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Enchanting Inaya Edition 1 | 2016



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Wonderful Indonesia without a Visa The government of Indonesia has extended a visa-free facility to 169 countries and territories.

Aside from the beautiful and exciting destinations, nothing lifts the mood of an avid traveler better than a free visa. After all, a visa-free facility eliminates one more barrier standing between a traveler and his destination. Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world known for its pristine beaches, lush tropical forests and diverse culture, has recently extended its visa-free facility to no fewer than 169 countries and territories. The policy to grant visa-free facility to a much larger number of countries and territories was made as part of the government’s efforts to boost the country’s economy through tourism. The government has announced its aims to reach 20 million visitors by 2019. Presidential decree no. 21 of 2016, which was signed by President Joko Widodo on March 2 this year, details the policy’s terms and conditions and encloses the list of countries.

meetings and transit visits, is valid for up to 30 days. It is non-extendable and non-convertible. Entry and Departure Point There are designated points of entry and departure as well. But visitors need not worry, as, according to the Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration, there are up to 124 immigration checkpoints composing of 29 airports (including Soekarno-Hatta, Tangerang, 30 kilometers from Jakarta; Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta; I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Bali; Juanda, Surabaya; Hang Nadim, Batam; and Kuala Namu and Polonia, Medan among others), 88 harbors and 7 land borders. Visitors may enter and depart through all of the listed checkpoints. The full list, along with the list of countries, is available on the Directorate General of Immigration’s website.


Visitors from enlisted 169 countries and territories, which include the United States and Australia, are required to have their passports with minimum validity of six months and a return ticket upon entry. Meanwhile, nationals of Afghanistan, Cameroon, Guinea, Israel, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan and Somalia, still need a visa approval from the Immigration Office in Indonesia prior to their travel. The visa-free facility, which is granted for the purpose of leisure or tourism, family, social, art and cultural, governmental, educational, business

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Indonesia has come a long way in granting free visa for short visits. The government had previously granted visa-free status to neighboring Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as territories and countries, such as Hong Kong, Chile, Morocco, Peru and Ecuador, through presidential decree no. 69 of 2015. Later last year, it amended the policy with presidential decree no. 104 of 2015, which added 75 other countries eligible for the visa-free facility.

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Inspire your soul with our beauty At some point in your life, you will feel that it is time to unwind. With your usual daily vast occurrences, remember to push the reset button. Stop for a second, let go of your worries. Reconnect with the earth and experience our way of relaxing. Be one with our nature, take your pick: endless mountains, infinite beaches, sparkling cities, or historical wonders. Don’t think twice. Because when everyone else is busy living, we celebrate life instead.


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Letter from CEO

Greetings from Inna Hotel Group! I would like to welcome you personally to enjoy the new concept of hospitality we have prepared for you. Since 1962, when the first five-star hotel in Indonesia was opened by the first President of Indonesia, Soekarno, Inna Hotel Group has been through the many ups and downs of the hotel industry. From the political and social circumstances between 1965 and 1998, to the most difficult times of all in the year 2002 when the Bali bombings changed the face of Indonesian tourism forever, many external factors have affected Inna Hotel Group, but never influenced its people’s dedication to providing the best for our guests. Now it is a time of change, and with the new management we are confident that we can bring back the glamour of the past. At the same time we are developing our systems and marketing strategy, utilising the limitless potential of the digital world. All the changes we are making are in order to support the government’s target of attracting 2 million tourists this year. Our new in-house magazine, with a brand new face and concept, reflects our dedication to the goals we are striving to achieve. Previously known as Inna Putri Bali, Inaya Putri Bali has been reborn as Inna Hotel Group crown jewel, and step by step the other Inna Hotel Group members will transform into this newer, much more sophisticated form. Our other hotels have undergone some major renovation to keep up with the fast changing tourism in Bali. Grand Inna Kuta offers two different styles of accommodation with its Bali wing and the new, modern Beach wing. Inna Bali, which was the first hotel in Bali, has an abundance of historical treasures behind its massive wooden doors. Inna Sindhu is preserving its homey ambiance and warm hospitality, while our iconic hotel Inna Grand Bali Beach is still the tallest on the island. In short, enjoy reading ‘Gracious’, our sign of gratitude to your trust in our service, and be amazed by the changes we achieve, only for you. Warmest Regards, Iswandi Said


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Cover Story

Enchanting Inaya



Made in Bali



Short Escape to Nusa Lembongan

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Things You Must Do in Ubud

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Secret Recipe of Rijsttafel

48 Checking in

Home Away From Home Travelogue

The Rankers

The Heart of Japan

Restaurants You Have To Visit in Bali

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Corporate Public Relations & Marketing Communications

Patrons: Board of Commissioner


Corporate Advisory Council:

Riati Dwi Rahma Putri

Iswandi Said Chief Executive Officer

Editorial & Design:

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Andy F. Manvaludhi Chief Financial Officer Djodi Trisusanto Chief Operating Officer Vice Presidents

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Contributors Agus Darmika Agus Darmika is one of the most well-known hotel photographers in Bali. Combining technical expertise, creativity and masterful composition, Agus produces and preserves images that tell compelling stories. Agus favours the rich colours of dawn and dusk, when the natural light is at its most special, allowing him to capture magical moments authentically, rather than relying on computer enhancements afterwards. As a result, his photographs capture authentic and natural moments in time.

Febri Amar Febri Amar has extensive experience in the travel media. Febri got his start as a graphic designer and along the way he honed his photography skills. An avid traveller, Febri has been around Indonesia, including his native Java, and has travelled further afield to explore Hong Kong, South Korea, India and more. He recently returned from Russia, a country he describes as beautiful, particularly through a camera lens.


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Goddess Philosophy Inaya Putri Bali is more than just a beautiful resort. Discover the philosophy behind this piece of heaven in Bali. Text by Melani Semuel | Photos by Agus Darmika



pon entering Inaya Putri Bali, we were mesmerised by the beauty of the resort. But this is not just another tropical paradise; it is a destination based upon a very interesting philosophy.

Inaya Putri Bali is built on a mission to transport each guest closer to Balinese culture, the people of the island and their sacred traditions. Upon arrival, you will be enchanted by the resort’s soaring entrance, fashioned after a traditional Balinese rice barn or “jineng.” Throughout, the resort’s spectacular spaces resound with the spirit of Bali. The penglipuran is the focal point, connecting the resort’s seven themed villages,

each with its own identity, distinguished by impressive Indonesian stonework. Located in genuinely traditional countryside, Penglipuran Village is a characteristically unique community. All the houses and daily life within the area are dedicated to preserving authentic Balinese social and cultural life. Contrasted with the resort’s cutting-edge facilities, the impressive design takes on new meaning. There are seven themed villages at Inaya Putri Bali, each village named after a Balinese goddess or “dewi”. The villages are called “puri,” meaning a place where the goddess lives. Here is the philosophy of each puri.

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Puri 1 Goddess / Dewi Shinta – Symbol of love and purity, Dewi Shinta was the wife of King Rama in the Ramayana epic, who had to prove her purity through a “trial by fire,” which the colour red represents. Vibrant hues and flames are decorative elements that highlight the rooms in Puri 1, with details such as flaming candles to complement the concept.

Puri 5 Goddess / Dewi Uma (Durga) – Goddess of Beyond, representing the personality of Uma – patience, sharpmindedness, firmness and staunch principles. The rooms in Puri 5 are highlighted in silver and black hues, creating a contemporary atmosphere. Strong and elegant pieces of art form the focal point of the rooms.

Puri 2 Goddess / Dewi Rukmini – Goddess of Beauty and Gracious White represents fortune, appreciation, respect and admiration. These are the shades experienced in the rooms inside Puri 2. White elements are featured throughout the entire decor.

Puri 6 Goddess / Dewi Sri – Dewi Sri, the Goddess of Fertility, is worshiped as the protector of life (birth) and fertility, as well as a symbol of Mother Earth in Balinese Hinduism. The rooms in Puri 6 have an “earthy” look and atmosphere, with lots of yellows and greens.

Puri 3 Goddess / Dewi Parwati – Goddess of Universe in Sanskrit, Pārvatī means “mountain spring water,” which represents the element of Mother Nature. The rooms in Puri 3 are decorated with a clean, contemporary pink colour to illustrate enlightenment and knowledge.

Puri 4 Goddess / Dewi Lhaksmi – Goddess of Prosperity, accentuated by tones of purple that represent royalty, magic and mystery, the rooms and suites in Puri 4 are also complemented by lavishly designed interiors and decorative elements.

Puri 7 Goddess / Dewi Saraswati – Goddess of Knowledge, Spirituality, Arts and Music, Saraswati is one of the most celebrated goddesses in Balinese Hinduism as the sentinel of knowledge, spirituality, art and music. The rooms in Puri 7 feature subtle tones and the colours of orange – the colour of the mustard plant flowers that bloom at the time of her festival in the spring.

