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Group of Tourism Leaders Warn the Island Will Lose its Charm for Foreign Visitors if Urgent Action is not Taken Soon.
Kompas reported the dire warning of impending disaster for Bali’s tourism fortunes in its coverage of a seminar hosted by Bali Tourism Friends (BTF) in Kuta on Friday, January 30, 2009. BTF, a group composed of leaders from Bali’s tourism community, warn that unless urgent action is taken the island’s tourism visitors will soon start spending their holidays elsewhere. Helping to deliver this message and invited as speakers at the forum were former Minister of the Economy, Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, the former head of the National Constitutional Court Dewa Gede Palguna and the Dean of the Literature Faculty of Bali’s Udayana University I Wayan Ardika. Dorodjatun told the gathering that the contribution of tourism to the national economy has stood at a stagnant 30-35% during the period 2004-2007. Although this stagnation is due to some extent to external factors, such as terrorism and economic disruption, the much respected economist sees this situation as a sign of Bali’s lack of competitiveness. Dorodjatun explained: ”If we take a closer look we will see that tourism has grown globally around the equator while Bali has had a tendency to stagnate. This has happened when, in fact, Bali’s represents Indonesia’s face to the world.” The respected economist went on to name competing destinations that are increasing in popularity, such as Pattaya, Acapulco and several; destinations in the Caribbean. Citing symptoms of Bali’s declining appeal as a tourist destination, Dorodjatun said: “Along the streets of Denpasar and other areas in Bali are buildings with non-Balinese architecture which is reducing the desire for foreign tourists to visit Bali. Money changers and tax drivers are continually trying to defraud their customers.” He said that all of Bali’s leaders have no choice but to take quick steps to remedy this situation. The speaker’s message is in keeping with a growing call for the management of Bali tourism under a single roof representing all the stakeholders from the business, government, academic circles and the general public. The BTF has been suggested in some circles as the proper organization to establish such a management structure. One of the founders of the BTF. Hadi Taryoto, said that the branding and management of Bali tourism is not effective because it must accommodate the individual visions of at least 10 tourism management grouping drawn from the province, regencies, the city of Denpasar and a number of vertical organizations. According to Kompas, the seminar organized by BTF raised five major areas of concern: • The contribution of tourism to the gross regional product for Bali has run a stagnant 30-35% for the period 2004-2007. • Along the main roads of Denpasar there are a growing number of buildings with no elements of Bali architecture. • Money changers and tax drivers in Bali are consistently trying to defraud their customers. • The current management of Bali as a tourism destination is not effective. • The concept of creating destination management for Bali under a single roof is growing in popularity.
U.S. Navy Returns to Bali
U.S. Ship Visit Marks First Ship Call on Bali Since 2002.
After an absence of nearly seven years, the U.S. Navy has returned to pay a call on Bali. On Saturday, January 31, 2009, the U.S.S, Lassen, an 155-meter-long destroyer dropped anchor off Bali’s southern shore with its complement of 27 officers and 261 seamen. While the ship’s next port-of-call remains classified, it is known that the ship sailed into Bali after a visit to East Timor. The Commander of the Asia-Pacific Fleet, Vice-Admiral John M. Bird, told the press that the stop in Bali was to allow a rest and recreation opportunity for the ship’s crew and to allow a courtesy call on colleagues from the Indonesian Navy. The U.S.S. Lassen’s home port is in Yokosuka, Japan. The U.S.S. Lassen is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer equipped with two Sea Hawk helicopters and a full array of weaponry propelled by a power plant that allows the vessel to sail at more than 30 knots. Local press reports indicate that the U.S. ship’s visit saw heightened security at Benoa harbor where the ship’s landing craft embark and disembark crew. In addition to a large contingent of U.S. security personnel, two units from Indonesia’s elite “88 Anti-terror Squad” were on continuous stand by to facilitate the visit.
Confusing Developments at Lake Buyan
Despite Governor’s Rejection of PT Anantara Project, Press Reports that Recommendation Issued by Bupati Bagiada for Another Development Project at Sacred Balinese Lake.
