Christian Gerart Named General Manager of Samaya Seminyak
The Samaya Seminyak Bali has announced the appointment of Christian Gerart as general manager for the Resort.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me,” says Christian, “Bali has a special place in my heart, and it is great to be back as the part of an amazing resort.”
With over 29 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Christian brings a strong grounding in the luxury market to his appointment at The Samaya Seminyak Bali. This is Gerarts’ second assignment in Bali after a previous job of Executive Assistant Manager in charge of Food and Beverage at a resort in Nusa Dua Bali for seven years.
Christian began his hospitality career as an apprentice in Germany. Later, he traveled to New York City where he worked as an Assistant Food and Beverage Manager in 2011. In 2014, he won his first general manager assignment in Koh Samui, Thailand before moving on the lead role in three resorts in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
“I wish to bring a new breath of fresh air to The Samaya and work with the team to improve the property further by offering the luxury experience to our loyal guests and new customers,” explained Christian.
The Samaya Seminyak Bali Is A luxury villa resort offering a total Of 52 villas in the heart of Bali’s bustling Seminyak district. It features an award-winning beachfront restaurant “The Breeze” - an alfresco dining venue serving outstanding Balinese, Asian and Western-inspired cuisine.
The Resort is part of The Royal Collection by Santika Indonesia Hotels & Resorts Group, an Indonesian hotel brand and a subsidiary of the Kompas Gramedia group.
From the Côte-d'Or to the Kayuputi in Bali
Three Evenings of Sophisticated Dining with Michelin-Starred Chef Nicolas Isnard at Kayuputi Restaurant, St Regis Resort Bali, June 27-29, 2018.
The award-winning Kayuputi Restaurant continues its tradition of unequalled fine dining in Bali via a limited three-night appearance by Michelin-Starred Chef Nicolas Isnard from Restaurant L’Auberge de la Charme located in the commune of Prenois in the Côte-d'Or department of France.
Born in the South of France, Chef Nicolas Isnard began his distinguished sojourn in fine cuisine at the apron strings of his Italian grandmother.
Family tradition, formal chef training, and wide ranging experience in outstanding kitchens has led him to his current co-ownership of L’Auberge de la Charme, which earned a Michelin star in 2009.
His highly regarded restaurant has become a personal pied-à-terre where Isnard continues exploring food philosophies and creates novel flavors by blending his superlative cooking skills with local produce.
When not busy in his kitchen, Nicolas Isnard travels the globe sharing his passion for cooking and working as a culinary consultant. Accordingly, for three consecutive evenings, from Wednesday, June 27th until Friday, June 29th Chef Isnard will share his signature dishes in a 6-course degustation menu at the Kayuputi Restaurant.
This extraordinary dinner with Chef Nicolas Isnard is priced at Rp1.450.000 net per person. The outstanding culinary event can be enhanced further with premium wine pairings selected from Kayupti’s award-winning cellar at Rp. 1.250.000 per person.
Three Nights of Fine Dining at Kayuputi Restaurant
Presented by Chef Nicolas Isnard of L’Auberge de la Charme, St. Regis Resort, Bali
Wednesday June 27 until Friday, 29 June, 2008 (3 nights)
6-course degustation menu Rp.1.450.000 net per person
Wine pairing Rp. 1,250,000 net per person
Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach Takes a Healthy Approach to Traditional Indonesian Cooking
In support of an official announcement from the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism naming five national dishes, Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach has launched a special promotion featuring its take on the iconic dishes.
"The five dishes announced by the Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, have been a part of our menu," explained Jean-Charles Le Coz, general manager of Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach, "and we take this opportunity to showcase them more prominently at our restaurants, Grand Benoa Resto and Bali Luna."
The five dishes, Beef Rendang, Gado-Gado, Nasi Goreng, Soto Lamongan, and Sate, will be alternately showcased during breakfast at the Grand Benoa Resto, along with Indonesian traditional “jamu” herbal drink.
During the special promotion, guests can enjoy any one of these dishes at Bali Luna at a special price of only Rp. 99,000 net for lunch or dinner. "We try to keep them as authentic as we can, with the use of spices, herbs, and cooking method," said Dewa Eka Putra, the Bali-born Executive Chef at the Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach. In deference to the health-minded, Chef Dewa has added caloric information. "The restaurant will soon offer a selection of healthier take on Asian and Western-inspired favorites," said Chef Dewa, "Our goal is to let our guests know that healthy food can be delicious as well, indulge without guilt. We also want, whenever we can, to use local selected ingredients, it makes the food authentic, enhances the taste and reduce carbon footprint; it’s good for all.”
Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach offers a wide-ranging culinary experience including its signature Italian restaurant, Giorgio Italian Ristorante Pizzeria; a swim-up pool bar, Aloha; beachside bar, By The C; and the lobby Samudera Lounge.
The hotel plans to soon add an authentic Japanese restaurant bringing a traditional, yet affordable, Japanese experience to Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa area.
Rising Out of the Ashes
Two Years After Being Destroyed by Fire, New Badung Market Set to Open on December 20, 2018
The second phase of the rebuilding the Badung Market on Jalan Gajah Mada in Denpasar was commenced on Friday, May 11, 2018 , with the signing of a works contract valued at Rp. 61.8 billion.
The second phase of construction will be completed by December 20, 2018.
As reported by NusaBali, the rebuilt Badung market will be equipped with 5 elevators and 10 escalators, connecting the 5 floors of the central market.
