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The elite experience app

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The contents of a dozen of Bali’s most in-the-know people’s Little Black Books has been distilled into Elite Haven’s new concierge app, elite experience, and it’s a treasure chest of cool information and hot tips.

Zap this app into an iPhone and you have immediate access to Bali’s international dining scene, hippest bars and chicest cafes. The Elite Havens team has created a magical précis of upscale adventures, beautiful and bespoke shopping, spa sanctuaries, professional kids entertainers and activities plus some special treats.

Laborious days of researching for the best-of-the-best and creating a ‘to do’ list for your vacation are banished to history. The Elite Experience app cuts through the confusing miasma of magazine features, tourist guidebooks and advertiser-sponsored platforms that make claims rarely met.

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Before leaving home, download the free Bali app and explore the crème de la crème of Bali’s social, retail and high-life.

Arrange a private visit to an opulent fashion boudoir attended by a Hollywood stylist; take a safari under the stars; jump aboard a magnificent schooner for a day of island hopping; wash an elephant or be helicoptered to a Greg Norman-designed golf course where tees are separated by dazzling cliffs and open ocean, and an exquisite Balinese sea temple forms the backdrop.

Captivate the kids with a visit from a professional French circus school or let them swing from the trees at an adventure park tucked amongst the stunning grounds of Bali’s serene botanic garden.

The elite experience app safeguards guests against unfortunate hiccups and delivers a divine holiday itinerary in advance of your arrival. Our villa managers will take over the organisation and logistics so that your plans can be expertly executed without delay.

Close ties with these hand-picked hot-spots have brought some fabulous treats for Elite Havens’ villa guests, including complimentary cocktails, preferential seating and generous discounts.

And we’ve anonymously checked out every bar and business listed to ensure that constant quality expectations are maintained.

Money cannot buy inclusion to this distinguished concierge service that has been carefully curated to provide the perfect plan for your holiday on the Island of the Gods.

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Celebrate on an Island: best Bali villas for ringing in the New Year

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Where will you be toasting in 2016? We’ll be in Bali, drinking bubbly by the pool and enjoying the sunshine before sitting down to a festive family dinner prepared by our villa’s private chef and then heading out to join one of many cool parties happening on the island. If that sounds good, move fast and you too could snap up a fabulous villa and join the party.

Click on the villa name for more information.
Oases in the heart of the action 

If you fancy a quiet retreat, but one that’s just minutes away from trendy Ku de Ta, Potato Head Beach Club, Motel Mexicola, Metis and La Laguna – all promising very exciting New Year’s happenings – try one of these gorgeous oases.

The Layar Designer Villas and Spa, Seminyak

Villa Sky Li, Seminyak (booked)

Villa Kalimaya III, Seminyak (booked)

It’s time to party 

Amazing pool? Check. Sensational sound system? Check. Exotic cocktails? Check. Terrific barbecue terrace? Check. Why leave your luxurious private party pad when all this is on offer? These Canggu villas provide everything you need for a New Years Party to remember. But if you do decide on a change of scene, some of Bali’s best beaches and bars are just a few minutes away.

Villa Hana, Canggu (booked)

Villa Simona, Canggu (booked)

Family affair

Spending New Year with family? There are some amazing estates in Bali to fit even the biggest of the families, and they’re packed with fun stuff to keep all ages happy. Best part: you can enjoy quality family time without having to worry about fixing dinner or whether you’ll have enough champagne glasses to go round. Leave that to your Villa Manager.

Chalina Estate, Canggu (booked)

Umah Daun, Umalas (booked)

Villa Mandalay, Seseh-Tanah Lot

Villa Iskandar, Seseh-Tanah Lot

Villa Mako, Canggu (booked)

Pandawa Cliff Estate, The Bukit

Romantic escapes made for two

If your New Year’s Eve dream involves a candlelit dinner for two, in-villa massages, sipping Champagne in a private jacuzzi or bathtub for two, and a long New Year’s Day lie-in, then these romantic escapes are made just for you.

Dea Villa Radha,

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Bali’s Best Local Food

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Let’s talk Balinese cuisine – a mix of rich and bold flavours, spice pastes loaded with coriander seeds, galangal, turmeric and candlenut, pork, chicken, duck and fish cooked over wood fires, grilled over coconut husks or slow-braised. Rice and a spoonful of sambal – a mix of chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, sugar, lime and vinegar – to top it up. Want to experience Bali’s best local food on your next trip? Drop by these 5 amazing local warungs we love:

Warung Ibu Eny, Seminyak

Warung Ibu Eny is tucked away on the famous Petitenget street in Seminyak. Its leafy offering-scattered entrance and modest wooden furnishing make it a cozy spot to enjoy local food. Try their signature nasi campur, which can feature anything from whole roasted chicken in a betutu-style sauce to garlic and chilli-infused stir-fried water spinach, spicy pork steamed in banana leaves, deep-fried tempeh or braised tofu.

