How to Buy the Best Villa in Bali

July 09, 2021

The real estate owner Nail Power who hails from south Bali shared his experience on how he was stuck in the country due to the travel restrictions and this made his plan on how to make precious use of his time in Bali to find the rare pearl villa.

Naturally, this is not the norm for me to focus on the stylish villa in Bali for my clients, there are few building restrictions and the onus is on clients and architects to try to do the "right thing". Bali laments the over-crowding and the lack of infrastructure planning, as well as the difficulty of acquiring electricity and water, but notes: "All that being said, there are some amazing buildings being designed and built-in Bali. Nevertheless, it is clear that the building regulations are far from conducive to people's privacy as you do see structures being built too close to their boundaries and often overlooking other properties and in the past buy bu almost everything on the market.

You can't count on the view forever so in most cases the new villa in Bali is designed to have the view internally. people also try to have generous open spaces both in and outdoor, giving a feeling of a seamless transition between the outdoor and indoor areas for easeful tropical living.

This idea of blurring boundaries between indoor and outdoor harks back to earlier pavilion-style living in wall-less or semi-walled structures, a type of style that we have come to term "Bali style”. In fact, this type of structure should really be named "resort-style" or something to that effect, as Oberoi and Amandari.

Many of these new houses today explore ways of reducing power consumption for a more sustainable, low-carbon future. Others present a modern urban version of the tropical Bali design style that has its roots in traditional rural environments. All, however, combine modern technology with exotic local materials — Balinese sandstone, volcanic rock, recycled ulinwood—for breezy indoor-outdoor living.

Today's villas have eschewed the dark wood and pitched roofs for something very different from these earlier prototypes: The new wave of architecture is more lightweight, open-plan, more streamlined, definitely more Western in form Say, Neil Power. There may be a sense of place, an interpretation of Balinese courtyard living, but visually these new residences are nothing like their older counterparts. The era of having a rice granary or lumbung as a spare room is well and truly over.

Instead, he tends to immerse himself in the landscape to try to improve and emphasize natural elements and surroundings within a modern architectural vocabulary. Only by imagining the movement and sequence of spaces on a site, can one build up the emotion and set the living spaces. Another reason that architects are looking different is that plots are becoming smaller. What were once small settlements or villages are turning into towns and areas of rice fields are being erased.

Nevertheless, if a client asks me the best villa to buy in Bali we have some options and amazing villas 3/4 years old with nice pieces of land around

Bali Brand

June 03, 2021

For first time visitors, repeat guests, those that have made Bali their home, and the Balinese themselves, there is no denying the rapid changes that have taken place on the island in the past few years. What was once a romantic, cultural getaway with rice field and temple predominating has transformed into a thrusting metropolis, especially in the built-up southern areas. Bali's slow pace of life in the main tourist and residential centers anyway is a thing of the past.

As with all change, there are positives and negatives. Increased prosperity is certainly a plus point; traffic jams, pollution and unplanned development are sad reminders of the cost of "progress". Yet, amongst the mayhem, you can still find the rich landscape and culture that has beguiled visitors for centuries. It continues to draw outsiders many of whom are building extraordinary homes.

After a year of research, we've come to the conclusion that the Bali brand is as strong as ever. Because the island is welcoming, the people some of the most beautiful on the planet, the climate salubrious, the economy buoyant-foreign investment continues, grows and multiplies. More and more outsiders—from Australia, other parts of Asia, Europe and even America are making Bali their home, and many more are investing in villas suitable for the holiday rental market.

For the most part, this book concentrates on homes, although there are one or two rentals as well. Almost all are newly built residences. We consider them the cream of the crop,representative of the exciting new architectural directions that Bali is witness to, yet by no means the norm.

We've left out the terraced villas, the cheekby jowl estates, the ribbon developments, the small condos; we're showcasing only extremely high-end, innovative properties. Some are in the countryside by the sea, in the hills, overlooking rice paddies but many are in built-up areas as is increasingly common. The homes may not have the picture postcard views of the past, in fact they're more than likely to be inward looking, but they are noteworthy nonetheless.

