Thursday, January 19, 2017

Impress Your Valentine this Valetine's



Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Camp and Dive Centre invites guests to spend Valentine's Day with their loved ones on the tropical white sandy beach with picturesque vistas of North West Bali. Escape this Valentines and experience Bali's newest 'glamping' Resort.



Making this your most memorable Valentine's ever, the resort is offering a Valentine's Package which includes tented accommodation for two nights in the resort's popular Beach Camp Tent, daily breakfast and afternoon tea for two in the resort's signature Pasir Putih Beach Club & Bar, 15 minutes spa sample for 2 and a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival. A personalised romantic dinner is also provided, where couples are invited to dine right beside the water's edge for an intimate toes-in-the sand experience. Offering great value at just USD115 nett per person per night based on a minimum 2 nights stay, the Package is applicable between the 10th and 17th of February 2017, so show your loved one how much you care and splash out on a novel adventure!

Make a grand gesture this Valentine's Day and sweep your partner away to one of Bali's most romantic destinations.


More information: menjangandynasty.com

Lunar New Year Celebrations @ Hotel Gran Mahakam

Gong Xi Fa Cai... Xin Nian Kuai Le....

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Hotel Gran Mahakam is once again keeping the fortune of Lunar New Year by holding festive celebrations to honor the coming year of the Rooster. To highlight the celebrations, the new concept of an elegance lunar décor will beautify the Lobby and Mezzanine level.

Make it a day to remember with your beloved family and enjoy the wide selections of dish and various entertainment while dine at Le Gran Café and AOKI Japanese Cuisine. To tone up the Lunar New Year celebrations, we will present Barongsai dance performance at Lobby, Le Gran Café and AOKI on 27 and 28 February 2017.

Do not miss your chance to unveil your good fortune in 2017 with the Tarot Reader; you may treasure your luck in career, health, love and life.

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“Our Executive Chef is preparing a number of traditional Chinese foods. Start your dinner with Chinese tradition of mixing Yee Sang Salad to bring you luck and prosperity for this year, as well as our Scallop and Enoki Mushroom Green Dumpling Salad, Lobster – Black Oyster Mushroom with Crab Steak Clay Pot, Fou Tiw Chang Soup, Steamed Garoupa Roll with Ginger Soya Sauce, and our signature dish, Lontong Cap Go Meh. For dessert lover, try our sweet treats like assorted Ice Pudding and Guilin Mix Fruit Jelly Pudding,” said Debby Setiawaty – Director of Marketing Communications of Hotel Gran Mahakam.

Steamed Fish Roll 

Attention to detail, distinctly European architecture, beautifully appointed rooms, and attentive and responsive service are just some of the hallmarks of Hotel Gran Mahakam.

Its elegantly furnished 158 rooms, International Restaurants, Bar & Lounge and function rooms, contribute to give to the European-baroque-style architecture a feel of warmth, comfort and ease that is most found in friend’s homes.


Trust Hotel Gran Mahakam as the perfect venue to celebrate The Lunar Year and may this year of Rooster bring us fortune and prosperity in 2017.

Tee Off Time in Dubai

Practise your swing on one of our stunning greens

Emirates Golf Club
Dubai is home to three of the world’s top 100 golf courses and three major world tournaments, so with the heat of summer now replaced with cool temperatures, vibrant blue skies and warm sunshine, it’s the perfect time for golfers to hit the city’s beautiful greens.

The Dubai golf scene is one of the most vibrant, diverse and accessible in the world, offering quality, pristine courses designed by some of the biggest names in the sport. The DP World Tour Championship, the final tournament of the European Tour Race to Dubai will be held from 17-20 November at Jumeirah Golf Estates, followed by the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, and to help you get in the swing of things, here’s a rundown of Dubai’s best golf courses.

