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While Villa Ambra might represent the epitome of holiday luxury, its location means it’s an intrinsic part of traditional Balinese rural life. The farming families who plant, nurture, and harvest the ricefields, and the fishermen who take to the sea according to the wind and the currents are part of the Villa Ambra experience. They often perform religious ceremonies on the beach in front of the villa. Coming and going to the villa, you’ll see the current phase in rice cultivation, and if you walk up the beach a couple of hundred metres, you can enjoy watching the fishermen putting to sea, or returning with their catch. Guests quickly respond to the natural rhythms of dawn and dusk, and the ebb and flow of the tides. The cares and pressures of city life seem to melt away and are swiftly replaced with serene relaxation. A welcome opportunity to recharge and renew body and spirit.

Villa Ambra has 45 metres of beach frontage, and each of its five bedrooms has expansive and unimpeded sea views. A unique ambience that combines total relaxation with utter luxury and comfort. Living areas are beautifully aligned to the beach, the sea and the sky. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom, individually designed and furnished. There is a large sitting room on the ground floor and another upstairs. Both are open to sea breezes. The dining room, which seats ten, is air-conditioned, but has French doors which can be flung open instead. There is a home cinema with high definition projector and wide screen. Expansive gardens and lawn extend right to the beach.

To get to the beach you simply step off the grass and on to the sand. There are two interconnected pools. The larger infinity pool totals 100 square metres, while the children’s pool is 21 square metres and only 60 cm deep. You can enjoy the garden jacuzzi which is large enough for eight adults. There are very comfortable lounging and dining areas right at the edge of the beach, as well as a shady bale to relax in. Both provide unobstructed ocean and sunset views.

As the wonderful and delightful Villa Ambra owners, Ellen and Geoff (as seen in the pictures circa 1970), stay in the villa several months of the year that makes a real difference. They have high expectations of comfort and practicality. Furniture, fittings, fixtures – not only have to look good, they have to be genuinely comfortable and they have to function the way they are meant to. They make sure they do, and their guests benefit as a result. Most importantly, their divine staff will look after you, superbly.

Villa Ambra is fortunate to have three highly skilled chefs, who provide an eclectic menu selection offering Western, authentic Indonesian, and other Asian cuisine. Their Thai food is particularly awesome. On the other hand, if you just want a burger, they’ll make it themselves from a piece of steak, they’ll make the sesame bun, and they’ll make triple-cooked hand-cut fries à la Heston Blumenthal. The choice is yours!


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The Stones Legian

Hidden in the luscious and beautiful country of Bali is the lavish resort known as The Stones. Inspired by the elixir of life and the Balinese culture comes a opulent hotel with spectacular facilities and services for guests to enjoy during their stay. Signature services are ‘life positions’ that help modulate your mood, exceed your expectations and leave everlasting impressions throughout your stay. The peaceful retreat is located in the southern tip of the country in the town of Legian right near the beach. It offers the perfect vantage point to experience all that Bali has to offer with a sense of style and luxury.

Its iconic architertural design meets eclectic sophistication is what this resort a unique experience that anyone would be lucky to experience. The haven of elegance boost dazzling style with its vertical gardens, oversized pool, entertainment deck, soothing spa, three five-star restaurants topped off with an incredible penthouse with its very own private heli-pad for international jet-setters on the go. The Stones also features luxuriously appointed rooms and 22 suites designed for the stylish traveler with multi-purpose event rooms that can accommodate between 10-2200 guests. The Grand Ballroom is 1,493 square meters with an 8.25 meter high ceiling and recently played host to Indonesian royalty. It is close by local attractions that include the Bali Jungle, Botanical Gardens and the Monkey Forest, this resort assures you to catch the authentic spirit of Indonesia. Stones Street is always full with activities from art markets to street festivals.

Check out Marriot‘s official website to see more of The Stones Legian.

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The Fashion Festival In Bali

The inaugural Bali Fashion Festival presented by The Stones Hotel Legian closed the festivities with a party hosted by TATLER Indonesia magazine. The week-long event played host to a long list of Asian Pacific celebrities, socialites and talent from various countries, locals of the island and tourists from around the world indulged in a fashionable week of workshops, pop-up boutiques and world-class runway shows that featured some of the regions most established and emerging designers. Nicholas Meimaris, MD & Creative Director for MGroup who produced The Fashion Festival, was thrilled with the activity, “From the original concept of creating an integrated fashion event that would showcase the Pan Pacific region’s emerging and established designers to Bali’s industry and travel audience – it’s exciting to see the Festival come together. The island has become a melting pot of designers, celebrities and artists that have been able to engage and enjoy each other’s creativity.” The Fashion Festival has been a stunning showcase of fashion, beauty, style and culture with stunning Indonesian models hair styled by internationally renowned stylist Rob Peetoom. Meimaris concluded, “We plan to make the event the hero fashion festival for the region and continue to offer our audience and guests an exciting opportunity to experience an international runway production!”

Visit The Fashion Festival to see more images of the Bali Fashion Festival.