Each home has been chosen because of its excellent architecture, innovative design features, and cutting-edge interiors, but also because each is very different from the next. Variety is the key here; no cookie-cutter copies thank you very much. We want you to drool over their beauty in the same way we did, read about some of the new materials and methods used, maybe incorporate some of the ideas into your own homes. We're grateful to have been invited in, and I hope you'll find the houses as extraordinary as we have done.

Style, Substance and Sustainability

So what are the major changes in architecture and design in Bali? Firstly, an increased level of sophistication is increasingly sought and supplied. Craftsmanship has always been one of Bali's strengths, but it has more often than not remained in the estetic limbo.

Rolling Fork: Italian Restaurant With a Homey Atmosphere

August 29, 2020

Bali, August 2020 - Finding home-cooked food in Bali is sometimes a challenge for domestic tourists, apart from a large number of choices, sometimes the restaurant doesn't have a homey atmosphere like the tagline displayed. Rolling Fork; Italian restaurant which is located in the Pecatu area can be the answer for you to be able to enjoy home-style Italian food with a homey atmosphere that makes you and your family comfortable.

Rolling Fork was initiated by Roberta Valentino, a chef who came from Rome, Italy in November 2013. Serving authentic Italian-style home cooking with a Balinese ambiance and homey atmosphere.


It's not only the quality of ingredients and taste that are the hallmarks of this restaurant, but at Rolling Fork, we serve our dishes with love, sincerity, and passion as if we were to serve you as our own family.

Located on Jl. Labuan Sait and only 500 meters from Bingin Beach, this restaurant occupy an antique traditional joglo building. The menu served is typical Italian home food such as SPAGHETTI ALLA CARBONARA, SPAGHETTI AGLIO OLIO, FETTUCCINE SALSICCIA & CICORIA, and LASAGNA BOLOGNESE HAND MADE. Of course, for lovers of Italian cuisine, it is mandatory to try various variants of the Pizza menu; You can try CAPRICCIOSA with a perfect blend of Italian spices with high-quality ingredients of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, artichokes, black olives, eggs, and ham. Are you vegetarian? Don't worry, Rolling Fork also has a special menu, you can try CALZONE VEGETARIANO, VEGANA or NAPOLI.

For those who come to just enjoy the atmosphere or relax, Rolling Fork also provides various coffee variants such as cappuccino, latte, or macchiato. Besides that, there are also various cold non-coffee drinks, which you can enjoy with a choice of desserts such as TIRAMISU and CALZONE NUTELLA.

For those of you who visit Bali, especially to the Pecatu area and want to feel a homey atmosphere and experience authentic Italian cuisine, Rolling Fork is the best choice for you. We will welcome you like close friends and even our own family. Benvenuto!

Doppio Zero, Favourite Italian Dishes in Bali

February 22, 2020

Doppio Zero: A Secret Gem in South Bali

Are you planning your surfing holiday in Bali? Planning to stay and visit the temples in Uluwatu explore all the beautiful beaches and cliffs in Uluwatu, Pecatu? To enjoy the most out of your vacation - check out Doppio Zero in Bali - a restaurant with an international feel located in Uluwatu that offers pizza, pasta, and drink as your go-to food in your vacation. Doppio Zero name comes from the Italian superfine milled flour use for making most of the Italian food.


See location in Google Maps.

Doppio Zero brings fresh authentic food in Bali ad no microwaves here, located in Uluwatu, south of Bali adjacent to Shanghai Express Bali. Its street address is Jl. Labuan Sait Jl. Pantai Suluban, Pecatu, Uluwatu, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia. There are many properties nearby Doppio Zero Bali that are by the beach - making it the perfect spot for surfers visitors.


Menu and Budget

The food served by Doppio Zero is highly commended by many tourists for its great value for money. The most agreed review by foodies was that the pizza served is as authentic as a fresh pizza served in the streets of Italy. They also have options for those who opt to eat gluten-free and vegan food. Check out the list of foodie-favorite dishes served in the restaurant:

● Pizza Alla Pala 60 cm - $20.00

- This 60cm pizza is great if you’re eating with a number of people or with your family. Customers can also choose up to three toppings of their choice - perfect for those who enjoy specific flavors or types of pizza!

