Go Big in Bali: The Most Incredible Villas on the Market Right Now

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Infinity pools, cliffside sunsets, and the mecca of modern wellness just at your doorstep: Who wouldn’t want a home away from home amongst the palm trees in Bali? Check out some of the most stunning villa properties that are currently on the market.

Seven-bedroom forest villa in Ubud

Take to Ubud’s lush jungles for this HK$32.9 million 7-bedroom oasis: Built by a furniture designer who has worked with numerous famed resorts, hotels and private properties around the world, this villa exudes chic and modern Scandinanvian influences mixed in with rustic influences from Indonesian tradition. Three bedrooms boast king-sized beds with their own en-suite, open air baths, with one bedroom particularly featuring an impossibly tall five-metre ceiling and a handsome, centuries-old bed frame. With your own gym, a long deck fitted for barbecues and the 25-metre infinity pool, this estate is perfect for entertaining and relaxing. More information here.

10-bedroom cliffside condo in Ungasan

For HK$31.3 million, this cliff-front, 8,847-square-foot, five-bed villa with not one but two pools is yours. Seamless floor to ceiling windows allow in plenty of light, while large communal areas, spacious bedrooms and private balconies are all ideal vantage points to catch the sunset. Just a few steps away is access to a private beach owned by the resort, while Sundays Beach Club is nearby if you’re looking for a more convivial brunch experience. More information here.

Four-bedroom party pad in Ungasan

Located in Karang Saujana Estate in tranquil Buki Uluwatu, this four-bedroom villa is located at the tip of millionaire’s mile in Southern Bali. Tastefully appointed with Batik touches and sleek modern finishings, this HK$13.3 million property features an swoon-worthy infinity pool overlooking the ocean, while a manicured lawn, spacious dining and living areas and a state-of-the-art kitchen makes it the ideal pad for entertaining. More information here.

Eight-bedroom hideaway in Seminyak

If you’re always waiting for a quick and easy getaway, this HK$14.2 million eight bedroom villa is right up your alley — it’s centrally located in Seminyak, just 200 metres away from Petitenget beach and just 20 minutes’ drive from the airport. At the heart of this three storey property is a deep blue swimming pool and ample deck space for sunning yourself — whether poolside or up on the terrace, accessible from the upstairs bedrooms. The efficient layout, featuring a high tech kitchen, lounge bar and entertainment area, feels a lot more spacious than its 8,180 square feet. More information here.

Six-bedroom minimalist abode in Uluwatu

Ideal for culture-minded holidaymakers, this contemporary six-bed villa features minimalist interiors practically made for maximalist art collections — there’s ample space the display your beloved pieces. The clean, white on white aesthetic is enhanced with frameless glass doors, which helps you take advantage of the sea views and infinity pool that truly seems to go on forever. At HK$19.4 million, this stunning villa has six ensuite bedrooms, a full gym, two staff quarters, and plenty of entertaining space, including a spare room ideal for setting up your own home theatre. More information here.

Three-bedroom mansion in Uluwatu

For a cool HK$46.6 million, this lot spanning over 12,000 square feet seems almost like a steal. With priceless privacy and 180-degree unobstructed ocean views, this cliffside private property is the ultimate millionaire’s pad. With just three bedrooms, it’s ideal for small families or couples without children. There’s plenty of space indoors and out, with a larger pool at the corner of the property and a smaller dipping pool for days you’re just looking to cool off. In between the hours of sun, indulge in a private steam and sauna, a massage in the dedicated spa room, or grab some popcorn for your own movie screening in the home cinema. A separate butler’s residence and staff quarters are also located off the main building. More information here.

Six-bedroom jungle sanctuary in Canggu

Tucked in the heart of Canggu’s lush green belt, this stylish sanctuary features a 700-square-foot infinity pool overlooking the Pancaran riverbank and waterfalls. Surrounded by trees, the villa ensures plenty of privacy, while offering various gorgeously designed spaces for relaxing and reflecting under the sun-dappled shade. This property has operated as the best rental villa in Canggu on TripAdvisor for three years, and is now available on the market. More information here.

As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.

Evelyn Lok
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8 Amazing Holiday Homes to Buy in Asia Right Now

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If you close your eyes and imagine your ideal holiday destination, there’s a remarkably high chance you’re picturing palm trees, unspoilt stretches of sand, divine tropical weather and sea breezes. Even more ideal would be owning a home in one of these dreamy locales, so that you always have a fabulous retreat to escape to with friends and family. Purchasing a holiday home is also a smart way to diversify a city-centric real-estate portfolio, and it can easily become a new income source if you’re interested in renting the property out for weddings and other special events. No matter what your motivation may be, here’s a survey of some of the best holiday homes on the market in Southeast Asia right now.

Koh Samui

Thailand’s second-largest island has something to offer everyone, from palm-fringed beaches to mountainous rainforest, humble roadside eateries to posh restaurants at five-star resorts. Fortunately, it’s easy to escape the masses and hide away in the luxury villa of your dreams.

Tucked away in southwestern Samui, Villa Sila Varee (59.4 million baht; about HK$15.25 million) is a tranquil haven for both nature lovers and privacy seekers. At more than 23,000 square feet, the fully furnished property encompasses a two-storey central building and two standalone guest villas for a total of five bedrooms, all of which boast serene views of the sea, neighbouring islands and surrounding nature. Additional amenities include the requisite pool, a back garden with waterfall and outdoor cooking and dining facilities. The property is located inside Santikhiri Estate, an exclusive community comprising 19 homes that has roumnd-the-clock staff and security, so you never have to worry about your home while you’re away.

