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On the cover Location : Krabi

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CONTRIBUTORS Henry Snowden Jose Jeuland Nina Putu

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Don’t we all wish to have more holidays these days? We all have our own special places on this planet; some may have only a few though others who travel a lot, such as myself, have many and are constantly adding to the list. There are, of course, several factors to be considered before deciding a destination but dreaming of a tropical holiday in a blissful place most surely be a goal most of us share. In this edition, we aim to help you to narrow down your choice of where to go, stay, dine, do interesting things, relax and be pampered. For those seeking a real holiday where you can get away from it all, clear your mind and revitalise yourself, we feature our choice of Five Best Most Relaxing Destinations; Ubud, Labuan Bajo, Ha Long Bay, Phuket and Langkawi. Each place has its own unique characteristics and offers unforgettable experiences. To complete the list, we present an incredible selection of hotels. In Bali, we look at The Legian Seminyak, Bali, Ayodya Palace Bali, Sofitel Nusa Dua Beach Resort, while further afield we cover the Villa Song in Saigon, Shinta Mani Angkor in Cambodia and the spectacular Alila Fort Bishangarh in Rajasthan, India. For food enthusiasts, we have some excellent restaurants serving creative, high-quality cuisine. There is the Koral Restaurant, COMO Beach Club, Senja-Indonesian Beachfront Dining, places that never fail to satisfy your palate. For those visiting Bali, we urge you not to miss the opportunity to experience the very best of spa treatment on this spa paradise island. We have highlighted four highly recommended spas in this issue; The Spa at Bvlgary Resort Bali, Iridium Spa, Lagoon Spa and Spa at Maya Sanur. Wherever you are from, and wherever you are going, we believe this edition will inspire you to a memorable holiday.

I hope you enjoy this edition, stay inspired!

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FIVE BEST “most relaxing destinationS”

Next stay Villa Sông Saigon Set in the heart of bustling Ho Chi Minh city, Villa Sông Saigon is a haven of peace and calm and offers excellent service.

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journey The Amazing Architecture of Rajasthan Jose Jeuland’s wonderful trip to Rajasthan State in North East India.


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krabi In search of a relaxing destination surrounded by outstanding scenery? Whatever your preference might be, Krabi has it all.

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An Amazing Trip to China “I smiled to myself and made a promise that one day I’ll come back to this place.”


spice Koral Restaurant Dining underwater? Bali’s first aquarium restaurant at The Apurva Kempinski.

unwind The Spa at Bvlgari Resort Bali Leave your pampering in the hands of Bali’s remarkable Bvlgari Spa.

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Arya Trimni Putra Discover the works of the remarkable Indonesian and world-record breaking artist, Arya Trimni Putra.




The Legian Sire, Lombok to Launch in Early 2020 LHM (Legian Hotel Management) is pleased to announce the launch of The Legian Sire, Lombok which is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2020. The opening of his new hotel marks the first step in the expansion of LHM - a newly formed luxury hospitality and lifestyle company set to build on the iconic reputation of The Legian Seminyak, Bali with ambitious growth plans for wider Indonesia, Asia and beyond. Set on one of Lombok’s finest beaches, the 3.8 kilometre Sire Beach , the Legian Sire will be an all-suite and villa resort with breathtaking views towards the Gili islands, Bali’s Mount Agung and Lombok’s Mount Rinjani. The resort will include The Legian Sire and The Club by The Legian Sire. It will also include The Residences by The Legian Sire which will launch as a second phase of the project and offer 15 hotel-managed residences for sale. In line with LHM’s aim to offer highly personalised levels of service and a strong sense of exclusivity, The Legian Sire will be boutique in size with 46 suites including a penthouse. All of these will overlook the sea and be notably very spacious with the entry-level suites providing over 100 square metres of floor area. The Legian Sire is adjacent to Sire Beach Golf Club - Lombok’s only international championship 18-hole course. Lombok is easily accessible (more than ten flights a day from Bali, and direct flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur) and is also a stepping-stone for the neighbouring Gili Islands. From April 2020, The Legian Sire will also be launching seaplane, helicopter and yacht transfers from Bali.

Announcing the Aman Private Jet Aman’s dedication to offering ease of access and the finest services available has now taken to the skies with the launch of the Aman Private Jet. Available for charter to facilitate existing multi-destination Aman journeys, departure times and destinations can be tailored to suit the individual needs and interests of its guests. Passengers will have access to Aman Jet Concierge, who will plan every detail of their travel. The Aman Private Jet itself is best-in-class in terms of speed, range and field performance. Aman has curated four new journeys. The first is “Bali & Beyond” which offers passengers the chance to build a bespoke Indonesian itinerary including up to five Aman destinations. These including Aman’s trio of Balinese retreats – Amandari, Amankila and the Aman Villas at Nusa Dua, Amanjiwo in Central Java, and Amanwana on the island of Moyo in the Flores Sea. Next, we have “Secrets of China” which combines stays at Amanfayun, Amandayan and Amanyangyun. “Indochina Past & Present” combines Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Finally “From the Himalayas to the Sea” includes a minimum sevennight journey through Amankora’s five lodges and a three-night stay at Amanpuri in a consecutive journey.






The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali Receives A Gold Medal in the Tri Hita Karana Awards Bali’s ANVAYA Beach Resort is proud to be awarded a Tri Hita Karana Gold Medal at the Tri Hita Awards for the third time. The ceremony was held on Friday 29 November 2019 at Gedung Ksirarnawa, Art Centre, Denpasar. The award was bestowed after an extensive assessment of the resort’s products, services and facilities. Tri Hita Karana is the Balinese philosophy that underpins the three essential relationships in human life. Parahyangan is harmony between humans and God, Pawongan is harmony between humans and fellow humans, and Palemahan is harmony between humans and nature and the environment. The head of the Tri Hita Karana Awards 2019 committee, Prof. Dr. Ir. I Wayan Runa MT. IAI, presented the Gold Medal to Yayat Miharya, The Director of Finance of The ANVAYA Beach Resort. Separately I Ketut Suwantra, the chef at ANVAYA’s Kunyit restaurant, was awarded a special achievement being shortlisted as 2nd runner up for Best Taste & Best Presentation in the Melapa Melapi Awards 2019. “This is such a great achievement for all the team at The ANVAYA Beach Resort. Tri Hita Karana reminds us to be mindful of the relationship between humans and God, humans and fellow humans, humans and nature – a balance that translates into more meaningful guest experiences in all that we do at our resort,” said Denny A Ermansyah, General Manager of the resort.

Club InterContinental Lounge Bali named the World’s Leading Executive Club Lounge The Award-winning InterContinental Bali Resort has proudly added another prize to its collection of accolades with its Club InterContinental Lounge being awarded as the world’s leading executive Club Lounge 2019 in the prestigious World Travel Awards. The honour was recently announced during the award night in Muscat, Oman, which also celebrated the 26th anniversary of the annual awards. The Club InterContinental Lounge has been created to offer discerning guests the opportunity to experience peak levels of luxury and service. Guests have access to exclusive privileges including unlimited access to the Club InterContinental Lounge’s premium facilities in an elegant indoor and a relaxing outdoor terrace setting and surrounded with lush tropical gardens. Here they can enjoy an extensive array of benefits such as daily breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, a 24-hr butler service, complimentary use of the Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna at Spa Uluwatu and return airport transfers. The World Travel Awards™ annual program is acknowledged as the most prestigious and comprehensive honours program in the global travel and tourism industry and to be recognised is the ultimate industry accolade.



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The World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline For The Seventh Consecutive Year AirAsia has been named the World’s Leading LowCost Airline for the seventh year in a row at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final. AirAsia clinched the top spot in its category after receiving the most number of votes from travellers and industry professionals and well ahead of its competitors. In addition, the airline took home the top award for the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew for the third year in a row. In recognition of the contribution of its cabin crew, the airline was represented by its Group Head of Cabin Crew, Suhaila Hassan to receive both awards for AirAsia. The 26th annual World Travel Awards is globally recognised as one of the most prestigious, comprehensive and coveted honours programmes in the global tourism industry. Established in 1993, the awards, voted for by travel and tourism professionals and consumers worldwide, acknowledge and celebrate excellence across key sectors of travel, tourism and hospitality. The latest awards add to the extensive collection of accolades AirAsia has won over the years. Earlier this week, AirAsia and AirAsia X Malaysia were announced as Best Low-Cost Carriers Asia/Pacific in the AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards. In October, AirAsia took home Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline and Asia’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew at the Asia and Oceania edition of the World Travel Awards in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. www.airasia.com

Introducing Alamayah, a Boutique Retreat Hotel in Sumba Set to open in April 2020, Alamayah is a five-star all-inclusive boutique retreat hotel born from the essence of the words’ mayah,’ meaning grandmother and ‘alam,’ meaning nature. The thoughtfully designed villa is tucked away in a jungle beachside village in Sumba, home to one of the last flourishing prehistoric tribes on earth. A harmonious blend of opulence and nature, Alamayah offers a holistic holiday retreat where each guest is cared for with heartfelt hospitality. This remote retreat features six private suites, a wellness spa, a fitness centre including rooftop yoga, entertainment rooms, blooming gardens, in addition to a plant-based restaurant. Each of the luxury suites offers a comfortable refuge, with king-sized beds dressed in pure cotton linen, outdoor terraces with magnificent views of the surrounding beaches and jungle, private dining areas, workspaces, en-suite bathrooms and walk-in showers. Every guest is treated to an all-inclusive experience that includes a healer’s body analysis, three plantbased meals per day, Medicinal Mixology, daily massage treatments and more.



Find yourself where the sun rises Tread the boardwalk along white sand beach, and feel time itself stretch out before you.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia 80228 P. O. Box 3253 T. +62 361 849 7800 F. +62 361 849 7808 E. info@mayasanur.com

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The Ritz-Carlton Debuts its 100th hotel in the Capital of Western Australia, Perth The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C announced the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth, in the capital city of Western Australia. Overlooking the beautiful Swan River, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s most iconic destinations, including Kings Park and The Bell Tower. The opening of the hotel also marks the 100th Ritz-Carlton property globally and heralds a much-anticipated return of the iconic luxury brand to Australia. “We are very excited to bring the legendary service and exceptional luxury of The RitzCarlton brand back to Australia,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, The Ritz-Carlton. Perched on the edge of the Swan River and located in Perth’s finest lifestyle precinct, The Ritz-Carlton, Perth has captured the essence of both the city and Western Australia through a series of exclusive curated local experiences. “We are thrilled about the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth, and are very pleased to see the continued expansion of our portfolio of luxury brands in Australia.” Said Victor Clavell, Area Vice President Luxury Asia Pacific excluding China, Marriott International.

