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Metis_slide METIS LOUNGE Metis Lounge has been open for only two months and is already the place to relax with an excellent cocktail or wine before dining in the massively popular Metis restaurant, or alternatively, dining in the casual atmosphere of the lounge itself. David Trautz has a quick chat with part owner/manager Said Alem to find out what makes this new Bali… Continue »
Dining-Area_slide DINE AT THE SACRED TABLE One of Asia’s most iconic restaurants, the unique tasting kitchen Mejekawi, wins over the most serious foodie with its innovative executions, sublime flavours and culinary flair By Katie Truman Legendary for sunset cocktails and already excellent dining, beachfront KU DE TA’s aspirations to be taken more seriously as a formidable Asian foodie Mecca appear to have paid off, launching cutting-edge… Continue »
The sexy private room in red. Artoz Bar: Pouring A World of Whisky Listen up people! Whisky is the trendiest drink to have these days. It is the next big thing after wine and it has swept its way across Asia from China to even Indonesia. Text by Erza S.T. Photos by Ramadhan Whisky is no longer associated with a bunch of stuffy old men sniffing their glasses by the fireplace, but instead… Continue »
Burma_slide 48 Hours Destination Burma Text by Will Meyrick Burma: Myanmar, the country has such a mystique to it, spreading over five geographically diverse areas it has the most incredible culture and history, for years hidden behind a veil of secrecy. When the opportunity came to visit I was really prepared for everything, and yet nothing at all. From all reports the food was nothing… Continue »
Finns-Aerial_slide Semara Luxury Villas Bali’s finest cliff top accommodation is within your reach With magnificent panoramic ocean views and seven unique, oversized, and architecturally refined five-bedroom villas nestled into 7.5 acres of perfectly manicured tropical gardens, Semara Luxury Villa resort is very much a place to take your breath away. Each villa is an exclusive haven of privacy with 30 metres of cliff frontage… Continue »
The-Hermitage_Building_slide Oasis in the City What better way to celebrate a birthday with the family than staying and exploring a new oasis in the city? Located in the city’s most prominent address, Menteng in Central Jakarta, Hermitage Hotel lays dead center in the midst of luxurious homes, diplomatic residences, and close proximity to Jakarta’s golden business triangle: Kuningan, Sudirman and Thamrin. First and foremost, Hermitage… Continue »
DSC05234-edit To Catch a Sunrise Sleep is one of the most beautiful and free things in life, and having to wake up early and get out of bed in the wee small hours of the morning must rank up there with having a tooth pulled. Unless of course there is something amazing and infinitely rewarding to be had as a result. Catching a sunrise from… Continue »
Merdekarya-1-Year-Anniversary-93931 A COOLER LUMPUR The Malaysian capital swings to new beats thanks to a collection of cafés, diners and clubs that have helped to cement its reputation as one of the region’s best cities for live music. Follow rock’n’roll hound dog Marco Ferrarese on a night out, and discover all the mainstays and latest trendy hangouts of KL’s budding arts and music scene. By… Continue »
IMG_1360 Singapore Not necessarily the world’s most expensive city FRV Travel goes to Singapore on a budget and finds some amazing bargains, excellent street food and a great holiday away. Text David Trauts & Photos Trauts and Hotel Clover The first time I arrived in Singapore was by ship in 1973. I was a young lad on a stopover travelling with my father to London. The first thing that… Continue »
IMG_5981 Prague The City Where Romance Lives During one quick weekend, I visited Prague to unravel its combined beauty of culture, food and history. Here are some of my highlights. Text and Photo by Erza S.T. As I walk across Charles Bridge, one of the most beautiful historical bridges in the world, my mind cannot stop thinking how charming this city can be. With its amazing architectural… Continue »
Print_Garden Siam Kempinski Hotel: A Resort in the centre of the Bangkok David Trauts heads to the City of Angels at a time that many wouldn’t, but the flights were so cheap who could resist? Continue »
FRV--Rimba-09 The Rhythms of RIMBA Spread across eight hectares of land on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, Rimba Resort is the setting for model Herika and photographer Glen Krohn to work their collective magic. Continue »
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escapades Escapades of a Travelling DJ Vol 7 With Asia firmly behind him our travelling DJ Tony Montana heads for the Jewel in the crown of the Middle East – Lebanon Continue »
