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features-10 What is the meaning of BOW ? Text: David Trauts. Photos Sulthon Bow restaurant is a novelty, a little quirky, but by no means a theme park. It is a restaurant with heart and taste and in spades, which means loads of it. You may not find the best service, matching crockery, cutlery or linen of the greatest fine-dining restaurants, but the quality comes in the food…. Continue »
features-9 New Umalas food   Sandwiched in between permanently Construction-dust-covered Petitenget, and once sleepy but now too-cool-for-school Canggu, Umalas seems to be a hip place to be again! We’ve made a list of new delicious places that won’t let you leave hungry. Words: Masha Larkin It’s the chilled residential vibe, traffic-free roads and an overall feel that life is good that makes Umalas special. Just… Continue »
features-8 Plataran Dharma wangsa A Refined Indonesian Home-Cooked Restaurant Text by Erza S.T. Photos by M. Ramadhan Home cooking is often seen as comfort food that should stay at home and be eaten amongst family members. However, we are always longing for the comfort that comes from the memory of someone’s mother’s or aunty’s kitchen. A recently open Indonesian restaurant called Plataran Dharmawangsa is trying to capture that essence… Continue »
features-7 48 Hours in Central Vietnam Text by Will Meyrick I was heading to Hoi An, Central Vietnam, a beautifully preserved UNESCO city situated at the mouth of the Thu Bon River that gives visitors the best of all worlds, rural pastures, shady beaches, elegant nightlife and a buzzing market scene, but first I was to spend five hours in Nha Trang to connect to the… Continue »
features-6 Kaba Kaba Text by Thomas Jones Images by Christopher Leggett Over the past decade, Bali has developed a reputation for having some of the best holiday villas in the world, not only for their opulence, unique style, architecture and facilities, but also for the Balinese people who staff them – for their levels of service and friendliness are second to none. And… Continue »
features-5 Finding Peace at Ayung Resort Bali David Trauts books a weekend away in Ubud and finds a very special hideaway indeed. Ayung Resort is a special place on the high reaches of the Ayung River north of Ubud. It is special for a number of reasons; the lush tropical vegetation and large trees standing on the slopes down to the passing river, the refurbished luxury joglo… Continue »
features-4 Tralala on the Beach with Blue Glue MODELs: ELISE NIEUWPORT & SOFIA SELINA PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLIST & MUA: BLUE GLUE TEAM LOCATION: BIU BIU, BALANGAN BEACH COLLECTIONS : PURE BRA VEIDA & PURE PANT VADIM ALL BLACK BRA VEIDA & ALL BLACK PANT VADIM MODEL: LYDIA KIRWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLIST & MUA: BLUE GLUE TEAM LOCATION: VILLA MORABITO COLLECTIONS: ALL BLACK BRA CRISSCROSS & ALL BLACK PANT MADAM MODEL:… Continue »
OMBAK DECK_web Nihiwatu An Adventure to The Edge of Wilderness Sun, sea and beaches are common features that you will find in an archipelago country like Indonesia, where over 17,000 islands are offering more or less the same. However each island offers something different in way of life, culture and also tradition, making it interesting to discover. Text by Erza ST On my recent trip to Nihiwatu resort on Sumba… Continue »
IMG_7509 _web A Different Side to the Spice Islands By Thomas Jones The Banda Islands are without superlative, a paradise on earth. Covered in coconut palms, nutmeg plantations, , jungle, giant rainforest trees, coral reefs, blue skies, crystal clear waters, and colourful villages filled with happy smiling people, they even have their own, genuine smoking volcanic island towering overhead. Daniel Dafoe’s robinson crusoe couldn’t have designed it better himself…. Continue »
pic1_web.jpg From Krabi and Hua Hin Beaches Wedding & Spas Thailand might be close to Indonesia, but my plan to go there wasn’t having any success. Luckily, this situation finally changed when my best friends Els and Rune decided to tie the knot in Krabi. It was definitely the solid reason that I needed in order to get there for the first time. Thus my trip to Thailand finally happened!… Continue »
Canggu-Eats Canggu Eats ­­­ Text by Masha Mozolevskaya Photos by Sulthon Residents of Canggu rarely leave the area these days since everything is there one may need for happy living. There are cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes – excluding maybe the fancy ones. We took a field trip to the new ‘area to be’ – and to eat – to check… Continue »
Going-Local Going Local: Locavore Restaurant Locavore restaurant might be just eight months old, but it’s already not just a famous restaurant – it’s become the latest foodie destination of the whole island. Masha Larkin takes a trip into the world of brand new gastronomy in Ubud. Sitting at the Locavore bar during lunch time is so much fun. First, as there is only about 30… Continue »
Candi-Dasa Candidasa As Little Or As Much As You Want Text by: Thomas Jones Coming to Bali and wanting to avoid the busy south, we booked five nights in Candi Dasa at the very tasty Villa Oceana and had planned very little for our stay, preferring to let the days unfold as they would according to how we felt at the time. The lack of planning proved to be a… Continue »
Grand-Hyatt-Erawan GRAND HYATT ERAWAN AN INSTITUTION OF GREATNESS by Erza S.T. “Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is not your usual luxury business hotel. This one is certainly in a class of its own.” Life as a travel journalist can be quite repetitive and uninspiring at times. We go in and out of hotels with a suitcase through countless countries and acknowledge the courteous “hotel” smiles from the porter to… Continue »
48hours-in-Siem-Reap 48 Hours in Siem Reap Text by Will Meyrick The fact that 48 hours is possible in Siem Reap is testament to the tenacity of a town, that when I first saw it 15 years ago, and again with my brother about ten years later, was a dusty ‘cowboy’ town emerging slowly from a ghastly occupation. It was pretty loose back then too, my brother… Continue »
Close-Encounters-of-the-Ape-Kind Close Encounters of the Ape Kind A trip to the jungles of Northern Sumatra literally puts travellers in touch with the men of the forest. Text By Marco Ferrarese Pictures by Chan Kit Yeng “Please hold still. Don’t move.” Our guide Ricky, the Indonesian version of a Rastafarian with dense knots of hair reaching down to his lower back, hushes in the direction of the jungle…. Continue »
Messing-About-in-Boats MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS Text by Thomas Jones You don’t have to go far in Bali to find a boat to take you out for a day on the water. They are everywhere and in all incarnations from wooden outrigger canoes to hulking catamarans designed for the masses. But when you want to lap it up in style and comfort, there is one company… Continue »
Kansai KANSAI THE LAND OF FOOD & SHOPPING Text & Photos David Trauts The Kansai region, japan, which is also locally called Kinki, is an Important historical, political and economical region of Southern Japan. Osaka is the third largest city in the country and the largest city of Kansai. Osaka city makes up part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area, sprawling between Kyoto, Kobe and the Osaka plain and… Continue »
Symbolic-art-of-Intercontinental-Resort-Bali THE TRADITIONAL & SYMBOLIC ARTWORK OF INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT BALI Text by Rachel Love InterContinental Bali Resort captures the spirit of the island through an astonishing collection of intricately carved statuary, bas-relief tableaux, plaques, panels and artwork depicting trees, flowers, birds, beasts, heraldic winged lions and protective guardians drawn from the natural and mythical world of the Balinese Hindu heritage. Not only is this an exceptional luxury resort, it is… Continue »
Metis_slide METIS LOUNGE Metis Lounge has been open for only two months and is already the place to relax with an excellent cocktail or wine before dining in the massively popular Metis restaurant, or alternatively, dining in the casual atmosphere of the lounge itself. David Trautz has a quick chat with part owner/manager Said Alem to find out what makes this new Bali… Continue »
Dining-Area_slide DINE AT THE SACRED TABLE One of Asia’s most iconic restaurants, the unique tasting kitchen Mejekawi, wins over the most serious foodie with its innovative executions, sublime flavours and culinary flair By Katie Truman Legendary for sunset cocktails and already excellent dining, beachfront KU DE TA’s aspirations to be taken more seriously as a formidable Asian foodie Mecca appear to have paid off, launching cutting-edge… Continue »
The sexy private room in red. Artoz Bar: Pouring A World of Whisky Listen up people! Whisky is the trendiest drink to have these days. It is the next big thing after wine and it has swept its way across Asia from China to even Indonesia. Text by Erza S.T. Photos by Ramadhan Whisky is no longer associated with a bunch of stuffy old men sniffing their glasses by the fireplace, but instead… Continue »
