Omed-Omedan, ‘festival of splashes and smooches’

Date: 29 March 2017
Location: Banjar Kaja, Sesetan village, Denpasar
omed-omedan-bali-eventsOmed-Omedan is a traditional festivity restricted to the village of Sesetan. It is held on the day after Nyepi (Day of Silence and Seclusion), when the youth and whole sub-village of Banjar Kaja Sesetan take to the street where water is splashed and sprayed, and the highlight being two sides of the crowd in a tug-o-war-like scene with a pair in the middle ‘forced’ to smooch at each interval.

Bali Spirit Festival 2017

Bali Spirit Festival 2017 will see its 10th annual running this March 19-26, once again gathering like-minded yoga instructors and practitioners of all different levels from Bali and around the world. The festival is also a celebration of east and west through world arts, dance and music through colourful concerts and performances. A packed agenda features numerous health and wellbeing workshops held in various yoga centres in Ubud and around Bali. As in its preceding years, Bali Spirit Festival 2017 anticipates over 6,000 festival-goers from various countries, who’ll descend upon the festival’s outdoor festival grounds. This year’s theme is ‘Tri Hita Karana’, a Balinese philosophical axiom that translates to a harmonious relationship spiritually, within society and the natural environment. In all, the festival sets out to foster positive change and spread messages of love and peace toward a global impact.
Full yoga workshops to join during the festival, which run from 08:00 to 17:00 daily, headlines international instructors mastering various yoga styles, from Hatha, Tantra, Mantra, Prana flow, Anusara, Yin, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Ashtanga to many others. There was even ‘laughing yoga’ that proved a big highlight at past events. The yoga events also become a great chance for budding practitioners to meet up with and be inspired by new friends while improving their own styles. Besides full workshops, a daytime event to check out during the festival is the Dharma Fair, an engaging scene full of health product bazaars with local organic food stalls, a kids’ zone where little ones can play and do fun yoga, and a stage that showcases various world music bands and soloists who help keep up the vibes throughout these daytime gatherings. In the evenings, anticipate the festival’s Bhakti Nights with dedicated ‘One World, One Stage’ concerts, as a variety of gigs including poetry and dance are presented across its two stages.

To join the Bali Spirit Festival 2017 events, there are numerous passes available, including a VIP full festival pass at USD 795 that enables you to enjoy all the five-day festival has to offer. There are also single day passes at USD 156, and if you’re only into the world music and lively concerts, you can go for their three-night and single-day passes to the One World Stage, available at USD 85 and 28 respectively. To get you to venues throughout the five-day festival, make good use of a special shuttle service that take off from different areas within central Ubud, from 07:00 through midnight. These shuttle points include the Ubud Monkey Forest in Padangtegal, Ubud’s soccer field further up on Jalan Dewi Sita, Bali Spirit’s KAFE on Jalan Hanoman, and the ARMA Café located in the Pengosekan area, minutes east from the main Ubud hub.

Melasti

Melasti is a Hindu Balinese purification ceremony and ritual, which according to Balinese calendar is held several days prior to the Nyepi holy day. It is observed by Hindus in Indonesia, especially in Bali. MELASTIMelasti was meant as the ritual to cleanse the world from all the filth of sin and bad karma, through the symbolic act of acquiring the Tirta Amerta, “the water of life”

Melasti ceremony is held on the edge of the beach with the aim to purify oneself of all the bad things in the past and throw it to the ocean. In Hindu belief, the source of water such as lake and sea water, are considered as the source of life(Tirta Amrita). In addition to performing prayers, during Melasti ceremony, all of sacred objects which belongs to a temple, such as pralingga or pratima of Lord Ida Sanghyang Widi Wasa, and all of sacred equipments, are being cleaned and purified.

