Ultimate oceanfront villa living at the St. Regis Bali Resort Just when you thought life couldn’t get any better, St Regis has a grand offer for their luxurious, beachside Strand Villas. Be among the first to indulge in the newly redefined one-of-its-kind oceanfront Strand Villa at Bali’s finest address, The St. Regis Bali Resort. Experience exquisite living as you desire it with all the finest things in life with the… Continue »
Radisson Blu opens on Bali’s Bukit penisular David Trauts heads south for a couple of days on The Bukit.  Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu opened recently in the Uluwatu area of Bali’s south peninsular, better known as The Bukit. This southern part of Bali has quickly become the luxurious twin of the two new tourist areas developing quickly on the island (the other being Canggu) and with names… Continue »
A Pioneer Live-Aboard Vessel: Part One “The Evening Star II” arrived to Labuan Bajo Flores around 20 years ago in the late 1990’s to offer its services. The captain, Mark Heighes arrived in Bali to let everyone know that his live aboard dive operation was now open and ready for action in what was to become Komodo National Park. Continue »
Young Gun Ari Widyanto Chef Syariat Widyanto, better known as Ari, is only 32 years old, but has experience beyond his years. He is now the Executive Chef at Sol House Legian Hotel and just happens to be the youngest Exec Chef in all the hotels and resorts of the Melia Hotel International group around the world. He also had a stint at James Oliver’s restaurant in Kuta and I must admit when I tried his food at Sol House’s Playbar restaurant last week, it was some of the best I’ve had in a while. Including one of the best burgers I can recall. What’s the secret? Let’s find out. Continue »
Magical Northern Thailand Sunset over Doi Inthanon National Park. The lush green mountainous north is just as alluring as the southern iconic Thai islands and their white sandy beaches. The ancient city of Chiang Mai with its many charms is a gateway to Northern Thailand and offers an ideal base for discovering this enchanting region. Here you can hike the verdant jungles, indulge… Continue »
Bohemian in the Jungle Photography Piers Vernon-Kell Stylist Debby Soemadijo Model Irina @ Balistarz Hair and Makeup Rena Sohani Assistant Faruq Adib Location Jungleroom Bali Clothes by Kewangen . Lost in Paradise . Jane and Doe . Maria bonita extra . Mr and Mrs Wardrobe . Jewellery by Poupette NYC Continue »
Minimal at Best Photography Piers Vernon-Kell Stylist Debby Soemadijo Model Claudia @lovebalistarz Hair and Makeup Xenia Valeeva Assistant Faruq Adib Location Jungleroom Bali Clothes by Uluwatu, Kewangen. Jewellery by Poupette NYC Continue »
Under Four Hundred Four Luxurious Seminyak Villas If you’re planning your next Bali getaway and the Seminyak area appeals, then take a look at these four, great-value-for-money, 1 & 2 bedroom luxury villas. All low season prices start at less than USD$400++ per night. Happy holidays! Continue »
Discover Georgetown – The Cultural Capital Of Malaysia The colorful, multi-ethnic, culturally charged capital of the Malaysian Penang Island boasts some of the best food of SE Asia, colonial and local architecture and a remarkable collection of the city’s diverse peoples and cultures set within the eclectic urban backdrop. Continue »
Mentawai Islands’ Little Slice Of Paradise If you look up the definition of paradise, the picture of Hollow Tree’s postcard perfect beach should be right next to it. Imagine tall swaying coconut palm fringed pristine white powdery soft sand glistening in the tropical sun. Continue »
Straight, No Chaser When it comes to the cool cities of the world, Melbourne stands tall and proud. Coffee may be the fuel of this city but music is its heartbeat and, over the decades, Melbourne’s live music scene has incubated the likes of AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Nick Cave and the Little River Band. Continue »
New Buzz In The Bukit Hanging below Bali, the Bukit peninsula unarguably boasts some of the best white stretches of unspoiled beaches and swanky accommodation perched atop steep limestone cliffs, offering grand views, and ideal for watching spectacular sunsets. Continue »
Murni’s Houses & Healing in Ubud David Trauts escapes from the mad south into the tranquility of a special place recommended to him by one of his learned friends. He finds peace & healing on the convulence of two rivers. Continue »
Som Chai Som Chai opened last month on Jalan Kerobokan, Seminyak and you would have to say the Sarong Group, who brought Bali the award winning and downright fabulous Asian cuisine inspired Sarong, Mamasan, Hujan Locale and Tiger Palm restaurants, have done it again. Continue »
The Many Faces Of Balinese Artist Ketut ‘Nik’ Budiantara “I want my paintings to make people happy” says Balinese artist, Ketut Budiantara, otherwise known as Nik. “I feel happy when I’m painting and I want that feeling to be present in each and every piece of my artwork.” Written by: RACHEL LOVE Nik’s father worked as an ‘undagi’ – a traditional Balinese architect, and although his particular brand of… Continue »
Dartmoor Revisited Twenty years ago, I left my English Devonshire homeland to live in Asia. Since then, I have rarely felt the need to revisit my roots. With my family spread out across the world, our reunions are inclined to take place in other countries. Last month, however, I returned on a journey of rediscovery, taking my significant other to the significantly favourite haunts of my past. Continue »
Salazon A New Cuisine Salazon is another large restaurant recently opened in Bali, this time right in the middle of ‘Eats Street’ Seminyak. It’s huge, with high ceilings and an open kitchen right along the right side. The drying room and wine cellar are at the far end. Furnishings are slick and well-spaced, giving lots of room for diners. Continue »
Made In Bali Bali is many things for many people – a destination for sun, sand, and surf. A destination for spirituality. And, in recent decades, a destination for manufacturing and design. From jewellery to home décor, swimwear to silver, there are countless products that begin their journey on the island before being dispatched to the four corners of the world. Continue »
America Wild West Roadtrip A wedding in cowboy country, a 2500-mile American road trip and an upgrade to a Mustang Convertible Written by: RACHEL LOVE The lonely road through Black Rock Desert It’s not every day that you get invited to a wedding in far north east Oregon, but when it’s the wedding of your favourite niece then of course you’re going to accept… Continue »
Not Far Away – South West WA FRV takes a trip directly south of Bali and discovers a scenic, natural, clean and organized part of Australia. Aravina Estate near Yalinguy Written by: DAVID TRAUTS A trip to Western Australia’s south west from Bali is as easy as 1, 2, 3. There are around ten flights a day to Perth, which takes just over three hours from Denpasar…. Continue »
East Coast Adventures Set well away from the hustle and bustle of mainstream tourism, Bali’s eastern regency of Karangasem is an exotic, royal Balinese kingdom of forests and mighty mountains, emerald rice terraces, mystical water palaces, pretty beaches, and not-to-be-missed, spectacular diving and snorkelling experiences.  FRV Bali takes a closer look. Written by: RACHEL LOVE Mt Agung framed by Pura Agung Lempuyang Tara… Continue »
Inspirational Villa on Koh Yao Noi Dream of exotic adventures and romantic retreats in Thailand and enjoy a stunning luxury villa resort on a small island called Koh Yao. Noi. Written by: Frédéric Petit The expansive villa can sleep many guests This is a place of warmth and authentic Southeast Asian culture. Koh Yao Noi is an hour’s journey from both Krabi and Phuket international airports…. Continue »
Luxury escape in the Southwest of France How would you like to discover some of the wonders of southwest France? Especially destinations such as Bassin d’Arcachon, Cap Ferret, Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion, among other authentic and charming places. You will also have the pleasure to see and stay in some extraordinary luxury villas dedicated to relaxing and pleasant moments in this wonderful region. Written by: Frédéric Petit Bassin… Continue »
Lagoon Life Hurawalhi, the newest adults-only resort to open in the Indian Ocean playground of the Maldives, combines tropical elegance with world-class service and an enviable locale, discovers Nick Walton. Text: NICK WALTON Photos: Hurawalhi Maldives Resort The aerial view of Hurawalhi No matter how many times I travel to the Maldives, I’m always mesmerized, by the colour of the coral seas,… Continue »
Five of Bali’s Most Majestic Villas Imagine waking up in the “Morning of the Earth” to gaze out of your own bedroom window at a magnificent vista of coconut palms and vibrant green rice fields against a backdrop of distant volcanoes. Words & Photos: Rachel Love Consider the pleasure of taking a refreshing swim in your private pool before enjoying a leisurely breakfast cooked by your… Continue »
48 hours in Bangkok I’ve been to Thailand many times now yet I still love that touch down arrival moment in Bangkok and just feel excited about what’s out there. Not in that familiar way but in the sense of about what is new this time. And this time I am very interested in what’s new as Sarong Group is about to launch a… Continue »
KILN, it’s getting hot in Petitenget Kiln is a new bar/restaurant at the beach end of Jalan Petitenget. The spot already has a high pedigree, previously being the very popular Petitenget Café, but now after an extensive renovation it is back new, refreshed and with an exciting drink and dining concept. Text: DAVID TRAUTS   Photos: DASHA ALMAZOVA The main dining area and bar The design has… Continue »
Seafood at Seasalt After a gala opening last week, with all the A-listing Bali folk in attendance, FRV Bali had the chance to try the new Seasalt restaurant at Alila Seminyak straight out of the blocks. Seasalt Signature White Snapper Written by: DAVID TRAUTS It was a quiet Tuesday evening when we walked in and sat at the new bar in the seaside-residential… Continue »
Char Char – Gueridon Style Location: SEMINYAK – BALI Written by: DAVID TRAUTS Char Char Bar & Grill is well known for its excellent open air, second-floor dining and its terrace steps overlooking the main street, however, there is something new at the Eats Street restaurant and it’s only available on the ground floor. It’s an entirely different dining experience – Gueridon style. The Gueridon… Continue »
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Celebrate 10 Exquisite Years of The St Regis Bali Resort

