Making Your Bali Wedding Reception Unique

Bali Wedding ReceptionWhen it comes to planning a wedding in Bali there are a great many details to consider and things to organise. While few Bali weddings are truly unique, you can add many little personal touches to ensure your guests feel like part of the occasion rather than just lookers on.  One way to do this is to have a photo booth so that everyone can have fun taking photos of themselves dressed up in the props provided.

It may surprise you to realise that at many wedding receptions the guests don’t really feel part of the celebration because the bride and groom haven’t made any special effort to make their reception personal to each one. Without this, the guests tend to feel a bit bored and like they are just there for the food and drinks.

If you can take a little time to offer something more personalised to them as well as it being something uniquely from you and your fiancée, then they will feel much more like they have been included because they are your friends and you really wanted them to come. So how can you do this? Here are a few ideas.

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What Kind of Outdoor Furniture Should You Choose

Outdoor FurnitureThere are many different styles of outdoor furniture from companies like Drovers Inside and Out to choose from and only by going to the furniture store can you get a better idea of what you might like. Some people who’ve been to Bali for holidays fall in love with the relaxed and easy lifestyle, along with the Indonesian style of furniture that goes with it. You can find a lot of these styles at some of the many furniture stores in Australia who import such furniture.

The main thing to consider is whether it will stand up to the weather, unless your outdoor area has a roof to protect everything from the rain. One of the latest trends is furniture that is similar to the old-fashioned cane work of yesteryear. This wicker furniture is traditionally made from plant based material that is dried and treated, then woven together to make beautiful furniture. However, being from plants, it tends to break down quickly if left out in the weather.

Man-made wicker work is made from PVC, plastic or fibreglass that withstands the aging and rotting effect of rain and sun. It lasts a long time and yet it looks just like the plant-based wicker work. Both create furniture that is attractive and strong, yet light enough to move around easily.  Many people don’t like to be limited in the choice of position for their furniture, but rather like to shift it around to suit the occasion. So light furniture is ideal for them.

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Do You Have a Business in Bali?

bali-businessThere are many foreigners who have started up a business in Bali, including Australians. It is easy to think you don’t need a website in such a place, since there will be a lot of foot traffic going past your business, but making the most of every opportunity should be an important part of your business, so make sure you consult a professional digital agency to get advice on web design and SEO for your business.

That way your web designer will be able to create the best kind of website to suit your particular business model and you may be surprised at the extra business it brings in. If you are an Australian, contacting an seo company based in Australia that knows a bit about Bali may be the best way forward.  At least you’ll be able to understand the accent and they’ll be able to understand what you want, especially since much of your custom is likely to come from Aussie tourists.

If you don’t have a business in Bali, but are considering one, make sure you choose something that is a good fit for your skills. For instance, if you can’t dive you wouldn’t make a good dive instructor.  It could be: –

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5 Tips to Prevent Overseas Holiday Hassles

Prevent Overseas Holiday HasslesGoing overseas on a holiday is fun and exciting but it can be stressful if you’ve never been before and sometimes, even if you have. Being stressed out will spoil your fun and enjoyment, so here are 5 tips to help prevent hassle when you travel on your next overseas holiday.

  • Get all the formalities out of the way early on. These include
  • Your passport: when things are straightforward it takes around 3 weeks to get a passport, but allow for delays.  If you have one already check the expiry date because some governments require it to be at least 6 months away and if it’s not they won’t let you in.
  • Visa:  While many countries don’t require a visa, many more do and this applies to countries that you are just travelling through as well as those you intend to stay in. Your travel agency should be able to help you.
  • Credit card: Before you leave, go to the bank and let them know where you are going. This will prevent them from freezing what they consider to be suspicious activities on the card. Also find out what fees apply to overseas transactions.
  • Take out travel insurance that also covers you for travel in Australia, just in case you have an accident getting to the ship or plane. It can be used if your goods get lost or stolen, if the airline goes on strike and you have to stay longer and for sickness or accidental injury.
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Exciting and Energetic Things to do in Bali

quad-or-buggy-drivingSome people consider a holiday to be a time of rest and relaxation, while others want it to be the most exciting and exhilarating time of their life. If you are in the latter group, you’ll be pleased to know that Bali won’t disappoint you. No matter how tiring your fun days are, you will be able to sleep well in one of the Seminyak Villas and wake up feeling ready for the next amazing adventure.

