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Delightful Stay – Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta

Set to delight the island of Bali with honest and uncomplicated comfort, Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta offers a resort-style holiday experience complete with the full range of signature urban comforts for which the brand is renowned.

Conveniently located in the heart of the island’s thriving Legian-Kuta neighbourhood, Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta, features 185 contemporary guestrooms, all of which overlook the turquoise waters of the central Lagoon Pool or Junior Pool. Room categories range from a compact 28-square-metre Deluxe Room through to spacious 55-square-metre Suites, with interconnecting options that are perfect for families.

The striking interiors of the resort are the result of a collaboration with award-winning Moroccan interior designer and decorator Zohra Boukhari. Drawing inspiration from her native country and her experience throughout Asia, she has created a timeless ambience that pays homage to her roots as well as Balinese culture.

The signature all-day dining restaurant, The Eatery, boasts a wood-fired pizza oven for an authentic dining experience, while the lobby bar, Wrapped, is where you can find gelato, good coffee and wines. Enjoy cocktails and the poolside menu while catching the sunset at Vertigo rooftop pool and swim-up bar. The Best Brew highlights the brand’s signature Best Brews™ programme, showcasing the best regional craft beers on the island and BBQ programs.

Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta features a large, well-equipped Kids Club and the supervised Junior Pool to complete the family-friendly experience. True to the Four Points brand’s promise of providing the essentials that matter most, the hotel features complimentary wireless internet access in all public spaces, daily bottled water, USB power port plugs and a signature breakfast with freshly brewed coffee.

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New Urban Legian – Bali, Indonesia

Looking for a place to stay in Bali, look no other than The ONE Legian. We give you three reasons you should stay at The ONE Legian.

The ONE Legian, which previously operated under the name The 101 Bali Legian, is a four-star hotel and one- stop Kuta-Legian lifestyle experience in the island’s most dynamic district. The name ONE Legian represents a modern Bali village in the heart of Legian, where a dynamic modern lifestyle meets the Balinese Hindu philosophy Tri Hita Karana, or the “three causes of well-being,” which refers to harmonization with nature, people and god.

The ONE Legian is ideally located and offers supreme convenience for guests. The hotel is ideally situated in the midst of tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, shopping mall and souvenir shops, all of which are within easy walking distance. The ONE Legian is just 15 minutes from the world-famous Kuta Beach, and you can reach some of the island’s most popular shopping spots and nightlife destinations by foot.

For smart travellers, The ONE Legian is absolutely competitive in terms of rates, facilities and services. In total the hotel has 177 Superior Rooms and 124 Deluxe Rooms. All guest rooms provide standard facilities and amenities. The ONE Legian offers some of Bali’s best dining experiences at the al fresco De Basilico Kitchen and Bar, and The Deck.

Staff members always serve guests with the best of Balinese hospitality, greeting guests with warm and welcoming smiles from the moment they enter The ONE Legian. Every guest will feel at home and will want to extend their stay at this truly remarkable hotel.

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Refreshingly Different – ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali

Nestled in the island’s favourite seaside village, ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali adds vibrancy and colour to the area. With a fresh and artsy design, this lively hotel will delight millennial travellers looking for a refreshingly different Bali experience.

Some people want more than just good sleep and food from their holiday. They want to make the most of their holiday, experiencing the culture, values and customs of their destination. At ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali, guests have the chance to immerse themselves in Bali’s unique culture, especially through the arts.

The architecture, design and art at ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali tell a tale derived from and inspired by the shapes, forms and stories of kites from what is famously known as the biggest kite festival in Sanur. This boutique hotel is a canvas showcasing thought-provoking works by some of the most relevant Bali-based contemporary artists of today.

The 89 spacious, art-infused rooms of ARTOTEL Sanur – Bali offer elegance and privacy. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV, safe deposit box, coffee machine and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms have a balcony with a sea or city view.

Catch a sunset at Semawang beach or visit the sacred Blanjong temple located just minutes from the hotel. Or have a great dining experience at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant and street

bar, ROCA, which serves a selection of Indonesian and Western dishes. A rooftop pool and BART (Bar at the Rooftop) are ready to indulge you with a series of innovative cocktails and snacks. For an authentic Balinese pampering experience, visit SMITA Spa and indulge in a combination of exotic herbal products and relaxing treatments. And soothe your mind and body at ARTSPACE, the signature gallery of ARTOTEL.artotel-sanur-1

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East Meets West – Ammi Cepu, Indonesia

Located in the serene Cepu area, Ammi Cepu is a perfect mix of Indonesian charm and colonial style. This beautiful property promises nothing less than an impeccably luxurious stay for every guest.

