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Cosmo Salon & Spa, Bali

I came to this place with special purpose to get shiatsu massage. I was not feeling well, pain on my lower back, shoulder and neck got stiff after sitting for quite long time and I guess not in the right position when driving around in Bali. I thought that regular massage would not fix my problem, and been thinking about shiatsu. I like getting shiatsu massage, especially when I feel like catching flu or have back pain. That normally works well on me.

So, I did google about shiatsu in Bali and came up with several places, one of them was Cosmo Salon & Spa. This place is still in Sanur area. They provide massage and spa treatments, nail and waxing treatments, hair treatments and make up. There are several types of massages in this Cosmo Salon: Cosmo Fusion massage, Cosmo Signature, Deep Tissue massage, Shiatsu, Bali massage & Thai massage (you can read the detail technique of each massage on their website, includes the price). I read on Tripadvisor about this place and many people were recommending Cosmo Fusion massage. It is combination between deep tissue massage and shiatsu, but I wanted shiatsu.  Unlike shiatsu that I used to get in Jakarta, which use feet pressure technique, the therapists here are using finger pressure technique. This therapy also involved kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques, performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing that they provided. I think the shiatsu technique at this Cosmo Salon is better than the one I get in Jakarta. One hour of this massage was relieved my back pain, not entirely right away but I felt much much better. Maybe I need more than one hour to heal the pain completely :). I was thinking about that on my way back home.

 

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Note about this place:

  • Most guests are foreigners.
  • Friendly staffs especially the receptionist.
  • The place is clean.
  • The price is a little bit higher than Leha-Leha Spa, but it is still within market range and based on my own experience it is more than worth to get the shiatsu massage here.
  • Over all: good services with reasonable price.

Detail Info:

Cosmo Salon & Spa

Danau Tamblingan Street No.176, Sanur, Bali

Telp: (62-361) 286330

Website: http://www.cosmobali.com

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Bungalow Living Bali

Shopping is one of the activities that is loved by most women. As I live in Jakarta, the city which has unlimited options to shop, I could find almost anything. I could say that because Jakarta has the biggest number of malls in Indonesia with total number around 83 in 2017, perhaps in the world. That excludes the option to shop via online which of course has bigger coverage of market. So, shopping in Jakarta has never been lack of options. Still, when you are traveling, women especially are still doing a shop, looking for something unique or stuffs that we think we can not find it in the place where we live.

Bali, at the other hand, although I love the island as one of the most favorite destinations for holiday, has very less malls. However, there are quite many things, unique things, arts or traditional stuffs that could only be found in Bali. And I love getting around in every corner in Bali to find something different or sometimes just to window-shop. And in my last trip to Bali, I found this shop, Bungalow Living Bali. Well, actually I have seen it on their Instagram account before going to Bali and listed the shop as “must visit” on my travel list.

This Bungalow Living Bali is located in Berawa, not far from the famous surfing spots and beaches in Canggu. The shop is not like other interior or home living shops. This cute, lovely shop will make anyone who loves home-decoring enthusiastic and get inspired. They design the shop as a shopping place and coffee shop as well, so you can have coffee or healthy drinks and some cakes while enjoying their collections that been displayed beautifully and in artistic way. Even the bed display with the pretty bed cover/throw looks like inviting you to snuggle on it. Through their account in Instagram, or you may find it on the Facebook as well, we can see the update of their collections of home-living, such as cushions, bed covers, throws, paintings, bags, accessories and other homewares.

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Honestly, I did not plan to buy anything, but once I stepped in the shop, I was too excited and spent almost 2 hours just to admire their collections. I left the shop without buying anything, but having some items in my head to sleep on it. Two days later, I was back to the shop for this lovely bag and other things.

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Well, maybe you do not really need it, but if you still think about it after sleeping on it, means that you have to buy it. That is my new motto, or more like a guilty feeling justification for being weak over their lovely collections :).

 

Detail Info:

Bungalow Living Bali

Jalan Pantai Berawa 35A, Canggu 80361, Bali

Tel: +62 361 844 6567

Website: http://www.bungalowlivingbali.com

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Leha-Leha Spa, Bali

 

When you are in Bali, you can find many places that offer spa or massage, from private/individual spa/massage that owned by personal or spa/massage that is part of hotel facilities. And there are vary in range of cost. Sometimes it is not easy to find a good spa with a good technique massage because each of us has different preference in how the massage being performed. It also depends on the therapist’s condition when they do the job at that time. Getting a reference from friend or website (for example from Tripadvisor) will help in finding the best one, that suits our preference.

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So, when I was in a need to get massage after long trip while in Bali, I read Tripadvisor and got some places to check. I made some calls, got informations about their services, prices and availability, then I went to try this Leha-Leha Spa.

This spa is owned by local, named Gusde. Located near Taksu Sanur Hotel in Sudamala street, Sanur. The place is clean and modern with touch of traditional balinese interior and decoration. Leha Leha spa has several room, including an inter-connecting couples therapy room, where guest can arrange a couple’s massage. They offer not only spa/massage, but beauty treatments as well, includes manicure and pedicure. And if you need pick up/drop off service, they can provide too. With nice and friendly staff, make the visit to this place is more enjoyable. Furthermore, the price is not that expensive. For one hour ‘Traditional Balinese Full Body Massage” is about IDR 150,000.- (plus 5% service and 10% tax). Overall, great service with fair prices. Highly recommended!