Sunset-at-RIMBA-Lobby_ Rimba Birthday Escape Rimba is a new five-star resort on the Bukit. It sits inland from its sister resort, Ayana, and while it’s sited on the same enormous 77-hectare piece of land, which commands Jimbaran Bay, Rimba overlooks the forest, not the sea. Rimba means forest in Indonesian and that’s exactly what surrounds this luxurious resort; lots of trees. However, don’t fret; water is everywhere to keep you cool on your Bali holiday. Continue »
YES-3 Thomas Jones Spends a Very Splendid Weekend at Grand Hyatt Jakarta There’s something about marble that stands up and calmly whispers “sophisticated” every time you see it, and save for the Indonesian Presidential Palace down the road, The Grand Hyatt Jakarta must have the most sophistication in the country. Continue »
KP-11 Tugu Kunstkring Paleis David Trauts dines at Menteng Jakarta’s Kunstkring Paleis restaurant and discovers more than a piece of Indonesian heritage Continue »
93f009h-copy-copy High Expectations Nick Walton EXPERIENCES Beijing’s highest hotel, the China World Summit Wing by Shangri-La, and finds luxury and sophistication alive and well in the Chinese capital. Continue »
IMG_0250feat Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort This new Hyatt Regency resort opened in Phuket’s Kamala last December. It’s brand new and after spending a couple of nights there, I would have to say it’s a top choice for anyone heading to the area for a classy and comfortable escape. Continue »
01_CucaOutside_2-copy-copy Be Prepared for Something Different at Cuca Cuca is a new restaurant in Jimbaran, Bali, which opened five months ago and is creating quite a buzz with the island’s foodies. It’s not often you are surprised and exhilarated by a menu anywhere, let alone Bali, but Canadian-born chef Kevin Cherkas does just that with his inspirational, ‘local product cooked in a western way’ menu. Continue »
IMG_3278 Vue: In the Club If you were wondering what the gigantic, all-white building was that seemed to magically appear on wild and deserted Berawa Beach last year, or are seeking a new beach “playpen” in Greater Seminyak, read on. That’s LV8, Indonesian-operated, five-star deluxe hotel smack bang on the beach with 117 suites and seven penthouses snaking around a seaside river. Continue »
IMG_68229 Asian Fusion While there are loads of fashion trends we cannot wait to explore (extreme wedges, digital prints, and khaki craze, oh my!) we couldn’t help but notice that some of our most-watched local dressers have been venturing off into exotic territory and wearing a trend that we have affectionately termed Asian Fusion fashion. Continue »
Facade1-copy-copy Living in Art As one of the biggest cities in SouthEast Asia, Jakarta’s hotel scene is not as well nourished as others like Singapore or Bangkok. Luckily, the last few years have started to see significant growth in new hotels from 5-star luxury to conceptualized design. FRV Travel visited One of the most recent additions, ARTOTEL, That opened last October. Continue »
IMG_1416_3 Romancing Winter in Beijing The first snowflakes of winter had just started falling when my bullet train from Hangzhou arrived at Beijing Station, where a Striking sharp cold mixed with the buzz of people who were rushing about the station. I was slightly lost as most of the signs were in Chinese and my so-called guide was nowhere to be seen. Luckily after a few phone texts, I finally found him and the driver, and was on my way. Continue »
IMG_0688 Island Life & Kiwi Good Times Each year when I visit New Zealand for Christmas, my friends and I try to find somewhere new to go and rent a holiday home for a week over New Year’s Eve. Somewhere we can load up with food and wine and totally chill near a beach under the hot Kiwi summer sun. Continue »
manilafeatured Four Nights in Manila First impressions don’t mean a lot. Text by David Trauts Continue »
LEAD The Land That Time Forgot The Kimberley is home to some of Australia’s most stunning landscapes, unique, often misunderstood wildlife, and an outback spirit that continues to draw intrepid travellers from across the globe. Nick Walton travels with adventure cruise line and Kimberley icon Orion Expeditions to explore deep into this ancient and mysterious land. Continue »
frv_wbangkok_01-copy-copy An Electrifying Stay at W Bangkok Sleek, and filled with contemporary art installations, W Bangkok has become Ve Handojo’s choice for a stylish stay. Continue »
frv_thesiam_exterior-copy-copy Escape to the Opulence of The Siam, Bangkok It’s just a 30-minute boat ride along the Chao Praya river from the city, yet Ve Handojo found a totally exclusive and lavish escape at The Siam. Continue »
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Inside La Favela

