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This dream home in Bali epitomizes Airbnb Luxe, a selection of super high-end properties that include the services of "dedicated trip designers" to ensure a five-star stay. But you probably won't need their help, given the villa's impeccable design and dizzying views across the lush tropical landscape. Most spaces are open-air or lined with windows to showcase the setting, so it's nearly impossible to forget that you've indeed arrived in paradise.
The design isn't bad either. It incorporates two houses, both classic Thai-style with thatched roofs and overhangs. Balinese artifacts and artworks adorn built-in shelves, are displayed over beds, and decorate bathroom walls. The earthy color palette and clean-lined modern furnishings in stone and wood create a serene feeling throughout the property. And there are enough rainfall showers and freestanding bathtubs, one of which is hand-carved from wood, to spend all day trying out. That's assuming you can tear yourself away from the two infinity pools, which maximize views across the manicured lawns that tumble down into the jungle.
Another high point is the open-air kitchen pavillion that blends into a massive stone patio, complete with plenty of seating around a long wooden table just steps from the foliage. If for some reason you want a break from nature, take advantage of the flat-screen TVs and "entertainment cabana" (the property was built for a retired American broadcast journalist) or alert the butler for shuttle service into Ubud, where art galleries, gardens, and restaurants, including pastry innovator Will Goldfarb's recently reopened Room 4 Dessert, await.
Ready to book a luxury stay in the middle of the jungle? Head to the Airbnb listing for details.