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    “Take a walk off the beaten track and experience one of Bali’s best-kept secrets in West Bali, The Menjangan”

    The View From The Top Of The Tower Was Incredible

    Located within the heart of the unspoiled national park of Bali Barat National Park and spread across 382 hectares, The Menjangan (click here) is a place for you to unwind, connect with nature and explore the native wilderness.

    Getting to The Menjangan, on the North West Coast of Bali is a 4-5 hour car trip from Denpasar airport. To break up the trip, get your driver to take you on some activities along the way. (Click here to see what we did)

    Another Deck At The Menjangan Tower

    Check’n In

    The Menjangan Tower Top
    The Menjangan Tower Middle
    The Menjangan Tower Bottom

    The landscape is not what you’d typically expect in your typical Southeast Asian rainforest but something more like the Australian bush. The Park Rangers at the main National Park entrance greeted us* and from there we took off on the somewhat weathered road to the main lobby. As we pull up to check in, the sheer grandeur of the 28 metre high open air “tree house” dubbed the Bali Tower was astounding. This is where we were to spend most of our time (when not in our room). Boasting panoramic 360 degree views across to Menjangan Island and onto neighbouring Java from the top of the tree house, the idyllic surroundings make this a view to remember.

    * Please note that adhering to the latest regulation issued by the Indonesian Forestry Ministry, all visitors to the West Bali National Park are required to pay entrance fees. The tickets will give access to all the National Park area and Menjangan Island, so guests can freely enjoy trekking, bird watching, snorkelling, etc.

    The View

    From the Tower we jumped on the safari style double decker shuttle to go to our room. We were staying in a suite at the Monsoon Lodge, which consists of 14 thatched-roof rooms and two suites. The Monsoon Lodge is a haven for those who want to harmonise with nature. As we walk through to our suite, we pass the swimming pool (which is reminiscent of a watering hole) and hot spa.

    The Monsoon Lodge At The Menjangan

    The Room

    The décor within our suite had a traditional Balinese tone throughout, with Bengkirai wooden floors, traditional alang alang grass roofing and minimalist furniture.

    The Menjangan Deluxe Room At The Monsoon Lodge

    Food & Beverage

    There are 2 restaurants located in The Menjangan, (both with the same menu), one on the beach and one in the Tower/Dining Deck. We opted to dine in the Tower due to its unrivalled view and serenity. The menu consisted of both traditional and western (Italian/French) inspired meals. Considering the resorts remoteness, the food at The Menjangan was of a high standard; every meal we had was extremely enjoyable.

    The Restaurant Level At The Menjangan

    On the third and fourth floor were observation deck’s for sunrises and sunset cocktails.

    Pool & Gym

    The resort has one pool at monsoon lodge.

    Monsoon Lodge Pool

    As the other rooms are on the water you can simply go out and have a dip in the sea. (In certain areas you need booties because of sea urchins).

    The resort doesn’t have a gym but offers plenty of activities in exchange from horse riding & mountain biking to snorkelling and diving trips to Menjangan Island. For the less adventurous there are also cooking classes and bird watching, (the park is home to many different types of wildlife like deer, wild pigs & monkeys as well).

    Diving Area Before The Storm Hit

    Pros:

    • The Bali Tower – especially at sunset
    • The serenity
    • Great food
    • Animal spotting
    • An abundance of activities

    Cons:

    • Because of the monsoonal rain, we couldn’t walk around
    • Can’t swim in the main beach due to rocks and sea urchins
    • No room service
    • No gym
    The Menjangan Tree Top Deck

    Overall:

    If you are after a holiday full of relaxation, immersing yourself in nature and having some of the best diving spots in Bali at your fingertips, The Menjangan is a must.

    The Menjangan
    Jl. Raya Gilimanuk – Singaraja Km. 17, Pejarakan, Gerokgak,
    Pejarakan, Buleleng, Kabupaten Buleleng,
    Bali 81155, Indonesia
    +62 362 94700

    Kx
    Disclaimer: My stay at The Menjangan was provided complimentary from Lifestyle Retreats in return for brand awareness and a review on the Krumbled website.
    Have you been to West Bali before? Have you stayed at The Menjangan before? What did you think? I’d love to hear your comments or questions below.