The darkened corners and haunting nights of after hours and all its delight. Take your place in the house of La Favela and a night of fashion as you find your nocturnal and everlasting passion. Continue »
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Jenja

Elevate the look of your saturday night by stepping into a modern-cut chiffon gown or an ultra-glam leotard. The choice is yours. Continue »
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The Rhythms of RIMBA

Spread across eight hectares of land on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, Rimba Resort is the setting for model Herika and photographer Glen Krohn to work their collective magic. Continue »
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Indonesian Brand to Showcase Their...

Indonesia should be proud because Raisa Corina and Sarah Callista through their brand HAY United, will be representing this country at the J Spring Fashion Show 2014 in New York City on June 25. Hot, Active and Young are the three words that symbolize the brand, which is indeed devoted to young women with their active hobbies to look stylish…. Continue »
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Wood’s New Store in Bali

Wood is an Indonesian fashion brand for men with an unquestionable quality. Starting off as a label focusing in pants, Wood now has expanded to create more quality fashion items such as polo shirts, casual and formal shirts, sweaters and jackets with masculine and modern design lines that follow the latest global fashion trends. Although Bali is known for its… Continue »
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Luwung

Every woman absolutely wants to look different every time with different styles at every chance and Luwung is the brand to realize it. Established in 2013, it’s a brand to support your fashion statement with its innovative, minimalist and modern design of each item, from the two-coloured bag that can be worn in two unique ways, to its exclusive clutch… Continue »
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Fine L

A stand-out golden building located in the high-end area of Petitenget amidst award-winning restaurants and bars is where the luxurious brand Fine L displays their collection. Offering a collection of fresh and luxurious jewelry, Fine L is a space for people with extraordinary taste, good sense for high class style and a passion for gold and beauty. The jewelry combines… Continue »
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Majestic Batavia

Fashion is everlasting: there is no time limit and always dynamically moving with the era, moreover rotating like a wheel. On this fashion page we bring you to Villa Batavia with its vintage style, giving you smart ideaS without being classic, but still looking classy. Continue »
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Museum Kain

Who doesn’t know Obin and her BIN House? A humble woman who always wants to be known as a “cloth maker” not a designer; having great ambition for the cloth across the archipelago. It was more than 30 years ago when Obin and her late husband Ronny Suwandi started the quest, adding knowledge and giving perfection to their collection; and… Continue »
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Intercontinental Glamorama

Glam it up, anytime, anywhere. From two-pieces to an ultra-feminine gown. Choose your style! Continue »
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Scouting Young Designers at London...

Text and Photos by Erza S.T. In the world of fashion, there are four big fashion weeks that you just can’t miss! The “Big Four” refer to the famous capitals of Paris, Milan, New York and London, where fashion trends for the year are introduced. Whether you are a fashion student, a journalist or a fashion designer, they are the… Continue »
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Alluring Androgynous

Androgynous. Fashion, with its pioneering sense of the future and tendency towards subversion, has created a new redefinition. The imagination of fashion designers is no longer constrained by the need to design clothes strictly “for him” or “for her”. Continue »
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Eastern Region

Photography by Kenza Le Bas Continue »

METIS LOUNGE

Metis Lounge has been open for only two months and is already the place to relax with an excellent cocktail or wine before dining in the massively popular Metis restaurant, or alternatively, dining in the casual atmosphere of the lounge itself. David Trautz has a quick chat with part owner/manager Said Alem to find out what makes this new Bali… Continue »
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DINE AT THE SACRED TABLE

One of Asia’s most iconic restaurants, the unique tasting kitchen Mejekawi, wins over the most serious foodie with its innovative executions, sublime flavours and culinary flair By Katie Truman Legendary for sunset cocktails and already excellent dining, beachfront KU DE TA’s aspirations to be taken more seriously as a formidable Asian foodie Mecca appear to have paid off, launching cutting-edge… Continue »
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Warisan Restaurant Has It All

Warisan has to be one of the most romantic restaurants in town. It is steeped in dining history, is a great purveyor of Bali style and has a new chef, who has brought a whole new, health-conscious menu to its elegant tables. Text David Trauts. Photos: Sulthon It was a Friday evening as we sat down at the open-air, white… Continue »
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Artoz Bar: Pouring A World of Whisky

Listen up people! Whisky is the trendiest drink to have these days. It is the next big thing after wine and it has swept its way across Asia from China to even Indonesia. Text by Erza S.T. Photos by Ramadhan Whisky is no longer associated with a bunch of stuffy old men sniffing their glasses by the fireplace, but instead… Continue »
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Akira Back is in Jakarta For Good

Text by Erza S.T. Photos by Ramadhan On a rainy afternoon back in 2012, FRV Travel met up with Akira Back, the Korean-born chef with a Japanese name who was raised in Aspen, Colorado. His cooking technique and incredible tasting palate is not only well renowned but has garnered him awards in America, where he based. As an alumnus of… Continue »
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Jenja Restaurant and Club: A one-stop...

Jenja may be better known to the hipper nightlife crowd around Bali as the latest club from the folks at the highly successful Mint Club in Petitenget, but there is also a pleasant surprise awaiting foodies too. David Trauts drops in for a look and taste of what the restaurant has to offer. Continue »
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Tugu Kunstkring Paleis

David Trauts dines at Menteng Jakarta’s Kunstkring Paleis restaurant and discovers more than a piece of Indonesian heritage Continue »
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Sumire: Teppanyaki Time

When out on the town with friends and you aren’t quite sure of what to have on the menu, there’s nothing quite like a bit of drama and audience participation. so, Pulling up at the teppanyaki table is always going to be fun. Continue »
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Hard to Forget Petitenget

With a bunch of new restaurants open and a promising mess of quite a few construction sites around the place at the moment, Petitenget street is rapidly winning the fame of the second Oberoi – it won’t be long till the new ‘Eat Street’ will rise and shine in its full glory. FRV Travel picks 14 places that make this area of southern Bali worth checking right now. Continue »
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Mozaic Beach Club

“It’s the only one of its kind in Bali,” grins James Ephraim proudly, as he ignites a blowtorch and points it through the flap of his new toy Continue »
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Essential Bangkok: A chef’s lay over...

