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BALI UPDATE #460 - 04 July 2005

Between Worlds
Ubud Writers & Readers Festival October 8 – 11, 2005.

Sit back and enjoy one of life's greatest pleasures in one of the world's most beautiful settings. Join readers and writers in four days of stimulating and inspiring discussion, poetry readings, conversations, workshops, literary lunches, laughter and festivities amongst people who David Attenborough described as one of the friendliest on earth.

This year's Ubud Writers & Readers Festival brings together some of the world’s most exciting writers.

• Join Booker Prize winner, Michael Ondaatje, as he reveals his magical prose and poetry in a discussion of his life and work.

• Amitav Ghosh will lead you on a romantic adventure through Egypt and India over a leisurely lunch.

• Be humored by Susan Kurosawa as she tells you a tale of love, lies and lust from her latest novel.

• Professor Arief Budiman will describe the Festival's theme, Between Worlds, and its meaning to Indonesia in modern times.

• Listen to award-winning writer, Achmat Dangor, discuss the Bitter Fruits of his latest book and growing up in South Africa.

• Join some of Indonesia's hottest women writers as they discuss erotica and the written word.

• Nia Dinata, Indonesia's prize-winning young female film producer will discuss the challenges of film-making in Indonesia.

• Listen to Linda Spalding as she recounts her adventures in Borneo researching the Orangutan.

• Hear the voice of Indonesia's exciting, young emerging writers and share in a discussion of Balinese spirituality.

• Sharpen your poetry skills and join in an open-mike poetry slam that will have you laughing for days.

• Enroll in a workshop and learn how to write a play, song, memoir or illustrate a story.

• Enjoy a night of Balinese entertainment in a village temple, under the stars.

Let the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival October 8-11, 2005, change your world. There is no other event like it!




Ubud Hanging Garden, Bali Opens
Latest Addition to the Pansea Orient-Express Range in Bali.

Surrounded by ancient trees and steep terraced gardens, Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali is nestled on a hillside overlooking the Ayung River gorge, befitting its unusual name.

Perched amidst rice terraces looking out to the Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple resting across the valley, on the opposite hillside, the property's 38 villas are constructed in contemporary Balinese style with thatched alang-alang roofs. Set high on wooden pillars with king-sized four-poster beds, indoor baths, outdoor showers and dramatic individual plunge pools with adjoining Bales - these villas provide visitors with a sense of literally hanging above the heart of the magical island.

The gardens, conceived by landscape architect William Warren (author of "Balinese Garden," Thames & Hudson), together with John Pettigrew, (who created the gardens at The Begawan Giri) are unique. Nature becomes a spectacle here, with exotic trees and essences of the tropics - cocoa, coffee, fruit trees, durian, rambutan, lychees, a variety of tropical bamboos, flame trees, bird of paradise flowers and orchids all forming part of nature's chorus at the Resort.

The Anglo-French architect Gordon Shaw respected the Group's wish to protect the environment by touching lightly on the grounds and utilizing only local materials: alang- alang as roofing, Bali's local wood Batu Jaember, Java stone in the pools, batiks, cottons, and Palimanan mural stone.

The Villas

Each of the Villas has an infinity pool, a traditional pavilion for relaxing called a balé, an open air shower, an interior bathroom with a hand-molded terrazzo bath and a huge bedroom with a four-poster bed and mosquito net.

The resort has three categories of Villas: 30 deluxe Pool Villas, of approximately 100 square meters; 6 deluxe Suite Pool Villas of 160 square meters; and two 2-bedroom Family Pool Villas of 160 meters each. The Villas are primarily finished in precious woods, with Merbau flooring inside, Benkirai outside, and utilizing wooden furniture with sculpted doors in the Balinese tradition.

A large elliptical infinity pool, built on two levels facing the river valley, emphasizes the natural curve of the hillside and the surrounding rice terraces. For those concerned that steps might impede locomotion, a surprising but welcome sight is the private funicular that permits easy access to the Villas, the restaurants, bars, boutique and library.

