We can all agree that it doesn’t get much more romantic than a soundproof villa with a private infinity pool in Bali, right? Get the details on that intimate villa-hotel — and 10 other super-romantic picks — in the Balinese beach destination of Seminyak.
All of Amana Villas large, luxe, modern (and soundproof) villas have private infinity pools and are decorated in an understated, Zen-inspired style. Their walls open up entirely, allowing for maximum natural light and airflow. All villas have full butler service, to organize multi-course dinners, spa services, breakfast, or to decorate the room with candles and rose petals. The full-service Amana Spa features a private pool, outdoor sunning area, and full range of treatments, which can also be offered in rooms.
A popular wedding venue and honeymoon getaway, this luxury property has a beautiful on-site wedding chapel and 18 private villas with gardens, private pools, and massive, modern bathrooms with showers and soaking tubs that are partially open-air. Though there is no restaurant on-site, all villas come equipped with kitchens and guests can book a variety of private dining services (for an additional fee), such as romantic dinners, barbecues, and garden parties. Daily breakfast is included and guests can choose between continental, American, or Indonesian, which is made-to-order; Daily afternoon tea and fresh fruit arrangements are also provided.
The Elysian is a luxury boutique hotel offering a romantic, peaceful stay a short distance from Seminyak Beach and world-famous Ku De Ta beach club. Its 26 One- and Two-Bedroom Villas are stylish and luxe, with private pools, contemporary decor with artsy local accents, and upscale amenities such as Apple TVs pre-loaded with movies, deep soaking tubs, and daily turndown service. Couples are drawn to the serene atmosphere that includes a long lap pool with cabanas, a small spa with treatments for two, and an intimate restaurant serving international cuisine. Rates are on par with most other luxury villa hotels in the area, though it may be worth considering The Kayana Bali on the northern side of town.
The Blue Karma Hotel is an upscale, nine-villa retreat, centrally situated near many attractions, restaurants, shops, and beaches. The spacious, modern villas are rustic in style, with atmospheric accents like rough-hewn wood and animal skin rugs, and many have small private pools. The serene outdoor pool is surrounded by Balinese statues and tropical greenery, while the stylishly rustic, open-air Blue Karma Restaurant & Bar serves both Asian and Western cuisine, as well as a free American-style breakfast. All rates also include a free 15-minute back and shoulder massage at the spa. Free Wi-Fi and a beach shuttle are available, but there are no fitness or business centers. For those who must be on Legian's Kute Beach, check rates at Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa.
With just 15 rooms, the wellness-oriented, luxurious Amala offers tranquility and respite. Rooms, villas, and common areas have a simple style that utilizes natural elements to create an organic, healthy vibe. The Deluxe Rooms are not large, but the rates include daily spa treatments, while the spacious villas offer private pools or jetted plunge pools. The spa offers an array of treatments, while the on-site restaurant serves fresh, organic fare. There's also a wellness room for yoga as well as a beautiful outdoor mineral pool. The beach is not within walking distance however, so travelers seeking a beach holiday might want to consider the Seminyak or the Oberoi instead.
The Kayana Bali is a luxury boutique hotel with 24 stand-alone villas, each with a private pool and an outdoor lounge. Located right in the heart of vibrant Seminyak and a short walk from the beach, the property draws couples and honeymooners with an upscale spa, a serene infinity pool, and a stylish restaurant serving traditional Balinese and international cuisine. Rates are steep for the area, but the hotel offers a number of great freebies including breakfast, Wi-Fi, airport transfer services, shuttles to local restaurants and shops, and afternoon tea with Balinese cakes. It might be worth considering The Elysian, which offers a similar experience at slightly lower rates, though The Kayana has a more luxe ambience.
The Seminyak is a relatively small luxury resort with direct access to a sandy beach and within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, and nightlife. The hotel’s 105 stylish rooms and private villas have local accents like wood carvings and polished hardwood floors plus amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, deep soaking tubs, and iPod docks. Villas have private pools, and open living and dining areas overlooking the garden. The hotel has two restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, and daily activities for all ages. But the highlight here is the oceanfront infinity pool, complete with stunning sea views and a lounge area with bar service. Travelers looking for even more local charm can consider neighboring The Oberoi, though rates will be higher.
This luxurious boutique resort consists of 16 private villas, all of which have beautiful private gardens and pools, as well as open-air living rooms with kitchenettes and dining areas. Massive, luxurious bathrooms are outfitted with soaking tubs and walk-in rainfall showers. Other lavish extras include a host of freebies like breakfast, afternoon tea, and daily fruit baskets, plus there’s a spa on-site. The gorgeous, lush grounds include a stunning outdoor pool and a restaurant, and though the beach is a bit far, the hotel offers free area shuttles (as well as airport transfers). Travelers seeking something closer to the beach might want to consider the Oberoi Bali or Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, both of which are beachfront.
The 14-unit Ulin Villas & Spa is a luxury all-villa property with lots of open-air common spaces. Elegant, modern villas have kitchenettes, private outdoor pools, floor-to-ceiling windows, and fantastic bathrooms with terrazzo soaking tubs and rainfall showerheads. There's a huge on-site spa and a well-reviewed restaurant, but it's on a main street and gets plenty of loud noise. Free airport and area transfer service plus loaner laptops and free Wi-Fi are provided, but the Wi-Fi connection is reportedly slow. Those who prefer to be right on the beach may want to compare rates with The Samaya Bali.
The Oberoi Bali is a verdant, luxurious beachside resort with 74 large rooms and extra-large villas tucked into its 15-acre property. The Oberoi celebrates Balinese history and culture with bi-weekly dance performances and daily offerings in the hotel's temples. Rooms feature tasteful, modern decor and bathrooms with sunken marble baths and showers; some of the villas also have private pools. There are two restaurants and a bar on-site, as well as a spa with open-air treatment rooms overlooking the gardens.
The Bali Dream Villa Seminyak is composed of two upscale, all-villa properties with exquisite gardens. The 30 modern yet authentic Balinese Villas have private pools, kitchenettes, open-air living spaces, and lovely stone bathrooms, but some get loud exterior noise and there have been complaints of mosquitos. Both the outdoor pool and the on-site restaurant/bar receive good reviews, and there's a full-service spa with open-air bathrooms. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, loaner bikes, and an area shuttle, but airport transfers cost extra and there are no fitness or business facilities. The nearby Ize Seminyak has a rooftop pool bar and a fitness center.