Hari Raya Nyepi Tahun Baru Saka 1939

Bali’s Day of Silence “Nyepi” 2017

 HARI RAYA NYEPI

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Hari Raya Nyepi is the New Year for Balinese Hindus celebrating the Caka Year of 1939.  On this very auspicious occasion, many ceremonies and rituals are held throughout the Island of Bali, & we have detailed below the events taking place during this period and would ask you to respect the Balinese culture during your stay in Bali.

Saturday 25th March 2017

One of the most important preparations for the coming New Year is the Purification Ceremony, known locally as “Melasti”, held along Kuta Beach. The local Balinese will take offerings and holy objects such as statues and “keris” to the beach for ritual cleansing. They will also conduct prayers & cleanse themselves in the sea.  Local authorities invite you to witness this ceremony with decorum & from a distance. Tourist are requested to walk around Kuta’s public areas &/or the beach in proper clothing & NOT bikini.

Sunday 26th March 2017

A ceremony will be held at Bale Agung Desa Adat Kuta temple commencing approximately 3pm. Please expect there to be some traffic delays during this time.

Monday 27th March 2017

The climax of ritual activity is on the eve of Nyepi. During these solemn, powerful hours, priests throughout Bali will perform a Tawur agung, praying and ritually sacrificing a variety of animals to appease the demons and honor the gods in an attempt to harmonize the conflicting universal powers of good and evil.

Ceremonies (Tawur Kesanga) will be held at Desa Adat Kuta Square & in front of Bale Agung Adat Kuta temple, commencing 4pm onwards. During this time Jalan Legian will be CLOSED by local authorities therefore please expect there to be traffic in the Kuta area. Please ask our staff at Reception should you require any assistance in communicating with your contact for transportation.

Ogoh Ogoh (Paper Mache) Parade

Join in the fun of watching this special Balinese event, for a good vantage point walk down to Bemo Corner (temple in the middle of Jl Legian & JL Raya Pantai) to enjoy the evenings festivities .

Tuesday 28th March 2017

The first day of the Caka New Year, also known as Hari Raya Nyepi, is a Day of Complete Silence in Bali.  The whole island will be void of people on the streets (since it is mandatory for everyone to stay indoors) or on the hotel premises and there shall be NO noise, NO lights and NO activities in whatsoever form.  The whole island of Bali shall appear deserted and therefore it is believed that the evil spirits will pass over the island.

We seek your cooperation in observing the following mandatory rules issued by the Religious Department of Bali during the celebration of Hari Raya Nyepi.

  1. Guests are not permitted to leave the premises of the Hotel commencing 6am Tuesday 28th March until 6am Wednesday 29th  March 2017.  To do so is considered a criminal act.
  2. All guestroom night curtains are required to be fully drawn from 6pm Tuesday 28th March until 6am Wednesday 29th March 2017. You are requested to keep lighting to a minimum as no lights are to be seen from outside.
  1. The entire hotel’s outdoor lighting will be completely switched off following sunset on Tuesday 28th March 2017 until sunrise on Wednesday 29th March 2017.
  1.  This means that the Hotel’s swimming pool & Jacuzzi will be closed from 6 pm Tuesday 28th March 2017 till the following morning. A Buffet Dinner will be served in Nangka Restaurant by candle light until 7pm. Room service will cease operating at 6pm.

In addition, as per a new regulation of the Government of Bali, all television providers including cable channels, will not broadcast during Nyepi Day. To compensate this decision we will set up an In-House Movie program from 6am Tuesday 28th March 2017.

Should you have your own DVD’s we have limited DVD players available for rent @ Rp50,000/day, but this will be on a ‘first come first serve basis’.

Massages are available 9am-6pm in our room massage #110 or beside the pool (reservations are essential)

Wednesday 29th March 2017

The second day of the Caka New Year, also known as “Ngembak Geni”, is a Day for Hindu people to do ”Sima Krama/Dharma Santi”, visiting and apologizing to one another. On this occasion, you may visit a market called “PASAR MAJELANGU”, which will be held along the Kuta Beach area.  Please also be aware that on this day, shops and restaurants will start to open after 12.00 noon but most of them might remain closed.

