Through the Keyhole: Naam Sawan

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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.

Beachfront Phuket villa

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,

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8 Bali restaurants for romantic dates

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Ultimo dessert

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.

Bali romantic restaurant
#1 Room4Dessert.

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

Monday closed
Tuesday-Friday 4PM-12AM
Saturday-Sunday 12PM-12AM
Phone: +62 812-3666-2806

#2 Mozaic.

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

Monday-Sunday 6PM-11PM
Phone:  +62 361 975768

#3 Mejekawi.

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

Monday-Sunday 5PM-12AM

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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


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Healthy Restaurants in Phuket with a pinch of Samui

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“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” – Audrey Hepburn

There are some restaurants in this list that are farm to table, there are others that just have a great choice of food with some healthy options, and most also make sure they don’t use products that use pesticides and preservatives,. The bottom line here is that it’s up to the individual to choose what they need to have a balanced and thus healthy diet.


PRU is located at the five-star Trisara resort close to Naithon beach and is a place where the wild forest meets the sea. PRU’s meals tell a story, drawing out subtle and bold flavors from the herbs, flowers, plants, and roots that grow wild in their own garden. They say their culinary style is founded on Western tradition and influenced by the exotic, and local regional cuisine. PRU at Trisara is pursuing their own culinary ambition – to elevate farm-to-table cooking to a new level. They use nature’s gifts from their own farm and do their part to give back, ensuring that life’s cycle continues to blossom.

Aged Oven Roasted Duck – 
PRU Roasted Duck
Aged duck roasted over the open fire with sweet tamarind, red onion marmalade and a duck sauce infused with pickled Thai cherries. The duck is from Petchabun and slowly roasted above the open fire for 2 days.

Divine restaurant

Located in Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort on the east of Phuket and tucked into the side of a mountain, DiVine is an all-day dining restaurant, with freshly baked bread, free-range eggs and organic fruits and vegetables. The menu has been designed mindfully to include elements of local Thai favorites, raw plant-based, vegan, western, European and Asian specialties. They are strong believers in sustainable agriculture and supporting local farmers. They were one of the first restaurants to offer raw plant-based dining in Phuket, and even have a separate part of the kitchen for raw meal preparation.

Raw Food Wrap – 
Divine Raw carrot and broccoli hummus wrap
With carrot, beetroot, broccoli, chickpea, lime juice, Himalayan salt, avocado, cucumber, capsicum, kale, beetroot sheet, carrot sheet, mango, cherry tomato, pomegranate, rocket salad. Sauce – Coconut curry yogurt

Project Artisan

Project Artisan is tucked away in Cherntalay. The concept (at time of of writing they have only completed phase 1 of 2) is to create a place that embraces the culture of Thailand.

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Beachfront Phuket, Thailand wedding villas

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Thai-ing the knot in Phuket

is sultry, romantic, and beautiful. Whether you live in Phuket or have never been here, it makes perfect sense to plan your beach wedding on this paradise island.



Sea views:



The best true beachfront wedding venues here, with white sand, panoramic views and exclusivity, are actually north of Phuket Province. Allow us to introduce Natai Beach – on the west coast of Phang Nga, Thailand it’s just beyond Phuket’s busy tourist areas, yet still within half an hour of the International Airport.



Villa Baan Paa Talee - Incredible open living spacesBAAN PAA TALEE ESTATE

Around the island of Phuket, cliff-top villas offer just-as-good if not better scenic views of Phang Nga Bay (and some boast steps to the waterfront). We’re talking dramatic sea views, as profound as your everlasting vows. Does it get any more romantic than that?


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Kitty & Jerry’s wedding highlights by Tichakorn Cinematography. Sava Beach Villas, March 2017.


These pictures:

Photographs by Darin Images. Sava Beach Villas, December 2016.

Wedding invitation

Wedding dress

Bride before the wedding

Groom before the wedding

Happy groom Sava Beach Villas by Junebug Weddings

Phuket wedding party by Junebug Weddings

Beach Wedding Phuket by Junebug Weddings

Phuket beachfront wedding villa

Phuket wedding photo by Junebug Weddings

Wedding party decoration and lights

Above images published by Junebug Weddings. Sava Beach Villas, December 2016.

Hosting your wedding at a private holiday rental or villa estate has considerable benefits. Group accommodation is convenient all-around and lends to quality time with your dear guests before, during and after the big day. You’ll likely be required to book a stay of more than two nights anyway. Slow down and enjoy every minute of preparation, attention and celebration – it’s all about you (you two) sharing your promise.

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