Here are some activities to do that will surely make your stay in Bali exciting: –

  • Go white water rafting on the Ayung River. This river has many rapids and Class 3 falls interspersed with lazy pools. The trip leader will guide you around white water bends and rocky obstacles and you can even fit in a swim and lunch.
  • Quad or Buggy driving with a Tubing Excursion for double the fun. You can roar through the Pangayan rainforest on your choice of vehicle – after a short lecture on safety – learning how to cross obstacles and cope with the many challenges of the narrow path and river crossing. After that, jump aboard a tube and head down the Siap River, complete with your wetsuit, life jacket and other safety devices. Pop over waterfalls – only mini ones – slip down chutes and navigate pools on the way. Once the excitement is over you can relax and enjoy a Balinese lunch before heading off to find the next activity.
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How to Look Your Best in Holiday Photos

Holiday PhotosThe trend these days is for people who want to have Botox for wrinkles to combine the treatment with a holiday overseas.  They may not realise that this is a poor decision for several reasons.  The main idea for going to Bali or Thailand for such treatment is to cut back on the cost, but you don’t know for sure what the standard of training or experience is when you are dealing with overseas cosmetic surgeons. Some people have had a very poor experience in this regard and the Botox work needs to be redone when they return home.

In addition, when you consider that your holiday is going to be spoiled to some extent due to having those needles you may want to think again. How often do you get to go overseas? Even if you go every year, it still seems a shame to use holiday time for cosmetic treatment instead of enjoying the different culture and all the many other activities you like doing while on holiday.

For many people, this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to really enjoy a trip to another country.  But instead of exploring, you have to go to a clinic and afterwards, stay out of the sun for a while and not do anything strenuous. This will eat into your holiday time when you could be having fun.

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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. According to holiday experts Easy Villas, Bali villas have grown in popularity and provide an accommodation alternative to the far too crowded and busy hotels.

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Opening a Business in Bali

Business-in-BaliIf you’ve ever gone to Bali on holiday you might wish that you could stay forever. The people are so easy to get on with and the climate is never cold or even chilly. One way to make this wish come true is to open a business there. But make sure you consult a professional digital agency such as Slinky to get advice on web design and SEO. And getting the right business licenses is also important.

You would then be able to make a living and enjoy the culture all the time instead of just a few weeks of the year. There are many different kinds of businesses that could be opened in Bali.  To make a success of your business you need to choose one that you have the skills for or are really  interested in. One thing you would need for sure is a website to advertise your business.

For this, it would be a good idea to choose a professional Australian company that understands Bali to help with your professional marketing and web design services. Web designers who are not Australian don’t have the same understanding of Aussie culture and so may not be able to design the kind of website that would be attractive to Australians.

Web designers in Australia would be able to set up the website using the kind of search engine optimisation (SEO)what would give your pages a good ranking in Australia or other countries so that people searching for your particular attraction in Bali would find your business. SEO companies in Bali may not be able to do this.

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Where to go for Affordable Drug Treatment

If someone you love is suffering from drug addiction, you will know the pain of loss and the struggle it is for both of you to remain in a relationship. The addict is consumed by his or her need for the drugs that are ruining their life and cannot think of anything else. They cannot be trusted with responsibility, or to do what they say they are going to do, unless that is to get more drugs.

