Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hop Along for Some Easter Fun

Enjoy a bountiful Easter Barbecue by the pool, only at Alila Jakarta

In celebration of Easter, Alila Jakarta will be hosting a scrumptious Easter Barbecue on Easter Sunday, 1st April 2018, from11 am to 3 pm at the Rooftop Pool.

Families can look forward to an Easter of fabulous food, fun and games in the heart of Jakarta with a variety of entertaining activities that are sure to bring joy to the children and engage their creative and adventurous sides.

Highlights include a Kids’ Fashion Show organized in collaboration with Moejoe, where mini fashionistas can show off their style on the catwalk dressed in Moejoe kids’ clothing for a chance to win various exciting prices. While the adults relax and enjoy the food, children can also participate in an exciting line-up of Easter-themed activities, including Cupcake Decorating, Egg Painting and an Easter Egg Hunt around Rabbit Land. And there’s always time for a splash in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool or some fun on the Bouncy Castle. With live music to accompany these activities, everybody will feel thoroughly entertained.

“Easter is a celebration for all, a chance to relax and enjoy some fun time with loved ones. At Alila Jakarta, we are delighted to be capturing the spirit of Easter with our barbecue, where guests can gather, have fun, and unwind from the week’s exertions,” said Vivi Belliasari, Director of Sales and Marketing.

The Alila Jakarta Easter Sunday Barbecue is IDR 258,000++ for adults and IDR 129,000++ for children. Children below 5 years old dine for free, while children from 6-12 years old enjoy 50% discount.

For info, please contact 021-2316008 ext 7 (BUZZ Restaurant) or email at

Friday, March 23, 2018

Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla: The New Island-Chic Hideaway

Belmond reveals plans for its new island-chic hideaway, Belmond Cap Juluca and opens for highly anticipated first reservations.

Belmond Cap Juluca is the first property to be fully reimagined under the brand’s ambitious growth strategy and is on schedule to welcome guests from 17th November 2018. Through timeless and sophisticated art direction, the resort will be restored to its legendary status and support Belmond’s brand position for offering authentic escapes that connect guests with nature and celebrate local culture.


Located in the British West Indies on the serene shores of Anguilla - Belmond Cap Juluca offers a sanctuary for total escapism. Beautifully appointed accommodations extend across the secluded cove of Maundays Bay and open onto pristine white sands just steps from the sparkling Caribbean Sea.

A new era of beach-chic glamour and laid back luxury is introduced to the resort with a sea view infinity-edge pool, ‘disappearing spa’, rustic beach bar ‘The Cap Shack’ and elegant restaurants. Colourful botanicals and indigenous plants spill in from the tropical surrounds and blend with new designs that embrace old world travel and new world comforts; embracing its access to one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.


Majestically perched on the property’s private headland, nestled in manicured gardens and offering panoramic views of crystal blue waters is the new Spa and Fitness Centre. A ‘disappearing spa’, designed to seamlessly blend into the landscape – it is the only spa of its kind on the island to offer intimate access to nature away from resort life. A place to exercise, relax and unwind, the spa will boast a yoga pavilion, gym and seven all- suite treatment villas – with private terraces and seating by the sea.


Offering new levels of waterfront luxury is the show stopping “CAP’s Cool Pool” and new outdoor terrace featuring an infinity-edge pool, shaded botanical courtyard and spacious tree-lined sunbathing decks. Guests will for the first time in the property’s history have the best of both worlds – a chance to dine and socialise by the pool whilst taking in the mesmerising views of the beach.

The naturally healing powers of the sea are complemented by locally harvested Anguillan salt that features in bathroom amenities and signature spa treatments.


aste of the world of Belmond, through dishes inspired by the world-famous ‘CIP’s Club’ in Venice can be enjoyed at the casual all day dining restaurant, CIPs by Cipriani. Freshly squeezed fruit juices, smoothies and light bites are on offer at the fashionable new Maundays Lounge and Pool Terrace and by night service turns to sophisticated ceviche and tapas as the rum cocktails flow.


Spread across Belmond Cap Juluca’s secluded crescent-shaped cove and located just steps from the white sandy shores are 113 newly appointed guest rooms and suites – all with large private verandas or balconies. The interiors honour laid-back island life with space to read, dine and dream away the hours in comfort. Many of the accommodations boast large bathrooms that overlook walled botanical courtyards, complete with private seating area. The three and five-bedroom private villas offer more space for families and groups of friends to embrace island living and feature high spec kitchens, large dining areas and private pools.


Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla is now taking bookings and will welcome guests from 17th November 2018 with prices starting from $725/ £523 for a Deluxe Beachfront King per night including breakfast.

