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Cross Collection Boosts Balinese Charm with Two Hotels

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 Cross Collection Boosts Balinese Charm with Two Hotels - - TRAVELINDEXUbud, Bali, Indonesia, April 4, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX /With Bali’s borders now open to international visitors, Cross Hotels & Resorts has given the ‘island of the Gods’ a massive boost of confidence with the continued expansion of Cross Collection, a combination of stylish resorts and hotels that appeal to a new generation of independent travellers. Joining the chic Cross Collection family are Tanadewa Resort & Spa Ubud and Tanadewa Villas & Spa Nusa Dua, two stunning properties that flawlessly portray tropical avant-garde luxury.

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Situated in the tranquil foothills of Bali, Tanadewa Resort & Spa Ubud by Cross Collection offers a selection of modern suites and villas with contemporary designs and Balinese accents, making it a true haven for wanderers and romantics alike. Meanwhile, Tanadewa Villas & Spa Nusa Dua by Cross Collection, is exclusively designed to embody sophisticated décor with Bali’s rustic roots. Together, the pair bring Cross Hotels & Resorts Balinese collection to four unique properties that include Away Bali Legian Camakila and Cross Bali Breakers.

“We are honoured to partner with PT. Bumi Pesona Mandiri to showcase these amazing resorts to a global audience. I am convinced this partnership will be a huge success as I believe Cross Hotels & Resorts’ expansion in Indonesia will continue to grow in strength and numbers. Our approach is epitomized in our ‘Uniquely Yours’ philosophy where an entrepreneurial approach coupled with professional teams is helping us push the boundaries and raise the bar. Cross Collection offers owners workable solutions to their business and gives them the ability to attach Cross Hotels & Resorts and Flight Centre Travel Group, our international distribution network, to their brand,” said Harry Thaliwal, CEO of Cross Hotels & Resorts.

Cross Collection, a white-label branding solution offered to independent hotels, is making the hospitality industry sit up and take notice as the revolutionary approach continues to gain pace following recent deals in Bangkok and Hua Hin. The latest two-hotel deal in the world-class tourist destination of Bali further cements Cross Hotels & Resorts at the forefront of inspired hospitality offerings in Asia-Pacific.

“As we enter this new and exciting partnership with Cross Hotels & Resorts, I am confident that the worldwide presence of the Cross brand and its wide-reaching distribution network, Flight Centre Travel Group, gives Tanadewa the universal appeal that travellers place their trust in. Cross Collection personifies our shared values in that it gives individual hotels like Tanadewa the opportunity to tell their own story. We can be ourselves within a bigger family. This is one of the many benefits of the Cross brand profile,” said Ricky Subrata, President Director of PT. Bumi Pesona Mandiri.

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Cross Hotels & Resorts current portfolio includes 24 hotels under five distinct brands – Cross, Cross Vibe, Away, Lumen and Cross Collection – across Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.

About Cross Hotels & Resorts
Cross Hotels & Resorts is an international hotel management company wholly owned by the ASX listed Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG). FCTG is one of the world’s largest and progressive travel companies, incorporating diverse worldwide distribution, in destination travel experiences such as transport and touring as well as hotel management solutions. Cross Hotels & Resorts also delivers owner services all the way from the very early sourcing and planning stages of a development, through technical services during build, to pre-opening services and finally professional ongoing hotel management.

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Bali and Beyond Travel 2022 as Hybrid Event

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Bali and Beyond Travel 2022 as Hybrid Event - - TRAVELINDEXBali, Indonesia, February 12, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / In light of the current situation the BBTF Committee regrets to announce that BBTF 2022 will once again have to be a hybrid event combining online and offline face to face events. BBTF 2022 will be an online only event for international participants. Both online and offline meetings will be available for domestic participants. Only vaccinated or recovered visitors or exhibitors will be allowed to attend in person.

We’re in this together. We need to strike a balance between protecting health and mitigating the social and economic consequences of this pandemic. The decision to change management from offline to online virtual this year event was not easy, but definitely right, Mr. I Putu Winastra S.SOS – new Chairman of the Board, and the head of Committee BBTF 2022 explained.

