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Mount Agung News: 100% Guarantee

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Mount Agung News

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.

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Baby turtles hatching on Lombok

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Baby hawksbill turtle

More than 50 tiny Hawksbill sea turtles recently hatched at Elite Havens’ Villa Sepoi Sepoi on Sira Beach.

the most incredible experience

Many beaches throughout Indonesia are known nesting sites for the endangered sea turtle, which goes by the local name Penyu Sisik (and in Latin Eretmochelys imbricata). There were two clutches of over 100 eggs buried on the villa’s private beachfront grounds on the north shore of Lombok near the Gili Islands, and the patient team of villa staff did an outstanding job of welcoming these unexpected guests.

MEET THEM NOW:

The world’s population of Hawksbills is critically low because these special sea turtles were hunted for hundreds of years. They are considered a delicacy to eat and their shells are the best natural tortoiseshell material. Now, harvesting this species of turtle is outlawed in most countries, but they need our help to avoid extinction.

Hatchlings usually emerge from the sand during the night and instinctively crawl to the safety of shallow waters, guided by the reflection of the moon. Sadly, many hatchlings do not survive the journey from their birthplace into the water without help from humans, especially if they are born during daylight, because they fail to crawl in the right direction toward the sea or get eaten by seabirds and crabs.

The staff at Villa Sepoi Sepoi helped many of the baby sea turtles by pointing them toward the ocean and keeping another 52 from the two hatchings safe and secure on the private villa grounds. Once their shells become hard, the turtles are introduced to safe shallow pockets of the sea around the villa, and after approximately one year they are released into the wild.

There are some local organizations dedicated to the protection of Hawksbill sea turtles, and the local government also encourages individual conservation efforts. As a bonus, many of the villa guests enjoy joining in the excitement.

HERE ARE SOME OF THEIR REVIEWS:

“It was an unforgettable moment with you at the Sepoi Sepoi Villa! Marceau and Rosalie will always remember the little turtle, Sixtine and Victoire will keep the last of Made’s amazing pancakes and Laurent and Caroline have these awesome massage before the sunset. Thanks to all the staff for your smiles, friendships, we felt like we are at home.”
– Mathilde E,

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Another island

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Koh Samui island destination Thailand

Four stunning beachfront villas in Koh Samui, Thailand have joined Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals’ exclusive portfolio. Samui is our sixth outstanding island destination and the new properties are a consistent addition to our existing collection of over 200 carefully selected holiday villas on Phuket, Bali, Lombok, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Introducing Elite Havens’ first Koh Samui villas:

BAN SURIYA

Ban Suriya

LUXURIOUS SIX-BEDROOM LIPA NOI, KOH SAMUI BEACHFRONT GETAWAY WITH 20-METRE POOL
www.bansuriya.com

VILLA WAIMARIE

Villa Waimarie

LIPA NOI, KOH SAMUI BEACHFRONT HOLIDAY VILLA WITH SIX BEDROOMS, 15-METRE SWIMMING POOL, TENNIS COURT AND KIDS PLAYGROUND
www.villawaimarie.com

TAWANTOK BEACH VILLAS

Tawantok Beach Villas

GORGEOUS PAIR OF FIVE-BEDROOM VILLAS WITH A TENNIS COURT AND OCEANFRONT SWIMMING POOLS ON KOH SAMUI’S LIPA NOI BEACH
www.tawantokbeachvillas.com

 

These villas come brimming with facilities, fitted out and fully-staffed. They are perfect for family or group holidays and a supreme choice for weddings among Koh Samui event venues. The in-villa pampering is beyond compare and the outdoor activities are endless. Booking with Elite Havens ensures five-star service from the moment you enquire.

