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Editor’s Pick: La Laguna, Canggu

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Our radar has detected a new hip spot in Canggu. Created by the clever folks behind La Favela, La Laguna is right on the beachfront half way between Batubelig and Berawa beaches. It’s quirky wooden bridge entrance is already a favourite photo backdrop for visitors and local photographers.

With its vintage décor showcasing a shabby-island-chic style, this place is a great hangout for girly lunches, family dinners or cocktails to the chill-out beats. Think colourful cushions under the shade of palm trees, herb pots as table centerpieces and breathtaking ocean views. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Feeling peckish? Yummy tapas, sandwiches, soups, salads or our favourite sharing platters await. You can also opt for a raw platter- shellviche, sardines, swordfish and tuna tataki. In need of a little pick me up? “Spoon Me” lemongrass crème brulé topped with fresh raspberries lives up to its name.

For the thirsty, concoctions of lemongrass, vodka, chilli, basil and lime (Herb & Spiced) will tantalise the taste buds, where pineapple, vodka, Malibu, cranberry and lime (Tropical Lagoon) will leave you refreshed. Need a little kick before a night out? Espresso Martini is the way to go! Chilled beers and wines are also available.

Watch this place, they have big plans for growing and introducing some of the best parties of the island.
La Laguna, Berawa beachfront, Canggu, p. +62 (0)361 474 1214.

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Villa Avalon - Private holiday rental
Multiple families and large groups of friends will appreciate the flexibility accorded by Villa Avalon, which offers seven bedrooms across three individual villas – each with pool and private garden, and available for rental individually or together. With abundant living space for socialising as well as private corners for quiet retreat from the crowd, up to 21 guests can lose themselves in the sprawling garden estate, which is just three minutes’ walk from Kayu Putih beach and La Laguna, five minutes from Mozaic Beach Club, and 15 minutes from Potato Head Seminyak. www.villaavalonbali.com

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Celebrate on an Island: best Bali villas for ringing in the New Year

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Where will you be toasting in 2016? We’ll be in Bali, drinking bubbly by the pool and enjoying the sunshine before sitting down to a festive family dinner prepared by our villa’s private chef and then heading out to join one of many cool parties happening on the island. If that sounds good, move fast and you too could snap up a fabulous villa and join the party.

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Oases in the heart of the action 

If you fancy a quiet retreat, but one that’s just minutes away from trendy Ku de Ta, Potato Head Beach Club, Motel Mexicola, Metis and La Laguna – all promising very exciting New Year’s happenings – try one of these gorgeous oases.

The Layar Designer Villas and Spa, Seminyak

Villa Sky Li, Seminyak (booked)

Villa Kalimaya III, Seminyak (booked)

It’s time to party 

Amazing pool? Check. Sensational sound system? Check. Exotic cocktails? Check. Terrific barbecue terrace? Check. Why leave your luxurious private party pad when all this is on offer? These Canggu villas provide everything you need for a New Years Party to remember. But if you do decide on a change of scene, some of Bali’s best beaches and bars are just a few minutes away.

Villa Hana, Canggu (booked)

Villa Simona, Canggu (booked)

Family affair

Spending New Year with family? There are some amazing estates in Bali to fit even the biggest of the families, and they’re packed with fun stuff to keep all ages happy. Best part: you can enjoy quality family time without having to worry about fixing dinner or whether you’ll have enough champagne glasses to go round. Leave that to your Villa Manager.

Chalina Estate, Canggu (booked)

Umah Daun, Umalas (booked)

Villa Mandalay, Seseh-Tanah Lot

Villa Iskandar, Seseh-Tanah Lot

Villa Mako, Canggu (booked)

Pandawa Cliff Estate, The Bukit

Romantic escapes made for two

If your New Year’s Eve dream involves a candlelit dinner for two, in-villa massages, sipping Champagne in a private jacuzzi or bathtub for two, and a long New Year’s Day lie-in, then these romantic escapes are made just for you.

Dea Villa Radha,

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Amazing art-inspired villas in Bali

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One of the best things about private villas in Bali is that none of them are the same. Forget uniform lobbies, drab bedding and boring white walls. Think fascinating artefacts, colourful furnishings, amazing art and unique design from around the world, all representing the heritage and lifestyle of their owners. To give you an idea of the delights on offer, we’ve scoured Bali for ‘art-full’ villas that will win over the heart of even the most sophisticated art connoisseur.

Villa Canggu, Canggu

Indonesian contemporary artists turn this villa into a living exhibition that could easily compete with many art galleries around the world. Eddy Susanto’s visual interpretation on the heritage of the Mayan people, who scandalised the world with their 2012 Armageddon prediction, is displayed here just around the corner from Yudi Sulistyo’s interpretation of modern-day life: a hanging metal spaceship entitled “World Without Sea”. Ronald Apriyan’s series of three paintings represents how modern-day women can choose to be whatever they want to be. Grab a glass of wine and start exploring.

