Bali Resorts vs Villas - Which is better?

Apr 30, 2019
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As Bali travellers, we totally get the struggle of holiday planning — scrolling through page after page of accommodation on a million sites, comparing prices and then finally making a decision. To be honest it’s part of the reason we created The Bali Bible in the first place!


It’s so hard to choose whether to splurge on a luxe resort or get a private villa.


That said, we’ve put together some pros and cons, (plus some of our favourites) to *hopefully* narrow down your choices and make your planning a little easier!


 RESORTS VS VILLAS HOW DO I CHOOSE?

 

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For starters, the type of holiday makes a whole lot of difference when it comes to choosing a place to stay. Is it a private getaway with your partnerA girls’ trip? Or are the little ones coming along for a fun family vacay?

 

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If you want privacy, go for a villa. You’ll get the whole space to yourselves, including all day (and night) access to the pool and sunbeds (which you will have to battle for in a resort with other guests). On the other hand, staying in a resort lets you meet other travellers and that’s always a plus!

 

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Of course, resorts tend to be pricier than villas but you can definitely expect a one-stop stay at a prime location with perks like 24/7 room service at your fingertips, onsite dining and spa options.


VILLA GOALS - WHERE THE CELEBS ARE STAYING

 

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We absolutely love Seminyak, including Petitenget, aka Eat Street 2.0, and Peppers’ super chic pool villas are just minutes away from cute cafes like Kynd and Clean Canteen, as well as more upscale restaurants like Da Maria and Merah Putih.


The best part? We don’t even need to splurge on a fancy villa; this deal saves you up to 55% off* your next vacay! Peppers offers 2 to 5-bedroom villas, so there are plenty of options there.


Another favourite of ours is Equilibria Seminyak, which also offers a complimentary 20-min massage on arrival. Sounds short but when you’ve been on a plane for a while, honestly it’s heaven. Such a great way to start your Bali holiday.


Also check out The Oshan Villas along Canggu’s Batu Bolong or Villa Kamaniiya near the famous Monkey Forest.

  

RESORTS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

 

Great family-friendly Restaurants

 

As parents we know it’s tricky finding the perfect place for family trips. We’d recommend The Westin Resort if you’re heading to the family-friendly neighbourhood of Nusa Dua.


Bali Dynasty Resort is our go to in Kuta as it’s fully-equipped with a kids’ club and playground, as well as a separate kids’ swimming pool and water fun zone — your young ones will be fully occupied while you relax by the pool!


If you want to get away from the bustle of Seminyak and Kuta, we’d suggest The Edge in Uluwatu, which offers incredible views of the ocean from their clifftop, or the laidback Padma Resort in Ubud. Pricey but 100% worth it.

 

 TRAVELLING IN A GROUP?

 

We get hundreds of questions about the best options for groups, because trying to fit everyone in one space can be a nightmare.


If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat amid lush rice fields, look at Own Villa - it’s got 4 bedrooms; for larger groups, check out Villa Tiga Puluh in Seminyak or if you need 8-bedrooms, Villa Manis in Canggu is where it’s at.


We could harp on for ages but essentially all of your accommodation needs can be found on our website - The Bali Bible. Plus, you’ll get member rates.


Written by Mashyitah Mustaffa


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