The group of islands in the southeastern corner of Indonesia is known to the locals as Maluku. The Portuguese attempted to render the Malay term in plural form by calling her ‘Malucas’, which later became to be known as Moluccas. In English, it is widely known as the Spice Islands, as a tribute to the
The Special Region of Jogjakarta – also spelled as Yogyakarta – is always proud of the fact that it is the only region in Indonesia that is still governed by pre-colonial monarchy. It also possesses diverse customs and traditions that make Jogjakarta alluring to a curious traveller like me in many ways. Upon my recent
Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a familiarisation trip organised by the Consulate General of Republic Indonesia Johor Bahru, in collaboration with the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism, to promote an up-and-coming destination called Tanjung Lesung – an area 170 kilometres west of Jakarta in Banten Province – that is downright amazing
Surakarta – also known as Solo – is the sister city of Jogjakarta, the off-shoot of the Mataram Sultanate after its split around three hundred years ago. Although it has similar culture and heritage with Jogjakarta, it does possess its own distinctive uniqueness. Surakarta has undergone various changes through modernisation, adaptation and integration; but compared
“Death is the greatest of all human blessings” I suppose these words by Socrates mirrors what Toraja people believe in, whereby death is the ultimate goal. From the grand departure tradition of the dead called Rambu Solo to the ceremony of changing the deceased’s clothes called Ma’nene, there is no wonder Toraja is much-publicised for
It all happened so fast – from the moment I got the text from my editor asking me whether I possess an international passport to the moment when I was in flight to Surabaya for a familiarisation trip called ‘The Most Unforgettable Experience Fam Trip’ organised by The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Indonesia,
Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, is organizing the Indonesia Street Bukit Bintang Fiesta at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur from 18 until 21 May 2017 with the theme “Explore Exotic Indonesia”
“Bali is so overrated,”
claimed my friends incessantly when I asked for tips because it seemed that I was the only one left in Asia who hasn’t been to the Island of the Gods. Regardless, there is something about Bali that really attracts me to go there – is it the culture? The food? The people?
KUALA LUMPUR – January 11, 2017 – Private jets, personal stylists and exclusive rooftops are just some of the many features today’s business travelers can enjoy at the top business hotels around the globe, according to accommodation expert Hotels.com™. Forget those stark conference rooms and bland breakfast buffets, business travel is changing, with hotels becoming
Although many tourists outside Java island might not yet be familiar with Kota Wisata Batu, this district in East Java province located three hours from Surabaya is home to the domestically popular Jawa Timur Park (also known as Jatimpark) that is full of attractions ideal for the whole family, from children to grandparents! The truth
Jakarta – being the capital and largest city to a country with the largest economy in Southeast Asia that creates employment opportunity to millions of people – continues to flourish as a tourism hotspot, especially in anticipation of the completion of its new airport, scheduled to be ready by 2017, and the mass rapid transit systems,
AccorHotels announces the opening of ibis Styles Bogor Raya, the first international premium economy hotel in the city of Bogor, West Java. The hotel is located within walking distance to the prestigious 18-hole Bogor Raya Golf Course, housed within the residential complex, boasting picturesque views of Salak Mountain and lush greenery of the golf course.
SEPANG, 4 November 2016 – AirAsia continues to grow its Johor Bahru hub by introducing another new route connecting the southern state of Malaysia directly to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia with three times weekly flights which will commence operations on 10 January 2017. Apart from that, AirAsia will also be recommencing flights from Kuala
BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia October. 21, 2016 – An approach to health and well-being that smooths facial wrinkles endorsed by some of the world’s biggest names including Madonna and Kim Kardashian has come to The Sanchaya Bintan. Developed by renowned healer and skincare expert Kazumasa Kawasaki, who has an estimated 100,000 followers predominantly in his native Japan,
Ambon – an island that is part of the Maluku archipelago east of Sulawesi and north of Timor in Indonesia – was never on my travel list until I was recently invited to it. As part of the Maluku region famed for its crucial role as the source of spices coveted by the Europeans since
Why is this place unique? Greenhost Boutique Hotel in Yogyakarta is unconventional, pared-down, low-key and understated. The owner and designer of the hotel, Bapak Paulus Mintarga, makes recycling and sustainable lifestyle sexy. He employs upcycled materials in clever and useful ways throughout the hotel. The property is also home to a creative hydroponic farm on
Proudly presents the appointment of Mr. Muhamad Munir as the new General Manager of Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers. He was born in Palembang on August 5, 1971, but then he crossed the sea to study, spent 23 years in overseas. He accomplished his Master of Social Sciences in Economics (Honors) in 1994 with the
For all we know, almost half of the year is already gone. The past two months have been unpredictable at worst and hectic at best, particularly before the start of the Muslim fasting month, Ramadhan, which would reduce the amount of our travel.
Jakarta, Indonesia, 2016 – While today’s travellers are more likely to arrive in Jakarta by commercial aircraft or private jet, the city has long welcomed the world as one of history’s most storied marine ports. Now, the start of a new era in Indonesian hospitality begins with the much-anticipated opening of the all-new Four Seasons
Planning to go to the island of Lombok? We list down 8 things that you must do and see in Lombok to help you with your itinerary.
For the first time ever, Gaya Travel Magazine features Mexico (Page 84), experienced first hand by one of our team members, Ed Junaidi. Contrary to what many people who have never been to this Latin American nation might think, Mexico is actually bursting with life (they even celebrate the dead), colour, history and remarkable heritage, evidenced by the Mexican sites that are listed as part of UNESCO World Heritage.
Text by: Azizul Arkaan Intro Uluwatu is the most southerly part of Bali. Its landscape is defined by a promontory of majestic limestone cliff, offering visitors a different scene from the other parts of the island. This stunning landscape also serves as the backdrop of Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa. The resort is rather secluded
With it’s sophisticated contemporary design, The HAVEN Bali Seminyak sits befittingly alongside the chic shopping strips and eclectic mixture of urban dining and party venues of Seminyak. Being only a short distance from the ever-famous Seminyak Beach as well, where we have our very own exclusive Beach Club, this resort is made for the modern
Nestled on a tropical beach front in the heart of Nusa Dua, Club Med Bali boasts spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. This is an authentic Balinese-style property with modern functionality woven into the fabric of its buildings that employ intricate traditional Balinese carpentry, replete with wonderful splash of colours in their details. The rooms
Gaya Travel team have been hearing so much about Hotel Tugu Malang for quite some time. It was only in early February 2015 that our team finally managed to visit this highly reputable establishment, which left us all inspired, enlightened and respectful towards Peranakan richness and Indonesian sophistication. To reach the hotel, the team required to