Opening its doors in September 2008, The St. Regis Bali Resort has established itself as one of Bali’s finest addresses for the past 10 years offering exquisite luxurious stays and dining experiences on the island with an unparalleled 123 suites and newly redefined villas, a variety of world-class dining venues, including award-winning Kayuputi and Boneka, with their famed Sunday Brunches,… Continue »

TRY A MINDFUL IMMERSION AT HEAVENLY SPA...

Heavenly Spa by Westin™ has announced the launch of yet another meaningful program to enrich its Wellness Calendar. Tibetan Sound Healing is a form of meditation that promises to promote relaxation, balancing both hemispheres of the brain and improving sleep quality. Sound healing is an effective and proven modality using vibrational sound to help reduce stress, alter consciousness and create… Continue »

INDONESIA “MERDEKA” INDEPENDENCE...

INDONESIA “MERDEKA” INDEPENDENCE DAY BUFFET DINNER AT BANYUBIRU RESTAURANT 17 August 2018 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM In celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day, Banyubiru Restaurant at The Laguna Bali offers diners an opportunity to taste a range of traditional Indonesian dishes on Friday, 17 August 2018. Join the spirit of Indonesia’s 73rd Independence Day with a grand selection of the… Continue »

Sweet Stuff – New Female Executive...

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali has recently welcomed Mimin Mintarsih to their kitchens as their new Executive Pastry Chef. She has come to Bali direct from a three-year stint as Executive Pastry Chef with Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa Jordan. Born and educated in Sukabumi – Indonesia, Mimin has spent most of her career working at luxury properties… Continue »

Ultimate oceanfront villa living at the...

