Archive for November, 2009

Sekar Jagat Spa Location Map

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Sekar Jagat Spa is only 10 min from Nusa Dua Resort, 10 min from Jimbaran town & beach, 15 min from Tanjung Benoa, and 25 min from Kuta.

Located diagonally across from our spa is the Monument of Independent War 1945, Monumen Perang Kemerdekaan 1945. This memorial makes a nice landmark.

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Travel Advice for Bali & Indonesia | Bali Travel Tools

Several governments give regularly updated advice for travellers to Indonesia. These reports deal with threats to safety and security such as terrorism, civil unrest/political tension, natural disasters, severe weather and climate and health issues.

So we have put together a few links for you:

Our personal advice for your own safety on Bali:

  • Keep in mind that many Bali beaches are afflicted with dangerous riptides and undercurrents. So please take care while having fun in the water.
  • Beware of the traffic, be careful when crossing busy roads. Wear a helmet while riding a motorbike, use safety belt while driving a car.
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Great Spa and Good Value

We booked our 4 hour Honeymoon package at Boutique Spa Sekar Jagat over the internet (spa’s own website) which gives you a bit of a discount on their rates. We didn’t have to pay for it in advance – it was just to book an appointment; we received an email confirmation from the owner the next day with all details of pick up etc and were all set.

Our driver was on time and at the spa we were greeted by the staff and the owner, discussed the details of our package (we made some changes to it, e.g. a head & shoulder massage & reflexology instead of manicure/pedicure – no extra fees for that) & meal (I requested a vegetarian one and it wasn’t a problem).

The treatment we had was just the most incredible & relaxing 4 hours! As a couple we had a lovely private room with two beds, all in Balinese style & decorations, and took the blossom bath together which was very romantic. Our masseuses were very professional and gave us both great treatments. At the end of our treatment we had our meal and even though the website says it’s a ‘light meal’ – for us it was a proper filling dinner, real big portions and delicious!

After that the driver took us back to our hotel. All in all we had a really good time in Boutique Spa Sekar Jagat and would recommend it to anyone; I believe especially the couples would find the Honeymoon package real romantic and also a great value!

Justine, Dublin-Ireland, November 2009

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Asia Spa Awards

The AsiaSpa Awards were created in 2005 in order to give recognition and thanks to the sensational spas Asia is blessed with. Here’s the AsiaSpa Awards 2009 winners’ list (27 categories), but first let us mention that one winner is from Bali: COMO Shambhala Retreat Ubud, in the category Spa Retreat of the Year, congratulations!

Destination Spa of the Year: Six Senses Destination Spa, Phuket, Thailand

Urban Spa of the Year: Bliss Spa, W Hotel, Hong Kong

Day Spa of the Year: Green T. House, Beijing

New Spa of the Year: The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Sanya

Spa for Men of the Year: Chuan Spa at Langham Place Mongkok, Hong Kong

Spa Retreat of the Year: COMO Shambhala Retreat, Uma Ubud, Bali

Eco-Spas of the Year: Spa by Mandara, Alila Villas Hadahaa, Maldives

Socially Responsible Spa of the Year: The Shinta Mani Spa, Cambodia

Medi-Spa of the Year: S Medical Spa, Bangkok

Asian Spa Capital of the Year: Thailand

Spa Association of the Year: APSWC – Asia-Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition

Spa Event of the Year: Global Spa Summit

Spa Personality of the Year: Karina Stewart, Co-founder, Brand & Concept Director, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary

In-Spa Training of the Year: CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La

Spa Academy of the Year: Banyan Tree Spa Academy

Spa Design of the Year: Green T. House, Beijing

Best Children’s Spa Menu of the Year: Ice Cream Spa, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Spa Treatment of the Year: “Hilot Trilogy”, Mandala Spa & Villas, Boracay

Holistic Treatment of the Year: “Sound and Stone”, Gw inganna Lifestyle Retreat, Australia

Men’s Spa Treatment of the Year: “Man Space Healing Balance Massage”, i.saw an Residential Spa & Club, Grand Hyatt, Eraw an Bangkok

Spa’s Therapist Team of the Year: Mandarin Oriental

Spa Product of the Year: Algotherm

Anti-Ageing Product of the Year: Aromatherapy Associates, ’Fine Line Face Oil’

Natural Product of the Year: ’Ila Face Oil for Glow ing Radiance’

Men’s Product of the Year: Pevonia, ’Easy-Glide Shaving Emulsion’

Spa Cuisine of the Year: The Farm, Philippines

Spa Marketing of the Year: CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La
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Featured Bali Blog: Always Look On The Bali Side Of Life

Tasty bits of life in Bali!

Ever heard of this tree in Bali with a hole in the middle where cars can pass through? What exactly is a penjor? Is petrol for sale in vodka bottles here on Bali?

Visit this lovely blog “Always Look On The Bali Side Of Life” written by “the Airy Fairy”, an expat woman working in the education system. And if you have a penchant for cup cakes you must not miss her other blog Airy Fairy Cupcakes.
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WTA Bali Tennis Tournament 2009

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The field has been set for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, a season-ending event for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s top International tournament winners. Marion Bartoli, Samantha Stosur, Yanina Wickmayer, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, Shahar Peer, Melinda Czink, Agnes Szavay, Aravane Rezai and Magdalena Rybarikova have qualified, while Kimiko Date Krumm and Sabine Lisicki have accepted invitations as tournament wildcards to round out the playing field at the inaugural event. Additionally, Vera Dushevina will travel to Bali as an alternate.

Making its debut in Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia from November 4-8, 2009, the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions features established and next generation stars competing in an innovative 12-woman round robin singles format (four groups of three players), and offers $600,000 in prize money. The top 10 highest-ranked players who have won an International tournament during the 2009 season on the Tour and who are not competing at the Sony Ericsson Championships – Doha 2009 (which features the top eight singles players in the world) qualify for the event.

Continue reading at sonyericssonwtatour.com >>

Related links: Official site of Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions

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