GUEST STORIES: Woman Of The Year & Restaurant Of The Century
For those of you that have allowed Savista to host you for your vacations and travels, you know that there is nothing so important to us as community. It is something we try to foster in every stay, and hopefully something that we can maintain far beyond. In that interest, Savista has issued a call to its guests to send in stories about their lives that we can share here and on our facebook. Savista is lucky enough to attract some of the most fascinating and diverse travelers, and we are excited to share their adventures and enrich our community.
Possibly you have seen the post on our facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SavistaHotel) about Caroline Dumergue. Possibly you have eaten at her restaurant in Bali (it’s the best). Or possibly you read about her in YAK magazine (where she has been nominated for Woman of the Year). Haven’t done any of those things? Well that’s not a problem, because we wanted to take this post to share a little about her life and her work.
Caroline Dumergue (nee Usher) is a New Zealand-born creative designing Restaurant/Bar Interiors & Brand Developing in Asia. Caroline’s career began in the movie business in set design, where she travelled and worked for twenty years in her home country, London, U.S.A. and Asia. She is now living her dream designing one-of-a-kind environments, and creating and launching brands. Caroline loves wine (her husband is a world reknowned sommelier) and is an absolute foodie – she is always on the look-out to find special people with culinary talent where she can happily feed her belly and soul.
(This year Caroline is nominated by high-end magazine the YAK to win “Woman of the Year” award for her overall creative talent in designing and creating the Mama San brand (which is the hottest restaurant on Bali island.))
If you find yourself in Bali, stop by Mama San. Not only will you be treated to wonderful food in a jaw-dropping environment, but you may run into Caroline herself. Tell her you stayed at Savista and you may be treated to a tour of her beautifully designed restaurant… and perhaps much more, like stories from her travels (she was a travel writer in one of her many avatars) or her passion for yoga (she has sampled some of the most exotic yoga destinations). For all her many talents, Caroline is delightfully unaffected and wonderfully warm and friendly. She arrived at Savista for a mere two night stay, but became a friend for life and continues to take a keen interest in the place.
Remember to keep sending in your stories, and well keep writing them up!