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Selamat Datang ke Hard Rock Hotel Bali

 

 
 

Bali a travel adventure.

 

 

 

With the reputation of being one of the most beautiful and diverse tourist spots in Asia, Bali annually attracts almost 1000000 visitors from around the world every year.

 

With hundreds of hotels, bars, restaurants and shops Kuta is a major tourist destination.

 

 

We choose to stay at The Hard Rock Hotel.

 

The Hard Rock Hotel Bali is placed close to popular Kuta Beach.

It is set within three hectares of peaceful gardens.  Just a few minutes walk to shops and beach restaurants and fun entertainment venues.

The unusual designed rooms with photos of rock stars offer modern conveniences and amenities.

The Hard Rock Hotel Bali has a variety of dining options and entertainment, and has one of the nicest swimming areas I have seen. 

 

 

The tropical Indonesian paradise of Bali has extraordinarily vivid beauty. 

Terraced rice paddies seemingly rise up to the sky, while silhouetted palms, still active volcanoes and volcanic lakes contrasts with lovely beaches and lagoons.

Bali`s temples, carved statues and colourful art are evidence of a thriving culture that maintains its freshness and simplicity in a modern age. 

 

 

 

We choose to hire a minivan with driver and guide to give us a full day tour.

Barong and Kris Dance

 

 

 

The tour was a perfect introduction to Bali`s fascinating and handcrafts, offering picturesque rice fields and villages, and the spectacular lake and volcano as a highlight.

 

 

 

Batubulan

 

First stop in Batubulan to see the colourful and exciting Barong & Kris Dance performance.  The play represents an eternal fight between good and evil spirit.  Barong (a mythological animal) represents a good spirit and Rangda (a mythological monster) represents an evil one.

The dancer’s presents the play in beautiful costumes; the fight between good and evil is dramatic and full of humour.  

 

Dance and drama are a united form in Bali and do not occupy separate spheres as in the west.  They grew out of a religious tradition and in most cases still have religious importance.  Entertainment of the deity with dance and music is as natural to the Balinese as the presentation of offering.

 

Bali`s modern day centre of stone carving is also situated in Batubulan.

Enjoying the viuw

 

 

 

 

 

Mas

 

A village famous for it`s impressive wood carvings. 

Wood and stone carvings have traditionally been featured largely in temple and palace architecture.  Immaculately carved demons and mythical beings decorate pillars, door panels, lintels and window shutter with the intention to protect the buildings from evil intruders.  Scenes of legendary figures placed within a floral décor, set a more pleasant and educational tone.

 

With the arrival of European influences, wood carving started to develop along more innovative and commercial lines.  Today village of Mas, near Ubud, is the best known for its carvings of female figures, Buddhas, characters from Hindu epics and the traditional topeng and Wayang Wong mask.

 

My sister Siri is very found of wood carvings and wished to by a gecko to decorate her apartment in Kuala Lumpur.

Mt. Batur
  And with my fascination for elephants I bought an elephant.

 

 

 

Celuk

 

Here we visited the centre of gold and silver smith.  Yes, we bought some silver hand craft, for our self and as Christmas presents.

 

 

 

Kintamani

 

The route took us further up into the mountains.  Arriving at Kintamani we enjoyed a spectacular view of Mt. Batur and Lake Batur.  We made a stop here for lunch and had a wonderful photographic opportunity.

 

 

 

Tegelalang

 

The tour back to our hotel took us to one of Bali`s beautiful rice terraces at Tegelalang.

At Sribatu tasting coffee

Rice is the most important food in Bali; the crop is the source of life and wealth and is recognised as a gift from the gods.  According to legend, rice first appeared on Bali when the male God of Water raped Mother Earth to beget rice.  Wet rice farming has been practiced on Bali for well over 1000 years, and today amazing contoured landscape is the heritage of 50 generations of farmers

 

 

 

Sribatu

 

We drove up to the village to taste Bali coffee, Ginger tea.  Walking round in the fruit and nature spices garden.  We were presented good tasting fruit we never had heard about.

 

 

 

Ubud

 

We drove through Ubud to visit The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.  The Sacred Monkey Forest serves not only as an important component in the spiritual and daily lives of the village, but is the site of several research and conservation programs.  The maintenance and management of special place like this pull the attention of researcher from all over the world.  Especially the interactions between human beings and the monkeys of this sacred place are subject to surveys and research studies.

 

 

 
siriaama says:
Perhaps we will be back again......
Posted on: Nov 17, 2007
tvillingmarit says:
Hope you will enjoy Bali as much as we did.
Posted on: Nov 13, 2007
martinikitty13 says:
what a lovely ladies' trip! i'll be in bali next year - can't wait! :)
Posted on: Nov 13, 2007
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Selamat Datang ke Hard Rock Hotel …
Selamat Datang ke Hard Rock Hotel…
Barong and Kris Dance
Barong and Kris Dance
Enjoying the viuw
Enjoying the viuw
Mt. Batur
Mt. Batur
At Sribatu tasting coffee
At Sribatu tasting coffee
Visiting a silver smith
Visiting a silver smith
Bali coffee
Bali coffee
Siri`s looking for geckos
Siri`s looking for geckos
The Sacred Monkey Forrest Sanctuery
The Sacred Monkey Forrest Sanctuery
Lunch at Kintamani
Lunch at Kintamani
Four happy ladies on tour
Four happy ladies on tour
Our guide
Our guide
Rice terraces
Rice terraces
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