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Have Your Dream Wedding in Bali

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When it comes to destination weddings, it doesn’t get much dreamier than Bali. Where else delivers a marriage of stunning setting, exotic décor, highly experienced event planners and spectacular destination-in-themselves villas? And all this without shattering the piggy bank?

As you relax into your vacation and settle into  the laid-back island vibe, you’re subject to some special Bali magic. If you or a family member are celebrating an engagement, or are in the early stages of planning a wedding,  it’s only natural to daydream of saying “I do” here on the Island of the Gods.

Just imagine –exchange vows on a cliff-top looking over the shimmering sea, with the sound of the surf crashing below. Declare your love on the beach, sand between your toes, as waves lap the shore and the setting sun flames the sky. Or seek the seclusion of a rural oasis and celebrate your union on the rim of a mountain ravine, surrounded by rice terraces.

Imagine the details – delicately woven palm-frond decorations and penjor flags framing the ceremonial space; three-tiered temple parasols and tropical blooms; flaming bamboo torches and candles amidst  a garden of colossal foliage; the hypnotic sound of Gamelan music; a lattice of party lights strung like pearls illuminating the darkening sky. And within that enchanting setting, imagine a paparazzi whirl of cameras recording  those first moments together as husband and wife.

Visualising the romance of the occasion comes easy in this culturally rich landscape. After all, since Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall tied their knot in Bali nearly three decades ago, many celebrities have followed suit. But what about the practicalities of a destination wedding, perhaps the other side of the world from your home?

The good news is that you get more bang for your buck in Bali; so you can save if you want or splurge. Happily, this applies whether you wish to stage a low-key wedding for close friends, or the most elaborate bells-and-whistles event for hundreds. If that’s not reason enough, think about the venue – perhaps a bride’s most important decision, after the dress of course. Here Bali comes up trumps, with a stellar cast of destination villa venues in jaw-dropping settings and an insane choice of accommodation for wedding guests.

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Elite Talk with Head of Events Rara Suprastini

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Rara Suprastini has been in the events and weddings business for over a decade. As Elite Havens’ Head of Events Indonesia, she oversees villa arrangements and other details for important occasions. Dealing with clients directly, she knows in-depth what they want and need.  We sat down with her to find out what its like organising and managing multiple assignments. (She makes it looks easy!)

Elite Havens: Hi, Rara. Can you tell us a little bit about your role?

Rara Suprastini: My team and I take care of booking events. More often than not, these are weddings, but we also do quite a lot of retreats and a few birthdays. We are here to help wedding couples or any guest looking for a special celebration in Bali.

EH: Say, for example, a couple is looking for a villa for their upcoming wedding. Should they come to you, because it’s a special event?

RS: Yes. That’s right.

EH: And then you will help them choose the villa? Set up the event?

RS: Absolutely. I was a wedding organizer here in Bali, before I started working with Elite Havens. So I know what brides are looking for. First things first – a fabulous venue. A bride usually knows exactly what she wants, ‘I want a beautiful villa on the cliffside. I want the sunset as the backdrop.’ They already have a dream, a perfect wedding that perhaps they’ve been thinking about since they were kids. The ideal venue is the first thing on their checklist.  And of course, the venue affects the budget as well. We try to lead them to the villa most suited to what they have always imagined.

EH: Do they visit the villa?

RS: Usually, yes. After seeing the villa in person, they are usually a hundred percent sure that it’s the villa they’re looking for. We are quite different from other villa companies – we take our time with this. Our approach is more hands-on and personal, because we assist them in their search for the ideal luxury villa.

EH: What’s the next step?

RS: One thing we always propose to our clients, is to connect with a reliable wedding coordinator.

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7 Things To Do in the Bukit Peninsula

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The majestic clifftop Uluwatu Temple lies in the Bukit area of Bali, which is also home to the best beaches and surf spots on the island. The Bukit is actually a large limestone peninsula and would be a separate island if it weren’t for the small sliver of land south of the Bali airport. The ‘Bukit’, which means ‘hill’ in Indonesian, is – unlike the rest of the island – arid, stony and dry. The west coast is particularly popular, with accommodations perched above Balangan Beach offering stunning clifftop ocean views.

The best way to explore the Bukit Peninsula  and visit all of its gorgeous beaches is via motorized transport.  Many elite havens have a driver and vehicle available to guests.  Simply check with the Villa Manager on availability and special inside tips on local attractions.  Alternatively, you can hire transport via the dedicated EH Concierge service.

