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
During our first Bali holiday three years ago, we already spent a few days at The Damai and could hardly wait to return there. Of all the hotels we have visited in Bali so far, this one is our absolute number one.
This time we chose the Master Pool Villa because we wanted to have a large private infinity pool (and it's really big!). This villa is actually intended for families: three bedrooms, three bathrooms, large living area, kitchen... everything you need. You can't get enough of the decorations and furnishings!
The hotel has a total of 14 villas scattered over the extensive area. A golf caddy took us from our villa to the restaurant or to the hotel pool and back.
Dinner is served on the terrace around the pool, breakfast on the first floor of the restaurant. Since my wife is in a wheelchair, we were laid a table on the terrace every morning. Breakfast and dinner are excellent, with a very interesting selection of dishes. We liked it so much that we ordered the chef's cookbook called "My Bali Kitchen" (it comes from Denmark, where the owner of the hotel comes from). We will see if and how we can put one or the other recipe into practice, but it is a nice souvenir.
We enjoyed our stay at Damai to the fullest. Only negative point (but the hotel can't help it): On the hill opposite there is a temple, where a ceremony takes place from time to time, with songs and prayers which are rather hard to digest for our ears. Unfortunately, the temple is equipped with loudspeakers, so that everything was to be heard even with closed doors and windows also in our villa. And it took hours, until well after midnight! Quite enervating!
For people with reduced mobility: There are two steps to get to the terrace of the restaurant and to the pool, as well as a few quite high steps to enter the infinity pool. At the Master Pool Villa, you have a few steps to get from the living room to the main bedroom and to the bathroom. No handrails.
The villa is very spacious & have a very nice view. Floating breakfast was also very delicious! Me and my boyfriend had a great time. We even drank the welcome juice twice because it’s very nice. And when we requested for one more before we checkout, the staff was very friendly & gave us 2 cup of the drinks. One the 2nd day, we met the GM, Christy & he was very friendly! Thanks for the wonderful stay The Damai!
It is really a gem in the northern part of Bali. Looking at the magnificent reviews, I feel like I needed to check it out myself. As someone who loves quietness, I really love spending my time in a tranquil places and The Damai is really the place to be. Nice villas, friendly attentive staffs, lovely breakfast and the roasted chicken for dinner is to die for. This type of places is the one will make people coming back!
They have more benefits for direct booking and we did that luckily. One of the benefit we love was the massage. Actually we get only 15 minutes the welcome massage but then we extended with the special price they gave. Really good massage they did with the open room and the sound of nature that made us more relax. Thanks to Ketut and Eka to make us slept during the massage and woke up so fresh. The food was also really good. All the people who work there were so friendly and helpful. The lady at the Reception was so professional, thanks for that as well. But overall I would say it was really wonderful stay even only for really short one. Definitely will be back again!
We enjoyed the stay at the Damai with wonderful hospitality, delicious food and would absolutely recommend as this was a once in a lifetime experience for us. The massage was fantastic and the food exceptional.
Also recommend the walk through the gardens.