It’s always hard to pick a good stay in Bali especially when you don’t know what is the type of hotel you want to stay in. Bali has grown so much with new hotels and resorts built every year. There are many types of accomodations in Bali from budget to luxurious, from traditional design to modern design and sometime are the mix of them. But Balinese ambience accommodations are the sought-after one.
Traveler will always look for everything related to its destination identity. Whether it is their local music, local food, their culture, and so on. That’s why many hotels and resorts in Bali insert some local wisdom in several aspects of their design and service.
At the end of November I had a chance to experience the hospitality of Sudamala Suites & Villas resorts in sanur. In the search of finding the best stay in Bali, of course i didn’t reject the offer. Then I packed my backpack and one luggage to Bali with the expectation that this trip won’t dissapoint me.
It took about 30-45 minutes for the driver to take me and two more people from garuda inflight magazine and high end magazine- to the resort located on sanur area. The hot and sunny weather of Bali left me speechless. Although it’s not the first time, I still cannot get used to the way it stinks my skin. But everything about Bali can always step up my adrenaline rush thinking about things I will experience there.
Homey! It was the ambience I got the first time arrived at the lobby. The resort doesn’t look big on the front. I saw a well-designed restaurant in the corner next to the lobby and an auditorium with a big and tall door covered with a poster entitled “ ETERNAL LINE EXHIBITION at Sudakara Artspace”, “very interesting “, I thought, “maybe I’ll take a look once I have put everything to my room”.
“Here is the welcome drink Mr. Irfan”, I couldn’t resist not to take a gulp of a small glass with a yellow liquid and I bet it was an orange juice. It was very refreshing after a 30 minutes ride from the airport to the resort. They had us one by one signed a paper then gave us the key to our room. Sudamala Resorts Sanur has 34 villas with 5 categories.
2 Villa Suites
4 Studio Pool Access Suites
4 Studio Suites
13 Deluxe Garden Suites
11 Deluxe Suites
Luckily I stayed 3 nights (2 nights in Deluxe Garden Suite and 1 night in Deluxe Suite) and perhaps my experience will help you decide to stay here. The first two days I stayed in Deluxe Garden Suite, it’s a big room with my own garden and fence. And in day 5 I stayed in the Deluxe suite, the room is a lil bit smaller than the previous one but I still have my own balcony facing the natah saji outdoor performance space.
Day 1 Sudamala Sanur
I was surprised when I got my own wifi router in the room with my full name as the username and the password for the access, kinda new for me and it felt very personal. The room is very spacious and I have my own garden and all I can see is green everywhere. And I believe once you stay there you will never want to go out. I also have an outdoor bathroom in my Deluxe Garden Suite, imagine, how cool is that!?
Beside the bed, there was a couch facing a tv screen so I can watch movies, and also Sudamala provide me a basket of fruits. I don’t need to worry if I get hungry in the midle of the night. Well, enough with the room, I then go to the restaurant resort because they would held the opening ceremony of the Eternal Line art exhibition which I most anticipated that day. I actually don’t understand much about paintings but I just love to see it to explore what the painting is all about. The Eternal Line exhibition presenting two different genre of paintings made by Mangku Muriati and Teja Astawa, you can visit the event from 03 December 2015 – 03 February 2016.
Mangku Muriati’s paintings bound to the pakem of Kamasan style. It creates a strong distinction of style and explorations to those of her peers of Kamasan artist. Her works embodiment of the extravagant and extraordinary sanging (painters; subject of the royal court during the years of Bali dynasties ) aesthetic of Gelgel dinasty and Klungkung era. “Eternal Line” exhibition presents series of her works that are themed based on the narrations of Hindu teachings that are widely spread in indonesia – especialy on Java and Bali islands – by the Hindu-Budshist kingdom pf majapahit.
A different genre of paintings present by Teja Astawa. A discrete sense of iconographies, yet familiar but still vague if compared to Kamasan wayang painting, that somewhat seems randomly composed with absurd and humor play, I think that is what best describe Teja Astawa’s paintings. You can also buy the paintings if you interested on one of them. The ‘cheapest’ starts from IDR 7.500.000,- and the most expensive priced at IDR 71.000.000,- .
