Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Christmas and the New Year Celebration at Finns Beach Club and Canggu Club

Where can you enjoy the traditions of Christmas and the New Year but still have plenty of fun? Canggu landmarks, the recently opened Finns Beach Club and Canggu Club has festive season celebrations all wrapped up for 2016. Whether you are looking for a place to party hard or a more family friendly affair, these two popular venues have something for everyone.

Christmas Bali Style at the Canggu Club means the family can enjoy Splash Water Park anytime from 9am until 6pm. There is no need to stress about your arrival time since the all day buffet lunch starts at noon and includes all the Christmas food favourites – Oven roasted turkey, pork, beef, ham and vegetables. Plus delicious desserts such as plum pudding, pavlova, apple pie and a chocolate fountain.

With prices as low as Rp 600K per adult for CC members, or Rp 900K for non CC members including the entry to Splash Water Park.

Share the love and celebrate Christmas with the kids from Jodie O’Shea Orphanage.  Live entertainment continues throughout the afternoon, Santa might just make an appearance and everyone is welcome to stay on into the evening to enjoy Starlight Movies and S’mores.

Fast forward a little over a week to the first day of 2017 and I’ll bet you’ll be looking for somewhere to soak up the previous evening’s ‘festivities’ and celebrate New Year’s Day with a hearty feed. Bistro C at The Canggu Club is serving casual brunch from 10am -2pm for just Rp400K per adult (less for the littler ones of course). Take advantage of an air conditioned or al fresco dining experience complete with all of the best tunes from the year that was, drink specials to top up the celebrations and a ton of fun and games, family style.

Not just for Canggu Club members, walk ins are welcome and day passes to stay and play at Splash Water Park are readily available for non Canggu Club members.

Looking for a party that’s a little more lively? Perhaps Finns is more your speed. Just a little way down the road from The Canggu Club at Berawa Beach is Bali’s newest offering in beach clubs - Finns (another gem in the Semara Collection crown). With 2016 being Finns very first festive season, they’ve decided to blast into 2017 with a two-day festival!

Their New Year’s Eve Party is strictly adults only with five hours of late night fun from 10pm til 3am. It’s free entry for everyone and a minimum F&B spend applies, the amount depending on how close you want to be to the centre of the action, whether it be daybed, booth or bar. Dancers, DJs, fireworks, stilt walkers and world class entertainment continues into the wee hours so you can bring in the New Year Bali style at the hottest new venue on the island. Don your swimwear and the desire to party!

Now we all know that a few too many bubbly beverages from the night before can be cause for a little fogginess the following morning so what better way to clear the head than with a recovery pool party back at Finns on New Year’s Day. An all ages affair, this time the whole family can join the fun from midday until midnight. Once again it’s free entry for everyone with daybeds, booths and lounge areas requiring the predetermined minimum spend. Keep youngsters entertained for the afternoon with family entertainment on the lawn while the big kids ease back at the pool bar and dance to DJ sets until well after the sun goes down.

Plan ahead this year and avoid the frustration of trying to find somewhere to spend Christmas and New Year’s. To book online and secure your spot at Bali’s best party venues this silly season or for full details regarding all of these events, go to Canggu Club cangguclub.com or Finns Beach Club finnsbeachclub.com. No need to look any further, these guys have festive season celebrations wrapped and ready to go!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Tauzia Hotel Management to Debut Maison Aurelia - Sanur by Préférence Hotels

Maison Aurelia is the first upscale boutique hotel by Préférence label which offers an elegant hideaway from city bustles and daily hassles in the alluring stretch of Sanur – Bali.

Tauzia Hotel Management along with PT Segara Biru Kencana jointly announced the opening of Maison Aurelia – Sanur by Préférence Hotels located on Jl. Danau Tamblingan, in the heart of revered and timeless Sanur – South Denpasar, 2 December 2016.

The opening marks the first property under the Préférence label uniquely, comprising of upscale, charm & heritage boutique hotels.