    “The Amala is a holistic and tranquil sanctuary only minutes from Seminyak”

    Just a 10 minute walk from Oberoi Street in Seminyak, The Amala (click here) is home to a holistic and tranquil sanctuary completely surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

    Entry To The Amala

    Check’n In

    As we drove down the bamboo lined driveway the soft approaching sound of flowing water  instantly relaxes guests . The boutique villas main focus is to provide “a relaxing space for couples to escape the outside world, rejuvenate and reconnect with each other”.

    The Room

    Our Room Number 9
    Welcome

    Our pool villa was set to the back of the hotel. The villa consisted of an outdoor lounge area, dining table and fully equipped kitchen which took up one side of the open air thatched roof.

    The other half was a private dipping pool that was shaded by a fragrant frangipani trees and had a big water feature.

    Towards the back of the villa is the bedroom. The bedroom itself was reasonably comfy, with bi-fold doors that open out directly onto the pool.

    The Bedroom At The Amala
    This Photo Was Taken From The Bed

    To its side is a semi-detached dark concrete and stone bathroom that contrasts the white tiles and white walls of the villa. The bathroom was good in size and had a Jacuzzi smack bang in the middle with double vanity and rain shower

    Food & Beverage

    We only ate once at the villa and it wasn’t great (in my case dangerous, explained in ‘cons’). With Seminyak only a 5 minute walk we decided not to risk it again.

    The Spa

    The Spa at the Amala offers guests complete wellness packages that focuses on ancient Asian medicine and western holistic philosophies.

    Pool & Gym

    Each villa has its’ own private dipping pool. There is also a shallow lap pool in the middle of the hotel.

    The Amala has a spacious wellness centre for yoga classes and other relaxing activities such as painting. Guests are invited to join the yoga masters in daily classes, which are also open to the public.

    Pros:

    • The serenity of the open plan pool
    • Yoga classes

    Cons:

    • No gym
    • Food wasn’t as good as expected and in my case dangerous**

     

    **After a Spa treatment where lunch is included I ordered the Vichyssoise soup (a thick soup made of puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock) for my starter. I am anaphylactic to tuna, salmon and trout. So when my soup arrived I noticed it had something that looked like red capsicum in the middle. Having, re-read the menu and talking to the waitress on the day, neither said that there was any animal product (especially fish) in the dish whatsoever. I was still sceptical so I didn’t eat it. After my partner had finished his starter I asked if he could taste mine just for peace of mind and it turned out that it was indeed tuna. Luckily I stuck to my gut-feeling (pun intended) and didn’t eat it because the next post I would have been writing would have been from hospital!

    The Amala

    Overall:

    Our stay at The Amala was very relaxing and a great place to unwind and still be so close to Seminyak.

    The Amala
    Jl. Kunti I, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung
    Bali 80361, Indonesia
    +62 361 738866

    Kx
    Disclaimer: My stay at The Amala was provided complimentary from Lifestyle Retreats in exchange for brand awareness through Krumbled’s media channels.
    Have you stayed with Lifestyle Retreats before? What do you think of The Amala? I’d love to hear your comments or questions below!

    “The Santai provides a tranquil and exclusive oasis nestled in the quite neighbourhood of the up-and-coming area of Umalas”

    The Santai

    One of Lifestyle Retreats newest members to their hotel family is the Santai (meaning “relax” or ‘lazy one’ in Indonesian) and boy does it truly live up to its name. The Santai provides a tranquil and exclusive oasis nestled in the quite neighbourhood of the ‘up and coming’ area of Umalas.

    The Santai (click here) is located halfway between Seminyak and Canguu. It is approximately 15 minutes either way by cab to Canguu or Seminyak (be careful, as when in peak hour these trips can take up to 45 minutes!) Umalas is renowned for beautiful villas, air bnb’s and homestays.

    The Santai Lobby

    Check’n In

    As we entered into the hotel from the road and on to the ‘cobble stone’ driveway I was truly surprised. From the road you can’t directly see how big and luxurious these clusters of villas actually are.

