While chic new hotels and villas are popping up all over the place, skyrocketing land prices mean they can’t match the longer-standing properties when it comes to space. The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa is, simply put, an oldie but a goodie. Three-bedroom villas sprawl over 600 square metres with bedrooms opening onto a huge pool surrounded by verdant gardens. But even the one-bedroom villas have plenty of space to spread out, as well as a decent-sized swimming pool. Each villa has a kitchen and you can stock up on gourmet items at Bali Deli right across the road. A private chef will cook your breakfast in-villa or you can join the buffet in the sunny courtyard at Prana.
A word on Prana: this is the mother of all spas in Bali and was inspired by the palaces and harems of the exotic east. Opulence infuses every detail, from the plush Persian carpeted hallways to the gilded arches and boudoir-style treatment rooms. The Jewel of the Nile treatment includes a massage with 24-carat-gold infused oil, while the caviar facial will leave you with a luminous glow.
Seminyak is Bali’s cosmopolitan hub with exclusive boutiques, luxury beachfront resorts and the island’s “eat street”, a buzzing district brimming with world-class restaurants. Catch a legendary Seminyak sunset while sipping a designer cocktail at one of the hip beach clubs or sink into a beanbag with a Bintang at a casual beach bar on the sand.