Jimbaran villas in Bali, Indonesia

Jimbaran lies on the western side of Bali’s narrow isthmus, a sweeping bay that curves for five kilometres from the southern side of the airport to the bushy headland that is the home of the Four Seasons Resort and the start of The Bukit peninsula.

In spite of the many five-star developments in the area, Jimbaran Beach remains unspoilt and tranquil, the pace is still unhurried, the atmosphere relaxed and the sand soft and golden. The entrance to the bay is blocked by an unbroken coral reef, so although the calm water is not suitable for surfing, it is a safe haven for swimming. During the daytime it attracts guests from the nearby resorts, together with the occasional windsurfer. In the late afternoons, Balinese families come down to the beach. Kids paddle in the shallows and build sandcastles that are more reminiscent of miniature Taj Mahals than of Norman fortresses. Ice cream pedlars cruise for custom on pushbikes, dogs gambol through the sand, young men play football with makeshift goalposts, and the delectable smell of grilled sweet corn blended with charcoal smoke emanates from food trolleys parked at the water’s edge.

The magnificent crescent bay is west facing, so at sunset the beach becomes the scene of a daily ritual as hundreds of visitors take their ringside seats at the plethora of seafood warungs; these simple beachside cafes run virtually the length of the bay and serve up the catch of the day.

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Villa Adenium

Villa Adenium

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » Jimbaran

If you like your villas sleek and polished then you are going to love the gleaming surfaces and modern fixtures of Villa Adenium. I found myself constantly sliding my hands over the glossy furnishings and marvelling at the smooth surfaces under foot. Constructed in 2006, the villa has been beautifully maintained and everything feels so shiny and new, it could have been built just yesterday. The hard angles of the design were a little sharp for our taste, but the effect was softened in the evenings with the gentle glow of down-lights, hurricane lamps and wonderful wall lights stencilled from black steel. Views were limited from the ground floor and the pool takes up most of the outdoor space, leaving little room for a garden, but it is still a great spot for lounging, especially while sprawled across cushions in the balé. The views were better upstairs and our favourite spot was on the veranda, where we could ensconce ourselves in the comfy planters chairs, with feet resting on the foot stools – perfectly positioned for a sundowner!

Bedrooms are in the style of contemporary hotel suites, comfortable, minimalist and immaculate – if you’re looking for a rustic homely vibe this is not really the villa for you! With three floors to spread out across, the villa has plenty of space, and the well-equipped basement is an added bonus, especially for ping pong masters such as ourselves. The deliciously fluffy breakfast pancakes served with ornately carved tropical fruit and excellent coffee also deserve a mention.
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Villa Aiko

Villa Aiko

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » Jimbaran

This luxury hillcrest villa packs a punch with its panoramic views across Jimbaran Bay. We soaked up the vista from Aiko’s infinity pool, second-level terraces, enormous find-me-if-you-can bed – even from our bathtub-for-two!

If you’re looking for traditional Bali-style architecture, Villa Aiko may not be your first choice. But while resolutely city-chic contemporary in design, the villa makes abundant use of natural materials in its construction - think reclaimed ironwood and river-stone walls, teakwood floors, Benkirai-wood decking and ironwood shingle roof. And the essence of Bali is evident in the charming and attentive-but-discreet staff.

The villa manager/executive chef Putu was an absolute treasure. He was completely unfazed by my vegetarian request and created a memorable dinner – spring rolls, pumpkin and basil soup, beetroot and orange appetiser, and Portobello mushrooms en croute with perfectly cooked vegetables and the best mashed potatoes in Bali. And his Eggs Florentine  – the egg poached to perfection, the Hollandaise cancelling days of dedicated Pilates practice – was a fabulous way to kick-start the morning. No wonder some guests stay away from Jimbaran Bay’s seafood restaurants and choose instead to eat in every day, as the visitor’s book attests.

