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DAZZLING EVENTS & DEEP HEALING: KEEPING THE NEW YEAR IN BALANCE

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 – There will be no shortage of dazzling events and lavish dining, but the New Year programme at Four Seasons Resorts Bali goes beyond the glamour with psychic readings, a letter-burning ritual, chakra rebalancing and traditional blessings.

Following the example of the Balinese, for whom a New Year is a time to cleanse away negative energies, the riverside retreat of Four Seasons Sayan (just voted #1 World's Best Hotel by Travel + Leisure readers) and the beachfront Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay are offering unique experiences to encourage guests to connect with each other and refresh their spirit.

"The festive season is a time for decadent dining and fireworks, but it's also a time to make a new beginning. Our festive programmes offer the perfect balance between the two," said Uday Rao, General Manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali. "In Jimbaran, we have the new Taman Wantilan restaurant's live action dinner concept, a vibrant Arabian Nights countdown party and the sophisticated lifestyle of Sundara beach-club, balanced against ocean-edge yoga, a blessing with our Balinese-Hindu priest, and a renowned psychic. While in Sayan, guests can enjoy traditional Balinese cuisine with our Sokasi Chef's Table dinner under the banyan tree, and exquisite French tasting menus at Riverside Café from our new Michelin-profile chef. Drawing on the healing traditions of Ubud, Sacred River Spa offers chakra rebalancing, New Year's Eve meditation and a letter burning ritual. It's not a matter of indulgence or inner peace; guests can have both."


Highlights of the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay festive programme:

25 & 31 December: Chefs take centre stage at the new Taman Wantilan, renovated and relaunched in time for the festive season. Watch them in action at the spectacular show kitchens, preparing a sumptuous selection of Western festive fare and Asian cuisine.

22 December – 10 January: An unforgettable Christmas awaits the little ones as they catch waves with Santa, sing carols with children from a local church, learn to cook with Chef Kris at Jala Cooking Academy, and play Balinese dress-ups and cultural activities. An extra special treat is a visit to the gelato and crepe station, inside the Patisserie at Taman Wantilan.

27 December – 9 January: While the festive season is joyful, it can also sharpen that sense of loss if someone is missing. Guests can connect with a loved one on the other side or find out what 2019 has in store for them, with a Sixth Sense reading by psychic Marco Della Valle, the visiting wellness practitioner.

31 December: As the sun sets for the last time in 2018, guests can join an ocean-front Yoga Suci Ritual with a blessing by a Balinese-Hindu priest to cleanse away any negative energy, before an evening of indulgence at the resort's restaurants. A red carpet entrance leads to the Arabian Nights beach party with Shamadan dancers, fortune teller, henna tattoo artist, midnight fireworks and DJ until the early hours.

Highlights of the Four Seasons Sayan festive programme:


24-31 December: With over a decade of experience at Michelin-star restaurants in France and Norway, new Executive Sous Chef Jean-Philippe Guiard brings the traditions of a European Christmas to Bali, presenting exquisite French tasting menus by the river. Meanwhile, guests can observe the rituals and techniques behind famous Balinese dishes like suckling pig and roast duck at the Sokasi Chef's Table dinner, a 9-course menu served personally by Senior Sous Chef Wayan Sutariawan.

31 December: Resident wellness mentor and former Buddhist nun, Ibu Fera, leads relaxation meditation with crystal sound healing and a burning letter ritual to let go of past negativities. Then at night the sky will light up with fireworks from the Jati Bar countdown party.

Daily: The Sacred River Spa has designed seven very special Chakra Ceremonies to restore harmony to the flow of energy through our body. Each full body spa treatment has a corresponding Chakra Yoga class available for guests to join at Dharma Shanti Bale, to maximize the benefits of their chakra rebalancing therapy.

Special Accommodation Offers valid over the Festive Season:

At Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay guests will enjoy a bonus 4th night free with the Stay Longer promotion, while the Family Vacation Package offers a 30% saving and exclusive family benefits.

At Four Seasons Sayan, guests can save 20% on the Best Available Rates with the Advance Purchase Offer, for bookings made at least 7 days before the check-in date.