Warung Ibu Eny, Jalan Petitenget 97, Seminyak, +62 361 736 892.

Liku Ayam Betutu, Kuta

Betutu – chicken or duck wrapped in the banana bark with a mix of coconut oil and spices, and smoked for a day in an earthenware pot – is one of the great dishes of Balinese cuisine. Because it’s complex and time-consuming to prepare, you won’t often find it at your average Indonesian restaurant, but a small garage-like warung on Jalan Nakula, just outside Kuta, offers one of the finest versions on the island.

Liku Ayam Betutu, Jalan Nakula 19, Badung, no phone.

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Warung Makan Teges, Ubud

Located amongst the lush tropical gardens, in a traditional Balinese house, Teges serves best home-style Balinese cooking. Best-seller – nasi campur traditionally served on a banana leaf lending an appetizing aroma to the rice. Nasi campur here comes with two options — chicken or pork — all minced and cooked together with vegetables in coconut milk. The true highlight of the meal is the devilishly spicy sambal matah, the sauce made from fresh chili pods and sliced shallots and lime leaves.

Warung Makan Teges, Jalan Raya Cok Rai Pudak, Banjar Teges, Peliatan, Ubud, +62 361 975 251.

Nasi Campur at Warung Makan Teges in Ubud.

Warung Mak Beng, Sanur

This warung specialises in just one dish- nasi ikan (fish and rice). Snapper cutlet, deep-fried and served with rice and a bowl of fish-head soup with green papaya,

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Bali Wedding: Absolute Beachfront Villa Pushpapuri

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The idea of getting married in Bali already paints a beautiful picture, but imagine this – the sounds of pounding surf, the views of the mystical Mount Agung and your bare feet in the warm shimmering black sand as you say “I do”. Just a few highlights of the stunning beachfront Villa Pushpapuri.

Approached through terraced rice fields, tobacco plantations, papaya and banana groves, the villa’s entrance beautifully frames the view to sea. And that’s just the beginning. Dotted with towering coconut palms, which are perfect to fit the fairy tale lights, terraced garden to seat your guests or have a sunset cocktail reception and beautifully manicured lawns for that walk of your life.

More info about the venue: www.pushpapuri.com/weddings.html

Special thanks to these amazing folks for making this happen:

Styling – Inside The Knot
https://insidetheknot.com

Photography – Terralogical
https://www.terralogical.com

Flowers/Props – Gloriosa Bali Wedding
https://gloriosabaliwedding.com

Furniture/Props – Bali Event Hire
https://www.balieventhire.com

Make Up Artist – Putri Bali Makeup
https://putribalimakeup.com

Models – Mary Oprandi and Natalie Soh

Gowns – Jessicacindy
https://jessicacindy.com

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Editor’s Pick: Old Man’s in Canggu

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As frequent visitors to Canggu, we just love Old Man’s. After-surf drinks, sunset gigs, traditional beer garden bites and chill-out vibes all just few steps away from the shimmering black sands of Batu Bolong beach- what else could we ask.

Gaze at the stars from the plush sofas enjoying a glass of wine or sip margaritas by the bar mingling with fellow travellers and local expat crowd. With Dirty Ol’ Wednesdays and Salty Sundays the place turns into a huge beach party with beer pong, island’s best beats and attractive promos on beers, wines and margaritas promising a night you won’t forget.
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Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Old Man’s serves meals excellent for sharing. Grilled seafood platter and hand cut fries or traditional beer-battered fish and chips are amongst favourites. For the health conscious- fresh salads is the way to go.

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Old Man’s have not forgotten the little ones as well. It’s a one-stop beach, play, eat adventure for kids and there are always other little people to muck around with. The menu is crammed with kid’s favourites like pancakes, fish and chips, pasta, fresh juices and, of course, milkshakes. There’s lots of space to run around, a box of wooden toys to play with and comfy cushions to lounge on or have a nap. Too much energy to nap? Head down for some fun in the sand or rent a colorful long board and test your skills.

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Aussie artist Lucas Grogan added funky vibes to Old Man’s with his signature blue murals, which act as a magnet for curious kids and art savvy adults.

Stay updated on Old Man’s events via their Facebook page. There’s plenty going on including monthly Saturday markets full of awesome vintage goodies and organic produce.

Address: Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu
Phone: +62 361 8469 158
Open daily from 7 am till late

Feature image by www.rowetimson.com

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