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Potato Head’s new venture

World-class beachfront bar; trio of restaurants; 500sq metre emerald blanket lawn and an infinity pool in a divine Balinese destination with views across the Indian Ocean…What more could you need? With an established restaurant in Jakarta already, Potato Head’s expansion plans include a boutique hotel scheduled to open on 2013. Located in the hip area of Seminyak, Potato Head Beach Club is one of Bali’s most prestigious addresses. Its towering elliptical façade, an art installation in its own right, was designed by acclaimed architect Andra Matin as a modern take on the Coliseum. The beautifully engineered amphitheatre’s trademark of mismatched vintage shutters is only the first thing that makes this deeply stylish space stand out. The splendour of the place is matched triumphantly with international cuisines and innovative cocktails served up by the chefs and mixologists, rightfully earning Potato Head its place as one of the top destinations to check out in Bali. We are really excited to see the results of their newest endeavour.

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Bali- 5 Elements

Hotel Style: At one with nature

The Vibe: Peace and tranquility, empowerment in health and life.

Ideal For: Travelers seeking eco-conscious healing retreats or self-discovery journeys.

Poster Recommends: The menu with a focus on organic and living foods. Re-learning about what to put in to get the best out of life.

Investment: No

Wrap up: To stay at Fivelements is to experience the future of mystic economies, which uses the wisdom of traditional healing cultures and promotes peace among nations. As Generation X and Y gently ease the baby boomers out of resort management/ownership roles this is the future of travel, with guest services extending to making herbal remedies, organic medical workshops, passing down ancient knowledge from one to the other. Vibrational healing, Aikido, Somatic Therapy and Healing Dance replace more typical resort sports; there is recognition in its cuisine, programs and retreats that humans love the acquisition of knowledge, even whilst holidaying.

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Bali- Bulgari

Hotel Style: Timeless glamour
The Vibe: Italian precision.
Ideal For: Down time for high society and seriously stylish weddings.
Poster Recommends: The Inclined elevator to the beach.
Investment: Yes. Contact for details.
Wrap up: There may be no such thing as perfection but this resort comes exceedingly close to it. Designed for guests preferring geographical segregation from Bintang t-shirt tourism, guests can reserve spa pavilions for a minimum of three hours for treatments or shop in Bali’s only Bulgari brand store for watches, handbags, jewellary and ties. Not a resort suited for children. This is an adult’s getaway.

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Bali- Karma Hotels Kandara

Hotel Style: Synergy of turquoise sea all the way to turquoise sky.
The Vibe: Restful and playful. Bliss.
Ideal for: Couples; groups of friends
Poster Recommends: Nammos Beach Club, the very cool private beach complete with fully stocked bar right on the sand.
Investment: Yes. Contact:
Wrap up: This is a resort that resembles one long Mediterranean beach party, rather than just a holiday. The surrounds of cliff-top viewing right out to the horizon of the Indian Ocean over an infinity pool, yacht-like open air restaurant and lounge with 3000+ wines inspires a lot of sea and sky gazing. Snorkelling at private locations courtesy of a luxury catamaran or gourmet picnic for two at a deserted beach via speedboat set the scene for plenty of romance.

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Bali- Intercontinental Jimberan Bay

Hotel Style: International Intercontinental style with a local twist.
The Vibe: Travellers with their party years behind them, ready for serious relaxation; families with young children; business travellers.
Ideal For: A great base to check out local shopping and cultural pursuits within Bali.
Poster Recommends: Tented canopies along the beach for private beachside dining.
Investment: No
Wrap up: Travellers staying here experience the very best of the global Intercontinental service philosophy. Here, the guest is king.

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Bali- St Regis

Hotel Style: Old-world elegance; European-tropics fusion.
The Vibe: Well-travelled guests expecting first-class service, as it was in 1904 when St Regis first opened their doors.
Ideal For: Business travellers in need of a dip between meetings; well-heeled travellers with a penchant for tradition and peace and quiet.
Poster Recommends: The beach. Right out front and welcoming.
Investment: No. Starwood Preferred Guest program available.
Wrap up: It’s great to move forward through time whilst holding onto the best of the past. St Regis does this in spades with its impressive list of environmentally sound hotel practices, either implemented or in the process of being so. Voted Travel Professional Favourite twice already for 2011 for Asia and The World and placed on Conde Nast’s Hot List, among many other awards.

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Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

Hotel Style: Modern, utilising sea and sky as an extensions of the resort.
The Vibe: Seclusion. Peace.
Ideal For: Honeymooners, romantic get-aways
Poster Recommends:.A floating champagne breakfast served in the pool right outside your villa.
Investment: No
Wrap up: This is a resort utilizing a cliff-top location above the ocean as a stunning backdrop. Not necessarily the safest option for couples with children, this resort invites rest, relaxation and time for couples to reconnect, rather than rev it up. Featuring an amazing array of romantic locations for couples to dine at upon request, this resort would be perfect for renewing vows or finally reading War and Peace.


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