July 18, 2018

Take the Road Less Travelled in Toraja

Travelling, writing and photographing his way around Indonesia for the past ten years, Bali resident and internationally acclaimed photographer, David Metcalf uses the power of pictures to educate and encourage positive social change.

An advocate of preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the peoples and places around this incredible island archipelago that is Indonesia, David frequently embarks on tours to lesser known areas of the country on a path of visual discovery in an effort to enlighten the rest of us as to the uniqueness of these fascinating and little known cultures.

Join David this July as he sets off for Toraja, Sulawesi; a location he initially discovered 15 years ago and one to which he has long planned his return.

With spectacular landscapes to rival the Rocky Mountains and an equally fascinating culture, David rates Toraja as “the most beautiful place in Indonesia I have been….” A big call considering this country certainly boasts some amazing sights, but judging by the detailed descriptions in the tour itinerary, he might just be on the money!

Tana Toraja is in the highland region of Sulawesi and features stunning mountain terrain and a culture filled with curious rituals. Steep slopes descend into lush, emerald valleys punctuated by red soiled rice terraces. No volcanoes here….

Picturesque landscape aside, Torajaland is famous for its elaborate funeral rituals, effigies for the spirits of the dead, unique wooden houses, ornate carving and traditional dance. This seven day discovery tour of Toraja takes off from Makassar, Sulawesi on Sunday, July 22nd. From there the group will travel up to the highlands, spending the next week exploring small, traditional villages and learning first hand about this unique culture. Experiences will include visits to the burial cliffs, weaving villages and markets. Being funeral season, David is hopeful for the group to respectfully witness a traditional funeral ceremony.

Hotels and home stays will comprise the majority of the accommodation for the tour as well as one night’s stay in a local Torajan village dwelling. With 25 years experience, Torajan tour guide Sada will be sure to take the tour group along some roads seldom travelled, making for a very authentic, cultural expedition.

Book now to ensure your spot on the Toraja tour this July and be guaranteed one unforgettable experience. Just $2,200 USD per single and $1,900 USD twin share includes all accommodation, transport within Sulawesi, meals, park and guide fees. External flights to and from Makassar are at the participant’s own expense.

See a side of Indonesia that you might otherwise never experience. Be assured of amazing scenery and incredible photo opportunities and unique sights, travelling with people who have demonstrated a proven passion for this diverse and culturally rich country. Contact David Metcalf and his team to register your interest in the tour of Toraja by emailing: davidmetcalf3@mac.com

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Finns Beach Club’s 2nd Birthday

Time flies when you are having fun and would you believe Finns Beach Club has been open for two years and of course that means a party! Bali’s Best Beach Club knows how to celebrate in true style. On the 28th of July, Finns will be letting their hair down and staying up all night to get lucky as the party kick starts at 9pm.

It’s hard to believe that Finns has been making headlines for 2 years now, and it’s even harder to believe that they are only just getting started. With a red hot ‘you’ve seen nothing yet’ attitude, Finns is getting the party started with a birthday present for you. That’s right. Along with FREE entry, Finns wants you to join for a night you won’t forget with plenty of perks and prizes including a FREE bottle of Moet and Chandon with all day bed and booth bookings, and the chance to WIN over IDR 50,000,000 in prizes, but wait there’s more! The first 500 girls drink for FREE!

The party will feature tunes from L D R U – AKA Drew Carmody, known for a distinct sound whisch L D R U describes as “trapical,” The past few years have seen L D R U tear up stages across major Australian festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Stereosonic, Field Day, Listen Out, Southbound and Falls Arts andMusic Festival just to name a few. He has also graced his presence at iconic Aussie tastemaker boutique festivals and numerous headline tours across the Australian continent.

Over the past two years Finns Beach Club has made sure that everyone who visited this stunning venue has been delighted by all their senses. The sight of Finns Beach Club’s breathtaking scenery, smell of their world class food, taste of their delicious cocktails, sound of their live music combined with the best Berawa waves, and the feel of its electric ambience is no surprise why Finns Beach Club was voted as Bali’s Best Beach Club. But now, not one to rest on the laurels Finns is about to unveil the neighboring Finns VIP Beach Club. Set to be a luxurious experience along the strip of undisturbed absolute beachfront.

As the countdown to the biggest Birthday Party begins, its time to secure that day bed or booth and get ready to celebrate with your first bottle of Moet and Chandon on the house! A big Happy Birthday to them means 50 million RP value of gifts including the chance to win the exclusive Party Platform area and a food and beverage credit of 10 million. 500 free drink cards, MILLIONS worth of prizes and a night to remember you would be crazy to miss it! Finnsbeachclub.com


Finns Features Bali Lifestyle at its Very Best

So you’ve stepped off the plane and found yourself on Bali shores for a stint! You’re keen to seek out likeminded people, socialise, swim, sun, play some sport, source a spot to set up your laptop for the duration and enjoy every day of your stay on the island. Time is far too precious to waste it wandering and wondering where to find a one-stop-shop that offers all of these options, so Finns has bundled everything you’ll need to make the most of your time in Bali into a neat new package known as their Lifestyle Membership!

Offering the best of both worlds for work, rest and play, Finns’ Lifestyle Membership means you can access everything Finn clubs have to offer; from full gym and fitness classes, tennis court hire and lap pool facilities at the Recreation Club as well as their comprehensive and dynamic new Coworking Hub featuring fast WiFi, fully appointed individual and shared desk areas and stationery supplies, to Finns Beach Club access including a single day bed, pool towel and discounts off food and beverage, not to mention an absolute beachfront location to absorb one of Bali’s best sunsets.

As an added bonus, the new Lifestyle Membership also includes entry to the new, soon-to-be-opened Finns VIP Beach Club! Living it up like the rich and famous, Lifestyle Members can enjoy access to a single day bed minus the minimum spend including pool towel and members only high speed WiFi and complimentary refreshments such as tea, coffee, fruit, Balian mineral water, face mist and sunscreen. No need to bring a thing because Finns has it all here for you, but should you require somewhere to store your gear, Finns VIP offers Lifestyle Members locker rental and exclusive change room access, free of charge.

The Lifestyle Membership is especially designed to meet the needs of digital nomads, fitness enthusiasts and lovers of social life! It offers every element you need to enjoy your short term Bali stay and packages it into one easy, stress free membership and convenient and popular multi purpose locale. In addition to unlimited access to all that Finns clubs have to offer, members are also entitled to a whole host of discounts off food and beverage across all outlets plus 10% discount off services at Body Temple Spa, Toni & Guy Essentials, Spinalogic, Strike, Bounce, Splash, Cubby House and the Junior Sports Academy for themselves AND one guest. Perfect if you want to share the Finns experience with a new friend!

If you are interested in experiencing the best of Bali life and discovering more about Finns new Lifestyle Membership, nothing can beat a tour of the club facilities! To book your personalised tour or to discuss your membership options, call the membership team on: +62 361 8483939 or email them at: membership@finnsrecclub.com

Be sure to ask about their special “one month free” promotion when you buy in July!