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
We stayed at this resort for 9 days. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They always greeted us with a smile and offered us help when needed.
One staff member stands out (Demmy) as we had an issue with water in our room and he brought a technician within few minutes to check and resolve the issue.
While we were there we felt an earthquake and Demmy came to our room to check on us. We felt we were well informed and looked after during our stay.
The breakfast was great and we also tried the BBQ dinner and my daughter especially enjoyed the Balanise dance performance during dinner.
I would totally recommend this place to our family and friends.
Very secure place all vehicles gets inspected before entering the resort.
Nice and fantastic facilities.
Very friendly staff always helpful. We met one of the staff members (Demmy) he gave us honest and very helpful advise for best ways to tour Bali. We couldn’t have enjoyed our holiday as much as we did without him.
Beachside pool and bar club is fantastic private and very instigramable.
Inside hotel pools and bar are really good and safe for children. Pools always monitored by staff.
My kids loved the kids club facility we made use of it a couple of times.
Close to the water sports activities (walking distance).
Daily free shuttle to take you to nice swimming beaches and and shopping centres and back. You don’t have to use a taxi to get there.
Breakfast was amazing three cuisines European Asian and Balannies
When we needed transport organised the hotel staff (Demmy) gave the best advice regarding using the metered taxi and the best company to use and the right routes to use.
I felt I made great friends in Bali and would be always keen to go back again.
The whole place needs a good clean! No hot water ! Took 2 phone calls to get someone to tell us yes there is a problem! Room not serviced total disappointment ! Not worth the money! Pictures do not show the full facts of the place! Breakfast was good but again windows desperate for a clean