Officials are expressing their hopes that the new marketplace will be a modern and clean shopping option for both traders and shoppers when it opens its doors on December 20, 2018.
Prior to the fire two years ago that destroyed the old Badung market, a total of 1,698 traders conducted their business from the traditional market. The new market has been constructed to serve at least an equal number of shopping kiosks.
The new market will allocate separate areas for the sale of meat, produce, clothing and dry goods.
The new Badung Market will cover 6 floors (including a basement area) with space for 1,740 kiosks. Parking for 128 cars and 23 small trucks will also be available.
(Image: Bali Post)
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
Vehicle Ferry Stranded for 26 Hours After Running Aground Between East Java and Bali
The SMS Swakarya, a passenger ferry operating between the port of Ketapang, Banyuwangi, East Java and Gilimanuk, West Bali went adrift in a heavy current and ran aground near the entrance to the Gilimanuk Port on the morning of Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
As reported by Nusa Bali, the ferry carrying 14 crew, 19 passengers, and 6 trucks left Ketapang at 6:00 am local time began to drift 45 minutes later near the ferry pier at Gilimanuk, before running aground 15 minutes later.
After repeated unsuccessful attempts over four hours to shift off its grounding, water police with search and rescue personnel evacuated the 19 passengers from the stranded ship transferinf them to shore at Gilimanuk.
The ship was eventually moved off a sandbar at 9:20 am on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, during a high tide, landing the stranded vehicles at Gilimanuk some 26 hours after initially sailing from East Java.
After discharging the trucks on board, the SMS Swakarya sail back to Ketapang in East Java without passengers and cargo in order to undergo a safety inspection.
A World Grown Accustomed to Terror
Travel Cautions Having No Marked Impact on Indonesian Arrival Totals
It is feared that terrorist bombing attacks in Surabaya and Sidoardjo, East Java may have a deleterious effect on Indonesian tourism if the travel advisories issued by source countries for tourist visitors are markedly increased to actually dissuade travel to the Republic.
The Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, told detik.com that he had yet to detect any appreciable negative impact from the cautionary notes on Indonesian travel issued by some countries following the latest series of terrorist incidents in Indonesia.
Speaking from the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Yahya said, “Statistically, there has been little impact from travel advisories, but that it remains the responsibility for every nation to remind their citizens to avoid certain areas (if they are considered dangerous).”
Arief said that the travel advisories issued by some countries have cautioned their citizens about visiting Surabaya and that such cautionary notices are very different from an outright “travel ban” applied to Indonesia as a whole. To date, no country has issued an outright travel ban for Indonesia.
The Minister took special pains to underline that Surabaya represented a limited area of the Country, far removed from popular tourist destinations such as Bali.
Let’s Do Lunch in Ubud
Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud, Bali Open for Luncheon Experience Four Time Each Week Thursdays though Sunday
The Chris Salans Group has announced that effective Friday, June 8, 2018 Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud, Bali will be open for lunch at The Workshop.
The Workshop is a beautiful air-conditioned space at the far end of the Mozaic garden overlooking Ubud’s iconic rice fields. This is the venue for Chef’s Table dinners and Mozaic’s popular cooking classes, boasting a sleek, state-of-the-art Miele kitchen and a comfortable, stylishly furnished dining room.
ic is renowned for its innovative high cuisine, combining European techniques and fine imported ingredients with the flavors and fresh produce of the Indonesian archipelago. It is the first restaurant in Southeast Asia to be recognized by the prestigious ‘Les Grandes Tables Du Monde’.
Guests have the choice of a 5-course menu at 600,000 per person or a 7-course menu at 900,000. All prices are subject to 21% tax and service.
e dishes that might be offered on an ever-changing menu are Butter Roasted Javanese Pigeon with Toasted Spices, Baby Spinach, Fresh Nutmeg Pericarp, Purée and Gelée; and Tabanan Regency Chocolate Fondant with Star Fruit Sorbet, Fresh Belimbing Wuluh Confit, and Coriander Seed Caramel.
The luncheon menus are the same as the dinner menus but with one less course. As is the case for evening dinners, wine is offered by the bottle or with wine pairings.
Also as at dinner, a plate of local spices and ingredients used in the cooking is set out on the table for diners to explore. A special feature of this new luncheon experience will be the special opportunity to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the chefs as they prepare lunch, explaining each step of preparation. The results promises to be an experience that is at once interactive, fun, informative, and delicious.
Lunch at Mozaic will be offered on Thursdays through Sundays, with reservations accepted from 12pm to 2pm. Diners are advised to allocate at least 90-minutes for this lunchtime culinary experience.
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Coral Trout ‘Ceviche’
Chilled Coconut, Galangal Ginger and Young Coriander
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Tuna Tataki in Tabia Bun Pepper
Kemangi Hollandaise, Local Bangkuang and Tomato Confit
Indonesian President Give His Blessing to a Joint Military Command to Battle Terror
Following terror incidents in Depok, Surabaya and Sidoarjo, Hadi Purnomo, the Police Commissioner of the Provincial Police in Bali, has issued orders for police to shoot on sight any terrorist who trespasses Balinese territory. Adding: “So far, Bali remains safe. Although, in the event of any terrorist attack, I have ordered Bali’s police officers to shoot those terrorists on sight.”
Hadi said the shoot on sight policy represents a consensus among police leadership nationwide.
