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Concierge Recommends: Cafe del Mar

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Ibiza’s famous and iconic beach club Café del Mar has officially opened its doors in Bali. It’s been the talk of the town for quite some time now, and the islanders have been anticipating its launch with great excitement.

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Set absolute beachfront on Batu Belig Beach, the vista is sensational, laying claim to one of the best locations in Bali for sunset watching. Clean Mediterranean lines in white-on-white with touches of blue creates a quintessential luxe beach club vibe. The sound system is next-level with an amphitheatre packed full of speakers playing cool tunes mixed by a set of international and local DJs. Entertainment offerings change daily, with dances and live performances through the week in the evenings. Come weekend, and the dial is turned up towards party beats.

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There are several fabulous nooks within the complex, for you to lounge and enjoy. Swim-up bars, loungers, daybeds and uber comfortable cabanas all offer a superb outlook to the beach and ocean. The beach club food menu is extensive, offering Mediterranean cuisine with loads of tapas and shared plate options, perfect for casual poolside dining. The fine-dining restaurant offers a classier premium dining option.

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For an extra special VIP experience, VIP suites are available with a minimum spend requirement. Ask the Elite Concierge to secure your VIP suite, featuring your own private plunge pool, lounge area, bathroom and butler to take care of you throughout the day. This promises to elevate your beach club experience to another level.

To book your VIP experience at Cafe del Mar, contact concierge@elitehavens.com.

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An Ideal Stay in Koh Samui with Kids

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Children are fabulously celebrated and doted on by the Thai people, which makes it a seriously sensational destination for a family holiday. The stunning island of Koh Samui is trending hard among ‘in-the-know’ families. Velvet-soft, sandy beaches are perfect for sandcastle construction (and parents lazing around) while the glittering azure shallows are safe for swimming and snorkelling.
Koh Samui is just off the south-east coast of Thailand’s Surat Thani. Its a tranquil corner of an energized nation. Blessed with extraordinary natural beauty, it has a wealth of fun adventures that will be certain to create memories.

Family-friendly villas

The first concern for most families is where to stay. Hotels and resorts may pitch themselves as family friendly, but the prying eyes of other guests can be vexing. Massive resorts offer little in terms of space and privacy and certainly don’t give you access to your own private chef.
 
The support of a stellar team of professional staff in a luxury private villa caters to the broad demands of family life. Daily housekeeping discreetly happens everyday, everything is pristine and random glasses are whisked away. Meals are a stunning affair with a private chef creating beautiful dishes – from exotic delicacies, western favourites, barbeques, kids’ choices and even special meals. Add to this an easily secured in-villa nanny and the load of parenting is lightened even further. 
 
Imagine a private swimming pool with floating toys; imagine board games and table tennis and pool tables. Staff are quick to help with the kids, so you can enjoy the bliss away from other guests who may not love junior’s joyful squeals and noisy pool games. Secure walls deliver safe spaces for little ones to wander and explore under the watchful eyes of a nanny. Many villas are also big enough to house a few families turning a gorgeous estate into a sensational tribal ground with friends and cousins roaming in packs. 
 
A stream of homemade snacks will be prepared by the cooks and guests also have open access to the
kitchen which is worth its weight in gold for families with toddlers and babies – and jetlag. 

Enjoy Koh Samui with Family

Villa managers are a mine of local intelligence and know where to find the fun far and beyond snorkeling and kayaking in the crystal-clear waters and mysterious coves of the Ang Thong Marine National Park.

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5 Places to Take Your Kids in Bali

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There are few islands like Bali, which has a wealth of activities for families with kids of all ages. Perfect for a family vacation where no one feels left out, Bali is full of places to enjoy with your children. Here’s our concierge-curated list of the top 5 activities to do with kids in Bali.

BALI TREETOP ADVENTURE PARK

Fun for the entire family, Bali Treetop Adventure Park guarantees a great day out. Set within the stunning grounds of the Bedugul Botanical Gardens, this adventure park is literally suspended amongst the trees. Multiple circuit levels are available to accommodate varying fitness levels and ages. Be rest assured, safety is of utmost importance here, with all equipment and guides compliant with European standards.

FINNS RECREATION CLUB

With a giant waterpark featuring hydro slides, tenpin bowling alleys, Cubby House Kids Club and Bounce Trampoline Park, Finns has you and the kids covered. Day passes include access to the popular Finns Beach Club and a buggy service running between both locations. A visit here is a must during your island vacay.

