After a big balmy day of exploring the island, there’s nothing like heading back to your own private pad to sink a couple of Bintangs before a pool-side nap in our favourite tropical paradise, Bali.
So whether you love staying close to the hustle and bustle, or want a slightly more tranquil setting to find some zen, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most glorious tropical havens around Bali for you and your favourite people to book ASAP.
Read on for the best villas in Bali.
Located just a stone’s throw away from the glorious surfers paradise of Echo Beach lies the enormously spacious Hacienda Villas, the ultimate home away from home paradise. Think dusty pastel pink walls, massive glimmering private pool, tiki torches galore and open-plan living all perfect for those who love to relax into those balmy Bali afternoons all from the comfort of their own tropical oasis. Book your stay here.
Teak and bamboo furnishings, high airy ceilings and sparkling views of your own private pool from bed - sign us up. We love the eclectic mix of industrial and boho chic that the gang at Zin Resorts have become famous for, with incredibly thoughtful touches and cutting edge design to wow any traveller. Book your stay here.
Easily one of the most Instagrammable villas in Bali, The Cali Villas channels 1970s Pasadena vibes meets a cover straight out of Architectural Digest Magazine. We are obsessed with the white wash walls, cacti, pastel hues and funky works of art all set to the floor to ceiling windows out to your own private plunge pool (with plenty of kitschy pool toys included of course). Book your stay here.
Disclaimer—Moon Price is technically located in Tampaksiring, which is about a 30-minute drive outside of Ubud but we really couldn't pass on including this beautiful luxury villa because 'exhibit A'—waterslide. This brand new bamboo villa is located inside the Eco Six Resort and you'll get to lap up all the sunsine on a the stunning outdoor patio which includes a net hammock. There's also a big ol' tub overlooking the tropics just in case you wanted to go full maxo-relaxo. Book your stay here.
We mean, just look at this stunning piece of art. From the carved stone tubs and the bath gardens to the vanishing edge pool and the immaculate attention to detail, Dragon House is easily one of the most swoon-worthy luxury villas in Bali. Keeping four bedrooms, a spa with a sauna and steam room this gorgeous jungle palace is hiden amid scenic rice fields that overlook a river. But enough talking. Book your stay here.
Tucked into the heart of Ubud’s rice paddy fields and luscious rainforest sits the spectacular Villa Melati. With its massive infinity pool boasting sweeping postcard views over the rolling greenery of Ubud, you’ll have your breath taking away and will never want to leave - and with two ‘wings’ perfect for privacy amongst big families or groups, as well as the beautiful Balinese hospitality, we can’t see why you’d ever need to. Book your stay here.
Another hidden gem hidden in the treetops of Ubud’s Central Highlands, Manipura spans several acres ensuring its treasured guests the ultimate privacy to unwind and rejuvenate with one of their award-winning spa treatments, or simply vegging out by their 20 meter salt water infinity pool staring out to the glorious tropical surroundings. When it’s time to get around, the friendly team offers bicycles for you to peruse around the area along with some expert tips on the secret hot spots only the locals know about. Book your stay here.
The breathtaking architecture of Alila has to be seen to be believed with cabanas suspended in what seems like mid air, dangling over the Uluwatu cliff tops looking over the dazzling azure seas below. This place oozes luxury and sophistication, and is perfect for a big celebration splurge trip with a choice of ridiculously decadent private villas offering unparalleled oceanfront views right from the privacy as well as perfectly furnished interiors and second-to-none staff ready to fulfill your every desire. Book your stay here.
For those looking to be close to everything, Legian Kriyamaha Villas are ideal for loved up couples keen for a sneaky romantic getaway trip with a range of intimate accommodation options situated in a quiet little corner of the world whilst still having easy access to all the action. With a fabulous range of honeymoon and celebration packages - think rose petals, champagne and candle lit dinners by your private pool - let the friendly team do all the hard work while you get to melt into your well-deserved break. Book your stay here.
There’s nothing we love more than a big freestanding bath tub to soak in after a late-night flight into Denpasar - even better if it’s looking out to your exclusive private plunge pool, and bonus points if you’ve ordered one of the brilliant on-call masseuses in for a visit too. Beautiful Bali is exactly that - a simple, sleek, comfortable villa ideal for a long weekend of exploring all your favourite classics and new openings right in the pulsing heartbeat of the city. Book your stay here.
This divine little Airbnb offers a tropical oasis right in the heart of Seminyak’s bustling nightlife and culinary scene. Nicknamed ‘The Love Nest’, this boho greenery-filled villa centers around the expansive outdoor pool and deck area, inclusive of a fabulous outdoor kitchen for lazy lunches along with a marble bathtub and plenty of lounging areas to soak in the sunshine with a good read. When can we move in? Book your stay here.
Think Hamptons white-wash luxury combined with the chilled coastal vibes of the Balinese shores, and you’ll arrive at The Cotton House, Central Seminyak’s premier opulent villa that oozes sophisticated beachy charm. With eight bedrooms, 600 square meters of meticulously manicured lawns and deck chair dotted pool area, the villa unsurprisingly books out miles in advance, so get your crew together and start looking towards next year’s travel plans to avoid missing out. Book your stay here.
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