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10 of the Best Villas in Umalas-Kerobokan, Bali

Located between Seminyak and Canggu, the area known as Kerobokan, which includes Umalas village and Banjar Semer, is conveniently close to Seminyak’s trendy restaurants and designer boutiques, yet is promoted as the peaceful option because these flat plains still encompass acres of rice fields and distant mountain views.

Development, however, is happening fast, and this group of rural villages is now home to numerous rental villas and private residences, with plenty of cheap ‘n cheerful Western-style cafes cropping up in the most unexpected of places, offering surprisingly good food and home/villa delivery services. Although there are very few shops as yet, there are a number of local supermarkets, bakeries, garden centres, simple spas and fitness centres, as well as three riding stables at nearby Canggu – Kuda P, Tarukan, and Bali Equestrian Centre. Visitors will also find ATM machines and reliable taxi services. The main road leading north of Seminyak to Kerobokan is lined with furniture stores and workshops offering “antiques made to order”.


Umah Daun

Umah Daun

Indonesia  »  Bali  »  Umalas-Kerobokan

Seriously spacious, perfectly configured and delightfully uncluttered, Umah Daun was an absolute pleasure to stay in.  The gentle curves of the building mimic the contours of the rice terraces, and the ponds that wrap around the ground floor, coupled with the glass doors that fold right back, made us feel like we were part of the scene rather than just looking at it.

Villas of this size can be a little austere and overwhelming, but there is enough colour in the décor and verdant landscape at Umah Daun to make it feel warm and intimate.  Our favourite design feature was the beautifully carved antique door shutters coloured in shades of teal and turquoise, which make stunning features on the white walls, as well as lovely bed heads in the childrens’ rooms.  Bedrooms are large and very comfortable and there are plenty of daybeds and sofas piled high with plump cushions that provide comfortable vantage points for soaking up the views and the peaceful ambiance.  It is such a lovely space, and the staff took such good care of us, that we didn’t really feel the need to go anywhere, but it was good to know that both the beach and Seminyak were easy to reach should we fancy a sunset walk or a meal out.
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Umah Daun

Umah Daun

Indonesia  »  Bali  »  Umalas-Kerobokan

Seriously spacious, perfectly configured and delightfully uncluttered, Umah Daun was an absolute pleasure to stay in.  The gentle curves of the building mimic the contours of the rice terraces, and the ponds that wrap around the ground floor, coupled with the glass doors that fold right back, made us feel like we were part of the scene rather than just looking at it.

Villas of this size can be a little austere and overwhelming, but there is enough colour in the décor and verdant landscape at Umah Daun to make it feel warm and intimate.  Our favourite design feature was the beautifully carved antique door shutters coloured in shades of teal and turquoise, which make stunning features on the white walls, as well as lovely bed heads in the childrens’ rooms.  Bedrooms are large and very comfortable and there are plenty of daybeds and sofas piled high with plump cushions that provide comfortable vantage points for soaking up the views and the peaceful ambiance.  It is such a lovely space, and the staff took such good care of us, that we didn’t really feel the need to go anywhere, but it was good to know that both the beach and Seminyak were easy to reach should we fancy a sunset walk or a meal out.
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Umah Daun

Umah Daun

Indonesia  »  Bali  »  Umalas-Kerobokan

Seriously spacious, perfectly configured and delightfully uncluttered, Umah Daun was an absolute pleasure to stay in.  The gentle curves of the building mimic the contours of the rice terraces, and the ponds that wrap around the ground floor, coupled with the glass doors that fold right back, made us feel like we were part of the scene rather than just looking at it.

Villas of this size can be a little austere and overwhelming, but there is enough colour in the décor and verdant landscape at Umah Daun to make it feel warm and intimate.  Our favourite design feature was the beautifully carved antique door shutters coloured in shades of teal and turquoise, which make stunning features on the white walls, as well as lovely bed heads in the childrens’ rooms.  Bedrooms are large and very comfortable and there are plenty of daybeds and sofas piled high with plump cushions that provide comfortable vantage points for soaking up the views and the peaceful ambiance.  It is such a lovely space, and the staff took such good care of us, that we didn’t really feel the need to go anywhere, but it was good to know that both the beach and Seminyak were easy to reach should we fancy a sunset walk or a meal out.
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Surya Damai

Surya Damai

Indonesia  »  Bali  »  Umalas-Kerobokan

Surya Damai was built primarily for the owner’s use and it is clear that they appreciate quality and simple sophistication. There is nothing pretentious, flashy or overdone here. By contrast the villa exudes calm confidence throughout, casually elegant, everything from the colours, furniture, artwork and gardens all fit together effortlessly and draw you deeper into its welcome embrace the longer you stay.