Burma_slide 48 Hours Destination Burma Text by Will Meyrick Burma: Myanmar, the country has such a mystique to it, spreading over five geographically diverse areas it has the most incredible culture and history, for years hidden behind a veil of secrecy. When the opportunity came to visit I was really prepared for everything, and yet nothing at all. From all reports the food was nothing… Continue »
Finns-Aerial_slide Semara Luxury Villas Bali’s finest cliff top accommodation is within your reach With magnificent panoramic ocean views and seven unique, oversized, and architecturally refined five-bedroom villas nestled into 7.5 acres of perfectly manicured tropical gardens, Semara Luxury Villa resort is very much a place to take your breath away. Each villa is an exclusive haven of privacy with 30 metres of cliff frontage… Continue »
The-Hermitage_Building_slide Oasis in the City What better way to celebrate a birthday with the family than staying and exploring a new oasis in the city? Located in the city’s most prominent address, Menteng in Central Jakarta, Hermitage Hotel lays dead center in the midst of luxurious homes, diplomatic residences, and close proximity to Jakarta’s golden business triangle: Kuningan, Sudirman and Thamrin. First and foremost, Hermitage… Continue »
DSC05234-edit To Catch a Sunrise Sleep is one of the most beautiful and free things in life, and having to wake up early and get out of bed in the wee small hours of the morning must rank up there with having a tooth pulled. Unless of course there is something amazing and infinitely rewarding to be had as a result. Catching a sunrise from… Continue »
Merdekarya-1-Year-Anniversary-93931 A COOLER LUMPUR The Malaysian capital swings to new beats thanks to a collection of cafés, diners and clubs that have helped to cement its reputation as one of the region’s best cities for live music. Follow rock’n’roll hound dog Marco Ferrarese on a night out, and discover all the mainstays and latest trendy hangouts of KL’s budding arts and music scene. By… Continue »
IMG_1360 Singapore Not necessarily the world’s most expensive city FRV Travel goes to Singapore on a budget and finds some amazing bargains, excellent street food and a great holiday away. Text David Trauts & Photos Trauts and Hotel Clover The first time I arrived in Singapore was by ship in 1973. I was a young lad on a stopover travelling with my father to London. The first thing that… Continue »
IMG_5981 Prague The City Where Romance Lives During one quick weekend, I visited Prague to unravel its combined beauty of culture, food and history. Here are some of my highlights. Text and Photo by Erza S.T. As I walk across Charles Bridge, one of the most beautiful historical bridges in the world, my mind cannot stop thinking how charming this city can be. With its amazing architectural… Continue »
Print_Garden Siam Kempinski Hotel: A Resort in the centre of the Bangkok David Trauts heads to the City of Angels at a time that many wouldn’t, but the flights were so cheap who could resist? Continue »
FRV--Rimba-09 The Rhythms of RIMBA Spread across eight hectares of land on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, Rimba Resort is the setting for model Herika and photographer Glen Krohn to work their collective magic. Continue »
penang Penang Through Local Eyes A long time resident of Malaysia’s food and art’s central takes you by the hand to uncover five of the island’s hidden corners. Continue »
peak Peak to Peak along the Back Roads For those who have had it up to their pointy little ears with all things Middle-Earth and want to see the beauty of New Zealand without the promise of hobbits, wizards and monsters dotting the landscape, then the Forgotten World Highway, one of the most beautiful drives in the country for those lucky enough to discover it and one of the country’s best kept secrets, is definitely the road less travelled for you. Continue »
escapades Escapades of a Travelling DJ Vol 7 With Asia firmly behind him our travelling DJ Tony Montana heads for the Jewel in the crown of the Middle East – Lebanon Continue »
Sunset-at-RIMBA-Lobby_ Rimba Birthday Escape Rimba is a new five-star resort on the Bukit. It sits inland from its sister resort, Ayana, and while it’s sited on the same enormous 77-hectare piece of land, which commands Jimbaran Bay, Rimba overlooks the forest, not the sea. Rimba means forest in Indonesian and that’s exactly what surrounds this luxurious resort; lots of trees. However, don’t fret; water is everywhere to keep you cool on your Bali holiday. Continue »
YES-3 Thomas Jones Spends a Very Splendid Weekend at Grand Hyatt Jakarta There’s something about marble that stands up and calmly whispers “sophisticated” every time you see it, and save for the Indonesian Presidential Palace down the road, The Grand Hyatt Jakarta must have the most sophistication in the country. Continue »
KP-11 Tugu Kunstkring Paleis David Trauts dines at Menteng Jakarta’s Kunstkring Paleis restaurant and discovers more than a piece of Indonesian heritage Continue »
93f009h-copy-copy High Expectations Nick Walton EXPERIENCES Beijing’s highest hotel, the China World Summit Wing by Shangri-La, and finds luxury and sophistication alive and well in the Chinese capital. Continue »
IMG_0250feat Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort This new Hyatt Regency resort opened in Phuket’s Kamala last December. It’s brand new and after spending a couple of nights there, I would have to say it’s a top choice for anyone heading to the area for a classy and comfortable escape. Continue »
01_CucaOutside_2-copy-copy Be Prepared for Something Different at Cuca Cuca is a new restaurant in Jimbaran, Bali, which opened five months ago and is creating quite a buzz with the island’s foodies. It’s not often you are surprised and exhilarated by a menu anywhere, let alone Bali, but Canadian-born chef Kevin Cherkas does just that with his inspirational, ‘local product cooked in a western way’ menu. Continue »
IMG_3278 Vue: In the Club If you were wondering what the gigantic, all-white building was that seemed to magically appear on wild and deserted Berawa Beach last year, or are seeking a new beach “playpen” in Greater Seminyak, read on. That’s LV8, Indonesian-operated, five-star deluxe hotel smack bang on the beach with 117 suites and seven penthouses snaking around a seaside river. Continue »
IMG_68229 Asian Fusion While there are loads of fashion trends we cannot wait to explore (extreme wedges, digital prints, and khaki craze, oh my!) we couldn’t help but notice that some of our most-watched local dressers have been venturing off into exotic territory and wearing a trend that we have affectionately termed Asian Fusion fashion. Continue »
Facade1-copy-copy Living in Art As one of the biggest cities in SouthEast Asia, Jakarta’s hotel scene is not as well nourished as others like Singapore or Bangkok. Luckily, the last few years have started to see significant growth in new hotels from 5-star luxury to conceptualized design. FRV Travel visited One of the most recent additions, ARTOTEL, That opened last October. Continue »
IMG_1416_3 Romancing Winter in Beijing The first snowflakes of winter had just started falling when my bullet train from Hangzhou arrived at Beijing Station, where a Striking sharp cold mixed with the buzz of people who were rushing about the station. I was slightly lost as most of the signs were in Chinese and my so-called guide was nowhere to be seen. Luckily after a few phone texts, I finally found him and the driver, and was on my way. Continue »
IMG_0688 Island Life & Kiwi Good Times Each year when I visit New Zealand for Christmas, my friends and I try to find somewhere new to go and rent a holiday home for a week over New Year’s Eve. Somewhere we can load up with food and wine and totally chill near a beach under the hot Kiwi summer sun. Continue »
manilafeatured Four Nights in Manila First impressions don’t mean a lot. Text by David Trauts Continue »
LEAD The Land That Time Forgot The Kimberley is home to some of Australia’s most stunning landscapes, unique, often misunderstood wildlife, and an outback spirit that continues to draw intrepid travellers from across the globe. Nick Walton travels with adventure cruise line and Kimberley icon Orion Expeditions to explore deep into this ancient and mysterious land. Continue »
frv_wbangkok_01-copy-copy An Electrifying Stay at W Bangkok Sleek, and filled with contemporary art installations, W Bangkok has become Ve Handojo’s choice for a stylish stay. Continue »
frv_thesiam_exterior-copy-copy Escape to the Opulence of The Siam, Bangkok It’s just a 30-minute boat ride along the Chao Praya river from the city, yet Ve Handojo found a totally exclusive and lavish escape at The Siam. Continue »
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Tralala on the Beach with Blue Glue

