Balinese believe that…

Balinese believe that good and evil, right and left, gods and demons are banded into two opposing faction, constantly at war but depend on each other as a unity. To counterbalance the healthy influence of the gods who produce cleanliness, luck and fertility, there are evil spirits responsible for all illness and misfortune. If there is no demon, the god will also ceased to exist; there is nothing that can be called ‘good’ if there is no ‘evil’. This concept of duality in unity (rwa bhineda) is applied in almost every part of Balinese daily life, man and woman, day and night, happy and sad, etc.

The Sharpest and Deadliest Weapon in Bali

The sharpest weapon in Bali is not for human, or used by human. Taji, the sharpest and deadliest weapon in Bali is used by a rooster in a cockfighting arena. A taji is a tiny, razor-sharp dagger; 11-15 centimeters (4-6 in.) from tip to tip. The blade is thin, sometimes wavy and diamond-shaped in cross section, and terminates in an unsharpened, rounds handle, which is attached to the rooster strongest leg below the spur with twine. This weapon is usually carried in leather or wooden case called a kupak, that contains half a dozen or so different sizes of the taji.

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Bali Travel News

El Nino Moves to Kuta
Feb 02, 2007

“Red tide” a natural phenomenon caused by the El Nino-induced storm which moved from the Pacific Ocean to the Indonesian waters begins to move to Kuta Beach. Few dead fishes, similar to the intoxicated fishes that are found in Tabanan beach are found in Kuta beach. This phenomenon is not the first time happen in Kuta, every four years Kuta accepts hundreds of unwanted death fishes, “last four years even worse than this year” according to a local newspaper. Local community immediately clears the beach from these unwanted dead fishes.

Battle for Nusa Penida
Feb 01, 2007

Effective operation of Roro ferry crossing from mainland, Bali to Nusa Penida gives a significant effect to Nusa Penida Island. The number land acquisition by domestic and foreign investors especially from Australia is increased rapidly day by day. Ketut Sukasta, a community leader in Nusa Penida, said that the most sought after lands in Nusa Penida are situated on the western part of the island especially in Suana, Sakti and Bunga Mekar area. The size of the land that is sought by the investor is varied between 5 to 15 hectares. Besides for construction of tourism accommodation, many investors initiate a service and trade establishment in this new found island.

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Hotel Press Releases

The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa
Jl. Kunti,, 80361, Seminyak, Bali - Indonesia

Official Press Release

The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa is proud to announce the recent appointment of Ms. Nicoline Dolman as Director of Sales, overseeing an expanded sales team.

Nicoline joins The Villas after almost two years at the Sofitel Seminyak Bali as International Sales and Marketing Manager. Prior to the Sofitel, she worked in the tour and private villa rental markets in Bali. Her academic qualifications include five years of study in her home country, Holland, where Nicoline obtained Bachelor degrees in Hotel and Tourism Management.

"Nicoline's appointment completes the restructure of the Sales and Marketing division and brings international experience to the team," said Mr. David Kearns, General Manager of The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa. "It is part of our ongoing upgrade to the property, as we continue to improve our products and services to maintain our position as a leading resort in Bali." David said The Villas’ latest Customer Satisfaction Index shows guests are responding positively to the service enhancements.

"The overall guest satisfaction index, covering all aspects of the Hotel's services, was 87% in December, led by Prana Spa at 93%. We are very pleased with this result," David said. Nicoline said she is looking forward to the challenge of overseeing the three separate brands under The Villas umbrella: The Villas Hotel, Prana Spa and Chill reflexology.

"I am delighted to be joining the most established and biggest villa property in Bali offering the full range of hotel services," Nicoline said. "I aim to raise awareness of The Villas as a 'complete' resort experience incorporating Prana and Chill, and to continue to develop products to enhance our guests’ time here."

Nicoline takes responsibility for an expanded sales team, with a new Senior Sales Manager, Ika Dunn, and three additional Japanese staff appointed as Guest Relations and Business Development Managers.

A new International Spa Coordinator, Sascha Hansen, has also been appointed to the team at Prana.


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