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Enchanting Inaya Enjoy the best of Bali at INAYA Putri Bali. Text by Melani Semuel | Photos by Agus Darmika

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ituated in the exclusive Nusa Dua enclave, on one of Bali’s most famed beachfronts, INAYA Putri Bali offers a wealth of modern hospitality, touched by a sense of place on the beautiful island of Bali. Inspired by Bali’s timeless cultural heritage, INAYA Putri Bali is blessed with an expansive 9.1 hectares of green gardens that merge seamlessly with a white-sand beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. Unwind and have fun under the sun in the resort’s three-tier infinity pool overlooking the lush gardens, enjoy your own little slice of paradise in one of the comfy chairs right on the beach with a stunning view of the Indian Ocean


or simple retreat to the comfort of your room and indulge in all the luxury that the resort has to offer. The moment you arrive at the resort, you will be enchanted by the traditional Balinese rice barn lobby. Known locally as a jineng, this signature Balinese building is a type of barn used for the storage and drying of harvested rice, while the lower level is used as a space for gatherings. The check-in process at INAYA is refreshingly simple, with the friendly staff looking after your every need, while you simply enjoy the lush views afforded by this massive property.

Sweet Dreams

The unique, Balinese-influenced architecture sets INAYA apart from the typical resort, taking its inspiration from the beauty of Penglipuran, a traditional village that captures the culture and characteristics of the Balinese. Every corner of INAYA presents a piece of Balinese culture, with threads of history and mythology woven throughout the resort. Seven Balinese goddesses inspired each of the well-appointed themed accommodation buildings and elements of the local artistry within the resort. Rukmini, the goddess of beauty and grace; Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, art, spirituality and music; Sri

Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity; Dewi Sri, the goddess of fertility; Parwati, the goddess of the universe; Uma, the goddess of light; and Sinta, the goddess of love and purity. The resorts boasts 460 contemporary styled guestrooms, suites and exclusive villas. Styled to emphasize contemporary Balinese creativity, both the Deluxe Rooms and Deluxe Pool Access Rooms come with king or twin beds and smart amenities. Deluxe Pool Access Rooms offer exclusive access to the refreshing waters of the pool from your own private balcony. The OneBedroom Suite, Ocean View Suite and TwoBedroom Suite feature a spacious bathroom fitted with a rain shower and commanding

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views from the deep soaking tub. Other benefits include club privileges, personalised butler service, footbath ritual upon arrival and a selection of pillows to ensure a good night’s sleep. For those who want to escape life, the villas at INAYA Putri Bali offer the perfect oasis. Nestled within a secluded area of the resort is The Village, a private sanctuary incorporating 19 exclusive villas. Both the One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom Villas feature a private plunge pool and direct access to the magnificent 130-metre river-style pool. Each villa comes with a private cabana, which is perfect for couples and individuals alike.

Feast Fit for a King

You will never go hungry at INAYA Putri Bali; the resort has abundant dinning options that will satisfy even the most discerning palates. There is a selection of Balinese dining options specialising in flavoursome cuisine from Indonesia and beyond. An experienced culinary team is on hand around the clock to take care of special dietary needs and culinary requests. Ja’Jan Bistro is an open-air dining experience with easy access for in-house guests and anyone looking for good food and an informal ambience. Tasty snacks, light meals and


signature blended teas are served in a relaxing seaside setting. Ja’Jan by the Sea provides a local dining experience with a collection of traditional roving food carts. This cosy by-the-beach setting boasts sizzling hot barbecue grill and tropical concoctions to beat the heat. It is perfect for those searching for good food and beautiful ocean scenery. Quench your thirst and sate your appetite at the casual ocean view Bar Lounge. Retreat from the heat with an extensive line-up of beverages including international beers, sparkling cocktails, spirits and boutique wines, the perfect complement to the bar’s Asian tapas menu. Gading Restaurant takes the concept of all-day dining to the next level. With panoramic Indian Ocean views, this open-air restaurant offers a choice of international favourites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For the best of Indonesian food, you must visit Homaya. Celebrating the authentic flavours of the archipelago, Homaya recreates Indonesia’s diverse food culture with a menu driven by market- fresh ingredients. Dining at Homaya, your taste buds will burst with the richness of Indonesian flavours.

Fun in the Sun

Plenty of fun is guaranteed when you stay at INAYA Putri Bali, with a perfect beachfront location that places the Indian Ocean just steps away from your room. Retreat to the beach and feel the sea breeze caressing your skin, the soft white sand between your toes and the soothing sound of the waves lapping at the shore. You can also unwind and soak up the sun at the resort’s three-tier infinity pool

that faces the lush green gardens and emerald ocean. Young guests will have fun in the kid’s pool as they splash around and play in the shallow water. Bali is an island famous for its sun, sand, sea and, of course, spas. A visit to the Island of the Gods would be incomplete without indulging in a relaxing treatment (or two). At INAYA Putri Bali, pamper yourself at Gaya Inaya Spa. This dedicated wellness facility draws its inspiration

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from Indonesia’s timeless healing heritage. Treatments are derived from the traditional body and beauty practices of different indigenous cultures around the archipelago. You will be transported to seventh heaven and leave completely relaxed and refreshed, ready to face the world again.

Meetings and Events

INAYA Putri Bali is not only about leisure. The resort is also a popular choice for meetings and social events, with indoor and outdoor spaces for all your business and event needs. Mengiat Ballroom is an elegantly designed space that can host conferences and functions for up to 800 people. An additional five multipurpose boardrooms equipped with the

latest technology are ideally suited to executive meetings and creative receptions. A majestic glass wedding pavilion offers a sweeping view of the Indian Ocean and is the place for couples to celebrate their love and union. Every aspect of INAYA Putri Bali symbolises wellness and prosperity, making a stay at INAYA Putri Bali not just an ordinary holiday, but an experience that will linger in your memory. INAYA Putri Bali Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua Lot S-3 Bali – Indonesia Phone. +62 361 774 488

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Made in Bali “Always think positive�, that is the working philosophy of I Made Merta, the General Manager in Charge. Text by Melani Semuel | Photos by Agus Darmika


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t is always a pleasure for me, as an Indonesian, to profile a successful Indonesian at the top of his industry. I Made Merta is one of them. The hospitality industry veteran is at the helm of INAYA Putri Bali. Have worked in hospitality for more than 30 years, I Made Merta has seen the explosion of the tourism industry in Bali and its rapid evolution on the island. He believes tourism on the island will continue to grow, as Bali is one of those rare destinations that offers something for everyone, whether they are visiting the Island of the Gods for business or pleasure. Born and raised in Bali, Merta knows the island inside and out and loves nothing more than sharing his knowledge and love of the island with guests, pointing them to the hidden secrets and beautiful spots beyond the typical tourist destinations. We had breakfast with Merta one morning and were treated to an insider’s look at the island, the places to visit and foods to try, the kinds of things only locals know. I could see how passionate Merta was about the hospitality industry and his love for INAYA Putri Bali. INAYA, the only government-owned hotel in Nusa Dua, was formerly known as Inna Putri Bali and is one of the hospitality pioneers in Nusa Dua. There are, of course, many, many hotels in Bali, but Merta believes that INAYA stands out from the crowd by delivering a truly Balinese experience for all the guests at the resort. That experience can be felt from the moment guests arrive at the resort and are enchanted by the traditional Balinese rice barn lobby and lasts to the moment they leave the island, bringing with them memories of this tropical paradise and Balinese hospitality that will last a lifetime. The philosophy of INAYA is another of the resort’s strong points; few properties have a philosophy that is unique to the resort and ensures that each guest will experience true Balinese culture throughout their stay. The unique Balinese architecture of INAYA sets the accommodation apart from the typical resort building, taking its inspiration from the beauty

of Penglipuran, a traditional countryside village the embodies the living culture and characteristics of the Balinese people. Seven Balinese goddesses have inspired each of the well-appointed themed accommodation buildings of INAYA and the local artistry within the resort. Every corner of INAYA represents a part of the Balinese culture, with threads of history and mythology woven into the principal aspects of the resort. Situated in the exclusive Nusa Dua area, on one of Bali’s most famed beachfronts, INAYA Putri Bali is blessed with an expansive 9.1 hectares of green gardens that merge seamlessly with a white-sand beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. That is something that Merta is very proud of. What Merta personally likes most about INAYA Putri Bali is the people; it is the friendly staff members who truly set INAYA apart from other resorts. The always-smiling faces will make every effort to ensure that your stay is a memorable one. Looking at his curriculum vitae, I was quite impressed by Merta. He is a self-made success story. One of the things that struck me most was Merta’s loyalty, as he has worked with the same company his entire career. That kind of loyalty is very rarely seen nowadays. Merta has spent his entire career working in Inna Hotels in Bali, starting his career in the accounting department, climbing his way to the top position he holds today. His first General Manager position was in 2010 at Inna Kuta Beach. According to Merta, the hospitality industry is not for everyone. To be able to work in the industry a person must always be ready to serve, and serve from the heart. No matter the position, from a cook in the kitchen to a housekeeper, everyone who serves from the heart will deliver the best in their work and will have a successful career. One thing that Merta learnt from the hospitality industry is that you can never stop learning. As the industry moves fast, people who work in the industry must keep learning to keep up.

