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Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2016

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With its dreamy sailing waters including the karst island-studded Phang Nga Bay and the Similan islands, Phuket has long been a leisure-yachting haven. But for sailors seeking a more challenging day out, Thailand’s largest island offers plenty of racing action as well.

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, held every year in early December, is one of Asia’s best known and biggest sailing events. This prestigious race was first held in 1987 in honour of His Majesty the King of Thailand. Every year since the first celebration, it has attracted a mix of sailors with a competitive spirit, from royals to the Royal Thai Navy to expat yachtsmen who join races worldwide.

Now part of the Asian Yachting Circuit, the King’s Cup includes several competition classes and brings in hundreds of yacht owners and crew from around the world. But more than just a sailing race, the King’s Cup is also one of Phuket’s most-anticipated social events, with glittering parties held each evening and a chance for local and international sailors to mingle and explore the island beyond the regatta circuit. Those not joining the race are encouraged to at least make a sunset visit to Kata Beach during King’s Cup, where most of the regatta’s yachts are moored after a day of racing. It’s a picture-perfect sight!

Phuket Raceweek is a newer regatta, held every July in what are considered more challenging conditions than those of the calmer, fair-weather month of December. Sponsored by the Cape Panwa Hotel, races are held off Phuket’s picturesque east coast over four days, with gala events each night at the resort’s gorgeous beachfront location.

6-1200x700Local yacht design skills are on full display at Raceweek, with one of the most popular divisions being the single-design Firefly 850 Sports Class – a fleet of sleek racing catamarans designed and built in Phuket. Another one-design class making a comeback in 2016 is the Platu class, a monohull design that’s popular among the Pattaya and Phuket sailing crowd. Championship titles in the IRC 1, 2 and Cruising, Multihull and Bareboat Charter classes are all up for grabs, with yacht charters available for those without their own boats on Phuket looking to join in the action.

Chinese New Year brings another week of sail races, with the Phang Nga Bay Regatta taking place each year around the Lunar New Year month.

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3 Canggu Restaurants for a Delicious Day Out

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Elite Havens MAGAZINE brings you three of the best restaurants in Canggu, Bali for a day of decadence.

Finns Beach Club, Berawa Beach

Finns moved to its new custom-built home in Canggu in 2016. Peaked alang-alang pavilions supported by bare bamboo create an impressive open floorplan. The design genius of architect Richard Manser, it’s a striking contemporary Indonesian design like no other.

The absolute beachfront club overlooks the surf break at Berawa Beach with a dining “room”, multiple bars and luxurious day-beds flanking a 30-metre infinity pool. The seriously accommodating jellybean-shaped swimming pool is outfitted with a swim-up bar and underwater speakers. Single and double daybeds are first come first served and come with a plush teal towel – yours “free” for the day with a Finns membership or minimum spend on food and bev.

Finns offers two menus, one poolside menu with light bites and food to share (but it’s OK if you want a whole  spicy prawn pizza to yourself) and one for the dining areas – a sophisticated fusion menu with local and international cuisine. There’s also a gelato ice cream counter below a nifty map of Indonesia to show off the origins of the local ingredients used, like coffee from West Java and cacao from Bali.

Finns is fabulous for an afternoon of swimming followed by sunset drinks and dinner. Surfers will get amped by the epic flood lighting aimed directly at the break for a cool evening backdoor. It’s family-friendly while also giving off a sassy party vibe with pop remixes from the overhead speakers. And now Finns After Dark keeps the party going with events until 3AM on select dates. Sadly, no breakfast menu here.

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Salumeria Tanah Barak, Batu Bolong

Star Melbourne chef, Geoff Lindsay has opened a gorgeous little aperitivo destination in Batu Bolong. Serving spuntini – which is Italian for tapas – this gorgeous haunt is chic and stylish. Hanging dried salami and prosciutto and insanely good cheeses grace an entire glass wall and YIPPPEEE, Campari is the sponsor for cocktails.

