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Hotels in Bali That Provide Free Yoga Lessons

Declared by the most sought after holiday destination in the world by TripAdvisor’s users, Bali is indeed offering abundant of amazing offerings to pamper its visitors. One of the groups that Bali’s tourism industry practitioners are paying attention to is those who are seeking a better balance in their wellness whilst having their holiday in Bali. Therefore a number of hotels in Bali provide free yoga lessons that their guests can join.

Whilst holiday itself gives your mind a refreshing moment that it deserves, a yoga lessons that you participate during your holiday will give you an even better outcome. More than just freshened, your body and mind got a cohesive improvement so are getting back to your daily routine in a completely different shape, healthier body with calmer mind. What can get any better than that?

Taking the benefit of serene atmosphere, peaceful surrounding, and breathtaking views that they have, these three hotels offer free yoga lessons that you can participate if you stay there during your holiday.

Prefer to stay in a private villa instead of a hotel, check our portfolio of Bali villas here.

Bali Mandira Beach Resort and Spa

Hotels in Bali - Bali Mandira Resort and Spa

Located on Jalan Padma in Legian, one of the most popular beach enclaves of Bali just a stone-throw away from Kuta, Bali Mandira Beach Resort and Spa is actually surrounded by rather busy tourist area where numerous hotels, restaurants, and other tourism facilities are flocked into rather limited vicinity. However the resort itself is sitting on an ample beachfront plot where hotel facilities scattered on a lush tropical garden, creating a contrast compared to its environment.

Compared to other hotels in Bali especially those located in the same neighbourhood, Bali Mandira Beach Resort and Spa offers completely different atmosphere.

Bali Mandira Beach Resort and Spa itself is a four star hotels. In addition to numerous facilities, it offers activities that introduce Balinese tradition, lesson to make traditional craft, to name an example. Its wellness facility named Sahabat Sport provides yoga class for free.

Learn more about Bali Mandira Beach Resort and Spa at its website here.

Waka Gangga Resort

Hotels in Bali with Peaceful Environment - Waka Gangga

Completely different to Bali Mandira Beach Resort and Spa, Waka Gangga is tucked away in a secluded peaceful beach of Yeh Gangga in Tabanan Regency, far away from bustling tourist town like Kuta and Sanur. The environment allows Waka Gangga to gives its guest absolute peacefulness, a perfect atmosphere for a holistic rejuvenation where yoga takes a prominent role.

For more information and booking inquiries go to the hotel’s website here.

Four Season Jimbaran

Hotels in Bali Right on the Beach

Jimbaran is known as The Beverly Hills of Bali for one obvious reason, string of luxurious properties lining along the hill right above a beautiful white-sand beach. No wonder that most hotels in Bali located in Jimbaran is known for their lavish facilities.

If on most hotels in Bali yoga lessons are conducted in a richfield or other green environment, at Four Season Jimbaran the yoga lessons are conducted with warm ocean breeze gently flowing from the indigo ocean in the background.

Book Four Season Jimbaran on its website

Bali Spirit Festival 2018 Attracts Tourists to Ubud

Its natural beauty that perfectly combined with abundant cultural heritage constantly keep tourist to coming back. Various events that showcase them amplify the attractiveness even further, giving an even more reason for them to return. Among those events is the significant Bali Spirit Festival 2018.

Bali Spirit Festival 2018 is is held annually and this year is the 11th. The event attracts returning visitors in addition to newcomers.

Among them is an Australian tourist coming from Sydney who tells local journalist that it is his 5th time to be a part of Bali Spirit Festival. “I’ve been participating in this annual event for four or five times. It is a very good event and as before, Bali Spirit Festival 2018 returns every year more attractive than before. The most notable reason for me is because we are always invited to be closer to nature”, she told a journalist of a local news channel “It also help to know Bali better, inside out, way more than just the beaches”, she added.

Introducing herself as Natasha, a young woman working as a lecturer in Sydney, the yoga session conducted in the event helps her to maintain her balance. The event indeed conducts a string of sessions to teach participants to meditate, to breath properly, and to be closer to the nature.

The event does not only attract young people who tend to be open to Eastern spiritual approach in encountering life pressures. Also coming from Australia, an older woman named Annie said that she has been attending the event for a consecutive four years. She said that the main attraction that keeps her to coming back is the very pleasant atmosphere. “I am making a lot of new friend here and get myself introduced to new culture, not only Bali but also Indonesia”, she said.

Annie enthusiastically committed to keep coming back to Bali, both for the island itself and the event. “I like Ubud very much, it is my favourite place”, she continued. Bali Spirit Festival 2018 is taking place at Bali Purnati, an artistic Ubud villa resort in a serene outskirt of the town. Annie’s love to Bali is also admitted by her friend, Tiscka, a Swiss citizen who lives in Myanmar. “Bali is an incredible place, I do not know anyone who does not fall in love with it”, she said.

