Monday, November 24, 2014

Meritus Bali Seminyak Resort & Spa to open in 2016

Award-winning Asian hospitality group Meritus Hotels & Resorts announced the signing of a management agreement with Indonesian property developer PT Bali Seminyak Sejahtera to operate a new-build resort in Seminyak, one of the most popular destinations on the island of Bali, Indonesia .
Slated to open in 2016, Meritus Bali Seminyak Resort & Spa enjoys an excellent location in the heart of upscale Seminyak, famous for its vibrant nightlife and trendy restaurants and bars.
The resort will offer 181 guestrooms, each one thoughtfully outfitted with guest-centric amenities, advanced in-room entertainment system, and efficient connectivity. The design will reflect a blend of classic Balinese architecture and modern oriental interiors, with Chinois-inspired motifs.
Guests of Meritus Bali Seminyak Resort & Spa will also enjoy leisure facilities such as an infinity-edge swimming pool, a fitness centre, and a wellness spa. A full-service business centre will complement the resort's comprehensive conference and event spaces.
Local and international cuisines will be served in uniquely themed food and beverage outlets, to include a rooftop bar designed to showcase spectacular sunset views.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ricky Thomasia Naro, President and Director of PT. Bali Seminyak Sejahtera, said, "The Meritus brand has always resonated strongly in Indonesia. We are excited about this partnership, and confident that with Meritus' track record and expertise the new resort is well-poised to elevate the standards of high-end resort accommodation in Seminyak whilst contributing to the growth of tourism in this dynamic destination."
"Bali presents an exciting opportunity for us to enhance our brand presence in this important market by delivering the Asian hospitality experience unique to Meritus," said Tan Choon Kwang , Chief Operating Officer of Meritus Hotels & Resorts. "As we extend our brand footprint in strategic destinations across Asia Pacific , we shall continue building upon the service philosophy we have championed for over 40 years -- one that is inspired by the genuine care we have for our guests and the warm, intuitive service by our people." (eTurboNews)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bintan Golf Challenge 2014

This December, the Residency of Bintan Island  will again stage another  event  to boost Tourism to this enchanting island in the Riau Archipelago. Called  the Bintan Golf Challenge 2014, the event is organized by the Culture and Tourism Office of the Bintan Regency.

To take place at the amazing Ocean Course of Ria Bintan Golf Club in the north of the island in the  Bintan Resorts, the  Golf Challenge 2014 will be open to  public participation  on Sunday, 14 December 2014.  A maximum number of 128 participants are expected to participate in the game that is to tee off at  09.15 am local time.

To cover the 18-hole Ocean Course, the tournament’s  format will be:  system 36, stroke play for individuals.

The player who manages  to make the  hole-in-one, can look forward to an award of  a Toyota Innova Car and Rp. 100 million.

Registration for the 14 December event is Rp. 1.555 million or SGD 160. When including ferry from Singapore, registration comes to SGD 225. Fees include the 1 day tournament, luncheon and goodie bag, worth SGD 150 in value.

On Saturday 13 December, the tournament is for  invitees and locals only, with an expected participation of maximum 80 players. This tournament will start at 12.30 past noon West Indonesia Time.   

Expected to be present are the Regent of Bintan island, Ansar Ahmad, and Vice Regent, Khazalik.

The Ocean Course is one of two challenging courses at the Riau Golf Resort. The other is the Forest Course.

Besides a total of 5  Golf courses, Bintan Resorts (www.bintan-resorts.comboasts  a number of upmarket resorts, accommodation, international restaurants, scrumptious seafood,  a variety of seasports and land-based sport facilities for the whole family. For unusual sports you can try to fly the Air Adventure light plane, take an evening tour into the mangrove forest to see thousands of fireflies shimmering among the trees, or take a ride on an elephant. 

For more information and registration  for Bintan Golf Challenge 2014, log on to: 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Superb Alila Villas Soori

Settled by rice terraces overlooking the Indian Ocean is Alila Villas Soori offering luxurious villas with a private swimming pool and free wireless internet access.

