Crowded Bali Tourist Areas Need Restructuring

CROWDED-BALI-TOURIST-AREAS-NEED-RESTRUCTURINGBali’s tourism industry has grown, and with that growth has come the need to restructure some of the overly crowded tourist areas. Those who are stakeholders in tourist zones are urging the authorities to restructure these overly crowded areas to improve the business climate. These are especially noticeable in some of the Bali’s southern destinations.

Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) for Badung regency, Alit Wiraputra, said some of the more popular tourist areas in South Bali like Legian, Nusa Dua, Petitenget, and Seminyak have become over crowded. Development in these areas is out of control and will continue to be so if a wells structure plan is not put into place. Seminyak villas have grown in popularity and provide an accommodation alternative to the far too crowded and busy hotels.

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Book Bali Vacation Early as Tourism Cap May Become a Reality

BOOK-BALI-VACATION-EARLY-AS-TOURISM-CAP-MAY-BECOME-A-REALITYBali recently hosted an international forum on illegal trafficking of humans. Bob Carr, Bali’s Foreign Minister, says that there are 37 countries that have jumped on board and agreed to outlaw people smuggling and these countries will be cracking down on illegal trafficking.

The conference got started with the Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Marty Natelegawa, asking for early detection and higher prevention of human trafficking and more effort in stopping people smuggling.

Immigration Minister Brendan O’Connor and Senator Carr attended the forum, in a closed session that involved 37 countries, all of who attended and agreed to engage law enforcement and their expertise along with training organizations to coordinate any crackdowns on human smuggling.

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Travelling to Nusa Lembongan? What You Need to See and Do

Dream-beach-Nusa-LembonganThe lazily winding coastal paths around Nusa Lembongan invite you to take some time to explore the island on foot and discover just what it has to offer. Tranquil beaches like Dream Beach and Jungut Batu perfectly display the natural beauty. The stunning, clear blue water awaits you whether you’d love to surf or do some drift diving.

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Bali Hatten Wines Wins 4 Golds at Recent Awards 2013

Bali-Hatten-Wines-Wins-4-GoldsBali is known for many things – its temples, great food, villas, nightlife, and its wineries. Hatten Wines is proud to have yet another international achievement under their belts taking home 4 gold medals and 1 silver at the China Wine and Spirits Awards 2013, which were held in Hong Kong.

According to a recent news article, this is the largest and the most prestigious event of its kind in China and so for Hatten Wines this must be a very big deal.

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Bali Nightlife Offers Rooftop Bars for Stunning View

rooftop-barPart of the experience of visiting Bali is to enjoy the amazing Bali nightlife it has to offer, and there is no question in my mind that you won’t be disappointed. If there’s one thing Bali knows how to do it’s how to party, and regardless of where you are staying in Bali you are sure to find some great night entertainment.

Bali has a rather unique form of nightlife that you are going to want to check out. Of course, you can also experience it during the day, but at night it really is that much better. Bali offers many rooftop bars that provide you with spectacular views of the city you are staying in.

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My Dream Wedding Trade Show Coming to Bali

my-dream-weddingMore and more trade shows are taking place in Bali, and so it should be no surprise to see that the My Dream Wedding trade show is going to be held in November (Nov 8-10, 2013) at the Aston Denpasar Hotel.

I would see this as rather exciting. After all, Bali is a very hot spot for destination weddings and for honeymoons. So having this huge wedding trade show in Bali is a bit symbolic don’t you think?

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Indonesia’s Economy, Beyond Rattan Furniture And Tourism

economyWhile Indonesia has taken its dear, sweet time getting here, it has emerged as one of the newest and most interesting business climates in the international market. This explains the big push for online and tech development in the Indonesian sphere.

ust take a look at these figures: By GDP, Indonesia is the world’s 16th-largest economy. While the rest of the world is still sweating out the global economic malaise, Indonesia is projected to grow by nearly 7% in 2013, according to the World Bank estimate. Indonesia has recently become a member of the G20, and “Foreign Policy” magazine lists 6 Indonesian leaders among its list of “world’s 500 most powerful people.”