Representing the authority, the Expert Staff Multicultural Ministry of Tourism, Esthy Reko Astuti, express her pleasure to see the enthusiasm of foreign tourists who participate Bali Spirit Festival 2018. “It is a very interesting package and more importantly is very well prepared. So actually it is no wonder that it can attract thousands of participants from more than 50 countries. Bali Spirit Festival 2018 as well as its previous years brings a significant impact to Bali as a tourism destination, she told the journalists in a general interview session. Esthy is also the Chairman of the 2018 Calendar of Events of the Tourism Ministry.

at the same time Indonesian Tourist Minister, Arief Yahya, also give a praise Bali Spirit Festival 2018 as its successfully attract thousands of visiting tourist into the country. He admitted that events are integral part of Indonesian tourism promotion. “Promotion is essential in brand management”, she told the press. “Bali is a good product, but being a good product alone is not enough, we need maximum promotion to get the best result possible”, he added.

If you are looking for more information about this interesting event, visit the organiser’s website here.

Ubud Food Festival 2018 is Taking Place in 13th to 15th of April

The annual event Ubud Food Festival will be held between 13th to 15th of April this year. The festival will present approximately 100 culinary experts both from Indonesia and abroad. If you are a food lover and have a plan to spend a holiday in Bali within the next few month, then you are advised to revise your schedule accordingly.

Confirming her third consecutive appearance in Ubud Food Festival, Indonesian legend Sisca Soewitomo will prepare something to be enjoyed by all attendees. Rinrin Marinka who made frequent appearance in national and regional TV programs including Indonesian version of Gordon Ramsey’s MasterChef and Junior MasterChef is also scheduled to participate. Rinrin’s food program in national TV channel tittled At Home with Marinka is now also taken into Asian Food Channel.

Interested in science application into the pan, Andrian Ishak will demonstrate his skill in molecular gastronomy. Andrian is the mastermind in the kitchen of Namaaz Dining, a fine dining restaurant in Jakarta.

Ubud Food Festival 2018 will also present Rishi Naleendra, the first Sri Lankan Michelin Star chef who command the kitchen of Singapore restaurant Cheek by Jowl. A couple other Michelin Star chefs are Jun Lee of Soigné in Seoul, South Korea and Sam Aisbett of Whitegrass, a fine dining establishment in Singapore.

“The initial announcement of participating experts is only a minor part of delights that we are going to present in April”, the founder and director of Ubud Food Festival, Janet DeNeeve told the press as quoted by local news Kompas. The event will have numerous attractive programs including culinary talk shows, cooking demos, workshops, culinary trips and music performances.

What can be better than having a chance to combine your holiday experience with one of the most reputable regional culinary event? To make it easier to access the venue, make sure that you book a villa in Ubud way in advance. Among recommended villas in Ubud in our portfolio is Villa Awan Biru.

Bali Soon to Elect a New Governor

If you come to Bali these days, you will be “welcomed” by a lot of campaign materials in different forms. Signs, banners, backdrops, flags, many of which in amazingly gigantic size as well as people wearing similar kind of clothes and accessories. The general election will be held on June 27th when Bali will then have a new Governor to lead the provincial administration for the following 5 years. By Indonesian law, the current governor can not be nominated as he is now in his second period.

Running into the election are Rai Mantra, the current Mayor of Denpasar and Wayan Koster who is currently representing Bali in Indonesian national House of Representatives. Vice Governor candidate to Rai Mantra is the current Vice Governor Sudikerta. On the opposing front, candidate for Vice Governor to Wayan Koster comes from Ubud Royal Family who is also the current Regent of Gianyar, Cok Ace.

At the same time, the Regency of Klungkung will also elect a new Regent. Bali and Klungkung are among 171 Indonesia province, cities, and regencies to have regional general election on June 27th, 2018.

Whilst Balinese is known for friendly manner, tension gets warmer as each candidates are trying to mobilize their supporter to gain votes. Nevertheless, the authority are working intensively to have everything in check whilst the Police Department guarantees that Bali remains a save and friendly destination to visiting tourists. If you happen to come to Bali during this period, you will witness a significant event in Indonesian democracy.

Something that you may have to be aware is that campaigns and rallies that involve vast number of people may affect the traffic. You may find them attractive event to see. Otherwise you may want to talk to your driver or guide to plan your trip so you are not trapped in traffic congestion.

China Leads the Top Inbound Countries to Thailand

Being the world largest travel community on the cyberspace, TripAdvisor has been considered as one of the most respectable barometers in global tourism industry. With its significant number of users accessing from every corner of the globe, its insights are quite accurate. Recently TripAdvisor published the most searched destinations in Thailand.

The Most Popular Destinations in Thailand

What is your favorite destination in Thailand?

Whilst Thailand has very colorful traditional heritage, the most sought after attraction by international travelers are beaches and islands. Lies in tropical area, Thailand has a long string of beautiful beaches, some of which are more popular than the others. For the first time, Krabi enters the top five Thailand destinations. Measured in terms of search traffic growth, Krabi records the highest increase of 41%.

