Saturday, May 27, 2017

Plan Your Summer Escape in Dubai!

Three glorious days to explore Dubai’s unparalleled attractions for a perfect mid-year holiday with family!

Is it time for a time out with your family? Plan your perfect mid-year getaway in Dubai. From family-friendly attractions, thrilling theme and waterparks to iconic modern buildings, your mid-year break begins here.

Make the most of each day of your holiday by following the suggested itinerary for Indonesian to experience the best part of the city.

DAY #1: Live The Dubai Dream
Begin you first day in Dubai by visiting the most trending shopping destination and discover the golden desert of Dubai!

10.00 AM - Shop at The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence
Along this buzzing boulevard, there's plenty of opportunity to satisfy your retail cravings with an array of fashion, home and handicraft shops and boutiques. Boutique 1 is a multi-brand designer paradise that boasts both international and homegrown talent. A highlight is the small outdoor Covent Garden Market, where you can check out stalls offering jewellery, food treats and homewares, as well as take in performances by street entertainers. After an afternoon of shopping, you can grab an iced latte at a café, such as Paul, or sit down for a fine meal at one of Dubai's best restaurants. Or just watch the world go by—Thursday and Friday nights are popular for strolling couples and families.

02.00 PM - Lunch Break at Beachcombers
When it comes to settings, it's hard to beat Beachcombers – a restaurant right on the beach with perfect views of the Burj Al Arab. Beachcombers is popular throughout the week, serving up a series of theme nights and a vast Pan-Asian buffet on weekend brunches. Kids are treated to their own mini buffet and dedicated ice-cream machine, plus a play area and TV room. They can also play play on the beach while the adults are entertained by a live band.

04.00 PM - Discover Serene Desert Landscape
There may be no better way to discover Dubai than with a Desert Safari experience. The tour company does all the work while you sit back and enjoy the view. The tours encompass everything from the sands to the skyline. The Desert Safari experience takes you on a wild ride through the dunes with an authentic Arabic dinner to indulge in afterwards. With their Dubai City Tour, you can travel through time as you explore the Gold and Spice Souk and Dubai Creek. They can arrange for you to tour the Jumeirah Mosque and soak in the views from the top of Burj Khalifa. And you can even sail along the coast with their Dhow Cruise excursion.

DAY #2: Explore the Real Dubai
Live like a local and learn the traditional side of Dubai by visiting the old city and experience traditional market for an unforgettable experience.

09.00 AM - Tour at The Jumeirah Mosque
Take a visit to the stunning Jumeirah Mosque, the only mosque in Dubai that welcomes non-Muslim guests six days a week. One of the most beautiful landmarks in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque was built entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with towering twin minarets framing a large central dome. Make the most of your visit by joining a tour hosted by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and learn about the Emirati culture and religion in a relaxed, casual and open atmosphere.

02.00 PM - Experience Souk Madinat Jumeirah
For a modern take on a traditional souk, this popular Arabic market is sure to deliver. Part of the breathtaking Madinat Jumeirah resort, the souk offers endless alleys to stroll through. Take in the perfumed scents, the glowing lanterns, the fragrant spices and the artisanal souvenirs - you're sure to find the perfect items to take home with you! To visit the Souk, there is even a waterway that will transport you by abra to any one of the neighbouring hotels. It's all about the sights, sounds, and scents.

07.00 PM - Comfort Food at Bu Qtair
While Dubai has (more than) its fair share of high-end restaurants, those wanting to spend less are also spoilt for choice. Bu Qtair is a fish restaurant just metres from the sea – always a good sign – and while it has moved from its previous spot on the sand to a ‘proper’ restaurant, it’s still pretty basic; have faith though, as they serve up fresh seafood, paratha bread, rice and curry sauce, and it’s delicious. Even better, you can feed a family of four for less than IDR 300,000.

DAY #3: Unleash the Child in You. Play!

End your stay with having as many fun as possible. Dubai’s indoor playground promises fun for all ages!

