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Best Golf Villas in Bali

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If you’re a golfer looking for a lavish base for a golfing holiday, you’ll love this hand-picked list of luxury Bali golf villas conveniently located no more than 10km away from a spectacular world-class golf course. Enjoy sublime views of the beautiful sea temple of Tanah Lot from the award-winning 18-hole course at Nirwana Bali Golf Club designed by legendary golfer Greg Norman.

Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa, Canggu

The traditionally styled Sungai Tinggi rests on the shores of black-sand beach in the peaceful village of Pererenan. It comprises 6 bedrooms, a glorious open-sided living and dining pavilion and an 18-metre infinity edge pool.

Distance to the course: 10km

https://www.sungaitinggibeachvilla.com  

Villa Maya Retreat, Tabanan

Villa Maya Retreat rests at the base of a gorge on the banks of the Penet River in the pretty village of Cepaka. The tropical architecture and interiors pay tribute to traditional Balinese design, with open-sided alang- alang thatched living pavilions facing the 12-metre green-stone swimming pool, and 6 individual bedroom pavilions.

Distance to the course: 10km

https://www.villamayaretreat.com

The Arsana Estate, Tabanan

Set in a beautiful rural area of rice fields and jungle-clad river valleys in Tabanan, this splendid 5-bedroom villa occupies an expansive estate flowing down a terraced hillside in the hinterland of southwest Bali. The Arsana Estate offers the perfect setting for weddings, events, or large family and group retreats.

Distance to the course: 10km

https://www.arsanavillaestate.com

Villa Pangi Gita, Canggu

Echoing the lush green rice terraces that surround it, the enchanting 3-bedroom Villa Pangi Gita gently flows down the hillside to the banks of the tranquil Pangi River in the sleepy village of Pererenan. It presents traditional-style living and sleeping spaces and expanses of glass that open out to the lush green surrounds.

Distance to the course: 8.7km

https://www.pangigita.com

Seseh Beach Villa I, Seseh

This 5-bedroom luxury home overlooks the Indian Ocean. It’s location in the traditional village of Seseh offers guests the opportunity to witness the daily rural life of the Balinese, enjoy the beauty of the rice fields, take bicycle rides through the country lanes or walks along the beach.

Distance to the course: 9km

https://www.sesehbeachvillas.com/

Kaba Kaba Estate,

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The Changing Face of Bali Tourism

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Australians have dominated Bali’s tourist market for years, but recent months have shown a huge shift towards a Chinese take-over of the lion’s share.

In February this year Chinese tourists accounted for 27.71% of visitors to Bali, with Australian arrivals accounting for 21.04%, and it is expected that this lead will grow exponentially with direct flights being introduced from first and second tier cities in China. In January, Garuda Indonesia introduced direct flights linking Bali and Shanghai and direct flights between Bali and Guangzhou commenced in May.

The Indonesian government has publicly recognised China as the number one tourist market of the immediate future. Back in June, the government relaxed its visa policy, waiving the US$35 tourist entry fee for Chinese nationals with the aim of increasing visits to 10 million people in the next few years. One major Chinese online travel agency said that they saw nearly a 50% growth over the previous month in bookings to Bali when the policy was announced.

While group tours are still dominating, there is a noticeable increase in well-educated, well-travelled and independent Chinese tourists who are leaning towards high-end luxury private villa experiences.

Here at Elite Havens, we understand the huge potential that this shift in Bali tourism represents and have been preparing to welcome Chinese visitors for the past 12 months. We have been growing relations with Chinese agents, especially those specialising in the luxury market. In May, we participated at the International Luxury Travel Management (ILTM) Conference in Shanghai; an invitation-only event at which we held one-on-one meetings with representatives of Asia’s sought-after market of luxury travellers.

We are also boosting our own personnel to include Mandarin-speaking staff, and will soon have a member of our team dedicated solely to the Chinese market, appealing to a particular style of business dealings and customs.

Looking for investment opportunities in Bali or Lombok? Get in touch with our experts at Elite Havens for more information.

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Through The Keyhole: Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa

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Elite Havens’ villas come in many shapes and sizes. That they are all luxurious homes in some of Asia’s most prized locations, brimming with first-class facilities and tended to by a caring team of staff, goes without saying, but beyond that, each and every villa has its own distinctive character. Many are the fulfilment of their owners’ dreams and have interesting stories attached to their creation. ‘Through the Keyhole’ takes a peek behind the scenes and chats with some of our villa owners to find out how the dream became a reality.

Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa owners tell us about their stunning oceanfront home on Bali’s south-west coast.

How long have you owned the villa?

We built it over 15 years ago, when I was engaged in developing a wide range of luxury residences throughout Bali for expatriate families. We needed a show villa to demonstrate our design and exhibit the wide range of construction materials available in Indonesia. We had already been living in Bali for over 10 years and it had taken that long to find the perfect location. There were obstacles to overcome regarding the land purchase, but we now own close to 12,000 sqm of beachfront land.

Can you share your insights on the design and construction process with us?

