The Royal Purnama art suites & villas
What We Love
- A private pool suite at an adults-only, five-star beach escape in rural Sukawati – extras includedThe views of the southern coastline and eastern mountains
- The displays of local artistry and craftsmanship in your pool suite
- The tranquil open-plan, open-air tropical-living concept
- The breakfast, afternoon coffee and pastries and massage you'll enjoy, on the house
What To Know
- Crowds of daytrippers do come in and out of the resort to take pictures with the Standing Stones and use the pool
- The immediate beach is not swimmable but the resort offers complimentary shuttle service to a different area of the beach as well as Ubud and Sanur
- Children are only permitted over the age of 12
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
There’s something particularly alluring about Bali’s southeastern coast, with its rice paddies; corn plantations; and groves laden with coconut, banana and papaya. Located in Sukawati, opposite the intriguing jet-black Full Moon Beach, this hideaway comprises low-rise villas and suites that exist in harmony with the tropical landscape and are quite the alluring destinations themselves.
The Royal Purnama is dedicated to arts and local craftsmanship, with traditional Balinese architecture and the creations of area artists adorning every space (many of these works available for purchase in the boutique and gallery). There’s an indoor-outdoor concept to the suites, too, with semi open-air bathrooms and airy open-plan living. And of course, in addition to touches like handmade furniture, five-star details abound – expect designer amenities, tons of room and all the modern additions you’d expect from an upscale TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner.
In fact, there’s little need to stray far from your private poolside oasis. You’ll find sophisticated Indonesian cuisine at the breezy Standing Stones restaurant, a beach lounge serving an all-day menu by the free-form pool, plus a library where you can select music and movies to enjoy later on. Of course, no Bali break would be complete with a visit to a spa – at this stay, you can make the most of the natural, mineral-rich ingredients sourced from the coast, with a revivifying sea-salt and volcanic-sand scrub.
There are 48 accommodations at this boutique retreat. The Jepun One Bedroom Pool suite features a bedroom and living area with a separate kitchenette and dining space. The exceptionally bright and large bathroom is semi open-air, with a double vanity station, an oversized granite bathtub, a tropical shower and lush plants that bring the outdoors in. You’ll have your own daybed or loungers and a softly lit private pool.
Standing Stones is a gourmet semi al-fresco restaurant that serves Indonesian and international dishes in a modern, Western presentation. It’s possible to take cooking classes here – a very enjoyable experience, what with the murmur of the sea in the background. In addition, there’s the beach lounge, which is ideal for more casual plates and refreshments.
The tranquil spa champions the restorative properties of natural local ingredients, including the famous volcanic black sands. There are two couples suites here, a single suite and an aroma steam room.
If it’s a glimpse of rural Balinese life you’d like to see, this peaceful stretch on the isle’s southeastern coast is perfect. The volcanic black sands of Full Moon Beach are strikingly picturesque, and there’s a reef nearby, as well as great surfing conditions. The staff can help organize local experiences centered around arts, culture and nature, and you’re only around 10 miles from Ubud.
How to Get There
The Royal Purnama was the first stop on our current Bali trip in December 2018. We booked two months in advance via SecretEscapes.com, which went smoothly and without any problem. We were promptly contacted by the staff to arrange airport transfer, which also went smoothly. The facilities are lovely, the rooms were clean and the private pool that belonged to our Jepun villa was a great addition.
Breakfast was à la carte, and very tasty with various international and local options. Our tip: ask for a mango fruit platter during mango season, they're awesome. The food offered in the hotel restaurant at dinner was mixed. The international options were great, but we got the impression that the chef doesn't regularly prepare local dishes. However the ice cream and sorbets were amazing.
However, there are some negatives:
The cleaning staff arrived at very different times during the day to make up the room, which is something that we have seen managed a lot better in other resorts. In out opinion it wouldn't be a great problem to simply inform the cleaning crew when the guests were sitting down for breakfast (room no. was always being asked by the restaurant staff, although everything you cloud order at breakfast was already included). It would be understandable if the hotel had been fully booked, but guessing from the number of other people that were sitting in the restaurant with us, they were maybe at 30%. One day our fruit basket wasn't refilled.
