10 of the most enchanting private villas around Bali

Bali is the destination of those seeking the ultimate holiday on this island of the Gods. The island may not be very large, but the choices of places to stay in, are. There are private villas all over the island of Bali, in the more populated areas as well as lesser known ones. These private villas come equipped with well trained staff that takes care of everything necessary to make your stay comfortable. If you are traveling in a group, say, with extended family or a bunch of friends, you may want to consider renting one of these villas

Here are ten of the most enchanting private villas you can find on the island, each unique in its own way, and designed to make your holiday unforgettable So, whatever the depth of your pocket, you’ll find a villa that suits you best.

Villa Asada, Candidasa, East Bali

Villa Asada is in Candidasa, a hundred meters from the sea, and overlooks the Labuan Amak Bay. This is a completely different part of Bali, away from the commercial bustle of tourist busy places. Built on a hillside, this four bedroom villa exudes an air of tranquility with a stunning view of the sea and houses up to 8 adults and 2 children. The villa is laid out with wide open spaces that invite the sea breezes, terraced grassy lawns, an al fresco lounge beside the swimming pool, all designed in a contemporary Balinese style, enhanced by antiques that add interest to the décor. To add to the lure of this beautiful villa is an efficient and friendly staff of 10 that looks after every aspect of your stay there. Low season rates start at USD 695.

Villa Asada, Bali

Head down to the beach for a swim in the ocean or go snorkeling down to the corals in the bay. Take a boat and explore nearby beaches or perhaps don your scuba gear and take one of the BEST wreck dives in the world – to the U.S.S. Liberty in Tulamben.

Villa Asta, Seminyak, Southwest Bali

Further south west and 33 km from Ubud, is Seminyak. Here you find the magical Villa Asta. With its predominant feature of water in the form of waterfalls, koi ponds and shimmering pools, it is an ideal family accommodation. Built by the well known architect, Guy Morgan, as a holiday destination for his friends and their families, it has everything to offer to keep the kids amused and the adults entertained. The retinue of staff consists of a manager, chefs, butlers, and security guards. With rates beginning at USD 1065 during the low season, the villa accommodates up to 10 guests and an additional charge can accommodate 6 more.

Villa Asta - Seminyak, Bali

A stay at Villa Asta gives you an honorary membership at the Canggu Club where you can head off to play some tennis or squash, work out in the gym or eat a gourmet meal.

Villa Sunset, Tanjung Benoa, Southeast Bali

Villa Sunset is in the southern peninsula of Bali, not far from upmarket Nusa Dua. It is part of a complex of the Puri Tirta villas and promises you spectacular sunsets played out as you soak in your own swimming pool.  This beach front property sits overlooking a peaceful lagoon, giving you an uninterrupted view of the blue expanse of the ocean.  A stay in this villa comes with the luxury of having in-house traditional Balinese spa treatments from the best spas that abound in that area. Villa Sunset houses 6 guests, with rates during the low season beginning at USD 595. The staff includes butlers, chefs, maids and a security team.

Villa Sunset at Puri Tirta Villas, Nusa Dua, Bali

You can utilize the kayaks and bicycles provided to explore your surroundings or head off to water-ski, go wake-boarding or parachuting. If it’s your cup of tea, there is a Chinese Buddhist temple to explore, and then you could head to Surya for an authentic Balinese meal.

Puri Nirwana Villa, Cucukan, Southeast Bali

Far away from the madding crowd and in the traditional little village of Cucukan, Puri Nirwana is the only luxury villa here.  With six en-suite bedrooms, this villa is a beach front property overlooking the spectacular black sand on the beach. A few minutes away is Keramas, one the best surfing spots in Bali. Amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, the villa is built in a typically colonial style with wide verandahs, big airy rooms and large living spaces.  A stroll out into the little village gives you a chance to discover the Balinese life and culture. With rates beginning at USD 1400, Puri Nirwana Villa can house up to 14 guests with a clutch of professionally trained staff on hand to take care of all your needs.

Puri Nirwana

If you feel the need to indulge in a traditional spa treatment, pop into the spa that is housed in the antique joglo in the garden. A walk across the road takes you to the Bali Safari Park and few minutes’ drive will take you to Ubud to take in the culture of Bali.