Dubai Creek Golf
Emirates Golf Club
Home of the world-renowned Omega Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates Golf Club is the king of the greens in the Middle East. The club consists of three immaculate courses: The Majlis, The Faldo and Par 3. The Majlis, also known as the Desert Miracle, was the first grass course to be built in the Middle East, with the perfect par-72 course complemented by seven lakes and taking its name from the Arabic word for 'meeting place’. One of its most prominent features is the Majlis building itself, positioned between the eighth and ninth holes – it’s been a Dubai landmark since 1988. Green fees: from AED350, depending on peak times and course


Jumeirah Golf Estates
The prestigious Jumeirah Golf Estates form a luxury golf and residential community in the heart of the city. Uniquely designed by golf pro Greg Norman, the two championship courses, Fire and Earth, have been manicured to represent these natural elements. And, for residents and golfers alike, the expanse of grassy fairways and first-class golf courses don’t go unnoticed. The Norman Country Club also underpins this admirable development.
Green fees: between AED455 and AED1,095, depending on peak times and course


Dubai Creek Golf
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club
A thriving community of active members and a stunning clubhouse are just two of the features that have brought global fame to Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. But above all else, this fun, scenic course, situated right on the historic Dubai Creek, is known for its challenging finishing stretch. Running right up against the bank of the Creek, its green has been inspiring golfers and breaking hearts in equal measure for 20 years. Voted one of the world’s ‘Top 100 Must-Play Golf Courses’ by Golf World magazine, the course is a worthy opponent for even the most skilled golfer. And nothing can prepare you for the grandstand finish, where amazing panoramic views of Dubai are a worthy consolation to any missed swings.

Green fees: AED625 for off-peak and AED725 for peak time


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Jebel Ali Golf Resort
Designed by locally based architect Peter Harradine, the course at Jebel Ali Golf Resort offers a wonderful sense of seclusion. You’ll find a rich variety of trees, shrubs, strutting peacocks and chorus of songbirds, creating the impression you're strolling around an exotic secret garden. The nine-hole track is a local and global favourite, thanks to its many challenges. Beginning and ending with a par 5, it’s an unusually tight layout by Dubai standards, placing a premium on accurate tee shots and measured approaches. The greens typically run fast, and while the holes are not long, they can be tricky when the breeze is up.

Green fees: From AED195, depending on peak times and course

Discover A Sense or Romance at Banyan Tree Ungasan’s Cliff Edge Retreat


COUPLES seeking a romantic sanctuary on Valentine’s Day need look no further than Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali. The resort offers a private sanctuary, perched high above the sea level atop the cliffs of Bali’s southernmost peninsula with picturesque views of the Indian Ocean.

Celebrating love in inspirational ways, the resort’s special romantic package indulges and pampers. Starting from US$ 1,320++, the Sense of Romance package allows couples to enjoy a three day two-night restful romantic getaway at their private villa with intimate set-up inclusive of daily breakfast for two, an afternoon tea at Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant & Bar, a romantic in-villa dining experience, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages from the mini bar and a choice of arrival or departure airport transfer.

Furthermore, let your love blossom this Valentine’s Day at Ju-Ma-Na. The restaurant presents an exclusive weekend of Spanish culinary experience with Michelin Star Chef Diego Campos. Chef Diego Campos will showcase a curated degustation dinner menu and private cooking class session from 16 – 18 February 2017. Alternatively, experience a four-course set menu by Ju-Ma-Na’s Chef de Cuisine Alit who won a silver medal in 2013 Salon Culinary Competition Young Chef Challenge.

Peel yourselves away from your beautiful sanctuary to discover harmonious relaxation at our award-winning Banyan Tree Spa. Enjoy any 90-minute couple massage and receive a bottle of massage oil and herbal pouch from Banyan Tree Gallery worth US$ 52++.

