If you’ve ever wished to experience your own private pool villa, well there really is no better place to do it than Bali. After all, this is an island synonymous with luxury villas. Having experienced my very first pool villa at Kamandalu, it’s safe to say that once you’ve stayed in your own private villa there really is no going back. Those regular hotel rooms are just no longer going to cut it.
Kamandalu is a place of utter serenity. A sanctuary amongst the foothills of Ubud surrounded by mother nature. The layout of the resort is designed in such a way to reflect a real-life Balinese village, and boy did we get the village feeling. It always felt like a bit of a maze trying to find our way to the villa, not that we minded discovering new pathways to explore. Though Kamandalu has been around since 1992, the property recently underwent extensive renovations in 2011, so the facilities and villa interiors have all been upgraded to Insta-worthy status.
Deluxe Pool Villa
The only downside of staying in a pool villa is that I guarantee you’ll never want to leave the privacy of your own peaceful hide away. As all villas are uniquely designed to accommodate the landscape, no one villa is the same. I was lucky enough to be staying in a deluxe one-bedroom pool villa that featured a four-poster king sized bed, a living room area and a luxurious marbled bathroom, with your standard frangipani filled bathtub plus an indoor and outdoor shower. Hands down the best feature of the villa was of course the outdoor Balinese day bed (perfect for breakfast in bed) and the infinity pool that overlooked the lush valley below.
For anyone staying in a garden villa that won’t have access to a private pool, Kamandalu also have two main swimming pools within the resort; a peaceful infinity pool overlooking the forest plus a large central swimming pool that features a swim up bar and café.
While there are two restaurants and of course room service available, it’s the exclusive dining experiences that Kamandalu offer that will really create those special holiday moments. We kicked off our first night in the most memorable way possible, with a romantic barbeque dinner in our villa. My friend and I were omg-ing the whole time just in awe of all the lanterns scattered throughout the garden. Yes this experience is probably more suited to couples and honeymooners, but just because you’re on a girls trip doesn’t mean you should miss out! Single girls like candlelit dinners too you guys!
Time to talk about the breakfast buffet, which in my opinion is one of the best things about going on holiday. A delicious variety of breakfast options are served each morning at The Petulu restaurant, which has gorgeous views of the rice terraces from the balcony. Yes! They’ve even built their own rice paddies into the resorts landscape. If you fancy having a picnic amongst these rice terraces, well you can do that here too.
If you feel the urge to do a little more than vegging out by the pool in your villa, then you can sign up for activities that include village trekking, bike riding through the rice paddies or a Balinese cooking class. We tried the complementary morning yoga class that was held in a beautiful teak pavilion set amongst the treetops of the forest. Rest assured, you’ll be instructed by an incredibly bendy Balinese man with talents that resemble Gumby, who will be more than happy to bend and contort your body in ways you never thought possible. It should be noted that there is no fitness center at the resort, which is surprising given its size.
On our final night we experienced a traditional Indonesian massage at Chaya Spa. I had never considered myself a massage person and didn’t get what all the fuss was about. Mind you, my few experiences generally involved some dingy room somewhere in S.E Asia where the women would be gossiping while trying to text and massage at the same time. Needless to say Kamandalu will forever hold a special place in my heart, because it was here that I discovered I am most definitely a massage person.
The staff at Kamandalu were honestly some of the friendliest and most genuine people we encountered in Bali. We enjoyed so many beautiful conversations with everyone we came into contact with that we left feeling like we’d made friends with the whole Kamandalu team.
Though only 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Ubud town, Kamandalu feels like a world away. It’s the perfect mixture of peaceful and secluded surroundings while also being close to restaurants, shopping and attractions should you wish to do some exploring.
With thanks to Kamandalu Ubud for welcoming me to their hotel. As always, all opinions expressed remain my own.