Text 1 Jul We are now certified !

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Pamper yourself with trained therapists and the brightest colors from O.P.I.

Last week, our therapists at Bamboo Spa by L’Occitane and Mango Tree Spa by L’Occitane received a professional training from the world known nail polish brand O.P.I

They had the chance to learn how to perform the perfect manicure and make you feel beautiful, from cuticles to toes!

You can now enjoy more quality treatments, combining the best of cosmetics products and expert techniques, only at our Spas by L’Occitane.

For more information and bookings visit our website: www.kupuresorts.com

Text 28 Jun Top 10 secret beaches in Bali

The best beaches in Bali are mostly located in the southern tip of the island, in Bukit. Kupu Kupu Jimbaran is the perfect hotel to stay in within the area if you are interested in discovering this side of Bali.

As the beaches are sometimes difficult to access with a taxi or by car, I strongly recommend to rent a scooter for the day to explore them. You can rent one for as cheap as 4$ per day and there is very little hassle in doing so. You can contact our reservation to assist you. We can also help you to get private transportation or to rent your own car.

Please note that to access all of these beaches, you normally have to pay a small fee to the village (between 1000 and 5000 rupiah). If you come with a taxi, it will generally not be allowed for it to wait for you (drop only). For the way back, you will need to use local transport and bargain hard for the price.

 Here is the list of our Top 10 best beaches in Bali:

 1) Nunggalan Beach

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Nunggalan Beach is a 2 kilometers stretch of yellow sand with rarely any visitors. The reason is that it is a bit long to access as you need to walk down a tiny path for about 30 minutes before you reach it. Swimming is limited and available only during high tide.

 How to find it:

 Take Jalan Uluwatu. 1 kilometer after Pecatu village, you will see Nunggalan beach written on a surf board. Follow this road until you arrive to a private property. Park your car/motorbike outside of it, then follow the path around the private property, which goes down to the beach. Don’t forget to take some water with you as there is nothing to buy there… 

 

2) Bingin Beach

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Bingin is not so secret, but it remains quiet and a great place to spend an afternoon. It is a surfing beach, with a dozens small warung right on the beach. Beautiful for sunset. For swimming, it is average though as it is rocky.

 How to find it?

Take Jalan Uluwatu, then just before you arrive to Pecatu village, take a turn right to Jalan Bingin. About 2 km later, take a right turn when you see a billboard for The Calix Hotel. Continue on 500m, pay a small fee for entrance, park your car and walk 10 min to the beach.

 

3) Nyang Nyang

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Very similar to Nunggalan, but slightly more crowded because more easily reachable. You’ll have to go down the numerous stairs before reaching your paradise. Prepare some water and snacks.

 How to find it?

Take Jalan Uluwatu. 1 kilometer before Uluwatu, there is very old and damaged sign with “Nyang Nyang”. The path to go to the cliff is quite difficult to go through so if you are not too experienced with your motorbike, you’ll better step down and walk. When you arrive to the cliff, there is a few ladies selling snacks or offering massage, they will show you where to take the stairs down. If you are lucky you might see some monkeys as well.

 

4) Gunung Payung

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Small beach, only about a hundred meter long, and rather easy to access.

How to find it:

From Kupu Kupu Jimbaran, go to Nirmala shopping center, then at the intersection turn left and follow Jalan Dharmawangsa until you see a small sign saying ‘Pura Gunung Payung” (Gunung Payung Temple). The access to the beach is located just next to it. You’ll only have a 10 minutes walk to reach the sand…

 

5) Pandawa and Kutuh Beaches

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Pandawa and Kutuh Beaches used to be deserted, but a new road access has made them very reachable. In less than a year, several nearby hotels have managed to make deals with local communities for access to sunbeds and watersport equipment. Now, the beach is rather busy and lively. No longer the secret beach it used to be, but nevertheless still enjoyable and very recommended. Hurry up though because in a few years I am sure it will become overcrowded.

How to find it:

As for Gunung Payung beach, follow Jalan Dharmawangsa until you see a big sign on the street saying “Pandawa Secret Beach”. Then it is very easy, just follow to the village of Kutuh with your car or motorbike.

 

 6) Green Bowl

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Popular beach, it is rather easy to find and quite a fun trip as you might see monkeys on the road. There is a temple on top of the cliff, then about 15 minutes walk down the stairs.

 How to find it:

Go through Ungasan village, then follow the main road going South.

