Hyatt Regency Bali
Treat yourself (and the whole family) at this dreamy Balinese resort
Your ultimate blissful Bali getaway, with newly renovated rooms, a quiet beach, kids’ club, and beachfront eatery! Whether you want to spend your entire time chilling out by the pool or catching up with friends in one of the bars, the classic Balinese resort that is Hyatt Regency Bali has plenty of space and opportunities for you to completely recharge; it’s the perfect tropical escape. Originally built on a coconut plantation, the resort is blessed with the widest beachfront in the region and has the largest garden on the island. Families will enjoy the laid-back Sanur vibe, while couples will revel in its romantic, old-school charm. With 363 newly renovated rooms and facilities, the resort is eminently comfortable while at the same time retaining an authentic Balinese feel. [caption id="attachment_44994" align="alignnone" width="600"] Welcome to relaxation[/caption] Need to know Location The Hyatt Regency Bali is right on the main street of Sanur with 500 metres of beachfront and Bali’s top destinations close by: Seminyak is 45 minutes away and Ubud just an hour. Eat: The hotel has two restaurants: Omang Omang with its all-day dining, and Pizzaria by the beach. Outside the hotel you can enjoy hundreds of cafes, restaurants and bars. Play: Though most people come to Sanur to relax, there are plenty of options for turning your mild a little bit wilder. Beach clubs are within 10 minutes of the hotel, and bars with live music or sports are a quick walk away – plus you’ll find chilled-out yoga studios as well as hip boutiques and salons. Within the hotel, guests can swim in one of three pools, mingle at the Beach Bar or get pampered in the lavish spa. Top Tips The hotel’s renowned, established garden makes a fabulous backdrop for family or romantic portraits. Book a photo session with a local photographer and snap some of your best Insta shots ever. The garden is home to about 500 species of flora and fauna, and trees from the old garden of Bali Hyatt have been restored and given a new home. Head to the spa to try a watsu (water shiatsu) treatment – essentially a massage on water! Sindhu market offers a glimpse of local life. A wet market by day and food market by night, Sindhu is Sanur’s unofficial melting pot. Located 10 minutes’ drive from the hotel, the market opens from 6am to 10am and 6pm to 10pm.   The resort is accepting bookings from 20 December 2018. Find out more at hyattregencybali.com
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The ultimate five-day Lombok itinerary
What to do and where to explore on Bali’s neighbouring island Bali has long been a much-loved holiday destination for Australians – it’s practically a rite of passage. And while record numbers of Aussies are still basking in Bali’s warm waters, an increasing amount of visitors are now travelling to Bali’s less-visited sister, the stunning island of Lombok. Like the rest of Bali, Lombok offers lush landscapes, tasty culinary dishes, unique cultural experiences and its fair share of adventure, but this beautiful island also boasts almost-deserted beaches, epic surfing breaks and hidden waterfalls as well. It goes without saying that to really explore Lombok you need two to three weeks, but if you’ve only got the best part of one week, here’s one of the best ways to spend it: Day 1 Once you fly into Lombok from Bali, head to the beautiful coastal area of Mandalika Beach, just 30 minutes to the south. Once a hidden mecca for surfers, now this pristine coastal paradise that is only six minutes from popular Kuta Beach (not to be confused with Bali’s Kuta Beach) is home to watersports of all kinds, modern hotels and hip cafes serving up local treats. It’s the perfect place to start your holiday (cocktail in hand). After checking into your hotel, take the afternoon to hike to the top of nearby Merese Hill above Batu Payung beach to see an impressive panorama of Lombok as well as a beautiful sunset. The walk itself will take roughly about an hour from Mandalika or you can hop on a moped and then it’s just a quick 15- to 20-minute walk from the car park to the top. [caption id="attachment_44790" align="alignnone" width="600"] You'll never want to leave after seeing these jaw-dropping sunsets[/caption] Day 2 Today is beach day! Mandalika Beach is perfectly located near some of Lombok’s most beautiful beaches, so hiring a moped or catching a taxi to each one makes for a stunning day by the sea. If you love surfing and fishing, head to Gerupuk Beach or if you’re after peace and quiet, try relaxing at Serenting Beach. For lunch, make your way to beautiful Tanjung Aan Beach for freshly made Nasi Goreng and a swim on a near-deserted beach, before heading back to Mandalika Beach for dinner. Day 3 Say goodbye to Lombok’s south coast and travel a couple of hours up to Lombok’s main tourist area of Senggigi. On the way, take a short detour to the spectacular Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls, centred around swimming holes below. The 20-metre-high waterfalls cascade through rugged rocky outcrops covered in moss creating a cool retreat from Lombok’s beaches. When you’ve cooled down with a swim, head to your hotel in Senggigi, around 90 minutes’ drive away. Situated on wide open