Need to know
54 pool villas, spanning one to four bedrooms, except the Grand Cliff-front Residence, which has five.
12 noon, but flexible subject to availability, and a 50 per cent charge up to 6pm. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $400.36 (IDR5,221,777), excluding tax at 21 per cent.
Rates include a la carte breakfast, welcome refreshments and a fruit platter. Non-motorised watersports at Karma Beach Bali are free for hotel guests.
Look out around the resort for the fruits of Karma Kandara’s artist-in-residence programme, which nurtures the talents of painters, sculptors and musicians then try the healing hands at clifftop Karma Spa.
No arrivals or departures are allowed on 28 March 2017, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.
At the hotel
Private beach, spa, swimming pools, gym, restaurants, bars, kids’ club, beach club, library, gardens, concierge, free Wifi (up to 3Mbps, and a charge beyond that). In villas: flatscreen satellite TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, SMEG-equipped kitchen with stocked refrigerator, tableware, microwave, oven, dishwasher, pillow menu, own-label natural toiletries, private pool, courtyard garden.
Our favourite rooms
Inspired by Balinese garden compounds, each thatch-roofed, white-washed villa offers pavilions set around a private courtyard and plunge pool, with one to five ensuite bedrooms, semi-alfresco bathing, and generous living and dining areas. Elegant contemporary decor spans a palette of cream, cocoa, ochre and russet. For particularly pleasing ocean panoramas, request the Four-Bedroom Grand Luxury Pool Villa or Three-Bedroom Cliff-Front Residence. The three-storey Five-Bedroom Grand Cliff-Front Residence (Villa Maria) has unrivalled views, a cinema room, gym and spa pavilion.
Two levels of freeform salt and chlorine pools sit just below the di Mare restaurant. The lower-level, shallow pool is ideal for little Smiths. All villas come with private pools; with Cliff-front villas, you get an infinity pool.
Eres and Odabash bikinis are the swimwear of choice at Karma Beach Bali. Add a good sunscreen to your kit as the strong sun’s natural glare is enhanced by the resort’s white-stone façades.
Smoking is allowed on balconies only, and guests are not allowed to bring in food or drink from outside.
Sorry, you have to leave Fido at home. See more pet-friendly hotels in Bali.
Smiths of all ages welcome. Villas with a third bedroom include twin beds. Cots are free; extra beds cost US$108.90 including breakfast for kids age 12 or over; 50 per cent less for under-12s. A free kids' club, for two- to 12-year-olds, operates daily.
Smiths of all ages are welcome. Villas with a third bedroom include twin beds. Baby cots are free for under-3s; extra beds cost US$96.80 each a night, including breakfast; those for under-12s are charged at 50 per cent. The children’s menu tastes as delicious as adult fare. The free Three Monkeys Kids Club, great for two- to 12-year-olds, operates daily.
Kids aged 2–12 who can make the most of the free Three Monkeys Kids Club.
All the one-to-five-bedroom villas have private pools, kitchens and plenty of space, but some villas are split into several pavilions: if you’d prefer to be under one roof at night, opt for three-bedroom villas 1, 3, 5 and 7, or four-bedroom villa 2.
There's no crèche, but under-2s are welcome to use the kids' club facilities if accompanied by an adult.
The free Three Monkeys Kids Club, open 9am to 5pm daily, has its own pool and keeps younger guests entertained with treasure hunts, dressing-up, beach larks and junior cookery classes, as well as Balinese puppet- and mask-making and dancing. There are also child-friendly movies and plenty of toys and games in the free air-conditioned romping room, just off reception. There are kayaks to borrow at the beach club, not to mention a beautiful lagoon to splash in, sheltered by a made-for-snorkelling reef.
Of the two main pools, the lower one is shallow and ideal for little Smiths. A lifeguard is on duty from 9am to 5pm daily. You’ll need to keep a close eye on younger Smiths around the villa, as the private pools aren’t exactly toddler-friendly.
The colourful children’s menu, available in all the Karma Kandara eateries, features age-appropriate fare such as Thomas the Tank Engine’s baked chicken nuggets, Incredible Hulk grilled cheese sandwiches, and Harry Potter’s English muffin pizza, as well as local flavour from Little Buddha’s nasi or mee goreng. Children are welcome at all the resort's restaurants and bars, although Veritas is more of an adult-oriented affair. Your villas has its own well-equipped kitchen, so family feasts for fussy eaters are hassle-free. Don't fancy doing anything domestic? Staff can do the supermarket shopping for you, or you could get a private chef to whip you up a private barbecue.
Book a trained babysitter, with four hours’ notice, from US$9 an hour.
No need to pack
Play pens, baby cots, cot bedlinen, highchairs, sand toys or buggies (request one in advance).
Villas with a third bedroom include twin beds. Baby cots are complimentary for infants age two or under and extra beds for children age 12 or over cost US$96.80 each a night, including breakfast; those under 12 get a 50 per cent discount.
The resort monitors water and energy use, and is exploring renewable energy options. It recycles avidly and an outreach fund, Karma Cares, supports Balinese children's charities.