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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Bali: Island of the PokéGod’s

Bali: Island of the PokéGod’s

Pokémon GO has officially taken the world by storm, with developers Niantic, Inc. announcing that the popular game and cultural phenomenon has just surpassed 500 million downloads across both Android and iOS mobile devices.

The app, a location-based game which encourages users to leave their house to find and catch Pokémon, achieved record-breaking sales in its first week of launch, making it one of the most successful games of all time. Today, Pokémon GO is played in more than 100 countries around the world.
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Jimbaran: Bali’s most treasured bay

Jimbaran: Bali’s most treasured bay

Jimbaran Bay is one of Bali’s most celebrated destinations – offering the preserve of high end resorts and designer villas. Best of all, this outstanding natural attraction plays host to a close knit local community, all of whom are intent on keeping their unique and fascinating culture intact.

With a stretch of undisturbed coastline abundant with secluded beaches, it’s certainly not difficult to spend days on end lying on the soft white sands that fringe Jimbaran Bay. An alluring turquoise ocean and an abundant tropical plant life perfectly compliment this beautiful seascape, combining to create a truly remote island experience.

Moreover, Jimbaran Bay is renowned nation-wide (if not, worldwide) for its breathtaking sunsets, commonly enjoyed alongside a refreshing cocktail or seafood platter, found predominantly at Jimbaran Bay’s elegant bars and seafood restaurants.

Jimbaran restaurants

An early morning visit to the bustling Jimbaran fish market is a Jimbaran Bay must, where local chefs and restaurant owners make up a large portion of the customers.
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