In fact, none of these things are great issues which we wouldn't have promptly forgotten about when we left for our next stop. However, a few days after we had left, suspicous charges we hadn't authorized starting appearing on the credit card we had used at the Royal Purnama, and only at the Royal Purnama. These charges (made by various Royal Z hotels Tottenham, Shoreditch etc.) totaled about 1000 Euros, and we had to have the card suspended. Quite annoying, since this was the first stop on a 3 week trip to Bali and Thailand. Our credit card was basically the first thing that we were asked to hand over upon arrival on day 1 for a 1 million IDR deposit, without even giving us the opportunity to pay cash (we're Germans, we love paying cash ;) ).
Fortunately, we have another credit card left, but we can't recommend the Royal Purnama for this reason.
My husband and myself returned to The Royal Purnama Art Suites & Villas for our second visit just recently. Once again we were absolutely spoiled by all the beautiful staff, each one going out of their way to make us feel special. Our pool villa was beautifully appointed and we spent five days just relaxing in our own private luxury.
Chef Jay treated us once again to his amazing food and my husband enjoyed a cooking class with him. The Spa is divine, I can say that we enjoyed probably the best massages that we have ever had in Bali.
All in all we could not recommend The Royal Purnama more highly and we will be returning to our new found paradise again and again.
Recently spent 5 nights in a one bedroom Ed Jepun villa booked through Secret Escapes.i had spent along time researching hotels and had dismissed this initially as I had been put off by the thought of black sand but who needs to go on the beach with such a lovely swimming pool surrounded by monoliths
The setting of this hotel is lovely with beautifully manicured gardens and tropical vegetation lined walkways .
The pool in the villa was 8 m long and you could have a proper swim in it. My companion had an accident and fell on the first evening and cut his mouth . The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and concerned for his wellbeing. We didn’t use the complimentary transport to go to Ubud as we were visiting there afterwards but a driver did take us to go shopping and to see local crafters being made. We also had a complimentary pick up from the airport.
This was a very relaxed hotel on the black sand sea front with lovely views along the coast. There was a gentle breeze from the sea which was nice. A good choice of daybeds and bean bags for relaxing by the pool and in the gardens.
We ate all our evening meals and breakfasts in the Stepping Stones restaurant which had a good choice of food both European and Balinese and you couldn’t fault the food or service. There was entertainment most nights which was excellent.
Happy hour cocktails excellent with some unusual choices on the menu.
Perhaps the highlight of the food was the afternoon teas and many visitors came to the hotel to indulge in them.
This is definitely a hotel I would recommend and return to when next in Bali. The staff ,accommodation ,food and service were first class.
We stayed here for 3 nights in one of the private villas with pool - the experience could be summed up as just amazing and outstanding all together!
Every single employee along our stay was not just friendly but also memorized names, villa number, favorite foods, etc...
My girlfriend is allergic to garlic, which sometimes makes choices a bit tough - during the day we ran into the chef and he simply offered to let him know a view hours in advance and he will be ready to prepare anything without garlic, thanx for that!
Attention to every single little detail, everywhere made our stay just outstanding!
If there were one thing to suggest from our side as a constructive feedback:
why not consider getting rid of plastic bottles. The hotel is serving drinking water in small plastic bottles, which I think is an unnecessary waste production.
My husband and I have just returned from TRP after celebrating our honeymoon. Where do I start....... . * *The staff are so helpful, polite, and attentive. There was never a point where I felt they wouldn’t go above and beyond for our comfort. * The villa and rooms. We were lucky to sample both due to a mess up from our supplier. The room we were given was gorgeous and had a personal jacuzzi. We were happy with that although we had booked a villa with pool so felt a little disappointed. TRP were quick to rectify this for us and give us the honeymoon experience we were expecting. We were given a villa with TWO rooms so we were now spoilt for choice. The villas are stylish, well equipped and comfortable, and I enjoyed teasing our friends back home with pictures. The private pool really makes you feel as though you are living the life. * And then there is the breakfast. Generous portions and selection choices. I must say that all the food on the menu is really good and tasty. I suggest the lamb curry, which became our firm favourite!!
We had the best time spent with sincere people who gave us a pleasurable stay. We would reccomend TRP to anyone heading out to Beautiful BALI.
Words for the wise: two for one cocktails every night 5-7pm! (Need I say anymore :)