● Deep-Fried Potatoes Croquettes Filled with Mozzarella - $4.00

- This appetizer is perfect to start your meal especially if you’re a cheese lover - the perfect way to excite your tastebuds for your main dish.

● Spaghetti Ala Carbonara - $7

- Pair a pasta to your pizza to achieve that Italian experience. The sauce of their carbonara is as tasty and sweet as the restaurant’s service.

● Fresh Yellow Fin Tuna Salad Balsamic Reduction Dressing - $6.50

- Add a healthy dish to your meal by ordering this dish - the dressing is to die for. This is the perfect choice for those who want to avoid eating meat and prefer fish.

● Chocolate Lava Cake - $3.50

- This is a tourists’ favorite. The perfect way to end your experience in Doppio Zero is with this dessert - sweet and delicious.

Other than the dishes mentioned above, there is more food served in the restaurant as exhibited in their five-page menu - from pizzas, pasta, salads, bread, and appetizers. Doppio Zero also serves a variety of drinks, from coffee, juices, wines, and cocktail drinks - if you’re craving for something to drink, Doppio Zero will likely have it.


Ambiance and Service

One of the most common comments left by foodies who have frequented Doppio Zero is the excellent ambiance and service experience. Specifically, the following have left an impression among visitors:

Happy Hour. For those who enjoy drinks and cocktails, Doppio Zero has a happy hour wherein you’ll get complimentary drinks - you never know, you might just discover your next favorite drink!

Live Music. If you’re looking to find peace and enjoy the company of people at the same time - listen to the band who plays music within the restaurant’s vicinity. Music, food and good company are good elements of a perfect vacation.

Great Staff and Service. The service offered by the staff is also excellent - they greet you in a cheerful manner and are eager to help in any way possible, making your experience at Doppio Zero Bali a memorable one.

Cycling in Bali, Indonesia

February 02, 2020

Maybe Indonesia is not the most know destination or place to pedal on your bike, surely you have read many lines and articles about the paradisiacal beaches of Bali or the impressive volcanoes located on the islands but not about cycling along its islands. Maybe this is the time to discover a new place to practice our favorite sport, in a geography where you will always have something else to explore. Cycle Indonesia trips are true cultural immersion adventures on bikes. Indonesian culture, history and language instruction are integrated naturally into the cycling lifestyle.

Therefore, in Indonesia, you will find an idyllic destination for cycling, both for cycling tourists and for local Indonesian cyclists. You can tour the islands, cycling in Borneo, cycling in Java, cycling in Bali, cycling in Flores, cycling Sumba, cycling Sumbawa, cycling Nusa Penida,  cycling in Lombok... and many more, where you will alternate mountainous landscapes with volcanoes, and wonderful beaches where you can take a relaxing bath while taking a break. The first bike shop open In Bali is The Bike Shop, this island bike shop is a bike institutions in the island a pioneer of the modern bike Indonesia for the Indonesian and tourist funs. Uge selections of bike brands and gear the answer for who cycling Indonesia and need a new hub and overall service.

Depending on the resistance and dedication, the walls that hang over the volcanoes of Bali could represent a challenge of proportions of the Tour de France or a charming adrenaline-free descent. And although traffic can be intense, bicycle tour operators offer trips to heights and along ridges and rice paddies.

Islands without cars such as the Gili and Nusa Lembongan islands are excellent places for families to walk in groups. If what you are looking for is something a little more challenging, the 666 km Trans Flores road is undoubtedly a memorable route, but for something more "mid-range", the flattest and least crowded road on the north coast of Bali, is perhaps the best option.

But you will also have to be prepared to withstand the high temperatures and humidity that will make the ride more challenging. You will have to take into account the rainy seasons  (from November to March) and also that in some islands it will be more difficult to find food during your trip.

