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Phuket King’s Cup Regatta 2016

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With its dreamy sailing waters including the karst island-studded Phang Nga Bay and the Similan islands, Phuket has long been a leisure-yachting haven. But for sailors seeking a more challenging day out, Thailand’s largest island offers plenty of racing action as well.

The Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, held every year in early December, is one of Asia’s best known and biggest sailing events. This prestigious race was first held in 1987 in honour of His Majesty the King of Thailand. Every year since the first celebration, it has attracted a mix of sailors with a competitive spirit, from royals to the Royal Thai Navy to expat yachtsmen who join races worldwide.

Now part of the Asian Yachting Circuit, the King’s Cup includes several competition classes and brings in hundreds of yacht owners and crew from around the world. But more than just a sailing race, the King’s Cup is also one of Phuket’s most-anticipated social events, with glittering parties held each evening and a chance for local and international sailors to mingle and explore the island beyond the regatta circuit. Those not joining the race are encouraged to at least make a sunset visit to Kata Beach during King’s Cup, where most of the regatta’s yachts are moored after a day of racing. It’s a picture-perfect sight!

Phuket Raceweek is a newer regatta, held every July in what are considered more challenging conditions than those of the calmer, fair-weather month of December. Sponsored by the Cape Panwa Hotel, races are held off Phuket’s picturesque east coast over four days, with gala events each night at the resort’s gorgeous beachfront location.

6-1200x700Local yacht design skills are on full display at Raceweek, with one of the most popular divisions being the single-design Firefly 850 Sports Class – a fleet of sleek racing catamarans designed and built in Phuket. Another one-design class making a comeback in 2016 is the Platu class, a monohull design that’s popular among the Pattaya and Phuket sailing crowd. Championship titles in the IRC 1, 2 and Cruising, Multihull and Bareboat Charter classes are all up for grabs, with yacht charters available for those without their own boats on Phuket looking to join in the action.

Chinese New Year brings another week of sail races, with the Phang Nga Bay Regatta taking place each year around the Lunar New Year month.

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Christmas in Bali: festive feasts for brunch and dinner

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Wining and dining in Bali has never been more exciting, and if you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas on this Island of the Gods, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to brunch and dinner celebrations: from traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings, to seafood spectaculars, sushi platters, barbecue buffets and foie gras to die for, there’s treats for every taste bud. The only likely problem is narrowing down the options. So, to help you, here are our top tips for fabulous festive feasts on the 25th December.

W RETREAT & SPA BALI – SEMINYAK  
Super Christmas Brunch at FIRE

FIRE brings together the best dishes from east and west. Asian delights complemented with salads, soups, chilled seafood, prime meat and mouth-watering desserts. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30pm. IDR 900,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.

Christmas Brunch at STARFISH BLOO

It’s not just the views that will keep you here. There are endless options of sushi & oysters; dim sum, BBQ lobster, salmon and carvings of ham or turkey with all the accompaniments and then some. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30. IDR 1,000,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.

Website

Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak

Tel +62 361 3000106

MÉTIS – SEMINYAK

MÉTIS is offering a divine Christmas selection to complement their a la carte menu. Highlights include Sturia caviar, rabbit, hazelnut terrine, foie gras, cannelloni, roast turkey from the US, roast duck roulade, honey ginger glazed pork knuckle and sweets such as chestnut crème brulé. Have we got you drooling yet? Book now to avoid the disappointment. Check the website for the latest pricing.

Website

Jalan Petitenget no. 6, Seminyak

Tel +62 361 4737888

MOZAIC – UBUD 

Staying in Ubud? Treat yourself and book a table at the famous Mozaic Restaurant. Priced at IDR 1,350,000++ the dinner menu highlights include Canadian lobster tail with Balinese lemon-basil and Jerusalem artichokes, Atlantic cod with winter black truffle, duo of chilled and seared foie gras with pomelo and kaffir lime and much more. You can also add a wine pairing option at IDR 880,000++.

Website

Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud

Tel +62 361 975768

KU DE TA – SEMINYAK 

Carols by the Sea,

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Seminyak Sizzles on New Year’s Eve

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Seminyak knows how to throw a sensational New Year’s Eve party.

From chic Petitenget to the sizzling centre of town, this corner of Bali will be overflowing with celebratory shindigs – from divine dining and all-night dancing for sassy singles, to festive feasts for gastronomes and fun events for families welcoming in 2016.

Kick the evening off at Seminyak beach, watching the sun sink below the horizon for the last time this year. A raft of vibrant venues are sprinkled along the sands here, delivering icy beers, sodas, superb fresh juices and classic cocktails as well as plenty of uber-chilled dining choices. Families can stay and play while party peeps head home to glam up for a swanky Seminyak club night.

Seminyak’s buzzing beach clubs, gorgeous restaurants and coolest bars will all be competing to smash the island’s best party. Will it be a lascivious masked ball, a shimmering rooftop extravaganza or a daylong poolside party that morphs into evening champagne glamour while pumping to the tunes of a world class DJ? Most of these affairs have a sky-high ticket price but include delicious dining and free-flow wine, champagne and beer. These are mind-altering events.

Leading the party pack are Cocoon Beach Club, W Hotel, Potato Head, Mosaic Beach Club, Double Six Rooftop and Ku De Ta, who bring to the island some of the hottest DJ’s on the globe. To take it down a notch or two, head over to Metis or a beachfront hotel like the Oberoi for a night of classy calm.

If you’re totally ambivalent to cutting-edge clubbing then opt for the cool bars and impressive restaurants that will mete out an unforgettable NYE experience, without an overlay of frenetic flotsam. Go utterly upscale at Sarong, uniquely local at Merah Putih or hang with the expats at Petitenget Café and Restaurant.

Once darkness descends, fireworks start fizzing all over town. There’s an impressive panorama of the pyrotechnics from the beach, and from many of Bali’s favourite family friendly restaurants like La Lucciola, Seminyak Italian Food and Chez Gado Gado.

Many Seminyak streets will be closed for the night so aim to remain within walking distance of your villa.

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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.

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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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The Fashion Festival Bali 2015

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The Fashion Festival Bali

The brainchild of creative director Nicholas Meimaris, The Fashion Festival Bali is back 15-22nd August 2015 to inspire and entertain fashion-savvy folks from around Southeast Asia. At this year’s event, themed ‘Embody The Blessed’, young talented creatives from Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Dubai, Vietnam, UK and USA will get their chance to shine on the fashion frontier.

Packed with extravagant launch parties featuring live musicians from around the world, international runway shows featuring established and emerging designers, and an exclusive shopping experience at The Showroom – a unique concept that allows its visitors to buy clothes literally straight off the runway – this event is not to be missed.

For latest event updates, click here.

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