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Hotel Highlights

  • The privacy of villas teamed with personal, butler-boosted hotel service
  • Tranquil garden setting near coastal Canggu, but within reach of buzzy Seminyak
  • Dreamy outdoor dining and lounging, with a plethora of pools


It may be too late for Adam and Eve, but Villa Mathis hotel in Bali offers a seductive pocket of paradise, with five intimate villas scattered amid tropical gardens and pretty pools. Gourmet treats, spiritual statues and romantic nooks abound, with dreamy day-beds, lazy loungers and serene salas encouraging you to relax. Pampering butler service, privacy and proximity to beaches and boutiques put the 'p' into perfect.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Villa Mathis with us:

One-hour Traditional Massage for two


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Need To Know


18. Book a double room or take over a whole villa exclusively for group getaways.


12pm, but later check-outs are available for 50 per cent of the room rate. Check-in, 1pm.


Double rooms from $148.76, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast and shuttle transfers to and from Seminyak.


Smoking is allowed at the hotel. Pets are not permitted. Please let the hotel know your planned arrival time upon booking; they're welcoming types here.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 21 March 2015, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Spa, library, CD/DVD collection, gallery/boutique, gardens, TVs and free WiFi in common areas. In rooms: local toiletries, free bottled water, umbrellas, kimonos.

Our favourite rooms

Bali meets Paris in the ornate villas, named after Indonesian islands. Pastel-pretty swathes of silk, sheers and batik hold sway, accessorised with feminine scatter cushions, local antiques and elegant lighting. Each room is different, with some opening onto the garden and others with tropical views, but all give onto a shared villa pool. We like airy Ki (La Villa des Rizières) for its fresh white palette and rice-field views from Borneo Bedroom's roof terrace. Deep bath tubs for two and outdoor showers in walled gardens add allure to all villas.


Surrounded by cosy cushioned corners, the expansive main pool is the go-to spot for a cooling dip, or just curl up with a cocktail on the sunloungers. Each of the five villas also boasts its own spacious pool, with relaxation salas and day-beds tucked away in the fragrant, frangipani-flecked foliage. There are dedicated butlers for each area, so just wave a paw for poolside service.

Packing tips

Swimwear for laid-back Canggu Beach; shopping bags for Seminyak's chic boutiques.


Living/dining areas and the pool in each villa are shared communally between a small cluster of four or five rooms, offering the privacy of a villa stay with the personal service of a hotel, although guests are welcome to use all the other spaces. The set-up works equally well for romantic couples seeking seclusion or family and friends travelling together.


Welcome: baby cots are free and extra beds for older kids cost US$30 a child a night, including breakfast. Babysitting will set you back US$8 an hour, requiring 24 hours' notice, and there are children's menus.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Dining is an ephemeral affair at Villa Mathis, with guests encouraged to enjoy meals outdoors in gorgeously designed spaces, from poolside breakfasts to garden-set lunches and lantern-lit terrace dinners. You can also dine in your villa or in secret spots set up by your hosts. The cuisine takes its cue from Balinese and French flavours. Fancy fine-dining? Open-sided Nuits Baroques restaurant contrasts Italian baroque decor, black chandeliers and opulent chairs with a simple alang-alang roof and airy garden views, serving fusion fare including a nightly six-course tasting menu with matched wines.

Hotel Bar

So Frenchy, so chic sums up hotel bar Le Fumoir, where lounge music lulls you into ordering another Blue Mathis. Set beside the restaurant, it's seriously sexy at night when the illuminated dining room and bar radiate Euro elegance.

Last orders

Nuits Baroques keeps serving until 11pm, when private dining also draws to a close; Le Fumoir bar is open until midnight.

Room service

Order the full restaurant menu through room service, from 7am until 11pm, delivered by a butler to your villa or anywhere else on the grounds.

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Dress code

Think Côte d'Azur for dining alfresco, with big hats and bigger sunglasses. Ramp up the Paris glam in the restaurant at night: bejewelled kaftans and high heels for girls; smart shirts and trousers for guys.

Top table

Snaffle a table at the rear of Nuits Baroques, flanked by the garden, for maximum privacy. When it comes to secluded dining alfresco, the sky's the limit – request an intimate meal by the water, in a sala or in the garden under lantern-hung trees.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

You're perfectly placed for Canggu's chilled-out surf beach and the shops, bars and spas of Seminyak. You can also enjoy Balinese treatments at Villa Mathis's own spa, which draw on ancestral jamu herbs and cures. Indulge in a massage or spoil yourself with a spa package, with your pick of salt scrubs, facials, massages and milk baths. Even a wander round the gardens should see stress evaporate, with pretty water features, Japanese-style stepping stones and wooden bridges peppering the tropical grounds.


Villa Mathis can also hook you up with English-speaking guides for island-wide excursions (Bali is a petite isle), with boat or car tours, sporty pursuits and wildlife encounters yours for the booking. Active Smiths can sample diving, rafting, horseriding, mountain-biking, golf or yoga; fans of nature and culture can spy animals or experience music, dance, art and photography. There are also trips to neighbouring Java, and romantic, spa-fuelled options if you'd prefer to stay at 'home', where dance shows, candlelit dinners and flower baths come to you.

Local restaurants

A firm favourite is Sardine (+62 361 738 20; at 21 Jalan Petitenget in Seminyak, set in a striking bamboo house overlooking pretty rice paddies. Sardines are the house speciality on the daily-changing menu, and there's a lovely bar for a pre-dinner sharpener. Seminyak offers some of Bali’s finest fare, incuding Sarong (+62 (0)361 737 809;, also at Jalan Petitenget, which has a pan-Asian menu encompassing grilled and tandoori dishes, spicy curries and creative stir-frys.

