Jalan Villa Kandara | Banjar Wijaya Kusuma | Ungasan | Bali 80362 | Indonesia | www.karmakandara.com
Set on a spectacular cliff top on an elevated limestone peninsula in the far southern reaches of Bali, so called Island of the Gods, Karma Kandara is an award-winning luxury resort that redefines the concept of luxury for a new generation of lifestyle conscious guests. The expanding resort currently comprises 54 private pool villas of 1-5 bedrooms. The villas are connected by tranquil paths that meander through bright tropical fauna, with bougainvillea spilling over brightly painted doorways and little ponds and bridges making for a perfectly idyllic environment.
The resort’s amenities are groundbreaking – Architecturally audacious destination restaurant di Mare stands on a crag 85 metres above the Indian Ocean, looking like an elfish ship about to set sail with its tent-like roof of pre-tensile fabric over light steel frames. The award-winning eatery serves light Mediterranean cuisine with an exotic twist.
Take the winding steps up to the rooftop and you’ll find yourself in the exotic environs of Temple Bar, a Moroccan themed space, filled with oversized lamps and banquettes with colourful cushions, where a range of Mid East inspired tapas are served – a perfect spot from which to take in the magical sunsets.
The resort is also distinguished by the presence of Karma Spa, a cliff hanging spa facility featuring individual ‘spa shack’ treatment spaces, a central temple area, an infrared sauna and a Himalayan Salt Bath at the very edge of the cliff. There is even a sophisticated spa tent option down on the beach. In 2011, Karma Spa was named the best in Bali by influential lifestyle magazine The Yak, as voted by the general public.
Beach lovers will fall in love with Karma Beach Bali, a tranquil folly in light bamboo set with comfy outdoor furnishings giving onto a white sand beach and the cerulean waters of a lagoon. Accessed by a unique funicular that shuttles guests gently down the cliff face, the club has its own kitchen which serves guests genuine wood fired pizzas and gourmet offerings, signature cocktails or simply an ice cold beer. After sunbathing, why not snorkel in the lagoon, where reef fish can be seen. Karma Kandara also offers guests an array of experiences both on and off premises, from in-villa dining to a kid’s club to golf, surfing, cultural visits and cooking classes. It was named Best Beach in Bali by the island’s longest serving and most respected tourism publication Hello Bali.