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Must see locations, events and places to travel and enjoy in Indonesia.

Beachfront Balinese Luxury – Mantra Sakala Resort & Beach Club

Situated on the sparkling sands of Tanjung Benoa on the Nusa Dua peninsula, Mantra Sakala Resort & Beach Club offers a remarkable stay with shopping, dining and Balinese culture on its doorstep.

Once a fishing village, Tanjung Benoa is now famous as Bali’s leading aquatic adventure destination. Discover luxury beachfront accommodation just steps from the sandy shores and warm, turquoise waters of Tanjung Benoa Beach at Mantra Sakala Resort & Beach Club.

Pleasant Stay

The 261 spacious suites and pool villas at this luxury resort feature 5-star amenities, authentic Balinese decor, open, airy living spaces and exquisite bathrooms. Sakala Lagoon Suite features direct access from your private balcony to the lagoon swimming pool, or enjoy the views over the resort’s grounds and pool from your Sakala Deluxe two-bedroom suite; all with living rooms, dining areas, kitchenettes and separate bedrooms behind sliding panel doors. The private, two-level, one- and two-bedroom Pool Villas offer unparalleled comfort and exclusivity, with twin sitting rooms, dining rooms, full kitchens and sun-soaked roof terraces.

Dining & Activities

Enjoy mouth-watering Asian fusion cuisine at Sakala Beach Club overlooking the vast Indian Ocean, or superb selections of international bites and a creative mix of contemporary cocktails and entertainments, with direct access to one of Bali’s most active beachfronts where an exciting variety of water sports including snorkelling, diving, parasailing, kayaking and boating await. The Beach Club also welcomes wedding celebrations with a host of stunning beachfront and poolside venues to choose from. There is a 6,000-square-foot meeting space able to accommodate up to 650 people theatre style, and all spaces feature modern audio-visual equipment, soundproof walls, internet access and all the amenities and services needed for a productive and stress-free event. The Spa at Mantra Sakala Resort & Beach Club offers a uniquely holistic approach with an emphasis on wellness and restoration. There are 8 beautifully appointed treatment suites with an array of popular and signature treatments, including traditional and luxury massages, facial and beauty treatments, waxing, reflexology and a hair salon. Creative fun spa menu for children is also available, ranging from special designed kids mani/pedi to an exclusive mum and me joint mini me package. The resort is the ultimate destination for couples or families who wish to enjoy a healthy and relaxing holiday in a beautiful beachfront location.

True Balinese Experience – Ayodya Resort Bali

Experience pure luxury where the royal past maintains its timeless beauty.

I had heard a lot about Ayodya Resort Bali, but this is the first time I have ever stayed at the resort. Set on an incredible 29 acres, the resort’s architecture is reminiscent of a traditional Balinese water palace. Spectacular water features and majestic gardens flow naturally to the private beachfront. The resort is enormous, guaranteeing that you will never be bored during your stay. Whether you just want to rest and relax on a sunbed beside one of the five swimming pools or soak in the sun by the beach, or watch a traditional dance in the open- air theatre or work on some muscles at the well-equipped gym, the choice is yours. Families with children can rest assured that the kids will be well taken care of with a wide range of activities at the Kids Club.

I stayed at The Ayodya Palace, which is a private retreat within the resort featuring 79 suites set near the beach, in a tranquil corner of the resort. This is a true luxury experience with world-class butler service and private check-in. I love the privacy of the Ayodya Palace rooms. And for animal lovers, there is a chance you will spot some exotic animals on the resort grounds, and maybe even a squirrel or two.

My favourite place to chill out while escaping the sun is the Ayodya Palace Lounge. With touches of Balinese luxury, the lounge offers the relaxing and luxurious ambience of ancient Balinese kingdoms, and features a private pool and beach access. Ayodya Palace Lounge is the centre of the royal Balinese treatment that includes breakfast, evening dining, complimentary afternoon tea and evening cocktails, and complimentary snacks and beverages throughout the day, along with a well-stocked library and Wi-Fi.

While in Bali, a spa visit is always highly recommended, especially to the resort’s Mandara Spa. I experienced the Mandara Sampler, which consists of a massage and mini facial. Spa lovers cannot go wrong with a treatment at Mandara Spa. My massage was so exquisite and relaxing that I fell asleep during the treatment, and after my facial, my skin was glowing and radiant.

A stay at Ayodya Palace at Ayodya Resort Bali is a memorable experience, as you immerse yourself in the tranquil environment and soak in the beauty of the Indian Ocean and the serenity of the surroundings.Ayodya-Resort-Bali

Best Activities in Indonesia

Indonesia is famous for its stunning green landscapes, turquoise waters and white, black and pink beaches, exotic flora and fauna, and rich culture. With so much to do, we list five of the best activities to do in Indonesia.

1. Breathtaking Komodo

Located between East Nusa Tenggara and Wes tNusa Tenggara provinces, Komodo National Park includes the three larger islands of Komodo, Padar and Rinca, along with 26 smaller islands. The giant lizards that inhabit these islands are called Komodo dragons and exist nowhere else in the world, which is why a journey to Komodo National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.komodo-1

Komodo National Park has been selected as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Besides the about 5,700 giant lizards that are the main attraction of the park, the waters surrounding Komodo Island contain some of the richest marine biodiversity on earth, and the rugged hillsides and pockets of thorny green vegetation contrast starkly with the brilliant white beaches and the blue waters surging over coral. These are a few of the many reasons scientists and tourists are attracted to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The journey to Komodo National Park usually starts from Denpasar, Bali, where you take a flight to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island. Labuan Bajo offers plenty to do, from experiencing local culture at Melo village, chilling at the Pink Beach, cruising to Kalong Island and much more. And, of course, a trip to Rinca and Komodo islands to see the Komodo dragons is always on everyone’s itinerary.

