We know what you’ve been doing in our villas and we like it. Your birthday parties are fabulous. The surprises, the laughs, the photos – incredible. We can’t think of a better reason for a memorable holiday in our villas, or a better way to celebrate a big birthday.

Are you (or someone you’d love to celebrate) approaching a 30th, 40th, 50th or 60th birthday? Planning a destination event to celebrate is easier than you might think.

James, who just turned 30, planned his Bali Birthday by himself and was very pleased with how it turned out.

“I’ve loved every minute of this holiday and that’s because of the fantastic Villa Umah Daun and Elite Havens team. Thanks for making my 30th birthday my best yet!”

He started planning his birthday trip about one year in advance, when it occurred to him that the big 3-0 was a good excuse to bring people together for a holiday in Bali. The hardest thing about coordinating a group holiday – picking the date – was done. Before calendars filled up with too many other appointments and occasions, James’s 30th was penciled in.

For his friends and family in Australia and New Zealand, the travel distance to Bali was feasible, so the invitation to his special ends-in-an-0 birthday was hard to turn down. A group of twenty agreed to join James for his milestone birthday trip, and the rest quickly fell into place.

They stayed at Villa Umah Daun a five-bedroom villa rental in Umalas (smack between the tourist haunts of Seminyak and Canggu).

According to the birthday boy, everyone was blown away by the size of the villa, their amenities and the personal service they received from start to finish. James reserved the villa directly with Elite Havens, so our team were aware of his birthday and his preferences before arrival.

A milestone birthday trip means your fête will exceed the 24-hours of your birthDAY. You don’t have to choose between having a daytime pool party or a barbecue or a dinner party or hire a band or go out dancing – you can do them all.

James and his entourage vacationed for 10 days, enjoying the luxuries and things to do at the villa, as well as some Bali day tours and a few nights out on the town.

At Umah Daun, they kept busy with billiards, table football, the Sonos WiFi sound system, PS3 games, lawn games and swimming pool floats. While they played and lounged around, swam and enjoyed Balinese massages, a dedicated barman made cocktails non-stop.

There were a lot of fun holiday moments. This happens at our villas all the time. Other group accommodation options at hotels and resorts, like adjacent or interconnected rooms, don’t provide near the same level of exclusivity as a villa.

Having a birthday party at a villa gives you the ability to pull off much more than you would at home or anywhere else, in terms of decorations, live entertainment and catering. You can easily have a birthday party theme like Over the Hill or Fabulous 50 with banners, balloons, props and games, or stick with the classic; Happy Birthday to You. All you really need is a cake (and we can sort that for you). Our villas make lasting impressions without any party decorations.

For the night of James’s 30th Birthday, his family arranged a dinner party at Villa Umah Daun with a professional DJ and the villa’s chef prepared an authentic Babi Guling feast (Balinese pig roast). Presumably, everyone made a fuss over the guest of honour, sharing fond memories and a joyous “cheers to the next adventure!”

You don’t need a birthday or any other excuse to relax in paradise for a week or two with your favourite company, but on the off chance you were looking for one… 

Thank you for celebrating your special occasions and cherished holiday time with Elite Havens celebration villas in Bali, Lombok, Phuket, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.