Béduur Restaurant

The restaurant features both Balinese and French cuisine. It enjoys a dramatic view of the other side of the valley where a dense curtain of tropical vegetation surround a temple that looms over the Ayung River gorge.

Diatas Pohon Café

The Café also looks down over the Ayung River, with its terrace seemingly poised on gigantic treetops. Designed to provide a restful ambience in which to enjoy light and healthy cuisine served in this outlet.

Bukit Becik Bar

The Resort's bar is located near the main pool and the river, offering an excellent setting for relaxing long drinks at sunset.

Ayung Spa, by Ytsara

The Ayung Spa, set close by the Ayung River, shares the beauty of the rainforest, waterfalls and birdsong. Guests indulge in exotic treatments in three riverside Spa Villas

Each pavilion comprises two large spaces: one with two massage beds and a Balinese sofa, the other with a dressing area and bathroom with a bath that, surrounded by water, looks out onto the river.

Two Pansea Orient Express Properties in Bali

In addition to the newly opened Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali the company also operates another Pansea Orient Express Hotels property in Bali - Jimbaran Puri Bali.




Bali in Watercolors
A Month-long Solo Exhibition by Rudolf G. Usman at The Maya Ubud Resort in August 2005.

Born in Padang, West Sumatra in 1954 and trained at the Jakarta Institute of Art under Siaw Tik Kwie, Rudolf G. Usman's watercolors are prized parts of many museum and private collections. He has exhibited in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and the Netherlands and is a co-founder of the Indonesian Watercolor Society.

One Month Only at Maya Ubud Resort & Spa

Exhibiting his paintings of various locations around Bali, Rudolf Usman's paintings will be on view for the entire month of August 2005 at Maya Ubud Resort and Spa.

Although working primarily in watercolors, Usman does resort to a variety of mediums in his paintings creating atmospheres and nuances in the way different materials interact on his canvasses. The August exhibition will de dedicated exclusive to Bali with paintings of Kintamani, Bedugul, Uluwatu, Pantai Suluban, Desa Sidemen, Jatiluwih, and the nearby island of Nusa Lembongan on display.

A visitor to many countries, Usman finds himself repeatedly drawn back to Bali's natural beauty and a desire to capture nature on the island of the gods in his works.

The exhibition is open daily at the Maya Ubud Resort and Spa throughout the month of August.



Sunrise
Painting Exhibition by I Made Sumadiyasa at the Ganesha Gallery

Born in the Balinese farming community of Lalang Linggah in Tabanan in 1971, I Made Sumadiyasa virtually burst onto the international contemporary art scene in 1998 via a solo exhibition Journey at Ubud's Neka Museum.

Bold, expressive paintings that consumed entire walls of a gallery or museum saw the young Balinese artist praised and his work compared to the early paintings of the world's leading Abstract Expressionists.

The sole subject of two coffee-top editions cataloguing his work and a finalist for two years (1996 & 1997) in the Philip Morris Awards, I Made Sumadiyasa has exhibited in Bali, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Italy and Tokyo.

His latest exhibition at Ganesha Gallery at Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay Madé pays homage to the rising sun, acknowledging the all-persuasive influence of our brightest star on our daily lives and spiritual awakening.

Balinese religion, culture and society are based on the principle that the Gods and humanity share a responsibility for maintaining the balance between opposing forces. Made work explores that delicate balance:

Without darkness, there is no light


Sunrise an exhibition of paintings by I Made Sumadiyasa at the Ganesha Gallery – Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. through July 22, 2005.




Bali - Touching all the Hip Bases
Bangkok Post Reviews "Bali Chic" Concluding that Bali Lives Up to the Name of the Island's Newest Guide Book.

The July 4, 2005 on-line edition of the Bangkok Post carries an article aptly titled: [Bali is back with a style that draws attention].

