Book and Stay – Casa Mateo Early Bird 2018

August 1, 2017 Leave a comment

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We have special Early Bird Promotion for period stay: 15th January – 30th June 2018

Booking period: Immediately – 28th February 2018

Enjoy our Rate:
Low Season Rate: US$ 850.00 net/night
High Season Rate: US$ 1,050.00 net/night
Minimum stay for 5 Nights

Booking Period: During period of March 2018

Enjoy our Rate:
Low Season Rate: US$ 875.00 net/night
High Season Rate: US$ 1,100.00 net/night
Minimum stay for 5 Nights


Inclusive:
All inclusive 5BR villa with private pools & Sauna for 10 persons
Daily housekeeping and professional chef
A refreshing welcome drink and canapé on arrival
Return airport pick up& drop
Free Wi-fi

Complimentary:
Daily breakfast
1x 30 minutes Massage per person (Max 10)
1x Asian BBQ Dinner (Max 10)
Afternoon Tea

SEASON:
Low season period: 6th January to 30th June (Excluding Easter) and September 16 to December 19.
High season period: 30th March to 6th April (Easter Period) and 1 to 31 July and September 15.
Peak season period: 1 to 30 August and December 20 to 6 January (Christmas and New Year).

Please contact  us at info@balicasa.net for more detail information

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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Bali

November 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or GWK for short, is the name of a cultural park on Bali’s hilly southern coast famous for the ongoing construction of a gigantic statue of Vishnu riding on the back of a ‘garuda’ (a supernatural eagle-like being). The completed part of the statue is of the upper part of Vishnu’s body, the head of the ‘garuda’ and Vishnu’s hands. The cultural park has become one of the favourite places in Bali for art and cultural performances, exhibitions, and conferences. GWK, once completed at 145 metres, will be one of the world’s tallest statues and erected on the top of the hill, with a magnificent panorama of Bali.

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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is set in 250 hectares of land in Ungasan, south of Bali, and is dedicated to embrace as well as preserve the art, cultural, culinary, and spiritual aspects of the island. The Garuda is a Hindu mythical bird, Wisnu is the Indonesian for Vishnu and kencana means a carriage. Bali’s future landmark of a 145-metre tall copper-steel-brass statue is planned to be placed here; it is of Vishnu riding on the back of his ‘garuda’ with 64-metre long wings. Nyoman Nuarta, a Balinese sculptor, started the project in 1997 and it has instantly become one of Bali’s points of interests even though it is currently only around 25% complete with the existing upper part of Vishnu body, garuda’s head, and Vishnu’s hands. Eventually, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue will be able to be seen within a radius of 20km from Kuta, Sanur, and Nusa Dua. GWK Cultural Park is about 260 metres above sea level, resulting in must-see spectacular views overlooking the island and the ocean. Facilities here include an amphitheatre, an exhibition gallery, open-air venues, two restaurants, a souvenir shop, an art market,    a massage centre, ATV and Segway rentals, as well as adventurous activities.

Plaza Wisnu, on the highest level of grounds in the park, is where the statue’s upper part of Vishnu body is placed. Traditional Balinese dance is performed here, with the majestic statue as a background. By the statue is Parahyangan Somaka Giri – a sacred fount that purportedly bears magical healing powers. The water is rich in important minerals that have healing abilities. Street Theatre is the main commercial area where tours begin and end. You will find a GWK Souvenir Shop, ‘Bali Art Market’ store, and a reflexology outlet here. The story of Garuda Wisnu Kencana is related here in carvings on four limestone walls. A Barong dance is also performed at this spot every day. The largest outdoor venue in the park is Lotus Pond, contained by massive quarried limestone blocks. The 4,400sqm area can hold up to 7,500 people for dramatic big-scale events, such as music concerts, mega runway fashion shows, and much more. The garuda-head part of the statue makes a phenomenal background for events.

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The most beautiful vista of the island in the area is found in the Indraloka Garden. It holds medium-scale events such as wedding parties, company gatherings, and more. The GWK Amphitheatre accommodates up to 800 people and features high-quality acoustics. A number of plays have been performed here. This was also the venue of the international ‘Bali for the World’ event in 2003 that was intended to resurrect Bali’s tourism industry after the Bali Bombing in 2002. Don’t forget to watch Bali’s famous Kecak dance performed here every day at 18:30! Balairung Dewi Sri is the name of the GWK exhibition hall, derived from the goddess of rice and fertility.

