Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Full Moon Christmas Yoga @ Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

A full moon on Christmas Day does not occur often – this year will be the first in 38 years – and Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is preparing for an extraordinary celebration with Full Moon Christmas Yoga in a dramatically beautiful location, on its new river-edge yoga deck.

Perched on the banks of the Ayung River, the resort’s new Dharma Shanti River Terrace provides a breathtaking open-air venue for a very different kind of Christmas celebration, with yoga salutations and meditation under the glow of the full moon and twinkling stars.

“Every full moon or ‘purnama’ is a special day in Bali, and this year it just happens to coincide with December 25th, which is a special celebration for many of our guests from around the world,” said Uday Rao, General Manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali. “We’ve all seen pictures of Santa and his reindeers flying past a bright full moon, and this year we will be keeping an eye out while doing Moon Salutations on the yoga deck!”

The last Christmas Day full moon was in 1977 and the next one is due in 2034, according to Dan Joyce, astronomer at Triton College's Cernan Space Center. The Full Moon Christmas Yoga is part of a comprehensive festive events program at Four Seasons Resorts Bali, encompassing the riverside retreat of Four Seasons Sayan, and the all-villa beach escape of Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay.

Other highlights of Four Seasons Sayan’s festive program include Santa’s arrival by river raft, New Year’s Eve meditation, ‘flying’ AntiGravity Yoga, riverstone bathing rituals and sumptuous dining. Meanwhile Four Seasons Jimbaran’s festive program includes Surfing with Santa as part of the resort’s new TropicSurf program. After hearing Christmas wish lists, Santa will don a pair of boardshorts and join the TropicSurf coach to take young guests surfing at the gentle beach break of Jimbaran Bay. Children will also be invited to join a ‘dokar’ horse-and-cart ride with Santa around the resort gardens.

To get families bonding and relaxing together this festive season, the resort will run a Festive Amazing Race challenge, while The Healing Village Spa is offering Family Yoga. Guests looking for unique gift ideas can join a Chakra Blending Class to make their own ila Himalayan salt scrub and massage oil, as a gift for someone special or a memento of Christmas in Bali.

The last night of 2015 will be unforgettable at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay’s sophisticated beach-club and restaurant, Sundara, located just steps above the sparkling surf. With a New Year’s Eve beach-front dinner and delightful new Customized Cocktails by DRY Martini, Sundara will host a stylish Countdown Party to ring in 2016 culminating in fireworks over the ocean. Sundara’s Recovery Brunch on New Year’s Day will be the perfect way to refresh and start 2016 – immersed in beach-front bliss, all-day grazing and rehydrating, sundowners, live music and relaxed vibe. A Happy New Year, Bali-style. (Photos: Four Seasons)

Trick or Treat!

Halloween @ Asia Restaurant
The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan

German Roasted Beef
Trick or Treat! The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan invites you to the weekend dining of Halloween celebration from 30th October to 1st November 2015. Bring your little ones, family or even group of friends to experience dining in Halloween ambience and decoration with unique Halloween themed buffet and desserts, including Trick or Treat!; as the signature Halloween kids activity tradition.

Trick or Treat! is one of the main traditions of Halloween where kids or young ones are wearing Halloween costume and go around the neighborhood to collect sweets and candy from the adults. Asia teams recreate the Trick or Treat! tradition, where our young guests who dine during this Halloween celebration are invited to collect sweet treats from Asia team and Chefs. “With the Trick or Treat!, we would like to entertain our young guests with a little bit personal touch from Ladies and Gentlemen of the restaurant and kitchen, to show how much we excited to pamper them at Asia Restaurant. The lovely little ones are invited to enjoy our delicious and exciting Halloween themed menus and dessert along with the Trick or Treat! activity that surely be a memorable Ritz-Carlton experience for them.” explained Oliver Achatz – Executive Assistant Manager F&B.

German Pretzel
Guests can enjoy a tempting buffet dishes at a price of Rp.398,000++ per person inclusive of free flow iced tea, lemon tea and chilled juice. A special saving of 30% will be given exclusively for the tables that bring their kids in full Halloween costume from head to toe.

Halloween Sweet (1)
For more information, please contact F&B reservation at +62 21 2551 8380/8321.

Setting a new standard of luxury in the Indonesian capital city, The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan is situated in an open area affording beautiful views. Sleek sophistication outside provides a way to warm elegance inside, where each guest room and suite offer an oasis of pampering and prestige. Accommodations are one of Jakarta's most spacious. The baths feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city. Luxury amenities such as fine linens, designer bath essentials and a 55-inch LED screen television enhance each stay. 

