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Bali still safe for tourism,

Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency has urged tourists to continue visiting Bali, saying the resort island is safe except for the area around Mount Agung, a volcano in eastern Indonesia that could erupt at any time.

Three hundred tremors were recorded in the vicinity of the volcano between midnight and 6am on Sunday and white smoke was detected 200 metres above the crater.

National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho tweeted that as of Sunday morning the volcano had not erupted and there was no volcanic ash.

A radius of nine kilometres and 12 kilometres around the mountain was considered dangerous but the resort island was otherwise safe.

Mount Agung is 71 kilometres from the tourist hot spot of Kuta and 32 kilometers away from centre of Ubud

Flights in and out of Bali's international airport remain normal with 50,000 to 60,000 travellers in and out of the island every day says Ngurah Rai airport general manager Yanus Suprayogi.

The director general of air transport, Agus Santoso said even if the volcano erupted with lava it would not affect aviation unless there was also volcanic ash.

Nine alternative airports outside of Bali had been prepared for diverted flights if volcanic ash was detected.

Mr Santoso said 300 buses would be available to transport affected travellers to ferry ports and bus stations so they could leave Bali if flights were affected.

"Bali tourism is safe. Do not spread misleading news that Bali is not safe because Mount Agung is on the highest alert status. Please come and visit Bali,"


Quoted from Sydney morning herald

MACA Villas and Spa Seminyak – all systems go and ready to wow

Seminyak-Bali, November 28 2011: Launched August 2011 and with everything now beautifully in place, MACA Villas and Spa Bali emerges as a uniquely stylish yet personable addition to Bali’s upscale villa lifestyle.

This gem of a luxury boutique villa resort is located in the urban village of Petitenget, Greater Seminyak. From check-in at the open-air reception-lounge – a modern twist on traditional Balinese design – a warm welcome ensues from the MACA staff, with round-the-clock guest concierge and villa butler service providing a personal touch.

Amid lush landscaped gardens, MACA’s twenty-three one-bedroom villas and two, two-bedroom villas seamlessly balance unique elements of Balinese aesthetics and ultra-contemporary international design. Chic yet understated interiors are invitingly comfortable, with natural finishes of light woods and plenty of sunlight, while high walls surrounding each villa ensure maximum privacy.

Villas feature a spacious open-plan living-dining and kitchen area plus deluxe bedroom – all encircled by glass folding-doors. Spa-inspired bathrooms reveal stand-alone bath tubs, with an LCD flat screen TV provided for bath-time viewing and couple-friendly rainforest shower. Rooms are positioned right beside the private lap pool and timbered sundeck with sun loungers: glass doors pull back allowing instant access for a refreshing swim at any time! For more indulgence, two-bedroom villas provide a generous-sized outdoor lounge area and Deluxe Villas feature a Bale pavilion with daybed, which seemingly ‘floats’ over the shimmering pool. Well-appointed, villas provide iPod docking station, bedroom LCD flat screen satellite TV, digital entertainment system plus complementary Wi-Fi and iPad use. Resort facilities include a 20 metre freeform pool with cascading waterfall and sundeck, mountain bikes and MACA SPA, with Asian-derived body and beauty rituals enjoyed at the spa facility or in-villa.

MACA Villas and Spa prides itself on gourmet-style food and beverages. Headed up by the newly-installed French Chef, MASE Kitchen and Bar ‘fun-diner’ focuses on French-influenced cuisine, with organic produce, fresh herbs and spices and fine imported meats. Glass- enclosed and fully air-conditioned, dinners are sublime with romantic candle-lit tables and gastronomic French delights – anything from Coffin Bay Oysters to Escargot Mille Feuille – beautifully executed and accompanied by a superb range of wines and cocktails.

A Singapore-brand micro café introduced for the first time in Bali, MACA’s recently opened Ippolito Coffee Café brings award-winning Papa Palheta specialty grade coffee beans from around the world – and freshly roasts, grinds and brews them on-site. Enjoy superior lattes and cappuccinos – simply the finest coffee in Bali – on the charming open-air deck or at the coffee bar.

This tropical ‘sanctuary for the senses’ is tucked down a quiet, village-style lane, yet is just a short stroll from Petitenget Beach and the world-class restaurants, designer boutiques and beach clubs for which Petitenget and neighbouring Seminyak are famed.

MACA Villas and Spa Bali– an inspiring new villa retreat to experienced Bali’s sensational island life!

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