Modern Family: The Top Family-Friendly Villas in Bali, Indonesia

So your family are your favourite people to travel with and you want to make every vacation extra special. We’ve got you. Babysitting services? Check. Breakfast? Taken care of. Private Pool? Of course. Activities? Take your pick. Here are six amazing family-friendly Bali villas every family should know about.

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#1 Villa Suami

Where: Canggu

Why: 4, or 5-bedrooms with contemporary open-plan living spaces.

What: Originally designed by a world-renowned architect as his private home, Villa Suami is simply one of the most stunning villas on the island. Creative-type families will love the tasteful artwork, and hungry kids under 6 will enjoy complimentary meals. The complex is fully staffed and includes a villa manager; assistant manager; private chef; housekeepers and security guards.

Bonus: The staff at Villa Suami can help organise babysitters, surf instructors, yoga teachers, personal trainers and the best beauticians and therapists on the island for massages, acupuncture, hairdressers and more.

#2 Bali Ethnic Villa

Where: Kerobokan

Why: 3, 4 or 5-bedrooms and an authentic Bali ambience.

What: Why not live like Javanese royalty on your family holiday? Enjoy the luxury and grandeur of one, two or all three standalone villas: Villa Kalua, Villa Kayu and Villa Ka. Lush greenery surrounds thatched roofs, straw mats and old rustic teak of the traditional-styled villas.

Bonus: It’s a mere 10-minute drive to the beach or the shops in vibrant Seminyak, so if you’re up to your eyeballs with your family, you can always get away! Plus point: the whole family gets a lesson in traditional Javanese architecture and culture at Bali Ethnic Villa.

#3 The Longhouse

Where: Jimbaran

Why: 6-bedrooms and stunning surroundings

What: Set on the Jimbaran’s hillside, The Longhouse is all about authenticity, luxury and comfort. Outside, panoramic vistas offer breathtaking views while the interior is uniquely decorated, fusing traditional and modern materials with state of the art technology. Your call to tell the kids (or not) that there’s WiFi.

Bonus: There’s an infinity pool for splashing away, a dedicated spa room for much-needed relaxing massages, a gym for the active family members and a private theatre for movie screenings.

#4 Villa Latitude

Where: Uluwatu

Why: 6-bedrooms and MTV Cribs-style digs

What: Perched atop one of Bali’s most beautiful edges, Villa Latitude is the epitome of a chic designer holiday home. With views like that, it’s easy to see why it was voted by CNN as South East Asia’s top private villas. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors treat beholders to the gorgeous blues of the ocean and skies.

Bonus: Your kids (and you) will want to Instagram the villa obsessively, thanks to the seamless blue pool, two pinball machines, private home theatre or karaoke (best time to showcase the family talent or lack thereof). Plus, the villa also comes with a chef who can prepare up to five meals a day, a butler and security so parents can relax in peace.

#5 Villa Shambala

Where: Seminyak

Why: 5-bedrooms and A-list retreat

What: This hidden oasis in the heart of vibrant Seminyak ensures you and your family are close to the action. That is if you ever feel the need to venture out. But you won’t have to — a 19m swimming pool, a yoga garden and spa room are all within this villa, which fuses traditional with chic modern furnishings.

Bonus: The spacious dining area is perfect for meals with the whole fam-bam. The kids still too energetic after their swim? Tire them out at Canggu Club where guests of Villa Shambala get access to. Facilities include full gym and spa, tennis and squash courts, football pitch, a large pool and the club’s F&B outlets.

#6 Villa Nag Shampa

Where: Ubud

Why: 5 to 8-bedrooms for that Eat, Pray, Love-type spiritual holiday.

What: Nestled in the lush untouched nature of a traditional Balinese village near Ubud, Villa Nag Shampa is built in harmony with nature. The villa features a gorgeous wooden house, hand-made with real craftsmanship, honouring the culture of this island and its ancestors. Relish an a-la-aristocrat siesta time under king-sized wooden canopied beds, amidst chosen luxurious decor of primitive art, colonial furniture and contemporary artefacts.

Bonus: The villa offers various spa packages with classes conducted by experienced Balinese and international therapists!

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