Deja Kirkwood

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Deja Kirkwood
Deja Kirkwood is a dreamer from San Francisco, an aspiring jet setter and a digital marketing pro for Elite Havens in Bali.

Tai Hara on Bali and Beaches

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Tai Hara in Bali at Dea Villas in Canggu

How Bali unexpectedly became a very special place for the former Home and Away Heartthrob

Growing up on Australia’s Gold Coast with a love of surfing, it would have been natural for Tai Hara to join the schools of Aussies who habitually take breaks on Bali’s shores, but he had no strong ties to Indonesia (his heritage is Australian-Japanese) and he didn’t want to follow the trend of his fellow surfers.

Tai Hara poses at Seminyak Villa Sayang d'Amour

It wasn’t until 2015, when a friend’s 30th birthday party lured the actor to Bali, that he finally got hooked. It turned out the island was more exotic, welcoming and multi-faceted than he’d ever imagined. One look at his Instagram account and you’ll see the self-proclaimed “frangipani fella” posting plenty of pictures to suggest that he pops over to Bali at the drop of a hat.

‘We’re fortunate it’s so close to home.’ He likens the convenience and respite of short breaks in Bali to his experience whilst filming for Home and Away in Palm Beach, New South Wales, of which he said, ‘It’s so magic. It feels like you’re far away. It’s quite wild to be only an hour away [from Sydney].’

Most days, after acting for the TV series, he would stay at Palm Beach to surf and swim, taking full advantage of the opportunity to escape from ordinary city living. The character of the real Palm Beach is nothing like its depiction as Summer Bay on Home and Away – ‘a lot of drama and action and crime and death. The opposite of what you want at the beach.’

But his most loved beaches are those in Northern New South Wales. ‘Byron Bay, Lennox Head… That whole pocket is home to me. There’s a beautiful light house and a whale migration. It’s where the bush meets the coast in Australia.’

The soft spot he feels for home is irreplaceable, but the avid surfer also seems to enjoy plenty of other beaches all over the world. He and his wife visited their first Atlantic beach in Delaware, USA, by taking romantic walks on the beach, wearing stars and stripes and waving sparklers on 4th of July, and eating beach fries on the boardwalk – an all-American holiday.

Tai Hara Surfing in Bali

Evidently what Tai Hara loves most about Bali are its beaches.

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Tropical Island Wedding Flowers

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bright wedding flowers in Bali

If you’re wondering what kind of fresh flowers are available for destination weddings in Southeast Asia, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the selection (and the price) of gorgeous blooms and greenery, most of which are available any time of year.

Bali wedding flower bouquetRoses and tulips foreshadowing a sherbet sunset
Villa Atas Ombak – Seminyak, Bali

Yellow and white wedding ceremonyClifftop wedding ceremony with white, peach, pink and yellow roses and ferns
Bayuh Sabbha – The Bukit, Bali

pink and white wedding bouquets with roses, tulips and lily of the incasPastel roses, pink Peruvian lilies and white anemone flowers
Pandawa Cliff Estate – Kutuh, South Bali

hanging beads with pink flowersDelicate pink roses on hanging beads
Bayu Gita Beachfront –  Pabean Beach, Bali
We Do Bali Weddings event planner

White peonies in gold vasesWhite peonies on white wicker
Villa Batujimbar – Sanur, Bali

tropical flowers wedding bouqetBouquet of roses, lilies, daisies, tuberose buds and green berries (buah buni)
Bayu Gita Beachfront –  Pabean Beach, Bali
We Do Bali Weddings event planner

White tuberose wedding bouquetFragrant long-stem tuberose
(known as sedap malam in Indonesia)
Villa Batujimbar – Sanur, Bali

wedding flowers white and peach rosesAll-white blossoms with silver dollar eucalyptus leaves
Sava Beach Villas – Natai Beach, Thailand
Liam Collard Photography

Red and purple wedding flowersGerbera daisies, red roses and purple asters with tuberose and tropical leaves
Mahatma House – Seseh Beach, Bali

Phuket wedding flower girl walking down aislePink roses, snapdragons and plenty of petals
Sava Beach Villas – Natai Beach, Phuket
Photography by Darin Images

blue hydrangeas wedding decorationsBuckets of blue and white hydrangea line the aisle
Mahatma House – Seseh Beach, Bali

Bali beachfront wedding villaBeachfront wedding altar with tropical vines and subtle white roses
Villa Pushpapuri – East Bali

Rose wedding bouquetWedding bouquet of pink and red roses with eucalyptus
Baan Paa Talee Estate – Kamala Beach, Phuket

white marigold wedding flowersCenterpiece with white marigolds, daisies and roses
Villa Atas Ombak – Seminyak, Bali

Bali wedding flower walkwayWalkway of yellow Frangipani flowers
(Bunga Jepun in Indonesia or Plumeria)
The Longhouse – Jimbaran, Bali

white orchid bride bouquetRound bouquet of white orchids, roses, hydrangea and golden dewdrop flower buds
Sava Beach Villas – Natai Beach,

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Milestone Birthday Trips: Celebration Inspiration

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Bali party villa Umah Daun Umalas

We know what you’ve been doing in our villas and we like it. Your birthday parties are fabulous. The surprises, the laughs, the photos – incredible. We can’t think of a better reason for a memorable holiday in our villas, or a better way to celebrate a big birthday.

Are you (or someone you’d love to celebrate) approaching a 30th, 40th, 50th or 60th birthday? Planning a destination event to celebrate is easier than you might think.

James, who just turned 30, planned his Bali Birthday by himself and was very pleased with how it turned out.

“I’ve loved every minute of this holiday and that’s because of the fantastic Villa Umah Daun and Elite Havens team. Thanks for making my 30th birthday my best yet!”

