With great staff and a fantastic pool and secluded rooms, Blue Karma is more a small collection of private villas than a hotel. This means no matter how many people may be staying there, it never feels crowded and you can relax equally as comfortably in your room or by the pool.
Blue Karma's location is in a side alley just off a main road. You are sufficiently away from the hustle and bustle not to hear constant horns, but close enough to the hustle and bustle to find what you want and not confuse taxi drivers.
I will say, however, that the Hotel's location is a little 'no man's land'. To get to the heart of either Legian, Kuta or Seminyak (where the bigger shops and restaurants are), you're forced to get a taxi. The reception will call a metered taxi for you when you need one, but the traffic means you might feel like you're spending half your holiday in the back seat of a car.
This is not to say the location is bad. You could comfortably stay within walking distance of the hotel and have a fantastic holiday. The hotel also offers a 'concierge' service, where they will collect whatever you need from nearby shops (groceries etc) for you. I enjoy wandering around on my holidays, so I never took advantage of this, but you could definitely get away with not setting foot outside the perfectly manicured lawns of the place.
The staff at Blue Karma are amazing. EVERYONE was very polite and attentive, not just the receptionists and the waiters/waitresses, also the porters, gardeners and cleaners. The staff spoke perfect English and were very hard working, with a smile never leaving their face.
We had the pleasure of staying in two different rooms. The first room was smaller than the second, but was still big enough to be comfortable. Unfortunately, a blocked drainage pipe meant this room flooded during heavy rain during our second day. Within seconds of calling reception, we had a small army of staff in our room with towels and brooms, moving our things to safety and drying everything. Within an 10 minutes, everything was back to normal, but the staff insisted we change rooms. Our next room was clearly an upgrade, with more space, bigger bed and an outdoor room. It was amazing.
The hotel has a 'refined primitiveness' style. You could spend an entire day admiring the wood carvings that adorn everything (door handles, tables, swimming pool) and still find new interesting things to look at the day after.
The first room we stayed in had an indoor bathroom, but the second one was outdoor. The outdoor bathroom shared the balcony with the toilet and a sun bed. Although the room serves three purposes, modesty means you can only really use it for one purpose at a time (unless you enjoy reading a book in a group, with someone on the toilet). I personally enjoyed the openness of the outdoor bathroom, but having to coordinate toilet visits around my girlfriend's reading grew awkward.
I like to eat around on holidays, so I only had one meal at the hotel's restaurant. It was delicious.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Karma is a lifestyle resort in the heart of Bali activities and happenings – Seminyak. The resort is within walking distance to the shops, restaurants and to the beach. Artistic creativity, comfort, ethnic design and flourishing garden have come together to make a vacation paradise in Blue Karma.You will get unique hotel experience and personalized concierge service. Blue Karma welcomes to pamper yourself in Slimming center and Spa, in Restaurant and Lounge Bar enjoy tasteful delights with designer menu options in raw food, listen to mellifluent sounds at live music events and experience special holistic programs as well as creative workshops and authentic trips to discover Bali.This is the lifestyle you deserve, and we are happy to share our passion and curiosity to life with you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Karma Hotel Bali/Seminyak