You get what you pay for when it comes to accommodation – this is one of the seldom disputed truths among travellers.
But with the rise of Airbnb in recent years, private property rental has given both high-end and budget tourists more opportunities to experience different types of lodgings available, and more so in Bali, where there’s so many creative villas that are far beyond your imagination, from mountainside eco lodges to exciting villas perched on the cliff edge.
And when it comes to affordable comforts, there’s private pool villas you can get for less than $100. But how about we take a step further – infinity pools?
You often get them at luxury hotels (and high price tags), but in Bali, these beautiful pools are also available at plenty of private villas.
You don’t even have to burn out your cash just for a dip. Check out these beautiful private villa infinity pools we found on Airbnb – all for less than $85!
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. Go green: La Joya Biu-Biu (from US$98 per night)
This tiny bungalow in South Kuta is a great choice for the environmentally-friendly traveller – it’s located within the La Joya Biu-Biu resort complex, an eco-friendly establishment.
The loft-style housing, completely built from native materials such as limestones from the area, is a cute alternative from the usual type of architecture, and the infinity pool offers a sweeping view of the secluded Balangan beach.
Yes, it’s Kuta, but not quite. This time, you get to have your cake and eat it too. Water sports advocates will find the hidden beach ideal for their adventurous endeavors, even while privacy is waiting right at their fingertips.
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It may be pretty far removed from the rest of civilisation, but this loft is the place for a short weekend beach getaway – just remember to get back to reality when it’s over!2. Home away from home: Milo’s Home (from US$81 per night)
This villa may be called Milo’s Home, but at the end of your stay, you’ll wish it’s yours too.
With a small group of 8 bungalows modelled after ancient barns, Milo’s Home has a familial and cosy atmosphere that will quickly have you warming up to its group of staff. This comfortable atmosphere permeates throughout the complex, and is guaranteed to make you feel right at home.
Other than the pretty rooms built from bamboo, Milo’s Home also has beanbags and chairs for you to chill on the breezy terrace. And who can forget the infinity pool, which offers the best vantage point for watching the sunset?
Views from the bungalows look like beautiful paintings, with one of the bungalows even overlooking the entire ocean. If you ever get tired of just standing at your balcony and staring out to sea – we sure won’t – you can always head down to the Uluwatu Temple or Balangan beach.
One thing’s for sure – you definitely won’t be missing home during your stay at this little haven!
3. Touch the sky: Beo’s House (from US$79)
It’s no wonder that cliffside villas are extremely popular amongst tourists – it’s especially because of the gorgeous sea views you can only find at these locations.
Beo’s House takes it up a notch. From its perch high up on a mountain, the villa’s infinity pool covers a scenic bird’s eye view of the housing area in Bukit all the way to the blue sea. The way it’s positioned, you’ll feel as if you’re almost touching the sky while lying on the edge of the pool.
The infinity pool is also backed by a peaceful garden, where you can lounge in during sunset or take a short stroll in the mornings. At night, the whole compound lights up in an ethereal way, and the infinity pool glows in a pale mint colour.
Imagine lounging in the pool as you look towards the majestic Mount Agung in the distance, or taking a quick swim at night in a glowing pool, surrounding by darkness and orange glowing lights – doesn’t it sound heavenly?
4. Tranquil haven: Poh Manis Lembongan (from US$30 per night)
Sick of squeezing your way through crowds of tourists? If you want to experience the more untouched parts of Bali, or simply want to kick back and have some time to yourself, Poh Manis Lembongan is the place for you.
Made up of homey wooden huts on the island of Nusa Lembongan, a short ferry ride from Bali, this establishment aims to be your home away from home.
Here, it’s just you and nature – you can spend your days enjoying the mountain view from the gorgeous infinity pool and getting pampered with a massage.
Alternatively, answer the adventurer within you and go for a trek around the beach, snorkel with the fishes, and boat through the mangrove forest. Scooters are also available, so you can always rent one to explore the island.
