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Sundara – Four Seasons’ latest addition


In contrast to the shores of Seminyak, Sanur, Nusa Dua, and even the remote Ungasan, Jimbaran is scarce when it comes to stylish beach clubs.

While it is true that the Muaya in Jimbaran area is already full of restaurants , these places do not offer comfortable all day often found at the beach club . This situation is reflected in the long line of people trying to get into the Spa Rock Bar at Ayana Resort .

So , when four seasons closed their dining PJ’s and came up with the new and more elegant version is Sundara , we thought it was a good move because it would certainly fill the gap luxury needs in the field .


Sundara is designed by Koichi Yasuhiro, who also designed the Rock Bar in the same area where these are the one of the best places in Bali .

The hall is divided into several areas , including the main restaurant and mezzanine bar, al fresco dining area , and also the pool .

The sparing use of massive walls means that all these dining rooms offer a generous view of the ocean . Come at noon and you will see a clear view of the sparkling sea , or come late in the afternoon for the scenic sunset .

Food wise, the hotel serves as Jimbaran is known for : fresh seafood . Executive chef cook Greg Bunt has brought the luxury of fine dining at this establishment, which is actually quite laid back in many ways , and the combination works well .


Many places in Jimbaran serving dishes such as mixed seafood and wood-fired pizza, which serves are quite similar to what Sundara . But people often complain of paying too much for too little taste at a dinner in many places in Jimbaran , while Sundara does not seem a place to create such a problem.


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The holistic Fivelements offers a Balinese healing therapy called Tri Kaya Parisudha, which is a Balinese philosophy to cleanse the body and the spiritual side of being by aligning thought, speech and action. Tri Kaya Parisudha is available for 7 Night, 10 Night and 14 Night packages.

Fivelements, Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Bali, Phone (0361) 469-206,

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Como Shambhala Estate


Como Shambhala Estate is a wellness retreat offering a healing experience inside Ubud’s lush forest area. It features different levels of detox fasting, depending on the guests’ condition, and special menus to help cleanse the deep-tissue.

The detox or cleansing programs are available in 3-Night, 5-Night or 7-Night packages.

Como Shambhala Estate, Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar. Phone (0361)978-888,

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4 family guesthouses in Bandung

The guesthouse business is blooming in Bandung as more travelers prefer to experience the city’s local customs and hospitality through convenient and relatively cheap, but good quality, accommodation.

Here are four featured family guesthouses to look at if you are planning to visit the city during this coming holiday season.

1. Neina Family Guesthouse

neina guesthouse

“Neina means great granddaughter. It’s my mother’s nickname,” Herwibowo Toha, the owner and founder of Neina Family Guest House located on Jl. Cigadung Raya Tengah 63, said. He said by naming his guest house Neina, he hoped that it would have a lasting future until his great granddaughter’s time, The guest house was born out of a passion for design. Herwibowo, a designer himself, renovated his old family house with simplicity and a maximum use of natural daylight and space in mind. A stay at Neina Family Guest House’s with four rooms each accommodating a maximum of eight persons is Rp 700,000 per week night. The price includes a choice of traditional Indonesian or American breakfasts.

2. Rumah Teuku Umar

Rumah teuku umar bandung

Gemala Rifa, the guesthouse owner, said that the guesthouse had been open since 2010, while previously the house belonged to his family. “We only rent the whole house [to a single customer] and then it will be up to them how many rooms they are going to rent,” she said adding that the guesthouse had four rooms which could accommodate up to four persons, nearby there are many cafes, restaurants and factory outlets. Yet the place still felt relaxing despite its central location. Rumah Teuku Umar is an ideal place to stay, especially, if you travel in large groups such as with family or friends as well as for private or corporate events, The rent starts from Rp 2,500,000 (US$251.46) per week night for three rooms and this includes free breakfast, housekeeper, and ready-to-use modern kitchen set.

3. Selaras Guesthouse


This guesthouse was also a family house which was then turned into a guesthouse, Tri Adi Pasha, a spokeperson for the guesthouse management, said that this family business was started in 2008 when his brother Wibisono Sjarif came up with the initiative, A while later the 1,500 square-meter family house was turned into a business starting as a restaurant then a guesthouse, This guesthouse provides complete facilities including a children’s play room called the Hom Pim Pa room which in its construction process involved local wood craftsmen.