Weaving Bali’s Traditional Heritage

October 01, 2018

The beauty of Indonesian textiles is boundless. Its bright colors and intricate patterns still a part of everyday rural lives, including in Bali as ceremonies are held frequently attended by men and women attired in traditional garments. The patterns signifying various symbolism, from cultural to religious, as well as signaling one’s status in society.

The most popular traditional textiles—and perhaps most widely used across the archipelago—is the batik, which is not a motif but actually the name of the design technique utilizing wax and wax-resistant color dyeing. But batik is all about designing patterns on top of a piece of cloth, while the local Ikat textiles are way more complicated in terms of the process. Ikat (or “to bind” in Indonesian) is a hand-spun and hand-weaved technique on which pattern is dyed into the thread prior to the weaving process. The ikat threads are bound in a pattern so that the threads covered by the binding resist the dye, creating a design. The more binding is done before weaving, the more complicated the pattern. A more complicated technique is the double Ikat where both the warp and weft threads are dyed.

The time-consuming process to create a piece of cloth deemed the real artisans a rare “breed”, luckily a few good Samaritans are holding down the fort to conserve the artform. You’ll find an eclectic collection of fine traditional textiles in Threads of Life Jl. Kajeng No.24, Ubud; Phone: +62 361 972187; threadsoflife.com), their modest showroom has an air of a mini-museum as rows of the textiles are arranged neatly with a sufficiently explanatory signage detailing every piece.

Over 650 pieces in the archive, held in a museum-standard conservation facility.

The gallery practices fair trade business and collaborates with weavers in Bali’s rural eastern regions of Sidemen, Seraya, and the island of Nusa Penida, the proceeds of the sales goes to empowering and supporting the livelihood of these local artisans, thus ensuring the preservation of the craft. It’s an immaculate and exquisite collection, with vivid colors that stem from natural dyes extracted from indigenous floras like the noni or morinda citrifolia fruit. Due to the painstaking Ikat process and the use of natural dyes, the items on the shop fall into the collectible category with prices start from USD 500 and more for rare and exotic items. If you want to know more about the craft, you can sign up for their regular class about the history of Indonesian textiles and natural dye process.

For more premium collection, other recommended spots in Ubud are Ikat Batik Ubud (Jl. Monkey Forest; www.ikatbatik.com) and Tenun Ikat Setia Cili (Jl. Ciung Wanara, Gianyar), the latter where you can see women artisans weaving the cloth with looms at the back of the shop. However, for a more wide-ranging price, take a stroll at the Sukawati Market (around 25 minutes from Ubud). Though perhaps more renowned for its artwork scene, but you may find quality Ikat textiles made by the region’s artisans with the most expensive one is around 1.5 million. Or you can also visit the village of Sidemen, to the south of Ubud, to get your hands on their version of Ikat known as endek with intricate motifs ranging from the local flora and fauna to mythological Balinese figures that are worn mostly for religious ceremonies.


Indians Gone Wild – Why Bali is the Latest Holiday Hotspot

January 18, 2018

Bali and the Smell of New Shoes
Choosing a holiday destination is a bit like buying a pair of shoes.  They have to be comfortable, first
off.  Then we ask ourselves do they look good?  Always nice to have something you can wear out at
night time as well as the day, right?  But the most important question we ask ourselves when buying
shoes….I mean….holiday destinations   -  “ is it really me?”

It used to be fashionable to throw a dart at a world map and follow its flight by booking yours to
wherever it landed, but, to be honest, that could find you in some ridiculously far-off places, amongst a
bunch of what only looked like human beings just staring back at you, plus no nice food to eat. But, if
you are a traditionalist and still fancy your chances at a game of Let the Dart Decide, be my guest. If
not, take my word for it instead, Bali is amazing.

We stayed in an amazing Villa resort just a short walk from Ubud for a family Bali golf safari.  So,
let’s test out those shoe-buying rules. Was it comfortable?  It was so comfortable we never wanted to
leave. Was it nice at night time as well as the day?  It was so nice we never wanted to leave.  Was it
really me?  It was so ‘us’ we never wan…. You get the picture.  It was perfect.

But of course, we had to leave the majesty of our villa to discover what was on offer in Bali and it
appears, my dear Indian friends in Bali, the rumors are true - this is definitely the hottest new holiday
destination around.  And I’m not just talking about the weather.  Bali has everything Indian holiday
makers could ask for and then a little bit more.