And how can you ride Indonesia by bike? If what you would really like is to explore until the last corner of the islands and the country, what we recommend is the bike-packing modality.  If you choose to cycling in Indonesia you will not be tied to hotels or routes that cross localities or towns where to spend the night? You can carry everything on your bike, a small tent, a sleeping bag, and merge with nature. For this, you will have to be a true adventurer, and be brave enough to make a trip in these conditions. The advantage that this cycling modality offers you is that you will be able to discover the most impressive places, beaches, and volcanoes on the islands, learn about the traditions and culture of the local population of each island, and do it at the pace that suits you. What is the larger bike online shop in Indonesia? BMTBonline.com delivers everywhere in Indonesia the most popular brand bike and all spare parts you need

Do not miss the opportunity to ride this beautiful country, where you will find all the ingredients for an unforgettable ride on your bike, and that will test your cycling skills with high slopes and many paths and roads to travel. You will not regret!

Why you should get married in Bali

January 20, 2020

Imagine this. Being barefoot on the beach, your feet in the sea, the sun that is slowly setting and you answer ‘I do’ on the most important question, you will ever be asked in your life. Getting married in Bali is an unforgettable experience!

Reason 1 Bali has the most amazing wedding locations

Whether you decide to get married in one of the Balinese venue, with ocean view or somewhere in the mountains, surrounded by rice fields, you ill be guaranteed an idyllic setting. Now the new rising trend is the Bukit area venue in the last 3/4 years is the best location for a special wedding. Forget stiff formal gowns and black ties in Bukit, what made the wedding stand out, even more, was its 'Puffed Sleeves ' dress code. Breathtaking Cliffs Venue like Villa Plenilunio with a dramatic backdrop in the Nyang Nyang beach creates the most memorable event I even see.

Wedding at Villa Plenilunio

Reason 2: Bali has a rich culture

With a mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism, Bali is a perfect mix of rich cultures, which comes with great traditions. The people are also very friendly and will try to add this to make sure everything is perfect on the happiest day of your life. A Balinese wedding ritual is a series of traditional ceremonies. In ancient Bali, nine Hindu sects existed, namely Pasupata, Bhairawa, Siwa Shidanta, Vaishnava, Bodha, Brahma, Resi, Sora, and Ganapatya. Each sect revered a specific deity as its personal Godhead Inscriptions from 896 and 911 do not mention a king, until 914, when Sri Kesarivarma is mentioned. They also reveal an independent Bali, with a distinct dialect, where Buddhism and Sivaism were practiced simultaneously. Mpu Sindok's great-granddaughter, Mahendradatta (Gunapriyadharmapatni), married the Bali king Udayana Warmadewa (Dharmodayanavarmadeva) around 989, giving birth to Airlangga around 1001. This marriage also brought more Hinduism and Javanese culture to Bali. Princess Sakalendukirana appeared in 1098. Suradhipa reigned from 1115 to 1119, and Jayasakti from 1146 until 1150. Jayapangus appears on inscriptions between 1178 and 1181, while Adikuntiketana and his son Paramesvara in 1204

Terrazza Suite Villa Plenilunio

Reason 3:Bali is the perfect destination for your honeymoon

Idyllic beaches, perfect ocean views and the best climate you can wish for. Bali is not only a great wedding destination, but it also a great location for a romantic escape. So why not spend your honeymoon here afterward as well? Being just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali has a fairly even climate all year round. Average year-round temperature stands at around 30 °C (86 °F) with a humidity level of about 85%. Day time temperatures at low elevations vary between 20 to 33 °C (68 to 91 °F), but the temperatures decrease significantly with increasing elevation. The west monsoon is in place from approximately October to April, and this can bring significant rain, particularly from December to March. During the rainy season, there are comparatively fewer tourists seen in Bali. During the Easter and Christmas holidays, the weather is very unpredictable. Outside of the monsoon period, humidity is relatively low and any rain is unlikely in lowland areas.

A close-up of Villa Plenilunio

What to keep in mind when marrying in Bali?

Bali is world-renown for its incredible natural landscapes, rich culture, and endless rice fields.  When you hear this, you will have little doubts about why you decided to get married in Bali. However, every wedding comes lots of planning and we would like to give you some advice. The first advice is to start early with your planning. Especially when getting married abroad, it takes some time to find the perfect wedding location. There is also quite some paperwork involved. Too much to handle on your own? Then it’s best to hire a wedding planner.