The Bangkok I explore is not on a map, it is in the interaction of people as they trade and barter from dawn to dusk in market stalls, on riverboats, and down hidden laneways. Continue »
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Be Prepared for Something Different at...

Cuca is a new restaurant in Jimbaran, Bali, which opened five months ago and is creating quite a buzz with the island’s foodies. It’s not often you are surprised and exhilarated by a menu anywhere, let alone Bali, but Canadian-born chef Kevin Cherkas does just that with his inspirational, ‘local product cooked in a western way’ menu. Continue »
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Vue: In the Club

If you were wondering what the gigantic, all-white building was that seemed to magically appear on wild and deserted Berawa Beach last year, or are seeking a new beach “playpen” in Greater Seminyak, read on. That’s LV8, Indonesian-operated, five-star deluxe hotel smack bang on the beach with 117 suites and seven penthouses snaking around a seaside river. Continue »
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Semara Luxury Villas

Bali’s finest cliff top accommodation is within your reach With magnificent panoramic ocean views and seven unique, oversized, and architecturally refined five-bedroom villas nestled into 7.5 acres of perfectly manicured tropical gardens, Semara Luxury Villa resort is very much a place to take your breath away. Each villa is an exclusive haven of privacy with 30 metres of cliff frontage… Continue »
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SESEH BEACH VILLA

Complemented by sophisticated facilities, caring staff and superb service, the five-bedroom Seseh Beach Villa offers a lovely setting for weddings and events, and is great for families and groups of friends who are looking for a luxurious out-of-town escape. Resting upon 2,000 square metres of land overlooking the sea and separated from the beach only by a small river, a… Continue »
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Falling in Love

Villa on the Rocks, Phuket After a good night’s sleep (we arrived after a long flight the night before), and while wife and friends were still sleeping, I opened the doors of our bedroom pavilion to see the sun coming through the soft purple clouds. I heard the sound of birds and running water from a huge koi pond in… Continue »
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Sweet As Villa Manis

Looking out over the lush neighbouring rice fields and out to the sea in the sleepy rural village of Pererenan just north of Canggu on Bali’s southwest coast, it’s not hard to see how the owners of Villa Manis came to fall in love with the area and build their dream home on this spot. Continue »
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Five Minutes to the Beach

Welcome to Bali’s Villa Shinta Dewi, where tropical living is the theme. Semi-alfresco living and dining spaces, and four air-conditioned bedrooms situated around an 11-metre swimming pool and a charming flower-filled garden has to be the perfect site to greet after a long haul flight and arrival to Bali. Continue »
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Paradise Over Blue Waters

Surrounded by swaying coconut palms and sitting right on the water’s edge near the peaceful and serene seaside village of Candi Dasa, the brand-new and luxurious, four-bedroom Tirta Nila beach house is all about extreme comfort, effortless service and good taste, all wrapped up in an absolutely breathtaking location. Continue »
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Pandawa Paradise

High above one of The Bukit’s most beautiful beaches, set in grand gardens and with ocean views to die for, is a big, bold and beautiful new secret. Continue »
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Best Lombok Address

No crowds, no hawkers, no hassles at all, just the ocean, the sky and a life of luxury. Continue »
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Villa Eshara

Now you see them, now you don’t – these are the David Copperfield of villas! Continue »
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Two Villas, Nine Rooms, One Perfect...

Only 20 minutes drive north of Seminyak, the luxury villas Iskandar and Atacaya lie side by side along the banks of a river shrouded in jungle with nothing but birdsong and the flowing river to break up the peace and quiet. Continue »
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Malimbu Cliff Villa Lombok

Having a breathtaking view from your room is one of the key ingredients of a great holiday. So is starting your day high up on high, eating breakfast, drinking coffee and staring off into a vast expanse of sea, jungle or mountains; just the thing to get the juices flowing and flood the mind with fun-fuelled visions of action and sightseeing or simply lying by the pool and taking it real easy. whatever floats your boat. Continue »
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Privacy Redesigned at The Layar

Weather-wise, it wasn’t the best timing when Ve Handojo spent two nights in Bali. Yet, The Layar provided a wonderful safe sail. By Ve Handojo Continue »
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Villa Malaathina

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have an entire boutique hotel to yourself? Just you, your family and friends … and a team of almost twenty staff to cater to your every whim and desire. The thoroughly luxurious Villa Malaathina, featuring seven bedrooms set over an incredible 5000 square metres, could just be the answer to those dreams! Continue »
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48 Hours Destination Burma

Text by Will Meyrick Burma: Myanmar, the country has such a mystique to it, spreading over five geographically diverse areas it has the most incredible culture and history, for years hidden behind a veil of secrecy. When the opportunity came to visit I was really prepared for everything, and yet nothing at all. From all reports the food was nothing… Continue »
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Java Banana