    Walking up a large two-toned staircase to the raised lobby, The Santai had a mixture of Japanese and Balinese feel to it. Adorned with a soaring pitched roof and remarkable dark wooden features, the buildings simple yet intricate design of criss crossing timber lattice formed a dramatic three-dimensional effect.

    Wooden Lattices & Large Pendant Lighting
    Large Pendant Lighting

    With only 11 private villas in the complex, there is a level of personalisation that you don’t normally get in a big resort. As we walked to our villa it was like we were the only guests here.

    The Room

    Our villa was exceptionally large with 3 separate living areas, pool garden and pool. As you enter the villa you have to walk through two double-breasted ornate wooden doors which leads into the pool area and sundeck.

    From this outdoor area you get to the first (of three) glass sliding doors. From here you enter into the living and dining area which has a wall mounted plasma, fully functional kitchen and wooden furnishings.

    Leading from the living room, you go through another set of sliding doors into the bedroom. The sizeable bedroom was filled with a very comfortable king bed, sun lounge and another wall-mounted plasma. From the bedroom you can walk straight into the private pool and water garden area.

    Through yet another set of sliding doors you enter what would be one of the largest bathrooms I have seen in a villa. Boasting both an ‘outdoor and indoor’ rain shower, extra large concrete bath and a hanging double vanity in the middle.

    Food & Beverage

    The villa’s restaurant ‘Gong’ offers a variety of South East Asian signature dishes.

    There are also cooking classes that can be done in room. This was a great experience.

    Pool & Gym

    Each villa has its own huge pool.  So there isn’t really the need for a general space one.

    Early Morning Yoga

    The Santai also doesn’t have a gym but bikes and yoga mats are provided to each guest.

    Pros:

    Large private pool
    Spacious living area with kitchen
    Butler service
    Complimentary car transfers into local areas

    Cons:

    No gym (however, bikes and yoga are matts provided)
    No room service after breakfast

    Overall:

    We found it very hard to fault our stay at The Santai. If you are looking for an exclusive and relaxing stay, a little out of the hustle and bustle of Seminyak, but close enough to enjoy it at the same time, The Santai is a must.

    The Santai
    Jalan Bumbak No.88A, Banjar Kelod Anyar,
    Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung,
    Bali 80361, Indonesia
    +623619002699

    Kx
    Disclaimer: My stay at the Santai was provided complimentary by Lifestyle Retreats in return for creating brand awareness through Krumble’s social media and the Krumbled website.
    Have you stayed with Lifestyle Retreats before? What is your favourite villa? Leave any questions or comments below.

    “The Balé had a big WOW factor!!!”

    The Balé

    The Balé is the perfect place to unwind and relax in sleepy Nusa Dua. The ultra chic and luxurious resort surpassed all our expectations, The Balé’s main focus is getting guests to enjoy each other’s company in their own private “zen” pavilion.

    The Balé, Nusa Dua is a short 15-minute taxi from the airport and a 30/40 minute taxi from Seminyak. The resort is located approximately 10 minutes from the main beach in Nusa Dua although it’s only a short 2-minute drive to the private beach club Gegger. 

    Getting Around The Balé

    Check’n In

    Upon arriving at the Bale, the somewhat sombre entrance soon led into a minimalistic pathway surrounded by monochromatic neutral colours and different sizes of columns and decorative pipe pillars with the gushing sound of the waterfalls cascading throughout the resort.

    From check-in, we walked up the three-tiered monolithic stone staircase that has water gracefully flowing down the middle. The attention to detail in each of The Balé’s 29 immaculately designed villas will make your stay second to none.

    The Room

    The villas design highlight was bringing the inside out or the outside in (whichever way you want to look at it). Our room featured stunning polished concrete throughout, including the substantial elevated slab that the king size bed was built upon. Apart from the gigantic bed, the room also included a window seat and a free standing cupboard with floor to ceiling glass mirrors.

    The bedroom looked out to the tranquil garden area and cabana with its own floating day bed, which was the perfect place to unwind during the Balinese heat.

    On the other side of the mirrored cupboard is the bathroom. An abundance of light filled the room through its many floor to ceiling glass windows and the reflection of the water outside glistened on the polished stone to create a beautiful effect.

    The room was very spacious, with a floating double vanity, spa bath, inside and outdoor shower which the latter being in its own personal garden Also through double sliding doors you could literally walk straight into the pool.

