Romantic Retreats Villas

Whether it is a honeymoon, anniversary or your partnership just needs a little rekindling, be it a cosy hideaway or a stunning chic retreat, try one of these romantic villas for just the two of you.

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Villa Sancita

Villa Sancita

Indonesia » Bali » Ubud

During our 24-hour stay we made use of just about every inch of space that Villa Sancita has to offer. Whether it was lying back in the pool that seems to hover, suspended over the gardens below, watching movies and playing video games in the den or sun-baking on the deck; ‘hanging out at home’ seemed to be the call of the day. The open, tropical landscape views that envelope the villa make it hard to believe there is anyone living close by despite having neighbours to each side (the design blocks their view) and being just a few minutes from the centre of Ubud.

The staff (super friendly) were always at hand when we needed something, yet never intrusive on our space. Meals were to die for (cost of provisions plus 20%), making it even less tempting to leave the house. When we were up for exploring, bicycles were quickly organised and we either found ourselves in town checking out the local markets and shops or off into the hills to explore local temples and villages. The cooler air also made exploring the outside world more comfortable than Bali’s beachside areas.

Villa Sancita’s design is definitely what sold the villa to us as it really makes use of space and although the modern décor and furnishings may not be particularly edgy or character driven (though the beds were very comfy), the natural surroundings provide a great balance and a breathtaking environment for relaxing.

With the pool and decking at quite a height, we would suggest families with older kids only, though a babysitter is available to hire for guests with toddlers.

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Villa Sebali

Villa Sebali

Indonesia » Bali » Ubud

We felt at home at Villa Sebali the moment we entered this big, airy, comfortable house, open on all sides to gardens and blessed with a beautiful view over the pool to the rainforest in the distance. The rural village of Sebali gives you a feel of the real Bali, away from the tourist centres, and it’s only ten minutes’ drive into Ubud with the villa’s car and driver when you change your mind.

We very much enjoyed a walking trip arranged by Dewa, the villa manager. It was about 2.5 hours through the village rice fields and surroundings, and included a visit to a temple and to a Balinese family compound where we were served coffee and cakes. Some of the terrain was a bit tricky, with steep slopes and streams to cross, but it was wonderful to be so close to the land. There is a fee for these walking trips, which are organised to raise money for needy people in the village. We also tried the cross-country walk into Ubud, which was lovely; but walking around Ubud itself was hectic because of the heavy traffic and dreadful sidewalks.

Villa Sebali is full of charm and feels very much like the private home it is. We found the owners’ Information for Guests booklet very helpful. The living and dining spaces are comfortable and relaxed with tropical gardens framing the view to rice fields or the rainforest. A clipped grass courtyard leads to the swimming pool which is especially delightful in the morning light. We appreciated the pool pavilion, or balé, in the afternoon where we curled up with books and sipped cool fruit juice prepared by the quiet, competent staff.

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The Shaba

The Shaba

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » Jimbaran

As soon as I walked into the Sandat Suite I felt like a princess. Thanks to owner, Zohra Boukhari, a renowned interior designer whose projects grace villas and hotels from France to Malaysia, every nook and cranny of The Shaba is dressed to the hilt. With matching crystal chandeliers, a formal dressing room and freestanding claw-foot bathtub filled with rose petals upon arrival, my room felt like something out of an Arabian Nights fairytale.

Normally in a rush to take a dip in the pool and save unpacking for later, I found myself dawdling in the opulent, air-conditioned suite. With more than enough closet space for a small army, a charming set of velvet upholstered chairs, hand-knotted area rug and silk tassels for cabinet pulls, unpacking turned into a full sensory experience. The rest of the day unfolded slowly, from the sparkling freshly squeezed orange juice to the complimentary espresso, much time was spent just poking around taking in the nuances that make The Shaba feel like a slice of exotic Marrakech in the heart of tropical Bali.

Although the villa shares a large estate compound with its sister villa, The Balquisse, as well as the main office, restaurant and spa, The Shaba is tucked away in its own private oasis. Mornings were a bit busy with the numerous staff it takes to keep all of the glass windows and lanterns crystal clear (next time I’ll ask them to take care of all that after I’ve set off for the beach), but by mid-morning, I had the place mostly to myself. With the upbeat Ku De Ta–style tunes playing on the villa’s iPod sound system, and numerous lounge areas to choose from, it didn’t take long to sink into my book for the afternoon. The mangrove next to the saltwater pool creates a lush, private ambiance that is not easy to find in this condensed resort area – a lovely neighbour to have, although a little odorous depending on the direction of the breeze. Of course, nothing a chilled glass of white wine from the kitchen’s wine fridge couldn’t cure.

