3-bedroom Villas in Umalas-Kerobokan, Bali, Indonesia

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”.

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Umah Daun

Umah Daun

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » 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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Bali Ethnic Villa - Villa Kalua

Bali Ethnic Villa - Villa Kalua

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » 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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Villa Banteng Bawah

Villa Banteng Bawah

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Umalas-Kerobokan

Villa Banteng Bawah makes a lovely tropical outdoor-living holiday home. We found ourselves spending most of our time in the pool – which was really just an extension of the living room and the master bedroom. The setting was so relaxed – nothing overstated or pretentious – that we felt at home straight away.

At first glance the villa seemed a little sparse, but the lack of clutter quickly made sense as it left nothing to distract us from the charming pool setting or the rice paddy views beyond the villa walls. The constant play of light added rich texture and dimension; from bright sunlight on the timber decks, to dappled rays filtering through the latticed ceiling over the sunken lounge, and the contrast of light and shade in the garden. Night times were particularly alluring with evocative cut stone lamps, dangling lanterns and spotlights on the shimmering pool. The main garden isn’t huge, but the space is well utilised with soft velvety grass, hanging pot plants dangling from the frangipani trees and views extending to the rice fields. The master bedroom was very comfortable, a cool and cosy space with the curtains shut at night time, and in the mornings we could swing back the doors and dive straight into the pool. Perfect! The wonderful ensuite bathroom with its vibrant courtyard garden also deserves a mention.
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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 Reina

Villa Reina

Indonesia » Bali » Greater Seminyak » Umalas-Kerobokan

We enjoyed our time at Villa Reina just chilling beside the pool and absorbing the lush garden surroundings, and we loved the incredibly private atmosphere and the convivial design of the huge living room. Despite the villa’s dusky black and purple decor, its open layout allowed the light to pour in, and in the bedrooms, these contemporary shades were softened by woollen crochet bedspreads, matching cushions and long white curtains. The ensuite bathrooms, even with their glamorous silver sinks, felt beautifully natural and Balinese.

The villa would make a wonderful hideaway for sunseeking groups of friends (as long as fights don’t break out over who gets the master suite!), and it’s a particularly good set up for a family with a couple of older kids. The master suite has a particularly great bathroom, and pamperpusses will adore the oversized moulded stone tub that’s placed just beside sliding doors onto a river-view terrace. This bathroom also makes a great spot for enjoying a massage, and a quick phone call to BaliEpicure is all that’s needed for masseurs to head your way, massage table in tow. We tried it and loved every second – it was all so easy to arrange.

The villa comes with a husband and wife staff team who look after the house and garden, as well as a night security guard. The first breakfast is included in the rate, and after this all other meals are costed according to the price of the groceries. The maid can prepare western breakfasts and simple Indonesian cuisine for lunch and dinner, and she can do the shopping on your behalf if you furnish her with some cash and a list. She works until 5pm and prepared dinner for us before she left for the day. We liked this system as it gave us plenty of privacy in the house in the evening. The kitchen is also well equipped for self-caterers, and a selection of menus (including BaliEpicure) are available for home delivery.

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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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