Unfortunately, they cannot help this terrible effect the drugs are having on them because taking drugs changes the way the brain works. To get off the drugs they need specialised drug rehab treatment.  And since they spend any money they get on drugs, it is usually their loved ones that have to pay for that treatment.  In Australia, the cost of drug rehabilitation at a facility such as Sivana Rehab can be prohibitive, given that it takes at least a month of full time care and can take longer, depending on the level of addiction.

People tend to seek treatment overseas, both for privacy and for the more affordable cost.  Bali and Thailand have traditionally been the two places people go, but in fact, Bali is the best option because it is far easier to get to and far more affordable than the Australian treatment.

In Bali, the treatment centre is located in a quiet, serene and beautiful setting that in itself will help to restore balance to the addict’s life. It is close to a major hospital should that be required and the staff are highly trained in treating drug addiction.  In fact, because of their very nature the health care team don’t judge or condemn those they treat. Instead, they are treated with kindness, compassion and respect.

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12 Reasons to go Overseas for Drug Rehabilitation

Drug addiction is a terrible thing that often takes the life of the addict. But if they can get the right kind of help in time, it is possible to recover at least some of their life and go on to become a useful member of society. Some recovered addicts even spend their time helping other addicts to recover, or talking to people about the dangers of trying drugs in the first place.

Many of these people actually went overseas for their drug rehab rather than seeking treatment in Australia.  Why? Here are 12 reasons why people go overseas to places like Bali to seek treatment.

  • Overseas treatment is far more affordable than treatment in Australia.
  • Bali is a beautiful place to be and gets them away from the temptation to go back to their old life. And they can’t just walk out of the facility and return easily; they have to book a plane and pay the air fare, so they tend to stay for the duration.
  • Bali drug rehabilitation has a great recovery rate.
  • Bali is the easiest overseas drug rehab place to access, being easier to get to than Thailand.
  • When they or their loved ones look into it, the programmes for drug rehab are drawn up to suit the individual and they are encouraged to own it by deciding exactly what they want.
  • There is an aftercare program that helps them to cope with life after the rehabilitation is complete.
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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.

The tranquil beaches are just the beginning. Explore the seaweed farms and Mangrove forests, or how about walking the suspension bridge over to Nusa Ceningan the neighbouring island. Head over to Ceningan Ridge for the most spectacular sunset you’ll ever experience – if romance is in the air, here’s the place to maximize it!

Chrystal Beach is home to Bat Cave and Giri Putri Cave, which are crammed with thousands of bats, which go unseen but they are certainly heard even during the day. This area is popular with marine researchers and underwater photographers. The white sandy bottom combined with the crystal clear water offers an incredible view of various fish and vegetarian. Nusa Lembongan is most certainly a unique place offering a unique experience.

You might want to check out what the Bali Hai Beach Club has to offer, especially if you’d really like a relaxing day of swimming or hanging out in the swimming pools. From here, you can also book para sailing, snorkelling, Banana boat tours, and a ton of other activities.

Do you like to fish? Then how about taking a coral fishing trip leaving Nusa Lembongan daily. These boats are traditional designs that have been adapted as outrigger boats for blue marlin, large pelagic and tuna fishing. Are you up for the challenge? The Nusa Ceningan waters are known for their diversity – enjoy the marine life, use the bay as the starting point for snorkelling, surfing, canoeing, diving, or a fishing trip.

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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, stunning holiday Bali 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.

Hatten Wines is the first and only Balinese winery that is located in the heart of Sanur. It has been in business since 1994 bringing their delicious wines to restaurants, bars, and hotels. This is a family owned winery, which makes this win that much more special. It is owned by the Dewi Sri company, the makers of Arak Bali and Brem Bali.

For locals this might not be too big of a surprise. After all, they are familiar with this tasty wine. Hatten Wines isn’t new to awards as they have taken several in the past years. But in this event there were 5,375 wines from 35 countries that were tasted and put to the test by the 100 judges. So to take a gold in that kind of competition should be a proud moment. To take 4 golds and 1 silver should puff you up like never before. Moreover, for wine drinkers you should certainly take note that this is a wine worth trying.

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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.

