Thursday, November 26, 2015

Courtesy of NOW! Bali Magazine Featuring Ayana Thalasso Spa & Awarta Nusa Dua Spa

Health is the most important affair
As the saying goes, “Your health is your wealth.” Water is one of the free resources that humanity is blessed with. The availability of water to mankind is unlimited, but the same water can either make or mar your health. In relation to that, I recently hunted down water treatment therapy and found a couple of spas that provide this therapy in the southern part of Bali.

With sophisticated water treatment plants in place, Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa ranks first on my list because their priority is to provide safe, clean and healthy water for everyday life. As I inquisitively asked to be shown the features that associate the spa with wellness, I was led to the water therapy section where I felt instantly connected. The section has been so well designed and built up in such a manner that I felt relaxed after the Kneipp therapy not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.
The Kneipp therapy was not as tall of an order as I thought. I immersed my arms in the cold water halfway up my upper arm. Gently, I kept my arms moving while I was counting aloud so as to keep me from breathing fast. After just thirty seconds, I was instructed to warm my arms back up by moving them in a circular motion. After swirling my hands in the water, I moved on to my feet. With my feet completely immersed in water like a stork, I began to walk, removing each leg entirely from the water with every step. Afterwards, I pulled on a pair of warm wool socks as instructed.
Thalasso Spa at Ayana Resort is also great place to visit if you are around Jimbaran. A combination of a ritual that combines the sea minerals together with a unique “wet” facial and massage defined my Thalassotherapy experience at Ayana’s Thalasso Spa. As a staunch natural and alternative treatment advocate, it wasn’t such a big deal for me to make the decision to take part in this therapy. As I laid on the water-heated massage bed, my body, wrapped in highly concentrated seaweed, sent a chill down my spine. Soon, it was time for perspiration as a result of a speed up of the internal respiration.
Feeling the effects of the amazing Thalassotherapy, my body parts once again came into harmony with one another. As the therapist carefully applied the balm all over me and started doing what she knows best, it dawned on me how much my body needed this therapy.

Like an eagle perching on a branch after a long day of flying, I was feeling very relaxed after the therapy. As a wise man used to say, “Value all the time you have together as it may end sooner than you think,” I valued the time I had at the spas. I experienced a psycho-vegetative relaxation without the need of going through sessions with a psychologist. I experienced a great relief from stress, tension, the pain in my back, my muscles and even my emotions. A relief I never thought I would feel, even with help from the best physicians.

Courtesy of NOW! Bali Magazine Featuring Hotel Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana

Mix it up after work
Like an eagle taken away through a nice explorative flight over the clouds, I was taken away by the sweet delicacies within the Hotel Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana. Early in the morning, the tranquility of my surroundings had welcomed me into the day with a big smile, and as the sun was setting down on the horizon a few hours later, I had to find something to do before heading home. After a long and stressful month at work, I had earned a rest. I needed to go to a place where the environment and the people would allow me to do nothing but unwind. So my mates and I ended up finding our solace at IP Rooftop Bar; the best place to freshen up and view the world.

Majestically climbing towards the beautifully designed rooftop, I had the privilege of enjoying the fresh air that surrounds the hotel. Upon getting to the Rooftop, I was wowed by the nice architecture and interiors within the bar.
Sitting at an angle where I could clearly observe all directions, I glanced at the calm to the east and the blood red sphere on the west as it bid us good bye till morrow. On my east was a calm sky, while the red sun covered the west of the horizon almost 100 metres away from where I sat. I enjoyed the beauty of the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the beauty of Kuta Beach. What an ecstatic appearance this scene was to me. Everything seemed to slow down. I didn’t hear anything but the wind. All the rush from the streets turned into slow motion.
The drinks which graced the menu proved just how fancy the drinking culture really is at this venue. Just as I was about to forget the beautiful sunset I had witnessed, a glance at the stunning sunset photos kept that experience ever blazing in my thoughts all throughout my time at this marvellous place.
At this trendy rooftop bar, drinks were served accordingly. Looking around I noticed people having a great time with their mates or lovers. The dishes being served on the tables looked exactly how they had been described on the menu, and the DJ was playing the perfect songs. Taking advantage of the Wi-Fi connection, I was also able to update myself on current affairs.
All of a sudden, it was 7 o’clock already. As Michael Jackson said in one of his songs, “Like a comet blazing cross the evening sky… gone too soon,” and so was the sunset. That was my cue to finish my drink and head home to my loved ones. As I waited for the elevator, I promised myself that I would come back here. IP Rooftop Bar has now become one of my favourite spots to chill. Now I know where to go after a deadline. Yup, sunset & sip.

Hotel Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana
Address: Jalan Melasti No. 1, Legian, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 762500
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Courtesy of Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa

The romantic attainment of peacefulness in Nusa Dua
A night out with your wife is truly romantic in a stunning resort such as Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa. On booking into the place, we realized that not only were we going to enjoy our time in their one-bedroom pool villa, but we would also enjoy the 24-hour open amenities within the resort. The welcoming environment we encountered not only made as secure but the azure pool also made us to feel at home. Immaculate and luxurious, the villa cannot be faulted in anyway.

