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Chef du Jour: Villa 1880

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Entering Villa 1880, you are transported back in time. Set on a lot in Bali surrounded by palm trees large enough to cover its 8-foot high surrounding fence, Villa 1880 is reminiscent of a colonial plantation. Owned by an interior designer and a vintage store owner, the tastefully decorated villa includes among its decor a large boulder on sand, a giant stuffed peacock, and china from a shipwreck. Other modern touches are seen in upholstery from Hermès and clusters of modern hanging lamps. Whimsical and unique, Villa 1880 is full of little details.

You may not want to leave the 5-bedroom  (including an 8-kids-bunk-bedroom) villa, what with its impeccable service and design. But if you feel like taking a stroll, Batu Belig Beach is only 500 metres away. The villa is also a close drive to Seminyak and Canggu. This is Bali at its best, with food that lives up to expectations.

We interviewed Chef Adi Sutrisna, who shared with us his recipe for Lemon Butter Salmon with Couscous. Simple but flavorful, the dish was made with fresh vegetables and salmon. The couscous was freely dribbled with lemon butter sauce and vegetable stock. It had just the right mix of gritiness and mushiness.

Elite Havens: Why do you like this dish? Why do you make this dish?

Chef Adi: I like everything. I like making this dish because there are many Asian flavors and I like them all.

EH: Ah, the different flavors. Why do you like them?

CA: I think all food is essentially the same. There is no good food or bad food. Italian, Asian, they are all good.

EH: Do your guests at the villa agree?

CA: In the villa, we have guests from all over the world. They all like my flavours because I use all kinds, especially Asian.

EH: What’s your main dish usually made of? Beef, pork, seafood?

CA: I like salmon. Salmon is a nice fish.

EH: How long have you been cooking?

CA: I studied hospitality decades ago and I’ve been cooking since 2000.

EH: What’s your favorite thing about being a chef?

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Chef du Jour: Villa Pangi Gita

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Villa Pangi Gita sits in the heart of Canggu but might as well be nestled in the middle of the jungle. That’s what it feels like in the verdant areas filled with little houses designed to look like Balinese huts.

Each space – including the open-sided living room, the study and the bedrooms – is topped by iron-wood shingle roofs. In tandem with water features scattered throughout, you feel the traditional Bali vibe.

The food in this 3-bedroom villa complements its decor and architecture. Scrumptious with a clean flavor, it’s cooked up by Chef Gus, who’s skilled in Asian and European cuisine.

Elite Havens: Chef, please tell me your name and what you do in the villa.

Chef Gus: My name is Ida Bagus Adhi Kusuma. People call me Gus. I’ve been working in Pangi Gita since 2012. I started around 2005. 

EH: What do you cook? Did you study cooking before?

CG: Actually, I graduated from a tourism hospitality university. Diploma 1.  And then I worked in a big hotel.  

EH: What is Diploma 1?

CG: Diploma 1 is the one year program to go in University after senior year of high school. So I took a one-year program in the hospitality industry in food and beverage products. Then I worked in one of the biggest hotels in Bali. And then in the airport, in a catering company, and then some other villas. The latest is here. I’ve been here for about 9 years.

EH: What kind of cuisine do you make?

CG: I am able to cook Balinese food, Indonesian food and even European food. I can also make cakes. I used to work as a pastry chef in a hotel. We had a special request for carrot cake for one of our retreat guests and I made a special one.

EH: How would you describe what you cook?

CG: Cooking is an art. Cooking is also an hobby.  So if you have patience in cooking, you’ll able to deliver an excellent dish to your guests.

EH: What are you making us tonight? What are you cooking tonight?

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8 Bali Villas for Corporate Groups and Wellness Retreats

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Sanur villas for groups

Mix business with pleasure at your next corporate meeting, training or wellness retreat and lap up the luxury of one of Bali’s fabulous villa estates.  Let’s face it, nowhere does villas like Bali does, and unlike large, impersonal resorts, a villa grants you absolute privacy and exclusivity, with your own state-of-the-art facilities. Best of all, service is highly personalized with a round-the-clock team of butlers, housekeepers and security at your beck and call– not to mention highly skilled chefs who can cook exactly what you want when you want it. Healthy meeting snacks? Canapés and cocktails at sunset? Seafood barbecue by the pool? Balinese themed dinner with live dance performance?  You name it and villa staff will provide it, all with the smiles and warmth of hospitality that Bali is famous for.

Expansive, fully-staffed villas in fabulous locations around the island are well set up for groups, with large capacity common areas for group activities and special events. Most offer all the mod cons, from Satellite TV to high speed WiFi and business centre facilities, alongside generous en suite bedrooms, stunning pools set in lush gardens, sensational spa services, and plenty of space for everyone to spread out.

Sound good? Here are our top ten villa picks for your next corporate event, training or wellness retreat.

If you like the idea of being slightly more remote, a Pabean Beach villa near Sanur is an inspired choice. Located just to the north, Pabean Beach is reached by a sun-dappled lane that meanders through tobacco plantations, emerald rice fields and banana groves. Four-bedroomed Villa Pushpapuri has absolute beach frontage, and an abundance of outdoor areas and lawn space ideal for events with a seating capacity up to 70 (standing 100.) Mobile telephones are conveniently supplied to guests here, while a pool table and home theatre room provide extra entertainment options.

Those that like to be right in the thick of Bali’s most popular tourist towns, will love these next two options, each in easy walk of great restaurants, boutiques and spas. Seminyak is the buzzing cosmopolitan heart of Bali, perfect for those who want a slice of the action. Villa Kalimaya is a cluster of four exclusive villas tucked down a peaceful lane, just a stone’s throw from Bali’s most iconic beach clubs, Ku De Ta and Potato Head.

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