Pantai Dreamland

Pantai Dreamland

Pantai Dreamland

Pantai Dreamland adalah sebuah tempat pariwisata yang terletak di sebelah selatan Bali di daerah bernama Pecatu. Pantai Dreamland dikelilingi oleh tebing-tebing yang menjulang tinggi, dan dikelilingi batu karang yang lumayan besar di sekitar pantai. Lokasi pantai ini berada dalam kompleks Bali Pecatu Graha (Kuta Golf Link Resort) yaitu sekitar 30 menit dari pantai Kuta.

Pantai Dreamland sendiri hampir mirip dengan pantai Kuta. Pasir putih dan celah karang yang terjal menjadi pemandangan yang begitu memikat mata untuk dipandang. Lokasi berpasir putih bersih di pantai sempit tepat di bawah dinding karang curam cocok untuk menikmati matahari tenggelam atau sekadar menyaksikan atraksi para peselancar. Ombaknya yang tinggi dan besar banyak diminati oleh para penggemar olahraga selancar air (surfing), bahkan Dreamland sudah dijadikan semacam surfing spot baru untuk kawasan Bali.

Asal nama

Asal usul nama Dreamland dikarenakan dulu di area ini sempat terdapat sebuah proyek perumahan dan objek wisata. Namun proyek tersebut terhambat dan terbengkalai sedangkan para penduduk desa Pecatu yang dulunya hidup sebagai petani sangat berharap proyek selesai dan mereka bisa menekuni bisnis lain di bidang pariwisata. Karena itulah lahan disekitar pantai disebut dengan Dreamland (tanah impian).[1]

Pantai Dreamland dilihat dari atas bukit

Pengembangan

Pelataran pantai indah ini semula hanya titik kecil dari areal 900 hektare milik PT Bali Pecatu Graha (BPG) yang sempat heboh pada tahun 1996. Lahan seluas itu diborong untuk disulap menjadi resor superluks “Resor Pecatu Indah”.

Konon resor itu akan dipadukan dengan kawasan wisata, seraya memanfaatkan keindahan dan keaslian alam, sekaligus pelestarian lingkungan hidup. Pemilik resor tersebut, Tommy Soeharto, anak mantan Presiden Soeharto, hendak membuat “lingkungan permukiman dan wisata paling unik di seluruh Asia Tenggara“. Tapi seiring Indonesia tersapu krisis moneter dan krisis kredibilitas pimpinan, megaproyek ini mulai meredup.Bagi anda yang ingin melihat geleri photo Pantai Dreamland lebih lengkap silahkan lihat disini http://www.all-about-indonesia.co.cc/2012/02/pesona-pantai-dreamland-pecatu-bali.html

Pantai Balangan

Pantai Balangan , Another Bali’s Hidden Beach.

Tersembunyi di bagian selatan Pulau Bali, pantai yang berada di wilayah Pecatu ini terletak diantara dua bukit karang yang terjal. Mungkin dulunya Pantai Balangan ini terbentuk karena hantaman ombak yang membelah bukit bagian pulau selatan Bali ini. Memang hampir setiap pantai yang berada di wilayah selatan Bali bertipe sama yaitu dihimpit oleh bukit karang. Untungnya tidak seperti Pantai Tegalwangi, di pantai ini sudah terdapat anak tangga untuk menuju ke kawasan pasir putih pantainya, sehingga aksesnya cukup mudah. Pantai Balangan dengan panjang garis pantai kurang lebih 1 km ini menghadap ke arah utara, sehingga saya bisa melihat aktifitas Bandara Internasional Ngurah Rai di kejauhan. Untuk bagian timur dibatasi dengan tebing tinggi dengan lekukan dibawahnya karena tergerus oleh ombak. Di bagian barat, pantai dibatasi oleh tebing tinggi yang penuh dengan tumbuhan, terutama pohon kelapa, selain itu juga terdapat semacam pondok untuk menikmati pantai dari ketinggian.  Asiknya, jika kondisi laut sedang surut saya bisa berjalan menuju Pantai Dreamland dengan cara terus berjalan kearah barat sambil menyusuri bibir pantai.