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Fun free services are provided here such as nail painting, hair braiding, and more. Visitors are also welcome to watch a feature video on the making of the GWK statue or Panca Yadnya (Balinese Hindu five holy offerings). Visitors can purchase the video at the GWK souvenir shop. Tirtha Agung is the area where you will find the hands part of Vishnu statue.  A Balinese parade around the park is scheduled at 17:00 daily. Jendela Bali, a panoramic restaurant, is situated in the Street Theatre area. It provides authentic Balinese food and daily entertainment. The Berandas is a new addition to Street Theatre, serving an all-you-can-eat buffet.

The Vishnu statue on its own is planned to be at least 75 metres tall and the garuda statue should be around 70 metres tall. The weight of the statue will be approximately 4,000 tons. Some parts of GWK statue will be covered in gold foil.

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Galungan and Kuningan in Bali Another ‘New Year’ in Bali

November 3, 2017 Leave a comment

The Balinese celebrate the day of Galungan, which commemorates the triumph of Dharma over Adharma, or good against evil, this observance comes twice a Gregorian year, as the Balinese use a 210-day calendar system known as the Pawukon that is the basis for their daily rituals, temple anniversaries and holidays. Galungan is celebrated again on 1 – 2 November 2017.

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What Happens and Where?

This year the Galungan festivity starts on a Tuesday on 31st October – 2nd November 2017, when bamboo poles decorated with young coconut leaf decorations line the streets all over Bali. This is a unique welcome to Bali if you happen to be on the island around this time, and usually lasts until Kuningan, another associated observance that comes 10 days after on November 11. Traditionally, Galungan day sees the slaughtering of pigs for communal feasts, as well as baking traditional rice cakes and erecting iconic ‘penjor’ bamboo poles. These intricately decorated poles, naturally curved at the top, comprise harvest items such as rice, fruits, coconuts and coconut leaves. The men of the households erect their ‘artwork’ at each household gate on the eve, resulting in an impressive view throughout all village roads. Celebrants in traditional attire attend temple ceremonies with their families, bringing with them offerings of fruits to temples and family shrines – which they share and enjoy after prayers. The celebration climaxes on Wednesday, 1 November, when people put on their finest clothes to visit family and temples. The day of Galungan is important for the Balinese, similar to a new year, when everyone returns to their families and home villages.

The following Thursdays, Manis Galungan, like Boxing Day, is a day to visit friends and relatives or for fun family trips. Kuningan, on the other hand, marks the end of the 10-day festival. The ceremony surrounding Kuningan refers to special offerings made of yellow turmeric rice. Yellow is also the colour of the god Wisnu, the protector of the Hindu trinity. The Kuningan celebrations are most significant at Sakenan Temple on Serangan Island, southern Denpasar, which coincidentally celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary peak celebrations on the same day.

The occasion features a series of sacred dance performances and rituals, with pilgrims attending from all over the island.

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Brief History and Legend

As local legend goes, Galungan commemorates a Balinese victory that involves the central figures of Indra (the Hindu god of thunder, rain and lightning) and the Balinese king, known as Mayadenawa, who denied his subjects the worship of Hinduism. So powerful was the king that no one could overcome him. The conquest of Java’s Majapahit army back then had little effect. Battles ensued until finally Indra descended from the heavens to defeat the king. The battle raged in Tampaksiring, Gianyar, where the king was finally subdued. While under siege, he tried to escape by various ways including via supernatural means such as turning into a statue, a stone, and a wild boar. He easily fooled the troops, but not Indra. Mayadenawa then retreated to the jungle leaving behind disguised footsteps, hoping his assailants would not easily track them. Indra’s magic arrow put an end to the rebel king. The legendary site where he bled to death became a freshwater spring, the current-day site of the Tirta Empul Temple. The king’s slanting footprints gave the name to the valley area, later pronounced as Tampak Siring – ‘slanting footprints’.

