Bali’s Favorite Liquor, Arak!

Arak is a distilled alcoholic drink favored in the Middle East. Commonly used in social settings, the drink is famous for its potency, and the milky-white color it turns when water is added to it. Arak has a high alcohol content, so water and ice are almost always added, producing the drink nicknamed “the milk of lions,” in the Middle East. Arak is typically made from grapes, though dates, sugar, plums, figs, and molasses can be used depending on the region where it is made. Though Arak in its pure form is colorless, the clear liquid is aniseed-flavored. Aniseed is added to the distilled alcohol during the second of three distillation processes. The ratio of aniseed to alcohol can vary which results in different qualities of arak, but the strength of the drink usually falls between 30%-60%.

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Those who know arak by name will likely already know it by its reputation too. Most of us longer-term Bali residents have had a night or two out involving arak. The stuff is quite awful tasting, but mixes well and does the trick. Better yet at rp 15,000 or about $1.50 per bag (yes bag, 600ml of arak is sold in long plastic bags that have been tied at the top) it can be a pretty inexpensive night out as well.Mention arak around some people though and they will be quick to tell you of all the dangers of arak. You might hear “it will make you go blind” or “it killed a friend of my friend”, among many other stories. To be fair, these aren’t just rumors. A few years back, over 25 people died on Bali from a single batch of arak. The scary part was this was the type that was regulated, taxed and sold in stores, not the traditional kind the Balinese drink.3

The traditional variety is made mostly on the east side of the island in Karengasem. Some villages even specialize in brewing arak, Bali’s own version of moonshine. Balinese love their arak and drink it often with friends or after ceremonies, with it usually being drank in turns from a shot glass with Coca-Cola already mixed in.

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Luna Rooftop Bar

If you’re up for a more interesting night out with your buddies, then L Hotel’s Luna Rooftop Bar is a destination that you won’t want to miss. This rooftop bar not only features sweeping views of Bali’s skyline, but also the soothing greenery of paddy fields. Here’s where you’ll get to enjoy a good chat with your mates in a relaxed atmosphere, as you watch the chefs cooking it up at the open kitchen. Luna is also home to a series of unique cocktails, such as the “Twilight” (Vodka, Chambord and Berry Sugar puree) and “Luna Aqua” (Gin, Fresh Lemon, Soda, Cointreau and Lemonade). Luna Rooftop Bar located on the roof at Hotel L Seminyak on Jalan Petitenget is lovely tho maybe a bit ambitious inasmuch as there is little attract passing clientele from the street.3.jpg

Designed to be a lively social scene for party-goers to enjoy a great night out, the rooftop Luna Roof Bar, overlooks paddy fields and Bali skyline with the beautiful beach of Bali in the horizon. Discover Luna’s Uniquely Nightly Affair, sip irresistible signature cocktails like “Twilight” ( a cheery concoction of Vodka, Chambord &Berry Sugar puree) or get teased by “Purple Seduction” which has Vodka, Cointreau, Blue Curacao, Grenadine and Lemonade, for a tropical taste, try “ Luna Aqua” made up of Gin, Fresh Lemon, Soda, Cointreau and Blue Curacao & of course, ladies who wish to be in command, don’t miss the “Woman On Top” made of Absolut Mandrin, Lychee Liqueur and Rose syrup.1

Your uniquely drinking experience ascents as the night gets through, with a savory assortment of canapés from her menu… try signature bites like “Trio of mini satay”, “Devil’s Horse Back”, “Salmon Rose”, “ Crab Cake” or even the “Pasta Pasti”. For a sensory dining, the Kitano, Teppanyaki is a sure draw with the Teppan Chef delighting in his prowess, tossing and turning the food – making it an upfront a la minute delicious experience. At Luna Roof Bar, there′s a cocktail, wine, beer or any kind of libation to suit every occasion, featuring an open kitchen showcasing a copper tandoor oven where meats sizzle and gourmet flavours scintillate their way to your waiting heart.

