Five of Bali’s Most Majestic Villas

Published 30 May 2017   

Imagine waking up in the “Morning of the Earth” to gaze out of your own bedroom window at a magnificent vista of coconut palms and vibrant green rice fields against a backdrop of distant volcanoes.

Words & Photos: Rachel Love

Consider the pleasure of taking a refreshing swim in your private pool before enjoying a leisurely breakfast cooked by your in-villa chef and served by your personal butler. Picture the sheer bliss of relaxing on the veranda of your own patch of paradise while overlooking the crashing white surf of the Indian Ocean.

Stay in a villa in Bali and you will experience genuine Balinese hospitality, luxury, privacy, space, superb services and facilities, and very often a privileged insight into the Balinese culture, within some stunningly beautiful locations. Here are five of Bali’s most majestic residences:

The Chalina Estate

www.chalinavillaestate.com

Hidden away in Pererenan is a majestic property known as the Chalina Estate. Here, on 5300 square metres of land, a palatial villa with a 30-metre swimming pool as its centrepiece offers accommodation for up to 26 guests in six luxurious bedrooms and a bunk room. The classic Balinese architecture showcases alang-alang thatched roofs, yellow ‘paras’ sandstone walls, and floors of polished terrazzo, teak and bengkirai wood. If you visit this splendid riverside property, you will be bombarded with delights and surprises, including glorious views of the rice terraces, the sunsets, and on a clear day the island’s second highest volcano, the 2276-metre Mt Batukaru. Chalina’s abundance of space and natural beauty makes it the perfect venue for weddings, parties and special events.

High Season full occupancy: US$ 1350 ++

Puri Nirwana

www.villanabali.com/villa_puri_nirwana.html

Sitting absolutely beachfront, well away from the rattle and hum of traffic and tourism on Bali’s southeast coast, Puri Nirwana offers six bedrooms, a gorgeous on-site spa housed in an antique ‘joglo’, and a 16-metre swimming pool set within exquisite gardens complemented by spectacular ocean views. This plantation-style, wheelchair-friendly mansion, complete with an elevator between floors, blends Mediterranean, Moroccan and Dutch-colonial design, and accommodates up to fourteen adults and eight children. Guests can look forward to large entertainment areas, generous bedrooms, magnificent bathrooms, a banquet-size dining room, sitting rooms, a billiard table, meet and greet areas, and enough full-time staff to cater to your every whim. With its manicured gardens, water features, a reflection pond and flat lawns, this is a fabulous venue for weddings and events.

High Season full occupancy: US$1800 ++

The Colonnade

www.villacolonnade.com

Resting within a secure gated estate near Balangan Beach, The Colonnade is a splendid four-bedroom villa resourcefully integrated into the side of a hill, and extending upwards on three levels to enjoy a spellbinding panoramic vista. From the villa’s terraces, vantage points and open-air sitting areas, you will see the island’s western and eastern coastlines, mountains and central highlands laid out before you like Google Earth. The contemporary-styled villa is filled with comfortable furnishings and a magnificent collection of antique artefacts, statues and artwork from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. It offers two dining areas, an air-conditioned living room, and a wide choice of alfresco living spaces, as well as a large swimming pool and a small gym. Guests will be well looked after by a professional team of friendly staff.

High Season full occupancy: US$440 ++

Villa Batujimbar

www.villabatujimbar.com

Situated beachside amongst the towering trees of Batujimbar Estate in Sanur, is the splendid six-bedroom Villa Batujimbar. A historical treasure trove inspired by the 19th century royal Balinese palaces of Klungkung and Amlapura, this grand residence stands as a living tribute to an era when rock stars and monarchs spread their wings to Bali’s mystical shores to revel in its hedonism and mystique. This is where Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall got married, Princess Diana stayed over; Yoko Ono entertained, Fergie disappeared, Sting gave an impromptu concert; and the royalty of Malaysia and Thailand laid their crowns. Immersed in such a rich history, Villa Batujimbar creates its own magical ambience that will carry you back to a privileged place in time and a level of old-world luxury that is now seldom found.

High Season full occupancy: US$1750++

Villa Bayu Gita

www.thevillaguide.com/villa/bayu-gita-beach-front.aspx

Looking for something opulent and super cool? A place with everything you could possibly want and yet well away from the humidity and crowds of Bali’s busy tourist areas? Come to Villa Bayu Gita and discover a world of cool sea breezes, awe-inspiring sea views, five-star services and every high-tech facility that’s needed for a wonderful holiday villa experience.  With its six bedrooms, a games room with a bar, a state-of-the-art gym, and a home cinema equipped with ten leather reclining seats and an 80-inch screen, no expense has been spared in the creation of this sumptuous dwelling on Bali’s sparsely populated southeast coast. The result is a destination villa where you will struggle to find an excuse for leaving the front gate.

High Season full occupancy: US$1350++

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