Just when you thought life couldn’t get any better, St Regis has a grand offer for their luxurious, beachside Strand Villas. Be among the first to indulge in the newly redefined one-of-its-kind oceanfront Strand Villa at Bali’s finest address, The St. Regis Bali Resort. Experience exquisite living as you desire it with all the finest things in life with the… Continue »

Tropical style with PALMA

Words by: Veronika K. Tropical style with PALMA Boutiques in Bali: Jl.Drupadi 1, Seminyak, Bali Jl. Kayu Aya (Oberoi) No.150A, Seminyak, Bali Shop online: www.palma-australia.com Instagram: @palmaaustralia Who would not want to shop up a storm on their holidays in Bali, the island is after all a shopping mecca. So bring an extra suitcase to pack it all in, because… Continue »

Radisson Blu opens on Bali’s Bukit...

David Trauts heads south for a couple of days on The Bukit.  Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu opened recently in the Uluwatu area of Bali’s south peninsular, better known as The Bukit. This southern part of Bali has quickly become the luxurious twin of the two new tourist areas developing quickly on the island (the other being Canggu) and with names… Continue »

LES BASICS BOUTIQUE STORE has all your...

Jl.Munduk Catu 1, Canggu, Bali Open: 10am – 9pm daily Insta: @les.basics www.lesbasics.store It’s all in the name –  LES.BASICS – they’re are producing quality staple Basics. The team creates simple, comfortable and timeless, basic pieces that can be paired with any of your day to day outfits. Les Basics Boutique store is a top pick for those perfect denim… Continue »

André Chiang named 2018 recipient of...

ANDRÉ CHIANG NAMED 2018 RECIPIENT OF THE DINERS CLUB LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Taiwan-born André Chiang, the acclaimed chef-owner of Restaurant André in Singapore and Raw in Taipei, has been named the 2018 recipient of The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award – Asia. Part of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards programme, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, The Diners Club® Lifetime… Continue »

The Longhouse Boutique Villa-Hotel...

THE LONGHOUSE BOUTIQUE VILLA-HOTEL OPENS IN BALI Outstanding architectural design, gourmet cuisine and five-star service in the hills of Jimbaran A new boutique hotel and private villa concept opens its doors in the heart of Bali’s Jimbaran, giving travellers the opportunity to enjoy the intimacy of luxury villa accommodation with the service of a five-star hotel. A celebration of rich Indonesian history,… Continue »

Villa Analaya Phuket

 Villa Analaya Phuket Beachfront 6-Bedroom Luxury Villa Phuket Set in the exclusive Laemson Estate on Phuket’s spectacular Millionaire’s Mile, the 6-bedrooom Villa Analaya, right by the pristine white sands of a small peninsula close to Kamala Beach, is absolutely stunning; the beachfront location, clever design, and features of this 2017-renovated villa take it into a class of its own. The… Continue »

Culinary Collective #OnTour

Hong Kong’s renowned culinary platform restaurant, Test Kitchen will play host to KU DE TA Bali from 7 until 11 March, as Executive Chef Benjamin Cross and Head Chef Stephen Moore provide guests with a tasting menu showcasing their collective approach to contemporary cuisine in Asia. Test Kitchen is a unique dining experience that brings together up and coming chefs from… Continue »

Arturro Seminyak

Jakarta born Arturro found his true passion in designing fashion garments moving to Bali some years ago and starting the ARTURRO brand, which is known for its magnificent kaftans and sensational resort style clothing. He recently launched his cocktail and evening-wear as well as men’s line. Here is a snippet of those new collections. Models: Female: Withkro Male: Hugo and… Continue »
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Tropical style with PALMA

Words by: Veronika K. Tropical style with PALMA Boutiques in Bali: Jl.Drupadi 1, Seminyak, Bali Jl. Kayu Aya (Oberoi) No.150A, Seminyak, Bali Shop online: www.palma-australia.com Instagram: @palmaaustralia Who would not want to shop up a storm on their holidays in Bali, the island is after all a shopping mecca. So bring an extra suitcase to pack it all in, because… Continue »

LES BASICS BOUTIQUE STORE has all your...

Jl.Munduk Catu 1, Canggu, Bali Open: 10am – 9pm daily Insta: @les.basics www.lesbasics.store It’s all in the name –  LES.BASICS – they’re are producing quality staple Basics. The team creates simple, comfortable and timeless, basic pieces that can be paired with any of your day to day outfits. Les Basics Boutique store is a top pick for those perfect denim… Continue »

Arturro Seminyak

Jakarta born Arturro found his true passion in designing fashion garments moving to Bali some years ago and starting the ARTURRO brand, which is known for its magnificent kaftans and sensational resort style clothing. He recently launched his cocktail and evening-wear as well as men’s line. Here is a snippet of those new collections. Models: Female: Withkro Male: Hugo and… Continue »

Bohemian in the Jungle

Photography Piers Vernon-Kell Stylist Debby Soemadijo Model Irina @ Balistarz Hair and Makeup Rena Sohani Assistant Faruq Adib Location Jungleroom Bali Clothes by Kewangen . Lost in Paradise . Jane and Doe . Maria bonita extra . Mr and Mrs Wardrobe . Jewellery by Poupette NYC Continue »

Minimal at Best

Photography Piers Vernon-Kell Stylist Debby Soemadijo Model Claudia @lovebalistarz Hair and Makeup Xenia Valeeva Assistant Faruq Adib Location Jungleroom Bali Clothes by Uluwatu, Kewangen. Jewellery by Poupette NYC Continue »

GLAM UP: W HOTELS UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE...

