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5 Things You Should Invest In for Your Bali Wedding

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Quality is infinitely better than saving a few bucks.

Your wedding is a momentous and joyous occasion and as you plan your wedding, there are few things you should definitely spend more money on.

Which things are worth the splurge?

1. A Fabulous Venue

We might be biased, but having a stunning wedding venue is one of the most important details of your special day. The venue will play a crucial part in creating the right atmosphere at your wedding and the venue’s style will be key to defining the rest of your wedding theme. From cliff-top locations with 180-degree views of the seas to chic lush tropical gardens, we have a wedding venue for you, your groom and your style. If you’re into traditional Balinese surrounding, private beachfront and magical sunset, Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa ticks all the boxes. The villa’s dedicated events space – a coconut grove directly connected to the sands via a timber walkway, makes an unforgettable setting where you pose for portraits, exchange vows and party. Balinese dances can also be staged in the natural amphitheatre of the grounds.

Other recommended beachfront venues: Atas Ombak, Villa Batujimbar, The Anandita, Arnalaya Beach House and Taman Ahimsa.

 2. A Wedding Planner

We are not saying that it is impossible to organise your wedding on your own, but the right wedding planner can save you money, expenses AND the stress. The wedding planner takes care of it all for you and ensures that each last detail and your requirements are met – a key to having a successful wedding in Bali. You should focus on being present at the happiest day of your life, and not stressed for making timely decisions in trying to make everything perfect. From photographers, DJs, flowers, cakes, flowers, you name it and an experienced wedding planner will help make them come true. 

3. Professional Hair and Make-up artist

This is your special day and you want to look flawless. High-quality makeup will make you look your best in your wedding photos and most importantly, last through your entire wedding day (especially in Bali’s hot and humid weather). Bridal makeup done by professionals will neither smudge nor sweat off and you will look amazing even after the last dance. 

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Detox, Rejuvenate, Repeat

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For some, the start of a new year is synonymous with change. A healthier lifestyle (not surprisingly) is usually at the top of the New Year’s resolution list. Let’s be honest, there is no quick fix to cleanse your body of all those 2016 toxins.

What you need are few small steps which can be easily implemented in your life – immediately. If you plan to spend a luxurious summer holiday in one of our villas in Bali, what kind of lifestyle changes can you make while you continue to enjoy your vacation?

1. Eat more vegetables and fruits

Bali is blessed with plenty of tropical fruits all year round. Take a stroll to the traditional markets (pasar in Indonesian) or supermarkets and you will easily find piles of bananas, oranges or avocados. To incorporate more vegetables and fruits in your diet, try to drink a glass of mixed juice with breakfast or eat a variety of fruits as an afternoon snack. It is a lot easier than you thought.

2. Hire a private yoga and meditation instructor

Have you always wanted to try yoga or meditation but don’t know where to start? Why not hire a private instructor. Not only a one-to-one session is a brilliant way to familiarise yourself with the techniques, you also receive a personalised guidance and get to practice in the comfort of your surroundings.

3. Move more

We all know the importance of exercising regularly. If the thought of running on a treadmill or hitting balls on the private tennis court is not your thing, there is always another fabulous option – the swimming pool. Jump into the inviting pool, swim few laps or just walk (yes, walk) in the pool. You don’t even have to break a sweat. Promise.  

4. Get spa treatments

From relaxing Balinese massages to deep-tissue massages, our in-house specialists will help you drift to serenity, engage your senses and relax your body with a variety of spa treatments – gentle body scrubs, mani-pedis, facials – a session within the privacy of your villa is guaranteed to rejuvenate you.  

5. Repeat all the above steps.
Where to stay to detox in Bali.

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Literary Meets Luxury

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Ten years on since its initial start date, the 2017 Fairway Galle Literary Festival (FGLF) is back – bigger and better. The Literary Festival looks to showcase participants who inspire and are inspired. Taking place from January 11 – 15 2017, the 2017 FGLF features 110 events including their extremely popular MAS Children’s Programme. 

A variety of discussions, debates, literary awards, panels, tea and poetry readings, cookery demonstrations, gourmet events, performances and live music events for festival goers to enjoy. FGLF introduces for the first time, a complimentary Sinhala programming to highlight the diversity of the Sinhala Literary Arts through discussions, poetry readings, short films and writings in translations amongst others. For the little ones, an Outreach Children’s Programme in Jaffna on the 17th & 18th January 2017 with the aim to develop the literary arts in English in the North and bring the world to the children of Jaffna through some wonderful international children’s authors.

For those looking to be a part of the 2017 FGLF and other events in Galle Fort, there are two villas which should be on your radar. Choice accommodation.

Located right within the atmospheric Galle Fort (where the Literary Festival takes place), Ambassador’s House offers more than just a place to sleep and rest. The spacious historic house has five ensuite bedrooms and is fabulous for families and groups. Rich with illustrious past, Ambassador’s House is gloriously decadent and nostalgic – the luxury villa is bursting with Dutch colonial style, soaring ceilings, arched doorways, double-collonaded verandahs.

