Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bali Beach - Amed

Amed, A Balinese Favourite Beach Unknown To Most Tourists

Jukungs—traditional outrigger canoes used by Bali's fishermen—line the volcanic black beaches of Amed. Although their carved prows and painted eyes seem whimsical, there is a deep symbolism associated with these simple boats. They are constructed following a strict set of religious guidelines, starting with the choice of a tree, which can only be cut down on an auspicious date. Recently a few Bali Hotels have opened small hotels there too.

The jutting bow is crafted in the shape of the mythical elephant fish, its fierce bulging eyes believed to ward off evil. In the evening, fishermen venture out into the coastal waters, returning with their catch before sunrise. But when the boats repose on the beach, they resemble a row of marlins that have bleached bone white in Amed's year-round sun.

I was inspired to highlight this beach after reading Anastasia from Balinese Indonesia Post On Amed . Thanks Babe! ;)

reBlog from universitaspendidikanindonesia: Balinese Indonesia

I found this fascinating quote today:

Friends and distant-relatives were asking whether Bali is prone to terrorist bombings, political unrest, TSUNAMIs and etc...universitaspendidikanindonesia, Balinese Indonesia, Aug 2009

You should read the whole article.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kuta Bali

Kuta Beach Introduction

kuta, kuta beachKuta in addition to being the Sunset Site Number One, with its daily spectacular sunsets, it is also the centre of night life activities in Southern Bali and a shopping mecca, with its lines of shops, boutiques, and galleries. Restaurants line up the streets as well as the famous Kuta Bali Beach, Hotels, ranging from a small, inexpensive homestay to a luxurious resort, will ready accomodate you.

The beach of Kuta is one of the first favorite beaches discovered by tourist. On the south, the beach is fenced by the airport’s runway, which gives you a breathtaking landing experience. The beach stretches as far north as the eyes can see. As short walk away north, waves will invite you to test your surfing

Kuta is very short drive away from the airport, and transportation is readily available to take you from and to Kuta to and from anywhere else in Bali.

Bali Beaches

Bali Beach Introduction

bali beach, kuta
The island of Bali is blessed with the line of beaches surrounding it.

On the southeastern side of Bali, Sanur beach is easily reachable from Denpasar, about a 5 to 10 minute drive. Sanur is an excellent site to watch the sun rises, as you jog along the white sandy beach. Being one of the first resort developed in Bali, Sanur maintains its traditions. Only a stone thrown away from the beach, ancient temples stand as solemn as they have been in centuries past.

Kuta and Legian
Practically on the opposite side of Sanur, the beaches of Kuta and Legian stretch on the southwestern side of Bali, again only about 5 to 10 minute drive from Denpasar or the airport. Surfing is a major activity in these beaches. Shops, Kecak dance performances, pubs, and other facilities make Kuta a tourist mecca.

Jimbaran is directly south of the airport, on the way from Denpasar towards Nusa Dua. The village of Jimbaran is the narrow neck of the island of Bali, and thus it has two remarkably different beaches. On the west, Jimbaran Beach faces the Jimbaran Bay, recently lined by new luxurious resorts. On the east, the beach faces the body of water sheltered by Benoa Harbor.

Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is a new luxurious resort area where the world's most sumptuous hotels gracefully integrate into the beautiful white beaches. Crystal clear water provides excellent snorkeling and diving site, and the waves on the northern and the southern part of Nusa Dua allow for great surfing opportunity.

Soka Beach
Further northwest from Denpasar, on the way to Gilimanuk, the ferry port town that connects Bali and Java, there is a small quiet beach called Soka Beach.

Medewi Beach
Continuing along the path towards Gilimanuk, near the village of Pulukan, the beach of Medewi is another beautiful beach.

Lovina Beach
Near the northern tip of the island of Bali lies a stretch of villages by the Bali Sea. Lovina Beach is the name. It is well known as an excellent site for sunset watching, snorkeling, and diving. Night life activities are also abound, as well as chartered boats to go out into the sea. If you like what Kuta offers but do not like the crowd, Lovina Beach is for you.


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Bali Kuta - Alam Kul Kul Boutique Resort

Alam Kul Kul Boutique Resort - Kuta,
, Indonesia

We interview Alam Kul Kul Boutique Resort's Marketing Executive - Lil in this article! Thanks Lil for granting us this interview!

Lil have been working here for almost 7months now!

Balikutabeach: Iil how many rooms do we have at the Alam Kul Kul?
Iil: We have 80 rooms with 7 categories. Children's rooms, Alam Room, Family Room, Quad Room. We have villas with 3 categories, Alam Villa, Java Villa and Bali Villa.

Balikutabeach: What is the approximate area of the hotel?
Iil: Its about 10,000sqm

Balikutabeach: What kind of restaurants do you have?
Iil: We have 2 restaurants. The first is Asian offering western specialties as well and other is Papa's Cafe.

