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Guilt-free Gastronomy: Healthy Eating in Phuket

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Phuket has a bit of a reputation as the place for parties and play. Yet, in line with the global trend to travel in pursuit of health and wellness, it is also emerging as a tropical island getaway to restore the body and mind. Yoga, wellness and detox centres are popping up all over the island and a growing number of restaurants are promoting good health as well as good taste in their quest to attract diners.

Santosa Wellness Centre, found on the hillside overlooking Kata Bay, is one such place offering several mind-body workshops and a restaurant serving creative raw, vegan and vegetarian cuisine. Santosa’s colourfully presented dishes, such as ‘summer rolls’ stuffed with fresh coconut meat and a mix of vegetables, are as eye-catching as they are delicious, and they also offer regular Saturday buffet dinners for healthy grazing with sunset views.

Other leading-edge restaurants attached to wellness centres include Atsumi Raw Café near Rawai Beach (Indonesian gado gado wrap, raw pad thai, smoothies), Divine at Thanyapura Sports Centre in Thalang near the airport (organic gourmet cuisine and biodynamic wines), and Supernatural at Atmanjai Wellness Spa on Friendship Beach (raw vegetable lasagne, power broth soup, raw chocolate mousse).

Though the practice of cleansing and avoiding meat as a way to restore health is gaining wider appeal around the world, it’s not a new concept for many Phuket locals. The annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival dates back nearly 200 years, when members of a visiting Chinese circus troupe fell ill and embarked on a ten-day cleansing rite that included a vegan diet, refraining from sex and alcohol, and performing some rather shocking rituals such as skewering their faces and walking over mounds of fiery hot coals (reportedly adopted from the Hindu festival of Thaipusam).

A number of vegetarian restaurants run year-round, too, with a handful of shops near the Chinese shrines along Ranong Road in Phuket Town serving up fresh and healthful local dishes. One of the best is Ruamjai Vegetarian Restaurant, with a buffet breakfast and lunch that brings in crowds of locals and travellers daily. Just wander in and point to two or three dishes, such as massaman curry or tofu and bean sprout stir-fry, from the large display pots and they’ll put them on a plate of brown rice for you.

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Hot New Restaurants in Seminyak and Canggu

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Bali’s dining scene is constantly evolving. The problem is not what to eat, but where to go. Here is our round-up of some of the latest dining destinations in Seminyak and Canggu.
Ji at Bale Sutra 1706


What was once a house of worship is now an exotic dining destination. The man behind Tugu Hotels, Anhar Setjadibrata, saved a 310-year-old Kang Xi period temple from ruin in Java and gave it new life – and purpose. The temple’s new identity is Ji at Bale Sutra 1706. Standing proudly on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, just moments from the beach, Ji seduces passersby effortlessly with its entrance guarded by stone lions, tall green bamboo walls and a striking golden Buddha. Once inside, antique furniture, mythological animal carvings in the roofs and ceilings, bright red walls and stunning oriental paintings bring a sense of style and history to the elegant dark wood temple. Drawing inspiration from the traditional cooking methods of Japan and other East Asian countries, the menu at Ji features a selection of Japanese fusion dishes, fine wines and sakes. Those looking for the perfect spot to enjoy Bali’s magical sunsets can head to the alfresco bar on the second floor. Coming with a large group? Book the private dining room and Ji will surprise you with a performance called Forbidden City.

Drinks to start: Coco Sexo – inspired by Indonesian volcanoes – is a mix of Brazilian spirit Sagatiba Cachaca, coconut, vanilla and passion fruit. Gin and Tea – a blend of dragon tea infused Tanqueray gin mixed with Aperol, grapefruit and lemon juice.

Dishes to try: Pork Belly with ginger and scallion – crackling skin, soft juicy meat, served on wooden skewers. Kobe style Black Angus Tenderloin – tender beef cubes, sweet red onions, citrusy ponzu sauce and tangerine peel. Spicy Yellowfin Tuna with shichimi peppers.

Desserts to finish: Young Coconut Crème Brûlée – light coconut custard flambéed with young coconut. Sweet Bento Box – an assortment of six homemade sweets – mochi filled with green tea ice cream, tangy lemon meringue, melt-in-your-mouth white chocolate pistachio truffles.

Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Pantai Canggu



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Spilling the Beans: Majapahit Villas

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Every chef in Elite Havens villas has his or her own ‘special’ dishes – the ones that guests ask for again and again. Well, why wouldn’t they? Many of our skilled chefs have trained in internationally acclaimed restaurants. The outstanding chef at Majapahit Villas shared two of his favourite dishes with us.