In keeping with the policy to deal summarily with terrorists, Hadi Purnomo has also ordered police officers in Bali to be armed with loaded rifles or sidearms, and to wear bullet-proof vests when standing guard at police stations.
He has also directed police on patrol after dark in Bali to concentrate their attentions on popular nightspots in Kuta, Denpasar, and Sanur to prevent possible terrorist incursions. Police have also instructed nightspots to close at 1:00 am.
Meanwhile, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has given his blessing on the establishment of a special joint command (Koopssusgab) involving members of the various branches Armed Forces to battle terrorism. The Koospssusgab will be under the command of Chief of the National Military Command.
As part of the national security crackdown, the Chief of Staff at the Presidential Palace, General (Ret.) Moeldoko, announced on Wednesday, May 16, 2018: “The Command of the Special Armed Forces Combined Operation (Koospssusgab) has received the blessing of the President and formalized by the High Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces.”
Moeldoko explained that the formation of the Koospssusgab did not need to wait for the long-awaited passage of the new law on terrorism. The special command represents the initiative of the Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces, Hadi Tjahjanto. Adding: “There’s no need (to await the new anti-terror law). This command is now in readiness. This command is under the Head of the Indonesian Military. This is wholly the initiative of the Chief Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces. Within the command will be selected members of the Army, Navy and Air Force.”
Moeldoko called on the public to remain calms and that the armed forces were prepared to deal with any threat to national security.
Meanwhile, the U.K., USA, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Ireland, Canada, France, the Philippines, Switzerland and Brazil have issued travel cautions urging their citizens traveling to Indonesia to remain on the alert.
Bali Police Conclude Two-Week Anti Crime Crackdown
An annual two-week long police crackdown on crime in Bali titled “Operasi Pekat Agung 2018” held from April 27 – May 15, 2018, has recorded an increase in criminality when compared to “Operasi Pekat Agung 2017.”
Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, the Chief Commissioner of the Bali Police Hadi Purnomo said: “During the ‘Pekat Agung 2018’ operation, the police handled 130 criminal cases and saw the arrest of 62 suspects. This is an increase over the ‘Pekat Agung 2017’ operation when 120 cases were handled.”
The 130 criminal cases handled in the 2018 crime crackdown included 25 narcotics cases, 11 cases of felony theft, and 8 cases of simple larceny.
During the two-week crackdown there were also 2 cases of vehicle theft. 1 case of robbery using assault, and 2 arrests for illegal gambling.
This year’s crime crackdown also saw the police apprehend 3 for carrying illegal weapons and 9 cases of gangsterism.
The crime blotter goes on. Police also recorded apprehending 6 street beggars, 42 cases of consuming illegal alcoholic consumption, 4 cases of collecting illegal levies or fees, and 13 cases of prostitution.
Summarizing the two-week crime crackdown, Hadi Purnomo said 257 criminal suspects were identified with only 62 taken into custody. One of the 62 under arrest was a Russian netted in a narcotics arrest.
Evidence collected by the police during the operation includes 835,400 liters of arak, 111 bottles of imported alcohol without the proper government stamps, 19.39 grams of amphetamines, 344 grams of marijuana, 3 grams of cocaine, and 45 ecstasy capsules weighing 13.01 grams,
In making prostitution arrests the police also confiscated as evidence 15 contraceptive devices (2 used), three bedspreads, two towels and a box of tissues.
Keeping Bali Hotels Safe
Bali Hotels Reminded to be Steadfast in Maintaining Guest Safety and Security
As reported by the State News Agency Antara, the Denpasar branch of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Denpasar) has called on all hotels in Bali to enhance their existing security measures following recent terrorist incidents in Surabaya and Sidoarjo.
The chairman of PHRI-Denpasar, Ida Bagus Gede Sidharta Putra, said on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, “I urges hotels, including members hotels of PHRI, to safeguard their hotels and surrounding areas.”
Sidharta Putra said hotels need to enhance security measures by installing CCTV camera and increasing the supervision carried out by security personnel. He also said hotels should be using metal detection equipment to check vehicles, luggage, and individuals entering hotel property.
While improving security measures, Putra, who is more commonly known as “Gusde”, said hotels should communicate to clients and customers that the situation in Bali remains safe and conducive.
Gusde condemned the inhuman actions of terrorists in East Java while calling on all parties to do their utmost to keep Bali a safe tourism destination.
The Long and Winding Road to GWK
Nyoman Nuarta, the Man Who Created Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument Reflects on a Bali Icon 28 Years in the Making
In an interview published by Kompas.com, Nyoman Nuarta the Balinese artists who has spent the past 28 years conceiving, designing and supervised the creation of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) monument reminisced about the long journey that will see the iconic statue open in August 2018.
Noting how swiftly the years have passed, Nuarta, said: “I pioneered the GWK 28 years ago, when I was still young but have now grown old. But the fire of my spirit and ideals cannot be extinguished and, at long last, I will finish the GWK monument in 2018.”
Nyoman Nuarta views the GWK monument as his gift to the people of Indonesia.
The success of finally inaugurating the GWK monument is the fruit of Nuarta’s patience and deep patriotism.
”In the month of August 2018, I wish to witness the official completion of the GWK statues; the small details connected with the final finishing of the statues can happen after that,” said Nuarta. Nuarta said the ceremonial completion of the monument will take place in August, on or near national Independence Day on August 17th.
