Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tanah Lot On Target to Receive Record Number of Visitors for 2016

For 2016 through November 20, 2016, the Tanah Lot Temple Complex has recorded a record more than 3 million tourist visitors.

Of the 3, 074, 633 visitors to Tanah Lotin the first 11 months of the year, 52% (1,589,629) were international visitors while 48% (1,485,004) were domestic travelers. The dominant source countries of foreign visitors to Tanah Lot hail from China, Taiwan, Australia and Japan.

With one month left in the year, operators expect Tanah Lot to easily exceed the 3,179,617 total visitors recorded for the entire year of 2015.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Indonesia aims to become major fruit exporter

Fruit is an integral part of Indonesias culture, as many local rituals and ceremonies make use of fruits.

Every region in Indonesia has its respective specific tropical and exotic fruits that have been cultivated in large scales.

Therefore, fruit plantations are not only good to produce fruits for domestic and international markets but also for agro-tourism.

Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman said at least 12 varieties of local fruits have been recognized as Indonesias endemic fruits.

"They are Balinese keprok pomelos, durians, mangoes, mangosteens, avocados, pineapples, rambutans, salaks, bananas, papayas, melons and watermelons," the minister said.

Indonesia is believed to have a huge potential to become one of the worlds largest fruit exports, because the country has been blessed with fertile land and fruits that are abundant both qualitatively and quantitatively.

In 2014, Indonesia produced 1,999 tons of oranges, 856,000 tons of durians, 2,464 tons of mangoes, 111,000 tons of mangosteens, 306,000 tons of avocados, 1,874 tons of pineapples, 733,000 tons of rambutans, 1,036 tons of salaks, 1,080 tons of bananas, 830,000 tons of papayas, 184,000 tons of melons and 684,000 tons of watermelons.

"Having a huge amount of fruit productions, we could export them and thus reduce fruit imports. According to data of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in 2014, Indonesia ranked 20th in the world fruit exporter list," he said.

A similar hope was expressed by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in his opening remarks of the Fourth Fruit Indonesia 2016 festival held at Senayan eastern park area, Jakarta, on Nov 17.

"I hope Fruit Indonesia 2016 expo will be an initial step in making Indonesia a major fruit exporting country, thus improving the welfare of fruit farmers," the Head of State said. 

He asked state-owned plantation firms to cultivate fruits, in addition to the current oil palm and rubber estate, in a bid to boost local fruits export.

Jokowi recommended state-run companies to prepare 10 thousand to 50 thousand hectares of lands to cultivate fruits.

The president disclosed that last year he had asked the Bogor Agriculture Institute (IPB) to start establishing fruit plantations with minimum area of 5-50 hectares in some regions with fruit production potential.

"We want our local fruits to enter the export market," Jokowi added.

He admitted that Indonesia could not meet the demand from the huge fruit export markets, especially for mangosteens, pineapples and avocados.

"I have told the Agriculture Minister to expand fruit plantations. If we have 14 million hectares of oil palm plantation, we can have it for fruit cultivation too. By doing this, Indonesia can dominate the worlds fruit market," he said. 

Various varieties of delicious fruits are found in Indonesia. Much of it are seasonal, while other fruits are available throughout the year.

Some 25 to 35 typical Indonesian fruits are offered in Fruit Indonesia 2016 festival which is being held until Nov 20, Meika Syahbana Rusli, chairperson of the organizing committee, said.

They include avocados, mangoes, pineapples, rambutans, durians, papayas, mangosteens, star fruits, bananas, salaks, litchis, guavas, sawos, kedondongs, passion fruits, jackfruits, Ambon bananas, tangerine oranges, watermelons, dukus, lemons, dragon fruits, melons, crystal guavas, bengkoangs, soursop fruits and yellow watermelons.

Many exotic but rare Indonesian fruits are also available in the expo, such as kecapis, Bunis, jamblangs, binjais, cermais, gandarias, diospyros blancois, pomegranates, cantaloupes, kaffir limes, passion fruits, cempedaks, Dutch eggplants, purple passion fruits, matoas, persimmons, breadfruits, rukems, langsats and red durians.

Some 500 exhibitors from 82 districts and cities in 19 provinces are taking part in the fruit festival, which was organized for the first time in 2013 but was called the Nusantara Flower and Fruit Festival.

