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The Most Festive Bali Beachclubs on Christmas

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You’ve arrived in glorious Bali for your Christmas holiday and your villa is perfection defined. All your needs are catered to and every second is a moment spent in paradise. When it comes to celebrating Christmas, there could be nothing more exclusive than a special feast cooked for you by your villa chef. However, if you prefer stepping out for a change of scene, you may celebrate in style at any of these beach clubs, which have special menus planned for Christmas.

OMNIA BALI

Originally from Las Vegas, Omnia’s Bali outpost is every bit as decadent. The cliffside club, located in Uluwatu, is stunning in blue and white, offering a social space like none other. International DJs perform regularly and Sake no Hana, its signature restaurant overlooking the club, is known for its delicious menu. This season, Sake No Hana offers a ‘joyful and suprising Christmas special’ with starters, makimono, agemono, yakimono and dessert for IDR 1,800k. Come and relish a Japanese feast in Bali this Christmas.

FINNS BEACH CLUB

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Concierge Recommends: Cafe del Mar Bali

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Ibiza’s famous and iconic beach club Café del Mar has officially opened its doors in Bali. It’s been the talk of the town for quite some time now, and the islanders have been anticipating its launch with great excitement.

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Set absolute beachfront on Batu Belig Beach, the vista is sensational, laying claim to one of the best locations in Bali for sunset watching. Clean Mediterranean lines in white-on-white with touches of blue creates a quintessential luxe beach club vibe. The sound system is next-level with an amphitheatre packed full of speakers playing cool tunes mixed by a set of international and local DJs. Entertainment offerings change daily, with dances and live performances through the week in the evenings. Come weekend, and the dial is turned up towards party beats.

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There are several fabulous nooks within the complex, for you to lounge and enjoy. Swim-up bars, loungers, daybeds and uber comfortable cabanas all offer a superb outlook to the beach and ocean. The beach club food menu is extensive, offering Mediterranean cuisine with loads of tapas and shared plate options, perfect for casual poolside dining. The fine-dining restaurant offers a classier premium dining option.

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For an extra special VIP experience, VIP suites are available with a minimum spend requirement. Ask the Elite Concierge to secure your VIP suite, featuring your own private plunge pool, lounge area, bathroom and butler to take care of you throughout the day. This promises to elevate your beach club experience to another level.

To book your VIP experience at Cafe del Mar, contact concierge@elitehavens.com.

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Concierge Recommends: Dining Out in Bali

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The Island of the Gods is known as much for its gourmet scene as its party vibe. In Bali, you’re spoilt for choice, with hundreds of restaurants to choose from. But how do you sift the wheat from the chaff? Fret not, our Elite Concierge has meticulously eaten their way across the island and shortlisted the best restaurants in town:

Hujan Locale (Ubud)

Will Meyrick leads this collaboration with local farmers to offer paddock-to-plate dining in a beautiful two level wooden townhouse that sings colonial French tunes. At Hujan Locale, cocktails are blended, muddled and mixed to perfection, so do give the unique ones like beetroot margarita or carrot mojito a try. The food is a revelation of Balinese and Indonesian inspiration with crispy fish, and rice-husk smoked chicken flavoured with local sambal and spices. The restaurant also operates an outstanding cooking school where you can get adept at local Balinese cooking.

JI at Bale Sutra (Canggu)

Imagine dining within a reconstructed 300 year old Javanese Kang Xi Temple. You read that right. In Bali, anything is possible. Amaze yourself with a visit to this astonishing Japanese fusion restaurant which is the perfect antidote to the hipster vibe of Canggu. It’s not all theatrics though, the food is outstanding as well and uses green tea in extraordinary ways. Succulent fish and bottles of rare sake are abundant at JI at Bale Sutra, as well as some of the best cocktails on the island.

Locavore (Ubud)

Acclaimed restaurant Locavore ranks at #42 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list, and is a must-do for foodies visiting the island. This is where high European cuisine joins hands with local, seasonal, chemical-free produce and ethically raised animals – a game changer. Chefs Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah have convulsed the local food scene with joy, prompted obsessions and caught the hungry eye of the global gourmand. Be sure to book well in advance.

