Top Tubs at Canggu Villas

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Bali has a secret. Forget the spectacular scenery, vivid sunsets, and post-card perfect beaches the travel guides tell you about. Behind the doors of the island’s luxury retreats lie the most beautiful spots to have a soak. Bathrooms in Bali are an experience in their own right: open air showers, smooth pebbles under foot, tubs that stand in the shade of tropical trees. Lather up and lounge back in the best Canggu has to offer.

 

Have an American Beauty moment, Bali style, immersed in frangipani petals in the stone bath of VILLA BENDEGA RATO’S garden suite. The tub stands in the koi pond in the shade of a mango tree, so you can soak up the rays or lounge under the stars as you bathe.

Fancy a soak with a view? The ensuite in the master bedroom at next door VILLA BENDEGA NUI faces out on to Canggu’s surrounding fields, so you can cool down under the rainforest shower while gazing across verdant rice paddies.

 

Nothing says Bali luxe like an al fresco shower under the serene gaze of a stone buddha. The Master shower in elegant VILLA BELONG DUA is tucked in a green walled garden – think Secret Garden meets Eat, Pray, Love. The villa gets its name from the traditional belong – stone basins for sluicing yourself down.

 

Balinese jungle meets high design chic at VILLA HANSA, with its rustic floorboards and smooth stone surfaces. In the Gladak suite, you’ll bathe in a sleek, modernist tub surrounded by long grass and palms.

 

From the verdant manicured lawn surrounding the deep stone tub, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re at an English country pile. Thankfully, SIMONA OASIS is warm enough all year round to make an outdoor soak in the shelter of the bathroom’s stone porch the perfect antidote to a day of discovering temples or catching waves.

 

Possibly the most Instagram-able shower experience in Bali is the master ensuite in VILLA LEVI. It’s an aesthetically pleasing combo of modernist design – all clean lines and sunlight – clipped greenery and the muted hues of local stone and aged decking. You won’t find a more stylish bathroom this side of Copenhagen.

 

Oh, did we not mention the master suite comes with its own private hot tub? The perfect setting for the stomach-churning social media humble-brag that you won’t be able to resist as you’re sipping a chilled G&T with the sun sinking behind you. #blessed

 

Even if you’re not top dog in Villa Levi, you won’t get the bum deal on the bathroom. The guest ensuites come with a healthy helping of high design, too. The satisfyingly concave stone tubs will cradle two, with no fighting over who gets the taps.

 

Feel like the centre piece of a landscape architect’s vision in the tub at VILLA SATI. It sits perfectly in the middle of the square pond, at the centre of the plant-filled walled courtyard bathroom.

 

Only in Bali will you find an ensuite bathroom larger than the bedroom it accompanies. That’s the deal at one-bedroom VILLA RADHA, a misanthrope’s dream hidden amid a lush garden of tropical flora. His ’n’ hers sinks, raised rainforest shower, free-standing stone tub: you don’t even need to see your other half.

 

Channel your inner princess at bathtime in VILLA SARASVATI. The veil canopy and curtains that adorn the bath’s balé will conceal your bare skin from prying eyes and burning sun; it takes work to stay this pure. Hand maidens fanning you with palm fronds not included.

 

Bathe in your own private rock pool at VILLA AMY, in rugged stone tubs that look as though they’ve been painstakingly hollowed by Balinese master craftsmen. The fountain tap turns the whole affair into water feature.

 

The master bathroom at Villa Amy comes with a teak slated roof for a shaded bath, and intricate wooden screens to cordon off the creeping greenery. Very regal.

 

The master ensuite at VILLA KAKATUA offers a halfway house for anyone not ready for the full al fresco experience of a tropical Bali Bath. Over the elegant oblong bath, wooden blinds let you choose between sheltered soak and open sky.

 

No bathtub here, paupers, but the al fresco shower on a pebbled courtyard with bare stone walls in Villa Kakatua’s guest ensuite is ultimate Bali.

Love at first sight? And that’s just the bathrooms. Should you want to see the other rooms, browse our full collection of CANGGU LUXURY VILLAS available for holiday rental.

Lucy is a freelance journalist with an impressive resume writing about beauty and travel. She’s been lucky enough to road-test some of the world’s most spectacular spas, luxurious hotels and weird and wonderful beauty treatments to let discerning readers know what’s worth their cash.

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