Using as his point of departure a review of the recently published Bali Guide "Bali Chic" (Paperback: 232 pages; Publisher: Editions Didier Millet , March 30, 2005. ISBN: 9814155020), Johnson, who is the Managing Director of Asia Books Publishing, looks at a number of hotel, restaurant and shopping venues in Bali as proof that Bali is indeed back – proud, defiant and with a style that’s all its own.

Johnson says, "Bali is touching all of the hip bases in its return to prominence. In short it is back, and moreover, very much en vogue."

The Bangkok Post article visits Bali's newly renovated [Sofitel Seminyak], trendy Ku De Ta Restaurant, Toko East, Treasures (Ubud) and Warisan Gallery in Johnson's testimonial to the island's position as on the cutting edge of "new world style."

Bali Chic

"Bali Chic,", by Susi Johnston and Don Bosco, is a modern traveler's guide to Bali that provides indepth reviews of 50 properties together with handy advice on many local attractions.

”Bali Chic” is available from [Select Books].



Investing in the Future
Based on New Investments in Bali Tourism Projects – Investors are Bullish on the Island's Future Prospects.

Judging from the substantial amount of new investment as well as capital projects to improve existing facilities – Bali's tourism players are confident of the island's future and its ability to remain one of the world's most preferred holiday destinations.

New Hotel Projects

Luxury developments continue to catch investor's sway from the US$28 million Bulgari Hotel slated to open 58 villas in Uluwatu by year end, to the US$19 million, 176 unit Novotel Nusa Dua Golf condotel development now selling units on the island's southernmost tip to the just opened 38-villa Ubud Hanging Gardens. Taking aim on the younger set, Contiki Resorts opens a 133-room all-inclusive package property for 18-35 year old on September 1, 2005.

Marriott will open its flagship Renaissance Resort, the first in Asia, at year-end. The Renaissance Bali Resort Villas & Spa will feature 116 villas and a spa located along Nusa Dua Beach. Meanwhile, the Intan Bali Village has been razed in preparation for the new Santosa Resort - a project combining both rooms and villas.

Bali's Hotel Operators are Optimistic

"Bali's tourism industry has proved resilient and continues to show signs of recovery, both from traditional long-haul markets and with intra-regional Asian travelers," says Gerard Guillouet, Accor Director of Operations, Indonesia. Amankila's General Manager, Tracy Atherton agrees, "Business looks good and there has been a strong increase from the US and European markets."

"Business levels look to remain strong for the remainder of the year," according to Bennett Peter, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel & Suites. "The hotel is confident that refurbishments will continue to be well received by corporate travelers and leisure guests," he added.

"New additions have created a great environment for young and old with more activities to give a wow factor to a holiday," added Bali Dynasty's Resort's Director of Sales & Marketing Joy Gartner.

Improvements at Existing Properties

The Bali Hotel Association (BHA), representing 64 star-rated hotels and resorts in Bali comprising more than 13,000 hotel rooms, recently surveyed its members to determine the extent of capital investment in refurbishing and upgrades taking place on the Island.. That survey revealed a program of widespread investments in Bali's hotel sector :

• ALiLa Manggis and ALiLa Ubud now offer wireless Internet service (WiFi) in public areas. Beds are dressed in hand-finished, pure cotton linens with Ploh pillows. In addition to newly refurbished rooms, ALiLa Manggis has added two new seafront pavilions at the Segara Bayu Spa. ALiLa Ubud has also recently installed iPod entertainment systems in selected rooms.

• Amandari, Amankila, and Amanusa are spending US$60,000 to add WiFi service to public areas and broadband Internet in all resort rooms.

• Bali Dynasty Resort has upgraded Executive Suites in a new contemporary style with separate bedrooms, lounges, kitchenettes and baths. Large screen television and DVD players have been added with a second TV available in the bedroom. A dedicated Entertainment Manager has help to expands the renovated the kids' club and programs, adding a giant 56 meter waterslide to the kids' pool to complement a range of new teen activities. A new adults-only exercise room features the latest exercise equipment with a range of fitness programs.