He started planning his birthday trip about one year in advance, when it occurred to him that the big 3-0 was a good excuse to bring people together for a holiday in Bali. The hardest thing about coordinating a group holiday – picking the date – was done. Before calendars filled up with too many other appointments and occasions, James’s 30th was penciled in.

For his friends and family in Australia and New Zealand, the travel distance to Bali was feasible, so the invitation to his special ends-in-an-0 birthday was hard to turn down. A group of twenty agreed to join James for his milestone birthday trip, and the rest quickly fell into place.

They chose two Elite Havens villas – Villa Umah Daun and Villa Surya Damai. Both are five-bedroom villa rentals in Umalas (smack between the tourist haunts of Seminyak and Canggu).

Bali Birthday Party at Villa Umah Daun

According to the B-day boy, everyone was blown away by the size of the villas, their amenities and the personal service they received from start to finish. James reserved the villas directly with Elite Havens, so our team were aware of his birthday and his preferences before arrival.

A milestone birthday trip means your fête will exceed the 24-hours of your birthDAY. You don’t have to choose between having a daytime pool party or a barbecue or a dinner party or hire a band or go out dancing – you can do them all.

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Canggu Club Changes Name to Finns Recreation Club

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Finns Recreation Club

June 2017 kicks off with an update (and a party) right on time before Bali’s happening high tourist season. Canggu Club teams up with Finns Beach Club and takes the name:

FINNS RECREATION CLUB

By any name, the sizeable compound on both sides of Jalan Raya Pantai Berawa is not your average rec club. Beyond its watchful entrances, Finns Recreation Club has a modern gym, tennis courts, an outdoor sports field, a 25-metre lap pool, fitness classes and programmes, personal trainers, a high-end spa, eateries and bars, a business centre and an array of activities for kids – Junior Sport Academy, Splash Waterpark, Strike Ten Pin Bowling, Bounce Trampoline Centre and Cubby Kids Club.

 

With exhaustive facilities and a prestigious reputation, why change a thing? Because Finns.

The other side of the partnership is just as good. Finns Beach Club opened at Berawa Beach in June 2016 and quickly made its way into every travel blogger’s list of the “Best Beach Clubs in Bali” and beyond.

 

By joining forces, Finns Recreation Club and Finns Beach Club are Canggu’s celebrity power couple, and the pair hopes to charm Bali’s residents and visitors alike.

With two cooperating venues offering worthwhile activities for all ages, poolside relaxation, events, entertainment and all-day dining, everyone wins. Perhaps the best news of all, complimentary door to door transportation back and forth throughout the day means it’s never been easier for families and groups to split up and meet up for different activities around Canggu throughout a day.

Also in the business of delivering effortless luxury experiences, Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals is pleased about the new opportunities this brings to our guests. Those wanting to rent a villa with Finns Bali membership included or arrange Finns Bali guest passes for a day, week or more, simply ask your Villa Specialist or Villa Manager to assist.

Finns memberships are tiered, with the upper echelons enjoying the most open-handed benefits. According to Finns’ PR, all members can expect more benefits as part of the change, with entry to both venues (and no minimum spend) being the most obvious of the perks. Rewarding loyal patrons who might be inconvenienced by the changes will likely prove to be a wise move.

FINNS BEACH CLUB 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY

Another smart play by Finns is the start of an After Dark event series at Finns Beach Club.

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Seminyak’s Modern Classic Black & White Villa

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Issi Seminyak Villa Black and White Bedroom

On their home décor website, style authority ELLE has a slideshow of black and white interiors from Manhattan to Brazil, saying “black and white rooms are guaranteed to never go out of style.” The modern kitchens, quaint bathrooms, European farmhouses and Santa Monica celebrity cribs are all “ridiculously fab.” But something is missing.

ELLE’s would-be-perfect presentation of contrasting shiny blacks and beautifully textured whites is a timely one. The persisting colour combo is experiencing a peak in popularity, in case you hadn’t noticed.

Black-and-white is in right now for everything regal; Khloe Kardashian’s living room, runways, red carpets, retail.

 

Black and white was big at Fashion Week in Sydney. Photo by VOGUE PARIS.Black and white was big at Fashion Week in Sydney. Photo by VOGUE PARIS.

 

It dominated the star-studded Cannes Film Fest. Also by VOGUE PARIS.It dominated the star-studded Cannes Film Fest. Also by VOGUE PARIS.

 

Black and white outfit by The Tailor & his LoverIt’s hot at boutique clothing shops in Bali.
GET THE LOOK: The Tailor & his Lover, Jl. Batubelig No. 1, Seminyak.

Back to ELLE’s 30 Black and White Décor Ideas. What’s missing?

VILLA ISSi

Issi Seminyak Villa Black and White BedroomBlack and white interiors are sophisticated and timeless on tropical islands, too.

Many of the private pool villas across Southeast Asia are cause for design envy the world over, and this Seminyak villa, Villa ISSi, well its master bedroom suite should be on ELLE’s list of black and white designer rooms.

 Issi Seminyak Villa Black and white Bali bathroomSurely this sleek ensuite makes the grade. Again, Villa ISSi.

Ensuites at Bali’s designer villas are the precedent for open-air bathrooms throughout the tropics and anyone can see why.

Villa Issi - Black and white interior design BaliIn Villa ISSi’s retro-styled lounge, the villa’s concept is spelled out.

The colour motif is strong throughout all four of the spacious bedrooms and the living areas, with only minimal colour accents and patterns in the soft furnishing.

Villa ISSi is art. Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Budi Pradono from Indonesia, the ultramodern Seminyak villa is one-of-a-kind inside and out,

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