InterContinental Bali Resort is pleased to introduce jamu-making classes to the activities available at ‘Inspirational Space’, exclusively for guests staying at Club InterContinental or in the Resort’s collection of Suites.
Jamu is the name given to the blended Javanese medicinal tonics that are made from the many species of healing plants, herbs and spices, which grow in the fertile soil and vast areas of rainforest within the Indonesian archipelago. The jamu-making classes share the healing art, science and secret recipes for making these herbal compounds, which date back to the 9th century and have been passed down from grandmothers and mothers to daughters and granddaughters, generation after generation. The remedies, which claim to increase stamina, rejuvenate the skin, purify the blood, aid digestion, ease sore throats, fevers, headaches and stomach cramps, as well as helping blood circulation and curing numerous other ailments are sold on the streets of Indonesia by Javanese ladies. Wearing sarongs and conical hats, these women are distinguished by the huge baskets – filled with bottles of the concoctions –strapped to their backs. The many natural ingredients range from star anise, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, tamarind, ginger, lemongrass, honey and turmeric to the bitter leaves of soursop and papaya trees. Jamu is consumed by many local people on daily basis to maintain good health.
Inspiration Space is a dedicated lounge that encourages interest about the island and its cultural attributes, as well as inviting Club and Suite guests to leisurely pursue recreational activities, pastimes and excursions that are a direct reflection of Bali, its artistic legacy and cultural traditions – part of the InterContinental ‘In the Know’ brand concept.
Set within its own private wing and secluded enclave, Club InterContinental is an exclusive haven of indulgence and luxury. Here, guests are treated to an elevated level of hospitality and personalised service, as well as opulent in-room amenities and elegant facilities. Guests staying in Club InterContinental Bali’s distinguished collection of luxurious guestrooms, suites and villas, can relish an exceptional array of privileges and entitlements. These include 24-hour bespoke butler service, access to the private Club Pool, unlimited visits to Club InterContinental Lounge with its 24-hour light fine-dining refreshments, and use of the ‘Inspiration Space’ lounge.
Inspiration Space offers a daily calendar of events and activities (either complimentary or charged to account), which cover anything from interactive workshops with Balinese gamelan music and art lessons to temple offerings at the Resort’s Hindu Temple. Regular exhibitions by respected local artisans or tutorials on subjects such as Balinese Hinduism, are also available. Guests can additionally select from a carefully chosen library of books, magazines and publications, iPods offering a series of pre-programmed music genres, and movies from a diverse collection of DVDs. Inspiration Space offers indoor air-conditioned comfort or outside seating on the sun terrace, accompanied by an inclusive selection of premium teas and coffees, fruit juices and mineral water.
InterContinental Bali Resort looks forward to welcoming guests at the jamu-making classes.