My company was involved in the construction of the Four Seasons Jimbaran and the Nirwana Resort in Tanah Lot. We borrowed a lot of ideas from both of these resorts when we came to design and build Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa.

The design combines the best of Western and Balinese architecture and materials and is testament to what good design and careful choice of materials can produce. We’ve been gratified to receive many comments about how well the villa fits into the environment. It was an important consideration for us to maintain the surrounding natural beauty by careful choice of materials that blend with the ever-changing landscape. For example, the river mouth next to the villa can quickly change from a canyon to a lake; viewed at dawn and sunset it presents two completely opposing views. Design is paramount in such situations because to dominate an environment is to detract from Bali’s natural beauty, which is what attracted us here in the first place.

What makes Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa unique?

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Bali’s West Side Story

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“Go West young man, and into the country”, instructs American author Horace Greeley in his oft-quoted phrase, and on The Island of the Gods, as in The Land of the Brave, once you leave the crowded streets (in this case, those of Kuta and Seminyak) behind and head west, a whole different world is revealed. A more traditional Bali, a picturesque rural scene of gently terraced rice fields, quiet villages, dramatic sea temples clinging to rocky islands and deserted ocean beaches.

Pererenan, to the west of Canggu, is an increasingly popular area for holidaymakers as it’s close enough to Seminyak (10km) for an evening out at one of many gourmet restaurants or for an afternoon shopping trip, but still possesses a serene laid-back village vibe. The beach here, with its rugged rocky outcrops and tidal pools, is undeveloped, except for a couple of local warungs and basic kiosks selling Bintang beer, soft drinks and coconuts. It can be a little stony for swimming – best to stay between the flags at neighbouring surf break, Echo Beach, which is just a couple of hundred metres further along the sand and has a great selection of cosy eateries offering music, beer and sunset seafood barbecues. Villas in and around Pererenan include the gorgeous beachside 4-7 bedroom Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa, ocean-view 6-bedroom Villa Luwih and grand 8-bedroom Villa Manis. Moving slightly further from the beach, among the rippling rice fields are 4-bedroom Villa Hansa, the 6-bedroom Chalina Estate and the 3-bedroom riverside hideaway, Villa Pangi Gita. For a real rural retreat (but still only 12km or so from Seminyak and 4-5km from the ocean) try the chic 5-bedroom Iman Villa or the charming Dutch-colonial-styled 3-bedroom Villa Mako.

Heading further westwards brings you to the peaceful fishing village of Seseh, where narrow country lanes leading to the coast call for leisurely bike rides and afternoon strolls. Farmers work in the rice paddies, children fly kites in the fields and cows take shelter from the midday sun under the shade of mango trees. Those looking for a dreamy, romantic getaway will be enchanted by the 2-bedroomed Villa Belong Dua set in a whimsical walled garden,

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5 Awesome Designer Shops in Bali

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Bali is home to creative designers from all around the world. Strolling down the streets of Seminyak and Canggu you will notice cute shop fronts filled with unique pieces of art, clothing and homeware. So why not take a break from soaking in the pool at your luxury villa, to check out these 5 awesome designer shops in Bali?

Bali Boat Shed

Bali Boat Shed stocks everything from men’s and women’s resort wear to high-fashion apparel, cosmetics and jewellery, as well as handmade leather and canvas bags from Bali Boat Shed’s own label. It features brands like Love Collective, Franksland, Benson, Frangipani Shirts, The Critical Slide Society, Enki Eyewear, Le Specs, Mink Pink, and State of Georgia. This highly curated collection will get you hooked on island vibes.

Bali Boat Shed, Corner of Jalan Kayu Aya and Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak.

Mister Zimi

Ladies, these husband-and-wife-team creations are for you. Enter a bohemian fairytale featuring bold prints and exotic style shift dresses, maxi dresses and harem pants as well as jackets and boots in soft, subtle leather. You can easily while away your day here.

Mister Zimi Satu, Jalan Kayu Aya No. 22, Seminyak; Mister Zimi Dua, Jalan Kayu Jati No. 8X, Seminyak. Open daily, 9am-9pm.

Coco and Ginger

This family-run boutique sells too-cute-to-be-true baby clothes, especially for little princesses. Whether you are looking to style your little ones or to take lovely presents back home, you will find everything you need here.

Coco and Ginger, Jalan Batubelig No. 88, Kerobokan, Kuta. Open daily, 10am-6pm.

Bungalow Living

Eat, shop, relax, enjoy, socialise and be inspired all inside this one pretty Bungalow in Canggu. You’ll be greeted on the front veranda by BB King, the shop’s large chocolate brown poodle, so don’t forget to reward him with a pat. Spend the day sipping coffee, chatting and shopping for homewares, decorations, cushion covers, accessories, boho bags, tassel necklaces, pretty jewels and lots of lovely pieces for the little ones too, including handmade teddy bears, wooden toys, colourful batik owls, books, trinkets and more.

Bungalow Living Bali, 35 Jalan Pantai Berawa, Canggu. Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30am-6pm.

Magali Pascal

This French-born, Bali-based designer has stunning collections that combine luxurious silks, laces and organic fabrics with refined embellishments,

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