Get off the beaten track exploring rural Bali’s rice fields and traditional villages before a relaxing week at your pool villa close to the restaurants and bars of Seminyak.
3 nights Kerambitan, including breakfast; 7 nights Samaya Seminyak including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
11 days from £2,870pp
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On the beach - 7 days
A luxurious oasis of calm yet set on one of Bali's liveliest beaches, Samaya Seminyak offers the very best of both worlds. With cool, contemporary design and the pick of Bali's nightlife on its doorstep, it's hard to beat.
The upmarket resort of Seminyak is set along a wide sandy beach lined with restaurants, bars, shops and galleries. Less crowded and more discerning than many of Bali's resorts, it is home to some of the island's best hotels and finest dining. Step off the sand and into the lush grounds of the Samaya however, and a veil of tranquillity descends. Between the manicured lawns and water features lie charming villas that offer a serene retreat from the action. Mornings start with complimentary sunrise yoga sessions several days a week, there are two large pools, a spa and fitness centre and a variety of tours of the region on offer. Although the strong waves here mean the beach is not ideal for swimming, it is a popular surf spot and there's diving and golf available nearby. The hotel has two excellent restaurants, the secluded Brasserie Restaurant in the Royal Courtyard and the buzzy beachside Breezes which offers incredible sunset views.
The 52 sophisticated villas are extremely spacious, very private and offer butler service. Decorated in a sleek, modern style with traditional touches, all feature deluxe oversized bathrooms and private pools with sundeck and poolside loungers.
Before the beach - 3 days
A sleepy and highly traditional destination, Kerambitan makes a wonderful contrast to a stay in Seminyak. Located on Bali's less developed southwest coast, this is one of the island's most fertile areas and verdant, terraced rice fields surround the unspoilt villages here. The region is perfect for experiencing Balinese culture and is renowned for its Legong dancing, stone and wood-carving and traditional orchestras. Cycle round the villages and rice fields, stroll through historic Mengwi, see traditional craftwork in Pejaten or monkeys in Alas Kedaton, or visit 16th-century Tanah Lot temple on a rocky outcrop in the sea.
Set between lush rice paddies and a dramatic, black-sand beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, Waka Gangga is a charming, boutique hotel with a beautifully natural design. The secluded location in a traditional region is perfect for those looking to experience a more authentic side of Bali while the ten villas are spacious and comfortable, with some offering a private pool.
52 rooms, 2 restaurants, 2 pools
Samaya is a Sanskrit word referring to the inner sanctum of wellbeing and it’s an ideal way to describe the peace and tranquillity found at this resort. With just 52 rooms there’s excellent service and a high level of privacy for those seeking a peaceful, romantic getaway.
This chic, contemporary resort sits in landscaped tropical gardens, a quiet retreat just a few minutes’ walk from the choice of restaurants, bars and shops of the upscale resort of Seminyak. From a personalised butler service to 24-hour, in-villa dining there’s every feature you’d expect from an exclusive hotel.
The property offers a peaceful and relaxing experience, and whilst there are no specific children’s facilities, families are welcome to stay. Families can be well-accommodated in the self-contained two and three bedroom villas (with shared outdoor space) and babysitting is also possible for a local charge.
Located on Seminyak's beautiful powder-soft sand beach in southern Bali, the Samaya is just a short walk from a number of art galleries, boutiques and bars. Less crowded and more discerning than some of Bali’s other beach resorts, Seminyak has some great fine-dining restaurants nearby and whilst the town can be quite lively, it retains a laid-back ambience.
The beach at Seminyak often has great waves for surfing, although this does mean that the sea conditions are not always good for swimming.
The Samaya Seminyak is ideal for those looking for the best of both sides of Bali: a relaxing, luxurious beach stay in conjunction with plenty of options to explore and dine locally. Thoughtfully designed and offering plenty of privacy and space, it’s a great choice for couples and honeymooners with a tranquil and romantic atmosphere.
Each of the 52 self-contained villas has a private pool, walled-courtyard and huge bathroom, creating a private oasis that’s ideal for couples and honeymooners seeking seclusion. We’ve also found them popular with families as there’s plenty of space for children to roam freely. Each villa has a 24-hour butler service, four-poster bed and locally-sourced Indonesian details.
One bedroom garden pool villa
The 23 pool villas are very spacious at 220 sq m (2,368 sq ft). Bright and airy with a generous living space they are set within the tropical gardens.
