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    “To me MoVida Bali oozes 1970’s Spanish casa atmosphere and dining”

    Seminyak’s newly opened MoVida Bali (click here) is the first international venture of the Melbourne based company which is part of an ingenious collaboration between the Potato Head Family, MoVida & the complex’s new Katamama Hotel. MoVida Bali reinforces the relaxing, fun beach vibe that the super complex is world renowned for. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the hotel and next door to the famous Beach Club.

    MoVida Bali

    By tapping into Potato Head’s architectural expression, the moment you walk in to the Katamama hotel and venture inside MoVida, the restaurant’s space oozes ‘1970’s Spanish casa’. Coincidentally or not the entire hotel is made from Balinese hand crafted artisan bricks (the process itself will leave you gobsmacked) which the final product being a bright and colourful red brick that resembles the terracotta tiles of Spanish houses. The venue’s design compliments Bali’s tropical humidity. Fans are whirling, it’s not air-conditioned so inside is always warm but its openness and airiness makes very good use of the ocean breeze.

    The contemporary venue cleverly creates intimate spaces along side group settings with its sparing use of lighting and working around the buildings façade and all the furniture and interiors are handmade by Balinese artisans and craftsmen.

    Much like it’s sister venues in Australia, the tapas bar serves modern Spanish cuisine but not exactly as we know it. Frank Camorra (MoVida’s co-founder/owner) and Jimmy Parker (head chef) have worked alongside Potato Head’s chefs to tweak some of the fan favourites from the MoVida menu with local Indonesian tropical ingredients to suit the climate.

    Imported Spanish Meats & Anchovy

    What we ate:

    ANCHOA – Cantabrian Anchovy, Crouton, Smoked Tomato Sorbet
    CROQUET – Jamon & Mahon Cheese Croquette
    TABLAS – Paleta De Iberico, Jamon Serrano, Chorizo, Salchichon (selection of cured meats)
    REMOLACHA – Bedugul Spriced Beetroot Salad, Smoked Yoghurt, Walnuts
    CECINA – Air Dried Beef, Truffle Foam, Poached Organic Egg

    BISTEC – 200g Wagyu Hanger Steak, White Anchovies, Mojo Picon
    PATATAS BRAVAS – Triple Cooked Potatoes, Spicy Bravas Sauce

    FLAN – Spanish Cream Caramel with Spiced Pestinos Pastries

    Fresh Baked Bread + Olive Oil
    Patatas Bravas
    CROQUETA
    Cecina

    The delightful redesigned meals are still full of flavour but not as heavy as what you might find in their Melbourne restaurants. My standout dish was the Bistec, the steak was cooked to perfection, tender and with the right amount of bark.

    Bistec
    Tablas

    The Tablas selection of cured meats was also of premium quality. Additionally my partner; for someone that is most definitely not a fan of beetroot and yoghurt (in fact hates them with such passion I cant even have them in the fridge at home) was pleasantly surprised with the Remolacha.

    Remolacha
    Flan

    Overall:

    MoVida Bali is not a complete replica of the Australian restaurants. The laid back Balinese atmosphere provides a completely new and tantalising dining experience with deliciousness at the centre of everything they do.

    MoVida Bali
    Ground Floor Katamama Hotel
    Jl. Petitenget No.51, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
    Bali 80361, Indonesia
    +62 361 3029940

    Have you been to MoVida’s first international venue? How do you compare it with the Australian restaurants? I’d love to hear your answers or comments below.
    K x

    ” In my humble opinion Barbacoa is the best grill in Bali”

    Barbacoa Bali - Looking In From The Street

    Barbacoa (click here) has made its mark as one of the best of the best in Seminyak’s dining scene if not the whole of Bali. The energetic atmosphere is full of laughter and cheerful chatting, while still creating an intimate experience for guests who are ready to tantalize their taste buds with some Argentinian bbq goodness.

    Barbacoa Rice Fields

    Outside the back of Barbacoa is an outdoor patio which overlooks verdant rice fields. Another one of Bali’s perfect spots to relax and unwind in the soft cool breeze of the afternoon and through into the night.

    Looking Out On To The Rice Fields From Barbacoa's Balcony

    From the moment you enter the reconditioned substantial ‘barn’, the smell from the smouldering charcoal grill & the open fire pit overwhelms your aromatic senses.

    Pigs On A Spit At Barbacoa

    Inside is an eclectic mix of dark recycled wooden features, bright Peranakan tiles, red exposed brick, blonde sandstone walls, French style floor to ceiling windows, oversized statement lighting and vintage leather booths. These are just some of the things that make up this immensely popular, rustic South American smoke house.

    Barbacoa Barn

    Firstly, let’s start off with the drinks menu, which was curated by one of the owners (and owner of Mexicano in Sydney). You will find an ample tequila selection with any of the frozen margarita’s being the perfect drink to cool down in the Balinese heat (My favourite; the frozen chocolate margarita after dinner).

    The menu is inspired by the Latin American style asado (or BBQ). The uncomplicated style of grilling meats with perfectly matched sides, sauces and seasoning. If you aren’t the biggest of carnivores, there are plenty of vegetarian and pescetarian options on the menu too.

