Karma Kandara

Karma Kandara

*****

Perched, celestially, between the azure Indian Ocean and emerald jungle of Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula, Karma Kandara takes relaxation to a higher plane. Vast villas hidden among tropical gardens, a serene spa, gourmet restaurants and a sexy beach club invite you to perfect the art of laid-back lounging.

Highlights:

  • Indian Ocean-facing spa, with outdoor Jacuzzi, staffed by talented therapists

  • Spacious, multiple-bedroom villas with indoor and outdoor space for sprawling

  • Undiscovered rugged pleasures of the Bukit Peninsula, far from the clamour of Kuta

Smith extra

A 30-minute spa treatment each for two: a neck and shoulder massage, reflexology session or bespoke massage

In the know

Also need to know:

Smoking is allowed on balconies only, and guests are not allowed to bring in food or drink from outside.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.

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.

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.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

How good is that moment at the start of a beach holiday when you spot the ocean for the first time? It doesn’t matter if it’s the Bahamas or Bognor – that initial glimpse of blue always makes me grin. So, as our golf buggy winds its way from reception through a pretty maze of walled limestone lanes, over little humpback bridges and past splashes of hibiscus and bougainvillea, I’m craning for a look at the Indian Ocean.

At a sunshine-yellow door we descend stone steps into our Luxury Pool Villa. I’m absorbing its vast proportions when Mr Smith emits a squeak of astonishment. I spin round – th

Accommodation details

Address:

Jalan Villa Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, Bali, 80362
Karma
Indonesia

Location:

13.6 mi / 22.0 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Onsite laundry
  • Spa
  • Valet parking
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Exercise gym
  • On-Site parking
  • Internet services
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Lounges/bars
  • Room service

Dining information

Restaurant:

Main restaurant di Mare is a high-ceilinged, airy, whitewashed space above the pool. Executive chef Iain Murray serves a Mediterranean menu featuring dishes such as red wine spice pouched fillet of Wagyu beef and garlic jimbaran prawns. 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.

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.

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