Whether you’re looking for a cheeky summer getaway with the other half, or a week partying with the boys, there’s no better spot than the Indonesian island of Bali. This island paradise is well known for offering value for money, especially for Australians, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t chip in a little extra and splurge on an upmarket villa with all the trimmings.
Renting a villa with a private spa or breathtaking views might cost you a couple grand anywhere else in the world, but in Bali, you can experience the very best luxury villas for a fraction of the cost. So book some time off work, sort out your summer travel kit and prepare to be treated like a king in Bali’s coolest luxury villas.
Chimera Villas, Seminyak
Situated in the heart of bustling Seminyak and a short walk to the beach, Chimera Villas are all about value for money in a luscious and inviting setting. Like most villas in Bali you have access to your own swimming pool, but unlike other properties, the outside pool and garden area is huge, with ample amount of space the perfect place to host friends.
Each room contains modern fittings with a natural Balinese influence, large en-suite bathrooms and an American-style kitchen. If you want to be close to the action of Seminyak without being woken by loud music or drunk tourists, this is the place for you.
~ $500 per night
The Mulia Villas, Nusa Dua
If you want to escape the crazy nightlife of Kuta and Seminyak and relax on sandy beaches with a Bintang or four, The Mulia Villas is the place for you.
The abodes are located adjacent to the beach and come equipped with exquisite bathroom setups (including heated toilets), private hydrotherapy pools, king-sized beds and your own personal butler. Mulia Villas also offer a number of daily activities and cooking classes, along with access to eight different onsite restaurants – meaning you’ll never go hungry.
~ $800 per night
Dea Villas, Berawa
The world-class Dea Villas can be found in the rural area of Berawa, close to Canggu, and consist of four tropical garden villas modelled on more traditional Balinese designs. Each villa can be rented separately (for a romantic rendezvous) or together (for large groups), and occupy multiple pavilions with private gardens and waterfall-fed swimming pools.
The walkways and outdoor spaces are covered with antiques and artefacts while you can cycle through the nearby rice fields on your way to the beach. This is Bali heritage meets modern chic in a gorgeous location you won’t want to leave.
~ $1,000 per night
Villa Issi, Seminyak
Designed by award-winning Indonesian architect Budi Pradono, Villa Issi is an architectural masterpiece combining contemporary construction with a tropical feel. Highlights of the four-bedroom villa include the metal skin that surrounds the top floor – keeping the rooms cool and casting unique shadows – specially commissioned artworks and a massive 25-metre pool.
Villa Issi also comes with staff available at any hour of the day or night to cook dinner, do your laundry or, most importantly, mix you a drink at the poolside bar.
~ $1,200 per night
The Edge, Pecatu
Spread across 1.5 hectares and situated on a 500ft cliff in Uluwatu overlooking the Indian ocean, The Edge certainly lives up to its name. There are a variety of different villas available that contain everything from private pools and large living areas to fully stocked bars and your own library.
You can call on your 24-hour private butler to prepare an early morning snack after a late night out or visit the traditional Balinese spa facility where you can experience a relaxing massage or recuperate with a spa treatment. During the day, enjoy the impressive infinity pool that stretches out over the edge of the dramatic cliff. This spot is a favourite of ours and the definition of luxury.
~ $1,500 per night
Villa Atas Ombak, Seminyak
Really want to go all out and drop some serious coin? Then you can’t go past Villa Atas Ombak. Featured within the pages of Vogue and Marie Clare and known as one of Bali’s most sought-after wedding locations, there are very few spots on the island more luxe than Atas Ombak.
Situated in a secluded oasis not far from Seminyak, you can float in the 14 x 7-metre pool, sip cocktails on the beachside deck, or go for a dip in the actual ocean that’s literally just a stone’s throw away. With room for up to 10 guests and a state of the art Bose surround sound system set up throughout the property, Villa Atas Ombak is the ideal base for a Buck’s fiasco or lad’s week away.
~ $3,500 – $4,000 per night