BEACH COMBING COWS AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT

If you happen to be walking along the magnificent golden sands of Jimbaran Beach in the early morning, you might just get to witness the enchanting sight of a pair of Balinese cows harnessed to a large metal rake and treading the beach. The apparatus is similar in many ways to the hand-held walking ploughs used in Bali’s rice fields and drawn by water buffaloes. The rake, however, was designed especially for the purpose of combing the sand and cleaning the beach. The cows are…Continue Reading “BEACH COMBING COWS AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT”

THE SIGNIFICANCE AND RITUAL BEHIND THE CREATION OF BALINESE OFFERINGS

  The Balinese Hindus believe that the spirit of the gods is present in all things, from everyday objects to nature. For this reason, it is very important for humans to foster good relationships with the spirit world, and to remember to give thanks in the hope that the good spirits will bring fortune, prosperity and health to all the family. It is also necessary to appease the bad spirits so that they will stay away. Offerings to the gods are an integral part of…Continue Reading “THE SIGNIFICANCE AND RITUAL BEHIND THE CREATION OF BALINESE OFFERINGS”

‘ODALAN’ TEMPLE CEREMONY AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT

Wednesday 17th August 2016 was an auspicious day for InterContinental Bali Resort, marking the anniversary of the resort’s Hindu temple which fall on Indonesia’s Independence Day. The anniversary ceremony is known as the ‘Odalan,’ taking place every 210 days in accordance with the Balinese ‘saka’ calendar. The Balinese Hindus believe that this is the time when the gods descend from the heavens to be present in that particular temple. It took three days to prepare for the festival, which was organised by our Hindu employees. Our Resort temple…Continue Reading “‘ODALAN’ TEMPLE CEREMONY AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT”

INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT OPENS SAYANA LOUNGE FOR EARLY ARRIVING AND LATE DEPARTING GUESTS

InterContinental Bali Resort is pleased to announce the opening of the ‘Sayana Lounge’ – a dedicated Arrival and Departure Lounge for early arriving and late departing guests. In Sanskrit, Sayana (सायन) have a meaning of the place for a temporary rest or laying down for a rest before start again to continue the long Journey to Ayana. In Sanskrit “Ayana” means “Our true goal, direction” or more specifically “a good path” in terms of one’s life journey. Located on the ground floor of the Resort,…Continue Reading “INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT OPENS SAYANA LOUNGE FOR EARLY ARRIVING AND LATE DEPARTING GUESTS”

TURTLE RELEASE PROGRAMME AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT

The Green Sea Turtles that inhabit Indonesia’s coastal waters are now considered an endangered species. Sadly, this is because of harvesting for meat, eggs, and shells.  Additionally, their existence is threatened by the loss of nesting grounds, water pollution, and entrapment in fishing equipment, marine debris and plastic bags. Yet the strength of the sea turtles’ maternal instincts makes them seem invincible. Turtles are believed to have an expected life span of 80 years or more; it takes 15 – 30 years for the female…Continue Reading “TURTLE RELEASE PROGRAMME AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT”

ART COMES TO THE CLUB AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT

As part of its ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility, InterContinental Bali Resort is proud to support the charitable foundation ‘Chairity’ – Arts and Design Against Cancer. Chairity is a wonderfully beautiful fundraising idea; a collaborative platform for artists and designers to express their thought-provoking artwork on classical, European-styled, wooden armchairs. The reason why chairs have been chosen as the medium for this project is because a chair is probably the most essential piece of furniture used by everyone, regardless of wealth, origin or status….Continue Reading “ART COMES TO THE CLUB AT INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT”

BALI’S MOST FAMOUS MOUNTAINS

Bali is part of a volcanic belt that stretches from Sumatra through Java and Bali to the Banda Sea. At 3,014 metres high, Gunung (Mount) Agung is Bali’s tallest and holiest mountain, its resplendent summit dominating much of the island. It is not surprising, therefore, that it is the dwelling place of the gods, with Pura Besakih, the island’s largest and most important Hindu temple located on its slopes and attracting both pilgrims and tourists. The Balinese treat this volcano with the greatest respect and…Continue Reading “BALI’S MOST FAMOUS MOUNTAINS”

BALI’S 10 MOST ROMANTIC PLACES   

 Bali has long been hailed as one of the world’s most romantic holiday destinations. Let us to point you in the direction of our top ten recommendations for a truly romantic experience: Munduk Waterfall Take a trip to the pretty inland village of Munduk, set between orange groves, hydrangea fields and hedges of pink bougainvillea. Here, a hilltop restaurant affords a breathtaking vista of palm trees, deep valleys, jungle and mountains. Below the restaurant, a short track lined with fragrant clove trees leads to the…Continue Reading “BALI’S 10 MOST ROMANTIC PLACES  “

Rumah Desa: an Authentic Balinese Life

Recently we visited Rumah Desa at Marga village, Tabanan Bali. Recommended by our concierge, we brought our Travel Blogger from Hongkong with us. They picked up us at the lobby at 08:00am sharp. The guide Mr. Mendra was so kind, very informative and explain us just about everything in details.  We need 1,5 hour to get to that place. We passed the scenic road along the way. It was pleasure to see rice fields and greenery. We arrived in a Balinese house belongs to Mr….Continue Reading “Rumah Desa: an Authentic Balinese Life”