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Each of our 200+ carefully selected luxury villas in Asia's best island destinations is a private holiday home exclusively available for direct bookings via Elite Havens. We take it personally.

Famous Massages

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Massage at Villa Amazi in Bali

Some of the world’s most popular massage therapies originated in our island destinations – gentle Balinese massage, vigorous Thai massage, Ayurvedic massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, acupressure, muscle kneading and body scrubs relax your muscles and soothe your skin. Experience authentic full body massages from skilled therapists in the privacy and comfort of your luxury villa.

 

Puri Bawana Bali massage baleBalinese and Javanese massages in Bali

Balinese massage therapists use a firm, kneading massage style to stimulate blood flow, along with pressure point techniques and reflexology to help soothe muscle tension, and the aromatherapy of essential oils to ease you into blissful relaxation. +READ MORE

 

Thai massage at Villa Amanzi in PhuketThai massages in Phuket

Thai massage (also called assisted yoga massage) is a vigorous treatment by which your body is moved and manipulated in a series of bends, stretches, lifts and acupressure compressions to stimulate energy flow and restore balance. +READ MORE

 

Villa Pooja Kanda setting for ayurvedic massageAyurvedic massages in Sri Lanka

Ayurvedic massage is a great introduction to the ancient practice of Ayurveda. Aficionados believe massage plays an important role in healthcare, helping to detoxify the skin and body, and improve digestion. +READ MORE

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Phuket it is. Where to exactly?

in Villas by
Phuket beaches

Well, I thought I’d leave that up to you. In terms of “which beach is best” you couldn’t say, and the same is true of the villas. All of the rentals with Elite Havens are to the max. Fully staffed, swimming pools, massages on order, if you catch my drift. A real treat for everyone, Carol and the girls will go bananas.

Malaiwana Estate is spotless, right above Nai Thon Beach, everything we need right there, resort amenities, grocery service and personal chefs. Kata Beach is another good one for kids, and over there Villa Amanzi is way cool. Fitness centre and tennis just next door. More in the heart of the action are the villas around Surin Beach and Kamala Beach. Surfing for Greg. Shopping for Marsha. Some good spots to boogie. Or we can veg out on Phuket’s east coast and go boating. Our boys sure are looking forward to snorkelling trips with Peter and Bobby. That Villa Sawarin in Cape Yamu is more than spacious enough for all of us.

Remember Phuket is a relatively small island, so all these villas along the coast are close enough to the Phuket airport, sightseeing and the links. Any questions, you ought to contact the Villa Specialists at Elite Havens, and they’ll sort you out.

Looking forward to it, Mike!

Phuket beach villas map

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Elite Havens PHUKET BEACH VILLAS
Amazing Thailand TOURISM AUTHORITY OF THAILAND
Trip Advisor PHUKET ACTIVITIES
Conde Nast Traveller PHUKET BEACH GUIDE

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Tropical Wedding Venue Checklist

in Weddings by

Essential questions to ask yourself when choosing an island wedding venue

courtesy of our elite events experts 

Villa Semarapura Cemagi Beach Bali wedding venue

Can the venue accommodate the number of guests expected?

 

Villa Semarapura Bali wedding venue with steps

Which areas are best for your entrance and ceremony?

 

Have you tried on your wedding makeup in the tropical climate?

 

Villa Semarapura beachfront wedding

Which areas can be used for the reception, formal dinner, dance floor?

 

Can your friends and family stay at the wedding villa with you?

 

What kind of mosquito repellent will you provide? Got that covered?

 

Villa Semarapura Bali wedding ceremony

Have you chosen an experienced event organiser?

 

Villa Semarapura Bali wedding decoration

What kind of food do you want at the reception?

 

Villa Semarapura Bali wedding fire dancer

What entertainment do you have in mind? Is it allowed?

 

Villa Semarapura Bali wedding lights

 Who will provide your beverages? Can you bring your own?

 

Congratulations and special thanks to Sam & Cath 31/3/2017 WEDDING VENUE: Villa Semarapura LOCATION: Cemagi Beach, Bali, Indonesia EVENT PLANNER: Hitch’d FLOWERS & CANDLES: Gloriosa CATERING: Dijon  PHOTOGRAPHY: Terralogical

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Two Four Six Ate

in Dining by
Al Diwan Seminyak Restaurant

Here in Bali we like to layer up the recommendations to try Balinese food and Indonesian food, especially our chef’s special recipes, but Bali is a foodie’s paradise with international chefs plating dishes with flavours from all corners of the globe.