Charming Cepu

Cepu, a district in Blora, Central Java, is a unique mix of engaging tourist activities, fascinating local culture and off-the-beaten-track tranquillity, topped off by its emergence as an increasingly important player in Indonesia’s oil and gas sector. Visitors can explore the Cepu Forest Railway aboard a classic German steam locomotive, visit Terawang Cave at Todanan and its wondrous collection of stalactites and stalagmites or go trekking on Mount Kendeng. The Cepu Forest Railway is a logging railway that runs through teak plantations along the border between Central and East Java provinces. Along with the Olean sugar mill in Situbondo, East Java (a World Heritage Site candidate), Tasik Madu sugar mill and the rack railway at Ambarawa (both in Central Java), the Cepu Forest Railway is one of the four remaining centres of steam railway heritage in Java. The iconic bridge between Cepu and Gubug Payung on the Cepu Forest Railway is a major attraction for railway enthusiasts.

Stay the Night

Ammi Cepu is gracefully poised as a new landmark in the heart of Cepu, Central Java, Indonesia. Upon arriving at the stunning Ammi Cepu, guests are greeted by the hotel’s colonial exterior, dominated by rich whites and surrounded by beautifully arranged gardens. Elegant chandeliers hang down above the grand lobby. Ammi Cepu, the first 5 star property in Samali’s hotel collection, exudes Indonesian charm and colonial elegance. There are 62 spacious guest rooms in total, divided into Deluxe Rooms, Executive Rooms, Ammi Suite and Samali Suite. Ranging from 36 to 144 square metres, each room boasts a king-size bed, floor-to-ceiling windows and modern amenities and entertainment options. The en-suite bathroom features an elegant sunken tub, luxury toiletries and a separate shower. Rooms feature glorious views of the picturesque Cepu surroundings. Guests will experience a comfortable yet refined atmosphere inside the property, with its unique yet elegant, interior design. Leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool for guests to enjoy a rejuvenating plunge and a kids’ pool for families with children.

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Jati Restaurant at Ammi Cepu offers a wide range of unique culinary experiences, ranging from authentic local Cepu fare and traditional Indonesian cuisine to Asian and international specialties, all skilfully prepared by the hotel’s expert chefs in a social and relaxing atmosphere. Jati Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To unwind after a long day of work or play, pay a visit to the comfortable and welcoming Tea Tree Lounge, where a colourful breakfast menu and cool and hot drinks await, severed with unpretentious Javanese hospitality.

Tea Tree Lounge is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Meetings and Events

Ammi Cepu’s conference and meeting rooms are ideal for small to large gatherings. The conference and meeting rooms were specially designed to suit guests’ every need with a meeting concierge and the most modern equipment. From half-day to full-day meetings or more, Ammi Cepu offers quality and immaculate service with a variety of wonderful packages, including the Ammi Petit Rendez-Vous, Ammi Rendez-Vous and Ammi Residentiel Rendez-Vous. Ammi Cepu also offers a wedding venue to celebrate your special day, with a ballroom that can accommodate up to

100 guests. The hotel’s dedicated team can also arrange floral arrangements and food tastings. The Deluxe Wedding Experience and the Ammi Wedding Experience are tailored to create memories that the loving couple will treasure for the rest of their lives.

Ammi Cepu perfectly blends the region’s culture and reflects peace and charm in colonial style, creating a truly mesmerizing East meets West experience.

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A Place to Unwind – MYAMO Beach Lodge

They say the beach can fix anything. That’s why I’m offering you a secluded beach with a view of Mount Rinjani and a private boutique resort to overnight. Feeling better, right?

I’m heading to West Sumbawa for the first time, starting my journey at Lombok International Airport and continuing to Kayangan Harbour for a boat trip to Sumbawa, accompanied by the rolling hills and cool sea breezes. After 90 minutes I arrive at Benete Harbour and then it’s a 30-minute drive to a secluded boutique resort in West Sumbawa called MYAMO Beach Lodge.

Long Journey

We hear a lot about Moyo Island and Kenawa Island. They are beautiful, for sure. But sometimes we need something new. That’s why I’m super excited to get a chance to explore Sumbawa Island for the first time. From Benete Harbour, the closest city is Jereweh, and not too far from the centre of Jereweh is MYAMO Beach Lodge, a place to unwind and enjoy. MYAMO Beach Lodge by Private Sanctuary in West Sumbawa is a brand- new, dreamlike boutique resort located on the most beautiful beach in West Sumbawa. It is a bit of a journey to reach West Sumbawa, but it’s the route to paradise. You know how people say the journey it is more important than the destination? Well, that’s not quite the case when your destination is MYAMO. There is another way to reach the resort. Instead of landing in Lombok and then crossing the island, you can touch down in Sumbawa and then take about a three-hour road trip from Sultan Muhammad Kaharuddin III Airport to the resort.

