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Finns Recreation Club (formerly known as Canggu Club) is set on a sprawling four-hectare estate amongst the rice fields of Canggu, Bali. It’s a one-stop destination for people of all ages to work out, play sport, have some water fun, relax in the sun or be pampered with Balinese massages and beauty treatments at the spa. There are three floodlit tennis courts, a state-of-the-art gym, group fitness studios, a 25-metre swimming pool, as well as great food outlets offering everything from healthy snacks to hearty international and local cuisine.
Finns Recreation Club Fitness Centre is the heart of the club – a huge air-conditioned gym with new equipment for spinning, weight lifting, cardio and stretching, and studio rooms for private and group fitness classes. The sauna and steam room are also up to standard. Plenty of ways to work out under the sun as well – swim laps in the pool, play tennis or join a game of football or rugby on the sports field.
Splash Water Park features world-class water slides and activities that will take fun to a whole new level, including the Giant Racer (a 5-storey-high, 90-metre-long slide); Speed Racer (designed for the younger ones); Super Bowl; Big Red and Crazy Creek. Splash Playground is an area dedicated to the little ones complete with a lagoon pool.
Bounce Trampoline Centre has a specially designed, spring-loaded frame allowing you to bounce really high! But fear not, all its frames and springs are covered by 2-inch thick safety pads. You can free- bounce and practice tricks all day, or you can join in organised activities like trampoline dodge ball or basketball.
Strike Ten Pin Bowling offers the latest ten pin bowling experience in Bali. The six lanes have automatic pinsetters and computerised scoring systems, so keeping score isn’t a chore, and bumpers are available for kids (or anyone else) to keep the bowling ball out of the gutter. Whether you are looking for a fun-packed family day out or catching up with friends, bowling is a great way to team up and enjoy a day or evening.
Cubby House Kids Club is tailored for kids aged 2-12. It provides a safe yet stimulating environment to keep kiddies happy and busy all-day long. Children from 2 to 4 years old are accompanied by Cubby House Kids Club staff and have their own space where they can play Lego,
The brainchild of creative director Nicholas Meimaris, The Fashion Festival Bali is back 15-22nd August 2015 to inspire and entertain fashion-savvy folks from around Southeast Asia. At this year’s event, themed ‘Embody The Blessed’, young talented creatives from Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Dubai, Vietnam, UK and USA will get their chance to shine on the fashion frontier.
Packed with extravagant launch parties featuring live musicians from around the world, international runway shows featuring established and emerging designers, and an exclusive shopping experience at The Showroom – a unique concept that allows its visitors to buy clothes literally straight off the runway – this event is not to be missed.
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A perfect blend of modern sophistication and the traditional warmth of an Italian kitchen.
Settimo Cielo (Seventh Heaven), the newest addition to Seminyak’s up-and-coming Jalan Pankung Sari area, welcomes you for breakfast, lunch, cocktails or dinner. The restaurant shares its neighbourhood with The Layar Designer Villas and Spa, Gallery Randelli, Kendra Gallery of Contemporary Art and the trendy Seminyak beach scene.
This exciting new restaurant is tucked amongst the lush tropical gardens of The Layar Designer Villas and Spa. A path leads over a pond and past a dramatic fire feature to the cocktail terrace. Beyond, in the main restaurant, a glass ceiling creates an alfresco dining experience, rain or shine. Both sun and star light are filtered by canvas sails, creating a truly celestial ambiance.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Chef Nicolas Lazzaroni brought his passion for Italian cuisine to Indonesia in 2011. The mastermind behind the menu at Bridges Bali in Ubud, he also played the leading role at Uma Cucina, the flagship Italian restaurant of Uma by COMO, also in Ubud. Chef Nico is committed to recreating rustic dishes using refined flavours and modern presentation at Settimo Cielo. “When I cook, I think about doing as much as I can to ensure a great dining experience. My guests are the mentors that have helped me to grow, and they continue to drive my passion as a chef,” says Nicolas.
