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24 Sep 2013

Bali Travel Guide

Bali [巴厘] • 24 SEPTEMBER 2013
The Rock Bar is located along the 1.3 kilometer coastline of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, a 77-hectare property that features 78 private luxury villas and a 290-room hotel. It has been heralded as one of the world’s best bars by authoritative sources including CNN and The New York Times, and in 2011 was voted Bali’s Best Sunset Venue in The Yak magazine readers’ awards.

The bar’s innovative, minimalist design by Yasuhiro Koichi of Japan’s Design Studio SPIN exploits the natural formation and character of the rock on which the bar sits, 14 meters above the ocean at the base of AYANA’s towering cliffs. 

Your 360-degree vantage point affords nothing between you and the horizon but shimmering ocean waves (and the odd traditional fishing boat, adding another touch of magic to postcard-worthy photos).The bar itself was created by Japanese glass artist Seiki Torige using thousands of layers of recycled glass canes. Descent to the bar is via an inclinator that traverses the cliff-face, giving you a bird’s eye view before you officially arrive to take your seat for the dazzling ‘aquatic fireworks’, a result of crashing waves coming off a 100m-long coral reef at high tide. Either side of the main rock extending along the beach, wooden deck areas provide additional viewing points, one of which is accessed via a natural  cave. 

Great experience !! Best time to be there is around 5.00 pm.You can see the beautiful sight in both day as well as the night falls.Good finger food and drinks. Opening Hours: 4pm to 1am daily (until 2am on Friday – Sunday)
Phone: +62 361 702222
Dress Code: Smart attire is required at all times. No singlets or boardshorts, and no alcohol-branded attire will be permitted. Management reserves the right to refuse entry.
To watch the video Rockbar video

The breakfasts have both western and Asian options and are amazing. The afternoon tea is obviously western but a great treat. Evening cocktails are very generous so be warned.

The landscape of the hotel is incredible and breath taking. The grounds are just amazing. The lap pool beside the Spa is always very quiet and relaxing if you want to get away from the crowds. The restaurants on site are excellent. Our favourite was the sushi restaurant which was outstanding.
You can go to the local shopping mall using the very regular free shuttle bus if you want to get out for a change.

Everything about this hotel is great. Highly recommend. Hope to go back one day.

Nusa Dua Bali Golf and Country Club, voted 'One of Asia's 5 Best Golf Courses'(Fortune Magazine - USA) will offer visitors to Bali a truly unique golfing experience due to the fantastic setting of the course. Golfers will experience three distinct playing environments throughout the 18-hole course. The setting of holes 1 through 9 features creeks, canyons, and native vegetation filled with tropical birds. The golf course architect team of Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright incorporated small hand-built stone walls to terrace the sides of fairways and tees in order to emulate the rice fields terraces of the Bali countryside. The setting for holes 10 through 16 present the golfer with lush gently sculptured fairways through a mature coconut grove. The coconut palms, some as tall as 100 feet, provide vertical definition to the golf course. The 17th hole plays out to the beautiful blue Indian Ocean and usually into a cool ocean breeze. The 18th hole plays from the beach back to the clubhouse along side a 16-acre lake.

This hotel will definitely answer all your dreams for a perfect stay in Bali. The hotel is very grand and luxorious. Top-notch design and facilities. The staff is very helpful. The rooms are beautiful although some can be quiet far away from the beach (but close to the fitness center). The breakfast and the restaurants serve great food.. The beach is beautiful and is only for the hotel guests. We very much enjoyed our stay at the hotel. This area of Bali is beautiful! We were quite dissapointed with the wi-fi. There is only wi-fi available in the lobby area and most of the time it didn't work properly which was definitely not what we expected from such a high-class hotel

I'm SO glad that we had lunch here. The entire restaurant is beautiful with different areas scattered across a rice paddy field. We had yummy cocktails to start - I had the coconut drink.

All of us had the dirty duck set meal which came with 1/2 a yummy fried duck, a choice of rice/potatoes, side veggies, and 3 delicious sauces (I loved the chilli so much that I stole my friends one too). The duck was fabulous - so tender and moist with crispy skin. I hardly eat with my hands, being a prim and proper girl, but I said screw it and got dirty with my duck :) It was so yummy that I wanted more - but the set meal is really super filling. 
We had a great time walking around the rice paddy fields and took some lovely photos around too. A MUST visit for anyone who's going to be in Ubud. There are 2 other dirty duck restaurants - so ask the drivers to bring you to the original one.

We just have to try their signature dish –  the Bebek Bengil/Crispy Duck (rp.88,000 / MYR32.00) after hearing so much about it. 

The name Bebek Bengil/Dirty Duck has made it big across the region and internationally but have you ever wondered what does the name means? Well here’s the story extracted from the menu’s front page.
“One tropical monsoon morning, when the restaurant was very close to being finished ( we had the concrete floor down, and the tables in ), a flock of ducks from the rice field across the road ( yes, there were rice fields all around us then ) ran quacking and squawking into the restaurant and across the floor and tables. They left muddy webbed footprints all over the place. They were our first guests – those dirty ducks !”

Ubud is a remarkable town in the middle of the island of Bali. For more than a century, it has been the island's preeminent centre for fine arts, dance and music. While it once was a haven for scruffy backpackers, cosmic seekers, artists and bohemians, Ubud is now a hot spot for literati, glitterati, art collectors and connoisseurs. Famous names walk its busy sidewalks everyday. Elegant five star hotels and sprawling mansions now stand on its outskirts, overlooking the most prized views in Bali. Nonetheless, Ubud is still popular with backpackers, mystics and all the finest fringe elements of global society. Ubud is not "ruined". Its character is too strong to be destroyed. It still draws people who add something; people who are actively involved in art, nature, anthropology, music, dance, architecture, environmentalism, "alternative modalities," and more.

Ubud is arguably the best place to use as a base if you're visiting Bali; if you're looking for culture, comfort, nature and inspiration. Ubud is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to Bali -- scenic rice fields, small villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces, rivers, cheap accommodation and unique luxury hotels. And it's central location makes it easy to get from Ubud to the mountains, beaches, and major towns.
- All photos above credited to my cousins taken by their Iphone and Android.


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