Just be sure to get back in time to catch the sunset from the pool’s vantage point – as the sun sinks back into slumber beyond the surrounding mountain peaks.
Poh Manis’ on-site restaurant, which serves Western and Indonesian dishes, is also open 24/7; the perfect answer for food lovers and couples who wish to enjoy a romantic dinner under the shelter of the traditionally decorated restaurant.
5. Countryside retreat: Le Jardin de Bali (from US$58 per night)
The simple beauty of ricefields in Bali is a sight that many tourists wish to enjoy, and some even prefer to stay away from the bustling areas, such as Kuta, in order to fully experience the exquisite scenery that Bali has to offer.
Walking through dense forests of ricefields is an awe-inspiring activity in itself, but what if you could actually wake up in the middle of it all, and even take a swim amongst all the greenery?
Le Jardin de Bali, a villa nestled in picturesque Blahbatuh, Gianyar, offers you an almost panoramic view of the ricefields right from the comfort of your room and the infinity pool.
The villa is made up of wooden buildings with teak wood furniture, bringing across the cosy feel of a country cabin – perfect for those who prefer homey lodgings.The infinity pool is so gorgeous – both in the day and at night – that we won’t blame you even if you choose to stay inside all day long.Other hidden gems in Le Jardin include the tiny pavilion beside the pool, where shelter from the sun and comfortable seats are available for you to engage in some heart-to-heart talk or chat over some drinks.
There’s also a small lounge where you can relax with a glass of juice and watch some television, or simply lay back for an afternoon nap.
One thing though – do make sure to check if it’s the harvesting season before you make your bookings, to ensure that you get the best view possible.
6. Au naturale: O.N.E. (from US$41 per night)
Feeling burnt out after working non-stop for a whole year? Why not give your body and mind a healing session at O.N.E.?
O.N.E. promises you One Natural Experience in Bali, and that’s what you’ll get. This eco-friendly complex is located right on the edge of the Padang-Padang cliff, where you’ll get to sit back and relax by enjoying views of the Indian Ocean all day long.
The bungalow also boasts of an exquisite infinity pool that makes you feel as if you’re hanging up above the trees. A long dip in the pool can also help to soak your worries away, though you may already jump into holiday mood after you catch sight of the view from there.
Popular beaches such as the Padang-Padang, Balangan and Bingin beach are all just a stone’s throw away, and the natural Balinese style infrastructure, built from volcanic rocks, is a great place to relax after a long day out.
7. For the artistic soul: Ubud ArtVilla (from US$71 per night)
If you’re a designer or simply someone who’s sensitive to interior design and environment, you’re bound to love Ubud ArtVilla.
True to its name, this villa is beautifully decorated, and when the lights are up at night, it looks like completely out of a painting.
The infinity pool, hanging over the edge of the compound, offers a majestic view out into the distance, with Mount Agung looming in the background. When the moon is reflected on the face of the water, it almost looks as if it could transport you to another world.
At Ubud ArtVilla, you’ll be able to get in touch with the heart of Balinese culture. From accommodations made of natural materials, traditional artwork and food served on handmade wood fired ceramics, you’ll be exposed to nothing but the best of Bali.
8. Where romance blooms: Villa Jiwa (from US$79 per night)
Surrounded by the peaceful nature in Ubud, away from the hustle and bustle in the city, Villa Jiwa is a great destination for loving couples or newlyweds looking to have their honeymoon in Bali.
You can lounge with your loved one in the shared infinity pool, where you can witness rice grow right before your eyes. There’s also a hammock and resting area available on deck for you to make some romantic memories.
Besides, you can also arrange to have a traditional dinner in your villa or out by the pool, where you can partake in delicious Balinese fare while the sun sets over your heads.
Guys won’t have to worry about a restless girlfriend, too – the villa is merely four minutes away from downtown Ubud, where your significant other can indulge in all the shopping she needs to do.