Villas in Indonesia

Indonesia’s dizzying array of cultures, cuisines, landscapes and seascapes is quite possibly unmatched by anywhere else in the world. The myriad islands – more than 17,000 in fact – that make up this heady, steamy, vibrant archipelago speckle across the equator for nearly 5,000km. A third of these ocean-ringed islands are completely uninhabited, which must surely be a trailblazers dream.

Travellers have been drawn to this mystical region for centuries. More than a thousand years ago traders from as far away as China were sailing to the aromatic Spice Islands of Indonesia, and this precious commodity drew the Europeans in the sixteenth century too. Fast forward a few centuries and this corner of the globe is still a hotspot for foreigners who visit today for its raw beauty and rich culture rather than the spices that pepper its delicious cuisine.

Two of the loveliest islands within Indonesia’s stunning archipelago are Bali and Lombok, each of which comes with its own special charms. Whilst Bali’s cosmopolitan vibe is far removed from Lombok’s quiet, barely developed tourist trade, each island boasts dreamy beaches, volcanic landscapes, fabulous diving, charming culture and gentle, welcoming people.

Straddling the equator, Indonesia has two main seasons – wet between October and April and dry for the rest of the year – with slight geographical variations. The wet season is by no means intolerable, as storms tend to come in sudden bursts in between long spells of sunshine. The Christmas holiday period traditionally attracts a horde of visitors. And, given what awaits them on these unique and exotic islands, this is surely of no surprise.

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Harmony Villas

Harmony Villas

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Umalas-Kerobokan

‘Very stylish indeed’ we thought when we walked through the door of our Harmony Villa. Fish swimming in the water flowing between the stepping stones in the villa’s leafy portico, lots of shady palms, tropical flowers, a small private swimming pool; altogether a very inviting two-storey dwelling.

In a quiet street, with rice fields to the front and rear offering a genuine window into rural Bali, this pair of villas really allows you to get away from it all. And it’s so quiet! After preparing our own simple lunch we spent a lazy afternoon chilling out, reading books and swimming in the pool. The villas are self-catering but if you aren’t in the mood to cook, you can order gourmet meals (menu provided in the villa) from BaliEpicure, a company that offers 24-hour in-villa dining. We also recommend taking advantage of the many nearby restaurants and beach bars. We jumped in a taxi and headed to the beach at sunset for a couple of cold beers at Cozy Wheels (1km) on Batubelig Beach and when it got dark we called into Warung Sobat to sample their famous ‘Steak Wiwin’, the cheapest and best in Bali. Finally, we flopped back on our comfortable king-size bed in the villa and watched a movie.
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Villa Iman Jasa

Villa Iman Jasa

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Umalas-Kerobokan

It was a pleasure to step into Villa Iman Jasa and find – in place of a polished, impersonal rental – a lovely family home. We liked its laid-back personality and easy barefoot beach-style vibe. It felt intimate, family-friendly, and spacious, with some quiet corners to retreat to for ‘me’ time. At our request, the staff served our continental breakfast on the terrace of the master bedroom. We spent the morning drifting between the alang-alang thatched balé (gazebo) and the shallows of the enormous pool, gazing over the bank of rice terraces beyond the garden’s edge. At night, after enjoying a beautiful sunset, we reclined on brightly coloured sofas under the enormous white chandelier, relaxing to the sounds of gamelan music wafting in with the breeze, punctuated by fireworks set off on Petitenget beach. And we slept well in our four-poster bed, soothed by the lavender room spray (one of a collection thoughtfully provided).

Other than the chatter of the staff during the day and the rare bark of the resident dog, it’s an amazingly peaceful villa. Despite increasing development that eats into Canggu’s rice fields, this is a place where you can still tune into the rhythms and rituals of rural Balinese life little changed in generations. From every room, we could see farmers tending their crops, and we were privileged to witness a Balinese temple ceremony in a local village on the way to the beach. Our visit coincided with Galungan, a major Balinese celebration that happens every 210 days, and so the lanes were beautifully decorated with rows of penjurs – tall, tapering bamboo poles decorated with offerings placed outside every Balinese home. Some nice eateries are within a kilometre of the villa (including Bali Buddha, Café Moka and the gorgeous Kayu Api bakery) and with so much happening close by we felt no compunction to head to the bright lights of Seminyak 15 minutes away.

Iman Jasa means ‘great service’. Though perhaps not as polished as some villa staff teams, the staff looked after us well with sweet smiles and a willingness to please. They greeted us with refreshing cut fruit and cold towels, and served us a home-cooked fish curry for supper.