On Sunday, May 15, 2018, the head of the Lord Wisnu was carefully lowered and installed on the GWK. On May 20th the crown of Lord Wisnu will be attached.
The 28-year long process leading to the inauguration of the GWK in August 2018 has been long, arduous and filled with obstacles. In 1989 plans were first drawn to produce a landmark for Bali tourism. Supporting the bold concept were the then Minister of Tourism Joop Ave, Bali Governor Ida Bagus Oka, Ida Bagus Sudjana and the only surviving member of the visionary group Nyoman Nuarta.
The project received the official blessing of then President Soeharto in 1993, which was followed by years of intensive socialization and lobbying among legislators and the public in Bali, with the project precipitating waves of criticism and opposition in 1997.
Nuarta, who once held 82% of the shares in GWK project, relinquished his majority ownership to PT Alam Sutera Realty in 2012 in order to create a financial road ahead for the eventual completion of the project.
The height of the GWK monument is 121 meters, making it taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York
Air Asia’s CEO Sees Indonesia’s Potential for Air Traffic Lies in Areas Beyond Bali
The CEO of Air Asia Group, Tony Fernandes, proclaimed that the tourism potential of Indonesia was expanding rapidly and was no longer tied to the traditional view that the Republic’s tourism potential was inextricably linked with only Bali.
As reported by Kompas.com, Fernandes said that in terms of air travel it was no longer only a story of Bali, citing rapid growth in air traffic from other destinations such as Bandung, Yogyakarta and Medan,
The Air Asia CEO’s comments were made a celebrations marking the 500thmillion passenger carried by Air Asia in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday, May15, 2018.
Fernandes said that the best way to promote national tourism is through the improvement of air connectivity. He said this had been demonstrated with Air Asia operation in Bandung, West Java where there are now flights Bandung-Kuala Lumpur and Bandung-Johor Baru. He said the surge in Bandung air traffic was also linked to improve airport facilities.
In celebrating the uplift of Air Asia's 500th million passenger in 16 years of operations, Tony Fernandes paid special homage to Indonesia’s contribution to Air Asia’s success.
He pledged that his airline will continue to open new routes under its ASEAN Single Destination program.
A Conference Budget Under Control
Rp. 855.5 Billion Being Spent by Indonesian Government to Prepare for IMF-World Bank Conference
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, is insisting he is solely responsible for government expenditures in connection with the preparations for the International Monetary Fund( (IMF) – World Bank Conference to be held in Bali in October 2018.
Amidst suggestion that State expenditures for the IMF-World Bank Conference are ballooning, Luhut, who serves as the chairman of National Host Committee for the event, was quoted by Kompas.com saying on Friday, May 11, 2018: “I am the chairman (of the host committee), there is no one else who can speak to the problem of funding or the mechanics of the event. We are allocating the expenditures. If there are those who say the funding is out of control, I am the one responsible. Tell them to talk to me. Let this be clear.”
The IMF-World Bank event will take place in Bali October 8-14, 2018.
Luhut said the coming conference will profit Indonesia. From a tourism perspective, Luhut said the IMF-World Bank Conference will become a major promotional event. Adding: “The budgeted money (for the event) will also be used to ‘repair’ the tourist destination. This is a major promotion.”
Meanwhile, the chairman for day-to-day preparations for the IMF-World Bank Conference, Susiwijono Moegiarso, said the Government has allocated Rp. 855.5 billion in connection with the event.
Some 15,000 delegates representing 189 countries are expected to visit Indonesia for the event, accompanied by another 3,500 members of the press.
Get Under It!
New Underpass at Entrance to Bali’s Airport to Open in August 2018
The Balipost.com reports that construction of the new underpass at the entrance to Bali’s Airport has reached 62% of completion, with plans to open the tunnel by late August 2018.
The underpass is part of a program of improvements being introduced island-wide in anticipation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank to be held in Bali October 8-14, 2018.
As the result of round-the-clock construction, the tunnel portion of the north-south underpass is undergoing the surfacing of the roadway and the tunnels walls, and ceilings.
Before the end of May, landscaping of the overhead road-about and lighting elements will be installed. Also in May, a pump house control center will be completed that will control a 5 pumps to keep the underpass flood-free during periods of heavy rain.
A circular garden area that will sit atop the underpass will be fenced and not accessible to the general public. This decision has been taken to safeguard pumping and ventilation system located within the garden.
The actual underpass will measure 132-meters in length and 18-meters wide with a height of 5.2 meters. In all, including access road and exits the underpass will measure 712 meters.
In Dire Straits
No Casualties Reported as Bali-East Java Car and Passenger Ferry Burns
The KMP Labitra Adinda, a ferry operating between Ketapang in East Java and Gilimanuk in Bali, caught fire and burnt on Thursday, May 16, 2018.
As reported by Balipost.com, smoke began billowing from the ship’s engine room at 2:05 pm as the vessel approach the landing pier at Ketapang, East Java.
Quick work by port officials, Water Police and search and rescue officers facilitated the evacuation of the ship and preventing any casualties as the result of the blaze. At the time of the fire, the ship was carrying 12 crew, 18 passengers, 10 trucks, one private sedan and 2 motorcycles.
The fire, which caused significant damage to the ferry and its cargo, burned for hours as a tugboat with a water cannon attempted to extinguish the fire. Eventually maneuvered to a dockside location, the vessel continued to smolder as efforts were made to tame the fire that had largely destroyed the ship and its manifest of vehicles on board.