Local bars

No visit to Bali is complete without a night spent propping up the bar at Potato Head Beach Club (+62 (0)361 473 7979; on Jalan Petitenget. This is where all the cool kids come to play, cutting a path between the breezy restaurant/bar, palm-dotted lawns and infinity pool that leads down to the sea. Another must is sunset cocktails at legendary Ku De Ta, at 9 Jalan Kayu Aya in Seminyak (+62 (0)361 736969;, which combines a seductive beach club, lounge bar and restaurant on the waterfront. Sip (+62 (0)361 730 810;, on Jalan Raya Seminyak 16A, is a good bet for top-notch French food and smart service.

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Canggu garden Eden

Villa Mathis

81 Jalan Bumbak, Umalas, Bali, 80361

Surrounded by rice paddies down a quiet road in Umalas, inland from coastal Canggu, south-west Bali boutique hotel Villa Mathis is just 10 minutes from beach and shopping hub Seminyak.


South of capital Denpasar, Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport ( is served by carriers including Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar, Air Asia and JAL. You can buy a Visa on Arrival, if required, which costs US$25 for 30 days payable in cash.


Tackling Bali's bumpy, busy roads isn't for the faint-hearted. If you plan to go exploring, ask the hotel to arrange a chauffeur-driven car for you.


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Villa Mathis
Villa Mathis 81 Jalan Bumbak Umalas Bali 80361 Bali Indonesia

Anonymous review

by , Cool creator

Rating: 10/10 stars
After all my friends (and seemingly the whole world) have been bouncing back and forth to Bali, getting smugger and smugger on a spiritual diet of yoga, meditation and raw food, it‘s finally my turn to hit the island. I'm armed with cynicism, though: the whole Eat, Pray, Love movement seems too perfect for me. Landing at Denpasar airport, the sweet smell of cloves hits my senses. I love clo…
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Villa Mathis

Anonymous review by Philip Gaedicke, Cool creator

After all my friends (and seemingly the whole world) have been bouncing back and forth to Bali, getting smugger and smugger on a spiritual diet of yoga, meditation and raw food, it‘s finally my turn to hit the island. I'm armed with cynicism, though: the whole Eat, Pray, Love movement seems too perfect for me.

Landing at Denpasar airport, the sweet smell of cloves hits my senses. I love clove cigarettes. They’re the only cigarettes I can smoke (when I smoke). I'm met by a driver, and whisked right through it all: traffic, McDonald’s and KFC, bustling shopping areas... I‘m glad when we leave this behind and continue to the village of Umalas in the south-west of Bali. On an unimposing road, the driver suddenly turns off to the left. A big metal gate opens up: Villa Mathis.

The friendly French manager welcomes me, and I’m eager to see everything. But he slows me down, asking me how my flight was and offering me a welcome cocktail. We sit down and talk. He slows me down and it’s only now that I really realise I’m in Bali. As I continue to calm down, we walk through the grounds.

No one would ever expect the Eden of palm trees, banana plants and countless other flora behind the hotel‘s walls. There are five different villas, each with its own pool and private surroundings. The villas are all connected; you can have dinner in another villa’s garden, should you tire of your own (unlikely).

At the very end of the gardens, verging to several rice fields, we arrive at my new home, La Villa des Rizières. First impressions: traditional Balinese architecture, lots of wood and an open-plan bathroom. A handwritten letter and tropical flowers lie on the bed. I decide to dive in the pool before my friend Daniel arrives at the villa. He's flown all the way from Frankfurt so that we can explore Bali together; I should at least freshen up.

Very excitedly, I show Daniel around the compound and our villa. It’s just too perfect; as romantic as it gets. And we both start laughing, knowing that we should have brought our girlfriends. I start planning my duty-free 'apology'.

We can have dinner anywhere in the grounds, but we can't decide, so we just pick a place beside the pool in our garden. When we come outside, the skies are already dark and inky and it’s perfectly quiet, apart from the chirrup of insects. As soon as we see the perfectly decorated dinner table under the tree, illuminated by candles, we look at each other, shaking our heads. It’s unreal; too good to be true. And still we’re without our girlfriends. Bromance it is.

We spend our mornings swimming in the big pool, right next to the Nuits Baroques restaurant and lounge area, whose style is (guess what) European baroque, mixed with traditional Indonesian materials. We chit-chat with the staff, who are eager to look after us, offering us exquisite dishes, fresh fruits and cocktails of our choice.

It’s the perfect hide-out. We lie in the sun, reading our books and dozing off. Only once in a while do we see other guests (mainly blissed-out couples) strolling around the tropical gardens.

One day, we organise a trip to Sanur, which is a little town south-east of Bali, said to be less commercial. Of course, there are tourists, but it feels very local and we have the chance to experience real Balinese life: markets with beautiful handcrafted objects, little warungs with traditional home-made food and beaches where locals and their families share sand with tourists.

It’s loud, it’s hectic, it’s unorganised; we’re happy to escape back to our perfect world at Villa Mathis. The days go by too fast and, just as we’re getting used to the flamboyant lifestyle and flawless service, it’s time to return to real life. One thing’s for sure, we’ll return: we'll lose our girlfriends if we don't.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members have to say about Villa Mathis in the Guestbook below…


Stayed on

We loved

I had a great experience in general; I liked the service-oriented staff, tasty local and international cuisine served anytime, customisable travel services, private lounge in the tropical garden and private swimming pool. What could be better for a peaceful, romantic escape?

Don’t expect

Service management and a landline in each villa would be better.

Rating: 9/10 stars