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The Mayapada Group Partners with Carlson Hotels to Operate a 110 room Regent Hotel Located on Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia
January 29th, 2010

Carlson Hotels, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, and The Mayapada Group announce their partnership to bring luxury brand Regent® to Indonesia. They broke ground on the new property today.

Scheduled to open in 2011, The Regent Bali will introduce contemporary style, luxury accommodations and personalised service to one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations – the island of Bali.

The Regent Bali ground-breaking comes shortly after Carlson Hotels announced that it will open a Regent property in Gurgaon, India.

“Regent is renowned for superior luxury and service. The brand has an iconic historical legacy in Asia, and a strong affinity to the region,” said Mr. Jean-Marc Busato, managing director – Asia Pacific, Carlson Hotels. “Our goal is to establish a Regent presence in every key gateway city and premier resort location in Asia Pacific.”

Surrounded by swaying palms, white sand beaches and inviting turquoise waters, The Regent Bali will provide all the key elements of a premium international beachfront hotel. Located on Sanur Beach, one of the most exclusive areas in Bali, guests are promised a refreshing and rich hotel experience from the moment they set foot into this luxury property.

Each of the 110 rooms will feature Balinese-inspired décor designed to help guests rejuvenate in the serenely beautiful surroundings. Guests will be able to enjoy an alluring array of premier dining venues at the hotel, including both authentic Balinese dining to classic fine dining. Another key feature of this luxury property will be the bar overlooking the pool, offering guests spectacular views of the garden and ocean.

Developed by Indonesian conglomerate The Mayapada Group, The Regent Bali will be operated by Carlson Hotels. The accompanying Regent Residences Bali will be wholly owned, developed and operated by The Mayapada Group.

“The Regent Bali and branded residences will be a significant addition to the island’s growing portfolio of luxury accommodations. Its highly distinctive brand name will play an integral role in attracting guests to the hotel, and we look forward to working with Regent to ensure the success of this development,” said Mr. Dr. Tahir, chairman, The Mayapada Group.

Regent hotels in operation include The Regent Beijing, The Regent Berlin, The Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux, The Regent Singapore, The Regent Taipei, The Regent Palms Turks and Caicos, and The Regent Esplanade Zagreb.

Regent Hotels scheduled to open within the next three years include The Regent Emirates Pearl Abu Dhabi, The Regent Bangkok, The Regent Doha, The Regent Dubrovnik, The Regent Gurgaon, The Regent Kuala Lumpur, The Regent Maldives, The Regent Palmas del Mar Puerto Rico, and The Regent Phuket Cape Panwa.

Bali’s tourist arrival record of 2.2m difficult to break
January 11th, 2010

The Jakarta Post ,  Jakarta   |  Sat, 01/09/2010 4:03 PM  |  Business

Bali set a new record of foreign tourist arrivals with 2.2 million in 2009, but local and international tourism industry players doubt the island can equal or break the mark in the future.

Ida Bagus Sidharta Putra of Santrian Group tours and travel network said Saturday Bali was lucky to receive foreign tourists who shifted their destination from Thailand due to a protracted political crisis there last year.

“I think it will be difficult for us to equal the record now that Thailand has regained political stability. Early room booking this year is no better than last year. A number of tourists from Russia and Europe have even canceled their trips here due to global financial crisis which remains unabated,” he was quoted by kompas.com.

Oliver Libutzki, the regional market management director of Agoda, a Bangkok-based international tours and travel agent, warned Bali of the recovery of tourism industry in Thailand and Malaysia. Thailand, he said, has registered 60,000 early bookings per day.

He said traffic congestions and dirty beaches were among the problems Bali had to address in order to attract more foreign tourists.

The government has set a target of receiving between 2.3 million and 2.5 million foreign tourists this year.

KLM Increases Service to Bali
December 9th, 2009

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines began operating service three times a week to Denpasar, Bali, on December 6. The flights reportedly have already proven popular.

 “We have therefore decided to raise frequency to four weekly flights as of mid-January,” said KLM President and CEO Peter Hartman.

 Bali is a popular destination among Dutch vacationers. In October, KLM announced that it would resume direct services to Bali. In less than two months, more than 17,000 seats were booked.

KLM has operated services to Indonesia for the past 80 years. With the addition of Denpasar to its network, KLM now serves six destinations in Southeast Asia. Denpasar is KLM’s 61st long-haul destination.

Aravane Rezai wins Bali title after opponent Marion Bartoli retires hirt
November 10th, 2009

Aravane Rezai claimed her second career trophy with a 7-5 win at the Bali Tournament of Champions as fellow Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli quit with a thigh injury after the first set.

Rezai’s win should see her break into the WTA top 30 for the first time.

The victory in 62 minutes – it ended on a Bartoli double-fault – was the first all-French singles final on the Tour since Amelie Mauresmo beat Mary Pierce at the Paris Indoors in 2006.

