Koh Samui has an array of dining options for you to venture to, combining the local ingredients and… Keep Reading
Your weekly up-close view of those wow factor extras that make our villas outstanding. After all, attention to detail always makes a difference.
Uluwatu has changed. The pristine beaches that first attracted surfers to the area are as beautiful as ever, the legendary waves still roll up to picturesque white sand beaches, and the limestone cliffs and perfect sunsets never fail to inspire with their natural beauty. Other things, however, have changed a lot. With some of the island’s most sophisticated new venues opening on the cliffs of Bali’s stunning southern peninsula, there are now more reasons than ever to head up the hill.
POOLSIDE AT OMNIA BALI – PHOTO AND BAG: KEMBALI COLLECTIVE
The island is on a fast track to join glamorous island destinations like Ibiza and Mykonos with ever more beautiful, and exclusive, beach clubs in Bali. The jet set would be very happy here and the arrival of the occasional helicopter is a clear sign, that Bali is changing. From designer bikinis to glittering caftans, men in linen shorts and boardies straight out of GQ Magazine, Omnia is a game changer for Bali.
The cliff-side club is the latest and the largest day club to open and the venue is every bit as the stunning as the crowd. It is here that one of the world’s biggest hospitality groups, Hakkasan, has opened their first Indonesian property. And what a statement it makes. They are already big in Las Vegas, this is brand new and already making waves in Bali’s social life.
Blue and white are the colours that define the expansive club that follows the edges of the cliff with a sparkling horizon pool. Complete with VIP gazebos, private pools, day beds, and a bar that defies gravity, Omnia raises the bar for Uluwatu and Bali.
From the impressive entrance, to the tiered lounge area that leads to the main pool deck, Omnia is chic, crisp and inviting. Here everthing from the towels to the glassware, the service, the menus, the cocktails and the food are polished and ready for guests.
The location, beside the Alila Uluwatu resort, on the cliffs of Pecatu, is breathtaking. The tiered lounge area offers shade from the sun as well as expansive views over the club. Smart looking day beds and sofas line the pool deck. A bridge leads to the main bar, which is suspended above the cliff. A large floating cube gives the bar its name.
Dive into ten frequently asked questions about boating day trips in Bali. These honest answers can help you easily plan a fun-filled day on the water with friends or family.
Top 10 FAQ
The best snorkelling and diving areas are offshore, so opt for a private boat charter to guide you. Not far from Bali, Nusa Lembongan is a popular island to visit for snorkelling, sightseeing and lunch on land.
These are just a few of the exciting sights you can expect. SCUBA divers are also attracted to deeper waters around Bali to observe Mola Mola (Giant Sunfish) and gentle Manta Rays. The entire archipelago of Indonesia is a world-famous destination for snorkelling and diving.
Fishing from a boat by trolling or using fishing rods are the best ways to catch ocean fish around Bali and you can also try coral fishing, too.
4. When is the best time to go boating in Bali?
Any day when the ocean is calm and the sky is clear will give you the best conditions for fishing and swimming. Postponing a trip due to rainy weather or choppy water is wise to ensure a fun day out.
5. What kind of boats are common in Bali?
Elite Havens’ villas come in many shapes and sizes. That they are all luxurious homes in some of Asia’s most prized locations, brimming with first-class facilities and tended to by a caring team of staff, goes without saying, but beyond that, each and every villa has its own distinctive character. Many are the fulfilment of their owners’ dreams and have interesting stories attached to their creation.
‘Through the Keyhole’ takes a peek behind the scenes and chats with some of our villa owners to find out how the dream became a reality. Naam Sawan owners tell us about their stunning beachfront home on Phuket’s east coast.
Why did you choose to buy your villa in Phuket and at this location?