Ocha for Ni and Tea for Two
Sakura Tea Ceremony and Sumo Wrestling Event at Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach on June 10, 2018
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Japan and Indonesia diplomatic relations, Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach will host a friendly sumo game and tea ceremony in Tanjung Benoa on Sunday, June 10, 2018.
The event will be organized by Project Sakura 60 of Yayasan Persahabatan Jepang Bali (Japan Bali Friendship Foundation).The Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach will host two programs on the Sunday gathering that will showcase Japanese traditional culture with a friendly sumo game and the traditional tea ceremony.
"Being a Japanese brand, Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach is proud to play its part in supporting Project Sakura 60's program and showcase the Japanese culture," said Jean-Charles Le Coz, general manager of Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach, "This fits into our mission, to bring a harmonious blend of cultures and traditions of both Bali and Japan to our guests."
ram will start with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony presented in the Samudera Lounge by the renowned tea master, Shusaku Yasumaru. This will be followed with a friendly sumo game held on the Resort’s beachfront performed by a sumo training houses or heya specially flown into Bali for the program.
"This will represent the first time professional sumo fighters have displayed their skills in Bali. "Project Sakura 60 is a celebration of the diplomatic relations between both countries, and we have organized several events throughout 2018 to commemorate this," explained Makiko Iskandar, Chairman of Project Sakura 60. Adding: "This will be our second program following a previous event that showcased a fashion show with traditional clothing from Japan and Indonesia, and a soprano singer from Japan."
“Pacto Goes to India 2018” – Travel Trade Show to the World’s 2nd Largest Nation
The pioneer Indonesian DMC for Indian road shows, Pacto Ltd. Indonesia,will organize its 5th annual road show in the beginning of September 2018 visiting Mumbai and New Delhi.
The Indian road show has been designed to create a unique marketing opportunity for Indonesian hotels and attractions to meet directly with leading Indian outbound operators, while also learning the characteristics and needs of the Indian market. The road show will expand participant’s source market understanding and provide valuable insights on how to obtain a large Indian market share.
Adopting the successful format of past visits, “Pacto Goes to India 2018” will feature the following program:
September 4, 2018: “Get to Know Each Other” - a half-day tour including dinner, savoring a symbolic ceremonial entrance to India, at the historic Gateway of India in Mumbai.
September 5, 2018: Mumbai - Free-flow table top meeting with tour operator’s front liners in the morning followed by seated dinner and cocktail party with selected tour operators in Mumbai.
September 7, 2018: New Delhi – following the format established in Mumbai, a special morning session followed by a seated dinner and cocktail party with selected tour operator held at The Embassy of The Republic Indonesia in New Delhi.
During the event, Indian tour operators will have the opportunity to obtain information and presentation regarding variety products from professional tourism industries in Indonesia.
“The huge interest and significant market growth of Indian Market to Indonesia makes us confident to gain the business by preparing an aggressive marketing plan as we look forward to continuing to lead the Indian market in the upcoming years,” said Umberto Cadamuro, Chief Operating Officer of Pacto Ltd. Indonesia.
Hotels and attractions should register to join the road show before 31 July 2018!
For more information on the roadshow, please telephone +62-(0)361 2888 25 or Email .
Beyond Bali to Timor Leste
Timor Leste Wants Bali to Become Gateway for Tourism and Training Center for 1st New Sovereign State of 21st Century
The Government of Timor Leste is aiming to make Bali its tourism gateway to upport national goals to make itself Asia’s newest destination through 2030.
As reported by Beritabali.com, the Minister of Tourism for Timor Leste, Manuel Vong, said that while Timor Leste is focusing on developing its petroleum resources, agriculture, and tourism sectors; only the tourism sector has an unlimited scope for future development.
“We have a strategic plan for the period 2018-2030 to make Timor Leste the ‘new destination’ in Asia,” said Vong during a meeting in Bali with Governor Made Mangku Pastika on Friday, May 18, 2018.
While admitting air access between Bali and Timor Leste was still limited, Vong said he hope tourist visitors to Bali would also make the opportunity to visit nearby Timor Leste. The Timor Leste Tourism Minister said his country has many religious, cultural, and historical attractions, including the recent renovation of the Giri Natha Balinese Temple.
Vong also said he hoped that young people from Timor Leste would be able to obtain quality tourism training in Bali.
In the Event of a Water Landing
Four Young Misbehaving Passengers on Semarang to Bali NAM Air Flight Returned to Base
Detik.com reports that a misbehaving passenger on a Bali-bound flight was ejected from a flight departing Semarang on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
A spokesman for NAM Air – operated by the Sriwijaya Group, Agus Soedjono, confirmed the incident on a Semarang-Denpasar flight that was widely discussed in online social media.
Agus said that on the evening of May 9, 2018, an ATR aircraft carrying 70 passengers was lined up for take-off when the Captain made the decision to return to the terminal and off-load a group of four young passengers who posed both a nuisance and a threat to safety of the flight.
Four friends, suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, reportedly made a boisterous entrance to the aircraft trying to photograph various areas of the airplane, including entering the cockpit, despite being told this was not allowed.
During the pre-flight safety demonstration, a member of the four-man group donned a life vest that was stored beneath his seat and proceeded to inflate the device.