On-site at every holiday home is a team of hosts including a private chef and villa manager handling much more than the cooking and cleaning. Working alongside them to ensure hospitality of the highest standard is Elite Havens’ local Koh Samui branch, which opened in September 2017 and is Elite Havens second Thailand office. Elite Havens also has an office in Phuket and represents over 40 of the very best villas from Natai Beach to Cape Yamu.

 www.elitehavens.com

BALI, LOMBOK, SRI LANKA, MALDIVES, PHUKET and now KOH SAMUI

 

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Latest Update for Our Guests

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Majestic Mount Agung in northeast Bali, the 3,000-metre volcano whose slopes are home to the Balinese Mother Temple Pura Besakih, is rumbling for the first time in over 50 years. While the sudden seismic activity is cause for a formal alert and scientific surveillance, everything else is business as usual for most of us here in Bali.

Elite Havens Luxury Villa Rentals continues to welcome guests everyday to our fully-staffed holiday villas, all of which are well out of harm’s way, most being located along the western sunset coast or on the southern Bukit peninsula. The International Airport in Bali is operating normally as are all scheduled ferries and fast boats to and from The Island of the Gods.

No volcanic ash has been detected and this is continually being monitored via satellite imagery.  Unable to predict the likelihood of an eruption, volcanologists and researchers have provided commentary to inform risk mitigation.

The Indonesian government announced that areas inside a 9-12 km radius of Mt. Agung would be at the greatest risk of direct impacts from a potential explosion.

The rest of Bali – nearly 6,000 km2 of agricultural land, urban centres and trendy tourist haunts between its sandy shores – will likely not be affected at all. The physical distance of commercial neighbourhoods from Bali’s peaks and the direction of regular wind patterns over the Indian Ocean give volcanic ash a slim chance of spreading in the south. 

Rest assured the Balinese people who live on the slopes and foothills of mighty Agung have already been evacuated to ensure their safety and they are receiving support from the community and disaster relief organisations until further notice.

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Tai Hara on Bali and Beaches

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Tai Hara in Bali at Dea Villas in Canggu

How Bali unexpectedly became a very special place for the former Home and Away Heartthrob

Growing up on Australia’s Gold Coast with a love of surfing, it would have been natural for Tai Hara to join the schools of Aussies who habitually take breaks on Bali’s shores, but he had no strong ties to Indonesia (his heritage is Australian-Japanese) and he didn’t want to follow the trend of his fellow surfers.

Tai Hara poses at Seminyak Villa Sayang d'Amour

It wasn’t until 2015, when a friend’s 30th birthday party lured the actor to Bali, that he finally got hooked. It turned out the island was more exotic, welcoming and multi-faceted than he’d ever imagined. One look at his Instagram account and you’ll see the self-proclaimed “frangipani fella” posting plenty of pictures to suggest that he pops over to Bali at the drop of a hat.

‘We’re fortunate it’s so close to home.’ He likens the convenience and respite of short breaks in Bali to his experience whilst filming for Home and Away in Palm Beach, New South Wales, of which he said, ‘It’s so magic. It feels like you’re far away. It’s quite wild to be only an hour away [from Sydney].’

Most days, after acting for the TV series, he would stay at Palm Beach to surf and swim, taking full advantage of the opportunity to escape from ordinary city living. The character of the real Palm Beach is nothing like its depiction as Summer Bay on Home and Away – ‘a lot of drama and action and crime and death. The opposite of what you want at the beach.’

But his most loved beaches are those in Northern New South Wales. ‘Byron Bay, Lennox Head… That whole pocket is home to me. There’s a beautiful light house and a whale migration. It’s where the bush meets the coast in Australia.’

The soft spot he feels for home is irreplaceable, but the avid surfer also seems to enjoy plenty of other beaches all over the world. He and his wife visited their first Atlantic beach in Delaware, USA, by taking romantic walks on the beach, wearing stars and stripes and waving sparklers on 4th of July, and eating beach fries on the boardwalk – an all-American holiday.

Tai Hara Surfing in Bali

Evidently what Tai Hara loves most about Bali are its beaches.

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