If you want to get away from it all, relax and unwind in the blissful knowledge that nothing is too much to ask of the well-trained staff, then this is you. Meals, massages, knowledge of tracks through rice fields to the beach, shopping or making restaurant reservations for dinner are all taken in smiling stride, and if you must connect with the outside world wireless internet and satellite television are available. There is plenty of space for all, relax on a lounger or read a book on a comfortable day bed while children splash in the pool, play on the lawn or wear themselves out on the tennis court.

A flick through the guest book confirmed our feeling that the experience regularly surpassed expectations and the hardest part for many guests is saying good bye and returning to the real world.
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Villa Malaathina

Villa Malaathina

Indonesia  »  Bali  »  Umalas-Kerobokan

With its palatial proportions and decadent style, it’s tempting to say that we felt like royalty staying at Malaathina, but the villa is so contemporary that the term seems a little inappropriate and old-fashioned. Perhaps ‘movie stars’ is closer to the mark! We stayed alone and cheerfully lapped up the luxury, but were rather tempted to invite some friends along, because this is really a villa that deserves to be shared. With so much space and such a glamorous setting it simply begs for celebrations and events, and the atmospheric Javanese rock garden looked like an idyllic spot for a wedding ceremony.

I could easily imagine joining a high-end retreat here too – the yoga pavilion was a lovely space, and very well equipped (one of the owners is a yoga teacher – so no surprise there,) and the overall vibe, with the rice-paddy views and myriad terraces and gardens is wonderfully serene. We didn’t have a chance to enjoy the teppanyaki grill, but what a fabulous idea. When we return with a big group of friends that will be top of our list!
 
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Villa Malaathina

Villa Malaathina

Indonesia  »  Bali  »  Umalas-Kerobokan

With its palatial proportions and decadent style, it’s tempting to say that we felt like royalty staying at Malaathina, but the villa is so contemporary that the term seems a little inappropriate and old-fashioned. Perhaps ‘movie stars’ is closer to the mark! We stayed alone and cheerfully lapped up the luxury, but were rather tempted to invite some friends along, because this is really a villa that deserves to be shared. With so much space and such a glamorous setting it simply begs for celebrations and events, and the atmospheric Javanese rock garden looked like an idyllic spot for a wedding ceremony.

I could easily imagine joining a high-end retreat here too – the yoga pavilion was a lovely space, and very well equipped (one of the owners is a yoga teacher – so no surprise there,) and the overall vibe, with the rice-paddy views and myriad terraces and gardens is wonderfully serene. We didn’t have a chance to enjoy the teppanyaki grill, but what a fabulous idea. When we return with a big group of friends that will be top of our list!
 
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Bali Ethnic Villa - Villa Ka

Bali Ethnic Villa - Villa Ka

Indonesia  »  Bali  »  Umalas-Kerobokan

We walked through the hand-hewn timber gates of Villa Ka and instantly left the real world far behind. Designed to excite the senses and relax mind, body and soul, Villa Ka epitomises Bali’s iconic contemporary design style, where the seamless blend of traditional and modern, along with that sweet Balinese hospitality, create a heady ambiance of holiday bliss.

An authentic Javanese lifestyle, epitomised by the elegant joglo pavilions, is heightened by the friendly attention of a team of butlers, housekeepers and chefs. Cheeky modern works of art enliven honey-hued timber walls, while other contemporary touches include state-of-the-art LED lighting wrapped in natural fibres. A whimsical “je ne sais quoi” spices up this tropical Garden of Eden with inviting cocoon loungers and rustic wooden statues.

The villa manager tells us that each bedroom is appointed according to ancient Feng Shui concepts. The element of stone, for example, is brought in through the inclusion of stunning, one-of-a-kind stone bathtubs and sinks, placed gracefully in each spacious garden ensuite.

As we’ve opted in advance for the villa’s private chef to prepare a traditional Indonesian feast for dinner that evening, we order a simple fruit plate for lunch. Each serving overflows with rows of impeccably sliced pineapple, papaya, and watermelon. After lunch we relax on the double loungers around the pool, each shaded with a rainbow of fanciful Balinese umbrellas, creating an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ ambiance. As we take turns cooling off and stretching our limbs in the very generous pool, the scent of exotic spices wafts through the air: our impeccably dressed chef is hard at work dicing and simmering.

Villa Ka is equally alluring at night, its gardens and pavilions beautifully lit with environmentally friendly fixtures. Just like the multi-faceted layers of flavourful dishes that are laid out before us by our chef, the nuances of Villa Ka beckon to be discovered in a leisurely fashion, one delicious moment at a time.
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Bali Ethnic Villa - Villa Kalua

Bali Ethnic Villa - Villa Kalua

Indonesia  »  Bali  »  Umalas-Kerobokan

We walked through Villa Kalua’s imposing entranceway and instantly left the real world far behind. Designed to excite the senses and relax mind, body and soul, Villa Kalua epitomises Bali’s iconic contemporary design style, where the seamless blend of traditional and modern, along with that sweet Balinese hospitality, create a heady ambiance of holiday bliss.

