Kid Friendly Villas

Happy kids make for a happy holiday. These villas are packed with things for the kids to do or have plenty of attractions in the local area. Whether it is Wii or WiFi, pool (snooker) or pool (swimming), it's boards rather than bored. We can’t guarantee that every property is 100% ‘kid safe’, but we can guarantee that there will be plenty to keep them entertained.

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Villa Bangkuang

Villa Bangkuang

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

We were impressed by the vast green space that Villa Bangkuang put at our disposal. As we entered through the gates from the driveway, the walls evaporated, offering us an unobstructed view over the rice fields to the ocean several hundred metres away. This is definitely a place to relax, far away from the sounds of the modern world. There is nothing pretentious about Villa Bangkuang, it has elegance, charm, a warm ambience and a gentle energy. It was built as a family home, designed by its owners and furnished with love. Bali is acknowledged throughout the villa with a number of fascinating antique artefacts, and everything blends together beautifully from the rusticity of the rice barn, balé bengong and kitchen to the elegance of the living pavilion and the contemporary stylishness of the guest pavilion. Seseh and Sogsogan are very traditional villages with a close-knit society that warmly welcomes tourists into the fold. All the staff at Villa Bangkuang hail from these villages and are more than willing to place their sweet natures and charm at your service. Check with them to see if there are any special ceremonies taking place during your visit and you may be able to experience true Balinese culture first hand. It was Galungan when we visited (a bit like our Christmas): the streets were lined with giant decorated bamboo penjor poles and we were able to see the men-folk out on the street preparing lawar from freshly-killed pigs, a Balinese delicacy and a traditional male undertaking; much like any Western BBQ!
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Villa Banteng Bawah

Villa Banteng Bawah

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Umalas-Kerobokan

Villa Banteng Bawah makes a lovely tropical outdoor-living holiday home. We found ourselves spending most of our time in the pool – which was really just an extension of the living room and the master bedroom. The setting was so relaxed – nothing overstated or pretentious – that we felt at home straight away.

At first glance the villa seemed a little sparse, but the lack of clutter quickly made sense as it left nothing to distract us from the charming pool setting or the rice paddy views beyond the villa walls. The constant play of light added rich texture and dimension; from bright sunlight on the timber decks, to dappled rays filtering through the latticed ceiling over the sunken lounge, and the contrast of light and shade in the garden. Night times were particularly alluring with evocative cut stone lamps, dangling lanterns and spotlights on the shimmering pool. The main garden isn’t huge, but the space is well utilised with soft velvety grass, hanging pot plants dangling from the frangipani trees and views extending to the rice fields. The master bedroom was very comfortable, a cool and cosy space with the curtains shut at night time, and in the mornings we could swing back the doors and dive straight into the pool. Perfect! The wonderful ensuite bathroom with its vibrant courtyard garden also deserves a mention.
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Bayad Villa

Bayad Villa

Indonesia » Bali » Ubud

Bayad Villa’s garden is amazing and it felt so tropical. It was like a woodland overflowing with plants which, although carefully landscaped, were growing abundantly as if untamed. The villa felt spacious as such, and is perfectly set up for two families since each pair of suites is connected across the garden but self-contained, having their own entrances, swimming pools, kitchens and dining space. The main pool with its gorgeous curved infinity ledge creeping around the valley was a real focus of the property, however there really were lots of other options for relaxing and dining, including the verandas of each suite. That said, most were not fan-cooled and the main living pavilion, especially, got a little hot during the day.

The staff were efficient and because the property is so large we hardly saw them apart from at mealtimes when they tended to gather around the main kitchen to chat, which was a little off-putting. We were informed by the management company, however, that they have plans to change the kitchen design which would resolve this problem. As if to compensate for any disturbance, the house manager really went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed at all times.

There’s quite an extensive priced menu at the villa – the cook’s excellent Balinese dishes come highly recommended and you receive a complimentary Balinese meal if staying more than seven nights. Self-catering is also an option but only for stays of seven days or more; in this instance, a 30% charge is added onto the total cost of your grocery bill if the staff do your shopping for you.

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The Beach House

The Beach House

Sri Lanka » South Coast » Tangalle

The Beach House is a total retreat from the outside world. Its tranquility is heavenly and it’s an excellent choice for a family who are looking for simple back-to-basics beach living without the distraction of TVs and other mod cons. Artists, writers and anyone with a creative mind or reclusive leanings will, unsurprisingly, find much to adore here, and guests get plenty of pampering from the barely-there staff headed by Dhammika, the shy chief houseboy.

