You know what they say - location, location, location. If there is one thing you need to know before you rent a villa in Bali - it’s where you want to be.
Make a list of what’s important - do you want to be in the thick of it, near shops, have rice paddie views, walk to the beach or chill in the mountains? Are you coming to party all night, to shop, surf or go on a yoga retreat? Do you plan to get around on foot, with a driver or by scooter? This will all help in working out where on the island will suit. So do your homework.
On an island that is jam-packed with accommodation options - there are two common ways to rent a villa:
In a resort/ hotel:
A great choice if you want to book a place, kick back and do nothing - the service will be impeccable and you will have the best of both worlds - privacy and full hotel facilities. It may be more expensive but you get 24/7 service and all the bells and whistles. There are plenty of options to choose from.
There are loads of groups on social that advertise private rentals, so finding somewhere will never be an issue. Ask around - get recommendations, something will pop up.
If you are going for the private option it pays to ask a lot of questions up front - especially if it’s long-term. Does the villa cost include: wi-fi, electricity, water, cleaning, a cook, security, a car/scooter and laundry? Or are these extras? It’s a good idea to get it in writing and arrange an inspection before you move in.
Renting a villa of a local will save you a hefty price tag and is a great way to become part of the local community. But keep in mind, private stand-alone villas are not always in great locations, or come as advertised and usually have no security service - so if that’s important to you (ie you are bringing a lot of tech, camera kit with you) - look into adding a security service into your costs.
Written By: Fotini E Douglas