Pangerebongan is a ritual that is full of mystery and carries a spiritual power that is sometimes beyond the rational thought patterns of ordinary people. The ceremony of Pangerebongan is held every 210 days in accordance to the ancient Balinese lunar calendar, exactly eight days after the Kuningan religious holiday.

‘Siat Sampian’: A Centuries Old Unique War Performance at Samuan Tiga Temple

‘Siat sampian’ or sampian war is one of the oldest Balinese Hindus’ sacred tradition that is performed annually at Samuan Tiga temple in Gianyar. In this war, dozens of premas - or women - worshippers to the temple’s Gods, attack each other using young-coconut leaf arrangements (sampian) in an almost unconscious state of mind. After them, the same sampian war is also performed by no less than three hundred of the parekan - or men - devotees. The war and its related ritual begins at 9 am. This more than eleven centuries old tradition is very unique and cannot be found in other parts of Bali. This amazing event for this year was held on Sunday, May 14th.


Bounty HotelBounty Hotel Three Star
Jl. Segara Batu Bolong 18, 80361
Legian, Bali - Indonesia

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The Benoa Beach Front Villas & Spa formerly Puri Benoa Boutique Beach BungalowsThe Benoa Beach Front Villas & Spa formerly Puri Benoa Boutique Beach Bungalows
Jl. Pratama 15B,, 80363
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Puri Benoa Suite Bungalows is located about 20 minutes drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport and about 45 minutes drive from Kuta area. Puri Benoa is a private beach frontage bungalow...up to 63% OFF (May 16 - Jun 30)

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Bali Travel News

Bali asks Jakarta: Where’s the money?
Jun 01, 2006

BALI - A crisis meeting of industry leaders in Bali has failed to unlock millions of dollars promised by central government to speed the island’s tourism recovery from last October’s bombings. The Indonesian government has committed about USS7 million to boost marketing and promotion in Bali’s core overseas markets, but not a cent has been paid, even though some of the promised funding has been signed off by Jakarta.A May 31 meeting between the Bali Tourism Board and the Bali Hotels Association expressed “severe frustration” at the lack of progress. Michael Burchett, president of the Bali Hotels Association (BHA) and general manager of Conrad Bali Resort & Spa, said it was “almost impossible to access the funds”. “There has been little or no action because of red tape. The funds are sitting there but because the government put so many checks and balances in place to curb possible corruption issues, no-one is prepared to release the money.”

Strong Indonesia Quake Kills Nearly 2,000
May 27, 2006

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia May 27, 2006 (AP)— A powerful earthquake flattened homes and buildings in central Indonesia early Saturday, killing nearly 2,000 people and injuring thousands more in the country’s worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami.The magnitude 6.2 quake struck near the ancient city of Yogyakarta 250 miles east of the capital, Jakarta, around dawn as many people slept, causing death and damage in several nearby towns.TV footage showed damaged hotels and government buildings, and several collapsed buildings. Roads and bridges were destroyed, hindering efforts to get the wounded to hospitals. Some phone lines also were cut.“It felt really powerful, and the whole building shook,” said Narman, a receptionist at a hotel in Yogyakarta. “Everyone ran from their rooms.”President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the army to help evacuate victims, as panicked residents ran into the smoldering streets, many clutching young children. He said he would head to the disaster zone in Central Java province later Saturday.Nine hours after the quake struck, the number of dead stood at 1,987, said Sopar Djaya, an official in the Social Affairs Ministry’s task force office, with two thirds of the fatalities in the devastated district of Bantul.“The numbers just keep rising,” said Arifin Muhadi of the Indonesian Red Cross, adding that nearly 2,900 people were hurt in the disaster.Muhadi’s death toll stood at around 1,400, but he said his agency had not been able to contact authorities in some of the hard hit areas.In the chaos that followed the quake, rumors of an impending tsunami sent thousands of people on Java fleeing to higher ground in cars and motorbikes. But Japan’s Meteorological Agency said there was no danger of a killer wave.The quake also triggered heightened activity in nearby Mount Merapi volcano, which has been spewing out clouds of hot ash, gas and lava for several weeks, a scientist said.Regional hospitals put out an appeal for assistance.“Please tell the central government to send help, we need help here,” said Kusmarwanto of Bantul Muhammadiyah Hospital, the closest hospital to the quake’s epicenter.