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Kintamani Becoming Popular Bali Destination

kintamani1If you are planning a vacation to Bali, you might want to have a look at what Kintamani has to offer. It seems many vacationers are heading there. Kintamani is about a 2-hour drive from Denpasar, and it is really one of the best-kept secrets in Bali. If you do not know what Kintamani has to offer, it is time you did.

Kintamani offers some magnificent scenery and with temperatures reaching around 18 degrees Celsius this is a great place to relax, re-energize, and de-stress. You can enjoy some of the finest dining here while enjoying views of places like Lake Batur or Mount Batur.

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Bali Villas for Galungan Festival

Galungan FestivalBali villas are growing in popularity on a global scale. They are normally furnished to world standards and fitted with the latest amenities such as flat screen TV’s, stainless steel kitchen appliances among others. Moreover, the fact that they are in a safe and tranquil place in South East Asia is one other reason behind the increase in popularity. The minimum requirement in terms of amenities you will get at all these Balinese villas is swimming pools and patios, if you want a little more luxury, you get an infinity pool, spa and steam bath among others.

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Legian Bali Reopens Doors After Major Renovations

SingosariAccording to Goway Agent News, the Legian Bali has reopened its doors after four months of down time for their firm major facelift since opening back in1996. It now included a 30-metre infinity lap pool and a beachfront sun deck.

The resort’s exclusive Beach House is the recipient of a new 20 sq-m terrace with loungers that guests are able to access from the master bedroom, which has now been redesigned so that there are more ocean views. The new terrace lighting has enhanced the night time ambiance.

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3 of the Best Restaurants to Eat at in Ubud Bali

Ibu-Oka-WarungThe Guardian has taken the time to create a list of the top 10 places to eat in Ubud, Bali. It’s an interesting list and with so many restaurants in the area, it’s kind of nice to have a list of what are considered the best by some of the experts in the tourism industry.

The idea of Balinese cuisine is exciting – what a nice surprise after our own diets and you’ll get to taste some of the most delicious meals you’ll ever eat, at a price that will amaze you. Some of these restaurants have been around for years. Of course, you can also enjoy traditional western food if you like but why take bland when you can have Bali?

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Sanur is Popular for Its Yellow Beaches

sanurOn the southern coast of Bali, you will find Sanur. In fact, it’s the main beach resort on the island famous for its yellow sand beaches. The sand from the Sanur beach was actually used in the concrete preparation for the local hotels and restaurants so Sanur actually had to import sand from Nusa Dua.

One of the most significant aspects of this resort is its vast expanse of beach. A trail covering the entire 5km allows visitors to “loiter” and explore the long beach, stopping whenever they want to enjoy a drink or snack in a restaurant located on the beach.

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Why Kuta Should be Your Bali Destination

KutaOn our visit to Bali, you will want to make sure that Kuta is one of your destinations. There are all kinds of places you’ll want to visit but Kuta has some unique things to offer. It’s a neat mix of Balinese culture, but it’s where the Australian surfers of the 70s call home. This makes it a very interesting place to go.

There are some fabulous temples in Kuta, where the traders still deposit their offerings to the Gods.

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Rent Your Own Private Villa in Umalas

umalasSince the very first island of Bali started receiving tourists, the number of visitors has continued to grow at incredible numbers. Tourists are flocking to the beautiful beaches, enjoying romantic getaways, and taking in the Bali culture. Maybe you are planning your first trip to Bali or you’ve been there a dozen times – it doesn’t matter. Why not rent your own private, luxury villa in Umalas?

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Candi Dasa Gets More Attention as Bali Destination Worth Exploring

candi-dasaCandi Dasa is just a small resort on the eastern coastline. It’s often overlooked because it doesn’t get the attention of some of the heavier populated Bali areas. According to Indo, recently it has been getting more attention as more people discover that it offers an escape from all the hassles that are often found in the heavier populated tourist areas. There’s all kinds of things you can do. Let’s have a look at a few of them.