One bedroom royal courtyard pool villa
The 19 courtyard villas are located in a Balinese village inspired setting across the street from the main part of the hotel. Each 330 sq m (3,552 sq ft) villa benefits from its own private swimming pool of at least 11 m (36 ft) in length, with a generous outdoor garden and a wooden gazebo that can be used either as a daybed or for private dining.
One bedroom royal pavilion
There are just seven one bedroom royal pavilions, each boasting a private pool, separate dining area, Balinese bale or gazebo and Jacuzzi. These spacious villas measure 330 sq m (3,552 sq ft).
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Activities, diving & excursions
There are two pools at the resort as well as a fitness centre and complimentary sunrise yoga three times a week. A surf school nearby offers the opportunity to try surfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding and windsurfing. Horse riding, golf and cookery classes can also be arranged.
The hotel doesn’t offer a PADI dive centre, however they do work closely with a local dive companies who can assist with diving arrangements if necessary.
The waters surrounding Bali have a rich marine life and varied dive sites include deep drop offs, steep banks, coral ridges and a number of shipwrecks.
Food & drink
The main restaurant Breeze is one of the most well-known dining options within Seminyak and has a sparkling atmosphere in the evenings. Running right along the beach, it offers a variety of international and local cuisine with uninterrupted views of the sunset over the Indian Ocean. There’s an outdoor seating deck so that you can enjoy alfresco dining, or romantic dinners by candlelight.
Across the road in the Royal Courtyard area there’s the Brasserie which serves a variety of traditional Indonesian dishes for dinner.
Alternatively, should you wish to experience complete privacy then there’s also the option to enjoy in-villa dining or, for a special occasion, one of the private pavilions set around the resort.
Breakfast times and locations are very relaxed and guests have the option to enjoy breakfast anytime, anywhere around the resort.
There’s a small but good quality spa with four treatment rooms — two of which look out across the ocean. A variety of treatments are available including the signature Samaya Massage with two therapists combining a variety of massage techniques.
Kerambitan is a small, attractive village located in Tabanan, a prosperous agricultural region of southwest Bali.
Terraced rice fields surround the district's villages and frequent religious ceremonies take place.
The village makes an excellent base from which to visit Tanah Lot, Mengwi, Pejaten, Alas Kedaton, Gunung Batukaru and Bedugul. Not by accident is the name Kerambitan derived from the Sanskrit karawitan, which means 'art, music, and dance.'
Kerambitan is renowned for its classical literature, Legong dancing, 'wayang'-style painting, stone and wood-carving and a 'tektekan' orchestra believed to have magical powers.
Accommodation: Waka Gangga
The natural rejuvenating energies of the Indian Ocean surf, the gently sloping rice terraces and the invigorating sea air make this a sanctum for a complete 'get away from it all' destination — restful quiet, excellent food and total comfort.
The 21 villas perch on gently sloping hills that fringe a sparkling black sand beach on the edge of the Indian Ocean with views over the gardens or the ocean. At least half of the villas have their own private pools in the gardens so for that extra privacy it is worth the small premium. The style in the same as other the Waka resorts as you are surrounded by the textures and colours of nature: dressed slate, tiles, smooth unpainted wood, soft homespun fabrics, intricately worked copper, fragrant alang-alang grass roofing, natural bamboo, rough-cut stone, flowers and foliage.
The rooms are all well designed with indoor and outdoor bathrooms, gardens with private gazebo, Satellite TV, and Wi-Fi throughout as well as all of the other amenities you would expect from a hotel of this level. The resort also boasts a traditional spa, fitness centre, boutique and library. There is also a main swimming pool close to the beach as this wild coast is not suitable for swimming.
Day by day
Having cleared immigration you will be met by your driver and guide and transferred to your hotel. Set in a great location among the paddy fields, surrounded by local villages, it's ideally placed for exploring this still traditional farming region and seeing a side of Bali unexplored by traditional visitors.
The Waka Gangga offers many activities to help you discover this beautiful area. You might like to trek or cycle past local villages, temples and plantations or visit local craftsmen. There is also a range of complimentary, cultural activities at the hotel for adults and children such as Balinese kite making or gamelan lessons.
Another day at leisure. Spend the day exploring or simply relax in your spacious villa.
You will be transferred to the beach in southern Bali today.
Enjoy settling into your private pool villa.
At leisure to relax, explore and enjoy the beach. You may wish to join one of the resort’s cultural activities, such as a Balinese sarong demonstration or village cycling tour.
You will be transferred to the airport today for your flight home.
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