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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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The Sri Lanka beach you have to see to believe

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sitting on a palm tree

If we told you there’s a secret beach where palm trees reach out for the sea breeze, where you can rest on their trunks like a sloth, high above the glistening beachfront, where the only footprints in the sand are your own, would you believe such a place still exists?

climbing palm trees

Indeed it does, and we have new photographs and videos from Scandinavian travel bloggers Joey Palmroos and Dora Leskinen to prove it.

holding hands

They enjoyed an exclusive getaway at Villa Ocean’s Edge in this unbelievable destination outside of Tangalle on the southern shores of Sri Lanka.

This video of their idyllic island escape will leave you longing for your own tropical getaway.

deserted beach

Dora was caressed by waves on the deserted beach.

caressed by waves

Seconds before the gentle wave swept over her, Joey captured this remarkable photograph.

Watch their travel story and their arrival to this Sri Lanka beach paradise.

Learn first-hand how to scale a leaning palm tree for a higher vantage point.

tranquil escapeOr enjoy the view from a more stylish perch.

Instagram pictures @joeypalmroos and @ddoooris

 

The luxurious heritage beach house on this timeless beach is only a click away.

Villa Ocean’s Edge – an elite haven.
4-bedrooms, fully-staffed

 

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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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Maldives Spa Massages and More

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Comfortable loungers at Maldives beach

It’s hard not to relax at Amilla Beach Villa Residences, surrounded by the pristine sand and glassy waters of the Maldives’ Baa Atoll. But to go the extra mile, check out the Residences’ Javvu Spa.

Everything on offer at Javvu Spa reflects its commitment to the three pillars of wellness: movement, spirituality and spa. The menu offers a holistic approach, with a wide variety of fitness classes and wellness consultations to boost body and mind, and a carefully chosen range of the best therapies harnessing powerful techniques from around the world.

MOVEMENT

A luxury villa retreat on a tropical island paradise may not be the first setting that springs to mind when your goal is getting into shape, but Javvu Spa at Amilla Beach Villa Residences is the perfect place to boost your fitness level. The Maldivian Warrior Workout, for example, makes use of the natural surroundings on Baa Atoll to target different muscle groups; climbing, pulling and pushing against trees on the beach, and sea swimming to increase resistance. There’s also powerful kickboxing classes, to whip yourself into shape, and functional training to build up strength in the muscles you use day in, day out.

SPIRITUALITY

Of course, we could file yoga and Pilates away under movement and fitness; they’re both proven techniques for improving muscle strength and flexibility. But start the day with a round of sun salutations on a yoga deck in the Indian Ocean, and even a hardened sceptic of yoga’s spiritual benefits will crumble. Private sessions in Javvu Spa’s yoga pavilion focus on breathing and meditation to bring you to a state of complete calm and presence.

Maldives massage at Amilla

SPA

Saving the best until last. Javvu Spa’s highly skilled therapists are trained in the Pure Massage Style as well as being fully committed to giving you the best quality treatments with your preferences in mind.

Pure Massage, designed by London-based massage expert Beata Aleksandorowicz, is rooted in the Swedish Massage style, perhaps one of the best-known massage techniques and for good reason. It focuses on healing muscles, with long, gliding massage strokes that follow the direction of blood circulation around the body. These movements not only work out the knots and tensions in muscles, but also decrease toxins and improve circulation,

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East Bali: Top things to do and best beachfront villas

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Villa Pushpapuri Bali Beachfront Villa

Its easy to be seduced by the glamour of southern Bali with its trendy restaurants and uber-cool beach clubs, but if you have something a little quieter in mind for your Bali holiday, the pristine Sunrise Coast on the island’s eastern shores has a charm all its own.

Saba beach in East Bali

Peaceful coastal villages nestle amidst banana plantations, lush green rice fields and exotic palm-fringed black sand beaches. A trio of volcanos looming in the distance make the most stunning of backdrops, especially when bathed in the pearly pink light of a Bali sunrise.

TOP THINGS TO DO

The atmospheric seaside town of Candidasa is situated mid-way up the east coast just 60km from the airport. Local art shops sell paintings, handicrafts and wood carvings, while casual open-air restaurants are strung along the shore, some with candle-lit tables right on the beach. Make sure to check out the main temple with a dreamy location on the edge of a lotus-filled lagoon.

Adventure-seekers can trek to the top of Mount Agung – the island’s highest peak, while water enthusiasts can explore Bali’s best dive sites, such as the HMS Liberty Wreck. Adrenalin junkies can get their kicks on a shark dive, or glide through the water with manta rays. The cool waters of Tirta Gangga, an elaborate water palace tucked into the nearby hills, makes a gentler respite with its spring fed pools and water fountains carved from stone.

A few kilometers inland from Candidasa, the 700-year-old walled village of Tenganan is home to the Bali Aga, the island’s first inhabitants. It is quite a cultural attraction these days, but still provides a fascinating glimpse into a traditional way of life and is justly famed for its beautiful ikat weavings.

The small coastal village of Jasri is home to Charly’s chocolate factory. You won’t find Willy Wonka, but you will find delicious chocolate (try the Narkabo dark chocolate nibbles) and great photo opportunities thanks to a quirky assortment of cone-shaped bamboo houses clustered in a grove of coconut palms right on the beach. Nearby, a bumpy dirt road winds through verdant forest to emerge at Pasir Putih (white sand) rightly crowned as Bali’s most beautiful beach. Bathe in the turquoise sea, soak up the rays from a deckchair and indulge in fresh fish for lunch, barbecued right in front of you. 

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