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 Mountains 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 »
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 »
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 »
Life’s too short to stand still Imagine biking through the Mount Agung landscape. Introducing Infinity Lifestyle Adventures Text: WILL MEYRICK As most people who know me are aware I am an adrenaline junkie, the fast pace of the kitchen, the joy of adventure travel and the speed at which I create, operate and debate are the external signs. I mean when my kids go to the… 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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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The Westin Bali Voted Top Family Resort in Indonesia

  The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali has been voted the number #1 Family Resort in Indonesia in the prestigious Holidays With Kids 2017 Readers’ Choice Top 10 Awards. And to celebrate announces special early-bird booking prices. Holidays With Kids is one of Australia’s most widely read travel and leisure magazines with an audience of over 600,000 readers across its print… Continue »

A Culinary Journey With Piet...

If you know anything about European fine dining then you would have heard of Piet Huysentruyt. From owning a Michelin restaurant, to being a TV cooking superstar and author of 5 best-selling cookbooks; Chef Piet does it all. And he’s coming to Bali. Whether you’re a big fan of Chef Piet or not, you’ll want to meet him when he… 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 »

Karma Spreads Christmas Cheer Worldwide...

Karma Group recently announced plans to celebrate this year’s Christmas season at four of its boutique properties and resorts worldwide with its 12 Days of Karma, a unique program of holiday-related experiences from December 23 to January 3 with a distinctly cosmopolitan spirit, ushering a uniquely Karma Yuletide tradition. “This year, we have planned our 12-day holiday extravaganza to convey… Continue »

TWO DAY YOGA FESTIVAL OF HEALTHY FOOD...

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort will be holding a Yoga Festival on October 21 and 22 featuring a two-day program that includes a food festival with varieties of vegetarian and healthy food stalls, as well as irresistible ‘wellness stay’ packages. Open for everyone, the Sofitel Bali invites all yoga and wellness enthusiasts to attend and the event aims in… Continue »

A CURATED FOOD JOURNEY

Four Master Chefs Wow Diners at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali with an Evening of Flavor and Flair Food lovers were treated to an evening of culinary indulgence last Saturday, 7th October 2017 at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali as four Master Chefs joined forces to conceptualize a dinner of flavor and flair. This curated dining event pleased palates… Continue »

BANDUNG’S GOT MOXY!

Marriott International’s Bold Experiential Brand Arrives in Asia Pacific   Instagram Corner at Moxy Bandung   Moxy Hotels, Marriott International’s disruptive hotel brand, is set to make its mark in Indonesia with the opening of Moxy Bandung. Moxy Bandung will boldly reinvent the lifestyle hotel experience to fully embrace today’s Next Generation traveler, giving them a fun, vibrant and stylish… Continue »

El Kabron Announces New Door Policy To...

El Kabron Cliff Club in the Uluwatu area announced yesterday a change to their door policy saying, “we are committed to, and renowned for, providing guests with a memorable experience in luxury surroundings, offering the highest calibre of ambiance, cocktails, champagne, wine and cuisine perfectly suited to the iconic sunsets we are blessed with, from our exclusive location perched on… Continue »

GHM Appoints First Local Female General...

General Hotel Management Ltd (GHM) has named Deasy Swandarini general manager of its intimate 20-villa resort – The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud, Bali – a private hideaway nestled in Ubud’s emerald rice paddies. Balinese by birth, Swandarini joins the GHM family after having spent a large part of her hospitality career in several of Bali’s highly regarded resorts including… 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 »

Cheers to Nine Years Gala Dinner: Nine...

On 15 September, 2008, the very first St. Regis resort in Asia, The St. Regis Bali Resort held a grand debut, opening its doors for discerning global travelers to the world of sophisticated luxury at its 9 hectares of lush tropical sanctuary. This year, on Friday, 27 October 2017, The St. Regis Bali Resort, Bali’s finest address, invites you to… Continue »

Fill this year’s Festive Season with...

