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It’s not just feather pillows and designer robes, don’t you know

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The villa aficionado
villa (n) – a large and luxurious residence
aficionado (n) – a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject, or pastime.

In fact, I see it more as a job. And believe me, like all jobs it has its high and low lights. However, I’m a certain sort of traveller,  the sort that doesn’t consider a hotel room (regardless of pool size 14 stories below, or is that up?) a holiday. Sure, hotel rooms have their place – fine for a business trip, great for a quick shop-a-thon, a clandestine affair if you must, but definitely not what constitutes a holiday.

A holiday in a villa, ah, quelle joie, now we’re talking!

Imagine multimillion dollar properties filled with every conceivable comfort, every luxury that suddenly becomes your (yes, your) very own home for the duration of your stay? The staff, the butlers and the private chef are there for just for you. Your own home, only infinitely better

For a week or more a year live like a star, a sheikh, royalty or a trust fund child, it’s escapism at its ultimate best, it’s also totally affordable and even legal.

Bali is my current taste destination du jour, so after typing in Bali luxury villa rentals Google did its thing, and I found a full to the brim with villas website;  Elite Havens.

This is where the real work part begins as being a villa aficionado by trade, it is now my duty to trial their products. However, before I delve into the individual merits (and not) of certain villas that I’ve stayed in,  I decided as a newcomer to blogging that I would follow some rules.

The rule of lists and points, 10 points in fact.

  1. Price. You may think at a glance renting a villa is miles more expensive than any 5-star luxury hotel, well think again (calculator if you must). A five-bedroom multi-million-dollar villa in the heart of uber trendy Seminyak, Bali, with all the bells and whistles, staff, chefs, drivers, private pool, gardens costs approximately $900 per night. So, that’s only $180 per room p.n. (gargantuan, individually styled room). Go figure?
  2. You’ll be met at the airport, not by some contractor but by one of their full-time drivers.

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7 Perfect Villas for Bali Yoga Retreats

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Bali villas with dedicated yoga rooms, huge wooden decks overlooking azure swimming pools or sprawling lawns with coconut groves revealing ocean views; tried and tested professional yoga teachers; private chefs to cook healthy meals from fresh local produce; relaxing massages and in-villa spa treatments; fabulous outdoor living spaces for relaxation or meditation…

Trade in your hectic city life for a private yoga retreat and salute the sun with your yogi friends on the Island of the Gods.

 

Yoga amongst the ricefields in Canggu and Umalas

Beautiful tranquil setting
Hot tub under the stars and trees
Nature, jungle trees, kingfishers

Villa Levi

3 bedrooms

 

Wonderful views
Gloriously spacious
Fabulous for kids

Villa Umah Daun

 5 bedrooms

 

Supremely spacious
Fabulous yoga pavilion and gym
Beautiful rice-field views

Villa Malaathina

7 bedrooms

 

Yoga to the sound of the sea

Expansive ocean views
Wide lawned garden
In-villa music and dance performances

Villa Maridadi

 5 bedrooms

 

Vast swimming pool set in immaculate gardens
Bedrooms positioned well away from living areas
A big, highly trained staff team

Villa Semarapura

 5 bedrooms

 

Step straight onto the sand
Eco-friendly and holistic
Raw foods on the menu

Taman Ahimsa

 7 bedrooms

 

Stunning ocean views
Event venue extraordinaire
Sports centre, playroom and spa

Pandawa Cliff Estate

4 villas, 4-6 bedrooms

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Laksmana Estate: Luxury Living in Seminyak

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Location, location, location. If you’re after a luxury villa, which is just a short stroll from the golden beaches of Legian and Kuta and a stone’s throw from the gorgeous boutiques and world-class restaurants of Seminyak Square, Laksmana Estate is hard to beat. With villas ranging in size from one to five bedrooms, each featuring a private swimming pool and with its own manager and skilled chef, Laksmana Estate puts everything at your fingertips.

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Villa Adasa
3 bedrooms

From the cast bronze ‘mudra’ hands adorning the entrance door to the colourful batik cushions piled up on the poolside bale, Villa Adasa delivers a mega-dose of style, right down to the smallest detail. Gather in the huge living pavilion for a convivial meal prepared by the accomplished villa chef; retire to the double bale for a massage after a dip in the 14-metre green-stone-tiled pool; retreat to the upper deck for some sunbathing or yoga or enjoy sunset cocktails on the second level master bedroom terrace.

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Villa Shinta Dewi
4 bedrooms

This opulently furnished glamorous villa is a thoroughly grown-up fully-staffed villa, where you can relax by the pool, retire to the shade of the dining room for a leisurely lunch (prepared by the villa’s excellent chef – with a fixed price menu to make the choice easier), work out in the gym, enjoy sunset cocktails on the terrace, pop across the road to La Lucciola for dinner – and, with 24-hour butler service, still be pampered when you return to the villa in the early hours. It doesn’t get better than that!

