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Having settled into your exquisite villa on this island paradise, it’s time to head out and explore Bali’s hippest ‘hood – Batu Bolong.
While Canggu is a cool collection of gorgeous green tropical tracts of rice paddy with smatterings of sacred cows, Batu Bolong is blooming into the hottest locale for chic bohemian lifestyle.
Think organic market and chichi yoga meets beach-bum couture accessorised by celebrity-anointed designers. The food is fab too.
Secure that chauffeur-driven car and kick the day off with a tres authentic French breakfast at the holy shrine of Monsieur Spoon, or graze on the most amazing Nagu Bomb breakfast bowl of sweet local fruit, coconut milk and granola at Betelnut Café. Cool cafés are a growth industry on this strip, so check out the super buzzing Crate, the uber healthy Avocado and the recently opened Bro – an intriguing mash up of ‘awesome Chinese and authentic French’ – while you’re here.
Machine-porn at Malamadre is where custom-created motorcycles are produced from a tiny workshop, while over at the epic Deus ex Machina they are customised alongside surfboard shapers, a barber, live music and food.
Artist types longing to embrace Bali’s creative realm will adore silver smithing at the House of Alia where professionals share their painting and jewellery-making skills at workshops for small groups, including kids from age seven.
If the main game is retail therapy, the starting point is near the ‘Deus’ intersection.
Twentyone/Degrees stocks swimwear, jewellery and clothing ranges, while Flow & Yonder is a smokin’ hot surf-wear institution up some super-steep steps.
Puravida has non-resort-style women’s casuals while Asmara offers fashion with a Balinese spin. Nearby Horn has concept street-wear while a hop across the road to Bottle Avenue will secure some grape-based libations and vinyl music is sold next door.
Kiki’s Kloset has gorgeous beach-bum wear and smashing dresses. Blak is for the little ones and The Berawa Art House is worth inspecting, while opposite is Moon Rocks and 69 Slam – famous for teens.
Batu Bolong blooms restaurants like so many flowers, with a clutch being the chilled siblings of swank Seminyak outfits.
Kitchen Rustica offers classic Italian take-out made with love while inside the pod of shops at Love Anchor is the Roman restaurant Pinsology, dedicated to dishing pinsa – a type of pizza from Rome – plus tiramisu.
Elite Havens’ villa chefs share their special recipes
Elite Havens villas are synonymous with superb dining, prepared by skilled chefs many of whom have trained in internationally renowned restaurants. Villa menus include an extensive range of Western and Asian suggestions, and our chefs will also do their best to cater to guests’ special requests. But of course every chef has his or her own ‘special’ dishes – the ones that guests ask for again and again. With much coaxing and cajoling, we’ve prised some of these secret recipes from our chefs to share with you.
In this issue, the outstanding chef at the Chalina Estate in Canggu, shares two of his favourite dishes with us.
Spicy Green Mango Salad with Prawn
7-8 prawns, blanched
1 cup of shredded green mango
1/2 cup of shredded carrots
2 string beans, cut into pieces
5 cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp roasted peanuts, crushed
2-4 bird chilies
4-5 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of fish sauce
1 1/2 tbsp of lime juice
1 tbsp of tamarind concentrate
1/2 cup of cashew nuts
Crispy Fish with Chili Sauce
350 grms of sea bass, cut into rectangular pieces
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of crispy – fried holy basil leaves
vegetable oil for deep-frying
dried red spur chilies
For the Chili Sauce
1/2 cup garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp of vegetable oil
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of vinegar
2 tbsp of fish sauce
1/4 cup of red and yellow spur chilies,
Fancy being able to flaunt a beautiful golden vacation glow on day one of your holiday rather than the ‘roasted tomato look’ that so often results after first exposure to the unforgiving tropical sun? We’ve got a solution for you – organic spray tan on arrival in the privacy of your own villa.
What is Eco Tan?
Eco Tan spray tan is 100% organic, vegan and made only from natural ingredients. This means no synthetic colours, parabens, alcohol, oil, perfume are extremely harmful to your beautiful skin. To top this up its also odour–free. Your tan will be long lasting and fade evenly, because it intensively hydrates the skin. It also disguises cellulite and blemishes to produce an evenly toned body. What else could you wish for?
Make it Happen
Just let your villa manager know you would like Tan On Arrival and they will organise it for you. Allow 12 hours notice or pay a little extra and get it done immediately. Alternatively, book online at http://tanonarrival.com/booking/.
One session costs USD47. Surrender to the experts of Tan on Arrival in the privacy of your villa bathroom and come out glowing like a goddess.
Need a dress or two for your next tropical vacation? Check out Mister Zimi, our most loved fashion label on the island of the Gods (and elsewhere). It’s travel and fashion united, easy silhouettes, rich colours and exquisite prints for the stylish adventurer in all of us.
Created by a husband and wife team in 2007, Mister Zimi is a young label that’s diverse, ageless and not dictated to by trends. Creating patterns and prints inspired by exotic locations (Bali, Morocco, Majorca, Mexico) and cultures, each season features carefully designed edits of 70s-inspired garments including classic shift dresses, maxi skirts, harem pants, leather jackets and footwear.
Their latest collection ‘Poolside’ evokes long days spent lounging in the sun and summer cocktails oozing effortless style and tropical glamour. The collection features new styles named after some of the most glamorous ladies of the 60’s and 70’s – Dusty, Goldie, Farrah, Barbi and Twiggy – alongside the much-loved styles which continue to trademark the vibrant Mister Zimi brand.
Get your dresses in one of the two Mister Zimi Bali boutiques or online.
Mister Zimi Satu, Jalan Kayu Aya no. 22, Seminyak
and Mister Zimi Dua, Jalan Kayu Jati no. 8X, Seminyak
Open seven days, 09.00 to 21.00
Bali villas with dedicated yoga rooms, huge wooden decks overlooking azure swimming pools or sprawling lawns with coconut groves revealing ocean views; tried and tested professional yoga teachers; private chefs to cook healthy meals from fresh local produce; relaxing massages and in-villa spa treatments; fabulous outdoor living spaces for relaxation or meditation…
Trade in your hectic city life for a private yoga retreat and salute the sun with your yogi friends on the Island of the Gods.
Yoga amongst the ricefields in Canggu and Umalas
Beautiful tranquil setting
Hot tub under the stars and trees
Nature, jungle trees, kingfishers
Fabulous for kids
Fabulous yoga pavilion and gym
Beautiful rice-field views
Yoga to the sound of the sea
Expansive ocean views
Wide lawned garden
In-villa music and dance performances
Vast swimming pool set in immaculate gardens
Bedrooms positioned well away from living areas
A big, highly trained staff team
Step straight onto the sand
Eco-friendly and holistic
Raw foods on the menu
Stunning ocean views
Event venue extraordinaire
Sports centre, playroom and spa
4 villas, 4-6 bedrooms