Maison Aurelia – Sanur offers homey & soothing feeling in the calming comfort of its classic colonial style blended with modern amenities. Guests will surely experience a place of discreet luxury & serenity. “The word choice of ‘Aurelia’ derives from Latin which means ‘golden’ – the color which symbolizes strength, luxury & perfection –  while ‘Maison’ means ‘home’ in French – as we believe our warm & attentive personnel will make our guests truly feel homely,” said Irene Janti, Chief Brands & Marketing Officer, Tauzia Hotel Management.

Maison Aurelia – Sanur, by Préférence Hotels features 54 alluring guestrooms divided into two categories: 42 Camelia Rooms of 36sqm & 12 Magnolia Rooms of 54sqm complete with LED TV with cable channels, complimentary Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth speaker clock, bottled mineral water, coffee/tea maker, mini bar, convenient wardrobe, safe deposit box, plush toiletries by Durance, complimentary daily newspapers & working space. “In addition to the beautifully crafted guestrooms, Maison Aurelia offers outdoor Jacuzzi, swimming pool, beach club access & overall the feeling to be home away from home,” added Sophie Marivin, Hotel Manager, Maison Aurelia, Sanur.

Be the first to experience the alluring Maison Aurelia – Sanur, by Préférence Hotels starting from IDR 1,118,000nett/night (room only).

Maison Aurelia, Sanur Hosts Spice Gastrobar – Second Edition by Celebrity Masterchef, Chris Salans

In the attempt of adding more delight to its guests, Maison Aurelia – Sanur offers a captivating dining experience at Spice Gastrobar - Second Edition, by celebrity masterchef Chris Salans – the founder of world-famous Mozaic Gastronomique Restaurant in Ubud.

“Like for the first edition Spice Gastrobar in Ubud, we are only using ingredients that are locally sourced with an emphasis on the surprising flavors & healing properties of Indonesian aromatic roots, herbs & spices,” added Salans, “the cuisine and mixology joyfully combines Indonesian flavors with western techniques of preparation and presentation such as in Snapper Carpaccio with tamarind croutons & rojak or Jim and Jack – a bourbon and jackfruit sensation.”

The interiors of Spice at Maison Aurelia - Sanur are a visual sensation celebrating the Indonesian archipelago & interpreted with contemporary artisan styling. The spicy color palette within the restaurant is literally lifted from the ingredients in the chef’s kitchen: cassia bark, saffron, curry and coriander. “The signature bold zig-zag pattern prevalent in the tile floors & bar areas are inspired by the sarongs of paddy field farmers.”

Installations of hand-thrown upended terracotta pots are utilized to create whimsical pendant lamp groupings along the ceiling. And perhaps even more fun & dramatic is the “bottle chandelier”, created from a cluster of suspended wine & liquor bottles that hover over the bar station.

The design of Spice at Maison Aurelia - Sanur was a creative collaboration between Chef Chris Salans & Lloyd Hassencahl of Design Solutions.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Love in Lombok: Love is in the Air with Pool Villa Package from Sudamala Suites & Villas, Lombok

Sudamala Suites & Villas, Lombok, fans the flames of love with this special deal for lovers – imagine three days and two nights in an idyllic beach-front resort – complete with romantic dinners, cocktails on the beach and luxurious spa treatments...

Multi-award-winning boutique resort Sudamala Suites & Villas, Senggigi has a special offer for lovers. Couples will escape to an idyllic beach-side getaway on Lombok’s west coast where they will be pampered with spa treaments, gourmet cuisine, cocktails on the beach and stunning tropical sunsets.

Nestled a few bays north of Senggigi – within easy reach of the shopping, dining and nightlife, yet far enough to feel like a world away – is the peerless Sudamala Suites & Villas, Lombok. Guests will check in for two nights in a pool-side villa complete with exceptional in-room amenities; snug linen, exclusive toiletries, espresso machine, expansive verandas and complimentary Wi-Fi access. But the most impressive features of this resort are its stunning design and seaside location.

Sudamala Lombok has consistently been voted one of Indonesia’s Top 25 Hotels on travel website TripAdvisor with 95% of reviewers ranking the resort as “excellent” or “very good”. The most popular features for guests are Sudamala’s sea-side location, world-class cuisine at Olah-Olah restaurant, and the spectacular tropical sunsets.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, this package from Sudamala is designed for guests who want to show their special someone how much they love and adore them – on the sun-drenched beaches of Lombok, where time stands still and love is in the air. The offer is valid from now until the end of March 2017, inclusive of Valentine’s Day on 14th February.

