Candra Metu is a Balinese dance that is slowly fading away. Photo courtesy of Maya Sanur Resort & Spa/NOWJAKARTA

Throughout the year, Bali will always be the perfect destination to "escape" from your daily life. If you're around Bali this month, join our friends at NOW! Bali at these events.

Candra Metu: Appreciation Event for Bali’s Legendary Dancer

Ni Ketut Arini is one of Bali’s living dance legends. For over 60 years she has graced stages all over the world with her movements, perfecting the Balinese art form and mesmerising all that witness her. On Saturday, 25 January 2020, she will be honoured at a special appreciation event, Candra Metu.

Meaning ‘when the moon rises’, Candra Metu is a Balinese dance that is slowly fading away. It is Ni Ketut Arini, through the Warini Dance Foundation, that keeps the dance alive. At age 76 she continues to dance herself, but most importantly she teaches the younger generations, understanding the role of dance in Balinese culture. Thus, this event aims to raise awareness of Candra Metu, to symbolise preservation of important Balinese heritage. The appreciation event will be held in the ballroom of the Maya Sanur Resort and Spa, Bali, and will include a photo exhibition and photo book launch by Yan Palapa, who captured images of Ibu Arini in motion; a seated dinner in the ballroom; and most special of all, a performance by Ibu Arini herself, together with I Wayan Purwanto and the newer generation of Balinese dancers and gamelan players. ‘Candra Metu’ will be an evening to show appreciation to this dancer’s years of dedication – proceeds from the dinner, photo exhibition and book sales will go to the Warini Dance Foundation to continue the work of preserving Balinese culture through dance and music. Tickets to the event, inclusive of dinner and show, are priced at IDR 500,000 per person, available online, at Maya Sanur Resort & Spa, Bali or at Bali Trop Florist (+62 812 1001 1492).

Details and online tickets:

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa

Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur
Phone: +62 361 849 7800
IG: @mayasanur
FB: @mayasanurbali

Cooking for a Cause

On Saturday, 11 January 2020, a special charity dinner will be held at W Bali – Seminyak, a collaboration between W Bali – Seminyak, Scholars of Sustenance (SOS) International, Chef Chris Salans of Mozaic Restaurant Ubud.

Photo courtesy of W Bali – Seminyak/NOWJAKARTA

The dinner will be raising funds for SOS, a food rescue foundation that collects surplus food around Bali and delivers this to communities in need, including fourteen orphanages, four foundations and five villages. With this event, SOS aims to raise enough funds to purchase customised food transport vehicles, employ staff, buy necessary storage equipment to assist Ban village in Karangasem, East Bali, where its high isolation has led to a high percentage of the population to be malnourished to the point of mental and/or physical deformities.

For this dinner, SOS has called upon masters of the culinary industry, including Michelin Star Restaurant Chef Jacques Pourcel, Dutch Celebrity Master Chef Alain Caron, Chef Chris Salans from Mozaic and W Bali’s very own Director of Culinary, Chef Beryl Adler. Together, these four will join hands to prepare a four-course, wine-paired dinner not to be missed. In line with the dinner’s theme, the chefs have committed to making this a ‘zero-waste’ event where no food will be wasted. The event starts with pre-dinner cocktails at 6PM, will feature a live and silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are limited to 125 guests, priced at IDR 1,750,000 per person, inclusive of pre-dinner drinks and 4-course dinner.

Reserve a seat online:

W Bali – Seminyak

Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
Phone: +62 361 3000 106
IG: @wbaliseminyak
FB: @wbaliseminyak

Australia Day Pool Party feat. Sneaky Sound System at Mrs Sippy Bali

Australia Day is right around the corner and there is no better place to be than the palm-fringed oasis of Mrs Sippy Bali. The Seminyak hotspot is throwing an all-day pool party on Sunday, 26 January 2020 in celebration of this historic day.

Photo courtesy of Mrs Sippy Bali/NOWJAKARTA

What better way to celebrate Australia Day than with a splashing good time in the pool with sunshine, lively tunes and refreshing cocktails in hand. Featuring Australian dance music duo and Mrs Sippy Bali mainstays, Sneaky Sound System, this upscale pool party is one you won’t want to miss. Connie Mitchell’s spellbinding vocals backed by the feel-good beats of Black Angus present an electrifying blowout that always seems to put party-goers in a state of trance.

To purchase tickets, click here! For more information or reservations please call +62 811 3960 3196 or email

Mrs Sippy Bali

Jalan Taman Ganesha, Gang Gagak 8, Seminyak
Phone: +62 811 3960 3196
IG: @mrssippybali
FB: @mrssippybali​​​​​​​

While in Bali, don't forget to pamper yourself with these Bali's own local brands.

Bamboo Blonde

Photo courtesy of Bamboo Blonde/NOWJAKARTA

This street-style magnet has built a fierce social presence on the island among local and international followers. With 13 stores spanning across Bali, Bamboo Blonde has been redefining the ‘island babe’ look in line with contemporary fashion since 2007. The clothes are breezy and colourful, whilst presenting a bold and playful take on ‘resort chic’. Flowing outerwear and dress shirts to wear over your bikini; sultry playsuits and two-piece sets for a sunny stroll through Seminyak; and for the sophisticated sundown soirees, the maxi dresses and jumpsuits are elegant head-turners. This Festive season, don’t miss out on Bamboo Blonde’s latest campaign, exuding European chic aesthetics with their signature tropical touch that give it that very Bali edge. Perfect for the island’s resort and beach club lifestyle. The latest season features ruffle skirts, puff sleeves, pastel silhouettes, paisley and floral patterns and more.

Bamboo Blonde

Jalan Kayu Ayu, Seminyak
Phone: +62 361 731864
FB: BambooBlondeID
IG: @bambooblondeindo

The Ultimate Blow Dry

Photo courtesy of Blow Bar Bali/NOWJAkARTA

If you’re after a some pampering on the island of the gods, then head to one of Seminyak’s most lauded salons, where your manicure comes with a martini and your blow dry comes with bubbles. Blow Bar Bali is a beauty salon that doubles as a social hangout and every patron is encouraged to ‘drink and dry’ – the first of its kind on the island. . Blow Bar also offers hair treatments imported straight from Italy to care for sensitive scalp, thinning hair, dry or greasy dandruff, and to bring life to damaged locks – you’ll then get pampered to a relaxing back and head massage. To top it all off, there is champagne by the bottle and signature cocktails on offer. You’ll love their ‘Beach Babe’ blow-style, a messy soft-wave look; or the quick ‘Refresh’, a 25-minute style ‘touch up’ if you’re not looking for drastic changes. Blokes can enjoy a Bro Dry or trim with a beer or Scotch & Shave from the comfort of two barber chairs while watching a sports game, movie or enjoy a cigar in the outdoor courtyard with a cold beer.

Blow Bar Bali

Jalan Oberoi 61, Seminyak
Phone: +62 361 620 0167
IG: @blowbarbali
FB: @blowbarbali


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