Koh Samui

For a similar sense of serenity, only with easy access to livelier areas, consider buying a home on laid-back Lamai Beach. Completed in 2012, Baan Hinta (US$3.2 million) is a five-bedroom beachfront villa with ceilings that soar as high as 10 metres and contemporary decor inflected with Thai and Balinese influences. Well suited to groups of friends or families with older children, the property features a multi-storey layout and a structure that’s largely open to the elements, making the most of the sea views and breezes. Naturally, there’s the requisite infinity pool overlooking the water, but this is primarily a holiday home for beach lovers, as the villa is equipped with watersports equipment such as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.

Sister property Baan Hinyai (US$2.8 million) features the same look and feel, including five lavishly furnished suites equipped with king-size beds, entertainment systems and free-standing bathtubs in dramatic en-suite bathrooms, which are built into the beach’s natural rock formations. The open-plan gourmet kitchen sits next to a 20-seat dining table, though outdoor dining is also an option at the poolside pavilion. Should you desire a serious beachfront compound, you’d be wise to get your hands on both Hinta and Hanyai, for a combined 10 bedrooms and all the space you could ever want, right on the white sand.

Bali

It’s not difficult to understand Bali’s enduring appeal, but given the island’s sheer size, it can be difficult to know where to begin looking if you want to buy property. While the beach clubs, restaurants and bars of Seminyak may be a draw, it’s best to look elsewhere — after all, this is meant to be a holiday home, not a party pad.

Standing near the southern edge of the Bukit Peninsula, just minutes from Pandawa Beach, Villa Dewi Lanjar (HK$13.327 million) is one of just six homes comprising Karang Saujana Estate. Perched on a towering limestone cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, this four-bedroom, five-bathroom villa spans more than 5,000 square feet in Ungasan near the so-called “millionaire’s mile”, one of Bali’s most highly sought-after residential areas. The spacious interiors are furnished in Balinese style with a contemporary spin, and the villa offers several fabulous living and dining areas, both inside the house and outdoors as well.

If that’s not enough, perhaps a 10,700-square-foot compound in Ubud, Bali’s cultural centre and spiritual heart, will suffice? Listed at around HK$32.9 million, the seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom property includes three separate buildings and more than 0.4 of a hectare of land surrounded by lush jungle greenery, making this a peaceful retreat for up to 15 people. The passion project of a furniture designer, the estate’s decor reflects a blend of Indonesian touches and Scandinavian furnishings, with each of the three buildings possessing a unique ambience. There’s ample room for yoga and exercise in the spacious fitness room in the main villa residence, while outside, the 25-metre-long infinity pool is set against the edge of a steep gorge, offering a dramatic viewpoint of the surrounding scenery.

Phuket

Home to some of Thailand’s most popular beaches and one of the country’s most-visited destinations, Phuket needs no introduction. For some, the large number of travellers to this island in the Andaman Sea will bolster interest in buying property here, while others will choose to seek serenity elsewhere.

It’s easy to escape the crowds in the southern part of the island, where Tree Villa (41.8 million baht; about HK$10.6 million) stands beneath the hills near one of the most desirable beaches in this part of the island: Nai Harn. At almost 20,000 square feet, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home features Thai-Balinese design and handmade furniture, while the location and greenery give residents a great deal of privacy, even within the property, as the three bedrooms are housed in separate buildings.

If you’d prefer to live off the island but still nearby — and you’re in the market for something big  look north to Phang Nga province. Spanning an acre and a half of land on a prime stretch of beachfront, the impressive Villa Shanti (236 million baht; about HK$60.5 million) is made up of five contemporary Thai-style pavilions which collectively house six en-suite bathrooms. At the centre of the property is a 25-metre-long, black-tiled infinity pool surrounded by an expansive, coconut-palm-studded garden that sits next to the beach. Corridors and walkways connecting the pavilions lend the property a resort vibe, while the immense “great room” and kitchen make this the perfect place for hosting large events such as family reunions and weddings.

Bang Saray

You’ve likely never heard of this area on Thailand’s eastern seaboard, but Bang Saray has recently developed into a hot zone for new property developments inside the country’s Eastern Economic Corridor. A 90-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport, this emerging district features the unspoilt beauty of the Gulf of Thailand without any of the drawbacks found elsewhere on the east coast, such as seedy Pattaya. 

If, rather than buying something fully furnished and being forced to make changes, you’d prefer a holiday home designed to your specifications, look no further than Sunplay Bangsaray, where you can acquire one of a handful of expansive bespoke villas (66 million baht; about HK$16.9 million). Spread across nearly 30,000 feet including outdoors space, each four-bedroom, five-bathroom property in The Villa Collection will be designed to the exacting specifications of the owner, while the layout of each resembles a series of elegant pavilions with open walls that blur the boundary between inside and outside. At the heart of the development is the Sunplay Club, akin to an on-site country club with dining, fitness and recreational facilities; meanwhile, a 24/7 concierge team is there to handle all your requests. 

As of the publishing date of this article, any aforementioned properties were available for sale. We cannot guarantee that these properties will be available for sale indefinitely, so please check the respective listings for the most up-to-date information.

Michael Alan Connelly
A Chicagoan by birth and a New Yorker by habit, Michael has more than a decade of experience in digital publishing at leading titles in the U.S. and Asia. When he's not checking out Hong Kong's newest restaurants and bars or jet setting around the globe, you'll find him hanging out with his dog Buster and enjoying an Aperol Spritz.