 

7) Sawangan

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Sawangan beach is the beautiful beach used by Hotel Nikko. There is a HUGE hotel being built not far from it, which I believe is the new Ritz-Carlton Bali set to open in 2014.

 How to find it:

Go to Hotel Nikko, in the South of Nusa Dua. 200 meters before Nikko Hotel, you have a street named “Jalan Gunung Payung II”. Follow it for about a 100m and you will have just a few stairs before reaching the beach.

 

8) Balangan Beach

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Balangan is far from being a secret beach for regulars of Bali, but it is still relatively unknown to most people. It is a surfing beach, but you have quite many small cafés and warungs that make it a great place to enjoy a lazy afternoon.

 How to find it:

Go to Nirmala Supermarket in Ungasan. At the junction, just before Nirmala, turn on the right. Follow through then until you arrive at the beach.

 

9) Suluban Beach (Blue Point)

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World-class thrilling waves meet jaw-dropping scenery at the secluded surfers’ paradise of Suluban Beach. Not so secret also, since a resort is named after it (NB: Blue Point Bay Villas & Spa). Located not too far from the picturesque Uluwatu  Temple, this beach is the actual site of the famous Uluwatu surf break. This beach extends right up and joins the Uluwatu Beach. Located near the Monkey Forest in Ungasan, this beach offers a line of cliffs and reefs and amazing blue water.

How to find it:

Located at the Bukit Peninsula, Suluban Beach is connected to Kuta and Denpasar through Jimbaran by the busy Jalan Bypass Nusa Dua and this is the only route in. Approximately 34 Kilometers from Denpasar, the beach is about 30 minutes’ drive from the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport or about 45 minutes from the tourist resorts of Kuta-Legian. The other popular name for Suluban Beach is Blue Point Beach and this is not without reason since if you want to reach the beach you will have to pass the Blue Point Bay villas and spas and go straight down until you reach the beach..

10) Mimpi Resort Beach

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Mimpi Resort Beach is the most secret of all the above mentioned beaches: So secret that it does not even have a real name. It is a nice beach, used only by local families, fishermen, or teenagers flirting together… Very relaxing and rather easy to access, it is also located only 5 minutes by motorbike from the hotel.

How to find it:

Go to Jalan Four Seasons. After passing the Four Seasons, turn immediately on the right following the indication for Mimpi Resort (the resort is actually closed now). When you arrive in Mimpi Resort, take the small path just left after the gazebo of security. Follow it for about 200m, then park your car/motorbike. Follow the path by foot; it will take you to the beach.

Text 13 Jun International Surfing Events held in Bali

This summer, the heavenly beaches of the famous “Bukit” peninsula will get busy with some of the greatest international surfing events.

Here is a sneak peek of the long-awaited competitions.

Billabong 06 Star ASC event:

In partnership with the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC), the famous surf brand has announced that it will be hosting a 6 Star ASC event at Balangan Beach, Pecatu, Bali, from 4 – 7 July 2013.

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Highly regarded by surfers for its long breaking left handed waves, Balangan is set against a beautiful beach backdrop, located only 09 kilometers away from Kupu Kupu Jimbaran.

Its white sand and crystalline water setting pleases holidaymakers and surfers from around the globe.

This event titled after Billabong’s new global campaign, “Life’s better in Boardshorts”, is a surf event that has been conceived to not just bring Asia’s best surfers together, but also beach lovers to have a good time.

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Surfers from all over Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, China and Japan and Indonesia) will all be competing with the same goal, the IDR 70 000 000 grand prize.

Rip Curl Cup 2013:

The international surf brand is thrilled to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the Ultimate Tuberiding Contest on one of the most popular surf spot in Bali, Padang-Padang. Located on the Bukit peninsula, only 15 kilometers away from Kupu Kupu Jimbaran, its calm waters by the sand and break on the offshore reef make this beach a favorite for families and pro-surfers from around the world.

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In the past years the Rip Curl Cup Invitational has seen some of the finest tube masters of the modern era compete in the spitting barrels of Padang Padang, including international icons such as Jamie O’Brien, Dean Morrison, Chris Ward, Makua Rothman, Ry Craike and Ozzie Wright. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s top surfers like Rizal, Garut, Bol, Mega, Lee Wilson, Marlon Gerber and Dede Suryana have consistently proven they can compete with the best in the world at the Balinese Pipeline.

This year, the waiting period for the perfect tubes is set July 1st to August 15th.

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When the contest gets the green light, you can be certain Padang will be all-time and the barrel rides going down in the water will be among the best of the year.

Stay with us at Kupu Kupu Jimbaran and experience the events… front row seats!