Small Luxury Hotels of The World™ Welcomes Gangtey Lodge Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) is delighted to welcome its very first member hotel in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Perched above the mystical Gangtey (Phobjikha) Valley with sweeping views of towering mountains above and the valley floor below dotted with traditional farmhouses and the occasional yak, multi-award-winning Gangtey Lodge delivers a genuine and authentic experience in one of the world’s most undiscovered destinations. Designed in harmony with the local village and its famous 17th-century monastery, the Gangtey Lodge resembles a traditional farmhouse with its Bhutanese-style pitched roofs and arched window frames. The main lodge captures the vibrancy of Bhutanese artwork and monastic design, accented by murals and carvings created by local artists and masons which reflect images and landscapes from the valley. Its 12 beautifully appointed guest rooms, each with their own sweeping views of the valley below, a homely fireplace and spacious private bathroom, reflect Bhutan’s rich cultural heritage with warm fabrics and earthy red and yellow furnishings. National styles are complemented with international luxuries such as slate underfloor heating, Swedish log-burning stoves and English roll-top baths, ensuring a cosy viewing platform even when a winter mist rolls through the valley. The lodge is very eco-friendly and designed to have minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. Local, recycled and eco-friendly materials were used in the construction, the building has been designed for maximum energy efficiency, wastewater is recycled, and food waste is composted.





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Exclusive Residential Villas The Apurva Kempinski Bali “A luxurious haven that captures the essence of Indonesian culture, art and identity, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is proud to introduce their newly opened residential villas.”


ucked away serenely in the upmarket Nusa Dua area of Bali, the residential villas boast four villa types to choose from. All guests enjoy exclusive access to the Villa Lounge and all of the resort’s facilities including fitness centre, a 60-metre swimming pool, and a separate kids’ pool. For those who value intimacy, the Singhasari, a one-bedroom villa, is a perfect choice. This spacious 202 sq m villa has its own private pool with a spacious deck for an intimate get-together. Sriwijaya is a two-bedroom villa with 195 sq m of space and has its own private plunge pool and a relaxing pool deck, including a designated alfresco lounge and dining area.

The Majapahit is a three-bedroom villa with plunge pool covering 637 to 891 sq m of indoor and outdoor space. The secluded master suite on the ground level features a terrace which opens to a lush garden, and there are two additional guest bedrooms on the second floor. The highest category is the Nusantara Presidential Villa, situated right by the beach and with unrivalled views of the ocean. Extensive and versatile, the two-storey accommodation offers 1,379 sq m of living area with easy access to the Apurva Chapel, making it a perfect space for wedding receptions and exclusive occasions. The first floor is home to the main bedroom, as well as a living space and kitchen. An 18-metrelong infinity pool also sits on the first floor, while two bedrooms and an 8-metre-long infinity pool grace the upper level. Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Bali Tel. +62 361 2092288 www.kempinski.com/bali



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A Magnificent Beachfront Resort Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort

“Situated in one of Bali’s most affluent addresses, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is widely acknowledged as one of the most preferred luxury hotels for those looking for five-star comfort and convenience.”


ffering 415 stunning rooms and suites, beautifully set along the beachfront, the units are carefully designed to blend seamlessly of chic world-class facilities, French elegance, and authentic Balinese charm. Guests can choose from a variety of room type ranging from 1 Presidential Villa, 18 Private Villas, 6 Honeymoon Suites, 16 Prestige Suites and 374 Luxury Rooms. The accommodation is supported by a comprehensive range of high-end, in-house facilities and services that come together to complete and enhance the experience for each guest. Abundance of in-house dining are available. Cucina brings a unique Mediterranean wining and dining experience with Italian Al Fresco amidst the finest decadent Italian cuisine. Every Sunday they serve Brunch À la Française, one of the best in Bali. Kwee Zeen is a Pan Asian restaurant inspired by the scenes of a street food market that is elevated to 5-star level. They also provide Le Bar – Lobby Bar, L’OH Pool Bar as well as Toya Beach Bar & Grill. SoSPA and SoSPA Beauty are a sanctuary in itself with a series of pampering body care treatments and skincare products, which are intended to improve the quality of skin and your overall body care appearance. Other privilege facilities include SoFIT gym, The Shampoo Lounge, Manarai Beach House by Ismaya Group and the Kid’s Club. 12 Meeting Rooms and 2 Conference Ballrooms are on site to cater all business travelers. For those looking a wedding venue, Jewel Box, located at the eastern beachfront of the luxury resort, is a perfect setting for reception dinner and intimate gathering. Lot N5 Nusa Dua Tourism Complex, Nusa Dua Tel. +62 361 849 2888 sofitel.accorhotels.com/9078



Sophisticated and Luxurious The Legian Seminyak, Bali “The Legian Seminyak, Bali is a boutique suite and villa hotel and home to some of the most sophisticated and luxurious villa accommodation in Bali.”


very suite at The Legian Seminyak has unparalleled, seafacing views and guests can choose from a variety of options whether it’s a beachfront sanctuary for two or a multibedroom suite for groups of friends or families. There is also The Beach House – a three-bedroom villa with pool and one of the very few villas in Seminyak with direct beach access. The Beach House can accommodate spectacular weddings and special events. Those looking for the ultimate in exclusivity can opt to stay in super-chic The Club by The Legian Seminyak, Bali. Located adjacent to the main entrance of The Legian Seminyak, this private estate houses a 30-metre pool, private outdoor seating area and 14 private pool villas. It offers guests a range of luxury services including a dedicated butler, private car service, laundry, daily afternoon tea, cocktails and canapés as well as a complimentary in-room minibar. For dining, The Restaurant overlooks the hotel’s iconic three-tiered infinity pool and combines Asian influences and local cooking techniques with the best of organic and sustainable seasonal ingredients. For a more relaxed meal The Pool Bar and The Ocean Champagne Bar offer light entrees and refreshing cocktails throughout the day. The Legian Seminyak, Bali is home to an outstanding spa, Wellness by The Legian exudes a holistic, calming ambience and offers an extensive treatment menu of signature experiences and rituals delivered in beachfront treatment rooms. For those seeking ultimate privacy, take advantage of the special offer; stay two consecutive nights at any of the luxurious pool villas at The Club by The Legian and enjoy a complimentary third night, inclusive of all Club Benefits, or book any of the suites for three consecutive nights and enjoy a complimentary fourth night, inclusive of suite benefits. The Legian Seminyak, Bali Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach, Bali Tel. +62 361 730 622 www.lhm-hotels.com



Royal Service Ayodya Palace Bali


n order to keep pace with the desire for ever higher levels of sophistication and service they wish to offer their guests, Bali’s Ayodya Resort have recently enhanced the services and facilities they extend to premium travellers staying in the “royal kingdom” enclave within The Ayodya Palace. The “Royal Kingdom” enclave comprises of 81 suites in several categories: the Ayodya Palace Garden View, Ayodya Palace Ocean View, Ayodya Palace Honeymoon, Ayodya Garden Suite, Mandavi Suite, Baratha Suite, Dasaratha Suite and Kausalya Suite with private pool. Each afternoon, guests staying in the Palace area are welcome to partake in an event that is redefining the meaning of “high tea” on the Island of Bali. The Ayodya Palace Lounge brims to overflowing with tempting titbits that change each day, but invariably include delicious cakes, chocolates, and savouries; a veritable cornucopia of imported and local tropical fruits; an array of freshly baked cookies; canapés (both hot and cold); a wide selection of international cheeses; bunches of succulent grapes, mixed nuts, and dried fruit. A free flow of freshly brewed premium coffees and teas, fruit juices, mineral water, soft drinks, selected wines, and expertly mixed cocktails are available.

Other privileges include a private breakfast service each morning, evening cocktails, and an evening turndown service. Expanded facilities, menus and services have been introduced to raise the bar on serving VIP guests in Bali. And in the event we’ve forgotten something, you only need to tell one of our attentive butlers standing by 24x7. Of course, guests also enjoy access to the full range of the main hotel’s extensive facilities including the Spa at The Ayodya, a well-equipped fitness centre, water sport activities supervised by experts, and a professionally-staffed fun-filled Kids’ Club. AYODYA RESORT BALI Jl. Pantai Mengiat, P.O. Box 46, Nusa Dua, Bali Tel. +62-361 771102 www.ayodyaresortbali.com

“Bali’s Ayodya Resort takes Royal Service to new heights with an upgrade to their inhouse services.”



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The Ultimate Bali Gateway For All Generations at Montigo Resorts, Seminyak “Montigo Resort, Seminyak offers the ultimate getaway for all generations. From children to grandparents, each exciting experience is uniquely suited to individual tastes, expectations and age groups.”


t Montigo there is something for everyone. The upmarket resort caters to multi-generational travellers and features a choice of accommodation to suit all needs. Its range of amenities includes three swimming pools, an international restaurant with poolside dining, the largest kid’s club in Seminyak spanning 300 square meters, an award-winning full-service spa and a retail shop. The resort is located on Bali’s Jalan Petitenget, within a stone’s throw from some of the island’s best shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars. Just 30 minutes by car from Ngurah Rai International Airport, the resort is strategically located in the heart of Seminyak, Bali’s most cosmopolitan district. Its prime location not only connects guests to world-class dining, eclectic art galleries, exciting boutiques and sensational nightlife but also offers easy access to the lush tropical countryside and cultural sites that Bali has to offer, making Montigo Resort the perfect base to start your Balinese island experience. The rooms and suites at Montigo Resort combine a tropical idyll with all the modern comforts and are designed to invoke a sense of place for international, cosmopolitan guests. The resort offers 128 stylish, contemporary and spacious guest rooms and suites each bathed in soothing colours to create a relaxing environment. From the thoughtful design details to the furnishings and elegant amenities, each tranquil oasis is a secluded hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak, and all rooms and suites are equipped with signature Montigo beds that are completed with the finest bed linen. Montigo Resorts Seminyak Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali – Indonesia Phone. +62 361 301 9888 email: info.seminyak@montigoresorts.com Website: www.montigoresorts.com/seminyak



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A Serene Hideaway The Tamarind Resort - Nusa Lembongan “Only 30 minutes boat ride from Sanur, The Tamarind Resort is the only fivestar resort in Nusa Lembongan and its guest rooms and villas offer unparalleled views of Bali right from the heart of the island.”


he resort features 12 spacious guest rooms each with a private balcony and fitted out with the finest amenities by Sensatia, a king-size bed, air conditioning, rain shower/bathtub, cable TV, bluetooth speaker.