Further details on the culinary, well-being and on-resort activities will be shared on openings. For more information please visit HERE.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

A Secluded Paradise on The Turkish Rivera Amanruya Reopens Its Doors in April 2018

Amanruya will once again open the doors to its secluded spot on the scalloped Aegean coastline. The isolated resort, a scenic 30-minute drive from the bustling town of Bodrum, rests in spacious seclusion on 60 acres of forested hillside, overlooking its own private bay – a rare privilege on the Bodrum Peninsula. With flourishing pine forests, olive groves, the sound of cicada’s and the crystal clear warm waters of Bodrum Bay as its setting, Amanruya fulfills the promise of its name ‘peaceful dream’, providing guests with a serene retreat for a moment of peace surrounded by natural beauty

The perfect complement to its natural setting, Amanruya has the intimate and tranquil ambience of a village modeled on a Mediterranean-cum-Ottoman patrician villa. An entrance driveway meanders through a pine forest before revealing a first glimpse of the resort – a graceful collection of pavilions inspired by the region’s traditional Anatolian architecture, which blends traditional stone buildings with lush gardens. The resort’s olive groves and forest slope down, giving way to its sun-kissed private pebble beach, whilst charming courtyards and terraces enhance the village feel and provide a changing vista of the sea at every level. Local materials including stone, terracotta, acajau wood and Turkish marble in neutral hues make for an almost ethereal feel, most evident in the evenings as the Aegean sun sets turning the walls a blush shade of pink.

Amanruya’s accommodation is comprised of just 36 contemporary stone pavilions positioned amongst terraced gardens scented by thyme and shaded by olive trees. True to the Aman design philosophy which emphasises generosity of space, all pavilions are spacious and free standing, featuring white marble floors, high mahogany ceilings and white Mugla, hammam-style bathrooms with skylights. Ottoman influences include the Bursa arches joining bedrooms and bathrooms, exposed-beam ceilings and Turkish charcoal fireplaces to warm rooms and terraces in cooler months. Guests are further indulged as each pavilion boasts its own infinity edge swimming pool crafted from diabaz granite, complemented by a private covered pergola lounge and dining area, providing a truly harmonious environment for relaxation. Outdoor showers complete the offering.

Offering a real sense of escapism is Amanruya’s secluded Beach Club. Overlooking its own private bay, the Beach Club is an idyllic spot consisting of a series of intimate nooks and terraces artfully positioned amongst well-established trees, decorated with Ottoman divan lounge beds. The wooden jetty is the perfect base from which to dive into the refreshing salt waters. The ideal location to take in the perfectly still sea, dramatic sunsets and heart-stirringly starry skies, the Beach Club has fast become a favourite spot owing to its calming and tranquil atmosphere. A beach side restaurant is nestled amongst the trees of the club, and serves freshly caught grilled fish, refreshing salads and Turkish mezze.

The resort’s facilities are housed in free-standing stone structures with breathtaking sea and forest views. They include the three-storey Library with an intimate top floor lounge, a Dining Pavilions, a Wine and Cigar Lounge, and an Art Gallery that displays works from local artists. The pièce de résistance, is the 50-metre infinity pool, which lies at the heart of the resort. Beautifully crafted from green and turquoise marble sourced from Antalya, it merges into the shimmering azure waters of the Aegean Sea that lies just beyond, giving guests the illusion that they are swimming straight from the pool into the warmth of the open waters.

April will see renowned Turkish chef Ercan Soylu once again take the helm of Amanruya’s culinary offering as Executive Chef. Having launched the resort’s gastronomic debut in 2013, Chef Ercan is excited to be returning to his homeland and its vast array of fresh produce and seafood. Turkey is blessed with a variety of microclimates allowing the kitchens at Amanruya to deliver ever-changing seasonal menus taking advantage of the finest local ingredients available. Thought to be the originating influence for nearly all Middle Eastern cuisines, Turkish fare has always been a highlight of the resort’s menus, but international and Asian-inspired dishes also feature.

Studded with olive groves and domed white Ottoman-era cisterns, the beautiful rocky finger of the Bodrum Peninsula has long been a favourite with Turkey’s urbanites and international travellers alike. Located just 30 minutes by car, sophisticated restaurants and bars have flourished along the city’s marina.

Amanruya provides an extensive array of unique cultural and gourmet experiences and a range of excursions to the wealth of classical sites in the region. These include the ancient ruined cities of Didyma with its towering Temple of Apollo, Priene and its 5,000-seat theatre and Ephesus with its magnificent Gate of Hercules. The region also offers natural distractions including winding trails for hiking, mountain biking or horse riding, and beautiful beaches and forest glades ideal for picnics. Boating and other water sports can be enjoyed throughout the summer months, and a nearby golf club offers avid golfers their fix. And of course, like everywhere in Turkey, shopping in and around Bodrum is quite an adventure, with dozens of shops lining the narrow streets.

There are few places in the world offering the classical history and natural beauty of Amanruya’s magnificent Aegean setting. This fabled coastline is where Homer’s heroes were born, where the ancient Greeks consulted their oracles and the Romans built magnificent temples to honour their gods. The region tells a story spanning 5,000 years of history, providing reminders of its glorious past, vying for attention with spectacular scenery and the cosmopolitan modernity of the Turkish Riviera. Towns with ancient names inhabit the bays nearby, and traditional Turkish gulets drift by on the horizon, plying the turquoise waters between the Aegean’s many islands.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The Longhouse, The Boutique Villa in Bali

Outstanding architectural design, gourmet cuisine and five-star service in the hills of Jimbaran

A new boutique hotel and private villa concept opens its doors in the heart of Bali’s Jimbaran, giving travelers the opportunity to enjoy the intimacy of luxury villa accommodation with the service of a five-star hotel.