Of course, the sunny weather is a bonus.  If you are anything like us, escaping the chilly city for a

perfectly tempered beach scene is just too tempting at this time of year.  The South offers an array of
beaches to choose from and a gentle bicycle ride through the rice paddy fields is the number one
antidote to fast-paced city life. But don’t be fooled into thinking there is nothing to do but laze around!  
Bali is the perfect balance of nature and adventure and, along with the beautiful scenery and peaceful
moments, there is also a treasure trove of wild and outrageously fun ways to spend your hard-earned
Watersports are a big-time pastime on Bali with windsurfing, kitesurfing, ‘boogie’ boarding, paragliding,
water jetpacks, Banana Boat rides and more on offer.  Tanjung Benoa Peninsula is the favoured area
for making a splash and, for surfing  - which is crazy popular in Bali - try Kuta, Kermas in the east, the
black sand beach breaks of Medewi and Canggu in the west and the more challenging reefs around
the Bukit Peninsula.
Bali is prime-time, real-deal, amazing amazing for scuba diving.  The crystal clear waters give view to
incredible marine life and coral reefs.  Divers can see manta rays, turtles and sharks on some
awesome dives including drop-off walls, shipwreck dives and drift diving.  Best spots to dive during rain
y season are Menjangan Island and Pemuteran on the North coast.  Go, go!It seems even miracles
can happen in Bali.  Take a day trip to a nearby nusa (meaning island) such as Nusa Penida, Nusa
Ceningan or Nusa Lembongan, where you can walk on the seabed!
If you are looking for even more of a challenge, then we dare you to try white water rafting.  Take the
wildest rides of your lives on the Ayung River in Ubud or Telaga Waja .

Meanwhile back on land, but still in keeping with the fun junkie program, how about a high-adrenaline
Volcano Trek.  You can hike the Kintamani volcano or cross over to Java and hike the Kawah Ijen
volcano. The view will just blow your mind!

Looking for exhausted of a different kind?  You can shop ‘til you drop in Bali with an exciting range of
treats from hand-painted Batiks, designer clothing and beautiful, hand carved home furnishings to art,
antiques, jewellery and more.  If shopping in the markets as opposed to the malls you can pull out your
best bargaining skills to make sure you are paying good prices.

Did you know, the Balinese people, have a passion for Indian cinema?   They are such a sweet and
welcoming people.  It’s no wonder so many celebrities love to holiday on the island.  Actresses Alia
Bhatt and Jacqueline Fernandez have both been seen looking more than sizzling on sunbeds and  
Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh were spotted on (yet another) romantic break in Bali recently.  We
don’t blame them - this is one of the most romantic islands you could imagine.  It has been well
reported that Bali is a favorite for weddings and honeymoons and I can totally see why.

It’s also a Hindu country.  Ok, ok, not everyone wants to visit temples on holiday but it has to be said

we did feel more comfortable (see shoe buying rule number one) in familiar surroundings.  Just a touch
of home never did anyone any harm and some of the temples have breathtaking views.  We suggest
Besakih, Goa Gajah, Ulun Danu and Tanah lot where we recommend you visit after lunch and stay
until sunset.

After dark, Bali is just as buzzy so get your best shoes on and get dancing.  Clubs include Mirror Bali
Lounge, Jenja or Opivm in Seminyak or the Sky Dome Super Club or Bounty in Legian,Ubud also
offer Jazz venue and live music.
So..about those shoes,  to ask yourself the question  “is it really me?”  You would have to try the shoe
on first, wouldn’t you?  So go.  Go, go, go to Bali.  It will be you.  It’s everyone.  And they are all
human beings.  Plus the food is great.  Thank Goodness.

Top 10 most amazing maps of Bali you've ever seen

December 12, 2017

Hi Guys!  Looking for an awesome map to hang on your wall? I am so excited and will be in Bali this Sunday, September 16. I realized i need a map of Bali in my walls so i search online and i find the 10 more amazing map of Bali, but I would like a big map to cover the big wall in my living room in Bali and i choose the number nine. A collection of quirky, important and creative maps that bring data and facts to life in Bali and help you to find new places in the island..

