The Ultimate Guide to Enjoy Chinese New Year in Bali

The celebration of Chinese New Year is also referred to spring festival. This festive is animated by flying dragon, lion dance or Barongsai, fortune cookies, and fireworks. All places are well dressed up by the red and gold as the dominant colors. In Bali, the Chinese New Year is usually celebrated by tourists and also Balinese with Chinese descent. Here is the ultimate guideline of the celebration to help you on your way. Gong xi fa cai!

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  • Visit Buddhist Temple

During the day, the Buddhist temples in Bali will be livelier than usual day. The celebration takes a place in all Buddhist temples. If you stay at Ametis Villa, you can visit Vihara Dharmayana in Kuta and Vihara Buddha Dharma in Seminyak as the nearest Buddhist temples from Canggu.

  • Savor Chinese Delicacies

Tasting Chinese food during this once-a-year moment could gain your happiness. Indeed, there are a great number of Chinese restaurants in Bali, but maybe you need the best one. You can try Happy Chappy’s traditional Cantonese-style food or experience the colonial Shanghai-style food in Mamasan.

  • Cultural Day Tour to Tanah Lot

Bali is known as the island of thousand temples for a reason. Each village in Bali own temple, but Tanah Lot is one of the most worth visit temple. So when in Bali, the visit to Tanah Lot should be on your list. At Ametis Villa, you can ask to your personal butler to arrange a cultural day tour.

  • Private Yoga Lesson

Today more people are starting to learn yoga to reduce stress, improve self discipline, well being, and confidence. Doing yoga continuously will balance your mind and body very well. It is the right thing to do in creating the perfect new beginning on Chinese New Year.

  • Enjoy Balinese Massage

What else can we do after a morning yoga practice? A Balinese massage could enhance more relaxation after your yoga routine. It will automatically boost your good mood for the new beginning. Planning an unforgettable Chinese New Year in Bali?

Book our Chinese New Year Getaway here or contact us if you require an assistance to stay at our villa in Canggu. We are delighted to help you planning a trip to Bali and stay with us.

Where to Celebrate Christmas and New Year’ Eve in Canggu

The holiday spirit in Bali has spread out for much long time, due to booming tourism industry. Canggu, once it was the coastal village now it is the hypest area in Bali. To celebrate your holiday season, there are many dining options during stay at Ametis Villa Bali. Here we picked the must-try dining venue during Christmas and New Year’s Eve season.

1. Billy Ho

Sharing a meal with your friend or love one or enjoy your good conversation at Billy Ho, the latest offering by master chef Will Meyrick. Located in Ametis Villa, Billy Ho brings soothing solace to Canggu, Bali through the comfort food of Izakaya Japanese cuisine. Currently, they have special promotion for Sake on Friday and Saturday. A special menu will be prepared for the festive season. Advance 2 weeks booking and deposit is required to enjoy the new year eve dinner at Billy Ho!

Check the menu here!

Billy Ho – Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali

2. The Slow

Just a few minutes walk away from Ametis, this artsy and modern restaurant is a good thing to celebrate and start your next year journey. There will be an event coming soon on New Year’s Eve that brings you a joy while celebrating Christmas and New Year in Bali.

The Slow – Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.97, Canggu, Bali

3. Lacalita Bar y Cocina

Located 5 minutes’ walk away from Ametis Villa, here you can enjoy fresh Mexican food backdropped by colorful mural, an endless instagrammable place to visit. They’ll most likely have a special event on New Year’s Eve. Try Lacalita’s tacos for your new year’s dinner, take a picture with your friend or your lover, and update your experience on instagram.

Lacalita Bar y Cocina – Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 68, Canggu, North Kuta

4. The Loft

Just 2 minutes’ drive from Ametis Villa, The Loft offers an epic nature’s green and healthy gourmet bites. Most of the menu is mixed of plant based and modern cuisine dishes for breakfast, lunch, also suitable to enjoy Bali’s Christmas night warm.

The Loft –Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 50A, Canggu North Kuta

5. Beer & Co Canggu

Offers various fine selection of beer, wine and both local and imported spirit, Beer & co could be one of the best place around Canggu to celebrate New Year’ eve. They usually held a New Year Party, accompanied with live music. Here you can enjoy beer, wine, snack, and delicious lobster to celebrate unforgettable New Year eve.

Beer & Co – Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.35A, Canggu, Bali

6. Black Sand Brewery

Another beer stop in Canggu is Black Sand Brewery. It’s the first proper brewery open in Canggu district. Inspired by lack of good beer on the area, Black Sand Brewery presents as the big thing for like-minded beer enthusiasts. Here you can enjoy the more than just beer and food for the coolest new year’ eve!

