TRAVEL DIARY | Bali Part II - Karma Kandara

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6 months later and still thinking about Bali. The island of Gods definitely live up to their expectations and will always be one of my favourite destinations. We spent the first leg of the trip around central Bali and the perfect way to end our girls' trip was to get away from the hustle and bustle of the island. In the pockets of untouched areas, we discovered true paradise at Karma Kandara that is perched on the cliff of Uluwatu, located Southwest of Bali. The 5 star resort offers a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, making it the perfect place to rejuvenate and unwind in blissful luxury before reality hits. 


It's no surprise Karma Kandara has received numerous travel awards, especially highlighting their excellency in architecture. Sticking to their Balinese roots by juxtaposing natural stone, wood and tropical foliage, the resort offers exclusive luxurious villas with a private pool. Our villa features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (with 1 amazing outdoor shower as well), a living room and a kitchen, which instantly made each of us feel right at home. And what better accessory than floaties to take full advantage of the private pool


The entire retreat is especially huge, so each time we want to leave our private villa to visit and utilise their facilities, we had to call for the buggy service. After a quick splash in the amazing infinity pool, we continue our morning with a delicious set of breakfast at Di Mare restaurant that is located right above the pool, overlooking a tranquil oceanic view. The breakfast was included in our package and they offer a wide range, from classic continental to traditional Indonesian. 


Set on the rooftop of the restaurant is the Temple Lounge where you can enjoy custom cocktails and sharing plates showcasing Middle-Eastern flavours. Personally, the blue and white features evokes a Grecian ambience.


Taking a quick ride down the cliff, using the inclinator lift, took us to Karma Kandara's private beach where their beach club is located. Its exterior is designed with local bamboo and classically thatched to create a typical cabana feel and accentuate that island-life atmosphere. Unfortunately it was high tide season during our visit, so we weren't able to swim or snorkel but there are plenty of other things to do. There is no time to get bored at this resort as there is a broad range of activities and picturesque locations to visit. The cherry on top of this already euphoric trip, was the Balinese fairy floss sunset by the beach. 


Walking through cascading blooms and vines across this inspiring retreat was an adventure in itself. I have to admit though, the countless encounters with giant tropical insects were just not my cup of tea. However, it was still a pleasurable journey as we discover a relaxing escape at Karma Spa. 


Last but not least, my favourite place out all the beautiful ones I have already mentioned and elaborated, has to be the infinity pool. It's hard to not let out gasps of delight when you see such a stunning view. If time permits, I would spend all day here to simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
It is clear enough from this post that I would go back to Karma Kandara in a heartbeat.

xoxo, ET

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