Gaze lovingly into the eyes of your partner and drink in the views of mystical Bali as you sip cocktails at the resort’s beach-side deck. Continue the romance with a three-course meal, inclusive of a glass of wine at the signature Olah-Olah restaurant. Couples will also be treated to a sunset sailing cruise on the glimmering waters just off the coast. And, for a dose of total luxury and pampering receive a 90-minute in-room spa treatment – including relaxing full-body massage from Sudamala’s experienced spa therapists.

The package also includes a la carte breakfasts, and transfers from Lombok airport, or harbour for guests arriving by boat.

“This is an amazing deal made for couples,” said Sudamala Resorts Director, Emily Subrata. “We are really trying to emphasise the idyllic romance of Lombok, it is such abeautiful location with the beach and the colourful sunsets. People come here and really fall in love with the location – it is really magical. We wanted to share the magic with a package that makes it easy to experience the romantic ambience of Lombok’s stunning west coast. The sunset cruise, the spa treatment and special dinner in our restaurant, it all adds up to total indulgence and an unforgettable romantic experience.”

The ‘Love in Lombok’ package for two is available from USD 567++ until 31 March 2017 and includes:
  • Two nights in a one-bedroom pool villa
  • Daily a la carte breakfast
  • One-time three-course romantic dinner with glass of wine for each person
  • One-time in-villa 90-minute spa treatment
  • One-time Sunset Sailing cruise
  • Return airport/harbour transfers
  • One-time Sunset Cocktails

Offer is only available by mentioning ‘Love in Lombok’ via email contact at reservations@sudamalaresorts.com, and not valid during peak season dates from 20 December 2016 – 5 January 2017

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Meliá Hotels International Raih Best Sustainable Development & Corporate Responsibility Project

Meliá Hotels International menerima penghargaan “Best Sustainable Development and Corporate Responsibility Project” di acara penghargaan bergengsi Worldwide Hospitality Awards untuk projek "Improving Life in Kairo, Kiwenga" yang dipromosikan oleh hotel Meliá Zanzibar, Tanzania, di mana fokus tim hotel sepenuhnya untuk meningkatkan kondisi kehidupan masyarakat sekitar desa Kairo di Kiwenga.

Perekonomian Pulau Zanzibar biasanya bergantung pada pertanian, tetapi reformasi ekonomi dan pemberian insentif bagi investasi telah mendorong pariwisata dan perdagangan sebagai pendorong utama dalam pembangunan ekonomi dan sosial. Terlepas dari kemajuan ini, saat ini masih banyak desa-desa yang hidup dalam kemiskinan dan tidak memiliki akses pada kebutuhan dasar yang penting seperti air minum dan listrik. Berkat kesadaran tim hotel Meliá Zanzibar atas kondisi ini, mereka melakukan sebuah proyek untuk meningkatkan kondisi kehidupan masyarakat sekitar desa Kairo di Kiwenga.

Inti dari proyek ini adalah untuk membina dialog langsung dengan orang- orang yang berhubungan dengan hotel, melibatkan pemilik hotel, staf, manajemen, pemasok serta masyarakat setempat secara langsung untuk menciptakan dampak positif dalam membuat Kairo menjadi tempat yang lebih baik untuk hidup, berbagi pengetahuan, pengalaman, sumber daya dan komitmen Meliá Hotels International untuk tanggung jawab sosial di tempat-tempat di mana perusahaan beroperasi.

Projek yang dipimpin oleh tim serta pemilik hotel, ASB Tanzania Ltd, telah memenuhi kebutuhan dasar penduduk desa melalui penyediaan barang-barang konsumsi, pembangunan sumur untuk menyediakan air minum, dan renovasi 35 rumah dengan atap, toilet dan kamar mandi baru. Selain itu, masjid setempat yang merupakan pusat pertemuan bagi masyarakat juga telah dibangun kembali. Investasi langsung telah mencapai lebih dari 145.000 Euro.

