- Style Supersized villas
- Setting Dramatic cliffhanger
Bali's Karma Kandara hotel elevates relaxation to a new level with floor-to-ceiling windows offering cliff-top vistas of the cerulean Indian Ocean off the Bukit Peninsula. Nestled among lush emerald gardens, the spa is exceptionally soothing, the restaurants first-class and the beach club sexy at this laid-back luxury retreat.
Need to know
- Rooms 46 pool villas, spanning one to four bedrooms, except the Grand Cliff-front Residence, which has five.
- Rates Double rooms from $759.50, excluding tax at 21 per cent.
- More details Rates usually include welcome refreshments, a fruit platter and Continental breakfast. Non-motorised watersports at Karma Beach Bali are free for hotel guests.
- Facilities Private beach, spa, swimming pools, gym, restaurants, bars, kids’ club with pool, beach club, games room, library, boutique, gardens, concierge, free WiFi throughout. In villas: flatscreen satellite TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, SMEG-equipped kitchen with stocked refrigerator, tableware, washer/dryer, microwave, oven, dishwasher, pillow menu, own-label natural toiletries, private pool, courtyard garden.
- Poolside Two levels of freeform salt and chlorine pools sit just below the di Mare restaurant. The lower-level, shallow pool is ideal for little Smiths. All villas come with private pools; with Cliff-front villas, you get an infinity pool.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible subject to availability, and a 50 per cent charge up to 6pm. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Smiths of all ages welcome. Villas with a third bedroom include twin beds. Cots are free; extra beds cost US$96.80 including breakfast for kids age 12 or over; 50 per cent less for under 12s. A free kids' club, for two- to 12-year-olds, operates daily.
- Hotel closed No arrivals or departures are allowed on 31 March 2014, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.
- Eco‐friendly The resort monitors water and energy use, and is exploring renewable energy options. It recycles avidly and an outreach fund, Karma Cares, supports Balinese children's charities.
- Also There is a compulsory New Year's Eve dinner, priced at US$375 a head (50 per cent off for under 12s). Smoking is allowed on balconies only.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Inspired by Balinese garden compounds, each thatch-roofed, white-washed villa offers pavilions set around a private courtyard and plunge pool, with one to five ensuite bedrooms, semi-alfresco bathing, and generous living and dining areas. Elegant contemporary decor spans a palette of cream, cocoa, ochre and russet. For particularly pleasing ocean panoramas, request the Four-Bedroom Grand Luxury Pool Villa or Three-Bedroom Cliff-Front Residence. The three-storey Five-Bedroom Grand Cliff-Front Residence (Villa Maria) has unrivalled views, a cinema room, gym and spa pavilion.
- Packing tips Eres and Odabash bikinis are the swimwear of choice at Karma Beach Bali. Add a good sunscreen to your kit as the strong sun’s natural glare is enhanced by the resort’s white-stone façades.
- Also Look out around the resort for the fruits of Karma Kandara’s artist-in-residence programme, which nurtures the talents of painters, sculptors and musicians then try the healing hands at clifftop Karma Spa.
Food and drink at Karma Kandara
- Hotel restaurant Main restaurant di Mare is a high-ceilinged, airy, whitewashed space above the pool. Executive chef Steven Grande serves a Mediterranean menu featuring dishes such as salt-baked whole red snapper with a shaved vegetable salad and truffled chicken breast with mushroom tortellini. It’s all grilled seafood and pizzas from the brick oven at the laid-back, veranda restaurant at waterside Karma Beach Bali down on the sand. Veritas has an addictive tapas menu.
- Dress code Strictly flip-flops and beachwear at Karma Beach Bali; take the glamour up a notch after dark at Veritas and di Mare – although summer-casual prints suit the mood better than dressy labels.
- Top table Book ahead at di Mare for a perimeter table for two with eagle-eye views of the peninsula. The communal central table is a sociable option; we’re also drawn to the back wall’s elevated padded banquettes for their broader ocean views.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 7am to 10.30am, lunch from 11am to 4.30pm, and dinner from 5pm to 10.30pm. Last orders is at 10.30pm at di Mare, Veritas and Temple Lounge & Bar; Karma Beach Bali pours drinks until 11pm.
- Room service Available 24 hours. Enjoy salads, Balinese specialties such as ayum bumbu (coconut-milk braised chicken with Balinese yellow bumbu and stir-fried water spinach) or classic burgers and pastas.
- Hotel bar Fruity concoctions, wine and ice-cold beers can be found at Karma Beach Bali, but serious oenophiles will enjoy Veritas, the resort’s glass-clad wine bar overlooking the coastline. Sink into plush, dark-velvet club chairs, and sample chardonnays and pinots from Bali's first Enomatic wine dispenser (just help yourself to a glass with your own access card), or take advice from the sommelier. Sun-kissed Temple Lounge & Bar, on the roof above di Mare, is another dreamy drinking hole with Moroccan styling and great ocean views. Graze on Middle Eastern small plates, then kick back with a fruit-flavoured shisha pipe.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details