Need To Know
45 pool villas with one to four bedrooms, plus the five-bedroom Grand Cliff-Front Residence.
12 noon, but flexible subject to availability, and a 50 per cent charge up to 6pm. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £395.96 (IDR6,299,750), including tax at 21 per cent.
Rates exclude the American breakfast (US$35 a person; US$17 for under-12s; free for under-7s. Prices exclude 21 per cent tax and service). You'll also get a welcome drink and fruit platter, and non-motorised watersports at Karma Beach Bali free. A minimum three-night stay is required over the festive period (27 December–3 January). Children Baby cots are free for under-3s; extra beds for children aged 12 or over cost US$108.90 each a night, including breakfast; extra beds for under-12s get a 50 per cent discount. Villas with a third bedroom include twin beds. There's a free daily kids' club for kids aged 2–12.
Karma Kandara is perched on a coastal cliff with a ravine running through the property, meaning there are steps and steep paths throughout – worth remembering if you have toddlers to carry or prams to push. Access to the beach 85 metres below is via a fun funicular, though, which children will love and can travel on independently.
No arrivals or departures are allowed on 28 March 2017, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.
At the hotel
Private beach with watersports, spa, swimming pools, restaurants, bars, kids’ club, beach club, gardens, library, gym, concierge, WiFi (free up to 3Mbps).
In your room
Flatscreen satellite TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, Smeg-equipped kitchen with stocked refrigerator, tableware, washer/dryer, microwave, oven and dishwasher, pillow menu, black-out blinds, own-label natural toiletries, private pool, courtyard garden.
Our favourite rooms
The spacious, thatch-roofed, white-washed villas are designed for family groups, with one to five ensuite bedrooms, generous living, dining and semi-alfresco bathing areas (with a bath and shower) and fully equipped kitchens. Inspired by Balinese garden compounds, each incorporates pavilions set around a private courtyard and plunge pool, and is decorated with a contemporary take on traditional styling. Bedrooms come with king- or queen-size beds; if you have three bedrooms, one will have twin beds. For particularly pleasing ocean panoramas, request the Four-Bedroom Grand Luxury Pool Villa or Three-Bedroom Cliff-Front Residence. The three-storey Five-Bedroom Grand Cliff-Front Residence – aka Villa Maria – has unrivalled views, a cinema room, gym and spa pavilion.
All pools are outdoors and unheated, ideal for Bali’s warm climate. The main infinity pool has fantastic sea views. Of the two tiers, the lower one is shallow and ideal for little Smiths. A lifeguard is on duty daily from 9am to 5pm. There’s also a pool at the kids’ club. You’ll need to keep a close eye on younger Smiths around the villa, as the private pools aren’t toddler-friendly.
Just one word: wow! Like everything else here, Karma Spa comes with a view – open-sided spa huts gaze out over the Indian Ocean horizon, and there's a spa tent set up on the beach, too. The therapists get ongoing multi-disciplinary training, so you're in great hands. Once you’ve blissed out on a Healing Stones Chakra Massage, for instance, detox in the infrared sauna and cliff-hanging Himalayan crystal salt regeneration pool. As well as some incredible massages, acupuncture, cupping and Reiki, there are special treatments for fingers and toes, Mr Smith-tailored massages, couples sessions and yoga for kids. Many treatments can be arranged in-villa, if it's too much effort to slope off to the spa.
The property is home to a band of cheeky monkeys who hang out near the restaurant and pool. Kids will love watching their antics, but must never feed them or get too close.
Most activities can be organised while you're in-house, but if you want to ensure some 'you' time in the outdoor Jacuzzi for two at the spa, book ahead. Request a pushchair, if you need one, when you reserve your room.
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The resort monitors water and energy use, and is exploring renewable energy options. It recycles avidly and an outreach fund, Karma Cares, supports Balinese children's charities.