The 5 best boutique hotels in Bali

Why settle for a room when you can bask and bathe in your own Balinese villa? Here, Luxury Launches , Mr & Mrs Smith shares their top 5 Voluptuous Villas in Bali. Host a private house party at exclusive Villa Sungai, become a beach belle at Amanusa and experience the magic combination of Italian excellence and Indonesian service at Bulgari Resort & Residences. Lounge by your private 14m pool at One Eleven Bali and wake up to the Indian Ocean at Alila Villas Uluwatu…

villa-sungai-15. Villa Sungai, Canggu
Set in a tranquil rural village in Bali’s south-west, Villa Sungai combines the pampering of five-star hotel service with the privacy and freedom of a home-away-from-home (the property is only available for exclusive hire). Just 20 minutes’ from buzzy Seminyak beach, Sungai caters to action aficionados as well as serenity seekers. Groups will love the 24-hour butler service, chefs, chauffeur and fantastic team of staff ready to spoil you. All three soothing suites come complete with net-draped king-size beds and romantic ensuites. The spacious alfresco bathroom in a walled garden is the star of Bedroom 3; the double bath and rain shower raise the romance stakes. Spend your days lazing by the 18m infinity pool with a cocktail in hand or allow your private concierge to arrange bespoke Bali experiences and book you into local restaurants. With spa therapists at your beck and call, there’s no excuse not to enjoy an indulgent treatment in your room or participate in the villa’s comprehensive yoga programme. Fabulous food comes courtesy of Chef Wayan, who whips up pan-Asian and Australian dishes featuring local market produce.
villa-sungai-2Smith Extra A 90-minute spa treatment for each adult and a 30-minute massage each for under-15s

amanusa-courtyard4. Amanusa, Nusa Dua
The green of a golf course is the only thing that separates the 35 freestanding villas at Amanusa from Nusa Dua’s chalk-white beach. Expect to spend a lot of time by the pool, soaking in the scent of bougainvillea and sipping sunset cocktails; the rest of your time will be spent lounging on beach cabanas and admiring the azure waters of one of Bali’s best beaches. Splash out on a Pool Suite for the chance to bask and bathe in privacy – each one has its own water-hole and generous terrace. All rooms have veil-draped four posters, canopied day-beds, sunken baths and outdoor showers, ensuring complete luxury. The resort has no spa as such, but expert masseuses are on hand to provide a wide range of beauty treatments in your room or in the massage suite, including body scrubs, herbal baths, facials, manicures and pedicures. Golf groupies can have a go on the green; the Bali Golf & Country Club sits on Amanusa’s doorstep, and can provide everything you need for a turn (minus the diamond-print jumpers).
amanusa-lobbySmith Extra Breakfast on the beach on one day of your stay

bulgari-villa-master-bedroom3. Bulgari Resort & Residences, Bali, Uluwatu
Mixing Italian elegance with Indonesian materials, Bulgari Resort & Residences features villa interiors hand-hewn from volcanic stone, Javanese mahogany and locally woven fabrics all designed or commissioned by Antonio Citterio. Every villa is created equal: a private plunge pool surrounded by a lush garden, an ocean-view bedroom decorated in minimalist Italian style and an enormous glass-walled bathroom with a huge tub floating in black terrazzo are all standard. The infinity pool, languishing loftily above the ocean, is closer to heaven than earth. Its adjacent sunken lounging area is worth getting comfortable for, but those who prefer sand and shallow splashing can visit Bulgari Beach, a private stretch of sand protected by rocky outcrops. The hotel’s Espa facilities are fabulous: treatment rooms open to the sea breezes and miles of ocean views. Muscle-melting massages will make the perfect welcome to paradise; purifying, after-sun-soothing and rehydrating facials using essential oils continue the indulgence. Traditional Italian fare prepared with creative flair is offered at Il Ristorante, the resort’s signature restaurant. Other dining options include Sangkar, the property’s all-day diner and La Spiaggia, the casual beachside eatery.
bulgari-villa-indoor-living-roomSmith Extra Late 3pm check-out and ‘Il Tea’ for two at the bar

one-eleven-villa-view2. One Eleven Bali, Seminyak
Set back from the buzz of Seminyak Beach, One Eleven is a pampering retreat with spacious, clean-lined and secluded villas; each villa comes with manicured lawns, bedrooms with air-conditioning and floor-to-ceiling sliding windows, and a private 14m pool flanked by a wooden deck and curvy sunloungers. Bathrooms feature a freestanding stone bath tub and a huge rainfall shower, perfect for long soaks. Spa aficionados will love the villas’ glass-sided treatment gazebos that open onto the pool area. Guests receive a welcome foot scrub and massage on arrival and can book head-to-toe treatments for the rest of the stay. Shiro, the hotel’s restaurant, serves fantastically fresh sushi and sashimi – watch the Japan-trained chefs at work over the counter, dishing out crispy oyster tempura and delicate steamed egg custards. You won’t even have to leave your villa to get fed, since meals can be delivered to your door. Rates include 24-hour butler service, so don’t even consider lifting a finger during your stay.
one-eleven-living-areaSmith Extra A one-hour spa treatment for two

bali-allila-villas-11. Alila Villas Uluwatu, Uluwatu
A cool, contemporary cliff-hanger of a resort on Bali’s rugged Bukit Peninsula, Alila Villas Uluwatu delivers eco-friendly design in a jaw-dropping setting. Perfectly placed pool villas boast minimalist interiors, sultry outdoor living areas, a personal butler and panoramic views over the Indian Ocean. All villas harness natural stone, wood, rattan and water in their design, courtesy of Singaporean architects Woha. Couples in pursuit of total privacy should pick Villa 409: it commands the highest point of the resort, resulting in a 180-degree ocean vista. Top-notch therapists at Spa Alila will take care of your every ache and pain; expect a contemporary spin on ancient Asian healing techniques and age-old beauty therapies. Once you’ve achieved peak relaxation, retire to the 50m infinity pool perched along the cliff edge – you’ll feel like you’re floating above the world. For an otherworldly experience, enjoy a sunset cocktail in the wood-slatted cabana lounge bar that juts from the cliffs, overhanging the pounding waves below.
bali-allila-villas-2Smith Extra Early check-in and 3pm late check-out (subject to availability) plus a 90-minute spa treatment for each guest

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