Halloween Sweet (2)
For dining options, guests can choose from: Asia, featuring Jakarta’s largest Island Buffet Restaurant, Lobo, Jakarta’s modern European restaurant, where finest USDA prime beef steak are prepared in a spectacular display of modern interior design for bar, lounge and dining destination and TEMPUS, a hot spot hosting two different zones of Avanti for cozy lounge with compelling dance floor and JADE for elegant and spacious karaoke.

The St. Regis Bali Resort’s Kayuputi Restaurant Honored for Best Sunday Brunch

Kayuputih Table
Kayuputi, the beachfront Asian inspired Haute Cuisine specialty restaurant at The St. Regis Bali Resort has been chosen as Editor’s Choice Best Sunday Brunch at Now! Bali’s Best Restaurant, Bar and Cafe Awards 2015. Now! Bali is a Bali-based monthly publication dedicated to Bali visitors. The Editor’s Choice Award is specially handpicked by the editor of the magazine.

Kayuputi is renowned as a beacon in the culinary scene in Bali, especially for its award-winning degustation menu and the inspiring Astor Diamond Champagne Brunch, which builds on the legacy of style and grandeur of the Astor family with The St. Regis New York that is unprecedented both in opulence and exclusivity. The lavish brunch starts with aperitifs featuring champagne, cocktails and canapes.

Under the guidance of Chef Agung Gede, Kayuputi creates an approach to Asian-inspired haute cuisine using only the finest quality ingredients, with an emphasis on authentic preparation retains the dish's intrinsic complexity and is combined with modern presentation. This restaurant also firmly established itself as the host of the island’s most prestigious wine dinner throughout the year. The impressive décor of Kayuputi boasts a vision of white with perfectly modern décor, al fresco seating and unobstructed panoramic ocean views.

Kayuputi has earned many noteworthy awards and accolades under the leadership of Executive Chef Agung Gede and Chief Sommelier, Harald Wiesmann, including its fifth ‘Best Award of Excellence’ from Wine Spectator in 2015.

Kayuputih Restaurant at Dusk
About The St. Regis Bali Resort
Located on the pristine beach of Nusa Dua, The St. Regis Bali is nestled in the heart of the noteworthy “Garden of Bali”. Exuding understated barefoot elegance and Balinese-inspired living, the Resort offers infinite panoramic ocean views on a generous 9 hectares of lush gardens, a strand pool with a swim up bar and 3668sqm of crystal blue lagoon to its lavishing guestrooms. Captivating in every detail, the beautifully appointed 123 Suites and Villas welcome guests with all the comforts of a contemporary refined Balinese home with striking interiors, complimentary Wi-Fi, and The St. Regis heritage of uncompromising luxury:  bespoke 24-hour Butler Service. The resort promises culinary excellence with 3 distinctive restaurant venues and 2 bars spread across the expansive property. Indulge into blissful treatments at Remède Spa or unwind at the fitness center. In its own tropical park, the Children’s Learning Center features intelligent fun-filled activities for youngest connoisseurs.

For more info, please visit stregisbali.com

Ares Steak & Pasta: Purveyor of Prime Cuts, Master of Pasta

Bali’s boutique art resort goes back to basics and dials up quality, reinventing street-front al fresco restaurant as Sanur’s most chilled yet buzzworthy wining, dining and people-watching haven.

Ares Steak & Pasta
Sudamala Suites & Villas Sanur has re-launched its prime, curbside, all-day dining restaurant as ‘Ares Steak & Pasta’. The restaurant has refocused and pared back the menu, beefed-up quality, and made a commitment to play to its strengths as the artistic district’s home of sublime steaks, signature sauces and pasta nonpareil.

Steak & Pasta
Ares Steak & Pasta is poised to claim the mantle of Sanur’s leading lounge lizard lair, art maven haven and creator of comfort food for connoisseurs, with its colourful sofa-style seating, fairy-lit al fresco vibe and prime street corner location in the beating heart of Bali’s most venerable precinct of art, heritage and culture.

The new-look restaurant enjoys pride of place in front of the private and exclusive Sudamala Suites & Villas, Sanur; a hotel created as a living art gallery for its owners’ extensive collection of contemporary Indonesian art and the showcase Sudakara Art Space. It is part of Sudamala Resorts which also owns and operates Sudamala Suites & Villas Senggigi, in neighbouring Lombok.

Emily Subrata, Director for Sudamala Resorts, said she was delighted to announce the rebirth of Ares Steak & Pasta, a concept created from a frank and critical look at the resort’s all-day dining restaurant.

“We have a fantastic and unique space at Ares, which is part of the hotel yet outside its main courtyards and wings, opening off our Sudakara Art Space and overlooking one of Sanur’s most bustling and vivid streetscapes. With its raised decking and colourful sofa-style seating, it’s a natural habitat for perfecting your lounge act or just hanging out and watching the world go by.

