Ancient Shadow Puppets

Wayang kulit, or shadow puppets as they are more commonly known as in English, are part of an ancient heritage of pre-Hindu culture that still exists in many regions around Indonesia. The word wayang means puppet, while kulit means skin. Wayang puppets are cut from thin pieces of buffalo hide and intricately carved and decorated to symbolize different characters. The figures are braced with a single support stick and often have articulating arms and legs that can be manipulated to act out dramatic scenes.

West Bali National Park

The West Bali National Park, established in 1941, covers 77,000 hectares of wooded slopes, savannah, rainforest, monsoon forest, mangrove swamp and coastal flats, and is the only remaining natural habitat of the endangered jalak putih, the Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi). It is also home to 200 species of plant, rusa deer, kancil, barking deer, long-tailed macaques, civets, monkeys, wild boars, and the last of the island’s wild banteng from which the deer-like Balinese cattle are descended. It was here that the last known Bali tiger shot and killed in 1937.

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Bali Travel News

Target any white person: the chilling guidelines for Bali suicide bombers
Jul 06, 2006

Any white person is a target. Avoid hotels because they are too well protected. Carry the bombs in small knapsacks to avoid suspicion. And don't worry about your escape route because you will become a "martyr".These guidelines for suicide bombers were found on a computer captured by Indonesian police during a raid in November, and are believed to have been written by the British-educated bomb-maker Azahari Husin, who died during the attack.Azahari, in his mid-40s when he died, studied for a doctorate at the University of Reading, and was a leading Malaysian member of Jemaah Islamiah, the South East Asian terrorist group that has close ties to al-Qa'eda. Azahari, nicknamed the Demolition Man by Malaysian newspapers, earned a Phd in property valuation at Reading and was an associate professor at the Malaysian Technology University. But in 1998 he took a sabbatical after falling under the influence of a radical preacher, and then trained in explosives with the Taliban in Afghanistan.Azahari had been the prime suspect in a campaign of bombings against western targets including two attacks on the tourist resorts of Bali in 2002 and 2005, killing 202 and 20 people respectively.The 34-page document on his computer set out the meticulous planning and execution for the second Bali attack, including a minute-by-minute timetable culminating with the triple suicide bombing on Oct 1. The blasts were set for 7.34pm when the restaurants would be full, and the entry read: "Allahu Akbar" (God is great).The document, entitled The Bali Project, was obtained by the New York Times after it was first reported in the Indonesian magazine Tempo.It begins by asking: "Why Bali?" Because it will have a "global impact". The author explained: "Bali is known around the world, better than Indonesia itself. An attack in Bali will be covered by the international media."Section 2, headed "Method of attack", argues that the plan had to be different from the first Bali bombing, in which a mini van loaded with explosives was detonated in front of two nightclubs, because "security is tighter".The author notes that the police chief in Bali had increased the number of intelligence officers from 70 to 256, and it would have been too risky once again to bring in a large amount of explosives and more difficult to rent a house with a garage to assemble a bomb. Instead, the document said, "the bomb must be smaller, and brought in ready to use".It advocated attacking "foreign tourists from America and its allies" - including all Nato countries, as well as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines. But given the difficulty in distinguishing different nationalities, the author concluded: "We will consider all white people the enemy."In that respect the attack largely backfired: 15 of the victims were Indonesians, some of them Muslims, with four victims from Australia and one from Japan.The manual said three bombers should personally survey the sites themselves to familiarise themselves with the targets.Possible targets included McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Burger King and KFC restaurants, theatres, a golf course, tattoo parlours, art galleries and souvenir stalls.In the next section, a question-and-answer exchange between the men and their "field commander", presumably Azahari himself, the bombers decided to avoid taxis because the drivers might become suspicious of their heavy knapsacks.The bombers chose to dress in black shirts, shorts cut below the knees or jeans, with trainers or sandals.Discos and nightclubs had "no security to speak of" but were rejected because the bombers would look suspicious carrying knapsacks after 9pm.Instead they opted for attacks on restaurants earlier in the evening. Simultaneous attacks in two locations, the document argued, "will have greater effect than simultaneous attacks in one location". Moreover, the restaurants at Jimbaran were attractive because many of the clients were businessmen, and their deaths "will have a greater impact than of young people".In the final section, written after the attack, the author admits: "We tried to minimise the impact on Muslims. Nevertheless, there were still Muslim victims killed."