Despite an the emotional pledge by Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika that he would be uncompromising in his defense of sacred Lake Byan [See: Lake Buyan Investment Vetoed by Governor Pastika]
it appears that his high minded environmentalism may have fallen victim to a signed, sealed and delivered done by Buleleng’s regent, Bagianda. While governor Pastika has vetoed efforts by PT Anantara to establish a floating stage on the lake and manage the lakes surrounding shore areas, another investor has apparently already received permission from Buleleng’s regent to develop a 20 hectare tract of land for 400 villas. According to Radar Bali, the Bali chairman of the Friends of the Earth (WALHI), Agung Wardana, has confirmed that permits for the massive villa project on Lake Buyan have already been issued by Bagiada to PT Nusa Bali Abadi. Wardhana told the press that while the governor may make strong statements refusing PT Anantara, this does not stop the Bupati (Regent) of Buleleng from receiving another investor, in this case, to build hundreds of villas on the shores of Lake Buyan. Agung Wardana bemoaned that control of a 20 hectare plot of land had been given for the purpose of building 400 villas near Lake Buyan. Adding: “The physical condition of Lake Buyan at this point in time is most saddening. The developer already controls 20 hectares of jungle land on the edge of Lake Buyan in order to build 400 villas. The investor, however, has yet to begin building the project.” Wardana told Radar Bali that PT Nusa Bali Abadi had originally tried to obtain a recommendation for the project from Bali’s former governor, Dewa Made Beratha, who reportedly rejected the proposal as environmentally and culturally unsustainable. Undeterred, the developers took their case to the regent of Buleleng, Putu Bagiada, who lent his signature to the lake side villa project. Describing the possible thinking behind the recommendation process, Wardana said: ”Bagiada gave his permission. His assumption was that a jungle area can be used for building tourism accommodation. In fact, this is not the case. A jungle tourist area must remain largely untouched by physical investment. It can be made into a tourism object, perhaps for trekking or camping pursuits.” Radar Bal said that the permits granted by regent Bagianda to PT Bali Nusa Abadi was used by project participant, Nani Hanopo, to persuade the Minister of Forestry to issue a recommendation for the use of 20 hectares of jungle land. The project is located directly on the shore land in the Dasong jungle tract area. Wardana stated: “At this time there is already a sign board declaring the right of PT Nusa Bali Abadi to develop the project. It reads like the public are now allowed to enter the area. And, even thought the villas have yet to be constructed, there is a brochure circulating under the branding ‘The Lake Villa.’ This is crazy.” Wardana believes that the recommendations granted by regent Bagiada and the Minister of Forestry are legally flawed because they fail to include recommendations of Bali’s governor and the Minister of Culture and Tourism, The WALHI chairman for Bali insists that the government rules on the use of “jungle tourism zones” require the recommendations of all these parties and also specifically forbid the building of accommodation. “The recommendation held by PT Nusa Bali is only a recommendation of the Minister of Forestry and regent Bagiada and, because of that, is legally flawed.,” explained Wardana. Wardana also explained that any villa development of the area would automatically require the sacrifice of jungle trees that stand only 2-3 meters apart, a density of tree growth that would not permit the villa buildings. The jungle tract surrounding Lake Buyan is also home to no less than nine Hindu temples. The close proximity of important sacred temples to commercial or residential developments is expressly forbidden under Bali’s zoning laws. Wardana is calling on governor Pastika to formally write to Minister of Forestry asking that he withdraw his recommendation. He also demanded that regent Bagiada revoke his recommendation. According to Wardana, a similar letter written by Governor Beratha and sent to the Minister of Forestry did not receive the dignity of a reply. When governor Pastika was informed of the latest development in the Lake Buyan case during his “open house” on Saturday, February 1, 2009, he promised to look into the matter fully.
More Flights Darwin to Bali
SkyAirWorld Set to Fly 14 Times Each Week Between Darwin and Bali.
Several Australian news reports tell of the imminent commencement of flights between Darwin and Bali operated by the Brisbane-based airline SkyAirWorld. Set to be operated with 76-seat Embraer E-170 or 94-seat Embraer 190 flying an initial schedule of 14 flights per week starting in mid-February. SkyAirWorld began services in 2007 and operates services to the Solomon Islands and Cairns. In granting permission to the airline to operate flights to Bali the Australian International Air Services Commission cited SkyAirWorld’s successful operation of scheduled air services to the Solomon Islands and the company’s involvement in international charter flights. The airline is also starting a joint operation with Timor Air for a daily service between Darwin and Dili, the capital of East Timor.
Cathay Pacific Adds More Indonesian Flights
Starting in March, Cathay Pacific to Add More Hong Kong Flights >From Jakarta and Bali.
