Sweania’s on Track to Her Olympic Dream


On an island where conditions for training can often be less than ideal, not to mention the added cost of travel in order to compete at an elite, international level, what on earth would fuel a young local lady’s desire to become a top triathlete?

Pure determination, guts and the power of dreams that’s what! Hell bent on being an athlete from the tender age of seven, now seventeen year old Sweania from Batu Bolong is a delightful example of the belief that anything is possible if you have the will and strength to keep trying.

It has certainly not been an easy ride, with the loss of inspirational loved ones and financial hardship along the way but Sweania agrees she has been blessed to receive some welcome assistance through sponsorship from local community groups, charities and generous individuals who have admired her sheer grit and drive despite adversity and would love to see her achieve her goal.

Already an avid surfer and accomplished swimmer with a swag of medals and national titles by her early teens, the Green School scholarship student set her sights on a higher prize and sought assistance with training to represent Indonesia as an Olympic triathlete. Without a racing bike, embarking on this quest was nigh on impossible until Singaporean Joni Wong helped her out with some wheels and, along with sponsorship from generous individuals and groups such as Solemen Indonesia, Sweania went on to win the under 19 division of the Bali Triathlon in 2013 – her first international event!

Sweania’s engaging personality and sincerity as well as her own generosity and willingness to give back to other youth in her local community has not gone unnoticed, garnishing offers of support from her school community and business groups. There have been a string of other successes over the last two years and her quest to be the best continues in 2016 with a triathlon in Sumatra in April and the Rottnest Island Tri in Western Australia in May.

In an effort to assist Sweania with her goal, The Canggu Club has offered her a Bronze Membership which enables her to enjoy full use of their extensive gym facilities as well as the pool for her swim training. She is looking forward to meeting with Canggu Club swim coach and Olympic champion Luisa Striani in the hope of gleaning some extra tips for the triathlon swim leg as well as one of The Club’s personal trainers, Swen de Ruyter for some advice on strength and conditioning.

Sweania trains everyday and juggles her school commitments with early morning swims along with bike training around the streets of Babakan and Pererenan with mentor, sponsor and enthusiastic cycler Graham Almond from Bali Assist. With the invaluable assistance from Rotary eClub, sponsors from her school, the island community and The Canggu Club, Sweania is certainly on track to achieve her goal. But help can only get you half way. True success stems from the determination within and if Sweania’s drive to see her dream become a reality is anything to go by, I’m pretty certain the finish line is well within her reach!

If you would like to help Sweania in her quest to compete at her next international event in May, contact the Canggu Club on +62(361) 8483939 or go to the Rotary eClub of Bali community gofundme page to make a contribution – gofundme.com

Strike it Lucky with Leap Year Bowling Bargains


Ten Pin is a barrel of fun at any time but Strike Bali’s February specials make bowling a must do with your mates for next month! Take advantage of the discounted low prices from the 1st to the 29th of February and enjoy lane time for less with their all day, all night off peak pricing.

Don’t wait for cheaper prices to plan your bowling fun. Enjoy the convenience and advantages of being able to play anytime during February for the same low price of just Rp75,000 per person, per lane, per hour for four people. That’s already a saving of forty percent and with each lane accommodating up to six players, another two can join your crew for only an extra Rp50,000 each! Prices are net, include shoe hire and are valid from Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 10pm as well as Friday and Saturday until midnight. That’s right! Evening bowling is the same low price!

But there’s even more to sweeten this already fabulous February deal. Strike it lucky with your Valentine on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th with the Perfect Date Package. All the hard work is done and you won’t have to plan a thing when you treat your date to a few hours of fun on the lanes. Bowl them over (sorry, couldn’t resist!) with a date for dua including one hour of bowling, shoe hire, two soft drinks, a regular size heart shaped Margherita pizza and valentine choccy cakes for two for just Rp 250,000. It’ll hardly break the bank, is ideal for Valentine couples of any vintage and it has all the hallmarks of a date to remember.

Don’t despair if you are feeling a little shy to go it alone on one of the biggest date nights of the year (no pressure guys, after all it is a leap year!). Grab some moral support in the form of another couple and Double Date it! For only Rp 450,000 all of you can enjoy bowling for four, shoe hire, a heart shaped Margherita pizza to share, 4 soft drinks and chocolate cake all round!

Dispel any Valentine’s Date night disasters with a solution where everything you need to turn on the romance is under one roof. Enjoy each other’s company in casual air conditioned comfort and once you’ve broken the ice with some friendly rivalry on the lanes, relax and stay a while to enjoy a few games of pool, happy hour prices and be entertained by the latest music.

Strike Bali is open seven days a week and February’s off peak price special runs for the entire month. Valentine deals are available for the weekend of the 13th and 14th only so get in early to ensure you’re set to impress that special someone and treat them to a date with a difference. Don’t forget Canggu Club Gold and Platinum members also receive an extra 20% discount.

Book your lane online today at info@strikebali.com or come in and see the guys at reception.

