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When it comes to toughing it out, English adventurer Rob Lilwall knows a thing or two.
From an exquisite Elite Havens villa; Pandawa Cliff Estate, overlooking Pandawa beach, Rob is a million miles away from gun-wielding Russian bandits in the sub-zero Siberian temperatures, honking Vietnamese truck drivers and jungle dwelling tribesman of Papua New Guinea.
In fact, Rob has just come from surfing the gentle waves of Kuta beach during some downtime in Bali.
As a prized Hong Kong-based motivational speaker, Rob draws on his wild on-road experiences from any number of his cycling adventures.
To be sure, this man has done some outlandish touring including cycling with from Siberia to England, which racked up 30,000 miles, yes, miles. He has walked home to the busy islands of Hong Kong from Mongolia and cycled across the USA .
He hitched rides on a yachts and cargo ships to cross the pirate infested water. Though given his raw honesty, genuine humility and laid back charm, he probably could have walked on it.
“I’m not tough or brave. I just approach my goals with a mindset that makes it work. It is all calculated risks that are applied to extreme situations. The start of my first trip was full of fears both real and imagined, which wasn’t helped by the natural disposition of Russians who warned us that we would be eaten by bears or murdered by bandits,” says Rob.
Even that other bear of an adventurer Bear Grylls doffs his cap to Rob’s expeditions and courage.
It did not take long before National Geographic spotted his talent and secured the series Cycling Home From Siberia where Rob takes a three-year journey without a support crew through Australia’s notorious Nullarbor Plain to the dizzying altitudes and icy passes of Tibet and Nepal – where he viewed Mt Everest – and the lonely roads of Afghanistan.
“That trip was physically hard. My bike was fully packed with camera gear and everything that I needed. It was exhausting and difficult. I even had to film myself, which made is also slow going getting off the bike to set up the camera, get back on and ride past,
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Villa Batujimbar – Sanur, Bali
Villa Batujimbar exemplifies everyone’s dream of a luxury Bali villa. A 20-metre swimming pool, private tennis court, air-conditioned gym, and private chef and personal round-the-clock butlers elevate your residency to regal levels.
Pandawa Cliff Estate – The Bukit, Bali
As the estate’s name suggests, the villas are on a cliff-top overlooking Pandawa Beach. The complex offers a sports centre with full-size tennis court, squash court, gym and spa, as well as a dedicated playroom for the kids.
Villa Ombak Laut – Cemagi, Bali
True athletes and adventurers, meet your match. Ombak Laut boasts two sparkling swimming pools, a private tennis court, a games room with billiard table, table tennis and bicycles for exploring the surrounding rice fields and villages.
Arnalaya Beach House – Canggu, Bali
Families and sports fiends will adore the private tennis court with its ball machine and huge racket selection, pool, gym, spa and perfectly placed yoga platforms to catch the sunrise and watch over the Hindu rituals at a nearby fisherman’s temple.
Kaba Kaba Estate – Tabanan, Bali
Within the extensive gardens is a superb tennis court, croquet lawn, a 25-metre swimming pool as well as two plunge pools (one serving the master suite and the other adjoining a guest suite), a children’s wading pool, lotus ponds and a duck pond… complete with resident ducks. With its multiple-pavilion layout and magnificent facilities, Kaba Kaba estate is perfect for two or three families who love holidaying together while enjoying their own breathing space.
Villa Sapi – Sira Beach, Lombok
An extensive array of activities is available to guests of Villa Sapi,
Arnalaya Beach House is a sophisticated yet supremely relaxed family friendly villa on the beachfront in Bali’s beautiful Canggu district, with a large team of staff on hand to ensure that every whim is gracefully met. An ocean-front bale offers alfresco seating, overlooking the Indian Ocean and a crystal clear 20-metre swimming pool.
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The villa aficionado
villa (n) – a large and luxurious residence
aficionado (n) – a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime.
In fact, I see it more as a job. And believe me, like all jobs it has its high and low lights. However, I’m a certain sort of traveller, the sort that doesn’t consider a hotel room (regardless of pool size 14 stories below, or is that up?) a holiday. Sure, hotel rooms have their place – fine for a business trip, great for a quick shop-a-thon, a clandestine affair if you must, but definitely not what constitutes a holiday.
A holiday in a villa, ah, quelle joie, now we’re talking!
Imagine multimillion dollar properties filled with every conceivable comfort, every luxury that suddenly becomes your (yes, your) very own home for the duration of your stay? The staff, the butlers and the private chef are there for just for you. Your own home, only infinitely better
For a week or more a year live like a star, a sheikh, royalty or a trust fund child, it’s escapism at its ultimate best, it’s also totally affordable and even legal.
Bali is my current taste destination du jour, so after typing in Bali luxury villa rentals Google did its thing, and I found a full to the brim with villas website; Elite Havens.
This is where the real work part begins as being a villa aficionado by trade, it is now my duty to trial their products. However, before I delve into the individual merits (and not) of certain villas that I’ve stayed in, I decided as a newcomer to blogging that I would follow some rules.
The rule of lists and points, 10 points in fact.
- Price. You may think at a glance renting a villa is miles more expensive than any 5-star luxury hotel, well think again (calculator if you must). A five-bedroom multi-million-dollar villa in the heart of uber trendy Seminyak, Bali, with all the bells and whistles, staff, chefs, drivers, private pool, gardens costs approximately $900 per night. So, that’s only $180 per room p.n. (gargantuan, individually styled room). Go figure?
- You’ll be met at the airport, not by some contractor but by one of their full-time drivers.