THE OBSESSION WITH INDONESIA
It’s no secret a vacation in Indonesia has been on our bucket list for a while – and it’s not hard to understand, given one of the key activities we write about on Snorkels to Snow is about scuba diving.
What with Raja Ampat and the Komodo National Park, it’s our dream to spend some time traveling around this incredible South-East Asian nation on land and underwater. The landscape looks spectacular, from the grandeur of the volcanic peaks to the underwater playground, with a vibrant and thriving marine world.
While John and I are often trying to find good travel deals and savings, the truth is we are both in our 30s and the idea of backpacking on a budget is no longer quite as exciting, nor necessary.
Bali and other parts of Indonesia are often seen as a great place for budget travellers but we also know there are some incredible spots for a luxurious getaway. Having just celebrated my 31st birthday this month, I’m aware of an increasing desire to want the finer things in life – the champagne life, not the beer-can budget. Backpacking was never really my style of travel, to tell you the truth.
The good thing is that it’s no longer quite such a distant pipe dream – with our strong careers and work history over the last 10 to 15 years, no student loans or credit cards left to pay off and only the good debt of a mortgage, we can now start to consider options we wouldn’t have had five years ago. And let’s be honest, regardless of whether you’re a travel blogger or not, who doesn’t want to show off their luxury getaway on Instagram?
From ocean-view rooms with private plunge pools, to secluded getaways in tropical forests, let us take you on a journey of the most Instagram-Worthy luxury villas in Indonesia.
Maybe it’s still a pipe dream or perhaps a standard way of travel for you – either way it’s fun to indulge in the idea of some of these incredible accommodation options. Let us sweep you off your feet!
Which one would you choose?
THE MOST INSTAGRAM-WORTHY LUXURY VILLAS IN INDONESIA
Hidden away in a tropical garden in Bali, Villa Tjitrap is a secluded sanctuary combining a spiritual experience with luxury. I mean, just look at that pool at night! There’s nothing like an illuminated swimming pool for a touch of indulgence.
The decor and design feature subtle traditional Javanese influences. Laze in the swimming pool under the palm trees or relax in the pavilion with a cocktail in hand. It’s just 13-minutes to walk to Seminyak beach.
Villa The Sanctuary Bali
This exquisite villa would be the most perfect setting for a wedding – if we were to do it all over again! It’s close to the surf beach of Canggu, but has its own 35m pool with a jacuzzi and kids pool, spa and gym.
Not that you’re really going to get bored on holiday in Indonesia, but this villa also has a library, media room, bar, billiards table and other games to keep everyone occupied.
Situated in Lombok, the Puncak boasts a pretty impressive infinity pool and plunge pool with incredible views out to the sea. It’s an eco-hotel, built with locally-sourced wood and using natural ventilation and traditional style roofing.
The villa is surrounded by plenty of lush vegetation, vibrant flowers and one heck of an ocean view. Sigh. I can quite easily imagine us there.
Surrounded by rice fields, this luxury villa can accommodate up to 14 people. It has quite a contemporary design with a Balinese-style pavilion and a stunning 25 metre swimming pool – check out this photo!
I love the mix of dark timber and the stone colours in the decor, which gives a modern feel while still an element of traditional design. If you’re a golfer you’re in a luck – there’s even a six-tee golf course in the gardens.
AMY VILLA DEA VILLAS
I don’t know what it is about this place, but there’s something luxurious about the beautiful drapes in the window, the shape of the villa and the surrounding area to look out to.
Five minutes from Berawa Beach, this estate has two 4-bedroom villas, one 3-bedroom and a one-bedroom residence, all with their own garden and pool. The natural timbers give an authentic feel to the villas, while still retaining an element of contemporary design and modern luxury.
MAMOLE TREE HOUSE
Because who doesn’t want to stay in a tree house?
It’s funny how luxury-style tree houses have become quite a trend – they’re mysterious and childlike, quaint and ridiculously good looking.
The Mamole Tree House in Sumba is made of everyone’s childhood dreams but in a 5-star setting. It has spectacular ocean views as well as its own private beach and of course those infinity pools that we all seem to fall in love with.
I think I saved the best until last? Why are we so obsessed with tree houses these days! I heard the most popular cabin on Airbnb in the world is a luxury tree house in Atlanta. In fact, John and I hope to build something similar when we find some land to settle on, or maybe a log cabin. It just seems magical, innocent and like a fairytale. Or maybe it was all those Faraway Tree books we read as children.
If you could stay in any of these stunning luxury villas in Indonesia, where would you stay? Is a treehouse your style of travel, or perhaps something more contemporary and chic, with clean lines?
All I know is that if there are ocean views, an infinity pool and a glass of bubbly available, then I’m a happy lass.
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