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Beat the heat: best pool villas in Bali

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Nothing beats the heat better than a dip in a cool pool. We splashed through our villa collection to find the best pools for you. Whether your preference is for plunge, infinity-edge, swim-up bars, jacuzzis on the side, a lagoon-style pool in a jungle setting or a lap pool in a traditional Balinese compound, there’s sure to be just the pool for you among our favourites.

Villa Asta – perfect for family fun and pool parties

This dramatic free-form swimming pool is right at the villa’s heart. There’s shallow tiers for wallowing and a deep section for taking dips from a diving platform. And next to the master bedroom pavilion, the 12-metre plunge pool is an extra bonus.

1. Villa Asta - The pool

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Villa Mana – tropical paradise

With stunning uninterrupted rice-field and Mount Agung views (best at sunset), this amazing 17-metre infinity pool – surrounded by fragrant frangipani trees, hanging gardens and swaying coconut trees – will leave you speechless.

Mana-View-from-rooftop-lounging-area

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Villa Batujimbar – traditional Bali style

With a grand ‘Bali style’ design pedigree and a celebrity houseguest list that includes monarchs and rock legends this is one of the most desirable estates in Bali. Top that with a stunning azure pool stretched out alongside the traditional Lembu Bale and you’ll have a Balinese dream come true.

Batujimbar

Villa website.

The Layar Designer Villas & Spa – garden bliss with jacuzzi on the side

Picture yourself reclining on a sun lounger next to a freeform pool in a lush garden setting. Now add a cozy jacuzzi on the side and a glass of bubbly delivered by the butler and you have yourself a luxury retreat at its best.

The Layar

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Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa – picture perfect with ocean views

If you’re after a pool that’s not only cool and refreshing, but also makes an AMAZING backdrop for your holiday snaps, Sungai Tinggi’s 18-metre pool is perfect for you. Plus it has stunning ocean views. What else could you wish for? Come on down and show off that holiday bikini!

Sungai Tinggi

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Celebrate on an Island: best Bali villas for ringing in the New Year

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Where will you be toasting in 2016? We’ll be in Bali, drinking bubbly by the pool and enjoying the sunshine before sitting down to a festive family dinner prepared by our villa’s private chef and then heading out to join one of many cool parties happening on the island. If that sounds good, move fast and you too could snap up a fabulous villa and join the party.

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Oases in the heart of the action 

If you fancy a quiet retreat, but one that’s just minutes away from trendy Ku de Ta, Potato Head Beach Club, Motel Mexicola, Metis and La Laguna – all promising very exciting New Year’s happenings – try one of these gorgeous oases.

The Layar Designer Villas and Spa, Seminyak

Villa Sky Li, Seminyak (booked)

Villa Kalimaya III, Seminyak (booked)

It’s time to party 

Amazing pool? Check. Sensational sound system? Check. Exotic cocktails? Check. Terrific barbecue terrace? Check. Why leave your luxurious private party pad when all this is on offer? These Canggu villas provide everything you need for a New Years Party to remember. But if you do decide on a change of scene, some of Bali’s best beaches and bars are just a few minutes away.

Villa Hana, Canggu (booked)

Villa Simona, Canggu (booked)

Family affair

Spending New Year with family? There are some amazing estates in Bali to fit even the biggest of the families, and they’re packed with fun stuff to keep all ages happy. Best part: you can enjoy quality family time without having to worry about fixing dinner or whether you’ll have enough champagne glasses to go round. Leave that to your Villa Manager.

Chalina Estate, Canggu (booked)

Umah Daun, Umalas (booked)

Villa Mandalay, Seseh-Tanah Lot

Villa Iskandar, Seseh-Tanah Lot

Villa Mako, Canggu (booked)

Pandawa Cliff Estate, The Bukit

Romantic escapes made for two

If your New Year’s Eve dream involves a candlelit dinner for two, in-villa massages, sipping Champagne in a private jacuzzi or bathtub for two, and a long New Year’s Day lie-in, then these romantic escapes are made just for you.

Dea Villa Radha,

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Best Luxury Lombok Villas

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Lombok island is blessed with exquisite white sand beaches, spectacular surf spots, soaring volcanic peaks, forested hiking trails and sublime diving at the coral-fringed Gili islands just few minutes offshore. So if you’re looking for a peaceful holiday retreat, surrounded by unsurpassed natural beauty and away from bustling Bali, Lombok is your perfect choice. Still not convinced? Take a look at these four stunning Lombok villas offering complete relaxation in a beautiful tropical setting.

