My luxury break in Bali
In October 2016, a friend and I took a break from our year long Australian holiday (like we needed one), and headed to the ever popular Bali for a little R&R time. Now I’m not going to lie, the Karma Kandara resort is not cheap. It is a 5* resort located on Billionaires Row in Ungasan, near Uluwatu. You might be thinking, “how did two poor backpackers afford that?!”. Well, we got a crazy good deal.
I used to work for Karma Resorts, and therefore I knew about an offer they had going. To become a Karma Club Member and get exclusive offers and great deals, the fee is normally around $499 USD. However, they are currently doing a promotion where you can get this completely free! They do not take any card details, and as I have worked for the company and made fantastic use of this offer, I can vouch that there are no catches. They even sometimes give away free stays! FREE!
You should definitely sign up for free whilst you can, just fill out the form and voila. As mentioned, currently no card details are taken, so even if you don’t get around to using it, what have you got to lose?! Read more about what’s included and why you should make use of this fab offer here. Once this becomes chargeable again, if you are well travelled and like a bit of luxury every now and then, the $499 USD fee is still worth it. For example, when we stayed at Karma Kandara it should have been around $6000 AUD for a 1 bedroom villa for 7 nights. We paid $400AUD!!! And we even got a room upgrade!! You can’t say fairer than that.
Anyway, on to my review of the Karma Kandara resort…
Our villa, was so beautiful. We had a two bedroom villa each with an amazingly comfortable King size bed, perfect bathrooms (I made sure to make use of the massive bath, you don’t see many of them when you’re backpacking!), a lovely living space, and a fabulous kitchen. The best part however, was our outside space. You enter the villa via a cute little colourful doorway, to find yourself in the garden. Every villa has a private pool, and I tell you, this was incredible and beautiful for a late night swim. Watch out for the monkeys though! Strangely enough, we only saw the monkeys around our villa the night of a full moon; how weird is that?!
Karma Kandara has it’s own private beach; Karma Beach. Guests of the resort can use this for free, for outside guests there is a fee in place. The beach is beautiful and is only accessible via inclinator, or a lot of steep stairs. There is a beach bar/restaurant, which we ate at most nights. The view is stunning and the food was delicious. It was pricey for Bali, but was about the same as Australian prices which is ok. Snorkel sets and paddle boards are free to hire, and there is entertainment such as DJs, events, and movie nights (additional charges can apply). My tip would be to get a coconut to drink if you’re sunbathing on the beach. Cheaper than water, it’s so big and so refreshing!
The Infinity Pool
Karma Kandara has an amazing Infinity Pool which overlooks the ocean and some of the villas. The view is so, so beautiful and I spent a lot of time relaxing there. As every villa has it’s own pool anyway, the shared pool is never busy! These bean bags were a highlight of my stay 🙂
Whether you choose to have room service, eat at the main restaurant, the beach restaurant, or even try the free canapes at the bar, you will 100% enjoy the food. I loved everything I had from pizza, Malaysian Curry (one of my faves), desserts and more. Try out the themed nights at the Karma Beach restaurant!
One thing I love about Karma Kandara is the transportation service. To get from your villa to the restaurant for example, just call guest services and they will send a buggy to come and take you. How cool! This was a really fun addition to our stay :).
Another tip is to go to the Temple Bar to watch the sunset; the view is perfect from there, and you can even have your own romantic dinner!
We didn’t try the spa out, but that is supposed to be spectacular and is award winning.
So go sign up to the Karma Club, get yourself a deal and go visit Karma Kandara. You won’t regret it.
Thanks for reading.