We think Aiko would be a great villa for large family groups. There are so many independent seating areas to break away to for some peace and quiet, and it’s great to find a library in a Bali villa; we really appreciated the wide choice of books. Though all four bedrooms have king-size beds  – no twins – there’s a single bed discreetly designed into the foot of each bed. We thought the fourth bedroom might be best for kids (who tend not to be so view-hungry) as the outlook is partly blocked by the guest pavilion and spiral staircase. One note of caution: there are steep drops from the pool and terraces but, thankfully for parents, glass barriers line both second floor terraces.

 
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Villa Jamalu

Villa Jamalu

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » Jimbaran

This villa rocks! We loved our stay here – one night wasn’t enough time to sample all the facilities. There really is something for everyone: a gym; yoga space; massage room; pool lounge; PlayStation and great stereo systems and cinemas throughout. There are also plenty of spots to relax and sunbathe by the fabulously deep saltwater pool (I had to equalize when diving to the bottom of the deep end!), or snuggle up with a good book and enjoy the ocean view.

The owners of this villa obviously have kids – we know that from the name but also because this is one of the best-equipped villas for children we have seen. Apart from the PlayStation 3 there are numerous games and toys to keep them entertained – even children-sized pool cues! And a safety fence can be erected around the pool to give parents peace of mind and save them from having to double as lifeguards. And with three home cinemas, plus three more TV’s there’s never any fights for the remote!

Jamalu works for all ages, and as well as making a great family holiday villa it’s a wicked party pad; the Bose stereo system links to speakers in all the living areas and outdoor speakers by the pool and on the first floor terrace. The villa manager has been with the villa since the start, and the chef is very accomplished.

This contemporary property may not be suit those looking for a traditional Balinese experience. However all the interiors are furnished very tastefully in the best quality materials and fabrics creating a very comfortable environment.
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The Longhouse

The Longhouse

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » Jimbaran

The Longhouse is full of surprises; it’s so big that it takes a good day to orientate yourself. We stayed at the villa with another couple and kept losing each other! In the process of searching for your fellow guests you’ll find hidden atriums with ponds and water cascades, and daybeds strategically positioned in private corners of the steep terraced gardens to capture the view. Kids will have a ball exploring this place and playing hide-and-seek. The villa is great for entertaining and as a fun party venue, especially with the karaoke machine in the home theatre. The whole place is wired for sound, including the air-conditioned gym, which is equipped with a treadmill, Swiss Pilates balls and yoga mats. The staff can arrange for a yoga or Pilates instructor to come in for personal sessions, and spa therapists are also on call to administer treatments in the private spa room (costs for these services are not included in villa rate) – complete with two massage beds and a bath.

The staff are amazing. They went to Kedonganan fish market for us and bought fresh prawns and snapper for a really good price, which the chef served up as a seafood feast in the comfort of the villa. If you’re eating at the villa and you fancy something that’s not on the menu, the staff will happily provision for you for a small fee. There’s an impressive wine cellar too! Finally – something to enjoy at the end of the day – the home theatre is like a real cinema, one of the best we’ve seen in Bali.
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From $680 ++ Special 4br Rate

Bedrooms 6

Sleeps 8

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Guest Rating 9.2

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The Longhouse

The Longhouse

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » Jimbaran

The Longhouse is full of surprises; it’s so big that it takes a good day to orientate yourself. We stayed at the villa with another couple and kept losing each other! In the process of searching for your fellow guests you’ll find hidden atriums with ponds and water cascades, and daybeds strategically positioned in private corners of the steep terraced gardens to capture the view. Kids will have a ball exploring this place and playing hide-and-seek. The villa is great for entertaining and as a fun party venue, especially with the karaoke machine in the home theatre. The whole place is wired for sound, including the air-conditioned gym, which is equipped with a treadmill, Swiss Pilates balls and yoga mats. The staff can arrange for a yoga or Pilates instructor to come in for personal sessions, and spa therapists are also on call to administer treatments in the private spa room (costs for these services are not included in villa rate) – complete with two massage beds and a bath.