What a Way to Say ‘I Love You!’


Ahhhh Valentine’s Day………. a chance to really show your significant other or special lover just how much they mean to you. But forget that last minute mad dash for flowers or fancy chocolates, this year why not give your gorgeous girl or guy something they will truly appreciate – a sumptuous spa experience.

Body Temple Spa is certainly feeling the love next month with some guaranteed recipes for romance. For the entire month of February Body Temple has specially tailored treatments to suit your sweetheart. There is even a ‘Day of Love’ spa package that you can enjoy as a couple! Indulge in over two hours of luxurious relaxation and take the opportunity to reconnect with Hot Stone massages and Nepalese Tea Body Exfoliations followed by a flower bath complete with white wine for two at only IDR 1,600,000++.

Show them how much you care with a 60 minute Kemiri Nut-Milk Body Gommage. Inspired by traditional remedies, this body treatment gently polishes the skin, all the while enriching it with youth enhancing vitamins and oils. Experienced therapists will expertly perform massage and wrapping techniques to allow the skin to fully absorb the nourishing benefits of this treatment.
If a facial is more to your partner’s fancy, why not treat them to the Purity 90 minute experience. This luxurious facial marries deep cleansing with intense relaxation, resulting in a fresh and radiant complexion for just IDR 560K++

Of course, if you would prefer to let your loved one choose a treatment tailor made just for them, there is always the Valentine’s Gift Voucher. Select a gift certificate to the value of IDR 400K or more and Body Temple Spa will throw in an extra bonus voucher valued at IDR 100K. Add to that the usual 20% discount for Canggu Club Platinum and Gold members and how’s that for a sweet deal!

Body Temple Spa is located on the lower level of The Canggu Club and is open from 9am until 8pm daily. (Day passes for The Canggu Club are not required for spa appointments).

These special deals will run for the entire month of February but at these prices, bookings will fill fast. Flowers fade and choccies add inches so if you are out to ‘woo your bu’ this Valentine’s Day, get into their good books by giving the gift of ultimate relaxation with a Body Temple Spa experience. It’s the ideal romantic remedy and guaranteed to boost your brownie points!

Contact them today to organise your Valentine’s Day surprise on: +62 361848 3939 or +62 361474 1019 or to see their extensive spa menu go to their website: bodytemplebali.com

Canggu Club Set to Crank Up the Fun Factor this Australia Day


Oi! Aussies! Keen to don your green and gold and let your spirit shine for the sunburnt country? Check out the line up of everything Aussie and all of this year’s Australia Day action on Sunday January 24th at The Canggu Club. Now the official date for Australia Day, January 26th, falls on aTuesday this year, but there’s no need to take a sickie as the crew at the ‘Gu’s best club have decided to kick off celebrations on the Sunday prior so everyone can don their cozzies enjoy a day of fun in the sun. And we all know Aussies can’t wait to get the party started!

So don’t despair if you are not Down Under for our nation’s birthday this year, with The Canggu Club’s plans for a day of all things Aussie along with their line up of tucker, sports and trivia, it’ll feel just like Oz! Home grown Australian hits will be on air throughout the day as they broadcast Triple J’s Hottest 100 around the venue.

Start getting into the swing of things from midday with a BBQ lunch including spit roast, meat pies, sausage rolls, lamingtons, vanilla slice (always nice!) and even the iconic cheesymite scrolls. It’s happy hour all day so you can wash that lot down with a few icy cold ones. How’s that for a ridgy didge Aussie feast!

There’ll be plenty to do for the whole family so bring the tin lids….err….kids and be a part of the entertainment with pavlova eating contests, ‘Classic Catch’ competitions in the Splash Lagoon Pool as well as NRL and AFL handball! There’s even a thong throwing championship so don’t forget to wear your double pluggers. (Note to other nationalities- thongs are an item of footwear in Australia!!!)

Serious sports action starts at 3pm with the annual Australia Day 20/20 cricket match. As usual, it’s Australia versus ‘the rest of the world’ and with the homeland still smarting after last year’s defeat, the Aussie underdogs will be out to win with a vengeance and take out all stops to dethrone the reigning champions from England, Indonesia, India, New Zealand….and….well anywhere else really!

If you are eager to be a part of the match of the day, give Canggu Club Fitness coordinator Peter the heads up and register your interest to play by emailing peter@cangguclub.com. It’s a cracker of an afternoon of sport and spectators can join in with some seriously funny sledging from the sidelines. If it all gets a little hot under the collar on field, you can always cool off in the air conditioned club bar and watch all of the excitement of the Australian Open Tennis with their live Australia Day telecast.

What better way to wind down the day than with a bit of afternoon trivia around the new Verandah Bar – Aussie style. See how much you know about our Great Southern Land as we find out who really is full of awesome Aussie facts (and no doubt a bit of fiction!)

