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.
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.
Villa Shinta Dewi
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!
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!
Designed by acclaimed Balinese architect Putu Edi Semara Villa Batavia’s colonial architecture is evident in the whitewashed exteriors, chequerboard marble vestibules, colonnades, shaded verandas, high ceilings and tall shuttered windows. Throughout the villa, art deco furniture and prized antique pieces stand on polished teakwood floors burnished with oriental carpets. Copper bathtubs, brass fans, Tiffany lamps, rattan pieces and bevelled or stained glass panels deepen the heritage feel. An espresso with your morning paper in the balé? Afternoon tea on the veranda served in an heirloom tea service? Sundown cocktails stretched out on an old plantation chair? A gourmet dinner with silver-plated cutlery and the finest white bone china? A post-dinner cognac and cigar at the sea-breeze-cooled bar before retiring to four-poster comfort in your air-conditioned suite?
The villa’s gorgeous garden, punctuated with intriguing Indonesian artefacts and bursting with frangipani, orchids and bougainvillea, is just the place to spend long, luxurious days with friends and family. Slip into the sparkling, 16-metre, deep-blue-tiled pool, which has a separate shallow splash area for kids, or lounge in the shade of the cushioned bale and sip a freshly squeezed fruit juice while you browse a magazine. The bright and airy lounge and dining room, with its soaring roof and huge rattan sofa, opens widely to the garden on one side and a cool calm courtyard to the other – the perfect spot for an early morning breakfast or cup of afternoon tea. Plug in your iPod, kick back under the whirr of the fan and ponder the villa’s menu of mouthwatering dishes as you decide what you’d like your chef to prepare for dinner.
Up to 7 bedrooms
Lakshmi Villas comprises three two-bedroomed villas and a one-bedroomed villa, each retaining its own privacy while being conveniently close to its neighbour. While all the villas have their own entrances, one-bedroom Villa Solo also connects with two-bedroomed Villa Kawi via a gateway between their gardens. The villas are built to a stylish tropical design incorporating open-plan living areas, spacious bedrooms and private swimming pools fringed by lush gardens. Their contemporary interiors brandish minimal adornments, select antiques and local artwork. Enjoy a drink by the pool before a hearty dinner prepared by a talented chef or choose to dine in one of many nearby restaurants. Sleep in cozy sheets before having amazing poolside breakfast.
Check out Sarong for a high-end local affair. Grab what is arguably the island’s best burger at BO$$ Man, or savour Malaysian cuisine at Will Meyrick’s brand new creation Tiger Palm. Kick start your morning with a cup of coffee from Grocer & Grind or treat yourself to some naughty-but-nice fresh French pastries from the island’s favourite baker, Monsieur Spoon. Head to colourful Motel Mexicola for some Mexican spice and chilled vibes over great margaritas, or book a table at Sea Circus for yummy tacos and signature cocktails served in milk jugs. Sisterfields is another hot spot not to be skipped on your trip to Bali – healthy, yet hearty breakfasts and lunches and wonderful fresh juices. And whoever said that you can’t get decent wine on the island was wrong: Vin+ has got you covered here. All this, less than 5 minutes away from your Laksmana Estate villa.
Brand new iconic lifestyle centre, Seminyak Village, has just opened its doors and features excellent shops, dining establishments and spas. If you are after something totally unique, head to Bali Boat Shed, where you’ll find products made by some of the island’s fabulously talented designers. Mister Zimi combines passion for fashion and travel and offers amazing designs perfect for island living.
Bali’s most famous day spa is also just around the corner. Head to Bodyworks for a relaxing Balinese massage, mani and pedi or facial. You can also get your makeup and hair done here before a big night out.
Ku Dé Ta is still the place to see and be seen, but Cocoon and Potato Head beach clubs are classy seaside alternatives. Then there’s La Plancha, a popular rustic beach bar with good tapas, very reasonably priced drinks, and live music events. Nearby, dine out at the fabulous Petitenget, an iconic bar and restaurant on Jalan Petitenget, perfect for a casual lunch with the family or evening cocktails and dinner with friends.