Enjoy Indonesian Heritage in Your Bali Holiday

Indonesia is country which rich unique culture & tradition. Such as the dances, traditional music, handcrafts, sculptures, houses, etc. Each region has their own specialties; some of unique houses are Jineng from Bali & Joglo from Yogyakarta. They have unique shapes and rich with ornaments & sculptures.

The first unique house is Jineng, It is a reice barn structures which usually used by ancient Balinese people to store their rice after the harvest. Now days, Jineng has been transform into unique & comfort resident or villa. One of this unique villa is Villa Raja, a unique villa that honour a bygone age which reflecting the owner’s passion to preserve, share & celebrate the heritage of Indonesia.

Nestled in Canggu, Villa Raja completed with the eclectic four bedrooms villa, 20 meters swimming pool, dedicated staffs and lush garden surrounded by a creek & rice terraces. The core of this villa is the stunning central “Jineng” constructed principally of iron wood which over than 500 years old. And to support the ecological responsibility, Villa Raja use fresh, drinkable water produced by a colloidal silver purification plant. This system has ensuring that water from all taps & showers are purified and safe to drink.

The master bedroom, furnished with antique carved bed head displaying classical Balinese cloth paintings. Complete with an open air rain shower, patterned with dazzling mosaic. The entrance made of huge doorframe of “fantastic mythological creature” which carved out of an ancient. At night, these softly -lit murals come to life, it is like spending the night in the magnificent art gallery. These villas also provide a fun treat for kids. They will love the eight meters waterslide created by the builders of Bali’s famous waterboom in the pool.

The second unique house is “Joglo” from Yogyakarta in central Java. “Joglo” is the traditional residence of the Indonesian aristocracy in central Java. Which proudly presented by Khayangan Estate, in these villa the joglos have been lovingly restored & refitted for comfort & luxury with solid recycled teak floors, glass trough walls, impressive antique doors and furniture’s which designed for soft contemporary furnishing & comfort. The joglos are arranged in a semi circle to emulate the feeling of a traditional Javanese village with feature ornate & ancient carved ceiling.

Khayangan Estate located adjacent to Bulgari Resort at Uluwatu, these boutique hotel set on the cliff front land with 100 meters absolute cliff front providing luxury accommodation in individual, fully air-conditioned suites, spa, 2 swimming pools overlooking to the crystal ocean, 24 hours driver, butler service, gym, tennis court, business centre, WiFi internet, white sandy beach, beautiful lawn & garden. The lawn itself is able to cater up to 200 peoples who are perfect for wedding, parties or any other event.

It is a great opportunity to experience the rich heritage of Indonesia and enjoy the luxury comfort while you are in Bali. Which represent by two unique villas above.

The Essential and Complete Bali Travel Checklist

The essential and complete Bali travel checklist

Passports, Tickets and Visas

If you carry a Singapore, Malaysian, Philippines, Thai, Vietnam, Chile, HK, Macao, Brunei, Morocco or Peru you will not need a visa to enter Bali.

For all other passport holders you’ll need USD$25 on arrival (valid for 30 days, and extendable) to pay for your visa on arrival. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia, and you must have proof of onward passage (either return or through tickets).

When leaving Bali, you’ll have to pay a departure tax of 150,000Rp per person at the airport. You pay this in rupiah not US currency. Put this money aside and don’t spend it on shopping!

Pro Tip: If you want to avoid the queues and baggage collecting – use The Bali Concierge airport service for a VIP pickup experience. For USD$50 they will escort you from your arrival gate, handle all the visa stuff and put your bags through immigration – all while you wait at the bar and enjoy snacks.

Travel Insurance

Insurance when traveling anywhere is a must. Especially somewhere like Bali, where you are likely to do outdoor activities, ride scooters and get in the surf. You don’t want to be stuck without insurance. We recommend using a reputable insurance company, such as Zuji, who is underwritten by Allianz.

Drugs

Don’t even try Indonesia is very strict with drug laws, and even has the death penalty for drug trafficking. There are plain clothes police that also patrol the streets looking for sellers and users. Basically, don’t even try – else you’ll end up like the Bali 9 or Schapelle Corby.

Credit Cards

Bring em but be careful It’s always good to have a credit card with you when traveling, especially for those unexpected expenses. Remember to notify your credit card company that you are traveling, and give them your overseas contact details – otherwise they may cancel or suspend your card under suspicion of fraud. When using credit cards in Bali, make sure its only on legitimate looking credit card machines – be wary of devices that ‘skim’ and steal your card information. Avoid places that use the old type manual carbon copy units – any decent place should have a electronic unit. Rule of thumb: If you are not sure, just use cash.

Staying Healthy and avoiding “Bali Belly”

Indonesia is a developing nation and as such does not have the same level of sanitation and health care standards which we come to expect in developed nations. It’s recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Flu. It’s best to consult your local doctor about vaccinations. The water in Bali is not recommended for drinking, so to avoid the infamous “bali belly” stick to bottled water. If you want to be extra careful, use your bottled water for brushing your teeth as well. Avoid ice in drinks from food stalls and small warungs (eatery). But ice from the convenience store or from a bar should be okay.

