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The Yak Awards 2015 – 54 Shades of Grey

The Yak Awards at ilLido brought Studio 54 glam to Kerobokan (wait, that rhymes . . .) Photos: Bali Tonight.

The Yak Awards 2015 dropped into the fabulous open-air venue of IlLido to celebrate the 12th such event whereby newcomers, venues, people – and even wine lists – are all up to garner a coveted Yak Award of said year!

A tad later than usual due to the tad not-yet-finished venue of choice … I believe it’s almost there . . .


So racking it up just one more notch in the musically and costume-themed annual party, (past events being Shanghai Chic, Martini Years, Motown and Disco Inferno – we do actually have method in our madness – musically speaking), this year’s Studio 54 party gathered all and sun-dried under the sparkling sky of the “not so rainy season”.

The likely and unlikely crew assembled to red carpet interviews by Australia’s Channel 7 hosted by the ever-effervescent Christina Iskandar. The dress code was fierce – Studio 54 – harking back to days of nutty New York and that Big Apple that never sleeps. Lapels, Elfen-ear shirt collars, bold-patterned rayon, barely-there frocks and lots of shparkle … We really should consider a Best Dressed prize next year!

And so they came, looking for a white horse – not allowed – and possibly Jagger, Jade and Jackson… ?


As always in true Yak-style there was more booze than food. Cointreau hit us on our way in, with their booze truck (we love those pimped VW’s) before getting fluted at the Chandon and Belvedere Bar.

We then dripped (it was hotter than Hades) over the chaise longue provided by Bloomz and Vision 1 for those iconic images for ‘the night we can’t remember’. Moving on we sashayed forward to pick up a glass or two of vino by labels Isola and others privided by Indowines.

This is how our screenwriter saw it . . .

In the meantime the stage is set. (Moon and Spoon awards – stage right – by Philip Lakeman Ceramics).

Microphones are held by the dream-team duo of Simmonds and Ardie who warm us up to the ‘who has won what’  this year!

[Sideline – some of you were late!]


And the winners are:

Best Newcomer: Go-Jek

Best Retail Space: Seminyak Village

Best Resort: W Retreat and Spa

Best Event: Ubud Food Festival

Best Wine List: Sip Seminyak

Best Small Restaurant: Ginger Moon

Best Chef: (Just one vote in it) Liam Nealon, Sundara at Four Seasons

Best Bar: Potato Head Beach Club

Best Community Services: Eco Mantra, Sean Nino & Maitri Fischer

Best DJ: Phat Phil Cooper, Potato Head Beach Club

Best Fashion Label: Religion

Best Ad Campaign: Balquisse/Bistrot

Best Photographer: (Just One Vote in it) Amberly Valentine

Best Social Media Stream: A TIE (The Bali Bible & Best In Bali)

Yak Woman Of The Year: Niluh Putu Ari Pertami – Niluh Djelantik

Yak Man Of The Year: Alistair Toyne – Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey

Outstanding Achievement Award: Carlos Ferrandiz – Harapan Project Sumbawa

In the meantime canapés are passed around by The Yak Culinary Sponsors (always delicious, always amazing, always just a mouthful!):

With Thanks to: Anantaras Uluwatu and Seminyak; Gelato Secrets; ilLido; Ku De Ta; La Finca; Luna2 Private Hotel; Merah Putih; Moonlite Kitchen and Bar; Motel Mexicola; Poule de Luxe; Republik45; The Oberoi Bali.


Musically, G Man holds us enthralled in true Studio 54 suspense, covering tunes that we can all sing along to, followed by Michael Jackson – BTW he has not yet left the building – and his team of Thriller dancers.

Whilst we sip and swing to the tunes and clap to the gilded ones, we notice Gelato Secrets and Poule de Luxe sweetening the sweetest of nights – poufs and cones all the way!

Just when we thought it was all over, Ouh la la Lingerie, we were so wrong! Here comes the after-party which starts with lace and lingerie . . .

… And in true Studio 54 style, someone has taken their top off in the booth… possibly a girl guide from Canggu.YakAwards2015-3photo

Summing up the aftermath of all good parties, we’d like to take our hats, tops and blouses off to those that patiently made it all possible: (without you it would never have happened) :
Sponsors: Albens Cider; Anantara Seminyak and Anantara Uluwatu; Bali High Aerial Media; Bali Photo Booth; Bali VW Limo; Bali Reptile Rescue; Bali Tonight; Belvedere Vodka; Best In Bali; Bloomz; Chandon; Cointreau; Gelato Secrets; ilLido; Indowines; ISOLA; Ku De Ta; La Finca; LiveStreamAsia; Luna2 Private Hotel; Merah Putih; Moonlite Kitchen and Bar; Mount Gay Rum; Nikki Beach; Motel Mexicola; Ouh la la Lingerie de Paris; Philip Lakeman by Seniman; Poule de Luxe; Pro Motion Events; Republik45; Spoiled Hairdressers; The Oberoi Bali; Vision One; Warisan.

PS. Did any of you find my shoes? CSD