Day 2 Sudamala Sanur
I almost didn’t want to wake up on my second day there. My bed was very comfortable with 4 big pillows surrounding me. Maybe it was because the bed or the night time story they gave me on my bed. Yep, last night after dinner, when im about to sleep I found a scroll on my blanket and it was a night time story about indonesian urban legend story. This was my very first experienced to stay in a resort and felt like home, I then read the story and fell asleep. The breakfast is ala carte, my recommendation is muesli and ayam betutu omelet. Two eggs boiled is also a nice one. Don’t forget to order their cappucinno and flat white, they are awesome!
Sudamala has some tour packages you can choose when you stay here. If you are the person who has the eagerness in experiencing new culture, I suggest you to try Melukat ( Purification Retreat ). Just like the name, your body and soul will be purified. The ‘Purifying Waters’ package includes: two nights accommodation in a Deluxe Suite, Sudamala Sanur’s leading suite category for two persons (room category upgrades available for nominal fees); one-time two-course dinner for two persons with one glass of wine each at Ares Steak and Pasta restaurant; one-time 60-minute Balinese massage for two at Sudajiva Spa; daily breakfast; return airport transfers; and, most importantly, the ‘Purifying Waters’ experience at Tirta Sudamala Temple in Bangli – including English-speaking guide, private car, temple donation, purification in the temple waters and lunch of local delicacies. The entire package is priced at IDR 5.500.000++ (excluding tax and service charges) or IDR 6.655.000 net (including tax and service charges). I will tell you my Purification experience in a different post later.
I’m so happy when they told me that i got a spa complimentary. There were 4 choices and i chose the candle nut spa treatment. The Sudajiva spa located aside the poolbar (Joglo Cafe and Lounge), near the Sudajiva front desk you will see a yoga space called Suda Ening. One thing that i liked about this area is the smell of herbs and spices that keeping me comfortable, in addition i given a drink consisted of tea and honey, super relaxing!
It was quite a long treatment. I even fell asleep when the therapist did her job to massage me. So firm and gentle- and the power was there. She’s mastered it, i feel satisfied about everything in sudajiva.
Gone are my worries about the trip that could turn out to be boring. It was actually the best time for me. Everything was just right. The food, the room, the spa, the tour, the staff, and of course the Director of Sudamala Resort, Emily subrata who had accompanied and treat us with a heartfelt hospitality. Sudamala Sanur is definitelny one of the best resort in Bali especially in Sanur. And one thing you should know that Sudamala Resort Sanur awarded a Certificate of Excellence 2015 Winner by TripAdvisors. So book a ticket to Bali now, by then never hesitated to contact :
Sudamala Suites & Villas – Sanur, Bali
Jl. Sudamala No. 20 sanur 80227, Bali, Indonesia.
T: +62 361 288555 – F: +62 361 288333
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How to get there?
You can get there by Taxi or Uber Taxi. Or make an arrangement with the Sudamala Resort to pick you up at the ngurah rai airport.
Where to go ?
Sudamala lies in the heart of Sanur. You can try to go these places when you stay in Sudamala:
- Sudamala private beach (ask the reception for the directions and also you can ask them to lend you a bicycle)
- Massimo Gelato ice cream, you can go by foot around 15 minutes from the Sudamala resort
- Utama Spices, a place where you can find aroma therapy oil, facial treatments product, beauty products all made from 100 percent organic ingredients
- Soul in A bowl, a place open from brunch time. Serves a delicious eggs benedict.
- Cycling around Sanur beach in the afternoon or the best time is in the morning. You can sit then by the beach waiting for the sun to rise. AMAZING!
AND I HAVE A GIVEAWAYYYYYYYYYY
Win two Sudamala Resorts amenities package consist of Shampoo, Conditioner, Hand and Body Wash, Skin Lotion from APPELLES Apothecary Lab imported from Australia. They are 100 percents Organics!!!
So don’t wait to do these steps:
- Share this blogpost to your social media.
- Answer these questions in the comment section, what’s the Eternal Line Exhibition?
- Ask me anything about Sudamala Resorts.
- Example format “ ETERNAL LINE EXHIBITION IS ABOUT PAINTINGS. Anyway, How much the price of Deluxe Garden Suite for one night?”
- Answers can be written in Bahasa Indonesia or English.
- Winners will be announced on December 18th, 2015 at 01 pm.