The Bukit villas in Bali, Indonesia

The Bukit (which means 'hill' in Indonesian) is a 140-square-kilometre rugged limestone peninsula that dangles like a pendant upon a chain at the southern tip of Bali. Until recently, this windswept outcrop - revered by the Balinese who have built a series of temples around its perimeter, including the spectacular Pura Luhur Uluwatu - was home solely to seaweed farmers, fisherman and die-hard surfers. In recent years, however, it has reinvented itself to become the most upmarket destination on the island.

The Bukit now boasts some of Bali’s most opulent destination villas, glamorous private estates, internationally-branded boutique hotels, and ‘One of Asia's 5 Best Golf Courses’ according to Fortune Magazine, making it the area of choice for discerning travellers and residents. Most development has taken place along the isthmus connecting The Bukit to the rest of Bali, with the beautiful sunsets and sandy beaches of Jimbaran to the west and Benoa Harbour to the east. Further along the coast to the east, are a string of resorts and hotels set along the pretty swimming beaches of Nusa Dua.

Despite recent development, The Bukit remains sparsely populated and has retained a desolate beauty. Its turquoise waters are the playground of migrating whales, and when the waves are calm and the tide is full, turtles and dugongs can be seen swimming close to the shore. The rocky landscape is dotted with wild flowers, manioc, prickly pear cactus, scarlet flowering flamboyants and fascinating kapok trees. The Bukit is also home to some of the most idyllic beaches in Bali; hidden sandy coves – a dream for both surfers and non-surfers alike (although not always safe for swimming). Even in the rainy season The Bukit is a reliable sun-trap.

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Villa Bayuh Sabbha

Villa Bayuh Sabbha

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

We gasped with delight when we first clapped eyes on the views at Bayuh Sabbha – they really are jaw dropping. And the pool, or should I say pools, are magnificently placed for soaking in the splendour that lies beyond. There’s no quibbling the ‘infinity’ tag attached to these pools! Although the views are spectacular at any time of the day or night, we particularly enjoyed waking up early to catch a glimpse of magical Mount Agung before it became shrouded in cloud. Swimming in the pools at sunset, watching the clouds turn red, the stars illuminating the inky sky, and the lights twinkling along the coastline was also very special. And as you fall asleep each night, it is to the rhythmic sound of the omnipresent waves thudding at the rocks below.

The two residences could be booked separately (with shared staff), but there’s no doubt that the villa suits big gatherings best, and the staff are used to hosting weddings and other special events. The huge amount of space means that everyone can always find their own little corner. We particularly liked the two-bedroom residence; it was very private and the rooms had the best sea views.

Whilst the villa staff responded to our requests and were friendly, they didn’t show the initiative or finesse that we would expect from a villa of this size, presentation and price range. There were plenty of butlers (and other staff members) around, but it seemed the cook did most of the work, including waiting on our table! Sunshades were only put up when we went out to use the pool, and there seemed to be a lot of cleaning and maintenance work going on during our stay. Despite this, we loved the villa and, for the views alone, would certainly go back.
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Villa Cantik Pandawa

Villa Cantik Pandawa

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

We were looking for somewhere to get away from it all, and Villa Cantik was the perfect choice.  Waking up to those brilliant sunrises over the ocean was a wonderful start to each day.  Coastal breezes carried the heady scent of frangipani and the early morning birdsong was yet another pleasant reminder of the distance between over-crowded Kuta and us.

Although there’s plenty to do in south Bali, we opted to spend our days at the villa, swimming in the two pools, lounging in the sun, playing billiards and visiting the gym when guilt set in.  The staff were incredibly accommodating. We would climb out of bed to enjoy a coffee by the pool and return to see our room freshly cleaned and tidied.  Since Villa Cantik is far removed from any major grocery stores, we would put in our food order around mid-day, then relax with a private spa treatment followed by a couple of cocktails poolside, while the kitchen team worked their magic and dinner was served.  Before bed, we enjoyed an evening swim under the stars, and then drifted off into a peaceful sleep.
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From $980 ++

Bedrooms 6

Sleeps 12

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Rating 8.7

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Villa Capung

Villa Capung

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

Villa Capung is refreshingly unpretentious, the kind of place where you walk in, promptly collapse on the sofa and immediately feel right at home (if only home had views like this!). While the villa is not huge, the views of pristine hills and the expanse of Indian Ocean that spread before you create a seemingly endless sense of space, and the villa has been cleverly designed to maximise options for privacy. The master suite is gigantic, while the second bedroom has its own private deck as does the garden suite.