• Bali Garden Hotel has added well-known restaurants Batan Waru and Ryoshi Japanese as street-front, stand-alone restaurants—encouraging access both for guests and walk-in visitors. Both offer room service. The hotel's new Tari Spa offers a complete range of spa services. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) has been installed in public areas for enhanced security. A shopping arcade is due for completion by August.

• Club Med Nusa Dua has spent US$40,000 on beachfront improvements and landscaping; and resurfaced and refurbished its seven tennis courts.

• Conrad Bali Resort has focussed on beefing up security measures with electronic guestroom locks, an access control system, panic alarm systems and CCTV. All vehicles entering the property are checked. Visitors and vendors are identified with a visitor badges. The 42-member security team is supported by elite Indonesian Mobile Police Brigade Officers at the main entrance and on the beach. A bomb sniffer dog is stationed at the main entrance.

• Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel has spent US$ 1.1 million on upgrades, enlarging 16 Oceanfront Rooms and installing new wooden patio furnishings in other rooms. Other new additions are a new bar and more seating in the renovated Musro Nightclub, and Bowls Steamboat Restaurant Public areas now have WiFi and increased CCTV security. Within the year, all guestrooms will be refitted with new TVs, bathrooms will be upgraded, lifts modernized and more one-bedroom villas added to the property. Adjacent to the resort, the 89,000 square meter Discovery Shopping Mall and a children's fantasyland represent another US$32 million investment.

• Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay has spent US$600,000 on recent renovations. Included is the world's only infinity pool for children and a new glass-fronted wedding chapel for 30 guests. The Spa Lounge is energized with new soft furnishings and resort villas are undergoing soft renovations, due for year-end completion.

• Grand Istana Rama Kuta closes 40 rooms on October 1 for complete reconstruction, which, when completed, will result in 88 new rooms. The remaining rooms will be refurbished in eight-room blocks through 2006. All construction work occurs during daytime hours and is isolated to the rear of the property.

• Hard Rock Hotel Bali has refurbished one-half of its 418 guest rooms, the kids' club and all public toilets. The balance of the rooms will be finished next year. A 5-meter climbing wall is a new pool area has been installed and the hotel's recording studio sound equipment has been upgraded. WiFi is available in public area and CCTV coverage has been increased.

• Hotel Padma Bali recently added new meeting facilities, including two new breakout rooms for 20 to 60 people. WiFi is available in public areas. DVD players are now available in Garden Deluxe Chalets which are scheduled to be completely redesigned by mid-2006.

• InterContinental Bali has opened a new airport arrival lounge for Club InterContinental guests.

• Legian Beach Hotel has upgraded its lobby and lobby lounge with modern furnishings, a spacious reception area, public toilets and a dedicated group check-in area.

• Maya Ubud has installed DVD players, hand showers and electronic keys in all rooms, representing an US$53,600 investment.

• Mercure Kuta opened Bali Spa—Beachfront, the only spa with a beachfront view from its fourth floor rooftop location. Indoor treatment areas also are available with spa, beauty salon and wellness center therapies.

• Mercure Resort Sanur officially re-branded and opened in March with all 189 rooms and suites redesigned and refurnished. Three pools have been modernized and bars and restaurants updated and re-themed. The lobby has been completely redesigned and brightened, with a Departure Lounge added for guests on late flights. A modern fitness center, spa and open-air massage huts are being added.

• Nikko Bali Resort & Spa has installed CCTV to enhance security measures.

• Ramada Bintang Bali Resort will spend US$500,000 on improvements over the next three months. These include three new function rooms, new public toilets, a new hotel entrance, CCTV, WiFi hotspots, Japanese keyboarded Internet access, lobby refurnishing, and a new entertainment lounge and beach terrace. A US$300,000 spa upgrade is scheduled within the next 12 months.

• Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort & Spa recently opened 38 new Cliff Villas with new facilities in the separate complex, including two restaurants, two bars with a Martini club, wedding pavilion, wedding gazebo, shopping boutique, two-tired swimming pool, and library with meeting space.

• Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel & Suites has spent US$260,000 on refurbishments, including new restaurant furniture, bed duvets, bedroom lighting, suite renovations, refurbishing the kids' club, adding broadband Internet in guest rooms and conference rooms and WiFi in public areas. A club lounge for business travelers will be complete by year-end.

• Sheraton Laguna Nusa Dua is remodeling the 418-square meter ballroom and function rooms to double the ballroom's size and capacity. Remodeling between September and December will result in complete redesign of 96 rooms and suites. This includes wall finishes, furnishings and décor, with wall-mounted flat screen plasma televisions and entertainment systems. The remainder of the rooms will be refurbished in 2006.

• The Legian Bali and The Club at The Legian have spent US$1 million on high-tech and soft furnishing additions. Bose audio systems and Apple iPods are featured in each suite and villa. WiFi is available in public areas. High security key lock systems are on all suite and villa doors. Ploh pillows and duvets are added to beds and furnishings are reupholstered.

• The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, is redeveloping six Ocean View Suites with individual themes reflecting different Bali regions. Each suite will have broadband Internet and a 42-inch plasma screen TV with home theater system. Suites have separate living and dining room. Two-bedroom units have a plunge pools and private gardens, with additional quarters for an assistant. Four suites are one-bedroom.

• The Villas recently completed a US$650,000 upgrade and refurbishment on villa interiors. New color schemes and soft furnishings are part of the program, together with complete revamps of kitchens and bathrooms, including deep marble bathtubs. State of the art televisions, DVD and stereo equipment have also been added.

• Waka Resorts are finalizing plans for extensions and refurbishments at WakaShorea and WakaGangga. WakaNusa also will undergo refurbishment. A new US$300,000 catamaran has been added to the sea fleet with the MV Wakalouka converting to a dinner cruise vessel in August.



Major Changes Coming to Bali's Airport
New Access Road and Entrance Gate Set to be Operation at Airport in Early 2006.

Bali airport authorities report that work on a new and relocated entrance gateway is now 80% completed with workmen now adding the artistic and finishing touches to the Balinese-style portal.

When operational, the new gateway will connect to a brand new access road which will be located north of the present road running along the airport's north perimeter security fence. The decision to move the road to a distance further removed from the security fence and nearby parked aircraft was based on security concerns.

According to the Airport's Managers, the new road way is nearly 60% completed with final construction of the last 1.2 kilometers of roadway waiting for the removal and relocation of several buildings – including the airport's immigration office – which will be intersected by the new road.

Next Phase: Enlarged Terminal

Once the new road is inaugurated the next phase of airport renovation will be the building of a new domestic air terminal on the south side of the airport's parking area. When completed, the expanded terminal facilities will allow Bali's airport to handle 25,000 passengers each day, up 150% from its present limit of 10,000 passengers.



Creating Ties that Bind
PATA Holds Destination Marketing and Networking Forum in Jakarta, July 28-29, 2005.

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the PATA Indonesia Chapter (PIC) will organize an international tourism forum: Destination Marketing PR & Regional Networking with the sub-theme "Creating Ties That Bind" July 28-29, 2005, at theJakarta Hilton International.

Seeking to enhance the development and productivity of Indonesia's tourism industry the organizers wish to encourage ASEAN member countries to become more proactive in anticipating tourism issues and meet each crisis more professionally by taking advantage of their network partners.

The Destination Marketing Public Relations and Regional Networking Forum taking place in Jakarta is designed to examine best case scenarios provided by various experts in the tourism industry from Indonesia and overseas.