Bisnis.com reports that Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways will soon be adding capacity on its flights to Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali). Vincent Li, Country Manager for Cathay Pacific in Indonesia said the additional flight frequencies will commence on March 29, 2009. More Jakarta FlightsCathay currently operates two daily flights between Hong Kong and Jakarta and will be adding 3 night-time flights operating every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.More Bali Flights The Hong Kong carrier will also be adding four flights each week on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday – supplementing their current daily flight service. The additional flight services for Jakarta and Denpasar will operate during the traditional high season stretching through the end of the European and U.S. Summer season.
Digging Up Our Past
Another Ancient Sarcophagus Unearthed in Gianyar.
Intensive digging of clay fields for the production of building bricks in the fields of the Keramas village in Gianyar, Bali is yielding an unexpected harvest of ancient sarcophagi that affirms Bali’s advanced state of human settlement dating back 3 millennia. As reported on balidiscovery.com [See: Uncovering Bali's Ancient Past ] the discovery of the twelfth ancient stone burial urn in the fields near Blahbatuh on January 12, 2009 was seen by archaeologists as proof of Bali’s inhabitation by an advanced society centuries before the dawn of the Christian era. Sarcophagi Popping Up Like Fungi On Sunday, February 1, 2009, the thirteenth stone coffin was unearthed only 7 meters from the similar discovery made nearly three weeks before. The latest object is 60 centimetres long and 57 centimetres high. Drs. Made Swastika, a researcher form the Bali Archaeology Department confirmed that the Keramas area in the Gianyar regency was popular human settlement area 2,000 – 3,000 years ago as proven by the continuing discovery of burial objects and the ruins of religious sites found there dating from the megalithic era. Drs. Swastika told the press that the people who live in these areas at that time lack writing instruments they had already developed sophisticated burial rituals that dictated the use of elaborate sarcophagi seen as a means of guaranteeing safe conduct to the after-life. Swastika also said that the ideology of these ancient peoples perceived an after-life that mirrored their mortal existence. The thirteen burial urns are now part of the collection of the Prehistoric Museum in Bedulu (Museum Prubakala Bedulu).
Car 54 Where are You?
Bali Police Patrol Cars Now Equipped with GPS Systems as Bali Police Vow to Improve Both their Image and their Service.
62 mobile patrol units of the Bali Police have been equipped with Global Positioning systems (GPS) in an effort to help standardize the public service provided by the police and shorten the targeted response time to an emergency situation to only 15 minutes. During the launch of the GPS System by Bali’s Chief of Police, Inspector General Teuku Ashikin Husein, the island’s top police man said that as soon as an incident report is made over the telephone by dialing “112” the nearest patrol car will be dispatched to the scene. The Police Chief also revealed that in order to increase the mobility Bali’s police the allocation of fuel for each patrol car has been increased from 10 to 20 liters every day. The 62 GPS-equipped cars will be assigned to patrol areas in Denpasar, Tabanan, Gianyar and Badung. ’Quick Win” Program In an effort to improve the overall image of the police, four ”quick win” changes to how the police intensely focus on the following areas : • The manner in which reports received from the public are handled. • Transparency in the investigative process. • The manner in which driver’s licenses, car registrations, and car titles (SIM, STNK & BPKP) are processed. • Transparency in the way in which police officers are recruited. Explained Chief Ashikin: ”These four programs will directly affect the public interest. The goal is to speed the public service in any form.” Citing the services offered by the traffic police, Chief Ashikin said the process for obtaining a SIM, STNK or BPKB is becoming increasingly transparent. According to Ashikin, every person seeking a driver’s license must meet all the stipulated requirements. Thus, if an applicant fails a practical test or theoretical test they will not be able to obtain a driver’s licenses until these tests are successfully completed.
Bagiada Barks Back
Buleleng Regent Had Sharp Rebuke for Critics of His Development Plans for Lake Buyan.
