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The contents of a dozen of Bali’s most in-the-know people’s Little Black Books has been distilled into Elite Haven’s new concierge app, elite experience, and it’s a treasure chest of cool information and hot tips.
Zap this app into an iPhone and you have immediate access to Bali’s international dining scene, hippest bars and chicest cafes. The Elite Havens team has created a magical précis of upscale adventures, beautiful and bespoke shopping, spa sanctuaries, professional kids entertainers and activities plus some special treats.
Laborious days of researching for the best-of-the-best and creating a ‘to do’ list for your vacation are banished to history. The Elite Experience app cuts through the confusing miasma of magazine features, tourist guidebooks and advertiser-sponsored platforms that make claims rarely met.
Before leaving home, download the free Bali app and explore the crème de la crème of Bali’s social, retail and high-life.
Arrange a private visit to an opulent fashion boudoir attended by a Hollywood stylist; take a safari under the stars; jump aboard a magnificent schooner for a day of island hopping; wash an elephant or be helicoptered to a Greg Norman-designed golf course where tees are separated by dazzling cliffs and open ocean, and an exquisite Balinese sea temple forms the backdrop.
Captivate the kids with a visit from a professional French circus school or let them swing from the trees at an adventure park tucked amongst the stunning grounds of Bali’s serene botanic garden.
The elite experience app safeguards guests against unfortunate hiccups and delivers a divine holiday itinerary in advance of your arrival. Our villa managers will take over the organisation and logistics so that your plans can be expertly executed without delay.
Close ties with these hand-picked hot-spots have brought some fabulous treats for Elite Havens’ villa guests, including complimentary cocktails, preferential seating and generous discounts.
And we’ve anonymously checked out every bar and business listed to ensure that constant quality expectations are maintained.
Money cannot buy inclusion to this distinguished concierge service that has been carefully curated to provide the perfect plan for your holiday on the Island of the Gods.
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.
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
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.
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)
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 Mako, Canggu (booked)
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.
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.
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.
Villa Batujimbar, Sanur
This sublime property was originally the home of long-time Bali resident and Australian artist Donald Friend who,
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,