A clear violation of safety procedures, the Pilot of the aircraft elected to return to the apron area and eject the four unruly young passengers from the plane and remove their luggage from the aircraft.
Once handed over to security officials on the ground, the plane continued on its journey to Bali, departing 1 hour and 15 minutes behind schedule at 9:00 pm.
The NAM Airline spokesman said the airline would enforce safety rules and procedure without compromise on all its fights.
Sad Adieu to Bamboo
Fire Destroys Major Bamboo Furniture Factory in Kusamba, Bali
A nighttime fire at PT Indobamboo Lestari – a bamboo furniture factory in Kusamba Village on Friday, May 18, 2018, has destroyed the factory and caused billions of rupiah in damage.
As reported by NusaBali, no fewer than 9 fire trucks sourced from Klungkung, Gianyar and Denpasar responded to the fire first noticed at 4:50 am . Preliminary investigations suggest the fire may be linked to a short circuit in the building’s wiring.
, fed by supplies of dried bamboo and flammable adhesives, raged for nearly 10 hours before firefighters could finally bring the blaze under control.
Efforts to put out the fire were hampered by the availability of only a single fire hydrant, resulting in the need to fetch water from several sources scattered across the area. In all, some 40 tanks of water were pumped onto the fire. Strong offshore winds also fanned and fed the fire.
lties were reported in the fire that was prevented from spreading to nearby homes.
Observes estimate that 80% of the factory operated by Arief Rabik, the son of the late Bamboo pioneer Linda Garland, was destroyed in the fire.
The Bad News is the Good News
Bali by the Numbers: Q1 2018 Arrival Figures Show Bali Tourist Arrivals Back on Track After Temporary Setback Caused by Mount Agung
Superficially seen, the news that foreign tourist arrivals to Bali declined 2.77% in the first three months (Q1) of 2018 might be seen as “bad news.” But, in fact, official Bali tourism arrivals figures now available covering Q1 2018 give abundant reason for good hope.
At the end of March 2018, a total of 1,303,166 foreign tourists arrived in Bali, down only 2,77% from the same quarter in 2017 when 1,340,308 foreign tourists came to the Island.
And, while total arrivals for Q1 2018 figures are on a “near-par” year-on-year with 2017, the March figures demonstrate that Bali is making a strong recovery following the dismal arrival figures posted in January and February that were negatively impacted by the late 2017 eruption of Mount Agung that caused a 2.5 day closure of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport in November 2017.
That Bali’s foreign tourist arrivals are on the mend is indisputable. Year-on-year arrivals for January 2018 were down 22.3%, "improving" to only a decrease of 11.4% year-on-year cumulatively for the months January-February. Now, with Bali’s arrivals down only 2,77% by the end of Q1 2018 it is being clearly demonstrated that arrivals are headed in the right direction and the negative impact of Mount Agung’s late 2017 eruptions has dissipated.
A similar pattern of recovery is evident in almost every major source market for Bali arrivals.
PRC – Chinese travelers still represent 23.07% market share of all Bali arrivals and the leading source of foreign visitors. Q1 ended with 300,596 PRC visitors – a figure down year-on-year by 24.12% - but still a vast improvement over the 68.17% decline in PRC arrivals recorded in January that resulted from cancelled charter flights from China connected to the eruption of Mount Agung.
AUSTRALIA – The second largest source of Bali foreign visitors, Australian tourists totaled 247,070 at the end of March, representing an 18.96 market share of all foreign visitors. While the figures are still in negative territory, the 5.47% year-on-year decline for all of Q1 is largely on a even keel with a 5.37% decline recorded for January 2018 and a big boost over the -35.56 decline recorded year-on-year for January-February 2018.
INDIA – At the end of Q1 2018, Indian tourist ranked as the third largest source of foreign visitors to Bali totaling 84,197 visitors – a number that is up 60.45% year-on-year when compared to 2017. Indian passenger numbers are due to advance even more dramatically with the commencement of direct flights by Garuda Indonesia between Mumbai and Bali.
JAPAN – Japanese travelers are now the fourth largest source of foreign visitors to Bali tallying 60,323 visitors at the end of Q1 in 2018. For the same period, Japanese tourist arrivals are up 4.24%.
At the end of Q1 2018, major source nations reporting a cumulative improvement year-on-year in Bali arrivals were, in order of prominence:
The Philippines (+29.58%)
At the end of Q1 2018, major source markets reporting a cumulative decline year-on-year in Bali arrivals, in order of prominence:
South Korean (-35.49%)
The Netherlands (+-3.89%)
Number crunchers will be monitoring closely any impact in May arrivals to Bali that could be linked to terror attacks and cautionary travel advisories issued from source market governments.
Dining and Drinking Unequalled on Bali’s Kuta Beach
Unbeatable Quality and Value for Money at ‘Seafood Martini Friday’ Every Week at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Poolside
Those interested in making their holiday budget stretch further, looking for an affordable venue for special celebrations, and desiring outstanding food need look no further that the Poolside of the Sheraton Kuta Resort’s “Seafood Martini Friday” head each week between 6:00-9:00 pm
For only Rp. 390,000 plus 21% tax and service guests should prepare to be overwhelmed by an all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink evening that is arguably second to none in terms of quality and value.
to make a reservation in advance and then arrive at around 6:00 pm to enjoy the setting sun over Kuta Beach while enjoying the wide choice of drinks that will flow non-stop until the evening ends when the clock strikes 10:00 pm. On an Island where a cocktail or a glass of wine at 5-star-hotels can easily cost Rp. 100,000 ++ per serving - limitless food and drink are included in a single price served by attentive waiters who will keep exotics martini cocktails, wine, beer, cocktails, granitas, soft drinks, fruit juices and branded coffee and teas.
