Our journey begins in Bali, where you're ensconced one of the island's most spectacular private residences, the Istana Villa . Perched on an oceanfront cliff with sublime sunset views of the beach and crashing waves this elite destination was inspired by local Balinese architecture. The massive house is crafted of carefully chosen wood and stone, and decorated with elegant local textiles. Your every need is attended to by not just one but several gracious and well-trained staff including a personal masseuse, trainer, drivers, maids and kitchen staff. Your private chef makes use of the finest local ingredients to prepare delicious meals such as Bebek Bengil crispy duck accompanied by an outstanding Champagne, Salon le Mesnil, Blanc de Blanc, 1996, one of the most desirable vintages of the last fifty years.
Built over the water, this 15,000-square-foot, six-building complex boasts a glass-floored foyer that leads onto a large sun deck with a 12-person dining area. Two master suites have spacious living rooms and baths that qualify as retreats on their own: The circular glass shower is accessed via a walkway through a private garden, and the bathtub is on its own deck amid day beds for lounging. There's also a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living room and a private spa with a sauna, steam room, massage pavilion and a gym. As if this weren't enough, you're rewarded by stunning views of the ocean everywhere you look. Here you'll play golf on the Greg Normandesigned 18-hole championship course at Nirwana Bali Golf Club, Bali's top-rated club. As demanding as it is scenic; one particular hole requires players to navigate the ball over an ocean inlet. The 7th hole is a Nirwana signature, with a dramatic view of Tanah Lot, the sacred Hindu temple dedicated to the sea. All of the club's caddies are women, recruited from neighboring villages and receive intensive training for their jobs - many are quite reputable players themselves! After a rejuvenating Balinese massage, bath and series of spa treatments, enjoy a private dinner with a charming Balinese Prince, Rai Girigunadhi, and his family at their Royal Palace, with a lavish private performance by Balinese singers and dancers.
The next day, after a vigorous morning of golf, a helicopter transports you over emerald rice terraces, volcanoes and lush jungles to a remote village to participate in a private family ceremony and religious ritual, such as a tooth fi ling (to rid the body of weaknesses: lust, greed, drunkenness, confusion and jealousy) or perhaps a traditional Balinese wedding.
Traveling onward to Langkawi, Malaysia, a gorgeous archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. Your magnificent floating home for the next three days is the 172-foot uber-luxury yacht, Taipan. Originally built as the Royal Yacht of the Emir of Bahrain, the ship has been fi tted with every conceivable luxury, including salons fi lled with fine art and antiques, a complete gymnasium, five massive staterooms and a state of the art media room. The yacht's chef is preparing an exceptional Malaysian seafood curry to be served with Guigal, Hermitage Blanc, Ex Voto, 2003, an incredible white Rhone wine.
Your golf day begins at the worldclass Golf Club Datai Bay Resort championship course, tucked between the Machincang Mountains and gorgeous white sand beaches. After a day on the links, luxuriate in their award-winning spa, and we'll arrange for a swim on a completely private and remote beach on a nearby uninhabited island. Your domicile in the exciting and cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong will be in the Presidential Suite at one of the best five-star hotels, such as the Mandarin Oriental, The Peninsula or The Four Seasons, all consistently voted among the top hotels in the world each year. The next golf excursion is a rare treat. Just minutes away by helicopter you'll be whisked to the renowned Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzen, China. Rated as the largest golf club in the world, boasting 12 championship courses and 216 holes in all. Mission Hills includes a Jack Nicklaus World Cup Course, considered by many to be the finest course in Asia; also a Greg Norman-designed course with extremely demanding narrow fairways; and a Nick Faldo-designed course where the 16th hole challenges players with what's been called the world's toughest island greens. In the evening we'll visit one of the exclusive restaurants and private clubs that have sprung up in Hong Kong. These include new outposts for the celebrated Parisian chefs Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon. Also noteworthy are the very elite Kee Club and Hutong-- Hong Kong's best view and cuisine. In order to send you on your way properly outfitted for this Asian golf vacation, we plan to outfit you with set of the finest golf clubs in the world.
A professional photographer and videographer will be on hand to record every exciting moment of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. As a lasting memento of your experience, you will be presented afterwards with a personal photo album and DVD of the trip, and an engraved sterling silver map of the complete journey.