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Shalimar Villas - Villa Cantik

Shalimar Villas - Villa Cantik

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Seseh-Tanah Lot

Villa Cantik could not be more different from its neighbouring big sisters. When we visited, a couple with young baby had just stayed there and had clearly enjoyed the secluded privacy of the villa. Lounging in the sun or taking meals poolside at the simple table make this villa so casual and relaxing. The living room is less impressive but I suspect is little used, other than for watching a DVD of an evening or knocking up a quick drink. The whole focus of this villa is the stretch from bedrooms to pool. Shalimar is well set up for large groups, a special function or extended family – 12 bedrooms in total. Villa Cantik would be a perfect hideaway for, say, the grandparents or those needing a little space away from the main crowd. It also works perfectly well in its own right as a villa for a small family or a couple of friends. As with all the villas in Shalimar, the staff are excellent although you do have to search them out a bit at Cantik as they may assume you would rather have your privacy.
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Shiva Samui Resort - Baan Chanchai

Shiva Samui Resort - Baan Chanchai

Thailand » Koh Samui » Laem Set

Arriving at Shiva Samui Resort on a very hot day, we were met by friendly guest service staff who escorted us to Baan Chanchai and its inviting swimming pool.  Eager to see what the estate had to offer, we strolled the 100m to the beach after a refreshing swim and were stopped in our tracks by the view – a white sandy beach, vivid blue of the shallow sea, and a bright blue sky with wispy white clouds.  But punctuating the scene were dashes of colour from the kite surfers’ catching the breeze.  Lower down, someone was gently paddling a duck-yellow kayak along the shore, and further yet, a local fisherman was stringing up nets.  It’s hard to ignore a view like this, and we wanted nothing more than to be a part of it, so before even unpacking our bags we were enquiring about kite surfing lessons.

We found ourselves torn between wanting to make the most of all Shiva Samui Resort has to offer, and just relaxing and enjoying the sea breeze by the pool.  The solution: to wake early, head to the gym or for a sunrise run on the beach, and then relax by the pool.  When the kids get restless, the kids’ club comes in handy and mum can book a spa treatment at the same time.  For the energetic, you’ll find plenty of country roads to explore by mountain bike, as this is the quieter side of the island.  Or, perhaps a friendly tennis challenge will work off some energy before another dip in the pool.

Come evening time, the Clubhouse Restaurant is festive, with live music on some evenings, happy hour and a games room with pool and table tennis.  We were lucky enough to stay on a Monday night, when the à la carte menu is replaced by a Thai buffet.  The tasty spread was well presented and offered a good selection.  Thursday evenings present a barbecue buffet for another change from the usual menu.  We were equally impressed by the selection on offer at the breakfast buffet, a great way to start the day.

Although the villa is small, we found it perfect for our little group (two adults and two kids) and enjoyed the outdoor living spaces, comfortable beds and rain showers.
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Shiva Samui Resort - Baan Khwam Rak

Shiva Samui Resort - Baan Khwam Rak

Thailand » Koh Samui » Laem Set

Arriving at Shiva Samui Resort on a very hot day, we were met by friendly guest service staff who escorted us to Baan Khwam Rak and its inviting swimming pool.  Eager to see what the estate had to offer, we strolled the 100m to the beach after a refreshing swim and were stopped in our tracks by the view – a white sandy beach, vivid blue of the shallow sea, and a bright blue sky with wispy white clouds. But punctuating the scene were dashes of color from the kite surfers’ catching the breeze.  Lower down, someone was gently paddling a duck-yellow kayak along the shore, and further yet, a local fisherman was stringing up nets.  It’s hard to ignore a view like this, and we wanted nothing more than to be a part of it, so before even unpacking our bags we were inquiring about kite surfing lessons.

We found ourselves torn between wanting to make the most of all Shiva Samui Resort has to offer, and just relaxing and enjoying the sea breeze by the pool.  The solution: to wake early, head to the gym or for a sunrise run on the beach, and then relax by the pool.  When the kids get restless, the kids’ club comes in handy and mum can book a spa treatment at the same time.  For the energetic, you’ll find plenty of country roads to explore by mountain bike, as this is the quieter side of the island.  Or, perhaps a friendly tennis challenge will work off some energy before another dip in the pool.

Come evening time, the Clubhouse Restaurant is festive, with live music on some evenings, happy hour and a games room with pool and table tennis.  We were lucky enough to stay on a Monday night, when the à la carte menu is replaced by a Thai buffet.  The tasty spread was well presented and offered a good selection.  Thursday evenings present a barbecue buffet for another change from the usual menu.  We were equally impressed by the selection on offer at the breakfast buffet, a great way to start the day.

We found Baan Khwam Rak perfect for our group, sleeping six comfortably, and enjoyed the outdoor living spaces, comfortable beds and rain showers.
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Sisindu C

Sisindu C

Sri Lanka » South Coast » Habaraduwa-Koggala

I adored Sisindu C; it’s exactly how a beach house should be. Its lovely openness and its zingy interior design match the feel of the place perfectly. Views of the crashing waves can be enjoyed from almost every room, and nothing beats lying back in bed and gazing at the deep blue sea. Clever use of space makes the house feel really big – considering the size of the living space, this could easily be a three- or a four-bedroom place. Having a walled garden and stretch of lawn, make this a wonderful family villa too (the daybeds in the bedrooms could sleep an extra child if required), and if the kids grow tired of the pool there’s the wide beach to explore just outside, although the sea is too rough for swimming here most of the year.