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About Four Seasons Resorts Bali
Showcasing Bali at its authentic best, Four Seasons offers two distinct experiences. The iconic all-villa beach retreat of Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay cascades down 14 hectares of hilly headland and tropical water gardens adorned with hundreds of statues and shrines, to the sparkling Indian Ocean. Signature experiences include onsite Cooking Academy, a curative journey at The Healing Village Spa, surfing tours with Tropicsurf, and all-day dining and beachclub at Sundara. In the central highlands near Ubud, Four Seasons Sayan (voted #1 World's Best Hotel – Travel + Leisure 2018) invites you to an intimate hideaway nestled between two rivers. Entrance to this architectural icon is via a footbridge high above the treetops, which brings you to a stunning rooftop lobby pond to start your descent into paradise. Retreat from the world in spacious suites and private villas submerged in the jungle and embark on a culinary journey at Sokasi cooking school. Visit Sacred River Spa for chakra-rebalancing treatments, meet the resident Wellness Mentor for meditation and Life Talks, and take a private rafting journey down the Ayung River.


About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Founded in 1960, Four Seasons continues to define the future of luxury hospitality with extraordinary imagination, unwavering commitment to the highest standards of quality, and the most genuine and customised service. Currently operating 109 hotels, resorts and residences in 46 countries, and with more than 50 projects in development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world's best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveller reviews and industry awards. For more information and reservations, visit fourseasons.com. For the latest news, visit press.fourseasons.com and follow @FourSeasonsPR on Twitter.

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RECENT AWARDS RECOGNITION FOR THE ST REGIS BALI RESORT

ACKNOWLEDGE RECENT STRAND VILLA & RESIDENCES REFURBISHMENT

The St. Regis Bali Resort has a long history of receiving worldwide recognition for its unique product and excellent service. This year, celebrating the Exquisite Ten anniversary, the 123 allsuites-and-villas luxury resort has recently received 3 consecutive accolades.



Awarded “Best Resort Hotel in Asia Pacific 2018” from Business Traveller Asia-Pacific, “Bali’s Leading Hotel Residences 2018” from World Travel Awards and ranked No. 4 in the “Best Wedding Hotel in Asia” category and No. 5 in the “Best Spa Hotel in Asia” category from the Smart Travel Asia 2018 Travel Polls.



Each of the awards recognizes the recently refreshed Villas and Residences. With a 5 million USD investment, all 41 Villas and Residences have been completely reimagined and are complemented by a contemporary design, bespoke elements and carefully crafted artworkalong with state-of-theart technology. The resort welcomes guests to discover the pinnacle of luxury hospitality at its radiant Nusa Dua beachfront address.



Nestled on the edge of Nusa Dua’s clear waters, the newly opened three-bedroom Strand Residence boasts 966 square meters of lavish yet private space with perfectly manicured gardens that extend to Nusa Dua’s sought-after pearly white beach. Perfectly suited for families, the residence comprises of three luxurious 270 square meter king bedrooms, each with 52” HD TVs with stateof- the-art sound systems, spacious air-conditioned indoor and breezy outdoor living areas, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area complete with butler’s quarters.



Step outside and find the sprawling Balinese gardens with an oversized plunge pool, tropical rain shower and an outdoor Bale Bengong gazebo to relax in, complete with dedicated sun lounge seating on the private St. Regis Nusa Dua beach. Originally designed as a private holiday residence, the two-level estate is tastefully decorated with contemporary Balinese-inspired interiors and furnishings. Dominating hues of tropical blue and fitted glass doors facing the horizons further accentuate the calming and refreshing sensation of the ocean, exuding a tropical feel and providing rejuvenating sights to elevate the comfort level for the residents in house.


RECENT AWARDS RECOGNITION FOR THE ST REGIS BALI RESORT ACKNOWLEDGE RECENT STRAND VILLA & RESIDENCES REFURBISHMENT


The newly redecorated Strand Residence enjoys a grand installation of 5,000 sparkling crystal adorning the living room and 115 kg of crystals on its grand staircase, with exclusively made art pieces and fixtures that showcase the finest Balinese craftsmanship from the cultural villages of Bali.


“The St. Regis Bali Resort ushers in a new era. The Strand Villa and Strand Residence are reimagined in 2018 as we continue work to transform all the suites to the next level in 2019. These refurbishments reaffirm our promise as Bali’s finest address, enhanced by our legacy of bespoke service,” said Mr. Oliver Key, Managing Director of The St. Regis Bali Resort.