W Hotels Brings Bold Energy to Shanghai Fashion Week with New Designer Partnership The ‘XU ZHI for W Hotels’ capsule collection Just in time for Shanghai Fashion Week, W Hotels Worldwide today unveiled ‘XU ZHI for W Hotels,’ an exclusive capsule collection by XU ZHI to celebrate the opening of the first W hotel in Shanghai. W Hotels teamed up… Continue »

Canggu Swim, Shine & Sizzle

It’s always summer on the island and no better place than Canggu, the hottest spot in Indonesia, to show your new Bali style, with Claire Lang, shot by Alex Villalux. Wardrobe: Muamuadolls @muamuadolls Wardrobe: Muamuadolls @muamuadolls Wardrobe: Muamuadolls @muamuadolls | Shoes: BoFega Veneta | Bags: Muamua Wardrobe: Muamuadolls @muamuadolls Swimwear & Jacket: Muamuadolls @muamuadolls | Straws: @beorganicbali | Shoes: BoFega… Continue »

Frockk The Label

Frockk prides itself in using only all natural textiles. Written by: VERONIKA K. The Frockk aesthetic is based on using only 100% natural, breathable fabrics such as linen, cotton and silk. They favour muted tones in their collections. You’ll find pretty shades of greys, greens, blue, soft pinks, and of course white – and lots of it! The designer believes… Continue »

Arturro Summer Party

The annual ARTURRO Summer Party was held again at the Alila Seminyak Resort on August 18. The event is organised by local fashion house ARTURRO to celebrate the island’s creativity and beauty, and to help put Bali back on the Southeast Asian fashion map. Photos by Photografio The Summer Party started on the Friday evening with sunset cocktails on the… Continue »

Tropical Glam

A blazing blue sky and designs from some of Bali’s best designers meet at Karma Kandara Earrings : Farah khan Dress Parides ( M Resort) Dress : Eye Doll (M Resort) Earrings : Farah Khan Earrings : Farah Khan Dress : Farah Khan Earrings : Farah Khan Dress : Farah Khan Earrings : Farah Khan Top : Miss June (M… Continue »

The Boxer

Leather swimsuit, bra, and leather arm bands By Patricia Bos Earrings By Les Biches Leather swimsuit, bra, and leather arm bands By Patricia Bos Earrings By Les Biches Leather bra By Patricia Bos Earrings By Les Biches Socks By Hustler Thai boxing shorts – Stylist’s own Shoes Circus By Sam Edelman @ M Resort Leather tank and leather arm bands… Continue »

Bali Fashion Trend 2018: Weaving a...

The traditional and the contemporary sashayed as a unity on the runway of Bali Fashion Trend 2018 (BFT) Continue »

Very Mary – The Label

Everything started when two wild girls with a zest for adventure and passion for fashion relocated to the Island of the Gods. The surreal beauty of Bali and the need for preserving it gave them an inspired idea to recycle clothes. Continue »

INDONESIA “MERDEKA” INDEPENDENCE DAY BUFFET DINNER AT BANYUBIRU RESTAURANT

INDONESIA “MERDEKA” INDEPENDENCE DAY BUFFET DINNER AT BANYUBIRU RESTAURANT 17 August 2018 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM In celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day, Banyubiru Restaurant at The Laguna Bali offers diners an opportunity to taste a range of traditional Indonesian dishes on Friday, 17 August 2018. Join the spirit of Indonesia’s 73rd Independence Day with a grand selection of the… Continue »

New cafes spicing up Bali

There seems to be new cafes and restaurants popping up every month, or even every week, lately as Bali just keeps on getting busier with tourists from all over the world (the Mount Agung stall withstanding) and importantly a growing and affluent local market. All the action is centred around Canggu and Petitenget. Try these five at your earliest. COFFEE… Continue »

Culinary Collective #OnTour

Hong Kong’s renowned culinary platform restaurant, Test Kitchen will play host to KU DE TA Bali from 7 until 11 March, as Executive Chef Benjamin Cross and Head Chef Stephen Moore provide guests with a tasting menu showcasing their collective approach to contemporary cuisine in Asia. Test Kitchen is a unique dining experience that brings together up and coming chefs from… Continue »

Som Chai

Som Chai opened last month on Jalan Kerobokan, Seminyak and you would have to say the Sarong Group, who brought Bali the award winning and downright fabulous Asian cuisine inspired Sarong, Mamasan, Hujan Locale and Tiger Palm restaurants, have done it again. Continue »

Salazon A New Cuisine

Salazon is another large restaurant recently opened in Bali, this time right in the middle of ‘Eats Street’ Seminyak. It’s huge, with high ceilings and an open kitchen right along the right side. The drying room and wine cellar are at the far end. Furnishings are slick and well-spaced, giving lots of room for diners. Continue »

More Spice in Seminyak

Dine or drink at the Spice bar. Spice Seminyak by Chris Salans opened with little fanfare last month on Jalan Batulbelig but has brought another stylish dining option to the border area of Seminyak and Canggu. After being very much impressed with the Sanur branch of the successful gastro-bar I couldn’t wait to try this new one. Text: DAVID TRAUTS… Continue »

Bali Cafés With Snazzy Interior Design

Are you a die-hard foodie & design enthusiast and want your Almond Milk Latte served alongside a creative interior décor? We serve you a list of new cafes that are here to satisfy your taste buds as much as to please your aesthetic senses. Words & Photos: VERONIKA K. Kim Soo Café Jl.Kayu Aya 21, Seminyak Every Day day 7.30am… Continue »

Health + Taste

Health is the new wealth. Tropical fruit platter – for every Genius. The New Delicious Genius Café Opens in East Bali Freshly opened in July 2017, Genius Café Vision is a new health food hub with many surprises. Building upon the success of their wildly successful Genius Café in Sanur, the second location just opened its doors inside Vision Villa… Continue »

Sunday Brunch Bali

What’s new and what’s hot for Sunday Brunch around the island? Look no further as FRV takes you around the best options on the day of rest, Bali style. Seasalt Coastal Munch Alila Seminyak (0361) 3021889 Sunday: 12pm-4pm www.seasaltseminyak.com Enjoy Seassalt’s Coastal Munch – Alila Seminyak’s unique take on the ever popular Sunday brunch – every Sunday from 12 noon… Continue »

Gardin Starts Afresh

Gardin Bistro and Patisserie, at the front of Mirror Club on Jalan Petitenget has rejuvenated itself with new food and beverage menus and a new ‘Back to the Roots’ cooking concept. If you have never tried this restaurant, I think you should do it right now. You’ll probably be in for a pleasant surprise. Executive Chef of the All In… Continue »

Ji Restaurant Batu Bolong

Here’s cheers to another glorious Bali sunset. Ji Restaurant (pronounced Gee and meaning temple in Japanese) is a beautiful space and a surprising dining experience. Focused on Japanese and Southeast Asian cuisine, the multi-leveled restaurant, which is officially called Ji at Bale Sutra 1706 on the lower floors, and Ji Terrace By The Sea upstairs offers much for tourists and… Continue »

Ayana Launches New Kubu Beach Club...

