Lately I’ve been quite the devoted homebody: any daydreaming I sneak in during work hours usually involves gardening projects or home-cooked treats. But it took only a minute or two of reading “Tropical Punch” in our current issue, and ogling Paola Zanconaro’s colorful, open-air Balinese abode, for me to change my tune, pick up my computer, and obsessively begin planning a dreamy Balinese adventure.
Much to my surprise and delight, it turns out there are some very affordable flights to be found to Indonesia—particularly in the off-peak season, which coincidentally is now through May. I was inspired by the casual, intimate charm of Paola’s home, and I thought I would search for villas that share a similar blend of modern minimalism, bold color, and traditional Indonesian flourish.
These Balinese sanctuaries were some of my favorites, and I would happily ensconce myself in any one of them tout suite. I highly recommend taking a moment to dream about Bali— imagining yourself surrounded by the warm, fragrant air can ease a day’s stress like you won’t believe. And if you are really buried under work, then all the more reason to dream, and perhaps go the extra step and plan a trip to paradise. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
Bring some friends with you for the journey and share this luxurious, eco-conscious, family-friendly villa in Ubud for just $355 a night.
Nestled in a sleepy town in Northwest Bali, this secluded Jeda Villa has views of all forms of paradise: tropical gardens, mountains, the open sea…
Perched on the edge of the Ayung river valley, this four-level villa, known as the Sunrise House, is made entirely from bamboo and accommodates 9 guests! While it’s unlikely I’ll ever be traveling in such a large group, I couldn’t resist including this spot. Nothing is off limits when you daydream!