Finns VIP Beach Club

If you haven’t been to Finns VIP Beach Club already, do yourself a favor and go now… You can thank me later.

My friend and I visited at lunch time to see what they have on offer and we were very impressed with the whole set up. The staff escorted us to the Pavilion and sat us at a fine table overlooking the ocean.

We started off the right way. I got myself the Mango Tango mocktail Rp 75K which was not only good and fresh looking – this slushy mix of mango juice, fresh lychee fruit and juice and grenadine also tasted seriously fabulous! My friend got himself a Bali On Fire cocktail Rp 175K, a refreshing mix of Svedka vodka, Cointreau, fresh tangerine juice, local chili, kaffir lime and mint leaves. A glass of water was already being poured as we sat down, the service was so good that the glass never hit halfway. The restaurant has a fantastic menu with an amazing variety of food and drinks and we tried some of the best.

Our starters arrived in pretty wooden platters. Burrata Installata Rp 185K was phenomenal, the fresh burrata melting right in my mouth – so delicious, and came with cherry tomato, marinated artichoke, olive tapenade, grissini and toasted sourdough drizzled with virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and fresh basil. Ours came with Paris ham Rp 205K – smoked salmon is also available. Our grilled octopus Rp 95K was divine and I especially loved the fresh kimchi it is served with. Truffle & Parmesan Rp95K with sauteed mushrooms, truffle oil, grana padano and arugula was simply yum.

Our quinoa bowl Rp 175K and Spicy tuna rolls Rp135K were served alongside the Chicken Tandoori Rp 175K. Now, I eat quinoa bowl’s a lot and I can safely say this one was done perfectly, especially since it’s filling was some of my favorite ingredients like shredded chicken, roast pumpkin, edamame, grilled halloumi cheese, pickled ginger, water spinach, kale pesto, cashews, pine nuts, spring onions, coriander, coconut oil and lime. The spicy tuna roll was fresh, spicy and delicious, which is exactly the reason why I wasn’t sharing a slice. The Tandoori chicken was absolutely beautiful, marinated chicken thigh was tender and delicious – loved what they’ve done with it, we decided to get beef vindaloo Rp 275K and garlic naan Rp 45K – I promised to share this time. The braised wagyu beef beef brisket in its spicy and aromatic sauce was so juicy and tender, perfect to pair with the garlic naan – it was sublime, we both absolutely loved it.

Time for dessert, I treated myself with a Lemon tartlet which was refreshingly sour, sweet, creamy and simply delicious. My friend had a yummy Dark chocolate tartlet with 70% valrhona chocolate with peanut praline and topped with vanilla ice cream, sweet sweet end to our fabulous lunch. Both desserts are Rp 65K.

We both were totally pleased with our dining experience, it’s not often you can get equally amazing food from different ethnicities at the same place. Pavilion at Finns VIP achieved that plus more. It was probably one of the most exclusive dining experience we’ve had.

The bottom line is, you can expect a next level experience on everything at this newly minted Finns VIP Beach Club. You could call it the ultimate vacation goal where you can dine and laze by the ocean with nothing short of spectacular views, with the best service and cusine.

Finns VIP Beach Club facilities consist of beachfront and poolside day beds, oceanfront sandbar & dining, Belvedere rooftop bar, dining pavilion, poolside champagne bar, expansive manicured lawns and ocean spa.

Pavilion is open daily 9am – 11pm. Note that smart casual attire is required from 6pm until close and if you happen to wear swimwear, sports or one of those alcohol branded singlets or shirts – since they are not permitted, you may borrow one from the reception or even purchase one at the retail shop they have onsite.

Happy Hour is available here too – Buy 1 get 1 free of selected beverages at 7 – 9pm.

A minimum spend applies before 7pm: Rp 750K per person for single day bed, Rp 3 million for double beds up to six people, Rp 500K for grazing on the green up to six people and no minimum spend for the restaurant and bar. 100% minimum spend credited towards food and beverage.

There is a whole lot more info on their website, which explains how it all works.

We’ll just say Finns VIP Beach Club, from the moment you walk in you will notice that you have walked into one of the coolest places in town. Period.

Finns VIP Beach Club
Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu Bali – Indonesia
Phone : +62 361 844 6327 / +62 361 934 7343 / +62 361 934 7344
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Barman: Juli Parwata

If you’re ever feeling hot and thirsty whilst wandering the Legian strip, chances are you will stumble across Vi Ai Pi restaurant. The Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri (IDR 79K ++) is the perfect drink to get your night started right, especially with barman Juli Parwata. This strawberry flavored piece of perfection embodies the mixture of light sweet Captain Morgan White Rum, a generous amount of crushed strawberries, cointreau liquor, and a dash of acidic lime juice. All ingredients are blended then served to your table with the bright pink colour, stunning you from a distance. A drink that is not just fruity but also tasty, light and sweet. Ask for Juli and give it a try next time you are down Kuta / Legian way.