As soon as we waltzed into the main entrance, their friendly and experienced staff catered our individual needs. While the staff directed us to our new “home”, I was amazed to see a soothing ambience around me. Inside the villa, the one bedroom that we stayed was a real luxury. A stunning swimming pool complete with timber deck welcomed us along the gorgeous teakwood floors. I didn’t know that the sense of tranquility I was experiencing was just the tip of an iceberg. Much more was still to come. With a private pool and spacious outdoor and indoor dining and living areas, I can visualized the romantic moments I was about to experience with my wife. There is nothing as rejuvenating as a romantic time with your loved one. As we were lying and playing around our space side by side and staring at each other, we just felt like we were somewhere outside the universe. We felt the solidity of a family within this hidden, treasured haven of tranquility. Awarta seemed teaching us that the real sense of romance revolves around this small but beautiful haven.
The villa was beautifully designed with the up-to-date amenities fixed all over. The mixture of modern Chinese–European cultures in design, comfort, facilities and food come together to create a blend of quality and opulence. New style furnishings and neoteric Asian décor complemented by unique pieces of art displayed beautifully in every corner of the villa; elevate the lavish and flexible spaces beyond the predictable. Glass sliding door on the upper level led us to the private balcony overlooking the pool and clear horizon, allow us to wake up in the morning and feel freshness of the day. Lying motionless on the pool sightseeing the shooting star on the lovely ambience of the evening is highly recommended. The enthralling of moonlight reflection in the swimming pool amongst the heavenly surroundings will create the attainment of peacefulness and make your heart racing to feel the exhilaration.
In my personal perspective, Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa has been designed in the abstract way of understanding to dazzle every living soul. Guaranteed to provide services demanded by five-star hotel guests, their discreet yet attentive service of staff will take care of every need to provide guests with the comfort, luxury and personal services that make your holiday memorable. As for me personally, staying in Awarta is the moment when all the troubles back home burst out of inside me into one untraceable memory. I shall embrace this fraction blast of paradise and let it linger in my memory.

Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa
Address: BTDC Complex Lot NW 2 & 3, Nusa Dua, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 773300
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Courtesy of Chapung SeBali Resort and Spa

Blending with the true nature – Make every second counts
The first time I set foot on Ubud 5 years ago, I was filled with wonder and inquisition as to how such serenity prevailed on mother earth. Things indeed changed a lot at this part of the island, but one thing that still hasn’t, though, the freshness air that warmly welcomed me last week when I travelled there. As I strolled down the path leading to Chapung SeBali Resort and Spa where I have booked for a night, I knew I was taking my family to experience something different.
Chapung Sebali Resort and Spa allowed me to experience the richness of Bali’s natural resources through the exquisiteness of breathtaking scenery. Discovering Indonesian culture and environment while relaxing is definitely the most rewarding treat that I can give to my loved ones. I have to admit that the property itself has a lot to offer, not only for physical and intellectual value but also for my eyes.

As I waltzed through the huge wood door into the matchless oasis of tranquility, the spacious living room greeted saying “Welcome Home”. The exquisite luminance from the sun and musical instrument of the wild birds made me feel as if God was bestowing the wisdom of life. Private swimming pool awaited us next to the –full of lush natural surrounding– garden. I imagined myself taking a dip, lolling under the warm sun on the outdoor chaise lounges and poolside chairs. So I finally sat there, on the garden seats, and basking on the hot sunlight with my wife. Systemically and periodically, we glanced at each other and then appreciated our lovely daughters enjoying their time in the pool.

The two aesthetically rooms are designed with masterly artwork in mind. The dining room and living area were overlooking a stunning scenery filled with fresh flowers and lush greenery. It was as if we were overlooking the Garden of Eden. As I noticed the quality of the furniture, they were world class furniture made from hardwood with splendid artistic designs. In a nutshell, all the designs featured things that were a real feast for our eyes and the environment, a real definition of tranquility. The comfort of the sofa and the pleasing warmth had their effect on me, and I was dozing off before long.
In the early morning, we decided to try the unique healing yoga. The instructor was a professional yoga guru who showed us the way to the eternal bliss. That’s the most wonderful thing anyone can experience in their life. The yoga was not just a set of physical movements, but more to a deep meditation which connected our soul and the physique. An attractive garden view certainly added a therapeutic essence and helped in our path to eternal happiness. Personally for me, that was a moment of family bonding end up being.

Referring to the famous quote by Carl Sagan “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere,” It’s not enough to live on to your imagination only. We all deserve a life changing treat.

