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 had a lovely stay and the staff were amazing. They were very kind and quickly tuned into our coeliac daughter, especially ordering in GF bread for her breakfasts.
Our villa was amazing, liked the location away from the bustle of Seminyak with shuttle available to get into town when we wanted. Loved the in-room massage and breakfast. Would highly recommend.
Great team at Santai who really look after the guests makes the Bali trip more memorable and amazing! Every team member has a smile and greeting for you. They go out of the way to make everything easy for you. You are really pampered by them.
Santai Villa however has three things to improve and then it gets 5 stars!
More lights in the rooms, in the bathrooms and also the outdoor pool area as it is very dark and dull. Additional lights will improve the ambiance and make the outdoor area usable for BBQ and evening swim.
Please ensure weekly pest service is done as there were 4 rats trapped in a span of 2 days from our rooms. We understand that we are near rice fields however lizards and rats can be controlled.
More food option on Breakfast, Lunch and dinner menu will be great as it becomes really boring if you are staying 5 days or more as options are very limited.
One of the best places we have ever stayed in. The accommodation was fantastic and the service was outstanding. Lots of little touches that made our stay special like putting a bookmark in our books so we didn't lose our place.
We had some days where we didn't want to leave our villa as it was so peaceful and relaxing by our private pool.
We had a 2 bedroom villa and were there with our two teenagers.
The staff here were wonderful, they call themselves our Santai Family and that is what it felt like. Nothing is too much trouble and you felt like they genuinely cared.