SPOTLIGHT ON BALI

Australian House & Garden

Photography by Julian Kingma.

Photography by Julian Kingma.

Those who enjoy a mini-break in Bali will love a new one-stop website for luxury rental villas especially tailored to Australians. Booking site Villalet features about 500 hand-picked high-end properties in Bali and beyond, in Thailand, Fiji and Sri Lanka. Founded by an Australian, Villalet has people on the ground in Bali to help with the pesky details that can make or break a family holiday, be it car seats or the need for a nanny. But if a full-service resort is more your speed keep an eye on Uma by Como in Ubud. This year it single-handedly lifted the game of kids’ clubs with The Quest for Answers, its inaugural Discovery Retreat children’s program. Developed and run by educators from Singapore’s Julia Gabriel Centre, in addition to local excursions it offers drama exercises, problem-solving challenges and arts-based activities as well as an exploration of selected literature. In further proof of the archipelago’s expanding horizons, Jetstar has just begun flying direct from Perth to the island of Lombok, the next big short-break destination. www.villalet.com. www.comohotels.com/discoveryretreat. www.jetstar.com.au.