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Obama in Bali: All the Pictures

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How does the former First Family handle a holiday in Bali? By touring the island’s delights, that’s how. 

See all the photos of Barack, Michelle, Sasha and Malia, The Obamas during their recent visit to The Island of the Gods, where they caused quite a stir of excitement and brought about many “thumbs-up.”

 

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(1) The 44th U.S. President and family arrived in Bali, Indonesia on 23rd June 2017 aboard a private jet and were warmly greeted by a well organised line of people and two large cars.

One of the ladies wore a comfortable-looking white-coloured pull-over as she disembarked the aircraft, which is excellent flight attire.

 

Obamas Jet at Bali Airport

(2) Mr. Obama received a welcome handshake from Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika.

It is not known what was in the lonesome bag or why it had such prominence in this blurry photo.

 

Barack Obama at Tirta Empul Bali Temple

(3) For a visit to the Tirta Empul Temple outside of Ubud, a relaxed and informal Mr. Obama had the “Dad abroad look” nailed as he gestured to something in the distance.

Meanwhile, the man in the light-blue shirt stood with a wonderfully authoritative pose. It’s nothing short of majestic.

 

Obama Handshake Bali Temple

(4) Dressed in his favourite dark blue jeans and conventional white polo,  Mr. O warmly greeted hosts with his double-handed handshake and famous golden smile.

 

Sasha Obama and Malia Obama sightseeing in Bali

(5) Wearing the traditional garment known as sarong or selendang, Sasha and Malia Obama made sure they didn’t miss a shot with both a phone and chunky DSLR on hand.

 

Michelle Obama in Bali

(6) Michelle Obama confidently led the way in her brand-new sneakers as the family explored the site.

 

Obama waving in Bali

(7) Barack Obama waved to the many onlookers vying for his attention.

Better than nothing.

 

Obama at Bali Temple 2017

(8) Apparently it was tricky to get a good photo.

 

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(9) The presence of a shorter man in the posse almost cleared the way for an unobstructed view of Mr. Obama playing tourist. 

 

Barack and Michelle in Bali

(10)  As it turned out, his edgy specs and over-shoulder straps would catch your eye in any photo.

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Canggu Club Changes Name to Finns Recreation Club

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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.

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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 host Tough Mudder, 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, Tough Mudder Bali is the event’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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