The house has a unique design that suits its environment and embraces both the views and the sea breezes. It’s ridiculously quirky and we loved how Johnson’s eccentric artwork ensured that his presence lives on. The two studio rooms are quite secluded – great for adventurous teens wanting independence from their parents, or a couple looking for a little extra privacy. Do note though that The Blue Room is very small.

Although the Beach House is as characterful, timeless and restful as ever, it is looking a little run down since our first visit. A lick of paint would do it good, weatherworn soft furnishings could be replaced and we noticed that some of the mosquito screens above the windows were clogged with dust. For its price, this is a bit of a letdown – reflected in our revised value score.

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Blue Heights

Blue Heights

Sri Lanka » South Coast » Dickwella

For a lazy, languid holiday where you come armed with a stack of books and great company, Blue Heights is the business.  The simple design and minimal interiors are unfussy and free of distractions so that you focus on the job at hand – relaxing, catching up with friends and family and absorbing the restful environment.  The ocean views and hilltop locale create a feeling of space and the convivial pool area, with sunset-worthy jacuzzi, soon became one of our favourite spots.  The open-sided dining area made the most of the views and even from the glass-walled lounge you can spy the sea whilst watching TV.  Those staying in the master bedroom do get a lot more value as the room is huge and is attached to a little private lounge with pergola roof, although the bathroom is rather narrow.  The bedroom in the main house works well for elderly relations or independent couples.

The staff, a husband and wife team, plus houseboy, were very welcoming – as was Timmy, the house’s loveable dog!  Service is casual and their English was limited so communicating was a bit of a struggle at times.  However, the villa is looked after by a management team whose area manager is always at the end of the phone.  The kitchen is basic and uninspiring, however there is a little pantry with sink and fridge for making drinks.  In any case, a cook prepares all of your meals (Sri Lankan cuisine mainly, plus a few fried rice and noodle dishes).

Note that the beach is not at the end of the garden – you need to go through the gate, turn right along the road and then wander for five minutes to the beach.  Swimming is best in the middle of the bay.
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Brockenhurst

Brockenhurst

Sri Lanka » Hill Country » Nuwara Eliya

Brockenhurst is a good private base for visiting Nuwara Eliya town and nearby attractions. Although there are few facilities – the kitchen is basic and there is no swimming pool – Brockenhurst does represent very good value.

The house can accommodate up to twelve guests; since the master bedroom has space for five (rather like a dorm room we thought) and the second bedroom can sleep three, it’s a great house for a couple of families. We felt that the ground floor bedroom would be suitable for elderly relatives who weren’t keen on stairs, making the house a good choice for extended family holidays too. Whilst the number of bathrooms equals the number of bedrooms, only two are ensuite, but this doesn’t really pose a problem. We felt that the house reflected bygone days when entertainment was made, not provided, which is certainly part of its charm.

Whilst Brockenhurst has probably changed little aesthetically since its colonial days, it has been updated; bathrooms are modern and have scorching hot showers (although the bathtubs could do with a few touch-ups here and there), and whilst the bedrooms are comfortable, they are sparsely furnished. The Sri Lankan-style kitchen is practical for staff use only. There are no menus, you can discuss meal requirements daily with Godwin, the chef, and buy your own groceries or give money to Karu, the multi-tasking caretaker of Brockenhurst, to buy them on your behalf. The chef lives in and his English is good so we didn’t have any difficulties.

Brockenhurst has been refurbished since our first visit. The hallway and living room floors have been laid with timber, which feels much warmer underfoot and more homely than the previous cement flooring. The sofas in the living room have been replaced, and the fireplace here has also been remodelled. These upgrades all make the room feel more sophisticated than it did before.

There’s a new flat-screen TV, a DVD player (although no DVDs) and WiFi internet (works best downstairs). Karu and Godwin are both still there, and were as warm and friendly as ever. They have a third team member helping them out now too. The kitchen remains fairly basic (although with Godwin cooking there’s really no reason to use this room at all) and we noticed that two of the bathrooms have been slightly upgraded.

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Villa Bugis Green Gardens - Villa Sayang

Villa Bugis Green Gardens - Villa Sayang

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Seminyak

For simple three- and four-bedroom properties, Villa Bugis at Green Gardens are a true delight. In fact they are probably some of the nicest and most private villas we have stayed in within this price range. The best bit is that you get all this space and privacy, including a private swimming pool at each villa, for less than what you’d pay for the equivalent three or four bedrooms at your average hotel.