10.00 AM - Work as A Team At Challenge Chambers
Located at Sunset Mall on Jumeirah Beach Road, Challenge Chambers is an innovative Real Life Escape Game, where players are locked in a small room under mysterious circumstances. The objective is to solve the mystery by finding hidden objects, answering riddles and solving puzzles by connecting the missing links. Players will have to use their intellect, intuition and their sixth sense to make a successful escape all with the clock ticking against you.

02.00 PM - Visit Dubai Indoor Rainforest
Situated in Dubai’s amazing new shopping district, City Walk, The Green Planet simulates a tropical rainforest in the heart of Dubai. This live museum features 3,000 species of exotic plants, birds, reptiles and aquatic animals in a 45-metre cubic bio- dome. The structure has been designed around the world's tallest man-made and self- sustainable tree, which umbrellas the live ecosystem.

08.30 PM - Combine Sights and Tradition
The Ramee Dhow Cruise is an invitation to drift along Dubai's famous Creek in a traditional wooden boat. While onboard, take in the contrasting sights of modernity against the city's simpler, historic waterways as the boat passes both the souks and the Heritage & Diving Village in Al Shindagha. You will also be treated to an Arabian buffet and refreshing beverages thanks to the warm hospitality of Ramee's on-deck crew.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Staycation @ Prasana by Arjani Resorts - Uluwatu

Uluwatu Bali terkenal dengan resor-resornya yang mewah. Tak terkecuali dengan pendatang baru yang satu ini, Prasana by Arjani Resorts.

Terletak di perbatasan desa Ungasan dan Uluwatu yang menakjubkan, Prasana by Arjani Resorts berjarak hanya 35 menit dari Bandara Internasional Ngurah Rai. Untuk mencapai resor dengan 20-an vila ini sangat mudah. Memang, menjelang TKP, harus melewati jalan menanjak, dan lorong yang agak tersembunyi. Tapi ending-nya adalah subuah kejutan, tak lain karena resor mewah tapi classy ini, menyambut hangat tamu yang datang. 

Diresmikan pada pertengahan tahun 2016, resor ini sangat memanjakan para tamu dengan vila mewah, masing-masing dilengkapi dengan kolam renang pribadi, ruang tamu, dapur terbuka, dan fasilitas lainnya di resor mewah pada umumnya.

Ada sebanyak 21 vila di resor ini. Terbagi menjadi 9 (1 bedroom pool villa, 144 m2), 3 (1 bedroom sunrise pool villa, 167 m2), 3 (2 bedroom pool villa, 244 m2), 5 (2 bedroom sunrise pool villa, 229 m2), dan 1 (3 bedroom sunrise pool villa, 300 m2).

Prasana by Arjani Resorts menawarkan pelayanan tamu secara pribadi untuk memastikan mereka bisa merasakan sensasi kemewahan. Bersama dengan restoran, bar, dan spa yang mewah, Prasana memberikan pelayanan yang ramah dan maksimal bagi para tamunya. Selain berbagai fasilitas internal, penggemar golf pasti senang, karena resor ini dekat dengan dua lapangan terbaik Asia: New Kuta Golf Club dan Bali National Golf Club.

Prasana by Arjani Resorts dikelilingi banyak pantai, salah satunya Pantai Pandawa yang akhir-akhir ini menjadi tempat tujuan wisata yang paling hits. Juga pantai-pantai eksotis lainnya, yang dipakai untuk berselancar, sebutlah Padang-padang, Dreamland, dan Melasti, yang kesemuanya disebut-sebut sebagai surga para pemain surfing di pulau ini.

Pura-pura juga ada di kawasan Uluwatu ini, termasuk yang terkenal Pura Uluwatu, yang kerap mengadakan pertunjukan Tari Kecak untuk para turis. Tapi yang menarik, resor ini juga dekat dengan Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), patung raksasa yang paling indah dan sangat fotogenik – anak-anak sekarang menyebut instagramable, lengkap dengan fasilitas pendukungnya yang sangat layak untuk dikunjungi.

Prasana by Arjani Resorts hanya sedikit dari sekian resor di Uluwatu yang menawarkan pengalaman yang berkesan. Baik dilihat dari bentuk bangunannya, kemewahannya, fasilitasnya, serta pelayanannya yang sangat personal. 