December is a magical time of year, and what could be more special than celebrating Christmas and New Year enveloped by sea, sun and AYANA’s renowned Balinese hospitality. AYANA Resort and Spa BALI is an impressive 5-star destination stretching across Bali’s golden mile. Together with sister properties, RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA and The Villas at AYANA Resort BALI (named… 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 »

GLAM UP: W HOTELS UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE CAPSULE COLLECTION WITH XU ZHI

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 »

Erika Peña Designs

Hailing from Puerto Rico, creative force Peña first started making her own clothes and sandals. Her recognizable, innovative pieces resonated and quickly became a big hit. She relocated to the fashion mecca NYC, where she honed her skills at prestigious Parsons School of Design Continue »

Endless Summer Berawa

Raluca in hammock: Striped Tee Shirt: Bali Boat Shed, Bathing Suit: Seabellas by Indah Huberman, Sunglasses: Shevoke Photographer: Photografio Stylist: Marion Max for Balistarz Model: Meg  Lindsay  Raluca Elena Cohjocaru, Olga Novikova  for Balistarz. Byron Michael. Makeup Artist: Rosario Belmonte for Balistarz Location: Berawa Beach. Paradise Surf Bar, Hidden Beach Bar, Red Rasta Bar, Barstarz Gym Bathing Suit: Seabellas by… Continue »

Tradition Meets Innovation in Bali...

FRV Bali’s Sahiri Loing speaks with Dwi Iskandar from Bali Fashion Trend about this weekend’s fashion event at TS Suites. Sunny Bali is indeed the perfect locale for a spring/summer-themed fashion event such as the upcoming Bali Fashion Trend 2018. Hosted by the Indonesian Fashion Council, the runway of Bali Fashion Trend 2018 will display the finest work from 40… Continue »

The Living Doll

Photography : Rommy K @rkw_ Model : Felix Spr and Kristina @kris_air Clothing : FRANKSLAND @thefranksland Art Direction : Franklin Firdaus @franksland Sunglasses : Eighty6 Sunglasses @eighty6sunnies Bikini : Annoukis Swimwear @aanoukisswimwer Make Up : Fransis Lim – +628113886070 Hair : Christophe C @christophe.c_hairsalon Beauty Products : Sensatia Botanicals @sensatia_botanicals Floaties : Bali Floaties @balifloaties Car : Exotic Rides Bali… Continue »

Get Tropical With “The Offering“...

The Offering is a multi label boutique nestled in a popular vibrant district of Canggu, Bali. It stocks the best international products, manufactured locally. Written by: VERONIKA K. Light and fashion fills the space of the Offering Boutique. A one stop destination for all your shopping needs. The unique concept showcases everything from ready to wear items to active wear… 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 »

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 »

Berawa Kitchen

A new community-style food court eating concept has landed in Canggu and added even more color into this ever-evolving surfing village neighborhood. It is just as fun as it is delicious. Continue »

Orbit at Luna2

Since opening in 2013, the award-winning Orbit restaurant at Luna2 Studiotel has been impressing globetrotting gastronauts with its funky and futuristic design and innovative menu that takes classic European dishes and infuses them with finesse and fun. Now with a fourth Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence under their belt and superstar Head Chef Alanna Agnew behind the helm, the restaurant… Continue »

The Chef’s Table takes dining to a...

If you are looking for a new and exciting dining experience you shouldn’t pass the Chef’s Table at Alila Seminyak. 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 »

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 »

A Charming Amed Hideaway.

Location: BALI – INDONESIA Written by: RACHEL LOVE It used to be known as the “Lost Coast”, while others have described it as “Paradise Found” – a string of sleepy fishing villages, collectively known as Amed, on Bali’s most easterly point, with a rollercoaster road hugging a dramatic coastline of steep headlands and bays, volcanic-sand beaches and coral reefs. Before… Continue »

Zen Hideaway A one-of-a-kind house

Location: BALI – INDONESIA Written by: RACHEL LOVE ‘Wabi-sabi’ is the quintessential Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature. It is the beauty and charm of things impermanent, incomplete, and unconventional. The two-storey house is open to the elements The teakwood upper floor is reminiscent of a treehouse. ‘Wabi’ refers to peace, harmony, and balance, and… Continue »

Villa Spectrum

Villa Spectrum is a stylish accommodation just out of town which is for sale for anything from one night to 25 years. Continue »

Antique Enjoyment

Sitting alongside a gently flowing river in the seaside village of Pererenan in south Bali, Villa Kavaya is a large, elegant, four-bedroom colonial-style villa worthy of the very best holidays. Continue »

The Chalina Estate, A Regal Retreat

Hidden away in Pererenan, near Canggu, is a majestic property known as the Chalina Estate. Here, on 5,300 square metres of land, a palatial villa with a 30-metre swimming pool as its centrepiece offers accommodation for up to 26 guests in seven luxurious bedrooms and a bunk room. The villa rests in an expansive garden bordering the gentle Pangi River,… Continue »