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Kuta Bali Turns from Hippy Destination to All Round Destination

Kuta-BaliAccording to the Jakarta Post, which was once a hippy destination, is now one of the most popular places in Bali to visit. During the 1960s and 1970s apart from the Grand Inna, which was owned by the government there were no other hotels to stay at and only the wealthier could afford to stay here, so others had to be more adventurous and stay in tent.

Tenters soon connected with local villagers and began to rent floor space in their homes. Fast forward to the 1990’s when suddenly the entire world became aware of Kuta and the sleepy village where hippies hung out became one of them most popular Bali destinations.

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Enjoy Surf Camp Canggu Bali

surf-campAccording to Kima Surf, Canggu is the perfect Bali location to enjoy surf camp. There are tons of surf spots on the island and one of the perks to surf camp is getting the opportunity to explore many of these places. But Canggu is a great place for beginners to get their wave on and learn the basics before heading into more difficult waters.

Maybe not everyone in your group wants to learn how to surf, that’s okay because Canggu has plenty to offer. Enjoy some time at a local spa and get pampered, maybe after a day out on the waves.

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Batu Belig Mozaic Beach Club Enjoying Success After July Opening

Batu-Belig-Mozaic-Beach-ClubThe loss of a number of restaurants in Batu Belig made news, but when Hotelier Indonesia reported on the opening of the Mozaic Beach Club in July 2012, people took notice, so it should be no surprise that its popularity continues to grow. Chef Chris Salans is the brain child behind Mozaic Beach Club.

The Mozaic Beach Club offers lunch on deck, poolside chill-out tapas, evening dining a la carte, private dining room, tasting menus, as well as a fine dining restaurant. It is the perfect place to be mesmerized by a stunning sunset. You can see why this is such a hit.

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This Summer, Take A Love Tour In Bali

sanur1Since the Bali tourism industry is so happening, they can manage to provide something for everyone. And of course, what could be a better plan for sweethearts than a Bali Love Tour, featuring excursion packages with a lovey-dovey theme.

What kind of romantic setting should you have in mind? You could match it to your personal fantasy. Are you the rugged, daring, Indiana Jones / Lara Croft type? Tell us the “Royal Temple” in the “Monkey Forest” doesn’t sound like it’s full of adventure. How about the respectable gourmet diner who woos their love by the plateful? That’s the “Jimbaran Seafood Dinner and Spa“. Throw in a relaxing, pampered massage and spoiling yourself with a luxury weekend, and that’s the “Hot Spring Kecak and Dinner” tour. You people go ahead, we’re going for the “Rafting Kintamani Volcano” tour because we live on adrenalin and bile.

Bali Film Industry News – Oliver Stone Wraps “Savages”

savages-logoGuess what just got done filming on the island of Bali? Savages, a film directed by Oliver Stone set in Mexico but filmed in Bali. Bali Film Center has cast shots and behind-the-scenes pics.

How exciting is it that this film just finished wrapping in the tropical paradise of Bali? Who wouldn’t be sorry to have missed vacationing this time of year there and catching a glimpse of the shoot? How amazing is it that John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and Salma Hayek – Quentin Tarantino regulars, all – were a part of this picture? If you were to come back from swimming off the beach just in time to catch sizzling sexy Salma Hayek looking at you all “well hello there”, would that not top every vacation you’d ever taken?

Seven Amazing Sights Of Bali Tourism

7-wonder-in-baliWhile you’re planning your vacation at a luxury villa in Bali, you might want to just check out some of the amazing things to see and do there. Here’s a few images we’ve rounded up from odd corners of the web:

  • A hanging swimming pool in Ubud. We don’t even know how to explain it. It seems to defy physical laws.
  • A Balinese wedding chapel. Where do they get these architects?
  • Terraced rice paddies. There’s miles of these around the central Bali area.
  • A scene from a vacation villa. This is in Uluwatu. Again, an amazing feat of innovative architecture and beautiful scenery.
  • Yet another ocean-side villa. Seriously, how is architecture like this even possible?
  • Suluban beach in Uluwatu. Did anybody say they like exploring tidepools?
  • A dramatic seaside cliff. This is just west of Benoa.