http://www.villacanggu.com/

Kaba Kaba Estate, Tabanan

For more than 20 years, the owners of Kaba Kaba have been avid art collectors, and the villa serves as a showcase for their beloved treasures, which range from fascinating antiques to contemporary works of art displayed throughout the gardens and pavilions. These include Cai Zhi Song’s Ode to Motherland #5, a striking 2013 bronze of a male figure, inspired by an ancient image of a Qin dynasty warrior, to Sohan Jakhar’s Untitled (2009), which hangs above a guest bedroom headboard, and Hannes D’Haese’s sculpture Just a Dog, a pink resin bulldog that, along with its yellow counterpart, guards the entrance to the guesthouse. Then there’s the surprisingly recent (three decades old) 8-foot-long Indonesian carving of paddlers in a boat, displayed above a puckish Dodit Artawan oil on canvas depicting Barbie dolls and liquor bottles; Dadi Setiyadi’s White Goat, a 2011 canvas that reimagines Caravaggio’s John the Baptist as a loincloth-clad figure festooned with swirling Dayak tattoos, and Ye Zheng-hua’s exuberant painting The Sky, with its frolicking figures drenched in bold hues of azure, magenta, and cream against a backdrop of buttery yellow and cornflower blue. You’ll need at least a few days to explore this living art space.

http://www.kabakabaestate.com/

Villa Batujimbar, Sanur

This sublime property was originally the home of long-time Bali resident and Australian artist Donald Friend who,

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Elite Havens Group Acquires A Strategic Interest in Awesome Villas – Phuket Marketing Business

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Elite Havens Group, Bali’s leading luxury real estate, villa marketing and management distribution company, has acquired a strategic interest in the marketing business of Awesome Villas (Thailand). The two organisations will be combining to leverage their respective strengths and bring the best practices of both Awesome and Elite Havens to create a world-class villa marketing group.

Elite Havens offer management and marketing services to 200 luxury, private villas in Asia, principally in Bali and Lombok whilst Awesome Villas provide marketing services to 12 of Phuket’s most exclusive villas. Both companies share the same focus of excellence: to deliver a quality villa product with a secure, user-friendly booking service for guests, whilst at the same time building long-term relationships with villa owners.

Jon Stonham, CEO of the Elite Havens Group, said: “I have long admired the way Awesome Villas market their properties to their clients – the private luxury experience they provide guests is some of the best in the region and we are proud to combine their portfolio with ours to create the most prestigious high end villa marketing and management company in the two most sought after islands in Asia; Bali and Phuket. This merger will benefit our guests with a diversity of product and our owners with shared insights into both markets.”

Jon Hawryluk, Managing Director of Awesome Villas, added: “Elite Havens expertise in technology and marketing really opens up significant new doors for all of our owners in a positive and secure way. Elite Havens maintain a strong business relationship across all channels and they really understand how to capitalise their villas, returning higher occupancies and income to owners in a very competitive market.”

Since 2013 Awesome Villas (www.awesomevillas.com) has offered luxury villa marketing services to 12 properties in Phuket including renowned villas such as, Chan Grajang, Torcello and Sawarin. Each villa comes with, a manager, maids and a highly trained chef, and a consistency of product and services synonymous with any luxury 5-star brand.

The Elite Havens Group (www.elitehavens.com) offers a full range of property services from sales (through Elite Havens Property Sales in association with Knight Frank), villa management (through Elite Havens Villa Management) and luxury villa rental marketing services (through Elite Havens Luxury Villa Management). Since its inception in 1998 the group has grown to provide management and marketing services to 200 villas including the award-winning Istana and iconic properties such as Atas Ombak,

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Bali’s Best Local Food

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Let’s talk Balinese cuisine – a mix of rich and bold flavours, spice pastes loaded with coriander seeds, galangal, turmeric and candlenut, pork, chicken, duck and fish cooked over wood fires, grilled over coconut husks or slow-braised. Rice and a spoonful of sambal – a mix of chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, sugar, lime and vinegar – to top it up. Want to experience Bali’s best local food on your next trip? Drop by these 5 amazing local warungs we love:

Warung Ibu Eny, Seminyak

Warung Ibu Eny is tucked away on the famous Petitenget street in Seminyak. Its leafy offering-scattered entrance and modest wooden furnishing make it a cozy spot to enjoy local food. Try their signature nasi campur, which can feature anything from whole roasted chicken in a betutu-style sauce to garlic and chilli-infused stir-fried water spinach, spicy pork steamed in banana leaves, deep-fried tempeh or braised tofu.

Warung Ibu Eny, Jalan Petitenget 97, Seminyak, +62 361 736 892.

Liku Ayam Betutu, Kuta

Betutu – chicken or duck wrapped in the banana bark with a mix of coconut oil and spices, and smoked for a day in an earthenware pot – is one of the great dishes of Balinese cuisine. Because it’s complex and time-consuming to prepare, you won’t often find it at your average Indonesian restaurant, but a small garage-like warung on Jalan Nakula, just outside Kuta, offers one of the finest versions on the island.

Liku Ayam Betutu, Jalan Nakula 19, Badung, no phone.

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Warung Makan Teges, Ubud

Located amongst the lush tropical gardens, in a traditional Balinese house, Teges serves best home-style Balinese cooking. Best-seller – nasi campur traditionally served on a banana leaf lending an appetizing aroma to the rice. Nasi campur here comes with two options — chicken or pork — all minced and cooked together with vegetables in coconut milk. The true highlight of the meal is the devilishly spicy sambal matah, the sauce made from fresh chili pods and sliced shallots and lime leaves.

Warung Makan Teges, Jalan Raya Cok Rai Pudak, Banjar Teges, Peliatan, Ubud, +62 361 975 251.

Nasi Campur at Warung Makan Teges in Ubud.

Warung Mak Beng, Sanur

This warung specialises in just one dish- nasi ikan (fish and rice). Snapper cutlet, deep-fried and served with rice and a bowl of fish-head soup with green papaya,

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