The Visit North Bali Alliance have launched a website dedicated to promoting Visit North Bali www.visitnorthbali.com. The Visit North Bali Alliance is comprised of three established companies operating on Bali’s northern coast. Dedicated to promoting the beauty and hidden tourism gems of Bali’s North, the website aims “to remind guests there is a part of Bali away from the hustle and bustle, rich in beauty and culture and offering stunning, interesting and diverse products coming from the regio.
The North Bali Experience, the facilities and services of the three founders are featured on the website: Atlas Pearls, BT Cocoa and Hattens Wines. All three businesses operate from Jalan Singaraja – Gilimanuk.
COCOA GROUNDS BT COCOA celebrates all things cocoa. A place to relish curiosity of everything cocoa with fun facts, games as well as chocolaty treats. Cocoa Grounds is embedded with Balinese culture including its people and its décor, providing a true Balinese experience for visitors. Cocoa Grounds aim is to be the go-to provider of all information relating to cocoa, a place to enjoy chocolate as well as an outlet to give back to the cocoa community. Visitors can also adopt a cocoa tree with any purchase of Cocoa Grounds souvenir. For a minimal purchase of Rp. 100.000 a donation is automatically made for the planting of 1 cocoa tree at the Cocoa grounds.
ATLAS PEARLS AND PERFUMES Atlas Pearls is a global leader in eco-pearling, specializing in the highly sought after silver and white Pinctada Maxima, commonly known as the South Sea pearl. Atlas has five farms spread across the Indonesian archipelago, with the biggest farm located in North Bali. A visit to North Bali can now include a visit to the Pearl Cultivation Center and a guided tour of a working pearl farm to view firsthand the pearling process from hatchery to harvest. Complete with a boutique, the facility is awe-inspiring: employing women of nearby villages and supporting hundreds of family members on the north coast.
HATTEN WINES The vineyards of Hatten Wines are just a few steps away from the pearl farm - 14.5 hectares under active cultivation from a total land area of 34.5 hectare. Cultivating their crops and also purchasing grapes from Balinese farmers, Hatten Wines has recently opened a Welcome Center at its vineyard. After 21 years of winemaking, Hatten Wines is an acknowledged pioneer in the Asian wine industry, producing 7 award-winning wines made from the grapes grown along Bali’s North Coast. Wines are produced from the Belgia and Alphonse-Lavallée grapes grown in the vineyards using in the pergola system, harvesting 3 crops each year. Grapes from the North travel across the Island to Hatten’s winery in Sanur where all their wines are carefully crafted. From the reception center, 45-minute tours of the vineyards are offered that include a visit to the Observation Deck that affords a breathtaking views of the vineyard and a wine tasting of the wines made from the grapes harvested in North Bali. In announcing the launch of the North Bali tour program, IB Rai Budarsa, owner of Hatten Wines said: “Every visit to our vineyards reminds me how pretty the North Coast is. This Alliance wants to protect and support sustainable development, hence we invite tourists to come now and see how beautiful it is up there. Hopefully we will later have more voices to support us in the conservation and protection of the North Coast’s beauty.
TOURING BALI’S NORTH Tours to Bali’s North originating from the South can be customized into a leisurely tour of several days or presented in a single day. On the way to the North travelers will drive through the beautiful mountain-lake district at Bedugul and Munduk. The three featured stops on the North Bali program are located within a 45-kilometer stretch along the coast with excellent dining and accommodation options within easy reach ranging from inexpensive home stays to five star luxury resorts.
More on www.balidiscovery.com.