The speakers scheduled to appear are:

• Mr. Peter A. Semone, Vice President - Development, Pacific Asia Travel Association

• Mr. Udin Saifuddin, Deputy Minister for Marketing, Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

• Mr. Putu Antara, Chairman, Bali Tourism Board

• Ms. Wiendu Nuryanti, Executive Director, Yogya Tourism Board

• Mr. Odeck AAG Ariawan, Director PR Committee, Ubud Community, Bali

• Dr. Scott Younger, Partner, Glendale Partners

• Mr. Chad McLisky, Senior Consultant, Indo Pacific PR

• Mr. Alistair Speirs, Chairman, PATA Indonesia Chapter

• Mr. Harianto Badjuri, Jakarta Tourism Office

• Ms. Aurora Tambunan, Jakarta Tourism Office

• Mr. Agung Priyanto, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Garuda Indonesia.




Keeping Bali Safe for Kids
Two Days of Specialist Training for Hotels and Babysitting Services to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse in Bali.

A two-day program of specialized training for hotel management and child minders will be held in Bali on July 13 and 14, 2005, at the Bali Dynasty Hotel in South Kuta.

The free-of-charge seminars conducted by the Australian non-governmental organization Child Wise, is aimed at preventing the sexual abuse of children and creating a safer and more transparent environment in which people are recruited to work with children.

Sponsored by Child Wise and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the seminar will provide practical steps to reduce opportunities for children to be abused or harmed while in custodial care. Based on the award-winning "Choose with Care"® program of Child Wise, the two-day course covers:

• Increased awareness of the potential risks to children whilst in custodial care.

• Strategies to reduce risk, including a Child Protection Policy and a Code of Conduct.

• The development of minimum standards for Child Care at Bali Hotels.

• The Development of individual action plans for participating hotels, including follow up training scheduled for December 2005.

Divided into two full days of training, day one is designed for hotel managers and human resource personnel while day two is for supervisors and staff of "Kids Clubs" and babysitting services and those involved in the care and entertainment of children.

Parents Need to Educate Themselves

Child Wise encourages parents planning to place their children in child care to do some research into the standards of child care provided at the club or organisation. Child Wise has prepared a booklet specifically for parents and caregivers to assist in making informed decisions by asking relevant questions to establish how "child safe" an organisation, program or club is. This booklet can be downloaded free at [ www.childwise.net ]

Government Support

Recent press statements by Thamrin B. Bachry, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism's Deputy for Capacity Building and International Cooperation, underline strong official support for Child Wise training programs, citing such training as an important part of the Government's effort to halt those cases of sexual abuse of children caused by tourism visitors to Indonesia.

According to Bachri, "this is important to protect children for sexual exploitation in tourism settings by equipping front liners, such as hotel staff, restaurant and karaoke workers and even taxi drivers to refuse visitors seeking sex with children."

Those who prey sexually on children face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison under Indonesian law.




Ocean Twelve Seafood at Bali's Sheraton Laguna
Delicious Bounty of the Seas Star During Chef Jerome Julius Case's Bali Visit July 8 - 22, 2005.

On brief loan from Thailand's Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort. Executive Chef Jerome Julius Case is showcasing 12 superb seafood masterpieces at the Sheraton Laguna Nusa Dua, Bali from July 8 – 22, 2005.

Ocean Twelve Seafood

Inspired by the cooking secrets learned in his grandmother's kitchen in his native Sri Lanka, "Chef Jerome" has continued to treasure much-loved family recipes during a career at five-star hotels that has spanned 21 years and half the world. Along the way, his special flair in the kitchen has earned Jerome no less than 14 medals in international cooking competitions.

Chef Jerome's Bali appearance focuses on seafood and the Sheraton Laguna Nusa Dua's beachside Ocean Terrace Restaurant.

Among the succulent sea-food specialties scheduled to be presented are:

Tangy Pearl Oysters Carpaccio

Stir-fried Sea Asparagus on Eggplant with Black Pepper Glaze

Wild Fire Spiced Seafood Cappuccino

Lobster and Mango Curry


Chef Jerome's "Ocean Twelve Seafood" is only available for a limited period from July 8-22, 2005 at the Sheraton Laguna Nusa Dua.

