Why Villas Beat Hotel Rooms in Bali

27 Oct 2015

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Australians' love affair with Bali is no fleeting romance. Bali seduces its visitors with a blend of culture, natural sun-soaked splendour and tropical charm alongside a heady dose of luxury and indulgence. Relaxed getaways come easily here, and while chic hotels are sprinkled right across the island, villas are fast becoming holidaymakers' accommodation of choice.

More chance for romance

Villas provide an intimate escape away from bustling resorts and replace fast-paced vibes with a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere. Bali's sultry, tropical climate also makes the island the perfect destination for loved-up pairs. A villa can provide many of the same luxuries of a high-end hotel but with the added benefit of complete privacy.

Hidden within the lush undulating hills of Bali’s culture-rich highlands is the Chedi Club Tanah Gajah. Unlike other villas in Ubud, The Chedi stands flat amid a sprawl of rice fields as far as the eyes can see. With only twenty intimate villas, the seemingly endless paddy fields are the perfect backdrop for those seeking rejuvenation and romance.

One Bedroom Pool Villa at The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah. Image: The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah

Family home-away-from-home

From private pools and open-plan living areas, you could liken a Balinese villa to a home away from home. Villas aren't just reserved for romantic getaways; families have as much to benefit from these spacious dwellings as couples.

The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa offers plenty of space for the whole brood. Spread out in sprawling one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, complete with open-plan living and garden areas. Kids will also love making a splash in their own private pools!

The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa offers its fair share of indulgences for parents too. The Villas Hotel and Spa features two award-winning spas, Prana Spa and Chill Reflexology, with customisable treatments that can be enjoyed in the luxurious atmosphere of the spa.

One Bedroom Villa at The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa. Image: The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa

An indoor-outdoor paradise

Perhaps the greatest drawcard of staying in a Bali villa is the sense of being able to immerse yourself in your own private paradise. Nature lovers will especially love how these luxury properties bring the outdoors in.

The design of the resplendent Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran has been influenced by the fundamentals of Balinese village life and spacious villas are set within beautifully landscaped tropical gardens.

Each luxurious villa at the Four Seasons includes oversized indoor and outdoor living areas, lush gardens, a private plunge pool and sun terrace within a stone-walled courtyard featuring separate thatched-roof pavilions.

One Bedroom Ocean View Villa at the Four Season Resort Jimbaran. Image: Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran

Designer digs & bragging rights

From indulgent spa experiences to private chefs, villas in Bali come with plenty of bragging rights – and many glamorous extras.

The Alila Villas Soori is arguably one of Bali's finest destinations for indulgence. Cool and sophisticated, this beachfront retreat on Bali's southwest coast offers the ultimate in personalised service. Whether you choose a one-bedroom villa with all the mod-cons or the lavish ten-bedroom Soori Estate featuring outdoor pavilions for opulent celebrations, all guests can expect the royal treatment against a backdrop of mesmerising ocean views.

If you can tear yourself away from your chic abode, you'll sink into treatment tables at Spa Alila and your tastebuds will ignite with the perfectly balanced flavours served at Ombak, Alila Villas Soori's signature dining experience. What's more, 'Journeys by Alila' are a series of customised experiences crafted to gain a deeper understanding of Balinese culture based on personal interests.

Beach Villa with pool at Alila Villas Soori. Image: Alila Hotels & Resorts

Sanctuary in the excitement

When it comes to choosing a villa in Bali, you don't always have to forsake 5-star resort spoils for languid seclusion with your loved one. The Grand Nikko Bali in Nusa Dua strikes the perfect balance.

Light-filled villas are the ultimate expression of understated elegance and many are nestled in a private wing overlooking the ocean with private swimming pools, semi-open gazebos with living areas and spacious terraces.

Beyond your lush, private compound is a world of fun for couples, friends and families, from four inter-connected swimming pools, water slide, tennis courts, secluded beach retreat and arguably one of Bali's best kids club – Jungle Camp. And if you prefer not to cook meals in your villa's private kitchen, the Grand Nikko Bali features a medley of international flavours across 12 dining experiences.

One Bedroom Ocean Pool Villa at the Grand Nikko Bali. Image: Grand Nikko Bali

When six (or ten) is a crowd

Spacious bedrooms, separate bathrooms, open-plan living areas and oversized sun-decks – you will find all this and more within Bali’s many beautiful villas. Multi-bedroom villas offer plenty of room for everyone to spread out and private pools provide a great spot to while away your days.

Not only do you have the luxury of privacy while staying in a villa, but you’ll also have personal staff to assist with cleaning and cooking, to ensure you and your friends make the most of relaxing on your holiday.

Peppers Seminyak enjoys a picture-perfect location just 500 metres from the beach and features contemporary, yet relaxed three-, four- and five-bedroom villas. These ultra luxe spaces feature all the trimmings – we're talking private pools and 24-hour in-villa dining – that won't break the bank and afford you and your group of friends more freedom, privacy and memory-making moments than a hotel.

Five Bedroom Presidential Pool Villa at Peppers Seminyak. Image: Peppers Seminyak

Anna Howard

I thrive on discovering hidden gems and local haunts wherever I travel, from hole-in-the-wall cafes and dive bars, to antique stores and eclectic markets. I feel just as content in a cosy cabin in the wilderness as I do lost in the crowd of a buzzing city.