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In Bali, Luxury Pool Villas in Seminyak are All the Rage

Visiting Bali?

Decided to stay in Seminyak?

Now you want to know about the best villas in Seminyak with private pool, right?

Very savvy…

Contents of this post on Seminyak villa rentals

Best area to stay in Bali? Why Seminyak is cool

Villas in Seminyak with private pool

Kunja Villa

The One Villas

Details – What to know about these villa rentals in Seminyak, rates, chauffeur service, etc.

Seminyak: One of the best areas to stay in Bali

For those not in the know, Seminyak – once a small village – is now Bali’s trendiest and most fashionable district.

The club scene buzzes. The strangely-named Potato Head Beach Club is one of the most happening.


The restaurants rival those anywhere in the world (we chowed down on some of the best Italian pizzas outside of Italy).

And the shops?

You can give your credit card an energetic workout in boutiques selling everything from designer shawls, unique jewelry, surfing duds and luscious Parisian silk blouses to art that cries out “Buy me!

Villas in Seminyak with private pool

Villas in Seminyak with private pool

You could stay in one of the luxury hotels in Seminyak.

Hipsters like the W Retreat & Spa Bali. The deluxe Alila Seminyak has a great beach bar and no less than five pools.

But many visitors prefer to opt for villas for rent in Seminyak, complete with maid service, swimming pool and a kitchen. 

Luxury villas in Seminyak with private pool

The price is often less than a boutique or luxury hotel.

And you get more privacy and space to spread out.

Villas in Seminyak with private pool

Now, if you’re regular readers of our blog, you know we’re not immune to the delights of being pampered at luxury hotels.

Sometimes, though, it’s nice to have access to a kitchen – and to kind-of feel like you’re living at home while you’re away traveling.

Enter the skilfully run Kunja Villas & Spa and The One Boutique Villas. These two villa properties offer the best of both worlds.

They tick off our requirements for luxury Bali villas in Seminyak, with the added benefit of hotel-like services.

Recommended reading: See our reviews of more than a dozen luxury Bali hotels (choose the right one for you!)

Kunja Villa

Contemporary in design, Kunja Villa (or Kunja Villas & Spa) has 14 one-bedroom and four three-bedroom villas.

In our one-bedroom holiday home, the air-conditioned, all-white marble bedroom opened onto a breezy open-air living area (visited sometimes by tiny geckos).

Decorated with a single white orchid, the minimalist bathroom was beachy in feel, with white pebbles scattered around stone slabs on the floor.

The small swimming pool had a shallow side beside the deck for sunning while lying in the water.

We’re not the only ones who loved our stay at the Kunja Villas.

Of all hotels in Seminyak, it consistently rates #1 (or close to it) on TripAdvisor.

Kunja Villas, Seminyak

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The One Boutique Villas

Kunja was great, but we personally preferred The One Villas (also known as The One Boutique Villas).

This property has six villas.

The One Boutique Villas, Seminyak

The One Boutique Villas are more Balinese and traditional in style.

These one-bedroom villas to rent in Seminyak have thatched roofs, separate sleeping and living pavilions, and lush gardens surrounding the pools (we always heard birds chirping).

best villas for rent in Seminyak

Our villa felt more tropical than our Kunja villa, and somehow more intimate and homey.

The bedroom had polished wood floors and black-and-white, 1930s photos of Balinese girls adorning the walls.

The One Boutique Villas bathroom

There were no walls on two sides of the bathroom – which looked out over fern gardens and shady palms.

The One Boutique Villa also rates tops on TripAdvisor for where to stay in Seminyak (usually #2).

One Boutique Villas, Seminyak

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Bottom line?

For honeymooners, couples and families who want a quiet, serene and private retreat in the heart of lively Seminyak, these properties are two of the best Seminyak villas with private pools.

They’re also two of the best non-hotel villas in Bali too!

What to know about these two luxury villas in Seminyak

Bali villa rates:

At both Kunja Villa and The One Boutique Villas, rates include breakfast and afternoon tea, chauffeur service on demand to nearby restaurants and clubs, airport transfers and fast free WiFi.

Breakfast and afternoon tea:

A maid carrying a wicker basket of supplies comes to your villa to cook your eggs and slice fresh fruit for your breakfast.

Later in the day, a phone call is all that’s needed to get afternoon tea and cookies delivered.

Chauffeur service:

You get chauffeured to nearby beach clubs and Seminyak’s bars and restaurants whenever you want.

This is a very welcome perk, as the traffic makes it difficult to safely walk around in Seminyak (especially at night) – there are few sidewalks, and you constantly have to watch out for motorbikes and cars which, albeit slow-moving, threaten to bump into you if you’re not careful.

Airport transfers:

Don’t worry about fussing with taxis.

Return airport transfers are included in your villa rental. You’re given iced facecloths, water and chilled fruit to nibble on the drive.

Outdoor bathrooms:

We love outdoor bathrooms.

But if you prefer to have an air-conditioned bathroom, these places to stay in Seminyak may not be right for you. (The bedrooms are air-conditioned though.)

Seminyak villas map

Kunja Villas is highlighted below in this map, but you can also see The One Boutique Villas to the left of it.

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Photo credits: 1, 5 to 12, 14, 15 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | 3, 13 The One Boutique Villas)

We were hosted as media guests at these villas in Bali for review purposes. But the opinions expressed here are ours, and we’re always free to write what we think.

About the authors

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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Ema Miller

Thursday 18th of April 2019

Oh man! Very beautifully written. Also, the place was so beautiful! Went there with my gang for a small getaway which turned out to be the most memorable of all. We all stayed in a very beautiful villa in seminyak - Villa Bugis - which had a private pool and personal staff. The place itself stands out of the crowd.

Janice and George

Thursday 18th of April 2019

Glad you enjoyed your villa stay in Seminyak :-).


Monday 6th of November 2017

All the villas are beautiful! You should also include Hu'U Villas. it's the best villa I can recommend. Stayed there with family and friends and it was awesome! I would also recommend checking out Bali Villas and More. They offer great accommodation that can fit any budget. I always book with them for my Bali holiday!

Janice and George

Wednesday 8th of November 2017

Hi LV, Thanks for letting us know :-).


Wednesday 27th of July 2016

Good thing villa rentals with hotel-like service are now available. And, it's not just the service that can be matched, amenities, privacy and price are something to be considered as well. The thought of having a grand time with your loved ones without being disrupted by others is divine. I truly love the idea of privacy especially on the limited time you have during your holiday break.

Rachel Heller

Wednesday 9th of December 2015

Seminyak sounds very trendy and very expensive. I think if I were spending that kind of money I wouldn't need a kitchen. I book a place with a kitchen if I'm trying to keep to a budget, so cooking some meals helps do that. Otherwise, I like restaurants: the variety and the feeling of going out and being among other people. Although, if my budget allowed it, it would be wonderful if the kitchen came with a cook!

Janice and George

Wednesday 9th of December 2015

Yes, we hear you about the cook!


Saturday 5th of December 2015

Those villas especially the One villas look so relaxing and chic. I love the Balinese decor and those printed black and white cushions and how great is the afternoon tea option that so many properties offer, such a treat! I loved the Kayumanis too when I visited and Bali is such a great option for fantastic accommodation for all tastes I think and sounds like you've stayed in some of the best!! Travel is a hard life huh?! ☺