One of my favourite features of Sisindu C is all its great lounging spots – the deep sofa in the living room was sublime for chilling out; the upstairs balcony was perfect for sneaking away; but what I loved most of all were the towel-covered mattresses beside the pool – here you could just lie back, snooze, read a book or gaze at the sky; magical. The small staff team includes a cook so you don’t have to worry about making meals (even though the kitchen is very well-equipped for it). He has enough of a menu to keep you satisfied for days but is always keen to learn new dishes too; and if you fancy a complete change, there are a few restaurants close by. We only tried breakfast at the villa, but were assured by the comments in the guestbook that the cooking was very good.
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South Point Villa

South Point Villa

Sri Lanka » South Coast » Habaraduwa-Koggala

There’s plenty to enjoy at this tranquil beach villa: swimming in the sea right outside, the ocean views, the peaceful private garden with its pool and palms, and the comfortable bedrooms with satellite TVs and DVD players; all very child-friendly. The bedrooms are generously sized so that the villa comfortably accommodates the maximum group size of six plus two children (under 12); a babysitter can be arranged with advance notice.  The villa is furnished in traditional Sri Lankan style (planter’s chairs as opposed to squashy sofas, for example) and bathrooms are without tubs, but are modern and spacious.

We felt that its having just three bedrooms also made South Point Villa good for couples; there are plenty of intimate places and the staff are a discreetly pampering presence. And its secluded setting – you are very unlikely to see any other tourists on this beach – would appeal to honeymooners and anyone wishing to escape into their own private hideaway. Rates for just one couple staying are lower, so it also represents good value.

There is a staff of 12 who work between this villa and sister property South Point Abbey, and despite mixed levels of English, the manager, cook and housekeeper understood us – and our needs – well. The chef bakes his own bread (delicious!) and presents the food imaginatively: Sri Lankan dishes and seafood being the house specialities.
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The Teak House

The Teak House

Sri Lanka » South Coast » Tangalle

Tucked away on the hillside, Teak House is a place where we could really relax and forget about the outside world.  We sat peacefully reading and relaxing beside the lovely new 12m swimming pool or in the hammock under the palms and watched the birds and squirrels as the ocean constantly played in our ears.  The garden is large and slopes down the hill; we liked the front area the most with its many flowers and its soft lawn.  A green wire fence surrounds most of the property which provided security without making us feel enclosed as we could still appreciate the jungle and views.

Inside the bungalow, we were reminded of the traditional wooden Thai houses, and although this one differs in design, the atmosphere is similarly romantic.  The bungalow has an elegant design and its bedrooms are a good size; beds are large and comfortable and the bathrooms are modern with good hot-water showers.  For entertainment there’s a selection of books and board games and the villa does have WiFi internet and iPod speakers, but no TVs or DVD players.  However the large garden offers a good space for outdoor games such as cricket.

We felt that Teak House would be great for a family holiday and would also suit couples as it is intimately sized.  It’s ideally placed to explore some excellent local beaches, wildlife parks and temples. Outdoorsy types, escapists, artists, writers and nature lovers will find it especially appealing here.

The bungalow is looked after by houseboy and multi-tasker Roshan who cleans, cooks and shops for you.  We found him to be quiet, hospitable and discreet.  He anticipated our needs for tea in the afternoon and let us choose our own mealtimes.  He cooks on a cost basis (his repoirtoire of dishes is constantly growing).  There is a washing machine for guest use, however Roshan can even do your laundry for you if you’d prefer – and the ironing (charges apply)!  You can also ask him to help you arrange local transport.
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The Edge

The Edge

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

Oh, yeah baby, this is what we’re talking about. The edge is all that and more as far as we are concerned, and we were a very happy couple to be able to experience it: massive, versatile and staffed to the hilt. Guests can remain as horizontal as the horizon – lazing on sunbeds with to-die-for views by day and hunkering down in one of the eight leather lay-z-boy chairs in the home cinema with rolling surround-sound and a stack of your favourite blockbusters by night.

Facilities? We’ll give you facilities. Apart from the home cinema, there’s a cigar smoking area in the wine cellar, a huge dedicated spa, a flat-screen TV in every room and, just quietly, a bowling alley is in the planning. It doesn’t stop there though; the three and five-bedroom villas have two pools each in addition to the communal pool. Kids will be in heaven with their dedicated playroom, which has slides, murals, games, books and not one but two games systems with a TV for each – could this concept of ‘no sharing’ perhaps be the secret to successful parenting?

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