BBTF is an annual event with the intention to establish a benchmark for travel and tourism events and destinations in Indonesia. Supported by the Ministry of Tourism Indonesia, BBTF held a B2B event and aims to advance the tourism industry through business sessions and direct promotion of best practices in MICE and Leisure management. Together with exhibitors and buyers from numerous countries around the world, BBTF facilitates Pre-Scheduled Appointments (PSA) and business sessions for buyers and sellers to negotiate on their long-term leisure and corporate travel needs. Corporations, travel agents, hotel & resort chains, cruise operators, convention planners, venue operators and travel buyers can leverage within the two full working days of business to business sessions to enhance their respective brands in the Indonesia and Asia Pacific markets.

Our million thanks and appreciation goes to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia, the Government of Bali Province and the Bali Tourism Board, as well as our other partners across all the sectors and the stakeholders of tourism industry who have supported us tirelessly from the beginning. We will come back stronger and optimistic to bring the best of Indonesia to the 9th BBTF 2023. We look forward to welcoming our international BBTF participants next year at Indonesia’s Leading Travel and Tourism Fair, in the month of June 2023.

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Banyan Tree to Open Buahan, a “No Walls, No Doors” Resort Concept in Bali

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Banyan Tree to Open Buahan, a “No Walls, No Doors” Resort Concept in Bali - - TRAVELINDEXUbud, Bali, Indonesia, January 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Banyan Tree is set to open its first Banyan Tree Escape in an off-the-beaten-track, untouched part of northern Ubud in April 2022.

The resort has 16 balés that are designed to blend indoor-outdoor living areas with 180-degree panoramic nature views. Highlights include a zero-waste, farm-to-table, plant-based restaurant and a handful of secret “Hideaway Spots” scattered throughout the grounds, offering guests opportunities to read, meditate or simply commune with nature.

The guests are invited to learn how the resort reinvents the basics of food and drink through its zero-waste farm-to-table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques. The menu concept, 70 per cent of which is plant-based, is sourced locally within a one-hour drive from the property.

The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages, while Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions from Buahan village and its surrounding areas, with a unique “open” garden experience.

Surrounded by rice paddies and lush jungle in northern Ubud, Buahan makes the most of its pristine natural surroundings with its “no walls, no doors” concept — creating an experience that allows guests to feel that they are one with nature.

At the resort’s heart are the Open Kitchen and Living Room, both open dining and lounge spaces created to evoke a sense of community. Here, guests are invited to learn how the resort reinvents the basics of food and drink through its unique zero-waste farm to table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques. The concept was developed through a collaboration with Agency X, a local consultant group that houses the acclaimed restaurant Locavore, Nusantara Restaurant, and The Night Rooster Cocktail Bar, creatively enhancing a sense of place.

About Banyan Tree Group
We are one of the world’s leading independent, multi-branded hospitality groups, respected for our purpose-driven approach centred on wellbeing and sustainability. Founded in 1994, our stewardship mission is to create long-term value for all stakeholders and destinations across our network of properties, products and brands.

Our diversified portfolio of hotels, resorts, spas, galleries, golf courses and residences is centred on award-winning brands such as Banyan Tree, Angsana, Cassia, Dhawa and Laguna, that offer exceptional design-led experiences in 48 properties and 13 countries around the world.

With almost 8,000 associates across 22 nationalities, Banyan Tree Management Academy (BTMA) supports people development and learning with integrity and meaning. We are also recognised for our commitment to environmental protection and community development through the Banyan Tree Global Foundation (BTGF), which aligns the Group’s efforts to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With over 2,700 industry awards and accolades since inception, we remain motivated anew, every day, to create positive change.

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Archipelago Selects Sabre to Support Aggressive Global Growth Plans

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Archipelago Selects Sabre to Support Aggressive Global Growth Plans - HOTELWORLDSJakarta, Indonesia, December 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, today announced a new, long-term strategic relationship with Archipelago International to enable the fast-growing operator to extensively grow geographic reach as it focuses on ongoing global expansion plans.

With this agreement, Archipelago Hotel Group’s inventory will be available to hundreds of thousands of travel agents globally across all major Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) through Sabre Hospitality Solutions’ innovative SynXis platform. The deal will also enable Archipelago, Indonesia’s largest hotel chain, to reach out to major corporations and consortia travel agencies, thereby improving access to lucrative corporate and leisure travel markets.

“As one of the fastest growing hotel groups in the world, it is imperative to us that we have the right technology partner with far-reaching, robust and reliable solutions to support us in our ambitious growth strategy so we can reach travellers across all segments and geographic markets, while focusing on our overarching aim of exceeding guest expectations across all of our hotels,” said John Flood, President & CEO, Archipelago International.