    During my stay in the villas, simple things like reading a book in the sun, eating breakfast on the daybed or just enjoying the gentle breeze from your very own private pool, I felt like I was enjoying a lifestyle usually reserved for the super rich.

    Food & Beverage

    There is a resort wide focus on wellness and health. There are numerous healthy options on the food menu.

    Pool & Gym

    The gym is small yet functional with a lovely view out onto a pristine garden area.

    If you want to explore outside of your villa, The Balé has a two-tiered large swimming pool with day beds and luxurious water features. If you are after a bit of beach action.

    The Balé has its very own beach club located on Geger Beach. It’s within walking distance or a quick car ride (provided by resort).

    Pros:

    • Tranquil grounds
    • Beautiful design
    • Privacy
    • Chic villas
    • 24hr butler

    Cons:

    • There isn’t too much ‘night life’ in Nusa Dua, so if you are after an action packed night, I suggest somewhere else!
    • Also the bed sheets were a bit uncomforatble
    Sun-baking At The Balé

    Overall:

    The Balé exceeded in delivering an extremely enjoyable relaxing couple of days in ultra chic comfort. It was very hard leave!

    The Balé
    Jalan Nusa Dua Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Selatan,
    Benoa, Badung, Kabupaten Badung,
    Bali 80363, Indonesia
    +62 361 775111

    Kx
    Disclaimer: My stay at The Balé was provided free of charge from Lifestyle Retreats in return for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions/thoughts are my own.
    Have you stayed at The Balé before? What were your thoughts? I’d love to hear any comments or questions you might have below!

    “The Mantra Sakala Resort pool areas are the main attraction and they are very impressive.”

    Part of the well known Mantra Group, Mantra Sakala Resort (click here) is a relaxed kid/family friendly resort in Nusa Dua.

    The Mantra Sakala Resort is located right at the tip of Nusa Dua’s peninsular and is only a 20 minute car trip from the Airport. Nusa Dua as a whole is very popular with the Asian Market, however, due to Mantra’s very heavy Australian presence, the Mantra Sakala is very popular with Aussie families.

    Check’n In

    With 252 rooms, 2 huge pools, 4 level gym, kids club, beach club & spa this hotel/resort is ideal for young families travelling with children.

     

    This was our daily walk to our room. ↓

    This Was The Walk To Our Room Every Day
    Through The Maze
    Past The Beds
    Over The Bridge

    The Room

    Our suite was on the 5th floor and overlooked the lagoon from the balcony.

    View From Our Balcony

    The room had a dark, modern décor with splashes of white marble throughout. It also came with an integrated kitchenette, separate living and dining area. The bathroom had the same theme was compact but very practical.

    Relaxing At The Mantra

    Food & Beverage

    The hotel has two options for food. One being the main restaurant in the east wing of the hotel and the other being the Sakala Beach Club. I ate Breakfast at the buffet and lunch at the beach club, both were average, stock standard meals.

    Pool & Gym

    The 24-hour fitness centre is spread over 4 floors with new techno gym equipment and a dedicated yoga/stretching floor and two very, very big pools.

    Pool 1.
    Pool 2.

    Beach Club

    The Mantra Sakala Resort also offers a spectacular beach club on the sparkling sands of Tanjung Benoa, You are only a hop, skip & jump from  every imaginable water sport.

    The Beach Club From The Beach

    Pros:

    • Huge Pools
    • Water Sports On The Beach
    • Great For Kids

    Cons:

    • We had an interesting stay at Mantra Sakala. Two things that left us on a sour note were firstly; money being taken from the room during a turn down service (granted it was a minimal amount and we didn’t keep it in the safety deposit box which was our fault) but is still disappointing none-the-less. Also we faced a little bit of discomfort with the staff member lingering for a tip, I have no problem with tipping as such, but the manner in which it came across was like ordering a taxi.
    Poolside Or Beachside

    Overall:

    We would recommend if you are a family with little kids to definitely consider coming here as it is a great kid friendly resort with a lot of activities.