About the Resort

MYAMO opened in 2016, part of the Private Sanctuary group. MYAMO is beautiful and homey. A natural path leads to a vintage Volkswagen standing near the main door. Entering MYAMO is like visiting your family house or a beach house. The design is minimalist and the dominant colours are white and turquoise.

Just off the lobby is an area that is used for the restaurant and a relaxation room. MYAMO has eight rooms and plans to add more rooms and a pool near the beach. The resort offers Twin and Double Rooms, near the beach. During my stay at MYAMO, I had the chance to experience the Penthouses with a huge shared terrace. My days were filled with extraordinary views of the beach and Mount Rinjani. The room itself is minimalist with lots of whites and wood furniture. The glass door and windows let you fully enjoy the views.

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The resort is one perfect package. Beyond the resort and its glorious beach is a spectacular paradise of natural scenery. When I arrived at the resort in the afternoon, Mount Rinjani was not visible, so I woke up early the next morning to see the new day arrive and admire a mountain revered by many people.

A morning walk along the beach is a peaceful way to start the day at MYAMO. Not too far from the beach, just 10 minutes by boat, is Scar Reef. This is the best spot for a little sightseeing below the water. The underwater views were absolutely beyond my expectations. The reef is spectacular, with caespitose coral, arborescent table coral and brain coral, and schools of fish. MYAMO offers other water sports including surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and diving. You also can join a fishing trip in the bay.

There is also a tour to the waterfall near the resort. It is a 15-minute drive from MYAMO and then a five-minute hike to Jereweh Waterfall, or as the locals call it, Diang Kerela. This hidden waterfall is about 20 metres tall and the turquoise pool, about three metres deep, absolutely seduces you to swim in its sun-dappled waters. Besides water activities, MYAMO Beach Lodge has a nine-hole golf course not far from the resort.

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Paradise on Earth – Papua Paradise Eco Resort

Built on an exotic tropical island and surrounded by pristine reefs and unspoilt nature, Papua Paradise Eco Resort sits in the heart of Raja Ampat, West Papua, a destination that inspires talk of the last paradise on earth.

Built in traditional style and using materials entirely sourced from the island village, Papua Paradise Eco Resort offers an exceptionally high standard of comfort and service, while maintaining eco¬tourism values. Spacious sea breeze-cooled bungalows contain modern comforts such as hot and cold freshwater showers, comfortable beds with bed veils, hammocks for lounging in and cushioned deckchairs facing the sea.

One of the resort’s biggest draws is its location smack dab in the heart of the world’s most diverse coral reef. Marvel at the nursery of juvenile black- tip reef sharks, moray eels, blue-spotted rays and more than 1,300 fish species and 540 coral species, all from your room’s balcony!

The island also teems with exotic bird life, lush jungle and a spectacular array of animal life. Specialty birding trips and jungle treks to waterfalls can be arranged by the resort. A short boat ride will allow you the chance to spot the famous Bird of Paradise, the symbol of Papua.

Papua Paradise Divers, one of the very few PADI-certified dive resorts in Raja Ampat, offers custom- tailored excursions backed by international and best-practice safety standards. These standards, along with personalised services, will create unforgettable holiday memories for dive enthusiasts, snorkelers, bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.

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Blend with Nature – Gangga Island Resort & Spa

More than just a diving paradise, Gangga Island Resort & Spa offers a sensational stay experience where guests can get up close and personal with remarkable sea life from both the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

An unparalleled scuba diving experience awaits you in North Sulawesi. Unwind on the tip of a small tropical island near Manado, at Gangga Island Resort & Spa. The resort blends with nature in an exclusive cluster of 15 elegantly furnished and air- conditioned wooden bungalows built on stilts with high ceilings and a spacious veranda overlooking the beach. Bungalows are discreetly set on the edge of a long white-sand beach in the shade of coconut trees, surrounded by a garden of tropical vegetation at the base of a jungle-covered hill. Each bungalow is private and faces the beach, and each bungalow also has a bale (gazebo) on the beach – perfect for watching the sun set and turn the sky and ocean every imaginable shade of pink and red as you relax with your partner, and perhaps an evening cocktail.

The resort also provides numerous activities such as excursions to a nearby island where you are the only inhabitants, sunset cruises, special private a deux couples massages either on your veranda, the beach or by the pool. Gangga Island Resort & Spa is an ideal starting point for the diving sites of Bangka Island, Bunaken National Marine Park and Lembeh Strait, making it a favourite destination for underwater photographers. For both divers and non-divers, the picturesque white-sand beach, the large saltwater pool, a traditional spa and the high-quality service at Gangga Island Resort & Spa guarantee a peaceful and relaxing nature-based stay.

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Bali’s Best-Kept Secret – Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa

From sunrise to sunset, on land and under water, Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa captures nature’s beauty while making sure it lasts for future generations.