We were living in Singapore in 2004 and looking to invest in a vacation and possibly a retirement home in Asia. When you look into it properly and consider all that you may need there are actually very limited options. We had visited Phuket many times, and I had viewed many properties up and down the busier crowded west coast towns, beaches and developments. An agent showed me an undeveloped piece of dense jungle on the east coast with a dirt track cut through the trees. Within 2 days we had staked out a lot with 4 small posts as we were the first to commit to the project. It took some time but we eventually built, and now 14 years later the estate, hotel, restaurants and all the amenities and facilities are complete. There are very few locations available with a private accessible beach, incredible jade waters, views of the Phang Nga islands and a full service resort, and city like facilities all around you. We are near yachting marinas, golf resorts, shopping malls, the hills and mountains, schools, hospitals and endless entertainment – and only 20 minutes from the airport. And no crowds or traffic.
What is your inspiration for the villa design?
As written on the websites, the master design was by Stark and Gatthy with preset principles of external structure to show a modern contemporary vision of the Thai pavilion as the center piece. Additional features included the vaulted ceilings with tall columns, and the shade and cooling management for the villa being efficient through louvered external window and wall lattice,
Bali is recognized as one of the most romantic places on earth, so when a special occasion comes around, there is no shortage of beautiful places to celebrate.
If chocolate is the food of love then Room4Dessert speaks the language fluently. The softly-lit interior with it’s atmospheric long bar and soundtrack of blues tracks played on a turntable, is the ultimate in romance for those who like to play it sweet.
Owner/chef Will Godfarb brings a New York state of mind to haute couture desserts and some of the best cocktails on the island. If something more savoury is required, the Spanish wine garden at the back makes for a fine place to start or finish.
Jalan Sanggingan, Ubud, Kedewatan, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561
Phone: +62 812-3666-2806
Nothing says romance like fine dining and few places do it better than Mozaic. Another highly regarded chef, Chris Salans, is behind this innovative menu that brings a taste of Indonesia to classic French favourites.
The romantic candle-lit garden is the perfect place to celebrate love, while divine degustation menus make for memorable dinners. A list of fine wines, classic cocktails and seductive desserts set the scene for celebrations of all kinds.
Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571
Phone: +62 361 975768
The ocean speaks volume to romantics. KuDeTa and the restaurant upstairs Mejekawi are well practiced in the romance languages. Watching the sun set into the horizon with some classic cocktails is the perfect way to begin a night of romance.
Head upstairs to Mejekawi and take a table for two overlooking the ocean while the talented team of chefs take you on a culinary journey that is as crisp and polished as the dining room. Service is professional and personable and the views are legendary. The menu changes regularly and never fails to impress while the wine has been carefully considered to create a perfect match.
Jalan Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Put this stylish anti-aging gem on speed dial even if you are only in Bali for a weekend or a fortnight. Eden is a chic sanctuary in Petitenget that will get under your skin with therapies that puff, shine and prep peeps into personal perfection.
The menu? Full-blown.
Think cold LED light therapy, galvanic treatments, carboxy facials plus classics such Dermapen microneedling as live cell therapy plus Botox and fillers.
this is no day spa
Feeling fatigued? Grab some IV nutrition in the comfy lounge and a session with the osteopath. Problems with a past life? Then check in with the energy healer and tarot card reader but be assured that Eden’s team of qualified medical professionals handle the anti-aging business with scientific supremacy.
A superb treatment menu includes fat dissolving facial contour as well as popular laser therapies for hair removal and skin rejuvenation plus CO2 fractional treatments for pigmentation and sun spot removal. Eden’s physician – with the most unlikely name of Dr Dude – is specialized in anti-aging so be prepared for a meticulous consultation that involves measuring muscles and grid marking to ensure that even the most basic filler works at to its highest capacity.
Don’t be deceived by Eden’s easy chic as this is no day spa, but a full service life enhancing destination with a full-time in-house nutritionist as well, to develop and devise a dining system that will pave your way to glowing health from the inside.
From the moment you find Eden, its all personal care and pampering starting with your consultation through to the fulfillment of your bespoke package.
Eden Life Centres
Jalan Petitenget 12, Seminyak 80361 Bali
+62 361 934 2958
FEATURED IMAGE FROM EDENLIFECENTRES.COM