Monday, February 9, 2009

Bali Luxury Villas, better than a hotel? by Matt Verbaan

Bali Luxury Villas are more accessible then you might thing...

If you are planning a trip to Bali and are browsing through the internet in search for a good hotel, you should check out the possibilities of staying at a villa as well. You might be surprised about the wonderful options.

Bali has become popular for its beautifully designed private villas. There are even picture books published on this subject alone and for a good reason actually, because many of these villas are just stunning.

The concept 'villa' does however scare the majority of people away because it just sounds really expensive compared to a hotel or resort. But some beautiful Bali private villas are actually affordable, especially if you are planning to go on a holiday with your family or when you consider staying in a 5 star resort anyway...

Many resorts offer wonderful accommodations with many facilities on their resort premises. However some lack the touch of exclusiveness which the Bali luxury villas can offer. Here are just a few services that you can expect when staying in a private villa:

• Your own private area with private entrance • Your private pool • Your private kitchen and in most cases a chef is there to prepare breakfast right at your own villa • Your own private butler • Specific preferences

Privacy is definitely the major aspect of a villa. And come to think of it, why share if you can have it all to yourself?

I have visited many villas in Bali and have discovered that there are many impressive Bali luxury villas that offer a more exclusive place to stay than a resort but where you pay almost the same price or even less.

Here are just three villas that I have found really affordable and range between the US$150 tot US$ 200 per night:

Villa Baja is located in the Bukit area in the southern part of Bali. This private villa is beautifully styled with Javanese antique and has an incredible view on Jimbaran bay. There is room for a total of 8 people for only US$200 a night.

But if you are planning a romantic holiday for two you'll have the whole villa to yourself for the same price.

The second option I have found is in the center of Ubud, the cultural village of Bali. The Tegal Sari Villas are just a natural beauty with their own private dark tiled swimming pool and modern designed interior.

But the best of all, you are pretty much surrounded by rice fields.

This private villa in Ubud can be used by 4 people at once for just US$250. But if you are traveling with two, you can choose between the villa with pool for US$150 or one without the pool for US$100.

The third option is Villa Gils in Candidasa. This beautiful open building has 3 bedrooms so a maximum of 6 people can stay here. The kitchen and living area is set in a semi-open pavilion with view on the massive private swimming pool. You will expect that staying in this terrific place will cost you a fortune, but it is only US$195 per night.

Imagine how much you will save when staying there with 6 people.

So from just these small examples, you should start to ask yourself: 'Why stay in a resort while I can also stay in one of the many beautiful Bali luxury villas?' When visiting Bali you wouldn't want anything else then just that...

About the Author

On his Bali travel website Matt Verbaan gives you useful information on everything you need to no when going to Bali. He has traveled every corner of the island to ensure that he provides you with the correct information. This is also the case for the many villas found on Bali. On you can see which villas he thinks are the best per destination.