BREAKFAST IN BATH AT THE STONES HOTEL KUTA BALI - Caption would be when you woke up at 10 AM, but there's too much to handle (lazy) for buffet breakfast in the restaurant, this will be a good answer. The instagram world crazy about floating breakfast, and some hotels spins their head to offer something new to the guests and the social media world. But are you really going to enjoy breakfast while half of your body inside the water? I was, and now I am kinda, do I will going to do again?
The answer probably no, I will not dip half my body to the water and enjoy any meals there. Because you will feel something not right about that. One thing I know, medically (or physically) DO NOT eat right before or after you take a bath (so you know the answer, while you are inside the water, right?). But floating breakfast is kinda cute for the images, unless for me, it's only for the images lol. How about Breakfast in the Bathtub - courtesy of The Stones Authograph Collection Hotel Bali? Yes I did that, but with small amount of water, there's still warm water inside the bathtub just for the sake of being real, so it was good, with the view and the wind blows. So are you in for this breakfast in bath experience? ;D
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DINNER A LA CARTE OR THEMATIC BUFFET DINNER AT THE STONES AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION KUTA BALI
Come for dinner at Restaurant at The Stones Hotel Bali, I have tried all of them. The Steak Night at Big Fish Bar & Grill, The Urang Sunda at The Long Rice Table, and while at Lunch at The Stones Kitchen, and while I am in the pool accompanied by their herbs cocktails (madness by non-stop eating)
Here's the thing, I am is Sundanese and fly to Bali and enjoy this Sundanese cuisine at The Long Rice Table because the concepr of the restaurant is classic Indonesian restaurant that presents authentic regional cuisine in a vibrant environtment. The restarurant also celebrates Rijsttafel, the local tradition that influenced by the Dutch of sharing indigious samples. Here are my review;
I give the 8 for the series of Sundanese menu from entree to main courses to the desserts, it was impresive. But I missed the couple thing on the authentic menu, like deep fried carp fish (Gurame Goreng), Deep Fried Seafood, with less oil, I mean we use oil a lot, and what I find here is the menu that more to greasy than to deep fried. We love vegetables too, but I can't find it, but it's okay since everyone are probably won't like it like the real Sundanese.
So yes, please come at the day, The Long Rice Table serves you "Urang Sunda" and take everything on the buffet to spoil your mouth and belly!
INSIDER TIPS FOR LIVING AND DOING BUSINESS IN INDONESIA - I have been interviewed by one of Emerhub writer, it was not a really in-depth interview but only one question about opening a business in Indonesia for expatriate. At first, I was kinda confused how to answer, but of course, my answer will not fall too far from social media and digital marketing.
One common mistake (I think) that brand marketer do is hiring an agency and pushed the agency too far when it comes to influencer marketing, are they only want to work with personal that has massive followers. Well is only one parameter, you still need to dive deeper rather only talk only the surface. Followers and engagement rate are only a number, and the number is limitless if you only see the successful campaign but that number... so ya good luck, we can buy followers & likes though.
Digital and influencer marketing is more complicated these days, I think we need to go back to traditional ways that selling idea and value in the content but in the modern ways of social media approach. You can screen the influencers you want to invite to work together by seeing their background, knowledge, ideas, demographics, target market, in-depth data about their social media channels. If they don't get it & clueless in the first place, probably they don't really care about it.
But that's a piece of my thought in the harsh of the competition of social media marketing because blogger, vlogger, Instagram influencer or whatever you call it is an integral part of the system. There's good and the bad play too, so it's not as easy by seeing how many followers and likes they are gaining every day because it's easy as push the button and make an order. But if you want to open a business, of course, you need to use these platform, it's easy and the audience is total massive in Indonesia and chooses the right influencer for your business is essentials. Some people say it was a digital marketing no more, it's marketing!
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PADDLE BOARDING IN WEST BALI AT MENJANGAN DYNASTY RESORT - If you plan your next summer trip around West Bali and want to experience the underwater beauty of Menjangan Island, at Menjangan Dynasty Resort. Beach Camp & Dive Centre, yes you have read it. There's an international standard dive centre by Bali Hai Diving Adventure at this resort that offers you outdoor activities around even beyond the resort, such as trekking to Kawah Ijen in East Java too.
