When I think of Bali, I imagine myself in my own private villa with my own private pool and lush tropical garden. Just the whole idea of it seemed to be so farfetched—but when I finally had the chance to plan my first trip to Bali, I was surprised that staying in a private villa isn’t so bad than what I expected. A villa accommodation is generally a more affordable option in comparison to staying in a hotel room of the same caliber. You can book a private villa as cheap as Php3,000 (60 USD)!
I’ve only been to Bali twice and we got to experience five different villas on our trip. As much as we wanted to experience staying in St. Regis or the Four Seasons, we wanted to allot more of our travel budget on the activities (and drinks lol). Now, before you scroll down, research first and see where in Bali you want to stay in. Do you want to stay in Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur, Canggu, Ubud? It depends on what kind of holiday you’re looking for. If you want to be where all the action is, then Seminyak is for you. If you want a more cheaper alternative (but still reminiscent of trendy Seminyak), stay in Canggu. If you want an “Eat. Pray. Love” kind of vibe with a villa overlooking the rice fields, then Ubud is for you.
This can’t be real life—is it? Staying at SooBali was like being in a dream. Close your eyes and snap a photo, you’d probably end up with a with a masterpiece. Haha! The rustic walls, couch covered in patches, a private salt-water pool and stunning view of an open rice field—how can you not have a good time here? SooBali Villas has 14 different properties spread all over Bali. We stayed in Hi-Villa by SooBali because it was the only one available. However, it has the same rustic feel as the one in SooBali Atap Putih (which is where you want to stay as the location is right where most of the artsy cafés in Seminyak are). In Hi-Villa, it is somehow far from Seminyak Square (you can either take a really long walk or take an Uber/Grab). In hindsight, staying at Hi-Villa was the perfect choice as it gave us a good mix of that stylish Seminyak vibe and nature-y Ubud vibe. We got to experience both! Hi-Villa by SooBali has only 2 villas on its property so my friends and I booked both villas and we pretty much had all the place to ourselves.
Hi-Villa by SooBali is located at Jalan Lebak Sari no. 59, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361, Indonesia, Badung, 80361, Indonesia, Seminyak. Book here.
If I were to rank the villas that I stayed in Bali, Royal Samaja Villas has a huge chance of being the first on my list—why? Location, location, location. The villa has a modern and contemporary design to it (which is not what I usually look for when choosing a villa in Bali) but what stood out for me is the fact that it’s so near all the hip and trendy cafes in Bali. Take a short walk and you have Motel Mexicola, Potato Head Beach Club, Seminyak Square, etc. The best part is they offer bicycles free for the guests to use. Vina and I would bike to all our favorite restaurants, cafes and shops everyday—we felt like legit locals! If you want to stay in the heart of stylish Seminyak, you should definitely book your stay here! (P.S. Apologies as I didn’t get to take a photo of what the villa actually looks like).
Royal Samaja Villas is located at Jalan Kayu Cendana No.7A, Seminyak, Kuta, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Book here.
If you’re traveling on a budget, Bali Sunset Villa is where you would want to stay in. Since we are a group of 10, we booked 2 rooms with 2 bedrooms each. Two of our friends wanted to have their own room so they booked a deluxe room and it only cost them around 40 USD (around 2,000 pesos) per night! Since there are so many hotels, resorts and villas in Bali, these hotel companies compete on price and quality of service. Sometimes I think there are more accommodations than tourists. Haha! What I like about Bali Sunset Villa, even though the location of the hotel is quite far from Seminyak Square, is they offer twice-a-day free drop off service to Seminyak areas, Kuta Beach, Legian, they even accompanied us to a legit money changer in Seminyak! The rooms are also cozy and has a good mix of traditional Balinese and contemporary design.
Bali Sunset Villa is Jl. Nakula 2 Gang Baik-Baik No 9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali. Book here.
Nesa is where you want to stay if you’re looking for a more relaxed, laid back holiday. Sanur is one of Bali’s few destinations that has embraced tourism yet still retains its cultural values. Sanur has a wide array of restaurants, cafes, shops and market stalls—but here you can enjoy it in a much slower pace. I personally don’t like staying in Sanur because it feels too tucked away from the action, but then again, it still depends on what kind of traveler you are and what your idea of a perfect vacation is. Nesa has a traditional Balinese design—the room itself is pretty modern looking but the outside feels like you’re in a Balinese temple. They have a pool, a mini library plus you get your own little garden. Nesa is only walking distance away from the beach so we enjoyed waking up early and taking our morning strolls there. They also offer free bikes and van/shuttle service for the guests so that’s a plus!
Nesa Sanur is located at Jalan Danau Tamblingan No.144, Denpasar Selatan, Sanur, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali. Book here.
Saving the best for last, perhaps? As much as I prefer staying in Seminyak, you can’t deny the fact that Ubud has a certain charm that you can’t compare to any other place. If you’ve ever seen the movie Eat, Pray, Love then you probably remember the scene where Julia Roberts’ was riding a bicycle along the quiet streets of Ubud and living in a house overlooking the beautiful rice fields. Staying at Suarti Boutique Village was like having your own sacred sanctuary. I couldn’t help but put my phone down and just enjoy the peacefulness. Now I understand why a lot of tourists stay here.
Suarti Boutique Village is located at Jalan Raya Nyuh Kuning, Pengosekan, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali. Book here.