No.39 Galle Fort is also located within the walls of Galle Fort. The three-bedroom villa is stately yet cosy, nostalgic yet current. Once you step inside the villa, you will notice that the charm of the past blends beautifully with 21st-century comforts. Lavishly dressed beds and cushioned daybeds, mezzanine TV lounge and iPod dock delightfully complement this heritage home’s wide archway in the living room, a mix of antique and custom-made furniture and the soaring vaulted ceilings.

Staying so close to the heart of the action gives you the advantage to escape the hottest part of the day to relax in your breezy garden, take a quick cooling shower in between literary programmes and invite your new friends home for a cup of freshly-brewed Sri Lankan tea – prepared by your private butler.

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Elite Havens Celebrity Hideaways

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Even the A-listers need a break, sometimes.

In case you didn’t know already, Bali welcomed Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan last month, and Elite Havens had the honour of looking after them during their stays.

Paris and her friend spent two nights at The Layar and another two nights at Villa Adasa, while Lindsay luxuriated at Seseh Beach Villas. They sure know where to enjoy an utmost privacy and sumptuous spaces to unwind in Bali.

THE LAYAR

The Layar’s cool design, hot location and five-star service are definitely for those with strong aesthetic principles seeking original experiences. The Layar features distinguished pitched roofs that slope dramatically to the ground, like the triangular rigging of traditional fishing boats – hence the naturally inspired name (Layar is Indonesian for sails). Each individual villa is set within a private landscaped garden with large swimming pool, and from 1 to 4 spacious bedroom suites. A short stroll is all it takes to be in the heart of Seminyak.

Insider tip: Ask for Paris’ Villa when you book.

VILLA ADASA

Villa Adasa is a glamorous 3-bedroom villa in the middle of action in Seminyak. The influence of traditional Balinese architecture is obvious; take a look at the alang-alang roof, Palimanan stone walls, polished teakwood and open-sided vaulted living pavilion. The villa is perfect for a group of friends who want to be in the heart of action, yet families with children will love the freedom to walk down to the beach in minutes.

Insider tip: Ask the chef to prepare a seafood BBQ for dinner and get the butler to mix classic drinks at the poolside bar counter.

SESEH BEACH VILLAS

The contemporary-styled Seseh Beach Villas are a perfect base for guests to absorb the rural surroundings, either by cycling along country lanes or exploring the beach – imagine a perfect seaside escape and a holiday abode to experience rural Bali setting. A total of 11 bedrooms (which can sleep up to 20 adults and four children), two sizeable swimming pools, multiple living and dining areas and garden pavilions.

Insider tip: Seseh Beach Villa I enjoys undisturbed ocean views. The kids’ bunkroom is in Seseh Beach Villa II (perfect for families with young children).

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Top 3 Tea Experiences in Sri Lanka

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How did Sri Lanka’s tea industry begin? It started with one Camellia Sinensis plant brought from China in 1824 by the British, who had colonised the island, then known as Ceylon, in 1801.

It has since become a $1.5 billion export industry for this exotic teardrop shaped island in the Indian Ocean.

Alongside a booming tea production industry, tea tourism is also becoming increasingly popular. Take a look at our pick of the best tea experiences in Sri Lanka.

handunugoda-tea-estateHANDUNUGODA TEA ESTATE

It is here that you can find the prized rare white tea leaves, grown near sea level and never touched by human hands. Founded by Malinga Herman Gunaratne, the estate – also known as the Virgin White Tea Factory or Herman Teas – is located only 35 minutes drive from Galle Fort.

The well-equipped tea factory, with machinery over 140 years old is a living and working museum. Herman or one of his knowledgeable staff will personally give you a tour around the estate, where you will learn how one of the most expensive teas in the world (priced at over $1,500 per kilo) is plucked.

Handunugoda Tea Estate
Tittiagalla, Ahangama
+94 7771 3999
malinga@bellmail.lk

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CEYLON TEA TRAILS

Perched 1,250 metres above sea level among the lush hills of the Bogawantalawa Valley, you are invited to embark on a journey through the scenic Ceylon tea gardens. A Resident Tea Planter is available to guide you through surrounding tea estates and trekking trails which roam tea-blanketed hills.

You can lose yourself in tea – literally.

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton
+94 11230 3888
reservations@resplendentceylon.com

 

dilmahDILMAH TEAS

Just like wine tasting, Dilmah’s headquarters outside Colombo arrange sip-and-spit sessions where tea enthusiasts learn to distinguish between different types of locally grown teas. Not only will you learn how to appreciate the unique flavour of each variety of tea, you might pick up a tip or two for making an amazing cup of tea as well. These exclusive tea tastings are available by appointment only.

Dilmah Private Tea Tastings
111 Negombo Road, Peliyagoda
+94 11 482 2000
info@dilmahtea

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