Archipelago is the largest privately owned and independent hotel operator in Southeast Asia, with more than $4bn assets under management globally, comprising 150+ properties across 60+ destinations and 10 brands from budget to luxury, including its best-known ASTON brand. Already the market leader in Bali, where international travel has now re-opened for certain destinations, Archipelago is also continuing to expand further afield, including making investments in the Middle East and Caribbean with more destinations to follow.

“Sabre certainly hasn’t hit the pause button during the pandemic. And, Archipelago has also been very proactive during these challenging times by continuing to focus on global expansion plans as well as, of course, ensuring it has the right technology at its fingertips to capture recovery,” said Frank Trampert, Global Managing Director, Sabre Hospitality Solutions. “We’re delighted Archipelago has selected Sabre to open up a new world of distribution for the group at this key time for its own brands and the wider travel industry.”

About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveller experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre’s technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

About Archipelago International
Southeast Asia’s largest privately owned and independent hotel management group, operating over 150 hotels with a further 50+ under development across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Trusted hotels with a long track record and 20,000 rooms in more than 60 destinations with brands including ASTON, Collection by ASTON, The Alana, Huxley, Kamuela, Harper, Quest, NEO, favehotels, and Nordic.

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Meliá Hotels to Open New Luxury Resort on Lombok

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Meliá Hotels to Open New Luxury Resort on Lombok - TRAVELINDEX - VISITBALI.orgLombok, Indonesia, November 24, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Meliá Hotels International, a world leader in premium resort hotels, looks to bring a touch of Spanish luxury to Indonesia with the opening of Gran Meliá Lombok in 2024. Already one of the hotel group’s most sought-after destinations, the new opening will mark the first Gran Meliá property on the paradise island of Lombok and its second in Indonesia.

Gran Meliá Lombok will be situated at the beautiful Torok Bay in the south of the island, surrounded by green hills and a beach with crystal-clear waters. The perfect destination to disconnect and enjoy a relaxed approach to life.

The hotel will boast 22 luxury beachside villas and another 105 villas on the mountainside, all with private infinity pools and stunning ocean views. Careful attention will be paid to the architectural design, utilising natural elements that represent the essence of the destination. The hotel will blend seamlessly with its natural environment, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in paradise.  An abundance of large windows will allow in plentiful natural light and help the property merge with its surroundings, while the elegant furniture and warm tones convey a sense of pure luxury.

Lombok is an island to the east of Bali with a pristine natural environment and has become increasingly popular as a travel destination throughout the past decade. Its immense rice fields, rugged landscape and the famous Mount Rinjani volcano form part of the natural attractions of the island, which is surrounded by endless beaches and turquoise waters ideal for surfers.

The entire hotel has been designed as an authentic sanctuary for wellbeing. From the beachside YHI Spa offering relaxing rituals and treatments to the well-equipped fitness centre, Gran Meliá Lombok provides guests with everything they need to maintain their wellness routine. The hotel will also offer a kids club to keep children entertained and an extensive programme of activities designed for the whole family.

In keeping with the Gran Meliá brand, the hotel will feature world-class dining options that combine the best local ingredients and techniques to offer guests authentic Indonesian dining experiences. The spacious lounge with scenic panoramic ocean views will provide the perfect setting for couples planning an exotic destination wedding.

Gran Meliá Lombok will become the second Gran Meliá brand hotel in Indonesia after Gran Meliá Jakarta, a flagship urban oasis nestled in the Golden Triangle of the central business district of Kuningan, in Jakarta. The hotel boasts an iconic architecture inspired by Spanish heritage with renovated modern decoration, offering the finest dining experience, such as the awarded gastronomic offerings of Chef Tomoaki at Yoshi Izakaya Japanese restaurant.

Gran Meliá is a luxury hotel brand operated by Meliá Hotels International consisting of an exceptional collection of premium-quality hotels in the world’s most desirable destinations, defined by their extraordinary architecture, refined elegance, friendly and attentive service, signature cuisine, and exceptional experiences to help guests discover and enjoy the destination.

“Our commitment to Indonesia, where we opened our first international hotel more than 35 years ago, is stronger than ever and we are extremely happy to sign this new agreement, an outstanding property that will become a destination resort in itself in Lombok and will further increase the prosperity of the entire community” said Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Meliá Hotels International.

