August 1, 2018

Becoming Spiderman in Batu Bolong!

Looking for an activity to get your heart racing, torch calories and take your fitness to another level? Best you pay a visit to the Bali Climbing and Bouldering Gym in Batu Bolong! Despite the discipline being around for ages, Bouldering is a sport reaching new heights in popularity of late with indoor climbing centres such as the one in Canggu popping up all over!

It’s basically rock climbing without the ropes right? Yikes!! Apparently all you need is a desire to climb and some special shoes, a pair of which they will happily provide! (I’d like some with Spiderman grip please?!!!!) Seriously though folks, safety of their climbers is of the utmost importance at Bali Bouldering and Climbing Gym and they adhere to stringent safety guidelines and centre rules as well as ensuring well trained staff are on hand to guide you and guarantee you experience all of the enjoyment minus the mishaps! All ages are welcome however kids under 18 require parental consent and signature of a waiver before they can climb.

Perhaps not to the extreme of scaling an open cliff face, bouldering is certainly an adrenalin charged activity – a form of rock climbing that is performed on small scale rock formations (hence no need for straps) or artificial rock walls such as those at Bali Climbing and Bouldering Gym. The Batu Bolong centre features a range of climbing walls and challenging routes for all ages and agility levels from beginners to old hands as well as an outdoor, fan cooled climbing centre where you can work out and whip up a sweat with ropes, wall climbs and kettle bells!

Ponti Hardiyanto is head coach at the climbing centre and already a veteran of 20 years of climbing experience after discovering bouldering at primary school, so it’s little wonder he scales those walls like the island’s very own Spiderman!

The centre is open for climbing every day from 7am until 9pm Guests are welcome to climb at any time other than during scheduled class times. Climbing tuition classes for kids run from 4-5pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays with sessions for adults on the same days from 5-6pm.

As well as providing a colourful and stimulating centre to get some elevation, the Batu Bolong bouldering centre also offers Personal Training sessions, custom designed rock climbing excursions, a variety of holistic wellness retreats and an awesome event area perfect for functions and birthday parties.

The ultimate in fun and fitness, few other exercises rival climbing and bouldering for a full body workout. Who wants to slog it out on a treadmill for two hours when you can burn around ten calories a minute and train so many more muscles at the one time! Bouldering promotes balance, technique, strength endurance and problem solving skills, working both body and mind to find the best track to the top of the course, not to mention that adrenalin rush!

Crazy?….Maybe. Exhilarating? …Most definitely! Ditch the screens, those smart phones and even the drudgery of your regular workout regime and get on down to Canggu to check out the Bali Bouldering and Climbing Gym. It’s all about the climb!


World Ironman – See it First at Finns Beach Club Bali

World Ironman represents a new style of competition around surf and sand and it’s on its way to Bali. A first for the island, Finns Beach Club in conjunction with Travel Online and LV8 are inviting guests to become a part of it!

Experience all of the excitement of world class competition and follow each of the 16 elite contenders as they vie for supremacy on the beach and in the waves. Watch the world’s best ocean athletes represent teams from Australia, North America, Europe and Indonesia as it all unfolds at Finns Beach Club Bali from August 16th to 19th in 2018!

You can be a part of all of the action without even getting your feet wet….. unless of course you opt for a dip in their pool! Teams of four consisting of both male and female competitors will compete for the ultimate prize as they race along the beach, in and out of the Berawa surf break and right through Finns Beach Club! Watching the athlete transitions take place, Finns guests will find themselves in the thick of the competition while teams complete these interchanges as they pass right through the Beach Club. You can’t get any closer to the action than that!

Finns Bali will play host to some of the world’s best competitors in August and any self respecting surf life saving fans will certainly recognise household names the likes of Matt Bevilacqua, Matt Poole, Zane Holmes, Shannon Eckstein and Ky Hurst, along with female contenders Brielle Cooper, Courtney Hancock, Jordan Mercer and Lizzie Wellborn to name a few of the Ironmen (and women) greats! With no less than 16 National Ironman and Ironwoman titles, 12 Molokai 2 Oahu World Championship titles and 2 Olympic Games between them, these elite athletes are sure to put on a world class performance.

