Category: Indonesia

Ritz-Carlton Jakarta

Ritz-Carlton will be opening its third property in Indonesia midway through 2007. Situated in the heart of Jakarta, the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta will have 61 rooms, a retail mall and two towers of residential condos, linked by a pedestrian tunnel to the Jakarta Stock Exchange. The development will also feature The Pacific Place Apartments, 139 luxury […]

Bali Spa Retreat of the Year 2006

Bali Spa Retreat of the Year 2006

COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri in Bali was voted ‘Spa Retreat of the Year’ in the 2006 Baccarat AsiaSpa Awards. The flagship of the Singapore-based COMO Hotels and Resorts was nominated by a panel of 26 Asia-based spa experts for the prestigious annual awards conducted by AsiaSpa Magazine.

Secrets of Indonesia

Explore the history and heritages of Indonesia, a young nation founded on ancient traditions.

New Bulgari hotel signifies continued recovery in Bali

New Bulgari hotel signifies continued recovery in Bali

Bulgari, an Italian brand that you might normally associated with watches and fine jewellery, has opened its second luxury hotel in southwest Bali. (The first was in Milan in 2004.) The opening is of key significance is demonstrating international confidence in a resort which has experienced recent difficulties. Set on a 150-metre plateau, The Bulgari […]

Bali Hilton International Hotel now Ayodya Resort Bali

Bali Hilton International Hotel now Ayodya Resort Bali

The Bali Hilton International Hotel officially changed its name to Ayodya Resort Bali earlier this week. In addition to the name change will be the introduction of Royal Balinese service for guests, which will display the traditions, arts and rituals of Bali. The Ayodya Resort Bali is a new brand from Singgasana Hotels & Resorts, […]

Essence of Shangri-La

Essence of Shangri-La

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has introduced a signature “Essence of Shangri-La” scent in the lobbies of selected Shangri-La hotels and resorts in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. The scent is fresh and clean, subtly Asian, and is said to evoke sensations of serenity and calm. The delicate aroma has […]

Bali continues to be showered in praise

Bali continues to be showered in praise

Once again, Bali has been placed #1 in Travel + Leisure magazine’s annual reader survey awards. It is the fifth consecutive year that Bali,  which is sometimes heralded as ‘The Island of the Gods’,  has been voted ‘World’s Best Island’ by the magazine. The Hawaiian islands of Kauai and Maui followed in second and third […]

Top yoga retreats

Top yoga retreats

According to a recent Concierge.com article, the top yoga retreats to be found worldwide  are: Wildflower Hall, Shimla, India Como Shambhala at Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Begawan Giri, Bali, Indonesia Adventure Yoga Retreats (all over the Americas) Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California LifeTime Private  Retreats, Kangaroo Island, Australia Maya Tulum, […]

St. Regis Resort & Residencs Bali

St. Regis Resort & Residencs Bali will be the first St. Regis resort property in Asia and is expected to open in October 2007.   There will be  79 hotel suites,  22 two to four bedroom  residences available for sale and 42 luxurious one and two bedroom villas available to purchase.

Double the golf at Banyan Tree Bintan, Indonesia

Double the golf at Banyan Tree Bintan, Indonesia

Stay for a minimum of two nights at Banyan Tree Bintan before 21st December 2006 and you can take advantage of their Double Tee Off package which gives you one round of golf at the Laguna Bintan Golf Course and one round at the Ria Bintan Golf Course, both inclusive of green fees and buggy […]

New menu at Angsana Spa Bintan

New menu at Angsana Spa Bintan

Angsana Spa Bintan has a new menu  aiming to pamper and delight guests with the wide range of treatments. Highlights include  packages desgined especially for men and women  which will address specific problems and needs for each person. For men, there’s hot shaves, body massages and a facial whilst for women there will be deep […]

Holidays for Couples Readers' Choice Awards 2006

Holidays for Couples Readers’ Choice Awards 2006

The Australian magazine Holidays for Couples has unveiled the winners of its Readers’ Choice Awards for 2006. Here’s a summary of the gold award winners: Best Hotel/Resort South East Asia: Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, Indonesia Best Hotel/Resort Indian Ocean: Angsana Resort & Spa Maldives Ihuru, Maldives Best Hotel/Resort Pacific Islands: Sofitel Fiji Resort & […]

A year of island hopping: October

A year of island hopping: October

This is post  tem of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For October, the following are recommended: Bali: Uma Bali and Maya Ubud Cristalino Island, Brazil: Cristalino Jungle Lodge Hvar, Croatia: Hotel Adriana and […]

T+L's World's Best Small Hotels

T+L’s World’s Best Small Hotels

A couple of days ago, I unveiled that Travel + Leisure had announced their World’s Best Awards for 2006.   I couldn’t possibly do justice to all the lists with one blog post, and so ended up omitting the top 15 small hotels.   For those that don’t want to stay in one of the […]

A year of island hopping: May

A year of island hopping: May

This is post  five of twelve in our daily look at the best islands in the world to visit, when to visit them and where to stay (where individual recommendations are made). For May, the following are recommended: Azores, Portugal: Pousada da Horta Java, Indonesia: Amanjiwo Long Island, New York: The Chequit Inn Mauritius: The […]

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is planning a global eBay charity auction to benefit Care for Children on 7th June 2006. Shangri-La hotels have created 14 exclusive luxury travel experiences with a combined retail value of over US$100,000 for the 10-day online auction, which will end on 17th June. The auction packages will feature metropolitan destinations […]