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Elite Havens’ villa chefs share their special recipes
Elite Havens villas are synonymous with superb dining, prepared by skilled chefs many of whom have trained in internationally renowned restaurants. Villa menus include an extensive range of Western and Asian suggestions, and our chefs will also do their best to cater to guests’ special requests. But of course every chef has his or her own ‘special’ dishes – the ones that guests ask for again and again. With much coaxing and cajoling, we’ve prised some of these secret recipes from our chefs to share with you.
In this issue, the outstanding chef at the Chalina Estate in Canggu, shares two of his favourite dishes with us.
Spicy Green Mango Salad with Prawn
7-8 prawns, blanched
1 cup of shredded green mango
1/2 cup of shredded carrots
2 string beans, cut into pieces
5 cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp roasted peanuts, crushed
2-4 bird chilies
4-5 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of fish sauce
1 1/2 tbsp of lime juice
1 tbsp of tamarind concentrate
1/2 cup of cashew nuts
- Shred the green mango and carrot
- Coarsely pound garlic, chilies, dried shrimps and peanuts
- Add string beans, seasonings and tomatoes mix together
- Add the carrot and mango, mix well
- Pound garlic, chilies, dried shrimps and peanuts, coarsely. Add string beans, also lightly pounded. Season with lime juice, palm sugar, tamarind concentrate and fish sauce.
- Add the tomatoes, carrots and papaya and lightly mix together. Mix in the blanched prawns and fried cashew nuts. Serve with fresh vegetables.
Crispy Fish with Chili Sauce
350 grms of sea bass, cut into rectangular pieces
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of crispy – fried holy basil leaves
vegetable oil for deep-frying
dried red spur chilies
For the Chili Sauce
1/2 cup garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp of vegetable oil
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of vinegar
2 tbsp of fish sauce
1/4 cup of red and yellow spur chilies,
Fancy being able to flaunt a beautiful golden vacation glow on day one of your holiday rather than the ‘roasted tomato look’ that so often results after first exposure to the unforgiving tropical sun? We’ve got a solution for you – organic spray tan on arrival in the privacy of your own villa.
What is Eco Tan?
Eco Tan spray tan is 100% organic, vegan and made only from natural ingredients. This means no synthetic colours, parabens, alcohol, oil, perfume are extremely harmful to your beautiful skin. To top this up its also odour–free. Your tan will be long lasting and fade evenly, because it intensively hydrates the skin. It also disguises cellulite and blemishes to produce an evenly toned body. What else could you wish for?
Make it Happen
Just let your villa manager know you would like Tan On Arrival and they will organise it for you. Allow 12 hours notice or pay a little extra and get it done immediately. Alternatively, book online at https://tanonarrival.com/booking/.
One session costs USD47. Surrender to the experts of Tan on Arrival in the privacy of your villa bathroom and come out glowing like a goddess.
Need a dress or two for your next tropical vacation? Check out Mister Zimi, our most loved fashion label on the island of the Gods (and elsewhere). It’s travel and fashion united, easy silhouettes, rich colours and exquisite prints for the stylish adventurer in all of us.
Created by a husband and wife team in 2007, Mister Zimi is a young label that’s diverse, ageless and not dictated to by trends. Creating patterns and prints inspired by exotic locations (Bali, Morocco, Majorca, Mexico) and cultures, each season features carefully designed edits of 70s-inspired garments including classic shift dresses, maxi skirts, harem pants, leather jackets and footwear.
Their latest collection ‘Poolside’ evokes long days spent lounging in the sun and summer cocktails oozing effortless style and tropical glamour. The collection features new styles named after some of the most glamorous ladies of the 60’s and 70’s – Dusty, Goldie, Farrah, Barbi and Twiggy – alongside the much-loved styles which continue to trademark the vibrant Mister Zimi brand.
Get your dresses in one of the two Mister Zimi Bali boutiques or online.
Mister Zimi Satu, Jalan Kayu Aya no. 22, Seminyak
and Mister Zimi Dua, Jalan Kayu Jati no. 8X, Seminyak
Open seven days, 09.00 to 21.00
Bali villas with dedicated yoga rooms, huge wooden decks overlooking azure swimming pools or sprawling lawns with coconut groves revealing ocean views; tried and tested professional yoga teachers; private chefs to cook healthy meals from fresh local produce; relaxing massages and in-villa spa treatments; fabulous outdoor living spaces for relaxation or meditation…
Trade in your hectic city life for a private yoga retreat and salute the sun with your yogi friends on the Island of the Gods.
Yoga amongst the ricefields in Canggu and Umalas
Beautiful tranquil setting
Hot tub under the stars and trees
Nature, jungle trees, kingfishers
Fabulous for kids
Fabulous yoga pavilion and gym
Beautiful rice-field views
Yoga to the sound of the sea
Expansive ocean views
Wide lawned garden
In-villa music and dance performances
Vast swimming pool set in immaculate gardens
Bedrooms positioned well away from living areas
A big, highly trained staff team
Step straight onto the sand
Eco-friendly and holistic
Raw foods on the menu
Stunning ocean views
Event venue extraordinaire
Sports centre, playroom and spa
4 villas, 4-6 bedrooms
You’re on holiday! Time to relax, rejuvenate and pamper yourself to pieces. Give your hands and feet a special treat at one of these top Seminyak nail parlours.
#1 SPRING SPA
Everything at Spring Spa is chilled. White-pitched ceilings, a DJ spinning tunes from his second-level booth, super-comfy reclining chairs and a hip New York vibe. This is the go-to venue for sensational shellac.
Spring Spa is the tropical child of New Zealand mother business by the same name – and boasts the same great menu and high service standard.
Try the hot milk and almond pedicure, where your silky just-buffed feet are soaked in hot whole milk before being rubbed with mega-moistening almond oil. This hour-long treatment is so lushly gentle that it sends guests to cloud nine, so don’t be surprised if you doze off while being stroked, massaged and painted with shellac that lasts very well in the humid heat of Bali.
If time is short, drop in for a 15-minute file + paint for Rp75,000, or even just a clip + buff for Rp50,000 – very popular with the gents.
Seminyak has two Spring Spas – one in Seminyak Village and another opposite the W Retreat on Petitenget. One more coming to Canggu, Bali is in the planning stages.
#2 AMO SPA
Amo Spa in Petitenget, the brainchild of native New York supermodel/actress Navia Nguyen, never fails when it comes to consistency and quality.
Magazine racks spill over with the latest issues of Gourmet Traveller and Vogue straight from Australia, so be sure to grab a few to browse from your comfy chair. You can also charge up your phone while you’re there, but leave some room on the armrest for a tropical cocktail or a hot coffee and cookie from the cute mini café.
Then just sit back and slip your feet into a warm-water soak (dressed up with a sprinkling of pretty petals). Completely zen out while the nail experts create masterpieces on your fingers and toes, and get an amazing shoulder massage while your nails are drying.
There’s also AMO Express on Jalan Basangkasa and a mobile service if you’d prefer some in-villa pampering.
#3 THINK PINK NAILS
This is the only nail salon in Bali that has ALL 72 shades of GelColor by OPI.