Ocean Terrace Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner from 10:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m..

Reservations are a recommended at telephone ++62-(0)361-771327 – extension #540.




Pro Posing on Bali's Ayung River
World Champion Body Builders Take Time Off from Local Competition to Join BAT's White Water Rafting Trip.

As part of the Kuta Karnival Celebrations June 25 – July 2, 2005, champion body builders from Australia and Indonesia competed in a special two night Bodiku competition organized by Bali's very own word-champion bodybuilder, Komang Arnawa.

Komang - the Pro World Champion, Australian National Champion Bodybuilder (2003) and Mr. Western Australia (2003), gathered 12 top body builders to compete on June 25 and 26, 2005, providing entertainment for the many thousands who attended Kuta Karnival and as part of his fund-raising efforts to send promising Indonesian bodybuilders to compete in international events.

The event, televised internationally, also included a special appearance by Australia's fitness model champion, Ms. Daniela O'Mara.

Pro Posing on Bali's Ayung River

Following their very popular appearance on Kuta's seaside stages, Komang Arnawa gathered a group of 12 bodybuilders for a 3 hour white-water rafting cruise down Bali's Ayung River with Bali Adventure Tours.




Bali Garden Hotel Ongoing Revamp
South Kuta Beach Resort Joind South Kuta's Gentrification by Adding Creative Spa and Dining Options.

The 138-room Bali Garden Hotel is determined to play a major role in efforts to upgrade and gentrify Bali's South Kuta Sunset Strip. In addition to opening a luxurious spa facility the hotel has also teamed up with two of Bali's most popular independent restaurant companies to enhance services to their guests.

Tari Spa

The hotel's new, "Zen-style spa" is located on the first floor. "Tari" is Indonesian for "dance." Accordingly, spa visitors are welcomed to the health center/spa facility by the stunning profile of a Balinese dancer illuminated with holographic lighting.

Tari Spa offers a range of professionally delivered, relaxation therapies and beauty treatments for men, women and couples. Single and double treatment rooms feature teakwood floors, offset by soothing grey and blue decorative finishes. Bathrooms have solid stone sinks, marble table surfaces, stone and granite floors, and private plunge baths - all presented in minimalist settings.

Treatments include massage, body masks and scrubs, facials, cream baths, manicures and pedicures, starting from Rp 95,000 per treatment (approximately US$ 9.70). Discounts are also available for treatment packages during designated morning and evening hours.

Kafe Batan Waru

Long a favourite among diners in Bali's art community of Ubud, Kafe Batan Waru has opened a branch at the Bali Garden Hotel. Accessible from street-side as a stand along restaurant, the Kafe offers traditional al fresco dining allowing guests the option of soaking up Kuta street culture or enjoying their meal in their room.

Named Bali's Best Indonesian Restaurant for two consecutive years by Best Bets Bali, specialties include fish roasted in banana leaves, mountain fern tips with coconut and spices, vegetarian curry, Balinese smoked duck and a fisherman's dinner. BBQ is a Saturday night favourite with Chilli Crab Night a weekly fixture on Sundays.

Riyoshi Japanese Restaurant and Bar

Also now available on the Hotel's second level, is the Riyoshi Japanese Restaurant and Bar.

Part of a chain of five island locations, the restaurant offers several styles of Japanese cooking: sashimi, tempura, sushi, mochi, teppanyaki, robatayaki and noodles. Known for their very affordable prices and menu consistency, Riyoshi also offers room serviceto guests of the hotel.

More Improvements on the Way

The new spa and restaurant outlets are part of a multi-faceted facelift of the conveniently located beachside/street side resort in South Kuta. Managers of the Hotel also report that a street-side access shopping arcade will soon open, estimated to come on line in August 2005.

 
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