Bali, Indonesia

Royal Purnama

Rates from (ex tax)$180.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD217.80), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Tropical state of mind


Tucked between terraces

Overlooking Pantai Purnama beach, the Royal Purnama makes the most of its fantastic location with a sparkling pool and an acclaimed Indonesian restaurant overlooking the ocean. This quiet corner of south-east Bali is famous for its jaw-slackening sunsets, but the hotel’s star attractions are its delectable dining, serene spa and cooking classes with the resident chef. The hotel's setting among the paddies and plantations of Sukawati has nothing but blue skies and black sands to keep you from you making the most of Bali’s best-kept secret.


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A 60-minute Balinese massage for each guest


Photos Royal Purnama facilities

Need to know


48, including 28 suites.


Noon. Earliest check-in, 12.30pm.


Double rooms from $180.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD217.80), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include à la carte breakfast; fried-rice favourites nasi goreng, mie goreng and bubur ayam (the latter with chicken) make up the Indonesian offering, with a Continental selection of eggs Benedict, breakfast burritos and French toast.


Made Sujaya, otherwise known as Chef Jay, offers cooking classes for guests. Spend a surreal morning or afternoon learning how to create your favourite dishes from the menu (or Balinese classics) surrounded by standing stones, cooled by sea breezes and serenaded by the sound of the waves.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed on 17 April 2018, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence). Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Spa, yoga classes, gym, public beach, valet parking, gym, library, boutique. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, kitchenette, air-conditioning.

Our favourite rooms

Colourful and traditional, the hotel’s rooms are modelled on modern Balinese bedrooms, with canopied four-poster beds, intricate carvings and sleek satin cushions in sunset shades of gold, warm orange and wine-red. Be tempted into the water in one of the Cempaka One-Bedroom Pool Villas; we also love the Jepun One-Bedroom Jacuzzi Suites for their ocean views. East Bali is renowned for its spectacular sunrises, and here you’ll have front-row seats for the solar action.


Fans of pool porn will have to surgically remove themselves from the pool – located next to the black-sand beach and surrounded by canopied day-beds, sunloungers and standing stones. Spend the day there and order a Bintang (or three) and a bowl of nasi goreng to where you’re sprawled. The beach may be a Balinese beauty but the current’s too strong for swimming – best to play it safe poolside.


Uplifting colour rather than minimalist neutrals adorn the spa. Decorated with traditional Balinese carvings and vibrant Ikat patterns, the two couples’ treatment rooms (complete with oversized soaking bath tubs) and aromatic steam room have views of the tobacco plantations and paddies for you to admire as you submit to a black-sand therapy (wallow in a beachfront sand bath, followed by a nourishing coconut soak and a Balinese massage).

Packing tips

Save room in your suitcase for Indonesian batik fabrics – look to the staff’s beautifully crafted uniforms for inspiration.


There is a compulsory 4-course dinner on 24 December 2017 ($50 a person) and a compulsory buffet gala dinner on 31 December ($80 a guest).


Over-12s welcome, but this is more of a grown-up getaway.


The hotel sources much of its produce locally, including fruits and vegetables from nearby markets or organic seasonal vegetables grown on-site. The hotel uses ecologically-sound bath products and transport is provided by electric buggies.

Food and Drink

Photos Royal Purnama food and drink

Top Table

Slip outside and reserve a table under the stars for love-is-in-the-air suppers.

Dress Code

Throw on your most patterned sundress or better yet, pick up an Ikat sarong at the market.

Hotel restaurant

Chef Jay presides over an intimate, lantern-strung dining room with sea views. Smiling local Servers waft between the relaxing wicker chairs in purple-and-white batik-print uniforms – as unfussy and unpretentious as the food, which includes truly trad local dishes like seafood nasi goreng and gulai kambing (lamb curry). Asian-fusion dishes and Continental classics like cheeseburgers and pasta offer variety on a lengthy menu. If you’re looking for a slap-up celebration meal then opt for the sumptuous set menu: four courses of plump lobster from nearby coastal villages, served various ways: poached tail, bisque, ravioli and Provençal-style, followed by a fruity strudel.


Last orders

Breakfast is served between 6am and 11am; lunch from 11am until 5pm. Dinner is served from 5pm to 10pm with last orders at 9:30pm.

Room service

In-room dining is available 24 hours a day.


Photos Royal Purnama location
Royal Purnama
Jl. Pantai Purnama (Purnama Beach), Sukawati, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia


Ngurah Rai International Airport is just south of capital Denpasar and it’s around an hour’s drive from the hotel. Fly from Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Australia with Emirates (, Singapore Airlines ( or Malaysian Airlines ( The hotel can organise transfers to and from the airport (US$35 each way).


Exploring the island is best done by car, though you might find hiring one with a chauffeur a less nerve-frazzling experience than contending with chaotic local driving. If you do choose to drive, the hotel has valet parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Sukawati is a genuine Balinese region and its coastal villages are rather devoid of nightlife – you’ll need to head into Sanur (25 minutes’ drive away), Ubud (30 minutes) or Seminyak (45 minutes) for that. During the day, the Royal Purnama has everything needed to keep you entertained: wake with the sunrise for a lesson in bending and breathing in an ocean-front yoga class; indulge in a skin-sloughing treatment in the Black Sand Spa to ensure your tan is tip-top; or cook up a fiery chicken curry under the expert tutelage of Chef Jay. Nearby, Sukawati Art Market is Bali’s best and longest-standing market for traditional handicraft. Day trips to Ubud and Nusa Dua can be easily arranged at the hotel.

Local restaurants

Located on the crossroads leading to the beach In Sanur, café-bar hybrid Soul in a Bowl is an Antipodean-style outpost imitating Melbourne’s coffee and clean-eating culture. During the day, stop by for brunch, fruity smoothies and cakes; after dark, the café transforms into a social hub where you’ll find tapas and a candlelit cocktail lounge. Delicious, cheap and authentic Balinese street food can be found at Warung Nasi Bali Men Weti (Segara Beach, Sanur). There’s no website, tables or queuing system, but it might well be the best breakfast you’ll try on the island.


Photos Royal Purnama reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this vibrant luxury hotel in Bali and unpacked their sarongs and string bracelets, a full account of their blissed-out beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Royal Purnama

Neutrals are for wimps. Or so you might say after a visit to the Royal Purnama, a calm-inducing boutique hotel filled with colour on Bali’s sun-kissed south-east shores. While many Balinese stays opt for the tried–and–tested clean lines and cool tones, the Purnama is a vision in technicolour, inspired by its surrounding paddy fields, Balinese fabrics and the ocean. Rooms are decorated with hues inspired by East Bali’s famed sunsets; floors are a patchwork of coloured tiles, walls are adorned with paintings and intricate carvings all colours of the rainbow. Even the staff don purple batik sarongs. Outside, decor is pared-back; after all, there’s no need to bother with embellishment – the natural beauty of the sparkling blue ocean, immaculate emerald lawns and rice paddies, and the otherworldly black sands providing a naturally beautiful backdrop.

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