Co-written by Ng Jiayi, Cisca Lim, Stephanie Peeters
You may have heard all about beach villas and think them second in comparison to cliffside resorts with gorgeous views, or water villas with amazing pools at your bedside.
But did you know that you can actually ride on camels or play golf by the beach, features you probably can’t get at the edge of a cliff?
Check out our selection of oceanfront villas and hotels – not only are they fringed by tropical reef and turquoise seas, but you’ll have such a unique experience that you won’t feel the same about them again.
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. The Impossible Villa On Stilts – Nomad Villa Impossible
Villa Impossible is one that really lives up to its name.
Standing precariously on stilts alongside one of Uluwatu’s famous high cliffs, this six bedroom villa is a dream come true for beach lovers.
You can sit on the balcony and enjoy 180-degree views of the beautiful Uluwatu ocean, while listening to the waves lapping at your feet.
Photos via ayyanufuss, dreaming.traveler
Access to the beach is easy. Every part of Villa Impossible has been designed to make the most of the gorgeous beach surrounds, with enormous sliding doors in bedrooms and open living spaces – to remind you the the sand and sea is within arm’s length!
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You have the perfect hideaway – it’s time to switch off from the daily humdrums of the modern world.
2. Unique beachfront resort with quirky design: Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach
A stylish accommodation with eclectic design, Hotel Indigo fits into the cosmopolitan and fashionable town of Seminyak perfectly, exuding style and sophistication. The resort is designed with Balinese-inspired lamps and cool art-deco decor – a real treat for the eyes!
Hotel Indigo boasts of no less than 4 swimming pools, complete with a Cave Pool Lounge where you can get your sunset cocktails as you laze by the water.
Sometimes, all you want to do is to stay in. With 6 stylish lifestyle cafes and bars, and a spa with 24/7 health club that makes you feel right in your own neighbourhood, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Take your pick from the spacious resort rooms and suites, or from the 19 private pool villas! The outstanding interior has been tastefully furnished with beautiful Balinese-inspired decor.
If you get bored of the indoors, simply walk out of the premises and you are in the middle of all the excitement.
Hotel Indigo is just a stone’s throw from Seminyak’s Mesari Beach (also known as Double Six Beach) and two kilometres away from the celebrated ‘eat street’ along Jalan Kayu Aya and Jalan Petitenget, which is also home to an endless range of shopping boutiques, hipster coffee bars and high-end dining venues.
When you stay in the heart of Seminyak, you can be sure your vacation in Bali will always be fun and happening!
Set on a prime position on a low cliff with direct beach access, Le Pirate Beach Club enables you to wake up to the beautiful panorama of turquoise waters surrounding Nusa Ceningan.
There are 2 types of room you can choose from, the beach box for the couple or the bunk bed that can accommodate up to 4 pax.
All the rooms are made to resemble small huts with open-roof bathroom concept. Styled for the island life, this makes for the perfect getaway when you just want to relax all day while taking in the picturesque ocean view.
Rumah Luwih is a vision in white, a modern-day mansion perched right on the beach. From the lavish comfort of the Arnawakanta Ocean View Suite, you can enjoy sweeping views of the resort’s landscaped gardens that reaches all the way to the Bali Sea.
The room’s generous windows reveal shimmering shades of blue, while the private balcony allows you to enjoy those vistas unhindered. In addition to the breathtaking views, the decor of the room is utterly charming with romantic influences, evoking the feel of a luxurious estate untouched by the hectic pace of the modern world.
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You can also enjoy views of the ocean while indulging in a soak in the room’s glamorous bathtub!
The resort also features a massive swimming pool, which opens out to five-star views overlooking the beach. If you are there with your romantic partner, you’ll love to take a walk by the tranquil pond, which creates a scenic backdrop for the seaside chapel, ideal for hosting your dream Bali wedding.
Photo Via Chikodamar
In keeping with Rumah Luwih romantic design, the elegant dining room is adorned with chandeliers and ornate wooden carvings, creating a truly unique setting for enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner (they also do Sunday brunch!).
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The Royal Purnama Art Suites and Villas is about all things Bali. Featuring contemporary Balinese architecture and a open-living concept that connects the indoors to outdoor greenery, the resort offers the perfect destination for a tropical honeymoon.
Balinese culture permeates the space. You’ll find intricately handcrafted local-style furniture and precious Balinese artworks in every villa and suite. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be living in a rural hut, though. State of the art facilities are available in all accommodations – you’ll even find a scenic private jacuzzi in the Jacuzzi Suites!
And – drumroll please – this resort also offers you a one-of-a-kind teleportation trip to England’s Stonehenge, where the majestic stone formations lie.