For example, there is the Salsa Bar at the Hyatt Hotel Bali or the Sky Bar at the Mulia Bali. How close you are to one of these fun and entertaining rooftop bars will depend a great deal on where you are staying. That’s an entirely different conversation considering the number of affordable villas that have come to market. What a great form of accommodation for anyone who really wants to experience all of what Bali has to offer.

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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?

My Dream Wedding brings together professionals from all sectors of the wedding market and helps them to discuss and develop new ideas and opportunities to market to. There are going to be more than 60 developers and exhibitors present, so those attending are certainly not going to be disappointed!

You can expect see booths related to wedding photography, baking, florists, bands, wedding dresses, music, jewellery, travel, reception services, and the list goes on. If you are in the wedding industry this is a great excuse to book your flights and come on over to Bali. You cannot only take in the Wedding Trade Show Bali and the many things it has to offer, you can make it a vacation for you.

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Great Way to Get Bali Wedding Photos

Bali Wedding PhotosIf you are wondering about who to choose for a Bali wedding photographer, why not consider taking advantage of photo booths? The benefit of this kind of photographer is that you and your guests get to do all the choosing of when the photo should be taken and how to pose. You can be as crazy as you like with your friends without feeling that the photographer is peering at you through the lens, waiting for you to settle down and be serious.

When you hire a booth for the photos, it usually comes with many props and sometimes, an attendant to make sure the photos are taken properly. That saves you having to work out which buttons to press, or whether your friends are all in the photos, so you can concentrate just on how you want the people in the photo to be. Of course, with such a photo, they are all likely to be having so much fun you won’t need to pose them in any other way but how they choose to present themselves. That’s the whole idea of having photos done in this way.

This is a wonderful way to give your friends a fun time and ensure they have their own photos of your wedding and the fun they had at the reception. This will enable them to have photos of your wedding to cherish for many years.  They can download them easily with their own code number given on the night and choose which to keep and which are not quite right for them.

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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.”

Can the Indonesian Steve Jobs or Larry Page be far behind? Maybe that day isn’t coming yet, but Indonesia is getting restless within its economic borders. Agus Martowardojo, the new governor of Indonesia’s central bank, is urging Indonesian banks and businesses to compete overseas. Indonesian tech workers are starting to swell their ranks, and you encounter one in the online global market more and more every day.

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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.

While you are staying in Kintamani, be sure to head on over to the village of Trunyan where you can learn all about what life has to offer here and where the ancestors are still honored. You can see how the corpses of ancestors were simply placed on the ground – a very strange sight to see. Walk the trail, which takes about 45 minutes, and discover the cultural heritage.

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Bali Villas for Galungan Festival

Bali Villas as offered by holiday booking companies like Easy Bali 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.

Most of these villas are located near the seashore, and their patios extend right up to the point where they touch the shallowest parts of the sea. The villas are also fitted with a number of top incorporated services designed specifically for you as you wait for the Galungan Festival, Bali’s most important religious festival. This festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. It also honors the spirits and memories of all Balinese ancestors.

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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 face lift since opening back in 1996. 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.

Of course, for those that prefer a villa they will still be looking at local villas. Legian has plenty to offer visitors, but especially those who love a little spa pampering. Legian has a number of excellent spas for a relaxing day, with some even catering to newlyweds.

You will want to be sure to visit the Singosari Temple. While there is not a lot remaining of this temple you must remember it dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most powerful temples in the East Java kingdom of Singosari. Two giant statues once stood guard at the palace front, but only traces remain today. It truly is a piece of history that you will not want to miss seeing.

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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?

Let’s look at three of these restaurants, in no particular order. Be sure to check out the other top restaurants.

#1 Ibu Oka Warung

You’ll find the Ibu Oka Warung shanty style café across from what used to be the Royal Palace. You come here to enjoy the Balinese roast suckling pig, which arrive on a motorcycle. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

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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.

