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Amilla Fushi Villa Residences Joins Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals Portfolio

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Elite Havens Group, Asia’s leading luxury real estate, villa marketing and management distribution company, is delighted to announce the addition of Amilla Fushi Villa Residences in UNESCO protected Baa Atoll, Maldives to its outstanding portfolio of luxury villas.

This acquisition in the coveted Maldives represents an exciting expansion into new territories for Elite Havens and furthers their collection of exceptional holiday villas located in the best islands in the world, Bali, Lombok, Phuket and Sri Lanka.

“We are delighted to represent and market Amilla Fushi Villa Residences,” said Jon Stonham, CEO of the Elite Havens Group. “The Maldives are rightfully perceived as the pinnacle of tropical island beauty and luxury and this coupled with the superb experience Amilla Fushi offers their guests we are proud to welcome these eight stunning villas to our portfolio.”

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Amilla Fushi Villa Residences are part of Amilla Fushi Island Resort. There are eight villas in total, comprising Amilla – the Amilla villa estate (six bedrooms), six Amilla – 4 bedroom villa residences (four bedrooms) and Amilla – the great beach villa residence (eight bedrooms). There is an exceptional variety of international dining venues, from poolside treats at chilled-out foodie hub baazaar to sophisticated, overwater dining at Feeling Koi.

Beachside BBQ’s or picnics are held at The Emperor Beach Club, and to top it all off there is the Wine Shop & Cellar Door and General Store with café and deli. Other facilities include a dive & water sports centre with a Marine Biology section, two tennis courts managed by Jim Courier Tennis, a photography studio, a lifestyle shop, a kid’s club and a full spa with wellness facilities, and for the health conscious a clean & lean café and personal training studio managed by Bodyism.

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The Amilla Fushi Resort is owned and developed by Coastline Investments in partnership with The Small Maldives Island Co. as their island custodians.

Michael C. Flynn, Chairman of The Small Maldives Island Co. said, “We have long admired Elite Havens for their high level of expertise in villa distribution and marketing services. We know that this relationship is going to open up significant new opportunities for us all.”

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5 Reasons You Need to Sign Up to Tough Mudder Bali 2016

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On the 1st of October, 2016, the island of the gods will become the host to Tough Mudder Bali, a world-renowned endurance event that is the ultimate test of strength, stamina, teamwork and mental grit. Whilst huge in the UK, USA, Australia and other countries, this is Tough Mudder’s debut in Southeast Asia and perhaps not many know of what this challenge entails… 

Tough Mudder was founded in 2010 and is a fitness event series of up to 20km of military-style obstacle courses. It was styled around British Special Forces training and seriously tests the limits of people’s minds and bodies. Sure, it sounds daunting but NOW! Bali has come up with 5 reasons you have to join Tough Mudder Bali in October 2016.

1. This isn’t a race!

Here’s what makes Tough Mudder totally different, this is a challenge against yourself. It’s an opportunity to push yourself to new capabilities, a chance to train and get fit and see what you are capable of. You’ll be running, jumping, climbing, lifting, crawling, swinging and of course getting super muddy throughout the whole thing – but it’s all for you!

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2. Tough Mudder is about camaraderie and teamwork.

Everyone there is there to help you through your struggles and difficulties, and this is embedded deep down into the culture of the whole series around the world.  It is a hub for human positivity, something we are needing more and more in today’s world. So many runners from past events have commented on the new friends they made and the really positive atmosphere they felt throughout the challenge.

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3. The Obstacles.

This is something that comes out of pure creativity. The Tough Mudder series is known for their huge obstacles, made to test the abilities of the human body. You’ll likely be amazed at what Bali has in store (yet to be revealed), but from NOW! Bali’s conversations with the Tough Mudder organisers, they said they have spared no expense in creating something epic for everyone to look forward to.

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4. It’s Tough Mudder… in Bali !

Set on the rolling hills of Jimbaran, through sparse bushland, beach views and the waves of the Indian Ocean crashing at the feet of the bukit. It’s said to be the most idyllic,

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Musings With A Master Forger

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I have never met a criminal before, let alone engaging in a conversation with one. But John Myatt, the man behind what Scotland Yard called “the biggest art fraud of the 20th century” is charming and likeable. 

Together with John Drewe, Myatt was behind bars for selling more than 200 forgeries of famous 19th and 20th-century painters such as Monet, Picasso and Braque between 1986 and 1994. After his release, the arresting officer commissioned him to paint his family portrait and convinced him to return to his easel. Not long after that, he was making a legitimate living from his art.