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Short Escape to Nusa Lembongan Eternal Bali. There’s always something to see and experience, but this time we get off the beaten track and check in on Nusa Lembongan. Text by Priscilla Picauly | Photos by Febri Amar


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usa Lembongan is a small island off the southeast coast of the main island of Bali. It is the perfect getaway for those searching for peace and quiet. Nusa Lembongan is far from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s more touristy areas. , This secluded yet mesmerizing island has beautiful beaches and underwater delights.

How to Reach Nusa Lembongan

Just head to Sanur Beach and check out one of the many booths offering day trips to Nusa Lembongan. It’s even easier if you stay at Inna Grand Bali Beach, which is just around the corner. The hotel provides tours to Nusa Lembongan, including water sports and island tours. At eight in the morning, gather near the main pool and then head to the jetty for the boat ride to Nusa Lembongan. A bonus, everyone


is assisted by a personal tour guide. From the moment you gather at meeting point until you get back to the hotel at the end of the day, this personal tour guide will handle everything for you.

Water Activities

It is only 30 minutes to Nusa Lembongan from Sanur. You can start your day on Nusa Lembongan with a marine walk, famously known as sea walker. Wearing a diving helmet, you can explore several metres beneath the sea. For 10 to 15 minutes under the water, you get to feed the fish and watch as they swim around you in schools. It is a great experience, and even better you don’t need a diving license. Your guide will give you instructions and communicate with you through hand signals. The trick is just to relax and don’t panic. If you’re not comfortable being a sea walker, head to the other side of the island and explore

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the sea with a little snorkelling. All the gear is provided by the operator. I saw table coral and lots of colourful fish. Just pay attention during stingray season. Make a fun splash with a banana boat ride with friends. It’s fun, you don’t need to get wet and it’s safe for all ages. Life jackets are provided and a guide will accompany you on the boat.

Explore the Island

Done with water activities, passengers will be transferred to the island and spend some time at the beach restaurant. But not for me, because I took the one-hour island tour package to explore some of the highlights of Nusa Lembongan. We took an open-air vehicle called an angkot to explore the beauty of Nusa Lembongan. First stop was Panorama Point, the best spot for capturing the scenery of Nusa Lembongan. We stopped for five minutes and then continued our journey to a seaweed


village. The village was five minutes from Panorama Point, just a little bump in the road. It has a peaceful ambience and is a good spot for photos. The last stop is Jembatan Cinta or Love Bridge. This yellow bridge is made of teakwood and steel and only handles motorcycles and bicycles. This bridge connects to Nusa Ceningan, a small island with beautiful beaches and views. Unfortunately, we only had 10 minutes on Nusa Ceningan to snap some photos and enjoy the views from one of the island’s iconic spots. After that, we headed back to the beach club for lunch and some relaxation poolside. If you still have energy, the tour offers kayaking off the beach. Or maybe you would rather laze on the beach and soak in the sun. At 2pm, we gathered near the jetty to set sail back to Sanur. I’ll see you when I see you again, Nusa Lembongan.



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Things You Must Do in


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Ubud is so many things to so many people. It is art and culture, nature, food and shopping. There is so much to experience in Ubud that the experience can be dizzying. Here is a selection of things you must try during your time in Ubud. Text by Ester Pandiangan | Photos by Ester Pandiangan, Melani Semuel & Toekad Rafting

Relax the Soul

Centre of Balinese Culture

Everything feels slower in Ubud. It lacks the hectic pace of so much of the island and the area seems to shut down at 9pm. This is for people who want to relax with a cup of coffee or tea and a good book, shop for artistic treasures and revel in the simple pleasures of this dreamy idyll.

You can catch life performances of Balinese dances like the kecak, Ramayana, calon arang and barong. And in Pasar Ubud and countless other locations, you can find beautiful Balinese paintings, carvings and other art treasures. Bali is famous for its arts and many people come to Ubud to build their collections. It is not unusual for foreign visitors to come for the painting, dance and culture, and then just decide to stay.

Culinary Paradise


People who know Bali know that different areas of the island offer different experiences. If you like clubbing and nightlife but have a limited budget, head for Kuta. If you have a bit more money to spend on such activities, try Legian or Seminyak. Nusa Dua has private beach clubs. But if you are in search of calm and quiet, Ubud beckons.

For a truly authentic taste of Ubud, you must try the pork. One of the best spots is Warung Babi Guling Bu Oka and in particular its famous crispy pork skin. There is, of course, plenty to choose from in terms of Western food, Indian food and more. You can also find lots of healthy options and vegan dining.

Health & Wellness

There are plenty of health and wellness resorts that offer bespoke packages for guests in search of solitude and a deeper connection with their physical selves. Some resorts ensure total solitude for guests, creating their own private spaces, without televisions, the internet and all the other modern distractions. Guests come to shake off the stress of work and traffic and big city woes, seeking to clear their minds and cleanse and strengthen their bodies. How they eat is a big part of that, so the resorts create special menus that help in the detox.

Ubud is the living, beating heart of Balinese culture. As you would expect, there are plenty of museums here, such as the Blanco Renaissance Museum, Arma Museum & Resort and the Puri Lukisan Museum.

But Ubud is not all about the soul. There is also physical adventure to be had, like rafting, cycling and hiking. Go rafting on the Ayung River or hiking at the nearby Mount Batur. There are glorious views to be had from the top of Batur and they are well worth the hourslong trek to the peak. A little further afield from Ubud are a number of great locations for snorkelling, including Padangbai and Blue Lagoon Beach.

Spiritual Experience

A massage in Ubud is often not just about treating the body. Some therapists are also healers. They will pray to the gods, the spirits and universe, making a soulful entreaty on behalf of their clients. It is a spiritual experience. Pura Dalem Segara Temple, in Payangan, provides a Balinese blessing for visitors. It is a blessing ceremony to put aside bad habits and seek the blessing of the gods and the universe.

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Hunting Souvenirs in Kuta Art Market


Text and photos by Priscilla Picauly

ali and Kuta are inseparable. Kuta is often the first thing people think of in Bali. Sure, there is Seminyak or Canggu, major destinations for travellers seeking culinary and nightlife offerings. But who can forget Kuta? Kuta is home to countless hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars that seem to be crowded every night. And for those who love to shop, be sure to visit Kuta Art Market, a traditional market perfect for hunting souvenirs.

A Glance at Kuta Art Market

Kuta Art Market (Pasar Seni Kuta) has been around since 1965. Over the decades, the market has grown and now has hundreds of stalls. The market is open from 7am to 8pm. It is strategically located near Kuta Beach, just about 100 metres from the strand. If you are staying at Hotel Grand Inna Kuta, it’s just a 5-minute walk to the market.

Shopping at Kuta Art Market has its advantages. There are long hallways lines with stalls and sellers. Most are fluent in English, making it easier for tourists from overseas to shop and bargain.

Hunting Souvenirs

Kuta Art Market is filled with quality products at reasonable prices, but don’t be afraid to bargain. Some stalls may have set prices, but most are open to some friendly haggling over prices, so both sides come away happy. Kuta Art Market is a great place to find souvenirs, such as cotton T-shirts, Balinese fabrics, which are a favourite with visitors, hats, necklaces, bracelets, rings and traditional trinkets. The market also sells paintings and sculptures, but these are less common than other souvenirs. With so many choices, it’s easy to compare prices. Prices are in rupiah, don’t hesitate to bargain, and happy shopping!