For info, please visit banyantree.com

About Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
The Banyan Tree Group is a leading international operator and developer of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas, with a collection of award-winning brands. Banyan Tree offers a Sanctuary to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul in awe-inspiring locations around the globe. Rediscover the romance of travel as you journey to iconic destinations where authentic, memorable experiences await. Angsana brings the adventure back into travel whatever your age or reason to visit.  Intertwining local chic and a vibrant fun-filled atmosphere, Angsana offers amazing destination playgrounds across the world. Cassia is a bold new proposition in the extended stay sector, offering stylish, cutting edge hotel residences for holidays and business travel. It offers incredible choice for families, friends and couples. Dhawa is a casual and contemporary full-service hotel that fuses imaginative design, absolute comfort and seamless technology into a single stay experience. It curates a plethora of choices to achieve a truly customized stay.

To date, the Banyan Tree Group manages and/or has ownership interests in over 43 hotels and resorts, 64 spas, 77 retail galleries; as well as three golf courses in 28 countries.

About Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali
Banyan Tree Ungasan is a beautiful resort radiating the charm of old-world Balinese touches contrasted with the highest quality of modern living to complement the enigmatic glow Bali exudes. Here, live life in perfect symmetry, weaving cultural tradition with international modernity. Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali lives out the island creed that is Bali Dwipa Jaya, translated as Glorious Bali Island. 70 metres above sea level on the tip of Bali’s southern peninsula and close to the island’s famed Uluwatu Temple, Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali luxury resort is your antidote to the demands of modern life. Seek rejuvenation from hectic life in the living sanctum of Banyan Tree Ungasan, delighting you with distinctive Balinese touches that blend flawlessly with the ethereal charm of the island’s surround.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Menyusuri Eksotisme Sejarah Jakarta di Kota Tua

TIDAK bisa dimungkiri, Jakarta, atau dahulu dikenal dengan Batavia, sarat akan sejarah. Entah itu kelam, atau justru “berjaya”, sisa-sisa bangunan seakan menjadi “saksi” sekaligus alat pembelajaran bagi mereka yang hidup di masa kini. Adapun dalam proses pembangunannya, Batavia memang didirikan dengan mencontoh konsep bangunan Kota Amsterdam di Belanda. Tidak mengherankan, jika berkunjung ke pusat Kota Batavia--sekarang Kota Tua--Anda akan menjumpai banyak bangunan besar berarsitektur Neo Klasik, Gotik, hingga Barok. Belum lagi, soal kanal-kanal kuno dan jembatan gantung yang mempermanis lanskap...

Kawasan Batavia, atau yang kini populer dengan Kota Tua sendiri menjadi satu kawasan yang banyak dikunjungi oleh wisatawan. Entah domestik maupun mancanegara, lokasi ini hampir dipastikan penuh di akhir pekan. Entah ingin sekadar duduk dan menikmati suasana, atau justru belajar sejarah Batavia – berikut adalah beberapa destinasi sejarah yang bisa Anda kunjungi saat berada di Kota Tua.

1. Stasiun Jakarta Kota

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Pertama kali dibuka pada tahun 1929, tidak heran jika bangunan Stasiun Jakarta Kota--dahulu bernama Stasiun Beos--masih mengadopsi gaya Eropa. Sementara beberapa sumber mengungkap bahwa “Beos” diambil dari (Bataviasche Ooster Spoorweg Maatschapij atau Maskapai Angkutan Kereta Api Batavia Timur), sumber lain justru mengklaim “Beos” sebagai singkatan dari Batavia En Omstreken (Batavia dan sekitarnya). Apa pun itu, Stasiun Beos sendiri telah lama menjadi penghubung Batavia dengan daerah-daerah di sekitarnya, seperti halnya Bekassie (Bekasi), Buitenzorg (Bogor), Parijs van Java (Bandung), hingga Karavam (Karawang).

2. Museum Bank Mandiri


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Dahulu, bangunan ini dikenal sebagai kantor Cabang NHM (Nederlansche Handel-Maatschappij) atau Factorij Batavia, sebelum akhirnya mulai difungsikan sebagai museum sejak awal tahun 2004. Adapun bangunan bergaya art-deco klasik hasil rancangan tiga arsitek Belanda (J.J.J de Bruyn, A.P. Smits dan C. van de Linde) ini merupakan salah satu museum perbankan di Indonesia, yang menyimpan berbagai benda-benda perbankan dengan rentang zaman Belanda, kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia, hingga masa kini.