Pelangi Estate, Ubud, Central Bali

The beautiful Pelangi Estate is just a ten minute drive away from the centre of Ubud. Owned by Carolyn Tyler, one of the top jewelry designers from America, its décor is exceptional. Every villa on the estate is a testimony to her impeccable style and taste. The estate consists of three luxurious villas with each bedroom having a private open-air bathroom, and spectacular views of the river and the terraced rice fields that the estate overlooks. A stay in the Pelangi Estate takes you away from the busy-ness of everything and lulls you into a sense of peace and quiet. The perfect place to detox and practice some yoga therapy. Low season rates begin at USD 1195 for the estate can accommodate up to 17 guests.

Pelangi Estate - Ubud, Bali

Although there are two salt water pools to swim in at the estate, the adventurous can go scuba diving, fishing, bird watching or indulge in water-sports, just a half hour drive away from the Estate.

Pantai Indah Villas, Canggu, Southwest Bali

Surf’s up! The Pantai Indah Villas are located in Canggu, one of the best surfing spots you can find in Bali. The property is a short walk away from the Pererenan Beach, in the village of the same name, quaint, old world and a treat to the senses. The two 2 bedroomed villas are airy and cleverly furnished with reclaimed teak wood.  Each bedroom has outdoor and indoor bathrooms. The open air living spaces are as inviting as the private pool they flank. This villa is perfectly designed to give you stunning views of sunrise and sunset, volcanoes and sea. And yes, checking out the surf breaks! Step onto the bale up on the third floor to treat yourself to this spectacular scenery. The villa accommodates up to 8 adults and 4 children under 10 years, with rates beginning at USD 620. The staff consists of two butlers a villa manager and of course, security guards.

Pantai Indah - Canggu, Bali

Surfing on Canggu when the tide is not too high and the waves are soft, is just great for beginners, although, at high tide it can get a bit challenging, even for those dedicated surfers. You may also want to take a short walk down to Echo Beach to check out the beautiful beach temple. 

Villa Mokenbo, Tanah Lot, Southwest Bali

The little village of Kerimbitan is situated where the river meets the sea; a place that the Balinese believe is strong in positive energy. The Villa Mokenbo is nestled here, along the beach. A little walkway over a koi pond takes you to the villa; the walk over this pond rids you of all negative energy as you enter this wonderful 7 bedroomed villa. The décor of each bedroom is themed to reflect exotic places in Indonesia. Every bedroom has an ocean view, the unusual black sand laying a beautiful contrast to the blue of the ocean. A very efficient staff of 22 takes care of every aspect of the running of the villa. Villa Mokenbo can house 16 guests and during the low season, rates begin at around USD 1300.

Villa Mokenbo, Bali

This luxurious villa is the perfect place to unwind, rejuvenate and to abandon yourself to the soothing sounds of the ocean, caressed by the balmy breezes wafting by.

The Arsana Estate, Nyambu village, Southwest Bali

Nyambu is a pretty little village way down south west, 37 km from Ubud, closer to the rugged coast near the Tanah Lot sea temple. The word ‘Arsana’ translates to ‘flow’ from Sanskrit to English. This so aptly describes this estate where the Sungi River lazes its way through the lower reaches of the grounds, the villa and its surrounds seem to flow down the side of the hill in terraced expanses. Five bedroom suites, all the modern amenities you can think of, a staff of 16 which includes a chef who has won many a master chef award, makes a stay here more than tempting. Add to this the songs of a variety of birds accompanied by the bright butterflies flitting by, and you have one of the most unique villa destinations that Bali has to offer.  With low season rates beginning at USD 750, the villa accommodates 10 adults and up to 12 children.

Arsana Villa Estate, Bali

There’s something for everyone, as far as things to do are concerned. Visit the Tanah Lot sea temple, let yourself loose shopping in Seminyak, play golf in the Nirwana Bali Golf Course, visit the water park or just hop onto a bicycle and explore the pretty little village.

Villa Bayuh Sabbah, Uluwatu, Southwest Bali

Villa Bayuh Sabbah is one of the first private villas built along the coast of Uluwatu.  It is spread over a sprawling three acres, amidst cliff top gardens, and has 5 spacious bedrooms that look out onto breathtaking views of the ocean. The swimming pools, the beautifully manicured lawns peppered with bursts of bougainvillea and fragrant frangipani trees, all meld together to form a destination beyond your dreams. The villa accommodates up to 10 guests who are attended to by a friendly and well trained staff of 17. Rates during the low season begin at USD 1875. The location and ambiance of this elegant villa makes it a destination sought after for a dream tropical wedding.

Villa Bayuh Sabbha, Bali

A number of nearby beaches offer you a variety of temptations, go surfing in Jimbaran Bay, or swimming in the Cove of Impossibles, watch the sunset while feasting on delectable seafood or just shop in Nusa Dua’s local boutiques.

