Elite havens luxury villa rentals was established in 1998 and features a hand selected and personally inspected portfolio of more than 200 villas in Bali, Lombok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The principles of consistency, personalised service, attention to detail and secure booking continue to add to their success. Click here to learn more about us.
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.
WHY GET MARRIED IN PHUKET?
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.
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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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.
When holidaying on the south coast, don’t miss the chance to visit at least one of the protected wetlands or other animal habitats. Day trips are fun for the whole family and easy to arrange ahead. Road trips around the country require a bit more planning. Why not start now? Here are a few of the most popular animal attractions in Sri Lanka.
1 Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
Established in 1938, this is one of the oldest protected wildlife parks in Sri Lanka and is celebrated as one of the best eco-birdwatching destinations in the entire world.
Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
THINGS TO DO Birdwatching, photography, kid-friendly rock climbing, early morning or afternoon paddle boat cruise
ANIMALS Over 150 bird species including Indian Reef Heron, Sri Lankan black-capped purple Kingfisher, Glossy Ibis, Jungle Fowl, Black Bittern, Slatybreasted Crake, Watercock, 20 mammal species, 40 types of fish, 40 exotic reptiles
BEST TIME TO VISIT Kalametiya is home to several local bird species, and more migrant birds come to roost and nest each year between November and March
LOCATION 20 km from Tangalle city, the sanctuary is near the village of Hungama on the south coast of Sri Lanka
GETTING THERE Via train or private transportation, the exit for the sanctuary is clearly marked on the A2 near the 214 and 218 km posts
2 Minneriya National Park
The site of The Gathering, a world-famous elephant spectacle, Minneriya is a protected 8,890-hectare reserve within Sri Lanka’s famed Cultural Triangle. Critical to the biodiversity in this habitat are its natural wetlands, water tanks and irrigation systems.
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THINGS TO DO Jeep tours; Wildlife photography
ANIMALS Approximately 200 wild (Asian) elephants, various migratory and aquatic bird species, wetland mammals
BEST TIME TO VISIT The dry season, usually late August to October is when groups of elephants congregate here
LOCATION Less than 10 km from Habarana on the Colombo Polonnaruwa road
GETTING THERE Entrance requires a permit from the Ambagaswewa wild life conservation office,
Koh Samui, Thailand is not a big island – it’s just under 230 square kilometres, and much of that is still pristine forest-covered hillside – but it offers a wealth of fun and interesting things to do with kids.
Our list of child-friendly activities in Koh Samui begins with five easy excursions for the whole group. If a relaxed family holiday is what you want, you got it. If you’re up for anything, and looking for the best attractions and accommodation, keep reading ’til the end.
1. Kids will love the Dusit Deva Cultural Centre, a slightly eccentric garden filled with creatures from Buddhist and Hindu myths.
3. Take a trip to the petting zoo at Paradise Park Farm Samui in Lipa Noi, where you’ll also encounter exotic birds and other wildlife.
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4. Visit nearby Nathon Walking Street Night Market on Thursdays or the bigger Fisherman’s Village Night Market in Bophut on Fridays.
5. Samui Football Golf is a unique physical activity and all ages can share in the fun.
It’s not a tropical holiday without some wet n’ wild fun for the whole family.
6. Samui has a number of spectacular waterfalls. We love the Na Muang Falls where there’s a an inviting pool. For younger children, Lin Had Waterfall is most child-friendly. Please note both are not recommended during the rain season Oct-Nov.
7. Go island hopping in Ang Thong National Marine Park, which encompasses a cluster of islands. The heavily jungled islands are carefully controlled to keep them in pristine natural condition. A trip to them is a must.
Older kids and athletic teens with energy to burn have an opportunity to experience some thrilling sports in Koh Samui.
Yesterday, the threat level of Bali’s Agung volcano was officially downgraded to level 3.
The probability of an eruption is still impossible to determine, and there is a slim chance that volcanic ash in the sky would lead to rescheduled or cancelled flights, so we give you our 100% guarantee:
Should the airport be closed on the dates of your villa stay and you are unable to travel to Bali due to this, Elite Havens will completely refund your booking (valid for new bookings received from 24th October 2017).
Last month, seismic activity reported from Mt. Agung in northeast Bali made international headlines with a level 4 status, which it maintained for more than a month. At the time, we published this update from our local Bali office about everyone’s safety, and reassurance that any impact to our guests in southwest Bali (75 kilometres away) was unlikely.
According to the Meteorological Bureau in Bali, Indonesian National Board of Disaster Management and Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, the threat level change is based on new Satellite imagery and numerous drone visuals captured from above the summit of Mount Agung which indicate decreasing activity at the crater surface and decreasing thermal energy.
The status change was published by international outlets including The Jakarta Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, News.com.au and Fox News. On 27 October, The Star also reported a decrease in frequency of tremors had been recorded over a week’s time.
Given the current situation, specialists now predict a potential explosion would impact a smaller area than would prior conditions. The potential hazard zone has been officially decreased from a radius of 12 kilometres to a zone of nearly half that size. Many residents are returning to their homes around the majestic mountain.