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Story Box: Grand Inna Kuta is a short walk from Pasar Seni and located on the white sandy beach of Kuta with its beautiful sunsets , direct access to the beach besides a mere 5 - 10 minute walking distance to the Beach Walk, the Discovery Mall, Waterbom Park or the entertainment areas around Poppies Lane. With its refreshing hospitality concept, Grand Inna Kuta offers two distinct design styles in its accommodations – the Bali Wing featuring a traditional room style with private balcony or terrace. Alternatively


the Beach Wing offering a contemporary atmosphere with a choice of room views being it pool, sea or garden. For reservations and more information, please contact Grand Inna Kuta Hotel Jl. Pantai Kuta No. 1, Br. Pande Mas Bali - Indonesia Phone. +62 361 751 361

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Uncorking the Hidden Treasure Text by Antonius Martono | Photos courtesy of Sababay


s I have gotten older, I have begun to see the phrase In vino veritas, “in wine, truth,” from a different perspective. It has been some time now that I drank to drop, and now I rather appreciate what I consume. More Indonesians are beginning to feel the same and wine industry has taken notice. As people become more educated and have more disposable income, their lifestyle changes. Many embrace the “wine lifestyle,” which is currently fashionable. It amazes me how the modern wine industry brings connoisseurs to a new level, opens minds with products from places that you might never have thought about, and most of all, gives people a reason to visit a destination just for the heavenly “aqua de vita.” It was thus when my parents and I travelled through Tuscany for a week, visiting one winery after another and experiencing the pinnacle of fine wining and dining. This memory was brought back to life when I was introduced to New Latitude wines, a phrase to distinguish wines made in non-traditional areas such as Europe.


Over the last couple of years, I have seen northern Bali become a grape-growing and wine-producing destination, highlighted by the suitability and potential of Alphonse Lavallée grapes in this tropical paradise. The dry, sunny weather, rich latero-volcanic soil and abundance of fresh water cascading down from the volcanoes create ideal conditions for grape growing in Bali, as well as being a fruitful alternative crop for the farmers in this region. Sababay Winery takes its name from its, Saba, a village in Blahbatuh, Gianyar Regency, famous for Saba Beach. The winery offers New Latitude variants with a distinguished presentation, a new experience for those who appreciate the best in life. The winery is built on two hectares of land and has state-of-the-art grapeprocessing equipment from France, including stainless steel machinery with horizontal and vertical presses, fermentation vessels, automatic bottling line, a laboratory and supporting facilities, the only such equipment in Bali. A one-hour tour of the winery provides perspective on the rich flavour of Sababay

raisins, dark chocolate and a hint of pimento and clove. It is full-bodied, with a fleshy palate, with lingering flavours of berries and cedary oak. This is a well-structured red that will complement saucy dark meats as well as tomato-based vegetarian dishes. Sababay has also a sweet series that features, Ludisia, with brilliant dark crimson red tones and a rich bouquet of apricot, chocolate and cinnamon. Ludisia has a soft and delicate medium-bodied palate with a hint of orange peel. A warm and luscious finish will accompany a wide variety of dishes ranging from red meats served with creamy sauces to desserts. The wine can be served slightly chilled or at room temperature. signature’s wine, Black Velvet, with brilliant dark ruby red tones and a bouquet of ripe berry fruits, plums, roasted oak and hints of nutmeg. It has a light body composition with a savoury palate and long spicy fruit flavours. From Sababay’s reserve series, I was served the Reserve Red Brilliant, which has deep cardinal red tones with a bouquet of ripe cherries,

Sababay has successfully broken the stigma that Indonesia cannot produce wine because of the humid climate. Its vineyard is located in Buleleng Regency, in northern Bali, where rainfall is limited and where hot days and cool nights create a perfect environment for grape growing. Many locations in Indonesia have similar conditions and it is not difficult to imagine Indonesia becoming the leader in Southeast Asia in the production of quality wines.

Story Box: Sababay Winery is just a couple of hours from Inna Grand Bali Beach, one of the jewels of the Inna Hotel Group in Sanur. You can arrange transportation to the winery through the hotel’s concierge. Bali’s first five-star hotel, Inna Grand Bali Beach is located on 42 hectares of tropical garden, with its 197 rooms separated into four blocks. Its 80 cottage-rooms have direct access to the only white-sand beach in Sanur, where beaches are normally volcanic

black. Inna Grand Bali Beach is known for its 246 rooms that stand tall in its iconic 10-story Tower Building, the tallest building on the island, which includes a Presidential Suite and 20 suites. Inna Grand Bali Beach Jl. Hang Tuah Sanur, Bali Phone. +62 361 288511

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Home Away From Home That’s the feeling when you enter Inna Sindhu Beach, a warm hotel strategically located near Sindhu Beach in Bali. This welcoming hotel will satisfy all guests with its Balinese hospitality. Text by Priscilla Picauly | Photos by Febri Anwar


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very time you land in Bali, the warm greetings from locals always make you feel at home. It’s a feeling that you can’t resist when you visit Bali. This island welcome wishes over you like the warm tropical sea and makes you want to stay forever.


The tropical greenery of Inna Sindhu Beach creates a relaxing ambience, with lush garden views everywhere you look. The nearby beach and luxurious main pool in the heart of the property will create wonderful memories for guests. Rooms are designed to make guests feel at home, with a touch of unmistakable Balinese hospitality. The accommodating staff are welcoming and ready to provide unbeatable service to all their guests.


In total, Inna Sindhu Beach has 61 rooms, with four room categories. There are 9 standard rooms, 29 deluxe rooms and 4 premium deluxe rooms (renovated rooms), along with 3 junior suites, 14 bungalows and 2 junior suite bungalows. All rooms come with standing shower (13 rooms feature a bathtub), private balcony, air-conditioner, IDD telephone, satellite and LCD TV, hairdryer, safe deposit box and a minibar.

Full Services and Facilities

The three-star hotel delivers services aimed at making guest feel at home and comfortable during their stay at Inna Sindhu Beach. The staff look after every last detail for a perfect stay. The hotel offers several facilities and services to ensure your days are wonderful. Swargan Coffee Bean is a coffee and tea shop that serves real Balinese coffee that must be experienced and

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savoured. If you need a little pampering, Inna Sindhu Beach offers foot reflexology services.

beach to yourself, drinking in the cool, fresh air and watching the waves lap at the sand.

With its casual setting and lush gardens, Inna Sindhu Beach offers plenty of activities. Play chess, caramball, beach volleyball or basketball with family and friends. Pull up a seat at Tetaring Bar and relax over a drink or spice up your day with a game of billiards.

Guests can lounge in one of the provided chairs just in front of the beach. Wait for 15 minutes and watch as the first rays of the sun light up the sky. Another 15 minutes and the bright morning sun will shine down on you and the golden beach, heralding the start of another perfect Bali day. It’s the best view in Bali and one you can enjoy every morning at Inna Shindu Beach.

Magical Morning

When you stay at Inna Sindhu Beach, you must enjoy the magical sunrises. The nearby Sindhu Beach is famous as the best spot to watch the sunrise. Just steps from your room, catch the best sunrise on Bali with the most peaceful ambience. The sun rises around 6 a.m., but if you arrive earlier you can experience the magical feeling of having a gorgeous tropical


Inna Sindhu Beach Hotel

Jl. Pantai Sindhu 14, Sanur Bali – Indonesia Phone. +62 361 288 351

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Secret Recipe of Rijsttafel Most people think Rijsttafel came from the Dutch. But Rijsttafel is from Indonesia and it all began in Java. Text by Priscilla Picauly | Photos by Febri Amar


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Story of Rijstaffel

The idea that the Dutch invented Rijsttafel can be traced back to Rijcklof van Goens, a former Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. But van Goens was no culinary pioneer; he just saw the ritual performed at the court of Sultan Amangkurat of Mataram. Rijsttafel was then adopted by the colonial rulers to show their power and affluence, being served 60 kinds of side dishes in an indulgent procession of pure luxury. The meals were served by jongos (derived from the Dutch for boys) who acted as waiters, dressed in semi-European attire, with holsters and belts. Rijsttafel was also served in Indonesian palaces, especially for official banquets, with female waitresses serving the dishes. Time passed and this fascinating tradition became more popular. Soon the Chinese were


embracing Rijsttafel and the unique dining procession was also making its way from the palaces to more and more Indonesians.

Need to Know

Rijsttafel is derived from the Dutch for rice table. It generally consists of fried rice, rendang, chicken curry, satay with crackers and chili. There is also curry fish with a variety of condiments, sauces, pickles, salted egg, fried bananas and the can’t-miss chicken liver sauce. While the whole dining procession can seem rigid and formal, and be a little intimidating for beginners, don’t let that keep you from experiencing the excitement of Rijsttafel. With so many options and side dishes, it is recommended that every morsel be eaten with a bit of chicken, fish or beef. The idea is for diners to enjoy every flavor on offer. It is the combination of dishes that is the main attraction of the Rijsttafel procession.

Restaurants You Have To Visit in Bali Bali, the island of gods: sun, sand, the sea and, of course, food. Here are 5 restaurants you have to visit when you are in Bali.