Balikutabeach: What facilities do you have?
Iil: We have 2 swimming pools of different size. Then we have a Jamu health Spa, book shop, travel agent. We have renovated the hospitality lounge which was finished in the middle of December. It is like an exit lounge in the airport with AC. The reception is there, travel and then internet access, small bar, small karaoke corner and then also TV room providing a choice of soft drinks.

Balikutabeach: Do both swimming pools have a pool-bar?
Iil: Only 1 of them.

Balikutabeach: What are the opening hours?
Iil: It is open from 9am-7pm.

Balikutabeach: When a person walks into the Alam Kul Kul what design elements and style elements do you think they notice?
Iil: Actually this is a boutique concept, a combination of traditional Balinese style with the interior design. That is supplemented with the furniture.

Balikutabeach: What kind of customer are you designing this for?
Iil: Our market, some of them are couples and we have families as well. Our main market is from Australia and Japan.

Balikutabeach: Obviously the Spa is part of the hotel and its quite a small hotel. Do a lot of the guests come here and go to the Spa everyday?
Iil: Yes. Most of them are Japanese. Japanese love the Spa.

Balikutabeach: Just to make sure, the hotel is not just for people who want to use the Spa. You can stay in the hotel without using the Spa?
Iil: Yes its no problem.

Balikutabeach: Because when you have such a small hotel with a Spa like that some people might think that the hotel and Spa come together in some way.What about the decorations in the lobby. I see some Java style furniture and some Dutch furniture and some carved Balinese decorations.

Iil: That's right and you can see the antique furniture, like 'semi-finished' . We also have one small meeting room which is complete with traditional antiques, there is no carpet, we keep it natural. Very different from the other meeting rooms. The audience can feel the traditional atmosphere.

Balikutabeach: You said already that couples and families like the hotel. Would this Bali hotel be good for honeymoon couples?
Iil: We have 23 villas which are good for couples.

: Do you think this hotel has a good location?
Iil: Yes we are in Kuta Beach so are surrounded by the shopping, shops, restaurants and bars. We are right on the beach.

Balikutabeach: From the airport about 20 minutes?
Iil: 15 minutes.

Balikutabeach: Papa's Cafe has a pretty good reputation too.
Iil: Yes they have a franchise in Perth as well called Lemon Cello. They make very good pizzas.

Balikutabeach: What extra selling points does this hotel have others in the same price range?
Iil: The quality of service and then the quality of product. The customer can have anything they want, when they want. That makes the difference. We have 150 staff for 80 rooms so one room gets almost 2 staff each.

Balikutabeach: Do you provide any 'in-house' entertainment?
Iil: Yes we have 2 Balinese performances a week. Once a week we do a 'management cocktail party' and we invite all the guests, free drinks and finger food. At the end of the event we give a lucky draw with vouchers for the restaurant, the Spa and one for Papas Cafe. The point is we want to get feedback form the guests. All the management will meet the guests to get feedback.

Balikutabeach: Is there anything else you want to tell me about the hotel?
Iil: We just won a gold award from a travel magazine in Australia as the most popular resort in SE Asia among their readers.

80 rooms with 7 categories. Children's rooms, Alam Room, Family Room, Quad Room. We have villa with 3 categories, Alam Villa, Java Villa and Bali Villa.

Restaurants and bars:
The Bunga Kelapa; Fine Indonesian Cuisine and Western Specialties

The Veranda; Sunset Cocktail Bar overlooking the famous Legian Beach

Kamboja Bar and Terrace; Lobby Bar and Entertainment

Papa's Cafe; Bali's only beachside Mediterranean Restaurant

Poolside Health Bar; Fresh Tropical Fruit and Light Snacks all day long

Hotel Services & Facilities:
Library with Internet Services, Gift Shop and Drugstore, Tour and Travel Office, Business Center with Internet, Postal Service, Money Changer, Duty Manager 24 hours, Multilingual Staff, Doctor on Call, Child Day Care Center, Baby Sitting, Two Swimming Pools, Jamu Traditional Spa.

Hotel Activities:
Surfing, Sailing, Diving, Golfing, Fishing, Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Mounting Biking.

Opening hours : 09.00-23.00 hrs

. Private check in and check out
. Refreshing cool towel upon check in
. In-room registration or in the AlamClub
. Tropical fruit platter in the villa u11pon arrival
. Welcome flower in the villa upon arrival
. Up-graded room amenities from Jamu Traditional Spa
. Daily Newspaper
. Daily turndown service
. Choice of Continental breakfast at the AlamClub or Buffet breakfast at Bunga Kelapa Restaurant
. Daily Tea/Coffee/Soft Drinks and Cookies and Snacks during opening hours
. Complimentary Evening Cocktails with Beers/House Wine/Local Cocktails between 17.30-19.30 hrs
. Butler service on call from 07.00-24.00 hrs
. Free Internet facilities
. Free local telephone calls and fax
. Mini Library with International magazines

However, here is a real deal! Ricky from Bali Hotels Bali Beach Hotel gives a honest review of Bali Hotels - Alam Kul Kul Boutique Resort