 

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Party at the top of the world: Jim’Bar’N Rooftop Bar

HARRIS Hotel Bukit Jimbaran reveals the new concept of its signature rooftop bar & lounge, Jim’bar’N. The venue has been well-known for its relaxing atmosphere and excellent view overlooking Southern Bali. The northern view of the Jim’bar’N offers a picture-postcard vista with a vivid sight of the airport, Jimbaran Bay and the magnificent silhouette of Mount Agung with the deep blue Indian Ocean spreading infinitely in the background. Opens daily from 4pm till 1am, free-of-charge entry is applied for everyone.2

Since its opening in mid-2013, Jim’bar’N Rooftop Bar & Lounge has offered a promise to “reintroduce a cool and different side of Bali” by blending in the magnificent view of tropical sunset with the captivating sparkles of city lights in the evening from far below. “After one-and-a-half year of ‘testing the water’, this newly-introduced concept of Jim’bar’N Rooftop Bar & Lounge will be a must-try social hub for both local socialites and international tourists, offering topnotch services and amazing food and beverage to relish with your loved ones,” added Said Faisal, Event Sales & Entertainment Manager, “the idea is (also) to provide a place for everyone to enjoy the unforgettable Bali!”3.jpg

Seated gracefully on the 6th floor (at the top level) of HARRIS Hotel Bukit Jimbaran, the new redesign features a direct access to the rooftop from the hotel’s main lobby. Adjoining with live kitchen, the venue has also rearranged its seating area to suit your needs for intimate privacy. You can now reach the bar located on the 6th floor via direct access from the hotel’s lobby. The seating area is rearranged to suit your needs for intimate privacy, perfected with a wine cellar showcasing an illustrious collection of bottles from around the globe – and daily programs to keep you entertained.

 

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Moonlite Kitchen And Bar

Planning a trip to Bali? Looking for a hip drinking & dining venue with live chill out music and panoramic Indian Ocean views? Along popular Seminyak Beach, Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa in Bali is home to the stylish Moonlite Kitchen and Bar on the fourth floor rooftop. Moonlite Kitchen & Bar, formerly SOS Supper Club, is a must-stop spot to have fun, drink, dine, mingle or ogle, the choice is yours. Serving Asian culinary delights and seductive cocktails, Moonlite Kitchen & Bar guarantees good times in Bali. The ambience, the setting and the menu here are all a touch of perfection.2

Moonlite Kitchen and Bar (previously SOS Bar and Grill) located in the heart of Seminyak. It offers you rooftop experiences with panoramic Indian Ocean views and a perfect sunset. You can relax while try their selection of traditional, classic and modern beverages including cocktails and wine list. For the food, cooked in the open kitchen, Moonlite offers you modern Asian cuisine. They also provide live music from 6.30pm to 9.30pm This restaurant will be officially open this Saturday, 7 february 2015. But they already open their door from now.3

Rise to rooftop glamour and evolving sensations. Wake up at your own pace with a breakfast of Chef’s signature creations, Asian favourites, sweet temptations and exotic juices, plus tea or coffee just the way you like it. For lunch and dinner, culture and creativity marry in a menu of contemporary Asian cuisine. Let your mood dictate the setting. Enjoy comfortable style in the Balinese dining room. Glance over wild waves and chic beach life from the open air deck. Snuggle up in the trendy bar lounge, timing seductive cocktails with sunset and chill out DJ tracks until late. This hip hotspot along Seminyak Beach has taken drinking & dining to the next level in Bali!

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Welcome To The Jungle! Sangeh Monkey Forest Bali

Sangeh Monkey Forest or ‘Obyek Wisata Bukit Sari Sangeh’ is a sanctuary of grey long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in the village of the same name, located approximately 20km north of the island’s capital city of Denpasar. The monkey forest boasts six hectares of fertile forestland with primordial, giant nutmeg trees which grow to a height of 40m. The sanctuary is considered sacred, where the macaques inhabit both the woods and the 17th century Pura Bukit Sari, a temple located deep within the greens. Among the many monkey forests scattered across the island, Sangeh can be considered best known among locals as the first to open as an attraction, hence the village name’s close association to the playful primates.2.jpg

Located near to Sangeh village; the renowned 6 hectares of Bali Sangeh Monkey Forest are filled with giant nutmeg trees capable of growing as high as 40m. Sangeh Monkey Forest near the village of Sangeh, in southwestern Bali, has six hectares of forestland with giant nutmeg trees. The main attractions here are the hordes of funny yet wise Balinese monkeys inhabiting both the trees and the temple, Pura Bukit Sari, found in the heart of the forest. The monkeys of the forest are believed to be sacred and indeed will approach anyone paying respects at the temple. But visitors should be aware that these monkeys are attracted to shiny objects, so cameras and jeweler should be left behind or kept well hidden under clothes or in a bag when exploring Sangeh Bali.3

Sangeh Monkey Forest is open to visitors from 7:30am until 6pm daily, with out question it is a definite must see as the forest also includes art and souvenir shops and amazing walking trails that are guaranteed to take you on a journey throughout the breathtaking green forest.