    The Menu

    What we ate:

    WARM GRILLED CHAPA BREAD – Roasted Garlic • Balsamic Vinegar
    BRAISED BEEF BRISKET TACO – pico de gallo and onion on a corn tortilla
    PORK EMPANADAS – (special)
    JALEPENO CROQUETTE – (special)
    BARBACOA’S SPICY SNAPPER CEVICHE – with spring onion, coriander, capsicum

    CHARCOAL GRILLED OCTOPUS – crispy Polenta, chorizo and paprika oil
    8 HOUR WOOD-FIRED LOCAL SUCKLING PIG – Crackle and green chimichurri (220gm)
    CHARCOAL GRILLED AUSTRALIAN GRAIN FED RIB EYE – with green chimichurri (250gm)*
    GREEN BEANS – anchovy butter, lemon and oregano

    CRÈME CATALANA – with scents of lemon and vanilla
    WHITE CHOCOLATE & HONEYCOMB ICE-CREAM SANDWICH

    This Chapa Bread Is Heavenly
    Brisket Taco
    Empanadas
    Jalepeño Croquette
    Snapper Ceviche

    To pick our standout dishes is pretty challenging, so I have narrowed it down to a few. Starting off with the warm Chapa Bread, it isn’t necessarily the warm pillow like bread that makes this dish fantastic but the roasted garlic oil that is out of this world. There is something about Balinese garlic, which makes it softer and more delicate and not so ‘pungent’, which makes it the perfect spread to cover your bread and not worry about lingering ‘garlic breath’.

    This Chapa Bread Is Heavenly

    The Bbq Octopus was also very good, it had a lovely bark to it and was impeccably charred while still remaining completely soft. Mixed in was some polenta that added a nice bit of crunch, although next time, even though the flavour was spectacular, we would have liked to see a bit more chorizo.

    Bbq Octopus

    The Grilled Rib Eye was simply, perfection. Cooked extremely well and combined with a simple green chimichurri that really heightened the dish and lastly Barbacoa’s staple dish the Suckling Pig was some of the best I have ever had.

    The Staple Dish. Suckling Pig
    Green Beans w/ Anchovy
    The Staple Dish. Suckling Pig
    The Servings Of Dessert Are Huge
    Crèma Catalana

    Overall:

    Barbacoa continues to deliver time and time and time again. The best grill in Seminyak by far. During our trip in October 2016, we loved our meal so much we dined here twice.

    Barbacoa
    Jalan Petitenget 14,
    Kerobokan ,Bali  80361
    +62 812-3999-9825

    Have you eaten at Barbacoa before? What was your favourite dish? Leave your answers and comments below.
    K x

    “The Three Monkeys at Sanur was an extremely satisfying and relaxing meal”

    Three Monkeys Sanur

    The Three Monkeys restaurants are renowned for their good honest food and live jazz being played.

    Three Monkeys (click here) is located amidst many other restaurants and cafes on the main street of Sanur. The delightful bamboo pavilion has a much more relaxed and leisurely vibe to it when you compare it to the food hub of Seminyak’s Oberoi Street. This restaurant is the second venue of the Three Monkeys family with the original one located in Ubud.

    Three Monkeys

    The thatched bamboo bungalow is separated into three main areas. To the front of house there is a shady timber terrace for people watching on the nearby sidewalk. Back of house there are tables and sofas to unwind and have a drink, while observing the busy kitchen work its magic.

    Three Monkeys Shady Timber Terrace

    Upstairs, there is an air conditioning enclosed glass section for ultimate comfort or the open-air loft to spectate the passer-bys below. We took a seat upstairs on the patio, as it wasn’t to hot and there were fans whirling away while subtle jazz played in the background. It was incredibly peaceful while we waited for our food.

    Much like its sister café, the menu is a mix of modern Balinese, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean cuisine. There is a heavy focus towards Italian and Greek and using wood fire is the main method of cooking.

    Lemon Mint Refresher

    What we ate:

    PRAWN & SNAPPER SPRING ROLLS – lemon basil

    BALINESE SPICED DUCK SPRING ROLLS – fern shoots, coconut

    BALI SPICED SHREDDED CHICKEN SALAD – long beans, young bamboo, bean sprouts, torch ginger sambal, citrus dressing

    WOOD-OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN THIGH – grain mustard, oregano, rosemary, lemon, white wine

    WHITE CHOCOLATE PANNA COTTA – w/ baklava

    Prawn & Snapper Spring Rolls
    Spiced Duck Spring Rolls
    This Chicken Salad Packed Some Heat

    The standout dishes were both the mains. The shredded Chicken Salad was fresh, light and fragrant. The generous amount of ginger sambal packed some heat that the young coconut and citrus dressing balanced faultlessly. After the initial rush of the sambal’s spiciness, every bite after had a pleasant warmth that lingered in your mouth.

    Wood-Oven Roasted Chicken Thigh

    The Roasted Chicken was incredibly succulent and had a nice charred skin from the wood fire. The vegetables were cooked until just tender and the white wine sauce was fantastic. Most dishes that we ate were a hit, although the prawn and snapper spring rolls were not as good as the duck ones.

    White Chocolate Pannacotta

    Overall:

    We were pleasantly surprised with the food at Three Monkeys! Our main meals were light, fresh and extremely well balanced. If you are staying in Sanur I would definitely make three monkeys one of your choices for lunch or dinner. We are most definitely going to book a table at their sister venue in Ubud on our next trip to Bali.

    Three Monkeys
    Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar,
    Bali 80222, Indonesia

    Have you eaten at Three Monkeys before? What was your favourite thing? Did you get to hear a live band? I’d love to hear your comments and answers below!
    K x

    “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

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    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.
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