The Coconut Trees-nya Pantai Balangan

The Coconut Trees-nya Pantai Balangan

  Tekstur pasir Pantai Balangan terasa sedikit kasar, karena memang bukan pantai yang bertipe pasir sehalus tepung. Namun coba injakkan kaki anda di pantai ini sambil menikmati suasana sepi, nyaman dan tenang. Suasana yang tidak dapat saya temukan di pantai sejuta umat, Pantai Kuta, Bali. Berenang dan surfing nampaknya merupakan aktifitas yang menjadi daya tarik utama Pantai Balangan, namun karena pantai ini terletak di bagian selatan Bali yang ombaknya cukup besar, anda harus selalu waspada, selain itu juga tidak ada penjaga pantai yang bertugas di pantai ini, seperti layaknya di Pantai Kuta. Meskipun Pantai Balangan ini tersembunyi, fasilitas dan akomodasi yang ada cukup banyak, terdapat banyak cafe dan penginapan di sekitar pantai. Bisa juga menginap di dekat pantai jika mau. Memang pantai ini layaknya surga, mengingat kondisi Pulau Bali sekarang yang sudah mulai sedikit ramai dan macet. Ketika saya berkunjung ke pantai ini saya banyak melihat para bule yang sedang leyeh – leyeh berjemur. Saya pun tidak mau kalah, bedanya sih saya gak berjemur tapi mampir ke sebuah cafe,  membeli kelapa muda, menikmatinya  sambil membaca buku. Cara yang menyenangkan untuk menghabiskan waktu liburan bukan?

Pantai Balangan The exotic one
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Pantai Balangan The exotic one

  Fakta Tentang Pantai Balangan :

  1. Spot yang cukup menarik untuk  berenang, surfing, dan bersantai, terutama bagi anda yang tidak terlalu suka pantai yang ramai.
  2. Terdapat banyak akomodasi yang seharusnya lebih murah dari pada di sekitar Kuta, Bali. Jadi mau menginap juga bukan suatu masalah.
  3. Lokasinya dekat dengan Pantai Dreamland, berjalan kearah barat menyusuri bibir pantai anda akan sampai ke Pantai Dreamland.

Berani Bermimpi, Berani Traveling, Berani Bertualang!

Pantai Pandawa

Pantai Pandawa adalah salah satu kawasan wisata di area Kuta selatan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Pantai ini terletak di balik perbukitan dan sering disebut sebagai Pantai Rahasia (Secret Beach). Di sekitar pantai ini terdapat dua tebing yang sangat besar yang pada salah satu sisinya dipahat lima patung Pandawa[1] dan Kunti. Keenam patung tersebut secarara berurutan (dari posisi tertinggi) diberi penejasan nama Dewi Kunti, Dharma Wangsa, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula, dan Sahadewa.

Selain untuk tujuan wisata dan olahraga air, pantai ini juga dimanfaatkan untuk budidaya rumput laut karena kontur pantai yang landai dan ombak yang tidak sampai ke garis pantai. Cukup banyak wisatawan yang melakukan paralayang dari Bukit Timbis hingga ke Pantai Pandawa.

Kawasan pantai ini juga sering digunakan sebagai lokasi pengambilan gambar untuk sinetron FTV.

