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Here are some villas that you can rent for Saturday night so that you and your friends can enjoy a private villa and keep the party atmosphere going whilst enjoying Potato Heads Sunny Side Up Festival. The villas enjoy a close proximity to Potato Head and allow 1 night stay at affordable rates.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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       The Minister of Land and Spatial Planning/ Chairperson of the National Land Affairs Agency (Badan Pertanahan Nasional) notified Peraturan Pemerintah No.13 Tahun 2016 (Government Regulation No.13 of 2016) concerning the procedures for granting, release or transfer of the ownership of a residential house or dwelling by foreigners domiciled in Indonesia.

It is mentioned in the regulation that foreigners who domiciled in Indonesia are people who are not citizens of Indonesia in which their existence give profits, have a business, or invest in Indonesia.

The new regulations are specifically prohibiting the foreigners from owning the freehold title. It also permits foreigners to directly purchase homes in Indonesia with the following minimum price levels:

 No.

Location

≥ Price

 1.

DKI Jakarta

  Rp 10 billion

 2.

Banten

  Rp 5 billion

3. 

West Java

  Rp 5 billion

 4.

Central Java

  Rp 3 billion

 5.

Yogyakarta

  Rp 3 billion

 6.

East Java

  Rp 5 billion

 7.

Bali

  Rp 3 billion

 8.

NTB

  Rp 2 billion

 9.

North Sumatra

  Rp 2 billion

 10.

East Kalimantan

  Rp 2 billion

 11.

South Sulawesi

  Rp 2 billion

 12.

All other regions

  Rp 1 billion

 

The new regulation also stipulate:

  1. Foreigners purchasing an apartment or a single-family residence must hold Indonesian residency status.
  2. The apartment or single-family residence that can be held by the foreigners with “Hak Pakai” (Right of Use) or “Hak Pengelolaan” (Right of Management) status must, at least initially, be purchased from the government or from a developer.
  3. “Hak Pakai” title is valid for 30 years, and can be extended to 20 years. If the extended time is over, “Hak Pakai” can be renewed for 30 years.
  4. If the foreigners die or are no longer hold an Indonesian residency, the land must be sold to a “qualified buyer” or it can be shifted to a “qualified person” within one-year.
  5. The property can also be inherited to the family member who is a foreigner with Indonesian residency.
  6. If the property has not been sold or shifted to the “qualified person” within one-year, the property will be blocked by the government or the person who hold “Hak Milik”.
  7. The much-coveted “Hak Milik” (Freehold) remains closed to foreigners in Indonesia.

The new regulations can also be a problem for foreigners who are seeking to buy and own land in Indonesia. The fact has shown that Indonesian property purchasers have little interest in purchasing the land held under “Hak Pakai”, while the procedures to convert the “Hak Pakai” title into “Hak Milik” title is expensive and time-consuming. The regulation of the property that will be blocked within one-year after their residency status ends can also result in the unfair price.

If you are looking to buy land or villas in Bali and around Indonesia on Freehold or Leasehold arrangements, we suggest that you check out www.indoinvestments.com which is the sales site for www.totalbali.com

 

Sources: Sekretariat Kabinet Republik Indonesia, Bali Discovery, Paragon Geo Immigration

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Earth Day 2016

April 23rd is universally known as the Earth Day, where people around the world celebrate and respect to the earth. Several activities are done by the people in order to celebrate the Earth day, such as seed planting, recycling the trash, and many other activities related to making the world a better place.

In Bali, there were many individuals and companies celebrating the earth day.
 
Here are what we a few of them got up to:
 
Bali Safari & Marine Park celebrated this earth day with a visit from the children of the Eben Haezer Orphanage inBali. Bali Safari & Marine Park created activities which reflect on the “Green Commitment” of Bali Safari, such as making water retention wells or bio-press, creating useful items from recyclable materials, and witnessing how the Park’s Safari Rangers make recycled paper from elephant manure. These kinds of activities are expected to give children the education and awareness of the importance of environmental protection and create a greener world.
 
