We just came back from Karma Kandara. Prior going were concerned about the distance from Jimbaran and Nusa Dua as this is where we prefer to stay usually. But after seeing the place we had no regrets what's so ever. The beach I would say is the main attraction and this is what would drag us back definitely. It is the cleanest beach in Bali and you can enjoy snorkeling without going anywhere or paying for it. Even with lower level water during the day beach were left with natural holes filled with water and making it as a natural baths or little pools. You can have a bath with little fishes and corals. We enjoyed it very much and so is our 8 years old nephew. You can find as private beach lagoon as you wish or be in the center of the beach bar with sun lounges and beds and DJ. Even though it was not a lot of sun beds we could always find a free one if we need. My suggestion for the beach would be to wear the swimming shoes as there corals and prickly fished.
Our 3 bedroom villa, the pool and separate lounge/kitchen was great. When you first enter, it is quite wow with lots of water (the ponds/fish with stepping stones between the accommodation) features and well maintained surroundings. Everything was clean and comfortable as we were 2 families sharing the villa. Swimming pool was a good size for 5 of us. The only complain would be that having a steps out of black stone in the pool making it difficult to see them. Only 3 sun beds in the villa were not enough for 4 adults but I am sure if you ask staff to bring you one they will do it without any questions, we could not be bothered. Bed were pretty comfortable but for the resort of this level would be good to have a pillow menu. Pillows are all very hard and no alternative were offered. Would like to be able to have a feather/down pillow in stead of bringing my own from the home due to neck problem. Regarding luck of privacy in some villas, it did not bother us at all. Although there were some spots that people could see us near the pool while passing by, there were hardly any people walking too often, so not an issue at all. Unless I guess you decide to swim naked and even then in the evening it's safe :)
In general staff was very pleasant and make your stay very comfortable. Would like to make a spacial thank you to our concierge Anggi (not sure if spell is right). She suggested and organised both my brother and mine birthday in the fantastic restaurants and special cakes from the resort. She was very knowledgeable and professional and could speak great English and Russian.
Restaurant was great with healthy and organic food. Although pretty much expensive for Bali. We only had breakfast there. Service in restaurant and pool could be better as sometimes it took too long to deliver food which was not required cooking, such us cereal and yogurt. Staff should be trained to have kids meals deliver first and not wait until everything is prepared. Also make sure that you check your bill as you could find there extra juice or coffee.
Massages were excellent, the girl i particularly like is Suria, she is very experienced and has a healing hands. Massage place is breath taken. But we all agree that it is way too expensive.
Overall it's an unforgettable experience due to location. If you love clear water, natural environment and privacy, you should definitely come to Karma Kandara. Even though it is 40 min from Kuta and about 20 min from Jimbaran and Nusa Dua, taxi cost us around $10.00 Aus. But you will get rejuvenated and relaxed in the best way in this place. Honeymoon and wedding there is out of the fairy tale.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Karma Kandara 5 Star resort villas epitomize Bali's exclusive private pool villa experience. Globally renowned as the place to be on 'Billionaire's Row', Luxury Karma Kandara Resort is an ideal destination for friends, family and incentive group gatherings. Discover captivating views, world-class dining and Karma Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Karma Kandara Hotel Ungasan
- Karma Kandara Hotel Denpasar
- Karma Kandara Denpasar
- Karma Kandara Bali/Ungasan