Tim hotel juga mempromosikan penggunaan sayuran lokal pada gerai makanan di hotel, menggunakan rumah kaca sendiri untuk membantu penduduk desa mempelajari lebih banyak tentang pertanian dasar untuk meningkatkkan swasembada. Sebagian besar staf hotel yang berasal dari orang-orang lokal juga turut memajukan perekonomian desa antara lain melalui pembelian amenities dan aksesoris buatan lokal seperti gelang untuk paket all-inclusive.

Pengembangan dan nilai-nilai lokal juga didukung melalui program pendidikan dan olahraga, dengan tim hotel yang sangat aktif dalam mengatur kegiatan di sekolah setempat dan mendukung tim sepak bola desa dengan menyediakan material yang dibutuhkan. Komitmen ini juga meluas ke tamu-tamu hotel yang memiliki kesempatan untuk mengunjungi desa untuk mempelajari lebih lanjut tentang kehidupan desa dan berkontribusi pada keberlanjutan dari proyek ini dan dinamisasi perekonomian desa.

Proyek ini adalah bagian dari Global Corporate Social Responsibility Model dari Meliá Hotels International dan mencerminkan komitmen perusahaan untuk mengembangkan masyarakat lokal di mana perusahaan beroperasi, berbagi dengan masyarakat sekitar dengan memberikan kontribusi untuk menciptakan kekayaan dan nilai. Proyek ini juga mengintegrasikan beberapa Tujuan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan PBB, khususnya pemberantasan kemiskinan, perbaikan infrastruktur, keberlanjutan masyarakat lokal dan peningkatan akses terhadap kualitas air minum.

Meliá Hotels International terus membuat kemajuan guna mencapai tujuannya untuk menjadi perusahaan yang dijadikan tolok ukur dalam pariwisata yang berkelanjutan dan bertanggung jawab. Best Sustainable Development and Corporate Responsibility Project sangat layak untuk hotel ini.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Yule Love It Christmas @ Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran

Entering December, Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas and to gather with family, friends, relatives and loved ones. In line with the tradition of Christmas celebration, Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran through Botany Restaurant presents Yule Love It Christmas.

Celebrate Christmas Eve dinner with the family with hot pot concept in Botany Restaurant. Enjoy the delights of imported beef along with Asian flavored broth, assorted mixed seafood, meatballs and vegetables as well as combined with creative dips & sauce and tasty dessert. The Christmas Eve Shabu-shabu buffet will also feature specials including: Seafood Cioppino, Veal Rack with Mushroom Sauce, Beggar's Chicken, Christmas Pie and Eggnog Cheese Cake. You can enjoy all this on 24 December 2016 at 7 pm - 10 pm, for only IDR 200,000 ++ per person.

On Christmas Day, enjoy an international menu with Christmas specials ranging from appetizers to dessert. The specials include Christmas Slow Roast Suckling Pig with Apple, Vanilla Scented Leg of Lamb, Burger Bar (Beef, Chicken and Fish) with Sweet Potatoes Fries, King prawn with Lemon Hollandaise and Feta, Christmas Pudding, Christmas Dresdner Stolen. You can enjoy “Yule Love It Christmas Buffet” for only IDR 235,000 ++ per person on 25 December 2016 at 12:00 noon - 2:30 pm.

Santa Claus will be present on Christmas day to greet all the good little boys and girls. Your kids can take pictures with Santa Claus. Special promo on Christmas Eve and Day: Buy 5 Get 1 Free (Adults only) and 50% off for kids up to 10 years old and seniors ages 65 and above. For more information, call 021-2956 8800 or email to jessica.jessica@ihg.com

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Spa Alila: Stellar Retreats and Wellness Journey

Alila Hotels and Resorts, a collection of luxury boutique hotels, draw on their destinations and culture, to create utterly bespoke and surprisingly different spa wellness experiences. Throughout its hotels, Spa Alila is committed to providing treatments blending ancient Asian healing techniques with age-old beauty recipes that feature the curative benefits of fresh, natural, quality ingredients. From the newest Spa Alila addition in Bali, to an ultimate detox in Goa, a mountainous retreat in Oman and a city break in Java, Spa Alila has authentic and varied surprises for everyone.