Beef Tenderloin
“Now it has the food concept the space deserves. After we took a long hard look at what was working and where there was room for improvement, we decided to go back to basics while at the same time building on our reputation for quality.

“The name says it all really. Ares Steak & Pasta – great steaks, awesome pasta and the warm, smiling service for which we are renowned. I’m thrilled to announce that we are open for business and I look forward to welcoming new guests, loyal regulars and anyone else who visits our beloved Sanur.”

Ares Steak & Pasta has staked its reputation and success on the appeal of three signature dishes: Steak with Signature Sudamala Sauce (with sweet soy beurre blanc sauce), Steak with Bongkot Bali Sauce (finely chopped torch ginger in a light creamy sauce, inspired by the traditional Balinese sambal bongkot, with a European twist), and Pasta Emilie, named in honour of the chosen lunchtime comfort food preferred and often ordered in the restaurant by Ms Subrata.

“Essentially it's bolognese, but with a generous helping of hot chopped chili,” Ms Subrata said. “It’s what I order for lunch almost every day when I’m in Bali.”

The Emily (The Signature Spaghetti)
Each dish is created with verve, flair and experience by head chef, I Nyoman Sutawa, who joined Sudamala Resorts after being spotted as a rising star at Oberoi Lombok and other leading Bali and Lombok resorts and restaurants.

Ms Subrata said Ares Steak & Pasta had ‘reengineered’ its entire menu, paring back and refining the offerings, but retaining popular dishes including nasi goreng, traditional fried chicken, and international dishes like tapas, pizzas, sandwiches and burgers.

She said the new Ares Steak & Pasta was also a good fit with the ‘sense of spaciousness infused with local culture and arts and friendly hospitality’ that inspired the creation of Sudamala Suites & Villas Sanur.

Its proximity to Sudakara Art Space also presented possibilities for art-inspired events, special menus and more, of which Ms Subrata said: "Watch this space.”

Sanur was the original destination preferred by foreign travellers that inspired and gave rise to the legend of Bali as the ‘island of the gods’. Over the years it has become an artistic melting pot inspiring local as well as western artists – the likes of Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, Miguel Covarrubias and Walter Spies. Sanur still retains much of the laid-back, old world charm it is famous for.

Romantic Dinner Set Up
Sudamala's 34 luxurious and comfortable suites are nestled around two spacious inner courtyards – one a lush lawn with performance space on either end, the other featuring a large, shimmering swimming pool – both lending to the hotel's tranquil atmosphere.

At its heart, however, is its art space. Sudakara Art Space brings to reality the vision behind the hotel: a place where artists, art collectors and enthusiasts, as well as resort guests, can come together to create, discuss or simply appreciate art. The 250-square-metre art space features periodic exhibitions mainly by local artists and foreign artists residing in Bali.

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Monday, October 05, 2015

Back to Nature and Get Ready to Click into Holiday Mode at 100% Pure Land

Hell's Gate Geothermal Park Rotorua
There's no better way to click into holiday mode than to soak in a naturally-heated thermal pool or indulge in a relaxing therapeutic treatment.

New Zealand is located where two tectonic plates of the earth’s crust meet. This causes a large amount of geothermal activity, allowing warm water to bubble up through the earth’s crust to form hot pools. These pools often contain minerals dissolved from the rocks they seeped through.

For centuries locals have enjoyed these hot pools, with some believing that sitting in mineral water helps with medical problems. Others simply enjoy the luxurious feeling of naturally- heated water helping to relax weary bodies.

The country's natural hot pools include picturesque springs in forests only accessible by walking tracks and isolated roads. These pools are truly magical – here, you can enjoy a soak amongst lush native bush serenaded by birdsong. A favourite amongst the locals, these types of hot pools are part of New Zealand’s many natural gems such as:

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua
Kerosene Creek in Rotorua
Thirty five minutes south of Rotorua is Kerosene Creek, a geothermally heated stream where you can bathe and relax. Hot water from a natural spring under the earth bubbles up into the cool waters of the creek, creating pleasantly warm waters. Swimmers have piled up small smooth rocks to create little hot pools beside the 2m waterfall. Set amongst lush native bush, Kerosene Creek is popular among visitors and locals alike, offering a natural bathing experience like no other. There's no admission charge, just be courteous to other bathers, and take any rubbish away with you.

Hanmer Spring Canterbury
Hanmer Springs in the South Island
Best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes, Hanmer Springs is a picturesque alpine village 90 minutes' drive from Christchurch. The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa where you can soak in naturally heated, mineral-filled waters or treat yourself to a range of indulgent spa therapies. The family fun area is complete with hydroslides and New Zealand’s only aquatic thrill ride, the Super Bowl.