1. Villa Shinta Dewi - Poolside

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Villa Ramadewa
3 bedrooms

This paean to laid-back tropical living was created by Bali-based Dutch architect Joost Van Grieken as a stunning holiday retreat for its sociable, style-conscious owner. Think spacious vaulted living pavilion, multiple dining areas, glamorous bedrooms, Philippe Starck bathrooms, and gorgeous statue-graced garden with 17-metre pool, antique balé, ornamental ponds and rooftop terrace. Add an air-conditioned gym, temperature-controlled wine room, dedicated music control room with centralised iPad-controlled Bose sound system, home office with iMac, Apple TVs, and iPods in every room and a super talented chef to whip up yummy meals for you. This could not get any better!

1. Villa Ramadewa - The pool

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Villa Batavia
5 bedrooms

Designed by acclaimed Balinese architect Putu Edi Semara Villa Batavia’s colonial architecture is evident in the whitewashed exteriors,

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Beat the heat: best pool villas in Bali

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Nothing beats the heat better than a dip in a cool pool. We splashed through our villa collection to find the best pools for you. Whether your preference is for plunge, infinity-edge, swim-up bars, jacuzzis on the side, a lagoon-style pool in a jungle setting or a lap pool in a traditional Balinese compound, there’s sure to be just the pool for you among our favourites.

Villa Asta – perfect for family fun and pool parties

This dramatic free-form swimming pool is right at the villa’s heart. There’s shallow tiers for wallowing and a deep section for taking dips from a diving platform. And next to the master bedroom pavilion, the 12-metre plunge pool is an extra bonus.

1. Villa Asta - The pool

Villa website.

Villa Mana – tropical paradise

With stunning uninterrupted rice-field and Mount Agung views (best at sunset), this amazing 17-metre infinity pool – surrounded by fragrant frangipani trees, hanging gardens and swaying coconut trees – will leave you speechless.

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Villa website.

Villa Batujimbar – traditional Bali style

With a grand ‘Bali style’ design pedigree and a celebrity houseguest list that includes monarchs and rock legends this is one of the most desirable estates in Bali. Top that with a stunning azure pool stretched out alongside the traditional Lembu Bale and you’ll have a Balinese dream come true.

Batujimbar

Villa website.

The Layar Designer Villas & Spa – garden bliss with jacuzzi on the side

Picture yourself reclining on a sun lounger next to a freeform pool in a lush garden setting. Now add a cozy jacuzzi on the side and a glass of bubbly delivered by the butler and you have yourself a luxury retreat at its best.

The Layar

Villa website.

Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa – picture perfect with ocean views

If you’re after a pool that’s not only cool and refreshing, but also makes an AMAZING backdrop for your holiday snaps, Sungai Tinggi’s 18-metre pool is perfect for you. Plus it has stunning ocean views. What else could you wish for? Come on down and show off that holiday bikini!

Sungai Tinggi

Villa website.

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Christmas in Bali: villas for an unforgettable holiday

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It’s that time of the year again. Squeezing into the shops to buy last-minute presents, fighting for that last turkey on the shelf, dusting-off the china or trying to find the perfect place for Christmas dinner when everywhere is booked solid? Sounds familiar? Wouldn’t you rather be somewhere where all these errands could be taken care of, leaving you free to enjoy quality time with your loved ones? A villa vacation in Bali is your best bet, and we have great options for everyone.

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At the heart of the action

If you are after your own private space to relax and rejuvenate, but somewhere that’s still within easy access of the island’s best dining, shopping and entertainment spots, these villas will be perfect for you.

The Layar Designer Villas & Spa, Seminyak

Villa Batavia, Seminyak

Villa Ramadewa, Seminyak (booked)

Villa Casa Brio, Seminyak

Villa Kinara, Seminyak (booked)

It’s time to party

Spending Christmas with friends? With amazing plunge pools, world-class entertainment systems, private chefs to whip you up an awesome Christmas barbecue and staff to mix exotic cocktails, these villas promise an unforgettable party for you and your buds.

The Iman, Canggu (booked)

Taman Ahimsa, Seseh-Tanah Lot (booked)

Villa Canggu North, Canggu

Family affair

Small families, big families, extended families – we’ve got something for everyone. Huge swimming pools, excellent kids’ play areas, tennis courts, in-house art galleries, in-villa spa treatments, your own drivers to take you around the island and private chefs to take care of your Christmas dinner. This is what worry-free family vacations really look like.

The Arsana Estate, Tabanan

Kaba Kaba Estate, Canggu

Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa, Canggu

Romantic escapes made for two

Just the two of you? No problem. We’ve got you covered. Private and cosy smaller retreats where days are spent in the pool with a cocktail or two, romantic candlelit dinners are prepared for you and lazy mornings feel even better in silky sheets. Embrace the holiday spirit at these romantic escapes made for two.

Dea Villas, Canggu (booked)

Saba Villas, Canggu

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