Authentic Balinese Food Experience

December 28, 2019

If you’re heading to Bali for vacation, then you know they’re famous for the beaches, the tropical mountains, the rice paddies, and of course, the Balinese food. Most people heading to Bali only have a limited time to experience the culture, so if you want to get an authentic Balinese food experience, you have to visit Bebek Timbungan Sunset Restaurant.

Known as “The Next Culinary Journey of Bali Island”, Bebek Timbungan Sunset is one of the most famous genuine Bali heritage restaurants to visit, located near the southern tip of the island in Kuta, just a 20-minute drive from I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport.

Voyage Through the Balinese Culture

Unlike most restaurants in Bali, this Bali unique restaurant offers visitors an entire voyage through the Balinese culture. The restaurant offers a unique set of Balinese heritage cuisines for those who want to discover what it’s like to eat as the Balinese truly eat.

It’s often a struggle to search through all of the commercialized, westernized restaurants just to find an authentic Balinese restaurant for the connoisseur. Thankfully, with Bebek Timbungan Sunset, you can skip out on the search for the “real” Bali, and experience it firsthand with their famous Balinese dishes.

Famous for the self-titled dish, Bebek Timbungan takes you through several traditional Balinese cuisine experiences upon arrival at the restaurant.

Experience Traditional Balinese Architecture

You will enter into a concept place, with an interior described by the Vice President of Secret Garden Village, Ana Dewi, describes the interior by saying, “There are many elements of nature that are poured into the ambiance as a depiction of the Balinese people who are warm, humble, and elegant.”

Secret Garden Village

Live Music Experience: Authentic Balinese Listening

As you are greeted and escorted to your table, you will experience the sounds of Bali: Traditional Rindik musical instruments being played softly by Balinese musicians for every guest to listen while 
they eat.

Taste Bebek Timbungan: Balinese Cuisine

“Timbungan” comes from the word “timbung” which translates to “bamboo” in English. “Bebek Timbungan”, the name of the restaurant, which comes from the name of a famous Balinese dish. Bebek Timbungan is known as one of the oldest culinary legacies in royal Balinese traditions and is the restaurant’s flagship dish.

Bali Bebek Timbungan includes duck that is covered in original Balinese spices, then smoked in bamboo slats for up to 15 hours to ensure the spices are perfectly infused into the meat, giving it an incredible flavor and texture that allows the duck to melt in your mouth.

Bebek Timbungan Sunset offers a variety of other delicious dishes including the popular Jajan Bali Tea Set, Urap Daun, Belimbing, Pencok Jagung, Sate Lilit Ikan, Keptling Sare Lemo, and many more.

If you want to make sure you don’t miss out on authentic Balinese cuisine and the culture at this local gem, you will want to make a reservation today, as they can book up quickly with local Indonesians and tourists.

You can book your reservation here:

Jalan Sunset Road, Pertokoan Sunset Road Dwaruci, Kuta, Badung, Bali. 80361
Phone: (6281) 138 003 222
Instagram: @Bebektimbungan

They’re open 10 AM - 11 PM Every day.


Jl. Raya Denpasar K. 36 Tabanan, Bali. 82191
Phone: (62368) 203 3365
Email: info@secretgarden.co.id
Website: http://www.secretgarden.co.id
Instagram: @secretgardenvillage

Open: 09 AM to 8 PM

Experience the Tropical Luxury of Villa Nalina

June 16, 2019

Seminyak is the place to see and be seen. A destination for the fine and refined travelers; a hip quarter for the cosmopolitan-at-heart and the free-spirited beach dwellers. Nalina snugs cozily between the two.

Seminyak is one of Bali’s most coveted destination. An upscale beach resort area at the southern end of Bali only 20 minutes away from the airport, it’s a hotspot that seemingly never sleeps. It boasts classy restaurants, hip cafes, sleek bars, exciting clubs, high-end boutiques, and, of course, chic beach clubs that line its smooth grey-sand beaches where sunset gazers and surfers intermingle. The street of Petitenget is even swankier, attracting a younger vibe all the way to Canggu to the north.

