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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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Romantic dinner in the middle of rice fields?

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Note:

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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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Cloud Lounge & Living Room, Jakarta

Located at The Plaza, 49th Floor, this dazzling rooftop lounge offers you magnificent 360 degree view of Jakarta city’s skyline. If you are lucky enough, you can catch a perfect sunset from this rooftop. Make sure you come around 5PM and stay at least till 7PM, so you will have both sunset and best night view of Jakarta city when all the lights are on. And you can also experience drinking Vodka in a zero degree temperature in what they call “Vodka Room”, that is the first kind in Indonesia so far.

This place is good for casual dining as well as fine dining, private/big party, business meeting, drinks, dates, also romantic dinner :).

I was actually came here on September last year with friends, and the weather was not good at that moment, so I can’t see the sunset. But, we managed to get  some good pictures from our visit:

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Detail information:

Cloud Lounge & Living Room
The Plaza Tower 49th floor
Jl. M.H Thamrin Kav. 28-30, Jakarta 10350
Telephone: +62-21 2992 2448
Opening Hours Cloud Dining:
Weekdays: 06.30 pm – 11.00 pm
Weekends: 06.30 pm – Midnight
Opening Hours Cloud Lounge:
Sunday – Thursday: 04.00 pm – 02.00 am
Friday – Saturday: 04.00 pm – 03.00 am
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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.