Not many of us know what it really means to be on a vacation. Is it merely about booking a room in a luxurious resort, having some bites at a fancy restaurant, sitting by the beach with a glass of cocktail in hand or just enrolling for a guided day tour with a travel agency? Vacation is a lot more than those. It is a time to set your mind free, plunge into soulful thinking, absorb the beauty of nature and let go of all inhibitions. The place can be far away from home, or sometimes, it can also be a spot in your very own hometown. Wherever it might be, the essence of vacation is to explore and be adventurous to the core; something which we are deprived of in our mundane life.
Speaking about the destination, Bali is blessed with everything that one could wish for on a vacation. From gorgeous mountains and volcanoes, breath-taking crater lakes and dense green jungles, lush rice fields and spectacular beaches, to the fairy-tale-like waterfalls, and the list goes on. This island presents itself as a modern paradox because its ancient and traditional culture is still very much alive amidst modern living. While the basic conservatism of the Balinese people has enabled them to preserve many of their ancient customs, culture and religion, it has never hindered the acceptance of the new and innovative modern technological advancement.
Most people who come to this island want to see and enjoy its arts and cultures, its fabulous nature views, its friendly people, for pure relaxation and some for business. Whatever is one’s aim, the accommodation is one of the most important aspects in order to get the comforts and memorable holiday.
The current main tourist hub is in the southern triangle formed by Canggu, Ubud and Uluwatu. For those who prefer the comforts of home and the relaxation of the beach, Canggu and Uluwatu are good starting places. If you are a wild and crazy type of person, then stay at Canggu. For those searching for a place to run away from the typical party scene of southern areas, Ubud serves up a more relaxing ambience for culture lovers or Nusa Dua dedicated to family travellers.
If you are one of those people who have a desire to hunt hidden places, up the hill of the southern coast from Uluwatu all the way to the Pecatu area is the right fit for you. These areas have an actual twilight buzz for surfers, honeymooners, leisure or big family travellers. When it comes to a fun time at the beach, Uluwatu provides more than enough unique spots, ranging from limestone beaches to calm and remote beaches. In fact, these beaches are the strongest magnet that pulls people to visit this area.
What To Do
Beachfront settings with a dreamy touch overseeing clean white sand beaches make the southern coast an idyllic place for either honeymooners or big family travellers. And the best part of staying in this area is you do not have to remain confined to your resort. There are lots of options you can explore on your vacation here. Starting from sunbathing on the beaches or embracing sunset moments to exploring the rushing waves. For local attractions, you can plan a visit to some pretty Balinese temples overlooking the sea or try some lip-smacking pork ribs at the local eateries. Those who are into water activities can hunt the best waves to ride on your surfboard or bring your kiddos to take part in the multiple adventure fun water activities.
Where to Stay
Located hidden in the Ungasan area, Karma Kandara Resort is a multi-award winning 5-star resort of outstanding natural beauty with the most breath-taking view and enviable location on the island. Situated atop a spectacular limestone cliff top overlooking the Indian Ocean, Karma Kandara redefines off-the-beaten-path luxury travel, a sanctuary away from the noise and demands of everyday life. Featuring 54 private-pool villas, each villa is blending traditional Balinese architecture with luxury amenities and offers exquisite views of tropical green and sea blue.
Karma Kandara was created in a way that the visitor can make selections depending on the number of persons that are staying there. Choose either one, two, three or even five-bedroom villa. And the one thing that they have plenty of is space although the more the number of rooms a villa has, the more space it avails to its clients. Now, who wouldn’t want a very airy room? Aside from the rooms being spacious, they are graced with stupendous furniture pieces that make them have a fresh and modern look. The treatment and respect given to the woodwork are impeccable and the living spaces have the walls graced with beautiful and engaging artworks.