There are many exciting things to do in the area. Here are our top 7:

Visit the Famous Uluwatu Temple

Go to the famous Uluwatu Temple, one of Bali’s nine key temples and part of its spiritual legacy. ‘Ulu’ means the ‘top’ or the ‘tip’ and ‘watu’ means a ‘stone’ or a ‘rock’ in Balinese. The astounding temple has been sitting on the same spot – 70 metres above the ocean – for thousands of years. Two sages are credited with creating and enlarging it: Empu Kuturan in the 11th century and Dang Hyang Nirartha, who they say achieved moshka or samsara (liberation) here. Temple anniversary celebrations are held every six months according to the Balinese 210-day Pawukon cycle.

The forest by the temple is full of monkeys who grab items such as sunglasses and cameras, so be careful. They can be bribed with bananas and peanuts to get your items back. 

Watch A Kecak Fire Dance

A popular dance, the Kecak fire dance, is performed at the Uluwatu Temple every day at 6pm, around sunset. It is a spectacular sight to behold. The dance is famous for its use of voices in lieu of instruments, which lends a powerful accompaniment to its drama. You can also watch it in the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park.

See the 120-metre statue of Lord Vishnu and Garuda

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park has a humongous statue of Lord Vishnu riding his mount Garuda,

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Honeymoon Bliss at The Layar

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The ideal honeymoon escape includes a sanctuary, a snug and divine welcoming space to celebrate, relax and appreciate your love in complete privacy. The Layar, located in the heart of Seminyak, hosts the perfect honeymoon villas, right on the doorstep of world-famous restaurants, beach clubs, shopping and surf.  Stay in and soak up Bali’s sun-kissed tropical ambience in your private pool, or mingle with fellow holiday-makers in this l’eldorado touristique. 

Imagine your perfect honeymoon in paradise

A romantic path draws you into the quiet and peaceful heart of The Layar.  Pass through lush manicured lawns and fragrant frangipani trees resplendent with exotic red lanterns framing the entrance to your villa hideaway. It’s the first welcome into a perfect honeymoon setting.

Stepping inside your private one-bedroom villa, the first thing you notice is its outstanding design. Each villa’s slanted ironwood-shingle roof frames a larger space which houses the living and dining quarters.

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Beachfront Phuket, Thailand wedding villas

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Thai-ing the knot in Phuket

is sultry, romantic, and beautiful. Whether you live in Phuket or have never been here, it makes perfect sense to plan your beach wedding on this paradise island.

WHY GET MARRIED IN PHUKET?

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Sea views:

SAVA BEACH VILLAS

JIVANA BEACH VILLAS

The best true beachfront wedding venues here, with white sand, panoramic views and exclusivity, are actually north of Phuket Province. Allow us to introduce Natai Beach – on the west coast of Phang Nga, Thailand it’s just beyond Phuket’s busy tourist areas, yet still within half an hour of the International Airport.

VILLA SAMIRA

VILLA SAAN

Villa Baan Paa Talee - Incredible open living spacesBAAN PAA TALEE ESTATE

Around the island of Phuket, cliff-top villas offer just-as-good if not better scenic views of Phang Nga Bay (and some boast steps to the waterfront). We’re talking dramatic sea views, as profound as your everlasting vows. Does it get any more romantic than that?

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Kitty & Jerry’s wedding highlights by Tichakorn Cinematography. Sava Beach Villas, March 2017.

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Photographs by Darin Images. Sava Beach Villas, December 2016.

Wedding invitation

Wedding dress

Bride before the wedding

Groom before the wedding

Happy groom Sava Beach Villas by Junebug Weddings

Phuket wedding party by Junebug Weddings

Beach Wedding Phuket by Junebug Weddings

Phuket beachfront wedding villa

Phuket wedding photo by Junebug Weddings

Wedding party decoration and lights

Above images published by Junebug Weddings. Sava Beach Villas, December 2016.

Hosting your wedding at a private holiday rental or villa estate has considerable benefits. Group accommodation is convenient all-around and lends to quality time with your dear guests before, during and after the big day. You’ll likely be required to book a stay of more than two nights anyway. Slow down and enjoy every minute of preparation, attention and celebration – it’s all about you (you two) sharing your promise.

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