The owners spend quite a bit of time here, and have struck a perfect balance between elegance and comfort: this very popular villa feels well loved and lived in. Enjoying the views from the infinity pool was a definite highlight, especially in the soft late-afternoon light, which deepens the colours of the leafy foliage in the garden. However, Capung really comes into its own in the evening when dark amber lamps cast a seductive glow over the living room, accentuating the crimson furnishings.  Spotlights illuminate the palms and lotus pond, and the lights of Bali twinkle like a fairyland far below. There is a wonderful heady sensation of being so high up, and the villa seems remarkably good value considering these million dollar views.

The staff are efficient and kind, immediately on hand if we needed something, but entirely unobtrusive the rest of the time, and we loved that they can mix cocktails!


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From $475 ++

Bedrooms 3

Sleeps 6

Our
Rating 7.9

Villa Indah Manis

Villa Indah Manis

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Indah Manis which means “beautiful” and “sweet”. It is a very pretty villa, nicely laid out, with exceptional facilities, boldly coloured bedrooms and well-furnished living and dining spaces. The setting is tremendous for views and privacy (not so great for those seeking exciting night-life or retail therapy) and the staff were absolutely delightful, they could not have been more helpful. The food we had was beautifully presented. The villa has a more homely intimate feel than many we have seen in Bali, clearly targeting families - for which it is well suited.
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From $390 ++ Special 4br Rate

Bedrooms 5

Sleeps 8

Our
Rating 8.1
Guest Rating 8.3

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Villa Indah Manis

Villa Indah Manis

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

We really enjoyed our stay at Villa Indah Manis which means “beautiful” and “sweet”. It is a very pretty villa, nicely laid out, with exceptional facilities, boldly coloured bedrooms and well-furnished living and dining spaces. The setting is tremendous for views and privacy (not so great for those seeking exciting night-life or retail therapy) and the staff were absolutely delightful, they could not have been more helpful. The food we had was beautifully presented. The villa has a more homely intimate feel than many we have seen in Bali, clearly targeting families - for which it is well suited.
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Villa Bulan Madu

Villa Bulan Madu

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

Villa Bulan Madu is a wonderfully romantic little villa.  The setting is very pleasant and, given how open the rooms are, very private. The villa shares the same owner, staff and kitchens as its neighbour, the five-bedroomed Villa Indah Manis, so has the benefit of a large staff who discreetly disappear next door until summoned. For us, the staff could not have been more helpful and the food we had was beautifully presented.
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Pandawa Cliff Estate - Villa Marie

Pandawa Cliff Estate - Villa Marie

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

What a lovely villa for families with kids! This struck us as soon as we stepped onto Villa Marie’s ironwood sundeck framing the large swimming pool. Small kids will love the huge shallow section conveniently located alongside the living pavilion, and parents will appreciate being able to keep an eye on them from practically every room while blissing out on the ocean vistas and the privacy of two separate master bedroom pavilions on either side of the pool.

We think this would be a great villa for six couples too. In addition to the two master suites, the four equally large bedrooms in the two-storey sleeping block each enjoy privacy as well as a small deck or balcony and fabulous bathroom, and the two twin rooms can also be configured as kings; so no short straw to be drawn here! We did notice that neither of the two dining tables had enough room for 12 guests, but have a feeling the highly efficient management team will be onto that pretty speedily. The fabulous facilities of the adjoining Pandawa Cliff Estate sports centre and spa provides an alternative source of entertainment at your doorstep. Air-conditioned squash, anyone? Doubles tennis? (There’s even an umpire’s chair to keep the competitive spirit in check). And a five-minute drive in your complimentary car will take you to Pandawa Beach where you can swim, snorkel and kayak in the shallow, reef-protected waters.