The St. Regis Bali Resort

Located on the pristine beach of Nusa Dua, The St. Regis Bali Resort is nestled in the heart of the noteworthy “Garden of Bali”. Exuding a world of exquisite living, the only suite-and-villa resort offers infinite panoramic ocean views on a generous 9 hectares of lush gardens, a strand pool with a swim up bar and 3,668sqm of crystal saltwater lagoon pool to its lavishing guestrooms. Captivating in every detail, the beautifully appointed 123 Suites and newly redefined villas welcome guests with all the comforts of a contemporary refined Balinese residence with timeless interiors, complimentary Wi-Fi, and The St. Regis heritage of uncompromising luxury: bespoke 24-hour Butler Service. The resort promises culinary excellence with a variety of distinctive restaurant and bars. Indulge into blissful treatments at The St. Regis Spa or unwind at the fitness center. In its own tropical park, the Children’s Learning Center features intelligent fun-filled activities for young luminaries. For more information on The St. Regis Bali Resort, please visit

www.stregisbali.com.



About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at nearly 40 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. The ultra-luxury brand is set to expand its legacy to 50 hotels by 2018. For more information and new openings, visit stregis.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


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ULU CLIFFHOUSE – BALI’S BREATHTAKING EXPERIENCE ON THE CLIFFS OF ULUWATU


Ulu Cliffhouse is a cliff-top oasis that has redefined the Bali beach club scene with world-class food and beverage offerings led by Chef Diego Muñoz, a cliff edge ocean deck and creative residence for music artists.

With direct access to the beach, Ulu Cliffhouse’s clifftop playground showcases a 25-metre infinity pool, a resort and lifestyle concept store by Kiosk Collective, an art space and world-class food and drinks served from an open air restaurant and cliff side ocean deck hanging provocatively over the waves. Ulu Cliffhouse has become the destination beach club in Bali with an enviable line-up of special and regular events.

Commanding jaw-dropping views of the ocean, Ulu Cliffhouse represents a lifestyle, quickly becoming home to Bali’s creative crowd, as well as being a space for wunderlusters to unwind or let loose. Designed by Shed London and Bali's Design Assembly, the beach club enhances its raw environment with modern edges, effortless chic and youthful cheek.

RESTAURANT

Headed by world-renowned Peruvian Chef Diego Muñoz, who led Astrid & Gaston to #14 in The World's 50 Best Restaurants List and is now a free-rider chef, Ulu Cliffhouse's culinary offering aims to go beyond the typical beach club menu by incorporating both the influences of Diego's travels around the world and Bali's local environment.

The fresh, fun and locally sourced offerings reflect Chef Diego’s ability to integrate culturally diverse flavours, resulting in a menu that includes a raw bar showcasing his personal take on ceviches, tiraditos, and an array of other culinary delights – all created tastefully to complement Uluwatu's laidback lifestyle.

The restaurant and the bar, with a capacity of 80 and 100 respectively, are housed in timber and rattan pavilions that provide soft, dappled shade and tiered dining with an unparalleled view of the Indian Ocean. Against the backdrop of handcrafted furniture layered with bold tropical prints and soft pastel colours, guests unwind with taste sensations from Chef Diego’s menu and two cantilevered terraces that flank the cliff edge with shaded sun loungers.

BAR AND THE POOL

For poolside gazing and serious people watching, the centerpiece of Ulu Cliffhouse's upper level is the 25m infinity pool. With a capacity of over 300 and clean lines, geometric motifs and pastel furniture, revelers are invited to bask in loungers arranged pool-side, with hammocks strung between palms and beds of lush greenery.

After taking a dip in Ulu Cliffhouse’s pool, thirsty guests can select from a formidable menu of beverages. Ulu Cliffhouse’s drink makers have spared no expense to ensure every tipple satisfies both casual drinkers and aficionados. Guests can choose from in-house cold pressed juices including local herbs and vegetables, body tonics, kombucha and Jamu made locally in the Bukit peninsula - there is something for everyone.

OCEAN DECK

Tucked out of sight is the jewel of Ulu Cliffhouse - the ocean deck, half way down the cliff-face and accessible via a winding stairway. Perched above the ocean, the bar has a capacity of 100 and offers a secret hideaway where guests can sip on tiki-style cocktails as they revel in the best sundowner the island has to offer. When the tide is low, patrons have access to bar’s very own private beach cove where the turquoise sea meets a fine, sandy shoreline.

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT

Music plays a key role at Ulu Cliffhouse, blending varying elements into a cohesive theme. The dynamic music team brings together Bali's most experienced and eclectic DJs - curating a custom soundtrack that provides daytime vibes to upbeat tunes for a spectacular sundown. Ulu Cliffhouse also features a rotating art space and lifestyle boutique.

Alongside special events is the Ulu Cliffhouse weekly program, jammed with opportunities to get loose, relax and party.