Casa Del Balangan

Bali Uluwatu Ask any travelling surfer in the world to list their all time favourite waves and spots on Bali’s Bukit peninsula will make the top ten every time, with names like Padang Padang, Dreamland, Uluwatu and Balangan flowing off their tongues like sea spray in an off-shore breeze. It’s at that very Balangan Beach that stands Casa de Balangan,… Continue »
   Travel

Jazz and Blues on the Pathway to Nirvana

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 »

Life’s too short to stand still

Imagine biking through the Mount Agung landscape. Introducing Infinity Lifestyle Adventures Text: WILL MEYRICK As most people who know me are aware I am an adrenaline junkie, the fast pace of the kitchen, the joy of adventure travel and the speed at which I create, operate and debate are the external signs. I mean when my kids go to the… Continue »

Sustainability and Bali

Behind Raybans many an eye has shed a tear at the sheer beauty of the Balinese rice terraces; the rice bowl and cradle of the subak. Text: Duncan Murray Kirk A footpath through Bali paradise It could be said that a one thousand year old sustainability model is one of Bali’s most inspiring gifts to the world. The subak is… 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 »

What’s pampering in Canggu?

There is always something new and exciting happening in the ever-evolving hip (-ster) playground of Bali. Intrepid reporter Vero scoured the area to find the latest biggest hits and what not to miss when it comes to the body pampering department. Words & Photos: VERONIKA K. The Sofia Spa ADDRESS: Jl. Pantai Berawa 77, Canggu PHONE: +62 813-3874-8401 OPEN: Daily:… 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 »

The Journey Is The Destination: Ten...

The therapeutic experience of walking a country can reveal its truly off-beat hidden gems, from ancient historical rituals to spectacular, untouched landscapes. Walk Japan, the pioneering operator of walking tours in Japan, provides meticulously planned and expertly led tours that fully immerse visitors in Japanese society, culture and history. Here’s 10 reasons to choose walking as a way to explore the varied wonders of Japan: Continue »

GLAM UP: W HOTELS UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE CAPSULE COLLECTION WITH XU ZHI

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 »

The Tented Beachside Luxury Of...

In September last year, the manifestation of an eco-friendly, tented, boutique retreat began luring visitors to Bali’s far northwest corner, firmly pegging itself as a destination not only for divers and outdoor enthusiasts, but also for those wishing to experience ‘glamping’ at a whole new level of luxury. In fact, when you encounter the magic of this place, it’s quite… Continue »

The Relaxing Karma Reef on Gili Meno

On FRV’s second trip to Gili Meno in a year, I’m pleased to announce nothing much has changed. Text: DAVID TRAUTS Glamping on the beach. Complete with all modern amenities. The island is still very clean, little populated and tranquil as any place you could find. This trip we booked into Karma Reef; a barefoot, sand between your toes style… Continue »

Eco-Friendly Sensation

Location: Belitung island – Indonesia Words & Photos: G. LOPEZ The Arumdalu Private Resort on Belitung Island is sure to become one of the world’s premier Eco-friendly luxury resorts, so FRV’s G. Lopez took some time to soak it in and became entranced by its amazing splendour. Grand entrance The gates to Arumdalu. Seven years ago, Pak Agus Supramono and… Continue »

More than a resort holiday, the Sofitel...

These resort villas no doubt were a response to the ever increasing demand for private villas on the island of Bali, and to combine the exclusivity of a private villa with the facilities of a Bali beach resort is nothing less than brilliant. Like the hotel, the villas were designed by internationally-acclaimed interior design firm Wilson Associates. 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 »

Best Brunch Cafes

INDONESIA Bali Text & Photos Veronika k   Bali Fit Canggu Cafe Tucked away near Echo Beach, this inspiring health cafe combined with a full-blown training centre provides all that you need to stay fit and nourished in the Canggu community. Bali Fit Cafe offers ‘out of this world’ smoothies in a real coco shell; so make sure to fire… Continue »

Sri Lankan Gastronomic Sensations

SRI LANKA Banjaran Hotsprings Text: ERZA S.T. Photos: MINISTRY OF CRAB Being one of the world’s most favoured destinations to visit for the last few years, Sri Lanka has really shown the world that the country has got it all; from culture to tradition, natural beauty and of course, delicious food! During my recent visit last December, I was overwhelmed… 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 »