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Grilled Chicken Breast with Mustard Sauce

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 200gr chicken breast fillet
  • 50gr baby carrot (peeled, boiled and grilled)
  • 10 gr potatoes (peeled, sliced, boiled and pan-fried)
  • 1 tbs mustard
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

For the filling

  • 100 gr spinach (boiled and chopped)
  • 50 gr mushroom (chopped)
  • 50 gr onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 10 gr garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 2 tbs mustard sauce


To make the spinach filling

  1. Heat the pan
  2. Add oil, spinach, onion, mushroom, garlic, salt and pepper and cook
  3. Set aside to cool

To make the chicken

  1. Season chicken fillet with salt, pepper, mustard, stuff with the spinach filling
  2. Tie chicken with cooking rope
  3. Pan-fry until cooked through
  4. Serve chicken with potatoes, carrot and mustard sauce

nasiNasi Goreng ala Majapahit

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 100 gr steamed rice
  • 100 gr caisim
  • 50 gr cabbage
  • 50 gr carrot (peeled, sliced)
  • 50 gr leek
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 20 gr onion
  • 50 gr garlic
  • 50 gr Red chilli and small chilli
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

For the seasoning sauce

  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • salt and pepper

For the chicken satay

  •  2 satay skewers
  • 200 gr chicken breast (diced)
  • 50 gr peanut sauce
  • salt and pepper for seasoning


  • 50 gr prawn crackers
  • 20 gr fried shallot


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the seasoning sauce,

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6 Fabulous Seminyak Restaurants for a Memorable Evening

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Life is good in Bali. The greatest pleasures seem to come by the dozen here; beautiful beaches, magical views, and some of the world’s grandest villas, not to mention the delicious cuisine. 

On an island like Bali, where good times flow as freely as the ocean all hours of the day, a scheduled dinner seems unnecessary; why plan your evening when you are on a holiday? Well, we think an unforgettable holiday is incomplete without wonderful memories made around dining tables. Take a look at our recommendations; venues perfect for any occasions, whether a romantic dinner for two or a large social event with family and friends. And, you get exclusive benefits with the Elite Experience app. Even better.

Merah Putih

merah putih bali
Cuisine: Indonesian

Why we love it: For a truly memorable Indonesian fine-dining experience, look no further. Merah Putih’s main dining atrium is stunning; it features impressive eco-sustainable design over two levels. Imagine full floor-to-ceiling glass windows where tables are laid out among towering indoor palm trees. Luminous ornamental columns rise into high-vaulted ceilings, adding to its cathedral-like grandeur.

What to order: Dishes are meant to be shared here. Order large plates selections such as Suckling Pig, Ikan Bakar Jimbaran (whole chargrilled reef fish with zucchini and razor clams) or Padang Duck Breast (duck leg rendang, cassava and radicchio).

Exclusive Elite Experience benefit: one complimentary dessert per person, up to nine guests.

happy chappy baliHappy Chappy

Cuisine: Modern Chinese

Why we love it: Decorations such as bright red Chinese lanterns, ceramic vases and giant laughing ‘Happy Chappy’ statue at the restaurant’s centre provide the right Shanghai vibe – with hip, modern touches. Both the indoor air-conditioned banquet hall and spacious outdoor dining area is ideal for families, friends and couples; the latter is ideal for enjoying Bali’s gorgeous evenings under the stars.

What to order: Duck & Foie Gras Wonton Soup to start, BBQ Pork Brisket “Char Siu”, Shanghai Braised Pork Belly and any of the Hong Kong-style fried rice for the main course and finish with Cantonese style egg tarts. The steamed dim sum platter is also ideal for sharing if you want to taste a little bit of everything.

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Spilling the Beans: Villa Levi

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Every chef in Elite Havens villas has his or her own ‘special’ dishes – the ones that guests ask for again and again. Well, why wouldn’t they? Many of our skilled chefs have trained in internationally acclaimed restaurants. The outstanding chef at Villa Levi shared two of his favourite dishes with us.

Levi Chicken in Coconut Milk Soup


  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 100 gr chicken breast
  • 1 lemon grass
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 50 gr Shitake mushroom
  • 1 ginger
  • 1 galangal
  • A bunch of coriander leaves
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbs lime juice
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 small coconut (cut into half)


  1. Heat the chicken stock and add lemongrass, sliced ginger, kaffir lime leaves, coriander, sliced galangal and bring to boil
  2. Slice the chicken breast and add sliced mushrooms. Bring to a simmer (5-8 minutes).
  3. Turn the fire down, add coconut milk and stir constantly.
  4. Add the lime juice.
  5. Serve the soup in the coconut bowl.


Prawn and Avocado Salad  À La Levi


  • 6 prawns, boiled
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 Japanese cucumber
  • Some green lettuce
  • 3 tbs Mayonaise
  • 2 tbs Tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp Chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp Rum/brandy
  • Parsley, chopped red peppers, chopped olive, spring onion for garnish (optional)


  1. Dice 3 prawns and keep the rest aside
  2. Dice half avocado and slice the other half
  3. Cut cucumber to long thin slices
  4. Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, chilli sauce, rum and mix with diced prawns and avocado.


  1. Arrange green lettuce on the centre of the plate
  2. Shape the sliced cucumber to a ring and put it on top of the lettuce
  3. Scoop prawn and avocado mixture into the cucumber ring
  4. Place the remaining 3 prawns outside the cucumber ring (tail down)
  5. Place avocado slices in between the prawns
  6. Garnish with parsley,

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