Three types of rooms are available. The closest rooms to the beach, Candrika feature floor-to-ceiling windows, a lush private garden terrace and stunning west-facing ocean views. The Tamarind’s deluxe rooms, Atapa, have amazing north facing views from your private balcony including sweeping ocean vistas and direct views across to Bali’s most famous volcano, the majestic Mount Agung. The premium room at The Tamarind, Pavana, is situated on the corner of the hotel with incredible panoramic sunset ocean views and stunning vistas of which also include Mount Agung. The Tamarind is a family-friendly resort and the resort’s three exclusive villas each offer three bedrooms, a semiopen living room, fully equipped kitchen and a private rooftop with incredible views of the ocean, Mount Agung and Lembongan village. With the option to book two or three rooms, this is a perfect place for families travelling with children. The resort also provides a range of facilities including the Indica Restaurant, Amlika Spa, a five-star gymnasium with professional equipment by Life Fitness, private yoga classes, and two pools, one in the shade of a 300-yearold Tamarind tree and the other is an infinity pool complete with a private Pool Bar. Jl. Jungutbatu No.1, Lembongan, Bali Tel. +62 366 5437888 www.thetamarindresort.com



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An Exceptional Stay Shinta Mani Angkor


reated by Bill Bensley, a Bangkok-based, Harvard-educated architect and landscape designer, Shinta Mani Angkor seduces with its soft lighting, fragrant scents and contemporary Cambodian design. As you enter the front door, you find yourself in a laidback oasis enlivened by funky art, quaint vintage sculptures and beautifully handcrafted lotus flower displays. This sophisticated Angkor hotel offers rooms and public spaces in contemporary design inspired by Khmer influences. Images of Angkor complement its modern, minimalist, and chic interiors which also feature handcrafted lamps and accessories.

“Set in tranquil and leafy surroundings in Siem Reap’s French Quarter, Shinta Mani Angkor is an upscale boutique property, 15 minutes away from Cambodia’s magnificent Temples of Angkor Wat.”



The 39 rooms range in size from 36 to 45 square meters with several configurations to choose from including the Superior Room, Superior Garden Room, Superior Pool Side Room, Deluxe Garden Room, Deluxe Pool View Room, and Deluxe Living Rooms. All rooms are a step above in terms of design and comfort complete with twin or king sized bed, Terrazzo bathroom with rain shower, wall mounted DVD and LCD TV, sound-bar, iPod dock, and complimentary wireless internet access.

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There are two dining venues from which guests can choose. Inspired by Shinta Mani’s heritage, Kroya Restaurant blends international and local produce with native herbs and spices to create innovative, palette pleasing flavours for those seeking an unforgettable culinary experience. Shinta Mani’s newest culinary adventure is now open in the form of an American steakhouse. The Steakhouse, which is now located across the road from the hotel in the grounds of Shinta Mani Shack, boasts one of the most complete wine lists in Siem Reap and the bar offers a selection of handpicked spirits and cocktails. Located on the second floor over an inner courtyard, Bensley’s Bar is an airy venue with a laidback ambience. The Pool Bar offers tropical refreshments and light snacks all through the day. Whether it be a relaxing massage, soothing body treatment or a nourishing facial, guests are sure to appreciate the experience at the Shinta Mani Spa, an indulgent retreat that promises revitalisation for both the inner and outer self. The Shinta Mani Hotel’s innovative business model combines a for-profit hotel with a non-profit institute that trains young under-privileged Cambodians in all aspects of hotel operations on a free of charge basis. They are provided with the skills they need to find employment and to enjoy a brighter future. The vision is to see a prosperous Cambodia where families and communities are strong and become centres of activity and support that can help them to escape the devastation of a grinding cycle of poverty. Their project includes providing education for young adults all around Cambodia, farming projects, clean water, healthcare, future livelihoods and providing food, shelter and clothing for families suffering from sudden disaster or emergency need, along with financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans to local entrepreneurs. During your visit, get to know Shinta Mani “Shop With A Heart,” a boutique selling locally made products that are both beautiful and well crafted. The shop supports local artisans and businesses and all profit from the shop goes to support community projects for rural villagers in Siem Reap through the Shinta Mani Foundation’s work. Oum Khun and 14th Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia Tel. +855 63 964 123 www.shintamani.com/angkor



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“Luxury, comfort, location and excellent service - what else could you ask for from this charming accommodation lying on the tranquil bank of the Saigon River, in District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City.”

A Charming Haven of Peace


Villa Sông Saigon

ith its charm, sprawling metropolis, fascinating history and exquisite food, Ho Chi Minh City (still widely known as Saigon) is a perfect blend of the traditional and the modern. Past sleepy palms and nurtured greens, Villa Sông Saigon, is a haven of peace and calm within the heart of the colourful metropolis.



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Housed in a beautifully renovated FrenchVietnamese colonial mansion, Villa Song Saigon is perched right on the banks of the Saigon River. Located in the historic Saigon River and city resort, 45 minutes from the airport, the property offers serenity and privacy within a boutique hotel in a busy city. A member of Secret Retreats, a curated collection of boutique hotels, lodges, cruises and restaurants around Asia; the small luxury hotel was renovated and completely refurbished in December 2013 to express its unique charm and redolent of days long past. Each of the 23 gracefully appointed guestrooms has its own character and charm. Consisting of 1 luxurious Imperial Suite, 1 Sanctuary Suite, 1 Villa Suite, 2 Art Suites, 4 Sanctuary River Rooms, 7 Sanctuary Rooms, 5 Villa Rooms and 2 Writer’s Rooms, all of which are individually unique in terms of size and layout. The Sanctuary River Rooms and all the Suite Rooms come equipped with luxurious bathrooms and amenities, Apple TV, and a Nespresso Machine. With the Saigon River as its backdrop, it is not uncommon to see local fishermen throwing their nets out to prepare for the daily catch as you enjoy your breakfast on the alfresco riverside terrace. Bistro Sông Vie offers a wide range of Vietnamese and Asian culinary favourites, and delicious

contemporary cuisine, paired with a thoughtful selection of wines and beverage choices. In addition to the wine selection, the Song Vie Bar offers a menu which includes an array of cocktails and other special Vietnamese beverages. A number of private dining spaces for events and celebrations are also available, from small intimate degustation dinners for six guests all the way up to grand affairs for 120 guests. A place to pamper your body and mind, the Villa Sông Spa offers a wide range of treatments including facials, spa body therapies, scrubs, wraps, waxing, and hand and foot care. Among the hotels that have swimming pools, Villa Song offers a healthy aquatic paradise and guests can take a dip in the saltwater pool surrounded by a palette of lush green foliage and experience all the health benefits from the mineral-rich water system. The boutique hotel offers other services and facilities comprising wedding and event facilities, meeting rooms, sightseeing tours, laundry and dry cleaning services, a complimentary shuttle service to and from District 1, a transportation service, and a mini-library. 197/2 Nguyen Van Huong Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Tel. +84 28 3744 6090 www.secret-retreats.com/villasong



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Alila Fort Bishangarh, Jaipur Rajasthan, India “On a photography trip to Rajasthan, I had the opportunity to stay at the spectacular Alila Fort Bishangarh, an amazing five-star hotel near Jaipur. It was extravagant and lavish and an experience that will stay with me forever.�


he spectacular fort is built on the top of a granite hill in the Aravalli Mountain area. The beautiful form of the fort is reminiscent of the fairytales of our childhood; it stimulates the imagination and conjures up stories of romance and adventure.

Alila Fort Bishangarh defines what heritage hotels are all about, a 230-yearold castle in a dramatic setting and converted into an outstanding luxury hotel. The extensive renovation process took seven long years to complete and resulted in a magical place of magnificence and beauty. The renovation of the Fort retained all the original exterior structure preserving the beautiful form of its architectural design and features. All the windows, entrance portals, arches, columns, railings, jaali screens (latticed windows), turrets and walls have been kept true to their original design.



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Internally fifty nine luxury suites have been created; each is spacious and fitted out with all the comforts of modern living. Most of the rooms feature a large bathtub designed to suit the fort’s ambience and romantic feel. Fort Bishangarh is a historic landmark and a unique example of Jaipur Gharana architecture, a fusion of Mughal and British architectural influences. It is also probably the only warrior fort to be converted into a heritage resort. The hill of the fort houses a restaurant, a courtyard, terraces, banqueting lawns, a play club and a gymnasium. On the lower slopes, guests can enjoy a swim in the beautiful infinity pool, and enjoy Mediterranean cuisine and a

drink at the Haveli restaurant while enjoying the peace and quiet of the area. From the pool, you get the stunning views of the fort and the Aravalli hills. The fort is not the only stunning attraction - the food was spectacular. At Alila Fort Bishangarh, sustainability is very important. There is an organic garden, a fruit orchard and a greenhouse established amongst the ravines. The foundation of the cuisine is based in its simplicity and its freshness, a “straight from the garden” concept that is directly reflected in the taste of every meal. I was amazed by the phenomenal tastes of Rajasthan cuisine prepared using techniques



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inspired by traditional methods of cooking food in clay pots that are buried in hot sand. There are a number of dining options to choose from. Outdoor on the terrace, there is Nazara offering dining from the grill with spectacular landscape views. Indoor, there’s Amarsar, a spectacular restaurant and by far my favourite room for its aesthetic and ambience. The restaurant serves international cuisine. Amarsar was where I had my breakfast each morning and a great place to start your day. Other dining options include the Madhuveni Bar, which has a cigar lounge, a unique selection of whisky and cognac and you can sample India’s red and white wines. Several times each day, musicians play showcasing Rajasthan’s traditional musical instruments. Guests can also enjoy performances by dancers while dining on the terrace in the evenings. The resort offers various activities including camel rides, hiking in the Aravalli Hills and visits to the village of Bishangarh to experience local life, culture and craft traditions. After a busy day, guests can relax and refresh in the resort’s unique spa. Throughout my stay, I was impressed by the wonderful service and hospitality of the staff, attentive and professional they ensure that you have the best stay possible.

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How to reach to Alila Fort Bishangarh Alila Fort Bishangarh is in rural Rajasthan, between Delhi and Jaipur. The resort is a one hour drive from the closest airport at Jaipur and three hours drive from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi airport. You can book a hotel transfer from the resort. Rajasthan is one of the most visited states in India. Alila Fort Bishangarh is a very special place which, with its unique heritage, offers an experience you will always remember. It is well worth a visit and a place I certainly look forward to seeing again. https://www.alilahotels.com/ fortbishangarh



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“Most Relaxing DestinationS”

“Work environments and daily activities can lead to stressful that can really take its toll on you and your body. One of the best ways of coping with the stresses of everyday life is to take a regular holiday; this gives you something to look forward to and some time out to get away from it all and recharge. No matter where your destination is in the world, the important thing is to make sure you choose a place that will give you the peace and quiet you need to help you clear your mind from your worries so that, by the end of your holiday, you are feeling relaxed and revitalised. Here in our Five Best, we take a look at some laid-back places around Southeast Asia from Ubud to Labuan Bajo, Langkawi, Phuket and Ha Long Bay, places that we think are well suited to giving the break you need.”



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UBUD, INDONESIA Over 40 years ago, Ubud was known as a traditional Balinese village with clusters of terracotta rooftops nestling among vast rice terraces and jungle gorges. Nowadays, it is an international travel centre in its own right, with an ample choice of places to visit; places that will rejuvenate the mind and soul and satisfy the stomach with beautifully prepared, healthy food in abundance. Blessed with beautiful terraced rice fields, lush green rainforests, ancient temples and shrines, Ubud has a lot to offer. There is an abundance of lavish accommodation choices available able to deliver tranquillity at its best with top-notch services, places such as COMO Uma Ubud or the newly opened The Westin Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali.



