There is no one size fits all when it comes to Bali villas. Like the island that has everything, private villas come in all shapes and sizes and depending what you love to do, there is definitely one for you. We reviewed six of our favourite private villas to help you find your perfect fit.
The Urban Traveller’s Choice – The Layar
The Layar Designer Villas and Spa makes a dramatic design impact on arrival. These seriously spacious villas with beautiful pools and sleek Italian styling are the perfect launching point for those who love shopping, restaurants, nightlife and time on the beach.
As a protected compound, The Layar has villas offering one, two, three and four bedrooms, each with its own sparkling private pool, gorgeous garden, open tropical living and dining spaces and elegant master suites with ensuite bathrooms. The best of Seminyak is on the doorstep making daily transport simple. Day trips to other parts of Bali are easily organized by the team at the Layar and in-villa services – an in-villa catered BBQ anyone – are on tap 24 hours a day. Sleek, chic and tropical, The Layar is one of Seminyak’s best addresses.
The Jungle Lover’s Villa – Permata Ayung
Imagine a villa set on 5 hectares, surrounded by lush jungle-style gardens. Located on a river with a private spa that ripples out of the landscape, Permata Ayung boasts an organic garden, a five-star chef and a collection of fabulous antique Javanese houses filled with decorative art and antiques. Each is unique and offers magnificent views across the property. Permata Ayung is a favourite with travelling royalty, celebrities and fashion designers who value privacy, luxury and a location with incredible natural beauty. It is also one of Bali’s largest villas sleeping up to 13 guests, but it is also possible at times to rent part of the property.
If privacy is your thing, this is the ultimate property for you. With a large bar and a cinema, your own spa and restaurant, nothing is too much trouble and getting in touch with the real Bali is a matter of walking outside and falling in love. Bring the entourage.
The Ultimate Surf Stay – The Luxe Bali
Even surfers grow up and need a little luxury alongside an incredible location. The Luxe Bali sits on the edge of Padang Padang Beach with a private staircase that takes you directly into the clear, blue water. With three big bedrooms, built on four levels, this is the ultimate surf villa.
The small, dedicated staff at the Luxe are great cooks, excellent tour guides and every aspect of the villa is designed to the highest standards. The lower level houses a private spa, a fully equipped gym, a steam room, sauna and an intimate cinema. Upstairs the open plan living and dining area overlooks the views while an open kitchen is filled with the ultimate gadgets for foodies. A lift takes you to the upper levels where rooms overlook the garden or the ocean and at the very top, the master suite is laid out over the full floor plan with a giant terrace for perfect sunsets and a bird’s eye view of some of Bali’s most revered surf breaks. This is a home filled with designer features and high tech inclusions; everything is controlled from the temperature to the music at the touch of a button. The Luxe Bali is the ultimate playground for grown up surfers.
For Bali Lovers – Andari Bali Villas
For some, Bali is about going local and nowhere is more local than Legian, brimming with markets, warungs, casual restaurants and local spas. Andari Bali Villas are just moments from the beach and steps away from Double Six Road. With two and three bedroom villas, fully equipped kitchens, large swimming pools and beautiful gardens, this is the perfect choice for families or groups of friends.
The complex of six beautiful Balinese-style pool villas is a home away from home for many repeat travellers. The warm and friendly staff are all local and have great tips on local restaurants and warungs as well as the best shops and markets. Book one of their experienced drivers and head out for a day tour or stay close and soak up the Bali life, old school-style. Each of the villas is beautifully maintained, comfortable and offers Wi-Fi, entertainment systems and cable TV.
Make yourself at home – Anyar Estate
There are those who want to enjoy the best of Bali but long to go home to a villa where peace reigns and rice fields still exist. Anyar Estate is a small collection of villas that range from two to five bedrooms, located in peaceful, pretty Umalas. Which these days, is a destination in itself with a host of new cafes, bars, shopping precincts and fab restaurants. Anyar Estate is privately owned and feels like a much loved home. Staff are trained to cook both local favourites and comforting home-style meals. The pools are pristine, set in wonderful, tropical gardens and Umalas has recently seen a surge of new restaurants and cafes so staying local is a lot of fun. It is also the perfect place to access both Canggu and Seminyak while Ubud is only an hour away.
Seeing the driver Kus at the airport pick up is a treat in itself, he is part of the family. The owners of Anyar Estate are also the proprietors of the famous Echo Beach House, the local pub, the Plumbers Arms and Scallywags Resorts in the Gili islands, so package deals and in-house discounts are perks of staying at this lovely estate.
Canggu Hot Spot – Mandala House
Longing to explore Canggu, all its great restaurants and cafes, intimate bars and beach clubs, yet still want to come home to a place where the whole gang can settle in and make their own party? Mandala House fits the bill perfectly. Conveniently located in Berawa, Mandala House combines the best of all possible worlds with access to all the Berawa hot spots and a short distance from Canggu’s Batu Bolong and Echo beach, Mandala House oozes style and personality. With five bedrooms, including an enormous main suite upstairs, the Instagram moment is captured in the long pool bar with a glass bottom pool above it. This is a house where a group of friends can very happily hang out, party, chill out in the fabulous sunken living room, hit the entertainment room upstairs, watch movies in the cinema below decks, work out in the gym and enjoy lazy days on the large pool deck. Mandala House is created as a home with loads of stylish interactions. Staff, a full kitchen, a large dining table, fabulous en suite bathrooms and delicious surf-inspired interiors make this one a destination in itself.