Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali

 In Bali, Indonesia, Luxury, Once In A Lifetime, Spa breaks

If you happen to be an adventurer seeking the saltier vibes when travelling, you may have heard word on the street about Uluwatu in Bali. Home to one of the most consistent surf breaks in the world, Uluwatu pulls in surfers and salty ocean fiends from all over.

Nearby, still on the southern shores of the island, just a little further around the peninsula sits a stretch of cliffs often referred to as Billionaire’s Row. The name, as you can imagine, refers to the luxurious escapes that are on offer here, including Karma Kandara – located on Ungasan Hill overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Just recently I was invited down for a two night stay to indulge in and photograph the Karma Kandara experience. In this blog post I’m going to share this experience with you.

If you’re looking to put your feet up and relax into one of life’s more elegant resorts, Karma Kandara Beach Resort could be the next adventure that you book.

*I was invited to experience this resort as a guest of Karma Kandara. All opinions, photos and text in this post are my own and honestly reflect my two-night experience here at Karma Kandara.

Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali

Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali
Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali

Where is Karma Kandara?

Karma Kandara is located around 11km from the island’s international airport, Ngurah Rai, making for a smooth and quick transfer once you touch down in Bali. Karma Kandara sits south of the airport on the Bukit Peninsula (that little area that pops out on the bottom of the island), an area known for it’s dry and stony landscape. Most of the coast here is cliffside, just like Karma Kandara.

Don’t worry though, a visit to the beach is made convenient with Karma Kandaras’ very own cliff-side cable car. Of course, if you fancy the climb, stairs are available too.

Having only explored the west coast of the Bukit Peninsula so far (Uluwatu), I was so excited to arrive, experience and shoot this pocket of Bali…

Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali

Top tip: Bukit Peninsula showcases incredible sunsets. Consider Sunset Point or Single Fin for an alternative evening sunset adventure during your stay at Karma Kandara.

Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali
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The villas at Karma Kandara

The Karma Kandara resort is all about coming together with your family and friends for a cosmopolitan, beachfront villa experience. Villas here come with private pools, decks with loungers and amenities that make the villas a fully fledged part of your day. You know, not just somewhere you sleep.  Each villa differs with views from garden views to ocean views and some of the top spec villas come with infinity pools overlooking the ocean.

There are 2, 3 and 4 bedroom villas dotted between the lushious greens planted here and you’ll find yourself walking through a maze of gorgeous stone walkways to arrive at Karma’s facilities.

Time it right with the sun and you’ll be wandering through magical walkways with speckled light flickering through the palm leaves.

There’s no doubt about it, the villas here are beautiful. Each are finished with a very high spec and are maintained to an impeccable standard. Each villa has a beautiful Balinese concierge assigned to it so that, during your stay, should you need anything – it’s attended to efficiently.

Gorgeous lotions and potions are provided, large freestanding baths too and local tropical fruit is replenished in the fruit bowl each day, free of charge. Oh and for fellow robe lovers out there, there are robes awaiting you in the wardrobes. The little things hey.

The mini bar is filled with yummy delights but as with most things at this resort, they come with an additional charge. Just a heads up.

Book your villa at Karma Kandara here.

Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali
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  • Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog
  • Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog
  • Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog

The Karma Kandara experience

From the word go, the Karma Kandara experience whispers luxury softly into your ear.

Buggies are readily available to transport you around the resort, an infinity pool with floating bean bags to melt into awaits to cool off from the tropical heat and an extensive list of all the aperitifs and cocktails you could possibly desire are available in both the restaurant and beach bar. Bali tends to generally have a limited selection when it comes to wine, but here? There’s a chilled cellar right next to the main restaurant, di Mare, showcasing an impressive number of wines for you to indulge in.

The menus are diverse and feature a lot of fresh fish and vegan options. I noticed in both restaurants a mix of Asian, Western and local Indonesian cuisine so there’s definitely choice when it comes to dining.

Karma Beach Bar down on the sands offers a more casual dining experience and is available to both day visitors and guests via the cliffside cable car. See the menu here.

Other amenities at Karma Kandara:

  • Fully equipped gym
  • Schedule of events included in your stay e.g. beach bonfires, yoga in the beach shala
  • Free WIFI across all of the resort
  • Clifftop spa with views across the ocean
  • Beach side spa with views across the ocean
  • Rooftop cocktail bar
  • Free use on the beach of: snorkelling, SUPS and kayaks
  • Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog
  • Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali
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  • Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali
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  • Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog
Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog

The Karma Beach Club and private beach

Whether you’re a guest at the Karma Kandara Beach Resort or not, you are welcome to experience the Karma Beach Club – somewhere to indulge for breakfast, lunch, dinner or sunset cocktails.

Take up one of the hanging pods, romantic beachfront tables or snug around one of the round tables with your friends. Grab some cocktails and toast to the good life!

Top tip: If you’re an avid salty surfer, nearby Green Bowl beach is the one for you to check out.

Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali
Review: Karma Kandara, the 5-star beach resort in Bali | Where's Mollie? A travel and adventure lifestyle blog

What are you waiting for?

Book your Karma Kandara experience and see more information here.

Have you been to Karma Kandara?

What was your experience like? I’d love to know!

Love as always and happy adventuring,

Mollie.

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