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Alila Villas Soori: Walking on Lemons, from Wellington to West Bali

Tabanan, Bali – Alila Villas Soori continues its series of dining journeys presenting international guest star chefs and acclaimed figures from the world’s culinary stage. Coming up on Friday the 20th of September, Laurent Loudeac, Chef of Museum Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand, will fly in to showcase his creations and flair for excellence and taste.

Chef Laurent Loudeac was born in Châteaubriant in western France. Among his early tenures included the La Ferriere in Switzerland, and he continued to work for three years there, in Australia for an OE, and then to London for a year at the Hilton hotel, Kensington. Laurent then moved to New Zealand in 1995.

Accolades followed after he moved down to Wellington as sous-chef of the fine dining Kimble Bent’s restaurant at the Park Royal, which won the 1997 Corban's Food and Wine Challenge for Best Hotel Restaurant working with a young team which included Chef Dwayne Cheer Alila Villas Soori’ Executive chef. After a three-year stint at the hotel, Laurent decided to move to Sydney for two years where he worked as sous-chef at the famous Level 41. He then became head chef at Orso Bayside restaurant in Mosman on the North Shore for a year again sharing his knowledge with Chef Dwayne.

He flew back to France in 2001, enjoying the abundance of foie gras and duck confit and the southern hospitality. He even bought an old stone house from the 18th century and restored it. Returning to Wellington, Laurent became head chef at Hummingbird for four years, reaping numerous awards before joining The Museum hotel.

Join and witness Chef Loudeac as he goes back to the future to again work together with his previous apprentice as the join forces to bring their colourful years of global culinary adventures. Along the journey of taste you will experience premium quality of wine pairing from the internationally recognised French winemaking family of Henri Bourgeois of Sancerre, which has crafted quality premium wines for ten generations, and established the Clos Henri vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand. The first Clos Henri wines have been made in 2003 and subsequent vintages benefit from being made on the Clos Henri terroir.

Award-winning Clos Henri selections at Alila Villas Soori’s September dinner will include the Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc La Jadis 2009, the Henro Bourgeois Pouily Fume en Travertin 2009, the Bel Echo Pinot Noir 2009 (which scored 18/20 on the Raymon Chan Wine Reviews in 2011 and 90/100 in Wine Orbit December 2013), the Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Pinot Noir 2008 (of which the latter gained silver medal at the 2011 Japan Wine Challenge and scored 90/100 by Robert Parker in October 2010).


Alila Villas Soori gives the sophisticated traveler the option to stay at a luxury resort in West Bali. Located along the southwest coast of Bali, in the Tabanan Regency, the resort is just 20 minutes from Tanah Lot temple, and over an hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Set in one of Bali’s most fertile and picturesque regions, Alila Villas Soori lies between beautiful black-sand beaches and verdant rice terraces, with the mystical Mount Batukaru in the distant horizon. Designed by Singapore-based SCDA Architects, Alila Villas Soori is an inspired expression of contemporary Asian architecture that blends seamlessly with the lush surroundings of its tropical beachfront setting, and which has been designed, constructed and managed in accordance with Green Globe international environmental standards.


Asia Pacific Hotel Awards 2013 – Best Resort Hotel for Indonesia

UK Tatler Spa Award 2013 – Most Heavenly Hideaway

Hospitality Investment World Indonesia – 2013 Best Boutique Hotel

EARTH CHECK - 2012 Silver Certified

Island Destinations - 2012 Ultimate Villa Award

GREEN GOOD DESIGN Award – 2012 Green Architecture

Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice Award – 2012 The Best Hotel Award



Crafted Luxury

Alila Villas represent Alila’s new generation of ultra-luxurious yet sustainable developments in some of the most spectacular locations offering an unprecedented level of private space, design and architecture, personalised hospitality and destination experiences that set it apart. Designed by award-winning teams of architects, interior designers and artisans, an Alila Villas project is the only brand that is designed, built and operated to Earth Check standards - integrating the natural, physical & cultural elements of its environment.


Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating,

Kerambitan, Tabanan, Bali 82161


P : +62 361 894 6388


F : +62 361 894 637

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The Stones Legian: Dilmah Tea Infused Dinner

The Stones Hotel – Legian Bali, Autograph Collection by Marriott International presents "Dilmah Tea Infused Dinner," a certified tea sommelier six-course degustation menu paired with tea inspired cocktails. 

Amuse bouche:
Perkedel Jagung, Ayam Pelalah, light green tea & wasabi aioli

1st Course:
Duck Egg en cocotte, Beef chorizo with peach tea & tomato chutney

2nd Course:
Quail Wellington, Sweet potato mousseline, shimeji mushroom, Ceylon white tea beurre blanc

Fish Course:
Pure peppermint tea cured yellow fin tuna, Fennel mousse, pea tendrils & Sambal matah

Main Course:
Sumac spiced lamb rack, traditional Oolong tea scented pumpkin gnocchi, tomato, zucchini pearls, and borderlaise sauce

Tea-amisu; classic Tiramisu reinvented with earl grey tea

Petit fours:
Chocolate honeycomb, rose with French vanilla tea scented macaroons & pistachio nougat 

IDR 600K nett/person

For RSVP and further information call +62 361 3005888 or email

Jl. Raya Pantai Kuta - Banjar Legian Kelod | +62 361 300 5888

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Glipho: Social Publishing Platform

Indonesians embrace Social Blogging

Only 5 percent of the 200 million blogs worldwide currently receive engagement, and connecting writers is key to changing this trend. Leading social publishing platform has given Indonesian bloggers more opportunities to make their voices heard.

BOSTON, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Social blogging is a leading web activity, yet most writers struggle to build an audience for their posts. combines a publishing platform with a social environment which will help international writers expand their reach.

Unlike conventional social publishing platforms such as Twitter or Tumblr, Glipho is a writer-focused network that showcases longer form content, with a 150-word minimum per post – called a Gliph. Each user creates a profile to publish multi-media Gliphs, and Glipho serves as a communal blog that does the work of optimizing posts for audience generation. (Glipho explains how its features work in an infographic.)

The social publishing platform has already taken North America and Europe by storm, and countries like Indonesia are not far behind.

Glipho founder and CEO Roger Planes is confident the platform will help more Indonesian bloggers find their readers. “Indonesia has already proven a real hot bed for social blogging. We’ve been impressed with the high volume of Indonesian writing on the network and we are looking forward to increasing our number of Indonesian bloggers”.

Current Gliphers come from more than 120 countries, blogging about everything from fashion and food to space exploration and web technology. All content is written, ranked and categorized by Glipho writers, providing them access to like-minded audiences and real-time engagement opportunities that build readership. Glipho makes it easy to create and share good-looking, search optimized posts - no design or SEO skills needed. Writers bring the creativity, the platform delivers the community.

About Glipho

Founded by bloggers for bloggers, Glipho is the free social publishing platform that brings the power of social networking to traditional writing. Glipho publicly launched in Europe and North America in March 2013. It currently operates with 11 employees based in London (Canary Wharf) and downtown Boston, and has raised $750 thousand in seed funding to date. Glipho anticipates surpassing 100,000 users in autumn 2013. Writers from around the world have already published hundreds of thousands of articles on the platform, and Glipho garners daily visitors from more than 120 countries. The platform is available on PC and tablets, as well as mobile Android and iPhone applications.

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