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As the Resort Manager, I Kadek Susastrawan or Pak Dede said, "Menjangan Dynasty Resort is already stated to be the choice of savvy travellers who are seeking a totally different experience combined with outdoor activities and a high level of service." Not only leisure at own resort (beach camp) but guest also can choose nearby points of interest such as; obviously West Bali National Park, Trekking, Cycling, Bird Watching, Horse Riding, Atlas Pearl Farm, Pemuteran Bay, Hot Spring, Waterfalls, and of course, Menjangan Island and it's underwater activities
As I was dedicated my time here, I sign up to experience paddleboarding, which was my first experience. The water so calm (except if there's boat across the water, it will a little wavy, but that's the adrenaline for me first timer), but almost the whole time the water was so calm, I was alone in the middle of the bay and start thinking something down under (I can't really.... I even can not move back because I was overthinking, but then I was laughing myself) because the bliss and quiet moment where there's nothing but you are priceless, of course, it's too hot I only ther for less than 30 minutes and back to the shore, then I take a pictures, I did not check the result, the paddle board was moving toward the bach, and I am afraid I lost my balance, but it was one great experience.
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Then I go back to my room, to clean my self before I try the Spa. On the afternoon everything seems come to life, I see people were having fun in the bay, some boats back from Menjangan Island and some just hang there, probably from another resort to enjoy the sunset. I was enjoying my time too, the afternoon tea makes it more perfect for sunset situation, I saw some people on the beach too probably locals. What a great afternoon at Menjangan Dynasty Resort!
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INDONESIAN DELICACY AT KUNYIT RESTAURANT - It's hard to find beautiful and chic restaurant in packed Kuta, not only because it's packed with tourists, but as you know that since Kuta is the area that nearest with the airport, so people tend to choose Kuta to spend their last Bali meal before flight home (I personally usually choose Ubud, because I always choose the last flight or at least evening flight, because my flight less than 2 hours -1 hour time zone, so that's what I always do)
But I am telling you, one cozy restaurant in Tuban, South Kuta, that so near to airport, lovely design and lovely place, especially afternoon (if you don't really want to join the crowds with sunset moment) and of course evening here was so lovely.
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Their specialty is Indonesian and obviously Balinese style food like I ordered was the famous crispy duck and grilled fish with Jimbaran sauce. I personally love them, but if you asked me, I chose the fish (I mean look at that glazed fished with vibrant sauce), but both dishes are their specialty you need to try! And the portion was something beyond, this is more than enough for 2 people, even 3 for us. The drinks were very suitable for Bali's weather, no complaint at all, they're perfect mocktails. Also, the ambiance was over the top compared with the bored restaurant in the mall or another place in Kuta, very chic and good.
And...... closed everything with signature desserts ES PODENG, I personally surprise that they're available here, try try try because it's one dope local desserts, very fresh icy, sweet and just amazing. 100% yes for that ES PODENG!
DINNER TIME AT KUNYIT RESTAURANT
When in Bali and it's dinner time and you need to recharge all those energies, try their Megibung style dinner. "Megibung Megibung is a tradition owned by Karangasem residents, whose area is located at the eastern end of the Island of the Gods, Bali, Indonesia. Megibung comes from a gibung word prefixed. Gibung means activities carried out by many people, ie sharing between one person with another. Megibung is an activity done by many people to sit down to eat together and discuss and share opinions."
So we tried Tenganan Megibung dinner, that consist: Fish, Beef, & Chicken satay, grilled fish, grilled prawn, grilled chicken, white rice, brown rice, sambals, pan-fried dishes, and local delicacy like Rambak, & Lawar Campur, complete with local desserts platter. We Indonesian love this kind of sharing things, I believe in some others cultures too like in Thailand or India. So it's a great dinner style when you and friend or family dinner together in oneness and beautiful night in Kuta before the flight home.
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BEST LUXURY HOTEL & RESORT IN BALI 2017/2018 - The list I made is based on my personal opinion and experience, it wasn't about the name, or about the price but about the feeling, how much welcomed were me in their property, the quality of service & hospitality, how enjoyable and memorable my stay was.
