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If you are a luxury beach holiday junkie, you may find water bungalows too overrated. Sure, you can find thousands of them in Maldives, Bora Bora, Cebu… you name it. Every one of them is built over the water, yes, and you can see the sea, horizon and the gorgeous sunset.

So what’s so special about water villas in Bali?

In fact, technically, there are no over-water bungalows in Bali that are built on the sea. According to the Indonesian law, all sea surrounding the country belongs to the government, so no hotel or resort can be built over the public water.

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But of course, many resorts have found ways to get around this rule, constructing water villas with private lagoons and pools.

And – you won’t believe this – some of these water villas are actually more magnificent than your regular over-water bungalows. You’ll see why.

Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.

1. Lagoon outside your room at Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa

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Imagine being able to slip into the pool from your front door.

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And the water edge of the 60-metres-long lagoon is just right outside your window.

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Photo via coupla_travellers, abs19robinson

That’s what you get when you stay in the Lagoon Villa at Villa Seminyak, which is just a short distance from the Seminyak beach.

How much closer to the sea can you get? (Pun fully intended)

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Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa

Rates: From USD $53 (Approximately Rp.753,975.35)
Address: Jl. Nakula Gg. Baik-Baik, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact:+62 361 736928 (Reservation) / +62 812 3838 4849 (Whatsapp) / +62 361 735566 (Reception)

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2. Feel like a mermaid at this Water Villa – Villa Laksmana Hideaway I

Do you love water? Is soaking in cool calm water your favourite pastime, and you wish you were born a mermaid?

Water Villa Outside View-inpainted

If so, you’ll love this exotic water villa, one of the rare villas you’ll find in Bali that’s completely surrounded by water.


In fact, the first thing that greets you upon entering the villa is the pool!

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You also get two huge comfy beanbags for nights when you just want to soak your feet in the water and admire the starry night sky.

Water Villa Overview Outside

Villa Laksmana Hideaway I

Rates: From USD $176 (Approximately Rp.2,502,300) (Minimum of 3 nights during low season and 5 nights during peak season)
Address: Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 878 6040 6360

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3. Spa pool indulgence at FuramaXclusive Resort & Villas Ubud

Have you always wanted your own spa pool, and get therapeutic massages in the comfort of your own villa?

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You can enjoy all that at FuramaXclusive, which is also aptly located in the midst of vast paddy fields in Ubud, the very place to rejuvenate your body and mind.


What better way to spend an evening than to laze on your sundeck by the huge lagoon that your villa sits on? And when you feel like it, you can always slip in for a calming night swim.


Photo via Gunkarie


That’s water-therapy for you – what water villas should be all about, isn’t it?

FuramaXclusive Resort & Villas Ubud

Rates: From USD $120 (Approximately Rp. 1,707,114)
Address: Jalan Melati 8, Banjar Bindu, Mambal, Mekar Bhuwana, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8988 688

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4. Glass-bottomed bedroom at Bambu Indah Resort (Temporarily closed)

You’ve heard of glass-bottomed boats to be sure, but have you ever seen a glass-bottomed bedroom like this?


This room (Udang House) at the eco-luxury resort Bambu Indah in Ubud sits on a shrimp pond, and its tempered glass floor panels allow you to be conscious of sleeping on top of the water, literally.

Before you snooze, you can watch the fish swim by. The underwater world is right beneath your bed.

And if that’s not close enough to nature, you can also bathe under the stars (or sun) – in its glass-tiled bathroom.

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Isn’t nature the best therapy for a stressed mind and body?

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Bambu Indah Resort

Rates: From USD $216 (Approximately Rp.3,072,805.20)
Address: Jl. Banjar Baung, Desa Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 977 922 / +62 361 974 357 / +62 812 38 34 31 74 (Whatsapp)

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5. Luxury on water at The St. Regis Bali Resort

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We mean it – this villa is almost entirely surrounded by water.

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Can you imagine having breakfast on this pavilion that sits on a crystal clear blue lagoon, half the size of a football field?

That’s the level of luxury you’ll enjoy if you stay at the Lagoon Villa at St Regis Bali, which is situated along Nusa Dua’s exclusive beach, set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.

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 Oh, and did we mention that you may get your very own private butler (who stays in separate quarters) too?

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The St. Regis Bali Resort

Rates: From USD $980 for Lagoon Villa (Approximately Rp. 13,941,431)
Address: Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua, Lot S6, Benoa, South Kuta, Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8478111

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Do you have more amazing water villas to share about? Let us know – drop us a note in the comments section below!

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