Black Sand Brewery – Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.12, Canggu, Bali

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Romantic Private Dining by Ametis Villa

Last but not least, if you prefer to privately enjoy your Christmas dinner, Ametis Villa offers a Romantic Private Dining, a once in a lifetime romantic journey where we offer you an unforgettable dining experience in the privacy of your own villa.

Interested?

Drop us an email here!

Awareness of Dental Health for Children

It brought our attention that the awareness of dental health in Indonesia is still low compared to other countries.

As a part of this year’s CSR program with the concept of “We grow together with local community”, we held  the dental event for children at Widya Puspita Kindergarten, on Friday, 27 September 2019 in order to increase the awareness of dental health from early age.

Supported by other establishments, Mandiri Health Care and Bhakti Vedanta Medical, and Dr. Gede Agung Wirakrama or Dr. Doni, we educated kindergarten students to understand the importance of daily dental care. 63 students who attended this event received a pack of tooth brush, paste, and a small toy (to make them happy and funJ) before Dr. Doni started introducing how and why brushing tooth is important, and gave a practice to the students on brushing the teeth correctly.

Before ending the dental class, students had quiz from Saviestri-Human Resources Manager of Ametis Villa Bali to test their understanding. Winners received tumblr as gift.

A BREAKTHROUGH BIODEGRADABLE COFFEE CAPSULE AT AMETIS VILLA – BALI IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JAVA MOUNTAIN COFFEE

Bali, Indonesia – April 2019 – As a part of commitment towards environmental conservation and sustainability, Ametis Villa Bali has started partnership with Java Mountain Coffee since April 2019, and offering biodegradable coffee capsule that is a high quality farm-fresh Indonesian coffee carefully grown by all women member cooperatives in Bali and West Java for guest who stays at Imperial Villa.

Java Mountain Coffee is an indigenous social enterprise dedicated to empowering women farmers through innovative solutions, and providing sustainably-sourced coffee. The Bali Mountain Women’s Coffee Cooperative’s is  located on the mountain area surrounding BatuKaru and Munduk in Bali, and the Java Mountain Women’s Coffee Cooperative in Ciwidey West Java, Indonesia.

Java Mountain Coffee contributes 10% from the sales of farm fresh, micro-roast coffee to the Women’s Empowerment Innovation Fund, which in turn funds the sustainable programs.

Ametis Villa-Bali conceives that today’s traveller demands on a huge excitement with the authentic experiences while visiting a new destination where is supporting sustainable practices in local communities. “We commit to protect the earth and its natural resources by learning the best practice and put them into the action. It is pleasure to start partnership with Java Mountain Coffee as a part of our sustainability program.,” said Akiko Yoshioka, General Manager, Ametis Villa Bali. “At the same timewe would like to share our sustainable lifestyle with our guest while they enjoy holidays in Bali.

About Ametis Villa Bali

Opened on 9th March 2011, Ametis Villa Bali is a luxury lifestyle Villa with a home-style hospitality that will make you feel like you truly belong. Named after a precious jewel “Amethyst”, Ametis Villa is all about creating and enriching guest experiences where each stay results in a collection of precious memories to last an entire lifetime.

It is located in Canggu, where is a preferred destination for savvy travelers seeking an alternative to the urban sprawl of neighbouringSeminyak and the perfect base from which to explore the island of Bali at a relaxed pace. Each villa has been designed as a modern sanctuary showcasing tasteful elements of Balinese architecture. Meticulous attention to detail, customized furnishing and signature amenities embody the magic of Ametis.  Every guest is assigned a personal butler who excels in the singular ability to anticipate all conceivable needs, and to exceed every expectation.

To disconnect from the outside world, take time out with spa rituals at Ruby Spa, designed reverse the effects of your fast-paced lifestyle. Various dining experiences designed by the culinary team of Billy Ho are available to enrich the stay.

Conceived, built and managed with integrity, Ametis Villa is respectful of Bali’s unique cultural heritage, seeks to interact with the local community and shows sensitivity towards the immediate environment.

About Java Mountain Coffee

Java Mountain Coffee is an Indonesian social enterprise empowering indigenous women farmers and seasonal workers, and planting climate resistant coffee and shade trees. Today less than 1% of the global corporate procurement spend is from women owned, women lead business and women initiatives according to Washington based WE Connect International, while only 1% of the coffee sold throughout Asia is sustainably sourced.

Java Mountain Coffee is bringing awareness to consumers through sustainable coffee partnerships in the travel, tourism and hospitality and retail industry about the inequality to indigenous rural women and environmental degradation in Indonesia.

