The Sakala Resort Bali – All Suites
What We Love
- Hopping out the back door of your ground-floor suite directly into the meandering lagoon pool
- The best burger in Bali, aptly named the Heart Attack Burger (two patties of Black Angus beef and all the trimmings)
- Exotic treatments at the intimate spa, from traditional Balinese massage to the signature Himalayan crystal body polish
What To Know
- Until around 2 p.m., the waters off the beach are the domain of colorful wooden fishing boats, and open to swimmers after that
- Guest rooms are on the land side of the peninsula’s only road, so you have to cross the street (always manned by guards) to get to the beach
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
At the tip of Bali’s Tanjung Benoa Peninsula, the The Sakala Resort (formerly the The Chedi Sakala Bali) is flanked by two stone idols that peer down with serene hauteur. Beyond the entrance, massive towers lining the infinity pool are lit by torches, like the citadels of a pagan fortress. From here the peninsula narrows, and the guestroom wings are located across the street. An understated modernity runs through the public spaces, from the pavilion lobby, which has fanciful flying overhangs, to the meandering paths in the garden surrounding the lagoon pool, too vast to be taken in with a single view.
Bed and Bath
The 247 suites start at a very spacious 624 square feet, and each is divided into two main areas. On the entrance side is a kitchenette, dining table for two and a cozy living room; on the other side you’ll find a sleek black stone bathroom and a bedroom. Walls are textured in cool-hued fabrics and polished hardwood, with a perfect orchid as the exquisite accent. Bathrooms are anointed with signature ylang-ylang and lime toiletries and have large tubs and an open closet. The 14 pool villas are two-story houses set up like homes; they feature a full kitchen and a private pool with a built-in whirlpool bath.
Sakala Bali is one of the best restaurants in southern Bali, where the competition has become fierce. Quebecois chef Frederic Boulay has created a diverse menu that offers fresh tropical ingredients with French elegance, as well as an array of pan-Asian classics. The resort itself may be brand new, but the signature restaurant is well seasoned, having opened two years ago. The four-story health club is equipped with the latest generation of fitness machines, free weights, a kinesis station and a yoga studio. Personal trainers and private yoga sessions are available by appointment. In addition to the lagoon pool, an infinity pool runs alongside the signature restaurant toward the sea.
In the Area
Tanjung Benoa was a sleepy peninsula of fishing villages until a few years ago; now the area’s restaurants compete with the best of Bali. Bali Bumbu was the pioneer, a hands-on Balinese cooking school that has become one of the island’s most popular tourist attractions since it opened in 1997. In nearby Nusa Dua, the Museum Pasifika offers a splendid collection of paintings and sculptures by foreign artists who have lived in the region (Paul Gauguin, Miguel Covarrubias, Donald Friend). The iconic Uluwatu temple is a short drive away, near some of the most famous surfing beaches in the world, such as Padang-Padang — which is also ideal for lazing away a sunny day.
How to Get There
Awesome Villa’s and facilities. Location is great next to the beach. Family had a great time, Demmy was a huge help regarding day trips, dining and making sure everything ran well. Love the pools and bars.
Kids club could be more user friendly.
Will be back +++
I booked two bedrooms suite under free cancelation term, at end of march 2019. There was change of plan, therefore I needed to cancel my booking, cancelation was posted on 30th March. When i asked them about how long it will be credited to my credit card, they said it will be around 3 weeks working days(!!). Longest refund period needed I ever experienced. After 1 month, on 3rd May I contacted them by phone to ask about it (still haven't received it). The staff at the reception said, there has been a mistake, and my refund request had just been processed by their accounting dept on that day !! After the whole month, I have waited for nothing. And they said it possibly will take another 2-3 weeks! (Although in the end they said it will be only 2 days, after I got really upset).
Very unprofessional. Do not ever book direct from their website. Always use agoda or booking, etc. Their refund process is much faster and easier.
My partner and I had just gotten engaged and we were discussing options for things to do for our wedding. We decided that we wanted to do a destination wedding. We had heard great things about Bali and so the online search for the perfect place to host our occasion began. We came across Sakala Resort and the photos looked amazing. As soon as I saw the picture of the pool wedding, I said to my fiancé, that’s what I want, she agreed and so that what we went with. We contacted the Resort via email and we quickly received a response from Novia. She was amazing. My fiancé and I have nothing but the highest praise for her and the work she did leading up to our big day.
Once we arrived in Bali and it was time for the big day, my fiancé and I were astonished at how fantastic everything was. The setting, the food, the staff, the hair and makeup, the flowers, were all simply stunning. My friends and family were also amazed.
We have nothing but the highest praise for Sakala and would definitely recommend it to all of my friends. If you get opportunity to stay here. Take it 🤗.
So many lovely staff working at the Sakala. Wiwik was always happy and helpful and went out of her way to make our holiday as enjoyable as possible. Nothing was too much trouble for Wiwik.
Hendro the bar tender was also very helpful. He had a good rapport with holiday makers and was always helpful and friendly. He made a great cocktail!
All other staff were excellent too. This hotel was the best stay we have had in Bali and I am sure we will visit again.
Searching online for a decent hotel room in Bali for under Rp 1.7 mil, I stumbled upon a suite in the Sakala Resort, Tanjung Benoa, and decided to book for a night. I opted for a deluxe suite which suits my budget.
When I first arrived, I could find no one at the receptionist desk, I had to ask for the bellboy and waited for quite a while till one of the receptionists showed up - she was polite and apologetic though. All the paperwork was settled quickly but then the EDC machine couldn't work so I had to wait again for her to find another EDC machine. That kinda ruined my mood, fortunately the iced tea - welcome drink is pretty good and refreshing.
After done checking in, I was escorted to my room - which is really far from the lobby, I mean really really far... But I guess that's the risk of staying in a big resort, you really have to walk far to get to your room. Once I got in the room, I found the room to be very nice, very roomy, exactly like it was advertized and pictured in many many booking websites. The bed is nice with many pillows, the bathroom is big with a nice bathtub and separate shower, it even has a kitchen with electric stove, microwave, and a sink. I watched several movies on the living room which has nice Bose speakers. It was really nice overall. But I was a bit disappointed with the view - facing a small road which made it not so private, so I prefer to close the curtains the whole time. I suggest to better pick the pool-view/pool-access rooms although it costs more.
The swimming pool was huge and beautiful, which I think it's one of the highlight of the resort, but too bad people who are staying in the pool-access rooms dry their towels and bathingsuits on their balcony which made the view of the pool "not so instagrammable".
The breakfast was really nice, plenty of options to choose from. It even has chocolate fountains which were meant for kinds perhaps - but I got the enjoyment of covering a plate full of marshmellows with chocolate just for myself.
My checkout process was quick without any problem. Overall I had a nice stay and I could say that the value for money of the room I picked is really good. I don't think I could get a better suite with that budget.