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Villa Inti

Villa Inti

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

Green is said to be soothing for the soul, and in the verdant surrounds of Villa Inti almost every shade is represented; luminous rice paddies, spindly palms, lush leaves and foliage all conspiring to induce absolute calmness. Gurgling water fountains add to the serenity of this villa which feels wonderfully worn in without a hint of being worn out. The owners have great taste, obviously favouring comfort over ostentation and we happily soaked up the sense of intimacy and warmth, feeling right at home from the minute we walked in.

The atmosphere is one of pure tropical languor, easily indulged while sinking into a sea of cushions, sprawling on a sofa or lounging in a poolside deck chair. Service is relaxed – more of the ‘ask for’ rather than ’anticipated’ style – which suited us, but may not be ideal for those who like to be waited on hand and foot. When we managed to tear our eyes away from the scenery, we worked our way through the plethora of books, magazines, CDs and games, lamenting the fact that we didn’t have time for everything. We were happy to switch off, but the fast internet connection, good mobile reception and fax machine are handy for those who need to stay in touch with the outside world, which – despite the rural setting – isn’t actually that far away.

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Villa Inti

Villa Inti

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

Green is said to be soothing for the soul, and in the verdant surrounds of Villa Inti almost every shade is represented; luminous rice paddies, spindly palms, lush leaves and foliage all conspiring to induce absolute calmness. Gurgling water fountains add to the serenity of this villa which feels wonderfully worn in without a hint of being worn out. The owners have great taste, obviously favouring comfort over ostentation and we happily soaked up the sense of intimacy and warmth, feeling right at home from the minute we walked in.

The atmosphere is one of pure tropical languor, easily indulged while sinking into a sea of cushions, sprawling on a sofa or lounging in a poolside deck chair. Service is relaxed – more of the ‘ask for’ rather than ’anticipated’ style – which suited us, but may not be ideal for those who like to be waited on hand and foot. When we managed to tear our eyes away from the scenery, we worked our way through the plethora of books, magazines, CDs and games, lamenting the fact that we didn’t have time for everything. We were happy to switch off, but the fast internet connection, good mobile reception and fax machine are handy for those who need to stay in touch with the outside world, which – despite the rural setting – isn’t actually that far away.

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Villa Inti

Villa Inti

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

Green is said to be soothing for the soul, and in the verdant surrounds of Villa Inti almost every shade is represented; luminous rice paddies, spindly palms, lush leaves and foliage all conspiring to induce absolute calmness. Gurgling water fountains add to the serenity of this villa which feels wonderfully worn in without a hint of being worn out. The owners have great taste, obviously favouring comfort over ostentation and we happily soaked up the sense of intimacy and warmth, feeling right at home from the minute we walked in.

The atmosphere is one of pure tropical languor, easily indulged while sinking into a sea of cushions, sprawling on a sofa or lounging in a poolside deck chair. Service is relaxed – more of the ‘ask for’ rather than ’anticipated’ style – which suited us, but may not be ideal for those who like to be waited on hand and foot. When we managed to tear our eyes away from the scenery, we worked our way through the plethora of books, magazines, CDs and games, lamenting the fact that we didn’t have time for everything. We were happy to switch off, but the fast internet connection, good mobile reception and fax machine are handy for those who need to stay in touch with the outside world, which – despite the rural setting – isn’t actually that far away.

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Villa Istimewa

Villa Istimewa

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Seminyak

What a breath of fresh air Villa Istimewa is. Charming doesn’t even begin to describe it. It’s a very rustic villa with so much greenery that we half expected Tarzan to come swooping down to greet us when we arrived. With that said, it won’t appeal to everyone, but if you’re looking for an old-style Bali experience that will guarantee you forget all about home then this might just fit the bill. Location-wise it’s a winner being only 50m from Jalan Raya Seminyak and its stacks of boutiques, knick-knack shops, cafés and Bintang Supermarket – all within walking distance.

After nipping out for a coffee at French-style Café Moka (great pastries – just a shame we were too full from our big in-villa breakfast) we came back to the villa and simply hung out by the pool. The semi-outdoor massage studio will get a lot of use so make sure you work out your roster beforehand to keep squabbling to a minimum. The local masseur, Budhi, could give any shaman out of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ a run for his money so take advantage when you can. Female therapists are also available for a more gentle massage if required.

Although the villa sleeps eight, we thought that might put a bit of a strain on resources and space so would recommend it more for a family or smaller group of singles.

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Jeda Villa - Bali 3BR

Jeda Villa - Bali 3BR

Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran

We love the rural wilds of north-west Bali with its dry, almost Mediterranean climate and total lack of tourist hordes, so we are almost loathe to share news of this little gem of a villa for fear that it will become so popular that we will never get a chance to go back. Surrounded by thick lowland forest with towering mountains to the rear and ocean views to the front, Villa Bali at Jeda Villas is an oasis of lush lawns and gardens and glorious contemporary-Bali-style architecture that fair cries out “Love me. Enjoy me. Never leave me!”