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LABUAN BAJO, INDONESIA This is the gateway to the Indonesian island of Flores. You can’t visit Labuan Bajo without going to Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Island hopping is highly recommended, starting from Pulau Padar, a small island between Komodo and Rinca Islands. Here you can climb a hill to see three multicoloured (white, black and pink) beaches. The scenery is breathtaking, a real feast for the eyes. One of the highlights is Pink Beach, located in an uninhabited area of the island. This beach is one of only seven in the world with pink sand its pink hue due to a mixture of red and white sand. The water here is shallow, making the beach ideal for swimming or snorkelling. Other islands worth visiting while island hopping are Kanawa, Sebayur, Bidadari, Seraya and Sabolo. For diving enthusiasts, there are world-class dive sites just off Komodo and of particular note is the site close by of Gili Banta, an unpopulated island just to the northwest of Komodo. Gili Banta features many finger like bays with crescent beaches and is well known for its large population of giant sea turtles and manta rays. The dive site here is said to be comparable with those of Raja Ampat.



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HA LONG BAY, VIETNAM The best way to get to Ha Long Bay is from Hanoi, which is about 3 hours drive. Ha Long Bay in Northern Vietnam is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and, with its 1,600 limestone islands and islets providing visitors with unforgettably stunning scenery, a truly natural wonder. To fully appreciate the area, you should take the opportunity of staying overnight on a cruise boat to explore the numerous islets, beaches, villages, and grottoes at a more relaxed pace. There are various activities to choose from, such as swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, or alternatively, you can do nothing but admire the incredible views. If you don’t have the time to stay overnight, day trips are available.



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PHUKET, THAILAND Even though Phuket is one of Asia’s most popular beach destinations with a lot to offer visitors, this is also a place suitable for a peaceful escape. The island boasts an unbeatable combination of perfect silky soft white sand palm-lined beaches, excellent snorkelling, wonderful dining and world-class luxury resorts. If you just wish to spend some tropical island downtime, Phuket is undoubtedly the place to be and promises to deliver some unforgettable holiday experiences. A recommended hotel is The Surin luxury resort, which is hidden away from the crowds on a pristine stretch of shoreline overlooking the exclusive Pansea Beach on the west coast of Phuket.



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LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA Regarded as one the best islands in Malaysia, Langkawi is actually the main island of a 104 island archipelago and located right on the border with Thailand. There is a plethora of luxury accommodation on the island to choose from which offer high standards of both comfort and service. This gorgeous tropical island is full of engaging activities, wonderful natural landscapes and plush accommodation facilities. Cenang Beach is one of the places most visited by tourists as this duty-free island is a great place for shopping. The beach at Datai Bay is regarded as one of the ‘Top 10 beaches in the World’. Here one can unwind and enjoy lazing in the sun, sunset dining, swimming or sea adventures. This has become a favourite destination for modern travellers seeking a natural environment in tranquil surroundings.



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had planned a trip to Rajasthan, a state in the North East of India and, on landing in the capital Jaipur, I headed for Pushkar, 150km away. Pushkar is a town bordering the Thar Desert and is a famous sacred site for both Hindu and Sikh pilgrims. It is a small town with many temples and lakeside ghats (stone staircases) where people bathe during celebrations. For religious reasons in Puskar, you are not allowed to eat eggs, and meat and alcohol are prohibited. Pushkar is famous for the “Pushkar Camel Fair” which happens every year in October or November. Over a period of seven days, people come from far and wide to trade horses and camels. The first impression is that it sounds like it is just a cattle market, but it is, in fact, much more than that. Over the years, the Camel Fair developed into a local celebration and big tourist attraction.



There are all sorts of activities to keep people occupied. A funfair is set up with a lot of rides and attractions; there’s camel riding, lots of dancing and music and contests such as horse dancing and who has the longest moustache. All in all, the event attracts in the order of 200,000 visitors during the entire fair. During my stay in Pushkar, I met some Rajasthan’s Kalbeliya Gypsies, one of the nomad communities of India. They are minstrels and make their living by performing music and dance displays for tourists and also by making henna. Traditional gypsy music is an important part of the aural tradition of the region, an art form that has been passed down through the generations. In 2010, UNESCO officially incorporated the traditional folk songs and dances of Rajasthan’s Kalbeliya people into its Intangible Heritage List.


“I During my photography travel to Rajesthan, I had the opportunity to stay at Alila Fort Bishangarh, a fivestar hotel near Jaipur.”

Jodhpur - The Blue City and Sun City I have wanted to visit Jodhpur for a long time now. It is the second largest city and situated pretty much in the centre of the state of Rajasthan. It is a popular tourist destination owing to the beauty of the palaces, temples and forts and for the incredible desert around the city. Jodhpur is widely known as the Blue City or Sun City. It is nicknamed ‘Blue City’ because the houses are painted in blue in the older areas of the city. There are two reasons for this, firstly the colour blue reflects most of the heat and keeps the homes cool. The colour blue is also associated with the Brahmins, and the houses are said to belong to that particular caste. The city is also known as the ‘Sun City’ because it enjoys bright and sunny weather all year round. I was staying at the Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Step Well) and got up very early in the morning for a walk. Dogs were still sleeping and enjoying the last moments of quiet before the hustle and bustle of the city took over. I came across a woman sitting alone, reading her book and I stayed for a while to enjoy the moment.




A short walk took me into the city and the marble mausoleum of the Jaswant Thada memorial. Situated on the top of a hill, here you can enjoy views out over Jodhpur and the Mehrangarh Fort. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the most beautiful forts I have ever seen. Built around 1459 by Rao Jodha, it is one of the largest forts in India, and architecturally it is magnificent. Awed by the fort’s insolent beauty, I toured the many rooms of the fort and its museum. I learned all sorts of fascinating facts about things like elephant howdahs (seating placed on the back of an elephant), palanquins, the Armoury and the Turban Gallery. The fort also contains a collection of absolutely beautiful paintings. Around the fort, there are all manner of man-made water features and reserves built over the centuries to sustain the lives of the people. Walking in the streets of the blue city was the highlight of my visit to Jodhpur. As a photographer, this is a very special place as evidenced by the long history of famous photographers who have come here to create iconic images. The blue buildings stand out giving photographs a powerful and unique identity. It was a joy to get lost in the small streets and witness the everyday activities of the people as they go about their daily lives. Jaipur - The Pink City Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state, is one of India’s most magical and beautiful cities. It is a large, vibrant city. Jaipur Airport was the point of arrival and departure for my return flight from Singapore and, with such easy connections, it is very accessible. As a result, It is very “touristy.” The name ‘Pink City’ came about owing to the colour of the




buildings. Every building within the walled historic centre is painted a terracotta “pink” a colour which is attributed to its royal family history. Building colour has become a legal requirement and, as a result, most of the buildings in and around the centre of Jaipur are pink these days. Interestingly it was noticeable that people’s attitude and hospitality is as vibrant as the city’s pink hue. Jaipur is an interesting city with lot’s of things to see and traditions to learn, another reason why it is so popular among tourists. On my first day, I set off on a tuk tuk. My first stop was the world famous Jal Mahal (Water Palace), a majestic palace set in the middle of the Man Sagar lake and a showcase of the Rajput style of architecture. The views are stunning and offer a myriad of photographic opportunities. The place is very popular among Indian tourists who stop to feed the pigeons giving it a very family-friendly energy. Before sunset, I went to see more stunning architecture at the Amber Fort, located a few kilometres out of Jaipur in the village of Amer. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the main tourist attraction of Jaipur and tourists were swarming in and around the structure. The fort is




massive and has many interesting facets. As I stood watching the people coming in and out and flying pigeons, strangely, I found it a very poetic moment. The following day, I went to the stunning Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), a palace built from red and pink sandstone. Sitting on the edge of the City Palace this is an iconic place; it is very photogenic and (as I fully understand) very popular among Instagrammers and bloggers. It really is so beautiful. If I had to choose a single image that perfectly embodies the mood of the pink city it would be a picture of the Hawa Mahal with its beautiful facade and row after row of windows. This awesome building is open to the public. This is a city where streets are alive with living heritage, with artisans using their traditional skills making and painting fabric, making carpets, sculpting stone and crafting jewellery. India is famous for its ‘stepwells’, and the never-ending plethora of fascinating designs are excellent for photographic creativity. So I went to see the Panna Meena Ka Kund stepwell, one kilometre away from the Amber Fort in the northwest part of Amer village.




The entire structure is built with steps in a yellow colour. Sadly I was frustrated when someone told me I was not allowed to walk down the steps to the water. I joined the locals and walked back to the fort along a small road, a lovely end to the day. After a long and very rewarding trip, I wanted to finish off with something very special, so I stayed for three days and two nights in the incredible Alila Fort Bishangarh. As you can read elsewhere in this issue, the experience at this hotel is an unforgettable one and a worthy end to an excellent trip. Jose Jeuland is a French photographer based in Singapore who specialises in documentary and commercial photography. During his journey in Rajasthan, Jose was using a medium format camera FUJIFILM GFX, The North Face gear and a Manfrotto bag and tripod.

Instagram: @josejeuland www.josejeuland.com wwwcococreativestudio.com




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“The feeling of stepping onto a white sandy beach surrounding by uninterrupted views of sun-drenched white sands and azure seas is indescribable. Something not to be missed is island hopping and snorkelling in the Gilis. Only about two hours by fast boat from Bali, you can reach Gili Trawangan, the entry point to the three Gili Islands of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno.�



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he Gili islands have established themselves as trendy destinations for international visitors looking for remote islands to ‘get away from it all’. The natural feel of the islands has been greatly enhanced by the local authority’s decision to prohibit the use of motorised vehicles on the islands. This simple change greatly enriches the holiday experience as, most of the time, everyone must get around the island by bike, feet or local transport called ‘cidomo,’ which is basically a horse and cart with a roof. Gili Trawangan is the main island of the three and has become well known as the ‘party island’ packed with accommodation from luxury to homestay, restaurants, cafes, and bars. These days the accommodation is not only limited to local standard; the increasing numbers of foreign visitors in recent years has had a considerable influence in introducing international standards. This is particularly the case with food and drink, and there is no longer the need to worry you will go hungry because your palette cannot handle traditional spicy food. Numerous restaurants along the Gili Trawangan beachfront offer comprehensive Asian and Western menus. Gili Air, even though it is the most populated of the three, is only well known for its diving spots. The inland area is mostly populated by people from Lombok (this is the closest of the Gili Islands to Lombok). Off the shore of Gili Air is a wonderful dive site known as the ‘Gili Air Wall’ with an abundant array of colourful tropical fish and an immense reef of living coral, a joyful sight as you slowly swim or snorkel by. If you’re lucky, you may see seahorses and turtles lurking in the depths. The underwater scenery is breathtaking; these islands really are a paradise for keen divers. Between the two other Gili Islands, Gili Meno is the smallest of the three and is visited by fewer tourists which makes it perfect for honeymooners or for those who really want to get away from the madding crowd. Whatever you’d like to do, the Gili Islands have much to offer, it certainly is a wonderful experience, and after spending a few days, you’ll be feeling relaxed and recharged. From the beachside to the underwater marine life, from the tranquillity of island retreats to the exiting international party scene, the Gili Islands have it all.