Double Six Luxury Hotel, Ocean View apartments in Bali.

September 12, 2017

Seminyak is a unique area in Bali where you can combine bright nightlife, relaxing and endless fun. People from all over the world come here for surfing, authentic dining and luxury service. No matter if you’re a honeymoon couple or crazy party chaser you’ll find everything you need here in Seminyak! It's also the centre of life for the island's expats (many of whom own boutiques, design clothes, surf, or do seemingly nothing at all).

We were looking for somewhere exceptional to visit over a weekend.
Finally we chose the Double Six Luxury Hotel, Seminyak; it's located right on one of the most popular beaches in Bali.
Before coming here we had heard a lot of good reviews about it but you’ll never know until you try it yourself!

The first thing that impressed me is the warm welcome guests received on arrival. On this occasion we were met by the hotel manager shaking our hands which made us feel VIP.  He explained that they try and make every guest feel VIP from the very beginning.

There are a lot of Balinese staff in the tall beautiful lobby wearing the same light uniform: somebody takes your bag, the others take you for a little excursion around the hotel territory telling you about the amenities and facilities that are available.What you'll notice is that there are plenty of them including a gym and spa which is considered one of the best in the island. Furthermore there are two excellent restaurants and two bars, a 130m swimming pool, the hotel’s private beach and the place they call Owner’s Lounge with complimentary drinks, shower, locker etc. This is so guests on check out don’t have to wait for their flight in the lobby, they are still able to use all the hotel amenities for their comfort.

Wow that sounds great! So where’s the front desk to check in? No it doesn’t work like that. We went straight to our room where our bags were already waiting for us and the check in is done right there. This is convenient to say the least, when you sign the papers and pay by credit card, sitting on a comfortable sofa in your room sipping your welcome drink, isn’t it?

And yes, couple of words about the welcome drinks. They look really impressive! The staff brought a tray with two green steaming cocktails and two shots on the side. That was vodka and they offered to add it it to the cocktail as they found out we were Russians! That was really funny and I appreciated the sense of humor and the individual approach.

In total there are 154 rooms, across 5 levels at the Double Six Luxury Hotel. Mostly, they are spacious one and two bedroom luxury suites with an amazing view on the Indian ocean. Some ground floor suites even have direct pool access right from your terrace. The design is modern with colorful lighting, big spacious bathrooms and stylish furniture.

The suite we booked was called The Penthouse.  It was one of multiple Bali  Suites penthouse suites located across the hotel. They include a two-level and two bedroom suite with a private jacuzzi and a sunbathing area on the second floor and a fully fitted kitchen. Let me tell you, these suites are so large they are impressive! You may need to pack a Sat Nav. (Ha ha) We certainly felt very comfortable and at home and were able to relax in our own luxury residence in the heart of Seminyak.On this occasion we didn’t want to go anywhere so we ordered lunch to the room and enjoyed it looking over the pool, the ocean and surfers riding the waves right from our balcony.

Bali is a sunny island so it was a good idea to spend some time on the second floor of the Penthouse relaxing in the jacuzzi and our own sun loungers. The open rooftop is rather big and inspired me to do some yoga and acrobatics making me feel like the king of the world. One weekend is not enough for me and would love to live like that all the time!

The hotel provides a long swimming pool with its own bar, sun chairs and loungers  and bridges across the pool leading to the hotels private beach. We had a lot of fun there lying and jumping on a inflatable flamingo, listening to the music and talking to the people who stay or even live in the Double Six Luxury Hotel. As we found out, people not only stay here for a vacation but that you can also buy one of these luxury suites. Just imagine yourself as an owner of a piece of this paradise! Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak is offering great investment opportunities which include; guaranteed ROI’s, free stay options and exclusive VIP cards. As an owner you will receive discounts to sister outlets and some top Bali facilities and attractions. This extends a great opportunity to be a part of that success!

Every sunset in Bali is like a special event. People prefer watching the sunset to watching movies here in the island of Gods! They do it on the beach or sitting at a bar with a nice view. We decided to go the second way and went to the rooftop bar in our hotel for the sunset. It’s a famous place in Seminyak; we’ve booked a table before and didn’t regret it! Tables here are round and you’re sitting like in your own island surrounded by the water which is reflecting the charming evening sky. It’s so nice to have a place like that in the same building you stay in! To have a couple of aperitifs before the dinner listening to chill music and watching the uninterrupted view of the sunset over the Indian Ocean without any need to drive or take a taxi!