Following weeks of being ridiculed on the front page of Bali newspapers for questionable approval of development projects surrounding sacred Lake Buyan that have included calls from some quarters for his removal as Bupati (Regent) of Buleleng, Putu Bagiada has snapped back branding his critics as “crazy.” Quoted in Radar Bali, the spirited and “spiritual” leader of Buleleng launched a counter-attack against those who have questioned his efforts to develop the Lake Buyan region. Included in the cross-hairs of Bagiada’s rebuttal were governor Made Mangku Pastika, religious leader Made Gunung and local environmental groups. Adopting an angry tone, Bagiada branded his critics and anti-development foes as “crazy people who make noise” without first looking into the facts of the case in his regency. Speaking after a special sessions of the Regional House of Representatives in Buleleng, Bagiada said: “Those doing the talking are crazy. Write down everything I say, don’t only report a portion. Those who are talking are crazy; speaking only to make noise, don’t know the facts in Buleleng.” Continuing, he added: “I am very disappointed that there are official, religious figures and people from Buleleng who are just making noise not in keeping with the facts. They have to first understand the problem, not just speak for the sake of making a comment. Say what you like, that’s their democratic right. But do so in accordance with the real facts providing factual commentary and not merely sound bites.” To further underline his point, Bagiada challenged his critics to an open debate on the subject of developing the Dasong jungle tract and Lake Buyan: “I am ready to debate anyone. Let’s have an open debate. Don’t just make noise without (first) understanding the problems of Buleleng.” Buleleng’s regent who, prior to entering politics, worked as a banker told Radar Bali that all parts of Bali are pure and sacred. He cautioned that this fact does not automatically mean that every part of the island can’t be developed as a means of improving the welfare of the Balinese people. Bagiada also questioned the lack of fairness and balance in recent criticism of developments at Lake Buyan. Citing an example, he challenged why the heavy development of hotels and water sports at Lake Batur and Lake Beratan have earned no negative comments or criticism from those attacking his plans for Lake Buyan. Bagiada asked: “In fact, there (Lake Beratan and Lake Batur) there are temples surrounded by hotels and restaurants. Are the areas of Lake Batur and Lake Beratan no sacred?” Referring to the 20 hectare of land in the Dasong jungle and the village of Pacasari, Bagiada insisted that he had only given his recommendation for the project and that the right of final approval rests with the central government and the Minister of Forestry, saying: “The Minister of Forestry is the one entitled to grant permission or not. I only gave a recommendation, whether permission is granted or not is a matter for the Minister of Forestry.”
10 Whales Die on Bali Beachhead
Mass Beaching of Whales Near Sanur Blamed on bad Weather and Strong Ocean Currents.
At least 10 whales have washed ashore and died on Bali’s southern beaches in recent weeks which local conservationists are blaming on bad weather and unusually strong currents affecting the area. Quoted by the Associated Press, Budi Adnyana of the Bali Conservation and Natural Resource Agency identified two of the ten dead whales as two giant sperm with the remaining eight as short-finned pilot whales. The whale carcasses washed ashore and became entangled in the mangrove reserves surround Serangan island, near the popular beach resort area of Sanur. While local villagers harvested the whale blubber as a source of natural oils, two of the short-finned pilot whales were evacuated by officials and sent to a local school of veterinary medicine for evaluation. DNA samples were also taken from all the dead whales to determine if the mammals were related members of a single pod. The dead whales were found on February 2, 2009, and are believed to have been dead for one week at the time of their discovery.
Growing Number Illegal Building in Bali’s ‘Green Belt’
Local Legislators Count 25 Illegal Villas Standing in Badung’s Green Zone.
Bali Post reports that the number of buildings being erected illegally in Bali’s “green belt” zones continue to grow. And, according to Bali’s leading daily, some villas built in the “no-build” zone seem to have obtained tacit approval from the government who issued some of the illegal structures with building permits. According to records kept by the Regional House of Representatives (DPRD Badung) there are now 25 illegal building standing within the restricted “green zone.” helping to exemplify the confusion and growing dimensions of this problem, On Wednesday, February 4, 2009, the problem of an unnamed villa in Banjar Jempili, in Pererenan village, Mengwi, was formally raised with the DPRD Badung via a letter sent to Bali’s Governor by a group calling itself the People’s Environment Group (Masyarakat Peduli Lingkunan). In that letter, the beach villa was identified as standing within the no-build “green zone” which stands within the “green zone” near Tanah Lot . There are numerous boards posted in the no-build zone stipulating that no construction can take place in that area in a tract of land stretching 2,385 meters from the seashore. The subject building, according to the citizen’s group, is not in the locations stipulated in its building permit issued in 2007. As such, the petitioners are calling on the Regent of Badung to order the demolition of the villa which stands on a 500 square meter plot of land. The written protest of local citizen caused the Secretary of Commission “A” of the DPRD-Badung, I Wayan Suweca, to claim that the current case is only one of 25 similar violations, a fact that is causing the people of Badung to question the principles of their public officials. Suweca said the illegal villa clearly violate local zoning regulation Number 3 of 2003 as well as law number 26 of 2007. If it is proven that the villa stands with the green zone, the government institution which issued the building permit can be sanctioned under law number 26 of 2007.
