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2nd Spice by Chris Salans to open in Sanur in September 2016

Bali’s very own culinary celebrity Chris Salans is building on the success of hisSpice Brand in Ubud with the opening ofSanur Spice in September 2016.

And, as Moses descended from the mountain, Chris Salans promises he will regularly descend from the hillside community of Ubud where he captainsMozaic Restaurant Gastonomique andSpice Ubud in order to minister to the Spice-deprived diners in Sanur.

At Spice, all ingredients are locally sourced, with an emphasis on the surprising flavors and healing properties of Indonesia’s aromatic roots, herbs, and spices. The cuisine joyfully combines […]

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The Nam Hai Vietnam to become a Four Seasons hotel from December

SINGAPORE-BASED GHM (General Hotel Management) bows out proudly of The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam, as the luxury hotel’s new ownership switches to Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts with which it has a long-standing relationship.

The property has been sold to a joint venture comprising Singapore’s Hotel Properties Limited (HPL) and Dubai’s ASB Development. Four Seasons manages other HPL hotels, including two in Bali and one in Singapore, so it comes as no surprise that the US brand was picked […]

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Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay is expected to open Q4 2016

Wyndham makes grand entrance into South East Asia South East Asia’s inaugural Wyndham Grand® location will debut in Phuket later this year, thanks to a management agreement recently signed between Parisorn Company Ltd and the world’s largest hospitality company, Wyndham Hotel Group.

Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay is expected to open just north of Patong Beach in November offering stylish rooms for hotel guests. CLUB WYNDHAM ASIA®, a part of the Wyndham Vacation Ownership business, has also signed an agreement subject […]

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Tax Amnesty complicates the position of Nominee Property Owners in Bali

Bisnis Bali reports that a tax amnesty program recently introduced by the Indonesia Government may herald some unexpected problems and complications in the Bali property sector where the controversial use of local nominees by foreigners investing in real estate remains widely used.

Under the tax amnesty program, business owners and taxpayers are being encouraged to declare their personal assets as a means of bringing much-needed foreign exchange back to Indonesia and eventual compliance with the tax codes.

The new tax program, however, poses […]

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Urgent need to deregulate Indonesia Marine Tourism

The State News Agency Antara reports that the Indonesian Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, is urging for a massive deregulation of the sea tourism sector in order to clear the way for cruise and yacht tourism to produce much-needed foreign exchange for the National Economy.

Minister Yahya said while markingNusantara Day 2016 at his office on Monday, August 22, 2016: “We must undertake a massive deregulation in the sea tourism sector. At this time, when people want to bring a yacht to Indonesia it takes […]

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Breaching Public Beaches in Bali

NusaBali reports that the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Nusa Dua – Bali, the Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), the Village Chief (Lurah) of Benoa, and the Sub-District Chief (Camat) of South Kuta convened a coordinating meeting on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, to discuss the shoreline at Nusa Dua and hotels’ rights to restrict public use to the beach.

Zoning laws in Bali stipulate that the space between the high water mark and 100-meters inland must be kept clear of permanent structures to allow free and unimpeded […]

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