Gran Meliá Lombok is owned by Invest Islands, an award-winning property development company based in Lombok, and will become Meliá Hotels International’s 12th hotel in Indonesia, eight of them currently in operation and another four (including Gran Meliá Lombok) pending opening. Before the pandemic, the country received more than 16 million international tourists in 2019, with Lombok airport being the ninth-ranked airport in terms of visitor arrivals.

While Invest Islands is a real estate investment company at heart, it shares Meliá Hotels International’s commitment to sustainability. Based in Lombok and with offices in Bali and Hong Kong, it explores ecological solutions, whether that is through the use of native materials and local craftsmen or through its organic farm or plastic recycling centre. Its eponymous Invest Islands Foundation works tirelessly to improve education and healthcare, protect the environment, and empower local women.

“Gran Meliá Lombok is a huge milestone for Invest Islands,” said Jack Brown, who co-founded the company with business partner Kevin Deisser in 2015. “We are extremely proud to be working with a world leader in hotel operations and one of the key parallels we have with the Meliá brand is a focus on low carbon developments. Gran Melia Lombok has a very low density of building and a lot of natural green space.

“Hopefully this is the start of a great relationship that can continue for many years to come and we look forward to bringing Spanish luxury to Lombok, while respecting the natural environment. We’d also like to thank our investment clients from around the world that have trusted us to add value to the land we are developing.”

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Energy Healers Join Spiritual Journeys at Anantara Uluwatu Bali

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Energy Healers Join Spiritual Journeys at Anantara Uluwatu Bali - VISITBALI.orgUluwatu, Bali, Indonesia, November 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Hot on the heels of Bali’s reopening to vaccinated travellers, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort offers guests new unique wellness experiences with Balinese energy healers. Anantara Uluwatu’s Anantara Spa welcomes two new renowned healers, experts in holistic natural approaches to healing mind, body and spirit.

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  • Balinese Tibetan Sound healer, Vina Harya is a certified Reiki master and a siddhi-level transcendental meditation practitioner, as well as a sound healer skilled with Tibetan singing bowl and mantra chanting. Vina specialises in healing trauma for women.
  • Abdi is a Balinese healer who has spent 30 years harnessing his knowledge in Chakra healing and meditative mindfulness. With his unique skills, Abdi creates energy healing journeys tailored to each client’s unique needs and aims.
  • Joining the celebrated Ibu Jero, High Priestess of Balinese Healers, these healers guide guests through spiritual experiences that cleanse and remedy the mind and body.
  • Guests who wish to channel nature’s therapeutic powers and energy through unique treatment experiences can choose from a variety of tailored programmes for groups or private sessions.
In addition, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort has been fully accredited in Cleanliness, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia for fulfilling the assessment accreditation.

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Tanah Gajah Ubud Entices Families with Unveiled Family Pool

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Tanah Gajah Ubud Entices Families With Newly Unveiled Family Pool - TRAVELINDEXBali, Indonesia, September 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / A newly-opened family pool at the forefront of this Balinese resort harkens back to another era of the property. The spot was once the prime gathering place for the whole Hadiprana family, long before there was even an inkling the grounds would one day become a resort. The Balinese resort invites families to gather with a special offer and fun activities.

For decades the former pool at Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, was used as a water feature, with guests making use of a larger pool near the heart of the property. In 2020 the hotel returned to its roots and came under the Hadiprana Hospitality umbrella. With the return, the family-run business wanted to bring back elements that embodied fond memories of joyful summer holidays. The family pool area was one pivotal space.

“This was once a spot of a lot of joy, laughter, and the giggles of children enjoying themselves,” said Deasy Swandarini, general manager of Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana. “We wanted to bring that playful nature back.”

The swimming pool features a smaller wading pool for toddlers (at a 60cm depth) and a deeper, larger section for teens and adults (that is 160cm at its deepest). Stone Ganesh statues adorn the corners, and vibrant colored bean bags have been arranged at the water’s edge for lounging.

The pool, geared towards families, is just one of the on-site activities of interest to both children and adults. The resort also has the island’s only hot air balloon ride, which climbs 50 metres above Tanah Gajah Ubud’s rice fields. Two adults and up to two children under 12 can float above the property drinking in views of Mt. Agung and the expansive fields and forests of Ubud.