Wednesdays Poolside Barbecue

Ulu Cliffhouse cranks up the poolside barbecue offering tasty weekly specials with plates from only 35K, two-for-one cocktails all day and buckets of beers and cider on offer. Resident DJ Laws on Earth lays down cool grooves by the pool, so at Ulu Cliffhouse hump-day has suddenly become our favourite day of the week!

Fridays

Ulu Cliffhouse presents Fridays with half-price beers, cocktails and spirits to get the party started and keep it LIT all night long. With free entry, resident DJ Josh D kicks off from 4pm to get the weekend on the Bukit started in a Friyay kind of way! Get in and go wild.

Saturdays Love on the Rocks

Ulu Cliffhouse’s Saturdays Love on the Rocks is weekly series of day to night parties accompanied by a stellar selection of international and local talent hosted at our world-class playground above the cliffs. From Techno to Disco, we have you covered, kicking off in the daytime and going until late. Enjoy two-for-one cocktails from 7-10pm. Some of our Saturdays Love on the Rocks guests this year have included Carl Cox, Colour Castle, The Presets, Poolclvb and upcoming we have Resistance and Bag Raiders. Get ready Uluwatu because something exciting this way comes!

Sunday Cliffside Sessions

Ulu Cliffhouse’s Sunday Cliffside Sessions are sure to become the island’s most lively way to spend a Sunday with the family, with a fiesta of get-up-from-your-chair DJ beats, free Kids Club and free Kids Lunch*. We promise to set the benchmark for your Sunday Funday vibes!

Free entry and free Kids Lunch* from 12pm

*Free Kids Lunch for under 12's with any main meal purchased

Ulu Cliffhouse is created and developed by F&B entrepreneurs - Out & Out Hospitality whose operations span Singapore (Operation Dagger, Oxwell & Co) and Bali (KILN on Petitenget and the new Mandala House).

For more information on Ulu Cliffhouse please visit: www.ulucliffhouse.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ulucliffhouse/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ulucliffhouse/
  



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FoodieS Magazine and AQUA Reflections Launch Bali’s Best Eats Award and Guide 2018

Bali, 19 September 2018 - After the resounding success of Jakarta’s Best Eats Award and Guide 2018, the first objective restaurant awards in Indonesia, FoodieS Magazine and AQUA Reflections proudly present Bali’s Best Eats Award 2018.

Indonesia’s First Objective Restaurant Awards

Inspired by the rise of local food-driven culture, Jakarta’s Best Eats was launched in December 2017 with purpose to scrutinize and recognize outstanding dining establishments amidst the rigorous competition in the capital’s ever-evolving dining scene. By appointing a panel of experts and well-respected judges in the culinary industry and after a thorough identification and deliberation process of almost 300 participating restaurants, the Jakarta’s Best Eats Awards and Guide were inaugurated at a gala dinner held on 22 February 2018. The Jakarta culinary scene was jubilant as the Top 40 restaurants were announced and special awards honoring Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year as well as Bar of the Year were given out.



Encouraging A World-Class Dining Scene

Recognizing the large manifestation of quality restaurants in Bali, FoodieS Magazine together with the leading natural mineral water in the country, AQUA Reflections, expands the Best Eats concept and launches the first reputable search for world-class dining venues on the Island of Gods, Bali. Bali’s Best Eats Awards and Guide will provide an expert eye to inform local and international diners and travelers alike about the creative talents behind Bali’s lucrative culinary industry and inspire chefs and restaurateurs to continuously develop world-class dining experiences.

Jed Doble, the Publisher of FoodieS Magazine said, “We wanted to create an award system not only as a guide for diners to choose the best dining venues in Bali but also to show visitors to Bali all the great work that chefs on the island have been doing and what truly sets one restaurant apart from another. Bali’s Best Eats Award will encourage culinary creativity and excellence, drive the local scene to even greater heights and help ensure that every night is fully booked at the restaurants.”