In tandem with Farine bakery in Berawa, this gem serves delicious grilled panini, salads, fresh juices and a range of antipasto including anchovies, olives and roasted veggies. Destined for greatness and huge popularity, check in fast with friends for a leisurely grazing plate of luscious delicacies that are rare in Bali,

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The Balians of Bali

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The otherworldly powers of Bali’s traditional healers are well documented and are part of daily life for locals and expats.

On top of ordinary health issues, spirits both good and bad abound on this Island of the Gods and they can wreak havoc on the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Everything from a broken bone to a broken heart will invoke a visit to one of more than 8,000 healers practising in Bali.

Traditional Balinese healing shot to fame with the 2010 movie Eat, Pray, Love – which shone a light on the late Ubud Balian and priest, Pak Ketut Liyer. He became an instant rock star of the alternative medicine scene and his home was a major tourist destination.

Healers reject being called a Balian as too conceited for their spiritual calling, which is delivered through illness or an ancient family line. Balians specialise in specific areas such as heart problems, migraine headache, sports injuries or the removal of a spell.

The Four Types of Balian

The first is a Ketakson, who is usually a female and will channel between the client and God and call on the spirit of a dead person for guidance and pass on the information.

The second is a Pica – a medium and not a formal student of traditional medicine, massage or magic. There are stories of physical objects – such as the Balinese dagger called a kris – appearing out of thin air during a session with a Pica.

The third is a Usada who receives divine knowledge during a severe illness that leads them to study the Lontars – ancient, sacred texts written on bamboo. They are a masters’ apprentice while studying anatomy, ethics, traditional herbs, massage, magic, meditation, yoga, and tantra among many subjects. Black and white magic are widely practised in Bali.

The fourth kind of Balian combines all of the above and during a session, the healer may appear mildly psychotic, hearing voices and having visions while the wisdom enters their body.

How To Visit a Balian

Travellers can visit a Balian or even study for a few days with an expert. Etiquette must be observed so dress modestly and be patient since locals with real illnesses will be also waiting. Bring an offering of money but never pass cash directly to the healer.

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Lombok: Bali’s Quieter Side of Paradise

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If a glittering azure sea meeting pure white sands of a blissfully unaffected by mass tourism remote beach is your holiday desire, then Lombok whispers your name.

Lombok is an exquisite getaway full of local charm, dream waterfalls, magnificent luxury villas and some of the region’s hottest surfing, diving and trekking destinations.

Wake up to sunbeams shooting through tropical jungles just moments away from pristine waters of Sira Beach. Villa Sepoi Sepoi is perfectly convenient if you are looking forward to swimming in the crystal clear shallows, as it is situated alongside the picture-perfect white sands of Sira Beach. Six acres of tropical gardens, an outdoor cinema-style projector and screen, six large themed bedrooms are just a few highlights of this villa.

The Three Magical Gilis

Evenings are made of pink and purple sunsets as the sun drops into the ocean behind Lombok’s three gorgeous islands know as the Gilis. Those three magical Gilis – which is Sasak for ‘island’ – are a quick boat trip away and a must-do day trip.

Each island is wildly different from the next. Gili Trawangan is a bustling place full of backpackers while Gili Air is laid-back and gorgeous, where push bikes and pony carts rule – no cars here. Dotted with lovely little shops, a cooking school, diving and (plenty of) snorkelling centres, there are a range of restaurants and a beach club or two. It’s uber-family friendly.

Gili Meno offers Robinson Crusoe panache as a barefoot paradise that has a hand full of visitors seeking seclusion. Expect to see your feet through the water and spot turtles in the coral gardens just offshore. While Meno is the remote choice, it does have some great dining and few shops that sell emergency snorkelling gear, sunblock, fruit and snacks. The local hawkers offer local pearls and other desirable adornments too.

Lombok’s Fabulous Waterfalls

Back in Lombok, traditional villages, coconut groves and the sea surround the small tourist town of Senggigi. It is the go-to spot for ATMs, pharmacy and a few cafés and restaurants.

Lombok is fabulous for waterfalls that float the imagination. Rent a bike, hire a driver or take a tour to one of the many waterfalls on the island. Don’t expect a morning café latte at these stunning places, instead, have a dip in a spring feed pool in an absolute privacy.

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