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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
Playing things up in Seminyak is Bali’s only “Theatre Restaurant &
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.
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
- Heat the pan
- Add oil, spinach, onion, mushroom, garlic, salt and pepper and cook
- Set aside to cool
To make the chicken
- Season chicken fillet with salt, pepper, mustard, stuff with the spinach filling
- Tie chicken with cooking rope
- Pan-fry until cooked through
- Serve chicken with potatoes, carrot and mustard sauce
Nasi 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
- Mix all the ingredients for the seasoning sauce,
There’s more to the Maldives than a blissful island sanctuary with glittering blue waters, private beach villas on sugar-white beaches and coral reefs that teem with exotic marine life. Here are five facts about the Maldives that might just surprise you.
1. Coconut suspected of rigging an election
In September 2013, a questionable young coconut found loitering and acting suspiciously outside a polling station during the island nation’s presidential elections was detained by the police. Many Maldivians believe in magic, and coconuts are a common ingredient in black magic spells and rituals. A magician was called to examine the coconut for any threats and curses. Luckily for the coconut, the magician concluded it to be innocent. It was subsequently told it was free to walk – or roll.
2. One of the most literate countries in the world
The Maldives boasts one of the highest literacy rates among adults in the world at 98%. Since residents are spread over 200 inhabited islands, a unified education was difficult. However, the nation understood the importance of education for their future success and, with the aid of UNICEF, a unified education programme was created. The internet was used for long distance teaching and children, parents and caregivers were all urged to take an active role in education.
3. A whale-watcher’s dream
The Maldives ranks as one of the top five places for whale- and dolphin-watching in the world, with 23 different species of cetaceans having been recorded in its waters. Trips run all year round and it’s not uncommon to spot up to 2,500 of whales and dolphins in a single outing. From dwarf sperm whales, false killer whales to real killer whales, you will also see bottlenose dolphins, striped and spotted dolphins and pilot whales. If you’re lucky, you might also see the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark, cruising the crystal-clear waters of the Maldives.
4. The Maldives have some of the smallest islands on earth
Apart from its popularity as an amazing island destination, the Maldives is also famous for having some of the tiniest islands on the planet. There are about 1,200 islands in the Maldives and the largest island barely reaches 6 kilometres long. Elite Havens’ Maldives villas are on Amilla Fushi, a tiny less-than-one-kilometre-long jewel of an island on the edge of the Baa Atoll,
Elite Havens Group, Asia’s leading luxury real estate, villa marketing and management distribution company, is delighted to announce the addition of Amilla Fushi Villa Residences in UNESCO protected Baa Atoll, Maldives to its outstanding portfolio of luxury villas.
This acquisition in the coveted Maldives represents an exciting expansion into new territories for Elite Havens and furthers their collection of exceptional holiday villas located in the best islands in the world, Bali, Lombok, Phuket and Sri Lanka.
“We are delighted to represent and market Amilla Fushi Villa Residences,” said Jon Stonham, CEO of the Elite Havens Group. “The Maldives are rightfully perceived as the pinnacle of tropical island beauty and luxury and this coupled with the superb experience Amilla Fushi offers their guests we are proud to welcome these eight stunning villas to our portfolio.”
Amilla Fushi Villa Residences are part of Amilla Fushi Island Resort. There are eight villas in total, comprising Amilla – the Amilla villa estate (six bedrooms), six Amilla – 4 bedroom villa residences (four bedrooms) and Amilla – the great beach villa residence (eight bedrooms). There is an exceptional variety of international dining venues, from poolside treats at chilled-out foodie hub baazaar to sophisticated, overwater dining at Feeling Koi.
Beachside BBQ’s or picnics are held at The Emperor Beach Club, and to top it all off there is the Wine Shop & Cellar Door and General Store with café and deli. Other facilities include a dive & water sports centre with a Marine Biology section, two tennis courts managed by Jim Courier Tennis, a photography studio, a lifestyle shop, a kid’s club and a full spa with wellness facilities, and for the health conscious a clean & lean café and personal training studio managed by Bodyism.
The Amilla Fushi Resort is owned and developed by Coastline Investments in partnership with The Small Maldives Island Co. as their island custodians.
Michael C. Flynn, Chairman of The Small Maldives Island Co. said, “We have long admired Elite Havens for their high level of expertise in villa distribution and marketing services. We know that this relationship is going to open up significant new opportunities for us all.”
A holiday in Bali is only complete with these adventure-packed activities . From taking a boat trip to neighbouring islands to riding an elephant or rafting, Bali is the ideal place to bring your adventurous side out.
Bali Boat Trip
Are you looking to snorkel at the pristine waters of Crystal Bay at Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, but not sure which boat trips are safe and reasonably priced? Bali Boat Trip is a smart and ideal choice. Bali Boat Trip is perfect for those who want their own island-hopping experience – luxury style.
Price: Starts at USD 695 for 5 pax
What’s included: Transfer to and from Serangan Harbour, snorkelling equipment, bottled water, BBQ lunch, fruits and snacks.
T: +62 361 210 5757
Exclusive Elite Experience Benefit: Receive 10% discount
Elephant Safari Park & Ride
Experience sitting on top of a Sumatran elephant through the lush Taro jungle in Ubud, hand-feed the elephants, bathe with them in a pool and learn amazing facts about them. Visitors to Bali are given the chance to get up close and personal with these friendly mammals at the Elephant Safari Park in Taro. Families with young kids will love this activity.
Price: Starts at USD 92 for 1 pax
What’s included: Hotel transfers, park admission, safari ride, hand-feed the elephants, lunch and insurance.
T: +62 361 721 480
Exclusive Elite Experience Benefit: Save IDR 300,000
Where to stay in Ubud
The fleet of colourful VW Kombi Limousines is ready to take you for a full-day cruise around Bali in style! All vehicles are soundproofed, equipped with in-car WiFi, amazing sound systems and a remote control mini bar. The guide will take you to historical sites in Bali too. A fun learning session to understand better about Bali’s history and culture is guaranteed.
Price: Starts from USD 245 for 2 pax
What’s included: Hotel transfers, an experienced guide, refreshments in car, lunch in rice field, blessing ceremony, entrance fee to all temples, insurance, donation to village and temples,