On our last trip to Bali we got an amazing opportunity to stay for our trip in one Bali’s luxury private villas thanks to our friends at Ministry of Villas. If you’ve ever been to Bali you’ll know that there’s a plethora of private villa style accommodation options here ranging from basic up to James Bond villain style mega-villas which can sleep 20-30 people on one property. On this trip we stayed at the beautiful Chandra Bali Villas, a boutique complex inside the heart of Seminyak (the trendy area of Bali) which has a number of private villas and we were allowed a chance to try out a few of their offerings during our stay.
One of the great things about Chandra is their staff and how they manage the entire experience start to finish. When we first flew into Bali they had organised a car to pick us up and chauffeur us to the villa which was a nice idea after a long flight from Australia. Arriving at Chandra the staff all knew our first names and there’s a welcome wave from everyone including even the security man at the front gate. We walk through a windy pathway between the villas which is full of lush gardens and arrive at the large wooden door to our private villa. Luxury awaits…
Ohhhhh man, these villas are suuuuuuper cool! A decent sized private pool that you walk over to arrive into your villa. Huge ‘open plan’ living room areas with no walls (it actually doesn’t rain too much in Bali if you get the season right) so you can effortlessly float between the bedroom, pool and kitchen/lounge areas even when you’re dripping wet from a late-night dip. There’s a kitchen there – although we aren’t going to use it as Chandra offers an in-villa chef to cook all your meals – and a nice amount of comfy chairs and couches in the living room that you can chill and watch a movie on or play around on the laptop. In the bedrooms, there’s floor to ceiling glass walls and an extremely voyueristic outdoor shower and bathroom you can watch from the bed – all adding to the luxurious feel when you enter the villa.
As usual, we had a bit of European based client work going on this week so it wasn’t all cocktails by the pool in bikinis. Chandra actually boasts half-decent internet speeds (we clocked around 40 Mbps downloads during the day which is FAST for Bali let me tell you) so we were able to balance between lazing around in the villa and kicking some work goals at the same time. Although there’s PLENTY more reasons often one of the simplest reasons we like to stay in apartments/villas over hotels is that hotels rarely have a good enough desk for 2 or more people to sit at and work. Chandra has 12 seater exorbitant dining tables carved of wood – perfect for a work session overlooking the pool.
I guess for most people coming to a luxury villa is all about putting the feet up and letting everyone else do the work for you. Chandra has incredible staff who literally make sure you don’t lift a finger during your stay – they arrive and disappear through the hidden staff entrances to your villa and cook your breakfast before you arise, make your beds and close the curtains in the evening before you head to bed, and keep those cocktails coming to the pool long after you should’ve stopped them. Somehow the experience of having people serve you 24/7 is a bit unnerving for us (we don’t even like people carrying our bags to the front door – we can do it!) but the Chandra staff are very polite and helpful and that’s actually part of the appeal of this villa as Asia can often be hit and miss in the service department.
Of the villas and hotels we’ve stayed in Bali or Indonesia as a whole, Chandra is one of our definite favourites. They also have a pretty rocking social media game.