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EXPLORING NATURE AT ITS BEST KRABI “In search of a relaxing destination surrounded by outstanding scenery? Krabi may well be the answer to your needs. After a business trip to Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city, I decided to take a short trip to Krabi. It can be reached by plane in about an hour and, this being the second time I had been there, I knew exactly what to expect.”



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Lying on the mouth of the Krabi River where it flows into the Andaman Sea, Krabi is one of the largest provinces of Thailand. It is located on the mainland of Thailand but has about 200 islands and islets around it. These gorgeous islands are blessed with white sandy beaches and amazing sea cliffs, so it is no surprise that people flock there to unwind, swim in the crystal clear waters or take part in adventurous activities. The first thing to do is to go island hopping to explore and see for yourself the range and breathtaking beauty of the nearby islands. A place of interest here is Maya Bay at Phi Phi Leh where Leo DiCaprio filmed “The Beach�. Here beaches are backed by limestone cliffs and lots of quiet little coves can be found in this majestic area.

North of Phi Phi Don lie two small islands, Bamboo Island or Koh Mai Phai and Mosquito Island or Koh Yung. Koh Mai Phai is a tiny island surrounded by a lovely beach though, interestingly, the island is covered with casuarina trees, not a stick of bamboo is to be seen. In Koh Yung, limestone cliffs dominate the landscape, and this attractive island with its clear water, coral reef and rich marine life has become an exciting snorkelling site. If you still have time, it is worth spending two nights at one of the lavish resorts on Koh Lanta which is actually made up of several islands with Koh Lanta Yai being the most famous. There are many world-class diving and snorkelling spots nearby or if you decide to do nothing, just soak in the sun while sipping on your favourite drinks. Another place you should visit is Railay Beach, a peninsula located between Krabi town and Ao Nang that has four beaches to explore. The peninsula is cut-off from the mainland by elevated cliffs and the only way to get in and out is by boat. The peninsula features unspoiled beaches, a jungle-covered mountain coastline, a totally laidback ambience and many things to do. To enjoy the peace and tranquillity that Railay has to offer, there are walkways and paths leading to the bay and its beaches and through the jungle. A few hotels and resorts are available if you decide to stay. Whatever your preference might be, Krabi has it all, from relaxing on beaches, swimming in the clear waters of a warm sea or for those who want to make this a more adventurous visit.



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“I had never considered visiting China until only a few months before I started this trip. But then I read an article about the magnificence of The Forbidden City, Beijing’s greatest palace complex which is filled with the history of the Emperors from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. It stimulated my curiosity and led me to do some further research about the country; as a result, I decided to visit four cities in 12 days last November.”



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he first city on my list was Shanghai, and so I started my journey in what is China’s largest city of 24 million people. Located on the Huangpu River where it enters the southern bank of the Yangtze River estuary, Shanghai is a bustling metropolis of skyscrapers. It has well developed modern transport systems which make it very easy to get around. People said you can’t go to Shanghai without visiting The Bund. The Bund (or Waitan) is an iconic place and, from the 1860s to the 1930s, was the heart of the former international settlement. It runs along the west bank of the Huangpu River across from the skyscrapers of the new city centre. Formerly a fishing village it has become the tourist centre of Shanghai with its dozens of historic buildings, wharves that line the waterfront and the charm of a bustling promenade packed with tourists, locals and street sellers. Shanghai also has some beautiful Buddhism Temples, and I took the chance to visit the Ji’an Temple and the Jade Buddha Temple. On my last day in the city, I was feeling relaxed and started my day enjoying some coffee in the largest Starbucks in the world. I walked on into a pedestrian area surrounded by buildings in French colonial style, an area known as the Former French Concession. I finished by day doing some window shopping and trying some street food around the Tianzifang shopping area.

On the fourth day, I took a flight to Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China. It is located on the eastern side of the silk road and was one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, a status it held through the Zhou, Chin, Han, Sui and Tang Dynasties. Xi’an was known as Chang’an or the” Eternal City” in ancient times and many of its ancient structures survive to this day including the world’s largest city wall. The city is also home to the world-famous Terracotta Army Museum with its collection of 8,000 life-sized Terracotta Army Statues standing in battle-ready formation that were buried with the Emperor to guard him in the afterlife. The 2,000 year old Army was created in 209 BC by Emperor Qin Chi Huang, the first Emperor of the unified dynasty of Imperial China. Finally, the day I had looked forward to the most, I took the bullet train to continue my trip to Chengde City, in the Province of Hebei. The reason for my visit was to see the Chengde Imperial Mountain Resort, which includes the Chengde Imperial Summer Palace set in large beautiful gardens. The resort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and occupies 5,640,000 square meters. It was built during the Qing Dynasty as a summer residence and was used by the Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors. It took 87 years from 1703 to 1790 to finish all the buildings. The gardens are vast and divided into three areas, the lakes area, the plains area and the hills area. Its many trees, plants, rivers and lakes and its hundreds of pagodas, palaces and temples are all enclosed by a 10,000 metre long wall.



next destination Three days later, I finally arrived in my last city, Beijing, for the last three days of my trip. I started by visiting the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall is the only human-made structure that can be seen from the space. I took a one hour trip from Beijing, choosing Muntianyu as my starting point because it is quieter than the more popular Balading. I spent the following day visiting The Forbidden City, the reason I had decided to visit the country in the first place. Located in the city centre this palace was the Chinese Imperial Palace for 24 Emperors from 1420 (the Ming Dynasty) to 1912 (the Qing Dynasty). Covering an area of 72 hectares and having an unbelievable 8,700 rooms, this is the largest palace in the world and was declared a World Heritage site in 1987.

This day was to be my last day in Beijing and the end of my journey. The morning felt colder than on previous days, but that didn’t stop me from visiting the Beijing Summer Palace set in the largest and most beautiful garden in China. Autumn was setting in, and I particularly enjoyed the golden colours of the falling leaves along the entrance walkways to the Yonghe Temple and the Temple of Heaven. My trip to China was a wonderful experience, it gave me so many lifelong memories, and its depth of history taught me so many lessons too. Sitting overlooking a beautiful garden one day, I tried to imagine its beauty in the springtime with all of the trees and flowers in bloom. I smiled and whispered to myself and made a promise that one day I’ll come back to this place but in a different season.



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“Koral promises something completely unique. The bistronomic concept combines all aspects of the dining experience, with elegant dishes inspired by local flavours, a warm and welcoming ambiance and the one-of-a-kind opportunity to dine inside a tropical aquarium.”


ake a deep breath on passing through the restaurant’s door and immerse yourself in Bali’s first aquarium dining venue offering a full bistronomic experience, combining mouth-watering dining, laid-back ambience, the rarefied atmosphere of an aquarium and the gentle murmurings of life below the waves. Koral offers a menu which takes full advantage of the rich abundance of seafood available in the waters off the Indonesian coast, embellished with a wealth of fresh produce grown in the fertile lands of the archipelago. Executive Sous Chef Imam Fayumi brings skills acquired in some of the world’s best hotel kitchens to Koral, transforming humble ingredients into a menu of elegant fine-dining dishes. Stand-out plates include ‘Lump Blue Crab’ salad with zingy Granny Smithy apple, crisp jicama and aromatic lemon basil and ginger; ‘Tomatoes Bedugul’, a bright and colourful medley of ripe tomatoes and red tomato consommé, with fresh baby vegetables, creamy mozzarella cheese and tomato oil sorbet; and the locally inspired ‘Clam & Caviar’, combining fresh prawns with vegetable lawar and topped off with caviar. Koral offers four set menu options, starting from a two-course degustation featuring the finest seasonal ingredients. with sommelier-selected wine pairings, for the ultimate underwater experience. A selection of premium wines and inspiring cocktails are served to complement the rich flavours of Asian spices. Try Koral’s fascinating signature ‘Spiced Ink Mojito’, a blend of spiced rum, squid ink mint syrup, lime fruit ginger and kaffir leaves. The Apurva Kempinski Bali Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Bali Tel. +62 361 209 2288 www.kempinski.com/bali







COMO Beach Club, COMO Uma Canggu

“Escape the hustle and bustle of Seminyak, and join us for an idyllic Brunch, set between the waves of the gods in hip Canggu. Whether you are looking to graze from our four-hour culinary feast, sip Rose in the sun or join in the family fun and games at play by COMO, the perfect setting for that Sunday Funday is the COMO Beach Club.�


us for an indulgent and unforgettable Sunday Brunch every Sunday from 12.00pm to 4.00pm. COMO Beach Club serves a fresh fusion of Indonesian and Western classics including seafood, meats grilled to perfection, and decadent delicacies. All ages are welcome.

IDR 725,000 includes food, free-flow soft drinks and juices. IDR 1,695,000 includes food, free flow mimosas, wine, beer, soft drinks and juices. Children age 6 to 11 years are charged 50 per cent of the food package. Please note that access to Play by COMO is subject to availability, all prices are inclusive of 21 per cent applicable service charge and government sales tax, and pool use is not included with Brunch Reservations.

For more information and reservation, please contact, E. dining.uma.canggu@comohotels.com Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, Bali Tel. +62 361 6202228 www.comohotels.com/en/umacanggu




G&T SOCIETY at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort


alling all gin lovers to join the trendy G&T Society and embark on a journey through the world of possibilities this classic drink has to offer. Celebrate the true meaning of gathering with the community and enjoy a wide variety of gins with a premium selections of garnishes while listening to the live acoustic music. Available every Thursday from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, The Lounge brings you a selection of 30 amazing gin brands from all over the world, from Beefeater to Ungava. You can pair your gin and tonic with an array of garnishes such as lemon, rosemary, basil, pink grapefruit, rosella, star anise and many more, to create your own unique flavours. There are many appetisers to sample that are well paired with Gin and Tonic, such as cured smoked salmon, prawns, fish & chips, cucumber sandwiches, Indian street snacks, strong cheese, berries, just to name a few. One thing you should keep in mind while pairing food with gin is to balance the flavour.

“Blessed with a wide ocean view, spacious seating areas and plush sofas, The Lounge at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is the resort’s elevated lobby lounge where guests can bask in the Indian Ocean breeze and enjoy the renowned Kuta sunset while sipping finely concocted drinks over stunning ocean views.”

