• Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

When in Bali, Stay in a Private Pool Villa

If you’re on Instagram, no doubt you see girls staying at private pool villas every 10 photos on your feed! It seems like most “digital nomads” live in Bali, and bounce from villa to villa. I was there for three weeks and really wanted to see what it was like to spend two days in pure luxury with my own pool. 

I stayed for two nights at Villa Sungai, which is inland about 40 minutes from Seminyak (driving through Canggu). You can easily go from the villa into Canggu, but it rained while we were there and I was so happy to read and play scrabble. I’d had a lot of beach time already! 

All meals are served at the villa and there is a menu with Indonesian and Western food. The owner is Australian and the design was done by her. It’s pretty impeccable. 

The rooms (3) at Villa Sungai

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

That’s 3 types of robes… you know, so that if you want a big fluffy one it’s there, but if you want a terry cloth one that’s there too. But then maybe you want a really light one for by the pool so they added it as well! 

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

The bathroom is huge and outside are two showers and a bathtub. 

They even fill the tub up with flowers. We drank about a bottle of wine and a couple cocktails each day, so it’s not like we did nothing (lol) but we mostly just drank, read, and played in the pool. 

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

The Villa Pool & Food

The whole villa has three rooms and they look about the same although one is larger than the other two. The decoration is simple and makes it easy to relax. They have TV with a lot of movies as well as music and speakers set up. 

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

In the main living room there are also speakers set up and an iPod to play with. I plugged my own phone in and used my own music. There is also a game room full of board games and books.

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

It was a great location, and Tia was traveling with me so we did a little photo shoot for her new summer line. Here’s a shot from that! The shoes are from a shop in Bali. I bought them in black and also got my mom a pair in black. 

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

This is another one of Tia’s creations from the photoshoot! I don’t think it’s for sale yet, but I’m definitely going to be buying this one.

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Rainy days, tea and a book… perfect afternoon. I didn’t let myself get my computer out (much) even though the WiFi was great. We ended up watching Lion which was so good and I don’t think anyone can watch this without crying. 

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

In the evenings, they brought us snacks before dinner which they paired with cocktails. The spring rolls, tzatziki dip, and corn fritters were beyond tasty. 

For dinner, we ate Indonesian meals since we had been eating mostly Western food during our trip. The portions were huge and we never finished anything which I felt guilty about, although we tried.

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Breakfast was the BEST. This creation is something I haven’t heard of but I don’t think it’s Indonesian. Maybe it’s Australian? Buttermilk pancakes with creamed corn and bacon… yeah, really! So good.Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

This biscuit may look ordinary, but it’s a homemade cheese biscuit that is crazy tasty!

Village Tour

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

We took bicycles to go out on the paddy fields and toured around the neighboorhood a bit. You can have the maganer, Made, take you on a full tour but it was REALLY hot. 

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

Again, we did some shots for Tia’s collection which I’m sharing. I’m telling you being a travel blogger traveling with a fashion designer/photographer is a serious win-win haha! It makes my life a lot easier. 

Villa Sungai Bali Pool Villa

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.

9 Comments

  1. James Cummings May 11, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Really cool pictures.No kidding about having a photographer with you while traveling too!

    • Rachel Jones May 11, 2017 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      haha yes, can’t beat having someone with you who loves taking pics!

  2. Stephanie May 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    That cactus-dress is so cute! Does Tia sell her clothing online?

    The Villa looks beautiful, but 1000 dollars for one night..that is a little crazy! :O
    x

    • Rachel Jones May 11, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      Yes, she does! I am going to add links in this post, but haven’t had time. You can shop her stuff on through Etsy. If you use this affiliate link, then I’ll make like 5% of the sale, but it won’t cost you any extra :)

      https://www.etsy.com/in-en/shop/0studiotia/items?source=aw&utm_source=affiliate_window&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=us_location_buyer&awc=6220_1494512356_8ee1daf60df1a687a62b0d27b4c8b55b&utm_content=254603

  3. Nitin Khanna May 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Great Article! Awesome Pictures. Villa is beautiful, its an beautiful place to stay.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. kksharma47 May 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    You look so gorgeous! Beautiful pictures in your Villa. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. thebritishberliner May 17, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    I really like the photographs Rachel. You look lovely!

    You’re so right. We went to Bali a few years ago and rented a house at a hotel resort in Ubud. We actually wanted the villa, but they were sold out and offered us the house instead! It had it’s own private rice paddy and because it was further back from the other villas wasn’t as popular with families with small children. As the Monkey Forest was a 10 minute walk away and the monkeys would climb over the wall! It was usally sold at $150 per nightm, but they gave us the whole house for $75 per night as our son was much older.

    We didn’t have our own pool, but we had our own security guard (‘cos of the monkeys), and Afternoon Tea service, as well as free transport from and into “town”. We only had to ring up, and they would collect us anywhere in Ubud.

    I snapped it up!

    • Rachel Jones May 18, 2017 at 11:10 am - Reply

      I love that they gave you a security guard for the monkeys! haha! hilarious. wild little things :) Yes, we had that service as well, I think a lot of places in Ubud offer this as it’s such a hassle to get taxis there!

  6. Emily June 5, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    This looks amazing! Major wanderlust!

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