Villa Nalina is strategically located in the middle of these trendy hotspots. Far enough from the hustle-and-bustle but close enough for you to not miss a thing. It’s the quintessential tropical escape with a fantastic setting. You can sense great thought and care have poured generously into the property to guarantee guests receive a 5-star treatment all the way. Experience the Tropical Luxury of Villa Nalina

If you just arrived after a long flight, the sight of the villa alone can instantly recharge your weary body. You will walk into a roomy living space and dining room ornamented with wonderfully curated Asian art and cultural artifacts. Then to your left, an azure 20-meter lap pool invites you to jump in. A gazebo stands elevated at the end of the pool and cabanas dots the edges of the pool where you can rest and have a masseuse gives you that authentic Balinese massage to release all your tensions away.

And your holiday has only just begun.

C’est la Villa

The beauty of living in a luxury villa instead of a hotel is that it enables you to interact more with your travel company. You have all the convenience of a hotel but more space to roam together beyond your designated room. And Nalina warrants such interaction to occur.

The villa itself rests on 610 m2 of land, while their well-tended native landscaping grows on whopping size of 690m2. And the water elements go beyond the pool—a koi pond at the entrance is a welcomed respite (a favorite spot for yogis) and a water channel fringes the right edge of the property. Ensuring the flow of positive energy day in and day out.

Guests are given four master bedrooms to choose from. If you want a whole floor to yourself then choose the Edelweiss suite upstairs that has its own spacious living room replete with a cozy sofa, flat screen TV, and a state-of-the-art Bose sound system. Need a massage? Ask for one from the butler (available at your service from 7 am to 11 pm), and you can have it at the special massage parlor next to the bedroom. Meals can be served on the long balcony that overlooks the pool and the garden. Edelweiss is reserved mostly for lovebirds for its extra privacy, but you can always request for an extra bed in case you’re tagging your brood along. The floor is all yours.

But that doesn’t mean that the other three rooms downstairs are less superior. Though smaller in size but they are equally sublime. You’ll get the same facilities, but the Kenanga room has an outdoor dining table fit for 8 people where you can have a get-together with friends and family late until midnight with wine in hand; its neighbor Orchid Room has a more youthful vibe with a stylish wooden rack lined with an old belt and an outdoor space with chequered black-and-white tile floor and a massive stone-sculptured wall with tropical animal and plants motifs. An area where one can see having an intimate standing party or even have it as an impromptu dance floor; meanwhile the Cempaka room that lies separated from the rest (to the right of the entrance) can function as a room for your children if they prefer to have their own space.

Parties are often held here and can accommodate up to 50 people. Just ask the management’s event organizer to arrange for one as their chef and mixologist can whip up a customized menu as well as other requests such as Balinese dancers or a DJ. Want to cook yourself? You are welcome to utilize the well-equipped kitchen that has its own wine cooler, microwave, oven, and espresso machine.

But one can’t talk about Villa Nalina without dedicating a subsection for the bathroom alone. Each room has an exquisite ensuite bathroom that may entice you to spend the whole day inside. It’s super roomy and allocates most of its section to an open-space sunlit shower equipped with a luxurious rectangular showerhead to give you that refreshing rain shower or Scottish shower option. It’s a shower under the sun or stars experience, surrounded by a mini tropical garden; and the oversized tub in the Kenanga room lays next to a koi pond and a waterspout, promising a serene “me time” moment unlike any other.

Space for More

Nalina is definitely a wonderful surprise. A hidden gem in the chic quarter of Bali. The facilities and services are top-notch (they’ll give a complimentary airport transport when you arrive) with all the amenities of your usual hotel stay such as a speedy WiFi, satellite TV, DVD, sound system, IDD phone, etc, but the experience you get from staying in a villa like Nalina goes beyond that. She offers more space for more interaction, for more conversation, more activities, more laughs, more fun, and, for sure, more relaxation. The tropical garden is definitely a sight for sore eyes.

Nalina is located in an unassuming small street that shortcuts the fashionable and tropical Seminyak, in a cul-de-sac that further insulates you from the crowd if you are that type of traveler. If not, then the never-ending Seminyak festivities await for your arrival.

