In case you missed it, Bali opened for quarantine-free travel from Australia on March 14. Since then, Aussies have been flocking to the Indonesian island for sun, top-notch hospitality and lush tropical surroundings.
“Bali has long been a favourite overseas travel destination for Aussies, who’ve always enjoyed the hospitality and beauty of our island neighbours, from the sparkling beaches of Canggu, the hum of Kuta, and the breathtaking rural scenery and traditional culture of Ubud,” says Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb’s Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand.
“We know that just like our Australian host community who have done it tough at times over the past two years, hosts in Bali are delighted to roll out their welcome mats and greet international guests for quarantine-free travel for the first time in two years.”
If you’re planning your trip to the island, we’ve got your stays sorted with these 10 most wishlisted Airbnbs. Whether it’s an eco stay in the mountains of a volcano, a no-expense-spared-in-building four-bedroom villa with its own rooftop sauna and saltwater swimming pool, or a rural cottage on the outskirts of Ubud’s monkey forest, there’s an accommodation to suit every need and style of holiday, with room rates ranging from under AUD $50 to AUD $1,000 per night.
Hideout is an eco stay hidden in the mountains of Gunung Agung volcano. Like its name suggests, this one-bedroom stay is far, far from the city and can act as a hideaway for adventurous travellers keen to explore the nearby nature surrounds. Take a refreshing dip in the nearby natural swimming pool, enjoy the view of the sacred place, Campuhan, and observe all the exotic wildlife.
Co-hosted by travel bloggers Lauren Bullen (@Gypsea_lust) and Jack Morris (@JackMorris), this stunning four-bedroom villa overlooking the rice paddies of Canggu has been meticulously designed with all the luxuries of a five-star stay. The home comes complete with its own private rooftop sauna and cold water bath (for the brave), salt water swimming pool and garden BBQ/ Bar area. The villa manager can also facilitate personal requests such as a driver, in-villa massage and private chef.
High up on one of the last remaining untouched parts of the island, Villa Sanglung offers uninterrupted views of the ocean, and is close enough to get its breeze. For those who want to enjoy the peace and quiet of how Bali was 25 years ago, with the added convenience of being centrally located on the island, this sumptuous North Balinese villa is the stay for you.
Perched atop the trees with views of the lush garden below and pool — and the ocean beyond — the Balian Treehouse will let you find your Zen. Wake to brilliant sunrises and enjoy a morning coffee on the balcony with a cool breeze wafting in. When you’re ready to venture out, explore the nearby small surfer community village.
Nestled in rice fields down a quiet footpath, this bamboo cottage is only a convenient five-minute walk to central Ubud. Made entirely from bamboo and with open air basket weave walls and a mini loft, this one-bedroom cottage provides a truly authentic Balinese experience.
This one-bedroom villa in the heart of Seminyak is ideal for a couple or solo traveller wanting to relax but also spend their days exploring the island. Villa Atlantis serves up a blend of traditional Indonesian and modern minimalist design.
Thoughtfully designed by an award-winning architect who beautifully combines classic Indonesian touches with trendy style, this villa is a short scooter or cab ride from Canggu and Seminayk. Take in a spectacular sunset over its surrounding green fields of rice.
Wake to birds chirping and crawl out of bed to lay on the hammock overlooking an incredible panorama showcasing lush rice terraces and the peak of Mount Agung in the distance. The villa sleeps four comfortably.
Enter Villa Mimpi through green, hand-carved doors and breathe in deeply as you take in its oasis setting. Once you’ve unpacked, lounge by its pool, reading or with a homemade cocktail. When the sun drops, shower and dress up for dinner in Seminyak, only a short walk away.
Alam Dania is as convenient a Balinese villa as they come. It’s only a 15-minute drive from Ubud, but, if you don’t feel like heading there and just want to lay by its pool, it has a kitchenette and dining area for you to make and eat meals. Breakfast and afternoon tea are included.