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Book These Villas in Bali and Exercise in Style

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It is possible to work up a sweat and have an incredible vacation at the same time. If you feel inspired to pick up a new sport or simply be more active after watching the Rio Olympics 2016 games and planning for a holiday in Bali, we have the solution for you.

Doing sports during the holiday can be fun and relaxing, especially when done in lush surroundings and attended with cold drinks and clean towel afterwards by an attentive staff. Well, sporty-minded vacationer or not, book a stay in one of Elite Haven villas on your next trip to Bali and exercise in style.

Tennis

The exclusive Batu Bolong beachfront Arnalaya Beach House is a sumptuous, fully staffed architect-designed estate with an international tennis court and facilities. The former Wimbledon tennis pro Rold Harrison took three years to build this lavish retreat. He was adamant to build a Plexipave tennis court – the same high-tech, all-weather, quick-drying playing surface used for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Not only that, he’s even trained some of the staff to be ball boys and hitting partners. Tennis, anyone?

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Swimming

Perched just 30m from the cliff face of the Bukit Peninsula on Bali’s south-west tip, The Istana estate is the ultimate in cliff-edge luxury. A marriage of modern architecture with traditional Indonesian detailing, the villa comprises of four separate guest buildings in addition to the main living pavilion and the master suite. The villa’s main swimming pool is longer than the “short course” Olympic-size pools – 32 metres in length and looks much better too. We assure you it won’t turn green like the Olympic diving pool.

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Golf

Another top athlete’s retreat is the Villa Mandalay in the Seseh Tanah Lot area. Blessed with endless rice field views out to the glimmering Indian Ocean, out-of-this-world alfresco dining, sunsets and spaces designed for laid-back luxury, book a holiday here and be prepared for excellence. If you are a golf enthusiast, you can easily hop into the villa’s car and ask the driver to drive you to the picturesque (and challenging) world-class Nirwana Bali Golf Course.

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Top 3 Tea Experiences in Sri Lanka

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How did Sri Lanka’s tea industry begin? It started with one Camellia Sinensis plant brought from China in 1824 by the British, who had colonised the island, then known as Ceylon, in 1801.

It has since become a $1.5 billion export industry for this exotic teardrop shaped island in the Indian Ocean.

Alongside a booming tea production industry, tea tourism is also becoming increasingly popular. Take a look at our pick of the best tea experiences in Sri Lanka.

handunugoda-tea-estate

It is here that you can find the prized rare white tea leaves, grown near sea level and never touched by human hands. Founded by Malinga Herman Gunaratne, the estate – also known as the Virgin White Tea Factory or Herman Teas – is located only 35 minutes drive from Galle Fort.

The well-equipped tea factory, with machinery over 140 years old is a living and working museum. Herman or one of his knowledgeable staff will personally give you a tour around the estate, where you will learn how one of the most expensive teas in the world (priced at over $1,500 per kilo) is plucked.

Handunugoda Tea Estate
Tittiagalla, Ahangama
+94 7771 3999
malinga@bellmail.lk

ceylon-tea-trails

Perched 1,250 metres above sea level among the lush hills of the Bogawantalawa Valley, you are invited to embark on a journey through the scenic Ceylon tea gardens. A Resident Tea Planter is available to guide you through surrounding tea estates and trekking trails which roam tea-blanketed hills.

You can lose yourself in tea – literally.

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton
+94 11230 3888
reservations@resplendentceylon.com

dilmah

Just like wine tasting, Dilmah’s headquarters outside Colombo arrange sip-and-spit sessions where tea enthusiasts learn to distinguish between different types of locally grown teas. Not only will you learn how to appreciate the unique flavour of each variety of tea, you might pick up a tip or two for making an amazing cup of tea as well. These exclusive tea tastings are available by appointment only.

Dilmah Private Tea Tastings
111 Negombo Road, Peliyagoda
+94 11 482 2000
info@dilmahtea.com

Plan a trip! Elite Havens’ luxury villas make the perfect base for any of these tea experiences.