Recently opened in June, with beachfront dining available in August, AYANA takes guests back to a more rustic time in Bali’s legendary holiday lifestyle, with the launch of Kubu Beach Club’s 1960s heritage Bali vibe. Located on one of Bali’s last remaining hidden white sand beach coves, and accessible only through AYANA’s 90-hectare estate, Kubu Beach Club’s supreme setting showcases… Continue »

KILN, it’s getting hot in Petitenget

Kiln is a new bar/restaurant at the beach end of Jalan Petitenget. The spot already has a high pedigree, previously being the very popular Petitenget Café, but now after an extensive renovation it is back new, refreshed and with an exciting drink and dining concept. Text: DAVID TRAUTS   Photos: DASHA ALMAZOVA The main dining area and bar The design has… Continue »
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The Longhouse Boutique Villa-Hotel opens in Bali

THE LONGHOUSE BOUTIQUE VILLA-HOTEL OPENS IN BALI Outstanding architectural design, gourmet cuisine and five-star service in the hills of Jimbaran A new boutique hotel and private villa concept opens its doors in the heart of Bali’s Jimbaran, giving travellers the opportunity to enjoy the intimacy of luxury villa accommodation with the service of a five-star hotel. A celebration of rich Indonesian history,… Continue »

Villa Analaya Phuket

 Villa Analaya Phuket Beachfront 6-Bedroom Luxury Villa Phuket Set in the exclusive Laemson Estate on Phuket’s spectacular Millionaire’s Mile, the 6-bedrooom Villa Analaya, right by the pristine white sands of a small peninsula close to Kamala Beach, is absolutely stunning; the beachfront location, clever design, and features of this 2017-renovated villa take it into a class of its own. The… Continue »

Under Four Hundred Four Luxurious...

If you’re planning your next Bali getaway and the Seminyak area appeals, then take a look at these four, great-value-for-money, 1 & 2 bedroom luxury villas. All low season prices start at less than USD$400++ per night. Happy holidays! Continue »

New Buzz In The Bukit

Hanging below Bali, the Bukit peninsula unarguably boasts some of the best white stretches of unspoiled beaches and swanky accommodation perched atop steep limestone cliffs, offering grand views, and ideal for watching spectacular sunsets. Continue »

Murni’s Houses & Healing in Ubud

David Trauts escapes from the mad south into the tranquility of a special place recommended to him by one of his learned friends. He finds peace & healing on the convulence of two rivers. Continue »

Tandjung Sari – 55 Years in the...

This is a beautiful short film made in celebration of the 55 years of Tandjung Sari in Sanur, a place of love, friendship and classic Bali style and design. As matriarch Wija Wawo-Runto is quoted near the end of the video “My hotel is my living room, and my guests are my friends” This is perhaps the true sentiment of… Continue »

Inspirational Villa on Koh Yao Noi

Dream of exotic adventures and romantic retreats in Thailand and enjoy a stunning luxury villa resort on a small island called Koh Yao. Noi. Written by: Frédéric Petit The expansive villa can sleep many guests This is a place of warmth and authentic Southeast Asian culture. Koh Yao Noi is an hour’s journey from both Krabi and Phuket international airports…. Continue »

Stunning Villa of Praslin

World renowned for its flora and fauna, beautiful turquoise sea and heavenly beaches, the reputation of The Seychelles is second to none. And among the hundreds of islands that form the archipelago, “Praslin” is the most famous. Written by: Frédéric Petit The beautiful pool deck With the ocean in clear sight and the landscape looking like an oil painting, this… Continue »

Five of Bali’s Most Majestic Villas

Imagine waking up in the “Morning of the Earth” to gaze out of your own bedroom window at a magnificent vista of coconut palms and vibrant green rice fields against a backdrop of distant volcanoes. Words & Photos: Rachel Love Consider the pleasure of taking a refreshing swim in your private pool before enjoying a leisurely breakfast cooked by your… Continue »

Experience the French Chateau way of...

Only a short hour’s drive from Paris, on hunting land previously owned by the Kings of France, the Domaine covers nearly two thousand hectares of meadows and forests dotted with ponds and lakes. Written by: DAVID TRAUTS The exterior of the chateau. The large reception rooms, billiards room, library, dining room and bar positioned side by side open out onto… Continue »

Unique luxurious private and exclusive...

Are you searching for a refined, hidden and exclusive location in one of the most exquisite areas of Paris? You wouldn’t find anything better than this truly amazing mansion, or Hôtel Particulier as the French would say, which is a former aristocratic or noble person’s residence. Continue »

Fiji Luxury and Tropical Style

This property is definitely one of the most luxurious, exclusive and private villas in the whole of Fiji. The nearby beach. You’ll be embraced by the magical world in which you find yourself; pampered like royalty by a staff of ten in an awe-inspiring tropical setting. Sitting on three acres of land and perched high above the South Pacific, with… Continue »

Luxury or Super-Luxury Living?

Life always has its surprises, and often they are quite pleasant. Text by: Andrew Forster Photos by: Christopher leggett The clean lines of The Aquila and the view on arrival. Living and working in Southeast Asia for over a decade now has allowed me to explore this amazing region in considerable depth. On my travels, I constantly find myself inexplicably… Continue »
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A Pioneer Live-Aboard Vessel: Part One

“The Evening Star II” arrived to Labuan Bajo Flores around 20 years ago in the late 1990’s to offer its services. The captain, Mark Heighes arrived in Bali to let everyone know that his live aboard dive operation was now open and ready for action in what was to become Komodo National Park. Continue »

Magical Northern Thailand

Sunset over Doi Inthanon National Park. The lush green mountainous north is just as alluring as the southern iconic Thai islands and their white sandy beaches. The ancient city of Chiang Mai with its many charms is a gateway to Northern Thailand and offers an ideal base for discovering this enchanting region. Here you can hike the verdant jungles, indulge… Continue »

Discover Georgetown – The...