Governor Pastika Orders Karangasem Bupati to Play by the Rules
Karangasem Regent Gerebeg Order to Revoke Local law Allowing Building of Chateau de Bali Project at Padang Bai.
The Bupati of Karangasem, I Wayan Gerebeg, has received a third formal written order dated January 28, 2009, from the governor demanding that he withdraw regional law Number 1 of 2008 that altered the legal status of a block of land at Bukit Mimba at Padang Bai. The latest order from Governor Made Mangku Pastika mirrors two previous orders sent by Bali’s previous governor Dewa Made Beratha. A copy of the governor’s letter was obtained by reporters from the Bali Post on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 with copies of the document sent to the Chairman of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), the Chairman of Karangasem Planning Commission (Bappeda) and the Chairman of the Karangasem House of Representatives (DPRD-Karangasem). The essence of that letter said that while the governor supports efforts to change the status of the Candidasa Tourism Zone which includes Padang Bai, any change must follow established protocols. Those protocols require the recommendation for any such change be issued first by the governor. Because these procedures were not followed, the Regents law is without legal basis and must be withdrawn. The regent of Karangasem, via his official spokesperson, told the press that the governors order is being taken under advisement. At the center of the controversy is the Chateau de Bali (CDB) Project standing in a half-completed state at Padang Bai in close proximity to local religious sites on a no-build “green zone.” The development of the project has arrested, presumably due to the current international financial crisis and its failure to obtain all the required zoning permits.
Anantara Saga Continues
Failure of Anantara Resort Seminyak to Obey Local Laws Covered by Bali Post and Jakarta Post.
The Anantara Resort Seminyak and its reluctance to confirm with local building and zoning rules continues to be in the news with reports appearing in both The Jakarta Post and Bali Post covering the lack of action in removing its roof-top structures, despite repeated promises to do so from the Resort’s management and owners. As reported previously, the beach side resort stands a full three-meters higher than the stipulated maximum of 15 meters. The Anantara Resort promised Badung officials on September 28, 2008, that the “Sunet on Six” bar and luxury accommodation on what was to be the building’s roof would be dismantled. While the bar closed temporarily, it has recently resumed business. The Resort’s General Manager, Ivan Casadevall, told The Jakarta Post, “this rooftop matter is being handled directly by the owner, who is in close consultation with the government to solve the matter.” Meanwhile, th e Bali Post quoted the regional government that the order for demolition of the top floor would eventually be carried out. Related Article [Anantara – On and On] [Anantara Resort – A Law Onto Itself] [Bali's Skyline: The Height of Stupidity] [Sun Sets on Sunset on Six at Bali Anantara Resort] [Last Call at Anantara's Roof Top Bar?] [The Height of Arrogance?] [Up on the Roof at the Anantara Resort]
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Bounty Cruise Fuel Depot Burns
Despite Poor Response from Emergency Response Team, No Injuries Reported in Fire that Destroyed Fuel Stocks for Bounty Cruise Operation.
Radar Bali reports that a fire has caused hundreds of millions of Rupiahs in damage due to a fire that destroyed their fuel depot in the Benoa harbor. The mid-day fire on Friday, was fueled by 5 tons of diesel fuel and 300 liters of premium. The fire and a subsequent explosion raised the alarm but efforts to extinguish the fire were thwarted when a fire truck stationed at the port could not respond because, according to Radar Bali, because its driver was unable to come to the port. Fortunately, local elements and Bounty employees working a bucket brigade with tap and ocean water were able to eventually tame the blaze. The owner of Bounty Cruise who is also the Chairman of the Bali Chamber of Commerce (KADIN), I Gde Wiratha, was critical of the condition at the port, complaining about the status of fire hydrants and the late response of fire fighting crews. Adopting a more reflective attitude, Wiratha said, “maybe this represents a lesson for us.” The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported in connection with the fire.
Who Owns the Sari Club?
Search is On for Owner of Empty Lot Once Occupied by Sari Club, Destroyed by Terrorists in 2002.
