A guide to the best Bali Villas
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A guide to the best Bali Villas

Bali has been near the top of my bucket list for a little while now, somehow it just keeps getting bumped down for various reasons and we are yet to visit. Indonesia didn’t have a great 2018, there were many natural disasters but luckily Bali was spared from any major drama. While that might seem like a reason not to go to Indonesia, that’s very sad for the local economy that relies on the tourist dollar to survive. I have compiled this list to help you choose the best Bali villas for your family covering Bali’s most popular locations.

I often joke that I must be the only person in Australia that hasn’t been to Bali, particularly given we travel a lot as a family. I would also be keen to visit Yogyakarta as there is plenty there I would love to see. Travelling as a family of 5 is expensive and challenging accommodation wise as most hotel rooms cater for the standard nuclear family of 2 adults and 2 kids. This has made me think outside the square a little more when researching family vacations for us.

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The rise in popularity of Bali villas is no surprise, they are available in various locations across Bali and are a much more affordable option for larger families but even for couples that might not like hotels and resorts that might be full of kids. Most and definitely the best Bali villas have their own plunge pools, living/common areas, up to 5 bedrooms catering for 10 or more people and many have their own private butlers. Perfect for a multigenerational getaway for the whole family. What’s not to love right.

There are so many great guides to Bali, you need to decide which area best suits you or you could decide to visit a few if you are having a longer stay in Bali.

Best Bali villas for families

I have decided to outline the best Bali villas for larger families as that’s what is relevant to me, I have provided 2 options in each area and 1 option further below for couples. I have broken it down into various areas of Bali as Bali is more than just Kuta these days and to be fair, who wants to go to Bali and stay in Kuta anyway! That’s not my idea of fun and definitely isn’t showcasing the best of what Bali has to offer.

Best Bali villas for families in Seminyak

Seminyak is a popular beach resort area at the southern end of Bali, Indonesia, it is very popular with young families. It boasts many luxury hotels, villas and spas, as well as high-end shopping and restaurants. The beach here is cleaner than other parts of Bali and is known for reasonable surfing and beach lounging. There are various dining options including traditional Indonesian food as well as international restaurants such as Thai and Mexican. Seminyak makes a great base for day trips to south and central Bali as well.

Villa Crystal, Seminyak

This villa has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, its 250m2 and comes with 4 staff members. The villa has wifi access to keep those social media connected teens happy. It sleeps a total of eight guests with the master bedroom, set in an individual pavilion, facing the pool from across the living pavilion, as well as an ensuite with double vanities and outdoor rain shower facilities. Breakfast is included each morning.

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Lovely pool area with the villa near by.

Two other bedrooms are contained within the main living pavilion, they feature king sized beds, sliding glass doors that open out to the pool, ensuites with double vanities and a spacious shower recess. The fourth bedroom contains bunk beds perfect for your little kids.

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Spacious living area, open plan to the private pool area.

Set in the heart of Seminyak, Villa Crystal is the ideal holiday home for travellers looking to be within walking distance to the best attractions in town. A quick one minute walk takes you to Eat Street approximately 200m away which boasts an array of restaurants, boutique shops and nightlife spots.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Crystal.

Villa Damai Kecil, Seminyak

Also located right in the heart of Seminyak, this villa has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and comfortably accommodates 6 people. It is 380m2, comes with 4 staff and has free wifi access. The pool and garden area are an impressive 900m2, plenty of room to spread out and soak up the sun. The living pavilion sits in the back garden, with easy access to the swimming pool. An ideal area to lounge around on the oversized pillows where you can take a nap, read a book or have a refreshing cocktail by the pool.

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I can definitely see myself relaxing by this pool!

All 3 bedrooms have king sized beds and are furnished in elegant wooden fixtures dominating the interiors  with the vibe being rustic and homey. All 3 bedrooms have an indoor/outdoor ensuite, lockable safes and a verandah soaked in sunlight opening to the garden and pool area.

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Or sitting around this lovely area with the family.

With the villa so close to the heart of Seminyak, a foodies paradise and close to beach resorts and plenty of cocktail bars you’ll have plenty of choice. Its filled with dining, shopping and nightlife attractions to keep you entertained. You’ll definitely have plenty to do when you aren’t sipping cocktails by your private pool.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Damai Kecil.