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8/10 acoustic Jam.

It’s been over twenty-five years since the ex-Jam and Style council ‘Modfather’ sat down with an acoustic guitar and knocked out the beautifully rustic “Wild Wood”. An incredible twelve albums of indie, dub, spiky pop and outright weird experimentalism later and Paul Weller is apparently once again ready to revisit those same bucolic themes of love, loss and straight-up songwriting that characterized his acclaimed sophomore LP.

The fourteenth studio album from Woking’s favourite curmudgeon is a gently introspective set of songs – largely just Weller and his guitar – picking and strumming quietly over softly tapped drums and lush orchestration.

Similar as “True Meanings” is to “Wild Wood”, the album does come as a surprise given his recent output, particularly the punky “Sonik Kicks” and frenzied “Saturn’s Pattern” (both excellent listening BTW). Weller sings with a newfound delicacy and gracefulness that recalls early Cat Stevens and James Taylor – his voice has mellowed nicely as he enters his 60th year. Glide is an aptly named meander with hints of English Folk, while the gorgeous Mayfly feels effortless – a definite high point.

A smattering of guests (Lucy Rose, Noel Gallagher, Martin Carthy) lend their lyrical and songwriting chops to round out an album that just goes to show Weller has more tricks up his sleeve than most out there. Simply wonderful.

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When we see the artworks made by Ping Ping, we can immediately spot the bright color and feel the joy in it. Then, we heard his story behind each of the paintings and it made us realize that a little daily problem is a result of a big human ego. Before October 10th, come to Maya Sanur and listen to the story yourself so you will understand more.

How did your painting journey begin?
Ever since I was a child, when I was in school, I was always good at art and didn’t do well in other subjects. This went on until high school and to higher education. During my studies, I got a lot of support from my teachers. One teacher even told me that I have to be an artist when I grow up. That really boosted my confidence. Fast forward after high school, I only applied to one University which had an art major. There were a lot of ups and down during my college years. I failed many courses except art and then I stopped going to classes for about two months. However, I regained my strength through my lecturer and family. Using that support, I managed to stand out from the others. Even many of my colleagues gave up art and got jobs in other fields.

When was your first exhibition?
It was in 2009. I did an exhibition with eight of my friends in a group called ‘PENA’ which is now disbanded. It was also the first time that I sold a painting to someone. Little did I know that he was a big thing in the art world. He came from Netherland and went back to his country with my paintings. From that time, my painting have been touring around Europe. They even got into a big event called Art Basel. I got a lot of money from painting at that time. Sadly, it shifted my direction of being an artist from art creation into money making. Then In 2013, I stopped making art, totally, because I got mad at myself. In 2015, I tried to paint again but this time it was purely for art and not money.

What is the concept of your painting?
Each of my paintings tells a story. I turn stories of my everyday problems into paintings with simple techniques and colors. My friends say that my painting is satire and can be offensive. They just haven’t heard the stories from my point of view. I never ever meant to criticize other people through my art. It was all just about me, a critic to me and how I live this life.

About your painting in Maya Sanur exhibition?
I have three paintings hanging on Maya Sanur’s gallery wall which are a series of paintings of a man with a facemask on. It was inspired by my two sisters whom I’m really close to. They keep making me put the facemask on my face. It then generated an idea for my artwork. Why would men rarely expose themselves doing a beauty routine? It’s now time for people to realize that men also need emancipation. [I like that. Ed.]

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Mutter Tattwa

Now- October 1st | Museum Puri Lukisan

Ida Bagus Sena, originally from Tebasaya Ubud, is one of the few young Balinese artists who still hold tightly to traditional techniques. His talent was inherited from the greatness of his grandfather, Ida Bagus Made Kembeng – a painter whose work received a global appreciation at the Colonial exhibition in France in 1937. See Sena mould his agitation, anxiety, unity and thought towards various interpretations of Hindu ceremonies into a delicate painting dominated with earth colour at Ubud’s loveliest landmark, Museum Puri Lukisan.
|Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Gianyar