    Mantra Sakala
    Jl. Pratama No.95, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung,
    Bali, Indonesia, 80363
    +62 361 775216

    Kx
    Disclaimer: My stay at the Mantra Sakala in Nusa Dua was provided complimentary in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website.
    Have you stayed at Nusa Dua’s Mantra Sakala before? What did you think? Leave your answers or comments below.

     Sanur in general is a lovely place to unwind, restore and revive but The Samata is something special.

    The Samata In All It's Glory

    The Samata (click here) is an exclusive, luxurious wellness villa in Sanur. In the ancient language Sanskrit, “Samata” means the state of equilibrium between body, mind and soul, and that is exactly what the resort offers each guest.

    Hangin Out In The Hangin Vines

    Check’n In:

    The Samata

    Located in Sanur, which is on the East Coast of Bali, approximately 20 minutes from the airport. The Samata itself, is approximately a 5-10 minute car ride from Sanur’s main strip and a 10 minute walk to the beach. Hosting only 10 suites and villas guests experience a highly personalised service.

    Locals Fishing At Sanur Beach

    The Room:

    Our ocean view suite was extremely spacious with a modern Balinese vibe. Our room was so large that the king size bed only took up about 25% of the room. As we were on the second floor we also had a balcony complete with day bed and dining table that over-looked the stunning turquoise pool areas and verdant rice fields on towards the Bali Sea in the not-so-far distance.

    The bathroom was once again huge with a double-sided vanity the centrepiece. And through the bathroom you could access a private courtyard.

    Food & Beverage:

    The healthy menu incorporates a significant amount of super-foods, grains, pulses, nuts & spices. hey also use a combination of different healthy techniques including raw preparation, steaming and grilling of meals.

    Breakfast With A View

    Gym & Pool:

    The Samata's Famous Instagram Tree

    There a 3 different lap pools for the hotel. Some rooms come with private dipping pools as well.

    The emphasis on health and wellness is emulated throughout the resort, from the extremely large gym, boxing ring, tennis court, and yoga studio.

    Pros

    • Very well equipped and Large gym (bigger than our gym in Sydney!)

    • Great activities such as sunrise walks

    • Delicious menu with lots of healthy options

    • Picturesque pool area

    Cons

    • Unfortunately, our air conditioning in our room wasn’t working

    Overall

    I was completely relaxed during my whole two-day stay at The Samata. The views, the layout, and the staff were great. The Samata is definitely a place I would choose to stay at again.

    The Samata
    Jalan Pucuk I No.67, Tangtu, Denpasar Timur, Kesiman Kertalangu,
    East Denpasar, Denpasar City,
    Bali 80237, Indonesia
    +62 361 466229

    Kx
    Disclaimer: My stay at The Samata was provided complimentary from Lifestyle Retreats in exchange for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions/thoughts are my own.
    Have you stayed at The Samata before? What is your favourite Lifestyle Retreats property? Leave your comments or questions below.

    “The Ize caters to those who are after an action packed holiday right in the middle of Bali’s most exciting neighbourhood”

    At The Ize

    This contemporary urban hotel is located on the busiest street in Seminyak. Part of the Lifestyle Retreats family, The Ize (click here) caters to those who are after an action packed holiday right in the middle of Bali’s most exciting neighbourhood

    Geometric Shapes In Seminyak

    Check’n In:

    Entering the lobby, the striking grey geometric panelling that wraps around the property enhances the polished concrete of this urban sprawl. With its minimalist architecture, muted stone and light wood , sharp lines and high ceiling have been used to create an austere aesthetic. Light fills the lobby and the clever design blurs the line between inside and outside, the hotel feels expansive despite not being set on sprawling grounds.

    The lobby itself is no frills. It isn’t large and didn’t have any sort of ‘grandeur’ upon arrival. The lobby was softened a touch by the rounded blue and grey fabric couch and a simple check in desk. Checking-in was extremely quick which is definitely suited towards the younger crowd that mostly stay there.

    The Room:

    We stayed in the deluxe room. Our room was compact but for two people there was ample space. It was comfortable and simplistic and the signature blue and white colour scheme continued throughout the room. Meanwhile the blonde wooden floors and concrete tiled bathroom gave it a very metropolitan feel.