West Bali National Park and Menjangan Island, two exclusive environmentally protected sanctuaries, are home to Bali’s best-kept secrets – from lush greenery, diverse topography and pristine waters, to rare and endangered flora and fauna species, such as the Jalak Bali (Bali myna) and Menjangan (Javanese Deer), just to name a few. They are also home to Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa, which is the ideal destination to experience Bali’s best coast.

As part of West Bali National Park, Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa captures the essence of a true environmental experience, with its villas, restaurant and other facilities located in the forest with a view of the ocean. The five exclusive villas offer the ultimate in privacy and are designed to be one thing: yours. Exclusively located within their own individual compounds, all the villas feature a traditional Joglo house, a plunge pool and a garden. Equipped with first- class international-standard accommodation and amenities, the villas offer spacious and luxurious indoor living. Take a dip in your plunge pool overlooking the ocean, as you enjoy your own private view. With direct access to the soothing waters, the garden is an invitation for you to simply read a book, have a picnic lunch or even experience a romantic candlelight dinner. The villas at Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa are truly the epitome of privacy and the perfect place to experience the best that nature has to offer.

There are also a number of interesting activities you can experience at the resort, such as bird watching, trekking, biking and kayaking. You can also indulge in water activities with Plataran Phinisi Bali and Plataran Menjangan Yacht such as snorkelling, diving, a full-day cruise, romantic sunset dinner and sunset cruise.

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Stay Glamorous – Sandat Glamping Tents, Bali, Indonesia

The need to get in touch with nature is driving third millennium travellers to escape urban centres and embark on journeys rich in experience and authenticity, but still with five-star services.

Located about three kilometres from the centre of Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, Sandat Glamping Tents is nestled in a slice of paradise, where undulating rice fields create a vividly green landscape. Setting a new benchmark for luxury resorts in Bali, this glamorous camping destination blends seamlessly into Ubud’s famous rice fields, creating a true glamping experience.

Sandat Glamping Tents lets you commune with nature without sacrificing the luxury and comfort of a five-star Bali resort. Glamping lets you experience life without the TVs, computers and phones that absorb so much of our attention on a daily basis and discover the inner peace that only direct contact with nature can generate. Charming lodges, tree houses, tents at the edge of woods and streams, igloos, picturesque gypsy caravans hidden amongst the trees; these are the new and increasingly refined environmentally friendly accommodations that fulfil the need for deep contact with nature, without giving up comfort. There are eight types of accommodation to choose from at this luxury resort, including Lumbung Legong, Lumbung Kecak, Lumbung Barong, Suite Tenda Penjor Brown, Suite Tenda Ylang-Ylang Blu Oltremare, Tenda Banten White, Tenda Ogoh Ogoh Orange and Tenda Sarong Water Marine. Each comes with a unique theme and luxurious facilities and amenities.

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Life Should be Celebrated on the Beach – Karma Reef Resort, Indonesia

A luxurious resort on the tiny, traffic-free island paradise of Gili Meno, Karma Reef offers a sanctuary away from the noise and demands of everyday life.

Karma Reef is located in the northwest region of Lombok. The Reef exudes laid- back sophistication, with a prominent position on one of Indonesia’s most revered holiday destinations. The tiny island of Gili Meno epitomises bohemian chic and offers direct access to one of the world’s most beautiful coral reefs. If you have ever dreamt of rising to stunning sunrises and celebrating each day with one of Indonesia’s famous sunsets, Karma Reef is sure to fulfil your holiday fantasy.

Karma Reef’s beachfront Lumbung-style villas and rustic Sea Tents are stylishly appointed with comfort in mind. They’re an ode to authentic, sustainable architecture, consciously designed to leave a light footprint on the land. Enjoy the benefits of Gili Meno’s stunning natural beauty, paired with heavenly creature comforts commonplace in Karma Resorts. Karma Reef revolves around simple pleasures. Leisurely catnaps, swimming in the crystal- clean Indian Ocean, snorkelling with tropical fish and sea turtles, and indulging in culinary delights are just a few of the activities found on the itineraries of Karma guests.

Providing intimate getaways and the perfect romantic escape for honeymooners, Gili Meno offers blissful privacy and breathtaking seascapes, fulfilling exotic Robinson Crusoe fantasies. Karma Reef presents luxurious beachfront dining with Mediterranean-meets-New World cuisine with an emphasis on abundant, locally sourced seafood and traditional Indonesian dishes. Karma Reef truly promises the perfect holiday escape. From honeymooning couples to families and groups of friends, there are countless unforgettable experiences just waiting to be discovered.

Karma Reef caters to specialized private events with a knowledgeable staff that plan everything from romantic sunset dinners to intimate wedding celebrations. From life’s most significant milestones to day-to-day triumphs, Karma believes that life should be celebrated on the beach.karma-reef-1