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Sensibility Line

Now- October 31st | Griya Art Gallery

Spontaneity and expression of lines are the force in Made Wiradana’s artworks. The wildness of his finger is able to control lines to flow freely without being limited by normal narrative. The secret to his works is the mastery of making incised lines, and creating accents using colour blocking. This is where his sensibility comes to life, blending the composition between line, texture, field and color. Come and see the work of a true talent who had earned Philip Morris Art Awards (1995, 1998), Belgium Ambassador Art Award (2006), Beijing Art Institute for Art Appreciation (2017) and this year’s Gold Medal Asian Art Bienial, Hongkong.
| Jl. Danau Tamblingan No.47, Sanur, Denpasar

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Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu is perched overlooking the Indian Ocean and local farmland, close to Bingin and Padang Padang Beach, home of the world-famous Rip Curl surfing competition and an array of new restaurants and cafes. Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is 20 kms away, while Uluwatu temple is only 6 kms from the resort. New Kuta Golf Course is only a short drive from the resort.

The resort offers 111 Deluxe Rooms at 58 sqm, featuring private balconies on upper floors and private sundecks on lower floors. On the top floor there are 11 Studio Suites with 92 sqm plus three Ocean View Suites with 148 sqm. In each of the Ocean View Suites guests can enjoy a spacious private rooftop terrace. All accommodation offers views of the sea, the gardens or both. The decor is inspired by Balinese culture, with contemporary details and stylish/authentic designs. Each room is completed with a signature bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning, free WiFi, 400 thread-count bed linen, espresso machines and tea making facilities, mini bar, and a safety deposit box.

There are two restaurants and three bars in the resort. Lookout serves cocktails and tapas, where guests can enjoy while overlooking the views. Choka is all about poolside surf-inspired bites and thirst quenchers. Lucid Liquids is the go-to spot for fresh juices, herbal teas, and traditional remedies. Artichoke is the home of Radisson Blu’s signature Super Breakfast and around-the-clock Indonesian and International favorites. Filini is an unmistakably Italian restaurant that pairs sumptuous food and wine with art, music and an informal buzz. Guests can be soothed or invigorated in the Spa ESC – a retreat in which organic ingredients and luxurious treatments revitalize mind, body and soul. There is a fully-equipped gym and invigorating Pilates or Yoga classes. For business requirements, 230 sqm of dedicated meeting room space can be configured to suit gatherings of up to 240 guests. Here, Radisson Blu’s Experience Meetings concept is showcased perfectly. Brain Food and Brain Box break-out spaces keep delegates’ focused and energetic. Many outdoor spaces are also designed to make weddings and other milestone events extra special surrounded by the beauty of the resort’s landscaping and cliff top setting.


Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu
Jl Pemutih – Labuan Sait, Uluwatu,
Pecatu – Bali, Indonesia 80364
T: +62 361 300 8888

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When the temperature shifts into its highest around the day, wearing a simple tee is one of the tricks to stay cool, and the T-shirt collection from Paul Frank would be your cutest choice. One of the world’s largest fashion brands has brought its brightly colored, mid-century inspired vision into t-shirts, hoodies, flip flop and accessories to the island. Julius, the iconic monkey character, worn by some of the trendiest influencers around the world, is now ready for you to feel wear and feel funky in. Go to mall Bali Galleria and get 2 shirts for only IDR 199K until October 7th, only available at mezzo store.

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69 Slam is continuing to broaden their horizon by extending a new collection to their trendy tropical apparel. Their latest spring/summer arrivals are called ‘Playloud’ and it’s as playful as its sounds. It raised the 69slam flag higher with its bright and hypnotizing psychedelic prints that are available for swimwear, active wear and board shorts. All are tailored from the finest light and breathable materials for the comfort of your beach activities. It’s shopping o’clock, folks!, so head to a 69Slam store near you and get LOUD!

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Balinale is the International Film Festival held annually on the island celebrating independent and unique films from Indonesia and around the globe. The film festival will take place on September 24 – 30 and will feature over 100 short, feature and documentary films from 30 countries, opening with “Sultan Agung” (pictured left) and close with Shoplifters, which aired at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. To explain the business aspects of the film industry, a forum will feature Ody Mulia Hidayat and Chand Parwes Servia from Indonesia, as well as Taiwanese producer and Taipei Film Festival director Jeane Huang and Broadway producer and Tony Award-winner Jhett Tolentino. Tickets can be purchased through Cinemaxx online or at Cinemaxx Box Offices (Lippo Mall Kuta & plaza Renon). If you are keen to check out a movie, tickets for one screening are 40k or you can purchase the “Festival Friend” for 350k and have entrance to all general screenings, priority seating and a Balinale Tote Bag. For more information on festival passes and screenings visit

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