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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The Mood at The Edge

The Mood at The Edge

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

One night in The Mood was definitely not enough, and we wished we could have stayed longer. Although we could see the benefits of the villa for a couple of couples or friends, or even a small family, we were in our element as a solo couple taking advantage of The Mood’s good-mood-creating ambiance. We woke to views of the ocean; we swam au naturel in the pool – the staff are super-discreet – we lunched on fine foods and wines; we were pampered in the spa; we soaked up the rays until the sun was low, and then headed down to the cliff-side communal restaurant for a sundowner and a gourmet meal under the stars. Ahhh… Needless to say, we were definitely in the mood.
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The View at The edge

The View at The edge

Indonesia » Bali » Jimbaran - Bukit » The Bukit

Oh, how we loved this villa! There is something magical about lying on a sun lounger, on a cliff so high above the pounding waves that oxygen might become necessary, with a cold drink in your hand, a liberal coating of sunscreen on your skin and, best of all, nothing whatsoever on your agenda. This is the kind of view that inspires much of the world’s most beautiful poetry: so mesmerising that magazines may well remain unread.

When you do come down to earth, take the time to have a spa treatment in the jaw-dropping facility – the floor is covered in three inches of water and the treatment beds seem to float between the sea and the sky behind the billowing white curtains that surround it.

The service was impeccable and the food amazing, just what you might expect from highly trained professionals. Our Magnum-trained butlers were quick to spot an empty glass and could always sense a hungry tummy. Breakfasting on the shady terrace was a wonderful way to start the day: inspiring us to take on all the great things we’ve always wanted to do. Rather a shame, perhaps, that in the end we opted just to lie on the sun loungers gaze at the ocean and work on the suntan.

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The Purist - Garden Residence

The Purist - Garden Residence

Indonesia » Bali » Ubud

Staying at The Purist is a slightly different experience from staying in a stand-alone villa, in that the property is a small enclave managed like a boutique hotel. Also, with the exception of one villa, there are no garden walls, so if you stay here you will see other guests, especially beside the main swimming pool. The on-site spa is a delight, complete with a double treatment room, romantic bathtub for two, a manicure and pedicure room, and an open-sided upstairs yoga platform. Treatments in the spa are at extra cost. Given the choice of the two villas that make up the Garden Residence, Timor Villa offers more space with its outdoor deck and air-conditioned indoor sitting area. Upon our return, three years after our original review, we were delighted to see that the property has been immaculately maintained. The Purist was very new on our first visit but is now well established as a boutique villa-hotel and spa, with plans to increase its number of villas in the near future.
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Umah di Desa II

Umah di Desa II

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Umalas-Kerobokan

Umah di Desa II is stylish and cheerful and flooded with natural light, it also feels delightfully homely with its warm colours, pretty tiles and lovely garden. The vines that dangle from the flat roof of the lounge pavilion create wonderful softness. Privacy and discretion are paramount here, staff will ring the doorbell before coming in – so there are no awkward surprises should you decide to skinny dip. Completed in May 2012, Umah di Desa II was delightfully new and fresh at the time of our visit, a contemporary villa with the crispest linen, firmest cushions and immaculate appliances. Walking to the beach gave us a pleasant glimpse into our neighbourhood and we wandered along the sand at sunset to the funky beach club, Potato Head. We also discovered nearby Watercress, a charming healthy restaurant with lovely rice paddy views – while meat eaters will love the ribs and the vibe at Naughty Nuris. The location was perfect for us: not in the thick of Seminyak, but close enough to ride the bikes (provided) or to flag a cab.
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Umah di Desa III

Umah di Desa III

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

Villa Umah di Desa III is sunny and cheerful and feels delightfully homey with its soft colours, pretty tiles and lovely garden. The design is modern yet rustic with an almost cottage-like vibe, but with all the elegance you would expect in a Bali villa. It is also utterly peaceful, and in the evening we could hear the sound of waves crashing in the distance. We loved the privacy and discretion: staff ring the doorbell before coming in, so there are no awkward surprises should you decide to take a skinny dip. Completed in December 2012, Umah di Desa III was sparkling new and fresh at the time of our visit, a contemporary villa with immaculate linen, the plumpest of cushions and shiny new appliances.

Walking to the beach gave us a pleasant glimpse into our picturesque neighbourhood. Take care though; the currents are quite strong here so make sure to swim between the flags. The funky beach clubs W and Potato Head are an easy stroll along the sand and you can get a casual Indonesian meal at the rustic cafes strung along the beach. Or get dressed to the nines and head to Mozaic Beach Club – one of Bali’s best restaurants – for a memorable dining experience. We also discovered nearby Watercress, a charming restaurant with great salads and cakes, and lovely rice paddy views. Naughty Nuri’s, famous for its barbecue ribs and Martinis, is also very accessible. The location was perfect for us, not in the thick of Seminyak, but close enough to ride the bikes (complimentary) or to flag a cab.
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Umah Duri