Yup, Prasana by Arjani Resorts adalah tempat yang tepat untuk menyeimbangkan ketenangan dan keindahan di ujung selatan Bali.

Prasana by Arjani Resorts
Jalan Harjani No. 1 Br. Kertha Lestari, Ungasan, Badung 80361
Bali – Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 4725 488, Fax: +62 361 4725 399

Yan’s House di Jantung Kuta Bali, Mempersembahkan 11 Tema Kamar Unik

Ada Gueridon Service di Kamar Grand Victorian


ADA banyak hotel di Bali, tapi yang satu ini, Yan’s House, mempunyai keunikan tersendiri. Letaknya di Jalan Kartika, Kuta, Tuban, hotel yang satu ini memang tidak terlalu menonjol. Tapi begitu masuk ke dalamnya, layaknya sebuah oase yang tersembunyi di tengah-tengah hiruk-pikuk area pantai itu.  

Interior Depan
Yan’s House Hotel Bali, setelah mengalami beberapa kali renovasi, kali ini hadir dengan wajah baru. Mempunyai 78 kamar bertema unik yang menawarkan keindahan lanskap eksterior berancang Victorian pop di jantung kawasan Kuta serta suasana kekeluargaan nan hangat dan ramah.

Berawal dari sebuah bungalow penginapan mungil dengan 4 kamar sederhana pada tahun 1970-an, Yan’s House Hotel yang hanya berjarak 3 kilometer dari Bandara Internasional I Gusti Ngurah Rai kini tampil dalam keanggunan baru, siap dengan keunikan konsep kamar dalam 11 tema yang begitu kaya dengan karakter dan keistimewaannya masing-masing.

Breakfast Room

Terbagi dalam tipe Deluxe, Premier, Quadruple, Family Room dan Grand Victorian, 11 konsep itu adalah; Chill Out, The Sweet Breeze, Homey Wonderland, The Victorian, Homeland, Bachelor’s Pad, Vintage Groove, Ecletic Living, Laid Back, Serenity dan The Love Nest. Layaknya pulau Bali yang tidak pernah berhenti untuk memanjakan dan memberikan keseruan-keseruan baru, Yan’s House Hotel memungkinkan para tamunya untuk memilih kamar yang sesuai dengan karakter mereka; ada kamar dengan suasana ruangan yang modern sekaligus maskulin, santai, vintage, romantic, atau Victorian yang anggun lengkap dengan gueridon service (Layanan menyajikan hidangan di kamar) atau bahkan kamar buat traveler rombongan dengan 4 bunk bed untuk 4 pelancong sekaligus dalam 1 bilik besar yang keren!

Bachelor Pad

Chill Out
I Kadek Agus Sudira, SST, Par., CEO dan penggagas Yan’s House Hotel Bali menyampaikan, “Yan’s House Hotel adalah impian dan kerja keras kami untuk mempersembahkan sebuah hotel dengan sentuhan kehangatan keluarga dan layanan khas keramahan Bali yang sudah begitu dikenal di dunia. Seperti masyarakat Bali yang begitu kreatif dan ramah, Yan’s House Hotel menawarkan keunikan dan keistimewaa baru dalam bisnis perhotelan.”

The Victorian

Lebih jauh Kadek Agus Sudira menjelaskan bahwa bagi kami, kunci utama dalam melayani tamu adalah melayani mereka seperti saat kita membagi kasih sayang kepada keluarga sendiri. Rasa ikhlas untuk memberikan yang terbaik adalah dasar bagi kami untuk menghadirkan pelayanan berkualitas kepada setiap tamu yang menginap. Dengan mengalami kehangatan dan keramahan di hotel ini, kami yakin seluruh tamu akan mendapatkan pengalaman liburan paling menyenangkan dan tak terlupakan di pulau Dewata.