Sanur is actually the oldest upscale resort in the area and even with all the accommodations and restaurants, it remains a nice quiet, relaxing area to spend your time. Sanur is extremely popular with families and middle-aged couples. The Europeans are especially fond of this environment.

Sanur is home to the International Kite Festival, which takes place at Padang Galek beach every July. You will see gigantic traditional Balinese kites flown by teams competing for the various villages. It’s very exciting.

The Le Mayeur Museum is a must see. This was once the home of Adrian Jean Le Mayeur a Belgium impressionist, and today the museum is a dedication to his work.

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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.

Then there is the beautiful beach with the spectacular waves crashing to shore. You can even learn to surf, even if you have never done it before. The small waves and foal are perfect if you want to learn the basic surfing techniques. There are good waves here but they are there before high tide. You can find all kinds of instructors and surfing schools along the beach.

If you want to dive you’ll have to head to the north of the island. Diving’s restricted because there is very little visibility in town.

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Romantic Getaway to Bali

romnticAccording to People Magazine, recently Mila Kunis’s relationship with Ashton Kutcher were seen boarding a plane leaving Bali after a romantic getaway. After a romantic break at one of the local villas both Kucher and Kunis looked relaxed. These two know something so many people aren’t aware of – if you are looking for a romantic getaway; Bali is the place to go.

Bali will seduce your senses! Bali screams romance from the rooftops – the authentic Balinese rooftops with their thatched elephant grass and outdoor showers. The luxurious teak interiors that can be found everywhere. The stunning tropic views that meet the eye just about everywhere you turn – beauty and romance seeps from the very soul of Bali, so it just makes sense that this is the place for a romantic getaway.

Walk along the warm sandy beaches, take a stroll through a temple, spend some quiet private time in your villa…whatever you do you’ll find your stress disappearing, your body unwinding, and your partner the most important thing in your world. One of the most popular spa treatments is the Chocolate Indulgence at Kayumanis Jimbaran. Enjoy a massage, a Chocolate Body Scrub, and a Rich Chocolate Wrap – you’ll feel brand new.

There are a number of amazing spas in Bali and many are designed for couples. Get a little pampering to melt the stress away. Why not take a romantic horse ride in Canggu, go on an elephant safari ride, or take an evening cruise.

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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 luxury villa from www.luxury-villas-bali.net in Umalas.

Sure, its nice being right by the beach, where many of the hotels are located but the problem is they tend to be overcrowded and constantly busy so finding that peace and tranquillity that you desire can sometimes be a bit difficult. Renting a private villa is the perfect thing to do.

Umalas is also a great place to choose as a jumping off spot. Umalas is close to the Seminyak beach, Berawa beach, or Canggu beach are all popular, so you certainly have choices. Nightlife is only a short distance away in Seminyak. Take in all that the area has to offer while enjoying the peace and tranquillity of 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.

Tenganan – located near Candi Dasa this is considered the village of the original Balinese people. They still live based on their ancient traditions. They are well known for their palm leaf calendars and ikat weaving. Go early in the day and avoid the busloads of tourists that come later in the day.

Tirta Gangga – Just north of Amplapura is this ancient water palace. It was destroyed by an earthquake but it remains the best-preserved water palace in all of Bali. Enjoy the beautiful garden and you can even swim in the royal pools, a once in a lifetime experience.

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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.

Today there are plenty of places to stay. Hotels have exploded all over Kuta, and there are beautiful Kuta villas to rent for those that prefer a more private, relaxed atmosphere with a little more space to call their own.

So what can you see and do in Kuta? Plenty!

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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.

Perhaps a day tour on a mountain bike is more your style. There are various tour packages you can choose from and it certainly offers a different way to see the countryside.  If you like, horse riding you can enjoy a fabulous adventure with experienced tour guides. Don’t worry they even offer riding lessons.

There are a number of different beaches to enjoy. Canggu beach is away from the bustle of tourists so it’s a nice quiet fun place to spend an afternoon. Pantai Batu Mejan, also called Echo beach is hard to find but you’ll never forget it with its dark sand. It’s popular with surfers. Make sure to spend some time there.