Chapung SeBali Resort and Spa
Jl. Raya Sebali – 80561 Keliki, Ubud, Bali
Phone: +62 361 8989102

Courtesy of Hotel Tugu Bali

Make your rainy seasons interesting by taking cooking classes 

Taking a cooking class as an indoor activity is sometimes easy to do. You just have to know where to look. Look around the area where you’re staying at and you might be surprised there’s one going on right now. We don’t always have to go outside for fun and adventure. Cooking is an adventure of its own. A cooking class helps you understand why you need to cook healthy dishes. It gives your meals a new meaning to the word food. You are what you eat.
The famous Spanish Chef, Ferran Adrià, once said that “You cannot get an influence from the cuisine of a country if you don’t understand it. You’ve got to study it.” Different cuisines around the whole world have a history attached to them. Just like many countries in the world, Indonesia happens to be blessed with rich history, traditions, arts and cultures and the various culinary are part of this wide scope of wealth.
Hotel Tugu Bali is one of the perfect places to study the countries’ cuisines. Not just the fact they have cooking lesson as hotel’s activity, but also getting a unique experience where centuries year-old tradition Javanese and Bahasa Indonesia culinary arts are on display is something that you definitely want to experience. It will open the doors to a glimpse into the beautiful simplicity and the exotic richness of Indonesian dining and cooking culture.
The classes are held by their high-qualified-sixty-year-old Indonesian chef, who dedicated her life to the hotel since ages ago. The cooking journey begins with an early morning visit to a Balinese traditional market where all the freshest ingredients of the archipelago of islands can be found amidst the daily bustle of modern day market life. While gathering the ingredients for the cooking class, guests will be involved in and experience firsthand in the Balinese way of daily living, the jovial and sometimes noisy bargaining style of the vendors and buyers.
Once all set, now it’s time to cook! Each spice has a story, each herb has a fragrance and when combined with meats and vegetables they turn into a medley of culture and history. Each bite becomes a memory of something you created, for every time you create that dish, it is something you will remember forever. Each dish you create is a testament to the oral history of the cook.
The chef and her assistant will guide you through the entire process of the cooking. Thus, worry not on how your dishes are going to end up. They are going to be succulent. Have faith on yourself. 
When the dishes were finally ready to serve, I got really excited. I was going to share my creation; giving a part of me to someone else. As the guests took their first bite, I could almost feel their reaction. That smile, the kind words, the empty plate were a vindication to your prowess as a chef. The second rhea ask for seconds is a climax of joy and excitement. A testament that you learned a new dish, you are a creator of something magical, food.

Hotel Tugu Bali
Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong,, Pantai Canggu, Canggu, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 4731701
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Courtesy of Villa Oberoi

A Slice of Luxury
There is no dearth of places to stay in Bali. It is easy to find something to suit any budgets. I have stayed in backpacker rooms to hotels to hostels. While each has its merits, I decided to splurge the cash on my next visit to the gorgeous islands. Hunting for a luxurious place to stay, I stumbled upon Villa Oberoi. I wasted no time and called up my friends and three families got aboard the plane to Bali.

I felt that extravagance would be a new experience in enjoying the beauty of Bali and I was not disappointed. It started from the moment we stepped foot on Bali. Gleaming cars were waiting to take us to the villa. On reaching the villa, we had to stop for a moment to admire the sight in front. The kids had a hard time suppressing their glee and who could blame them? Even we had a hard time believing that we were about to spend a week in this opulent mansion.

We were cordially received by the manager, who took us on a short tour around the place. There are four bedrooms, each more splendid than the other and one cozy children’s bedroom. With every step, there was only one thing escaping my lips, ‘Wow!’ I regret to say that I didn’t pay much attention to the manager, who proved to be a gracious host throughout our stay.

Coming back to the bedrooms, posh didn’t seem a good enough description for the place. Comfortable queen sized beds, LCD TVs and air conditioning were common to all rooms, except the children’s room where single beds were placed instead of queen sized ones. After all the things I had seen, I felt some respite was required. Therefore, imagine my surprise when I found that the rooms had their own private garden.

After unpacking, the most logical thing to do is to jump in the pool. Yes, the villa has its own private pool! Surrounded by green trees, the bowl of blue waters was relaxing. It was only an hour or so in the villa but I was in love.

A remarkable thing about the Villa Oberoi was that it was in the heart of Seminyak, a bubbling tourist hub. Yet, inside, I heard no noises from the crowds. I decided to head out for lunch, even though there was a kitchen in the villa. I was in for another surprise. I hadn’t pay attention to the roads while travelling to the villa as I could barely contain my excitement. Now, I realized, the main hub of Seminyak was only a walking distance from the villa.

Within ten minutes, I had reached the beautiful beach. It was as lovely as I had imagined it to be. Later, I headed back to the villa. As my heavy eyes drifted off to sleep, I realized it was going to be an incredible week in Bali.

Coco Chanel once said that ‘Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury’. Keeping that in mind, I have to say that this trip was one of the most luxurious.

Villa Oberoi
Jalan Laksmana Oberoi Gang Inti Kulit Seminyak Bali 80361
Office : +62 8123837143 or +62 85231985423

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