As we look forward to when travel re-opens Tanah Gajah Ubud wants to bring families together, just like they did when the property was a private residence. “The Art of Reuniting,” is a limited-time buyout offer designed to do just that. The spacious resort features twenty individual villas that are spread out over six hectares, making it large enough to offer guests plenty of space but also intimate enough that the entire resort can be booked out by a group for USD 7,500++ per night (with a minimum stay of two nights) through the package.

“When this property was first built, it was built to bring the Hadiprana family together,” added Swandarini. “With the launch of the family pool, our family-friendly offerings, and a package designed with reunions in mind, we hope to share some of the spirit of togetherness the property was founded on.”

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Indonesia Tourism Celebrates Opening of Arasatu Villas & Sanctuary

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Indonesia Tourism Celebrates Opening of Arasatu Villas & Sanctuary

Maratua Island, Indonesia, June 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Governor of Kalimantan Timur, H.E. Dr. Ir. H. Isran Noor, M. Si., the Bupati (Local Premier) of Kabupaten Berau, Hj. Sri Juniarsih Mas and their tourism department delegations were joined by H.E. Nico Barito, the Seychelles Special Envoy to ASEAN and Alain St.Ange, the Secretary General of FORSEAA (Forum of Small Medium Economic Africa Asean) to mark the formal opening of the Arasatu Villas and Sanctuary on the pristine Maratua Island. Representing the owners at the ceremony were Yan Surya Kusuma Darmabasuan and Angelia Darmabasuan.

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Alain St.Ange, who is the successful former Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine Minister of the Seychelles was in Indonesia to consolidate the spirit of South-South Cooperation using Indonesia as the needed bridge between Africa and the ASEAN Block. Referred to as a unique PARADISE ON EARTH development the new Arasatu Villas & Sanctuary is a pilot project of Indonesia and Seychelles in Maratua Island. Built on the eastern side of Borneo, Arasatu Villas & Sanctuary offers you a one-of-a-kind staycation experience of living above Maratua Island’s finest turquoise water.

“The cozy hammock on the terrace makes you feel immersed in the beauty of the island whilst sipping a signature beverage under the blazing sun and shining stars is surely a thing you can’t resist” said a staff member of the new hotel property. The hotel’s enchanting wooden ornaments are also mainly crafted by the locals on Maratua Island all in a bid to support the local economy and likewise, to stick to the developer’s vision of reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the country. “No trip to Maratua is complete without snorkeling.

Experience snorkeling in transparent sea water and witness these beautiful corals right under the villas. Arasatu aims to support marine ecosystems and as home to Maratua Island’s giant clams. For that reason, the Cocoral Dive Center was founded” says the Hotel’s representative.

The Arasatu’s floating villas that were inspired from East Borneo’s overwater bungalows, convey an intimate connection to the shimmering Celebes Sea. Private sun deck with suspended hammocks over turquoise waters for a relaxing time or just a few steps away to the beach for a dip, these floating villas offers endless activities and experiences to satisfy anyone’s island vacations. This villa features an extended sun deck with outdoor shower, over-the-water hammock for two, private stairs to the ocean and an extra large daybed to maximize your overwater vacation. The semi-open bathroom is equipped with a walk-in rain shower and large backlit mirror Plus, each villa boasts private see-through glass doors for ocean viewing and roof window for stargazing.

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Alain St.Ange said that the proximity of Maratua Island to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kakaban Island where the unique freshwater jellyfish lives provides a rare opportunity that is not to be missed. “This pink jellyfish does not sting and I personally swam with them” said Alain St.Ange.

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Indonesia’s Leading International Travel Fair to be Held in June

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Bali, Indonesia, May 16, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The 7th of Bali & Beyond Travel Fair (BBTF) will be held on June 8 – 12, 2021 at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC) Nusa Dua, Bali face to face and virtual. This annual event is deemed important to be held even though it is full of adjustments because of the tourism industry, the heartbeat of Bali, the gateway to Indonesian tourism must…


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Bali Luxury Resort Readies for International Tourism with New Offer

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Bali, Indonesia, May 5, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / As Bali prepares to welcome tourists from July 1st one local resort has launched a stay package designed for this new period of travel. Aptly named “The Art of Renaissance”, the new offer from Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, draws inspiration from a time in history marked by great change and creativity. The two-night (or more) stay consists of five…


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