Where to Eat
With the energy of the rolling waves below and raw natural beauty all around, di Mare restaurant offers a simple but elegant atmosphere in the Ungasan area. Let yourself admire the best views of the Indian Ocean sets against lush green cliffs. Dedicated to local ingredients and traditional Balinese cooking, this signature restaurant at Karma Kandara delivers a European-Asian style where ones can feast on the incredible views.
The scenery on the hill, overlooking the best angle of the Indian Ocean, is truly wondrous, spotting the restaurant as one of the world’s most beautiful restaurants. Carrying a vision to always keep up quality to the highest level, the restaurant has become one of the most essential fine dining establishments in Bali. To treat your tummy, the culinary team of the resort provides Indonesian flavours and international favourites.
Where to Sip Cocktails
Put on your board shorts, bikinis as well as body bronzer, and bring your lover or kids down, using an inclinator, to the private beach of Karma Beach! Not only do delectable canapes, cocktails and live music await, but couples can also explore the island’s world-class coral reef. A soothing, natural sea breeze will keep both you and your lover refreshed, whilst lying on a beachfront day bed is an idyllic way to indulge in the tranquil ocean views.
They just recently launched a new hangout spot, Le Club 22. The club sets over the sugary white sand and turquoise waters under the cliffs of Uluwatu. An open pavilion – made with native bamboo, local timber and ironwood canopies – creates an organic feel to this sophisticated beach bar. The vibe is embracing the nostalgia of California’s beach club culture, the design aesthetic is retro-1950s chic, influenced by the resurgence of mid-century tropical design. The minimalist architecture is offset by mirrored furniture pieces, abundant metallics and opulent fabrics.
Where to Relax
If you are exhausted after a long day of travelling or sightseeing, you can easily refresh yourself with a soothing dip in the pool. If you are looking to make a splash, you can unwind at the resort’s iconic swimming pools. With beautiful designs and indulgent features, this pool takes relaxation and swimming to another level. Here is a balance of sun-drenched and shaded areas bordering the pools and the relaxing sound of waterfalls and fountains complete this rejuvenating and relaxing experience. This infinity pool offers an infinite view of the ocean and intimacy for the guest that requires more privacy with an ocean breeze. Curving around the rooftop, the iconic, lantern-lit infinity pool appears to flow into the Indian Ocean.
Where to get Pampered
Karma Kandara is also introducing a brand-new well-being offering that celebrates a balanced life. The iconic Uluwatu resort’s Bespoke Wellness Vacation is a personalised retreat with a strong focus on flexibility, embodying the mantra ‘where pleasure and rejuvenation intertwine.’ Whilst enjoying Karma Kandara’s 5-star luxury amenities, you will be treated to as many (or as few) holistic therapies as you desire.
If you are travelling with kids, you can choose to partake in the package’s many offerings and also spend the day relaxing by the pool or kids club as well. If your idea of balance is starting the day with meditation and finishing it with a glass of wine, this package is for you.
Travelling with Kids
It is good to have your kids with you when you travel; this would surely open their eyes to a lot more new knowledge and discovery. When you bring along your kids on your trips, this is not only a way of bringing them close to your heart but also to make them more aware of the new surroundings.
Staying in a hotel with your children can be enough to frazzle any parent. Close quarters with not much to do and neighbours on the other side of the wall can be a recipe for disaster. Especially if the kids get loud and restless.
At Karma Kandara, you can set your kids free inside or outside the villa. This accommodation also has a decent outdoor pool dedicated to families with kids, and a perfect playground to relax while soaking in cool weather. Optionally, send them to the resort’s kids club where they can find plenty of interesting toys and activities to spend their time creatively and funnily. A fairy-tale land created to offer the little ones a stunning, safe and friendly playground. What is even more wonderful is that parents can accompany their little ones in the activities, thus spending some much-needed quality time with them.
So if you are planning a holiday for your family in Bali, Karma Kandara Resort should be your place of residence no matter how short the holiday may be. Everyone will definitely have a good time. And if you find that you need anything and do not know how to go about it, worry not for the staff always has your back from the start to the end of your holiday.