Outside of Bali, Mt Bromo’s steaming volcanic crater and massive caldera in East Java, is one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations, both for it’s outstanding natural beauty and for it being as close to the Gates of Hell as you can get, and as usual Thomas Jones finds the best beds around. Text by Thomas Jones One thing that’s… Continue »
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To Catch a Sunrise

Sleep is one of the most beautiful and free things in life, and having to wake up early and get out of bed in the wee small hours of the morning must rank up there with having a tooth pulled. Unless of course there is something amazing and infinitely rewarding to be had as a result. Catching a sunrise from… Continue »
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HEART OF JAVA

Words and photos by Ian Neubauer A friend of mine in Sydney who knows Indonesia well told me if I visited just one place in Java, it had to be Mount Bromo – a smouldering volcanic caldera that looks like the dark side of the moon. Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park is 375km east of Yogyakarta and I had four days to… Continue »
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A COOLER LUMPUR

The Malaysian capital swings to new beats thanks to a collection of cafés, diners and clubs that have helped to cement its reputation as one of the region’s best cities for live music. Follow rock’n’roll hound dog Marco Ferrarese on a night out, and discover all the mainstays and latest trendy hangouts of KL’s budding arts and music scene. By… Continue »
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Singapore Not necessarily the world’s...

FRV Travel goes to Singapore on a budget and finds some amazing bargains, excellent street food and a great holiday away. Text David Trauts & Photos Trauts and Hotel Clover The first time I arrived in Singapore was by ship in 1973. I was a young lad on a stopover travelling with my father to London. The first thing that… Continue »
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Prague The City Where Romance Lives

During one quick weekend, I visited Prague to unravel its combined beauty of culture, food and history. Here are some of my highlights. Text and Photo by Erza S.T. As I walk across Charles Bridge, one of the most beautiful historical bridges in the world, my mind cannot stop thinking how charming this city can be. With its amazing architectural… Continue »
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Escapades Of a Travelling DJ Vol.8

After smashing his way across the Indian ocean and the Middle East, our roaming DJ returns to his summer home and the centre of the Universe – IBIZA 4000 people fill every corner of the mighty Amnesia terrace. It’s packed and takes some careful manoeuvring to get across the sweaty dance floor. Light begins to streak through the glass panel… Continue »
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Pacu Jawi: Racing Cows in West Sumatra

In recent years, the Pacu Jawi cow races in West Sumatra’s Tanah Datar regency, around 100 kilometress from Padang, have become a cultural event many foreign and local tourists have discovered. Continue »
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Penang Through Local Eyes

A long time resident of Malaysia’s food and art’s central takes you by the hand to uncover five of the island’s hidden corners. Continue »
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Bargain Basement Borneo

In the year 2000, my best friend’s father spent a month hanging out with the famous former headhunters of Borneo. His memoirs, Espresso with the Headhunters, become a best-seller and stole my imagination. Since the day I read it I always dreamt of visiting Borneo myself. Continue »
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Peak to Peak along the Back Roads

For those who have had it up to their pointy little ears with all things Middle-Earth and want to see the beauty of New Zealand without the promise of hobbits, wizards and monsters dotting the landscape, then the Forgotten World Highway, one of the most beautiful drives in the country for those lucky enough to discover it and one of the country’s best kept secrets, is definitely the road less travelled for you. Continue »
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Swimming With Turtles

In 1990, Mataua Matai’a from the Pacific island nation of Samoa visited a friend in Brisbane who had an injured marine turtle in a pool in her backyard. Everyday, many people came to see and feed the turtle and it got Mataua thinking: perhaps she could create something similar in Samoa, where turtles, or I’a sa (sacred fish), have for centuries been an important part of tradition, folklore and song. Ian Neubauer heads to the Pacific to see for himself what’s happened since. Continue »
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Oasis in the City

What better way to celebrate a birthday with the family than staying and exploring a new oasis in the city? Located in the city’s most prominent address, Menteng in Central Jakarta, Hermitage Hotel lays dead center in the midst of luxurious homes, diplomatic residences, and close proximity to Jakarta’s golden business triangle: Kuningan, Sudirman and Thamrin. First and foremost, Hermitage… Continue »
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Siam Kempinski Hotel: A Resort in the...

David Trauts heads to the City of Angels at a time that many wouldn’t, but the flights were so cheap who could resist? Continue »
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Rimba Birthday Escape

Rimba is a new five-star resort on the Bukit. It sits inland from its sister resort, Ayana, and while it’s sited on the same enormous 77-hectare piece of land, which commands Jimbaran Bay, Rimba overlooks the forest, not the sea. Rimba means forest in Indonesian and that’s exactly what surrounds this luxurious resort; lots of trees. However, don’t fret; water is everywhere to keep you cool on your Bali holiday. Continue »
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Thomas Jones Spends a Very Splendid...

