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Bali Indonesia friends luxury home

June 17, 2014 by David Herd

Albert Mantello’s beautiful home

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home staying at the beautiful waterfront home owned by Albert Mantello who was an ex North Melbourne Aussie Rules footballer & North Melbourne football club president Allen Aylett, who was another famous footballer was there as well, plus Ron Joseph, a well know North Melbourne supporter and a players agent.

The Mantellos bought a long-term lease on a beach front property in the now fashionable Semanyak region and built a grand villa called Atas Ombak. It sleeps 10, boasts a pool, private beach, 5000 square metres of land and 25 staff including five cooks and its yours for $US1250-$US2000 a night depending on the season.

Villa Atas Ombak, Indonesian for “Villa On Top of The Waves”, is directly located on the beach only a few kilometres north of Legian. Featuring breathtaking views of Bali’s famous sunsets, the Villa encompasses an acre and a half of garden area, with over 100 meters of beach frontage. It also includes a large swimming pool, a main building with three bedrooms, a large entertainment pavilion that functions as an open-air living room, and two separate Ocean rooms. Located far enough away from the tourist crowds to ensure total privacy, this villa is still close enough to offer easy access to Bali’s favourite shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home

Bali Indonesia friends luxury homeWhat a fantastic setting for a Balinese massage, this is the way to live in Bali.

Bali Indonesia friends, lunch is served

Bali with friends

I was invited by my friend Ross Ansell who was a good friend of Alberts. Ross is at the head of the table, Albert is on the left. A huge bonus was Ettore who was the editor for a Melbourne Soccer magazine. He flew two models to Bali for a photo shoot. I really had a great time in Bali with friends both old & new.

Naturally I had to get among the action

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home Of course I had to hover around the photo shoots to see if I could pick up any tips. 🙂

Some of Albert’s many staff

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There were cooks, gardeners, carpenters, security, you name it, in Bali Albert had them all.

The Melbourne crew

Ron Joseph Alan Aylett

Ron Joseph and Alan Aylett, North Melbourne fanatics.

Ettore & Ross Ansell on the plane to Bali

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Two very nice Melbourne guys.

Cocktail time at Albert’s home

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home

Two gorgeous Melbourne girls, what about that magnificent black dress?

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 One of the many horse statues

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home There are many of these similar statues on or near roundabouts in Bali, this on is close to Kuta beach

Kupu Kupu Barong Villas And Tree Spa

Kupu Kupu Barong hotel

This is a wonderful hotel in the mountains at Ubud

Kapu Kapu Barong

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home A beautiful setting with views to die for.

Street market in Ubud

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As you can imagine everything here is rather inexpensive.

Great Bali golf hole

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home I can’t remember if I hit the green or not, probably not. 🙂

Hotel Serai on the coast

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home I think this Serai hotel may have changed its name. It was on the eastern shore of Bali at Candidasa, however while I was looking for it on Agoda I found this beautiful hotel The Rama Candidasa Resort.

My room was beside the pool

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home There is so much more to Bali than Kuta beach or Legian, there are some wonderful luxury resorts scattered along the coastline. So if you want to escape from the maddening crowds check out The Rama Candidasa Resort.

Reunion lunch at Lynch’s in Domain Rd South Yarra.

Bali Indonesia friends luxury home A short time after my Bali Indonesia friends adventure we gathered at the famous Lynch’s restaurant in Melbourne. I’m on the left beside Ross Ansell, then Albert Mantello & Paul Lynch the restaurant owner, not sure who the lady was, and finally Ettore on the right. Sadly this famous restaurant now does not exist after the retirement of founder Paul Lynch in December 2007.

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It would be 11 long years before I returned to Bali in 2008, and there is no way I had the same fun as I had at Albert’s beautiful home in 1997 with a fascinating group of people.