For dinner we went to the Plantation Grill Restaurant which is also inside the hotel but very famous and well known amongst travellers and residents outside. You are also better to book your table beforehand as it's very popular.  If you come here you’ll understand why.  From the very entrance I was impressed be the vaulted double-height ceiling and huge glass windows looking out to the ocean. Its style is twenties luxury, with marble finishes. The restaurants' specialties are meat and seafood but before ordering we just walked around admiring the details and the interior. I won’t tell you about the food taste because you just won't get to know how amazing it was from words on a page but it doesn't disappoint and truly makes you salivate before you've even had your first bite! All I can say is that our dinner was a great ending to a fabulous day!

In conclusion I can say that we had a really happy weekend and I only wish it could have lasted longer. The hotel offers an iconic vision of luxury and represents amazing hospitality and facilities in combination with an award winning dining experience.
Together this makes Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak an amazing place for booking a suite for a vacation.  For those who can, buying a slice of paradise and living right on the beach in the centre of the islands' life! In Bali dreams come true!

Double Six Luxury Hotel

The swanky suites offer complimentary 24-hour butler service, balconies, and flat-screen TVs both in-room and above the bathtub. All also provide sound systems, Wi-Fi, espresso machines and teamaking facilities, along with safe deposit boxes and minibars. Upgraded suites add ocean views and private plunge pools.

There are 5 restaurants and bars, including a rooftop bar, a martini lounge, a grill and an Italian restaurant. Other amenities include an upscale spa, a fitness center and an outdoor pool

Address: Jalan Pantai Double Six No.66, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Scenes from Bali

August 30, 2017

The unprecedented amount of peoples arrive this month in Bali "beyond anything experienced" has led amazing twitter posted this week.

Where to Eat in Bukit?

August 28, 2017

It’s the peninsula in the south of Bali with white sand beaches, beautiful cliffs and famous surf spots. Surfing is really popular in Bali, people of different nations come here to spend every day catching the waves.Though it looks cool it’s very tiring, so with that in mind you need to eat good nutritious food to give you the energy needed.

I’m going to tell you about a nice place just for that in Bukit!

Today we’re not talking about any famous luxury restaurant. I heard about this place through a friend; who also found it by recommendation. And so now feel it's only fair to share the experience for others to discover this amazing place.

We go quite often for a breakfast or a lunch to Bukit Sausage Cafe in Uluwatu, Bukit. Ai, a Japanese lady is the owner of this family small cafe and here’s her story.

She has a little son who simply likes sausages.He always asked his mother to cook them but she understood that most of the sausages in shops are full of harmless additives and are commonly not really made of quality meat but of tissue and other ingredients to bulk them out.That was not the food she wanted for her child so she decided to learn how to make her own sausages.

Having created such a delicious quality sausage the child liked it much more and before long was taking them for lunch at school.Quickly word spread amongst the children who had tasted her sausages and went on to ask their parents for the same. This was the beginning of her business as parents were asking to buy them, preferring her natural recipe over the shop bought variety.

The main idea behind Bukit Sausage cafe is that the food is natural, everything is homemade with quality ingredients, even mustard, ketchup and even cheesecake for desert.

When I first came here for breakfast I was delighted by the service and choice. It may look like a small warung (street cafe) but delivers a great restaurant experience.As you can guess from the name the main dish is sausage. There are three different types of it and many combinations of dishes including their signature dish.

As Ai told me, the technology is simple; they take fresh meat, grind it, add natural spices into pork casings, vacuum pack them and freeze immediately. They never pre-cook it or add artificial preservatives. Actually you can feel it and there's one thing I can tell for sure; once you go fresh you’ll never go back! It has a Japanese recipe but tastes like the best German one!Another option for meat lovers is smoked chicken and fish. Furthermore customers who chose this have a special place where you can see how they make it right before you eat it.Also if you're a vegetarian and you think this cafe is not for you, you'd definitely be rushing to conclusions! Once I came here with my friend who doesn't eat meat and  she was really surprised with the variety of meals for her including pumpkin focaccia, various quesadillas and a big vegetarian plate!