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From $1,520 ++

Bedrooms 6

Sleeps 12

Our
Rating 8.2

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Pandawa Cliff Estate - Villa Markisa

Pandawa Cliff Estate - Villa Markisa

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

We felt on top of the world staying at Villa Markisa – the view is sensational and the sheer amount of space a luxury.  The master suite is just magnificent – even the bathtub commands a killer view!  And with its private garden and pool – the villa has three in total – we could cheerfully have holed up here and never enjoyed the rest of the villa.  No wonder this is dubbed the Bridal Suite for those getting hitched here!

The cliff-edge pavilion was another favourite spot; in the early morning we could see as far as Nusa Penida on the horizon, and we had a bird’s eye view of the activities on Pandawa Beach far below.

We’ve never come across a villa that gives guests such privacy and space for all five bedrooms.  The layout perhaps takes some getting used to, as living areas are divided individually.  But that makes it perfect for those who like to holiday together while also enjoying their own personal space (and there’s always the option to open up the living and dining areas in the guest pavilion for a shared experience).  And of course Villa Markisa is an outstanding wedding venue.  With its multiple living spaces and three pools, a crowd could easily get lost here… and then there’s the estate’s sports centre and spa too!

Villa Markisa’s staff is drawn from the 45+ team that serves Pandawa Cliff Estate under the direction of hospitality supremo Diego Pons.  Bayu and Cita, our assigned butlers, looked after us well while never being intrusive.  And we became huge fans of Chef Wayan who served us some wonderful meals – make sure you try his tom yum soup and prawn curry!  (Though there are three kitchenettes, the main kitchen isn’t set up for guest use so this isn’t for people who like to pitch in and cook together on vacation.  But with such an accomplished chef, and a varied and reasonably priced menu to choose from, that’s hardly a problem.)
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From $1,450 ++

Bedrooms 5

Sleeps 10

Our
Rating 8.7

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Pandawa Cliff Estate - Villa Rose

Pandawa Cliff Estate - Villa Rose

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

Crossing the entrance hall into Villa Rose’s open level living area we were delighted by the ocean panorama spreading out before us. This is a million-dollar view – and we had it all to ourselves! The gardens are gorgeous; the manicured lawn of Japanese grass soft underfoot, and we found the pool with its two-tier sun-deck and turquoise-cushioned sun loungers the natural focus of our stay.

We think Villa Rose makes a great villa for four couples or two family groups. The four bedrooms each enjoy privacy as well as a small deck or balcony, the two twin rooms are perfect for children but can also be configured as kings for couples, and there are plenty of extra beds available for young children. A choice of seating areas allow for getting together as a group or breaking away for some peace and quiet.

With its expanse of gleaming marble floors and arrangement of sofas, Villa Rose at times felt more like an ultra-exclusive hotel. It did echo a bit – possibly because the common areas are completely free of curtains and blinds (no doubt to preserve the stunning view) – but a larger party than ours (we were only four) would probably be chatting too much to notice.

We found the staff to be charming, their service skills honed on luxury cruise ships around the world. The butlers were vigilant in anticipating and attending to our needs, whether we were in the villa or by the pool. And the villa chef impressed us with his breakfast dish of Eggs Benedict and a very tasty dinner of grilled prawns and seafood curry. (We were happy to hear that there are plans to run cooking courses for keen chefs among the guests.)

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Pandawa Cliff Estate - The Pala

Pandawa Cliff Estate - The Pala

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

The jaw-dropping ocean views and sheer amount of space make The Pala a party villa par excellence; hands down, it’s going to be am amazing wedding venue. We loved the choice of living spaces spilling out onto terraces and balconies on both levels – all with sublime sea views. And the master bedroom was quite astonishing – with what has to be one of the best views in Bali; ocean, beach, cliffs and the island of Nusa Penida looming on the horizon.

Six couples could holiday together in complete harmony (and sublime comfort) here, as there are lots of different spaces to get together as well as quiet corners to escape from the crowd. And while there might be some initial discussion over who gets the magnificent master bedroom, the five guestrooms are so spacious and comfortable that no one’s going to complain!  (Parents take note – the bursting-at-the-seams-with-toys playroom, media games room, and large shallow pool adjoining the main one make The Pala an excellent venue for multiple-family vacations too).

Pala is the Indonesian word for nutmeg – a spice once so coveted that countries crossed oceans and went to war for it. What an apposite name for a delicious villa that will surely spice up any vacation.

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