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
We stayed in a villa in the santai for one night before leaving bali and it was the perfect closure for a perfect holiday. The staff was very attentive and helped us with every request we made. The villa was beautifull and the rooms lovely. We cant complain abouy anything cause every detail was on point. We even had the transport service of the hotel to help us move wherever we wanted in bali. We will be back for sure. 10/10
Everything about The Santai was excellent. The transfer from the airport was fuss free and quick. The villa was modern and clean, very beautiful with lots of vegetation! I loved the open bathroom with lots of leaves and flowers! We had our breakfast delivered into the villa on time every morning. The staff is always so patient and accommodating to us! Thank you so much!
Great hospitality and staff are so friendly and helpful. They go out of your way to ensure your comfort.
Amazing food and great cooking experience with Chef Gede!
The pool is to die for and the rooms are so spacious and comfortable. Outdoor bathroom is great!
Will definitely visit again!
Amazing & authentic experience - learning how to cook a three course meal in the comfort of your villa (if staying at Santai) or in their kitchen. Well worth the cost. Friendly staff, everyone always had a smile! A must if staying in the area! (They can cater to your food requirements also). Gede the chef was so professional and made our experience memorable!!
The villa is amazing. The view from the lobby towards the path to villas is so good and once we are inside the villa we dont want to go out... we stay in a 2 bedroom villa and the pool is nice and big, room is comfy and bathroom is also nice.
Breakfast in villa has a lots of option and tasted good. Staff is nice and helpful. Free drop off to seminyak area
The food at the restaurant is also good.