Just a 10-minute drive from Tanah Lot Temple, Alila's villas are decorated in a contemporary Asian style and enjoy panoramic views of the ocean. They are also fitted with an outdoor pavilion and direct beach access.

Facilities at Alila Vilas Soori include Spa Alila featuring natural spa treatments and an infinity-edge swimming pool. Private beach cabanas allow for comfort while soaking up the sun.

Guests looking for activities or day trips can enquire with the leisure concierges. Alila's two-level restaurant offers a range from Continental and Indonesian to Japanese. It also has formal and casual dining spaces to choose from with its terraces and cosy balcony beds.

Address: Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating, Kerambitan, 82151 Tabanan, Indonesia Show map

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Atria Hotel and Conference Gading Serpong

Atria Hotel and Conference Gading Serpong is located in Serpong's Central Business Distrcit, a 5-minute walk from shopping at Serpong Mall.

Offering views of the city, it has an outdoor pool, 3 dining options and free Wi-Fi.

Brightly furnished rooms offer a choice of cable or satellite TV channels, and a tea/coffee maker and minibar. Rooms are equipped with safety deposit boxes. Surrounded by 5 golf courses, Atria Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Living World Mall.

It is a 20-minute drive from Ocean Park water theme park and a 25-minute drive from Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

Guests can enjoy the convenience of communication services provided at the business centre. Car rental and laundry services are also provided. Local and Western dishes can be savoured at Mezzanine Restaurant, while live performances are available at The Lounge.

Address:  Jl. Boulevard, CBD Gading Serpong Lot no. 5, Paramount Serpong, Tangerang, 15810 Serpong, Indonesia Show map

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Cultural Wonders of the Mahakam River

The Dayak artisans focused on weaving their plaited arts and crafts in the same intent manner their ancestors have applied for hundreds of years.

Their practiced hands intricately wove the bamboo and rattan into wide brimmed cahung, or solar hats, baskets to hold paddy seeds, anyaman weave mats and ulap doyo cloth from the fibers of curculigo leaves.
Their deft touch came from constant practice and hundreds of years’ worth of tradition, turning everyday objects into works of art.

“The craftsmanship on this rice paddy basket can be seen by its weaving. Up close, the weave is indistinguishable; but look at it from a distance, and you can discern distinctive shapes from its cross patterning” said Cecil Mariani, a representative of the Total Foundation who brought the artisans to Jakarta.
 “The colors used to dye each item come from natural sources. The red coloring is from the fruit of the rattan tree, while black is from charcoal. Both use beeswax as an adhesive to make the colors stick to the rattan or bamboo.”

The artisans are among the indigenous peoples of East Kalimantan who enlivened the Sei Mahakam Festival, which is held at the Bentara Budaya cultural center in Jakarta.

Sponsored by French oil giant Total, the festival highlights the subcultures and peoples of East Kalimantan’s Kutai Kertanagara district, many of whom depend on the Mahakam river for trade, travel and livelihood.

These include the Melayu ethnic group who are part of the Kutai Kertanagara sultanate, which dates back to the fourth century AD. It includes the Dayak tribes of Kenyah or Aoheng that live inland, as well as the Bugis and Banjar ethnic groups that live on the coasts.

In a statement, Total said the festival is shares its mission of “raising public awareness about Kutai Kartanegara’s culture to the public and its standing as an Indonesian cultural heritage that has to be preserved.”
Cecil echoed the company’s sentiments: “The Sei Mahakam Festival is one of a number of annual events in Kutai.

They are usually held to mark the agricultural calendar, such as planting the rice paddies or other crops and harvesting them.” “[The festivals] are also opened by the chiefs, as the preeminent member of the Dayak tribes, or the kings of Kutai Kertanegara, depending on the area. So this festival is our way of sharing our traditions with the Indonesian public.”

True to its name, the Mahakam river’s bounty of fish is a major theme of the exhibition, as shown in an array of items like the rectangular hempang, a bamboo net tied with rattan that’s used to store fish, and the hinjap, or net used to store fishing gear. Others include fish traps like the bubu, which are designed to capture or trawl fish in the swamps or mangroves.

Read more: The Jakarta Globe


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