MODELs: ELISE NIEUWPORT & SOFIA SELINA PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLIST & MUA: BLUE GLUE TEAM LOCATION: BIU BIU, BALANGAN BEACH COLLECTIONS : PURE BRA VEIDA & PURE PANT VADIM ALL BLACK BRA VEIDA & ALL BLACK PANT VADIM MODEL: LYDIA KIRWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLIST & MUA: BLUE GLUE TEAM LOCATION: VILLA MORABITO COLLECTIONS: ALL BLACK BRA CRISSCROSS & ALL BLACK PANT MADAM MODEL:… Continue »
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CULTURE CLASH

Strike the balance of your look by combining the intricate, local elements with the simplicity of modern spirit Photography by Adam Rasyid Poncho Peru by KALEIDOSCOPE Aiyana Skirt by SELPHIEBONG Top Halter Tibet by KALEIDOSCOPE Leliel Skirt by SELPHIEBONG Dr Navajo Rao Dress by KALEIDOSCOPE La Bahome Dress by SELPHIEBONG Oleander Dress by SELPHIEBONG, Accessories by KALEIDOSCOPE Waterfall Blouse by… Continue »
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BALI FASHION TENDANCE 2015

After an absence of three years, the Association of Fashion Designers (APPMI) Bali once again presented their prestigious annual fashion show with the theme this year of “Svarga Svarna”, Sanskrit for Golden Heaven. Bali Fashion Tendance 2015 was held in TS Suites in Legian, a perfect setting for lovers of fashion and design, and was divided into three areas. In… Continue »
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A Play of Embroidery and Bead on a...

Seminyak is now the new home for the brand-new label Kaleidoscope. Focusing its attention on prints, colors and mixed vintage pieces, this label is designed to create something new for everyone who adores to look hip and cool. The details are evident by use of hand embroidery and bead work, while the use of old hand-crafted materials from different parts… Continue »
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House of IOCO Fashion

House of IOCO is Bali-based boutique fashion house with its lead designers bringing their European experience to Bali’s tropical climate and unique culture, depicting a style of semi-romantic yet androgynously avant-garde femininity. The designers’ collection borrows concepts from 19th century fashion and its aestheticism, creatively using a wide range of fabrics and juxtaposing of opposite vibrant colors as a refining… Continue »
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Beachgold to Launch New Collection Soon

Gorgeous items are coming up soon at Beachgold! They are currently planning to launch their latest collection in the next month, with a lot of lace and some fun prints to grace the playful beach-inspired pieces. Make sure to get updated by following their Instagram (@beachgoldbali) or Facebook (/beachgoldclothing), so you can grab yourself some bargains before the festive season… Continue »
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BLACK N WHITE