And as you know that there's a couple new property that always opens every single year. How can I choose the best hotel or resort for my memorable stay in Bali? I visit Bali every year to give you some updated insight, of course not only new gems but also the old player, to see how their quality meets my expectation as a guest so the list will be the ultimate list that will be updated every year, based on my opinions. So here we go, The Best Hotel & Resort in Bali per 2017/2018, we will see what's going to change at the end of 2018 and so on...
- 1. THE ANVAYA BEACH RESORT IN KUTA
The next stop is Kuta, the well-known area not only because the area in fast is the closest with Ngurah Rai International Airport, but also so many attraction here from bar, waterpark, beach, shopping mall, local market, in other words unlike the other area in Bali, Kuta always gives you Bali life that all about party, drinks, full energy, and international even local crowds love to spent their day here because you can find anything here in Kuta. I was trying to look for hidden gems in Kuta, I mean something more elegance, luxury, but it was kinda hard because I think Kuta is always packed, and too mainstream, but then there's something that I am not expected here's in Kuta (or South Kuta/Tuban to be exact), it's definetely not a hidden gem, but the brightest gem in the area because everything is so polished compared any other accomodation the area, yes because it's 1 year new, yes because they're improved everything and I loved it. More personal review Check-in at Anvaya Beach Resort Bali
- 2. THE LEGIAN BALI IN SEMINYAK
I have no doubts when I enter the gate of The Legian Bali, that the oldies but goodies vibes were so strong. Huge pillars, classic architecture, yet elegant interior design, my memory brought me back to my first luxurious getaway at the most luxurious resort in Java. One thing they have in common, not the name, nor expensive rates but the feeling. Simple welcome drink that energizes me, although I was not really tired that day, Indonesian national flower of Jasmine in the refreshing towel was telling me that my days at the resort will be awesome.
I stayed at studio suite in 3rd floor that facing the ocean (I mean it such a good room to feel the beachfront vibes all day all night). Luxury at The Legian Bali is a definition of classic, experience, atmosphere, exclusivity and excellent value that is maintained in the location that so growing and crowded like Seminyak. More personal review The Most Luxurious Hotel in Seminyak, The Legian Bali
- 3. TUGU HOTEL BALI IN CANGGU
- 4. INTERCONTINENTAL BALI IN JIMBARAN
- 5. BEST HOTEL & RESORT IN ULUWATUI have a couple of names but definitely, need to experience myself (Such as Bulgari, Anantara or Renaissance)
- 6. KARMA KANDARA IN UNGASAN
I heard about Karma Kandara since 3 years ago, from my beloved friend after she broke up with her boyfriend and come to Bali for the sake of move-on, so did I, because I broke up with my beloved MF who had relationship with me for almost 4 years lol, just kidding, I always been wanted to go to Karma, people always said to me that I should at least visit Karma Kandara when I'm in Bali.
I have been staying at Nusa Dua, Seminyak like I always did if I came to Bali, and I was thinking to stay in the other part of Bali, and it led me to Ungasan. Nothing in my mind but infamous and exotic Karma Beach Club, the infinity pool of Karma Kandara, the high cliff of Karma Spa, and breathtaking view of Indian Ocean that you can see also from Temple Lounge & Bar.
- 7. AWARTA VILLA IN NUSA DUA (well it's Villa, you definitely will like it. But, do I need to make a separate list for Villas, because I think it's different?)
How I loved low season in Bali, and how I loved that I chose Awarta Luxury Villa & Spa for my stay in Nusa Dua, Bali. I remember why I picked Awarta Nusa Dua because as a newcomer or we said it less than 2 years old property in Bali (now 4-5 years), it is still fresh & pristine. Also, the concept of its property is Peranakan or royal oriental, when some of the new opening hotel and resort going minimalist, but not with Awarta, so that you can find one of their main restaurants has a very strong royal oriental impression, it is Ru Yi Chinese Fine Dining. The rest is a fusion mixed with traditional Indonesian heritage, with strong images of wood, carving, also with tropical plants like the bird of paradise and frangipani flowers in each villa and actually everywhere. Awarta is the real definition of home away from home in its luxury Bali way. More personal review Check-in at Awarta Luxury Villas Nusa Dua
- 8. BEST HOTEL & RESORT IN SANURI have a couple of names but definitely, need to experience myself (like Fairmont, Hyatt Regency or Sudamala)
- 9. ALAYA RESORT IN UBUD (Ubud, it deserves to be on a separate own list | Best Luxury Hotel & Resort in Ubud SOON)
No doubt that Alaya Hotel Ubud became one of the internet's most favorite hotel in Ubud, because what I can say; great food, great location, great hospitality and I have enjoyed my stay here totally, and no doubt again, there is a chance you will not get the room booked if you think too much.
