While the warmest months are rolling on by, there’s still plenty of time to plan your next tropical vacay with the fam! And if the travel gurus at The Luxe Nomad have anything to do with it, your kids are in for the time of their lives. The best part? You are too! Here are their top picks for the 10 Best Family-Friendly Villas to book this summer.
1. Villa Mana
Set amongst the lush padi fields, with gorgeous mountain views is Villa Mana, a brilliantly-sized 6-bedroom abode with modern contemporary fittings and a 17-metre infinity pool. The villa is equipped with pool toys, board games, a barbecue and a private movie theatre. Guests also receive complimentary guest membership to the Canggu Club, Bali’s most exclusive sports club, where your kiddos will be ecstatic with the children’s playroom, while mama chills on the massive open-air rooftop deck. The villa itself is fully staffed and comes with a private chef, housekeepers and security.
2. Villa Maridadi
This lavish beachfront five-bedroom villa sits on 5,200 square metres of land and comes equipped with an amazing tree house for children that overlooks the garden and sea. The villa is fully staffed and comes with an in-house private chef, complimentary bicycle, car and private driver as well as an in-house spa, perfect for parents who want some ‘me’ time. Located in the sleepy village of Cemagi, bordered by rice fields on one end and black sandy beaches on the other, your little ones will find no end to the stunning panorama views and picturesque nooks and crannies within the villa. With luxurious garden bathrooms, endless entertainment in the games room, private tennis courts and a 20-metre swimming pool, there’s plenty here to keep mini nomads on their toes.
3. Villa Ombak Putih
This über stylish pristine five-bedroom villa offers comfort, privacy, space and fabulous ocean views, with a sunken poolside lounge, a rooftop terrace and a 30-metre swimming pool. Situated on a stunning 3,300 square metre garden dotted with flowering jasmine and frangipani trees, there’s tons of space for little ones to run about and play hide and seek. Nomad parents won’t need to lift many fingers, thanks to the full team of staff on hand offering butler services, as well as gastronomic home cooking by your own in-house chef, Ketut who previously worked at the world-famous Ku De Ta.
4. Villa Kinara
This stunning and spacious six-bedroom villa is the ultimate getaway for families who want to be in the heart of it all yet return to the ultimate private abode. With plenty of rich textures to keep the kids busy, the villa also boasts oversized sofas, a 12-seater dining table, home entertainment room and a billiard table. Although it’s only a five minute walk to the beach, restaurants and bars of Seminyak, the villa is fully staffed and comes with a villa manager, seven maids, in-house chef, resident gardeners and a pool attendant to cater to your every need. Plus, the staff are always happy to keep an eye on the kids (although babysitting charges are extra) and you can even hire extra baby items so you don’t have to bring your baby’s play pen or stroller with you!
5. Bayuh Sabbha
This magnificent coastal cliff with a five-bedroom ocean view villa located on three acres of land is perfect for a family with young children who want a private yet scenic nature retreat. With meticulously manicured lawns flanked by frangipani trees and brilliant bougainvillea blooms, two swimming pools, wide open verandas and soaring ceilings, the villa is the ideal family getaway. Using a delightful mix of limestone, teakwood, alang-alang thatch and floor-to-ceiling windows, Villa Bayuh Sabbha blends traditional architecture and antique elements to bring cooling breezes and splendid views into its spacious bedrooms and soaring living areas. Chill out on any one of the many scenic pavilions that flank the villa, or work out at the gym or private tennis court out back.
6. Villa Chan Grajang
A high-end luxury 6-bedroom villa that is comprised of two separate villas and two swimming pools, plus a private deck area for each ensuite room means there’s a chance parents will actually be able to get some private time here. Work out at the fully functional gym or kick back at the 30-metre chipping and putting course that’s perfect for budding golfers. An entertainment room with a 50-inch plasma screen, and a snooker room with all manner of games is sure to keep the whole fam occupied, giving each member of the family their own individual space.
7. Villa Padma
This modern and chic four-bedroom villa set in lush nature comes with an exotic backdrop of ocean views and forest foothills, as well as a 25-metre infinity pool, soaking tubs and your very own private chef! Mini nomads get to rule the roost with their very own kids’ menu, and can challenge friends to a game of pool or foosball in the games room, while others relax in the cinema room with pixel-perfect projection screen and surround sound. Two tennis courts will do wonders for their energy and the private beach will become their own perfect paradise, while adults get to wind down with an evening cocktail in the water fringed sunken sala, before dining under the uniquely luminescent ox bone chandeliers in the vaulted foreroom.
8. The Anandita Villa
Comprising four luxurious pavilions set within a huge coconut grove on the postcard-perfect Sira Beach, The Anandita is fully staffed with a villa manager, in-house chefs, housekeepers, gardener and pool attendant. There’s acres of space for mini travellers to run about and the lawn is perfect for a game of volleyball, while the 26-metre free-form pool is the perfect setting for many an imaginative underwater adventure. Active families will bounce with joy thanks to the two double sea kayaks and snorkelling equipment for days out on the sea, 11 adult bikes and three children’s bikes for rides though traditional villages, plus a round of golf for the adults on the adjacent and stunningly situated 18-hole championship course.
9. Baan Hinta
An oustanding property with five bedrooms spread across two villas, Baan Hinta boasts a state-of-the-art 120-inch outdoor movie screen and a fully equipped games room that’s perfect for the kiddos. Young adults and parents alike will love the kayaks and paddle boards that are available free of charge, alongside the windsurf and jet skis that are available to rent. The sunset view from the hammocks is worth writing home about, whilst the outdoor cinema is the perfect family activity for balmy, island evenings. The attentive in-house staff exist to make your holiday as fuss-free as possible so that you can enjoy the private swimming-pool, X-Box with popular games, iPad/iPhone docking stations in all bedrooms, direct beach access, in-villa wine selection and spa treatments.
These million-dollar villas arguably have the best views in Koh Samui thanks to their perched location on a hillside overlooking a coral cove with private beach access. Samujana’s design seamlessly blends contemporary luxury with Thai architecture, created by the award-winning Gary Fell of Gfab Architects. Set into the hillside, the villas incorporate original rock outcrops and indigenous trees into the interior decor. Enjoy a game of tennis at the villa resort, work out in its fully equipped gym, roughhouse in the villa’s very own Muay Thai arena, or take its 43-foot catamaran ‘Kindred Spirit’ for a sail with the kids, while the six-star concierge service and in-house chef takes care of everything else. This is luxe living at its best, for both kids and adults!