Early in the morning, the guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the harbour to depart for Komodo and Rinca. It takes about four hours to get to Komodo Island by boat. You can go ashore and go trekking with a ranger in search of Komodo dragons and other wildlife such as wild boars, deer and birds. After some mind-blowing trekking with these prehistoric creatures, you will be escorted back to the boat and sail to Rinca Island via Pink Beach for some snorkelling. Upon arrival on Rinca, get ready for more trekking in search of Komodo dragons, wild boar, monkeys, water buffalo and birds. Rinca Island, being less known and less visited than Komodo Island, is a good place to see the giant lizards (measuring up to three metres) in their natural environment with fewer people to disturb them. Just make sure to bring along a camera, as the views are simply breathtaking.komodo-2

A Unique and Colourful Stay – Ibis Styles Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Strategically located in the business area, close to shopping centres and tourist attractions, Ibis Styles Yogyakarta offers a unique, colourful and comfortable stay.

Ibis Styles Yogyakarta is a four-star hotel under the Ibis Family Brand, located just 20 minutes from Adisucipto International Airport and near shopping areas including Malioboro, Keraton Yogyakarta, and the batik and handicraft centre, Tugu railway station and within easy access of transportation such as taxis, TransJogja busses and even traditional rickshaw (becak). This is the preferred choice for guests looking for comfortable and convenient accommodation in Yogyakarta. Ibis Styles is a unique, comfortable, modern, dynamic and all-inclusive brand with the most comprehensive facilities in its class including breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Ibis Styles Yogyakarta’s modern design and colourful interior promises a cheerful and cosy stay for guests. Ibis Styles Yogyakarta features 112 guest rooms, six meeting rooms, Seasons Spa, Streats Restaurant, Lobby Terrace, D’Sky Bar and rooftop pool. D’Sky Bar, located on the top floor of the hotel, lets guests enjoy the sunset view from the heart of Yogyakarta. Grab some rays in one of the beach chairs around the rooftop pool, catch a performance in the amphitheatre or grab a bite and a drink at the Bar.

D’Sky Bar presents wonderful acoustic music in the evening and special DJ performances on Wednesday and Saturday. Guests looking for some pampering should head to Seasons Spa, located adjacent to D’Sky Bar and ready to spoil you with an extensive Spa and Massage menu. There are also plenty of food and drink specials to satisfy you, including create your own pizza at @Styles Pizzeria in the Lobby Bar and Frozen Beer at D’Sky Bar – the only rooftop bar in Yogyakarta that presents Frozen Beer.

Fun-Filled Experience – Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran

Conveniently located in the Kemayoran area in Central Jakarta, Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran is the leading choice for smart travellers in town for business or pleasure.

Jakarta International Expo (JIEXPO) in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, has long been known as the ultimate venue for big events, from food and beverage expos, auto show and wedding conventions to music festivals and concerts. JIEXPO is where the most-happening events take place. And only a five-minute drove from the venue is the strategically located Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran.

The hotel is surrounded by tourist attractions such as Dunia Fantasi theme park, Ancol Beach and the Mangga Dua and Kelapa Gading shopping and entertainment areas, which are easy to reach by the hotel shuttle. Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran is also easily accessible by both domestic and international travellers, with Soekarno-Hatta International Airport less than 27 kilometres away and the Kemayoran tollgate less than two kilometres away, providing convenient access to neighbouring cities such as Bandung and Bogor. Undoubtedly, this prime location makes Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran the leading choice for business and leisure travellers alike.

Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran features 257 contemporary guest rooms, all with spacious bathrooms and workstations. Amenities include Blu-Ray DVD player in every guest room, a choice of soft or firm pillows for a better night’s sleep, and electronic plug-in for the convenience of business travellers. Staying in the spacious 72-square-metre suite on the 15th floor, I enjoyed a panoramic view of the city skyline and the serene lake and lush greenery of the 18-hole Kemayoran Golf Course. Free Wi-Fi, 40-inch LCD TV and iPod docking station, and access to the executive lounge with complimentary evening cocktails completed my wonderful weekend staycation experience at the hotel.

Botany, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, offers a contemporary mix of international and local flavours, and features an all-you-can-eat buffet menu, a shabu-shabu menu and a premium menu consisting of wagyu beef, scallops, lobster and much more. Wind down with a coffee or bespoke cocktails at the lobby’s Habitat Lounge or unwind at the Infinity Pool and Bar, which is the first infinity pool in Kemayoran. Keep up with your fitness regime at the in-house gym, which is equipped with the latest fitness equipment and has a comfortable atmosphere.

All the elements at Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran are thoughtfully designed for your comfort. There is so much to do and experience, from enjoying a good night’s sleep to exploring the neighbourhood, experiencing the eateries and hosting events or meetings at the function halls. Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran is the ultimate choice for smart travellers searching for a fun-filled stay experience.


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.

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.

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

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.

Savour the Delicaciesammi-cepu-1

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.

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.

The Beauty Around MYAMOmyamo-beach-lodge-1

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.