Did you know you can find sensational seafood, authentic Mediterranean cuisine and extraordinary Middle Eastern food in central beachside Seminyak? That’s exactly how Linda Lim handled three nights out with friends:

DINNER FOR TWO: Urchin

Urchin Bar and Restaurant is relatively new to Seminyak’s seafood scene. We let restaurant manager Ramon Meijer choose our dishes for the evening (and didn’t regret it one bit).

Tartare at Urchin Seminyak restaurant

IMAGE: COURTESTY OF URCHIN

STARTERS: Having worked up quite an appetite while browsing at the amazing Kim Soo homewares store next door, the bread basket hit the spot; thick slices of warm bread with butter and a dusting of seaweed powder. The real starter was tuna tartare, fresh raw cubed tuna coated with lime juice and wasabi and stuffed into a crispy cone made from wonton wrapper.

FIRST MAIN: Homemade sea urchin fettuccine with juicy prawns, clams, garnished with crispy fried seaweed ‘balls’ and a dollop of caviar. I twirled the fettuccine ribbons with my fork and popped the crunchy seaweed ‘ball’ into my mouth. Delicious. To finish, I mopped up the remaining sauce with a slice of bread (it seemed sinful to waste all that delicious sauce).

Sea bass at Urchin restaurant Seminyak

IMAGE: COURTESTY OF URCHIN

SECOND MAIN: Sea bass with grilled octopus, ink sauce, lemon coulis and (more) crunchy seaweed ‘balls’. This fish was cooked to perfection, crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. Each bite-sized piece gets topped with a pat of lemon coulis and ink sauce. What a combo, you need to taste it to believe it.

DESSERT: A pleasant creamy nougat glacé, half-blanketed with an almond-crusted orange coulis. Light and refreshing, it was the perfect way to end the night.

GUESS I’LL BE BACK FOR LUNCH: According to Ramon, Felix Da Housecat is a fan of the Urchin lunch special – crispy pork belly with tzatziki, pickled cucumber and apple salad in a tortilla wrap.

Urchin
Jalan Laksmana 22,

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Spilling the Beans: Villa ISSI

in Dining by

Every chef in Elite Havens has his or her signature creations – the ones guests ask for again and again. This month, the chef at Villa Issi shares two of his gourmet dishes with us. Try these recipes at home and get ready to wow your guests at future dinner parties. 

AYAM PELALAH

Shredded organic chicken breast with homemade tomato sauce

Ingredients:

  • 150 gr chicken breast
  • 25 gr bean sprout
  • 5 gr romaine lettuce
  • 10 gr tomatoes, diced
  • 10gr red chillies, diced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 5gr garlic, diced
  • 5gr shallot, diced
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 – 3 star fruit slices (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Grill chicken breast for 5 -6 minutes per side.
  2. Transfer chicken breast to a bowl, allow to cool and shred the chicken meat with 2 forks.
  3. To make tomato sauce, heat olive oil in a pan.
  4. Sauté diced tomatoes, garlic, red chillies and shallots.
  5. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth.
  6. Mix shredded chicken breast and bean sprouts with tomato sauce.
  7. Place romaine lettuce on top of a plate, serve the chicken and garnish with star fruit (if using).

Serves 1

TUNA SAMBAL MATAH

Pan-seared Tuna with shallot, garlic, lemongrass sambal and fresh mango salad.

Ingredients:

  • 200 gr tuna loin
  • 100gr young mango, cut into long thin strips
  • Salt, freshly ground black pepper and paprika powder
  • Sweet chilli dressing
  • 50gr sautéed asparagus
  • Steamed rice wrapped in coconut leaves (optional)

For the sambal:

  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 lemongrass stems, finely chopped
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil

Preparation:

  1. Season tuna with salt, black pepper, and paprika powder.
  2. Mix the sliced young mango with sweet chilli dressing.
  3. Sear tuna loin on a pan about 5-8 minutes and cut into 4 slices.

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