La Lucciola (Seminyak)

Lovingly known among expats as La Looch, La Lucciola is the grand dame of Seminyak dining. The classic Italian restaurant never falters and is always on its A-game. The ocean view over Petitenget’s white sandy beach is a delightful bonus.

Métis Restaurant, Lounge & Gallery (Petitenget)

Chef Nicolas ’Doudou’ Tourneville,

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Concierge Recommends: Bali’s Best White Sand Beaches

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Besides its rich culture and art which sets Bali apart from other island destinations, it is also unique in the variety of beaches it offers. Choose from powdery white sands to rocky cliff-fronts, from unreal volcanic black sand beaches to those with golden champagne hues. With so many options, a single trip can not do Bali justice. But for your next trip to this fascinating island, here’s help.

We’ve decoded Bali’s stunning coastline and put together our Elite Concierge-curated list of the best white sand beaches on the island. Some of these are well known and others hidden secrets that only locals know about. Find your ideal haven on one of these beaches and get ready for a trip to paradise. 

Sanur

With its bohemian vibes, Sanur is favoured by the sophisticated set. Owing to an influx of artistic expats who settled here more than half a century ago, the area has a very laid-back feel with a long beachfront promenade. A great beach for families, it allows for swimming and also has some lovely restaurants right on the sand.

Book a luxury villa in Sanur  and enjoy swimming at Sanur Beach, with its gentle ocean swell and spectacular sunrise views. End each day with a run along the promenade, coming back to freshly crafted cocktails served by the attentive staff in your villa. Allow yourself to get pampered. 

Nusa Dua

The spotless white beach of your dreams lies here, at Nusa Dua. With five-star resorts lining up the coastline, the beach is well maintained and impeccably clean. Enjoy water sports like jet skis and banana boats here, or just walk along the shore, with the waves gently lapping at your feet.

Turquoise water, clean beaches and lack of crowds – Nusa Dua is picture-perfect. The beaches are easily accessible from all our villas at The Bukit , which brings us to the other fabulous beaches in the area.

Jimbaran Beach, The Bukit

From Jimbaran Beach in the north-west to Pandawa towards its southern end and Nusa Dua up along the eastern side, The Bukit Peninsula is a treasure trove of silver sand beaches. Jimbaran Beach is a great expanse, right at the mouth of the peninsula. It is perfect for delicious seafood dinners and photo ops with local fishing boats in the background.

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Influencer of the Day: Maudy Ayunda

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We caught up with Maudy Ayunda, Indonesian singer, songwriter, actress, and activist for education and youth-related initiatives when she stayed at an elite haven recently. Maudy is more than just a celebrity. She has played an ambassador’s role in the fight against modern slavery, by sharing the message relentlessly amongst youth, and was also invited to the Vice Presidential Palace in Jakarta as a representative in 2017. Maudy has made it her life’s purpose to ensure women and men the right to live with freedom and dignity. She was also awarded ‘Best Digital Influencer’ at the BUBU Awards, ‘Most Influential Millennial’ at Style Awards.

We sat down with this trailblazer for an informal chat.

Elite Havens: Hi Maudy, what’s keeping you busy these days?

Maudy Ayunda: I’m actually leaving this weekend for Stanford, and I am just so excited. My studies will officially kick off next week.

EH: Wow! Congratulations on Stanford. Do you have any tips to share on how to get into a top international university?

MA: I don’t know if there is one magic formula. It’s really hard for me to pinpoint what about my application got me in. I think the main thing is to speak your truth in the application, and not pretend to be someone that you are not. And make sure you give yourself enough time to work on the application because it is quite time consuming and shouldn’t be rushed through. I spent an entire month working on my CV, and another three months on my essay, followed by a whole month preparing for the exams. Another tip is to sound off your ideas with a lot of people, especially ask them whether the topic of your essay sounds interesting, let them read your essay and let them tell you if your personality is reflected in your words. That’s really important because you have to come off as your true self, to come off as somebody who’s not putting up an illusion.

EH: What can you share with your fans about your next project?

MA: My next release is in December and it’s called Habibi Ainun 3. It is so, so exciting, I just finished dubbing for it. Not to be narcissistic but the movie’s looking good so far. I can’t wait to see it for myself this December.

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