When the Hu’u Bar opened in 2001, much of what surrounded it was charming rice paddy fields. Today, the stretch of Seminyak has changed to include trendy bars and restaurants, but through it all Hu’u has remained a destination for party-goers, including celebrities like Paris Hilton and Quincy Jones. In recent efforts to make Hu’u a true day-and-night destination—rather than one that shuts down come the wee hours of the morning—its founders opened 10 open-plan villas last year. With a discreet entrance off Jalan Petitenget, the one- and two-bedroom Hu’u Villas offer vacationers an ideal location to soak up Bali’s buzz-worthy haunts without having to leave the trendy Seminyak enclave.
The Look: The villas are made to feel as comfortable as your own home with an understated design from the group’s in-house creative team led by Alvin Tan, an urban artist based in Singapore. The open-plan spaces meld kitchens with the latest Bosch appliances and full dining tables that can seat up to six. Living rooms feature super-comfy L-shaped sofas, iPod docking stations, and LCD televisions, while outside teak patios give way to plunge pools amid manicured greenery. The team made sure that parties at the Hu’u Bar wouldn’t disturb sleeping guests by paying extra attention to the acoustics of the villas. Rooms are soundproof too, so friends can continue to party en-suite while others snooze upstairs.
The Rooms: King-size beds are available in all master bedrooms with playful accents referencing Balinese craft designs and batik patterns. Master bathrooms delight with rain showers and soak bathtubs, best enjoyed with the aromatic bubbles and bath salts on-hand. His-and-hers vanities in walk-in closets ensure you’re ready for your big night out, and in one-bedroom villas, private staircases lead to lofted bedrooms that overlook the villa and a stunning chandelier.
The Appeal: Instead of emulating hotel service, Hu’u caters to the modern traveler with selective amenities. All villas are attended to by private butlers, reached at any hour via Samsung Galaxy tablets equipped with texting services. Instead of mini-bars, tipple is stashed in ornate wooden armoire ‘maxi-bars’ with premium labels and local snacks to munch on. Breakfast can be enjoyed in-villa or at neighboring Baba’s restaurant, the group’s Peranakan-inspired eatery behind Hu’u Bar. Chef Alfie Jerome Mossadeg uses his family’s own recipe for the delicious laksa broth and serves up tantalizing satays and corn fritters as appetizers.
The Surrounds: The agricultural surroundings that graced the area when Hu’u Bar was conceived 13 years ago have given way to Seminyak’s latest concept restaurants and resort collections. Just 30 minutes from the airport and in the midst of the island’s party scene, it’s well positioned in the middle of the island’s hubbub. If mellow beach environs is more your speed, a day trip to some of Bali’s quieter shorelines is an easy ride away.
For those in the know… All guests at the Hu’u Villas receive VIP treatment at Hu’u Bar from cocktails delivered to villas for pre-party fun to complimentary entrance and priority table bookings, including on weekends and when big-name entertainment comes to town. Guests also enjoy free drop-off and pick-up at Canggu Club, a nearby country club with tennis courts, fitness facilities, and a water park opening later this year. And from 5-7 p.m. everyday, indulge in Happy Hu’u—complimentary cocktails and canapés service.
Jalan Petitenget (behind Hu’u Bar); 62-361/849-9130; Hu’u Villas; villas from US$450