Seeking your very own private patch of paradise on Indo’s luscious Isle of the Gods? Whether you want to party it up by the beach, chill in the hills, or flop with the fam, Bali has an exclusive and ultra lavish villa to suit your vacay style.
Best For: Blissing out beachside
For undisturbed seaside serenity, skip your sandals to this stagger-fab, six suite retreat perched right on the glimmering Canggu coastline. Antiques and local Balinese art n’ craft adorn the sprawling contempo residence, while an cosy library is the perfect place for holiday reading. And while you’re a mere flick from the ocean, the villa’s prime posi also affords the luxury of verdant rice fields in it’s own backyard.
Jl Pantai Mengening, Cemagi. +62 36 1848 3316. konadityahouse.com
Best For: Traditional tastemakers
With thatched roofs and carved raw woods throughout, these three-, four- and five-sleeper villas are perfect for rustic retreat seekers. Earthy chambers and alfresco living areas are accented with local furny and textiles, but you can still expect some mod touches such as rain shower ensuites, outdoor soaking tubs and a shimmering, aquamarine lap pool.
Jl Umalas Klecung, Badung. +62 3 6173 7898. bluekarmaresort.com
Best for: Jungle rumbles
Rather go bucolic than beach? You’ll adorn these an-teaky designer joglos conceived by star-chitect Yew Kuan Cheong and situ’d amid the lush rainforest and serene paddies of the Sayan Ridge. The sprawling estate features four free-standing, grass-roofed suites each with private balconettes, yoga-ready wooden decks and pared-back boudoirs jutting out over the mountainous landscape.
Jl Raya Kedewatan 29B, Ubud. +62 81 2375 4344. hartlandestate.com
Best For: A fam-friendly flop
This tropical Echo Beach enclave of thatched pavilions and shaded terraces is perfect for those with tots or teens in tow. Little’uns are catered for with a splashy 30m lap pool (yes, there’s a shallow end), bunk beds, table tennis, a trampoline and movie room, plus kid-friendly Canggu Club but a dash away. Meanwhile, mum and dad will also be taken care of by the private chef and house-call masseuse.
Canggu. +62361737498. puribawana.com
Best For: Party people
If you're planning a serious soirée, or just have a dozen of your nearest and dearest in attendance, this mammoth eight-bedroom pad is the ultimate entertainment estate, sporting four pools, a spa, tennis court, croquet lawn, home theatre, up-sized lounge rooms that can seat up to 18, and a personal chef. Need someone to watch the wrigglers while you wind-down? Rest easy with staff-supervised Balinese dance classes and yoga lessons, or leave them to their own devices in the dedicated playroom.
Banjar Dangin Uma, Cepaka. +62 36 1855 1271. kabakabaestate.com
Best For: Romantic romps
Loved up honeymooners beeline for Alila’s chic n’ petite, one-bedroom pur-leisure nests set atop the limestone cliffs of Uluwatu. Each sleek sleeper has its own plunge pool, granite jacuzzi tub and an on-call butler, plus guests get access to the vista-rific wood-slatted bar and couples treatments in the sigh-worthy Spa Alila. Swoon.Jl Belimbing Sari, Desa Pekatu. +62 36 1848 2166. alilahotels.com
- Published 8 November 2016.
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