The Yak Awards 2018!

What a fabulous night for a moondance … as the man once sang, and yes we danced, we partied and we yakked our way through the 14th annual Yak Awards, this year held at Morabito Beach in Berawa.

Five hundred and fifty of you made it to the gorgeous setting beachside, and as usual we brought with us the best chefs, somelliers and entertainment to keep you going until the early hours.

Once again we would like to thank our fabulous sponsors, without whom The Yak Awards would not be possible.

We’d also like to thank the fabulous Sinta, for some terrific Polaroids!

And last but not least we would like to thank our nominees and of course our winners! Congratulations to all.


Best Newcomer 2018
โ€ข Capella – Ubud
โ€ข Ibiza In Bali – Jimbaran
โ€ข Omnia Dayclub Bali – Uluwatu
โ€ข Tropicola – Batu Belig
โ€ข Ulu Cliffhouse โ€“ Pecatu

WINNER: Ulu Cliffhouse

Best Photographer
โ€ข Dasha Almazova
โ€ข Mirza Nurman
โ€ข Oscar Munar
โ€ข Pepe Arcos
โ€ข Ryerson Anselmo / Costes Portrait

WINNER: Dasha Almazova
(Special mention for Mirza Nurman)

Best Designer (Fashion/Accessories)
โ€ข Atlas Pearls
โ€ข Biasa
โ€ข John Hardy
โ€ข Mark Baigent
โ€ข Mauricio Alpizar


Best Social Media Stream
โ€ข Alexander Akimov – @misterr_alex
โ€ข The Bali Bible – @thebalibible
โ€ข Bali Cili – @balicili
โ€ข The Bali Guru – @thebaliguru
โ€ข Bali Livin – @balilivin

WINNER: The Bali Bible

Best Restaurant
โ€ข Fire at W Bali – Seminyak
โ€ข Kilo – Seminyak
โ€ข Mamasan – Seminyak
โ€ข Sake No Hana at Omnia – Uluwatu
โ€ข Ulu Cliffhouse โ€“ Pecatu

WINNER: Sake No Hana

Most Ecologically Conscious
โ€ข Bambusee
โ€ข Keliling Bali – Make A Change World
โ€ข Refill My Bottle
โ€ข Waterbom
โ€ข Zero Waste Bali

WINNER: Zero Waste Bali

Best Bar
โ€ข Blow Bar – Seminyak
โ€ข Motel Mexicola – Petitenget
โ€ข The Cube at Omnia – Uluwatu
โ€ข The Rosรฉ Social at Vin+ – Seminyak
โ€ข Woobar at W Bali – Seminyak

WINNER: Motel Mexicola

Best Chef
โ€ข Ben Leek – Ulu Cliffhouse
โ€ข Lionel Di Mayo – Bistrot
โ€ข Nic Vanderbeeken – Aperitif / Viceroy
โ€ข Ruben Orti – Ibiza In Bali
โ€ข Steven Skelly – Mexicola/Da Maria

WINNER: Dean Keddell for Jackson Lilyโ€™s and Ginger Moon.
Dean was not even on the nominated list but garnered such support in the โ€˜Otherโ€™ category that heโ€™s walking off with a Yak Award tonight!

Best Interior Design of a Restaurant
โ€ข Dumbo – Ubud
โ€ข Parachute – Berawa
โ€ข Salazรณn – Seminyak
โ€ข The Bistrot – Seminyak
โ€ข Tropicola – Batu Belig

WINNER: Tropicola

Best Sunset Venue
โ€ข El Kabron – Pecatu
โ€ข Ibiza In Bali – Jimbaran
โ€ข Mano Beach House – Petitenget
โ€ข SugarSand – Seminyak
โ€ข The Lawn โ€“ Canggu

WINNER: The Lawn Canggu

Best DJ
โ€ข Dea Barandana
โ€ข Doctoryez
โ€ข Joey Fitzgerald
โ€ข PNNY

WINNER: Joey Fitzgerald

Best Retail Space
โ€ข Biasa – Seminyak
โ€ข Mercredi – Seminyak
โ€ข Sensatia Botanicals – All Stores
โ€ข Skull – Seminyak
โ€ข Warisan Furniture/Warisan Casa – Kerobokan/Jimbaran

WINNER: Sensatia Botanicals

Best Resort/Hotel
โ€ข Alila – Seminyak
โ€ข Bisma Eight – Ubud
โ€ข Como Uma – Canggu
โ€ข Kayumanis – Ubud
โ€ข The Edge โ€“ Uluwatu

WINNER: The Edge Uluwatu

Best Villa Under 7 Bedrooms
โ€ข Mandala House – Berawa
โ€ข Noku Beach House – Seminyak
โ€ข Villa Infinity – Pereranan
โ€ข Villa Istana Semer – Semer
โ€ข Villa Marie East Indies – Pereranan

WINNER: Mandala House

Best Ad Campaign
โ€ข Deus Ex Machina
โ€ข John Hardy
โ€ข MyWarung
โ€ข Sundays Beach Club
โ€ข Tropicola

WINNER: John Hardy

Best Brand Award (Bali-based only)
โ€ข Bamboo Blonde
โ€ข John Hardy
โ€ข Paul Ropp
โ€ข Religion
โ€ข Two Islands by Hatten Wines

WINNER: Bamboo Blonde

Best Event
โ€ข Carl Cox & Eric Powellโ€™s Mobile Disco – Ulu Cliffhouse
โ€ข Disko Afrika
โ€ข Hatten Wine Tribute to Anthony Bourdain
โ€ข Omnia Grand Opening
โ€ข White Party โ€“ Kudeta

WINNER: Hatten Wine tribute to Anthony Bourdain

Yak Man of the Year Award
โ€ข Adrian Reed – Da Maria Group
โ€ข Christian Graciel Mbumbet – Fashion Designer
โ€ข Mark Copeland – SmartMinds
โ€ข Neil McLellan – Record Producer
โ€ข Omri Ben Canaan โ€“ BaliProd

WINNER: Adrian Reed

Yak Woman of the Year Award
โ€ข Britta Slippens – EcoDomeBuilding
โ€ข Christine Evans – Alila Seminyak
โ€ข Hanalei Swan – Designer
โ€ข Melati & Isabel Wijsen – Bye Bye Plastic Bags
โ€ข Nicolaza Que Pasa – Motel Mexicola Group

WINNERS: Melati & Isabel Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Best Community Services Award
โ€ข Bali Pink Ribbon – Breast Cancer
โ€ข Bambusee – Vision Health
โ€ข Earth Ledger – Environmental Solutions
โ€ข IDEP Foundation – Community Programmes
โ€ข Kopernik – Poverty Solutions

WINNER: Bali Pink Ribbon

Outstanding Achievement Award
โ€ข Gary Bencheghib – Make A Change World
โ€ข Iโ€™m An Angel – Mount Agung
โ€ข Lucienne Anhar – Lombok Relief
โ€ข John Hardy – Green School/Bambu Indah
โ€ข Robert Epstone โ€“ Solemen

WINNER: Lucienne Anhar, Lombok Relief

Check out our Fame Wall pics by Bali Tonight!

And hang on … there’s also the images from our fabulous lingerie fashion show by Nue.

View more party pics by Bali Tonight here!

View Covita pics here!

See you next year!

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