Villa Ylang Ylang, Saba Village, Southeast Bali

This exclusive villa is on the eastern coast of Bali, beautiful, serene and unspoiled. The villa has six bedrooms and the gardens extend down to the Saba Beach, sentried by towering coconut trees and twisty frangipani. The décor is all about luxury and glamor, impeccable taste and sophistication. Villa Ylang Ylang is hidden away in this little village and serves as a retreat that is so suited to yoga and relaxation that it instils you with a sense of serenity. Indulge yourself in spa treatments with Balinese healing treatments, an infrared sauna, cream baths and massages to restore your balance of mind and body. A yoga deck provided tempts you to choose from a list of local and renowned yoga instructors to give you in house yoga therapy. The villa can accommodate up to 12 guests who are attended to by a very efficient 9 member staff. Low season rates begin at USD 895.

The Ylang Ylang, Bali

You can listen to the traditional Gamalan music and watch the legong dancers that Saba is famous for. You could also surf at the Mascheti Beach that plays host to many international surfing events.

Carmen Anderson is Founder of Here and There Without a Care.

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Comments (12)

  1. I can also heartily recommend Villa The Sanctuary http://villathesanctuarybali.com/ which I was fortunate enough to stay at recently. Off the beach and off the beaten track but utterly stunning in it’s jungle hideaway. 9 Rooms, up to 20 staff, it’s more like a boutique hotel than a villa and the perfect place for a wedding or special birthday.

  2. Thanks for sharing Villa The Sanctuary, Cath…

    I can’t think of another place that offers so many beautiful villas than Bali… There some amazing properties there and having to choose just one property is not fair…

  3. Paul says:

    Can you suggest smaller properties suitable for couples? Most of these Villas seem designed for families/groups.

  4. I appreciate your feedback, Paul. I’ll make sure to add your suggestion to my list of articles to write…

    Here is a different article I wrote that highlights some intimate boutique hotels in SE Asia. All of them are perfect for couples or single people that are looking to getaway and relax in a quiet environment…

    https://www.aluxurytravelblog.com/2014/09/17/10-of-the-most-intimate-boutique-hotels-in-south-east-asia/

  5. Cat says:

    Hi Carmen,

    These all look divine! Have you ever published something similar but for small families? We’re looking for a villa in Bali that has the luxury feel but also allows for a small child. We want a decedent but child friendly escape!

    Thanks,
    Cat

  6. Laura Garces says:

    In Bali you will find thousands of luxury villas, one more beautiful than the other. But the best thing to do is enjoy the beautiful island and its people, not just the villa.

  7. Hi again Cat,

    I haven’t written articles about other villas (yet). All I know is that some of these villas can be flexible. They can rent you half of their property if needed. I guess it all depends on the season that you’re planning on flying to Bali…

  8. Hi Laura,

    I totally agree with you. Bali is an amazing island and it will take you more than a few days to discover it… if that’s what you’re looking to do. But, if you’re looking for a place to relax and get together with family/friends, the size, service and amenities of the villa can make a big difference.

    The reason I wrote this article was to help people that haven’t been to Bali yet, to get familiar with the different neighborhoods and villa choices around the island. All I can say, is that not everybody likes to be near Kuta or Seminyak. From personal experience, I had a hard time deciding which location would be best for me and my family.

    My recommendation for those who haven’t been to Bali is to define what kind of activities you’re inclined to do. Bali is a big island and getting from one side to the other will take a few hours of your day, mainly because of the traffic conditions.

  9. Em says:

    Why doesn’t someone build a getaway like that in Florida. So you don’t have to go to a foreign country.

  10. Tony Sheridan says:

    What a contrast, beautiful accommodation that is real eye candy, versus the book I have just started reading ‘Snowing in Bali’ by Kathryn Bonella, about the Bali drugs trade!

  11. Deja says:

    Hi,
    I’m lucky to have visited many of these villas. They are truly breathtaking. For couples and smaller families, you don’t have to choose a hotel and miss out on the villa experience. Cheers

  12. Wow, what a spectacular villas! Truly Bali is the perfect place for a holiday vacation either you spend it with your family or with your friends. If I can just afford to visit these villas one by one, then I would love to do so. Anyhow, what stands out for me is the Villa Bayuh Sabbah because of its privacy and the beautiful views of the ocean. The villa is very neat and spacious. The pool is really perfect for us and for the kids. This place is the true definition of comfort and relaxation. I’m looking forward to visit the place soon.

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