On the other side, PT. Jimbaran Hijau who corporates with UPT Disdikpora Kuta Selatan celebrated the earth day by organizing Jimbaran Festival 2016 or called as JimbaFest 2016 with the theme “Green, Education, Art, Culture, and Fun”. There were numerous activities carried out by Jimbaran Hijau, such as Green Competition, Garden Tour, Night Market, Community Gathering, and Green Concert. The Green Competition held on April 23rd, 2016 from 09.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. local time. The competition was divided into several competitions, such as Trash Sorting Games, Seed Planting Games, “Wayan Jeha” Drawing Competition, Poster Competition, Recycle Competition, Green Speech Competition, and Green Selfie Competition. Besides the Green Competition, there is a Garden Tour which invited the participants to go around seeing the horticultural garden activity and also the cultivation in the hydroponic house. These activities ran from 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. JimbaFest 2016 were also supported by the Night Market and Community Gathering activity where people can visit Jimbaran culinary and product stands and also the Green Concert which invited students from SLB B PTN Jimbaran and local artists and band.
 
All of the activities held by both Bali Safari & Marine Park and Jimbaran Hijau showed people how importance is it for us to keep the earth.
 
We try to represent villas that have large gardens and try to implement health systems that reduce our impact on the environment, if you want to book a villa with us and find out how you can give back to the Earth, check out www.balivillaportfolio.com and ask us about our connections with our supported NGO’s www.gus-bali.org and www.mumbali.org
 
Source: Jimbafest, Bali Discover, Antara News
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April 21st or known as Kartini’s Day is a day where the Indonesian people celebrate Kartini’s birthday in order to respect Kartini who struggled on the women’s issues in Indonesia, especially the case of the women’s education and the Javanese culture.

Raden Ayu Kartini or known as Raden Ajeng Kartini, is a Javanese woman who fought for the Indonesian women’s emancipation. She also was known as a woman who struggled for the gender equality and women and independence.

Kartini was born on April 21, 1879, in Mayong, Central Java, Indonesia. She was born as a noblewoman. Her father was a Javanese aristocrat and her mother was only a daughter of a religious scholar and not an aristocrat. The difference on the social status made Kartini separated from her mother. Her mother could not live in pendopo, a Javanese large pavilion because she was not a noblewoman. She was allowed to live only in the back part of a home.

When Kartini proposed to nominate as a noblewoman, Kartini was being asked not to call her mother with “Ibu” (Indonesian call for mother), but “Yu” (a name for a servant in a palace). She refused it. Since the beginning, Kartini never wanted to be born in the middle of a noble family. She only wanted to live as people in general.

Kartini has a Dutch best friend, Marie Ovink-Soer, a wife of a colonial administration staff in Central Java. Kartini often expressed her feeling to Ovink-Soer, especially about the women’s condition who restrained by the culture and tradition. Ovink-Soer then introduces Kartini to the feminism. She also introduced Kartini to the feminist journals “De Hollandshce Lelie”. Kartini then wrote her hope that she want to have a correspondence friend from Netherland. Her wish then fulfilled. One of the post officers named Estella Helena Zeehandelaar responded and replied her letter. Kartini then easily expressed her feeling to Stella. She told Stella about the women’s condition where they are fettered and could not choose their own future. Kartini also noticed Stella about the Indonesian people who suffered from colonization, her fidgetiness on the religion, and also her cares on education. She also said that she did not like the European who often called Kartini and her sisters as “freule” which means princess or “Raden Ajeng”, differ with Stella who rarely called her as a noblewoman. That was why Kartini likes Stella.

Kartini wrote letters to Ovink-Soer and her Dutch schoolmates for struggling from isolation. She protested the gender inequality of Javanese traditions where women were forced to marry at their young age and could not pursue their education freely as men.

Tragically, with the desire to escape from isolation, Kartini then accepted a marriage proposal arranged by her father. She wed 26 years older man and already having 3 wives and 12 children, Raden Adipati Joyodinigrat, the regent of Rembang. Her marriage rushed her hopes to accept an offered to study abroad.

Committed to spreading the feminist, Kartini set her planning to start her own school for Javanese girls with her husband’s approval. Getting a help from the Dutch government, Kartini opened her first Indonesian primary school in 1903. The school was for native girls that did not discriminate the social status.

