every day but only after a visit to the local markets. This means he can take advantage of the freshest produce, ensuring taste sensations that are both innovative and exhilarating. Each meal presentation will reflect the exotic flavours and delicate touch of Japanese cuisine yet will always take a note of inspiration from his Balinese background.

Contact Bali & Beyond Advertising Sales department ricky@baliandbeyond.co.id yudistira@baliandbeyond.co.id for interesting offers that suits your promotional needs.

+62 361 8868601-2

THE ELYSIAN Jl. Sari Dewi 18, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali Indonesia 80361 T +62 361 730999 • F +62 361 737509 E info@theelysian.com • www.theelysian.com

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THE SOUL THAT ROCKS
Ayana Resort and Spa Bali’s dramatic Rock Bar dramatic Rock Bar will see Jim Larkin perform on May 14. ‘Saucy Soul Jim’, the “Gem of San Francisco”, the one-and-only Jim Larkin will knock the blues out of fans with a sunset session at the Rock Bar. Fresh from performing with Michael Franti at the Bali Blass in December, Jim brings his signature, saucy soulful sounds to the rocks, where you will sway between his jazzy jive and the natural rhythm of the ocean. In a career spanning five decades, Jim started out in R&B and opened acts across the southern states of America for Johnny Otis, Sugar Pie Desonto and Etta James, and performed at the famed San Francisco Fillmore auditorium with Albert King and Joe Texs. He then moved into the Blues and Jazz arena, honing his skills at Bob City, Soul Vile, the Cellar, Sugar Hill, the Jazz Workshop and the Famed Black Hawk Nightclub performing with Oscar Petterson, George Sharinn and Herby Hancock, and opening for Ester Philips and Carmen McCray. He has toured Canada, Brazil, Trinidad, San Lucas, Japan and Korea, and performed in the Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Festival, the Sausalito Blues Festival and this past December at the Bali Blass with Michael Franti. Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, (0361) 702-222; www.ayanaresort.com

BEHOLD THE ENCHANTED FOREST
“Regalia, The Enchanted Forest” - is currently the only fully realized professional acrobatic show in Indonesia, featuring twenty-plus top Cirque Du Soleil performers and an additional supporting cast of over thirty ethnic characters, and is set to perform at the Bali Theatre this month. The headlining acrobatic performers have all previously worked at the premier Cirque Du Soleil shows in Nevada (Las Vegas), California and Florida, and have performed with Aerosmith, Prince, Sarah McLachlan, Cindy Lauper, Jason Mraz, The Black Eyed Peas and DJ Tiesto, and they are considered the finest acrobatic performers in the world. In addition to their acrobatic talent, the producers have engaged world renowned Swiss designer Orlando Bassi (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, 10.000BC, Legend of the Seeker, etc.) and his Special FX company to create stunning costumes, masks and wigs, as well as the French Fire-fusion dance specialist Jerome “Jay” Maurel of Xtreme Productions for “livefire” choreography and an extravagant LED-light costume design for some of the principal and supporting characters. This World Premiere and Gala Event is to be held at the Bali Theatre on May 14, with two shows every week from May to December. www.rainingheart.com; www.balitheatre.com

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PHILANTHROPIST SWINGS
Accor successfully raised US$40,000 in humanitarian funds through their “Spirit of Smiles” Charity Golf Tournament held last month at the Bali Golf & Country Club. This charity program supports underprivileged children in Indonesia, and the successful tournament was fully supported by Garuda Indonesia and BCA and attracted more than 100 philanthropist golfers. www.accor.com

B-BASHED!
Bali’s upscale lifestyle space, bvilla, turned 10 in April. To celebrate, bvilla held a birthday bash for exclusively selected guests on April 8 at the bvilla+spa. More than 300 invitees from the industry and travel media enjoyed cocktails and acoustic live music during the evening’s stylish celebration. To recognize this milestone occasion, on April 7th bvilla management presented an award to each staff member who has been with the property since its opening. All staff members are recognized as being key to bvilla’s success in becoming Bali’s most stylish ‘place to b’. And to reward its industry partners, bvilla presented awards to its three best-supporting travel agents. www.bvilla.com

BEAUTIFUL CHEERS
Karma Kandara welcomed some of Western Australia’s most alluring young women as they prepared to compete for the honor of taking part in the Miss Universe contest this year. That meant being put through their paces to make sure they’re in optimum shape before they enter the next rounds. This is the second year that Karma Kandara has welcomed the Miss Universe hopefuls. Bali & Beyond had the privilege to share a dinner table with the ladies at the Nammos Beach Club. www.karmaresorts.com

