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
Mesi: Really good service, felt very comfortable and was at all times at our disposition for everything. It was a pleasure. The staff in general has been there for us at all moment and happy to attend you.
We'll be back for sure! We loved everything about this place, the highlights:
The staff are incredible, I have never seen such a happy and helpful team before.
The Villa's are amazing, quiet and well appointed. They are laid out really well so you hear very little noise from another Villa.
They arranged transport anywhere we wanted to know.
It's really well located so it's close enough to get anywhere you need to be but quiet enough you can relax.
I really cannot speak higher about staying here. We had such a great time. Highly recommended.
we had a wonderful stay at the Santa, made all the better by the fantastic staff. They were particularly great with the children, and looked after us superbly. The villa was spotless and the facilities exceeded all our expectations. The free shuttle to the local beaches was a great bonus and also the information provided on the local area/culture. Would definitely stay again.
Our 5 day stay with my mum in the villa was a fantastic experience! The service in all areas of thie Santai was super professional. The food was exceptional (we barely had to eat out) the rooms were amazing ! The size of the pool was incredible and sooo big !
The Santai definitely exceeded my expectations. Their generosity and friendliness made our stay one to remember.
Thank you to all team members that looked after us ☺️
Very peaceful place. Stayed here on February 2019. All the staff are very friendly and helpful. The villa cleanliness is excellent. Thanks to Yulia, Tri, Yande, Andre, Mesi, Tania, and the cleaning staff Ricky and Padma. We absolutely recommended this villa!