Do you fancy lying under azure blue skies in your own private pool with a piña colada in hand? Thankfully, you don’t have to travel far to search for fantastic villa resorts on the many beach destinations near Singapore. There are many options in our neighbouring countries to satisfy a bit of wanderlust, with minimal travel hassle and lots of room to wander about in your underwear – indoors and out – sipping champagne like a champ. With different vibes and views, here are few great villas near Singapore that will pamper you with their top-notch service and facilities.
1) Montigo Resorts, Nongsa – Batam, Indonesia
Best villa for a hen’s or bachelor’s party
Your best friend asks you “Hey, how are you going to spend your last day of singlehood before marrying your Prince Charming?”
You realise that the countdown for the big day (aka your wedding) has begun and you desperately need a break from work, the hectic wedding preparations and house renovation. Luckily for you, there’s a lovely place nearby to unwind without breaking the bank – Montigo Resorts. While you are there, nothing matters except chilling, gossiping with your girlfriends and getting that perfect tan.
Since it first opened in Batam, Montigo Resorts has been winning travellers’ hearts and minds. The allure of Montigo Resorts lies in its picturesque scenery that you can rarely find in Singapore. Its Seafront Villa, for instance, offers unparalleled views of the majestic South China Sea. Montigo’s other villas such as the Seafront villa, the Hilltop Villa and Hillside Villa also provide a breath-taking view of the lush greenery around the resort.
Besides its luxurious accommodation, Montigo Resorts offers various activities. For example, guests can go for the mangrove tour or a bike tour to the nearby Pantai Village to enjoy the sights of the idyllic Indonesian village life. If you prefer to stay in the resort, you can enjoy yourself in the private infinity pools or eat to your heart’s content in several restaurants available within the compound.
Getting there: 30 – 40 minutes ferry ride from Nongsapura Ferry Terminal
Accommodation: Choose from 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5-bedroom villas
2) Alila Villas Uluwatu – Bali, Indonesia
Best villa for a dreamy honeymoon
This gorgeous clifftop resort on Bali’s south coast has won numerous accolades. Last year The Daily Telegraph named it one of the top 10 luxury hotels in Bali. The eco-friendly interior design and architecture give both a natural and luxurious touch to the hotel on top of the jaw-dropping views of the Indian Ocean. All these fantastic features make Alila Villas Uluwatu a fabulous option for tired lovebirds to fully recharge after the wedding. Who knows? You may even get your home décor “Eureka!” moment after looking at Alila’s stylish interior design.
Alila Villas Uluwatu has 65 lavish villas which come with private infinity pools, fireplaces and a personal butler. Additionally, the resort also boasts a spa and two restaurants serving traditional Indonesian and East Asian fare. There is no need to think about dieting when you are in the presence of such sumptuous fare.
If you’re a young and fit cool cat couple, try the resort’s 45-minute Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga where you practise various poses on a 10 to 12-foot long board at the infinity pool. Alternatively, surf at nearby beaches such as Nyang Nyang, Suluban, Padang Padang — they are still relatively untouched as compared to other beaches in Kuta and Sanur.
Getting there: 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International airport
Accommodation: 1, 2 or 3-bedroom villas
3) Holiday Villa Pantai Indah – Bintan, Indonesia
Best villa for friends getaway
Like Batam, Bintan is an excellent weekend getaway destination that you can reach in less than an hour. Faster than crossing the Causeway AND have a private pool waiting for you? Sold!
While Bintan has many resorts, Holiday Villa Pantai Indah stands out with its 99 luxury pool villas, each tastefully decorated with traditional Balinese furnishing. The size of the villas and the fantastic view of the Lagoi Bay will blow you away. Pack your inflatable unicorn and plastic wine glasses and push all your kaki into the pool!
All the guests will also have access to the resort’s private beach, in addition to a complimentary breakfast and free WIFI. If you are looking for some great food within the resort, Legenda café has you covered with its extensive range of International cuisine.
Getting there: 45-minute ferry rides from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore to Bandar Baru Bentan Telani (BBT) Ferry Terminal
Accommodation: 1 or 2-bedroom villas
4) The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa – Langkawi, Malaysia
Best villa for a relaxing couple time
Need to escape the HDB for some premium snugglebunny time with your sayang? Hop on a plane to Langkawi and live the Westin life.
You know a resort is fantastic when everything you desire is within a comfortable reach, and that’s precisely what The Westin Langkawi has to offer. This is the place for sleep-deprived parents to catch up on their sleep and be treated like royalty. Expect spacious, contemporary style rooms in earth tones as well as lavish villas.
Each room comes with a walk-in shower and a signature Heavenly Bed that will guarantee you a good night’s sleep. Facilities wise, there are two tennis courts, a gym, swimming pools, pool tables and indoor squash courts.
If you are itching to explore Langkawi, simply speak to the friendly concierge, and they will plan something for you.
Getting there: Contact the resort team at +6049608888 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for transport arrangements.
Accommodation: 1, 2 or 5-bedroom villas or hotel rooms
5) Banyan Tree Phuket – Phuket, Thailand
Best villa for golf kaki
Explore new terrains with your golf kaki! Head to Phuket to test your game on a different course, with scenic settings. Instead of a traditional hotel, you can have your post-game drinks and pre-game breakfast in your bathrobes with your friends in one of your lovely villas.
Designed like a traditional Thai village, this Phuket resort has many facilities that will keep you occupied and entertained without having to venture out.
Banyan Tree Resort’s whopping 137 villas come with private pools and all the luxuries you would associate with the Banyan Tree brand name – his and hers dressing areas, open-air bathtub and floor to ceiling windows.
The resort is also equipped with a state-of-the-art gym with complimentary classes, ranging from body toning to cardiovascular workouts. For avid golfers, the Laguna Golf Phuket located within the resort is golf heaven on earth. It comes with a challenging 18-hole, par-71 golf course.
Another highlight of the resort is the Banyan Tree Spa. Choose the popular Royal Banyan treatment – a massage blending Eastern and Western techniques to improve blood circulation.
Getting there: 20 minutes by hotel car or taxi from Phuket International Airport
Accommodation: 1 or 2-bedroom villas
6) Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort – Koh Samui, Thailand
Best villa for a contemplative solo vacation
#treatyourself. Holidays are not just for big adventures. You can also getaway for some me-time or a quiet zen retreat with a friend.
Check out the new kid on the block in Koh Samui. Sala Samui Chaweng Beach Resort promises a zen-like ambience for you to rejuvenate in peace, away from the world of deadlines, household chores and other stuff you don’t want to be reminded of.
Once you enter the premises, you will be forgiven for thinking that you stepped into Santorini in Greece. The sleek and minimalist interior is dominated by white, save for a few carefully selected accessories. It gives you a decluttered mind you’re looking for in a resort stay.
While there are various types of villas, our pick is the stunning Oceanfront Sala Pool Villa, which has private bathrooms with an indoor shower and outdoor bathtub. With 97 square metres of space, the villa also has a 22-metre swimming pool surrounded by lush greenery and sunbathing decks.
The standout feature of the resort is the open-air The Tent Beachfront Restaurant and Bar, offering fresh seafood, international dishes as well as Thai delicacies. Guests can also choose to dine at private gazebos, outdoor dining decks or indoor dining rooms. Get the alfresco seating to catch the beautiful sunset over the Gulf of Thailand.
Getting there: There is a shuttle bus service from the airport to the hotel (available 24 hours) offered to guests.
Accommodation: Pool suites, 1 and 2-bedroom villas
With so many spectacular beach resorts to choose from, it’s time to start planning your next villa vacation!