Triangl Swimwear bikini top with slipped down Palm swimwear bathing suit Macrame detailed bathing suit from Flook Swimwear for Maidenlove Pleated mini skirt from Lulu Yasmin fashioned as neck piece paired with Triangl Swimwear silver bikini bottom Zip-up bikini top paired with black bottom from Triangl  duck-tape ballet shoes festooned in-situ by stylit Palm Swimwear bathing suit fashioned back to… Continue »
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SOUQ

Souq, a high-end boutique has just opened in Bali with a collection of unique, limited edition clothing and jewellery on display. The collection of clothing varies from swimwear, ready-to-wear, cashmere lounge wear and home wear, to iconic sneakers and trainers which are crafted by talented international designers. The precious and semi-precious pieces from Mianliao are sourced from all over the… Continue »
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GOLD TRAPP

Gold Trapp is a new designer clothing store that has recently opened on Jl. Oberoi, stocking two street wear brands from Melbourne, Tigers Angels and Jaded Fashion. Tigers Angels has a big following in Australia with its specially designed leather leggings worn by many celebrities all over the world. Jaded Fashion is a new brand to hit the fashion scene… Continue »
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KIOSK

Recently founded in June this year, Kiosk showcases and highlights the curated collection of premium items from around the globe. Situated in the famed area of Seminyak, the store is designed in a combination of stone herringbone floors, white washed walls and light wood cabinetry with highlights of copper detailing and soft color palette. They strive to offer a unique… Continue »
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A Dram Style

Photography by Adam Rasyid Park your car in the basement. dress in finery and move up the flight of stairs to a waiting whiskey dram and piano sounds from another era. class is written all over this single malt. Dress Bear by Putu Aliki Ruffle Mini Dress by Angeliqa Wu Dress Full Lace by Putu Aliki Man Halter Jacket, Transparent… Continue »
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Inside La Favela

The darkened corners and haunting nights of after hours and all its delight. Take your place in the house of La Favela and a night of fashion as you find your nocturnal and everlasting passion. Continue »
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Jenja

Elevate the look of your saturday night by stepping into a modern-cut chiffon gown or an ultra-glam leotard. The choice is yours. Continue »

GRILLING UP A feast AT MEJEKAWI

Kudeta Executive chef, Benjamin Cross has been experimenting with the wood-fired grill at Mejekawi restaurant, and is loving the results. The grill, which is adjustable to the flame on a pulley system, being risen and lowered depending on how much heat is required, was imported from American producers, Grillworks and has been used for multiple purposes and multiple dishes since… Continue »
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Kitchen Sessions Head East

Kitchen Sessions with Will Meyrick are always a fun culinary experience. This time media guests were invited to taste new delicacies at Will’s premier outlet, Sarong, which continues to be as popular as ever in Petitenget, Bali. Will invites guests to try his new dishes after travelling to new destinations and on this occasion East Java was the focus. Meyrick… Continue »
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What is the meaning of BOW ?

Text: David Trauts. Photos Sulthon Bow restaurant is a novelty, a little quirky, but by no means a theme park. It is a restaurant with heart and taste and in spades, which means loads of it. You may not find the best service, matching crockery, cutlery or linen of the greatest fine-dining restaurants, but the quality comes in the food…. Continue »
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New Umalas food

  Sandwiched in between permanently Construction-dust-covered Petitenget, and once sleepy but now too-cool-for-school Canggu, Umalas seems to be a hip place to be again! We’ve made a list of new delicious places that won’t let you leave hungry. Words: Masha Larkin It’s the chilled residential vibe, traffic-free roads and an overall feel that life is good that makes Umalas special. Just… Continue »
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Kreol An interview with Annick Le

Creole comes from the sugar cane plantations of the Caribbean via the African slaves, whose language and culture was blended with that of the French, Portuguese, and Indian peoples who had settled there to create a new and distinct culture. Basically Creole is a whole lot of everything mixed with everything else. That being said, home is where the heart… Continue »
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Plataran Dharma wangsa A Refined...

Text by Erza S.T. Photos by M. Ramadhan Home cooking is often seen as comfort food that should stay at home and be eaten amongst family members. However, we are always longing for the comfort that comes from the memory of someone’s mother’s or aunty’s kitchen. A recently open Indonesian restaurant called Plataran Dharmawangsa is trying to capture that essence… Continue »
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A Sunday Brunch in Bangkok

Text by Thomas Jones Living in Bali, it is a treat to get out and visit Bangkok once in a while for a long weekend of parties, good friends, great food and a fix of that exoticness that only this Southeast Asian city, in my mind, can deliver. It’s functional, rich in culture, has fantastic food on every corner, and… Continue »
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The Ultimate Kobe

Text by David Trauts Photos by Sulthon Buzzing every single night of the week and managing to turn over tables so many times no-one can keep count, Ultimo restaurant in Seminyak is just about to reach a milestone – its unofficial tenth anniversary. Many restaurateurs must stand out the front of Ultimo and scratch their heads as to how this… Continue »
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The Tasty Vegetarian

Jonathan Russell is the guy behind two small but very successful restaurants – the cozy Green Ginger Noodle House in Canggu and The Elephant, a breezy terrace overlooking the Ayung river valley in Ubud. We talked to Jono about his vision of rabbit food and the power of fat. Text by Masha Larkin FRV: You open restaurants that are strictly… Continue »
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Going Local: Locavore Restaurant

Locavore restaurant might be just eight months old, but it’s already not just a famous restaurant – it’s become the latest foodie destination of the whole island. Masha Larkin takes a trip into the world of brand new gastronomy in Ubud. Sitting at the Locavore bar during lunch time is so much fun. First, as there is only about 30… Continue »
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RIVA GRILL BAR TERRACE

Riva is undoubtedly one of the capital city’s most revered restaurants. After a recent renovation, it is ready for a more contemporary crowd. The place looks cool and fresh, and we had the pleasure of visiting it recently. The bar and lounge area are first to greet you as you walk inside, which is the perfect place to meet and… Continue »
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Sake+ The New japanese On The Block

Text by Erza S.T. Photos by Ramadhan Remember when wine was the new black? Or when whiskey was crowned as the new liquor trend for this year? Well guess what, Japanese sake and shochu are coming to take over the crown and the popularity is increasing like the Rising Sun itself! The demand for sake or shochu these days is… Continue »
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PRIME CUTS BRINGING CLASSIC BACK

Text by Erza S.T. Photo by M. Ramadhan After quite a few years of bistro movement in Jakarta, it is quite refreshing to see the revival of the classics. Aside from the French cuisine movement, we are finally seeing the revival of classic steak house concepts in Jakarta. Introducing the newly open Prime Cuts. Located in City Plaza, Prime Cuts… Continue »
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Kaba Kaba

