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Canggu-Eats Canggu Eats ­­­ Text by Masha Mozolevskaya Photos by Sulthon Residents of Canggu rarely leave the area these days since everything is there one may need for happy living. There are cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes – excluding maybe the fancy ones. We took a field trip to the new ‘area to be’ – and to eat – to check… Continue »
Going-Local Going Local: Locavore Restaurant Locavore restaurant might be just eight months old, but it’s already not just a famous restaurant – it’s become the latest foodie destination of the whole island. Masha Larkin takes a trip into the world of brand new gastronomy in Ubud. Sitting at the Locavore bar during lunch time is so much fun. First, as there is only about 30… Continue »
Candi-Dasa Candidasa As Little Or As Much As You Want Text by: Thomas Jones Coming to Bali and wanting to avoid the busy south, we booked five nights in Candi Dasa at the very tasty Villa Oceana and had planned very little for our stay, preferring to let the days unfold as they would according to how we felt at the time. The lack of planning proved to be a… Continue »
Grand-Hyatt-Erawan GRAND HYATT ERAWAN AN INSTITUTION OF GREATNESS by Erza S.T. “Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is not your usual luxury business hotel. This one is certainly in a class of its own.” Life as a travel journalist can be quite repetitive and uninspiring at times. We go in and out of hotels with a suitcase through countless countries and acknowledge the courteous “hotel” smiles from the porter to… Continue »
48hours-in-Siem-Reap 48 Hours in Siem Reap Text by Will Meyrick The fact that 48 hours is possible in Siem Reap is testament to the tenacity of a town, that when I first saw it 15 years ago, and again with my brother about ten years later, was a dusty ‘cowboy’ town emerging slowly from a ghastly occupation. It was pretty loose back then too, my brother… Continue »
Close-Encounters-of-the-Ape-Kind Close Encounters of the Ape Kind A trip to the jungles of Northern Sumatra literally puts travellers in touch with the men of the forest. Text By Marco Ferrarese Pictures by Chan Kit Yeng “Please hold still. Don’t move.” Our guide Ricky, the Indonesian version of a Rastafarian with dense knots of hair reaching down to his lower back, hushes in the direction of the jungle…. Continue »
Messing-About-in-Boats MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS Text by Thomas Jones You don’t have to go far in Bali to find a boat to take you out for a day on the water. They are everywhere and in all incarnations from wooden outrigger canoes to hulking catamarans designed for the masses. But when you want to lap it up in style and comfort, there is one company… Continue »
Kansai KANSAI THE LAND OF FOOD & SHOPPING Text & Photos David Trauts The Kansai region, japan, which is also locally called Kinki, is an Important historical, political and economical region of Southern Japan. Osaka is the third largest city in the country and the largest city of Kansai. Osaka city makes up part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area, sprawling between Kyoto, Kobe and the Osaka plain and… Continue »
Symbolic-art-of-Intercontinental-Resort-Bali THE TRADITIONAL & SYMBOLIC ARTWORK OF INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT BALI Text by Rachel Love InterContinental Bali Resort captures the spirit of the island through an astonishing collection of intricately carved statuary, bas-relief tableaux, plaques, panels and artwork depicting trees, flowers, birds, beasts, heraldic winged lions and protective guardians drawn from the natural and mythical world of the Balinese Hindu heritage. Not only is this an exceptional luxury resort, it is… Continue »
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 »
penang 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 »
peak 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 »
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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BLACK N WHITE

Triangl Swimwear bikini top with slipped down Palm swimwear bathing suit Macrame detailed bathing suit from Flook Swimwear for Maidenlove Pleated mini skirt from Lulu Yasmin fashioned as neck piece paired with Triangl Swimwear silver bikini bottom Zip-up bikini top paired with black bottom from Triangl  duck-tape ballet shoes festooned in-situ by stylit Palm Swimwear bathing suit fashioned back to… Continue »
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SOUQ

Souq, a high-end boutique has just opened in Bali with a collection of unique, limited edition clothing and jewellery on display. The collection of clothing varies from swimwear, ready-to-wear, cashmere lounge wear and home wear, to iconic sneakers and trainers which are crafted by talented international designers. The precious and semi-precious pieces from Mianliao are sourced from all over the… Continue »
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GOLD TRAPP

Gold Trapp is a new designer clothing store that has recently opened on Jl. Oberoi, stocking two street wear brands from Melbourne, Tigers Angels and Jaded Fashion. Tigers Angels has a big following in Australia with its specially designed leather leggings worn by many celebrities all over the world. Jaded Fashion is a new brand to hit the fashion scene… Continue »
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KIOSK