Kadek Agus Sudira

Yan’s House Hotel melengkapi fasilitas-fasilitas standar untuk memastikan menghadirkan pengalaman menginap yang terbaik untuk para tetamunya, seperti layanan antar-jemput ke bandara, kolam renang, meeting room, tour service, mobile internet modem, baby sitter dan breakfast room. Yang tidak kalah istimewa di Yan’s House Hotel adalah Code Grafiti Restaurant. Senada dengan spirit hotel untuk senantiasa memberikan keunikan dan kehangatan, para chef di Code Grafiti siap mensajikan kreasi hidangan khas dan istimewa untuk para pelanggan dengan kenikmatan dan kehangatan suasana yang tidak akan ditemukan di tempat lain.

Friday, May 19, 2017

15 Sajian Degustation Menu dari Codegrafiti - Kuta Bali

Chef Bondan Menggali Kekayaan dan Keragaman Tradisi Kuliner Bali

Pan Seared Barramundi  

Bagaimana rasanya menikmati 15 menu yang unik dalam sajian fine dining? Pasti seru!

Beruntung saya, bersama media dan beberapa blogger makanan dan travel, mendapat kesempatan yang langka itu di Codegrafiti di Yan’s House Hotel Bali, Rabu, 17 mei 2017.

Yellow Duck Salad

Beet Root Strawberry Turmeric Yuzu

Yup, restoran casual fine-dining Codegrafiti di Yan’s House Hotel Bali memperkenalkan 15 sajian degustation menu (tasting menu) yang khusus dikreasikan oleh Chef Bondan Yuliarso, menampilkan rangkaian seluruh hidangan andalan (signature dishes) yang merupakan buah ikhtiar dari petualangan penggalian kekayaan dan keragaman tradisi kuliner Bali yang melegenda.

Kedondong Lychee Parfait

Codegrafiti yang berlokasi di Jalan Kartika 16 Kuta ini menggelar kesempatan untuk memperkenalkan seluruh hidangan eksklusifnya kepada para jurnalis dan blogger sebagai bagian dari perhelatan resmi beroperasinya Yan’s House Hotel Bali.

Lemon Zest Rosemary Tuna Gravlax

Penggagas dan Chef Codegrafiti, Bondan Yuliarso menyampaikan, “Codegrafiti adalah sebuah entitas baru seni cita rasa yang mewujud dari ikhtiar kreatif, kebebasan dan eksotika berkode, yang berarti resep-resep unik, yang berpadu dalam satu keutuhan segenap jiwa untuk menghidangkan pengalaman tak terlupakan bagi para penikmat adiboga yang datang dari seluruh penjuru dunia.”

Beef Massaman Deconstructed

Lebih jauh chef yang memiliki lebih dari 20 tahun pengalaman di bidang professional cooking & kitchen management ini memaparkan bahwa ia membutuhkan waktu setengah tahun untuk mewujudkan seluruh kreasi menu di Codegrafiti. Baginya, seluruh persembahan dari Codegrafiti adalah sebuah pembuktian dan pencapaian penting dalam menghadirkan menu fine dining yang merefleksikan keistimewaan karakter cita rasa yang kuat dan unik dari kekayaan dan keragaman berbagai bahan dasar yang sejak lama telah digunakan dalam tradisi kuliner, yang sebetulnya tidak hanya di Bali namun juga di berbagai belahan daerah di Nusantara.

Coconut Mousse in Chocolate Shell with Caramel & Tarragon

Ke-15 sajian degustation menu yang dihadirkan adalah:
1. Obat Nyamuk Lime Leaf Chili Paste
2. Scallop Turmeric Yuzu
3. Lemon Zest-Rosemarry Tuna Gravlax
4. Crab Meat-Sirsak, Kintamani - Basil Glacier
5. 3M" Baby Squid Compression, Tamarind Pureé and Squid Water
6. Yellow Duck - Red Cabbage Pureé and Mangoesteen
7. Cod Fish Number 7
8. Barramundi Jivara Chocolate
9. Watermelon Sashimi
10. Chicken Sousvide Kedondong Soup
11. Cube Roll Massaman Deconstruction
12. Lamb Havana Reduction
13. Green Tea Pannacotta, Lychee Compote and Basil Pureé
14. Marlboro Coffee Doughnut
15. Chocolate Shell, Coconut Mousse Tarragon Juice, Salak Pureé

The Story Behind Codegrafiti Menu

Experience the fresh local ingredients in a high artistic level degustation menu. The exotic story begins...

