Ovolo Takes Over Prime Beach Property
Hong Kong-based Ovolo Group added its first property to Indonesia, the 194-room former Citadines Kuta Bali resort, consisting of 182 studio rooms, nine one-bedroom villas and three two-bedroom suites. Guest facilities include an all-day restaurant, rooftop pool and bar, fitness centre and conference facilities. The property is expected to be formally rebranded and a timeline for refurbishment established in order to bring it in line with the Ovolo standards. Ovolo Group CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala, said the company was looking forward establishing its own mark of hospitality to Bali: “This acquisition demonstrates our vision to become a truly global hospitality company, offering guests unrivalled, effortless experiences across our hotels, bars and restaurants… we look forward to being able to reinvent this hotel and it’s food and drink concepts in true Ovolo style.”
Marriott Believes in RI
Marriott International plans to have 53 hotels in Indonesia and 25 more in development by the end of this year. Some of them are in new tourism destinations, such as Labuan Bajo as well as a new Sheraton in Jimbaran, Bali. The company has 30 hotel brands for various markets, including The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Sheraton and Westin at the high-end, while it promotes Aloft and Moxy as affordable alternatives targeted at millennials. Aloft has two hotels in Jakarta. Moxy has one in Bandung and plans to open another in Bali. Last year, the company launched Marriott Bonvoy, a "holistic travel program" that allows members to enjoy privileges at its 30 hotel brands across the world. Keeping in step with sustainability, Marriott International will replace its single-use toiletry bottles with refillable, wall-mounted dispensers by 2020.
Anantara Bali Resort: Refurbished Luxury
Clifftop resort, Anantara Uluwatu Bali has revealed 72 refurbished luxury suites, private pool villas and penthouses. Standout features include suites with outdoor Jacuzzi and Bose sound system. Swimming pool partitions were also added for privacy in the garden and ocean view pool suites. At 84 square meters, the Ocean View Suites offer plenty of indoor space to relax with a private Jacuzzi looking out to panoramic views. Complementing the resort's existing spa, the new Anantara Spa extension offers an all-natural, captivating spa experience further cementing Anantara Uluwatu's position as the resort of choice for spa and wellness connoisseurs. The new spa garden pavilion comes with seven treatment rooms including a treatment suite, two double and four single treatment rooms, manicure and pedicure room, hair salon, swimming pools, along with steam and sauna rooms. Treatments fuse spices from Indonesia valued for their distinctive flavor and medicinal benefits such as nutmeg and clove which are incorporated into therapies harnessing the richness of Indonesian botanicals.
Zodiac Inspired Hospitality at the Mulia
The Mulia Bali will help direct where you stay and how you spend your days and nights depending on whether you’re a water, fire, air, or earth sign meaning guests check in, provide their star sign and not need to plan a single activity as a personalized itinerary is inspired by the characteristics of a guest’s horoscope (as well as their personality traits and foibles). This allows travellers to take the guesswork out of planning their own itinerary and ensures every activity will suit their personal style and taste.
The travel concierge team says for Taurus, a personality trait of being stable with a penchant for being surrounded by love and beauty, the team will design a suite experience called the “Sunset Suite Indulgence” which involves “immersing guests in the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean while savoring the finest imported caviar and a bottle of champagne, served Jacuzzi-side by your butler,” according to Travel + Leisure.
For the brave Scorpio, the travel team will curate a challenging water sport, like stand up paddling or kayaking. On the other hand, as most Scorpios are determined and intense, the team will also set up high intensity training programs at the fitness centre, like Tabata or Core de Force.
Indonesian Airline Links Australia
From November 8, low-cost carrier Citilink will launch a new route connecting Bali and Perth on Nov. 8, making it the seventh international route the airline has established this year as it strives to bolster its international flight network. Citilink president director Juliandra Nurtjahjo said in a statement that the forthcoming Perth route showed the airline was ready to join the ranks of airlines that connect Bali with popular tourist destinations in neighboring Australia. The national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia subsidiary is certain its new route will attract further visitors to Bali. Australians are the second largest number of international tourists to the island, according to the latest data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS). So far this year, 118,556 Australian tourists have visited Bali, a 12.26 percent increase from last year’s 104,010. Citilink will fly the Bali-Perth route daily with an Airbus A320 carrying up to 180 passengers. “Citilink hopes to launch more international routes in the future, including routes that will connect more regions in the country to other cities in Australia,” said Juliandra.
HCMC to Bali Direct
Vietnamese national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines launched its direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Bali on Sunday. Using an Airbus A321-200, 175 passengers were transported by the airline during the 3.5-hour flight, landing at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. "Indonesia is an important country destination for us… in 2012, we operated a route to Jakarta; for this year, we've decided to open a new direct flight from Bali to Ho Chi Minh City," said Vietnam Airlines general manager for Indonesia Nguyen Minh Toan, as quoted by Antara news agency. Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Pamp Vinh Quang is optimistic that the new route will have a positive impact on both countries' economy and tourist industries.