Recently founded in June this year, Kiosk showcases and highlights the curated collection of premium items from around the globe. Situated in the famed area of Seminyak, the store is designed in a combination of stone herringbone floors, white washed walls and light wood cabinetry with highlights of copper detailing and soft color palette. They strive to offer a unique… Continue »
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A Dram Style

Photography by Adam Rasyid Park your car in the basement. dress in finery and move up the flight of stairs to a waiting whiskey dram and piano sounds from another era. class is written all over this single malt. Dress Bear by Putu Aliki Ruffle Mini Dress by Angeliqa Wu Dress Full Lace by Putu Aliki Man Halter Jacket, Transparent… 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 »

The Ultimate Kobe

Text by David Trauts Photos by Sulthon Buzzing every single night of the week and managing to turn over tables so many times no-one can keep count, Ultimo restaurant in Seminyak is just about to reach a milestone – its unofficial tenth anniversary. Many restaurateurs must stand out the front of Ultimo and scratch their heads as to how this… Continue »
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The Tasty Vegetarian

Jonathan Russell is the guy behind two small but very successful restaurants – the cozy Green Ginger Noodle House in Canggu and The Elephant, a breezy terrace overlooking the Ayung river valley in Ubud. We talked to Jono about his vision of rabbit food and the power of fat. Text by Masha Larkin FRV: You open restaurants that are strictly… Continue »
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Going Local: Locavore Restaurant

Locavore restaurant might be just eight months old, but it’s already not just a famous restaurant – it’s become the latest foodie destination of the whole island. Masha Larkin takes a trip into the world of brand new gastronomy in Ubud. Sitting at the Locavore bar during lunch time is so much fun. First, as there is only about 30… Continue »
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RIVA GRILL BAR TERRACE

Riva is undoubtedly one of the capital city’s most revered restaurants. After a recent renovation, it is ready for a more contemporary crowd. The place looks cool and fresh, and we had the pleasure of visiting it recently. The bar and lounge area are first to greet you as you walk inside, which is the perfect place to meet and… Continue »
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Sake+ The New japanese On The Block

Text by Erza S.T. Photos by Ramadhan Remember when wine was the new black? Or when whiskey was crowned as the new liquor trend for this year? Well guess what, Japanese sake and shochu are coming to take over the crown and the popularity is increasing like the Rising Sun itself! The demand for sake or shochu these days is… Continue »
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PRIME CUTS BRINGING CLASSIC BACK

Text by Erza S.T. Photo by M. Ramadhan After quite a few years of bistro movement in Jakarta, it is quite refreshing to see the revival of the classics. Aside from the French cuisine movement, we are finally seeing the revival of classic steak house concepts in Jakarta. Introducing the newly open Prime Cuts. Located in City Plaza, Prime Cuts… Continue »
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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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Sun, Sea & Sky Revisited

It’s been a good year for the brilliantly designed and conceptualised 4S@Seminyak villas. So Good, in fact that FRV stopped by for another look see. Not only have Villas Sun and Sea been more popular than ever with bookings coming in thick and fast from holidaymakers wanting to enjoy the convenience and style of some of the most exciting and… Continue »
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Candidasa As Little Or As Much As You...

Text by: Thomas Jones Coming to Bali and wanting to avoid the busy south, we booked five nights in Candi Dasa at the very tasty Villa Oceana and had planned very little for our stay, preferring to let the days unfold as they would according to how we felt at the time. The lack of planning proved to be a… Continue »
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Elegantly Modern

Images by Scott Goldsbury With an increasingly savvy and demanding villa audience now arriving on the shores of Bali, villa owners and their architects have to keep one step ahead if they want to stand out from the crowd. While having all the facilities on God’s green earth available to enchant and entertain there is still a strong need for… 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 »
The enormous swimming pool is the centre of attention in Seseh Beach Villa.

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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   Travel

48 Hours in Siem Reap

Text by Will Meyrick The fact that 48 hours is possible in Siem Reap is testament to the tenacity of a town, that when I first saw it 15 years ago, and again with my brother about ten years later, was a dusty ‘cowboy’ town emerging slowly from a ghastly occupation. It was pretty loose back then too, my brother… Continue »
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Close Encounters of the Ape Kind

A trip to the jungles of Northern Sumatra literally puts travellers in touch with the men of the forest. Text By Marco Ferrarese Pictures by Chan Kit Yeng “Please hold still. Don’t move.” Our guide Ricky, the Indonesian version of a Rastafarian with dense knots of hair reaching down to his lower back, hushes in the direction of the jungle…. Continue »
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MESSING ABOUT IN BOATS

Text by Thomas Jones You don’t have to go far in Bali to find a boat to take you out for a day on the water. They are everywhere and in all incarnations from wooden outrigger canoes to hulking catamarans designed for the masses. But when you want to lap it up in style and comfort, there is one company… Continue »
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KANSAI THE LAND OF FOOD & SHOPPING