Alcohol and Drinks

Alcohol can be quite expensive Other than the locally made Bintang Beer (similar to and owned by Heineken) which is refreshingly Delicious and dirt cheap, and the horrible hangover inducing Arak, most alcohol is very expensive in Bali. This is supposedly due to the ‘moral’ tax put on by the Indonesian government. Eg. A bottle of Smirnoff Vodka can cost us to 500,000rp (About USD$55). So it’s a popular option to bring in your own duty free alcohol. Indonesian law allows up to 1L per person, which is not a lot. If you choose to bring more and get caught you will have to surrender it or pay a, *ahem*, “fine” of anything from 20,000rp to 100,000rp and you will be able to keep your alcohol.

Getting Around

The best way to get around Bali, if you are not game on driving/riding your own vehicle is taxi and car+driver services. Taxi’s are inexpensive (ie a metered taxi for a 45min ride is less than USD$7), see the bottom of this post for Taxi companies. Make sure the taxi is metered and starts at 5,000rp. You can also get car+driver services from about starting from USD$35 for a whole day – it would be recommended to tip the driver at the end of the day.

Mobile Phones and Wifi

Your own phone will probably be able to global roam on Indonesian networks, but it can be very expensive to make and receive calls. The best thing to do is purchase a local prepay sim card (like SimPati or 3) and pop it in your phone – you will then enjoy the low local rates. iPhones and Blackberry work but you’ll have to get a SIM card that has internet data. It’s easier to stick to the free wifi available at many cafes and bars.

Electricity plugs

In Indonesia they use 220V, 50 Cycle and the plugs are dual round prongs of the European variety. Adapters are available at some hotels OR can be purchased at Matahari’s ( supermarket ) for around 35,000 Rp.

Tipping is good karma

Tipping There will sometimes be a service charge tacked onto your restaurant bill. It is not compulsory, but it is good practice to tip your hotel porters, masseuses, maids and any other staff during your stay. It doesn’t have to be much – but you will ensure you will be looked after, and it would be greatly appreciated by the staff who only earn the equivalent of a few dollars a day.

Other Stuff

Sunscreen and moisturizer is expensive for some reason in Bali, bring your favorites from home. Condoms in Indonesia are not the best quality, it’d be safer and wiser to bring some of your own. Imodium (diarrhea medication) is worth keeping with you, you can buy them at any pharmacy (called apotik in Indonesian) in case of the infamous “bali belly”.

5 Star Amenities In A Rugged Spot For A Relaxing Vacation

While some people enjoy vacationing in all the hot spots of the world where their time away from home is like one giant party filled with exciting things to see and do and enjoy staying in elegant hotels or private villas with all the mod cons, other people enjoy those quiet vacations where they can simply relax and soak up the sun and explore places off the beaten track and those quiet B and B’s or small budget hotels. Still others love a combination of the two, enjoy those elegant private villa surroundings and the quiet ruggedness of being off the beaten track. However, finding a combination of a quiet spot to vacation and the elegant living of a 5 star resort all in one place isn’t always easy. That is what makes Bali’s Bukit peninsula such a welcome change for many people.

Imagine: a beautiful limestone peninsula with rugged cliffs overlooking the ocean, mountains in the distance, spectacular beaches, and a quiet relaxed way of life. Where the most exciting activities of any day is taking a motorbike to the beach and watching the surfers challenge those big waves, or taking a quiet swim and looking for sea shells.

Then choosing to drive along the beaches and exploring the sea caves that date back to prehistoric time or taking the time to visit the quaint little sea temples that dot the peninsula’s coast. Then after a quiet day of exploring, swimming or simply enjoying the beach return to a spectacular villa where you can have a relaxing massage before heading outside to a perfectly appointed table overlooking the ocean where you will enjoy a wonderful meal cooked by a talented chef.

Well, you don’t have to imagine such a holiday. It can be yours. The Bukit peninsula is an unspoiled haven where you can relax and enjoy your days. Nightlife is practically nonexistent unless you want to drive 30 to 45 miles so having a comfortable place to stay during the evening is almost a must and what could be better than staying at one of the plush villas this area has to offer.

There are several around but, perhaps the most beautiful and centrally located is the Suluban Cliff Bali. Located between two world class surfing beaches Uluwatu and Padang Padang, and only a ten minute walk from quiet Suluban beach and a 15 minute drive from the Kuta golf course and a 5 minute drive from the Uluwatu temple. This villa has four charming suites that are beautifully appointed and the main villa has a comfortable living area where you can spend time, meet the other guests or simply enjoy a quiet evening. Complete with awesome views from every part of the Villa estate to relaxing spa and pool this Villa has everything to make your stay in the Bukit as luxurious as it is peaceful.

While the Bukit peninsula may not be for everyone those who enjoy a quiet and rugged vacation spot while enjoying the comfort and elegance of a 5 star resort will find this part of Bali a dream come true.