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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.

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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.

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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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Editor’s Pick: Sea Circus, Seminyak

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We are in love with this whimsical establishment on Jalan Kayu Aya, with its unique facade made from coloured glass louvers. The interior is no less enticing: a turquoise timber bar lined with high white stools and washed wood tables dotted with mason jars sprouting fresh wildflowers and matched with colorful metal chairs. At night tiny twinkle lights are lit to create a cozy place perfect for a catch up with friends or a romantic date.

Food is healthy yet hearty. For breakfast, choose eggs your way; add favourite sides and complement with fresh fruit juice, or opt for super-food quinoa & chia seed coconut milk porridge with grilled banana, pistachios and goji berries. Sea Circus coffee brings not only a good dose of caffeine but also daily motivation. An inspiring quote printed on a cute piece of paper, a fragrant frangipani flower and a cookie accompanies every Kintamani Arabica coffee served here.

Lunch and dinner menus are spiced with favourites including snapper ceviche, marinated pork tacos, beetroot and orange salad with feta and toasted hazelnuts washed down with tantalizing margaritas, signature Bloody Mary’s or tropical cocktails ready to be shared from glass milk jars.

If you are on the go, grab take-away coffee and incredible gelato.

Sea Circus is busy all day long. While they don’t take reservations for breakfast and lunch, dinner bookings can be made at +62 361 738 667.

SEA CIRCUS ADDRESS:

22 Jalan Kayu Aya [Oberoi Rd], Seminyak, Bali.

OPENING HOURS:

Breakfast & Lunch: 7 days, 8am – 4pm.

Dinner: 7 days, 4pm – 10.30pm. Cocktails: Anytime till 1am.

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Friday night on the tiles: bar hopping in Bali

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Everyone deserves to let loose at the weekend – even more so when on vacation. From stunning sunset views in cozy beach bars to distinctive tapas and cocktails in chic surroundings here’s where we love to kick off a Bali weekend.

5pm sunset cocktails at La Laguna

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With its beachfront locale and vintage décor showcasing shabby-island-chic, this place is the new hot spot for sunset drinks attracting expat crowds and visitors alike. Cozy up on colourful cushions and sip yummy cocktails to the chill-out beats or mingle up by the bar. 

Address: La Laguna, Berawa beachfront

6-8pm canapés at MÉTIS Lounge 

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Comes Friday, the trendy MÉTIS Lounge hosts Aperochic evening where a top-notch sound system and the best local and international DJs create a chic atmosphere for aperitifs with friends. In addition to great cocktails using only high-end liquor brands like Beluga Vodka, Patrón Tequila and Dom Pérignon, a Mediterranean-oriented tapas menu with a touch of Japanese flavour based on the ‘sharing is caring’ concept is served. Dress to impress.

Address: Jalan Petitenget no.6

9pm cocktails and Asian bites at Mama San

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By this time we are craving some more food and head to the upper level of Mama San where leather club chairs, ottomans, a plump banquette with scatter cushions and Raja palace lights, chandeliers and candles twinkling softly create the perfect ambience to chill-out with tasty cocktails and amazing Asian bites by the famous chef Will Meyrick.

Address: Jalan Raya Kerobokan No. 135 

10.30pm it’s champagne o’clock at Red Carpet Champagne Bar

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Boasting Indonesia’s largest selection of Champagne, this Seminyak icon is cozy and intimate, with a sexy splash of course. As one might expect of a Champagne bar, there is an exclusive feel – yet the atmosphere remains light, playful and casually fun.

Address: Oberoi Street 42C

12am dance the night away at Mint

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Mint is Bali’s most renowned and respected house music club, known for its credible history of guest DJs, state of the art sound, lush interior and world-class cocktails all within a club that’s set to impress: rich timbers, marble floors, a backlit glass bar, big comfortable sofas and private VIP lounging.

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Jimbaran and The Bukit Peninsula – Bali’s Southern Belles

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While Bali is perhaps best known for its verdant and picturesque rice-terrace landscape, The Bukit Peninsula possesses a very different kind of beauty. Towering limestone cliffs, thick coastal forest, timeless fishing villages and legendary surf breaks typify this rugged lemon-shaped headland marking the island’s most southerly point.

