Need to know
Thirty-five, including 10 suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm, but flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $467.50, excluding tax at 21 per cent.
Rates include breakfast at the Selatan Clifftop Restaurant.
In 2016, Villa Tamarama was named Bali’s best villa by the island’s lifestyle magazine, Yak.
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
Swimming pool, beach club, spa, gym, playground, tennis court, watersports equipment at Sundays Beach Club, laundry service, free WiFi. In rooms: TV and DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities. Villas with three or more bedrooms also have a kitchenette with an oven, a microwave, a dishwasher and a coffee machine.
Our favourite rooms
For one-bedroom suites, the pick of the villas are Pawana and Nora; in the Ocean View Villas, the infinity edge of your plunge pool satisfyingly meets open the sea. For three or more bedrooms, go for the crisp white interiors of Villa Tamarama, which comes with its own 28-metre pool, full-service private bar and wedding-party-ready open-air pavilion.
The 28-metre turquoise-blue infinity pool stretches along the cliff edge, surrounded by fragrant tropical plants and delicately manicured lawns.
Book in for a top-to-toes health and beauty session at the Vela Spa; options range from a Balinese massage to a sandalwood body scrub, and all can be enjoyed either in the spa rooms or your own rooms.
Pack multiple swimming costumes – you’re not going to be wearing much else.
For guests who book three or more bedrooms, a private driver and in-villa butler service is provided. Unfortunately the resort is not accessible for wheelchair users.
Pets aren’t allowed (break it to them gently). See more pet-friendly hotels in Bali.
All ages are welcome; children (under-12s) can sleep in extra beds and baby cots, which can be added to all rooms free of charge.
Over-5s, especially ones who like to swim and swim and swim.
The handy interconnecting bedrooms at Villa Ambar set it apart for families with small children, while Villa Jamadara has a generous lawn for garden playtimes with a view.
The calm waters of the lagoon are a shallow and spectacular place to explore by kayak or paddleboard, and with a snorkel if/when they fall in. On dry land, there’s a playground to conquer and a flood-lit tennis court – ask the hotel to book a slot or a lesson, and check the schedule for other kids’ activities.
The private pools at the three-to-five bedroom villas have generous shallow ends and more than enough space for a friendly game of ‘Shark!’ The communal 28-metre infinity pool is one to slip into rather than splash into, unless there’s no one looking…
Both Selatan and Sundays have highchairs, children’s menus, baby changing facilities, and colouring books. Tip: you’re going to need the blue and green crayons.
The resort offers a free nanny service for up to four hours a day, with a limit of two children. After that, it’s approximately £15 an hour (IDR250,000). Be sure to book at least a day in advance.
No need to pack
The potty, or indeed crayons, paints, baby toiletries or a bath thermometer. There are toys aplenty for both outdoor play and in the bath. Beach bags and plug adaptors available on request.