Overall: Quiet, Nice for Couples
For a quiet and relaxing stay in Bali, Kamandalu Resort is a great fit. Don’t expect to find a party going on at midnight here, since it’s rather quiet. Honeymooning here is a great idea and they’ll even organize a beautiful candlelit dinner overlooking the hills. My favorite part was the morning yoga class in their yoga studio that felt more like a private treehouse. (Starting at $320/night)
Kamandalu Resort is located in Ubud, which is the mecca for organic food and yoga in Bali. This was one of my favorite areas, since it’s so health-centered and there are tons of amazing people and restaurants. The hotel itself is located about 10-15 minutes away from the health and yoga action on the hillside of Ubud and it’s rather quiet. The grounds are gorgeous and filled with greenery, so no complaints there.
I stayed in the pool villa and it was perfectly sized for two with an adorable mini cabana overlooking the forest. The only thing about villas is the little insects and bugs you might find crawling around your villas, but that can happen anywhere and the staff has some bug sprays they’ll lay out before bedtime. There are smaller rooms and bigger rooms (including a presidential suite) if you feel like splurging.
The hotel has two restaurants, one Western and one Indonesian, with decent options. Breakfasts are buffet-style and served at their main cafe. I was pretty displeased when the chef didn’t even know how to prepare an omelette, so it’s overall not the best I’ve seen here so far.
There were a select few employees that were very kind, but the rest seemed kind of upset to have to serve. The check in/check out staff were exceptionally kind though, as was housekeeping.
Villas don’t usually have many extra amenities, but Kamandalu has a spa and amazing yoga studio. Did I mention amazing? It’s wedged between the trees and overlooks the scenery. There’s a class every morning and the instructor is very kind and gentle. This is exactly what yoga in Bali should be like.