Famous Restaurants in Bali

MetisBali is famous destination for many tourists around the globe. It is the place where most people go to enjoy their holidays.

People go there with their families. It is also famous because there are so many restaurants which offer variety of foods to their tourists. Restaurants offer many different types of cuisine, from traditional to European style pizzerias and Chinese foods. Tourists can easily find the food of their choice. Bali serves up the best of international cuisine that you could get at the restaurant close to your house.

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A Little Practical Advice For Dealing With Persistent Street Vendors

vendorAnywhere in the world, any area that sees a lot of tourists generally will attract street vendors, beggars, and hustlers of all kinds.

Southeast Asia is no different, but the local customs and culture are somewhat more permissive towards street vendors. It is, after all, a thriving capitalism. Here is some very level-headed advice about dealing with persistent hucksters, which you’ll soon realize pose no real hindrance to you.

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Excellent Ideas For Filling Three days In Bali

Excellent-Ideas-For-Filling-Three-days-In-BaliWe loved the suggestions from Bali blog about itinerary ideas for three-day package tours of Bali. All in all, following this plan takes you through the Monkey Forest, the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple, beach side seafood cafes, craft villages going to Sanur, Mount Batur, and Lake Batur – and much more!

That sounds like fun adventure, but not everybody would be up to such a bustling holiday. Luckily, Bali is chock full of luxury villas where you can just drape yourself over the lounge chairs, enjoy an exotic cocktail, and bask in the perfect climate.

Mount Agung, the Mythical Mountain of Bali

mount-agung-baliWhen participating in tourism in Bali, you’ll be sure not to miss Mount Agung, which is the highest point in Bali and thus should be visible from anywhere around the local area.

It actually qualifies as a stratovolcano, similar to Mount Fuji in Japan. Like Mount Fugi, Mount Agung has its own mythology. Balinese believe it to be “Mount Meru”, an important location in Hindu legend, the center of the Universe and home to Lord Brahma. In Bali, Mount Agung is also the location of Pura Besakih, the most important Hindu temple in Bali.

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Arts and Crafts in Ubud

Arts-and-Crafts-in-UbudLike all of Balinese culture, when shopping the many arts and crafts boutiques during your Bali holiday, the two words that will spring to mind will be “exotic” and “ornate”.

The Balinese, it seems, imbue even the merest candle-snuffer or incense holder with its own soul, and usually with its own facial expression as well. The always-intriguing Do Something Different blog has a post on Ubud arts and crafts.

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Batik – A Staple of Balinese Fashion

batikAnybody who’s ever stayed at a luxury Balinese resort will have encountered this exotic, beautiful fabric in the many kinds of clothing, drapes, and textiles sold in Bali boutiques. It rivals the finest woven textures of the world for artistic technique, with its own unique texture thanks to their culturally-prized dying technique. In fact, Bali has done as much to introduce the world to the Indonesian sarong garment as anybody else.

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Black Sand, Dolphins, and Coral Reefs – Life in Lovina

black-sandLovina, located on the northern coast of Bali, is yet another different experience when vacationing in Bali.

As the travel resort sites like this one give you an idea, Lovina is a little less about noisy dance festivals and exotic, sacred monkey jungles and more about the ultimate beach-goer’s tropical paradise. It’s also a little more urban than other parts of Bali.

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All About Balinese Nyepi – The Strangest Holiday You’ve Ever Heard Of

nypeHow do you typically celebrate New Year’s? With fireworks, cheering, horns, loud music, parties, and general hubbub? Well, in Bali, they celebrate Hindu New Year (Saka), which is done just the opposite – it’s called “Nyepi”, the day of absolute silence!

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A Short Guide To Traditional Balinese Dances

brongTourists at a Balinese luxury resort will frequently be invited to watch some local live shows.

These take the form of traditional dance ceremonies performed the same way for centuries, all of them having some significance. There’s a good variety of these and they all have their own little cultures.

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