DEVDAN CULTURAL SHOW

Head to Bali Nusa Dua Theatre for the Devdan show, a visual feast that takes the audience on a journey through historical Indonesia. Be entranced by mesmerising performances including acrobatics, dances and pyrotechnics, wrapping up into one truly spectacular show.

BALI PRAIA

Mix like a pro! Where better to learn the art of mixing tracks than the home of legendary beach clubs and endless lineups of international DJs? Bali Praia runs a fantastic DJ program designed especially for kids, so if your young ones like to feel the groove and love good tunes, this is for them.

AMPLITUDE SKATE AND BIKE PARK

This monster park will keep the kids entertained for hours and burn masses of energy at the same time – a parent’s dream come true. Learn from the pros, either in a private or group lesson, or practice those tricks and join the action on the pump track and bowl. Amplitude Skate and Bike Park has a racing pump track as well as a street skatepark and a bowl for bikes and skateboards. The onsite restaurant is a perfect spot for adults to chill out while the kids have a whale of a time.

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Through the Keyhole: Villa Cielo

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Villa Cielo is an extraordinary family holiday home within an exclusive estate right on Phuket’s lovely Natai Beach. This home away from home is built for families with young children, with a full-sized kids’ play structure installed in the large garden at the back of the villa, as well as a basketball hoop, kids’ cars and a trampoline. Adults can have their own bit of fun by the pool table or the bar.

Looking from one end of the black-tiled 25-metre infinity pool towards the horizon, one can not help but succumb to the charms of its exotic location by the sea. A gazebo lies on one side of the pool, perfect for a nap or morning yoga. Six spacious bedrooms fill the home, offering each guest privacy, as well as a quiet nook to retreat to. Step onto the beach for a sunset stroll or watch your favourite film on the home theatre system, there’s no dearth of options here. And the one thing that ties it all up into the perfect family vacation, is the warmth of the villa staff and attention to detail that is second nature to them.

We sit down with Villa Manager Gia to get a glimpse of life at the villa.

Elite Havens: Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Villa Manager Gia: Hi, my name is Gia. I’ve been working with Elite Havens since 2017. I work as a Guest Services Supervisor. Usually, the Guest Services Supervisor supports the Villa Managers, but in my case, I also act as a Villa Manager here at Villa Cielo.

EH: So, what are your main responsibilities?

VMG: I start taking care of our guests even before they arrive. Answers to the questions on our portal filled by guests prior to their arrival help us understand their requirements better. Based on their answers, we plan on how to assist our guests. For example, we find out what time they will arrive so we can arrange an airport pick-up. If they want to do some activities, book a massage, or join an island tour, we can make the arrangements in advance. We also talk about food preferences and restrictions, recommending local Thai dishes for their dining pleasure when they stay with us.

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Through the Keyhole: Villa Samira

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It’s all about the views at stylish Villa Samira, set along Phuket’s ‘Millionaires’ Mile’. This six-bedroom holiday home boasts superb sea and sunset views from all its living spaces, including a 17-metre infinity pool and an unbelievable outdoor sea view jacuzzi. Modern interiors mix with traditional Thai design here. Whether savouring the sun at the expansive outdoor living areas, playing a game of pool in the game room or gathering for a movie in the media room, Samira’s lavish indoor and outdoor areas are a treat.

Samira, which means ‘cool breeze’ in Sanskrit, includes a custom-built spa for the perfect holiday escape. Enhancing your experience at this tropical haven is the finest staff team, including an English-speaking Villa Manager whom we interviewed.

Elite Havens: Please tell us a bit about yourself.

Villa Manager Samyot: My name is Samyot and I’m 45 years old. I have been the Villa Manager of Villa Samira for a little over one year. I have more than twenty years of experience in the hotel industry. Along with my previous job at a hotel, I also worked part-time as a Villa Manager elsewhere, before I started working at Elite Havens.

EH: What do you like about your job?

VMS: I love taking care of guests. It’s a thrill to be there when they arrive and see the villa for the first time. They are so happy to discover the beauty of this holiday home, and I try to ensure that their happiness extends throughout the visit.

EH: Great, so you enjoy looking after the guests for their entire stay. And do you have any interesting stories about some of your guests?

VMS: A group stayed with us once for two weeks. One day, they asked me to play pool with them.      They said that if I lost, they would throw me in the pool. And then, I won! But they all picked me up in good humour and threw me in the pool nevertheless. It was a wonderful day, such great memories. The guests were incredibly warm.

EH: What are some places that people can visit nearby?

VMS: Some of our guests love to go to Cafe del Mar. Patong is also popular for its beach,

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