On October 12, 2002, Bali fell victim to the deadliest act of terrorism in Indonesia's history. Three bombs were detonated in busy nightclubs in the popular Kuta district, killing 202 people and injuring more than 200 others. Among the dead were 11 tourists from Hong Kong, 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians. Members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, were convicted over the bombings and in November 2008 Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Huda bin Abdul Haq were executed by firing squad.
Bali beaches are paradise for stressed-out city souls. Catering to foreigners who yearn to own a tiny piece of Indonesia's 'island of the gods', developers are creating condos and villas that would meet the most exacting standards.
Two are on sale in Gapura Vista, a gated community in Bukit, an area nicknamed the 'Beverly Hills of Bali' and 'Millionaires' Row'. Poised on an elevated plateau that meets limestone cliffs sweeping down to the ocean, these luxurious villas stand 85 metres above the sea, affording 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean.
They offer privacy, and are just 30 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from Nusa Dua hotels, restaurants, malls and golf.
Designed by renowned architects Habitat5, each of the 10 villas has its own style. The K5 villa at Gapura Vista has five bedrooms and is priced at US$2.5 million, while the K3 villa has four, priced at US$3 million. They come with Bose sound systems, Wi-fi and 50-inch televisions.