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7 Perfect Villas for Bali Yoga Retreats

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Bali villas with dedicated yoga rooms, huge wooden decks overlooking azure swimming pools or sprawling lawns with coconut groves revealing ocean views; tried and tested professional yoga teachers; private chefs to cook healthy meals from fresh local produce; relaxing massages and in-villa spa treatments; fabulous outdoor living spaces for relaxation or meditation…

Trade in your hectic city life for a private yoga retreat and salute the sun with your yogi friends on the Island of the Gods.

 

Yoga amongst the ricefields in Canggu and Umalas

Beautiful tranquil setting
Hot tub under the stars and trees
Nature, jungle trees, kingfishers

Villa Levi

3 bedrooms

 

Wonderful views
Gloriously spacious
Fabulous for kids

Villa Umah Daun

 5 bedrooms

 

Supremely spacious
Fabulous yoga pavilion and gym
Beautiful rice-field views

Villa Malaathina

7 bedrooms

 

Yoga to the sound of the sea

Expansive ocean views
Wide lawned garden
In-villa music and dance performances

Villa Maridadi

 5 bedrooms

 

Vast swimming pool set in immaculate gardens
Bedrooms positioned well away from living areas
A big, highly trained staff team

Villa Semarapura

 5 bedrooms

 

Step straight onto the sand
Eco-friendly and holistic
Raw foods on the menu

Taman Ahimsa

 7 bedrooms

 

Stunning ocean views
Event venue extraordinaire
Sports centre, playroom and spa

Pandawa Cliff Estate

4 villas, 4-6 bedrooms

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Laksmana Estate: Luxury Living in Seminyak

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Location, location, location. If you’re after a luxury villa, which is just a short stroll from the golden beaches of Legian and Kuta and a stone’s throw from the gorgeous boutiques and world-class restaurants of Seminyak Square, Laksmana Estate is hard to beat. With villas ranging in size from one to five bedrooms, each featuring a private swimming pool and with its own manager and skilled chef, Laksmana Estate puts everything at your fingertips.

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Villa Adasa
3 bedrooms

From the cast bronze ‘mudra’ hands adorning the entrance door to the colourful batik cushions piled up on the poolside bale, Villa Adasa delivers a mega-dose of style, right down to the smallest detail. Gather in the huge living pavilion for a convivial meal prepared by the accomplished villa chef; retire to the double bale for a massage after a dip in the 14-metre green-stone-tiled pool; retreat to the upper deck for some sunbathing or yoga or enjoy sunset cocktails on the second level master bedroom terrace.

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Villa Shinta Dewi
4 bedrooms

This opulently furnished glamorous villa is a thoroughly grown-up fully-staffed villa, where you can relax by the pool, retire to the shade of the dining room for a leisurely lunch (prepared by the villa’s excellent chef – with a fixed price menu to make the choice easier), work out in the gym, enjoy sunset cocktails on the terrace, pop across the road to La Lucciola for dinner – and, with 24-hour butler service, still be pampered when you return to the villa in the early hours. It doesn’t get better than that!

1. Villa Shinta Dewi - Poolside

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Villa Ramadewa
3 bedrooms

This paean to laid-back tropical living was created by Bali-based Dutch architect Joost Van Grieken as a stunning holiday retreat for its sociable, style-conscious owner. Think spacious vaulted living pavilion, multiple dining areas, glamorous bedrooms, Philippe Starck bathrooms, and gorgeous statue-graced garden with 17-metre pool, antique balé, ornamental ponds and rooftop terrace. Add an air-conditioned gym, temperature-controlled wine room, dedicated music control room with centralised iPad-controlled Bose sound system, home office with iMac, Apple TVs, and iPods in every room and a super talented chef to whip up yummy meals for you. This could not get any better!

1. Villa Ramadewa - The pool

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Villa Batavia
5 bedrooms

Designed by acclaimed Balinese architect Putu Edi Semara Villa Batavia’s colonial architecture is evident in the whitewashed exteriors,

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Christmas in Bali: festive feasts for brunch and dinner

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Wining and dining in Bali has never been more exciting, and if you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas on this Island of the Gods, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to brunch and dinner celebrations: from traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings, to seafood spectaculars, sushi platters, barbecue buffets and foie gras to die for, there’s treats for every taste bud. The only likely problem is narrowing down the options. So, to help you, here are our top tips for fabulous festive feasts on the 25th December.

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Super Christmas Brunch at FIRE

FIRE brings together the best dishes from east and west. Asian delights complemented with salads, soups, chilled seafood, prime meat and mouth-watering desserts. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30pm. IDR 900,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.

Christmas Brunch at STARFISH BLOO

It’s not just the views that will keep you here. There are endless options of sushi & oysters; dim sum, BBQ lobster, salmon and carvings of ham or turkey with all the accompaniments and then some. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30. IDR 1,000,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.

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Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak

Tel +62 361 3000106

MÉTIS – SEMINYAK

MÉTIS is offering a divine Christmas selection to complement their a la carte menu. Highlights include Sturia caviar, rabbit, hazelnut terrine, foie gras, cannelloni, roast turkey from the US, roast duck roulade, honey ginger glazed pork knuckle and sweets such as chestnut crème brulé. Have we got you drooling yet? Book now to avoid the disappointment. Check the website for the latest pricing.

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Jalan Petitenget no. 6, Seminyak

Tel +62 361 4737888

MOZAIC – UBUD 

Staying in Ubud? Treat yourself and book a table at the famous Mozaic Restaurant. Priced at IDR 1,350,000++ the dinner menu highlights include Canadian lobster tail with Balinese lemon-basil and Jerusalem artichokes, Atlantic cod with winter black truffle, duo of chilled and seared foie gras with pomelo and kaffir lime and much more. You can also add a wine pairing option at IDR 880,000++.

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Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud

Tel +62 361 975768

KU DE TA – SEMINYAK 

Carols by the Sea,

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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.

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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

Villa website.

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

Villa website.

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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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