SHERATON BALI KUTA RESORT Jalan Pantai Kuta, Bali Tel. +62 361 846 5555 marriott.com/DPSKS



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ighlighting the Korean concept of sharing on table cooking, SI JIN offers a choice of meats which are prepared in-house and freshly cooked on smokeless grills at every table. There is a broad selection of meat cuts to choose from including dry-aged cuts from periods of 30 days to 200 days and premium wet-aged cuts. These are paired with starters and sharing plates created by incorporating Korean and Japanese techniques with wholesome local ingredients from the island. The menu includes Starter, Sharing, Seabirdland, Dry Aged Beef, Reserve Cuts, Omakase Premium Cuts (ideal for 4) and Desserts. Open for dinner only, the service starts at 5.30 pm. You should start with a delicious appetiser of Wagyu Butter (Meyer lemon rosemary, Campagne boule, katsuo) and Uni “Yukhoe” (wagyu tartare, seaweed, and caviar). Then savour the 30 Day Aged California 9+ and 60 Day Aged Andong Soju Bone-In Ribeye 7+, in which each is cooked on a smokeless grill with an added handful of imported wood to enhance the flavour. Using such a simple cooking method, the end result for these high quality cuts of beef is juicy, tender meat that melts in your mouth and tastes incredible. Eight different selections of homemade salt are available so you can choose a variant that suits your liking. To pair with such a specialist selection of meat, you will need to choose the right drink. A comprehensive choice of wines and a selection of classic and signature cocktails such as Ticket to Seoul (a mix of rosella tea-infused soju, pink peppercorn, grapefruit, lychee and lemon) is available from the Si Jin’s sophisticated bar.

“One of the newest additions to the Seminyak culinary scene, SI JIN is a modern steakhouse with Korean flair and a haven for meat lovers.”

Jl. Lebak Sari no. 18 Petitenget, Kerobokan Tel. +62 812 3871 3964 www.sijinbali.com




CELEBRATING INDONESIAN FLAVORS Senja - Indonesian Beachfront Dining

“Treat yourself to an exciting dining experience on the water’s edge. Located on Senggigi Beach in Lombok, Senja is a dining venue offering tempting bites and a modern take on Indonesian cuisine.”


his is a perfect spot for sharing some special time and enjoying an eclectic range of cocktails as you settle in to enjoy the sunset.

On the newly launched menu, you will find a range of creative dishes from savoury starters, delicious soups, salads and fresh meat, to sweet desserts. Top it off with innovative drinks from the bar which include Passion Fruit Mojito, Coco Old Fashioned and Moginto from the list of cocktails, and refreshing mocktails such as Tropical, Coco Orange and Dragon Berry. All can be enjoyed either in the restaurant lounge or out on the veranda, from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM daily. Those who are looking for something special to start their weekend in Senggigi, can enjoy a Fisherman Night Buffet presenting a selection of fresh seafood delights prepared to satisfy the most discerning of palates. From sushi and sashimi to delectable satays, this is a night for any lovers of seafood, paired with live music to get you into a weekend mood. Fisherman Night Buffets are held every Friday from 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort Jl. Raya Senggigi Km. 8, Senggigi, Lombok Marriott.com/LOPSI






erving only exceptionally fresh all-day dining, this beach club invites you to your dream day on the beach in this white sand paradise.

With the tagline “Every day is Sunday”, spend your day exploring the crystal clear lagoon and scattered rock pools, enjoying the complimentary water sports and toasting marshmallows by the bonfires while you sip cocktails as the sun sets cliffside. For a more exclusive experience of Sundays Beach Club, guests can choose between their VIP Beach Bungalows, replete with private amenities, butler service, and in your very own private section of the beach. Whether you are looking to indulge yourself or enjoy healthy options, their comprehensive menu has something delicious to offer everybody. Choose something from the grill or warung sections, salads, fresh seafood, or any of their signature burgers. A range of delicious cocktails will keep your thirst quenched, while the wine list will please the discerning of palettes. For seafood lovers, ask for the Seafood Basket for Two, a fresh platter of prawns, lobster, and marinated calamari, served with a special seafood sauce and lemon. Wood oven pizza is also the go-to menu to complete your day at the beach. With its dough allowed to rise for 48 hours before being wood-fired on natural stone, you can sample the classic Burrata Pizza topped with cherry tomato, basil, and chilli.

“Sundays Beach Club is your very own private piece of paradise on Bali’s Bukit peninsula. An opulent beach club set at the foot of the steep cliffs of the luxurious Ungasan clifftop villa resort; here you will find amazing views that will leave you breathless.”

The Ungasan Clifftop Resort Jl. Pantai Selatan Gau, Ungasan, Bali Tel. +62 811 9421 110 www.sundaysbeachclub.com






Clay Craft Restaurant

enaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa’s Clay Craft Restaurant is an all-day dining restaurant open each day from 6:30 am to 11 pm and offers a wide culinary selection of both Asian to Western cuisine and creative beverages. In the restaurant, there is a pottery studio where in-house guests can join a pottery demonstration and make their own pottery under the guidance of the resident clay

“A one-of-akind restaurant in Bali, the Clay Craft Restaurant has created a unique dining experience combining bold flavours and a pottery studio.”

artist. The delightful menu has quite an extensive selection with creative names such as crispy stuff, the garden, the soup kettle, the west, things on & between bread, and many more. For an appetiser, you might like to try the tasty Crispy Soft Shell Crab Soft Buns served with Asian slaw and chilli lime dressing. Moving on to the main course, Babi Bali Asli, local Bali pork spare ribs slow-cooked in traditional babi guling spice and savoured with sambal grilled corn, stir-fried water spinach and chilli garlic potatoes, is a delicious and satisfying choice. If you opt for something different yet mouthwatering, try the Pulled Beef Rendang Enchiladas with traditional shredded beef rendang wrapped in tortilla and gratinated with tomato and mozzarella cheese. Doughnut Milkshakes and Manjari Chocolate Textures consisting of dark chocolate Panna Cotta, oil, macaron and milk chocolate gelato are two of many wonderful desserts you can choose to complete a lovely meal. Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa Jl. Pantai Balangan I No.1, Ungasan, Bali Tel. +62 361 2003588






Uni Restaurant & Bar

aunched in early October 2019, Uni Restaurant & Bar is the first restaurant bringing together the efforts of Urchin’s former star chef Steven Skelly and drinks guru Nicholas Lento. The food is a blend of Asian inspiration and contemporary techniques using locally sourced seafood and vegetables, which are served with Japanese and French influences in a modern style. The menu is a foray through Japanese flavours and sophisticated dishes to match its equally sophisticated, and rather unusual, tipple.

“A newcomer in Berawa area, Uni Restaurant & Bar refers to itself as a casual, fine diner serving Asian inspired dishes. This understated description belies the skills of the highly respected chef and the drinks expert on whose collaboration Uni has been founded.”

Open for dinner from 6.00 pm to 10.30 pm; Uni then remains open until late for drinks. There are two menu options to choose from; the A la Carte menu which features snacks such as Tartare Cone and Urchin Maki; Entres such as Scallop Crudo and Seared Hamachi; Mains such as Roasted Grouper and Seared Tuna and Desserts such as Vanilla Panna Cotta and Passion Fruit Souffle. Alternatively, you may select the 5-course tasting menu or the 5-course vegetarian tasting menu featuring selections that are infused with Asianinspired flavours. To complement or pair with each dish, the restaurant offers an impressive array of sake and low proof cocktails, as well as the chance to choose to match your dinner to different teas rather than the traditional wine. Creative cocktails are in abundance, including concoctions of gin mixed with lemon, peach, rosewater and aromatic coconut, and a blend of Sherry Campari, Sherry, clarified strawberry and pickle juice. Jalan Pantai Berawa no. 99 Canggu, Bali www.uni-restaurant.com




A Luxurious Haven of Beauty The Spa at Bvlgari Resort Bali


iscretely tucked away in an antique wooden ‘Joglo’, The Spa at Bvlgari Resort Bali is devoted to the delivery of customised services offering exceptional treatments which include Bvlgari Signature Rituals, Facial Treatments, Body Therapies, and Hair Salon & Nails Care. The spa is the embodiment of a holistic healing centre, bringing together the therapeutic traditions of Indonesian massage and contemporary spa practices.

“When choosing to indulge in a luxurious self-care treatment, you can leave your pampering in the hands of the remarkable spa at Bali’s Bvlgari Resort.”

It is the dream of many people to look attractive and have beautiful skin and, to realise the dream, The Spa at Bvlgari Resort Bali selected Biologique Recherché, a famous French skincare, which is based on nearly forty years of experience and makes use of innovative products and meticulous protocols. The products are formulated with high concentrations of active ingredients derived from natural or biotechnological compounds and are fragrance-free. Skincare is provided following a personal dermo-cosmetic diagnosis using a Skin Instant© analysis for each individual. You can opt for Brightening & Balancing, a 90-minute treatment for diminishing fine lines and wrinkles and leaving the skin smooth and glowing. This particular facial is a regenerating and revitalising treatment for the epidermis and tones and improves the skin on your face, neck and chest. Another wonderful choice is the 90-minute Anti Ageing treatment, an exfoliating and lifting treatment combined with shaping techniques designed for mature skin. It is a treatment to prevent and reduce the appearance of dark spots. In addition, it strengthens, firms and hydrates dry damaged skin. Bvlgari Resort Bali Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjaar Dimas Kangin. Uluwatu, Bali Tel. +62 361 847 10000 www.bulgarihotels.com




The Ultimate Spa Destination Iridium Spa


he Spa is set in 2,800 square metres of tranquil space and features 12 treatment rooms, including two beautiful Spa Suites and a salon. Facilities also include an Aqua Vitale pool, sauna and steam room, a fitness centre, and a boutique and pedicure room. Open daily from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm; the exclusive spa is a mystical sanctuary for body and soul, offering a selection of treatments featuring techniques and ingredients that reflect traditional Balinese approaches. The spa menu consists of facials, massage and body treatments, and a range of hair treatment.

“The sumptuous Iridium Spa is serenely positioned in the middle of a koi pond in The St. Regis Bali Resort and is dedicated to proffering unrivalled wellness experiences.”

One of their recommended signature treatments is Luxury Champagne Treatment. Starting with a Foot Ritual, cool drops of precious Champagne are poured on the whole body in a refreshing gentle massage, followed by The St. Regis Spa Bali Signature massage using grape seed scrub and grape seed oil. The massage ends with a detoxifying Champagne Body Mask made of white clay mixed with Champagne. Conclude your treatment with an intimate flower bath and gently emerge from this blissful relaxation with a glass of Champagne under the private gazebo.

Another signature ritual is the Bloody Mary inspired by St. Regis famed ‘Bloody Mary’. The treatment begins with an energizing tomato, pineapple and wasabi body reviver followed by a skin purifying vodka tomato clay wrap. A detoxifying massage and an invigorating tomato vermouth and mineral salt bath ensue, leaving you feeling thoroughly recharged and revived. Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot S6 PO Box 44, Nusa Dua - Bali Tel. +62 361 300 6782 stregisbali.com




A Fascinating Wellness Retreat Lagoon Spa

“The Lagoon Spa is one of the best spas on the island, and you will find it nestling in one of Bali’s most iconic destinations, The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Nusa Dua.”


he Lagoon Spa draws its name from the resort’s masterfully designed expansive crystal lagoon pools which form the backdrop for your treatments surrounded by beautiful blue azure lagoons and swaying palms. The Spa blends intricate local rituals with effortless Balinese grace and is inspired by the seven pillars of well-being – life balance, harmony, beauty, vitality, aqua, nature and nutrition. These essential keys exude an immediate sensation of well-being, refinement and luxury from the moment you step over the threshold and throughout your entire spa journey, leaving the body, mind and soul completely rejuvenated.