Bali bombers to appeal death sentences
Jul 06, 2006

Lawyers representing the three men on death row for the 2002 Bali Bombings plan to lodge new appeals against the trio's sentences.Legal teams for Samudra, Amrozi and Muklas were planning to lodge the appeals by the end of this month.Meanwhile, Indonesian authorities have begun finalising arrangements for the executions.More than 200 people were killed, including 88 Australians, in the explosions at Paddy's Bar and the Sari Club on Kuta's main tourist strip four years ago.Radical Muslim group Jemaah Islamiah was blamed for organising the bombings and its spiritual leader, Abu Bakar Bashir, was also jailed.However, Bashir was released last month after serving 26 months of his 30-month sentence. Lawyers representing the three men on death row for the 2002 Bali Bombings plan to lodge new appeals against the trio's sentences.Legal teams for Samudra, Amrozi and Muklas were planning to lodge the appeals by the end of this month.Meanwhile, Indonesian authorities have begun finalising arrangements for the executions.More than 200 people were killed, including 88 Australians, in the explosions at Paddy's Bar and the Sari Club on Kuta's main tourist strip four years ago.Radical Muslim group Jemaah Islamiah was blamed for organising the bombings and its spiritual leader, Abu Bakar Bashir, was also jailed.However, Bashir was released last month after serving 26 months of his 30-month sentence.

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Hotel Press Releases

Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort
Nusa Dua, 80363, Nusa Dua, Bali - Indonesia

Yhi Spa at Melia Bali

Introducing the NEW Yhi Spa at Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort! Newly refurbished, Yhi Spa offers an entire different concept from the previous Melia Bali Spa.

Dreamy, serene, and rejuvenation are to anticipate once we step our foot at Yhi Spa. Opens on the beginning of June, Yhi Spa offers 10 private Treatment rooms, a spacious Beauty room, 2 Steamed rooms, Lounge for relaxation, Jacuzzi room, and an outdoor reflexology treatment.

Ala carte menu ranges from Javanese lulur, Balinese massage, Yhi Spa Signature massage, and many more. The exotic sounds of tropical birds and playful fluttering colorful butterflies will entertain the guests while enjoying a healthy meal with traditional beverage.


Bulgari Resort Bali
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, 80361, Uluwatu, Bali - Indonesia

The Bulgari Resort, Bali Opens in Spring 2006

The Bulgari Resort Bali, a secluded all villa cliffside retreat, will welcome guests in October 2006. Set on a 150-meter hugh plateau overlooking the Indian Ocean, the 59-villa resort is the second property by Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, following the successful 2004 opening of the Bulgari Hotel, Milano.

Designed by architects Antonio Citterio & Partners, the Bulgari Resort, Bali is located on the southern tip of the Jimbaran Peninsula, close to the Temple of Uluwatu; an exclusive and intimate setting for guests seeking the ultimate in privacy and luxury.

The Bulgari Resort Bali will reflect the traditional Balinese architecture combined with a sophisticated contemporary design, using indigenous stones, native wood finishes and refined craft-made fabrics exclusively created for the Bulgari Resort.

The 59 individual villas, freestanding and private, will include an open-air pavilion, terrace and private plunge pool, enjoying spectacular ocean views. The villas, decorated with Balinese antique pieces of art, will offer state of the art technological features.

The Bulgari Resort Bali will also include 3 two-bedroom villas of 500 square meters each and the 1300 square meters Bulgari Villa.

Reachable by a private access, this will boast two master bedrooms, a large living area with built-in bar, an oversized dining room and a home theatre. An outdoor meditation pavilion, a large lap pool and an extensive terrace complete its unique layout.

The oceanfront Spa embraces all of the elements of Balinese tradition. The main pavilion is an antique, hand-carved joglo house from the island of Java, which was dismantled, relocated, then authentically recreated at the Bulgari Resort, Bali.

A complete selection of healing and beauty treatments will be provided by an expert staff of professionals. The Spa offers a swimming pool, open air relaxation lounge area, yoga pavilion, hot and cold plunge pools and two private Spa Suites, complete with outdoor garden.

Enjoy breathtaking ocean views, a large swimming pool joins an extensive ornamental lake, where the bar, the lounge and the resorts' two restaurants are located.

Characterized by an informal ambience, the all day dining restaurant combines authentic Balinese dishes-enriched by various regional influences from the Indonesian archipelago - with a selection of international specialties.

The Italian restaurant, open for dinner only, will serve a contemporary interpretation of classical Italian cuisine in a suggestive and formal atmosphere. Andrew Skinner, among the greatest experts in the Asian culinary tradition will be Executive Chef at the Bulgari Re4sort in Bali.

A pristine private beach, suitable for long walks along the oceanfront and featuring a Beach Club, will be reached via a funicular.

Under the direction of General Manager Robert Lagewey, the BUlgari Resort, Bali will be managed by Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, the joint venture between Bulgari and Marriot International. Rates at the Bulgari Resort in Bali will start at USD 1100.00 per night.

Ngurah rai International Airport is a 30-minute drive from the resort. Opening Date Spring 2006 Overview 60 ocean view villas including three 2-bedroom villas and 1 Bulgari Villa. The Bulgari Resort Bali other services and facilities:
Function room up to 80 guests for dinner Boardroom Business centre Swimming pool Private beach Bulgari Store Balinese arts and crafts store.


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