Inside ARTOZ Bar, Jakarta’s New Whisky Wonderland 

Plush, grand and fully stocked, the newly renovated ARTOZ Bar welcomes late-night imbibers into their vintage-inspired venue, home to Jakarta’s largest whisky & cognac collection. Certainly an old favourite, especially for patrons of neighbour and sister restaurant AMUZ Gourmet, ARTOZ has reemerged from its full makeover to present a space that guests will surely want

Petty Pandean-Elliott Sets The Indonesian Table

Featuring 150 accessible recipes, interspersed with recollections of her culinary journeys throughout the archipelago, the latest book by Petty Pandean-Elliott, ‘The Indonesian Table’, is a love letter both to a country and its cuisine. Over her now 20-year career, Petty Pandean-Elliott has received many accolades. The award-winning chef, writer and entrepreneur has been a judge

Masks of Bali: Between Heaven and Hell

An outstanding new book documenting Bali’s living mask traditions and masterpieces has recently been launched, co-authored by acclaimed dancer-scholar, Prof. Dr. I Made Bandem, and art historian, Bruce W. Carpenter. Launched in Bali late December 2022 at the charming Tandjung Sari resort, followed by a launching at the Jakarta National Museum in March, this pivotal

Meditation for Beginners: Get Mindful with These Three Easy Apps

Modern science has finally bolstered and supported the benefits of meditation has for the human brain. Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash/NOWJAKARTA The circumstances in which we’ve all been through into because of Covid-19 are, at the minimum, frustrating. Whole sections of our ‘regular’ lives have been quickly stripped away, from our work schedules, lifestyle needs,

Secrets of Siem Reap

You’ve heard of Angkor Wat, and so have the millions of people that visit the temple every year. However, a destination should not be defined by a single site, as I discovered on a recent, eye-opening trip to Cambodia’s cultural capital, Siem Reap. With a history comprised of an ancient civilisation, colonisation, civil war and

The All-New Jambuluwuk Seminyak Turns Heads

A bright new star along Bali’s most happening street, Jalan Petitenget, Jambuluwuk Seminyak Boutique Hotel has been turning heads since it opened. Part of the fully Indonesian-owned Jambuluwuk Hotels and Resorts group, this new property brings Indonesian style, culture and tastes to the forefront of its offerings. Whilst certainly keeping with the times, with a

Spend This Lunar New Year on the Cliff Tops of Uluwatu

Looking to escape for Chinese (Lunar) New Year? Head to the cliffs of Uluwatu, Bali, to find yourself under starry skies and blue views as the grand Anantara Uluwatu Resort Bali is offering a special new year deal to celebrate the year of the Rooster. Views from the Ocean View Suite Perched above the popular

The Spotlight’s on Moonlite

Moonlite Kitchen and Bar was recently voted as one of the TOP 10 BEST ROOFTOP BARS IN THE WORLD by the well respected Condé Nast Traveler US.   Found atop the Anantara Seminyak Resort looking out over Seminyak Beach, it is of no surprise this sultry spot made the list. In fact, Moonlite, was the

Romantic Valentines Getaway in Bali

Chocolates and flowers for Valentines Day? We think you can do better than that. Why not bring your loved one somewhere special this year and enjoy a romantic Valentines getaway in Bali! Settle in a honeymoon suite, enjoy a private villa dinner or a couple’s massage on the cliffs – anything is possible on the island

Javan Jaunts

For some strange reason local travel is often overlooked as the pulls of far and exotic locations lure holiday-goers with flashy tourism campaigns and a promise of new experiences. On a recent, eye-opening road trip to central Java however, I discovered that actually, we don’t have to look too far to find beauty, adventure, culture

The Perfect Bali Weekend Getaway

Bali has long been the choice holiday destination for Jakartans, an easy 1.5 hour flight takes us from bustling cityscape to the centre of paradise. We are in truth quite spoilt and take the island for granted, as millions of people from around the world can only dream of dipping their toes into the warm

Special Stays at the Sakala Resort Bali

When people think of Tanjung Benoa, their first thoughts are of water sports. Yes, whilst the majority of visitors to the area are there to enjoy the exhilaration of jet skiing and parasailing, further down the same stretch of white sand beach you’ll find Sakala Resort Bali. Sakala has created its own little haven on

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