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Sadly, we were just kidding. Fortunately, you’ll really get to see some pretty amazing rock formations at The Royal Purnama’s Standing Stones Restaurant. Here, you can enjoy Balinese, Asian and Continental cuisine against a gorgeous backdrop of panoramic sea views.
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Guess what – you can even say your vows at the rock area! Why suffer through a long-haul flight for England when you can get something just as cool in Bali?
Tucked away in East Bali, where some might argue where the beauty of Bali is still at its purest and most harmonious, lies the unparalleled secluded beauty – Villa Campuhan.
It is not a difficult thing for anyone to immediately fall in love with this place.
Villa Campuhan boasts of gorgeously dramatic views where you get to see Mount Agung and Seraya, the vast East of the Pacific Ocean, and combines these into one beautifully serene landscape.
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With 5 villas to choose from, each comes with its own unique features and stories. Yet one thing remains similar, the extraordinary bathtub experience.
Take Villa Agung for example, this deluxe villa holds a 2-person sized square bathtub under a private canopy on hand-hewn teak floors with large glass windows overlooking the scenic view of the villa.
At Villa Campuhan, you can easily cross off “experience heaven on earth” off your bucket list – because you are finally there.
7. Natural Wooden Villa By The Sea, Puri Dajuma Cottages
Enjoy your natural getaway at the Puri Dajuma Cottages, an eco-resort with panoramic ocean views you need to see to believe.
Constructed almost entirely from local wood, the villa utilizes natural timber and bamboo resources in the area to maintain ecological sustainability as well as natural balance.
The result? The villa blends in with the coastal and garden landscape, and completely looks like it belongs.
You can watch the glorious sunset from the stunning balcony, while enjoying the exquisite artisan carvings that add detail and class to this already impressive villa.
Nestled on the shores of one of West Bali’s lesser known beaches, this little retreat will definitely give you the privacy you crave for.
Whoever said camels solely love the desert has obviously never been to the Hilton Bali Resort.
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This luxury beachfront property doesn’t only offer an impossibly wide range of rooms and suites, it also has one of Bali’s most unique beach activities: camel riding.
With five Australian-imported camels you can ride on at one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches, the Hilton Bali Resort’s camel safari is a treat for all ages.
Don’t forget your camera, it’s the best place to capture the feeling of travelling in a desert by the sea – and walking around the resort, will give you some truly Instagram-worthy spots.
There is also another signature activity linked with Hilton Bali Resort – seaweed farming at Geger Beach, which is just a small alley away.
Photo via: trekearth
This interesting activity happens twice a day; Watch as local villagers collect seaweed while the sweet sun is rising or setting in the background.
If you fantasize being castaway lovers, Villa Voyage is your chance to experience private island life without the million-dollar price tag.
Located on Nusa Lembongan just 30 minutes from Bali, Villa Voyage is a five-bedroom luxury villa right on the beachfront.
Take a safari car around this undeveloped island or explore the seas in a traditional jukung (Indonesian outrigger canoe).
Refurbished in luxury, Villa Voyage has an island experience for everyone.
Alternatively, spend your days under the care of the villa’s trained staff, enjoying the sleek design and vibe of this remote home away from home.
Atas Ombak in luxurious Oberoi lives up to its name, which translates literally to ‘atop the wave’.
This beachside abode is so picturesque that it’s found its way into both Marie Claire and Vogue magazines, as the perfect backdrop to a tropical Balinese photoshoot.
Guests can lounge by the pool to experience the best of Atas Ombak’s hospitality, or wander along 100 metres of private beach for a splash in Bali’s tropical sea.
The villa has five bedrooms with sea views, outfitted in Balinese furnishings with a modern twist, and of course, you’ll also get a group of highly trained staff to cater to your needs.
Want to experience private villa living, but can’t bear to let go of the facilities that hotels can offer? Luna2 definitely gives you something to that effect with only 5 rooms available.
You’ll have your own private chefs at the hotel restaurant, as well as a bar and a wine cellar. A snazzy Lunamobile and driver are also ready to take you wherever you want to go, whenever you want to go!
The service here is awe-inspiring, and the design is not to be overlooked as well. With a one-of-a-kind mix of retro, modernist and futuristic elements, how could it possibly be? Each of the five rooms have their own colour, and are filled with timeless, hip furniture.
The (your) hotel’s pool also features a quirky surprise – an image of Marilyn Monroe is tiled across the bottom of the pool! We doubt you’ll ever want to leave Luna2 – just sitting around and admiring this place would be more than enough for us.
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But alas, that is not to be, for you have more to explore. Especially when you’ll get free temporary membership to the Canggu Club, as well as complete access to the neighbouring Luna2 Studiotel’s facilities.