The philosophy of Settimo Cielo is to bring people together with authentic Mediterranean fare, crafted using ingredients of the highest quality. Start with the Crudo of Yellow Fin Tuna with stracciatella, baby radish, fried capers, pistachio pesto, tomato essence, balsamic vinegar and pangratto followed by signature Black Ink Risotto with braised cuttlefish, grilled squid, preserved lemon, tomato and watercress. For the mains, one of our favourites is Osso Bucco with traditional white wine and tomato sauce, pine nut gremolata, crisp marrow and soft polenta. Finish off your meal with a Baked Chocolate Mousse, salted caramel, whipped mascarpone and hazelnut crisps. The menu is created to allow you to choose from individual or family-sized portions to suit the size of your party.
Settimo Cielo, Jalan Lankung Sari 10A, Seminyak, Bali
Reservations: +62 361 4741116
Breakfast: 8am till 10.45am
Lunch: 12pm till 5pm
Aperitif: 5.30pm till 7.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm till 11pm
Looking for a place to while away the day, cooled by the ocean breeze and with the sand between your toes? Here’s our choice of the best beach clubs in Bali – perfect spots to sit back, sip cocktails and enjoy the view.
Finn’s Beach Club
BERAWA BEACH, CANGGU
The absolute beachfront club overlooks the surf break at Berawa Beach, Canggu with dining below a soaring thatched roof, multiple bars and luxurious day-beds flanking a 30-metre infinity pool. The seriously accommodating jellybean-shaped swimming pool is outfitted with a swim-up bar and underwater speakers. Single and double daybeds are first come first served and come with a plush teal towel – yours “free” for the day with a Finns membership or minimum spend on food and bev.
Sunday’s Beach Club
UNGASAN, THE BUKIT
When Finn’s Beach Club moved to Canggu, Sunday’s swooped their old spot, and it’s our cover image. Located adjacent Karma beach club, the descent to the powdery white sand requires a worth-it ride in a cable car and some steps. Kick back and enjoy life at this chic day retreat that is nestled on a white sandy crescent beach on Bali’s Bukit peninsular. Pull up a beanbag or sun lounger and enjoy a day of sea kayaking, snorkelling or stand up paddle boarding wile listen to cool island beats and grazing from a perfect beachside menu. Sip hand crafted cocktails and watch the sun set while crating fabulous holiday memories.
UNGASAN, THE BUKIT
Enter one of the globe’s hottest beach clubs high above the glittering azure ocean. Ride an inclinator down the limestone cliff to a white crescent of sandy beach that is perfect for a party. Bamboo and thatch make a sexy scene with hedonistic drinks and delectable foods. Groove to the soundscape by the stars of Ibiza and London’s DJ decks.
ECHO BEACH, CANGGU
Step into an amazing ambience at Echo Beach. Pirate ship pastiche meets bamboo building, tribal trimmings and fishing nets, ropes and palms trees. La Brisa is big and has a menu to meet demand.
Drinks range from sensationally cold beer to cocktails crafted from local fruits.
One of the best parts about staying at a private villa on your vacation is that you get superb food prepared exclusively for you by skilled in-house chefs – many of whom have trained in internationally renowned restaurants. Villa menus comprise an extensive range of Western and Asian delights to cater every guests’ tastes. But of course, every chef has his or hers very own ‘special’ recipe that they are most proud and passionate about. With much coaxing and cajoling, we’ve asked some of these secret recipes from our chefs to share with you here every month!
This month, the outstanding private chef at Seseh Beach Villas reveals how to make Tuna Sambal Matah that had recent guests – who originally intended to travel around Bali seeking new gastronomic experiences – staying ‘at home’ most nights simply because the food was so good.
Tuna Sambal Matah
(Balinese tuna salad with raw sambal dressing)
Grill the tuna for 4-5minutes (or less depending how rare you like it) and slice.
Mix all the other ingredients by hand in a medium size bowl, add salt & pepper to taste, serve and top with the sliced tuna.