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The Balinese and Majapahit armies honoured Indra, commemorating the defeat of the king as Galungan, the day of victory of dharma over adharma. The decorative bamboo poles signify upheld Hinduism and wisdom. So traumatized were the people that they were not easily convinced of the king’s defeat, believing that he had probably used his magic to turn into a statue, tree or even another animal.

To overcome public fear, an official announcement of the defeat was made 10 days later, commemorated as the day of Kuningan, which has two meanings, ‘to announce’ and ‘of yellow’.

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Bali Culture

October 21, 2017 Leave a comment

Bali culture is steeped in a rich tradition and spirituality that focuses mainly on art and religion, with the two often expressed through each other. Most Balinese people are an artist of some kind and spend their leisure time working on hobbies and artwork that have been passed down through generations. Many public areas, homes and paddy fields are decorated by detailed paintings, intricate carvings, fine weaving, extraordinary rice decorations and artworks that pay religious homage.

Bali’s culture is a complex and diverse system that is highly adaptable and centres around the concept of time, place and situation or Desa, Kala, Patra as the locals call it. This notion asserts that traditional thought will harmoniously blend with the new and that reality is a coincidence of the material (Sekala) and the eternal (Niskala) and that one cannot exist without the other. According to Bali culture, the world is a product of the interactions between the material and the eternal. This concept is most vividly expressed in the famous barong and keris dance.

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For you who need spend holiday time in Bali with big Family or large group, Casa Mateo can accommodate up to 14 people. Enjoy all the holiday with our service excellent.

Home to many beautifully adorned and sacred temples throughout the country, Bali villages hold many temple festivals and colorful ceremonies throughout each year. During the 16th Century, 9 great temples were built including the most famous, Pura Agung as well as the Mother Temple of Pura Besakih on Gunung Agung, the country’s most sacred mountain.

Religion is of particular importance in Bali culture and there are many rituals and traditions observed annually including the passage of birth through puberty and into marriage then childbirth and eventually death and the afterworld as well as national celebrations such as Kuningan, Galungan and Nyepi, the national day of silence.

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Art is interwoven with Bali culture on a daily basis within the unique form of Hindu religion known as Hindu Dharma. Said to be the closest form of religion and social structure in early Java, Hindu Dharma has come to be mixed with strange folklore and other beliefs although not all Balinese people have adopted this new hybrid of the religion. There are even isolated groups of peple known as Bali Aga who live in the mountains of Tenganan and Trunyan who practise their own ancient religion based upon animist beliefs.

However it seems the soul of Bali culture is anchored in religion and is expressed in works of art which have passionately been preserved century after century. During the 16th Century, early forms of Bali culture reached its peak and developed into elaborate forms of art and customs which were encouraged and became the foundation of modern Bali culture.

Bali Save for Tourism

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

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Let’s spread the word out…

Ever since news broke that Mount Agung is showing activity, and reached Level IV alert, the eye of the world turns to Bali. Because Bali is one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, there are lots of hoaxes that the mountain already erupted. Mount Agung is 50km away from Ubud, and 71 km to Kuta. Thus, the Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency have also urged tourist to continue their trip to Bali because it is still safe for tourism. The Ngurah Rai Airport had also prepared nine alternative airports and there are 300 buses available if any volcanic ash is detected. If you need more information on the latest situation in Bali,

Visit http://www.balitourismboard.or.id Spread the positive news!

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Casa Mateo – Beach Picnic Activities

October 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Beach picnic activities is one of our new guest things to do for Casa Mateo guest. We did the first trial to know how interested in our guest to join this program. on Tuesday, 3rd October we invited all guest in house to join this program, we serve all the activities for free.

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We choose the guest who stay in Casa Mateo on that time, and the total person join this program are 6 adults and 4 kids. They start the picnic by departure from the villa at 10.20 AM with our Concierge Wayan Udiasa.

We choose Padma Beach – Legian for this activities because has good location and environment for our guest. They arrived at the beach around 11.20 AM because a little traffic and welcome greet by our Sales & Marketing as well as explained that   Casa Mateo has a new beach picnic program so we are happy to invite guests joining this picnic activity for free of charge to make sure that this picnic program is saleable for our next guests.