Bali’s Best Eats Judging

Bali’s Best Eats has assembled a panel of reputable industry experts from diverse backgrounds and specialties, to ensure a credible, honest and ethical judging process. The judging panel includes:

• Yuda Bustara – Celebrity Chef
• Janet de Neefe – Founder, Ubud Food Festival
• Sandra Djohan – Chef & Hotelier
• Jed Doble – Publisher, FoodieS Magazine
• Guillaume Epinette – Sommelier & Hotelier
• Pierre Lang – Gourmand and member Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Baillage Bali
• Rinrin Marinka - Celebrity Chef
• Corine Tap – President Director PT. Tirta Investama (Danone AQUA)
• Simon Ward – Founder, Bali Food Safari

Restaurants will be segmented and compete in one of three categories: Fine Dining - venues making an illustrious effort in the pursuit of perfection in taste, presentation, creativity, service and table arrangement. Upscale Dining - venues going the extra mile to provide foodies with a smart, conceptual dining in an inviting ambience. Casual Dining - venues that rose above many other establishments, offering relaxed, lively and straightforward food and beverage experiences.

The establishments then will be judged on the following criteria:
50% - Cuisine, based on taste, creativity and execution
20% - Quality of service
20% - Drinks menu or wine list
10% - Interior design or character

Judges will base their decisions on the above criteria. Each judge can only vote for a restaurant if they had eaten at the restaurant in the last 12 months. All visits to the restaurant were made without identifying themselves as part of the jury and without any incentives or endorsements as part of the judging process. The Top 40 Restaurants will be revealed during the Gala Awards Night in November 2018. Restaurant registration is open from now until 31 October 2018. For further information and to register the restaurants, please visit, http://www.foodies.id/balisbesteats


Manifestation of “Reflections of You” in Culinary Industry

Reflections of You, a campaign by AQUA Reflections that continuously appreciates Indonesian inspirational figures who dedicate themselves in lifestyle, art, fashion, as well as culinary industry. Working together with FoodieS Magazine allows AQUA Reflections to give appreciation to culinary industry talents who are constantly progressing the industry by raising the quality of their offerings, actively stepping up industry standards, and being able to compete by international standards.

“We are taking a tangible step to show our commitment as AQUA Reflections in contributing to lift–up the standard in quality for Indonesia’s culinary industry through Bali’s Best Eats. In addition, we hope that Bali’s Best Eats will trigger more local culinary talents to keep on progressing and innovating to achieve excellence in the Bali culinary industry”, said Flora Tobing, AQUA Reflections Brand Manager.

About FoodieS Magazine
FoodieS is the premier English-language magazine covering food and beverage in Jakarta, Bali, the rest of Indonesia and beyond, with each edition focused on the day-to-day search for delicious, interesting or new restaurants, showcasing appliances and equipment for the home cook, looking at spirits, and cocktails, profiling chefs and offering coverage of international foodie destinations, and sharing easy-to-do recipes for budding Bourdains. Offering a print readership of 30,000, FoodieS also racks up more than 60,000 digital impressions each month through its online channels.

About AQUA
AQUA, a pioneer of packaged drinking water, was established in 1973. As a manifestation of its vision and commitment to responsible management in social and environmental operations, AQUA is developing the AQUA Lestari initiative, comprising four pillars: water resource protection, CO2 reduction, packaging optimization and plastic waste collection as well as community development and improvement. AQUA is part of the DANONE, one of the world's largest producers of food and beverage products. In Indonesia, DANONE's business units cover three main categories: beverages (packaged drinking water, non-carbonated soft drinks and tea RTD), nutrition for early life (Nutricia and Sarihusada), as well as medical nutrition. Danone-AQUA is the first FMCG in Indonesia that is BCorp certified. BCorp is a highest standard on social and environment performance. Sustainability Report of the company can be accessed through www.aqua.co.id. . Please send feedback as well as customer comments to AQUA Menyapa 08001588888 (toll free) Facebook SehatAQUA and aqua.co.id

About AQUA Reflections
AQUA presents all the benefits of natural goodness in AQUA Reflections, packed in premium glass bottles with exquisite design that reflects a drive for healthy lifestyles amid the dynamics of modern premium life. AQUA's premium product is packaged in an elegant, 380ml & 750ml glass bottles created by the hands of talented Indonesian designers / artists, AQUA Reflections is a reflection of the modern, dynamic person who continually moves forward in a life balanced by a healthy body. AQUA Reflections comprises AQUA Reflections Still and AQUA Reflections Sparkling.



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Impact of Major Sporting Events on Hotel Performance

Hosting major sporting events has long been considered a way to enhance the brand awareness, tourism appeal and profitability of a destination. For the hotel industry specifically, such events can help boost demand and other key performance indicators (KPIs).

This year, many major sporting events did just that, including the FIFA World Cup, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. During the World Cup, for example, hotels in Moscow saw a 338.1% increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR).

To provide a further look at the hotel impact of these events, we are pleased to present the infographic below.

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