Text by Thomas Jones Images by Christopher Leggett Over the past decade, Bali has developed a reputation for having some of the best holiday villas in the world, not only for their opulence, unique style, architecture and facilities, but also for the Balinese people who staff them – for their levels of service and friendliness are second to none. And… Continue »
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A Different Slice of Paradise

by Thomas Jones I love Candi Dasa for so many reasons. It’s quiet and peaceful, it’s stunningly beautiful, there’s so much nature on the doorstep, there are a couple of really great restaurants, and it’s easy to get out on the water on a fishing boat and go snorkelling. Basically it’s a little bit of pure paradise. What’s not to… Continue »
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Finding Peace at Ayung Resort Bali

David Trauts books a weekend away in Ubud and finds a very special hideaway indeed. Ayung Resort is a special place on the high reaches of the Ayung River north of Ubud. It is special for a number of reasons; the lush tropical vegetation and large trees standing on the slopes down to the passing river, the refurbished luxury joglo… Continue »
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Sun, Sea & Sky Revisited

It’s been a good year for the brilliantly designed and conceptualised 4S@Seminyak villas. So Good, in fact that FRV stopped by for another look see. Not only have Villas Sun and Sea been more popular than ever with bookings coming in thick and fast from holidaymakers wanting to enjoy the convenience and style of some of the most exciting and… Continue »
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Candidasa As Little Or As Much As You...

Text by: Thomas Jones Coming to Bali and wanting to avoid the busy south, we booked five nights in Candi Dasa at the very tasty Villa Oceana and had planned very little for our stay, preferring to let the days unfold as they would according to how we felt at the time. The lack of planning proved to be a… Continue »
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Elegantly Modern

Images by Scott Goldsbury With an increasingly savvy and demanding villa audience now arriving on the shores of Bali, villa owners and their architects have to keep one step ahead if they want to stand out from the crowd. While having all the facilities on God’s green earth available to enchant and entertain there is still a strong need for… Continue »
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Semara Luxury Villas

Bali’s finest cliff top accommodation is within your reach With magnificent panoramic ocean views and seven unique, oversized, and architecturally refined five-bedroom villas nestled into 7.5 acres of perfectly manicured tropical gardens, Semara Luxury Villa resort is very much a place to take your breath away. Each villa is an exclusive haven of privacy with 30 metres of cliff frontage… Continue »
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SESEH BEACH VILLA

Complemented by sophisticated facilities, caring staff and superb service, the five-bedroom Seseh Beach Villa offers a lovely setting for weddings and events, and is great for families and groups of friends who are looking for a luxurious out-of-town escape. Resting upon 2,000 square metres of land overlooking the sea and separated from the beach only by a small river, a… Continue »
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Falling in Love

Villa on the Rocks, Phuket After a good night’s sleep (we arrived after a long flight the night before), and while wife and friends were still sleeping, I opened the doors of our bedroom pavilion to see the sun coming through the soft purple clouds. I heard the sound of birds and running water from a huge koi pond in… Continue »
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Sweet As Villa Manis

Looking out over the lush neighbouring rice fields and out to the sea in the sleepy rural village of Pererenan just north of Canggu on Bali’s southwest coast, it’s not hard to see how the owners of Villa Manis came to fall in love with the area and build their dream home on this spot. Continue »
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Five Minutes to the Beach

Welcome to Bali’s Villa Shinta Dewi, where tropical living is the theme. Semi-alfresco living and dining spaces, and four air-conditioned bedrooms situated around an 11-metre swimming pool and a charming flower-filled garden has to be the perfect site to greet after a long haul flight and arrival to Bali. Continue »
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Paradise Over Blue Waters

Surrounded by swaying coconut palms and sitting right on the water’s edge near the peaceful and serene seaside village of Candi Dasa, the brand-new and luxurious, four-bedroom Tirta Nila beach house is all about extreme comfort, effortless service and good taste, all wrapped up in an absolutely breathtaking location. Continue »
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Pandawa Paradise

High above one of The Bukit’s most beautiful beaches, set in grand gardens and with ocean views to die for, is a big, bold and beautiful new secret. Continue »
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The Game Changer IN Business Class

What is the latest trend up in the air? Ve Handojo found all the answers in a trendsetting flight with Qatar Airways. A long transit is never good news, especially in the middle of the night. Flying Qatar Airways from Jakarta to Zürich means no less than six hours of transit in Hamad International Aiport, Doha, yet, the lure of… Continue »
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48 Hours in Central Vietnam

Text by Will Meyrick I was heading to Hoi An, Central Vietnam, a beautifully preserved UNESCO city situated at the mouth of the Thu Bon River that gives visitors the best of all worlds, rural pastures, shady beaches, elegant nightlife and a buzzing market scene, but first I was to spend five hours in Nha Trang to connect to the… Continue »
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Nihiwatu An Adventure to The Edge of...

Sun, sea and beaches are common features that you will find in an archipelago country like Indonesia, where over 17,000 islands are offering more or less the same. However each island offers something different in way of life, culture and also tradition, making it interesting to discover. Text by Erza ST On my recent trip to Nihiwatu resort on Sumba… Continue »
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The Timeless Luxury of Zermatt

Snowy mountains, fresh air, good food, friendly faces – these are elements of a perfect holiday that stand the test of time. Ve Handojo found them all in perfect harmony, visiting Zermatt in Switzerland. Text and Pictures by Ve Handojo As we got off the train from Zürich after a three-hour ride, our hotel staff approached us and said that… Continue »
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A Different Side to the Spice Islands

By Thomas Jones The Banda Islands are without superlative, a paradise on earth. Covered in coconut palms, nutmeg plantations, , jungle, giant rainforest trees, coral reefs, blue skies, crystal clear waters, and colourful villages filled with happy smiling people, they even have their own, genuine smoking volcanic island towering overhead. Daniel Dafoe’s robinson crusoe couldn’t have designed it better himself…. Continue »
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Conquering Mt. Rinjani one step at a...

Majestic Mount Rinjani dominates North Lombok, reaching into the sky at a dizzying 3,726 meters. The volcano is still active with at least 16 recorded eruptions in the 20th century. Its dazzling cobalt-blue crater lake is one of the greatest sights you will ever see, and the climb to its summit is also one of the toughest you will ever… Continue »
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From Krabi and Hua Hin Beaches Wedding...

