Christmas is all about spending time with family. Treat your favourite people to the ultimate (and most enviable) holiday escape and head to the tropics. Here are our picks for some of the best villas in Bali to celebrate with the whole family.
Where: Canggu, Bali
What: Villa Mary is a five-bedroom villa for 10. All five bedrooms have ensuites.
The Christmas You’ll Be Having: Large, yet cosy – Villa Mary is the one to go to for a Christmas that is all about relaxation but has more than enough going on to keep the ones with a bit too much energy plenty busy.
What you’ll love: With five en-suite bedrooms, spacious living areas, and beautiful grounds, this gorgeous villa offers families and large groups a slice of paradise right on Pererenan beach. The villa is fully staffed with 12 team members to ensure you’re always feeling on top of the world. You’ll love the 20-metre pool, massage pavilion and heated jacuzzi for six. Kids will be all about the 10 m² shallow pool, and private home cinema with room for 20.
The property is 3,700 m² too, which means that family cricket or soccer matches on the lawn are a must on Christmas morning!
As one of the five villas of the Pantai Lima Estate, the villa has access to the estate’s shared facilities. On-site, there is a tennis court with night-lighting, a gym and a 250m² seminar room. Here, boredom is not a thing.
What’s Nearby: In an isolated spot, surrounded by rice fields, a Balinese temple and a surf beach, Villa Mary is a 15-minute drive from trendy Canggu’s main stretch. The villa comes with the use of a private 5-seater car and driver for up to eight hours each day; you only have to pay for the price of petrol.
Learn more about Villa Mary here.
Where: Canggu, Bali
What: Villa A-Mar is a five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa for 10.
The Christmas You’ll Be Having: Welcome to the chic jungle, where a themed Christmas party is most certainly in the works. Your Elf on the Shelf might have a little too much fun too with all the flamingos. If you’re feeling a bit more traditional, bask in the overwhelming sense of tranquillity you feel the moment you walk through the doors.
What you’ll love: Villa A-Mar epitomises the modern Balinese aesthetic. If you love colour, this place is for you. A-Mar is all about the colour pink – pink woodwork, whimsical decor, and lots of soft and colourful furnishings.
The private pool is 18-metres long, and the indoor/outdoor feeling of the open-air living spaces will fill you with calm.
And with a small staff of housekeepers, gardener/pool boy, onsite supervisor, and security, you’ll have everything you need to run a smooth holiday.
What’s Nearby: Villa A-Mar is perfect for beachgoers. The villa is a quick 3-minute walk to Pantai Kayu Putih beach. Beach clubs like Finn’s and Potato Head and the restaurants of Seminyak are just a short drive away.
If you’re looking for a larger get-together, Villa Puro Blanco (up next) is right next door!
Learn more about Villa A-Mar here.
Where: Canggu, Bali
What: Villa Puro Blanco is a five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa for 10.
The Christmas You’ll Be Having: Go zen in this off-white villa that’s all about elegant minimalism. A Christmas here is going to be a super laid-back affair held in style.
What you’ll love: Near the end of a quiet street and amongst rice paddies, Villa Puro Blanco exudes serenity amongst the luxurious minimalism of this all-white villa.
Puro Blanco has a great 20-metre pool for all-day enjoyment. The outdoor lounge, at the edge of the pool, is a great place to relax. As you transition from pool to comfortable sofa and back again, nothing outside of the villa walls will seem to matter.
The ensuite outdoor showers that feature in three of the bedrooms are a thing of beauty in their own right, too.
What’s Nearby: The area around Villa Puro Blanco is perfect for those who want to feel the sand between their toes. Canggu has many beaches – there’s Pantai Kayu Putih just three minutes walk away, and Echo Beach, a surfer’s paradise, a short drive away. If you plan to go beach club-hopping, La Brisa and Finns Beach Club are in the area.
Learn more about Villa Puro Blanco here.
Where: Canggu, Bali
What: Villa Suami is a 4-bedroom villa with four ensuite bathrooms, perfect for up to 8 adults and two children.
The Christmas You’ll Be Having: Modern, luxurious and a whole lot of fun. From the expansive lawns and gardens to the two swimming pools, you won’t run out of ideas for your Elf on a Shelf, and the kids will be incredibly well-entertained. When the indoor hours call, you’ll be sipping wine and tearing through presents in style.
What you’ll love: With its landscaped grounds, big open spaces and incredible design, Villa Suami is the perfect backdrop for a grand occasion like your family holiday. On 3,075 m² of land, there is plenty of space for little ones to run around. There are two pools, so no one has to share, a refurbished kids room and enough indoor room that everyone can escape for a bit on their own if they need to.
Every corner of this villa is beautiful, but you’ll love the little touches like the artwork, the various decorations, and the custom furniture. This villa is far from cookie-cutter.
What’s Nearby: The villa is minutes from trendy Canggu and about five kilometres from Echo Beach. It is just twenty minutes from the hotspots of Seminyak and fifty from the airport. Despite its easy proximity to the restaurants and cafes of Canggu, we think you’ll be happy staying in the villa all day.
Learn more about Villa Suami here.
Where: Canggu, Bali
What: Villa Nedine is an eco-luxury home with four bedrooms and four bathrooms for eight guests.
The Christmas You’ll Be Having: Surfing Santa will be carving up a storm on Christmas morning at Villa Nedine. With Echo beach just down the road, Santa and the family can go out for a surf before heading back to fall asleep by the child-friendly pool or on the lawn.
What you’ll love: With a private pool, easy beach access, partial ocean views, lush gardens, expansive yard, freestanding tubs, outdoor showers, and well-appointed kids play area, what’s not to love?!
Nothing, that’s right.
And, since you’ll be living it up in eco-friendly luxury (the villa was built using recycled materials from around Bali), you’ll feel really good about your stay.
What’s Nearby: In the heart of Canggu, Villa Nedine has one of the best locations you could ask for. Echo Beach, a reef break just 100-metres away, is a highlight of Nedine’s location for surfers.
Echo Beach Club is just down by the shore too. As well, the colourful bars, restaurants and boutiques of Canggu are within easy walking distance.
Learn more about Villa Nedine here.
Where: Tabanan, Bali
What: Villa Tantangan is a 3-bedroom villa with panoramic views of the ocean.
The Christmas You’ll Be Having: A quiet one, if the kids oblige you, that is. At Villa Tantangan, which sits on a massive 8,200 m² plot, your neighbours are a river, rice paddies and the ocean. So, if your little ones want to, they can scream and run around with no one (other than you) to bother.
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What you’ll love: It’s hard not to want to be outside all the time at a place like Villa Tantangan. There’s a brilliant 16-metre pool, panoramic ocean views, beach access, and a yoga bale. The garden is exquisite – it was designed by renowned landscape architect John Pettigrew.
As much as you’ll love exploring the grounds, the interiors are pretty fabulous too. Every space in the villa was built to let in a lot of natural light and fresh air, and the bedrooms are all in separate pavilions, meaning you get your space!
Plus, Villa Tantangan is designed for those who desire the best of everything – for themselves and the earth. The villa is not part of the island’s electrical network, instead powered by solar panels.
What’s Nearby: The ancient and world-famous Tanah Lot temple is nearby for the perfect day trip. The traditional village of Beraban is a ten-minute drive away.
Learn more about Villa Tantangan here.