Sitting comfortably in the grand living room in The Pala of Pandawa Cliff Estate, we chatted.

One man’s interest in painting brought John Myatt to the island of the Gods. “Anthony’s (Pandawa Cliff Estate’s owner) son Hanson wanted a professional art teacher. Anthony told Hanson it would be great if he can go out and find someone,” said John. Like what most youngsters do to find inspiration, Hanson found John on the largest global video-sharing website, YouTube.

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Hanson and Clarisha (his fiance) took the private tuition and are aspiring artists – each with very distinguished styles. In describing his only two students in Bali, John said, “Hanson is very intuitive while Clarisha is very visual. Both of them are very eager to learn and have the right attitude.” John was also more focused on developing them as artists, rather than trying to stick another layer on what they already do.

The day before our chat, John ventured to Ubud and visited ARMA (Agung Rai Museum Art). “Agung Rai was in the garden, talking to us. We had a superb chat. I don’t know how he managed to do what he has done. I thought his work was stunning. Absolutely stunning. The details of the paintings are phenomenal and they just blew me away. Anthony actually bought some of his works from ARMA for the villa,” said John. He fixed his eyes at a pair of Balinese paintings which were hanging on the white walls behind us.

Not limited to those paintings only, just before entering the living room, guests will find an art gallery / hallway where Hanson’s painting creations are displayed – a reflection of the family’s passion for art.

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Interview with English adventurer Rob Lilwall

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When it comes to toughing it out, English adventurer Rob Lilwall knows a thing or two.

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From an exquisite Elite Havens villa; Pandawa Cliff Estate, overlooking Pandawa beach, Rob is a million miles away from gun-wielding Russian bandits in the sub-zero Siberian temperatures, honking Vietnamese truck drivers and jungle dwelling tribesman of Papua New Guinea.

In fact, Rob has just come from surfing the gentle waves of Kuta beach during some downtime in Bali.

As a prized Hong Kong-based motivational speaker, Rob draws on his wild on-road experiences from any number of his cycling adventures.

To be sure, this man has done some outlandish touring including cycling with from Siberia to England, which racked up 30,000 miles, yes, miles. He has walked home to the busy islands of Hong Kong from Mongolia and cycled across the USA .

He hitched rides on a yachts and cargo ships to cross the pirate infested water. Though given his raw honesty, genuine humility and laid back charm, he probably could have walked on it.

“I’m not tough or brave. I just approach my goals with a mindset that makes it work. It is all calculated risks that are applied to extreme situations. The start of my first trip was full of fears both real and imagined, which wasn’t helped by the natural disposition of Russians who warned us that we would be eaten by bears or murdered by bandits,” says Rob.

Even that other bear of an adventurer Bear Grylls doffs his cap to Rob’s expeditions and courage.

It did not take long before National Geographic spotted his talent and secured the series Cycling Home From Siberia where Rob takes a three-year journey without a support crew through Australia’s notorious Nullarbor Plain to the dizzying altitudes and icy passes of Tibet and Nepal – where he viewed Mt Everest – and the lonely roads of Afghanistan.

“That trip was physically hard. My bike was fully packed with camera gear and everything that I needed. It was exhausting and difficult. I even had to film myself, which made is also slow going getting off the bike to set up the camera, get back on and ride past,

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Villas for Sale: Bali cliff-top splendour

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This magnificently spectacular cliff-top villa has approximately 30 m of direct frontage and stunning views over the Indian Ocean.

On 2700 m2 of freehold land, it is situated within an exclusive top-end resort with only 7 custom-designed cliff-front villas and over a hectare of facilities, including tennis courts, gym, spa, restaurants, and putting green. The sparkling white sand beach below is accessible via inclinator.

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With the colonial style often found in the Caribbean and the Hamptons, the villa is white and bright and leaves you feeling refreshed and pampered.

Upon entry, you are immediately drawn through to the veranda and panoramic ocean views, and the cliff top lounge pavilion perfectly framed by the guest pavilions through the property in the distance.

The villa offers ultimate privacy with both formal and casual living and dining areas, and discreet areas for private lounging through out multiple pavilions.

The main 23 m private swimming pool below is ideal for both casual entertainment and special celebrations with an adjacent enclosed bar and entertainment area, and separate media room.

The open-air lounge pavilion with infinity pool by the cliff is reminiscent of a romantic wedding chapel overlooking the Indian Ocean at sunset, making this an ideal villa for events.

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