I’ll recommend you another thing as a must try in this place. Do you like desserts? Of course you do! Usually it’s not good for your weight loss program! But not this one!The owner brought us her dessert plate. It was a homemade cheesecake with strawberry and sorbet made of fresh mango, passion fruit and soursop. When I tried it I felt all the love of a mother who cooks for her family and shares it with you and felt blessed to be able to eat food this good made purely and lovingly from scratch.

What can I say? If you’re looking for healthy food in Uluwatu, you should visit Bukit Sausage Cafe. There you get luxury restaurant food for a warung (cafe) price!

    Bukit Sausage
Address: Jl. N.Kahuripan No.17, Ungasan, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Open today · 8:30AM–10PM
Phone: 0821-4444-3582

The Purist Villas, Luxury Yoga Indulgence in Bali

July 29, 2017

Before this time in Bali I've stayed in many parts of the island of Gods and Goddess. Being an experienced traveller, surfer, yogi and ocean lover I used to have three big questions in my life. One, is there life on Mars? Two, is there life after death? And three, why do people love to stay in Ubud? On previous travels I've been there visiting temples and rice fields but never stayed. Well, this time I have the opportunity to find out the answer to my third question! 

As the Bali airport transfer brought me and my friend to our resort in Ubud we were immediately attracted to the cosy lobby with friendly Balinese staff. I know it's their job to smile but they really did make the welcome feel sincere and genuine. We checked in and the staff took us to our Jungle Suite.

The Purist Villas is a rather unusual resort. This eco friendly place offers modern comforts such as pool, spa, terrace for yoga, restaurant and much more, yet doesn't interfere with the spectacular Balinese culture and rustic charm. Their philosophy is pure and the visual delights that draw the mind to admire the art, canals, statues do nothing but wrap you up in the atmosphere like nothing else I've ever experienced.

Right under the lobby we saw a canal running through and have since discovered it's part of the Subak, the irrigation system that binds Balinese agrarian society together. 

When we walked into our large room the first thing that greets you is a large Batik picture, beautiful flowers and cool Balinese items all over, including amazing private pool! The integration of service and comfort made us feel like we'd come home; only we were surrounded by jungle. This was certainly not just another "hotel room". 

The hotel offers a special place on the second floor with a view over the pool to do yoga every morning; we took full advantage of this to feel a deeper connection with the atmosphere and experience. The pool looked so attractive we continued our acrobatics yoga there. 

We ate a healthy breakfast in the cafe which is located next to the second pool to refill after the mornings activity and prepare ourselves for the day of exploring our surroundings ahead.  

Ubud is a place where you become part of the Balinese ceremonies. It's perfect for Art lovers and it's also the heart of the island; from here you can easily reach most of the must-see attractions without spending exhausting hours on the road. After a day of exploring and activity it's a real treat for travellers to experience a Balinese massage right in the comfort of your own room! 

In conclusion I now understand why it is people stay in Ubud. What a truly amazing place. What's important is that you find a resort that compliments the authenticity and helps you feel the Balinese vibes and I can honestly say  The Purist Villas does just this.


Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. Promoted as an arts and culture centre, it has developed a large tourism industry and yoga practice.
Ubud has a population of about 30,000 people. It can be difficult for visitors to distinguish the town itself from the 13 villages that surround it.The area surrounding the town is made up of small farms, rice paddies, and dense forest.


The Yoga Barn

Opening Hours: 06:00 – 21:00 
Location: Jalan Hanoman, Padang Tegal 
Tel: +62 (0)361 970 992

Radiantly Alive

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 20:00 
Location: Jalan Jembawan 3, Padangtegal
Tel: +62 (0)361 978 055

Intuitive Flow

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 18:00 
Location: Jalan Raya Campuhan, Penestanan Kaja 
Tel: +62 (0)361 977 824

Taksu Yoga

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:30 
Location: Jalan Goutama Selatan 
Tel: +62 (0)361 971 490


Bali Spirit Festival 
Festival illustrates the Balinese Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana
Ubud, Bali Apr 2 - Apr 8, 2018


The Purist Villas 
Jl. Tirta Tawar, Banjar Kutuh Kaja
80571 Ubud – Indonesia
Tel: +62 361 974454
Tel: +62 361 9000627
Tel: +62 812 3888201
Fax: +62 361 970949
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