Kaffir lime leaf chilli paste

15 years ago we found that most restaurants in Bali burned mosquito coil – a mosquito repelling incense, usually spiral-shaped – and put it under the table. Now, we serve the coil on the table – an edible version of it, of course. A blend of Indonesia’s native ingredients – black rice, red chilli, and squid ink for the coil; red chilli, lime leaf, onion, and cumin for the red dots resembling fire, this unique dish will certainly give you a buzz.

With apple, radish, and hibiscus salt

Being surrounded by the Java Sea on the north, the Indian Ocean on the South, and the Strait of Lombok on the East, makes Bali’s sea the rich food source that it is. The combinations of fresh seafood and Balinese herbs result in intriguing, exotic-tasting dishes, such as this fresh scallop complemented with the earthy elegance of turmeric and the fresh, tart inspiration of Yuzu orange from Japan. We evoke this mellow taste of with from our own mixture of lemongrass, lemon juice, lime juice and Kintamani orange.

Stewed baby carrot, pickled red radish, red cabbage pickled purée, pickled grain mustard and belimbing wuluh

Inspired by a Nordic dish with a twist of a popular fruit ingredient in Indonesian cuisine, belimbing wuluh (bilimbi), this fresh tuna is cured in lemon zest, extra virgin olive oil and red rosemary, and it is served with marinated baby carrot and red cabbage purée. To enhance the freshness, we put the sour taste from belimbing wuluh in the pickles.

Tangerine glister, mesclun lettuce and basil drops

The experiment starts here. Fresh crab meat and soursop has the same texture yet the tastes are vastly different. How can we mix the ‘chicken of the sea’ and fruit? Ginger juice, local spices, lime leaf and Kintamani orange glister is a great mix that not only balances the taste, but also tickles your taste buds.

Compressed squid with sea salt, chives, tamarind puree, chilli oil and squid juice

Rujak kuah pindang (Balinese fruit salad in diluted pindang (fish paste) broth and palm sugar sauce) – a Balinese traditional food – is the inspiration for this menu. Squid pressure-cooked three minutes long with sea salt, tamarind puree, chilli oil and squid juice – fresh and chewy!

Red cabbage puree, mangosteen-sage leaf, mesclun lettuce and red ginger red wine vinegar

Ceremonial dishes are part of the richness of Bali’s culture. Betutu chicken/duck is a classic ceremonial and richly spiced dish. Based on that heritage, we create this high artistic menu that brings the distinctive flavour of betutu to your table. Our 58° C hot water bath cooking technique gives the duck tenderness and preserves the richness of betutu spices. To balance this high protein duck meat, we put red cabbage purée, buni purée and mangosteen-sage leaf. An elegant and exotic taste.

Mint paste, juniper berry

Cleanse your palate with our version of sashimi. Compressed watermelon injected with juniper berry and vodka to make it more fruity and sweet, and the freshness of wasabi-look-like mint paste will neutralize your taste buds before continuing your adventure with other set menu.

Beetroot juice, seared asparagus, yellow zucchini purée, mussel mousseline (cod fish confit with jangu brunoise olive oil, steamed with beet root juice)

Let us introduce jangu (acorus calamus), a Balinese traditional spice usually used to remove the “fishy flavour” in dishes. The very soft texture of cod fish is infused with jangu and extra virgin olive oil and steamed. For the side dish, we have beetroot juice, asparagus, and yellow zucchini purée to balance the deep blue sea taste and earth perfume. To enrich the flavour, we add our mussel mousseline made from green mussel, Sauvignon Blanc, and tarragon.


Cube roll, tamarind purée, okra, and pickled vegetables

Boneless rib-eye meat served with tamarind purée, pickled vegetables and okra – a tropical vegetable popular in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. This dish has a beef demi-glace sauce simmered for 8 hours – an elegant touch to this dish, with deep and rich flavour.