The spa is a spacious 1,402 sqm area featuring eight well-appointed treatment rooms, a facial room, a couple’s suite and a luxurious hair salon. You may also indulge in gentle sea breezes and the sound of soothing waves with a relaxing massage in the privacy of a beachside gazebo. The spa also provides separate luxurious steam and sauna facilities for both men and women. Open daily from 8:00 am to 12:00 am, the expert therapists are dedicated to providing authentic and resultsoriented treatments that embody the Lagoon Spa experience. The Spa’s highly recommended treatments are the 90-minute Lagoon Customised Signature Massage, The 60-minute Lagoon Customised Scrub and the 150-minute Signature Lagoon Kelapa Ritual. After your treatment, you can relax and unwind with refreshing fruit-infused water and teas in casually elegant relaxation lounges. The Laguna, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot N2, Po Box 77 Nusa Dua Bali Tel +62 361 771327 www.thelagunabali.com




A New Wellness Experience Spa at Maya Sanur

“Set within the tranquillity of a garden sanctuary, Maya Sanur brings you a wellbeing experience that transcends time.”


nveloped in its peaceful surroundings complemented by soothing reflecting small pond, Spa at Maya offers exquisite service and unparalleled relaxation with an extensive menu of holistic treatments supported by the healing benefits of Bali’s natural environment. Choose from an exotic selection including rejuvenating facials, traditional body wraps and massages, and customised spa packages. Spa at Maya has introduced a new wellness experience, called Citrus Bath that is included in both of the Signature Treatments: Tropical Sensation and Tropical Bliss. During this ritual, you will be spoilt soaking in citrus fruits that have natural sources of vitamin C, while the scent and taste uplift your mood and are good for the skin. For the treatment, I was suggested to try the Tropical Bliss. It started with an ultimate relaxing “Soothing Maya Massage” followed by an exotic lime and ginger scrub to exfoliate, revitalise and refresh the body. Nothing is more soothing than a warm bath, especially after a long journey, and a natural fruit bath is a great way to relax, stimulate circulation and relieve tension. Feel the sensation of the luxury “Citrus Bath” ritual and let the calming citrus soothe and soften your skin to give it a natural glow. Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Bali Tel. +62 361 849 7800 www.mayaresorts.com




ARYA TRIMNI PUTRA “The remarkable Indonesian and world-record breaking artist, Arya Trimni Putra is originally from Surabaya, East Java where he nurtured a successful career as a Psychologist. In 2001, Arya lost his mother and wife, and this devastating period changed the course of his life.”


verwhelmed with grief, friends presented Arya with blank canvases and encouraged him to paint as a way of expressing the rawness of his emotions. Unexpectedly, Arya’s creations impressed many. Encouraged and excited, Arya chose to become a full-time artist with a commitment of giving back to the community. In early 2019, Arya completed the phenomenal feat of painting 1,000 abstract paintings in a period of 30 days, a record that is documented by the Indonesian World’s Records Museum (MURI).




“Celebration of Life” is the result of a collaboration between InterContinental Bali Resorts and the artist and took its inspiration from the interconnections between art, a spirit of festivity, care for community and life experiences. This impressive art exhibition showcases around 30 outstanding artworks prepared within a period of 30 days and 10% from every painting purchased will be donated to the Panti Salam orphanage.

“Celebration of Life” was held from 2nd of December 2019 through to 7 th of January 2020 and was displayed over extensive areas of the InterContinental Bali Resort. It offered guests a memorable InterContinental Life experience during the festive season while demonstrating art as an all-consuming passion that grants the artist the freedom to explore and challenge the realms of his/ her creativity.



gallery The ArtVaganza theme is an elaborate concept inspired by the uniqueness and beauty of Bali and expresses the artist’s current life with Bali as his second home. “I believe that art as a communication medium must express emotion. My passion is to explore subjects that portray all aspects of peoples lives, including their spirituality, feelings and the way they express themselves. I am committed to devoting the very best of myself to the project in the hope of inspiring the community with my spirit and energy During the exhibition, the resort organised fun painting workshops conducted by the world record-breaking artist and, at the end of the exhibition, 10% from every painting purchased was donated to Panti Salam orphanage.







Villa IN SEMINYAK, AY/BV/TL_Sept_001 A short drive from Seminyak Village, this luxurious fully furnished villa with 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, closed living and dining room, fully equipped kitchen, large swimming pool with pool deck. This huge two storey villa is great for a holiday home in Bali. Land size: 600 m2 Price: Rp 15.500.000.000 Title: Freehold For more info, contact Tropical Agent Tel. +62 853 38321033

Villa in Tabanan, AY/ViTKK/TL_Sept_002 Looking for a second home in Bali? The villa is situated close to the greener side of Bali. It is fully furnished with 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, and comes complete with a swimming pool. 3-bedroom villa Land size: 1000 m2 Price: Rp For more info, contact Tropical Agent Tel. +62 853 38321033

Villa in Sanur, AY/ViS/TL_Sept_003 Located in Sanur, this beautiful villa is a great option for those looking for a home in Bali. With artistic interior providing great luxury and comfort, the villa has 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. It is fully furnished with living area, dining area, 2 kitchens, gazebo, and swimming pool. 4-bedroom villa Land size: 500 m2 Build size: 350 m2 Price: Rp 7.500.000.000 For more info, contact Tropical Agent Tel. +62 853 38321033






Villa in Balangan, AY/ViB/TL_Sept_004 This villa is located close to the Balangan beach. It has 4 bedroom, 4 bathrooms, swimming pool, two living area, kitchen, staff quarter, and a large garden. The two-storey villa with good price is an ideal choice for a second home in Bali. 4-bedroom villa Land size: 1000 m2 Build size: 420 m2 Price: Rp 9.500.000.000 Title: Freehold For more info, contact Tropical Agent Tel. +62 853 38321033

Villa in Goa Gong, AY/ViGG/TL_Sept_005 This spacious full furnished villa has an unblocked view of the ocean. It has 5 bedrooms, 5 bath bathrooms, powder room, entertainment room, spa room, and a living and dining area. Good price for a great villa! 5-bedroom villa Land size: 1.903 m2 Build size: 814 m2 Price: USD 1,7M Title: Freehold For more info, contact Tropical Agent Tel. +62 853 38321033

Villa in Batu Belig, AY/ViBB/TL_Jan_006 A freehold holiday villa located a walking distance away from the beach. A two-storey villa that has 3 bedroom with en-suite bathroom, open living & dining area, staff quarter & service area, private pool with sun-beds & parasol, fully-equipped kitchen, garden and carport. A dream house indeed! 3-bedroom villa Land size: 455 m2 Build size: 350 m2 Price: Rp 9.500.000.000 Title: Freehold For more info, contact Tropical Agent Tel. +62 853 38321033




Villa in Singaraja, AY/ViS/TL_Sept_007 This is a great offer for those looking to buy a villa overlooking both the beach and the rice paddies. The fully furnished villa has 3 bedroom and 3 bathrooms, a 5x10m swimming pool, living area, kitchen, and a large garden. Ideal for a holiday home in Bali! 3-bedroom villa Land size: 2800 m2 Build size: 400 m2 Price: Rp. 5.500.000.000 Title: Freehold For more info, contact Tropical Agent Tel. +62 853 38321033

VILLA IN GOA GONG II, AY/VIGG/TL_ST_08118 For those looking for beautiful big villa with ocean view, this is the right choice. Located at Goa Gong, the fully furnished villa offers 5 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, spa room with toilet, powder room, swimming pool, living & dining area, entertainment room, kitchen, spacious garden, service area, and staff quarter. 5 Bedroom villa Land size: 1,142 m2 Build size: 642 m2 Price: Rp 25,000,000,000 Title: Freehold For more info, contact Tropical Agent Tel. +62 853 38321033

Villa in Ungasan1, TL/SEPT/009 A really great investment and value for money for those looking for a second home in Bali. Located close to some of the famous places like Karma Kandara, Banyan Tree Ungasan, and many more, the villa offers 3 spacious bedroom, large swimming pool, spacious garden, kitchen, service area including maidroom and bathroom and carport enough for 2 cars. 3-bedroom villa Land size: 456 m2 Build area: 278 m2 Price: USD 425,000 Title: Freehold For more info, contact Tropical Agent Tel. +62 853 38321033



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Intercontinental Bali Resort Nestled in lush tropical gardens, alongside a stretch of prime white sand beach, InterContinental Bali Resort invites you to immerse yourself in the ambiance of a tranquil Balinese village. The recipient of multiple international awards, this luxury resort boasts its unrivalled and diverse array of world-class facilities. Jalan Uluwatu 45, Jimbaran Bali Tel. +62 361 701888 www.bali.intercontinental.com

Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa Located on Uluwatu’s iconic limestone peninsula, this resort seeks to provide guests the ultimate retreat to embrace holistic lifestyle experiences from rejuvenation to play. The 207 rooms and suites features locally inspired art, natural wood and earth tones in each of the unique spaces while providing incredible views for remarkable sunsets each evening. Jl. Pantai Balangan I No.1, Ungasan Bali Tel. +62 361 2003588 renaissancebali.com

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort prides itself in its strategic location in the heart of Kuta, across the legendary Kuta Beach and adjacent to the island’s shopping destination - Beachwalk. Choose from 203 spacious rooms and suites boasting uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, each elegantly designed with a Balinese touch Jl. Pantai Kuta, Bali Tel. +62 361 846 5555 sheratonbalikuta.com

The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali

Desa Visesa Ubud

Maya Ubud Resort

A hidden sanctuary in southern Bali has been reborn as the brand new The ANVAYA Beach Resort. ANVAYA derives from Sanskrit language and means connection. Drawing from this, we focus on building strong connections with our guests by providing not just an experience but also the luxury of providing you with a home away from home.

Desa Visesa Ubud is unlike any holiday experience you’ve ever encountered before. Ancient traditions and practices that foster peace and good will in every Balinese community form part of everyday life with 66 elegantly villas and 40 suites lightly occupy a 6.5-hectare site of winding pathways, productive gardens irrigation canals.

Scattered across 10 hectares of tropical landscape featuring a hidden river valley, Maya Ubud is a luxury resort designed to capture the spirit of traditional Balinese village. With a collection of stylish rooms and private villas, the property combines local elegance with gracious hospitality for memorable five star experience.

Jl. Kartika, Tuban, Bali Tel. +62 361 2090 477 www.theanvayabali.com

Desa Visesa, Jl. Suweta, Bentuyung Sakti, Ubud, Bali Tel. +62 361 2091788 www.visesaubud.com



Jl. Gn. Sari, Peliatan, Ubud, Bali Tel. +62 361 8497800 www.mayaresorts.com

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oakwood surabaya

Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta


When luxury meets comfort, a true definition of a high quality stay arises. Situated in the heart of east Surabaya with access to premium shopping malls, dining and entertainment options, Oakwood Hotel & Residence Surabaya offers elegance and home-like amidst a bustling city. Experience a charming stay in 144 rooms of Superior Room, Studio Deluxe, One Bedroom Apartment & Two Bedroom Apartment with advance technology facilities and comfort like never before.

