Believed Extinct in the Wild, Singing Dogs Found in Indonesia

First studied in 1897, the rare New Guinea “singing dog” exhibits a vocalization pattern like a humpback whale—a long, drawn-out call that’s distinctly different from a dog’s bark or a wolf’s howl. Researchers suspected the singing dog went extinct after going unseen in the wild since the 1970s (there are roughly 200-300 in captivity around the world, however). But new evidence suggests that a pod …

Ubud’s Contemporary Art Gallery, Tonyraka

A space that showcases contemporary Indonesian artists and traditional work while playing host to a lounge for locals and visitors alike

Wood and stone carvings can be found all over Bali. Along roads, in homes, and in temples, the faces and figures of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, and Ganesha are constant reminders of religion, tradition and values on the island. On JI Raya Mas street in Ubud, Tonyraka Art Gallery was originally a family-owned wood-carving gallery that opened in 1968—founded by A.A Gede Raka Wirayuda, but in …

Culture Infuses with Arak at Sundara, Bali

A new cocktail program that centers on stories and tradition at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

Bartender Widya Oktarina peers into a ceramic jug filled with arak and carefully stirs the infusion. “I like the new menu, but the basil and mango cocktail is my favorite,” she says. “It feels the most like Bali. We have fresh mango for the infusion. We use the local basil. I’m proud to share the flavors of Bali.” Oktarina’s work has become more than making …