 

Detail information:

Leha-Leha Spa

Jalan Sudamala No 5, Sanur, Bali

Tel: 62-8113995510

Email:  info@balilehaleha.com

Web: http://www.balilehaleha.com

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Klapa New Kuta Beach, Bali

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Outdoor

Klapa New Kuta Beach is located at Pecatu area, a beach resort at the southern part of Bali Island. New Kuta Beach previously known by Dreamland Beach, was wild coast that discovered by Australian surfers who looked for great waves and simple/basic accommodation. They called it Dreamland beach because this beach had white sand, great surfing waves and stunning sunset. It was just perfect place for people who just needed quiet beach and great waves.

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Outdoor lounge

Since 2007, this area has been bought and managed by a property developer “Bali Pecatu Graha” (Kuta Golf Links Resort), owned by Tommy Suharto, son of the former Indonesian president who occupied the largest area in Pecatu up to 400 hectares, re-instated the projects begun before the Asian financial crisis. Previously Tommy had 600 hectares of land in the early 1990s and then sold 200 hectares to third parties and the proceeds are now used to finance the project with the new partner, a Balinese businessman, Made G. Putrawan (source: wikipedia). Since then, this area was full with commercial development; hotel resorts, apartments, restaurants/cafe with function room, golf course (New Kuta Golf) and club (Klapa New Kuta Beach/Klapa Club).

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The view

Although, now that surfers are not too interested in this beach, this place still gets the charm; the white sand, the beautiful sunset, the great waves, etc. Klapa Club is worth to be considered as a good venue for corporate/private meeting, corporate inbound/outbound, wedding, lounging/sunbathing, swimming or just come, have a drink and take some good pictures. When you hold an even in this club, or plan to play golf in this complex (at New Kuta Golf), you can stay at nearer hotels in this area, such as: The Rich Prada Bali, Lexington Klapa Resort, New Kuta Hotel and Lorin New Kuta

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New Year Party at Klapa Club

Last time I went to Klapa Club was for 2006 New Years Eve. All pictures here were taken by that time.

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The above link is an affiliate link. Agoda.com is my favorite site for finding great deals on hotels. I have been a member of this site since 2013 and always happy. The best thing about this site is “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail Information:

Klapa New Kuta Beach

Address: Jalan New Kuta Beach, Pecatu Indah Resort – Bali

Telp: +62 (361) 8484 581 | F. +62 (361) 8484 558

http://klapa-newkutabeach.com

 

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H Sovereign Hotel, Bali (4*)

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Club Premier Room

H Sovereign hotel is located near Bali international airport. Therefor, it is perfect for anyone who arrives in Bali so late, or has to catch up very early morning flight. The hotel has 198 total rooms with five categories:

  • Deluxe room: 25 sqm, king/twin bed, shower
  • Premier room: 28 sqm, king/twin bed, shower
  • Club premier room: 28 sqm, king/twin bed, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge
  • Junior suite room: 39 sqm, king/twin bed, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge
  • Executive suite room: 56 sqm, king bed, separate living/sitting area, bathtub & shower, and Complimentary access to the Sovereign Club Lounge

For all types of rooms have got this facilities:

  • 42” IP LED TV
  • Satellite TV Channel
  • Air conditioning
  • Body heat power sensor
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Hair Dryer
  • Coffee & Tea Maker
  • Mini Bar
  • Wardrobe
  • IP PABX Telephone
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H Sovereign hotel also provides a fully-equipped gym, spa, sauna, jacuzzi, yoga room and swimming pool at the rooftop. From this rooftop pool,  guests can view both sunrise and sunset, and sometimes a birds eye view of the planes taking off and landing.

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Bathroom

For dining, H Sovereign has a Kitchen Meliwis restaurant (serves for breakfast, lunch and dinner), Owl Stone cafe and bakery (for coffee & baked goods), and 7 Clover Sky bar at the rooftop for light snacks & refreshments (started at 04.00PM till around 01.00AM).

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Corridor

The hotel is only a 10-minute drive from Bali International Airport, a 15-minute drive from Discovery Shopping Mall and a 25-minute drive from Kuta Beach.

I stayed in this hotel last January 2017 and booked for Club Premier Room. Based on my experience, these are “pros” and “cons” when stay in this hotel:

PROs

  • Very good quality of bedding (premium goose down pillows, luxury bed mattress and sheets). I am impressed with this quality of bedding as it’s very rare to meet this kind of luxury at 4 stars hotel.
  • Large and quiet room
  • The rooftop pool with stunning view
  • Location: in the main road of Tuban Street, near airport, close to Kuta area
  • Value for money: I booked for premier room with the rate about USD 54/night and got free upgraded to Club Premier Room and one free airport transfer. The booking made via Agoda.com. You may take a look the current rate here.