Sadly, in September 1904, Kartini died in the regency of Rembang. She died after giving a birth to her first child. Seven years later, one of her correspondents, J.H. Abendanon collected and published Kartini’s letters into a book, entitled “From Darkness to Light: Thoughts About and on Behalf of the Javanese People”.

In 1964, the first Indonesian President, Ir.Soekarno, decided Kartini as one of the National Independence Patriots and also determined Kartini’s birthday as a festal day. From that moment, Indonesian people celebrate Kartini’s Day on April 21. They celebrate it by having a contest such as cooking contest, tailor ship, and also fashion contest where people is wearing traditional clothes from any province in Indonesia.

 

Sources: What’s New Bali, Kompas.com, Bio., CNN Indonesia, Liputan6

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Lovina Floating Waterpark

Lovina, is generally a place where people would think about visiting to searchfor dolphins at sunrise or enjoy the great snorkelling. There is however a push to keep visitors to the area happy and there has been a new watersport activity for guests to Lovina.

The Lovina Floating waterpark was actually had been launched in 2015, but it had been removed because it did not have legal licenses and permits. Having gained the right operational requirements form the Provincial Government, so it has relaunched and is ready for business.

The Floating waterpark is located in Bali Bagus beach, Kalibukbuk, Buleleng, Bali.The floats are placed 100 meter from the beach. Visitors can get to the floats using traditional boats "jukungs" to reach the floating waterpark.

There are at least 9 games launched in the Floating waterpark; they are bouncer, the swing, the iceberg, trampolines, the torture, Jungle Joe, the slide twister, and rock slide. All the games cause the pumping of adrenalin of guests. As an example with the bouncer, its played in pairs. Visitors need to be on either end of the bouncer and they jump to launch the other person into the air. If they jump high enough, the partner can get up to eight meters of heigh.

All the floats are set up on the ocean floor anchored by stones and metal ballast which are environmentally friendly. The location of the floats is in a new zone, so it doesn't distract the conservation of the reef. The visitor can only enjoy the floats from February to October when the seas aren't that rough.

If you’re planning to spend a holiday in Bali and wanted to go to Lovina Floating Waterpark, we can accommodate your stay at our Villas and organize a tour from your Villa to Lovina as a part of your holiday activity with Total Bali. It takes about 2,5- 3 hours from Seminyak or Kuta.

 

Sources: Tribun Bali, North Bali Adventures, Bali Discover

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Bali, April 13rd, 2016


Free Tourist Visas result in China taking top spot for the beginning of 2016 from Australian travels to Bali.
Bali Government Tourism officially announced the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Bali in the first two month of 2016 on March 17th, 2016. 


Chinas tourists has taken the top spot position from Australian tourists, as the number one foreign tourist arrivals in Bali.


The China and Australia markets represent 47.41% of all foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia. In January-February 2015, Australia still lead the top position in the foreign tourist arrivals with 156,395 tourists came to Bali, but in the past 2 months there has been a decrease with only 154,892 tourists arriving. It means that the number of Australian tourists decreased about 0,96% over the past 2 months when typically there are increasing numbers. 

On the other hand, China who held the second position last year for people holidaying in Bali, has now gained top spot this year, with 145,747 Chinese tourists arriving in Bali from January-February 2015, and a much healthier second 2 months with 189.594 tourists coming to Bali. The number of Chinese tourists arriving to Bali improved by 30,08%. This has a strong correlation to the government granting visa-free facilities for Chinese, and also with the opening of new direct flight linking Shanghai with Denpasar by Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia. Moreover, the Chinese economy is relatively encouraging now and this is leading to a new focus for Bali's tourism sectors. 


It will be exciting to see if Australian arrival numbers received any increases, as there is also a Visa Free travel for Australian citizens. 


Japanese tourists occupied the third position with 39,371 tourists in January-February 2016, declined 2,89% from 40,544 tourists in the same period last year. Besides the top three foreign tourist arrivals position, there are British with 27,032 tourists (up 45,54%), South Korean with 26.861 tourists (down 5,83%), Indian with 25.753 tourists (up 48.64%), Malaysian with 25.186 tourists (down 10,89%), American with 24.078 tourists (up 31,55%), Taiwanese with 19.683 tourists (up 2,63%), and Singaporean with 16.875 tourists (down 16,28%).