3. Museum Bank Indonesia


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Dahulu berfungsi sebagai rumah sakit (Binnen Hospital), gedung besar yang terletak di depan Stasiun Jakarta Kota ini mulai dialihfungsikan sebagai bank (De Javasche Bank, 1828), hingga akhirnya diresmikan sebagai Museum Bank Indonesia pada 21 Juli 2009.

4. Museum Sejarah Jakarta


Alih-alih menyandang nama Museum Sejarah Jakarta, gedung yang satu ini justru populer dengan nama Museum Fatahillah. Dahulu, di sanalah pusat pemerintahan VOC dan Hindia Belanda di Batavia--atau bahkan di Indonesia. Adapun selain sebagai Kantor Gubernur Jenderal, gedung yang dibangun dalam rentang tahun 1707-1710 ini juga memiliki ruang pengadilan, berikut penjara bawah tanah.

Lantaran menjadi “pusat” Kota Tua Jakarta, setidaknya ada beragam aktivitas yang bisa Anda lakukan saat berkunjung ke Museum Sejarah Jakarta. Ini mencakup masuk dan berkeliling museum, atau justru sekadar duduk-duduk, dan bersepeda ontel a la turis. Adapun Museum Fatahillah juga dikelilingi oleh beberapa gedung tua yang kini difungsikan sebagai museum, seperti halnya Museum Seni Rupa (dahulu Kantor Dewan Kehakiman), Museum Wayang (dahulu Gereja Belanda), serta Gedung Kantor Pos, dan Cafe Batavia (dahulu gudang komoditas hasil bumi).

5. Museum Bahari


Tidak seperti namanya, di sanalah dahulu tersimpan beragam hasil bumi terutama rempah-rempah--komoditas utama VOC yang konon sangat laris di pasar Eropa. Adapun dibangun secara bertahap (1652-1771), gedung Museum Bahari terdiri atas dua sisi, yakni sisi barat (Westzijdsche Pakhuizen atau Gudang Barat) dan sisi timur (Oostzijdsche Pakhuizen atau Gudang Timur).

6. Toko Merah


Dinamakan demikian lantaran warna bangunan yang didominasi warna merah. Sebenarnya, Toko Merah sendiri merupakan bangunan “kembar”, dengan tipikal dua rumah yang tergabung dalam satu atap.

Merupakan bangunan berarsitektur klasik Eropa dan Tiongkok, lokasi Toko Merah sendiri ada dekat dengan pusat pemerintahan, yakni di tepi Kali Besar (de Groote Rivier). Pada pertengahan abad ke-19, gedung ini berfungsi sebagai sebuah toko, dengan nama pemilik Oey Liauw Kong. Seiring berjalannya waktu, Toko Merah pernah difungsikan sbeagai kantor hingga Gedung Dinas Kesehatan Tentara Jepang.

7. Jembatan Kota Intan



Jembatan Kota Intan--atau populer dengan Jembatan Jungkit--merupakan sebuah jembatan yang pada dasarnya menghubungkan Kalibesar Timur dan Kalibesar Barat. Adapun nama “Intan” diperoleh dari Bastion Diamant (Intan)--sebuah bastion Kastil Batavia yang terletak tidak jauh dari jembatan tersebut.

Sebelum bernama Jembatan Kota Intan, jembatan yang dibangun pada 1968 ini dikenal sebagai de Hoenderpasar Brug (Jembatan Pasar Ayam). Satu hal yang menarik, yakni jembatan ini pernah dilukis oleh seorang pelukis populer--Vincent van Gogh, dalam kunjungannya ke Batavia. Sayang, kini jembatan tersebut merupakan peninggalan “satu-satunya” yang tersisa dari jembatan sejenis hasil rancangan Belanda di Batavia.