There’s plenty of room for families to spread themselves out and for the kids to let off steam. Although we didn’t have any toddlers with us, we did note that pool safety fences (not easy to find in Bali) were available for those that need them. We also thought that big groups holidaying together would find renting two or more of the neighbouring villas very convenient and convivial.

These are essentially self-catering villas, with staff on hand to take care of housekeeping and pool duties as well as preparing and serving daily breakfast. For the rest of the time we were left to languish in complete privacy (yet the team were always on call if we needed anything). We checked in for a lazy weekend and were delighted with our choice. Enjoying the pool and the lovely garden, and with music and movies for entertainment (there’s also complimentary WiFi at the villa), we didn’t feel much of a need to go out; although we did amble slowly down the lane for a few sunset drinks on the beanbags spread out along Seminyak Beach – highly recommended! If we had chosen to self-cater, the staff would have willingly taken care of our grocery shopping at no extra cost.
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Villa Bugis Drupadi - Villa Alam

Villa Bugis Drupadi - Villa Alam

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Seminyak

Our stay at Villa Bugis Drupadi was delightfully private, highlighting that there are advantages to be had in not always being looked after by a big team of staff – no matter how discreet they are. As it was, we were left to bask in the privacy of our own splendid pool oasis.  

Remarkably good use has been made of the generous space at Villa Bugis Drupadi. We particularly liked the fact that the pool doesn’t take up the entire garden, which is often the case with villas in central Seminyak, and there’s plenty of room for families to spread themselves out and for the kids to let off steam. Although we didn’t have any toddlers with us, we did note that pool safety fences (not easy to find in Bali) were available for those that need them.  

We also concluded that the Drupadi Villas are in a great location if you’re looking for a place to stay that’s within easy reach of the beach and the many shops, restaurants and bars that Seminyak is famous for. It took us around ten minutes on foot to reach the main dining and shopping areas.

The villas are basically self-catering although a simple breakfast is included in the rate; just tell the staff when you want it. Alternatively, if you fancy breakfasting out, or making your own, no problem (the staff will even do your grocery shopping for you at no extra charge).

 
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Villa Bugis Drupadi - Villa An Tan

Villa Bugis Drupadi - Villa An Tan

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Seminyak

We really enjoyed staying in this fabulous location. Villa An Tan is conveniently tucked away and quiet yet you can easily walk to the shops, bars and restaurants of trendy Seminyak. The staff are very discreet (perhaps too discreet for some people’s taste) but it does mean you can bask in the privacy of this splendid pool oasis. The funky seventies-style sun loungers and love seats around the pool are great – as is the giant day bed in the shade of the gazebo.    

The lounge area is comfortable. We particularly enjoyed watching a movie on the large flat-screen TV with surround-sound speakers, and it was great to be able to connect our iPod to the DVD/stereo system in the bedroom as well as the lounge/dining room. The kitchens are well equipped for self-catering; I can imagine it would be fun to throw a dinner party around the square dining table or light up the barbecue in the outdoor kitchen.
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Villa Bugis Drupadi - Villa Cinta

Villa Bugis Drupadi - Villa Cinta

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Seminyak

We felt Villa Cinta had a great location if you’re looking for something central and within walking distance of the beach and the many shops, restaurants and bars that Seminyak is famous for. It took us around ten minutes to reach the main eating and shopping areas, as well as the beach near Gado Gado. The villa is basically self-catering although a simple breakfast is included in the rate; you say when you want it and there’s no problem if you want to make your own or indeed go out elsewhere to enjoy it. You can pay extra for a cook to come and make dinner for you at the villa (24 hours notice is required); at Rp 200,000 per person, however, the Indonesian food or BBQ that they prepare might cost more than eating out. The villa also has a good information file with a list of restaurants doing takeouts. Cinta means love and this emotion was reflected in the villa’s intimate size, its privacy and the tropical garden bathrooms, however its living areas felt a little formal and therefore lacked said romance; aside from the balé beside the pool there weren’t that many cushy places to properly lounge. Seating in the TV Room was also a little limited for a full house since the rattan sofa here only seats two comfortably. The villa’s size and centrality in Seminyak makes it a good choice for couples or small groups of friends; the rates differ if you’re booking two bedrooms or three which makes it more economical too. The two twin bedrooms make it equally suitable for families; older children might enjoy the villa more as there’s not a lot of garden for young kids to let off steam. There’s free WiFi (although it doesn’t stretch to the master bedroom), iPod docks and wired sound at the villa but you’ll need to bring your own DVDs, CDs and games. There’s a good information file in the villa plus a handy map which makes up for there being no live-in staff, however security patrol the estate 24 hours a day and the helpful staff are on call around the clock.
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