The title was the second of her career for the 44th-ranked Rezai, following her win at Strasbourg in May.

“It’s a great feeling to be here in the final, I’m very sorry for Marion that this happened,” said the winner of a career-best $US200,000 ($220,000).

“I’d prefer to win in a different way, but it’s tennis, a lot of different things happen. I was really motivated to win here.”

Rezai now stands 2-2 in career finals after finishing runner-up in 2007 at Istanbul against Elena Dementieva and in 2008 at Auckland against Lindsay Davenport.

Bartoli dropped to 5-6 lifetime in singles finals after her disappointment on the tropical Indonesian resort island.

The number 12 had been bidding for a year-end number 10 finish had she claimed the trophy.

“I’m crying right now, but I’m so happy to be here,” said Bartoli, runner-up at Bali three years ago when it was part of the regular WTA Tour.

“Aravane had a wonderful week and played some great tennis.

“My leg was hurting. I tried my best to carry on, but it was too much pain. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to finish today.”

Top seed Bartoli had been bidding for a third title of the season.

Bali to host Indian festival
November 2nd, 2009

The Indian Cultural Center (ICC) Bali will organize an Indian art and cultural festival in a number of the island’s regencies to promote inter-social and cultural dialogue between India and Bali.

Bhuvneshwar Sharma, Deputy Director ICC Bali, said the event , Festival of India, would be accompanied by similar events in Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Pekanbaru, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, and Mataram in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

“The festival’s tagline is friendship through culture,” Sharma said.

In Bali, it will be held in Denpasar, Ubud and Singapadu in Gianyar, Karangasem and Klungkung from Nov. 1 through Dec. 11.

The festival of India is organized by the Embassy of India and supported by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Indian government’s cultural and tourism departments.

As many as 90 professional dancers from India will perform at 12 places across Bali, starting with an launch event at Puri (Palace) Saraswati in Ubud on Nov. 3. The performances will include two Indian classical dances, Manganiars and Kathak.

The famous Barathanatyam dance will be staged at Denpasar Art Center on Nov.3. The festival will continue at Ashram Gandhi at Puri Klungkung, Puri Gede and Ashram Ratu Bagus in Karangasem regency, and Bali Spirit in Ubud.

Agus Indra Udayana, coordinator of Bali-India Friendship, said the festival would feature classical Indian dances and music.

“Most Indian arts and culture were based on the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics, which many Balinese people are familiar with.

“All performances are free of charge. Art lovers can get the tickets at Indian Cultural Center in Denpasar and Ashram Gandhi in Karangasem. “We expect that the Balinese audience will view the festival as a close cultural dialogue between India and Bali.”

The festival also aims to promote relationships between the people of India and Bali in particular, he pointed out.

During a press meeting at the Indian Cultural center in Denpasar on Thursday, Niveditha Parthasarathy, a talented dance teacher performed energetic dance movements taken from Pusphanjali, a classical dance from Taminnadu, South India.

Bali has a similarly named dance, Puspanjali, which is performed to welcome honorable guests.

“In *Pusphanjali* the dancer offers flowers and pays respect to the stage, deity, guru and the audience,” Viveditha said.

“Indian and Balinese dances have similar philosophical grounds, but we have to continue enhance our understanding on each other’s culture and people,” Sharma said.

source Jakarta Post

Julia Roberts film hit by Bali protests
October 21st, 2009

Dozens of angry Indonesian villagers demanded thousands of dollars from a crew filming Julia Roberts’ new movie Eat, Pray, Love.

Officials say that when the crew arrived in Bali’s Bentuyung village a month ahead of schedule, locals blocked roads and demanded $US32,000 ($A35,000).

“There was a misunderstanding. The crew came in 20 trucks … earlier than their scheduled shooting on November 10, so the villagers were offended and blocked the roads,” district chief Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati told AFP.

“They asked for 300 million rupiah to use the location for filming.

“I was very embarrassed and told them this was unacceptable.”

He says the problem was resolved and the crew allowed through, but added he would like to make it up to Roberts by inviting her to lunch at his house.

“Everything is okay now. The villagers understand. Many local and international films have been shot here with no problem at all,” he said.

Eat, Pray, Love is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir of the same name.

KLM back to Bali
October 16th, 2009

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume flights between Amsterdam and Bali from 06 December – just over two years since the service was last operated.The three-weekly flights to Denpasar, with an intermediate landing in Singapore, will be operated with B777-300 aircraft in a two-class configuration – 35 in  business class and 390 in economy.Flight KL835 will depart from Amsterdam at 21.00 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Denpasar the following day at 20.10. The return flight – KL836 – will depart from Denpasar at 21.30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, arriving in Amsterdam at 08.00.Home | Bali Dive | Bali Car Rental | Search more 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | Wedding Organizer & Planner | 13 | 14 | 15| 16| 17 | E-postcard| Wedding Photography | Bali & Indonesia Journal Photography | Groups


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