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Pssst! Did you hear the latest news from Bali? From resort openings to hip new dining hot spots, rooftop bars and great value packages, Bali expert JESSICA ZOITI gives us all the goss from the island of the Gods.


The first five-star hotel in Komodo National Park will open next year when the Ayana Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach, welcomes its first guests.

Located a one-hour flight from Bali, Komodo National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, comprises dozens of small islands with the largest being Komodo – home of the famous dragon. The new resort is situated on the island of Labuan Bajo in West Flores, considered the launching point for trips to Komodo.

The resort will offer 12 suites and 189 premium guest rooms, an exclusive pier, a rooftop sunset bar, a Japanese restaurant and a seafood restaurant, three swimming pools (including one just for kids) and a spa.

In addition to the new resort, Ayana will also launch a 54-metre, nine-bedroom pinisi sailing ship. Guests can book a room aboard the luxurious vessel or charter the whole ship, then sail around the island on day trips or on two- to three-night expeditions. Both the resort and ship will launch in summer 2018. 


Paul Lewis, Salazon


Satisfy your salty cravings

A chic new restaurant is bolstering Seminyak’s reputation as Bali’s best culinary destination.

With an emphasis on wood-fired, cured, smoked and grilled meats and fish, Salazon is located in the Envie lifestyle hub in the heart of Seminyak and is a 96-seat industrial-style restaurant and bar.

The name refers to the method of curing meat with salt and, appropriately, everything served in the restaurant is cured and made on-site, including the salt-cured and dry-aged meats, charcuterie, relishes, ice cream, vinegars – even the sourdough bread and the butter served with it.

Australian Paul Lewis is the Executive Chef and some of his favourite dishes include the chopped tuna, a dish of dry-aged loin, cheek and belly meats that have been smoked and come served with tattie scone and sea urchin, and the dry-aged beef tartare featuring four different cuts of beef infused with cured beef fat, salt, pepper, chives and then served with eggplant crème, pickles and seaweed crackers. Delish!


Karma Jimbaran 4-Bedroom Valley View Villa


Five-star family fun

Who doesn’t love a little luxury, especially when it comes at a bargain price? Karma Jimbaran is a family-friendly, five-star pool villa resort located among tropical gardens and just steps from the beach.

The property is currently offering a three-night package from $US433 (approx. $AU566) including accommodation in a three-bedroom pool villa, daily breakfast at the on-site Karma Lounge, free access to Three Monkeys Kids’ Club and complimentary dining for children who are accompanied by a parent.

The package also includes a 75-minute ‘Intuitive Balinese’ massage for up to six people at Karma Spa, resort credit valued at IDR1,000,000 net (approx. $AU95) per stay and VIP access to the resort’s sister property, Karma Kandara’s award-winning beach club, Karma Beach Bali.

The package is subject to service charges and taxes and is valid for travel until July 15, 2018. Some blackout periods apply.




Rooftop walks in the park

Above Eleven Bali is a new rooftop bar and restaurant at Mövenpick Resort and Spa Jimbaran Bali. Here you’ll enjoy the unusual combination of Peruvian-Japanese food, a park setting and striking sunset views over Jimbaran Bay.

From the entrance, diners are led through a maze to a spacious restaurant enhanced by lush greenery. From the main restaurant, a green garden tunnel opens onto a funky offshoot space called Gramercy Park, a chic area housing a food truck-style cocktail bar.

The menu offers a fusion of flavours that reflect Japanese influence on Peruvian food while the cocktail list provides a mix of both classic and tropical creations.“Since the opening of the resort earlier this year, the aim has been always to welcome guests to experience a stay that is fresh, interesting and enjoyable. Above Eleven Bali has all of these elements rolled into one,” said Horst Walther-Jones, General Manager of Mövenpick Resort and Spa Jimbaran Bali.



New resort is a dream come true

With its dramatic limestone cliffs, white sandy shoreline, world-class surf break and memorable sunsets, Dreamland Beach on Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula certainly lives up to its name.

Little wonder then that this is the location chosen by the Wyndham Hotel Group to open a new resort later this month. Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali is set alongside an exclusive collection of luxury breach clubs, resorts and golf courses.

The 190-room property will offer 28 villas with private swimming pools, 162 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, two adults-only swimming pools, a kids’ pool, poolside café, open-air speciality Indonesian restaurant, tranquil gardens, meeting facilities and a casual bar.

Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali will join the group’s other hotels in the region, including Ramada Bali Sunset Road Kuta, Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort Bali (which opened late last year), Wyndham Garden Kuta Bach Bali, Ramada Bintang Bali Resort and Ramada Encore Bali Seminyak.



More reasons to get back to Bali

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. In fact, about 80 per cent of all adults experience lower back pain at some stage in their lifetime with both men and women affected equally. Often the pain is debilitating yet in the past, patients have been told to simply learn to live with it.

According to Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) this no longer needs to be the case. BIMC now provides a dedicated facility focused on the comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and multi-disciplinary treatment for various types of pain, including chronic pain. Here, they offer interventional pain management treatments using needles and electronic devices to provide complete or partial pain relief to patients.

People who are unsuitable for surgery, have two or more chronic diseases or conditions, or can’t tolerate oral pain medications might consider minimally invasive steroid injection treatments that deliver a powerful anti-inflammatory solution directly to the source of pain.

Like any medical procedure, it’s important to talk with the BIMC doctors about the risks and benefits associated with each treatment. 


Written by: Jessica Zoiti
Published: 20 December 2017

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