The colorful, multi-ethnic, culturally charged capital of the Malaysian Penang Island boasts some of the best food of SE Asia, colonial and local architecture and a remarkable collection of the city’s diverse peoples and cultures set within the eclectic urban backdrop. Continue »

Mentawai Islands’ Little Slice Of...

If you look up the definition of paradise, the picture of Hollow Tree’s postcard perfect beach should be right next to it. Imagine tall swaying coconut palm fringed pristine white powdery soft sand glistening in the tropical sun. Continue »

Straight, No Chaser

When it comes to the cool cities of the world, Melbourne stands tall and proud. Coffee may be the fuel of this city but music is its heartbeat and, over the decades, Melbourne’s live music scene has incubated the likes of AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton-John, Nick Cave and the Little River Band. Continue »

New Buzz In The Bukit

Hanging below Bali, the Bukit peninsula unarguably boasts some of the best white stretches of unspoiled beaches and swanky accommodation perched atop steep limestone cliffs, offering grand views, and ideal for watching spectacular sunsets. Continue »

Murni’s Houses & Healing in Ubud

David Trauts escapes from the mad south into the tranquility of a special place recommended to him by one of his learned friends. He finds peace & healing on the convulence of two rivers. Continue »

Dartmoor Revisited

Twenty years ago, I left my English Devonshire homeland to live in Asia. Since then, I have rarely felt the need to revisit my roots. With my family spread out across the world, our reunions are inclined to take place in other countries. Last month, however, I returned on a journey of rediscovery, taking my significant other to the significantly favourite haunts of my past. Continue »

Jazz and Blues on the Pathway to

The colourful Shuhe Old Town Written by: Katie Roberts Yunnan Province is part of the ‘new’ China. Attracting domestic tourism and hosting over six major festivals a month Yunnan sees over 22 million tourists a year, only 5% of which are foreigners, so if you are looking for a destination that provides facilities, good food, panoramic locations, history, fantasy and… Continue »

Tropical Charms of Gili Air Island

This paradise isle falls between Gili Trawangan’s raging party scene and Gili Meno’s sleepy island vibe. For many travelers Gili Air got it just right. There is enough buzz and fun activities to do plus a splash of nightlife to top it all off. Gili Air epitomizes your perfect little getaway fantasy. It has pristine white sandy beaches, the ocean… Continue »

The Natural Wonders Of East Java

Crossing a bridgeless river en route to Sukamade. A would-be rock star was playing a guitar and singing a Javanese folk song, a man was vending canned drinks, a woman was waving a bunch of fresh grapes and a young boy was trying to convince me that I needed a pair of pink plastic sunglasses. My rumbling stomach, meanwhile, had… Continue »

Dances, Dragons and Waterfalls

The Ombak Putih under full sail. There are times when you need to get away. Right away. Leave the laptop at home, keep a distance from the phone, social media and especially work. Text: DAVID TRAUTS I hadn’t done that literally for years, even on holidays, but now the time had come. With a bunch of friends – five in… Continue »

The Mystical Magic of the Central...

Central Mountains – the mystical region in the middle of Bali, where the temperatures drop, the lakes glistens in the sun and air smells of spices and coffee grown on the steep fertile slopes. The perfect place for an idyllic weekend getaway offering an escape from busy south Bali. Written by: VERONIKA K MUNDUK MODIG PLANTATION Hands down the infinity… Continue »

Ultimate oceanfront villa living at the St. Regis Bali Resort

Just when you thought life couldn’t get any better, St Regis has a grand offer for their luxurious, beachside Strand Villas. Be among the first to indulge in the newly redefined one-of-its-kind oceanfront Strand Villa at Bali’s finest address, The St. Regis Bali Resort. Experience exquisite living as you desire it with all the finest things in life with the… Continue »

Radisson Blu opens on Bali’s Bukit...

David Trauts heads south for a couple of days on The Bukit.  Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu opened recently in the Uluwatu area of Bali’s south peninsular, better known as The Bukit. This southern part of Bali has quickly become the luxurious twin of the two new tourist areas developing quickly on the island (the other being Canggu) and with names… Continue »

The Westin Receives a Raft of...

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali had another year of impressive accomplishments and milestones in 2017. Similar with previous years, there was a long list of accolades that emphasized the resort’s positioning as a leading business and leisure destination on the island of Bali. Starting the year on a positive note, the resort received recognition from TripAdvisor with a Certificate… Continue »

New Buzz In The Bukit

Hanging below Bali, the Bukit peninsula unarguably boasts some of the best white stretches of unspoiled beaches and swanky accommodation perched atop steep limestone cliffs, offering grand views, and ideal for watching spectacular sunsets. Continue »

GLAM UP: W HOTELS UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE...

