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Ban Mekkala

Ban Mekkala

Thailand » Koh Samui » Laem Sor

Ban Mekkala is now considered one of the grand dames on Koh Samui's ever-expanding luxury villa list. Although the fixtures and furnishings are a touch faded, there’s no lack of indulgent comforts and private holiday bliss, and the multitude of fine facilities on offer are well thought out, especially for a large group or family holiday. We enjoyed the natural Thai elegance of the place, which fits perfectly with the secluded tropical setting.

Even though we’d hired a car, it remained in the car park for most of our visit as we opted to stay put and enjoy the relaxed confines of the villa. Waking up to the stunning blue seascape, breakfast served on our poolside terrace by the gentle staff, set the scene for days of idle pleasure as we switched between the pool, the jacuzzi, the massage table, the beach and the dining sala.

Balmy evenings begged for outdoor repast and we explored the suggestion menu with gusto before retiring to the poolside loungers to stargaze. A proliferation of TVs makes it well worth stocking up on films, while the poolside bar and barbecue are great for impromptu parties. Once you begin to adjust to the peaceful surroundings though, you may find that early nights become one of your holiday treats.

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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 Barissan (Formerly Villa Teratai)

Villa Barissan (Formerly Villa Teratai)

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Seminyak

What a funky place this is! We reckon Coco Chanel would have ‘slummed it’ at Villa Barissan if she were still with us and strapped for cash.

We were well sorted for restaurants and bars – and even for a bit of risqué entertainment just around the corner on Bali’s flambuoyant drag strip, if you catch our drift. Drink and dance the night away and then be home in minutes and ready to hit the beach at first light – it’s only 700m away!

Despite the proximity to restaurants, the self-catering aspect is brilliant to fall back on after spending too long at the beach if you really just can’t be bothered to head out – even for pizza. We brought along a few groceries and beers and cooked our own dinner in a kitchen more than adequate for our needs.

We were looked after by a very sweet housekeeper who served us our welcome drinks, showed us around and would have stayed and waited on us if we had wanted. But we sent her home early (with a big smile on her face) and got some serious clothing-optional private time in beside the pool. And do we mean private! Nobody gets a look in from outside thanks to the high walls and bamboo, but the sunshine makes a big appearance and puts the loungers in high demand.

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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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Villa Bengawan

Villa Bengawan

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

We liked Villa Bengawan straightaway. Its tranquillity and its relaxing open spaces edged by pretty lily ponds were very appealing. Each of the bedrooms is of a good and very similar size (great for groups) and all overlook the garden through floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors. We particularly loved the semi-outdoor bathrooms where you can shower or bathe right beside your own lush walled garden sprouting giant ferns, aromatic frangipani and palms. Skylights above the washbasins are also very handy for flooding in the right amount of light for applying makeup!

The lily ponds fringing the living and dining areas were very photogenic, and we loved how the pink flowers arched open widely during the day but closed tightly up again each night. The squashy sofas in the lounge were particularly comfortable and the mood of the room seemed to vary according to what was playing on the iPod. Refreshingly, there are no TVs in any of the bedrooms. Instead, you can catch up on the news or watch a movie in the air-conditioned media room to the back of the lounge.

Tufts of feathery grass between the lawn and the swimming pool provide a pleasing screen of privacy for the sun beds on the timber decking. Although the staff were present in the kitchen and around the villa as they cleaned and cooked for us, they were very discreet and tended to pop up only when we needed something – a snack or a drink perhaps. Their English is fairly basic but they did understand what we needed and we didn’t have any problems. The cook is excellent and the villa menu (groceries on guest account) is substantial enough to keep you satisfied for days.

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Villa Bodhi

Villa Bodhi

Indonesia » Bali » Ubud

Villa Bodhi is a breath of fresh air. Amos Kotomori (a gifted clothing designer) has created a lush, art-filled residence within easy reach of Ubud that, luckily for us, is now available for holiday rental. On the drive up to the villa along Jalan Raya Sayan, the major luxury hotels - Four Seasons, Aman, Alila, and Como Shambahala – are all vying for that magical million-dollar river valley view. Kotomori has matched that same magical ambiance at Villa Bodhi, except with two major differences – no neighbours in sight and a nightly rate that sleeps eight people very comfortably instead of two.

Being the consummate artist, Kotomori has done things a little differently at Villa Bodhi. Instead of the quintessential frangipani flowers found everywhere in Bali, I am greeted by the cheerful sight of vibrant marigold blossoms, carefully placed along stone ledges and statues. The garden is alive with butterflies and dragonflies in a rainbow spectrum from butterscotch to pomegranate. The villa manager, Made (pronounced mah-day), welcomes me with a cold towel and refreshing drink, and as he gives me a tour of the villa I feel like I have stepped back in time to the 1930s, when the likes of European painter Walter Spies spent languid days at Ubud Palace, capturing on canvas the never-before-seen landscapes that lured the West to explore this side of paradise.

A perfect blend of traditional and modern, the villa’s antique joglo structures are enhanced with contemporary polished concrete floors, air conditioning, modern timber and glass construction to showcase the outstanding views, and well chosen teak accents that uplift the ambiance. Kotomori’s style is whimsically elegant: antique stone statues wear colourful beaded necklaces, reclaimed sailboat wood in royal blue and sea-foam green add playful character against museum quality pieces, and the mesmerising views from the swimming pool make attending that wood carving class in Ubud seem less of a priority.
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Villa Bodhi

Villa Bodhi

Indonesia » Bali » Ubud

Villa Bodhi is a breath of fresh air. Amos Kotomori (a gifted clothing designer) has created a lush, art-filled residence within easy reach of Ubud that, luckily for us, is now available for holiday rental. On the drive up to the villa along Jalan Raya Sayan, the major luxury hotels - Four Seasons, Aman, Alila, and Como Shambahala – are all vying for that magical million-dollar river valley view. Kotomori has matched that same magical ambiance at Villa Bodhi, except with two major differences – no neighbours in sight and a nightly rate that sleeps eight people very comfortably instead of two.

Being the consummate artist, Kotomori has done things a little differently at Villa Bodhi. Instead of the quintessential frangipani flowers found everywhere in Bali, I am greeted by the cheerful sight of vibrant marigold blossoms, carefully placed along stone ledges and statues. The garden is alive with butterflies and dragonflies in a rainbow spectrum from butterscotch to pomegranate. The villa manager, Made (pronounced mah-day), welcomes me with a cold towel and refreshing drink, and as he gives me a tour of the villa I feel like I have stepped back in time to the 1930s, when the likes of European painter Walter Spies spent languid days at Ubud Palace, capturing on canvas the never-before-seen landscapes that lured the West to explore this side of paradise.

A perfect blend of traditional and modern, the villa’s antique joglo structures are enhanced with contemporary polished concrete floors, air conditioning, modern timber and glass construction to showcase the outstanding views, and well chosen teak accents that uplift the ambiance. Kotomori’s style is whimsically elegant: antique stone statues wear colourful beaded necklaces, reclaimed sailboat wood in royal blue and sea-foam green add playful character against museum quality pieces, and the mesmerising views from the swimming pool make attending that wood carving class in Ubud seem less of a priority.
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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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