Guests started relaxing their day by changed by beach clothes and got some rest in sunbed. All of them enjoying the program. They were reading books, swimming, and selfie with their owned phone also sunbathing.

Bali Event – Nusa Dua Fiesta

October 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Nusa Dua Fiesta 2017 brings back the fun and colourful week of arts exhibitions, cultural performances and sporting events to its namesake luxury beach resort area on Bali’s southeast coast. First held in 1996 as Nusa Dua Festival and becoming a fiesta in its ninth year, it welcomes the general public to this otherwise exclusive tourism enclave, with different shows and events held in various venues throughout Nusa Dua. This year’s Nusa Dua Fiesta kicks off on Wednesday, October 11 with an evening opening ceremony at Nusa Dua’s landmark peninsular area. Earlier in the morning you can admire various handicrafts on display here, as well as unique bonsais and an antique automobile show. In the afternoon, the streets come alive with parades featuring vivid floats from all of the five-star resorts in Nusa Dua’s ITDC complex.

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In line with the festival’s spirit of promoting environmental awareness, day two features a beach clean-up along the coastline. Foodies should look out for the cooking competition held by the Indonesian Chefs Association on the same day, as well as a mixology competition where you can sample a sip from the island’s best bartenders. Live entertainment is big at Nusa Dua Fiesta 2017. From the first day to the fifth, every evening you can enjoy live bands which includes national headliners, as well as percussionists and local artists performing world music. There are also fashion shows by designer boutiques and tenants from the Bali Collection, the main shopping complex in Nusa Dua. Don’t miss a chance to watch the spectacular Devdan Show at the adjacent Nusa Dua Theatre on the main stage.

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Happen to be planning to tie the knot in Bali? Don’t miss the wedding make-up expo and competition for some inspiration and perhaps meet up with the island’s best bridals and vendors. The evenings of days three and four feature the most highlighted entertainer line-ups, such as an Afro Reggae night with Bali’s most groovy bands taking the stage from 19:30, followed by a DJ collaboration with fire dancers from 21:30 at the main peninsula area. Among the highlights of the closing day is a latte art competition, an exhibition and a showdown among the island’s best body-painting artists, a unique rendering of Bali’s iconic ‘kecak’ dance, together with an Indian dance performance. The main spectacle of the closing ceremony is a colossal dance performance titled Mentari Pulau Dewata or ‘Sun of the Island of the Gods’. Then more live bands keep up the vibe and conclude this year’s festival before midnight.

Bali Event – Legian Beach Festival

October 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Legian Beach Festival will once again unveil the cultural wealth and variety of Indonesia especially found on the fabled island of Bali. The festival will be set along the 700m long Legian beachfront.

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The five day fiesta will be highlighted with no less than 100 booths featuring a gamut of products ranging from local crafts by highly skilled Balinese jewelers, sculptors and painters as well as clothes, shoes, bags, as well as hotels, restaurants, and a lot more. There will also be a massive flair-bartending show that will attempt to make a new record in the Indonesia Museum of Records (MURI). The festival will also feature Musical performances and competitions, traditional art performances, Fashion Shows, a communal Beach Cleaning Action, Culinary Bazaar, games, and wide variety of other exciting programs.

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The  festival is presented and organized by the Legian Village community and is fully supported by the Ministry of Tourism.

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Situated north of Kuta and south of Seminyak, Legian beach is less hectic but has nonetheless, a lot of captivating magic. When you seek for that stunning beach to surf with less crowd compared to the neighboring Kuta beach, then Legian is your perfect answer. Not only does the beach offer the perfect sunset, it’s also the melting pot of unique shops, culinary delights and vibrant nightlife spots.

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With rows of exclusive five star hotels, a huge waterpark, and local art market, Legian is enjoyable for family holidays. The internationally known Rip Curl School of Surf is one of the must visit places to learn more about how to ride the waves from experts with world-class reputation. The calmer atmosphere of Legian beach ensures a suitable learning environment for beginners. Cafes and dining places for the pleasure of your tastebuds are easy to find anywhere around Legian, serving a long list of menus, from Balinese cuisine to international finest dishes.

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