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 rented a three bedroom villa and could not have had a better time. Service was impeccable. My toddler loved their free flow of pandan butter cookies and walked out of the room straight into the pool in the mornings. The adults enjoyed leisurely breakfasts and I and my mum even had massages in our room. Our drivers were very helpful too, showing us around and ferrying is to all the sights. On the first day he even loaned us some cash to get SIM cards before we got to the atm. Absolutely the best and would definitely come back!
Family trip ages from 61 to 16. Accommodation was superb so relaxing. All the staff made you feel like part of their family. Breakfast, lunch and dinner always delicious, as was the high tea. Massages great. Overall a fantastic experience
My partner and I have been to Bali numerous times and The Santai Villas are truely fantastic.
The service is the best we have ever had in Bali and the Villa is spacious and comfortable. The food is superb served by the very accommodating smiling staff.
Certainly a five star rating.