The Annual International Cleanup 2019 – Big Effort for Trash Free Ocean

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) began in 1986, catalyzed by two committed individuals, Linda Maraniss and Kathy O’Hara. They planned the first ocean conservancy’s clean up by reaching out general land office, local business and other ocean lovers. Today, there is more than 100 countries that participate in this program each year.

ICC - Bali Free Plastic 2 - Ametis Villa Bali

According to Bali Hotels Association, the ICC held and took place in many different places which are Menjangan Island, Tabanan, Canggu Berawa, Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud , Legian, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa, Karangasem, Klungkung, and Lembongan Island. This program has main purpose to educate and bring awareness to the employee on the importance of conserving the environment, principally to support Bali as the most popular tourism destinations in Indonesia.

There are six beaches along coastline in Canggu. Finns Beach Club stands as the principle coordinator of ICC in all Canggu area, and Ametis Villa is coordinator of Nelayan, Batu Bolong and Batu Mejan beach.

Finns Beach Club ICC with Ametis Villa Bali

On last Saturday, 21st September 2019, ICC annual event was successfully conducted at beaches around Bali. At our cleanup site(3 beaches), total 218 volunteers from 22 companies and organizations* has participated, including local village authority such as Klian Adat (Chief of tradition), Klian Dinas Canggu (Chief assistant of governmental administration in Canggu village), Perbekel Canggu Village (Governmental administration in Canggu Village), North Kuta subdistrict Head, and Jaga Baya Canggu (Canggu village security) who encouraged participants. Ametis Villa has provided meal, snacks, water and biodegradable waste bag to volunteers.

At the end of the cleanup event, trash was separated into each category. From the data, total collected non-organic trash was 12.4kg, which was decreased at 8.6kg against last year 21kg. It shows that the international coastal cleanup has successfully brought awareness to everyone to maintain the cleanliness of beaches. Furthermore, prohibition of single plastic bag usage by the local government really helps reducing the number of plastic waste in Bali.

* Special thanks to:

Aston Canggu Beach Resort, Hotel Tugu Bali, Old Man’s, The Slow, La Calita Bar y Cocina, The Kirana Hotel, Betelnut Café, Monsieur Spoon, Eastin Astha Resort, Seka Truna Truni Wira Bhuwana(Youth Club Canggu), Jaga Baya Canggu, Fat Mermaid, Mojo Surf, D’Jabu Villas, La Baracca, X – Bar, & FRII Hotel

Signed up The KOMITMEN Initiative for Making Bali Plastic-Free!

Surrounded by the sea, Bali is well known as the most popular island in Indonesia archipelago. It has varied landscape and fine sandy beaches, a perfect paradise for surfers and divers around the world.

Canggu Beach

But lately, a bunch of plastic waste found on the Bali’s beaches areas. This phenomenon attracts many attentions from people around the world as it impacts its tourism. Bali is seriously facing plastic pollution crisis. Responding to this case, the idea of plastic waste management has been created by some of stakeholders in Bali.

The Komitmen initative is one of the waste management programs in Bali, launched by One Island One Voice (OIOV). It was 7 years ago, when the founder Melati Wijen was just 12 years old and first she asked Bali to say goodbye to plastic bags. Through OIOV’s latest initiative Komitmen, OIOV collaborates with individuals, organization, companies and even government to reduce plastic usage from individual’s daily activities and any business operations.

The Komitmen

On 23rd June 2019, finally great movement was taken in whole Bali after huge effort and approach by OIOV, that the usage of all single use plastic bag has been prohibited in Bali, announced by the governor.

Ametis Villa has signed up the Komitmen Initiative on 7th August 2019 to commit to achieve the action to support and protect the environment in Bali. We started from reducing the usage of plastic, such as no single use plastic cups nor straws, replacing plastic bag with biodegradable bags, and separate organic and inorganic waste. Villa is planning to replace all plastic drinking water bottles to refill pure healthy drinking water in all guests villas. It’s not easy to commit to say no single use plastic. Nothing can be done without support by like-minded local organizations.

Moreover, Ametis conducts regular coastal beach cleaning corporate with surrounding business establishments. As villa is located in the most hypest Bali Beach, Batu Bolong Canggu, preventing beach from the pollution is our highest concern. OIOV’s Bali’s biggest beach clean up was taken place for a third year in a row, on 16 February 2019, and Ametis also took a part. OIOV gathered many volunteers and companies locally and internationally. Most volunteer are coming from Indonesia, with the youngest coordinator aged 12 and the oldest 64. This year clean up action gathered 13,000 people in 150 locations and collected over 30 tons of plastic.

