Three island villas with maximum bragging rights
Villa life is more personalised than staying at a five-star hotel. It’s about having fulltime staff available around the clock, from personal chefs to concierges, housekeepers to nannies and butlers.
Private villas also come with considerable bragging rights — who wouldn’t love to live like a pampered A-list celebrity for a week? And island villas are not as prohibitively expensive as they once were, especially if you’re travelling as a family or in a house-party group.
Here are three T&I favourites. and, come evening, head to Ku De Ta or Sarong, both ranked on The Miele Guide’s Top 20 restaurants in Asia. AND SO TO BED: There are three ensuite bedrooms: one kingsize and two with a choice of twins or kings, plus two extra beds on request; events can be held for up to 25 people. VIBE: The villa is contemporary in style, but there are plenty of beautiful Balinese touches. The 80sqm living pavilion features a traditional thatched roof, sandstone walls and a terrazzo floor lined by a fish pond with antique stone water features on one side, pool wall on the other. Soft cream sofas are punctuated with colourful batik cushions, while a teak dining table with wicker armchairs provides seating for eight. Adjacent to the greentiled swimming pool, the kitchen’s whitewashed shutters slide open to a bar fashioned from recycled teak. DINING: Villa Adasa’s fully equipped kitchen is staffed by a private chef and everything from an afternoon snack to five-course dinners and barbecues can be prepared, as well as a kids’ meal plan. Tropical holiday G&Ts by the pool are practically obligatory. HIGHLIGHTS: Foodies can join the chef on shopping trips to local open-air markets, including the seafood market at Jimbaran where catches come straight from the adjacent waters. TIP: This villa is a celebrity haunt. “Guests might be sleeping, sitting, swimming and dining at the same spot as Paris Hilton,” says Linda Lim of Elite Havens, which manages Villa Adasa. “She was here last week with a friend.” More: elitehavens.com.
Amilla Fushi in The Maldives, top; Villa Adasa, Bali, above; Vomo Resort, Fiji, below