Come to Canggu and enjoy this magical place!

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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.

There is nothing that can be said about the food other than ‘superb.’ Fear not – for it truly will tantalize your taste buds no matter it is you decide to enjoy. Chef Ephraim has been around, but for the last four years, he’s been at the Ubud Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique so he truly has an understanding of the local cuisine along with all the flavours he brings from his background. He really does have a love affair with fresh ingredients and seeks to use what’s available at the time.

If you are anywhere near Batu Belig you really should make sure that you put a stop here on your to-do list. Besides, while here make sure to visit Tempel Taman Ayun, and take a walk through Butterfly Park. There is also the Bali Museum that is definitely worth a stop. This is a community that you won’t want to miss on your Bali travels. Enjoy the local culture, pamper yourself a little, and be sure to stop by the Mozaic Beach Club.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

Top restaurants in Bali

Metis Restaurant and Gallery
(JL Petitenget 6 KerobokanKelod, Kuta)
Open: 11:00-16:00, 18:00-23:00

Metis offers four different menus (lunch, dinner, foiegras and lounge) and also an extensive wine list. It has seating capacity of 350. Accent is on French cuisine using international ingredients prepared by a French Chef and his talented team. Dine al fresco in a courtyard or in the lounge. (Last orders)

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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.

Balinese authorities are of course very sensitive to issues that affect their tourist trade, so most package tours and upscale villas have strict policies about keeping the dregs of the street trades at bay. Really, it’s nothing more than you’d expect to encounter in Baghdad, Singapore, or Las Vegas.

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Sights To See In Bali – The Beach

Sights-To-See-In-BaliBali is home to some of the most rocking beaches in the world. Legendary for their either pale white sand or dark black ‘Volcanic’ sand – and native palm trees.

These beaches include Nusa Dua, Kuta Beach, Legian Beach and Canggu Beach, which are all popular for surfing and extreme water sports of all kinds.

Sanur beach, with calmer waters that invite you to relax in the sun and meditate on how lucky you are to be there. A great activity to partake in if you are over ‘Sanur’ way is to go diving or snorkeling with Atlantis International Dive Centre. They can take you to dive with Manta rays and Sun fish (if you’re lucky) and then finish the day with the incredible ‘drift diving’ down the coast of Nusa Lembongan.

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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.

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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.

Mount Agung is so massive that it actually affects the weather. West of the mountain is lush and green, while the east side is more arid. This is because the mountain intercepts the rain clouds. This Bali blog tells you more. Oh, by the way, don’t worry if the volcano should become active again; as you can see from the photos, the Balinese have the sense to build to a respectful distance.

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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.

Ubud is a city in the central south of Bali, surrounded by rice paddies and ravine-dotted foothills. In history, the city was originally home to feudal lords under the king of Gianyar, and the citizens crafted art pieces and useful goods as tribute. Later, the spreading arts reputation of Ubud drew artists from Germany and the Netherlands. Ubud is also home to many museums, including Museum Puri Lukisan, Museum Neka and the Agung Rai Museum of Art.

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Bali – Favorite Holiday Destination

holidaysBali is a favorite holiday destination with many tourists. This small island is rich in natural beauty and serene surroundings. This is a place where people looking for great villa holidays take their families as even kids love the beach side and are always up for sandcastle building competition.

There are many hotels available for booking, but in a hotel you will miss many amenities that a private luxury villa offers. These villas are located near resorts that have world class amenities and you can easily make use of these facilities. They do not have hundreds of villas instead they provide villas located at secluded places where you can get complete privacy. It is a more intimate space that you can enjoy with your loved ones away from the busy life that you had and away from hustle and bustle of the city.

