Need to know
48, including 28 suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 12.30pm.
Double rooms from $176.13, excluding tax at 21 per cent.
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.
No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 7 March 2019, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. 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).
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.