The festival is expected to be visited by at least 15 thousand people, including from ASEAN member countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Australia, New Zealand, as well as European and American countries.

IPB Rector Herry Suhardiyanto remarked that the festival was part of the governments efforts to introduce superior fruits with export potential to international buyers.

Oranges ranging in color from flame to dark green, mangoes of more than 10 varieties, several kinds of bananas, pineapples, melons and mandarins, the pearly mangosteen, the aromatic Durian and many more fruits are found throughout Indonesia.

Coinciding with the festival, organized by the Agriculture Ministry in cooperation with IPB, Jokowi also launched "Fruit Eating Habit" to encourage Indonesians to consume more domestic fruits. (Antara)




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali poised to open in Bali

Inspired by the traditional five elements of Balinese design, Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran, Bali will start welcoming guests on January 12, 2017 as the brand's respected upscale hospitality offering arrives in the Island of the Gods.

The newly built hotel is a short 100-metre stroll to Jimbaran Bay in southern Bali, renowned for the 4km stretch of pristine beach and located approximately 20 minutes from the island's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Bali's newest lifestyle destination, the Samasta Village shopping and cultural complex, is located next door to the resort and with its shops, cafes, restaurants and entertainment performances, complete the Balinese experience for visitors.

The new hotel is an impressive milestone for the Swiss hospitality group, whose strategic expansion plan in Southeast Asia will bring its portfolio to 30 operating hotels by 2020.

"We are delighted to be opening our first property in Indonesia, a country central to our expansion plans in Southeast Asia, and where better to start than Bali," said Movenpick Hotels & Resorts Senior Vice President Asia, Andrew Langdon.

"We are looking forward to our opening and to offering our unique blend of upscale Swiss-inspired hospitality to guests from around the world."

Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali features 297 comfortably appointed and tastefully furnished rooms and suites, each featuring private balconies, complimentary WiFi and a subtle Balinese sense of art, colour and style courtesy of the fabrics and materials utilised in the design.

The highlight of the resort is its free-form swimming pool which features an artificial beach area and lap pool, offering a total of 2,900 sqm of pure water fun.
A dedicated Meera (Ocean) Kid's Club and a Teen Club with its own fun and activity pool caters specifically to families; the daily supervised entertainment will be a highlight for young world travellers.

Guests who are keen to keep up their fitness routine will also have access to the 24-hour gym, whilst those wishing to indulge in a relaxing experience are welcome to visit the spa (opening March 2017), which highlights Balinese and Indonesian spa and beauty culture.

An extensive range of dining options will cater to all tastes, including the signature Anarasa restaurant with interactive live cooking stations and internationally influenced a la carte menus and Above Eleven Bali (opening in February 2017), where breathtaking rooftop views are paired with a Peruvian-Japanese inspired menu.

Katha Lobby Lounge & Library invites guests to unwind over an intimate beverage, while Movenpick Cafe offers a world of delights including the group's famed coffee, Swiss-style artisanal ice cream and chocolate. For casual bites, JeJaLa Pool Deck provides a vast selection of refreshments to the pool deck, 213 sun loungers, and eight private cabanas.(TravelDailyNews)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