Set in 22 hectares of landscaped tropical gardens; find your city haven in the Hyatt Yogyakarta for the perfect luxury stay whether visiting for business or pleasure. Enjoy scenic landscapes, beautiful views and state of the ark accommodations with easy access to all that the city has to offer.

Located within walking distance of the Central Business District and Singapore’s prime shopping area of Orchard Road, Mercure Singapore Bugis features 395 guest rooms and suites that come in four room types – Standard, Loft, Superior and Executive Loft; a unique room concept of Mercure Singapore Bugis offering floorto-ceiling windows, a cosy sitting area with a sofa bed and stairs leading up to a comfortable queen-sized bed in a spacious loft.

Jl. Palagan, Panggung Sari, Sariharjo, Ngaglik, Kabupaten Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta Tel. +62 274 869123 www.hyatt.com

122 Middle Road, Singapore Tel. +65 6521 6088 www.mercure.com/A0D7

Jl. Raya Kertajaya Indah No.79 Surabaya, East Java +62 31 2880 388 www.OakwoodAsia.com/Surabaya

Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur by Shangri-La


Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit

Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur offers 571 well-appointed rooms and suites, restaurants, 24-hour business services and health club, and an award-winning rooftop bar-SkyBar. The hotel is within walking distance to the KLCC Park, Suria KLCC and 10 minutes walk to Bukit Bintang.

Perfect for both business and leisure travellers, the 910-room hotel offers a wide range of sophisticated guest rooms and suites featuring deluxe bedding, accommodations with lounge access, picturesque views of the city skyline and lavish hospitality services. The new Deluxe rooms in the West Wing showcase a fresh and contemporary design.

Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok is an iconic address in the heart of Sukhumvit Road. The renowned hotel is ideally connected with a pedestrian sky bridge linking to the SkyTrain at BTS Asok station, the subway at MRT Sukhumvit station, Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and more. Hotel discerning travelers can easily discover the allure of this captivating city, its palatial shopping malls, historic temples and all that the city has to offer.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel. +60 3 2332 98888 www.tradershotels.com

Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail & Jalan Ampang 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel. + 603.2716.9959 www.klrenaissance.com

Rama 1 Road 991/9, 10330 Bangkok, Thailand Tel. + 662 649 8888 sheratongrandesukhumvit.com



pick up point In Room Bali Nusa Dua Hotel ITDC Block NW/1 C151 Seminyak Jl. Kayu Aya No.151 C151 Dreamland Jl. Labuhan Sait Golden Tulip Jineng Resort Bali Jl. Sunset Road, Kuta

Udayana Jimbaran – Bali Batik Jl. Kayu Aya Belmond Jimbaran Puri Jl. Uluwatu Blue Ocean Double Six BlueWater Express Serangan

Intercontinental Bali Resort Jln. Uluwatu 45, Jimbaran International SOS Jl. By Pass

Mrs. Sippy Bali Jl. Taman Ganesha, Gang Gagak 8, Seminyak

Jenggala Keramik Jl. Uluwatu

New Kuta Golf Pecatu Grand Nikko Bali Jl. Pratama

Bridges Jl. Raya Campuhan

Jemme Restaurant Jl. Petitenget

Komaneka at Tanggayuda Br. Tanggayuda, Ubud

Bisma Eight Jl. Bisma, Ubud

Jungle Fish Ubud

Komaneka at Rasa Sayang Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud Padma Resort Ubud Banjar Carik, Desa Puhu, Payangan Padma Resort Legian Jl. Padma No. 1 Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu Royal Santrian Jl. Pratama, Nusa Dua Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort BTDC Complex lot N5 Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kuta The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali


Panonpoe Jl. Laksmana

Dijon Setia Budi

Kopi Bali House Jl. By Pass Sanur

Pandawa Beach Villas And Spa Jl. Pantai Gumicik

The Corner Store Jl. Laksmana

Café Moka Jl. Raya Seminyak Chandi Jl. Laksmana Chapung Sebali Resort & Spa Jalan Raya Sebali, Keliki, Ubud Club Bali Mirage Jl. Pratama Como Uma Canggu Echo Beach, Canggu Conrad Jl. Pratama Discovery Kartika Plaza Jl. Kartika Plaza Dulang Café and Bakery Kuta Square


Kudeta Jl. Laksmana Kuta Paradiso Hotel Jl. Kartika Plaza Kupu-Kupu Jimbaran Suite Jimbaran L’assiette Jl. Mertanadi LV 8 Resorts  Jl. Discovery, Canggu Le Bon Vivant, Sanur  Jl. Danau Tamblingan

Downtown Villa Jl. Raya Seminyak

Made’s Warung Jl. Pantai Kuta Jl. Raya Seminyak

Faces at The Bale Nusa Dua

Mamasan Restaurant Jl. Raya Kerobokan

Grand Hyatt Bali BTDC

H Sovereign Bali Jl. Raya Tuban

Bali Paragon Resort Hotel Jln. Kampus

TG Lounge Domestic Terminal at Ngurah Rai Airport

Karma Kandara Jl. Karma Kandara

Griya Santrian Jl. Danau Tamblingan

Bali Deli Jl. Kunti

TG Lounge International Airport Ngurah Rai

Nusa Dua Beach & Spa Kawasan BTDC Lot North 04

Alila Villas Uluwatu Jl. Belimbing Sari, Desa Pecatu

Above Eleven Jl. Wanagiri No.1, Jimbaran

Sushi Tei Jl. Sunset Road

Kamandalu Ubud Jl. Andong

Golden Tulip Bay View Hotel & Convention Jln. Raya Uluwatu

Ayodya Resort Bali BTDC

Sienna Villas Jl. Raya Seminyak Gg. Keraton 5

Café Batu Jimbar Jl. Danau Tamblingan

Chez Gado Gado Jl. Dhyana Pura

Amandari Jl. Raya Sayan

SenS Hotel Jl. Sukma Banjar, Ubud

The Junction Jl. Laksmana

Alilla Villas Ubud Melinggih Kelod, Payangan

Alaya Ubud Jl. Raya Pengosekan

Novotel Bali Nusa Dua Hotel & Residences Jalan Pantai Mengiat

Sangsaka Restaurant Jl. Pangkung Sari No.100

Bulgari Resort Bali Jl. Goa Lempeh

Four Points Seminyak Jl. Petitenget, Gg Cendrawasih

Ahimsa Jl. Kunti

Mozaic Jl. Raya Sanggingan

INAYA Putri Bali Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua, Lot S-3

Komaneka at Bisma Jl. Bisma, Ubud

Komaneka at Monkey Forest Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud

Mezzanine Jl. Danau Tamblingan

Hard Rock Hotel Bali Jl. Pantai Kuta Hard Rock Café Bali Jl. Pantai Kuta Hotel Niksoma Jl. Padma II


Mandapa, a RitzCarlton Reserve Jl. Kedewatan Sakala Resort and Beach Club Jalan Pratama No. 95, Tanjung Benoa Maya Sanur Jl. Danau Tamblingan Maya Ubud Resort & Spa Jl. Gunung Sari Peliatan Melia Benoa Jl. Pratama Mercure Bali Legian Jalan Legian

The Bistrot Jl. Kayu Aya

Teatro Gastroteque Jl. Kayu Aya, Kuta, Badung,

Oakwood Hotel & Residence Surabaya

Yogyakarta Grand Aston Yogyakarta

Como Uma Ubud Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud VIN+ Seminyak Bali Jalan Kayu Jati W Bali - Seminyak Jl. Petitenget Wapa di Ume Jl. Suwerta, Ubud


Hotel Tentrem Yogyakarta HYATT Regency Yogyakarta Jambuluwuk Malioboro Boutique Hotel Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa

The Oberoi, Lombok

Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa

Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta

Qunci Villas

Melia Purosari

The Chandi Boutique Resort & Spa

Marriott Yogyakarta

Ombak Sunset

Eastparc Hotel Yogyakarta Swiss Bell Yogya

Peninsula Resort Jl. Pratama

The Apurva Kempinski Bali Nusa Dua

Jambuluwuk Oceano Resort Gili Trawangan

Peppers Seminyak Jl. Pura Telaga Waja Petitenget

The Oberoi Jl. Laksmana

Living Asia Resort & Spa

The Village Jl. Danau Tamblingan

Novotel Lombok Resort & Villas

The Villas Jl. Kunti


Ultimo Jl. Laksmana

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

Villa Dedaun Jl. Legian

Shangri-la Hotel

Mercure Bugis

Harris Vertu

InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay

Piment Rouge Jl. Serangan, Kerobokan Prana Spa Jl. Kunti Prasana by Arjani Resorts Ungasan Puri Santrian Resort Jl. Danau Tamblingan Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa Jl. Pantai Balangan Revivo Wellness Resort Nusa Dua Sector Jl. Pantai Shindu Sardine Jl. Petitenget

Vila Jerami Jl. Kunti Villa Jodi Jl. Laksmana Villa Lumbung Jl. Petitenget The Legian Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak The Bay Bali Jl. Nusa Dua, Kuta Selatan

Sthala Ubud Bali, Lodtunduh

‘The Sintesa’ Jimbaran Jalan Kencana

Radisson Bintang Bali Jl. Kartika Plaza

The St. Regis Bali Resort Jl. Pratama, Tanjung Benoa

Radisson Beach Resort Jl. Pratama Rumours Jl. Laksmana Desa Visesa Ubud

Metis Jl. Petitenget No. 6

The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud

Merah Putih Restaurant Jl. Petitenget

The Laguna, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot N2

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali BTDC Lot N-3, Nusa Dua Ritz Carlton Bali Jl. Nusa Dua Selatan Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve Ubud Jalan Kedewatan, Kedewatan Sanak Retreat Buleleng

Solo Alila Solo The Royal Surakarta Heritage Solo The Sunan Hotel Solo

Hotel Pullman Thamrin Hotel Pullman Central Park

Surabaya Garuda Lounge Ciputra World Surabaya Hotel Four Points by Sheraton Surabaya Hotel Kawi Lounge Sheraton Hotel Miracle Aesthetic Clinic Lobby Lounge JW Marriot Somerset The Platinum Grill Graha Famili Golf The Taman Dayu Golf Club Hotel Majapahit Shangri-La Hotel Surabaya Vis A Fis JW Marriot

Singapore Hotel Indigo

Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore


Visit the moment & stay a while To find yourself bordered by lush rice fields and deep forest valleys, tap into the healing energy that flows from Bali’s spiritual and cultural heart.

Maya Ubud Resort & Spa Jalan Gunung Sari Peliatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571 P. O. Box 1001 T. +62 361 977 888 F. +62 361 977 555 E. info@mayaubud.com

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