All of the day’s action begins from 5pm as the sun dips below the horizon and the cooler evening air becomes more inviting! Out of the heat of the day and under the lights, fans can watch with cocktails or cold beers in hand as World Ironman competitors duck in and out of the surf, keeping the crowd thoroughly entertained with short and explosive bouts of athleticism as they weave through the beach club.

A free event, it’ll be first in first served as far as day beds go and guests will surely flock to find the best spot to get a glimpse of the action. See them ski, board, run and swim across three days of competition then stay on at Finns to enjoy the DJ and the party after the close of each day’s action on the water.

A world first location, a world first twilight ironman race and a world first for Finns, World Ironman Bali is set to become an annual event on the island. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of Bali’s inaugural Ironman action for August 2018. Contact Finns Beach Club today for further details or to enquire about booking a VIP area for the event. FINNSBEACHCLUB.COM


Finns VIP – Doing it in Style

Bali may well be synonymous with beach clubs, boasting some world class spots from which to choose, but discerning travellers are now trending toward a more exclusive ocean front experience – something Finns VIP Beach Club certainly promises to deliver.

Located along Canggu’s stunning Berawa Beach, Finns Beach Club is already a popular fixture on the party scene and a must do destination for sun and surf lovers; its iconic bamboo structure a welcoming oasis from the heat. However, despite top billing in the Bali beach club stakes, Finns is aiming even higher!

Finns VIP Beach Club adds an even more refined facet to fun in the sun. Looking for something a little more sleek and elite to suit your tastes? Entry is via the exclusive VIP entrance where Valet service awaits. Step into the foyer of Finns VIP for a five star, hotel style experience where Finns VIP guests can enjoy exclusive facilities and ocean front views. Cool down with a complimentary chilled towel and let your host assist you through personalised check in and acquaint you with the faciities as they guide you to one of a number of VIP areas.

Choose chill time at the pool deck and Champagne Bar area and take a dip in the pool when things start to heat up or head across to the Sandbar and Dining Terrace to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and a signature cocktail with and a bird’s eye view of the beach directly infront.

Finns VIP offers you an opportunity to enjoy a luxe beachfront experience at a level above your average Bali beach club. All day bed guests are guaranteed first class facilities and complimentary VIP services including locker facilities, free flow Balian water, morning tea & coffee, afternoon refreshments and fruit skewers and exclusive access to private change rooms complete with showers and every amenity to make that effortless transformation from beach wear to evening bar attire.

The expansive, lush lawn will be transformed every afternoon from 3pm for a Grazing on the Green experience. Enjoy a picnic basket full of grazing goodies, washed down with a chilled vino as you take in the action on the beach from your blanket on the lawn!

As the sun starts to dip over the Indian ocean, make your way upstairs to the Belvedere Rooftop Bar where you can enjoy specialty cocktails and a grazing menu of small plates. Open from 3pm the Belvedere Rooftop Bar is also the perfect choice for pre dinner drinks, private parties or intimate evenings, with unbeatable views down toward the Bukit and back to Canggu.

Complete your ultimate beach club experience with even more pampering. Follow the decked path to the original and opulent Semara Beach House residence where you will find the ground floor has been transformed into an oasis of relaxation. Indulge in a manicure or pedicure from the Ocean Spa as you soak in one of the best views in Bali!

Those looking for an even more elite area to kick back, relax and even stay the night, can opt for The Penthouse. Oozing exclusivity and encompassing the entire upper floor of the original estate building, this two bedroom pad is the pinnacle in private entertaining. A secluded retreat from other VIP areas, it affords guests absolute privacy, spacious and luxurious appointments and uninterrupted views of the beach club and beyond, complete with rooftop jacuzzi.

For those with discerning taste who look to enjoy a refined experience, look no further. Finns VIP Beach Club has been designed for you. This is a must include on all Bali bucket list’s, set to raise the bar on Bali beach club chic.