If you choose to stay in a private Balinese home you will experience the culture more closely. A private luxury villa in Bali is very comfortable just like being at home, in fact more comfortable than a home. You have access to the beautiful tidal waves and the sweet sound of the ocean can take all your worries and make you feel calm and contented, this is not something that a hotel can offer. Therefore a private villa is a completely different experience from a regular hotel. It is more like a home away from home.

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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.

Not only is batik an ideal way to make clothing designs, as well as fabrics for tablecloths, curtains, and many other household accessories, but artists even use the same technique for making batik tapestries. You’ll usually find a few these colorful and unique wall hangings in the home of anyone who has taken a vacation in Bali because you just can’t resist taking one home with you.

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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.

The beaches are famous for the black sand, which is a frequent result of nearby volcanic activity over geologic time. All water sports are popular here, including snorkeling, diving, swimming, and sailing. The main attraction here are the dolphin sighting tours, where hundreds of the friendly and playful sea-going mammals naturally congregate and frolic among the boats which set out at dawn to greet them.

Reports are that July and August are the busiest months, so going in the off-season could be both a money-saver and a way to enjoy more of the local’s attention to yourself. Regardless of when you go, Lovina is a relaxed, slow-paced beach-side resort town that will provide an unforgettable vacation experience.

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Balinese Tourism – A Few Tips For Dodging The Crowds

Balinese-TourismBali is making no idle boast when it calls itself the jewel of Indonesia – it’s one of the most popular resort destinations in the world.

A recent survey of tourism throughout Indonesia found that a whopping 80% of Indonesian tourists visit Bali and Bali alone!

For those of you who prefer a vacation with a more relaxed pace, here’s some tips on getting the most out of your Bali experience:

  • July and August are the peak of tourist season. Pick any other month and enjoy fewer crowds as well as huge discounts for the off-season.
  • Stay at a Bali luxury villa instead of a hotel. Hotels tend to charge jacked-up rates compared to what you get, and are naturally more crowded too.
  • Avoid major holidays for any major country. Christmas and New Year’s bring crowds. School holiday weeks in April, June, and September draw large amounts of Australian visitors.
  • Aim for a quieter destination. Candidasa, Sanur, Amed, and Nusa Dua all tend to be quiet coastal towns that cater to the older travelers. Slower pace and more casual atmosphere.
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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!

Like some religious holidays on western calendars, Nyepi is observed somewhere in either March or April, so you have to check with a local authority for the exact date. Tourism matters, such as airport activity and stores, will be closed. In fact, the entire island shuts down for the day, with the only activity being for strict emergencies. It’s almost eerie how quiet it is. Even the police enforce this, urging citizens not to play music or bustle about to much.

What on Earth is going on? The idea is that evil spirits come once a year to Bali looking for trouble, but if you fool them into thinking that Bali is entirely uninhabited, they’ll move on to somewhere else and leave Bali alone for another year. No really, that’s the rationale! Tourists should avoid this holiday in most cases, but if you can manage to be there for it, it is one of the most unique cultural experiences you can find. But please be respectful, as this is one of their most important holidays!

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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.

Here’s a few of the kind you’re most likely to encounter:

Barong – The “lion dance”. It’s kind of a passion play about the fight between good and evil. Done with lion masks and a lot of visual spectacle. Barong dances tend to be performed in just about any tourist stop in Bali, so it’s not hard to find one.

Calonarang – A darker, more spiritual dance about casting out evil spirits. Be respectful when you see this one, because it has significance in Balinese spiritualism. There is a witch-queen character called “Rangda” who figures in the story, so look out for her.

Kecak – The “monkey dance”. As Balinese as the monkey temple itself, this dance goes to the roots of the animism branch of spirituality. Nevertheless, it’s an eye-popping spectacle with up to 250 chanting dancers in concentric circles.

Legong Keraton – The canonical historic dance of Indonesia, this one dates back to the 12th century at least. It is performed by young girls and is about young nymphs in breathtakingly beautiful costumes. Shorter versions are performed specifically for tourists, but treat yourself to a full-length version.

 

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