Text 7 Jun Thong Sala food market

Thong Sala food market, also called “Panthip”, is located in the city center. Only 2 kilometers away from Kupu Kupu Phangan, it is your one stop for many food options.

 

The fragrances and bustle of the colorful market instantly seize you. Dishes from around the world are exposed and prepared in front you. From Indian curry and chicken skewers to hamburgers and spaghettis Thong Sala will please the most discerning palates. Thais sweets, pancakes and fresh fruit juices are also part of the temptations.

 

Tables and chairs are always available for those who’d like to eat in.

Experience the great atmosphere of Thong Sala every day from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

For more information or bookings vistit http://www.kupuresorts.com/kohphangan/ or contact reservation@kupuphangan.com - +66 77 377 384 

Text 7 Jun Bali International Triathlon 2013

The seventh edition of the Bali International Triathlon will take place on June 23 in Jimbaran, with three-time champion and 2009 world championship runner-up Chris Lieto seeking his fourth win.

The event, will be held by telecommunication and multimedia company Biznet, Bali Discovery and the Bali Hotels Association, and is expected to attract 1,200 participants from around the globe.

Online registrations are open since Sept 01st, 2012 and will close on June 21st, 2013.

The triathlon consists of three Olympic events: a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 42-kilometer bike ride and a 10-kilometer run.

Another sprint and five-kilometer fun run have also been arranged for the participants.

All three events will depart from Jimbaran beach. The swimming event start the triathlon at 7 a.m, followed by biking down the Ngurah Rai Bypass and ending with running, while the sprint distance event, will start approximately an hour and a half later.

Once the two triathlon events have started, the five-kilometer fun run will follow, with participants scheduled to run down the beach and up the steep hills toward the Ayana Resort and Spa Bali.

Indonesian three-time Olympian Richard Sambera also confirmed his return to the event.

Stay at Kupu Kupu Jimbaran and be at the heart of the action. Located right in the middle of both departing point and running circuit, Kupu Kupu Jimbaran is the place to be to attend Bali International Triathlon 2013.

For booking and inquiries contact +62 361 703 342 - reservation@kupujimbaran.com or visit http://www.kupuresorts.com/jimbaran/

Text 5 Jun My wonderful nautical experience by Damien

I wish to share my experience aboard the Kupu Phangan Explorer.

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We departed around 11am from the Kupu Phangan Beach Resort, and within a 10 minutes car ride, we reached the fisherman pier of Thong Sala.

There awaited us this charming vessel full of epic exploration tales accumulated along the years around the island of Koh Phangan.

Renovated in 2013 by KupuResorts to provide quality entertainment for its guests, the deck allows sunbathing while enjoying the bliss of travelling the breathtaking landscapes surrounding this Thai archipelago.

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The tour features a picnic by the sea on a virgin white sand beach. The food prepared by the French chef Maxime was delicious: a savory pasta salad in pesto sauce, Lebanese style semolina starter and a chicken N cheese wrap  to die for, tropical fruits for dessert ended a succulent yet healthy meal.

The rest of the tour included snorkeling in clear waters to see myriads of colorful tropical fishes eating watermelon pieces out of our bare hands , kayaking around rocky shores, and a nap waiting for the sunset.

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That’s when the magic starts to operate, when the sky becomes red and orange mixed with blue and purple, salty wind in your hair makes you realize how worriless and relaxed a real vacation can make you feel.

These moments in life where happiness overwhelms you should not be that scarce.

I took a few pictures to capture these instants so difficult to describe with words.

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For more information visit http://www.kupuresorts.com/kohphangan/ or contact +66 77 377 384 - reservation@kupuphangan.com

Text 29 May Discover a limitless food experience at Chocolate Café… Starting July 7th

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Introducing its new “All you can eat Sunday Brunch”, Chocolate Café is the place to be on Sunday mornings. Discover an inspired and extensive array of savory breakfast and lunch dishes presented in a classic buffet style in our charming Jimbaran venue.

Join us and enjoy a lavish buffet of home-baked pastries, fresh sushis, cheese platters and a full range of salads.

The buffet is complemented by a variety of delicious main dishes ranging from Prawn Curry Indian Style to Penne Arrabiatta.

A sumptuous choice of desserts like apple blueberry crumble or Mango Brioche completes this feast.

Attentive staff is on hand to create a memorable experience. Indulge yourself with a limitless supply of great food while creating beautiful moments with your loved ones.