LIGHTS OFF!
Hard Rock Hotel Bali supported Earth Hour 2011 in voluntary darkness on March 26 at 8.30 pm in keeping with its commitment to environmental protection and sustainability, joining millions around the world in sending a powerful message about a brighter future for the world and marked this ecofriendly event by involving its hotel guests. Sand Island offered an Earth Hour Party with Fire Dancers, acoustic live music and a “60 minutes” candle formation by staff and in-house guests. www.hardrockhotels.net
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SENSE OF SMIRNOFF
The 1O1 Legian won the “Best Cocktail” award at the Blue Eyes Bartender Championship Series presented by Smirnoff Vodka on March 28. Smirnoff Vodka conducts the annual event to encourage Balinese Junior Bartenders to demonstrate their flair and best cocktail in a competition. The 1O1 Legian was represented by Putu Oka Angga Swara and I Putu Sanis Dewantara, who came out champions in the Best Cocktail of The Year with their new creation “Sense of Smirnoff” with the Smart Stylish Experience signature of The 1O1 Legian. The 2011 Blue Eyes Bartender Championship was attended by 35 Hotels and Prestigious Bars. www.the101bali.com

MY LIFE SCREENED
The evening of March 23 marked the premiere of the movie “Bali is My Life,” launched by the Bali Hotels Association (BHA) as part of its ongoing “Bali is My Life” destination marketing campaign. The premiere was held at the Bali International Convention Center at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua. As well as promoting Bali and its legendary culture, the movie is importantly driven in a large part by Indonesian talent, said Jean-Charles Le Coz, chairman of the Bali Hotels Association (BHA) that coproduced the movie along with Art Vision Bali (AVB). www.baliismylife.com

‘FOUR HANDS’ DINNER
Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique welcomed Chef Michel Portos of the Saint James Hotel in Bouliac, France for a two-night event on March 25 and 26. The special menu at the Mozaic featured dishes from Chef Portos alongside Chris Salans’ creations for a unique “Diner a quattre mains” (Four Hands Dinner). Among the dishes presented were Heart of Caviar with Scallop and Sweet Peas, and Crispy Seared Foie Gras, Verbena Honey and Lemon Puree to name a few, expressing Chef Portos influences and new culinary discoveries. www.mozaic-bali.com

YEAR’S SPIRIT
After five inspirational days and nights, the Fourth Annual Bali Spirit Festival came to an end on March 27. The soaring level of talent at this year’s event brought together a vast diversity of styles from every corner of the globe. Two sound stages set in the magical grounds of the Agung Rai Museum of Arts (ARMA) was the venue for the Festival’s electrifying 4 nights of world music concerts. A vibrant night market with over 15 vendors offered a convivial place to visit, shop, eat, drink and chill between gigs. The great music was punctuated by fire dancing, slack line walking and abstract theater performers. The annual event provides a platform of inspiration and the opportunity to affect positive change at the personal and community level. www.balispiritfestival.com BALI&BEYOND MAY 2011 67

SKAL INTERNATIONAL BALI
An International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals Doing Business Among Friends
A GREAT INDIAN EXPERIENCE AT QUEEN’S OF INDIA
On Friday April first, sixty plus members and guests met at Queen’s of India in Kuta to enjoy pre-lunch cocktails and canapés and a great selection of wonderful Indian cuisine. The menu featured popular Indian dishes including vegetarian specialities. The diners were treated to an Indian dance performance during the meal which concluded with the serving of fabulous brownies with ice cream and hot chocolate. Puneet Malhotra, Neeta, Enoch, Ketut and all team at Queen’s of India created a great Indian experience - no fooling!

SKAL BALI’S 145 MEMBERS MEET MONTHLY AT THE BEST VENUES. SET FOR 2011 ARE:
May 6, at 19:00, Family & Friends evening - Hard Rock Hotel - Kuta June 10, Sanur Beach – Sanur July 1, Courtyard by Marriot Bali - Nusa Dua plus golf at Bali Golf and Country club August 5, Sanur Paradise Plaza – Sanur
Skal International, the World’s largest travel and tourism organization, founded 1934 in Paris, numbers 20,000 management and professional members in 450 clubs in 90 countries. Skal Bali, Southeast Asia’s largest Skal Club, a leader in growth worldwide Membership and Information - contact our Secretariat Manager Gede Juwena Telephone: 7840212, email: gede@skalbali.com

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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: info@baliorchidgarden.biz 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 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

INTERNATIONAL NEWSPAPERS
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 / info@newspaperdirect-bali.com

TOURS & TRAVEL
ADVENTURE INDONESIA Tour Operator – Tailored Made Itinerary, Special Interest Tours : Orangutan & Dayak, Komodo & Flores Adventure, Tana Toraja, Explore Irian Jaya Tribes, Fun Jungle Survival, Student Field Trips. BALI: Ruko Wana Segara 12A, Tel: (0361) 750 971, 750 964. JAKARTA: Wisma 31 kemang, 3rd floor tel: (021) 7182250/56, Email: info@adventureindonesia.com www.adventureindonesia.com ADVENTURE INDONESIA ready to be your professional outsource partner for your corporate outing and training event, ready to customize for the best result in indoor as well outdoor event activities. You decide how far the breakthrough you want to get in the event. And we will design the best program and most suitable facilities to make sure your goal achieved! Email : info@adventureindonesia.co.id, Tel (021) 7194427/7182256