Thailand might be close to Indonesia, but my plan to go there wasn’t having any success. Luckily, this situation finally changed when my best friends Els and Rune decided to tie the knot in Krabi. It was definitely the solid reason that I needed in order to get there for the first time. Thus my trip to Thailand finally happened!… Continue »
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48 Hours in Siem Reap

Text by Will Meyrick The fact that 48 hours is possible in Siem Reap is testament to the tenacity of a town, that when I first saw it 15 years ago, and again with my brother about ten years later, was a dusty ‘cowboy’ town emerging slowly from a ghastly occupation. It was pretty loose back then too, my brother… Continue »
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Close Encounters of the Ape Kind

A trip to the jungles of Northern Sumatra literally puts travellers in touch with the men of the forest. Text By Marco Ferrarese Pictures by Chan Kit Yeng “Please hold still. Don’t move.” Our guide Ricky, the Indonesian version of a Rastafarian with dense knots of hair reaching down to his lower back, hushes in the direction of the jungle…. Continue »
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MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS

Text by Thomas Jones You don’t have to go far in Bali to find a boat to take you out for a day on the water. They are everywhere and in all incarnations from wooden outrigger canoes to hulking catamarans designed for the masses. But when you want to lap it up in style and comfort, there is one company… Continue »
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KANSAI THE LAND OF FOOD & SHOPPING

Text & Photos David Trauts The Kansai region, japan, which is also locally called Kinki, is an Important historical, political and economical region of Southern Japan. Osaka is the third largest city in the country and the largest city of Kansai. Osaka city makes up part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area, sprawling between Kyoto, Kobe and the Osaka plain and… Continue »
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Quirky Sides of Europe

Text and Photos by Erza S.T. Sometimes traveling can be quite tiring if you only visit the mainstream destinations, and in high season most popular tourism spots usually have long queues everywhere you go. For some attractions, you even have to book the ticket online in advance. On my last trip to Europe, I found some alternative spots that were… Continue »
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48 Hours Destination Burma

Text by Will Meyrick Burma: Myanmar, the country has such a mystique to it, spreading over five geographically diverse areas it has the most incredible culture and history, for years hidden behind a veil of secrecy. When the opportunity came to visit I was really prepared for everything, and yet nothing at all. From all reports the food was nothing… Continue »

GRAND HYATT ERAWAN AN INSTITUTION OF GREATNESS

by Erza S.T. “Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is not your usual luxury business hotel. This one is certainly in a class of its own.” Life as a travel journalist can be quite repetitive and uninspiring at times. We go in and out of hotels with a suitcase through countless countries and acknowledge the courteous “hotel” smiles from the porter to… Continue »
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Oasis in the City

What better way to celebrate a birthday with the family than staying and exploring a new oasis in the city? Located in the city’s most prominent address, Menteng in Central Jakarta, Hermitage Hotel lays dead center in the midst of luxurious homes, diplomatic residences, and close proximity to Jakarta’s golden business triangle: Kuningan, Sudirman and Thamrin. First and foremost, Hermitage… Continue »
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Siam Kempinski Hotel: A Resort in the...

David Trauts heads to the City of Angels at a time that many wouldn’t, but the flights were so cheap who could resist? Continue »
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Rimba Birthday Escape

Rimba is a new five-star resort on the Bukit. It sits inland from its sister resort, Ayana, and while it’s sited on the same enormous 77-hectare piece of land, which commands Jimbaran Bay, Rimba overlooks the forest, not the sea. Rimba means forest in Indonesian and that’s exactly what surrounds this luxurious resort; lots of trees. However, don’t fret; water is everywhere to keep you cool on your Bali holiday. Continue »
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Thomas Jones Spends a Very Splendid...

There’s something about marble that stands up and calmly whispers “sophisticated” every time you see it, and save for the Indonesian Presidential Palace down the road, The Grand Hyatt Jakarta must have the most sophistication in the country. Continue »
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Don’t Look Down. Look Across

The Westin Singapore in the city’s commercial area is also Singapore’s highest hotel, giving “room with a view” and “elevated senses” a whole new meaning Continue »
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Paradise Found: Palagama Beach

Jo Frearson takes FRV Travel readers to Sri Lanka and finds paradise at Palagama Beach, a sleepy seaside hideaway on the island’s west coast. Continue »
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Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur: The Fan...

VE HANDOJO was never been the biggest fan of Kuala Lumpur, until he overstayed in the fan. Continue »
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Jakarta Fan Club

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I’m a fan of the Mandarin Oriental. Not that I’m trying to align myself with the illustrious list of celebrities and uber-talents who say that very line in the hotel’s advertising campaign, I really am a fan of Mandarin Oriental’s Modus Operandi because they are stylish, fresh, super comfortable and always in the best position in town, especially for a weekend shopping trip. Continue »
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Couples, Couples Everywhere and Not a...

At its very essence Banyan Tree Ungasan is a resort for romance. Why do I say that? Because the sleeping arrangements consist of 59 one-bedroom suites, compared to only 11 two-bedroom suites and 3 three-bedroom Presidential Suites. Continue »
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A World of Pure Imagination: Adelphi...

Entering the Adelphi Hotel – supremely positioned in the centre of Melbourne – is like inhaling saltwater taffy. That lingering scent teasingly tickles the nasal passages as the glass doors slide open… Continue »
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High Expectations

Nick Walton EXPERIENCES Beijing’s highest hotel, the China World Summit Wing by Shangri-La, and finds luxury and sophistication alive and well in the Chinese capital. Continue »
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Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort

This new Hyatt Regency resort opened in Phuket’s Kamala last December. It’s brand new and after spending a couple of nights there, I would have to say it’s a top choice for anyone heading to the area for a classy and comfortable escape. Continue »

GRILLING UP A feast AT MEJEKAWI

Kudeta Executive chef, Benjamin Cross has been experimenting with the wood-fired grill at Mejekawi restaurant, and is loving the results. The grill, which is adjustable to the flame on a pulley system, being risen and lowered depending on how much heat is required, was imported from American producers, Grillworks and has been used for multiple purposes and multiple dishes since… Continue »
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Kitchen Sessions Head East

Kitchen Sessions with Will Meyrick are always a fun culinary experience. This time media guests were invited to taste new delicacies at Will’s premier outlet, Sarong, which continues to be as popular as ever in Petitenget, Bali. Will invites guests to try his new dishes after travelling to new destinations and on this occasion East Java was the focus. Meyrick… Continue »
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What is the meaning of BOW ?