Itulah tujuh destinasi sejarah yang bisa Anda kunjungi saat berada di Kota Tua. Adapun jangan lupakan cara baru mengeksplorasi Kota Tua, seperti halnya dengan mencoba paket wisata malam yang kini banyak ditawarkan. Untuk tujuan tersebut, tidak ada salahnya jika memutuskan menginap di hotel terbaik di Jakarta, yang berlokasi di dekat Kota Tua. Nah untuk detail dan pemesanannya, bisa langsung Anda cek di sini.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Supper Club Series: Jigger & Pony dan Gibson @ Pullman Jakarta


Pullman Jakarta Indonesia is delighted to announce the debut of its pop-up bar and also the second edition of “The Supper Club Series”, in collaboration with Jigger & Pony, top 10 Asia’s Best Bar, and Gibson on 19 to 21 January.  Located in UNA and Accent Suite, on the top floor of the hotel’s Pullman Tower, guests will be able to enjoy the best of classic, vintage and signature cocktail experience prepared by Jigger & Pony’s barmen with Jakarta’s cityscape as the backdrop. With a modern contemporary style and innovative, creative, upscale service offer, the ambience makes it an ideal place to dine and experience great cocktails with friends and colleagues.

Jigger & Pony

Since May 2012, Jigger & Pony’s influence has sparked a resurgence of classic cocktails in Singapore. Named after the double-coned measuring device used by bartenders to accurately pour out liquid, Jigger & Pony is a tribute to the 19th-century, when cocktail recipes were listed in "jiggers" and "ponies”. Their cocktails are prepared with artisanal spirits sourced from around the world. The team's attention to core and basic ingredients as well as rightful techniques results in top-class cocktails made for your enjoyment.

Gibson

The interactive pop-up bar experience in Una will feature Jigger & Pony’s classic, vintage, and signature cocktails made by two of the bar’s best bartenders, Aki Eguchi and Rhyse Borland. Aki is the group’s bar program director, and 2-time winner Diageo World Class Singapore. Rhyse is a senior bartender from Sydney, Australia with bartending experience in award-winning Bar, Eau de Vie Sydney. A selection of hand-crafted signature cocktails include CRYSTAL RAMOS GIN FIZZ, a combination of Crystal Ramos mix with orange flower bubbles; THE GIBSON consist of Hendrick’s Gin, Monkey 47 Gin and dry Vermouth; BEACHSIDE BOARDWALK a mix of Don Julio Blanco, Tio Pepe Fino Sherry, citric acid solution, watermelon granita, dill and orgeat syrup; and many more.

Alexander Poindl, General Manager of Pullman Jakarta Indonesia says: “We are delighted to collaborate with Jigger & Pony and Gibson to create such an innovative pop-up cocktail bar. Locals who are already familiar with the drinking scenes of Singapore don’t have to travel to the Lion City to experience Jigger & Pony’s signatures. The three nights pop-up bar in UNA and Accent Suite will definitely be an evening well spent with colleagues and friends. This will be an incredible weekend.”

The Cocktail

This exclusive 3-nights of collaboration between Pullman Jakarta Indonesia, Jigger & Pony and Gibson will be held on 19-21 January. Two nights will be for Jigger & Pony pop-up at UNA, with indoor and outdoor seating and live DJ performance of electro swing and blues. Guests can enjoy 5 signature cocktails that will be specially created by Jigger & Pony’s mixologists. On Saturday, 21 January, Gibson offers a more exclusive suite experience inside the hotel’s Accent Suite where guests come in groups of maximum 5-8 people at a set seating time, and enjoy a more showmanship from Gibson’s mixologists with 5 cocktails set menu and canapes. The harmonious partnership of Gibson’s signature cocktails and Pullman’s hospitality makes this event a must-attend occasion for any dine and drink enthusiasts across Jakarta and beyond.

