Written by Beverley Lennon
Edited by Candice Neo
If there’s one thing Bali is known for, it’s the amount of incredible private villas it has on offer. The island is replete with a range of accommodation options ranging from family-friendly resorts to rainforest hotels and much more! But the star of the show in Bali really has to be the villas… And the good news is that you don’t always have to break your purse to afford a villa stay in Bali. Some private pool villas can even be booked for under USD $90!
Now, some of you might have already seen the best of Bali and are looking to venture further this time. Well, you’ll be happy to know that the islands surrounding Bali are also slowly catching up with the villa game. The Nusa Islands, in particular, have gone from small wooden shacks to fantastic ocean view villas!
Or maybe this is your first time in Bali and you’d like to see beyond the mainland. In that case, why not make it grand and stay at an ocean view villa in the Nusa Islands? Here are some of our favourite ones, of which a few even overlook the mighty Mount Agung volcano!
Guide to the Nusa Islands (Bali) – Best things to do, where to stay and eat in Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida!
Note: The prices reflected below are 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.
A short 30-minute boat ride from Bali, Nusa Penida is the largest of the three Nusa islands. The island is relatively undeveloped and you will find only a limited number of hotels here, meaning privacy is often a given.
What sets it apart from its sister islands is the plethora of unspoiled natural attractions and untouched landscapes. One of Nusa Penida’s main draws is to go visit its cliff formations and turquoise lagoons. You can see more things to do in Nusa Penida on our complete guide.
1. An Instagrammer’s dream – Tropical Glamping
Tropical Glamping is a stay that captures the exoticism of Nusa Penida perfectly. The assorted collection of glamping suites can be found perched hundreds of meters above crystal blue waters, known to be rich in sea life – turtles and manta rays are only a few of the species that can be seen swimming below.
It also happens to be one of Nusa Penida most-talked about accommodation – each of the suites is incredibly characterful in design. There are two different types of bungalow options here. One perched on the cliff’s edge and equipped with a hanging net. The other, equally as magical, is designed with an open air concept, offering you unobstructed views of the ocean from the very moment you wake up.
With its remote location, and limited number of bungalows, the stay brings a whole new meaning to exclusivity and privacy.
Do note though that the roads leading to the accommodation can be a little rugged and during the wet season it could get very muddy. Just make sure to be cautious at all times.
Also bear in mind that you might come across little visitors during your stay. Because the area remains relatively undeveloped, monkeys, and other small insects still roam around. That being said, the level of service and the views you get to enjoy from here will definitely make up for it!
Tropical Glamping also offers many incredible experiences, ranging from private romantic dinners to full day tours and special occasion surprises. But our favourite is surely the possibility of having breakfast delivered straight to your bed!2. A whole new meaning to exclusivity (25 luxury villas only!) – MĀUA Nusa Penida