Among the cocktails, the talented mixologist stands ready with martini’s flavored by blueberries, strawberries, oranges, passion fruit, basil & pineapple, coffee, raspberry, Tiramisu and even cucumbers. For the traditionalist, the bartender can also prepare a classic martini, stirred, not shaken – just as Mr. Bond prefers .
ink now in hand, ask for a "grand tour" of the area in order to strategize and plan the culinary journey ahead. Step inside the Bene Italian Kitchen to survey, the main courses, antipastos, freshly baked breads, hot dishes, and desserts on display. Then step across the pool area, while listening to the live band perform, to look at a huge range of fresh seafood raging from the catch of the day, prawns, mussels, lobsters, octopus and quality fish fillets that can be selected, grilled and brought to your table. In addition, the Bene‘s chef has a daily ala carte menu of seafood items available - all included in the single price!
An almost overwhelming range of seafood specialties and drinks flowing freely are all included in the Rp. 390 ++ price. Children aged 4 -11 years can join the fun for Rp. 180,000 ++ with free flow non-alcoholic beverages. What’s more, SPG Cardholders enjoy an additional 20% discount.
Sitting around the Sheraton’s pool, surveying world-renowned Kuta Beach, listening to a talented band, eating bountiful seafood to your heart’s contents, and imbibing on free-flow libations till 10:00 pm – “Seafood Martini Friday” awaits to be celebrated and enjoyed.
Bali Community Choir to Appear at World Cup Celebration at Warung Mina in Kerobokan on Saturday, June 2, 2018
To mark the commencement of the “crazy season” of World Cup Revelry, Warung Mina on Jalan Gunung Tankuban Perahu No. 78 at Padangsambian Kelod (Near Kerobokan Prison) is organizing a 3-day-long World Cup Inspired celebration June 2-3-4, 2018, operating each evening between 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
Excellent deals on food and drink, televised World Cup Matches, a 3D Illusional Booth that will mesmerize and confuse, and a one-night-only appearance of the Bali Community Choir on opening night June 2nd – all form part of the fun that awaits.
The Bali Community Choir – the Sanur based choral society is booked to sing two sets at Warung Mina at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Saturday evening, June 2, 2018.
For more information and reservations telephone ++62-(0)361-9074123
And Never the Twain Shall Meet
‘Debussy, Between East and West ‘ Concert Was Not at Advertised, But a Memorable Musical Evening by Any Measure
Bali must be eternally grateful to the Padma Resort Legian for their steadfast commitment to the musical enrichment of the Island through the sponsorship of a series of regular concerts featuring classical and serious music.
It is perhaps a natural, and sometime bittersweet, outcome of the Padma’s efforts that, with time, a critical appreciation of fine music will grow on the Island that will demand that high standard of superlative programs of music be maintained.
In truth, the regular programs of featured performers in the concert series at The Padma Legian are, virtually without exception, of stellar quality. The concert on Thursday, May 17, 2018, featuring French pianist Olivier Moulin was no exception presenting an evening that reaffirmed Moulin’s reputation as a “young artists displaying maturity and elegance.”
Comments shared here should not in any way diminish the undying debt owed by the larger community to Indriani Rahardja of the Padma Hotels, the moving force and inspiration behind the series of almost monthly concerts held at the resort.
Oliver Moulin – Pianist Extraordinaire
Olivier Moulin, in a performance made possible by the French Embassy, Alliance Francaise and the Institut Francais - performed with great virtuosity in a recital titled “Debussy, Between East and West” that was to ostensibly intended to mark the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death and to presumably highlight the French composer’s brief avant-garde and impressionistic forays into musique asiatique, inspired to some degree by the pentatonic scale of the gamelan orchestra that so enthralled Debussy when he first encountered it at the Paris World Fair of 1889.
Moulin’s command of the evening’s repertoire was beyond reproach, revealing a man who is undoubtedly one of the leading pianists of the modern age. Promoted as a night of “Debussy: Between East and West” the program, in fact, took a much more eclectic, universalist approach with only Moulin’s presentation of “Svara” by the late contemporary composer Slamet Abdul Sjukur and Debussy’s “Estampes for Piano “ in which he explored the pentatonic scale of the Javanese gamelan, having any semblance of the advertised “east-west” linkage.
Chosen to represent these eastern links was the presentation of “Svara” written by the late French-trained and critically acclaimed Indonesian composer, Slamet A. Sjukur. Sjukur’s music focuses on minimalist constellations of sounds that can, at times, sound like a map of a disordered universe. Understandably, Sjukur, who was once dismissed from the Jakarta Arts Institute for what is presumed his iconoclastic approach to music, remains something of an un-acquired taste for many.
In the context of Sjukur's work it is perhaps worth noting that while Moulin’s substantial gifts allowed him to play his entire program from memory and without the aid of sheet music, the one exception to this was Sjukur’s “Svara” where the French pianist was compelled to refer to the written musical score. This prompts the question: Was the least memorable piece of music performed during the evening also equally unmemorable?