Text by Dennis Latief | Photos by Philip Kwok and courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Teatro Gastroteque and Nikki Beach


A Teatro Experience Teatro Gastroteque offers a sophisticated Asian twist on French cuisine When it comes to dining experiences, few restaurants match Teatro Gastroteque. This boutique fine-dining restaurant located in the heart of Seminyak offers a different kind of dining experience. Teatro Gastroteque only offers course menus; there is no à la carte menu. All your dining needs, from starters to dessert, will be taken care of; you just need to pick the right course menu.

team take their passion and love of gastronomy and create dishes worthy of a standing ovation. There are more than eight set course menus to choose from, and a wide selection of wine and champagne to accompany your meal. This finedining restaurant offers a sophisticated Asian twist on French cuisine, using high-quality local ingredients to deliver authentic flavours accompanied by bold presentations. Jl. Kayu Aya Blok C No. 1-2, Seminyak Bali – Indonesia Phone. +62 851 017 000 78

The name Teatro Gastroteque literally means “theatre” and it is on this stage that the culinary

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Dine With a View For those looking for something other than beach and sun, Jungle Fish is the chance to experience a different side of Bali. Jungle Fish, a stylish Mediterranean restaurant in Ubud, where lush green valleys and mystical rivers create a tropical paradise, has gained fame among visitors and locals. This open-air, split-level restaurant is perched on the side of a mountain overlooking the Osh River Valley. Jungle Fish’s name comes from a wall made from recycled glass whose mosaic design resembles shimmering fish scales. I started with the King Prawn Kebabs and Grilled Octopus for the starters. The fresh King Prawn Kebabs were served with tomato ginger pate and Sichuan pepper, while the generous-sized grilled octopus was served with fresh lemongrass dressing. For the main course, we had a large mixed grill meat platter for two consisting of pork, beef and chicken with fried potatoes


and vegetables, all organic and cooked without MSG. It is truly a meat lover’s paradise. For the second main course, we had a seafood platter of prawns, salmon and squids. There is also an interesting selection of mocktails, cocktails and wines. I had a refreshing passion fruit and tangerine mojito cocktail and a Classic Jungle Green mocktail consisting of kale, parsley, cucumber, green apple, lime and ginger. After we finished our delicious meals and drinks, we headed to the lower level of the restaurant where the bar, deck and swimming pool are located. The pool at Jungle Fish is the perfect spot to channel your energy, splashing around while drinking in the lush views of the green valleys. Jl. Raya Sebali, Keliki, Ubud, Bali – Indonesia | Phone. +62 361 898 9104 |

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The Best Beach Party in Bali Established in 1998 in Miami, Nikki Beach Club has brought its special party vibe and good times around the world. Nikki Beach has been in Bali since 2014, immediately creating the hot destination for people who love to have fun in Bali. The beach club and restaurant has a pool with underwater speakers and 2,500 fibre optic lights that sparkle as the sun sets, indoor and outdoor dining options, opium beds and multiple bars including a swim-up cocktail bar. The stunning location, with serene views of the Indian Ocean, Nusa Dua and the distant Nusa Penida Island on the horizon, provides


a picture-perfect backdrop. Guests can spend their days and evenings in plush, all-white sun beds, indulging in refreshing cocktails, endless champagne and an extensive menu of delectable dishes representative of all the countries. Everything at Nikki Beach is first class, including the entertainment and the DJ spinning awesome tunes. Even if you are not a partygoer, a stay at Nikki Beach Bali is time very well spend. Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot 5, Nusa Dua, Bali – Indonesia | Phone. +62 361 849 2900 |

Bali Best Beachfront Restaurant Located on the wide curve of Jimbaran Bay, Bali’s most exclusive stretch of sand, Sundara has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best beachfront restaurants in Bali. Meaning ‘’beautiful’’ in Sanskrit, Sundara describes the lush flora, sparkling surf and sunset views of the Island of the Gods. When the sun is up in the clear blue sky, enjoy a lunch of light cuisine while soaking up the salt air and panoramic views. Lounge away the afternoon on an oceanfront table, sun-splashed daybed or table on the open terrace overlooking the infinity pool, just steps above the Jimbaran Bay surf. As the sun goes down and the fire pits are lit, catch the sunset with one of the Bali’s most avant-garde cocktails. By night, the romantic

restaurant buzzes with a cosmopolitan energy as live music accompanies your journey through Asian cuisines, with twists on classic Middle Eastern, Spanish and Australian dishes as well. Enjoy an abundance of vibrant, innovative dishes which can be served as individual portions or for sharing with a companion or group. The five-star service, picturesque setting on the calm ocean and relaxed vibe provide the ideal venue to spend the day (or night) while experiencing a memorable culinary journey in Bali. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali – Indonesia | Phone. +62 361 708 333 | www.

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Step into Spain With its beautiful, airy setting, Spanish theme and cosy, casual feeling, La Finca is like stepping into Spain. Adding to the experience is La Finca’s menu of delicious and wholesome dishes prepared using traditional method and fresh organic ingredients. The entrance of the restaurant is a large door with a tall white wall covered in climbing plants and flowers, the stylized La Finca signage on top. Inside, the restaurant is divided into outdoor and indoor seating areas, with wooden table and chairs, full-sized decorative wooden cart wheels, miniature birdhouses hanging from the trees, colourful flowers and decorative ceramic plates. La Finca’s menu offers an interesting selection of dishes. Try the Carne a La Piedra de La Finca, which is grilled strips of premium Australian rib-


eye steak served at your table on top of a sizzling hot lava stone, accompanied by selected house seasonings, dipping sauces and fried potatoes. If you are keen for greens, try the Ensalada de Rucula Y Calabaza, a rocket salad tossed with wood-fire roasted pumpkin and red onions, feta, toasted almonds, fried shallots, soy marinated mushrooms and a soy vinaigrette. For beverages, La Finca’s Sangria is deliciously full of fresh fruits, mild brandy, triple sec and rose wine, giving it a fresh taste that is not overpowering. It comes in two sizes, a jug and half pitcher, with second and third drink discount promotions, suitable for those in large groups. Jl. Subak Sari No. 77, Batu Belig, Bali – Indonesia | Phone. +62 361 210 5080 | www.lafincabali. com

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The Heart of Japan Tokyo, the heart of Japan, stands between modernity and tradition, making this a dream destination for people around the world. Text and Photos by Priscilla Picauly


was captivated by Tokyo from the time I landed at Narita International Airport. After a red-eye from Jakarta, I landed in the morning and continued the journey to downtown Tokyo, which took another 90 minutes. My hotel was in Akasaka and it became my base to explore Tokyo. So, come with me and discover the city originally called Edo.

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Iconic Shibuya

It’s not officially a trip to Tokyo if you don’t visit Shibuya. This famous intersection, with its cool spectacle of giant video screens and neon, includes Shibuya Station and the iconic Hachiko statue. I couldn’t help but smile as I walked around this fabulous area. Shibuya lets you know that you are really in Tokyo, as you cross what may be the busiest intersection in the world. Near the intersection is Shibuya Station, a terminal for a number of rail lines, including the JR Yamanote, Saikyo, Tokyu Toyoko, Den’entoshi, Keio Inokashira, Tokyo Metro Ginza, Hanzomon and Fukutoshin lines. This is a prominent downtown area of Tokyo rivalling Ginza, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Asakusa. Shibuya is unique, with every street having a completely different atmosphere. Shibuya Centre Street is crowded with a multitude of shops, including youth fashion shops, fast-food restaurants, and game centres, and it is famous as the place where new trends are born and quickly spread among youth nationwide. It is always crowded day and night, mostly with teenagers, and you can get a feel for today’s Japanese fashion trends there.


Not to be missed is Hachiko Square and its statue of the loyal dog Hachiko, who spent nine years waiting for his master outside Shibuya Station. His inspiring story brings many visitors to the square for a picture in front of the statue. Near the statue is a small museum about the statue and Shibuya Station, including a series of photos that show the construction of the station.

Sacred Sensoji Temple

Tokyo is home to numerous temples that are not only places of worship, but also tourist destinations. Sensoji Temple is Tokyo’s oldest temples and one of the most visited spots in the city. Located in Asakusa, Sensoji is receives almost 30 million visitors each year. Sensoji is a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century. Two fishermen brothers found a statue of Kannon, the female goddess of mercy, on one of their fishing trips in the Sumida River. The temple was completed in 645. As you approach Sensoji, you will pass along a street called Nakamise Dori, which stretches from the outer gate to the temple’s second gate. This street is lined with shops selling souvenirs, handicrafts, snacks and trinkets. In the surrounding neighbourhood, you can find man-powered vehicles called Jinrikisha, or pulled rickshaw, which are ideal for exploring Asakusa.