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Bali For The First Time: Best Time To Visit And Where To Stay

Best Time To Visit
Bali has a reliable, warm and tropical climate year round. Temperatures linger between 26°c and 28°c so you are never going to be cold! (Places on a higher ground like Ubud and Bedugul has a more chilly weather!) The dry season in generally May to September, and the wet season October to April. Peak season in Bali is July and August, as well as Easter holidays, Christmas and New Year. Ultimately, if you are limited by children’s holidays or the desire to have Christmas abroad then embrace the great weather, the bustling attractions and exciting vibe of Bali at it’s busiest.

Where To Stay
Bali has busy towns, lush rainforests, artistic hamlets, pristine sandy beaches, awesome shops and epic parties. Generally we can categorize each areas into 5 different regions: South Bali, Central Bali, North Bali, East Bali, and West Bali. DO NOT underestimate the size of Bali, it is huge! From South Bali to North Bali it can take about 4 hours drive depending on the traffic. And each area has very different look and feel – the atmosphere, the culture and the type of attractions vary greatly too. If you are visiting Bali for the first time, we recommend you to stay at South Bali and Central Bali because it is more tourist-friendly and it’s hustle and bustle with activities. (you can navigate easily even if you don’t speak Bahasa) So where is best for you?

Kuta
If you want to party, then Kuta has some seriously good nightlife, amazing beach bars – and great shopping too. Eat in one of the many restaurants, have a few drinks in the amazing bars, or live it up in the famous Sky Garden Bali, Kuta never sleeps!2.jpg

Seminyak
If Kuta sounds a bit too crazy for you, then Seminyak is just what you need. Enjoy the beautiful beach and watersports during the day and enjoy the finer life in the evenings. (Head to Raya Jalan Seminyak for a spot of shopping too!)3.jpg
Uluwatu
Basically paradise for surfers at Uluwatu Beach, and those wanting to enjoy the panoramic cliff top, sunset views at the famous Uluwatu Temple. This is simplistic Bali at it’s best with just a few restaurants and places to stay.4.jpg

Jimbaran
Prepare yourself for a life of luxury in the beautiful region of Jimbaran with pristine beaches and 5-star hotels. Famed for the fresh seafood, make sure to indulge in lobsters and oysters aplenty! For activities, learn about local life with cultural tours of the surrounding villages.5

Ubud
Surrounded by ancient rainforests and lush paddy fields, Ubud is the art and culture capital of Bali. Jump into Ubud’s Tegenungan Waterfall, or visit the bustling streets filled with unique shops, art galleries, the coolest bars, and quirky eateries.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Try out water activities suitable for all – Bali Seawalker

If you’ve always stared forlornly at your friends splashing around in the sea just because you’re not a swimmer, the time has come for you to shine. Surfing and diving might be prime activities in Bali, but that doesn’t mean only swimmers get to have all the fun.  Bali Seawalker’s unique helmet allows even non-swimmers to experience marine life, and right from the ocean bed! Bali Seawalker is an underwater activity that offers everyone an opportunity to enjoy an underwater experience with the minimum of equipment. The ‘walks’ utilize a specially-designed helmet that is connected to oxygen tanks aboard a boat, providing participants with a constant flow of air to breathe underwater.2.jpg

Participants with prescription lenses need not take their glasses off to enjoy the activity due to the convenient helmets, and will remain dry from the chin up throughout the tour. Depths are approximately seven metres, where you will soon be able to observe colourful schools of fish, coral reefs and marine life. Bali Seawalker operates at two main sites off Sanur and Tanjung Benoa.3

The underwater tours take approximately 30 minutes, and the standard package usually includes hotel transfers for a minimum of two persons, refreshments and soft drinks, Seawalker gear, Japanese standard safety equipment, certified and experienced guides and insurance coverage. The Seawalker tours can be enjoyed by all ages from 10 years up. No diving experience or swimming skills are necessary. The tour is an eye-opener for those with no prior underwater experience, and it also provides participants the opportunity to interact with marine life.

