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Sundara – Four Seasons’ latest addition

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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 .

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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 .

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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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Karma Spa

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Karma promotes fun alongside its healthy lifestyle programs. Their relaxation activities that can release detox in our body at the same time include morning yoga, infrared sauna, as well as a body exfoliation session using a combination of salt and seaweed followed with a detoxifying massage that focuses on our lymphatic system and an oxygen facial.

Karma Spa, Jl Villa Kandara, Bj. Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan. Phone (0361) 848-2200, http://www.karmakandara.com


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Como Shambhala Estate

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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, http://www.comohotels.com/comoshambhalaestate


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Pulau Kadidiri – Secret dive paradise

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For diving fanatics, the name Kadidiri Island is a famous leading destination in Indonesia, but it is still little known outside the diving community. Located at the tip of the Gulf of Tomini in Central Sulawesi, Kadidiri is one of the islands in the National Park Togean containing the wealth of the Coral Triangle.

With white sand beaches and amazing glassy water, Kadidiri’s exotic beauty and charm make it one of the most important tourist destinations of the area. Kadidiri is a paradise for divers for its beautiful underwater scenery, rich coral reefs and beautiful marine life. The waters around Kadidiri support more than a thousand species of marine animals, many of which are endangered and protected.

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Togean The islands were formed by volcanic activity, and are covered with dense rainforests, surrounded by ancient coral reef formations. The islands are a very secluded paradise, composed of 56 almost-uninhabited islands that have managed to retain a natural elegance, unspoiled by man. The Togean Archipelago is not easy to achieve, but anyone willing to make the effort will be more than rewarded with everything you would expect from such a difficult-to-reach destination and much more! Ultimate seclusion, endless entertainment, and excellent diving and snorkeling, which may very well be the best found in Indonesia, if not the world.

Located in the Coral Triangle that stretches from the Philippines and East Malaysia through the Indonesian archipelago to East Timor and the Solomon Islands, the Togeans are the only islands in Indonesia, where all the main types of reef can be found in one place: atolls, barrier and fringing reefs.

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The reefs are in excellent condition and maintain an almost impossible abundant marine life. Parrot fish, banner fish, moon fish, starfish, blue striped sea snakes, and spotted stingrays are just some of the species that you may encounter in the ankle-deep waters, only a few meters from the coast. For more experienced divers, eager to further head out to sea, sightings of sea turtles, black-tail barracuda and blue marlin are quite common. If you are patient (or lucky) enough, the scalloped hammerhead can even visit. Another popular dive site is the wreck of an American B24 bomber from World War II. The aircraft is largely intact, and is home to nudibranchs, lionfish, and large schools of jackfish.


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A colorful on toba lake festival

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Some jovial events marked the opening of Lake Toba Festival 2013 last weekend in North Sumatra.

Among those who attended the festivities Tourism and Creative Economy Deputy Minister Sapta Nirwandar, Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa and North Sumatra Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho.

The event is intended to bring more exposure to the lake which is one of the largest in the world, and shows the highlights of traditional and recreational activities in the region.

During the festival, held competitions including the World Drum Festival, a paragliding competition and a singing competition.

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Apart from these competitions, the festival will also be an exhibition of traditional games and diverse heritage workshops.

Visitors have access to them all free.

The festival is held on the island of Samosir, the land mass in the middle of the lake, from September 8 to September 14

The festival was previously known as Pesta Lake Toba (Feast of Lake Toba), but changed its name to Lake Toba Festival as this time it is said to be larger in size and aims to strengthen its reputation as an annual international event.


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AirAsia now links Makassar to Singapore

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Low-cost carrier Indonesia AirAsia (IAA) now serves international tourists, especially Singaporean, who want to travel to the eastern part of Indonesia with a route Makassar to Singapore.

The launch of the new route was revealed by CEO Dharmadi in a release that Travel to The Jakarta Post on Monday.

“Makassar and Singapore are now connected within two and a half hours. We are proud to connect eastern Indonesia, Singapore,” he said.

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The IAA will serve flights Singapore to Makassar route with AirAsia’s new Airbus A320, which has 180 seats. The route will be effective from July 1, with four flights a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The Makassar – Singapore route is the second international route IAA in Makassar has opened up previously it had opened the Makassar – Kuala Lumpur route.

Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, has beautiful marine tourist destinations, including world class dive sites, not to mention unique culinary destinations where. Various delicacies Makassar is also a host to Trans Studio, the first indoor theme park in Southeast Asia.

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Medical treatment for tourism in bali as a new trend

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While many can go in detail about their experience of surfing and sunbathing in Bali, there is a variety of travelers whose stories about the island’s face lifts and tooth repairs.

Medical tourism is an ongoing global trend that people are willing to travel great distances or look for a better or cheaper medical treatment.

Bali is more the case of value for money when it comes to medical tourism.

“Why choose Bali? It is because of the cheaper price here, and combining it with a holiday, so they have time to recover, people,” said Louise Cogan owner of Cocoon Medical Spa, a modern spa early this year in Legian, Bali established.

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Cogan’s office sets their prices are up to 83 percent cheaper than the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

A full face Cutera laser skin rejuvenation procedure that generally costs U.S. $ 3,000 in the U.S. can be done for $ 500 at Cocoon Medical Spa.

The lower cost of labor and medical goods, combined with the tremendous hospitality facilities on the island, has meant that Bali is rapidly developing medical tourism.

The Bali Indonesia Medika Citra (BMC) hospital in Nusa Dua is a medical facility that provides treatment and vacation packages.

Sun, Sand & Smile program BIMC, for example, the customer BIMC get dental treatment during a one week stay at the Courtyard Hotel, which is owned by the Marriott Hotel chain, all for less than U.S. $ 1,400.

The facilities all claim their doctors and nurses are qualified for this. The training of employees in the Cocoon Medical Spa, for example, was provided by the Academy of Cosmetic Medicine and Science (ACMAS).

Deborah Manning is a native of New South Wales, Australia, who flew to Bali for special treatments at Cocoon Medical Spa. “I’m satisfied. I have four procedures here so far,” said Manning Travel to The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

“Our Australians see Bali as a place that offers value for money. Treatments here would cost three to four times more in Australia,” Manning added.

Customers from various countries have begun to take interest in medical tourism in Bali. “Ninety percent of our customers are foreigners, Australian, French and Russian are where most of them came from,” claimed Cogan.