Valentine's Day: Romantic Moments @ Fairmont Jakarta

Kenangan Romantis yang tak Biasa

Romantic Dinner @ Spectrum

Hari Kasih Sayang selalu identik dengan bunga, surat cinta dan tentunya makan malam romantis untuk berdua. Tahun ini, Fairmont Jakarta menawarkan beberapa pengalaman istimewa untuk merayakan Valentine's Day di mana pasangan dapat melewatkan momen indah dengan makan malam paling romantis atau berkencan sambil menikmati Afternoon Tea di Peacock Lounge.

Momen tak Terlupakan @ VIEW Restaurant & Bar
Terletak di lantai 22 hotel Fairmont Jakarta, VIEW Restaurant & Bar menawarkan pemandangan kota Jakarta yang gemerlap di malam hari yang dapat memberikan kesan tersendiri untuk perayaan Hari Valentine. Memiliki desain interior yang stylish, restoran ini menyajikan menu Eropa modern dengan sentuhan Asia yang telah dirancang khusus untuk hari istimewa ini. Pasangan dapat menikmati 5-course set menu aphrodisiac ditemani dengan sparkling wines dan cahaya lilin sambil menikmati pemandangan yang mempesona.

Dinner di VIEW Restaurant & Bar ditawarkan dengan harga Rp. 1,900,000++ per pasangan dan sudah termasuk sparkling wines untuk dua orang.

VIEW Restaurant & Bar

Jatuh Cinta Lagi @ Sapori Deli
Sapori Deli mengundang para tamu untuk menikmati candle light dinner dan merasakan indahnya jatuh cinta lagi di Hari Valentine. Restoran ini menawarkan 5-course set menu ala Italia yang dapat dinikmati dengan free-flow wines. Menu yang disajikan antara lain Lobster Spinach Ravioli dengan Saffron Fennel dan lobster broth, Red Snapper dengan Tomato Fondue dan Artichoke serta Concord Grape dan Grill Lamb Rack dengan Whipped Truffle Potato, Asparagus. Santap malam di Sapori akan dimulai dengan virgin margarita dan diakhiri dengan hidangan manis yang dibuat khusus untuk pasangan.

Makan malam di Sapori Deli tersedia dengan harga Rp. 1,000,000++ per pasangan atau Rp. 1,500,000++ per pasangan dengan free-flow wine.

Romantic Dessert

Makan Malam Romantis @ Spectrum
Terkenal dengan hidangan buffetnya yang lezat, restoran Spectrum memberikan pengalaman romantis dengan hidangan buffet yang melimpah di Hari Valentine. Suasana retoran yang nyaman dan romantis dengan pencahayaan keemasan membuat pengalaman bersantap kian istimewa. Pasangan dapat menikmati beragam hidangan pembuka, hidangan utama dan pilihan hidangan penutup yang disajikan baik di buffet atau dibuat langsung di setiap live cooking station. Untuk pengalaman yang lebih pribadi, tamu dapat memilih bersantap di private dining room yang dapat dipesan jauh hari. Untuk melengkapi makan malam ini, para tamu wanita akan diberi setangkai mawar untuk dibawa pulang.

Makan malam di Spectrum tersedia dengan harga Rp. 1,200,000++ per pasangan termasuk sparkling wines untuk dua orang.

Le Amour Afternoon Tea @ Peacock Lounge
Mencicipi Afternoon Tea bersama pasangan di lounge bernuansa feminin dan kasual dapat menjadi salah satu pilihan yang menyenangkan untuk merayakan momen romantis di Hari Valentine. Sepanjang bulan Februari, Peacock Lounge menawarkan Afternoon Tea set bertema “love” yang berisi aneka kue manis, coklat, scones dan sandwich cantik yang disajikan dengan teh bunga untuk dua orang. Khusus di Hari Valentine, Peacock Lounge akan memberikan sparkling wine setiap pembelian Afternoon Tea set dan foto untuk mengabadikan momen istimewa ini. Afternoon Tea tersedia mulai jam 2 siang sampai 6 sore dengan harga Rp. 488,000++ per set.

Info lebih lanjut, hubungi +62 (21) 2970 3333 atau email diningreservations.jakarta@fairmont.com.