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August 2, 2011

Isle of Style: LUXE City Guides Reveals Bali’s Top 5 Villas

Exclusively for Dim Sum & Then Some’s jet-setting readers, and just in time for the island’s coveted high season, the editors of LUXE City Guides reveal their picks for Bali’s Top 5 Villas.  Whether you’re a yoga buff, a pamper princess, a party queen or an actual royal, your blissful Balinese home away from home awaits…

Isle of Style: LUXE City Guides Reveal Bali’s Top 5 Villas  Best for Sp-ahhhh Junkies
Oazia Spa Villas – 4, 2 and 1 Bedroom Villas
This eco-friendly, whitewashed, holistic sanctuary for healing and chilling is surrounded by emerald green rice paddies in the heart of Canggu, far from the Seminyak crowds. Oazia goes beyond the usual massage n’ yoga experience – expert healers deliver a smorgasbord of advanced therapies like shamanic reiki, soothing aqua massage (watsu), astrology readings, dynamic meditation and much more. Strictly detox – party peeps keep out.

Best for Hedonism & Play
Luna 2 Private Hotel – 5 Bedrooms
Funked up? You will be. Luna2 is a sexy blend of ultra modernism in a riot of juicy colours and groovy designer furniture, art and décor, with full sea views thanks to its enviable perch right on the beach in hip hub Seminyak. Yes, it has its own bar, darling, and blam-blam Bose system firing sounds right down to the shore for sandy shakes of the bikini booty.

Best for Babes on a Budget
Desa Seni – 12 Villas
This simple antique joglo eco-village resort set amidst gloriously landscaped grounds is peaceful, restorative and the right side of themed. There’s trad Indo cultural heritage in spades here, with local artworks, recycled historical furnishings from all around Indonesia, community outreach programmes, an on-site organic farm, and a fab yoga programme. Fret not, there is WiFi too, Wendy, so you can stay in touch with the times. Good for body, soul and budget, hurrah!

Best for Families
Kemah Tinggi – 4 Bedrooms
Tucked away near the seaside village of Seseh, this retreat is blissfully secluded and ticks all the boxes for family vay-cays. You’ve got all manner of sprog-friendly facilities like a solid pool fence, stair gates, full-sized cots, kids menu, few steps and no pond. Mum and Dad can rest easy and get busy…

Best for Stunner Views
Khayangan Estate – 6 Bedrooms
You’ll find visual Viagra aplenty at this ravishing clifftop estate with 180-degree Indian Ocean vistas, set 170 knee knocking metres above sea level.  So whilst there is no beach access, you have not one, but two infinity pools, spa, tennis court, gym, library and WiFi throughout. Accommodation, in splendid, hand-carved antique Javanese houses, are at once opulent and earthy, with lots of woody accents, billowing four posters, soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass walls. It’s fit for royalty.

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