Best Bali villas in Canggu

Canggu is one of the newest go-to towns for travel in Bali, Canggu is rapidly becoming one of the trendiest hideaways in paradise. From traditional temples and rice paddy fields to beaches and cafes Canggu has it all. Popular with digital nomads due to affordable accommodation and the reported access to decent coffee, there is a emergence of new and hip cafes in Canggu.  Don’t miss an afternoon sesh at the Echo Beach Club, a short motorbike ride from Canggu.

Villa Senara, Canggu

This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa has massive grounds and an almost full size swimming pool. The large living area blends with outdoors making it feel spacious and open. You’ll enjoy yourselves lounging and idling away your time either inside the 14 m swimming pool or on the timber deck which has a few sun lounges under the swaying palm trees.

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A little more than your average plunge pool!

Boasting an open plan living area, overlooking a vibrant and manicured garden.  In the middle of the pavilion is where you have a ten seat dining table carved out of natural wood in intricate Balinese design. Two of the bedrooms are situated on either side of the living area, the third bedroom has its own pavilion in the garden, beside the swimming pool. All bedrooms have a comfortable king sized bed and their own ensuite, with the pavilion bedroom having an outdoor bath tub. Perfect for a long soak watching the sunset or stargazing at night.

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Light and airy, I love the ceiling in this villa.

The villa is close to restaurants and cafes and it walking distance to Berawa Beach or grab a bike and ride around the rice paddy fields. There’s plenty to keep you busy.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Senara.

Villa Tempt Damai, Canggu

Set within a traditional Balinese village, this is another 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with 300m2 living area and a garden area of 700m2. The large tropical garden and lush infinity pool area comes straight off the indoor/outdoor living area. There are 4 staff on hand should you need anything. In addition, is the open plan living area is the fully equipped kitchenette and sleek breakfast bar counter. Note that daily breakfast is not included in this package and you’ll need to enquire when making your booking.

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Love the splash of purple to break up all the blue and green!

Each of the three bedrooms have a unique theme, choose from the colonial, antique or Chinese-themed rooms. All have a comfortable king size bed completed with traditional Balinese timber furnishings and a luxurious ensuite attached to each room.  Air conditioning ensure you have a comfortable sleep no matter what the weather is.

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Love the dark timber hues with the splash of purple running through the villa.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Tempt Damai.

Best Bali villas on the Bukit Peninsula

Uluwatu, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran make up the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali. Nusa Dua is not for the budget conscious with prices believed to rival those in the South Pacific and definitely not what you would expect in South East Asia.  Uluwatu is a little more laid-back than Kuta, peaceful and ambient and well known to have great surf and some of the best beaches on the island.

Villa Doretanh, Uluwatu

Compared to the other villas in the area, this villa is very reasonably priced. Its a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom villa and accommodates up to 8 people. The villa is 600m2 with the manicured gardens measuring 900m2, with trees that provide privacy to guests, while you are relaxing in your private swimming pool. The sandstone pool deck is equipped with modern sun lounges and there is a bale with a daybed right beside it. Could life get any better.

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Good amount of garden surrounding the pool area here. Totally reserve the flamingo for when I arrive.

The poolside living area is decorated in a beach theme with white brick walls, bamboo features and a wall-to-wall shelf with traditional Balinese themed items. The dining room has an 8 seat timber table adorned with wicker chairs completing the beach vibe throughout the villa. Modern amenities and a modern kitchen with state of the art appliances and breakfast bar with stools for the kids to eat their breakfast at.

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I think these high ceilings make the villas feel so much bigger and the fans will keep the air moving around the room.

Bedrooms all have king-sized beds and feature high-soaring ceilings making the rooms feel larger. Air conditioning in each bedrooms and living areas guarantee a great nights sleep, every night. Each room is fitted with satellite cable to flat screen TV’s. With each room having wifi accessibility, any teen will be more than happy in this villa.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Doretanh.

Villa Markisa, Jimbaran

Villa Markisa is within a five-villa compound in Jimbaran, this villa has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and can accommodate up to 6 people.  This villa consists of 3 separate pavilions with the swimming pool and the central hub with the living area in one pavilion, the master suite in another and 2 bedrooms in the third pavilion. This would  be great if your kids are a little older, however I would not feel comfortable leaving young kids in a set up such as this.

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Is this a resort pool or a villa pool? Could totally make myself at home here!

The living area opens to the pool are and has a 6 seat antique dining table. A fully equiped kitchen with island bench means you can prepare your own meals or order take out. The master pavilion houses a king size bed and opens out to the pool area and beautifully manicured gardens. The ensuite is decked out in black stone and have a stand alone tub for you to soak in. The 2 bedrooms in the separate pavilion have a king size bed and 2 single beds.