An authentic Javanese lifestyle, epitomised by the elegant joglo pavilions, is heightened by the friendly attention of a team of butlers, housekeepers and chefs. Cheeky modern works of art enliven honey-hued timber walls, while other contemporary touches include state-of-the-art LED lighting wrapped in natural fibres. A whimsical “je ne sais quoi” spices up this tropical Garden of Eden with inviting cocoon loungers and rustic wooden statues.

The villa manager tells us that each bedroom is appointed according to ancient Feng Shui concepts. The element of stone, for example, is brought in through the inclusion of stunning, one-of-a-kind stone bathtubs and sinks, placed gracefully in the garden ensuites.

As we’ve opted in advance for the villa’s private chef to prepare a traditional Indonesian feast for dinner that evening, we order a simple fruit plate for lunch. Each serving overflows with rows of impeccably sliced pineapple, papaya, and watermelon. After lunch we relax on the double loungers around the pool, each shaded with a rainbow of fanciful Balinese umbrellas, creating an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ ambiance. As we take turns cooling off in the pool, the scent of exotic spices wafts through the air: our impeccably dressed chef is hard at work dicing and simmering.

Villa Kalua is equally alluring at night, its gardens and pavilions beautifully lit with environmentally friendly fixtures. Just like the multi-faceted layers of flavourful dishes that are laid out before us by our chef, the nuances of Villa Kalua beckon to be discovered in a leisurely fashion, one delicious moment at a time.
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Bali Ethnic Villa - Villa Kayu

Bali Ethnic Villa - Villa Kayu

Indonesia  »  Bali  »  Umalas-Kerobokan

We walked through the hand-hewn timber gates of Villa Kayu and instantly left the real world far behind. Designed to excite the senses and relax mind, body and soul, Villa Kayu epitomises Bali’s iconic contemporary design style, where the seamless blend of traditional and modern, along with that sweet Balinese hospitality, create a heady ambiance of holiday bliss.

An authentic Javanese lifestyle, epitomised by the elegant joglo pavilions, is heightened by the friendly attention of a team of butlers, housekeepers and chefs. Cheeky modern works of art enliven honey-hued timber walls, while other contemporary touches include state-of-the-art LED lighting wrapped in natural fibres. A whimsical “je ne sais quoi” spices up this tropical Garden of Eden with inviting cocoon loungers and rustic wooden statues.

The villa manager tells us that each bedroom is appointed according to ancient Feng Shui concepts. The element of stone, for example, is brought in through the inclusion of stunning, one-of-a-kind stone bathtubs and sinks, placed gracefully in each spacious garden ensuite.

As we’ve opted in advance for the villa’s private chef to prepare a traditional Indonesian feast for dinner that evening, we order a simple fruit plate for lunch. Each serving overflows with rows of impeccably sliced pineapple, papaya, and watermelon. After lunch we relax on the double loungers around the pool, each shaded with a rainbow of fanciful Balinese umbrellas, creating an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ ambiance. As we take turns cooling off and stretching our limbs in the very generous pool, the scent of exotic spices wafts through the air: our impeccably dressed chef is hard at work dicing and simmering.

Villa Kayu is equally alluring at night, its gardens and pavilions beautifully lit with environmentally friendly fixtures. Just like the multi-faceted layers of flavourful dishes that are laid out before us by our chef, the nuances of Villa Kayu beckon to be discovered in a leisurely fashion, one delicious moment at a time.
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Villa Karishma

Villa Karishma

Indonesia  »  Bali  »  Umalas-Kerobokan

Villa Karishma is certainly a very large villa that offers luxury and privacy. Our first impressions were that the high walls to either side of the villa made it feel a little hemmed in, but after a while this enclosure actually became quite comforting, and the views across the pool remain open towards the river and its wooded embankment. Although the master suite is without doubt the largest and most indulgent of the six bedrooms, the others are all of a similar size and so would be good for equitable sharing. A big selection of DVDs should suit everybody’s tastes – and can be enjoyed in the privacy of your own bedroom. We found the staff team, and in particular the butler, to be friendly and responsive to our requirements; they were very experienced and although perhaps few in number for a property of this size (only five full time), more can be called upon if the villa is fully occupied. The kitchen is very well-equipped and although presided over by a good chef who creates meals at cost price (plus 15% service charge), the staff did mention that guests are welcome to use it too, and that they are happy to help prepare and wash up. That said, we felt that Villa Karishma really is a place for escapism and pampering; the massive living room, complete with bar, is the perfect social hub. As well as a security guard, the villa also has 24 hour CCTV with cameras in the kitchen. There are no shopping or dining facilities within walking distance of the villa so if you wish to venture out a car is necessary. Alternatively, the staff can easily call for a taxi.
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