A celebration of rich Indonesian history, The Longhouse is thoughtfully inspired by authentic Balinese culture. Elegantly perched in the hills of Jimbaran, originally a tiny fishing village and market, The Longhouse is a departure from typical Bali hotel and villa offerings; meticulously curated by its owners with the help of renowned architect Popo Danes to reflect their love of the island, the property has been developed and programmed for guests wanting to discover the lesser known side of Bali. By fusing its stunning scenery with impeccable attention to detail, The Longhouse creates an idyllic escape away from the tourist traps of Seminyak and Kuta.

The expansive property, built in 2009, has completed an extensive renovation to offer just six exclusive bedroom suites with breathtaking views over the treetops of Jimbaran. Each stylish suite is named after an Indonesian island, with distinctive interior designs and local arts handpicked by the owners from their extensive travels across the region. No two suites are the same, providing an entirely unique boutique hotel experience.

The Bali Suite is the perfect combination of rustic charm and modern convenience, where the majority of luxury furniture has been crafted from Bamboo. With a private study, courtyard garden, and private plunge pool, it provides a tropical oasis for guests wanting to decompress.

The Lombok Suite is bathed in soft earth tones like the Sasak Pottery for which the island is famous. This spacious suite is a world unto itself with a with a luxurious bathroom featuring both indoor and outdoor showers and bathtubs, and double stone basins. From the brass motif on the door, to the welcoming Urat mask, there are touches of Lombok throughout the room. A private terrace and day bed provides the ideal view of The Longhouse gardens and distant landscape.

The Sumatra Suite is evocative of the lush forests and verdant jungle of Indonesia’s largest island – full of warm wood and tropical green. It’s most outstanding feature is the beautiful indoor/outdoor bathroom, the interior of which is dramatically designed with black volcanic stone and wood accented by a copper sink, and the outdoor portion is a huge stone bathtub set in jungle filled greenery and orchids.

The Sumba Suite pays tribute to the people of Sumba, who have perfected the art of Ikat tapestry to an exceptionally high standard. An excellent example of Sumba Ikat forms a centre piece of the queen size canopy bed with its posts of twisted vine. The Sumba bathroom is made almost completely of pale gold onyx stone using both rough and smooth surfaces. The suite boasts a private outdoor bale, complete with daybed for guests to relax on.

Named after Indonesia’s most populous island, the East and West Java Suites are accessible via the Java Hall, featuring specific batik motifs illustrated as a carving on the doors. The Java Rooms contain two super single beds that can be joined together for a Queen size bed. A long desk creates a convenient space to write and the sliding glass doors lead directly out to the garden and the charming pergola. The private terrace is perfectly positioned to enjoy the stunning view beyond.

With more than one staff per guest ratio at The Longhouse, the team of experienced professionals have been handpicked from some of the world’s most prestigious hotels to ensure a holistic hospitality experience, and are on hand around the clock to cater to all guest needs. As a dedicated team, they offer a spectrum of guest services - from cooking courses in Indonesian cuisine, to local village tours, Balinese massages in the in-house spa and mixology sessions.

Offering amenities and facilities beyond that of any luxury villa, a home theatre with a selection of movies is available for guests to unwind in, a hilltop bale offers a tranquil morning yoga spot or a picturesque setting for sunset cocktails, a vast infinity pool with open air lounge is a laidback social area for guests to relax, have a drink at the bar or unwind with a book, and a stunning private lawn works as a beautiful space for celebrating special events.

Food is at the heart of The Longhouse – guests can choose to dine in their suites or join the daily meals in The Longhouse dining room. From signature homemade Indonesian recipes to western and fusion dishes, the menus change daily and are made fresh on site by a team of passionate chefs. In the evenings, guests are treated to a unique dining programme which changes each day to offer an innovative alternative to the traditional hotel restaurant experience - from garden barbecues to candlelit banquets, at The Longhouse.

Linda Nederkoon, Creator of The Longhouse, says ‘’We wanted to give independent travelers, couples and small groups the opportunity to experience The Longhouse without having to rent the entire villa. By introducing a boutique hotel concept, we can be flexible to all of our guest needs and ensure we raise the bar for luxury villa hospitality in Bali. We’ve been developing the concept for some time and are excited to be opening our doors as a boutique hotel and private villa in December’’.

The Longhouse boutique hotel and private villa opened in December 2017. Guests have the option to reserve individual rooms or the entire property – lending itself equally to romantic getaways or larger group holidays and wedding parties.

Prices start from 190USD per night. 

For more information, visit The Longhouse

Tiara Nusa Estate Jalan Goa Gong,  Jimbaran, Bali 80361 +62 812 389 7623