There’s something about marble that stands up and calmly whispers “sophisticated” every time you see it, and save for the Indonesian Presidential Palace down the road, The Grand Hyatt Jakarta must have the most sophistication in the country. Continue »
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Don’t Look Down. Look Across

The Westin Singapore in the city’s commercial area is also Singapore’s highest hotel, giving “room with a view” and “elevated senses” a whole new meaning Continue »
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Paradise Found: Palagama Beach

Jo Frearson takes FRV Travel readers to Sri Lanka and finds paradise at Palagama Beach, a sleepy seaside hideaway on the island’s west coast. Continue »
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Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur: The Fan...

VE HANDOJO was never been the biggest fan of Kuala Lumpur, until he overstayed in the fan. Continue »
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Jakarta Fan Club

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I’m a fan of the Mandarin Oriental. Not that I’m trying to align myself with the illustrious list of celebrities and uber-talents who say that very line in the hotel’s advertising campaign, I really am a fan of Mandarin Oriental’s Modus Operandi because they are stylish, fresh, super comfortable and always in the best position in town, especially for a weekend shopping trip. Continue »
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Couples, Couples Everywhere and Not a...

At its very essence Banyan Tree Ungasan is a resort for romance. Why do I say that? Because the sleeping arrangements consist of 59 one-bedroom suites, compared to only 11 two-bedroom suites and 3 three-bedroom Presidential Suites. Continue »
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A World of Pure Imagination: Adelphi...

Entering the Adelphi Hotel – supremely positioned in the centre of Melbourne – is like inhaling saltwater taffy. That lingering scent teasingly tickles the nasal passages as the glass doors slide open… Continue »
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High Expectations

Nick Walton EXPERIENCES Beijing’s highest hotel, the China World Summit Wing by Shangri-La, and finds luxury and sophistication alive and well in the Chinese capital. Continue »
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Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort

This new Hyatt Regency resort opened in Phuket’s Kamala last December. It’s brand new and after spending a couple of nights there, I would have to say it’s a top choice for anyone heading to the area for a classy and comfortable escape. Continue »
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Amari Phuket

The Amari Phuket is a resort that sweeps along the southern headland of Patong Beach, Phuket and is the centre piece of the Thai-based hotel group, Onyx. It was totally renovated and re-opened last November, 2013 with a brand new look and stylish finishing. Continue »
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Lamb Rack with Spice Crust

800g lamb rack Salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme Olive oil Spice Crust 120g creamy whipped butter Cinnamon powder, ground coriander seeds, star anise Powdered ground cardamom 90g grated Parmesan cheese 70g bread crumbs For the crust mix all ingredients together. Then spice up the rack of lamb with salt and pepper and brown on all sides in a pan, add… Continue »
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Jenja Recipe

It is Chef Selma Abualia’s first time working in Bali. She first learnt cooking at home growing up in Jordan and other parts of the Middle East. After finishing a Spanish and English degree she decided that wasn’t really for her and started a culinary course. Continue »
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Chateau Le Puy: Biodynamic wines from...

During my last trip to France, and following an invitation from the Amoreau family, I visited Chateau Le Puy to find out both about their wines and their biodynamic approach to wine making. Continue »
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A Cup of Java

Rarely have I been so excited about a smell, an extraordinary-yet-familiar smell that I’ve relished many, many times before, but never in my life has this aroma hit my scent receptors with such a potent intensity. I’m at Sanggar Genjah Arum in the quiet, green village of Kemiren, East Java, watching coffee beans being hand-roasted in the old, traditional way. Continue »
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Matt Demery Recipe

Chef Matt Demery has brought a vast knowledge of culinary expertise to his new position as chef de cuisine at C’s at Grand Hyatt Jakarta. Continue »
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Chef James Ephraim Recipe

English chef, James Ephraim, worked at Ubud Mozaic for around four and a half years as Chris Salons right-hand man before moving to their new Mozaic Beach Club, which opened last year, where he has been at the helm of the kitchen since. Continue »
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Bordeaux, France: World class wines and...

This was my first visit to the beautiful city of Bordeaux to enjoy and discover great wines, and when I got there I quickly realized how big this wine producing area actually was. In fact, if you want to go out of the city to visit the vineyards and the best chateaux, the only way is by renting a car and spending several hours driving around visiting the most famous and prestigious properties in the area. Continue »
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Dishes from The Bistrot

The Bistrot has a particular style of its own, something between ancient, modern, retro and gone funky. New chef to The Bistrot, Frazer Wood has created a menu that crosses boundaries of Mediterranean culinary and are perfect for the Bali lifestyle. Try these at home or go straight to Jl Laksmana, Oberoi. Continue »
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Barolo Italy: History, Food and Great...