The staff are amazing. They went to Kedonganan fish market for us and bought fresh prawns and snapper for a really good price, which the chef served up as a seafood feast in the comfort of the villa. If you’re eating at the villa and you fancy something that’s not on the menu, the staff will happily provision for you for a small fee. There’s an impressive wine cellar too! Finally – something to enjoy at the end of the day – the home theatre is like a real cinema, one of the best we’ve seen in Bali.
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Uma Nina

Uma Nina

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » Jimbaran

There is something very easygoing about Villa Uma Nina, and we thought this must have been down to its serene situation and its beautiful presentation both indoors and out; we felt at home the moment we stepped inside.

Uma Nina is a great family villa; the garden is almost flat, despite the property’s hilltop location, so it’s great for children of all ages; there’s also a slide for the swimming pool, not to mention tortoises in the pond, which kids will absolutely adore. A sand petanque pitch at the bottom of the garden and games such as croquet provide further entertainment.

Rooms in the main house are equally sized and come with their own private balconies or verandas making the villa good for friends and couples sharing. The upstairs bedrooms and rooftop terrace, were the absolute best for gazing at the views of harbour and sea. Stone stools and petrified wood seats might not encourage you to stay seated up here for too long, but they look great and, along with many other natural furnishings and fittings, provide the villa with plenty of character.

Service was generally good and the manager was very attentive. We enjoyed the meals prepared for us by the villa cook, though if you wish to self-cater the kitchen is well-equipped for it. Alternatively, take advantage of the villa car and driver and go out to eat in Jimbaran.
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From $650 ++ Special 4br Rate

Bedrooms 5

Sleeps 8

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Rating 7.8
Guest Rating 8.1

Uma Nina

Uma Nina

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » Jimbaran

There is something very easygoing about Villa Uma Nina, and we thought this must have been down to its serene situation and its beautiful presentation both indoors and out; we felt at home the moment we stepped inside.

Uma Nina is a great family villa; the garden is almost flat, despite the property’s hilltop location, so it’s great for children of all ages; there’s also a slide for the swimming pool, not to mention tortoises in the pond, which kids will absolutely adore. A sand petanque pitch at the bottom of the garden and games such as croquet provide further entertainment.

Rooms in the main house are equally sized and come with their own private balconies or verandas making the villa good for friends and couples sharing. The upstairs bedrooms and rooftop terrace, were the absolute best for gazing at the views of harbour and sea. Stone stools and petrified wood seats might not encourage you to stay seated up here for too long, but they look great and, along with many other natural furnishings and fittings, provide the villa with plenty of character.

Service was generally good and the manager was very attentive. We enjoyed the meals prepared for us by the villa cook, though if you wish to self-cater the kitchen is well-equipped for it. Alternatively, take advantage of the villa car and driver and go out to eat in Jimbaran.
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Villa Azzalea

Villa Azzalea

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » Jimbaran

The unique interior décor of Villa Azzalea definitely gives it lots of character: we felt as if we’d been transported onto the set of a sultry Moorish movie, or perhaps a Bollywood blockbuster. Despite this exoticism however, the villa still felt very homely and was just the right size for families and small groups looking to be close to Jimbaran Beach. Although it does have three bedrooms, Azzalea is also a romantic hideaway for couples with its evocative dusky colour scheme and tumbling tropical garden – azaleas (after which the villa is named) are exotic signifiers of passion after all. The master bedroom is a huge boudoir set in the main house and since the two twins are set back in a separate building it wouldn’t feel as if you were drowning in space if they weren’t used.

A small staff team looked after the house, and friendly Made made us a lovely tropical breakfast each morning. He struggled a little with his English but since we only made simple requests this wasn’t a problem. Sister-property Villa Balquisse is up the road and this ten-bedroom hotel is the headquarters of all villa management operations so staff will come down to meet you and can easily be called upon if you have any specific requests – they are very helpful. There’s also the Mediterranean Asam Garam restaurant here (a driver can come and pick you up from the villa or deliver dishes to you) and, for a full pampering, the Henna Spa. Both are decorated in Zohra Boukhari’s iconic Moorish–Oriental style. If you’d like your taste buds pampering too, you can arrange for a private chef for just US$20 a day.

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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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