The lure of unspoiled nature and contemporary comforts draw countless travellers to luxury resorts in Bali every year. In a market dominated by some of the world's most upscale chain hotels, one boutique resort punches above its weight class. Situated in the secluded south of Nusa Dua, Samabe Bali Suites & Villas delivers understated luxury and romance. Cliff-top views and white beaches are artfully combined with lavish contemporary, Balinese designs, and haute couture experiences to create an all-inclusive travel destination.
Open since 2013, this humble achiever has already won many accolades from hotel guests and travel media. It was among 13 accommodation venues in the world to receive the 'Best All Inclusive Hotels 2016' based on feedback from customers of Five Star Alliance, an online travel agency for the world's best hotels. It also surpassed other upscale hotels in the world to receive the 'Best All Inclusive Resort 2016' at the Haute Grandeur Awards, an international five-star standard hotel rating coveted by outstanding hotels across 7 continents and 172 countries.
While it doesn't carry the heavyweight branding of Ritz-Carlton's Mandapa and Bulgari Resort Bali or the footprint of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay and St. Regis Bali Resort, Samabe Bali Suites & Villas has transformed 8 hectares of land into an affordable wrap of luxuries, indulgences and romance. Private butlers, ocean-view suites and villas, gourmet dining, spa rituals, cliffside pool, watersports, sea caves, white sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters invite you to linger.
Here are the top reasons to make Samabe Bali Suites & Villas your getaway destination in Bali.
While a daily full breakfast, turndown service and complimentary wireless internet access count as benefits at most upscale resorts, your stay at Samabe Bali Suites & Villas comes with unlimited privileges.
At a minimum, you receive a welcome gift, 24-hour butler service; daily full breakfast which can be enjoyed at the Rempah-Rempah restaurant or in the privacy of your suite and villa; daily unlimited fresh fruit and vegetable juices, mocktails, Jamu, soft drinks, coffee and tea in the suite, villa and any outlets; daily complimentary mini bar replenished once per day; daily afternoon tea in the suite, villa or outlets from 3pm to 5pm; and complimentary use of non motorized water sports such as the catamaran, kayak and windsurfer.
The upgraded option serves up further luxuries including daily 24-hours a la carte selection of Mediterranean, Balinese, gourmet or organic cuisine served either in your suite or villa or anywhere within the resort; daily cocktail hours including beers, house wines and standard spirits from 5pm till 12am; your choice of a Samabe Signature Activity every day; unlimited laundry service (except dry cleaning) and late checkout at 4pm. For stays of 3 nights and more, you receive a private Rijstaffel or Suckling Pig Dinner at your suite or villa and a return airport transfer when you reserve your stay via the resort's website.
The private one-bedroom Ocean Pool Villa measuring 265 square metres is an elegant residence of contemporary and Balinese style. It is a self-contained retreat, complete with a tastefully appointed living room, spacious bedroom with king-size mattress, a walk-through dressing room connected to a spacious bathroom with shower and freestanding bathtub, covered terrace, a private pool with water features, landscape gardens and partial ocean views over Balinese thatched roofs.
The 135 square metre ocean-facing Suites feature a living room, bedroom, bathroom with views of the Indian Ocean, wide balcony and telescope for stargazing and an optional private pool feature. Whether you're staying in the suite or villa, privileges abound, service is bespoke and there are no large crowds and long queues.
Secluded from the hustle and bustle of Bali's towns with beautiful landscape gardens and views of the Indian Ocean from cliff and shore, Samabe Bali Suites & Villas is the essence of privacy, serenity and beauty.
Samabe Bali Suites & Villas serves up a romantic cocktail, distilled from a heady mix of magical sunrises, white sandy beaches, panoramic views of aquamarine waters and cool breezes of the Indian Ocean.
The resort facilities and guest experiences are designed with romance in mind. Its ubiquitous day beds provide a cozy spot for lounging; the terraced pool fringed by blooming frangipanis offer cool and quiet areas; afternoon tea arrives in an oversize bird cage with cliff-top views; and a sea cave glows with candlelight dinner for two.
There is simply no reason to be bored at Samabe Bali Suites & Villas. Excitement and adventure is literally at your doorstep. The watersports centre offers kayaking, windsurfing and catamaran sailing through to fee-for-service scuba diving, fishing and private sailing charters. On land, the resort hosts yoga and tai chi sessions by day and local art and craft markets and Balinese dance performances on scheduled evenings. Best of all, your butler can make all the necessary arrangements.
Guests with unlimited privileges can indulge in 1 of the 14 Samabe Signature Activities each day. The selection includes a combination of sport, wellness and cultural activities. You can choose to take a private sunset tour to Uluwatu followed by Rijstaffel Dinner; have your chauffeur take you around Kuta and Kerobokan shopping areas for 5 hours; go on a village safari tour; submerge in the Samabe reef during a private snorkeling tour; learn Balinese cooking and painting; relax with a 60 minute in-suite or villa massage; head over to Galangal Spa for some pampering with a 60 minutes spa treatment of your choice; and much more.
Whether you decide to breakfast in your room or villa, or dine in the main restaurant, it is no standard affair. Your first gourmet meal of the day starts with a combination of American and Indonesian buffet with an a-la-carte selection of French-inspired and Asian delights.
The buffet section runs the entire length of the restaurant with cold and hot food sections, fruits and pastries. Signature dishes include the foie gras with scrambled eggs, poached eggs with salmon and caviar, seared waygu oyster blade, tuna and salmon sashimi and many more.
Afternoon tea is best enjoyed at the Crystal Blue restaurant where relaxed timber surroundings offer vistas of the Indian Ocean or head down to the beach and enjoy a unique table-service dining experience in a naturally formed sea cave. The main sea cave also hosts themed dinners while a hidden enclave provides the setting for an intimate occasion at additional costs.
A Rijstaffel Dinner at Rempah-Rempah restaurant takes you on a culinary journey of Indonesia and Bali with various tasting dishes that blend seamlessly with an evening of Barong Dance and gamelan music.
The hallmark bespoke service at Samabe Bali Suites & Villas means you don't really need to do anything for yourself. A priority service telephone line from your suite or villa provides you 24-hour access to your butler. So everything you need is literally at your finger tips. And if its not there, just call your butler.
Attentive service continues to the poolside where your selected pool bed is dressed with towels and a bottle of cold water, and you can enjoy a brief relaxing massage. While walking is a picturesque option, a buggy service takes you all over the resort except down from to the beach. The return trip though is an on-call chauffeured jeep service.
A rarity even in upscale resorts, an onsite hospitality lounge means you can relax in air-conditioned comfort and not have to worry while waiting for your room during check-in or freshening up after an early check-out.
An all-inclusive offering exceeds the expectation of luxury travellers. It means a meticulous attention to the individual needs and preferences of guests and curating memorable experiences that beckon their return, again and again. Just put up your feet at Samabe Bali Suites & Villas. Your butler will take care of the rest.