beaches and backed by jungle-covered mountains, Senggigi is a great place to enjoy a day of shopping, before watching the sunset over the water as you eat dinner and head out to a bar. [caption id="attachment_44791" align="alignnone" width="600"] So many activities to keep even the most adventurous traveller occupied[/caption] Day 4 After an early breakfast and a swim, take a local day trip north to the famous Gili Islands just off the coast of Lombok. Known for incredibly rich tropical marine biodiversity, the three islands of the Gilis each have a no-car policy and white sandy postcard-worthy beaches. For scuba divers, dive in and explore the sunken ship at Wreck Point near Mentigi Beach on Gili Trawangan. Or you could meet the local turtles and even swim with them. Or you could just snorkel right off the beach (why not?). You’ll find that the pace of life on the Gili Islands is slow… and that’s just how the locals like it. It’s the perfect place for a relaxing day in the sun. Overnight in Senggigi. Day 5 Get up bright and early to hop on a half-day trip cycling through some of Lombok’s beautiful terraced rice fields – most of which date back to the time of Balinese colonisation. As you explore the beautiful rice fields on two wheels, you’ll visit small villages along the way and learn about local customs and culture. You might even try homemade local delicacies. Spend the afternoon back in Senggigi relaxing on the beach, before watching the sunset and listening to late-night live music in the local bars: an ideal way to end your holiday. [caption id="attachment_44789" align="alignnone" width="600"] Experience a few nights staying in a beach hut[/caption] Where to stay: Lombok has a range of accommodation including five-star resorts and hotels as well as affordable surf huts and beach hostels to choose from. How to get there: There are regular daily flights between Australia and Denpasar, Indonesia, and there are daily flights between Denpasar and Lombok International Airport (LOP). Local airlines that fly to Lombok from Bali include Garuda, Lion Air, SilkAir and Trans Nusa.   Planning a holiday to Indonesia? For further info on Lombok and the surrounding areas, check out www.indonesia.travel
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Explore secret Bali
There’s so much to love about Bali, from nature to culture, indulgence to adventure, and the laidback vibe of the island will soon have you seduced and ready for wanderlust. Here, four great destinations to discover – plus three exciting next-stop Indonesian destinations to carry on the adventure.
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Bali or Bondi: why are Aussies setting up shop in Bali?
With an influx of Aussies setting up restaurants in Bali, is the island at risk of becoming oversaturated. Is it still worth visiting if it’s Bondi 2.0? The legacy of Aussies creating high-quality dining experiences in Bali has been well established over the last decade, with restaurateurs and entrepreneurs attracted by various reasons – including lifestyle and profitability, and the sense of openness and opportunity that a burgeoning industry creates.   Early on the scene was Sarong, a restaurant dedicated to south-east Asian cuisine, opened by the (formerly Sydney-based) chef Will Meyrick in 2008. Frank Camorra opened a Balinese outpost of his popular chain MoVida in 2016, and meanwhile in 2014 Melbourne’s Adam McAsey introduced Australian cafe culture to the island with Sisterfields (guaranteed to serve your avo smash and soy flat white how you like it).   He followed its success by opening a handful of nearby venues including a burger joint, BO$$ MAN, Expat Roasters and a fine-diner, Bikini. After establishing Rojo Rocket in the New South Wales town of Avoca, Adrian Reed transplanted its Mexican theme to Bali by opening Motel Mexicola in 2013. And in 2016, he opened Da Maria – an osteria-style restaurant that takes its design cues from the Amalfi Coast – alongside Maurice Terzini, of Icebergs Dining Room & Bar and Da Orazio Pizza and Porchetta. A new, Bali incarnation of the Bondi institution Icebergs is also slated to be in the works, with Reed and Terzini at the helm.   [caption id="attachment_33973" align="alignleft" width="1500"] Established in 2014 The Plantation Grill in Seminyak is the flagship restaurant at luxury hotel Double-Six.[/caption] These venues are concentrated around the hubs of Seminyak and Petitenget; the former, a stylish beach resort area at the southern end of Bali that is home to many of the island’s expats, and the latter, a little further north and a little more low-key. These hotspots display the high-level hospitality, and diversity of offerings, that we’ve come to expect in Australia’s urban and cultural centres and their success suggests we’re eating it up. But is there a risk that this influx of Aussie culture will reach saturation point and end up detracting from the reasons we love to visit Bali in the first place?   [caption id="attachment_33975" align="alignleft" width="1077"] BO$$MAN has some of the best burgers in town.[/caption] Those on the ground don’t think so. “I don’t necessarily agree,” says Sisterfields’ Adam McAsey. “It's the same concern that Bali has become more expensive now.   