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AIRLINES
■ 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: (0361) 768-369 ■ ROYAL BRUNEI: Tel: (0361) 757-292 ■ SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Airport Tel: (0361) 768-388, Fax: (0361) 768-383 ■ GARUDA: Jl. Jalan Sugianyar 5 Denpasar Tel. (0361) 227-824, Fax: (0361) 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: (0361) 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 ■ CHILE: Jl. Jl. Pengembak Gg 1 No. 3, Sanur, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 756-781, Fax: (0361) 756-783 E-mail: chilehonconsulate@bali-villa.com ■ CZECH REPUBLIC: Jl. Pengembak 17 Sanur. Tel: (0361) 286-465, Fax: (0361) 286-408 E-mail: bali@honorary.mzv.cz ■ FRANCE: Jl. Mertasari Gg. II No. 8, Sanur Tel: (0361) 285-485, Fax: (0361) 286-406 E-mail: consul@dps.centrin.net.id ■ GERMANY: Jl. Pantai Karang 17, Batujimbar, Sanur Tel: (0361) 288-535, Fax: (0361) 288-826 Email: germanconsul@bali-ntb.com ■ HUNGARY: Marintur, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai 219, Sanur. Tel: (0361) 287-701, Fax: (0361) 287-456 Email: huconbali@telkom.net ■ ITALY: Lotus Enterprises Building Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Jimbaran Tel: (0361) 701-005, Fax: (0361) 701-005 E-mail: italconsbali @italconsbali.org ■ JAPAN: Jl. Raya Puputan 170, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 227-628, Fax: (0361) 265-066 E-mail: konjpdps@indo.net.id ■ MALAYSIA: Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort Jl. Pantai Kuta Tel: (0361) 752-520, Fax: (0361) 766-373 E-mail: info@consulmalaysia-bali.com ■ MEXICO: PT Puri Astina Putra Building Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin 1A, Renon, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 223-266, Fax: (0361) 244-568 E-mail: consulmex@astinatravel.com ■ NETHERLANDS: KCB Travel, Jl. Raya Kuta 127, Kuta Tel: (0361) 761-502, Fax: (0361) 752-777 E-mail: dutchconsulate@kcb-tours.com ■ ROYAL DANISH: Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai, no. 229, Sanur Tel: (0361) 8216-979, Fax: (0361) 287-931 E-mail: danishconsbali@gmail.com ■ POLAND: Jl. Raya Petitenget No. 11, Block I/C, Banjar Umasari, Kerobokan Tel: (0361) 732-165, Fax: (0361) 732-165 E-mail: consul@balipolandconsulate.com ■ SLOVAKIA: Jl.Gunung Agung 93, Denpasar 80118 Tel: (0361) 426-171, Fax: (0361) 426-477 E-mail: konsulslowakbali@yahoo.com ■ SPAIN: Istana Kuta Galeria, Blok Vallet 2, No. 11 Jl. Patih Jelantik, Kuta Tel: (0361) 769-296, Fax: (0361) 769-296 E-mail: espana_bali@blueline.net.id ■ SWEDEN & FINLAND: Segara Village Hotel, Jl. Segara Ayu Tel: (0361) 282-211, Fax: 282-211 E-mail: sweconsul@yahoo.com ■ SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA: Istana Kuta Galeria Blok Valet 2 No 12, Kuta Tel: (0361) 751-735, Fax: (0361) 754-457 E-mail: bali@honorarvertretung.ch ■ THAILAND: Jl. Puputan Raya No. 81, Renon, Denpasar Fax: (0361) 263-310 E-mail: rtc_bali@thaimail.com ■ TIMOR LESTE: Jl. Prof. Yamin No. 4, Renon, Denpsar Tel: (0361) 235-093, Fax: (0361) 235-092 E-mail: cgtl@dpsbali.com ■ UNITED STATES: Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 233-605, Fax: (0361) 222-426 E-mail: amcobali@indosat.net.id Ubud, Tel: (0361) 976-659, Fax: 974-229. Jl. Pengosekan, Ubud, open daily 8 am-6pm. ■ ABIAN KAPAS: Tel: (0361) 227-176 East Denpasar. ■ 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. ■ 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.

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 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.

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

CONSULATES
■ AUSTRALIA, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND: Jl. Tantular No. 32, Renon - Denpasar 80234 Tel: (0361) 241-118, Fax: (0361) 221-195 E-mail: bali.congen@dfat.gov.au www.bali.indonesia.embassy.gov.au ■ BRITAIN: Jl. Tirta Nadi 20, Sanur, Denpasar Tel: (0361) 270-601, Fax: (0361) 287-804 E-mail: bcbali@dps.centrin.net.id ■ BRAZIL: Jl. Raya Legian No. 186, Kuta Tel: (0361) 757-775, Fax: (0361) 751-005 E–mail: brazilconsul@bali.net

HOSPITAL
■ 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: (0361) 710-515. ■ RUMAH SAKIT UMUM PUSAT SANGLAH (General Hospital): Jl. Diponegoro, Sanglah, Denpasar. Tel: (0361) 227-911/15.

MUSEUMS
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