More than 7 years have passed since the tragic bombing of the Sari Club on October 12, 2002 which, together with another blast at nearby Paddy’s cost the lives of 202 people. Visitors to the area in Legian today will find Paddy’s open and doing a brisk business in a new location on the same street, a monument commemorating the fallen at a location now dubbed ”Ground Zero”, a parking lot at the former Paddy’s location, and an empty lot and a signboard where Sari’s once stood. The signboard reads:
Announcement: Here at the location of the former Sari Club will be built a garden and museum. The Owner of this land is asked to contact: LPM Kuta, Village Chief, Traditional Village of Kuta
Efforts by the government to purchase the location to build a proposed peace park and museum have come to naught because the official owner of the land remains a mystery. On January 6, 2009, representatives of the Bali Peace Museum Association met with the regent of Badung, Gde Agung, and offered to undertake the cost of building the proposed garden and museum – all paid by concerned Australian citizens. The backers behind the project say they hope to bring the people of Bali and Australia closer by creating a spiritual place promoting tolerance and reflection. But any plans to build anything on the site cannot move ahead until an owner can be found to transfer ownership of the land to local government. Efforts to track down the owner of the land or even make contact with the tenants of the former Sari Club have been unsuccessful. The Kuta government is appealing to anyone who can shed light on who is the owner of the land to contact their offices at telephone ++62-(0)361-751814 or ++62-(0)361-751837
Accentuate the positive, Eliminate the Negative
Bali-base International Consulting Firm Tirian Provides ‘Ultimate Tourism’ Training to Bali Hotel Association.
Tirian, the Bali-based international learning and development company presented a without-charge seminar to members of the Bali Hotel Association (BHA) on how to develop the proper mindset to operate a business in difficult times. Conducted by Tirian’s Managing Director, Andrew Grant, the seminar ”Ultimate Optimism – Developing Mental Resilience” The seminar gave practical examples on how to create a mindset in all staff to remain realistic and honest to the situation and be optimistic. This “Ultimate Optimism” seminar has been presented by Tirian all over the world and emphasizes the unrealized opportunities remaining to be tapped evening if trying times. Explained Grant: “As the rest of the world starts to learn how to mentally deal with a crisis – Indonesians who are not new to challenging times have learnt a great skill of developing mental resilience - better than most." Grant also pointed out: “Its always been a challenge for leaders and sale teams in the hospitality industry to lead in a crisis. You can't pretend all is well and be insincere but you also can't walk around pessimistic. Balancing the realism of the situation and keeping staff moral high is tough.” The Tirian program boosts positive thoughts through effective strategies. Research has shown that optimistic people are productive in all areas of their lives, consistently staying mentally and physically healthier through using positive, reinforcing, empowering language that shapes their own behaviors and influences those around them. When individuals are optimistic they work with more focus, achieve more, encourage those around them, see problems as opportunities, recover faster from setbacks, find themselves in less conflict, and feel more enthusiastic in the home and work environments. The session also includes several case studies of world champion sports achievers and recovered cancer patients who have been able to use this cognitive psychology to achieve high results.
The program for Bali hoteliers was held at The Westin in Nusa Dua .
Everything Old is New Again
Amandari Resort Re-Opens after Three Month Renovation Period.
Bali’s famous Amandari Resort in Ubud closed from October 26, 2008 until January 22, 2009 in order to undertake an extensive program of remodeling and renovation. The renovation program coincided roughly with the 20th anniversary of the pioneering Bali resort that many would argue established the style for the legion of Bali boutique properties that followed over the ensuing two decades. How Do you Improve on Perfection? The many fans of The Amandari will be relived to learn that the resort is little changed after the three months of repairs and renovations. All roofs, stone-work, and wood surfaces were redone or reconditioned to return the Peter Muller signature resort to is original pristine condition when it first opened its doors 20 years ago. The soul and feel of The Amandari remain unchanged. Back-of-house, all technical equipment have been upgraded including kitchen equipment, gym exercise fit out, fiber optic cabling, sanity ware and other elements of supporting infrastructure to ensure all the demands of the sophisticated modern traveler are met and satisfied. In short, the grand old lady of Bali boutique properties remains much the same as when she first opened her doors 20 years ago – just minus the odd wrinkle or two. For More Information [Amandari Resort - Ubud]
Ni Nyoman Kinten: 1920 – 2009
Mother of Bali’s Governor Dies at 89.
Ni Nyoman Kinten, the 89-year-old Mother of Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika died at Bali’s Snaglah General Hospital on Saturday, February 7, 2009, where she was hospitalized the day before suffering from coronary ailments. The body of the Governor’s Mother was taken from the hospital and transported to the family home in Petemon Village, Seririt, Buleleng. A creation ceremony is scheduled in North Bali for February 13, 2009. Balidiscovery.com extends its sincere condolences to Governor Pastika and his entire family at this time of great personal loss.
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