It's just not true. You can have a cheap holiday in Bali like you always did; stay in a cute bungalow, eat satay and nasi goreng and buy wooden Buddha statues at the market. The difference now is you have alternatives.”   Restaurateur and one half of the original duo behind Icebergs, Robert Marchetti, established The Plantation Grill in Seminyak in 2014, the flagship restaurant at luxury hotel Double-Six.   He points out that it’s not just Australian entrepreneurs who are being drawn to the island – but entrepreneurs in general. And, as a frequent traveller, he sees what’s happening in Bali hospitality as a global, rather than local, trend; with expectations increasing everywhere. The pattern that follows will not be unique either.   “Just like the early days of Bondi, for example, when we arrived with Icebergs, there was very little there – apart from a few standouts,” he says. “Every market goes through a saturation point, but if you have a unique restaurant, high standards and don't compromise – you will always do well and stand out. You don't have to be the first on Mars to be the most successful.” [caption id="attachment_33972" align="alignleft" width="1500"] Fancy a coffee in Balinese paradise? Head on over to the Expat[/caption] But even if these Aussie outposts offer a welcome alternative, and indeed are part of a global picture, they are still inherently tied to Balinese culture. “Bali is definitely becoming a global leader in the food and beverage industry and for good reason,” says Adrian Reed of Motel Mexicola and Da Maria.   “There is a raft of world-class operators opening venues here but among them, there is a deep respect for the culture and values of the island.”   Both McAsey and Marchetti agree. “Our location is surrounded by local eateries and our venues are staffed with smiling humble Indonesians,” says McAsey. “That is what we see as the true spirit of Bali – our amazing, friendly, passionate local team.”   “Bali as a whole has always had a very social and solid understanding of hospitality, along with a heap of local talent,” says Marchetti. “Aussies may be some of the curators of these venues, but we will always be guests in Bali. It's the locals that make Bali, Bali.” Five of the best and brightest Aussie-owned dining destinations in Bali Tropicola Conceived by the team behind Motel Mexicola and Bondi’s The Bucket List, Tropicola is a multi-stage beachfront development (a restaurant and hotel are set to follow) on Seminyak Beach in Bali. Its views out to the Indian Ocean provide a colourful and fun environment to relax in during the day, and party hard at into the night.   Designer James Brown has conjured up a colourful oasis laden with bougainvillea over multiple levels, where the clean lines and bright shades of the pool club are evocative of the louche days of the ’80s, and the general vibe brings to mind the heyday of jet-set playgrounds such as Miami and Acapulco. tropicola.info Da Maria Opened in 2016, Maurice Terzini and Adrian Reed’s first Bali outpost is a restaurant inspired by the Amalfi Coast that offers casual-chic dining and a little of something for everyone. “Early evening you'll find kids making pizzas, our lunch and dinner service offers one of the most authentic Italian menus you'll find anywhere,” says Reed. “ And from 10pm every night our late night pizza and disco kicks in where you'll find the venue humming with those who want to dance the night away.”   [caption id="attachment_33974" align="alignleft" width="1500"] Italian inspired Da Maria restaurant brings you casual-chic dining and a little of something for everyone.[/caption] To find out more, check out Da Maria. The Slow Bali’s unique, Brutalist-inspired boutique hotel opened its doors in December 2017. Set a stone’s throw from the sand in Canggu, it’s a destination in itself created by Gareth Moody and George Gorrow, original designers of the Australian fashion label Ksubi. The hotel’s luxury suites are complemented by a flagship store that showcases the designers’ new menswear label Non-Type, as well as all-day dining centre around its restaurant Eat & Drink, led by head chef Shannon Moran.   To find out more, check out The Slow.   Bikini Opened in Seminyak in January 2017, Bikini is the latest on the scene from entrepreneur Adam McAsey’s (@adam_mcasey) growing empire. Complementing his Aussie-style cafe, Sisterfields, and burger joint, BO$$MAN, Bikini is McAsey’s foray into fine dining, with seasonal produce driving a share-plate based menu. Plans are also afoot to launch Sisterfields Jakarta at the end of the year.   [caption id="attachment_33976" align="alignleft" width="801"] Adam McAsey’s newly open Bikini restaurant is a must visit if you are in Bali.[/caption] To find out more, check out Bikini.    Mrs Sippy Bali A popular hang-out spot in Double Bay, Sydney, Mrs Sippy opened a second venue in Bali in April.  A beach club with a 600-seat restaurant and a huge saltwater swimming pool, come for the Jimbaran-style grill and stay for the poolside disco.   To find out more, check out Mrs Sippy.   Icebergs Bali The details are still scant, but an Icebergs beach club is slated to land in Bali in the near future, with Maurice Terzini and Adrian Reed at the helm. We look forward to seeing that iconic pool reincarnated, Bali-style.

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