Founder of OVOI, Melati Wijsen says ‘we are working towards 1000 business to join the KOMITMEN by end of this year’.

Do you commit?

It’s very important for individuals to start the initiative which will create huge changes to keep our island clean for our future generation. Visit OIOV’s website to find out more information.

Ametis Villa Bali supports the youth camp

Ametis Villa conducts corporate social responsibility every year, and one of the activities in this year was the sponsorship of Sadhana Youth Camp (Practice the spiritual from youth) at Parama Dhama Ashram in Jalan Padang Galak, Denpasar, Bali, conducted by Dharma Sthapanam Foundation and children meditation organization in Bali.

It all started when one of our security staff I Wayan Suarmajaya brought a sponsorship proposal to management in mid of May. Wayan is one of the Sadana Youth Camp Committee.

This camp was created based on the desire of parents who want their children to learn the spirit of Bali Hinduism together with children of other religions. Students from elementary school to high school  participate in the camp every year during the school holiday. Program contains worship to Besakih and Lumpuyan temples, Prabhu Darmayasam yoga, meditation, excursions, green teams, night art events, etc.

Ametis Villa Bali confirmed the sponsorship to this unique and meaningful camp activity, and while being a sponsor, Ametis Villa employee also had chance to visit Ashram and participated in a Bahindava study program called Bhagavad Gita on 30th June 2019.

Saviastri Adnyani, Human Resources Manager who visited the camp said, “By participating in this camp, children can become social while interacting with children of other religions. “It is a great pleasure for Ametis to be able to support these precious opportunities.”

The total number of participants in this year’s to Sadhana Youth Camp was 150 children. Wayan, security staff said, “Children who participated in this camp were able to read and recite Bhagavad Gita’s poetry, creating positive vibrations and growing universal affection. It ’s 9th year, but the number of participants is increasing year by year.

Ni Luh Laksmi, one of the students who participated in the camp, said, “I can make new friends, learn how to become more discipline, consider the environment, each one develops love and dignity, and a feeling of respect for their parents. It’s great study. ”

I Wayan Widana, Laksmi ’s father, said, “By participating in this camp and developing spiritual knowledge, my daughter was able to build a better humanity. She has been more self-reliant, washing the dishes by herself, cleaning the bed, etc. Mobile phone was not allowed during this camp, so her mobile phone usage was decreased. It seems that the recitation of the poetry has given her a very good experience of not only knowledge but also the original humanity. “

Ametis Villa had donated below to this camp.
1. Cash Rp 1.250.000
2. 50 kg of rice
3. 20 liters of cooking oils
4. 180 packs of snack
5. 100 pieces of children sandals

Camp was successfully conducted and end on 6th July 2019.

IZAKAYA – One Night Dinner Event

I wish to share with you the most thrilled dinner event during August at our restaurant Billy Ho. We will have special guests chefs from Tokyo flying in to cook an Izakaya inpsired dinner.

Shugo Kokado and Ayuko Kokado from Buddha Bellies Cooking School Tokyo will bring a piece of Tokyo to Canggu and team up with our very own Chefs Will Meyrick and Tim Bartholomew.

Join us for a one-of-a kind eight-hands dinner and an awesome night of unique flavours and paired cocktails. One night only.

There will be a selection of sashimi, oshi sushi, small and large plates, sake cocktails a la carte style which you may select from.

Space is limited so please let me know if you wish to pre book a table.

Find out more about Izakaya- one night dinner event

With warm regards,

Akiko

THINGS TO DO DURING NYEPI IN CANGGU

            Nyepi can be one of the most unique experiences that you can experience in Bali. It’s one of the most enjoyable 24 hours with clean air and ‘zero emissions’, when nature takes a rest free from human activity. The new moon also offers rare night skies without light pollution to enjoy. Here are some of our recommendations to keep you occupied while the Island of the Gods shuts down for a day!

  • Watch The Melasti Procession

            Melasti is a Balinese purification ceremony and ritual, this ceremony is usually held 1 or 2 days before the silent day or Nyepi Day. During melasti, village communities (or banjar) travel together to their closest source of holy water, some of them might be going to a holy spring and the others might choose to going to the beach. Batu bolong beach is the nearest beach from Ametis, and usually village communities near Ametis will go to Batu Bolong Beach by walk.

