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
Alright, you don’t necessarily need to go for probably one of the best, i.e. most luxurious hotels in the country when visiting Bali and trying to as close to the local lifestyle as possible. But when traveling through the country with our two children we chose to indulge in luxury a couple of days.
And you won’t regret it!
We took a 2 Bedroom Master Pool Villa, with two private swimming pools. The kids literally flipped out. The view from the front infinity pool is breathtaking and relaxation is at 100 %. The „room“ is huge and has two large luxurious bathrooms.
„Downside of the medal“ is that you pay very high prices for lunch, dinner and drinks if you choose to stay at the hotel‘s. there is a free shuttle service to the town though. But again, the food as well is of great quality. We didn’t mind as we stayed for 2 nights; the final bill for food/drinks was an (expected) eye opener.
As everywhere in the country, the Balinese are extraordinary friendly.
When you go there, do not miss out the iced cappuccino after lunch - it’s amazing :)
What I thought was a bit of a shame is that the hotel manager was nowhere to be seen. I‘d expect in such a small community of 19 rooms, the manager would at least welcome or speak to the guests occasionally.
What can I say! We’ve had the most amazing stay at The Damai and it feels very bittersweet to be leaving.
Lovina in general, is very quiet, with not a whole lot to do. This was ideal for us after a really long journey from England and exactly what we needed. The Damai was such a treat to be welcomed to, and the best possible way to start our Bali experience. (With a complimentary 15 minute welcome massage too!)
We simply cannot fault it! We enjoyed massages, which whilst more expensive than those in the spas in the centre, were divine. We’ve travelled in Thailand and we’ve had massages there and also in Lovina centre and have decided from now to spend more and have them done in the hotels/better places as it was such an amazing experience.
The only downside to The Damai is that it takes around 10 mins by car to get to the centre. However, this means you’re out of the hustle and bustle and the hotel runs shuttles to the centre (free 9-6 then a charge). We hired a moped which was really handy.
The breakfast was honestly the nicest we’ve ever had in a hotel. The cleaners were superb, cleaning twice a day without us even knowing they’d been around! The staff are the most attentive people we’ve ever come across and they can’t do enough to help you. The staff are a credit to this hotel and the reason it runs so well. The constant supply of water by the pool, the tea and coffee service and their knowledge is second to none.
We didn’t eat at the restaurant as it was so expensive and we were happy to venture out so cannot comment on the food. However, if breakfast was anything to go by, it will be amazing!
I can’t recommend this hotel enough if you’re looking for an amazing, tranquil, beautiful break from the madness. It feels like a whole other world and we’re so glad we experienced it!
The Damai is a beautiful hotel with highly friendly and attentive staff. Our room was gorgeous, breakfast was delicious, and we enjoyed the free shuttle into town (from 9am-6pm). It’s nestled up in the hills so be ready for a trek to find it.