CONs

  • The hotel needs to pay attention on the maintenance. If you see picture number two, there is small area of paint peeling off on the wall near the bathtub.
  • The corridor is a little bit dark that gives impression of gloomy and not attractive.
  • Food at the restaurant is average, but this is not big issue for me.

SUMMARIZE

Recommended hotel to stay if you arrive in Bali very late or have early morning flight. Please make sure to compare with other recommended airport hotels: Hilton Garden Inn Airport Bali and Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai Airport to get the best value for money accommodation. You may use Agoda.com and Hotels.com or other hotel platform to make the comparison. And if you decide to make booking via Agoda.com, please firstly read about my thought on “PointsMAX”; it’s interesting way to get an extra benefit from your accommodation booking.

Note:

The above link is an affiliate link. Agoda.com is my favorite site for finding great deals on hotels. I have been a member of this site since 2013 and never failed me. The best thing about this site is “PointsMAX”. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail Information:

H Sovereign Hotel

Jl. Raya Tuban No. 2, Lingkungan Tuban Griya, Tuban, Bali, 80361, Indonesia
Phone : +62 361 301 5555 Fax : +62 361 301 5588

Website:    http://hsovereignhotels.com/    Email:    reservations@hsovereignhotels.com

Posted in Bali, English, Restaurant/Cafe, Reviews, Travel

Secret Garden Village, Bali

Bali is one of my favorite tourist destinations. Anytime I come to Bali, there is always a new spot to explore, either cafe, restaurant, theme park or just a cozy place to hang out with friends. Secret Garden Village is not only a cafe, a restaurant, theme park or a breathtaking landscape to unwind at. This place also promotes educational tourism. There is a beauty heritage museum in this complex where you can learn in short presentation about the history and journey of Oemah Herborist, one of Indonesian beauty product. They also offer you a short course (requires one day reservation in advance) how to make natural cosmetic products, such as a soap. These are some soaps that you can purchase at Herborist beauty factory outlet in the corner of this complex.

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Other educational tour they offer is about coffee. At their open concept lay-out coffee shop, the Black Eye Coffee & Roastery, you can learn about coffee roasting & brewing process and how to prepare good coffee like a barista :). This coffee shop serves many variety of Indonesian coffee, such as Lampung, Toraja, Aceh, Java, etc.

 

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And if coffee and beauty products are not your appetite, you can just pop in, enjoy the beautiful and relaxing complex and take some photos :).

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Outdoor
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Romantic dinner in the middle of rice fields?

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Note:

If you plan to travel to Bali and need a stay, I recommend you Agoda.com and Hotels.com to get the best rate of accommodation. And if you decide to make booking via Agoda.com, please firstly read about my thought on “PointsMAX”; it’s interesting way to get an extra benefit from your accommodation booking. It is new way to earn extra benefits, that means while you stay, you can earn points that will be converted to your favorite loyalty programs. So, when you register to Agoda, please make sure that you also register/link your loyalty program. Then, you can start earning miles on your next booking! See my detail review on “PointsMAX” here.

Detail information:

Secret Garden Village

Jl. Raya Denpasar KM.36, Tabanan, Bali 82191. Telp: +62 368 2033363

Opening hours: 9am – 8pm daily

Entrance Fee: IDR 50.000 (local tourist), IDR 100.000 (foreign tourist)

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Bali Asli, Amlapura

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If you like adventures, this place might suit you well. Bali Asli is located in the foot hills of Mount Agung, Karang Asem regency. They said, Bali Asli can be reached around 2 hours from Bali airport … to me, taken almost 3 hours to reach this place. We never been around in this area and was only depending on Waze and Google map. But, we enjoyed the ride. It had to pass through countryside, up and down the hill, narrow streets, but along the way was great view, fresh air and less people :).

And when you arrived to this place …got into the restaurant, I promised you…you will be amazed. The view was stunning … the rice fields surround this restaurant, and if you are lucky enough to have clear sky, you will be able to see Mount Agung from the restaurant. All the trouble to get to this place was worthwhile and what I like most was the quietness … really calming and peaceful.

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For the food, Bali Asli Restaurant offers traditional Balinese cuisine, served using traditional Balinese style kitchen, which called “Paon”. This kitchen is created from mud brick stoves, using wood-fired to cook. Actually, this kind of “Paon” is commonly used in Javanese traditional style kitchen, too. In java, we called it “Pawon”, pronounced almost the same too. This kind of cooking technique, can make your food taste better. Just like in the West, when they cook pizza in brick oven…the taste is believed better than pizza from conventional oven. At this restaurant, their food ingredients are mostly self-grown in their garden/neighbors or got them from the local market. This conditions sometimes limit them in making the food, that’s why they don’t serve many kind of food in one time. However, they serve the food in unique way. Some pictures taken from my visit below.

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Main course: rice, spicy water spinach salad (Plecing Kangkung), steamed tofu,  salad dish of steamed vegetables with seasoned and spiced grated coconut (Urab Sayur) and Ayam Betutu (one of famous Balinese traditional poultry dish)

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I am personally not quite impress with the food, although I love the Loloh/Jamu very much. But, I am in awe with the view and mostly with the peaceful atmosphere that’s dominating this place.