Beaches and islands prove to be Thailand’s most powerful attractions for international travelers, with Krabi entering TripAdvisor’s top five Thai destinations in terms of search traffic growth for the first time this year, after registering the highest increase at 41%. Following Krabi in top three are two beaches in Phuket namely Kathu and Nai Yang, each gets 37% and 31%. The highest position for non-beach destinations sets at the fourth, where Chiang Mai gets 10% increase in search. Hat Yai near the Malaysian border completes the top five.

Top Tourist Feeders to Thailand

When it comes to the origin of people who search for Thailand destinations, China remains the top contributor, recording the highest increase percentage in search traffic on TripAdvisor of 30%, way higher than the global average of 4%. India and Indonesia follows on the second and third places with 16% and 12% respectively. Based on the statistic published by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (ToT), China and Russia are the largest tourist feeders to Thailand in the first half of 2017.

Chinese travelers do not take too much time to plan their trip to Thailand. In average the plan their Thailand trip only 51 day prior to departure, slightly shorter than the global average of 65 days in advance. Travelers from the US, the UK and Australia stay for an average of six nights and take the longest to plan, with lead times of 108, 102 and 82 days respectively.

However, when it comes to length of stays, Chinese is recorded as the shortest. In average, Chinese travelers stay 4 days in Thailand. Shorter than 5 days of global average. Russian travelers make the longest stays of 11 days in average.

Where Did Those 900 Millions World Travelers Go?

Do you know how many tourist has made their travel trips this year? Within the first 8 months of 2017, which means from January to August, the whole world welcomed 901 millions international arrivals. It is 7% up from the same period of 2016. UNWTO World Tourism Barometer records that the number has been continuously growing for the last consecutive 8 years.

And where did those more than 900 millions people go?

Whilst most destination recorded similar trend, the pace varied significantly. By continent, the strongest growth on tourist arrival was in Africa with 9%. Europe followed in the second position with 8%. Significantly lower, Asia-Pacific came third with 6%, followed by the Middle East with 5% and the Americas with only 3%.

Looking closer, in Asia-Pacific, South Asia led with 10%. Closely following with 9% was South-East Asia. Oceania came on the third position with 7%. North-East Asia was not as strong as the other neighboring counterparts. Whilst North-East Asia was still getting a positive growth, the pace was significantly smaller, 3%.

Compared to their weak performance in 2016, Europe looked significantly stronger this year. Leading the continent’s growth were Southern and Mediterranean Europe which each recored 12% growth, leaving Western Europe on the second position with 7% growth. Northern Europe recorder lower growth at 6% whilst Central and Eastern Europe came last with 4% each.

Contributing to Africa’s leading per-Continent statistic was North Africa with hefty 15%. Whilst it was still enjoying growth, Sub-Saharan Africa only got 5% increase.

Recording the weakest per-continent growth of the Americas, South America brought the largest contribution of 7% followed by Central America and the Caribbean that recorded significantly lower growth of 4% each. North America came as the weakest with 2%. In this area, rapid growth in Mexico and Canada was affected by decrease in the US which was the largest destination there.

Middle east was showing mixed result. Most area that suffered negative record in 2016 made significant rebound this year. Unfortunately, the other regions that enjoyed positive growth in 2016 were declining.

Where Did Those Tourist Come From?

The largest growth of tourist expenditure came from China with 19%, followed consecutively by South Korea with 12%, the US with 8%, and Canada with 7%. But the significant growth of the top feeders was not so impressive compared to growth in the beyond-top-10 feeders. Russian came with the large growth of 27%. But even Russia’s growth was not the largest as Brazil was taking the top position with 35%.

Turkish Airlines Directly Connects Phuket to Istanbul

Turkish Airlines has just established its 300th routes to connect the Thai premier tropical island to Turkish capital Istanbul. The inaugural flight safely touched down at Phuket International Airport on July 17th, 2017. Afterward, the airline will provide 4 times a week service using Airbus A330-300.

Turkish Airlines will depart Ataturk International Airport of Istanbul every Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 14.00 local time and scheduled to arrive at Phuket International Airport on 04.00 the following day. The same aircraft will depart Phuket on 05.30 to fly back to Istanbul and scheduled to arrive at its home base on 12.00.

As quoted by Travel Daily Asia, during the inauguration ceremony, Turkish Airlines’ Deputy Chairman and CEO, Bilal Eski, said “Turkish Airlines is excited to be bringing more value and connectivity to its passengers through its ever expanding network. As an airline that invites people to explore the beauties of our world, it was a natural choice for us to decide on Phuket as our next destination”.

Phuket is the second Turkish Airlines destination after Bankok.


Bali’s Mount Agung Has Finally Erupted

As almost the whole of its archipelago lies on the world’s “ring of fire”, Indonesia has a vast number of active volcanoes. Despite of its small size, Bali has active volcanoes too. Being the most notable active volcano is Mount Agung. Physically it has the highest peak of the island. Spiritually Balinese Hindu believes that it is the resident of the Gods and therefore considered one of the most sacred places.

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