Have you had your fill of beachfront serenity and glorious cliff top views?
If you’ve had a taste for Bali’s traditional kampung villas and you’re still not satiated, we’ve got more for you.
Spend some time in these luxury traditional villas and let the history and customs of this island slowly seep into your skin.
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. Jungle Jewel: Naya Gawana Resort and Spa
In the wild west of Bali, perched on the edge of the islands’ biggest national park, is a resort that defies expectation.
The Lumbung Suites at Naya Gawana Resort and Spa blend in so naturally with the picturesque natural landscape, but its interior is decked in luxury that’s nothing short of elegant sophistication.
Built from indigenous materials that perfectly mimic the forest behind, the suites are made in traditional Balinese fashion, down to the thatched roofs and bamboo shaping.
But unlike living in a traditional lumbung, here you can indulge in the modern luxury of a natural spring-fed sunken bathtub in the bathroom, and spacious sun decks with uninterrupted views of the wilderness.
The resort has its own patch of paradise looking over mountains and mangroves, and also boasts of a sea sport centre, if you can drag yourself out of the suite to explore the magnificence of Menjangan Island diving!
2. Traditional Style Meets Modern Design: Hidden Valley Resort
From the outside, Hidden Valley Resorts’ thatched-roof structures may fool you into thinking traditional.
But step inside these old-school Balinese rice barns and you’ve entered contemporary luxury at its best.
The two-storey Lumbung Villas are the perfect choice if you want culture with a side of modern day convenience.
Set in a resort with four swimming pools, a swim-up bar, games room, and modern décor and utilities, you can be sure your comfort will not be compromised.
And what’s better – relaxation doesn’t come at the price of seclusion here, either.
Just a few minutes’ drive will bring you to the midst of action – Padang Padang Beach, Kelapa Club Restaurant and New Kuta Golf Course are all at your doorstep.
The best thing? When you’re tired of all the excitement, you can retire to your own little paradise.
3. Antique Living on your own Private Beach: Bungadesa Oceanfront Villa
You can take a trip around the vast archipelago of Indonesia without leaving the grounds of Bungadesa Oceanfront Villa in Bali’s trendy Seminyak.
Irian, Timor, Toraja, Sumba, and Bali: every pavilion at Bungadesa harks back to the tradition of the islands’ past, bursting with antique furniture and decorations from its island of origin.
A private villa that captures a secluded part of the beach, you can only walk across the lagoon on a small teak bridge to be on your very own piece of sand.
And you can even hold a huge party of friends – the whole complex has nine bedrooms, or you can simply rent one of the two villas!
4. Finding your Inner Wellness in an Art Village: Desa Seni Village Resort
Are you looking for a place where you can feel completely blissful and at peace with yourself and the environment?
Desa Seni conveys simply that.
Desa Seni, which means ‘art village’, is designed to mimic a rural Indonesian life in the desa.
As you wander in the grounds, you will sight peaked huts, thatched bungalows and sprawling open-air houses scattered amidst organic gardens, yoga centres, lush pools and pockets of beautiful art.
The rooms themselves come in every shape and size, but they are all original antique homes that have been imported from all across the archipelago, integrated with modern comfort and luxury.
The village is open for everyone to relax by the pool, take a yoga class or feast on delicious organic home-cooked meals.
5. Fit for Royalty: Hotel Vila Lumbung
A boutique Balinese resort set in lush, palm tree fronded grounds, Hotel Vila Lumbung makes you feel as though you’re strolling through the emperors’ gardens of old.
Everything is on a grand scale at this villa, from the towering wooden roofs built in the authentic ‘sirap’ Balinese style, to the high-roofed, marble entrance hall and the two-level pools complete with waterfall.
The three-bedroom deluxe villa is as luxurious as it gets, covering 200 square metres with bedrooms on each of the three floors, equipped with ensuites, kitchens and a gorgeous terrace.
6. Batak Bliss: Villa Batak
Five Batak longhouses that gaze over the stunning landscape onto the rice paddies below – Sumatran luxury doesn’t get any better than this.
The villas, imported straight from North Sumatra, are usually shared between families in the Toba region where these long, curved-roofed houses originate.
But in Bali, your privacy is number one.
These stunning traditional houses surround a huge open-air designed living space where your private chef cooks you fresh meals every night.
Even the pool blends in with the natural greenery and the views go on forever.
7. Sacred Sanctuary: Lila Bamboo Villa
Built on the grounds of the Satyagraha Ashram, with a morning view of the godly mountains, a garden speckled with Hindu divinities and walls built from sacred river stone – this traditional villa may be the most holy retreat in Bali.
Just a 10-minute walk into the heart of bustling Ubud, once you step into this villa, you’ll step back in time.
Walking the cobbled paths, diving into the natural river stone swimming pool and getting lost in complete seclusion will sweep you away to a Bali from more simple times and put you at complete peace.
The straw-thatched roof and bamboo frame surround a home filled with treasures crying out to be discovered: majestic four-poster beds, huge windows opening to stunning jungle views, and Indonesian and Indian antiques artfully placed.
You can also enjoy optional extras such as yoga classes, massage and raw food classes.
8. Dance with the Fireflies: Villa Kunang Kunang
In the evening, when you lie back on the terrace of your traditional rice barn villa and look out over the rice paddies, little points of light will dart around right in front of your eyes – these are the kunang-kunang (fireflies) that this eco-friendly villa is named after.
This is nature at it’s best: a rice barn and two bungalows built from reclaimed timber and recyclable materials set amidst the rice fields.
These buildings pay homage to Bali’s rich tradition of building to fit in with nature.
The rooms are naturally ventilated, and the garden is chemical-free to ensure that the food on your plate is fresh, organic and wholesome.
Hidden from the main road, but still walking distance from Ubud’s centre, the location is ideal for those who wish to get back in touch with nature.
There’s even a meditation corner to fully relax and unwind!
The Traditional Rice Barn villa sleeps up to four people in two rooms, as does one of the Balinese Bungalows and are suited for a family.
The Conical Balinese Bungalow villa is perfect for a couple’s intimate retreat, complete with a sunken spa-style bathroom.
9. Tree Top Living: Badung Tree house
Imagine drawing your curtains aside in the morning, and having the sunlight stream in as amongst the trees – and you’re in the middle of it all, in a treehouse.
Badung Treehouse is a cozy little pad nestled in the rice paddies of Canggu, and it’s the perfect place for a loved-up honeymoon nest for two.
With an open plan, the bedroom melts into the balcony, and you can bask in the natural breeze all day.
Here, you can lose indulge yourself in the private pool and garden, and airport is just half an hour away. A short drive can also take you to the beach one way, or into the mountains and rice fields the other.
Where better to spend a private couple retreat?
10. Of Arts and Antiques: Puri Naga Toya
Nestled amongst blooming tropical gardens and spring-fed pools and ponds, this Balinese luxury residence is for those seeking utmost privacy and a break from the fast-paced city life.
Set in the hill country surrounding Ubud, Puri Naga Toya translates to, ‘The palace of the water dragon’, and this philosophy is followed throughout the artistic palace.
You’ll realise that everything in this luxury villa is put together with an artist’s eye: Indonesian antiques and arts bring each and every room alive with their history and color.