    Pool & Gym:

    The Rooftop Bar

    The IZE has two pools. On the roof is an infinity pool for all guests, with sunbeds, a small bar and panoramic view over the rooftops of Seminyak. The other is on the ground floor and is for the exclusive use of Deluxe Pool room guests.

    At The Ize's Rooftop Bar

    There is also a small gym with treadmills and a few free weights. It’s not strictly a 24hr gym but if you would like it open after hours, it’s an easy call to the concierge and they will open it up for you.

    At The Ize

    Pros:

    • Location Location Location
    • Rooftop pool and bar

    Cons:

    • Rooftop is shaded, so no direct tanning sun
    • Through no fault of the hotel – there was major construction going on next door while we stayed there which was very noisy, October 2016

    Overall:

    The Ize is in the thick of it when staying in Seminyak. An overabundance of shopping, restaurants & pubs are literally at your doorstep.

    The Ize
    Jl. Kayu Aya, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara,
    Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
    +62 361846 6999

    My stay at The Ize was provided complimentary from Lifestyle Retreats in exchange for brand awareness through the Krumbled website and media channels.
    Have you stayed at The Ize before? What is your favourite hotel/villa in Seminyak? I’d love to hear all your comments and questions below.
    K x

    The Colony Hotel is a hidden Oasis in the hustle and bustle of Seminyak.

    Colony Hotel

    Nestled down a small driveway off one of Seminyak’s prominent streets, resides The Colony Hotel (click here). This boutique colonial inspired oasis is newly built and adults only. It’s walking distance to the beach, trendy nightspots, restaurants, cafes and shops.

    The Colony only has 20 rooms to its name which instantly providing a more intimate stay for guests that are looking for a quieter place to unwind. The hotels main focal point is the central 16-metre swimming pool that the hotel is wrapped around.

    The Room:

    We stayed in the deluxe room, on the ground level, which looked straight out to the pool from our bed. Our room was on the comfy side yet still seemed spacious for two people thanks to the abundance of natural light that flooded through the its picture windows. The dual tone bathroom was spacious with its light stone tiles and a contrasting dark marble basin as its feature. Once again more natural light flooded the room from the skylight above the shower.

    Food & Beverage:

    The Colony also had a quaint little cafe that did a simple breakfast. It wasn’t anything extravagant but what we ate was still tasty.

    Gym & Pool:

    There’s no gym at The Colony. The pool however is lovely and is the main drawcard.

    The Pool At The Colony

    Pros:

    • Very fast wifi
    • Great location
    • Quiet & relaxing (due to no children)

    Cons:

    • No intimate privacy from bedroom to pool
    • As it was a boutique, only breakfast was available
    Me Sun Baking At The Colony

    Overall:

    The Colony Hotel is a lovely boutique hotel with a nice relaxed vibe that is smack bang in the middle of Seminyak and is perfect for an adults only (16 years and older) getaway.

    The Colony Hotel
    Jalan Laksmana No.22, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung,
    Bali 80361, Indonesia
    +62 361 736160

    Kx
    Disclaimer: My stay at the The Colony Hotel was provided free of charge for a review on the Krumbled website. All opinions/thoughts are my own.
    Have you stayed at The Colony before? What were your thoughts? Leave any comments you have below.

    The Trans Resort is making quite a name for itself in uptown Seminyak.

    This exceptionally appointed resort is fit for a traveller who wants to indulge in a little Balinese elegance. I stayed at The Trans Resort Bali (click here), in August 2015 only a few months after its official opening. The Trans is ‘the little brother’ of the 6 star Trans Badung another hotel branch under the CTCORP conglomerate.

    The Trans Resort Bali is located towards the end of Sunset Road which is only a short 5-10 minute walk to the heart of Semiyak. The Trans is extremely secure and on arrival each car is stopped and inspected at the restored Balinese temple gate from the resorts security. “Don’t worry it’s normal with big western resorts” the cabby proclaimed.

    Check’n In:

    Boasting 200 rooms, 16 private villas, an enormous pool, a massive gym (with separate male and female sauna, spa, lap pool), beautiful spa villa, restaurant, rooftop bar, grand ballroom, shops and the list goes on and on.