Despite the remoteness of the area (or is that because of it?) there are many adventure activities to be had and experienced: snorkelling for the laid back, scuba diving for the more intense, mountain climbing, mountain biking, nature trekking, kayaking, bird watching and all round general rural exploration, which always turns up a few unexpected goodies such as stumbling across a Hindu village ceremony or witnessing fishermen bringing in their catch at dusk. Alternatively, like us, you can just do nothing and lie beside the pool and read books, drink beer and watch the gardeners cutting the grass.

The staff are all from the local village and haven’t wasted time in tourism school learning how to unfold starched white linen napkins in your lap - that’s not what this part of Bali is about. But even so, expect great tasting Western and Indonesian dishes, honest service, smiles and a glorious welcome.

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Jeda Villa - Java 3BR

Jeda Villa - Java 3BR

Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran

We love the rural wilds of northwest Bali with its dry, almost Mediterranean climate and total lack of tourist hordes, so we are almost loathe to share news of this little gem of a villa for fear that it will become so popular that we will never get a chance to go back.

Surrounded on all sides by thick lowland forest with towering mountains to the rear and ocean views to the front, the villa is an oasis of lush lawns and gardens and glorious contemporary-Bali-style architecture that fair cries out “Love me. Enjoy me. Never leave me!”

As chilled out as we were, we were keen to seek a deeper state of atrophy through the art of massage, which turned out to be only a phone call away with the choice of a female therapist or a local healer man from the nearby village. Both massages come highly recommended but do not exceed one per day or else you will turn to jelly.

The staff are all from the local village and haven’t wasted time in tourism school learning how to unfold starched white linen napkins in your lap - that’s not what this part of Bali is about. But, even so, expect great tasting Western and Indonesian dishes, honest service, smiles and a glorious welcome.

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Jeda Villa - Timor 2BR

Jeda Villa - Timor 2BR

Indonesia » Bali » Pemuteran

We love the rural wilds of north-west Bali with its dry, almost Mediterranean climate and total lack of tourist hordes, so we are almost loathe to share news of this little gem of a villa for fear that it will become so popular that we will never get a chance to go back. But share we must and we just can’t sing high enough praise for Villa Timor.

Surrounded on all sides by thick lowland forest with towering mountains to the rear and ocean views to the front, the villa is an oasis of lush lawns and gardens and glorious Bali-style architecture that fair cries out “Love me. Enjoy me. Never leave me!”

Despite the remoteness of the area (or is that because of it?) there are many adventure activities to be had and experienced: snorkelling for the laid back, scuba diving for the more intense, mountain climbing, mountain biking, nature trekking, kayaking, bird watching and all round general rural exploration, which always turns up a few unexpected goodies such as stumbling across a Hindu village ceremony or witnessing fishermen bringing in their catch at dusk. Alternatively, like us, you can just do nothing and lie beside the pool and read books, drink beer and watch the gardeners cutting the grass.

The staff are all from the local village and haven’t wasted time in tourism school learning how to unfold starched white linen napkins in your lap - that’s not what this part of Bali is about. But even so, expect great tasting Western and Indonesian dishes, honest service, smiles and a glorious welcome.

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Karang Kembar - Latitude

Karang Kembar - Latitude

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

What an amaaaaaaazing villa! The moment we walked into Latitude, we knew we’d found something really special – an absolutely stunning villa in the most breathtaking location that ticks more boxes than we could ever need. Great views, check. Beach in minutes, check. Fabulous food, check. Fantastic staff, check. Top-notch design, check.

We loved the apparent isolation and felt no compunction to break away from the spectacular views to play pool or watch a movie, let alone actually leave to explore the area! Exploring the grounds was fun, as there are architectural or design surprises at every corner. We loved the jacuzzi ‘grottoes’ in the guest bedrooms – bathing on a clear night with the stars twinkling in the circular open window overhead was divine. Listening to the surf breaking on the beach as the sun emerged on the horizon was pure magic. And dining on chef Wayan Trimayasa’s fabulous dishes was to taste heaven in every mouthful.

Latitude is such a cool chill-out place with loads of social spaces for parties and events, and yet plenty private corners to escape to for some peace and quiet even with a full house (10 adults plus 2 kids). Villa manager Nick Home goes out of his way to create magic for everyone, and nothing seems to be too much trouble for him and his staff. A wedding party had just checked out before our arrival and their enthusiasm was a common theme in the guest book, which made delightful reading (hmmmm, how soon before my daughter weds?). We also thought what a wonderful place it is for groups of friends united by a love of food, for instance, or surfing – or simply wanting to unwind in luxury.

There was for us only one major problem that was impossible to overcome: that we had to leave Latitude at the end of our stay. How is it possible to disengage gracefully from this slice of heaven on earth? Bet you’re planning your next visit before you’ve even left!

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