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Interiors We Love

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One Waterfall Bay
Kamala, Phuket

Kaba Kaba Estate
Tabanan, Bali

Villa Maya Retreat
Tabanan, Bali

 

 

Villa Wang Nam Jai
Kamala, Phuket

The Layar
Seminyak, Bali

Villa Kalyani
Canggu, Bali

Villa Mana
Canggu, Bali

Baan Surin Sawan
Surin, Phuket

Villa Maridadi
Seseh-Tanah Lot, Bali

 

 

Villa Joss
Seminyak, Bali

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Villas with Tennis Courts

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Photo of Tennis courts in Bali

At all Elite Havens, luxury accommodation is matched with a team of staff to look after every guest with superb service and cuisine. Many of the villas have extra perks – making them dream wedding venues, romantic retreats, the best villas for yoga, family fun or elite tennis villas. To score a villa with a court and learn from a highly qualified international tennis coach, enquire about our tennis packages. reservations@elitehavens.com

Villa Batujimbar – Sanur, Bali

Villa Batujimbar exemplifies everyone’s dream of a luxury Bali villa. A 20-metre swimming pool, private tennis court, air-conditioned gym, and private chef and personal round-the-clock butlers elevate your residency to regal levels.
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Pandawa Cliff Estate – The Bukit, Bali

As the estate’s name suggests, the villas are on a cliff-top overlooking Pandawa Beach. The complex offers a sports centre with full-size tennis court, squash court, gym and spa, as well as a dedicated playroom for the kids.
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Villa Ombak Laut – Cemagi, Bali

True athletes and adventurers, meet your match. Ombak Laut boasts two sparkling swimming pools, a private tennis court, a games room with billiard table, table tennis and bicycles for exploring the surrounding rice fields and villages.
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Arnalaya Beach House – Canggu, Bali

Families and sports fiends will adore the private tennis court with its ball machine and huge racket selection, pool, gym, spa and perfectly placed yoga platforms to catch the sunrise and watch over the Hindu rituals at a nearby fisherman’s temple.
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Kaba Kaba Estate – Tabanan, Bali

Within the extensive gardens is a superb tennis court, croquet lawn, a 25-metre swimming pool as well as two plunge pools (one serving the master suite and the other adjoining a guest suite), a children’s wading pool, lotus ponds and a duck pond… complete with resident ducks. With its multiple-pavilion layout and magnificent facilities, Kaba Kaba estate is perfect for two or three families who love holidaying together while enjoying their own breathing space.
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Villa Sapi – Sira Beach, Lombok

An extensive array of activities is available to guests of Villa Sapi,

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It’s not just feather pillows and designer robes, don’t you know

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The villa aficionado
villa (n) – a large and luxurious residence
aficionado (n) – a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime.

In fact, I see it more as a job. And believe me, like all jobs it has its high and low lights. However, I’m a certain sort of traveller,  the sort that doesn’t consider a hotel room (regardless of pool size 14 stories below, or is that up?) a holiday. Sure, hotel rooms have their place – fine for a business trip, great for a quick shop-a-thon, a clandestine affair if you must, but definitely not what constitutes a holiday.

A holiday in a villa, ah, quelle joie, now we’re talking!

Imagine multimillion dollar properties filled with every conceivable comfort, every luxury that suddenly becomes your (yes, your) very own home for the duration of your stay? The staff, the butlers and the private chef are there for just for you. Your own home, only infinitely better

For a week or more a year live like a star, a sheikh, royalty or a trust fund child, it’s escapism at its ultimate best, it’s also totally affordable and even legal.

Bali is my current taste destination du jour, so after typing in Bali luxury villa rentals Google did its thing, and I found a full to the brim with villas website;  Elite Havens.

This is where the real work part begins as being a villa aficionado by trade, it is now my duty to trial their products. However, before I delve into the individual merits (and not) of certain villas that I’ve stayed in,  I decided as a newcomer to blogging that I would follow some rules.

The rule of lists and points, 10 points in fact.

  1. Price. You may think at a glance renting a villa is miles more expensive than any 5-star luxury hotel, well think again (calculator if you must). A five-bedroom multi-million-dollar villa in the heart of uber trendy Seminyak, Bali, with all the bells and whistles, staff, chefs, drivers, private pool, gardens costs approximately $900 per night. So, that’s only $180 per room p.n. (gargantuan, individually styled room). Go figure?
  2. You’ll be met at the airport, not by some contractor but by one of their full-time drivers.

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