    As we jumped out of the cab we were ushered to the check in desk. To say this is a large welcoming area is an understatement. It is rich in traditional Balinese architecture and has lavish features. As we were waiting for check in, I took in our surroundings from the relaxing lounge area. The floors are Italian marble while the walls of deep red velvet with golden flowers are built in to the stone façade and two of the largest ever hand painted original artworks from the Legendary Balinese artist Nyoman Gunarsa are positioned high above in the atrium.

    These vibrant colourful paintings really energise the whole room.

    The Room:

    Our Premier Club room was extravagant and very spacious. The room has a cream tone throughout with lashings of deep red velvet that give a ‘regal feel’ to the room. The king size bed was extremely comfortable and as we were on the 3rd floor we had a great view of the pool area from our balcony which had it’s own Jacuzzi. The Jacuzzi was great to relax in the evenings when the temperature wasn’t so hot.

    The bathroom was floor to ceiling marble with separate jet bath and shower with Acqua di Parma amenities everywhere.

    We had a brisk two-minute walk from our room to the villas. Each villa has a separate decorative stone and wooden temple gate to enter through.

    The Presidential Villa is quite possibly one of the most beautiful villas in a hotel/resort I have stayed in. It was huge and bathed in natural sunlight!! The sanctuary compromised of three very large king sized bedrooms, all with their own private en-suites with separate Jacuzzi, showers & outdoor shower. Each room was slightly different and was full of brilliant Balinese earth tones of wood, stone and marble.

    There was a beautiful boardroom sized table for breakfast with adjoining informal and formal lounge areas.

    The Villa encompasses a 12×5 metre pool with Bale and is abundant in lush tropical greenery. Each outdoor faucet is a type of animal, be it turtle or frog emphasizing the resorts connection with nature.

    Food & Bev:

    We ate twice at the restaurant for breakfast & lunch. The restaurant is buffet style in the morning and a la carte for lunch and dinner. The Hainanese Chicken I had for lunch was close to, if not the best iv’e ever had!

    All dishes are available for room service! And once again the Hainanese Chicken was ordered.

    The rooftop bar called The 18th is an extravagant open air bar with picturesque views of the Indian Ocean. The bar is stylish and contemporary with an impressive Indonesian touch of glitz and glam.

    Pool & Gym:

    The resort is made up of two large wings that overlook a gigantic sand* pool. Beach chairs, fountains, a slippery dip and it’s very own waterfall are all in this area. While the private villas each have a private pool and are only a swift golf buggy ride away from the main one.

    *The Trans Resort Bali’ director Mr Alexander Jovanovic told us that they had specifically flown in sand from the Whitsundays in Australia to give the pool its pure white glow.

    Spa:

    ‘Revitalise your mind, body and spirit and immerse yourself in refined holistic treatments inspired by Balinese philosophies at the chic Trans Spa’.

    ‘Revitalise your mind, body and spirit and immerse yourself in refined holistic treatments inspired by Balinese philosophies at the chic Trans Spa’.

    I visited the Trans Spa when I had a few hours spare during my stay. It was lovely, the staff were so nice and bubbly. I treated myself to a wellness package, which included a hot stone massage, foot massage, and it’s signature Wine Elixir treatment.

    Pros:

    • Spacious rooms
    • Modern
    • Balcony Jacuzzi
    • Waterfall
    • Great Food
    • Roof Top Bar
    • Extraordinary Pool Area

    Cons:

    • For me personally I could not fault The Trans Resort Bali in anyway. If had to try and really fault something I would say that the gym workout area is that big it could be utilised a bit better.

    Overall:

    I was truly delighted to stay at The Trans Resort Bali. The Trans Resort team were an absolute pleasure, always friendly and happy to help book activities or restaurants while adding their local knowledge. They really made my experience in Bali that little bit better! I was completely relaxed for my flight home and if you haven’t already booked The Trans Resort Bali or have a couple nights spare I highly recommend checking them out. Until next time Trans!

    Kx
    Disclaimer: My stay at the Trans Resort was provided complimentary as a collaboration with Back In Bali. All opinions/thoughts are my own.
    Have you stayed at the Trans Resort Bali before? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Please leave any questions or comments you might have below.

    The Trans Resort
    Jalan Sunset Road, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod,
    Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

    +62 361 8981234