Havana sauce, chocolate sauce, and grain mustard

Have you imagined the exotic taste of Havana cigar on your plate? Rosemary, thyme, shallot, chives, beetroot and local spices are the ingredients for our Havana sauce, balanced with Shiraz. The chocolate sauce made with real chocolate – an additional luxury to this high-quality lamb chop.

Cassia, red rice, Jack Daniel’s

The strong and unique flavour and aroma from this whiskey blends perfectly with the red rice from Tabanan, Central Bali. It has the same strong characteristic with Jack Daniel’s, a woody and earthy flavour. To add to the sweetness and richness of the drink, we add cassia, an aromatic bark, similar to cinnamon but stronger. Best served cold or at room temperature.

Kintamani orange, lemongrass

Besides the coffee, the highlands of Kintamani – the North-eastern part of Bali at Mount Batur caldera – is famous for its oranges. Kintamani orange is highly productive – its rind is yellow to golden yellow and easy to peel, it has high water, vitamin C, and calcium content. This sweet and fresh-tasting citrus has a long shelf life and adapts well to the highlands. We bring this unique characteristic along with lemongrass to freshen up your day.

Marlboro cloves, milk, cream, and egg

Sorry, this is non-smoking area. But you can still have the sensation of smoking by enjoying our Marlboro emulsions along with hot coffee. The taste of cloves – the most powerful flavour of all the world's spices – will definitely answer your desire to smoke a cigarette. No lighter, please!


Da Maria Experience


Having developed their character over the first six months of trade and finding its Italian expression on the island of the gods, Da Maria Bali has now formed its identity as a multi-faceted venue with something to offer locals, expats and tourists alike.

The brainchild of Maurice Terzini and Adrian Reed has now cemented its’ place in the heart of Petitenget. Families and children have always played an important role in the culture of Da Maria with the philosophy that they can cater to anyone from 8 to 80. Da Maria encourages kids to make their own pizzas in true topolino club style, while parents sit back relax with for an early meal.

Da Maria extends its’ music program from 7pm every night with DJs with the understanding that every night is a Friday night in Bali. Apperitivo hour in the courtyard offers the perfect pre-dinner experience with a backdrop of jazz, funk and disco to get you moving into dinner.

Traditional Italian apperitivo derives from the concept of opening ones’ palate in an environment in which participants socialize, relax and snack as dinner approaches, unlike the commonly known Americanized interpretation of "happy hour". Da Maria embraces this tradition in their outdoor courtyard offering classic apperitivo such as Aperol Spritz, Negronis and Americanos which are paired with Arancini Di Risso and newly added Baccala crostini with olives, fennel and extra virgin olive oil.

Move from the courtyard into one of two of Da Maria's expansive restaurant areas, where the experienced team will guide you through the ever-evolving menu into a dinner experience with emphasis on simple, fresh and uncomplicated Italo dining.

Dinners at Da Maria have been one of the Osteria style restaurants biggest features since opening in November and has continued to keep diners coming back for more as the food and beverage offering continues to develop, whether you're sharing the house made gnocchi alla sorrentina or you have chosen the beautifully earthy and light crispy skinned fish of the day with braised lentils, fermented chili and rocket.

After dinner you find yourself shifting from dining to disco with the need for one last drink in the front bar to finish the meal. This is when the evening gets underway blurring the lines between restaurant, bar and club the Pizzeria finds its’ feet with a combination of disco and house that’ll have you dancing and enough drinks will have you ordering a late night pizza from 10pm – close. Late night pizza + disco + 528Hz is a nightly occurrence and it is reflective of the notion that every night is like a Friday in Bali.

Mixed drinks such as the NO.147 with vodka, coconut, pineapple, passionfruit, lime and falernum as well as the house favourite NO.8 with Campari, vodka and grapefruit stay true to Maurice Terzini’s classics whilst reflecting the tropical vibes of the Indonesian archipelago.

As usual music plays an integral role in shaping Da Maria’s overall concept, with the likes of Frankie Knuckles, John Coltrane and Larry Levan as some of their biggest music influences the transition from apperitivo into dining followed by Late Night Pizza + Disco + 528Hz is not only seamless but ensures the customer an entire evening of Italo Dining and Disco in a single venue.

For more info about Da Maria