Bali’s beautiful white and shimmering black sand beaches fringe the entire island. But if your dream is to enjoy the ocean away from the crowds, check into one of these 10 stunning beachfront villas in Bali where the best beaches are just a barefoot step away, and you’ll be lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of the surf.

1. Noku Beach House, Seminyak

Noku Beach House faces the beach at the end of a quiet lane, moments away from some of Bali’s most fabulous cafés, bars and restaurants. With six bedrooms, an army of six-star staff including a gourmet chef, and your own personal maître’d, this Seminyak beachfront villa ensures the ultimate in holiday pleasure. An enormous entertaining bale with decks and covered terraces, a spa with plunge pool plus vast tropical gardens and a fabulous ocean-front all flank the sparkling 27-metre pool. Rooftop gardens overlook the ocean making superb hideaways for sundowners. This private villa is an epic retreat, as zen as it is chic right in the heart of hip Seminyak, Bali.

2. Seseh Beach Villas, Seseh-Tanah Lot

Overlooking crystal clear waters on Bali’s south-west coast, fully staffed Seseh Beach Villas offer a total of eleven luxurious bedrooms, including a kids’ bunkroom, across two self-contained seaside villas set in manicured tropical gardens. In total, the villas can sleep 20 adults and four children, and comprise two large swimming pools, a myriad of living and dining areas, garden pavilions and a host of mod cons. The villas are nestled moments from the ocean in a traditional village that has a strong sense of community and still retains the customs and culture of old Bali.

3. Villa Puri Nirwana, Ketewel

Six-bedroom Villa Puri Nirwana is a magnificent modern villa with plenty of space for up to 20 guests with multiple living areas spread over two levels, a media room, poolside beach-edge gazebos plus  a dedicated spa. It rests on the edge of a beach of black volcanic sand in Cucukan, a traditional Balinese village 20km from Sanur on Bali’s south-eastern coast. Offering a 16-metre private pool, two living rooms, dining room good for 30 people, media room and a poolside bale perfect for families and groups of friends.

4. Villa Batujimbar, Sanur

Villa Batujimbar is an A-listers’ secret with an extraordinary location right on the edge of Sanur Beach. It is where Sting gave an impromptu concert, Mick Jagger got married and Princess Diana retreated to avoid the paparazzi. Nine spectacular bedrooms littered with treasures, stunning Balinese design and innumerable living spaces. Staffed with a private chef on hand, this is a celebrity’s paradise.

5. The Ylang Ylang, Ketewel

The Ylang Ylang is situated on Bali’s south-east coast presenting six bedrooms, a private garden, 16-metre pool plus yoga and spa treatments. The secluded beachfront setting overlooking the Badung Strait offers a retreat of absolute calm. It is designed and furnished by its owner with hints of Versace and European sophistication. Guests have included international celebrities and royalty, discreetly served by the experienced yet charming villa staff.

6. Villa Atas Ombak, Batu Belig Beach

Villa Atas Ombak is a beachfront estate set in one and a half acres of mature tropical gardens. Stroll across the villa’s manicured lawns dotted with lotus ponds and ancient frangipani trees to the beach and watch the towering waves break onto the sand. Guests enjoy over 100 metres of direct beach access, and the 14-metre swimming pool is mere steps from the sand.

7. Villa Taman Ahimsa, Cemagi

Taman Ahimsa means ‘Garden of Peace’ and as soon as you enter this magical oasis, you will surrender yourself to the seductive charms of this seven-bedroom luxury oceanfront villa in Cemagi, on Bali’s southwest coast. Offering beautiful synergy of nature and organic design providing vast spaces for friends and families to come together. Turn from the poolside deck directly onto the beach, and enjoy cocktails at sunset. Doesn’t that sound like the island life you’ve been waiting for?

8. Villa Tirta Nila, Candidasa

Villa Tirta Nila is located within the quiet and natural environs of Mendira Beach in the tiny fishing village of Sengkidu, three kilometres from Candisasa on Bali’s east coast.  It is an exquisite, fully-staffed, family-friendly villa, set well away from the hustle and bustle of mainstream tourism, and resting absolutely seafront overlooking the spectacular Amuk Bay in East Bali, complete with four bedrooms, pool, waterfront dining pavilion, and a man-made sandy beach with direct access to the sea.

9. Villa Cemara, Sanur

Five-bedroom Villa Cemara is a fully staffed, luxury beachfront pool villa, located in metres from the wide expanse of the sweeping golden sand in Sanur on Bali’s south-eastern coast. It comprises a cluster of one- and two-storey alang-alang thatched pavilions inspired by the traditional Balinese family homes and arranged around a charming 10-metre greenstone-tiled pool. Flaunting boundless ocean views across the Lombok Strait to the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, you’ll never want to leave.

10. Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa, Canggu

On Bali’s south-west coast, Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa is a luxury 6-bedroomed estate (also available as a 4-bedroom rental) enjoying 100 metres of private beach frontage amidst a huge tropical garden bordering river and ricefields. It boasts a sublime beachfront location near Pererenan on Bali’s south-west coast. Fully staffed and with an 18-metre pool, the villa is beautifully designed combining traditional materials with stunning local artefacts.

Beachfront villas are what dream holidays are made up of, ideal for families and close-knit groups that like to settle in for unhurried vacations by the sea.