Archive for the ‘Indonesia’ Category

NEW SPOT: BAMBU RESTAURANT JAKARTA

February 8, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. To eat some Japanese noodles.
  2. To make some pictures of the genius bambu construction.
  3. If you’re in Jakarta you can’t miss it.

No website, the restaurant is located at Tanjung Duren Utara.

(Images via Archdaily – a great architecture site)

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LIKE TO HAVE: DRESS of STATE OF GEORGIA

June 15, 2010

UNFORTUNATELY THIS HOTSPOT HAS CLOSED IT’S DOORS

Most striking feature:

The perfect place to buy a cute dress for a huge party. The brand is from Australia, but has recently opened a shop in Seminyak. I’ve bought this dress for only 40 euro.

No website, only on Facebook, located on Jalan Laksmana

TRIED & TESTED: NAMMOS BALI

June 14, 2010

Most striking feature:

Your own private beach. Everyone who has been to Bali knows, once you roll out your towel on the beach, beach husselers approach you immediately. If you want a bracelet? Or a massage? Or maybe a sarong? Nammos is situated at the most southern point of Bali and the husselers aren’t aloud to come here. So you can enjoy the beachclub for yourself. The service is superb, just raise the flag next to your bed and they will come to help you. Another plus: the sand is white, the water clearblue. Not a frequently spotted thing on Bali.

Check out: www.karmakandara.com

TRIED & TESTED: YOGABARN BALI

June 14, 2010

Most striking feature:

The newly opened Kush: an ayurvedic beautycenter. Next to the rice fields lies the Yogabarn. A place where you can practice yoga. From Vinyasa to Hatha. And from Forrest Yoga to the cool named Tight White Guy Yoga – for beginners. Well I didn’t follow a yogalesson, but had a treatment in Kush. With an ayurvedic massage (1,5 hour), a facial (1 hour) and a treatment for my feet (30 minutes). What we paid? Only 35 euro. Go try it out by yourself.

Check out: www.yogabarn.com

TRIED & TESTED: ALILA MANGGIS BALI

June 11, 2010


Most striking feature:

The hotel extra’s. It is a beautiful designhotel but what makes it a special location are the extra’s. For example you have a fragrance burner in your room. Around 3 pm every hotel guest can collect a cup of herbal tea with something sweet next to it. And on monday and friday they arrange a free yoga lesson. Of course I joined and with the view of the ocean there isn’t anything more stimulating. Not the smell of stinky socks when you inhale, but the lovely smell of the ocean. The Leisure Concierge takes care of the rest: adventurous daytrips, sportive bicycle rides or joining the cooking school.

Rates from 100 euro a night. Check out: www.alilahotels.com/manggis

TRIED & TESTED: QUNCI VILLAS LOMBOK

June 10, 2010


Most striking feature:

The outside shower. Oh please, I want one as well. Showering outside is one of the things you will like to do everyday, but with the temperatures in Rotterdam I would be freezing to death. Then the outside daybed. When the rain was pouring down quite heavy I kept sitting there reading the Happiness Project from Gretchen Rubin. And I thought this is real happiness: being outside in such a heavenly environment. And then there is the swimming pool, the view of Bali and the biggest mountain on it, the restaurant with the delicious Maluku Fish Curry and the staff that is so friendly you wouldn’t want to leave. A+.

Rates from 70 euro per night. Check out: www.quncivillas.com

TRIED & TESTED: KU DE TA BALI

June 10, 2010

Most striking feature:

Okay, Ku De Ta is widely known and I think that if you go in july and august that it’s full with tourists. I visited in the afternoon and found it a perfect place to unwind. Relaxing music, good food (check this delightful pizza) and the newly opened spa. They gave massages for 15 euro. Try to find a loungebed and order a Mojito Mocktail – a mojito without the alcohol but with pieces of apple. Nice! It’s not the cheapest place in Bali (pizza 12 euro, mocktail 6 euro).

Check out: www.kudeta.net

TRIED & TESTED: THE ROCK BAR BALI

June 9, 2010

Most striking feature:

Uhm, the location. First you wander through a huge but chic hotel and it’s restaurants when you come to a point where a cable car is bringing you downstairs to the Rock Bar. Build on rocks, hanging somewhat over the sea so you see the waves breaking on the other rocks. Come here around 5 pm to catch the beautiful sunset. We’ve tried the Watermelon Martini because it was the cocktail that got you the most refreshing feeling – and we needed that with a temperature around 30 degress. Price of the cocktail: 7,5 euro.

Check out: www.ayanaresort.com

TRIED & TESTED: CAFE BALI

June 9, 2010

Most striking feature:

The Dutch kroketten, vlammetjes and bitterballen on the menu. But that’s not why we go to Bali. So I’ve tried the satay and the salmon pasta. Both tasted good for the 5 euros it costs. Make sure that when you, or your travel companion, are celebrating a birthday you mention the crew about it. When we were enjoying our Mousseaux Chocolate the lights were switched off, the music turned on and the whole crew start dancing and singing. The whole restaurant was laughing out loud.

No website, located on Jalan Laksmana (Oberoi)

TRIED & TESTED: ZUCCHINI BALI

June 8, 2010

Most striking feature:

The perfect breakfast/brunch/lunch atmosphere. An Australian surfdude checks his mail, another woman is working on her Mac (yes, WIFI is included almost in every hotel and restaurant in Bali). The fresh juices are delightful, just as the coffee. And take a look around. Don’t you just feel happy summer vibes coming from every corner?

Jalan Laksmana 49, Seminyak, Bali (no website)