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Definitely mastered the indoor/outdoor feel with this villa.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Markisa.

Best Bali villas in Ubud

Ubud, a small town in the uplands of Bali, is known for its rainforest and terraced rice paddies.  It’s dotted with Hindu temples and shrines and is one of Bali’s most famous landscapes. I have for a long time wanted to visit Ubud, at the temperate climate and traditional Balinese culture and values still thrive in this tiny rural town. I can just see myself cycling through the Ubud rice paddies. Known for its world class restaurants that share space with vegan eateries, smoky live music venues and cocktail bars. As the artistic centre of the island, Ubud is home to silversmiths, stone carvers and painters.

Villa Amrita, Ubud

With 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms this villa can accommodate up to 6 people. Surrounded by emerald rice fields and lush palm trees the infinity pool completes the picturesque and blissful setting you would expect to find in Ubud. The villa itself is 385m2 however the perfectly manicured garden area is 1835m2. Ample space to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views. Traditional teak furniture and neutral toned floors and walls make the area cool and inviting. The open indoor/outdoor plan keeps the villa cool with the mountain breeze flowing through.

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Lovely pool area surrounded by swaying palm trees.

All 3 bedrooms have glass sliding doors to enhance the views, the master bedroom has a king size bed with ivory canopy curtains and the indoor/outdoor ensuite is complete with twin shower heads and full sized spa bathtub for you to relax and enjoy the fresh mountain air. One other bedroom comes with a king size bed and the other has twin singles however upon request can be fitted with a king size bed. Mosquito nets are fitted over all beds and ensuite come with outdoor shower alcove.

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Fresh breezy, light master bedroom, mosquito nets for good measure.
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I love this aerial view of this villa, really gives you a good sense of being in the thick of the rice paddies which Ubud is famous for.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Amrita.

Villa Hutan Sawah, Ubud

This villa has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and can accommodate up to 7 people. Whilst the villa itself is on the smaller side at 180m2, the villa grounds are very generous at 3820m2. There are also 5 staff to attend to all the needs while you relax and enjoy yourself. The swimming pool is surrounded by lush green manicured gardens with fragrant pretty flowers, a traditional thatched roof cabana containing a day bed for your relaxation complements the pool area with sun lounges. The living area contains comfy couches and chairs the traditional high ceiling creates space and warmth to the area. The dining area contains an 8 seat setting which is near the full size kitchen complete with a coffee machine for your breakfast enjoyment.

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Lush jungle right up to the pool, good amount of shade around the pool as well.

The master suite has a deluxe king size bed with hotel white linen bedding and floor to ceiling windows opening on to the beautifully manicured gardens. This room is ornately decorated in traditional Balinese sculptures and has a small private library. The ensuite is light and airy and compliments the environment with its stone fixtures. The other 2 bedrooms both have queens size beds and adorned with floor to ceiling glass doors opening on the manicured gardens like the master suite. They feature bathrooms which partially open-air tropical showers.

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Love that this villa is surrounded by lush palm trees.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Hutan Sawah.

Best Bali villas for Couples

I have chosen the below villas based on location, price and facilities. I think these villas are great and meet the requirements of what couples would be most looking for in the perfect private Bali villa. I am confident you will be very happy in a villas such as those below. I also think my chooses are very reasonably priced however there are many others that are a little bit steeper in price.

Best Bali villa for couples in Seminyak

Lakshmi Villa Solo, Seminyak

This 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom villa is the epitome of indoor/outdoor living, it accommodates 2 people. Lakshmi Villa Solo is one part of Lakshmi Villas, an exclusive four villa complex set in central Seminyak boosting 7 staff members that will make your stay memorable. This villa is perfect for a romantic couples getaway, honeymoon or babymoon its a delightful adults retreat.

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Nice size pool that is right off the living area of the villa.

This villa is designed to bring the outdoors in. Relax in the living area that opens up right on to the outdoor pool area. The area is bathed in natural light, breezy and you can star gaze at night. The ensuite also boasts indoor/outdoor qualities fitted with a spacious bathtub, dual vanities and toilet. Should the weather get too warm, the villa also has air conditioning to make sure you are as comfortable as can be.

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Definitely not a small villa, love this is definitely bringing the outdoors in.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Lakshmi Villa Solo.