  • Enjoy the parade of ogoh ogoh

            Ogoh – ogoh (paper-madestatue) normally have form of mythological beings, mostly demons.  Represents spiritual aims inspired by Hindu philosophy. The main purpose of the making of Ogoh-ogoh is the purification of the natural environment of any spiritual pollutants emitted from the activities of living beings (especially humans). The village communities around Ametis usually start their parade from 17:00 pm, you probably can see 1 – 2 ogoh ogoh during this parade.

  • Take a Balinese Heritage Lesson – On 7th March 2019

            Balinese culture is unique  various forms of dance and music have made Bali’s arts and culture scene one of the most diverse in the world. Here at Ametis you can learn how to dance and try Canang making lesson (offering) to fulfill you day during Nyepi.

  • Pampering Yourself at Ruby Spa

            Nyepi is a one of great opportunity to make good use of its silence and seclusion, so why not spend some quality pamper time with a full-day treatment?

Here at Ametis, our Ruby Spa offers a customized program dedicated in the art of Zen healing and wellness, the other thing is service at Ruby is personalized and warm attention to detail is paid to each guest’s comfort and well-being needs. Ruby Spa is the right place to pamper youself during Nyepi.

  • Book an New Moon Dinner – On 6th March 2019

                  On the eve of Nyepi day, 6th March, simply pick the spot by the pool side and book our new moon dinner with 3 course Asian cuisine with candle lit. 2 days advance booking is required for well arrangement.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11th February 2019

Ametis Villa- Bali is opening a new dining venue, Billy Ho by Will Meyrick

Canggu, Bali Ametis Villa Bali, a luxury lifestyle villa announces the opening of new dining venue, Billy Ho on Wednesday, 13th February 2019, that will delight diners seeking the authentic tastes and flavours of ‘home’ style cuisine from across Asia, the real feel of a kitchen table experience where the diner enjoys the culinary creation almost directly from the chef’s pan.

Dishes on the menu are sourced from the Will Meyrick’s own notebooks, made on travels throughout Asia, a collection of personal favourites recreated and adapted to utilise the best of local, high quality and where ever possible organic produce. Billy Ho’svaried menu includes seasonal dishes that suit the temperament and climate, dishes that are enriching in healthful elements; well loved classic dishes, familiar ‘mood’ foods, traditional fare that has been served generation to generation and a compelling range of special dishes that reflect market abundance and freshness.

Served in simple, elegant style with a range of imported wines, craft beers and cocktails, fresh juices, teas and high quality locally roasted and ground coffee, Billy Ho initially opens for dinner from 16:00pm to 24:00am.

Ametis Villa Bali in house guest may savor Billy Ho’sdining selection in the comfort of their own villa with privacy from 07:00am to 24:00am. Breakfast as well as carefully curated private dining experiences is delivered from the Billy Ho’s kitchen by personal butler.

Ametis Villa Bali encourages guests to embrace the gentle pace of the village and find peace in the beauty of our home, while presenting to them the very best Bali can offer in dining, wellbeing and enriching experiences.

For more information and reservations, please send inquiry to info@ametisvilla.com or call +62 361 844 5567.

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About Ametis Villa Bali

Opened on 9th March 2011, Ametis Villa Bali is a luxury lifestyle Villa with a home-style hospitality that will make you feel like you truly belong. Named after a precious jewel “Amethyst”, Ametis Villa is all about creating and enriching guest experiences where each stay results in a collection of precious memories to last an entire lifetime.

It is located in Canggu, where is a preferred destination for savvy travelers seeking an alternative to the urban sprawl of neighbouring Seminyak and the perfect base from which to explore the island of Bali at a relaxed pace. Each villa has been designed as a modern sanctuary showcasing tasteful elements of Balinese architecture. Meticulous attention to detail, customized furnishing and signature amenities embody the magic of Ametis.  Every guest is assigned a personal butler who excels in the singular ability to anticipate all conceivable needs, and to exceed every expectation.

To disconnect from the outside world, take time out with spa rituals at Ruby Spa, designed reverse the effects of your fast-paced lifestyle. Various dining experiences designed by the culinary team of Billy Ho are available to enrich the stay.

Conceived, built and managed with integrity, Ametis Villa is respectful of Bali’s unique cultural heritage, seeks to interact with the local community and shows sensitivity towards the immediate environment

About Will Meyrick

One of Southeast Asia’s most respected culinary maestros, Will Meyrick, the culinary director behind the Sarong Group.

Chef Will Meyrick is a self-described ‘Street Food Chef’ and spends many hours working alongside the real grandmothers and great-grandmothers who taught him all they know. All the restaurants that he manages are inspired by the richness of Southeast Asian flavors. All of then recipes he been gathered from the streets of many regions throughout Southeast Asia. He always tries his best to keep the taste of every dish authentic.