Nonetheless, Moulin’s failure to present a program "as advertised" can be forgiven, particularly when one such digression took the form of a mesmerizing renditions of Frederic Chopin’s Ballade Number One in G Minor – a composition that Chopin understandably said “he held dearest.” Moulin’s playing of this Chopin composition on the Thursday evening can only be described as transcendental.
Similarly. Peculiarities of programming also surfaced in the order and selection of compositions used in the encores played by Moulin that, although beautiful, lacked the climatic quality normally reserved for pieces played prior an artist making a grand exit from the stage. Perhaps the performance of a composition of the caliber of the Chopin’s Ballade played as an encore would have brought the audience to their feet?
Not Really Ready for Prime Time
While the organizer’s desire to promote serious music in the Community is laudatory, the apparently last minute decision to tack-on a children’s musical recital was wrong on a number of levels. Originally promoted to start at 7:30 pm, a lamentable decision by the sponsors was made to include a children’s recital resulted in moving the starting time to 6:30 pm in order to accommodate a 30-minute recital by 12 students of the Irama Indah Music School in Denpasar. This change, imperfectly communicated, left a handful of concertgoers arriving embarrassingly late through no fault of their own. Adding salt to the wound, in the end, the new starting time of 6:30 pm actually only got underway 7:05 pm. Sadly, when it rains amateurism, it pours.
But more to the point, the decision to suddenly attach a children’s recital onto an evening of serious musical performance was essentially ill conceived. Opening with a small girl’s impassioned declamation of a nationalistic poem before a line of endearingly dressed young boys and girls who swayed side-by-side while humming a patriotic song might be forgiven in light of recent terrorist acts in Surabaya. However, the decision to then parade, one-by-one,12 elementary piano students onto the stage to each perform a short composition was painfully malapropos.
If, in the future, should the Padma wishes to showcase local talent prior to one of their outstanding concerts programs, only young Indonesians musicians in possession a modicum of promising virtuosity should be showcased.
In fact, when a performer of Olivier Moulin’s stature is scheduled to perform, traditional courtesy and concert management practice dictates the piano be expertly tuned during the day, the performer summoned to give his approval to the tuning, and then the piano left absolutely untouched until the actual performance
There is an old Indonesian saying “Senjata makan Tuan” warning that we all risk falling onto a sword of our own making. Perhaps by performing such an outstanding job on Thursday and in the past of presenting critically important musical performance in Bali, the Padma has at the same time given birth to an audience that has become equally critical, demanding, and sophisticated in their musical tastes.
All things considered, together with much of Bali, we genuinely look forward with great anticipation to the next in the Padma series of community concerts of serious music.
Support Bali’s Culture
Bale Banjar Culture Club Featuring Bali-Based Author Diana Darling on Sunday, June 10, 2018
The next edition of the Bale Banjar Culture Club takes place at the Ayodya Resort Bali in Nusa Dua on Sunday, June 10, 2018, featuring Bali-based author Diana Darling
Diana Darling is an American-born writer and editor who has lived in Bali since 1980. She spent the 1970s in Carrara (Italy) and Paris, where she worked as a sculptor. She lives in Ubud in the family compound of her husband, Anak Agung Alit Ardi, to whom she has been married since 1992, the year of the publication of her first book, The Painted Alphabet (Houghton Mifflin), a novel based on a Balinese tale.
The New Yorker called it "a little gem of a novel." Since then, she has written for numerous books and periodicals on Balinese culture and society. From 2002 to 2004 she was editor-in-chief of the magazine Latitudes. She is currently a freelance writer and editor. Diana will share excerpts from her writings that reflect a deep understanding of Balinese culture and mysticism.
Join Diana for an informative talk and the amazing insight it offers on Balinese culture
Admission is without charge and the Bale Banjar Culture Club begins at 7:00 pm just off the lobby of the Ayodya Resort Bali.
Coming in July
Bale Banjar Culture Club - Sunday, July 8, 2018
“Bali 1964 to 2009: The Shadows that Dance in and out of my Memory.”
By Jan Mantjika – Author and 50+ Year Resident of Bali
A young New Zealander when she first arrived in Bali with her Balinese Columbo Plan husband and an infant daughter in 1964, Mantjika was forced to comprehend her way through a confusing Babylon of new languages; hungrily live from hand to mouth in a world of never-ending shortages; cheerfully accept demands to fulfill the ritual and cultural demands of being a dutiful Balinese wife; and negotiate daily life in a country experiencing a whirlpool of nationalistic frenzy where foreigners were often viewed with fear and loathing.
Arriving in Bali during the “years of living dangerously,” Jan raised her young family from within the confines of a Balinese compound while tumultuous events of precipitated by the “failed” coup of 1965 unfolded around her. Many historians claim that the bloodletting and social upheaval that followed the "night of the generals" reached its frenzied peak in Bali 1965-1966 as Jan protectively clung to her children as angry crowds marched down Bali's streets. Food and daily essentials, such as soap, were hard to come by as neighbors whispered over backyard walls about acquaintances who had suddenly disappeared and local rivers and beaches strewn with the bodies of the newly massacred.
Bali Banjar Culture Club
Held on the second Sunday of every month, the Bale Banjar Culture Club is a pioneering community outreach by the Ayodya Resort Bali to support and encourage a wider understanding of Balinese culture and history.
Each Bale Banjar Culture Club gathering starts at 7:00 pm. Admission is without charge with a cash bar available starting from 6:00 pm.