Alila Seminyak
Following its successful opening last October, Alila Seminyak has unveiled its brand new destination spa. It offers a sublime experience that will leave guests feeling rejuvenated, and relaxed with a renewed sense of well-being. Part of Spa Alila’s new offering includes an indulgent Full Day Escape. From dawn until dusk, guests will be pampered with a range of beauty treatments and massages. The day begins with a guided morning stretch overlooking the panoramic ocean and follows with a series of treatments including a 5000-year-old Ayurvedic Shirodara ritual of Balinese healing therapy with a full body exfoliation and silk bath. Next comes a mini-facial and a manicure concluding with a sunset cocktail and a three-course gourmet dinner, as prescribed by the executive chef.

The Full Day Escape starts from USD281 per person and includes a stretching class, Balinese healing therapy, full body exfoliation & silk bath, a three-course lunch, mini- facial, manicure, cocktail and a three-course dinner. Rates at Alila Seminyak start from USD320 per night on a room only basis, based on two people sharing (excluding tax).

Alila Diwa Goa, India
Kick start the new you. Guests at Alila Diwa Goa can now restore their balance in mind, body and spirit with a new Ayurvedic detox programme specially designed by the hotel’s in-house expert, Dr. Arjita Kumari. After an in-depth consultation, covering nutrition, and state of health, guests will enjoy pranic healing, hypnotherapy, daily yoga, meditation and exercise sessions. These sessions are all combined with nutritionally balanced meals, juices and Ayurvedic supplements, daily workshops, wellness massages and cooking classes.

The Program also ensures that all elements have been put in place to arm participants with the skills to create an on-going, all encompassing, life change after the retreat. The Ayurveda Detox Program starts from USD1,110 per person for the three-night retreat. Price based on two people sharing and includes body composition analysis, body measurements, one consultation with the Ayurveda physician, one consultation with the diet and nutrition specialist, six holistic and Ayurveda treatments per person, three fitness sessions, three yoga and meditation sessions, guided meditation, informative interactions and workshops, nutritionally balanced meals, relaxing and calming drinks, healthy cooking workshop and healing bath setup. Tailor-made Ayurveda detox packages for five, seven, 10 and 14 nights are also available on request.

Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
Jabal Akhdar - The Green Mountain in Arabic - is one of Oman’s most remarkable regions. Alila Jabal Akhdar lies 2,500 meters above sea level and overlooks the dramatic gorge and spectacular Al Hajar mountain range. Spa Alila; the heart of Alila Jabal Akhdar, is all about the destination and offers guests two restorative half-day spa experiences suitable for both early birds and night owls. Early risers will love the Mystical Mountain Sunrise experience. It kicks off with an early morning tai chi class to stretch, andbreathe- in the fresh mountain air.

Following a healthy breakfast, guests will then embark on three hours of holistic heaven with a combination of purifying and relaxing therapies including the signature foot bath, a natural exfoliation and a cocoa, coffee and coconut body wrap. The experience comes to an end with a red clay facial to draw out impurities whilst releasing essential minerals. Night owls looking to wind down for the day can enjoy the Sunset Dreams experience. Indulge in a series of cleansing treatments and rituals before heading outside to enjoy a tai chi session as the sun sets over the spectacular mountains. Following a healthy mountainside dinner, retire to the privacy of your room to sip a cup of Alila’s signature herbal tea to ensure a restful night’s sleep.

The half-day Mystical Mountain Sunrise experience starts from USD325 per person. This includes a tai chi session, healthy breakfast, signature foot bath, river stone massage, body wrap and red clay facial. The half day Sunset Dreams experience starts from USD310 per person. This includes a cleansing steam, Thai-inspired Asian herbal compress, ground coffee exfoliation, Jacuzzi, tai chi session, a light healthy dinner and signature herbal tea.

