Visiting Bali? Decided to stay in Seminyak? Now you want to know about the best villas in Seminyak with private pool, right?
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
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. The price is often less than a boutique or luxury hotel. And you get more privacy and space to spread out.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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 (and 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.
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.
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.
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.)
All photos are © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase (except the first and last photos, which are courtesy The One Boutique Villas)
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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.
Updated 2018: Since originally writing these reviews, we’ve updated and added to the content, so it’s just like new!
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