W Hotels Brings Bold Energy to Shanghai Fashion Week with New Designer Partnership The ‘XU ZHI for W Hotels’ capsule collection Just in time for Shanghai Fashion Week, W Hotels Worldwide today unveiled ‘XU ZHI for W Hotels,’ an exclusive capsule collection by XU ZHI to celebrate the opening of the first W hotel in Shanghai. W Hotels teamed up… Continue »

AYANA Komodo Resort to Open in 2018

View of Kukusan Island from AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach Rooms At a gala event at their Jimbaran property, AYANA Resort announced last Tuesday evening to a select group of distinguished travel agents and media a brand new AYANA resort on a pristine, white-sand Waecicu beach just north of Labuan Bajo, Flores. The AYANA Komodo Resort is due to open… Continue »

The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa

The pool merges with the ocean at sunset. Synonymous with glamour, Seminyak Beach has long been the playground of bohemians, jetsetters and bon vivants… Written by: RACHEL LOVE In recent years, the convolvulus carpeted shores stretching from Kayu Aya to the outer reaches of Petitenget, and beyond, have melded into beach clubs, private villas, funky hotels and chic boutique resorts,… Continue »

Luxury escape in the Southwest of

How would you like to discover some of the wonders of southwest France? Especially destinations such as Bassin d’Arcachon, Cap Ferret, Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion, among other authentic and charming places. You will also have the pleasure to see and stay in some extraordinary luxury villas dedicated to relaxing and pleasant moments in this wonderful region. Written by: Frédéric Petit Bassin… Continue »

Lagoon Life

Hurawalhi, the newest adults-only resort to open in the Indian Ocean playground of the Maldives, combines tropical elegance with world-class service and an enviable locale, discovers Nick Walton. Text: NICK WALTON Photos: Hurawalhi Maldives Resort The aerial view of Hurawalhi No matter how many times I travel to the Maldives, I’m always mesmerized, by the colour of the coral seas,… Continue »

The Anam Signals Bold New Move On...

Luxurious Colonial-Inspired Resort To Unveil Unprecedented Collection of Venues Continue »

Experience the French Chateau way of...

Only a short hour’s drive from Paris, on hunting land previously owned by the Kings of France, the Domaine covers nearly two thousand hectares of meadows and forests dotted with ponds and lakes. Written by: DAVID TRAUTS The exterior of the chateau. The large reception rooms, billiards room, library, dining room and bar positioned side by side open out onto… Continue »

Unique luxurious private and exclusive...

Are you searching for a refined, hidden and exclusive location in one of the most exquisite areas of Paris? You wouldn’t find anything better than this truly amazing mansion, or Hôtel Particulier as the French would say, which is a former aristocratic or noble person’s residence. Continue »

A Holiday within a Holiday at AVANI...

With the falling ringgit, a visit to Malaysia is a must, especially for longer staying guests. Written by: Stephen Ng Laze by the pool, try some water sports or pamper yourself at AVANI Spa. Flying in via Penang International Airport, or even Singapore, travelling to the city of Kuala Lumpur is easy via electric train or double decker coaches. And,… Continue »

New cafes spicing up Bali

There seems to be new cafes and restaurants popping up every month, or even every week, lately as Bali just keeps on getting busier with tourists from all over the world (the Mount Agung stall withstanding) and importantly a growing and affluent local market. All the action is centred around Canggu and Petitenget. Try these five at your earliest. COFFEE… Continue »

MICHELIN STAR CHEF FRANCESC ROVIRA AT...

MICHELIN STAR CHEF Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the art of Catalan cooking and flavours especially crafted by Michelin Star Chef Francesc Rovira at InterContinental Bali Resort’s Bella Cucina restaurant. Spanish chef, Francesc Rovira Canudas, from the historic, Michelin-starred ‘La Fonda Xesc’ in the Catalan Pyrenees, is set to delight diners over three days and evening with a series of gourmet… Continue »

Martin Tarnoczy

After almost 14 years of living in Bali, KU DE TA is still one of my favourite stops to visit for a glass (or two) of wine, good food and incredible sunset views. In this edition of FRV we interview the man responsible for the wines of this iconic venue. Text: Herman Von Bernardi Martin Tarnoczy decantes another fine wine… Continue »

FOOD: Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch

This Sunday May 14 is Mother’s Day and what better way to enjoy a special day with your mother than a luxurious Sunday Brunch, a Sunday roast or maybe evening Mother’s Day dinner for something different. Here are some of the best options on the island. Sofitel Nusa Dua’s famous Sunday Brunch at Cut Catch Cucina restaurant is turning it… Continue »

The Sanguine Sausage

Love it or loathe it, black pudding has finally claimed its rightful place at gourmet tables, as well as being the new buzz in healthy eating … Written by: RACHEL LOVE Black pudding is a type of sausage, except unlike normal sausages, it is made with blood, usually from a pig. Now, if that makes you squeamish, it’s worth remembering… Continue »

Viña Ventisquero: wines from Chile’s...

Following an invitation from Viña Ventisquero to visit the most important wine regions in their country, myself (in representation of Dimatique wine importer and distributor) and a small group of our best customers in Bali travelled to Chile in February. Text: Herman Von Bernardi Our host and guests from Bali enjoying a taste of Ventisquero’s wines. We headed off for… Continue »

Specialty Coffee

Bali and quality coffee have had a long prosperous relationship for quite some time now, but did you know that a 4th specialty coffee wave just hit the black gold loving island? Words & Photos: VERONIKA K. Expat Coffee Roasters ADDRESS: Jl. Kaya Cendana 3 INSTA: @expatroasters OPEN: Every Day 7am-5pm WEB: www.expatroasters.com A specialty coffee producer driven by a… Continue »

Champagne and Bordeaux. a visit to...

Herman Von Bernhardi has the opportunity to visit two of the most famous French wine growing regions and lives to tell the tale. Arrival at Bollinger The group from Jakarta and Bali. Coming from a wine producing country like Chile and working for a wine supplier in Indonesia for many years, I have had the opportunity to visit many wine… Continue »

Devonshire Clotted Cream

Text: RACHEL LOVE A few years ago, when I was feeling a tad nostalgic for my homeland, a friend surprised me with a ‘Devonshire Cream Tea’ at a random roadside cafe. Hands up if you’ve ever had one: crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth scones – still warm from the oven, old-fashioned strawberry jam just like Grandma used to make with whole strawberries, and… Continue »

Spicing Things Up in Bali

Almost everyone coming to Bali for a holiday has the local food on their mind, and the thing that most defines the cuisines of the archipelago are spices. Balinese and Indonesian cuisine is distinguished by the many freshly ground and blended spices that enliven and add depth to so many dishes. Essential to Balinese cuisine is ‘bumbu,’ a basic spice… Continue »

