The Karma Guide to… traditional Balinese massage

The Karma Guide to… traditional Balinese massage

One of the biggest attractions when holidaying on the island of Bali is to experience one of the ‘Island of the Gods’ natural spa treatments. The most popular of these is the traditional Balinese massage.

So, what makes traditional Balinese massage so unique and where does it originate from?

The heart of tradition

The Balinese people have long valued the health benefits of massage; for centuries the Balinese have regularly massaged their newborn babies for health and well-being. Each village has a village healer who is skilled in massage. While in the past massage was usually only given when someone was very unwell today the traditional Balinese massage is popular amongst the millions of international guests Bali welcomes each year.

The origins of Balinese massage

From 600-800 AD Hinduism and Buddhism were introduced into Indonesia via traders along the spice route archipelago, so the thinking goes that they brought their massage rituals with them.
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The Karma guide to Bali’s traditional cuisine

The Karma guide to Bali’s traditional cuisine

Bali’s traditional cuisine draws on indigenous staples, pan-Indonesian influences, Indian – and even Chinese -flavours that have moved with populations over time.

With the majority of Bali’s people predominantly Hindu, the local cuisine differs from the rest of the archipelago. Much of Bali’s native food culture springs from their profound spirituality and worship of the gods, with some dishes prepared specifically for ceremonies and to mark important communal celebrations.

Of course, all this means that those visiting Bali will experience something on the plate they won’t find anywhere else on earth.

Babi Guling (suckling pig)

Rather unique to Indonesia, given the predominantly Muslim population, Bali can claim one of the best suckling pig recipes anywhere. Babu Guling is a small pig roasted to perfection and flavoured with an aromatic spice paste which includes shallots, ginger, garlic, lemongrass and turmeric.

Usually served with Lawar – a delicately spiced salad made with green beans, fresh coconut, coconut milk, palm sugar and lime leaves – and rice, Babi Guling is often enjoyed communally during big celebrations, such as Galungan, or weddings.
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Karma Conversations… with rugby legend, Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies

Karma Conversations… with rugby legend, Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies

There are not too many people in the world who can lay claim to having the initials ‘OBE’ after their name, but Jonathan ‘Jiffy’ Davies is one of them.

When not presenting for the BBC or being awarded honours by Her Majesty, Davies is also known to frequent Karma’s resorts. During his recent trip to our flagship 5-star luxury resort, Karma Kanda, in Bali, we took the opportunity to catch up with ‘Jiffy’ and ask him for his take on Karma resorts, luxury, and of course the 2017 rugby season!

What brings you to Bali?

We’ve never been before, yet we’d always wanted to come. It seemed like the perfect time of year for it, and we’ve also been very keen to stay (here) at Karma Kandara. I love the food; I’ve had quite a few Nasi Goreng while I’ve been here, it’s delicious!
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For the Love of Wine

Question: What do the bountiful wine cellars of Karma Kandara – and the luxurious sweep of Indian Ocean extending far below this award-winning Balinese resort – have in common?

Answer: Both proffer an ever-shifting palette. A heady interplay of the elements to provoke, inspire and surprise the senses.

You can immerse yourself in the fierce joy of both at one of Karma Kandara’s ravishing Wine Dinners, hosted regularly at our panoramic di Mare restaurant. Each time, a series of outstanding wines following a theme are matched with a gourmet menu, intuitively crafted by our executive chef.

Central to the popular epicurean evenings are some exquisite, off-radar boutique wines that are emerging from smaller, up-and-coming winemakers: Dynamic newcomers like the Australian Young Guns of Winemaking who thrilled us recently with their uplifting, vibrant and re-interpreted classics.

Few gastronomic experiences linger as delightfully in the memory as a well-executed, wine-paired meal.
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Monkeys in Bali: this is what you want to know before you meet them!

Monkeys in Bali: this is what you want to know before you meet them!

The Monkeys in Bali come in many types and sizes and they have been there for a long time before we explored the island paradise as a holiday destination. One of the most common species is the Long tale macaque, the Balinese call them “Monyet”.

The Monkeys can be found in almost every place close to a forest and since Karma Kandara is located on a oceanside cliff, built in and around wild nature, you can find them there too. Many Resorts in Bali try to get rid of them and chase them away, in some more and some less animal friendly ways.
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