As usual, entry on the day is free to Canggu Club members. Non members are more than welcome with entry to Splash Water Park included at only IDR 300,000 for adults and IDR 180,000 for children. Now you certainly don’t have to be an Aussie to be a part of the day, but you’d better be geared up for a crackin’ good time!


JSA – Ready to Roll for Term Three


It’s a new year and it’s a new term for the Junior Sports Academy!

Aligned with the Bali international schools calendar, the JSA term is ready to kick off for another season of awesome student sports.

With nine different activities including a couple of newcomers to the block, this organisation, focused on encouraging kids to play, enhance skills and develop socially, truly has a sport to suit all tastes. Generally running the duration of each school term, all JSA programs enlist the facilities of The Canggu Club, ensuring a safe, accessible and secure environment and students are under the tutelage of professionally trained and experienced coaches.

Term three still offers all the favourites like the consistently popular soccer, now on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Groups are divided into Tots, years 7+ and 9 years and over so that players get the optimum opportunity to develop necessary skills and play as part of a team amongst their peers.

With Olympian Luisa at the helm, swimming at JSA is stronger than ever and classes run after school from Monday to Saturday with lessons from beginners through to intermediate and advanced. There is even a baby swim class on Thursdays at 10.30am for new aqua bubs!

Gymnastics, dance and trampolining continue to be popular choices.

Two new sports to the JSA line up are Netball and Tag Rugby. As an exciting addition to the existing two football codes, soccer and AFL Auskick, Tag Rugby is a whole new ball game. Still with the same basic skills as rugby, this game encourages on field agility and develops ball handling skills without the risks of scrums and tackles. Using special velcro tags, the aim of the game is to score a try and evade ‘de tagging’ by the opposition. Fast moving and lots of fun, Tag Rugby is sure to be a winner with sessions for 11 year olds and under along with another for 12 years and above, both scheduled for Monday afternoons.

Netball is also new and with impassioned and experienced player Yvette Manuel guiding the group, this sport is certain to generate some interest. Whether you are new to a netball court or you have been playing for seasons, netball at the Junior Sport Academy encourages everyone to have a go at shooting some goals. Sessions are every Monday and Wednesday. Teams are divided for youngsters from 8 – 11 years and one for 12 years and over. Netball training is located on the Canggu Club sports field, or at the Multi Function Hall at CCS in the case of wet weather.

Advance payment for 8 sessions or more can be made for all sports and Canggu Club members also enjoy a discounted price per session. For specific information regarding fees and session times for each sport, go to their website jsabali.com and click on the sports tab at the top of the home page. Term 3 commences this week (beginning Monday January 18th) but players are welcome to join at any time throughout the term. Get your kids off to a healthy start for 2016 and enroll today!

For more info visit www.jsabali.com or email jsa@cangguclub.com

Iconic Bali villa now carries the Semara name


The Semara Resorts Group has announced that its landmark Balinese property Villa Gaja Putih will now be known as Semara Beach House.

To celebrate the new name, Semara is offering money-saving rates until March 31, 2017, where holidaymakers can enjoy the stunning seven bedroom estate from USD 1980 ++ per night or from as little as USD 124 ++ per person per night.
The offer includes airport arrival transfers, the use of a car and driver for eight hours per day, fully staffed villa with chefs and butlers from 7am to 10pm daily at platinum membership to Canggu Club.

Comfortably accommodating up to 22 persons, the expansive Semara Beach House is located on absolute beachfront at Pantai Berawa (Berawa Beach), just 2km from the legendary Potato Head Beach Club and 3km from Ku De Ta in vibrant Seminyak.
Semara Beach House features seven spacious bedrooms all with private ensuite open-air bathrooms, air conditioning and ceiling fans. Most bathrooms have double vanity sinks, double showers, a large bathtub, and bidets and each bedroom has at least one glass wall overlooking the ocean or gardens of the property. The villa can have eight bedrooms when converting the property’s media room to a bedroom.

One of the few absolute beachfront properties in the Canggu/Seminyak precinct, the prestigious villa is set amongst a traditional Balinese village and retains large expanses of picturesque rice fields.

Spacious and secluded, it has become a popular haven of relaxation for the rich and famous the world over and is an idyllic venue for group holidays, weddings, anniversaries, special celebrations, corporate retreats and events.

Bali’s premier sports and entertainment venue, the Canggu Club, is just a five minute stroll away, featuring the island’s best fitness centre with lap pool, sports ground and three tennis courts, plus trampoline centre, waterpark, tenpin bowling, Body

Temple Spa, sports bar, kids club, member lounge, multiple restaurants and more.
Director of sales and marketing for Semara Resorts Group, Kelly Sturgeon, said the renaming coincided with recent improvements to the property including new wedding facilities and landscaping.

“Semara has proudly managed the iconic villa since 2013 and we thought it only fitting that it should now carry the name synonymous with the most exclusive, luxury holiday and event experiences Bali has to offer,’’ she said.

For bookings or further information visit
www.semarabeachhouse.com or email reservations@semararesorts.com