Alila Solo
Alila Solo, the group’s contemporary urban retreat in Java opened its brand new Spa Alila in March 2016. After a day exploring the natural wonders in Central Java, guests return to their city resort to relax and unwind. Solo's Spa Alila offers a wide range of authentic healing treatments infused with elements of Java, such as the traditional Javanese Lulur body scrub made with a blend of fruits and spices indigenous to Central Java, combined to inspire relaxation and rejuvenation. To celebrate the opening of the new spa, Spa Alila is offering a complimentary 30-minute foot massage for two people for every 90-minute treatment booked. As well as this, guests will also receive 20% off a Therapeutic Massage, which is massage technique using fluid strokes of different depths and intensity that work into muscles to relieve tension and stiffness. Rates at Alila Solo start from USD100, based on two sharing a Deluxe Room.

Alila Villas Uluwatu
Alila Villas Uluwatu, in a beautifully un-spoilt corner of Bali overlooking the Indian Ocean, is offering couples the chance to learn something new and become masseurs for the afternoon. The three-and-a-half-hour 'Journey Beyond Two' experience begins with a refreshing, stress-relieving cup of ginger tea and a footbath. Couples will then learn the Japanese art of oshibori and master basic massage techniques whilst understanding the body’s key pressure points. Next, they can put this into practice and give each other a relaxing head, back or foot massage.

The experience will come to an end with a 60-minute Balinese massage followed by a candlelit dinner in a private cabana. Wonderfully private, this is a place for couples to lose themselves in blissful tranquility. From its cliff-top position, the eco-friendly retreat commands spectacular views and enjoys golden sunsets. Each of the 56 villas have been styled in a contemporary way with brilliant use of traditional Balinese materials and comes with a private pool and exclusive host services attuned to your lifestyle - be it for an indulgent level of service with a host (butler) at your beck and call or service so discreet that you barely notice the invisible footfalls. The three-and-a-half-hour Journey Beyond Two Experience starts from USD561 per couple. This includes a footbath, learning about the art of oshibori, mastering basic massage techniques, the chance to give a massage, one 60-minute Balinese massage per person and a candlelit dinner for two in a private cabana.

Alila Manggis
Alila Manggis is a tranquil retreat in East Bali – a soothing haven of serenity set amidst a coconut grove, nestled between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain. The hotel is offering time-poor guests the opportunity to totally switch off and relax with the 48-hour unlimited Spa Escape experience. From tension-relieving massages and invigorating body scrubs to glowing beauty treatments and rejuvenating facials guests can choose from a range of treatments best suited to personal needs.

After a full three days of relaxing and being pampered guests should leave feeling fully restored and ready to face reality. The 48-hour Spa Escape starts from USD100 per person. This includes unlimited spa treatments from the spa menu. Treatments are available from 9.00am – 9.00pm (excluding Shirodhara).
Spa Jacuzzi

About Alila: Surprisingly Different

The hallmark of Alila is the combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisanship, personalised hospitality, and bespoke learning journeys. Alila means “Surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of our properties and impressions of our guests when they stay with us. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila hotels adopt Earth Check operating standards, integrating the natural, physical and cultural elements of their environments. To stay at any of Alila's hotels & resorts is to embark on a destination experience – be it in recreating the flavours of the local cuisine, enhancing your well-being through ancient healing arts or the thrill of adventure sports, you will re-discover the luxury of living at Alila.

About Two Roads Hospitality
Created in September 2016, Two Roads Hospitality is an international lifestyle company encompassing an unrivaled collection of distinctive properties, passionate people, and remarkable experiences around the globe. The company is named for the newly-merged Commune and Destination Hotels, bringing together over40years of combined expertise exclusively dedicated to the boutique and lifestyle space. Comprised of Joie de Vivre Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Destination Hotels, tommie and Alila Hotels & Resorts, the company is the leading operator of independent and lifestyle hotels with almost 100 properties in eight countries and growing, also boasting an extensive roster of award-winning restaurants and bars, stunning vacation residences, world-class golf courses, and indigenous spa and wellness offerings.

About DISCOVERY programme
DISCOVERY is about making travel unforgettable. The eight million members of the programme receive recognition and rewards across 550 hotels, resorts, palaces and spas. Local Experiences, the innovative rewards of the DISCOVERY programme, are unique, authentic experiences, which are curated by each hotel to give a taste of local traditions and culture. Members also receive stay benefits, such as complimentary Wi- Fi, room upgrades and enhanced personal recognition as they move through the membership levels, each and every time they stay within the portfolio.