What We Love
- Butlers/concierges mean seamless, intuitive service
- On a clear day, you can spy Javanese volcanoes across the shimmering Bali Sea
- Tours of the property’s temples and tales of its resident spirit, Dewa Ayu
What To Know
- Each villa is unique and holds from three to six people
- Three-hour airport transfer available for a surcharge
- Beaches are black sand and the nearest is a 10-minute drive away
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This intimate country inn’s award-winning formula is equal parts service, setting, and style: Six private villas — four of which have infinity pools — hide guests away in the jungle hills overlooking Bali’s north shore. Verdant grounds offer a pool, spa and tropical-garden patches while the plush, eclectic interiors and private verandas brim with Balinese antiques and handcrafted furniture. In the foodie destination of a restaurant, three-course daily-changing menus plumb the bounty of the on-site organic garden and nearby farm for modern riffs on Indonesian classics.
In the Area
Lovina may be famous for its dolphins — just try to dodge the touts and tchotchkes — but Bali’s scruffy, still-developing north shore offers plenty of the natural serenity that first drew backpackers to its black-sand beaches. The Damai can arrange guided temple tours and village trekking in nearby Kayu Putih’s terraced paddies. Or you can go it alone, following your nose to fragrant spice plantations and to Banjar Hot Springs, where carved stone dragon mouths spit soothing sulfurous water into two soaking pools. Golfers shouldn’t miss Bali Handara Kosaido, an iconic 18 holes inside an extinct volcanic caldera.
How to Get There
We extremely enjoyed the Damai - starting from the welcome tea and massage, the excellent food and special settings to the great staff - very friendly and helpful. It was my birthday during our stay and staff surprised me with a surprise dessert and song.
Only downturn was the dolphin spotting by boat - here you race along a bustle of other boats on a full highway. Not nice for the dolphins and the visitors. I do not think that the hotel should offer such tours.
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of mainstream Bali then The Damai in Lovina is a very good choice. The hotel is in a rural setting 5 to 10 mins from the town which makes the stay very peaceful and relaxing. Villas are spacious and well appointed with quirky features such as outdoor showers etc. Food is very good and breakfast options quite varied. Loved the freshly cut fruit delivered to your table each morning.The spa is also excellent with a variety of treatments, some of which I had not seen before. Therapists were very professional. All staff were super friendly and engaging. If you are travelling to this part of Bali this resort is highly recommended.
The Damai was the highlight of my 4-week trip to Bali. The setting is peaceful and beautiful, a real paradise. The staff are kind and go above and beyond to make your stay really special. Watching the sunset by the bonfire is a real must. I will definitely be back.