On my last trip to Europe I decided to pay a visit to one of the most important and traditional wine regions in the world; The Barolo Region in the heart of the Piedmont wine producing area in Italy. it is probably one of the most beautiful and picturesque wine regions I have had the opportunity to visit. Continue »
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Tea Time in the Middle Kingdom

Lisa Harrow is greeted by the changing face of the Middle Kingdom while she samples some of China’s tea tradition. Continue »
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Spanish Cava

Cava is the traditional crispy, fruity and well balanced sparkling wine of Spain, which is produced mainly in the northeastern part of the country in the Penedes region, around 40 kilometres south-west of Barcelona. This area is home of the major cava brands such as Freixenet (rapidly expanding in Indonesia), Segura Viudas and Cristalino among others; but there is also cava in other regions of Spain such as La Rioja, Utiel-Requena and Ribera del Guadiana. Continue »
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Lunch is on the Deck

Everybody knows how popular the Seminyak beach side restaurant Gado Gado is during these glorious Bali evenings, but only a few are aware that lunches too are a culinary delight waiting to be explored. Quib Rademaker and the team have recently created new tantalising dishes for the middle of the day and are offering a fun and economical way to discover them with a three course set menu chosen, just like the following photos, directly from the lunch menu. The price? Rp170k Continue »
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Tasmania’s Whisky-Making Revival

There’s a small and highly spendthrift niche of travellers making their way to Tasmania – whisky aficionados – people, mostly men, who’ll fly to the end of the world in search of the perfect single malt. As one of the few places in the world where whiskey is still made the old-fashioned way – slowly, by hand, in copper stills – Tasmania, with its unique, flavoursome barley, artesian waters and plentiful bogs has become their holy grail. To see what all the fuss is about, Ian Neubauer visited three of the state’s best-known whisky distilleries to discover the secret to their success. Continue »
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Breakfast and Sunset Options at Gado Gado

The popular Seminyak restaurant has made some positive changes lately with dramatic results, and for the first time in a long time they are open for breakfast with a Gado-Gado set menu or a la carte options. Continue »
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Saba Exclusivity Guaranteed

In the heart of rural Canggu, where rice paddies meet the surf, lies Saba, a collection of four two-bedroom villas and a one-bedroom villa, each named after one of the heroic Pandawa brothers from the epic Sanskrit poem, the Mahabharata. Continue »
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The Fashion Festival Bali

This August The Fashion Festival returns to Bali, with the biggest celebration of fashion, entertainment, culture and creative endeavor for everyone to enjoy, so come and be a part of the inspiring program that The Fashion Festival, Bali has to offer! Continue »
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New Brunch at Mama San

Mama San Sunday Brunch is definitely worth a visit for all you street-foodies visiting Bali. FRV Travel visited recently, and amongst the bustling Sunday lunchtime crowd that was flocking to the famous Asian-styled restaurant run by the street-food chef/writer himself, Will Meyrick Continue »
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A Night at Pandawa Cliff Estate

A group of select friends of Elite Havens were invited to Pandawa Cliff Estate to experience dining at the newly-opened set of three villas on the south coast of Bali. After being picked up by limousine we were whisked off to the Bukit, champagne in hand, in very fine style, but that was just the beginning. Sunset cocktails were next before sitting down for dinner in an outdoor dining setting of the Pala Villa. Continue »
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Seminyak Has a New Italian

The new Double Six Hotel is now open for business on the beach of the very same name in Seminyak, and with it the new restaurant Seminyak Italian Food (SIF), run by celebrated Australian/ Italian chef, Robert Marchetti. Continue »
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Anyone for Lunch?

Things are moving in the right direction at Mozaic Beachclub, Batubelig Beach with a new and economical, three course set lunch menu with a choice of three tasty entrees and mains, and finishing with a dessert. Continue »
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Outlaw of Pastry Sticks to his Guns

Chef Will Goldfarb has launched his first dining project in Bali at his brand new Room4Dessert, right next to Naughty Nuri’s on Jalan Sanggingan in the picturesque village of Ubud. Continue »
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Be an Angel this July at Ku De Ta

The Ku De Ta based I’m an Angel charity has been raising money for the underprivileged people of Bali since some 12 years ago. The I’m an Angel dinner is on again on July 12 at the Seminyak genre-defining restaurant with special guest chef David Thompson from Bangkok’s Nahm restaurant. Continue »
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Indonesian Brand to Showcase Their...

Indonesia should be proud because Raisa Corina and Sarah Callista through their brand HAY United, will be representing this country at the J Spring Fashion Show 2014 in New York City on June 25. Hot, Active and Young are the three words that symbolize the brand, which is indeed devoted to young women with their active hobbies to look stylish…. Continue »
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Wood’s New Store in Bali

Wood is an Indonesian fashion brand for men with an unquestionable quality. Starting off as a label focusing in pants, Wood now has expanded to create more quality fashion items such as polo shirts, casual and formal shirts, sweaters and jackets with masculine and modern design lines that follow the latest global fashion trends. Although Bali is known for its… Continue »
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Luwung

Every woman absolutely wants to look different every time with different styles at every chance and Luwung is the brand to realize it. Established in 2013, it’s a brand to support your fashion statement with its innovative, minimalist and modern design of each item, from the two-coloured bag that can be worn in two unique ways, to its exclusive clutch… Continue »
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Fine L