Water Blow Nusa Dua Bali

Untuk mencapai Pantai Water Blow, lewati Bali Collection dan letaknya dekat Hotel Grand Gyatt. Kemudian Anda akan menemukan lapangan rumput yang luas, lalu ikuti jalan setapak menuju sebuah gerbang bertuliskan “Water Blow”. Awalnya kawasan ini hanyalah tebing karang biasa dan terkesan berbahaya. Kemudian oleh pihak BTDC dirapikan dan dikelola dengan membuat jalan setapak konblok serta pagar pembatas. Tak hanya itu, sebuah bangunan beratap dan terbuka dibangun di salah satu ujung tebing karang. Lalu apa menariknya Water Blow ini? Di tebing karang yang langsung berhadapan dengan Samudera Hindia, terdapat celah besar yang menyempit. Saat ombak bergulung dan menerpa tebing, ombak in seakan terjepit dalam celah dan menghempas ke atas. Dari kejauhan seperti buih besar berwarna putih tengah menari ke atas. Semakin besar dan kencang ombak yang datang, semakin tinggi ombak menjulang melewati tebing. Jika tak hati-hati, Anda pun akan basah terkena terjangan ombak. Jangan harap Anda bisa berenang di sini. Walau disebut pantai, Water Blow lebih cocok disebut tebing karang yang menghujam ke lautan. Anda tak akan menemukan pasir pantai dan laut berada jauh di bawah Anda. Namun, ombak menjulang menjadi daya tarik utamanya. Sebab, si ombak tak selamanya muncul tinggi ke atas. Kadang ia menerpa tebing dengan perlahan seakan malas. Lalu menjilat sisi tebing dengan pendek. Di saat lengah, tiba-tiba ombak besar datang dan laksana terbang ke atas. Sesaat kemudian terhempas ke bawah mengirim percikan-percikan air membahasi pengunjung. Sensasi menunggu ombak tinggi inilah yang membuat pengunjung rela menunggu sambil menikmati panorama laut lepas.

Kuta Karnival 2016


Kuta Karnival 2016, Bali

Welcome to this fascinating event known as Kuta Karnival in Bali, Indonesia. The Kuta Karnival event will be starting from October 2016 on the glorious Kuta beach in Bali. The previous edition of this event has witnessed large number of tourists from round the globe in Bali. This years Kuta Karnival promises more fun and excitement on the beaches of Kuta, Bali. There will be series of event like opening ceremony with Kite Festival, Balinese Arts, Cartoon exhibitions, Movie Screening, Bali Food Festival, Sand Sculpture Competition and lots more.

Kuta Karnival Bali Food Festival – As a part of Kuta Karnival 2016, Bali Food Festival will also be held in this mega event. All those who loves cuisines or recipes can take part in this mega food event in Kuta region. There will be lot of people joining this food festival to present there culinary skills. Apart from delicious food stalls, there will be movie screening, DJ session, children playground and lot of other entertainment activities. So don’t miss this Bali Food Festival at Kuta Karnival 2016.

Come and enjoy an event featuring fun, entertainment, tasty food, beach activities and lots more happening at Kuta Beach, Bali.

The 6th Jazz Market by the Sea

the 6th Jazz Market by the Sea

CLOTHING THE NATION

Founded in 2010, the vision of ‘Jazz Market by the Sea’ is be the most awaited annual Indonesian cultural festival in the region, where families can interact and intermingle with and through music, art, education and social activities.

Proud to be Indonesian, our objective is to promote growing Indonesian talents with a special emphasis on creative collaborations and improvisations of traditional Indonesian and jazzy music.

Inspired by traditional Balinese market; pasar seni, the Market highlights where the action of community centers around. It is in this hustle and bustle where people can have insight into real culture. Around 80 unique stalls from: food and beverage, fashion, art and crafts.

The event is held to create awareness about preserving Indonesia’s natural heritage.

This 6th coming year and in conjunction with Indonesian Independence Day weekend celebration, Jazz Market festival will take place from

Friday, 19th to Sunday, 21st August 2016 from 2pm until 11pm

with a special emphasis on creative collaborations and improvisations of traditional Indonesian and jazzy music.