6 BEST PLACES TO PRACTICE YOGA IN LOMBOK

Source: Indonesia.travel
Yoga has been practiced for many hundreds of years, dating back to ancient times in India. Today, Yoga has become a lifestyle and health trend, now followed all over the world. The word Yoga is taken from Sanskrit, meaning “integration, or union”.
Although it seems that the Yoga movement is mainly focused on stretching the muscles, it actually contains a deeper philosophy. Meditation is among  benefits that you will experience to refresh your body and soul. As for your physique, Yoga challenges you to improve your balance, self awareness, strength and focus. Yoga will also give you a better posture and has proven to boost health and wellness when one practices it regularly. It's a practice to harmonize your body with your mind. Finding inner peace and tranquility while exercising and improving your muscles' agility are at the core of the spirit of Yoga.
The island of Lombok in the Weat Nusatenggara province  is known for its pristine blue waters and pearly beaches. Visit Lombok and immerse yourself deeper in this serene environment for your personal relaxation, away from the usual crowds that you may find elsewhere. With the rise of international tourists and domestic visitors each year to the island, more and more shala are opened here that offer Yoga as your opportunity to release your stress and tension, as you inhale pristine air.
Here are a number of establishments, that you can definitely enjoy, to refresh and be re-invigorated.
1. Novotel Lombok 
A beach front and exclusive resort with local Sasak styled architecture, the Novotel Lombok offers more than just accommodation. With luxurious facilities and activity galore for visitors to enjoy, this holiday getaway is perfect for everyone in the family. Yoga classes are available at different times,  performed just by the white sandy beach and pristine sea. Try the afternoon yoga, to feel refreshed and rejuvenated while admiring the crimson sky at sunset.
Address: 
Mandalika Resort Pantai Putri Nyale, 
83573 Pujut Lombok Tengah
2. Ashtari
Various styles are performed here throughout the day, inviting visitors to experience the art of Yoga. Detailed instructions and personal assistance to each person in the class surely provides positive confidence especially for beginners. The Yoga Place is supported by qualified and certified teachers that combine traditional yoga with modern insights. Focusing on your wellbeing and Yoga benefits for the mind and body, this place also comes with a lovely Garden Cafe that serves nutritious meal and healthy drinks.
Address: 
Jl. Ikan Pelatuk 
(Sunset Forest Road) Gili Trawangan
4. Gili Yoga
Breathe, sweat and transform yourself through  the soulful techniques of each Yoga movement. The Gili Yoga offers all types of styles, and even has a special program for those who wish to qualify as Yoga teachers. Besides Yoga, this beach-side retreat gives you a chance to experience free diving. While, proper breathing techniques for divers, and a free diving yoga class are also available for any skill level. Accommodation is available with cozy Sasak style interior to guarantee your comfortable stay.
Address: 
Gili Trawangan 

5. H20 Yoga and Meditation Center 
Bathed in natural beautiful landscape, beaches and ocean front, this facility provides you with a range of holistic healing treatments, Certified teacher training programs will give you a chance to upgrade your skills at Yoga. The Meditation retreat is a program designed for you to balance both your mind and body. Simple and comfortable thatched roofed bungalows are a neat place to stay in and unwind. Try the Zen Veranda, a calm place to read books about Yoga, meditation or other related topics. And get some fun as an island hopper, to explore the marvels of Gili Air, annd the nearby Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan.
Address: 
Gili Air 

6. Mandala Blue Seaview Yoga
This sea view studio is located just a walk away from the blue waters, making it breezy and easy to try the asana. Practice your synchronized breathing  as essential part of Yoga technique to relieve stress and any mental blocks that have become your negative energy. Feel your joints and muscles stretch, and make you a lot more flexible. Other exciting activities are spiritual workshops, massage phylosophy and techniques of acro yoga. With the fast growing awareness of the need for a healthy lifestyle, Yoga continues to expand with various methods, techniqes and goals. Worldwide connections on the internet have made this physical activity grow in fame and popularity in particular with those who long to obtain holistic healing.
Address : 
Gili Air, 
Gili Indah, Pemenang 
(Indonesia.travel)


Friday, November 25, 2016

Bali Spa Operators Win Honours at 12th Annual AsiaSpa Awards Held in Hong Kong

The 12th Annual AsiaSpa Awards were held on November 16, 2016 in Hong Kong where outstanding spa operators from across Asia were honored.

The gala award evening was themed“Eternal Beauty” during which 21 judges selected the “best” in 24 selected categories for spas, hotels and resorts, and retreats.

The evening's event was held at WOOBAR in W Hong Kong.

More than 400 professions traveled to Hong Kong to witness Spa Village Pangkor Laut, Pangkor Laut Resort, Perak, Malaysia, take home Spa of the Year (Southeast Asia & the Pacific), while Spa of the Year (North & West Asia) went to Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, China.

Bali Honours

Among the Bali companies winning honors at this year’s award ceremony were:
  • Panca Mahabhuta Rejuvenation Retreat, Fivelements, Bali won ‘Destination Retreat of the Year’ award.
  • Jari Menari, Bali was named Day Spa of the Year.
  • Cocoon Medical Spa, Bali won Medi-Spa of the Year
  • AYANA Resort and Spa Bali won Family-Friendly Hotel/Resort of the Year
  • Alaya Resort Ubud, Bali, was named Eco-Hotel/Resort of the Year
Winners were presented with trophies hand crafted by Baccarat.

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