Whether it’s the diversity of Bali and its endless coastline and culture or the beauty of Thailand and its stunning beaches and cuisine, South East Asia has so much to offer discerning travellers; from honeymooners and wedding parties, to seasoned partygoers and families with young children. It’s fair to say that everyone is looking to retreat from their normal lifestyle and, whatever your holiday choice, Asia Holiday Retreats will help find the ideal accommodation ensuring your stay will be memorable and hassle-free.
With a huge portfolio of luxury rental villas, including beachfront villas in Bali located on the vibrant beaches of Seminyak and Petitenget, romantic villa that are ideal for honeymoons, and clifftop villas with endless ocean views and peaceful backdrops, all our private villas are handpicked by experts and regularly inspected and maintained. All our villas feature a swimming pool as standard, and of course come with air-conditioning, WiFi, and maid services.
Furthermore, you will be assigned a personal concierge to be at-hand during your stay and offer any assistance required whether it’s advice on nearby restaurants or organising a babysitter. Our concierge team are highly trained to know everything there is to know about local attractions and dining establishments, and you can use them as much or as little as you wish.
We have incredibly strong relationships with all our private villa owners and so we can offer the best prices available on the market as we have negotiated the best deal possible. If you see any of our prices cheaper elsewhere, just let us know and we’ll match it.
Our villa specialist travel around Asia scouting for new villas to add to our portfolio. Not only do we have an in-house rule of “If we wouldn’t stay there ourselves, we won’t offer it to our guests” but we also put every villa through a 110 point checklist to ensure it matches our high standards. You can be sure that we have quality assured each villa you see on our website. Most of our villas are based in Bali as that’s where we began our journey, and we have a huge selection of the very best villas in the Seminyak area. We also have a fantastic selection of luxury villas in Phuket and Samui in Thailand. And, more recently, we’ve added Sri Lanka to our portfolio. We’re continuing to expand our villa portfolio in 2017 so keep an eye out for our new additions at more desired destination.
Co-owners Mark and Nathan make up are hands-on management team. Friends since childhood, they both worked their way to the top of their respective fields – Mark successfully managed high-end 5 star boutique hotels in Australia and London, while Nathan managed one of Bali’s premier real estate and villa management companies. Then, two years ago, they decided to join their talent and knowledge to create a business that offered luxury villa rentals with 5 star hospitality.
Bali is a famous island of many contrasts and diversity, where traditional lifestyles and culture co-exist harmoniously with a busy tourist trade and cosmopolitan setting. The Bali coastline is everlasting and its sunsets each and every night are watched by thousands of people, both local and tourists, sitting on the beach. Bali truly has something for everyone of every age and every level. While the partygoers are living the night away in downtown Kuta, the more relaxed Seminyak area is where many will find first-class restaurants and a more relaxed vibe. And in Ubud the cultural beauty and village-like environment is popular with a completely different type of traveller. It’s this variety that continues to attract millions of tourists per year to the Island of Gods.
Well there’s a question! Bali is a big island with many areas. The main tourist areas stretch from the airport, up the West coast through Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Petitenget, and Canggu. To the South of the airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport) is the beautiful peninsula where you’ll find Jimbaran, Uluwatu, and Nusa Dua.
Downtown Kuta is where you want to be if you’re looking to party hard. Legian is more family oriented and has a nice beach road lined with restaurants. Seminyak, often regarded as the upmarket suburb of Bali, has an abundance of boutique shops and top quality restaurants and bars. And Petitenget is fast becoming the new Seminyak. Canggu is more laidback, and has a great surf community and many organic cafes and restaurants.
Jimbaran, Uluwatu, and Nusa Dua are famous for their 5 star hotels and resorts. This is where you will find the most untouched (and cleanest) beaches in Bali. Whether you’re staying in this area or not, it’s worthwhile visiting one of these areas on a day trip.
And that just covers the Southern tourist areas. One of the most famous villages in Bali is of course Ubud; reknowned for being a main destination in the movie [Eat Pray Love] where Julia Roberts went to find love (and find herself). Ubud is a culturally incredible village, with a strong sense of community as well as prolific yoga and health scene. If you like eating healthily and sharing the sidewalks with monkeys in a more hippy vibe, then Ubud could be the area for you.
There is of course more secluded villages in Bali such as Amed and Candidasa; that are small fishing villages. We invite you to browse our website for more information on these areas. As you can tell already, there’s many areas to choose from in Bali. If it’s your first time visiting, we recommend splitting your stay between two or three area.
There’s a few options for travel around Bali depending on your holiday plans. Some of our villa booking will include a private driver and car for the duration of your stay, which you can use at your own leisure. If a driver is not included, your personal concierge can certainly arrange one; for your entire stay or on an ad-hoc basis. Alternatively, taxis are reasonably priced and Uber and GrabTaxi are now popular choices on the island. The final option is to rent your own scooters which is great for getting around during hectic traffic, but we only suggest you hire a scooter if you’re comfortable on the Bali roads – always wear a helmet, and an International driving license is required by law. Saying all that, if you’re staying in a private villa near the beach or hotspot areas, you may feel most relaxed just walking around.
It goes without saying that Bali is famous for its beaches that stretch all around the island. The long coastline is a wonderful sight, and every evening thousands of locals and tourists alike will descend to the beach to watch the wonderful sunset. With some of the best waves in Asia, it’s no surprise the Bali is a popular surf destination and holds World Championships annually. Many luxury 5 star resorts are based on the beaches including The W Resort and Ayana Hotel, as well as high end beach clubs such as Potato Head and Ku De Ta. These establishments make watching the sunset all the more enjoyable. If you’re looking for a beachfront villa in Bali then check out our [beachfront] collection that includes some marvellous villas such as [Luna2].Shopping
With some of the best surf breaks on the planet, Bali is a popular surf destination. The beaches around Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu are packed with regular surfers from beginners to the more advanced. The professional surfers are also found in Uluwatu.
Bali has two very distinct seasons, typically termed as the dry season (April – September) and the rainy season (October – March). Dry season is generally the busiest time with tourists, especially as it coincides with the Australian winter, and it can reach temperatures of around 38 degrees Celsius. Rainy season is almost welcomed in Bali as it help refresh the air. And although it can rain constantly for a week during this time, it’s more likely that it will pour down for an hour each day, and the sun will come out afterwards.
Despite the two different weather seasons, Bali is popular with tourism all year round. Accommodation during Christmas and New Year is always fully booked months in advance.
Bali offers plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets and type of holidaymaker, and the most popular choice of accommodation in Bali is to stay in a private villa rental. With over 20,000 private villas on the Island of Gods, staying in a private villa with private pool and staff personnel has become the standard type of accommodation booking. Often families and groups of friends will choose to rent a villa to enjoy a more secluded and relaxed stay, at a price that ends up lower than booking at a hotel of the same standard.
At Asia Holiday Retreats, we have handpicked the best of the best holiday villas in Bali, with a range of over 300 villas all quality assured and with excellent service.
If hotels are more your style then there’s a large amount of hotels in Bali, from budget 2 and 3 star hotels, to the more luxurious 4 and 5 star hotels that are often found very close to (or on) one of the island’s beaches. If you’re looking for a particular quality in your stay we advise that you book early as the accommodation in Bali (especially the villas) will book out months in advance.