Text & Photos David Trauts The Kansai region, japan, which is also locally called Kinki, is an Important historical, political and economical region of Southern Japan. Osaka is the third largest city in the country and the largest city of Kansai. Osaka city makes up part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area, sprawling between Kyoto, Kobe and the Osaka plain and… Continue »
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Quirky Sides of Europe

Text and Photos by Erza S.T. Sometimes traveling can be quite tiring if you only visit the mainstream destinations, and in high season most popular tourism spots usually have long queues everywhere you go. For some attractions, you even have to book the ticket online in advance. On my last trip to Europe, I found some alternative spots that were… 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 »

GRAND HYATT ERAWAN AN INSTITUTION OF GREATNESS

by Erza S.T. “Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is not your usual luxury business hotel. This one is certainly in a class of its own.” Life as a travel journalist can be quite repetitive and uninspiring at times. We go in and out of hotels with a suitcase through countless countries and acknowledge the courteous “hotel” smiles from the porter to… 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 »

The Tasty Vegetarian

Jonathan Russell is the guy behind two small but very successful restaurants – the cozy Green Ginger Noodle House in Canggu and The Elephant, a breezy terrace overlooking the Ayung river valley in Ubud. We talked to Jono about his vision of rabbit food and the power of fat. Text by Masha Larkin FRV: You open restaurants that are strictly… Continue »
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Canggu Eats

­­­ Text by Masha Mozolevskaya Photos by Sulthon Residents of Canggu rarely leave the area these days since everything is there one may need for happy living. There are cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes – excluding maybe the fancy ones. We took a field trip to the new ‘area to be’ – and to eat – to check… Continue »
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Going Local: Locavore Restaurant

Locavore restaurant might be just eight months old, but it’s already not just a famous restaurant – it’s become the latest foodie destination of the whole island. Masha Larkin takes a trip into the world of brand new gastronomy in Ubud. Sitting at the Locavore bar during lunch time is so much fun. First, as there is only about 30… Continue »
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RIVA GRILL BAR TERRACE

Riva is undoubtedly one of the capital city’s most revered restaurants. After a recent renovation, it is ready for a more contemporary crowd. The place looks cool and fresh, and we had the pleasure of visiting it recently. The bar and lounge area are first to greet you as you walk inside, which is the perfect place to meet and… Continue »
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An Interview With Nathan Waks

From Kilikanoon Australian Winery Of The Year 2013. By Herman Von Bernhardi Hi Nathan, please tell us about yourself . I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, from parents of Polish heritage, and studied music (my first profession) in Sydney, Moscow and Paris. How did you get involved in the world of wines and in particular with Kilikanoon winery?… Continue »
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Sake+ The New japanese On The Block

Text by Erza S.T. Photos by Ramadhan Remember when wine was the new black? Or when whiskey was crowned as the new liquor trend for this year? Well guess what, Japanese sake and shochu are coming to take over the crown and the popularity is increasing like the Rising Sun itself! The demand for sake or shochu these days is… Continue »
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Burrata Pride of Southern Italy

If you’ve ever had a burrata cheese placed in front of you then you won’t need any convincing as to its creamy, delicious goodness. If you haven’t, then you must, for it is one of the most delicious experiences a light creamy cheese can foist upon you. And by light, I mean taste, for the consistency is certainly anything but…. Continue »
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PRIME CUTS BRINGING CLASSIC BACK

Text by Erza S.T. Photo by M. Ramadhan After quite a few years of bistro movement in Jakarta, it is quite refreshing to see the revival of the classics. Aside from the French cuisine movement, we are finally seeing the revival of classic steak house concepts in Jakarta. Introducing the newly open Prime Cuts. Located in City Plaza, Prime Cuts… Continue »
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Fine Italian Wines Around Indonesia

Dewata Prima Lestari wine importers and distributors held an excellent wine tasting of 33 different Italian wines last week at the Dynasty Bali Hotel in Kuta and then the next day a extravagant wine dinner at Warisan restaurant in Seminyak. Later in the week they moved onto Jakarta and another wine dinner at Balboni restaurant in Kota Kasablanka. The wine… 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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Four Seasons PURE®TDA Facials

Seasons Resort in Jimbaran is offering a brand new facial treatment – the PURE® TDA Facial system which is a therapy system that transports PURE’s concentrated supercharged bio-active ingredients, at supersonic speed and frequency, directly to the dermis (the lower layers of the skin) via a computer-guided applicator. This sounds highly scientific and actually is. The PURE TDA Facial begins… Continue »
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Penthouse On Top of The World

Sea Sentosa recently opened their display penthouse to guests and media to have a sneak peek around the recently finished top floor and top class apartment. The views over Canggu beach from the two level penthouse are literally breathtaking and the design and finishing is total luxury. While the entire complex is still some way from completion, according to Ian… Continue »
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Chalina Estate (100)