View From the Top

Tokyo Tower is a popular destination, but there is an even more majestic tower in the city. Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, displacing Canton Tower in Guangzhou, with a total height of 634 metres. Standing proudly in Sumida district, this multi-use tower is home to a restaurant and observation decks. The colour of Tokyo Skytree is based on aijiro, the lightest shade of the traditional Japanese indigo blue. The colour of Skytree also replicates the technique of indigo dyers, with a hint of blue added to the white, giving it a delicate pale blue glow, like that of white celadon ware. Colours created by indigo dyers represent the legacy of Japanese traditional craftsmanship as conserved in the downtown area housing the tower. Dressed in Skytree white, the tower stands tall against the blue sky in downtown Tokyo and transcends time with eternal brightness. The tower’s highest point, Sorakara Point (floor 450), offers great views of the city.

Day Trip to Kinugawa

Kinugawa, a city outside Tokyo, is famous for Edo Wonderland and Tobu World Square, which

transport visitors back to the Edo era, with its typical villages and depictions of ninja life. To reach Kinugawa, you can catch a trail from Asakusa Station, with the trip taking about two hours. From Kinugawa-Onsen Station, you can catch a shuttle bus to tourist sites. Entering Edo Wonderland, there is a path that will take you to the wooden traditional houses and restaurants and souvenir shops. There are also street performances and live performances in a special arena showcasing ninja action, complete with fighting moves and techniques. Tobu World Square is 10 to 15 minutes from Edo Wonderland, home to the world’s most famous structures in miniature. From Japan there is Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Station, Toshodai-ji Temple, Tokyo Dome, Tokyo National Museum Main Building & Art Gallery and many more. There is also the Empire State Building, the Parthenon, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Sphinx, Angkor Wat, the Forbidden City and Taj Mahal. Tobu World Square is divided into several zones, namely Modern Japan Zone, America Zone, Egypt Zone, Europe Zone, Asian Zone and Japan Zone.

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3 Places You Have to See in


Bandung is a popular weekend destination, with throngs of people from Jakarta and surrounding areas descending on the West Java capital to enjoy its many attractions. With its beautiful views, great cuisine, affordable shopping and warm ambience, Bandung is the ideal destination for those in search of good times and great food. For visits during long weekends it is recommended that you book early. Here are 3 destinations you can not miss when you are in Bandung. Text by Melani Semuel & Priscilla Picauly Photos by Alfian S. Prasetyo

1. Tebing Keraton Currently the most popular destination in Bandung, Tebing Keraton, or the Cliff Palace, is blessed with natural beauty. Getting its reputation mainly with the help of social media


buzz, Tebing Keraton is located inside the Taman Hutan Rakyat Djuanda conservation area. The best time to visit Tebing Keraton is before 6am. Start your day with a magical morning by

watching as the sun rises into the sky and night turns into day. You will be breathless when you see the magical sunrise with the lush forest and hills as the backdrop, the fog creeping between

the trees and braches, creating a mystical atmosphere. And you must take a photo while standing at the edge of the cliff, but be careful when taking the picture.

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2. Situ Patenggang Once upon a time there was a couple named Ki Santang and Dewi Rengganis. They were so in love and were separated for a long time. Finally, one day they met each other. Dewi Rengganis asked her lover to create a lake along with a boat for them to ride in. According to legend, he formed a small lake called Situ Patenggang. The lake is set amidst rolling hills, surrounded by carpets of green grass and tea trees. Situ Patenggang is about 47 kilometres from Bandung, and if you visit on the weekend you will have to share the area with young people


from Bandung and nearby towns. It is also a good idea to plan your visit to the lake for before noon, because Situ Patenggang, with its elevation of 2,000 metres above sea level, is usually shrouded in a thick fog that comes rolling down the hills in the afternoon. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the area is Pulau Asmara (Love Island) – a place where Ki Santang and Dewi Rengganis met – and Batu Cinta (Love Rock), set in the middle of the lake. It is said that those who step on Batu Cinta and continue to circle Pulau Asmara will be blessed with endless love.

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3. Pangalengan When someone asks me about Pangalengan, I think of fresh milk. Pangalengan is a district located 48 kilometres from Bandung and is famous for its fresh milk. But Pangalengan is much more than dairy farming. Pangalengan has traditional villages, natural attractions such as lakes, ponds, hot springs and waterfalls, and it is also famous for tea plantations. Malabar Tea Plantation, near Mount Malabar, is one of


the most famous tea estates and was formerly known as a hill station during the Dutch colonial period. The modern history of Malabar dates back to 1890 when tea cultivation began to move into the highlands of Pangalengan. In 1896, Karel Albert Rudolf Bosscha established the first tea plantation on the slopes of Mount Malabar.

Later, Bosscha would establish himself as the tea plantation supremo, snapping up all the tea estates in the Pangalengan region. He also set up two tea factories around Malabar, one near his residence-slash-office and called the Malabar Tea Factory. The area of these early tea plantations is known for its breathtaking landscapes and views. And for those who want a

taste of the colonial life, Bosscha’s house is open to visitors, where you can enjoy freshly processed tea leaves. Bosscha, who never married, died on 26 November 1928 and was buried among his beloved tea bushes on the Malabar tea estate, as he had requested. His simple tomb is still there, unchanged and unspoilt.

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Inna Snapshot

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Inna Event

President visits Inna Grand Bali Beach

Just recently the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, visited Grand Inna Bali Beach as part of his agenda to open Pesta Kesenian Bali, which is a routine event held by the provincial government of Bali. The event has become the prestige of Balinese people, and draws international attention. It serves as a forum of activity and creativity for artists looking to support government programs aimed at preserving and developing Balinese cultural and artistic values.

Java Tourism Strikes Back

During his recent visit to Yogyakarta, Iswandi Said, President & CEO of Inna Hotel Group, along with 12 other State’s Owned Enterprises leaders, signed a letter of commitment to the development of the tourist areas of Joglosemar (Yogyakarta, Solo, and Semarang). The commitment is part of a promotional strategy to integrate modes of transport and accommodation in the golden triangle tourism area of Joglosemar.


Grand Inna Kuta for the World

Few people in Indonesia are aware that the fifth of June is celebrated as World Environmental Day. However, the management & employees of Grand Inna Kuta are eager to take action to plant 15 Ketapang trees in the coastal area of Kuta. The activity is the second event since 2015 and is expected to prevent erosion and increase shade along coastal areas, making Kuta beach a more appealing place to visiting tourists.

Emerging Lake Toba

As part of its birthday activities, the Ministry of State’s Owned Enterprises (BUMN) compiled several programs involving leaders of Indonesian BUMN and the surrounding community, centered at Inna Parapat Hotel. At the event, Iswandi Said, President & CEO of Inna Hotel Group, also participated in the planting of durian trees on the banks of Lake Toba. In his speech, Minister Rini directed SOEs to support the development of tourist destinations in the area around Lake Toba.

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INAYA Putri Bali Mencitra Bali Seutuhnya Text by Priscilla Picauly | Photos by Agus Darmika


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ekayaan budaya Bali sudah begitu mendunia. Banyak yang memuja negeri Dewata yang menyebarkan benih-benih kultur di penjuru arealnya. Itulah yang membuat siapa saja jatuh hati dan ingin menghabiskan waktu di pulau tropikal ini. Dengan pekatnya rasa Bali yang khas itu, bahkan sejak menjejakkan kaki pertama kali di Bali, rasanya Anda membutuhkan lebih dan lebih. Tak hanya ingin dipengaruhi suasana dan situasi ala tradisional, Anda pun bisa melengkapi nikmatnya berkunjung ke Bali dengan memilih tempat menginap yang maksimal menawarkan sajian etnik khas Bali. Salah satunya adalah INAYA Putri Bali. Berada di kawasan Nusa Dua yang eksklusif, INAYA Putri Bali sedari gerbang masuknya sudah terlihat jelas sentuhan Bali. Resor nyaman dan mewah ini sungguh tepat menjadi sarana


menginap bagi Anda yang ingin “melarikan diri� sejenak dari keramaian ibukota yang riweh dan padat. Di samping itu, INAYA Putri Bali secara sempurna menawarkan pengalaman terbaik semasa Anda menghabiskan waktu di sini.

Enchanted Barn Lobby Begitu Anda memasuki kawasan resor, ada satu area yang pasti akan memukau setiap mata yang memandangnya. Adalah lobi utama yang didesain begitu unik dan mengadopsi kultur Bali. Rupanya serupa lumbung padi dengan detail atap dan tonggak-tonggak pendukung yang mencitra sisi tradisional. Menurut cerita, lumbung padi ini dinamakan Jineng oleh penduduk lokal. Inilah salah satu bangunan penting bagi penduduk lokal, karena lumbung ini menjadi bagian penting dari kehidupan mereka, di mana Jineng dijadikan tempat untuk menyimpan hasil tani mereka. Selain

itu, bagian terbawah bangunan kerap menjadi arena untuk mengadakan pertemuan ataupun hanya sekadar tempat untuk berkumpul. Arsitekturnya yang nampak megah, dengan paduan material kayu yang mendominasi, jelas membuat gerbang penyambut resor ini terlihat megah sekaligus eksotis. Ruangan lobi yang open-air membebaskan setiap pengunjung untuk dapat menikmati area sekitar resor yang terekspos bebas. Dari sini Anda bisa melihat dengan leluasa area resor yang menghadap Gading Restaurant dan main pool.