A stand-out golden building located in the high-end area of Petitenget amidst award-winning restaurants and bars is where the luxurious brand Fine L displays their collection. Offering a collection of fresh and luxurious jewelry, Fine L is a space for people with extraordinary taste, good sense for high class style and a passion for gold and beauty. The jewelry combines… Continue »

CHAMPIONING ASIAN FOOD

Darwin chef Jimmy Shu talks to Ian Neubauer about his life-long mission to spice up Australia’s restaurant scene. In the early 1990s, Jimmy Shu, a Sri Lankan-born restaurateur of Chinese heritage flew to Darwin in search of the elusive Silver Barramundi – a farmed species of fish renowned for its salty flavour and firm, fleshy meat. Shu found his fish… Continue »
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Menno Verhaar Gado Gado’s new...

For this edition of FRV Herman von Bernardi pays a visit to one of his favourite restaurants in Bali to meet their new Sommelier, Dutch-born Menno Varhaar, to talk about wines and his first impressions about working on the island. Please tell us about yourself. I was born and raised in The Hague, the southwestern part of Holland, my mother… Continue »
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Nina Hadinata in the warehouse

warehouse: do things without worrying about how many people are coming and giving a platform for people to do what they want These days Bali has been booming and has gone wild with openings of restaurants and night clubs in every direction, not to mention the influx of creativity that this Island of the Gods has to offer. Artists of… Continue »
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CELEBRATING WOMEN, NATURE, AND ...

THE ARTWORK OF SUGITA Balinese artist Dewa Made Sugita grew up in a family of artists. His father is a painter – but in the traditional way. Sugita wanted to be different. Text by Rachel Love Inspired by the Balinese philosophy of ‘Tri Hita Karana’ – which holds that happiness and prosperity can only be attained if all human beings… Continue »
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An Interview with an Artist: Mersuka...

Mersuka Dopazo’s paintings are portraits of the world, its people and their emotions. Resident in Bali, the Spanish-born artist creates expressions of reality, which have emerged from her multiple travels and become intertwined with her own life and personal experiences. Mersuka’s collaboration with artist Teresa Calderon, meanwhile, produces boisterous and cheerful works, suggesting a celebration of imagination, fantasy and spontaneity. Continue »
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Petty Elliott on Modernizing Indonesian...

A journey of life may not always fall into where we want it to go; nevertheless, it can bring you to a dimension that is just totally new. To Petty Pandean Elliott, this is exactly what happened. To be a great cook and a chef was never in her life’s agenda when she was working in the advertising world, but… Continue »
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The Visual Vocabulary of Pintor Sirait

He was planning to be a clinical psychologist but a sudden and dramatic change in career-path led Pintor Sirait to become one of Indonesia’s most highly-acclaimed sculptors. Continue »
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Irra Malik: The Value I Will Never...

Experienced hotelier Irra Malik recently appointed General Manager of Alila Villas Soori. When we talk about “experience”, that includes giving a luxurious bath to a chihuahua. Continue »
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The Captivating Artwork of Irene Hoff

Up until a few years ago, art was just a hobby for Irene Hoff; these days she can barely keep up with the commissioned orders for her inspiring paintings. Continue »
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Tara Lee: The Hostess with The Mostess...

S.B. Tell it like it is. T.L. I’m originally from New York. Age nineteen (Laughter). S.B. Give or take a couple of weeks, (more laughter). T.L. O.K. I’m thirty-three and proud I have made it this far. I am engaged. S.B. Well then I guess we can forget about this interview, all kidding aside, let’s get some background? T.L. I… Continue »
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Portraits and Tattoos

Painted portraits and tattoos are two very different artistic genres towards which attitudes have changed hugely over the last couple of decades. Portrait paintings used to be commissioned almost exclusively by the rich and powerful, but these days they have become popular, desirable and, in Bali, highly affordable. Tattoos, meanwhile, used to be a sign of rebellion. Hells Angels got tattoos, sailors got tattoos, and jailbirds got tattoos. Now, your mother’s got a gecko on her shoulder. Continue »
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Ben Cross: New Exectutive Chef at KU DE...

Ben Cross recently took over the helm as Executive Chef at one of Bali’s most famous restaurants, KU DE TA. It’s quite a position to have written in one’s CV and at the tender age of 34, I imagine he is feeling quite happy with himself. FRV Travel sat down and had a quick chat with the new chef to see what plans he has now that he has the top position. Continue »
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Rob Peetoom: Have scissors will travel

Besides the World Masters Award, Rob Peetoom is also a two time winner of the Global Salon Business Award and many other international awards. He has also been a jury panelist many times and was artistic director at Intercoffure Mondial. His creative team arranges hair for high fashion shows and photo shoots. In 2009, he also received a royal badge of honour and was dubbed a knight in the order of Oranje-Nassau. Continue »