Welcoming you every Sunday from 09:00 AM to 14:00 PM, our Sunday Brunch will please the most discerning palate…

Advance booking is advised. For bookings and inquiries please call +62 361 703 342 

ONLY IDR 199 000 ++/PERSON !!!

Chocolate Cafe

Inside Jimbaran Corner shopping center

Jalan Raya Uluwatu II / Corner of Jalan Four Seasons

80361 Jimbaran, Bali

+62 361 703 342

Text 25 May Exciting boat trips at Kupu Kupu Koh-Phagan

Kupu Kupu Koh-Phangan will soon offer new features like boat trips directly bookable by our guests. All kinds of packages will soon be available to the best spots of the island. Among the many possibilities: Marine Angthong Park, Sunset cruises, Snorkeling trips or Private boat cruises.

Here is a taste of what we propose…

BOTTLE BEACH is one of the most wonderful beaches of the island, also called “Haad Khuat”; this isolated heaven is accessible by boat only.

Be seduced by this still untouched and preserved environment where calm and tranquility reign. White sand and turquoise water await you for a day in paradise.


ANGTHONG NATIONAL MARINE PARK

Angthong National Marine Park is a part of the Gulf of Thailand, located right in front of our Kupu Kupu Koh-Phangan resort on the Koh-Samui Island. Its capacity covers 42 islands with a total area of 102 km², of which only 18 km² are land. This persevered environment is composed of caves, lagoons, white sand beaches and the famous Emerald Lake. Various activities like kayaking or snorkeling are the key to a fun day at Angthong National Marine Park!

SUNSET CRUISE

Enjoy a romantic dinner during sunset time aboard our private boat. Love is in the air !

For bookings or inquiries please visit:

http://www.kupuresorts.com/kohphangan/

 

 

Text 25 May Mackerel Tartar & Tahitian Salad served with Mango vinaigrette

Today, discover a new recipe from our new Kupu Kupu Koh Phangan Chef Maxime Monsonego.

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Ingredients:

(For 2 people)

 400g of king mackerel

1 apple grany smith

20 cl of coconut milk

40g of coriander

20g of ginger

20g of lemongrass

2 limes: juice and zest

60g of spring onions

Lemon Balm

3 table spoons of olive oil

 

Mango vinaigrette:

70 g of Mango

1 Lime

Olive oil

  Preparation:

 Cut the Mackerel in cubes and marinate it in olive oil .

Prepare the marinade by combining coconut milk, coriander, ginger, lemongrass, spring onions, olive oil and the minced apple.

Pour the marinade over the fish only 3 minutes before serving the dish.

For the vinaigrette, mix mango, lemongrass and olive oil, and keep the mixture in the fridge until serving.

Prepare a fresh herb salad with coriander, basil and melissa topped with lime juice and olive oil.

Set up the fish on the plate.

Serve the green salad on top of the fish and top up the mango vinaigrette on the dish and around the plate.

 Enjoy many more scrumptious dishes at our Kupu Kupu Koh Phangan restaurant!

Compose the perfect stay with great food, luxurious accommodation and breathtaking landscapes at Kupu Kupu Koh-Phangan.

 For inquiries or bookings please visit:

http://www.kupuresorts.com/kohphangan/

Text 23 May Full moon ceremony or “Purnama”

If you’re lucky enough to visit Bali at the time of the full moon celebration you are in for a treat.

Purnama, or full moon in Bali is a special day for ceremonies and festivities. Hundreds of temples all over the island celebrate this special day hosting splendid ceremonies.

Balinese believe that Purnama is a propitious day when Gods descend to the earth and give their blessing. On this sacred day, hundreds of ceremonies are held in all corners of the island to satisfy and honor the gods with offerings such as food, fruit and flowers. The Balinese themselves are then blessed by performing various rituals using holy water, incense smoke, petals and rice grains.

Since Purnama is believed to be a propitious day it is the time for planting, especially for plants that bear fruit.  It is common for Balinese to delay planting until the day of the full moon, when they are more assured of a successful harvest. 

Some people also believe that bathing in water perfumed by fragrant petals of the frangipani flower, under the light of the full moon will wash away your sins, while ensuring that you will remain youthfully attractive. 

Our Ubud and Jimbaran resorts are both located near the biggest and most beautiful temples on the Island such as Uluwatu or Tirta Empul. We would be more than happy to have you stay with us to share these amazing moments together.

For inquiries or bookings please visit: http://www.kupuresorts.com/ or e-mail: reservation@kupujimbaran.com/resevation@kupubarong.com


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