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Seminyak Sizzles on New Year’s Eve

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Seminyak knows how to throw a sensational New Year’s Eve party.

From chic Petitenget to the sizzling centre of town, this corner of Bali will be overflowing with celebratory shindigs – from divine dining and all-night dancing for sassy singles, to festive feasts for gastronomes and fun events for families welcoming in 2016.

Kick the evening off at Seminyak beach, watching the sun sink below the horizon for the last time this year. A raft of vibrant venues are sprinkled along the sands here, delivering icy beers, sodas, superb fresh juices and classic cocktails as well as plenty of uber-chilled dining choices. Families can stay and play while party peeps head home to glam up for a swanky Seminyak club night.

Seminyak’s buzzing beach clubs, gorgeous restaurants and coolest bars will all be competing to smash the island’s best party. Will it be a lascivious masked ball, a shimmering rooftop extravaganza or a daylong poolside party that morphs into evening champagne glamour while pumping to the tunes of a world class DJ? Most of these affairs have a sky-high ticket price but include delicious dining and free-flow wine, champagne and beer. These are mind-altering events.

Leading the party pack are Cocoon Beach Club, W Hotel, Potato Head, Mosaic Beach Club, Double Six Rooftop and Ku De Ta, who bring to the island some of the hottest DJ’s on the globe. To take it down a notch or two, head over to Metis or a beachfront hotel like the Oberoi for a night of classy calm.

If you’re totally ambivalent to cutting-edge clubbing then opt for the cool bars and impressive restaurants that will mete out an unforgettable NYE experience, without an overlay of frenetic flotsam. Go utterly upscale at Sarong, uniquely local at Merah Putih or hang with the expats at Petitenget Café and Restaurant.

Once darkness descends, fireworks start fizzing all over town. There’s an impressive panorama of the pyrotechnics from the beach, and from many of Bali’s favourite family friendly restaurants like La Lucciola, Seminyak Italian Food and Chez Gado Gado.

Many Seminyak streets will be closed for the night so aim to remain within walking distance of your villa.

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Spilling the Beans: Villa Ramadewa

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Elite Havens’ villa chefs share their special recipes

Elite Havens villas are synonymous with superb dining, prepared by skilled chefs – many of whom have trained in internationally renowned restaurants. Villa menus include an extensive range of Western and Asian suggestions, and our chefs will also do their best to cater to guests’ special requests. But of course every chef has his or her own ‘special’ dishes – the ones that guests ask for again and again. With much coaxing and cajoling, we’ve prised some of these secret recipes from our chefs to share with you.

In this issue, Komang, the outstanding chef at Villa Ramadewa on the Laksmana Estate in Seminyak, shares two of his favourite dishes with us.

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Villa Ramadewa’s Grilled Lamb Chops with Lemongrass Marinade

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

4 double loin lamb chops
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 pods fresh green soybean boiled until tender (discard shells)

For the marinade:
2 tsp cumin seeds, lightly toasted
3 inches fresh ginger, chopped
1 ½ inches fresh turmeric, chopped
4 shallots, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 stems of lemongrass, finely sliced
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil

PREPARATION:

  1. To prepare the marinade, first grind the cumin seeds to a fine powder in a spice grinder. Add all the other ingredients except the oil. Process to a smooth paste adding a little oil if needed to keep the mixture turning.
  2. Heat the oil in a small pan and stir-fry the paste over heat until fragrant and cooked (8 – 10 mins). Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of the lamb chops with a little freshly ground pepper, than rub generously with the marinade. Set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Grill the chops to taste and serve garnished with the cooked soybeans.
  4. In the unlikely event that there is any leftover meat, slice and wrap in pita bread for a delicious lunch snack.

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Villa Ramadewa’s Peanut-crusted Prawn on Green Mango Salad

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS:

For the prawns:
3 medium-size fresh prawns per person
4 candlenuts,

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Restaurant Openings: Berawa T-junction in Canggu

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The Berawa T-junction in Canggu is sprouting sensational cafes like frangipani trees sprout so many beautiful flowers. Upscale vegan diner Peloton Supershop is the newest and hippest place on the block. This baby delivers an eating experience abundant with deeply satisfying flavours while also being eco-friendly. You can even buy an artisan cycle here to ride off the calories after your meal.

Peloton’s menu includes meat-free ‘tricken’ chicken and replaces traditional fromage with a cashew-based cheese while embracing exotic Arabic flavours with tabouleh and falafel, and Mexican pizazz with tacos packed with walnut meat, veggies and velvety cashew sour cream. There are black charcoal bun burgers and a spin on the classic ‘tricken’ parmigana. The salads are divine and so is the Revolver coffee with coconut milk. Kids love the cheesy pasta crafted from nut milk cheese and tomato. Throw in some herb spiced chips or sweet potato fries rounded off with a chocolate brownie crowned with whipped coconut cream and cinnamon sugar sprinkle and happy times will linger.

The two-level distinctly non-herbal corner cafe is cool inside with a slightly industrial ambiance. It has been such a hit with local ex-pats that a prep kitchen has been set up across the road to produce the delicious treats that are delivered to diners before the kitchen closes at 3.30pm sharp.

Around the corner and down the road is the delightful Quince Café, which is a gorgeous, bright and happy diner hidden behind a little riot of potted plants. Already famous for its delicious Jamu, a local health drink made from turmeric and ginger, its coffee, super fresh juices, house-made muesli and crisp and creative salads. The Vietnamese delicacies such as rice paper rolls are stuffed with fabulously fresh herbs and are a taste sensation.

Talking of Vietnamese, a little farther towards the beach is the new and simple Vietnamese warung Ngon Ngon, which is part of the nearby Warung Heboh and the Piring Daun resto family. Like its sisters, Ngon Ngon dishes up clean flavours that are good, tasty and gratifying. The Pho comes with paper thin beef and clear and fragrant soup plus a generous handful of sprouts, greens and chili. This cheap n’ cheerful spot is no place for fine dining,

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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.

DOWNLOAD FOR iPHONE NOW

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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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