 

Top 10 Direct Foreign Tourist Arrivals to Bali by Market Country
In January – February 2015 and 2016
Market 2015 2016 +/-(%)
Chinese 145.747 189.594 30,08
Australian 156.395 154.892 -0,96
Japanese 40.544 39.371 -2,89
British 18.574 27.032 45,54
South Korean 28.523 26.861 -5,83
Indian 17.326 25.753 48,64
Malaysian 28.265 25.186 -10,89
American 18.303 24.078 31,55
Taiwanese 19.179 19.683 2,63
Singaporean 20.156 16.875 -16,28

 

Source: Bali Government Tourism, Antara News, Bali Discover

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Batur Geopark Museum

Kintamani, Bali 1st April 2016 

 

The Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources (ESDM), Sudirman Said, officially announced Batur Geopark Museum, the first geopark museum in Indonesia which is located in KintamaniBangliBali.  

Geopark itself stands for education, science, culture, communication, and geo-science. UNESCO adopted Geopark to demonstrate geological heritage of international significance. The purpose of geopark is to explore, develop, and celebrate the links between the geological heritage and all other aspects of the area’s natural, cultural, and intangible heritages. 

It is about reconnecting human society at all levels to the planet that we all call home and to celebrate how our planet and its 4.600 million year long history has formed every aspect of our lives and our societies. 

As assigned by UNESCO in 2012, the Batur Geopark area has become one of UNESCO’s Global Geopark Network members which have ecological value that serve as the area of conservation and education. 

Moreover, Batur Geopark is not only showing the information of Batur Geopark specifically, but also showing three geopark essential pillars; they are geological heritage, biodiversity, and cultural diversity.  

Batur Geopark Museum itself was built in 2013 and directed to become the geopark center of excellence in Indonesia. Visitors will be welcomed by the miniature scale replica of Batur Mountain when they first enter the museum and be explained how the site works. Visitors can also see the representation of Batur’s natural history and cultures and also the information of other volcanoes in Bali and Indonesia. The detail information of the museum, Batur’s Caldera, seismograph to record the volcanic earthquakes, and volcanic stones from several areas that is affected by the volcanic eruption, are also provided here. Batur Geopark Museum is also equipped with meeting room, showroom with the big digital screen that will show Batur’s eruption, and diorama of eruption history. There are also some pictures that represented Batur Mountain and its eruption effects to the environment and many more interested things in Batur Geopark Museum. 

Batur Geopark Museum can be said as a source of information about volcanoes in Indonesia, specifically a place to store, research, exhibit a range of volcano matters, and describe the formation of volcanoes, eruption of material, shape, distribution, history, and benefits of volcanoes in Indonesia. 

Visitors should pay for only IDR 20.000 (adult) or IDR 15.000 (child). It takes only 1 hour and a half from Seminyak, Kuta. 

If you are planning to have a holiday in Bali and wanted to visit Batur Geopark Museum, we can accomodate your stay at our www.balivillaportfolio.com and organize a tour from your Villa to the Geopark as an activity on part of your day tour with www.totalbali.com  
 

So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss it!!! Come and enjoy your day  

 

Sources: Bali Discovery, Global Geoparks Network, Tribun Bali, ESDM, CNN Indonesia, Detikcom, Trip AdvisorAntara NewsSorga Bali Tours 

 

Keywords: Kintamani, Bali, Bali Holiday, Bali Vacation, Bali Villas, Total Bali Villas

 

 

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Easter Party

Get ready and go save the date!!!

Easter Party will be coming again. Double-Six Rooftop will hold an Easter Party again on Saturday, March 26 2016 at 3 p.m. until midnight.

Presenting Stan Kolev, Heavy Pins, LPR, Mikey Moran, Agent-H, and Art.

Tickets:

3 p.m. - 7 p.m. 100K IDR

7 p.m - midnight 200K IDR

The tickets will be available on the day at Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Double-Six Beach, Seminyak, Bali.

Prepare your dress: Smart casual, no singlets, and no alcohol branded clothing.

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