Bali Rejuvenating retreat

Bali Rejuvenating retreat

          Bagus Jati is a unique resort in the village of Tegallalang. Situated at the base of a river valley, Bagus Jati lies just 1.5 hours from the airport and 30 minutes from Ubud. Eighteen circular villas are arranged in the form of the Chakra principle, which relates to the primary energy centres found in our bodies. The resort’s eight deluxe spa villas come complete with spa treatment rooms and Jacuzzis, and their additional ten superior villas are equipped with a luxurious bathtub and shower.
          Bagus Jati offers a wide variety of detoxifying and restorative programmes to purify one’s body and mind, including daily yoga or pilates in their yoga pavilion, hydrotherapy baths, rain shower massages, and a shiatsu grotto. Health treatments, personally tailored for guests, are based on individual needs or desires, and can be arranged upon request by the staff.
          Facilities also include Surya Restaurant Library & Bar, which offers a daily menu of organic food grown on site at the resort. The Iswari Poolside Cafe makes a great place to relax, with stunning views overlooking the Jati River and a waterfall cascading below the main pool. Guests can also enjoy jungle trekking, bicycling, a tour of the resort’s five-hectare botanical garden, an elephant safari and much more. A lovely Balinese wedding venue will be launched in April 2008. MC;


Bali : Empire of colour

Bali Empire of colour

          From his early days invoking the ire of the FBI, the US Treasury and Nixon’s White House by producing US flag-design “cigarette” rolling papers, Paul Ropp has always been a subversive. In a world where fashionistas go from cutting edge to yesterday’s news overnight, Paul Ropp stays at the top, sneaking bold colour and textures into people’s day-to-day drabness to excite and provoke.


          Paul moved his mini-empire to Bali in 1978, and has since expanded to eight shops in Bali and untold outlets in major hotel chains around the world. He credits his team, some who have been with him for 35 years, with this success. He employs 300 people in Bali and over 5,000 households in India doing hand wearing, embroidery, block printing and other labour-intensive focused development.

          Paul not only stands behind his label; he stands in it. When asked about his favourite item, he pauses for a second before pointing to his simple blue T-shirt and explains why in detail: “Something hand spun, hand loomed, cotton, easy to maintain, pre-washed in a waterhole with three elephants and a water buffalo. It’s going to last.”

A man of complex colours but simple tastes. MT