By: Monica Pitrelli
Bintan or Bali? We say – why not both? If you’ve got your eye on a trip to Indonesia, take a look at our roundup of some of the best villas that these two isles have to offer.
The place: Villa Alam Bali
The location: Atop an 85-metre cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean at the southern tip of Bali
The reasons to go: Stretched out over 1,000 square metres, this villa has four bedrooms and a family entertainment room. All the creature comforts are present, including a 42-inch plasma TV, book and DVD library, handmade bed linen, wireless internet and Bose stereo. Plus, there’s a pool on each of the two levels and access to a secluded beach below. Relax with your own car, a private driver, and a chef who will prepare daily breakfast for up to ten people.
The place: Albia Villa
The location: Set amongst the rice terraces and rolling hills of Umalas
The reasons to go: Popular with families, Albia Villa was purpose-built for families with young children. The villa is designed in a way that allows you to keep an eye on the little ones no matter where you are in the villa – be it lounging in the pool, watching satellite TV in the living area, eating in the spacious dining area, or relaxing on the bale daybed. The private swimming pool has a safe area, and the small details – like child-friendly crockery and cutlery – are taken care of. Breakfast and snacks are best enjoyed on the wooden sundeck. The villa is fully staffed by a team of eight; and a private chef is included in the rate.
The place: Villa Kailasha
The location: Beachside in Bali’s fertile Tabanan Regency
The reasons to go: Kailasha means “paradise of the gods”, a tall order which this villa pulls off with ease. The three-bedroom villa is situated on 1,100 square metres of beachside property. With its classic tropical architecture, elegant interiors, and a blend of modern, antique and Dutch-colonial-inspired furnishings, the single-storey property comprises an open-sided living pavilion with three distinct sitting areas, a standalone semi-open dining pavilion, a master suite with its own 6-metre swimming pool, and a two-bedroom guest house. Take a dip in the 14-metre infinity edge swimming pool, and kick back in the relaxation pavilion afterwards.
The extras: Rolling lawns, flowering trees and sea views are a perfect backdrop for weddings, parties and family celebrations.
The place: Kemah Tinggi
The location: On the fringe of Seseh, a quiet seaside village set amongst green rice fields
The reasons to go: Designed to make travel easier for families with small children, this villa stocks the kiddie essentials: car seats, cots, monitors, highchairs, toys and games, as well as safety items such as stair-gates and a pool fence. Older kids will love the DVD selection, lawn football goals and cricket stumps. Parents – you’re not forgotten – breathtaking views, golf outings and the boutiques, restaurants and nightlife of Seminyak are at your fingertips. Full à la carte breakfast is complimentary, and lunch and dinner, prepared by two full-time chefs, are chargeable at local market prices.
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The place: Mia Villa
The location: A quiet enclave of Umalas, part of the greater Seminyak area
The reasons to go: Just 20 minutes from the airport – and only five minutes from restaurants, shopping and the beach – this villa boasts four bedrooms, lush tropical gardens and a 15-metre swimming pool. The 1,500 square metre villa has two master bedrooms, each with verandah seating overlooking lotus ponds, while an upstairs terrace has three open sides for excellent views of the surrounding rice fields; it’s perfect for an evening tipple.
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The place: Bali Dream Villas
The location: Just off of Bali’s Canggu Beach, known for its stunning sunsets and quiet beaches
The reasons to go: Three- and four-bedroom villas come with a chauffeured car and a fulltime staff of 15. The onsite concierge service provides all the pleasures of a hotel, without any of the pain. An array of cultural and sporting activities are within five to 25 minutes away, including the iconic Tanah Lot Temple and swimming and surfing opportunities. With a selection of spa treats, board games and private dining options, these retreats combine romance, relaxation and fun.
The extras: The villas have privileges at the nearby Canggu Club, so you can squeeze in a gym workout or a game of tennis while the kids are entertained in the playroom.
The place: Chillout Bali
The location: Villas are located by some of Bali’s best spots: Seminyak, Ubud, Tanjong Benoa and more
The reasons to go: Chillout Bali is a collection of two- to four-bedroom luxury villas, including the popular Villa Tujuh and Teman Desa Villas. Each villa is staffed and comes with a private pool, en-suite bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. A brand new Chillout Spa facility is scheduled to open in October. The owners, who started Chillout Bali after staying in private Bali villas for over a decade, can advise which villa best suits your needs and budget.
The extras: Five new villas, called Tepi Laut Villas, are opening in December. Book now and be the first to stay in one at a special introductory rate of US$250 per night.
The place: Karang Kembar Estate
The location: On a cliff, 90 metres above Bali’s Kutuh Beach
The reasons to go: Five bedrooms spread out over two sleeping pavilions make this and ideal luxury multi-family hideaway. The central living pavilion has floor to ceiling glass doors that overlook a 21-metre infinity pool. You have access to the private beach house below – the perfect spot for a barbecue or sundowner while the kids comb the shore for seashells. Golf, surfing and paragliding are close by, as is the airport – it’s only 30 minutes away.
The extras: If you’ve kids in tow, packing is easy as the villa is equipped with toys, books, games, videos, car seats and bottle sterilisers. There’s even a nautical-themed bunk-bed room and a special children’s menu, too.
The place: Villa Kylie
The location: A gentle sloping hill in Canggu Village on Bali’s southwest coast
The reasons to go: With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, Villa Kylie is away from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s busy southern region, yet the nightlife and restaurants of Seminyak, Kuta and Legian are just 15 minutes away. The main house has an octagonal living and dining room that overlooks stunning terraced rice fields. Two master bedrooms are connected to the main structure, and two additional bedrooms are housed independently within the villa complex. A 15-metre oval swimming pool has a shallow children’s pool at one end. The villa is fully staffed with a manager, chef, driver and two butlers, among others.
The extras: The Greg Norman-designed Nirwana Bali Golf Club is just 5km, while the surfing star, Echo Beach, is a walkable 2km away.
The place: Nirwana Gardens (www.nirwanagardens.com)
The location: 330 hectares of lush tropical land on the northern coast of Bintan
The reasons to go: With five different types of holiday experiences, there is bound to be one – or two – that you’ll want to try:
|•||Nirwana Resort Hotel – a family hotel with 245 rooms and multiple restaurants|
|•||Mayang Sari Beach Resort – rustic beachfront chalets for privacy and beach access on your doorstep|
|•||Nirwana Beach Club – air-conditioned cabana cottages perfect for sea-sport enthusiasts|
|•||Banyu Biru Villas – two- and three-bedroom villas for cosy reunions of family and friends|
|•||Indra Maya Pool Villas – luxurious hilltop villas with private pools and courtyards|
It’s a cinch to get there – simply hop on the 55-minute high-speed catamaran from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, and catch a coach transfer to the resort grounds.
The place: Lagoi Bay
The location: Stunning bay area on the northern coast of Bintan
The reasons to go: Bintan is popular among the weekend crowd, but if you’ve ever considered buying a piece of the action, look no further than this tropical resort development. The community, located just 15 minutes from Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal, is a picturesque beachfront development that encompasses an array of investment opportunities, from residential and commercial properties to shophouses and resorts. Situated between Banyan Tree and Club Med, this resort completes the array of resorts on Bintan’s northern coast.
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