Text: David Trauts. Photos Sulthon Bow restaurant is a novelty, a little quirky, but by no means a theme park. It is a restaurant with heart and taste and in spades, which means loads of it. You may not find the best service, matching crockery, cutlery or linen of the greatest fine-dining restaurants, but the quality comes in the food…. Continue »
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New Umalas food

  Sandwiched in between permanently Construction-dust-covered Petitenget, and once sleepy but now too-cool-for-school Canggu, Umalas seems to be a hip place to be again! We’ve made a list of new delicious places that won’t let you leave hungry. Words: Masha Larkin It’s the chilled residential vibe, traffic-free roads and an overall feel that life is good that makes Umalas special. Just… Continue »
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Plataran Dharma wangsa A Refined...

Text by Erza S.T. Photos by M. Ramadhan Home cooking is often seen as comfort food that should stay at home and be eaten amongst family members. However, we are always longing for the comfort that comes from the memory of someone’s mother’s or aunty’s kitchen. A recently open Indonesian restaurant called Plataran Dharmawangsa is trying to capture that essence… Continue »
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What’s going on inside your cheese?

Cheese was once primarily a way to extend the useful life of milk and is is today an integral part of any serious foodie’s diet. It’s also an adventure for some, with some stinking so bad, they would turn the stomach of a starving pig. But, taste aside, what exactly is going on inside there? Each time you slice open… Continue »
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A Sunday Brunch in Bangkok

Text by Thomas Jones Living in Bali, it is a treat to get out and visit Bangkok once in a while for a long weekend of parties, good friends, great food and a fix of that exoticness that only this Southeast Asian city, in my mind, can deliver. It’s functional, rich in culture, has fantastic food on every corner, and… Continue »
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The Tasty Vegetarian

Jonathan Russell is the guy behind two small but very successful restaurants – the cozy Green Ginger Noodle House in Canggu and The Elephant, a breezy terrace overlooking the Ayung river valley in Ubud. We talked to Jono about his vision of rabbit food and the power of fat. Text by Masha Larkin FRV: You open restaurants that are strictly… Continue »
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Canggu Eats

­­­ Text by Masha Mozolevskaya Photos by Sulthon Residents of Canggu rarely leave the area these days since everything is there one may need for happy living. There are cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes – excluding maybe the fancy ones. We took a field trip to the new ‘area to be’ – and to eat – to check… Continue »
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Going Local: Locavore Restaurant

Locavore restaurant might be just eight months old, but it’s already not just a famous restaurant – it’s become the latest foodie destination of the whole island. Masha Larkin takes a trip into the world of brand new gastronomy in Ubud. Sitting at the Locavore bar during lunch time is so much fun. First, as there is only about 30… Continue »
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RIVA GRILL BAR TERRACE

Riva is undoubtedly one of the capital city’s most revered restaurants. After a recent renovation, it is ready for a more contemporary crowd. The place looks cool and fresh, and we had the pleasure of visiting it recently. The bar and lounge area are first to greet you as you walk inside, which is the perfect place to meet and… Continue »
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An Interview With Nathan Waks

From Kilikanoon Australian Winery Of The Year 2013. By Herman Von Bernhardi Hi Nathan, please tell us about yourself . I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, from parents of Polish heritage, and studied music (my first profession) in Sydney, Moscow and Paris. How did you get involved in the world of wines and in particular with Kilikanoon winery?… Continue »
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Sake+ The New japanese On The Block

Text by Erza S.T. Photos by Ramadhan Remember when wine was the new black? Or when whiskey was crowned as the new liquor trend for this year? Well guess what, Japanese sake and shochu are coming to take over the crown and the popularity is increasing like the Rising Sun itself! The demand for sake or shochu these days is… Continue »
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Giving Back

When people think of the Canggu Club, the first thoughts are often socializing expats, waterparks and sports, but what may not be so well known is that behind the scene they are relentless in their efforts to raise money for the charitable organisations such as Solemen and the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage, who work closely with the less fortunate members of… Continue »
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Indonesia Air Asia Extra takes off for...

Indonesia Air Asia Extra launched their new direct flight from Bali to Melbourne at a presentation at The Stones bar and restaurant in Kuta last month and the first flight takes off to Melbourne on Boxing Day, December 26, 2014. According to representatives at the launch, the Bali – Melbourne route was introduced to accommodate the surging demand for flights… Continue »
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MOZAIC DINNER

A CHRISTMAS TRIP TO TRUFFLE HEAVEN ‘Tis the season to be splurging, so head on down to Mozaic Beachclub on Saturday, December 6th for their 5th Annual White Truffle Dinner, their highly anticipated feast of hand-picked white truffles which are collected from the sun-kissed hills of Beni Di Batasiolo estate in Northern Italy and flown express to Bali for the… Continue »
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Prawn Cocktail | Chez Gado Gado

Another great Bali lunch choice is down at Seminyak Beach’s Chez Gado Gado restaurant. The prawn cocktail with Chef Quib’s secret spicy cocktail sauce and a mountain of juicy prawns mixed in a bed of finely sliced salad has been a long time favourite. Combine that with the asparagus with nicoise vinaigrette under slices of Parmesan cheese, which is also… Continue »
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METIS NEW CHEF

MÉTIS Restaurant, Lounge and Gallery in Seminyak, Bali, has a new executive chef; a Semarang native, Desyanto Nugroho, is a man with over 20 years experience in the kitchen who told FRV recently that he relishes the opportunity to help take the iconic Petitenget restaurant to new heights of culinary excellence. Besides working in top restaurants he also won the… Continue »
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WATERFALL BAY VILLA

Set on a lush hillside just minutes away from Kamala Beach, the five-bedroom Waterfall Bay Villa is a tranquil sea-view escape. Restore your senses in this tropical holiday home complete with a swimming pool, spa room, cinema room and elaborate bedroom suites. Fully staffed, including private chef and driver. www.onewaterfallbay.com Continue »
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HUJAN LOCALE POURS IN UBUD

The Sarong Group has done it again and has opened its latest restaurant Hujan Locale up in the hub of Bali’s cultural and arts world, Ubud. A twist on traditional Indonesian food, Hujan serves a combination of dishes found in the backstreet kitchens of southeast Asia, focusing on slow grassroot’s cooking. Incorporating Will’s Scottish background and love of Asian cuisine,… Continue »
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What’s on the table for Christmas?