A narrow land bridge separates the sprawling southern plains of Bali from The Bukit, and it’s here that you’ll find the peaceful fishing community of Jimbaran. The wide, gentle curve of Jimbaran Bay is protected by a reef, which creates a calm lagoon of sparkling turquoise water. Safe swimming conditions and beautiful soft white sand make this lovely beach a hit with families. Colourful jukung (traditional fishing boats) rest on the sand, and casual restaurants line the beach. Jimbaran’s nightly seafood barbecues regularly top ‘must do’ lists in Bali. Choose your fish or seafood, then take a table on the beach while it is basted in Jimbaran’s famous spice mix of garlic, black pepper, kaffir lime leaves and chilli, and grilled over coconut husks. Those in search of a finer dining experience and bespoke cocktails can head up to the fabulous beach club, Sundara, tucked into the corner of the bay, while foodies shouldn’t miss Cuca, one of the island’s most innovative restaurants.

Situated on the gentle rise of Jimbaran Hill, with charming views over the bay, (best enjoyed from a roof-top Jacuzzi,) the light and spacious Villa Aiko is well set-up for families. Nearby are two more fabulously equipped villas, each with ocean views and walking tracks down to the beach: Villa Jamalu is equally suited to jetsetters in search of a luxury pad and families looking for a quite holiday retreat, while the popular, highly contemporary Villa Adenium boasts a massive gym and games room.

Further up the hill is the area known as ‘millionaires row,’ an exclusive neighborhood boasting million-dollar views and some of the island’s most exclusive villas. Early mornings reveal central Bali’s dramatic chain of volcanoes, while evenings see the island’s southern plains ablaze with twinkling lights. The Longhouse clings to the mountainside, with a stunning design by renowned Balinese architect Popo Danes, and bedrooms showcasing some of the many rich cultures of the Indonesian archipelago.

Back on the coast, golfers can play a round at the New Kuta Golf Course,

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Restaurant Openings: Berawa T-junction in Canggu

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The Berawa T-junction in Canggu is sprouting sensational cafes like frangipani trees sprout so many beautiful flowers. Upscale vegan diner Peloton Supershop is the newest and hippest place on the block. This baby delivers an eating experience abundant with deeply satisfying flavours while also being eco-friendly. You can even buy an artisan cycle here to ride off the calories after your meal.

Peloton’s menu includes meat-free ‘tricken’ chicken and replaces traditional fromage with a cashew-based cheese while embracing exotic Arabic flavours with tabouleh and falafel, and Mexican pizazz with tacos packed with walnut meat, veggies and velvety cashew sour cream. There are black charcoal bun burgers and a spin on the classic ‘tricken’ parmigana. The salads are divine and so is the Revolver coffee with coconut milk. Kids love the cheesy pasta crafted from nut milk cheese and tomato. Throw in some herb spiced chips or sweet potato fries rounded off with a chocolate brownie crowned with whipped coconut cream and cinnamon sugar sprinkle and happy times will linger.

The two-level distinctly non-herbal corner cafe is cool inside with a slightly industrial ambiance. It has been such a hit with local ex-pats that a prep kitchen has been set up across the road to produce the delicious treats that are delivered to diners before the kitchen closes at 3.30pm sharp.

Around the corner and down the road is the delightful Quince Café, which is a gorgeous, bright and happy diner hidden behind a little riot of potted plants. Already famous for its delicious Jamu, a local health drink made from turmeric and ginger, its coffee, super fresh juices, house-made muesli and crisp and creative salads. The Vietnamese delicacies such as rice paper rolls are stuffed with fabulously fresh herbs and are a taste sensation.

Talking of Vietnamese, a little farther towards the beach is the new and simple Vietnamese warung Ngon Ngon, which is part of the nearby Warung Heboh and the Piring Daun resto family. Like its sisters, Ngon Ngon dishes up clean flavours that are good, tasty and gratifying. The Pho comes with paper thin beef and clear and fragrant soup plus a generous handful of sprouts, greens and chili. This cheap n’ cheerful spot is no place for fine dining,

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