The Yak Awards 2014 – We went and did it again!

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FRIDAY Night Fever struck the Mozaic Beach Club on November 14.

Ten years previously the founders of The Yak magazine had an idea to reward excellence in the business and social communities on Bali . . . and a decade later The Yak Awards is still going strong.

The 2014 awards was themed “A Decade of Decadence – Disco Inferno”, so you can imagine the couture chaos that descended upon Batu Belig on a balmy Bali evening. Some simply chose the most garish shirt in the wardrobe but others went whole hog: John Travolta was there; Cindy Lauper dropped in for a few sherbets; and I think Twiggy was spotted on stage from time to time . . . or was it ABBA’s Frida?

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Some Irish bloke thought it was an excellent idea to count legs and divide by two to get an attendance figure – he’d had one or two too many sherbets which were generously provided in free-flow fashion by Indowines, Plaga, Kim Crawford Wines, Belvedere, Moet&Chandon Sparkling. The Beluga Noble Russian Vodka and the very delectable Patron Silver and Patron Coffee came from Paniaga.

Thank you all!

We finally figured out that some 700-plus fun-filled folk attended on the night whose taste buds were amply titillated by our hosts for the evening and the original Mozaic Ubud. Other fantastic fare was provided from Bali’s finest kitchens: Anantara Seminyak and Uluwatu, Barbacoa, Be Chocolat, Gelato Secrets, Jenja, Ku De Ta, La Finca, Merah Putih, Mozaic Beach Club, The Oberoi, Sardine and Teatro Bali.

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Vision One and Bloomz . . . you guys rocked our world.

And speaking of rocking – with a goodly amount of discoing – the glitterati busted moves to an ‘80s vibe masterfully manufactured by the Erik Sondhy band – featuring a guest appearance by Aussie-born songstress Edwina Blush.

Canned sounds were pumped by Mattie White of the DJ Dispensary. Fabulous work one and all!

As has been the case for the past 10 years the highlight of the evening was, of course, The Yak Awards themselves.

In 2014 more than 6,000 Yak fans voted worldwide through The Yak Magazine online (www.theyakmag.com) and the votes were tabulated by web partner and provider Island Communications. Voting closed two days prior to the gala and nominees were selected by prior years’ winners and The Yak’s directors . . .

. . . and the winners of the 2014 “Shoe” statuettes – designed by Philip Lakeman Ceramics were:

Yak Man of the Year – Mark Baker and Mike Pohorly (a tie!)

Yak Woman of the Year – Suki Sukma, Green Vision

Outstanding Achievement – Isabel and Melati, Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Best Community Service – Bali DIVA Lunches, Christina Iskandar

Best Newcomer – Jenja, TS Suites, Legian

Best Wine List – METIS, Petitenget

Best Event – White Party @ Ku De Ta

Best Restaurant – Barbacoa, Petitenget

Best Chef – Keiran Morland, Merah Putih

Best Sunset Venue – Mozaic Beach Club, Batubelig, Seminyak

Best Spa – Karma Spa, Ungasan

Best Bar – Townhouse, Seminyak

Best Retail Space – SKULL, Petitenget

Best Ad Campaign – BIASA

Best Fashion Label – Adine ltd edition and franksland (another tie!)

Best Jewellery Design – Chloe Rappy, JFF

Best Resort – WakaGangga, Tabanan

Best Villa – Villa Vedas, Tabanan

Best DJ – Damien Saint, W Retreat & Spa, Seminyak

Congratulations to all of you – you make YakWorld and our world a better place. But there are no losers here . . . we at The Yak adore our readers, contributors and advertisers. Your feedback and support is very important to us – that we might go from strength to strength in bringing you the glitz, glamour and gutsy reportage for the decade/s to come.

As for the Yak Awards 2015 . . . watch this space.