Channelling the energy of its beautiful surroundings, Chalina Estate captures the true essence of Bali with its classic architecture, lush tropical gardens and rice-field views. The villa’s serene and peaceful riverside setting makes it the ultimate choice for weddings and special retreats. Fully staffed with seven large bedrooms, a deluxe 30-metre swimming pool and lavish living areas featuring a unique… Continue »
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New Man At Moet Hennessy

There really is no place like Bali. It’s a ‘buffet’ of experiences, day or night. Alistair Toyne is the Senior Business Development Manager (Emerging Markets) of Möet Hennessy which represents the luxury beverage brands of LVMH Group; Möet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Perignon champagnes, Belvedere vodka and a multitude of other top brands of alcohol beverage. He is Australian/Canadian… Continue »
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The New Canggu Club

Set on a sprawling four hectare estate amongst the rice fields of Canggu and yet only a 10 minute drive to Seminyak, the “New” Canggu Club is Bali’s premier entertainment & sporting venue where everyone is welcome. After a period of renovation, Canggu Club now features Splash Water Park, Strike Ten Pin Bowling, Bounce Trampoline Centre, Fitness Centre including lap… Continue »
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The Bali Role Models Awards and Benefit...

The premier women’s awards in Bali are returning for the third time on Saturday 22nd November, at Conrad Resort, Nusa Dua. Hosted by Bali WISE Foundation, The Bali Role Model Awards and Benefit Night are a celebration of the inspirational work of Women from Bali and elsewhere and a chance for them to be recognised. Nominees so far include Janet… Continue »
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REGENT TO FAIRMONT

The Regent Bali in Sanur will be joining Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and be rebranded as the Fairmont Sanur, thus becoming part of the new management company’s family of over 110 hotels operating worldwide, which includes Raffles and Swissotel. The beachside hotel, which opened in June 2013, is the only all-suite beachfront resort in Sanur. Nestled within four hectares of… Continue »
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AN INSPIRING UNICEF CHARITY EVENT

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali has announced that its next UNICEF Check Out For Children charity event will take place at the Mangupura Hall, Bali International Convention Centre on Friday, 31st October 2014, featuring rising Indonesian star, Nowela and Petra Sihombing. As the winner of Indonesian Idol 2014, Papuan-born Nowela has a soulful voice that transcends all musical genres…. Continue »
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BUBBLES & FASHION

A sophisticated evening of fashion and bubbles at Bali’s one and only whisky bar, Single Malt on Jalan Laksmana Oberoi where Ali Charisma showed his latest range of haute couture and welcome drinks were supplied by the very popular sparkling Chandon. Some great tunes were spun by Glynn Tandy till late and the night helped to make a hit off… Continue »
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THE EDITORS DISH: COUSCOUS | METIS

The Couscous on Wednesday lunch times at Metis has been a everlasting favorite of many people on the island, not just me. It’s an institution and if I’m in town I will make the effort to be there on Wednesdays to get my couscous hit for the week. Since it is only available at Metis one time a week you… Continue »
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Two Culinary Visionaries, One Special...

Critically acclaimed chef/owner of the award winning restaurant Mozaic Gastronomique, Chris Salans, is to host Ryan Clift, chef owner of top Singapore restaurant Tippling Club (Miele Award Top 20 in Asia & Drinks International ‘World’s 20 Best Bars’). The very special eight-course tasting menu, each course paired with Chef Clift’s signature cocktails, will take place on Saturday October 25 2014… Continue »
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Centara comes to Bali

Centara Grand Villas Nusa Dua Bali opened in August in Nusa Dua, and features 14 luxury pool villas offering a choice of one, two and three bedrooms, and are all set in an extensive garden area that guarantees privacy and seclusion for guests. The villas are designed in Peranakan style with spacious interiors, marble floors, and the rich tones of… Continue »
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Bali’s Best Lawn Party

Bali’s biggest and best Melbourne Cup lawn party is back on the first Tuesday of November as the manicured grounds of the Canggu Club will be transformed into a gala affair set to rival any trackside action. Perfect for racing enthusiasts, Spring Carnival fashionistas or simply those seeking a cracking good time, the Canggu Club is offering an option for… Continue »

THE TRADITIONAL & SYMBOLIC ARTWORK OF INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT BALI

Text by Rachel Love InterContinental Bali Resort captures the spirit of the island through an astonishing collection of intricately carved statuary, bas-relief tableaux, plaques, panels and artwork depicting trees, flowers, birds, beasts, heraldic winged lions and protective guardians drawn from the natural and mythical world of the Balinese Hindu heritage. Not only is this an exceptional luxury resort, it is… Continue »
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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 »