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Bali Thrilling Things to Do

Bali delivers equally extraordinary experiences to seekers of chic elegance as it does to those pursuing adrenaline, education or picture perfect mountain scapes. Here are just a few of the enriching experiences to seek out on your next visit to Bali.

 

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Those who appreciate a well-curated cocktail will love Akademi, a hub for Bali’s growing mixology scene. Not only can you sample amazing cocktails here, but Akademi also offers regular master classes led by the internationally celebrated British mixologist Dre Masso.

Bali cocktails Akademi bar

AKADEMI COCKTAILS
JL. PETITENGET NO. 51B, SEMINYAK, BALI
IMAGE CREDIT: www.akademi-bar.com

Delve into the mysteries of Bali’s tropical produce with cocktail ingredients like mangosteen, jackfruit and salak, plus a range of unique spices and roots. Get up close and personal with luscious infused dark rums, inspired gins and araks saturated with rare botanicals from the Indonesian archipelago.

Dre brings the knowledge accumulated from trips to more than 40 countries and includes the history of flavours in his classes. Cocktail-making skills will be honed while learning about indigenous ingredients and how to balance flavours with every integral part of the recipe. A recent master class explored the two cocktails that were presented by Akademi at the Southeast Asian Finals of the Diageo World Class Mixology competition.

Other master classes have included the analysis of nutmeg and cascara (coffee fruit skin), where spices are dissected and the bar-made tincture, liqueurs and jams are tasted. Cascara was first used in Yemen, where it was infused into hot water with a powerful selection of spices to make a drink called ‘Qishr’, and has now become the star ingredient in one of Akademi’s cocktails.

The Akademi daily cocktail menu is seriously worth a visit. Check out the artisanal ceramic, copper and wooden cocktail vessels that make a clear statement about this exclusive destination.

 

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Head into the verdant hills of Ubud and the beautiful Bridges restaurant where the Divine Wine & Cocktail Bar is located below the Riverside dining room and is the exclusive haunt of Bridges’ sommelier Rahul Mehra. Participate in an outstanding master class, listen to the river flow and enjoy the privileged view.

Bridges Wine and Cocktail Bar

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Bali Souvenirs Worth Buying

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Textiles outside a Bali souvenir shop

Bali holiday agendas can quickly fill up trying to satisfy everyone’s expectations – I want relaxation, you want adventure and our kids need to upload impressive new images on Instagram. Let’s do this!  In-villa spa therapist: check, romantic dinner: check, snorkelling trip: check, WIFI: check – and at the end of a satisfying stay, everyone wants the same thing: Souvenirs. 

Picking up gifts and treating yourself to something exotic is part of a good tourist experience. This is especially true in Bali, where there is a great selection of things to buy – genuine leather bags, wallets and sun hats are priced at a good value, but are not only found in this locale. Souvenirs which scream “I <3 Bali” are indeed popular buys, like key chains, pens, T-shirts and even tattoos of Mt. Agung. Although they’re all Island of the Gods exclusives, those aren’t the quality goods I recommend to my guests. 

My idea of the best Bali souvenirs are goods made from local materials that represent Balinese culture and traditions of artistic expression. The ornately carved statues, exotic Batik patterns, beautifully adorned temples and carefully handcrafted everyday items are what make Bali so special and memorable. Well, not all of these fit nicely into a suitcase.

So which asli (real) products from Bali are beautiful, useful items you can easily carry with you to be reminded of Bali for years to come? 

With a bit of effort, you can take home keepsakes that are true to their origins. This list of souvenirs worth buying has pictures to inspire your shopping wish list and tips about where to go to find Bali’s treasure without a time-consuming hunt. 

Patung Kayu  (Wood Carvings)

Wood Barong mask Bali souvenir

BARONG MASK – OASE, JL. BASANGKASA 5 AND JL. LEGIAN KAJA 462, SEMINYAK, BALI

Barong masks are a prevailing Bali souvenir. Barong is Bali’s guardian spirit, and masks worn to play Barong and Rangda in the traditional dance about good and evil are sacred. Nothing is more representative of Balinese art and culture than a hand-carved Barong mask made from local wood.

Painted wood figures from Bali

PATUNG KAYU – BATIK ETCETERA, JL. BASANGKASA 5, SEMINYAK, BALI

Matching wood figures seated together to bring good luck and fertility to couples.

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The elite experience app

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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.

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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.

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