The Christmas tables will be fair heaving with goodies and treats from Santa’s hamper this December 25, with Bali’s best restaurants pulling out all the stops to create a cracker of a day for all those who hate the idea of cooking at home. KuDeTa  has a four-course feast in its restaurant with turkey, smoked Danish ham, Moroccan grilled sword… Continue »
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NIKKI BEACH MAKES ITS DEBUT IN BALI

If anyone didn’t notice, Nikki Beach Bali is now open. It’s the brand’s 12th permanent beach club and restaurant location in the world and located on the beach at the 5-star Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort. Nikki Beach Bali is a multifaceted, picture-perfect beachfront venue with stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Adorned with plush, all-white sun beds… Continue »
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The Barbershop Renaissance

The new Barber shop craze has been finding a lot of traction around Indonesia in the past year. They are the new cool for upwardly mobile gents of the modern age, so FRV took the opportunity to speak with Laurentino Tian, a man up to his proverbial pomaded quiff in the business about what this retro new hair styling is… Continue »
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The Game Changer IN Business Class

What is the latest trend up in the air? Ve Handojo found all the answers in a trendsetting flight with Qatar Airways. A long transit is never good news, especially in the middle of the night. Flying Qatar Airways from Jakarta to Zürich means no less than six hours of transit in Hamad International Aiport, Doha, yet, the lure of… Continue »
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Austrian wines a wine connoisseur’s...

TEXT BY Herman von Bernhardi Austrian wine is one of the most interesting happenings for wine connoisseurs around the world right now, and in Indonesia, especially Bali and Jakarta, this trend is not the exception. Most amateur wine drinkers don’t know that Austria makes excellent dry white wines like riesling and its native grüner veltliner, and while their whites get… Continue »
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The Rumba Bar: Andrea Agelone

Closing the Watercress party, kind of being handed the broom, I got the hint. Al dressed up and where to go? Movin and a groovin turning on tO Jl. Oberio towards Jl. Legian. I spied a crowd on the turnoff to Sunset Road, why not, I was in for quite a surprise. Let the story begin. Andrea Angelone, I come… Continue »

The Barbershop Renaissance

The new Barber shop craze has been finding a lot of traction around Indonesia in the past year. They are the new cool for upwardly mobile gents of the modern age, so FRV took the opportunity to speak with Laurentino Tian, a man up to his proverbial pomaded quiff in the business about what this retro new hair styling is… Continue »
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The Rumba Bar: Andrea Agelone

Closing the Watercress party, kind of being handed the broom, I got the hint. Al dressed up and where to go? Movin and a groovin turning on tO Jl. Oberio towards Jl. Legian. I spied a crowd on the turnoff to Sunset Road, why not, I was in for quite a surprise. Let the story begin. Andrea Angelone, I come… Continue »
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Penny Wen Art is Energy and Progress

PENNY WEN, MODEL, ENTREPRENEUR, ART COLLECTOR AND NOW TURNING THE ART MARKET UPSIDE DOWN AS WE KNOW IT. S.B You’re on. P.W. Penny Wen, I’m born in Indonesia, but moved to Singapore when I was a little girl, older now, (Laughter), forty five and married. S.B. So here we are at the W Retreat Bali with a first of its… Continue »
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Family Love – The Artwork Of Iman...

“Women are a never-ending inspiration for my work,” says artist, Iman Ritma, “they have so much strength and so much love to give, and that is why I really admire women and why I love to paint them.” Born in Denpasar to a Balinese mother and a Sumatran father, Iman has spent most of his life in Bali and considers… Continue »
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THE TRADITIONAL & SYMBOLIC ARTWORK...

Text by Rachel Love InterContinental Bali Resort captures the spirit of the island through an astonishing collection of intricately carved statuary, bas-relief tableaux, plaques, panels and artwork depicting trees, flowers, birds, beasts, heraldic winged lions and protective guardians drawn from the natural and mythical world of the Balinese Hindu heritage. Not only is this an exceptional luxury resort, it is… Continue »
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CHAMPIONING ASIAN FOOD

Darwin chef Jimmy Shu talks to Ian Neubauer about his life-long mission to spice up Australia’s restaurant scene. In the early 1990s, Jimmy Shu, a Sri Lankan-born restaurateur of Chinese heritage flew to Darwin in search of the elusive Silver Barramundi – a farmed species of fish renowned for its salty flavour and firm, fleshy meat. Shu found his fish… Continue »
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Menno Verhaar Gado Gado’s new...

For this edition of FRV Herman von Bernardi pays a visit to one of his favourite restaurants in Bali to meet their new Sommelier, Dutch-born Menno Varhaar, to talk about wines and his first impressions about working on the island. Please tell us about yourself. I was born and raised in The Hague, the southwestern part of Holland, my mother… Continue »
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Nina Hadinata in the warehouse

warehouse: do things without worrying about how many people are coming and giving a platform for people to do what they want These days Bali has been booming and has gone wild with openings of restaurants and night clubs in every direction, not to mention the influx of creativity that this Island of the Gods has to offer. Artists of… Continue »
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CELEBRATING WOMEN, NATURE, AND ...

THE ARTWORK OF SUGITA Balinese artist Dewa Made Sugita grew up in a family of artists. His father is a painter – but in the traditional way. Sugita wanted to be different. Text by Rachel Love Inspired by the Balinese philosophy of ‘Tri Hita Karana’ – which holds that happiness and prosperity can only be attained if all human beings… Continue »
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An Interview with an Artist: Mersuka...

Mersuka Dopazo’s paintings are portraits of the world, its people and their emotions. Resident in Bali, the Spanish-born artist creates expressions of reality, which have emerged from her multiple travels and become intertwined with her own life and personal experiences. Mersuka’s collaboration with artist Teresa Calderon, meanwhile, produces boisterous and cheerful works, suggesting a celebration of imagination, fantasy and spontaneity. Continue »
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Petty Elliott on Modernizing Indonesian...

A journey of life may not always fall into where we want it to go; nevertheless, it can bring you to a dimension that is just totally new. To Petty Pandean Elliott, this is exactly what happened. To be a great cook and a chef was never in her life’s agenda when she was working in the advertising world, but… Continue »
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The Visual Vocabulary of Pintor Sirait

He was planning to be a clinical psychologist but a sudden and dramatic change in career-path led Pintor Sirait to become one of Indonesia’s most highly-acclaimed sculptors. Continue »
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Irra Malik: The Value I Will Never...

Experienced hotelier Irra Malik recently appointed General Manager of Alila Villas Soori. When we talk about “experience”, that includes giving a luxurious bath to a chihuahua. Continue »