A Great Hospitality - I felt very been welcomed every time I visit Alaya or Petani, thank you so much :) and they also have a mission to help in need with all their program, totally worth to be involved by stay here 1 or 2 nights when you are in Ubud. Alaya Ubud is quite a well-known hotel in Ubud and those positives reviews are indeed true, at least for myself and proved everytime I step my feet here. More personal review Stay at Alaya Hotel Ubud
- 10. ALILA VILLA SOORI BALI IN TABANAN (Kinda need update, because I have stayed here when the property under Alila management, now they become Soori Bali)
Design Savvy, Leisure Seeker, Culture Hunter, Nature Lover, you named it your intention and at you can fulfill everything you seek from design, leisure, culture, and nature. More personal review Alluring Stay at Alila Villa Soori (Now it's Soori Bali). Nothing much to say, because I think Tabanan kinda dying in term of Bali tourism, even the best property such ast Pan Pacific closed its door (but I think it's for big maintenance, people still love it because of its Gold courses), but people tend to stay in Canggu that obvious close with Seminyak, the only touristy spot in Tabanan is only Tanah Lot, but if you want to feel the privacy and just stay away from the hustle bustle, I think this villa can be your choice. More personal review Alluring Stay at Alila Villa Soori
- 11. MENJANGAN DYNASTY RESORT IN WEST BALI
This eco-friendly resort is much inspired by luxury African safari tent, you can get the ambience when the staff at the reception greeted you, with safari uniform and massive bamboo structure all over the resort; Lobby, restaurant, spa and its own dive centre, brought to you by Bali Hai Diving Academy with all the water fun and even adventure to Ijen Carter they have provided.
For me personally, it was a great destination to escape from bustling part of Bali, it wasn't really "Bali", it was completely different, but you don't have to pay for an extra airfare to feel the experience. I can't compare it with any other places because it's unique, you can explore the underwater by snorkeling or diving, having fun by canoeing or play with the paddle board if you got extra time you can explore our West Bali National Park and mangrove. But if you want to enjoy the resort, you can swim at their Infinity Pool with a view, enjoying the afternoon tea at the Pasir Putih beach club & bar while sunbathing, or even try their beachfront Pasir Putih Spa by Ambiente. More personal review Escape to Menjangan Dynasty Resort in West Bali
- 12. BEST HOTEL & RESORT IN CENTRAL BALI
- 13. BEST HOTEL & RESORT IN EAST BALI
- 14. BEST HOTEL & RESORT IN NORTH BALI
- 15. BEST HOTEL & RESORT IN NUSA LEMBONGAN ISLAND
DELUXSHIONIST GUIDE: PACKING FOR WEEKEND GETAWAY - Joy to the world, a holiday has come and no other things to in Indonesia except doing some weekend getaway. Grab your thing into one big bag and GO!
And this the new collection from THE IDLE MAN FALL/WINTER 2017 make everything easy to pack. Since in tropical Indonesia, the weather sometimes hot sometimes cold, I choose the striped shirt both basic & long sleeve, so actually I don't need a jacket. Forget jeans and relax a bit with a jogger, that actually so warm, the fabric of the t-shirt is also thick and warm (obviously because it's FW collection), and the faux suede hat in pale pink to give the soft combo into all the navy things and town down the whole look.
The canvas bag is also huge to carry your all things into that, and I think I can put a maroon boat shoe to make it more casual and airport ready, should we go now? Happy Holidayyyy and you can but my The Idle Man choices at their website.