It is an extraordinary approach that makes it easy to discover the underwater realm without having to deal with bulky diving gear. Guides provide full instructions before setting out to sea and taking the plunge.

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Amed beach, an amazing beach for divers

Bali is a small island which have many beautiful beach to visit such as kuta beach, sanur beach, batubolong beach, and on the south area bali have pandawa beach, suluban beach, gunung payung beach, nyangnyang beach, blue point beach and many more not just in the south area in bali which have many beautiful beach, on east bali exactly on karangasem regency it also has a beautiful beach called amed beach.

Karangasem is a regency (kabupaten) of Bali, Indonesia. It covers the east part of Bali, has an area of 839.54 km2 and a population of 369,320 (2002). Its regency seat is Amlapura. Karangasem was devastated when Mount Agung erupted in 1963, ultimately killing 1900 people. Karangasem formerly was a kingdom before Bali was conquered by the Dutch.Karangasem regency in eastern most bali is dominated by the towering cone of Mt. agung, the island’s tallest and most revered volcano. Dormant for a century, agung erupted with devastating force in 1963, killing over 1,000 people and destroying many antiquities

Beautiful brocades are woven in sidemen. Winding mountain roads through salak snakeskin fruit farms and terraced hills lead to besakih, bali’s most important temple from the outside, but the view is gorgeous and the air refreshing. Mount Agung should only be climbed by experienced hikers with a guide and the beautiful beach at amed.

h.jpgAmed Beach in Bali is most likely already in your Bali travel itinerary if you’re a keen diver. The island’s eastern shoreline boasts an underwater playground, and Amed Beach is among the favourite between two main sites (the other being Tulamben, 25km to the north). Amed Beach in Bali was once best known for its traditional salt farming. Soon after its beautiful underwater trove was unveiled, with an historical shipwreck adding to its natural features, Amed Beach became a favourite among divers, particularly Jemeluk Bay.

Untitled-2.jpgHere are few places of the shore in Amed beach good for snorkeling activities, due to less polluted seawater and less visitor come to Amed, than you will be able to see healthy underwater life. You also can do diving activities in Amed, the same thing as snorkeling; you will be able to see healthy coral life and abundant fish. There are several companies that you can get for diving in Amed, and there are:

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Suluban Beach The Great Surf Point in Bali

Good Morning guys, Have you even tried Surfing in Bali? in this day I will deliver an information about great Surfing Spot in Bali. Suluban Beach is located in Pecatu Village, South Kuta Sub District, Badung Regency and Bali province – Indonesia. This surf point is situated in the white stone hill with breathtaking view to the Indian Ocean. From this Surf Point you will also able to see beautiful sunset. It is about 30 minutes from Ngurah rai International Airport. From Suluban Beach to Uluwatu Temple only take about 5 minutes. This surf point is aslso close to other famous surf points such as Uluwatu Beach, Bingin Beach, Padang-padang Beach, Dreamland Beach, Impossible Beach and Balangan Beach.

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Flying Over the Natural Beauty of Bali | Paragliding Bali

Hello Guys, would you like to find an exciting adventure activities in Bali? this could be the answer. Bali has many kind activities for you to enjoy it along stay in Bali. This activity you must try in Bali, flying around of Timbis area with Paragliding. That will be awesome for you to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Bali from the sky. Make your experience more than the others, and don’t forget to bring you friend or your girlfriend to fly together with you.The main flight zone and training center is located at Timbis near the stunning Bali Cliff resort. The scenery is breathtaking, comprising of rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, blue seas, temples, and waves breaking over coral reefs make for a marvelous place to learn to fly or just relax and enjoy the view. At low tide there are ample bomb outs on the beach. Essential items such as cold drinks and cigarettes are available at take off, and there is always a friendly Balinese to pack your canopy away, just the way you like it, after an afternoon flying. Continue reading

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