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Affordable family luxury in Bali

by Deborah - Little Nomads
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The latest trend in accommodation in Bali, one of Australia’s long time favourite destinations, is the villa. A private villa, usually with private pool and 5-star service, provides a truly luxurious holiday solution for families. And it’s surprisingly affordable.

I’m staying at Space at Bali villas, hidden away off the main drag in Seminyak. In fact it’s a little like a hidden palace. We walk through aged double wooden doors into a secret garden with perfectly manicured lawns that are spongy underfoot surrounding an edgeless pool. The garden is lined with palms and frangipanis and leads to a two-bedroom open plan villa.

Every detail is designed with care, from the curtained circular day bed in the “chill room” upstairs to the Moorish shuttered windows around the circular kitchen. Each air-conditioned bedroom features a walk-in wardrobe and an indoor-outdoor bathroom, complete with a deep free-standing bath surrounded by palms. They really know how to achieve the “wow” factor in Bali.

There is plenty of room here for my family of four however I’m told that quite often the villas are shared by two families, making them even more affordable.

One of the first questions I’m asked about visiting Bali is about safety and I would like to reassure travelers that the security in Bali is very tight. I, like everyone, was searched at every restaurant or bar I entered. The villas are very secure and in fact – I didn’t have to lock my villa during my entire stay, feeling safe with a guard at the entrance and friendly staff everywhere.

The villa is a short walk from the beach and shops in Seminyak but we’re provided with a driver if required. There is a huge range of cafes and restaurants in Seminyak. You can choose from a wide range of cuisine, from traditional Balinese food to French, Italian, Indian or Japanese menus and the prices – even at the top end – are extremely reasonable.

On the first night we choose to dine in the villa – the room service menu itself is extensive – and at our chosen time the butler arrives to serve it up. I notice while I’m flicking through the menu there is also an extensive choice of spa treatments available in-room so I start to plan out the week in accordance.

The kids would probably happily play in the pool all day and watch one of the large flat screen TVs when they’ve turned wrinkly, however there is an abundance of activities and attractions for them to experience only a short drive away.

Odyssey Surf School, Kuta. Possibly one of the best places for a beginner to learn how to surf. The waves at Kuta are gentle, glassy and long enough to give you plenty of time to try and stand up. In fact Odyssey Surf School guarantee you stand up on your first lesson.

Waterbom What kid doesn’t love a waterpark? Waterbom has a great variety of rides including a river raft ride, macaroni tube ride, pools for kids of all ages and Australian trained life guards.

There are loads of activities and tours available for families, including horseriding, white-water rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking and even nature tours. Attractions include Bali Zoo, Bali Marine & Safari Park, the Butterfly Park, Taman Burung bird park and the Elephant Safari Park to name just a few.

Space at Bali villas start at US$300 per night. For more information:

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