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Hotel Press Releases

The Ubud Village Resort
Jl. Raya Nyuh Kuning,, 80571, Ubud, Bali - Indonesia

Experience a genuine Balinese hospitality resort in Ubud

The Ubud Village Resort is a refreshing retreat boutique villas that aimed to takes travelers feeling like at home and away from demand of modern life. Gently nestled among the serene hill side surrounded by ranges of storied rice field of Pengosekan, a total of 25 appointed private pool villas offering total privacy and comfortable, rivaled only by your own home.

Each Villas, classified in the unique category named after direction of winds in Balinese language (Villa Banjar Kelod, Villa Banjar Kauh, Villa Banjar Kangin) is set within private garden compound with private pools, open bathrooms and open air bathtub surrounded by garden and free form fish ponds. Each Villas has stunned view overlooking right into rice field while tastefully theme interior design of the Villa represents contemporary arts and Balinese traditional architectures incorporated in conceivable need. Gazebo in each Villa is designed to let you enjoying the day while unwind from your exhausting modern life in the breezy day. Angkul Angkul restaurant, Paddy coffee shops and The Banjar lobby lounge are signature restaurants that offering dramatic sight overlooking into greenery rice field of Ubud Village . Angkul angkul is synonymous with private entrance gate in Balinese language that intrigue the guest's wander to open for delicacy of stylishly modern Asian and International foods and Paddy coffee shop is themed to featuring tantalizing choices of pastries and concoction cocktails while enjoying the dusk breeze of pengosekan's rice field.

Swimming pool of the Ubud Village Resort may be claimed as the biggest pool in Ubud, Bali. With the large size of the swimming pool (48 meters long x 5 meters wide) and extra ordinary view overlooking to rice field, relaxing at the swimming pool is representing best alternative after fatigue activities experienced from morning till evening time.

The Ubud Village Resort – boutique Villas is genuine choice for those who seek for impeccable personal service and exclusive Balinese hospitality service in the modern life.

Waka Maya
Jl. Tanjung Pinggir Pantai,, 80228, Sanur, Bali - Indonesia

Exciting Promotion for 2006

Warmest greeting from The WakaMaya Resort & Spa, Bali, Indonesia

The Waka Maya Resort is pleased to announce an exciting promotion for 2006. In the past our many returning guests have become part of our family and we hope that these new, reduced rates will give future guests this opportunity as well. The warm hospitality of the WakaMaya staff is entirely committed to making your experience on the paradise island of Bali truly unforgettable.

Our many years of experience and thoughtful service have placed the WakaMaya among one of a small, elite group of hotels in Bali known as Boutique Resorts. Inspired by the classic Balinese family compound, the WakaMaya is uniquely nestled amidst lush tropical bamboo and coconut groves, away from crowded areas and next to the National Mangrove Forest, a bird watcher’s haven. The ocean is a mere 5 minutes walk away. The WakaMaya offers sanctuary from the modern world; we guarantee our guests seclusion, relaxation and serenity.

At the WakaMaya you will find seven delightful Balinese-style bungalows (Lanai), 2 of them with private plunge pool in an exclusively sculptured environment plus five individual self-contained two and three bedroom villas, some with two bedrooms, some with three, all exquisite in design and detail; three villas have large private swimming pools. Our main WakaMaya swimming pool is styled after the ancient Balinese temple bathing pools; scattered around the lush, tropical grounds are small ponds with lotus flowers and colorful fish.

The fully trained staffs at our Massage Center and Spa are ready to soothe frayed nerves and tired bodies; in Bali we believe that massage is a necessity, not a luxury, and each guest receives a complimentary, traditional Balinese massage on arrival.

For guests wishing absolute privacy and seclusion, the kitchens of the villas are fully equipped, allowing you to make your own coffee, tea or even cook your own meals. The kitchen of our poolside restaurant offers quick snacks, plus a sophisticated variety of dishes, that can be served on the veranda of your own room or in the dining area of your villa.

We offer complimentary shuttle service to the Beach Club and Café, just 5 minutes from our hotel and to the many exclusive shops in Sanur. In addition, our proximity to the main highway makes the WakaMaya an ideally situated home base for further exploration of the beautiful island of Bali.

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