The Beauty of Penglipuran Tidak hanya menyambut para tamunya dengan bangunan lobi yang kaya akan sentuhan Bali tapi juga menghadirkan nuansa Desa Penglipuran yang ikonik ke dalam area resor. Penglipuran merupakan desa adat yang berada

di wilayah Kubu, Bangli. Dekat dengan kawasan wisata Kintamani ataupun Gunung Batur. Penglipuran menjadi desa wisata percontohan pertama di Pulau Bali sejak tahun 1995. Ada banyak hal yang membuat desa cantik ini begitu berbeda. Hal ini terlihat dari tiap-tiap rumah penduduk memiliki rupa yang sama. Kemiripan bisa disaksikan dari pintu masuk, atap juga dinding yang menggunakan materi bambu. Jenis pintunya pun berjenis angkulangkul, yakni hanya muat dilewati seorang dewasa saja. Pembagian rumah, tata letak, juga memiliki aturan dan ketentuan yang serupa. Bahkan cat temboknya pun menggunakan bahan tanah liat. Namun ada satu yang selalu menjadi daya tarik utama dari desa ini adalah jalan setapak yang menjadi simbol Penglipuran. Dengan tatanan pepohonan hijau di kiri-kanan jalan, disertai jajaran rumah-rumah tradisional, area kerap menjadi objek fotografi.

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Menilik kecantikan Penglipuran yang tiada tara, memberikan inspirasi bagi INAYA Putri Hotel untuk menghadirkan Penglipuran tepat di jantung kawasan resor. Setiap tamu akan berhadapan dengan jalur Penglipuran ketika ingin mengakses bangunan resor. Jalanan setapak yang menghubungkan tujuh puri yang diberi nama berdasarkan tujuh karakter dewi yang menjadi filosofi resor ini. Ketujuh dewi yang melambangkan puri tersebut adalah Rukmini (dewi kecantikan), Saraswati (dewi pengetahuan, seni spiritualis dan musik), Sri Laksmi (dewi kemakmuran), Dewi Sri (dewi kesuburan), Parwati (dewi alam semesta), Uma (dewi tanpa batas), dan Sinta (dewi cinta dan kemurnian).


Perfect Accomodation Dengan lokasi yang strategis dan berdiri atas dasar filosofi budaya yang kuat, membuat semua unsur di INAYA Putri Bali tak bisa disangkal lagi. Bagi siapapun yang berniat untuk menginap di sana, seketika merasakan sensasi seolah menjadi bagian dari Bali itu sendiri. Terlihat dari desain dan arsitektur yang mencerminkan sentuhan Bali. Semua elemen dan detail yang terlihat sungguh sempurna. Tak hanya mementingkan detail yang berkesan etnik, tentu saja resor ini tetap mengedepankan faktor kenyamanan bagi para tamunya. Dalam tujuh puri yang melingkupi INAYA Putri Bali, tersedia beberapa pilihan kamar dan suite yang dapat disesuaikan dengan kebutuhan

Tiap paginya para tamu di INAYA akan dijamu aneka makanan dan minuman terbaik dari dapur Gading Restaurant. Dengan ruang makan yang terbuka dan menyatu dengan alam sekitar, membiarkan Anda menikmati sarapan sembari menikmati pemandangan. Restoran ini menyajikan berbagai pilihan hidangan internasional. Dengan kapasitas duduk mencapai 250, Anda bisa menikmati sajian nikmat ala Gading Restaurant dari pukul 07:00 hingga 19:00. HOMAYA restaurant adalah salah satu produk kuliner yang dibanggakan INAYA Putri Hotel. Dengan mengusung sajian nusantara yang bercita rasa tinggi, HOMAYA dibuat menggunakan bahan-bahan segar, higienis dan berkualitas. Restorannya sendiri didominasi material kayu dengan meja komunal yang pas untuk dinikmati bersama dengan keluarga maupun teman. Dengan kapasitas 80 tempat duduk, HOMAYA siap melayani para tamunya dari pukul 17:30 hingga 23:00.

para tamu. Antara lain adalah Deluxe Room, Deluxe Pool Access, One Bedroom Suite, One Bedroom Suite Oceanview dan Two Bedroom Suite. Jika Anda menginginkan privasi, resor ini menawarkan untuk menginap di The Village. Area vila dengan dua tipe yakni One Bedroom Villa dan Two Bedrooms Villa.

Dining Venues INAYA Putri Hotel tak hanya mengandalkan kekuatan arsitektur yang bertema Bali. Resor menawan ini pun menyediakan layanan Food & Beverages yang pastinya akan membuat pengalaman menginap Anda semakin berkesan. Tersedia beberapa restoran yang menawarkan aneka pilihan rasa dan konsep. Seperti Gading Restaurant yang menjadi main restaurant.

Ja’Jan Bistro yang berada tepat satu level di bawah area lobi menjadi tempat yang pas bagi Anda yang menginginkan suasana santai dan kasual. Di sini Anda bisa menikmati menu-menu pilihan seperti aneka snacks, light meals, signature blended teas yang kesemuanya tepat untuk dinikmati di waktu santai. Tersedia pula Ja’Jan by the Sea Provides yang menyajikan hidangan khas Bali agar Anda dapat menikmati Bali seutuhnya. Sempatkan pula untuk menikmati minuman menyegarkan termasuk international beers, sparkling cocktails, spirits dan wines yang tersedia di Bar Lounge. Berada di antara Gading Restaurant dan HOMAYA Restaurant.

INAYA Putri Bali Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua Lot S-3 Bali - Indonesia Phone. +62 361 774 488

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Chef’s Table

Secret Recipe of Rijsttafel Text by Priscilla Picauly | Photos by Febri Amar


Cerita Awal Rijsttafel Makan nikmat dengan berbagai lauk-pauk dan dilayani belasan pelayan yang siap mengantarkan setiap hidangan satu per satu menjadi salah satu bukti kemewahan dan ekslusivitas sebuah jamuan makan. Rasarasanya tipikal jamuan makan ini seakan mengangkat gengsi dan prestis bagi siapapun yang mencobanya. Apalagi ditambah dengan kaum kompeni yang lazimnya mengadakan jamuan makan seperti ini, makin menambah nilai sosial. Tapi, fakta yang beredar ternyata kaum kompenilah yang menjiplak ritual makan ini untuk kemudian digeser makna dan tujuannya. Asal muasal cerita berasal ketika utusan VOC, Rijkloft van Goen yang melihat ritual ini dilakukan di istana Mataram era kejayaan Raja Amangkurat I (1646-1677). Merasa tertarik dengan segala keunikan yang ditawarkan, Rijsttafel pun diadopsi penguasa kolonial namun dijadikan sebagai media untuk unjuk kekuasaan dan kemewahan dengan misi untuk menyepelekan bangsa yang dijajahnya. Tak tanggung-tanggung, Belanda sampai menghadirkan sekitar 60 jenis lauk-pauk dalam sebuah prosesi. Momen ini dijadikan ajang untuk mempertunjukkan dominan dan keangkuhan kaum kompeni. Ketimpangan sosial pun makin bertambah ketika selama sesi makan akan dilayani para jongos (berasal dari Bahasa Belanda yang berarti anak laki-laki) yang berperan sebagai pelayan dan pengantar makanan. Para jongos ini mengenakan pakaian semi Eropa yang dipadu dengan sarung dan ikat. Ada cerita yang menyatakan bahwa Rijsttafel juga disajikan di istana, terutama saat jamuan resmi di hari kemerdekaan. Konon para sajian makanan dibawa oleh pelayan wanita berkebaya.

Tradisi menarik ini begitu diminati dan terus berkembang. Orang-orang Belanda pun diperkenalkan mengenai ritual ini dalam perjalanan menuju negeri jajahan saat menumpang di kapal-kapal mewah. Ternyata tak hanya kaum kompeni saja yang terpukau dengan cara makan serba ramai dan mewah ini. Golongan Chinese pun tertular akan euphoria Rijsttafel. Seperti diketahui bahwa dalam struktur sosial era penjajahan, kaum Tiongkok menjadi perantara antara Belanda dengan pribumi. Selanjutnya Rijsttafel sendiri mulai menyentuh kaum pribumi dan diperkenalkan sebagai salah satu prosesi makan yang unik dari Indonesia.