Bali cafes

Text & Photos veronika k New wave of health oriented Cafes brings fresh, flavoursome and creative dishes to Bali. Café  Cinta There are cafes popping up like mushrooms on the Berawa Stretch, but Café Cinta sets itself apart by serving not only attractive, flavourful, made-from-scratch food, but also has unparalleled views! Nothing beats a quiet, relaxing morning sipping on Cinta’s… Continue »

Milk & Madu Married Nalu Bowls

Bali Seminyak Canggu The super-popular brunch spot of all the Berawa-ites and tourists alike has just teamed up with Bali’s first smoothie bowl shack, Nalu Bowls. Nalu means ‘wave’ in Hawaiian and they certainly swept through this island like a tsunami! In less than a year, these epic smoothie bowls have become a household name, and the more locations you… Continue »

La Madame The Modern Peranakan Style

Text ERZA S.T. Photo: M. Ramadhan Back at the end of 15th century when mainland Chinese decided to move to the Southeast Asian region, they not only brought their culture and tradition but also created a new subculture known as Peranakan. Coming from the word ‘anak’ (or child, and meaning descendant), this subculture existed all the way from Cambodia and… Continue »
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Mamagreen

Mamagreen Aiko lounge set. If you are looking for new outdoor furniture for that new villa MAMAGREEN could be the answer. Written by: SARAH FORBES MAMAGREEN designs and manufactures innovative, premium outdoor furniture. Vincent Cantaert, the Belgian creative director, founded Mamagreen in 2007. Immediately awarded ‘Best Exhibit’ at the International Furniture Fair in Singapore, Mamagreen has gone on to exhibit… Continue »

Bali Chocolate Factory Robert Formsten

Robert Formsten. A man with a sweet tooth and a taste for chocolate. For quite a while you have been eating scrumptious chocolates from different precious outlets, but there is a humble man behind this party for the palate, making a showing without anyone knowing. S.B. Begin at the beginning. R.F. Robert Formsten, age, sixty five, from Australia, married and… Continue »

Grenache

Text: Herman von Bernhardi Grenache is an unlikely hero in the world of grapes, until recently ignored in many of the new world wine producing countries. Among many great wines, it is the grape essentially responsible for two of the world’s more notable reds, Chateauneuf-du-Pape from France, and Priorat from Spain. I personally fell in love with this grape variety… Continue »

Malbec wines: from Argentina to the...

When most wine enthusiasts think of malbec, only one country comes to mind – Argentina. Malbec is Argentina’s flagship grape variety, however, like many other grape varieties it originally came from France, where it is still produced today and is known as cot. France may be the place of origin of malbec, but Argentina is now home to nearly 70%… Continue »

A pinch of salt

Many of the world’s top chefs, including the likes of Jamie Oliver and Anthony Bourdain are all in agreement when it comes to the best salt; it’s called Maldon. The pyramid–shaped flakes, have been hand harvested on the southeast coast of England for over 130 years in massive drying sheds, sell for ten times the price of regular salt, yet… Continue »

Stig Torvund / Hayden Filer Double...

Bali where the creative mind meets, too much and not enough is an understanding to what these guys are bringing to the planet. S.B. Begin the begin. S.T. Stig Torvund, forty seven years old, from Norway and have been living in Bali with my wife Trudi for four years. H.F. Hayden Filer, married to Kellie, three kids, four, seven and… Continue »

New Man on the Bukit Cliff

Paolo Bressani Doldi is the new GM at El Kabron Restaurant & Cliff Club on the Bukit, South Bali. The restaurant is famed for glorious sunsets and great Spanish dining and Bressani Doldi has been brought in to make the show even bigger and better. As the sun moves to the west Paolo chats with FRV about what’s next at… Continue »

Piero Timpano geeking it in Bali

Because we have a strong background of thinking out of the box, we get to be creative in problem solving. What about what, Gecko style, the ins and outs. S.B.What’s it all about? P.T. My name is Piero Timpano, a very traditional British name. I’m 39 years old, working in IT now for just over 23 years. I started very… Continue »

Diana Rosa a voice with a difference

To be or not to be, that is the question. Well, wam bam, thank you mam, Diana surprised the hell out of us, and if there ever was a winner, this gal is it! S.B. Show time. D.R. Diana Rosa, I’m 34 years old. Omg, I can’t believe I said that. Born and raised in Jakarta and I’ve been living… Continue »

Whats new on Batu Belig

Text: & Photos: Veronika k. BALI BALANCE This charming store offers an impressive all-natural cosmetic range made from our No.1 favorite island produce – coconut.  Get all naturally balanced with high quality products that are not only beneficial to your skin, but also have an irresistible tropical scent. Bali Balance uses only all-natural ingredients. Their signature product – raw coconut… Continue »

Pulih

Text: Ve Handojo Photos: Ve Handojo & Atreyu Moniaga Atreyu Moniaga’s Journey of Recovery A young visual artist is holding his solo exhibition in Jakarta, and Ve Handojo got the chance to join the chilling creative process. Our car departed from Jakarta to Curug Nangka – a waterfall in deep Bogor – at two in the morning. The two-hour drive… Continue »

Finding balance at Klub & Spa...

Text: ERZA S.T. For many years, the Klub & Spa Borobudur has been known as one of the most prestigious private health clubs in the city. It is the place where many Jakartans go to preserve their youth and pamper their tired bodies, and recently this renowned health club and spa has moved to a new building with a modern… Continue »

New Spa & Shopping Hot Spots

Text: Veronika K 1. SEMINYAK The island’s hip playground with its swanky boutiques, posh cafes and spa galore. 1.1 SPRING SPA Seminyak Village Mall www.springspa.com The well-established New Zealand spa brand known for their unparalleled treatments and sleek, modern interior, has opened another Bali branch. Located on the amazing rooftop terrace at the newly opened Seminyak Village Mall, Spring offers… Continue »