Tekapo Springs
If you'd like the unique experience of bathing in heated glacial waters, head to Tekapo Springs Tekapo Springs Day Spa is open 7 days from 10am to 8pm. We have 4 fully equipped spa rooms designed to enhance and maintain your health and beauty, using the prestigous Matis brand, as well as the Jojoba. Sit back, relax and let our therapists pamper you while you enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Tekapo!

Hells Gate Geothermal Park and Mud Bath Spa
Hells Gate Rotorua, New Zealand’s unique Maori owned geothermal, cultural, and geothermal mud bath spa experience with erupting waters, steaming fumaroles, boiling muds -the beast with the beauty of the historic geothermal mud bath and sulphur spa. Immerse yourself in unique geothermal muds and sulphur waters following the bathing, beauty and healing therapies as practised by the local Maori - Ngati Rangiteaorere including the traditional Maori 'Miri Miri" massage in this culturally theme historic place of healing.

Hell's Gate Rotorua
New Zealand’s larger cities offer luxurious day spas that make an ideal addition to your holiday. There are also quiet retreats in the countryside or deep in the forest that combine relaxing therapies with picturesque landscapes. In a day or two you’ll feel and look like a new person.

To start planning your upcoming visit to New Zealand, please visit newzealand.com/id to find more information and extensive collections of image library.

Festival Kuliner dan Kebudayaan Jawa Timur @ The Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta

Kuliner Jawa Timur
The Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta dengan bangga mengadakan “Festival Kuliner dan Kebudayaan Jawa Timur” di sepanjang Oktober ini di Lagoon Cafe. Acara diadakan sejak 1 Oktober 2015, dibuka resmi oleh General Manager The Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta, I Nyoman Sarya.

Tarian tradisional khas Jawa Timur yang ditampilkan pada saat acara permbukaan antara lain Tari Gambyong Pareanom, Tari Ngapote dan Tari Lenggang Surabaya. Tari Gambyong Pareanom merupakan tarian penyambutan pada upacara tamu negara, Tari Ngapote menceritakan tentang kehidupan para nelayan, serta Tari Lenggang Surabaya menggambarkan Surabaya sebagai kota yang penuh kenangan dan penduduknya yang ramah.

Demo masak oleh Executive Chef Agus Sugiyanto juga sangat atraktif menyajikan hidangan istimewa dari Jawa Timur yakni Tahu Tek – campuran tahu dan lontong berbalut bumbu kacang dan kemiri serta Wedang Cor – minuman hangat berbahan dasar tape ketan dipadu bersama jahe, pandan, daun sereh dan susu kental manis menambah semarak acara ini. Para top clients, embassy dan juga rekan-rekan media turut menghadiri festival ini dan menikmati berbagai makanan khas Jawa Timur seperti Lontong Balap, Tahu Campur, Rujak Serut, Bandeng Presto, dan masih banyak lagi.

Nasi Ambengan
Selama Festival Kuliner dan Kebudayaan Jawa Timur di bulan Oktober ini, The Sultan siap mendatangkan tim kuliner langsung dari Singgasana Hotel Surabaya, yakni hotel di Surabaya yang merupakan satu grup dengan The Sultan Hotel & Residence Jakarta di bawah manajemen Singgasana Hotels & Resorts.

Makanan khas dan terkenal dari Jawa Timur seperti Rujak Cingur, Rawon, Soto Lamongan dan Pecel, tersedia selama bulan Oktober. Rujak Cingur – adalah salad tradisional yang terdiri dari sayuran dan buah, lontong, tempe dan cingur. Cingur memang sudah terkenal lezat di Jawa Timur yang diambil dari bagian hidung sapi dan dicampur dengan bumbu petis. Rawon – sup daging dengan kuah berwarna hitam yang kaya akan rempah terutama rempah keluak yang memberikan rasa gurih kacang dan warna hitam. Selain keluak, berbagai rempah seperti bawang putih dan bawang merah, jahe, kemiri, kunyit dan cabe merah menambah aroma dan kelezatan Rawon.

Soto Lamongan
Soto Lamongan – soto yang khas dengan rasa gurih nan segar, dengan kuah bening serta irisan daging ayam yang terdiri dari bahan-bahan seperti ketumbar, biji jintan, serai, jahe,  ginger, laos, dan kemiri. Pecel – salad sayuran yang sudah direbus bertabur bumbu kacang nan pedas disajikan dengan rempeyek. Tentunya masih banyak makanan khas Jawa Timur lainnya yang dapat Anda cicipi setiap hari di Lagoon Cafe hanya dengan harga Rp 325.000,- nett per orang, termasuk minuman teh dan kopi.

Untuk info, silakan hubungi (021) 5703600 atau email reservation@sultanjakarta.com atau cek sultanjakarta.com