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          Brussels                            St Tropez                                    Verona

Manneken Pis           photo St Tropez 21.jpg          Juliet's house is in a courtyard off Via Capello. photo Verona107.jpg

       Amsterdam                         Barcelona                        Monte Carlo

Amsterdam      Plaza de Catalu photo PlacadeCatalunastatue.jpg          Monte Carlo Casino

                  Florence                         Lisbon                              Zagreb

The old bridge    Lisbon    Main Square Zagreb

 

             Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                  through these links below.  Book now & pay later. 🙂
                              Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                         Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

 

Click on the photo below for a another flashback.

 

Here is my post on Angkor Wat in Cambodia

 

Have a look at this wonderful Italian seaside village

 

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Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

August 25, 2013 by David Herd

Magnificent rice terraces

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise, but personally I prefer Thailand as the best Asian destination for a number of reasons. For me there are too many Australians holidaying in Bali and being an Australian myself I really don’t want to mix with my countrymen when I am on vacation. I first visited this lovely island 40 years ago when it was calm and peaceful, now it is so busy all year round with tourists from all over the world. However as I said initially it is a great location for surfers as opposed to Thailand and many other Asian countries which don’t have large waves crashing on the shore.

Gathering for the sunset

Ku De Ta BaliOn the beach in front of Ku Da Ta the crowd eagerly awaits the sunset.

Beautiful Balinese sunset

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One of the best places in the world to watch the sunset.

Ku De Ta

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A famous restaurant where people gather for the sunset.

Here I am with little Ben from London

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This was July 2008.

Ben & Michelle

Bali IndonesiaWe met online while discussing a house swap. I invited them to join me in Bali before coming to Australia to stay in my guest wing.

Traditional dancers

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Gorgeous girls in traditional Balinese dress.

Bali has a fascinating culture.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

Total concentration here.

Pura Tanah Lot Bali Indonesia

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise  Tanah Lot means “Land Sea” in the Balinese language. Located in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Denpasar, the temple sits on a large offshore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. Tanah Lot is claimed to be the work of the 15th-century priest Nirartha. During his travels along the south coast he saw the rock-island’s beautiful setting and rested there. Some fishermen saw him, and bought him gifts. Nirartha then spent the night on the little island. Later he spoke to the fishermen and told them to build a shrine on the rock for he felt it to be a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.

Beautiful Balinese Villa.

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A beautiful Balinese villa.

Balinese boat on Sanur beach.

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A great boat on Sanur beach.

The age old question

Bali Indonesia Surfers ParadiseDOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS? Definitely not. 🙂

 Dining at Ku De Ta in Seminyak.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise One of the best places to dine and watch the fabulous sunsets is Ku De Ta on the beach at Seminyak. The photo above shows me David Herd & my friend Ken Grant, an American who now lives and works in Bali.

Ken’s Villa

Bali IndonesiaHere is where I stayed, Ken and his family came to my home in Australia for Xmas.

Beautifully decorated

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The whole villa was just beautifully decorated.

Jimbaram Bay

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The most popular beach dining location in Bali.

Samaya Hotel at Seminyak.

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise There are many 5 star hotels in Bali Indonesia, the Samaya hotel is in a great location right on the beach.    

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise

A kite surfer at Sanur beach.

          Thanks for visiting my Bali Indonesia Surfers Paradise photo blog.

         Brussels                            St Tropez                                    Verona

Manneken Pis           photo St Tropez 21.jpg          Juliet's house is in a courtyard off Via Capello. photo Verona107.jpg           

     Amsterdam                         Barcelona                        Monte Carlo    

 Amsterdam      Plaza de Catalu photo PlacadeCatalunastatue.jpg          Monte Carlo Casino                    

           Florence                         Lisbon                              Zagreb        

  The old bridge    Lisbon    Main Square Zagreb

 

         

Great hotel room rates anywhere in the world if you book
                                                through these links below.  Book now & pay later.
Plus free cancellation .🙂
                                                       Bangkok Hotels                    Pattaya Hotels
                                                  Amazing Bangkok busses               Amazing Bangkok busses
Pattaya webcam

 

That’s all folks

Beckington Trowbridge

 


Click on Here is my last trip to Bali Indonesia in 1997.

 

Please check out my post on Angkor Wat

 

Here are some cheap restaurants in Pattaya Thailand

 

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