Adress:Gg. Drona No.27 B, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Phone: (0361) 737515 

Gajah Tour: Your Travel Guide for Bali Island Tours

May 30, 2019

The Gajah Tour App will be your travel companion and itinerary maker as you explore the beautiful and unique island of Bali. Bali has some amazing things to offer tourists; pristine beaches, world-class activities, great art, fashionable restaurants and bars, the list goes on. But to truly get the most out of your time in Bali, you need quick access to all the island has to offer. This is where that Bali app comes in - It can take away the stress of planning your trip

What Does Gajah Tour App Do? 

Book Activities 

The Bali app will connect you to a huge range of activities to do whilst visiting Bali, no matter what you’re into. Do you want to catch waves on the world’s most stunning Seminyak beaches? If so, the Surf trip is for you. You can also find cooking classes, arrange a trek up Mount Batur, go rafting or snorkeling, experience wood carving, have a memorable Bali selfie tour and much more.

Book Tours

Just like activities, there are lots of tours to pick from to ensure you see all the island has to offer. You can explore the island via motorbike with the motorbike tour. You can see the famous Uluwatu temple. Are you Art enthusiasts? Then you can book an Art tour. You can even book a tour to the east side of the island and experience the real vibe of the locals.

Arrange Airport Pickups 

This smart Bali transport app allows you to book airport pick-ups so you can arrange at your hotel or resort quickly after you land. As an added bonus, if you book your airport pick up now, you will receive 100% of your money back in the form of a coupon that you can use to book tours and activities! What are you waiting for?

Bali Jazz Affair

April 29, 2019

Bali occasionally, cutting through the cacophony of Electronic Dance Music and top 40 hits that reverberates from
almost all major night hubs in Bali’s tourist areas, is the sounds jazz and all that. Admittedly, when one mentions the
top jazz destination for jazz lovers in Southeast Asia, one doesn’t immediately think of Bali.
But some brave souls have boldly trod where no one else has gone before—and succeed.  Unbeknown to most people,
Bali IS one of the top jazz destinations for jazz lovers in the Southeast Asia region and the genre is thriving on the

Many local musicians have been scene stealers in the festival circuits—both at home and abroad—such as guitar
maestro Dewa Budjana, Balawan, Sandy Winarta, Erik Sondhy (aka Mister Finger), Ito Jazz Trio, a 13-year-old piano
prodigy Joey Alexander (who’s 2015 album, My Favorite Things, was nominated for Best Jazz Improvised Solo and
Best Jazz Instrumental Album at the Grammy), and veteran jazz fixture Indra Lesmana has made Bali his home base
starting with 2017’s Sanur Mostly Jazz Festival.

However, the indisputable star is Ryoshi House of Jazz in Seminyak, every jazz lovers’ top destination as they visit
Bali, followed by the internationally-renowned Ubud Village Jazz Festival, which this year is celebrating their 7th

Best place to stay near the Festival

A Jazzy Affair
Even though the colorful Ubud Village Jazz Festival (UVJF) has been attracting avid jazz lovers and musicians from
around the globe—successfully positioning it as one of the top jazz festivals in the world—but the island has played
genial host to jazz before.
Back in 1996, jazz lover and musician Agung Wiryawan opened the (now closed) Jazz Café in Ubud, which created a
ripple effect and spreads jazz into the playlist of many restaurants and cafes in Sanur, Kuta, and Seminyak.
UVJF simply inflamed the crowd further. Set in the relatively modestly-sized enclosure of ARMA (Agung Rai Museum
of Art) Ubud front yard, the Ubud Village Jazz Festival has an intimate feel with simple stages and more focus on the
performances themselves—an exhilarating melting pot of groovy, soulful, instrumental, bebop, and free-styling jazz
Refreshingly, UVJF was kickstarted by homegrown jazz musicians: Yuri Mahatma, founder of Bali Jazz Community
and Underground Jazz Movement; and Anom Darsana, director, and owner of ANTIDA Music Production, one of the
biggest recording studios in Bali.
Their original idea was to create a festival that is more like a community concert participated by fellow jazz musician
friends and acquaintances looking for a proper joint to do jam sessions.
Along the way, the idea snowballed and grew into a bigger event than expected with the involvement and support of
numerous jazz communities. Thus, the first Ubud Village Jazz Festival swung into existence in 2013.

The Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2019

Save the dating jazz! The 7th outing of UVJF will be held on 16 – 17 August at ARMA Museum and the line-up is
looking promising so far with confirmed performances by American jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg, Austrian Michaela
Rabitsch and Robert Pawlik Quartet, Italian Daniele Gorgone, Australian group Arcing Wires, and Indonesia’s Kopi
Jazz Kediri who’ll imbue inimitable local sounds to jazz.
Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), Jl Raya Pengosekan, Ubud.



Jazz Talk
The owner of Ryoshi House of Jazz, Mr. Saigon Togasa’s speech is subtle at first then interspersed with outbursts of
excitable words. The enthusiasm is contagious. Being the pioneer in distilling the sound of jazz and helping to
jumpstart the live music scene in Bali, the jazz aficionado aims for a Blue Note-level fame at his venue where
little-known prodigies display their musical prowess before leaping off into widespread stardom. We’d say he’s
already there…
Were you initially worried that a jazz joint might be too limiting in terms of finding an audience?
I realized that the live music scene that makes money here are the ones playing pop and Top 40 songs, and especially
in Bali where the live music scene is probably 95 percent DJ (music) and the five percent left goes to live music, with
the one percent being jazz (laughs). But I do it for the love of it.
So how did you come about establishing a jazz club in Bali in the first place?
I felt that there was a missing jazz culture in Bali, and wherever I go—from New York to Singapore—the first thing I
always looked for was the jazz club. Then I founded Blue Train in ’98 that plays jazz seven days a week in Double Six,
Seminyak, which unfortunately failed to find an audience, so I had to close it. After that, I kind of lay low for a while,
until Ryoshi moved to our current place, and Rio Sidik, who performed at the opening of the new place (and still
performs here today), suggested why don’t we do it every week? And so that’s how it became a weekly jazz event.
Tell us what you love most about having a jazz venue?
Oh, it’s the energy of it. Many people may not notice it but when the musicians are up there on the stage, they’re
interacting with each other. The bass player might suddenly do something new and the other members would be like,
WTF—and then, in the end, they’ll try to blow each other’s mind! And seeing new talent is also great; we have this
young kid from Yogyakarta named Hiro who plays a killer saxophone or when Joey Alexander (at age 7 and 10,
pre-Grammy nominations) performed with Sandy Winarta and Indra Lesmana and that kid drove those two to their
maximum potential!
How did you set your jazz club apart from the others?
Though we started small, I don’t want to compromise the gig—we set the standard high. We encourage musicians
who play here to express themselves; if they play a cover song, I want them to do it with their own unique style, not
like some karaoke version of it. We often stage jam sessions where we will have senior musicians to play with the
new ones. That’s how we have musicians like Iwan Fals, Indra Lesmana or Dewa Budjana, and international artists
such as Incognito and Earth, Wind & Fire, up on our stage and have jam sessions. Now we have people from all over
curious about the jazz scene in Bali then they come to Ryoshi.
So what’s the difference between the jazz scene then and now?
Of course compared to when I first got here in ’86 now Bali has everything! Before there was nothing here—not even
fresh milk! Today the jazz community is growing, and though there are some jazz clubs, I think we’re still the only one
that allows the musicians to just play and be themselves. We have an average performance of about 20 minutes for
each set or more for jam sessions.
Any new goals for the future?
You know, there aren’t that many jazz clubs in the world but the ones that exist have long term stability and are now
considered legends like Blue Note because many famous jazz artists play there before they become a big star and
make their own history. I want Ryoshi’s House of Jazz to be known like that: as the place where Balawan started, or
Sandy Winarta or Joey Alexander or Indra Gupta. I want it to make its own history.
Address: Jl. Raya Seminyak No.17, Seminyak.
Live Jazz Performance Hours: 9pm – 12pm (every Monday – Wednesday – Friday).

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