Bali Villas, Guide to Staff

The service at a top Bali villa should feel like you’re the only guests in a 5-star hotel. But the level of service and how much you enjoy having villa staff  will depend not only on the standard of villa but also on how you interact with the staff.

The most luxurious villas in Bali can offer 20 to 30 staff including a villa manager, housekeepers, a driver and car, butlers, pool attendants, handymen and gardeners, 24-hour security guards, executive chefs and bar staff. Their roles and how they should be treated is a question for many guests who have not stayed in a villa before. Here are some answers to those commonly asked questions about staff at villas in Bali.

Personal Chef – Who Pays For The Food?

Many Bali villas offer a personal chef and the high-end Bali villas offer a team of chefs. Some villas will offer a menu with set prices for items with all food provided by the villa. More often villas allow guests to coordinate meal choices with the chef who then organises the groceries, which the guests pay for plus a set shopping fee or a percentage of the grocery cost.

Butler – What Will They Do?

If a butler is included in your villa he will be available most of the day and can do anything from run errands, make recommendations for restaurants, iron clothes, make a simple lunch like sandwiches and serve drinks.

What If I Want Privacy?

The staff are generally very discreet and will be in their own designated areas of the villa until they are needed. However some villa staff will be more present at times than is required. It’s up to the guests to determine the level of their presence that is required. Guests are advised to ask staff for privacy when they are not needed. Staff will not be offended if guests request a level of discretion during their stay.

Housekeeping – How Often Will They Clean?

The housekeeper will clean the villa once a day and do laundry on request.

Does The Chef Cook Local And Western Food?

Most chefs can accommodate all tastes but you’ll find the ingredients available on Bali make local food the best choice.

Can I Get A Nanny With The Villa?

A nanny or babysitter is an option that most villas offer or can help arrange for you. Sometimes housekeepers also work as nannies and stay at the villa throughout your holiday if required. Or a nanny can travel to the villa on a daily basis or as casually as required. A nanny is not included in the cost of the villa.

Should I Tip Staff?

Balinese staff earn very low wages and any service fees charged by the villas are not given to staff. At the end of your stay it is recommended you leave a gratuity. The suggested amount is 100,000 rupiah per staff member per week.

Best Bali Villas For Staff

If you’re after the chance to live like a celebrity in Bali, here is a list of luxury Bali villas with the most staff:

Seminyak Villas

Enchanting Balinese Villa
https://www.villalet.com/villa/sayang-villa-villa-sayang-in-seminyak-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, butler, 24-hour security, handyman, gardener, chef, car and driver, housekeeping.

5 Bedroom Heavenly Villa in Seminyak
https://www.villalet.com/villa/kalimaya-i-villa-kalimaya-complex-in-seminyak-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, butler, chef, 24-hour security, handyman, gardener, pool attendant, housekeeping.

Balinese Style 5 Bedroom Estate
https://www.villalet.com/villa/asta-villa-in-kerobokan-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, concierge, bartender, chef, handyman, pool attendant , car and driver, housekeeping.

Villa On Top Of The Waves
https://www.villalet.com/villa/atas-ombak-villa-in-seminyak-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, concierge, chef, butler, 24-hour security, gardener, pool attendant, gardener, car and driver, housekeeping, handyman.

Estate Perched Over The Ocean
https://www.villalet.com/villa/bayuh-sabbha-villa-in-uluwatu-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, concierge, chef, butler, 24-hour security, gardener, pool attendant, gardener, car and driver, housekeeping, handyman.

Seseh Villas

Luxurious Beach Front Retreat
https://www.villalet.com/villa/kalima-villa-shalimar-estate-in-seseh-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, 24-hour security, gardener, pool attendant, chef, housekeeping
Options: personal car and driver, airport transfer, nanny.

Uluwatu Villas

Absolute Ocean Front Villa
https://www.villalet.com/villa/suluban-cliff-villa-in-uluwatu-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, butler, security, gardener, pool attendant, handyman, chef, housekeeping

Cliff Villa Overlooking Uluwatu
https://www.villalet.com/villa/anugrah-villa-in-uluwatu-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, concierge, chef, butler, 24-hour security, gardener, pool attendant, gardener, car and driver, housekeeping.

Canggu Villas

Pure Beachfront villa
https://www.villalet.com/villa/sound-of-the-sea-villa-pantai-lima-in-canggu-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, concierge, butler, 24-hour security, chef, housekeeping.

Spacious French-Designed Villa
https://www.villalet.com/villa/mary-villa-pantai-lima-in-canggu-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, concierge, butler, security, pool attendant, gardener, car and driver, housekeeping.

Beachfront 5 Bedroom Villa
https://www.villalet.com/villa/semarapura-villa-in-seseh-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, caretaker, chef, butler, security, gardener, pool attendant, gardener, car and driver, housekeeping.

Exclusive & Magical Eight Bedroom Villa
https://www.villalet.com/villa/infinity-bali-villa-in-canggu-bali-indonesia/
Villa manager, chef, butler, 24-hour security, gardener, pool attendant, gardener, car and driver, housekeeping.

Private Beachfront Villa in Canggu
https://www.villalet.com/villa/melissa-villa-pantai-lima-estate-in-bali-canggu-indonesia/
Villa manager, chef, butler, 24-hour security, gardener, pool attendant, gardener, car and driver, housekeeping.


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