Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Banyan Tree Bintan offers luxurious Balinese-style villas with a
private spa pool and free Wi-Fi, steps from a private beachfront. This
peaceful resort boasts a world-class spa and an outdoor pool.
Enjoying views of the South China Sea from a private terrace, villas are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and a DVD player. Each is well-equipped with a comfortable seating area and tea/coffee making facilities.
Banyan Tree Spa offers a range of relaxing massage and body treatments. Guests can also enjoy the use of tennis courts and the nearby 18-hole Laguna Bintan golf course. Other activities include cycling, canoeing and hiking.
The main Saffron Restaurant offers Thai and Indonesian favourites with Asian-themed cocktails. Guests also have the option of in-villa and beachfront dining.
Banyan Tree Bintan is a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore.
Address: Jalan Teluk Berembang, Bintan, 29155 Lagoi, Indonesia – Show map
Related: Bintan: the Indonesian paradise is an Asian holiday gem
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
An exhibition of Batik by Museum Kain at the Ganesha Gallery in Bali from December 25, 2014 – January 2, 2015
“Kain” is the broad Indonesian term for traditional cloth – including ancient weaving methods such as “ikat” or the elaborate wax-dyeing methods that result in batik.
Now in its second year of operation, Museum Kain is open to the public to view its unrivaled collection of batik that honors the cloth, its makers and its unique place in Indonesian culture.
Batik’s dye resist technique has survived the industrial revolution and keeps on adapting into many forms, on various materials, while undergoing unlimited creative innovations.
For a very limited period from Christmas day, December 25, 2014 until January 2, 2015 Museum Kain will bring a rare collection of Batiks fromMuseum Kain and BINhouse to the Ganesha Gallery at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay.
In this exhibit, titled “From the Past, into the Present, for the Future” theGanesha Gallery will share Museum Kain and BINhouse's love of Batik.
During the course of the exhibition, live demonstrations of Batik production will be show each day at the Resort’s Taman Wantilan Restaurant from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.
An Exhibition of Batik from Museum Kain and BINhouse
Ganesha Gallery at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
December 25, 2014 – January 2, 2015
Daily 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
It takes a 15-minute cycling from the property to Gili Trawangan Harbour and Central Gili where it is littered with great bars and restaurants around a 5-minute walk to the island's amazing beaches. Getting to Lombok International Airport will take around 2.5 hours of boat ride and drive.
Each of the luxurious room at Belukar is air-conditioned and fitted with bespoke teak furniture, minibar, satellite TV, safety deposit box, as well as a daybed. There is also an en suite bathroom with shower facility and free toiletries. Complimentary drinking water and towels are also provided in the room.
The concierge service at Belukar can help organise massage treatments, laundry requests, and luggage storage. A tour desk with ticket service is also available for guests to book their travels, bicycle rental and airport shuttle, at additional charges.
As for dining option, the on-site restaurant serves western and Indonesian dishes.
Address: Jalan Kima, 80335 Gili Trawangan, Indonesia – Show map
The government of Indonesia through the Ministry of Tourism has proposed that Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, be made a Global Geopark Network (GGN).
The Head of Regional Development and Planning Agency of West Nusa Tenggara, Chairul Mahsul, said here Tuesday that the document regarding the proposal has been sent to the Ministry to be forwarded to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The document contains data related to sites located in the Mount Rinjani area such as Batu Bolong, Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel Water Falls, and Pillow Lava found in Gili Trawangan.
"We are now waiting for a response to our proposal," he said, adding that the next site visit by the UNESCO assessor team to study the Mount Rinjani sites is expected in May 2015.
The administration of West Nusa Tenggara is hopeful that the second highest volcano in Indonesia will become a Global Geopark Network by 2015, Chairul noted.
Meanwhile, Adviser to the GGN of the Asia Pacific Region Prof. Mahito Watanabe remarked that the chance to make Mount Rinjani a GGN is wide open.
"Mount Rinjani has great potential. If the government seriously makes efforts, then it can become a world geopark," Watanabe had stated while visiting Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, in August 2014.
The Mount Rinjani Geopark Area covers five districts, namely East Lombok, Central Lombok, West Lombok, North Lombok, and Mataram city.
In November 12, 2013, the Ministry of Tourism and the National Geology Agency had declared Mount Rinjani a National Park.
The declaration was based on geological settings, biological and cultural data, and the local communities roles there. (Antara)