Umah Duri

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Umalas-Kerobokan

Don’t let the discreet entranceway to Umah Duri fool you. Once you pass through it and go down the narrow bamboo lined path, a delightful scene unfolds: a beautifully designed villa just oozing with Balinese charm and style. Just far enough out of town to be quiet and peaceful we really enjoyed this villa. A long afternoon chilling by the pool, sinking into the sofas and getting a couple of great massages followed by some tasty home cooking by Komang (who fulfils the role of both manager and cook), made for a pretty fantastic stay. The surrounding area is slowly becoming quite the place to be, and lots of new eateries are popping up almost overnight so dining choices are never going to be thin on the ground. Should you should feel the need to cook, however, you’ll be well pleased by the big and well-fitted kitchen. That said, our vote stays with Komang.
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Umah Maya

Umah Maya

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Seminyak

What a great find Villa Umah Maya was, quiet and romantic, yet right in the middle of buzzy Seminyak, Bali’s chicest ‘hood, with the shops, restaurants and beach all within either walking distance or a short taxi ride. So, you girls in the party can send your boys off surfing while you get busy flexing their wallets.

Fenny, the manager/housekeeper, certainly knows her way around a kitchen and has recently been swotting up on Greek cuisine so make sure you have at least a couple of lunches at home by the pool and prepare to be amazed. And if you need anything else, Fenny is more than happy to jump on her bike and find it for you.

Definitely try out the hammocks as you laze the day away in the pool. Half in the water, half out of the water, these are fun, fun, fun.
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Villa Umah Shanti

Villa Umah Shanti

Indonesia » Bali » Ubud

Villa Umah Shanti enjoys some of the most glorious views we have encountered in Bali. Perhaps not surprisingly, our favourite spot was by the pool, which seemed to float suspended above the valley surrounded by majestic trees and tropical blooms. It helps that the master bedroom opens directly onto the pool deck; night-time swimming (without staff around or steps to contend with) was enchanting.

The villa staff is very sweet and Dewa the villa manager was enthusiastic and helpful…nothing was too much trouble for him. Breakfast was beautifully presented, with tomato skins shaped into roses transforming a humble plate of scrambled eggs into edible art.

Though we were only two, we weren’t rattling around; in fact we were surprised at the intimacy of the place and, thanks to the terraced setting of the pavilions, feel the villa would work well for three couples. The romantically inclined as well as nature lovers, writers and yoga practitioners will find much magic at Villa Umah Shanti. But guests had better be sure-footed and unfazed by heights.  And with completely unguarded drops from the family pavilion deck and the living room, not to mention lots of steps linking the different pavilions, we can’t imagine a less relaxing holiday for parents with little ones!


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Vajra Villas - Villa Vajra

Vajra Villas - Villa Vajra

Indonesia » Bali » Ubud

Villa Vajra was perfect for our group: a couple, a recluse and two kids aged eight and ten. We wanted something quiet and rural but close to Ubud, luxurious but close to nature, with full housekeeping but also the option to cook if we liked. And a swimming pool.

The children made friends with the villa manager’s uncle who farmed the rice fields beyond their bedroom and our friend the recluse is a birdwatcher so she was in heaven wandering the garden paths through the rainforest. She also relished the study with its good-sized desk. My husband and I enjoyed test-driving the huge jacuzzi bathtub in the master suite after a workout in the fitness room and I loved waking up below the tightly thatched roof and watching the early morning sun coming through the wooden slats and dancing on the walls. Our friend appreciated the same experience in the Valley bedroom, which she said was wonderfully quiet. And of course we ALL enjoyed the pool at the heart of the house.

All the staff were courteous, relaxed and competent, and the villa manager was very helpful. The kitchen staff accommodated our different tastes and dietary requirements (our recluse friend is vegan), once we explained what we wanted. Every morning we selected the day’s dishes from the suggestion menu, gave the cooks cash for shopping, and received precise accounts for all expenditures. In the evenings the baronial living room was a delight, filled with classical music piped through the Bose sound system. We also treasured calm moments taking tea in the little teahouse pavilion and listening to the sounds of the surrounding forest.

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Villa Valentine

Villa Valentine

Indonesia » Bali » Canggu area » Canggu

As well as being exceptionally comfortable, Villa Valentine has a sense of light and space that you could only dream of in Seminyak; yet it’s close enough to that most happening of Balinese centres to make popping in for a meal or shopping trip a piece of cake. We spent a lot of time in the poolside pavilion which is the ideal chill zone - shady during the day and peaceful in the evenings, and is very well set up with lamps, stereo, and even a bar fridge. It’s also one of the best places to appreciate the sprawling gardens, which are park-like in scope and design. We thought the quirky furnishings were fun, especially the zebra-print chaise longue and the glitter balls, while the dining room with its art deco-style chandelier and fabulous feature mirror just begs for interesting dinner parties. One of the things we like most about Villa Valentine is that everything is so soft, fluffy and enveloping, from the daybeds to the Thai cushions to the plush black towels. We also liked the great choice of restaurants within walking distance, from cheap and cheerful warungs, to cafes like Butter (good for breakfast treats) and Canggu Plaza with pizza, Japanese food and Brazilian barbecue.
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