What We Love
- A truly boutique resort; there are only 11 villas
- Set in a very traditional part of Bali; this is a place for culture vultures
- Bikes, kids toys and yoga mats are provided free of charge
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Umalas is relatively remote. The resort is surrounded by lush rice fields dotted with traditional villages
- The spa is at sister property the Amala, though in-villa treatments are available
- The restaurant can provide in-villa chefs
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With just 11 villas in a serene spot in southwestern Bali, the Santai is a true boutique escape. This very modern resort is an architectural feast that employs the gentle facets of Balinese design using superior materials. The lobby (which doubles as a round-the-clock executive lounge) and the main restaurant are covered by a vast sloping roof that allows the breeze to waft beneath. Statuesque gray stone columns are inscribed with Balinese script, and the villas are set well apart to allow for maximum privacy.
Bed & Bath
There’s a choice of two or three bedrooms per villa, but both sport an aquamarine-tiled private pool bordered by small trees and shrubs, a sundeck, a living room, a dining area and a kitchen. Subtle lighting and muted colors lend a calming vibe to the interiors, while the glass-walled bathrooms are deliciously airy and exciting. Butlers are on call 24/7 and will stock the fridge if supplied with a shopping list prior to arrival.
Gong restaurant serves Asian and international dishes made from locally grown ingredients. The gado gado (vegetables in a peanut sauce), the earth-oven lamb, and the sharing platter of satay (barbecued meats) are all amazingly good. The chef’s team will also cook in your villa, whistling up anything from a degustation menu to an assortment of canapés. In general the staff is exceptionally well attuned to the needs of the guests, who are encouraged to compile a wish list when they check in.
In the Area
Inland from the coast, Umalas is the Bali of everyone’s imagination: lush rice fields dotted with small homesteads and villages and overlaid by an air of calm. The appeal is immediately obvious, and there are scores of private villas in the area, as well as spas and small resorts like the Santai. An organized bike tour with Bali Bike Baik is a great way to explore. Restaurants such as Lezato, which serves Mediterranean fusion, provide a tasty alternative to resort dining. And Tanah Lot, Bali’s ultimate seaside temple, is only a short ride away.
How to Get There
The resort is a wonderful, quite, excellent for relaxing; as well as for occasion’s celebrations, they really pampered us during our stay.. they care even to have our daily breakfast by sending it to the room. Not only that, but even the transportation was always free moving from the hotel to Seminyak and from & to airport. All the staff are friendly including Rini,Yulia, Gede, Tania..
For the first time I really see attention to detail and service as some of the most important things along with of course cleanliness and design. Never have I seen a property as breathtakingly beautiful as the santai.
I have traveled a lot in my life and this is definitely the best food I ever had. The chef, Mr. Gede knows how
to make someone get their appetite back and the food is totally amazing. He has an excellent attention to detail and made us feel very comfortable and got a really great experience for food throughout our whole stay. And the waiter , robi has delivered excellent service.
If you wish be isolated and enjoy private condition, this villa is one of the best choice. Private villa offer enough facility and you can be relax all the time. You can enjoy very personalized service and slow time in here. Also you can find various restaurant, beach around Seminyak area where is about 15min from hotel by shuttle.I totally enjoyed the stay in the Santai. The villa was excellent and also staff are well educated. All service is perfect and really pleased to have a stay in here. This was also good experience to my family. This time we came with family but also you can come here with nice friends and/or several couples. It also must provide pleasant time for you.
My husband and I recently stayed at the Santai for 5 nights and we loved everything about it! The pool was a great size and the bathrooms and bedrooms were lovely. The staff were so professional and friendly. I would rate the service a 10/10 as the food in the restaurant and room service was also so delicious. Ani delivered most of the room service meals and was so delightful. Our 10 month old daughter spent a lot of time cuddling the staff and they all always had time for her!! I can’t fault anything about the Santai. Fantastic stay... we will definitely be back for a longer stay!!
The Santai become highlight property of our trip to Bali this time. The service from check in to check out was flawless, food is delicious and will never make you bored of eating the same menu - they have large selections of yummy foods! Our room and pool always clean. They offer shuttle to Seminyak (on request) with their clean cars, We love it.
For improvement - since they have good family concept maybe kids engagement can be improved such as provide amenities for children, offer babysitting service etc anything that attract more families to stay in the villa.
Cant wait to come back.