Villa Sepoi Sepoi, Tanjung

Villa Sepoi Sepoi, whose name means ‘Sea Breeze’, is situated on Sira Beach, on the north-western coast of the beautiful island of Lombok. A dream holiday awaits at this luxury six-bedroomed villa set on a white-sand beach overlooking the Lombok Straits. Villa Sepoi Sepoi offers absolute beach frontage, with six acres of tropical gardens ensuring a secluded and private retreat. Designed as a family home, there is something for everyone here. As well as providing a safe environment for kids to play, there’s the stunning 18-hole Kosaido golf course right next door, and diving and snorkelling opportunities on the nearby Gili islands.

www.sepoi-sepoi.com

Villa Sapi, Tanjung

A masterpiece of design from Canadian architect, David Lombardi, Villa Sapi will surprise and delight at every turn. This five-bedroom tropical oasis features three swimming pools plus a children’s pool, a ‘space-age’ home theatre, a two-bedroom guesthouse, a tennis court, exemplary service and gourmet cuisine. Villa Sapi shares its prestigious neighbourhood with the Lombok Golf Kosaido Country Club, the Tugu and Oberoi hotels, and the superb dive sites of the Gili Islands are only a short boat ride away. This is barefoot luxury at its best.

www.villasapi.com

The Anandita, Tanjung

Spectacular Anandita rests within a huge coconut grove bordering the postcard-perfect, white-sand Sira Beach on the island of Lombok. With acres of space and four delightful bedroom pavilions, The Anandita is ideal for families or groups of friends looking for a get-away-from-it-all holiday in a gorgeous, tropical island location while being pampered by a dedicated team of experienced staff. Outdoor activities abound, from swimming in the 26m free-form pool to volleyball on the lawn, snorkelling, sea kayaking and bike rides through traditional villages, to a round of golf on the adjacent and stunningly situated 18-hole championship course.

www.theanandita.com 

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Valerie Wang at Villa Joss

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Famous artist and lifestyle blogger Valerie Wang stays at our elegant Villa Joss in Batu Belig designed by one of Bali’s premier architects. The quality of the design and craftsmanship is evident throughout this four-bedroom villa, making ample use of leather, recycled teak and other beautiful organic materials, as well as a remarkable collection of fine art and Majapahit period stone carvings, to capture the style and spirit of Bali. See how Valerie captured this beauty through a collection of photos.

All photos are by @Valerie_Wang

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Best Golf Villas in Bali

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If you’re a golfer looking for a lavish base for a golfing holiday, you’ll love this hand-picked list of luxury Bali golf villas conveniently located no more than 10km away from a spectacular world-class golf course. Enjoy sublime views of the beautiful sea temple of Tanah Lot from the award-winning 18-hole course at Nirwana Bali Golf Club designed by legendary golfer Greg Norman.

Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa, Canggu

The traditionally styled Sungai Tinggi rests on the shores of black-sand beach in the peaceful village of Pererenan. It comprises 6 bedrooms, a glorious open-sided living and dining pavilion and an 18-metre infinity edge pool.

Distance to the course: 10km

https://www.sungaitinggibeachvilla.com  

Villa Maya Retreat, Tabanan

Villa Maya Retreat rests at the base of a gorge on the banks of the Penet River in the pretty village of Cepaka. The tropical architecture and interiors pay tribute to traditional Balinese design, with open-sided alang- alang thatched living pavilions facing the 12-metre green-stone swimming pool, and 6 individual bedroom pavilions.

Distance to the course: 10km

https://www.villamayaretreat.com

The Arsana Estate, Tabanan

Set in a beautiful rural area of rice fields and jungle-clad river valleys in Tabanan, this splendid 5-bedroom villa occupies an expansive estate flowing down a terraced hillside in the hinterland of southwest Bali. The Arsana Estate offers the perfect setting for weddings, events, or large family and group retreats.

Distance to the course: 10km

https://www.arsanavillaestate.com

Villa Pangi Gita, Canggu

Echoing the lush green rice terraces that surround it, the enchanting 3-bedroom Villa Pangi Gita gently flows down the hillside to the banks of the tranquil Pangi River in the sleepy village of Pererenan. It presents traditional-style living and sleeping spaces and expanses of glass that open out to the lush green surrounds.

Distance to the course: 8.7km

https://www.pangigita.com

Seseh Beach Villa I, Seseh

This 5-bedroom luxury home overlooks the Indian Ocean. It’s location in the traditional village of Seseh offers guests the opportunity to witness the daily rural life of the Balinese, enjoy the beauty of the rice fields, take bicycle rides through the country lanes or walks along the beach.

Distance to the course: 9km

https://www.sesehbeachvillas.com/

Kaba Kaba Estate,

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