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
When I first got to the hotel, it felt really welcoming. The service was awesome and every staff member was very welcoming and friendly. Love the welcoming drink as well. When they walked me to my room, I felt like I was going into a museum because it was very big and quite in the hallway. This hotel is about a 30 min ride to the airport, but is a bit far from Ubud or the central location. It walking distance to a lot of restaurants and super market. The best restaurant I think in the area is a place called Bumbu bali which is about 15 min walk from hotel. The hotel is big and close to a lot of water sport activities. You can use the pool right across the street and that's where you can walk by the beach. Don't expect to swim there since there are a lot of boats stationed there for tourist activities. There is another pool on the second floor as well which is more private. The gym was a bit small, but it was divided into 3 floors per the type of equipment you need to use.
The room was very nice and comfortable. I had a king size bed which was really 2 twin bed push together as one king bed. There was an outdoor space as well, but there was no view to it. It almost felt like your own private garden. I thought I can leave my clothes out to dry, but it didn't dry at all out there. The bathroom was very spacious. It's great for couples since they have a see through glass to the bathroom tub, but there are shades if needed. It's interesting how they only had one sliding door to be used for both bathroom and shower. I guess they only expect you to use one at a time. There is a safe in the room and a little foyer area for clothes. The fridge didn't work to well so I don't recommend storing anything that needs the freezer. Although this is far from the central area, I still recommend this hotel. I felt really safe in the area and it was a nice escape from the tourist trap.
This place is close to the culture park where you can see the big statue.
A true sample of excellent hospitality. Beautiful resort. The staff was extremely frendly. Every aspect of our stay exceeded our expectations. Would highly recommend this resort. Special thanks to the hotel experience mannager Demmy who maked our stay memorable
Thank you Sakala Resort for making our long stay memorable. Hotel is clean,modern and its definitly 5 star hotel!! Big thanks for all staff they were kind and helpful and special thanks for our hotel menager Demmy who help us to enjoy our holiday.