Need to Know Rijsttafel berasal dari Bahasa Belanda yang berarti meja nasi. Menu yang disajkian bervariasi. Namun pada umumnya terdiri dari nasi goreng, rendang, opor ayam, sate yang dilengkapi dengan kerupuk dan sambal. Ada juga yang dipelngkapi daging asap, ikan dengan berbagai bumbu kari, saus, acar, telor asin, pisang goreng, dan tak ketinggalan sambal ati ayam. Semuanya diberi bumbu cabai. Dengan prosesi makan yang terkesan kaku, melibatkan aksi dan momen formil, tentu saja akan membingungkan bagi para pemula yang ingin merasakan seperti apa menikmati jamuan ala Rijsttafel. Ada beberapa catatan yang masuk dari sisi historis yang menjelaskan perihal aturan makan dan beberapa hal yang mesti diperhatikan. Cara makan Rijsttafel dengan menggunakan sendok dan garpu. Dengan banyaknya pilihan lauk dan pauk, disarankan agar setiap suap nasi yang dimakan dipadu dengan sedikit ayam, ikan ataupun daging. Tujuannya agar para tamu bisa menikmati segala jenis rasa yang ditawarkan. Kombinasi lauk inilah yang menjadi daya tarik dari prosesi Rijsttafel.

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Rijsttafel ala Inna Bali Denpasar Berada tepat di titik nol ibukota Denpasar, tepat di Jalan Veteran 3 Denpasar, Inna Bali Denpasar tampil maksimal menawarkan sisi historis dan arsitektur klasik. Hotel bintang tiga ini dibangun pada tahun 1927 dan menjadi hotel berkelas internasional pertama di Bali. Nama besarnya saat itu membuat beberapa tokoh dunia seperti Ratu Elizabeth, Charlie Chapling, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, juga Soekarno pernah merasakan pengalaman menginap di hotel ini. Di samping menawarkan sisi historis yang tak bisa disangkal lagi, hotel ini pun memiliki daya


tarik yang mulai tersingkirkan, yakni prosesi Rijsttafel. Menu Rijsttafel adalah makanan tradisional yang telah ada sejak hotel didirikan. Sengaja tetap dipertahankan karena nilai sejarahnya juga karena prosesinya sendiri begitu unik dan tak biasa. Di Inna Bali Denpasar, Rijsttafel disajikan di atas nampan perunggu. Pada nampan tunggal, akan tersaji berbagai pilihan masakan seperti sate sapi, ayam goreng, gado-gado, sup, tuna goreng, telur, acar, sambal, sambal mentah Bali dan kerupuk. Persiapan Rijsttafel di sini tidak memiliki aturan tetap atau bisa dilakukan sesuai selera, asalkan nampannya tetap mengandung paduan hidangan seperti daging sayuran, nasi dan sambal. Hal

itulah yang sangat penting, karena menjadi ciri khas sebuah hidangan Rijsttafel. Inna Bali Denpasar memfokuskan pada sup dan ayam goreng. Supnya terdiri dari beberapa bahan, seperti wortel, mentimun, bakso dan tuna. Untuk mempersiapkan itu, semua bahan direbus dalam satu wadah dan kemudian ditambahkan dengan rempah-rempah. Aneka bumbu dan rempah yang digunakan biasanya merupakan kombinasi dari bawang putih bubuk yang kemudian tumis sampai tampak ringan cokelat. Setelah itu ditambahkan dengan garam, merica bubuk, dan bumbu. Sementara itu bumbu ayam goreng menggunakan bahan-bahan khusus seperti

bawang merah, bawang putih dan cabai besar. Semua bahan ditumbuk kemudian ditambah sepotong jahe, lima biji ketumbar dan gula merah secukupnya. Kemudian ditumbuk halus. Pada akhirnya, adonan dikukus dan dioleskan ke ayam goreng. Jika semua proses dilakukan sesuai urutan, tentu saja rasa lezat pasti akan terasa pada masakan. Sedangkan di menu penutup, biasanya diisi dengan beberapa pilihan buah seperti semangka, melon dan nanas. INNA Bali Jl. Veteran No. 3, Denpasar Bali - Indonesia Phone. +62 361 225 681

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Goods to Go

Our Recommendations Text by Priscilla Picauly | Photos by each collections


oods to Go merupakan salah satu rubrik yang menghadirkan informasi produk pilihan kepada pembaca Gracious. Beberapa rekomendasi di bawah ini bisa menjadi pertimbangan Anda yang ingin mencari hadiah untuk orang terkasih atau sekadar menikmati waktu di tempat menyenangkan.

Alleira Batik Merupakan brand batik modern yang melestarikan sekaligus mengembangkan nilai batik hingga ke seluruh dunia. Menghadirkan berbagai koleksi yang diciptakan untuk menjadi bagian dari gaya hidup  pria dan wanita masa kini yang selalu ingin tampil fashionable. Juga mempermudah ketika memadupadankan dengan busana lain. Termasuk penggunaan material yang membuat Anda merasa nyaman dalam berbusana. Saat ini Alleira Batik telah memiliki delapan butik di Jakarta dan Medan, termasuk hadir di beberapa department store terkemuka di Indonesia seperti Metro, Sogo, Seibu dan lain-lain. (


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May&June May&June merupakan sister brand dari Alleira Batik yang menyediakan koleksi baju ready to wear. Terlahir dari inspirasi akan wanita dan untuk wanita, May&June selalu mengedepankan bahwa setiap wanita itu cantik dan berharga. Dengan simbol bunga Peony, simbol musim semi yang membawa kecerian musim semi. Tahun ini May&June mempersembahkan 4 koleksi dengan tema Boulevard, Marrakesh Express, Graceful Gray dan yang terbaru adalah Midnight Tal. May&June telah berdiri sejak 2010 dan terus berkembang hingga saat ini dengan target konsumen 35-45tahun. Lokasi butik May&June saat ini berada di Senayan City, lantai 2 unit 2-1. (


DARLINGROCK Darling as its is sweet and feminine but strong as a rock in pursuing their good and honorable dreams. Begitulah gambaran dari brand aksesoris ini. Bertempat di butik DARLINGROCK (DR) Pondok Indah Mall 2, DR ingin memberikan pengalaman yang berbeda agar wanita dapat lebih percaya diri dengan setiap penampilannya. DARLINGROCK menyediakan pakaian, perhiasan, tas, syal, dan aksesoris lainnya yang dihadirkan untuk menyesuaikan banyak karakter serta gaya dengan harga terjangkau dan kualitas baik. Selain itu DR juga tidak hanya menyediakan personal styling, namun juga styling bagi konsumen. (@ darlingrockid)

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Mesin Waktu Dunia Perbankan


Text and photo by Niesa Izza Kumala

angunan berwarna putih berdiri megah di hadapan Stasiun Jakarta Kota. Bergaya Art Deco klasik, Museum Bank Mandiri menjadi cikal bakal pergerakan dunia perbankan di tanah air.

memakai tegel ubin (vloertegels) berwarna hitam, abu-abu dan merah yang menunjukkan ciri-ciri gaya arsitektur Art Deco Klasik.

Awalnya merupakan Kantor Wilayah Nederlandsche Handel Maatschappij (NHM) bernama Factorij yang bergerak di bidang perdagangan Belanda dan negara jajahannya. Seiring berjalannya waktu, bangunan bersejarah ini kini berdiri sebagai mesin waktu dunia perbankan nusantara.

Bandiri memiliki cukup banyak produkproduk perbankan, sekalian menyertakan simulasi kegiatan dengan diorama patung di ruangan-ruangan tersebut. Pastikan Anda untuk mengunjungi ruang bawah tanah yang mempertunjukkan ruang penyimpanan dengan pintu besi yang super tebal. Kapan lagi kan bisa melongok ruang rahasia sebuah bank. Museum Bank Mandiri buka dari hari Selasa hingga Minggu, dari pukul 09:00-16:00, dengan tiket masuk Rp5.000.

Serba Autentik Begitu memasuki bagian dalam museum, terlihat penampakan ruangan yang masih autentik. Atap gedung yang sengaja dibuat tinggi untuk menjaga sirkulasi udara gedung sekaligus memberi kesan megah. Lantai lobi, ruang rapat, dan ruang direksinya memakai bahan mozaik keramik bercampur kaca (glasmozaik-tegels), sedangkan ruangan lain


Tak hanya menyajikan pemandangan ruang pamer yang autentik, Museum Bank

Museum Bank Mandiri Jl. Lapangan Stasiun No. 1 Jakarta - Indonesia Phone. +62 21 690 2000

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Gracious July September 2016  

Gracious is the new Inna Hotel Group in-house magazine. It is delivered with a brand new face and concept, reflects the hotels group dedicat...

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