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Page 26 • MICEBTN - JUNE-AUGUST 2017 BALI, INDoNeSIA BALI, INDoNeSIA Bali Niksoma adding ‘heaven’ to its resorts THE BALI Niksoma Group has introduced a new spa offer, ‘The Visual Spa’, at all three of its properties – The Magani, The Bandhi and the Bali Niksoma. The spa name is de- rived from the Sanskrit word ‘visala’, meaning heaven. The concept is to rejuvenate the body, soul and senses with treatments deliv- ered by experienced therapists. State-of-the-art mas- sage treatment rooms have been designed to enhance clients’ comfort levels, while the spa treatments are tailored to suit each guest and promote deep feelings of wellbeing that last long after the spa visit is ended. Bali Niksoma says guests call the treatments ‘soothing’ and ‘inspiring’ and they are a perfect way to complement the joy of a wedding at its three properties. Authentic ‘North Bali village with meal visit’ is an escape to another place and time’ THE OCCASIONAL escape from the beaches, shops, resorts and the most-pop- ular landmarks is a must for many visitors. Inland Bali has a vast array of off-the- beaten-track experiences that allow an insight to Bali ‘as it was’ - before it became such a hugely popular international tourist destination. Among the many options suited to wed- ding groups, conference delegates and business travellers looking for some quiet time is Mayong Tracking Experience in the countryside of Lovina, North Bali. This is based in the village of Mayong and features not only a walking tour through the local countryside and rice fields, but also lunch at a family home of- fering dishes made from the area’s natural ingredients. Husband and wife business partners Artana and Ria host the Mayong Tracking Experience. Meeting point is their home in the vil- lage, with a chat about lunch, including any dietary requirements. Artana explains that “while I take you on a walking tour of the area, Ria will go to the markets to buy any ingredients she needs to prepare our lunch”. You can’t get much fresher than that! The walking tour takes around three hours, looking at the cultivation of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices as well as the naturally-irrigated rice fields. Artana introduces people along the way, talking about their way of life, homes, daily offerings and ceremonies. Then it’s back home for an authentic Balinese lunch made with those fresh ingredients and, Ria stresses, “absolutely free of MSG”. Over lunch both Ria and Artana talk about the dishes, cooking recipes, their family, village life and Bali. Visitors are en- couraged to ask questions and talk about themselves. On the web: https://mayongtrackingex- perience.wordpress.com/ Walking through the rice fields.