Best Bali villa for couples in Canggu

Villa Avalon 3, Canggu

Architecturally designed by famous Indonesian architect Popo Danes, this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom villa with a large master suite with natural stone, local timbers and is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway for honeymooners, babymooners or a special anniversary for couples. The swimming pool is surround by traditional Balinese sculptured gardens and the bedroom has french doors opening on to the pool area. The en-suite bathroom is complete marble and offers an exclusive freestanding bathtub for the guests’ use.

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This feels like a really romantic villa, Craig and I only for this one!

The beige, blue and teak timber furniture blends nicely in the living area. The cozy and comfortable lounge chairs face a flat screen TV and air conditioning if the Bali heat gets to much out by the pool. The villa overall has a homely feeling and a fully functional kitchen means you don’t have to go out for food if you don’t want to. There are villa managers and butlers to look after your needs and any special requests that you may have.

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Did you say butler, where’s he hiding! Very nicely decorated in this villa.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Avalon 3.

Best Bali villa for couples in Bukit Peninsula

Villa Kabutera, Uluwatu

This villa is also one in a complex of 5 villas, it comprises 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms accommodating 4 people. The 10 metre swimming pool in front completes the living area. Under the thatched roof living area is an 8 person dining table, the minimalist furniture plan is accommodated by comfy couches and armchairs. This traditional Balinese villa encourages guests to enjoy the outdoor areas with ornately manicured gardens maintained by 2 staff members.

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Nice and open, plenty of room to soak in the lovely blue skies & work on your tan.

Both bedrooms at this property have king size beds however upon request can be separated into two singles.  A neutral tone blends nicely with the teak timber structure of the villa and furniture in the living room. Both bedrooms have an ensuite separated by a glass wall and free standing bath tubs complete the partly open air buildings.

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Those high ceilings really get me excited, makes the room feel airy & fresh.

Located near Uluwatu temple and close to some very popular seafood restaurants and only a short drive from the lovely Seminyak beach and shopping. This is a beautifully relaxing villa with plenty of privacy and little in the way of distractions. Perfect for a romantic couples getaway where relaxing is the main objective.

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Kabutera.

Best Bali villa for couples in Ubud

Villa Lora, Ubud

This one bedroom, one bathroom villa is only 100m2 with 100m2 garden but its a comfy little haven in paradise perfect for honeymooners or a couple looking for a romantic getaway. The open living plan incorporates the living, dining and bedroom quarters which all open with french doors onto the private 6 meter swimming pool area. With a lush green garden surrounded by high walls this really is a secluded tropical paradise for 2. There is one staff member available should you require any assistance.

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How’s all those windows opening on to the pool area?

The master bedroom has a king sized comfortable bed with lux bed linen and comfortable sitting nook. The open plan area provides plenty of natural lighting. The ensuite opens onto the swimming pool and has a free standing bath tub that can accommodate 2. Only 2kms from the cafes and yoga centres located in Ubud, there are various cafes and restaurants to choose from in the area.

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Think I could get very comfortable in here! Might not want to go home!

Click the link for updated prices and availability dates for Villa Lora.

Why you should choose a Bali Villa for families or couples!

This is only a small selection of many Bali villas available for rent. I stuck to a similar price range of between approximately AU$200-$450 per night. The price does vary depending on the season with prices doubling on most villas over the Australian school holiday dates.

There were many that were much more luxurious than the ones I have listed, these also had luxurious price tags with some costing over AU$1000 per night. I chose not to include them as I don’t think that would be achievable for the average Australian family. I do want you to know that they are available if that kind of thing floats your boat.

There were also other villas that could accommodate many more people, for example one had 14 rooms. So if you are a bigger group, this website can also accommodate you in much bigger villas. The larger villas were pretty reasonable priced, particularly if you were splitting the cost between 4 or 5 families.

I love that this group has villas all over the island, so they will likely be able to satisfy what ever area interests you and your family. It would also be possible to move to one or more areas by booking a few nights at each to suit your itinerary. Transportation is easily organised to wherever you want to go by asking you local staff member.

I really think this is a very flexible way to holiday, it will ensure you don’t end up with a huge resort food bill either as having a villa encourages you to get out a bit or order take out to the villa.

I also feel that having a villa will decrease your chance of contracting Bali belly as there aren’t a huge amount of people in and out of the pool each day and putting dirty little hands in food at the buffet. We all know someone who has had Bali belly!

I will definitely be looking to go down the path of one those popular Bali villas when we finally decide to take the plunge and head to Indonesia. I think it will be sooner rather than later. Have you been to Bali? Did you hire a Bali villa you would like to recommend? Leave your recommendation in the comments below.

Safe travels.

Sal, Craig & Our3kids.

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