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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Spacious private villas

    Hip beach club + bar

    Sea views from the spa

  • Kids will love

    Fun, free kids club

    Sheltered beach lagoon

    Monkeys and mealtimes

  • Don’t expect

    Late-night drinking

    Crèche for under-2s

    Flat surfaces for prams


Sitting pretty above the dazzling Indian Ocean, family-friendly Karma Kandara hotel on Bali’s southern Bukit Peninsula takes escape to a higher plane. For you? Blissful spa treatments, private villas, delicious dining and a hip, after-dark beach bar. For them? Space to go wild and a kids’ club by the sea where they can mix with other Junior Smiths.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Karma Kandara with us:

A mocktail-making class with the resident mixologist for Smith junior(s)

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Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Karma Kandara

Advance Purchase 15% Stay Longer 20%


‘Junior Smiths can spend hours playing on the beach, snorkelling the reef, kayaking in the shallows, splashing in the pool or being entertained at the free Three Monkeys Kids Club, plus there's a great kids' menu and dedicated children's pool, too’

Smith & Family


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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.

More details

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.

Hotel closed

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.

Book ahead

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.


Sorry, you have to leave Fido at home.


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.

Food and drink

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Main restaurant Di Mare is an airy white-washed space set above the main pool. Executive chef Iain Murphy serves a Mediterranean fusion menu – try red wine infused fillet of Wagyu beef or the garlic Jimbaran prawns. At laid-back waterside veranda restaurant Karma Beach Bali, down on the sand, it’s all lip-smacking Indonesian seafood and wood-fired pizzas. The wine bar, Veritas, has an addictive tapas menu.

Family fare

Children are welcome at either restaurant, but will feel most relaxed at Karma Beach Bali. The colourful Karmalicious children’s menu features delicious age-appropriate delights such as Thomas the Tank Engine’s baked chicken nuggets, Incredible Hulk grilled cheese sandwiches, and Harry Potter’s English muffin pizza, as well as local flavour from Little Buddha’s nasi or mee goreng.

Hotel Bar

Fruity concoctions for the nippers and ice-cold beers, wine and cocktails for you can be found at Karma Beach Bali’s curvy-cool bamboo pavilion down on the shore. Serious oenophiles will enjoy Veritas, the glass-clad tapas-toting wine bar overlooking the coastline. It's a grown-up affair, so consider booking a babysitter for a session here. Sink into dark velvet club chairs, and sample chardonnays and pinots from Bali's first Enomatic wine dispenser – just help yourself to a glass with your own access card – or take advice from the sommelier. Temple Lounge & Bar, on the roof above Di Mare, is another dreamy drinking den with cool cocktails, Middle Eastern sharing plates, Moroccan styling and great views. Its mellow, sun-kissed mood works for the whole family, but save the shisha pipes for after bedtime.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am–10.30am; lunch, 11am–4.30pm, and dinner, 5pm–10.30pm. Last orders is at 10.30pm at Di Mare, Veritas and Temple Lounge & Bar; Karma Beach Bali pours drinks until 11pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    The perimeter tables for two at Di Mare are best for romancing couples (book ahead), but the larger, elevated tables further back still have great views, and some include banquette seats. There’s also a communal table should your brood befriend others.

  • Room service

    Available around the clock. Try fresh fruit platters and ricotta hotcakes for breakfast; Jimbaran Bay tempura prawns and grilled yellow-fin tuna for lunch or dinner. Wood-oven-fired pizzas and the signature Wagyu burger are delicious any time.


    With each villa sporting a kitchen, fridge, microwave and tableware, it's easy to knock up family-friendly meals or snacks chez vous. Stock up at local supermarkets (ask staff for directions, or to take care of your shopping for you), or request a private chef to whip up dinner or an in-villa barbecue for your party. No outside food or drink is allowed on the property.


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Parent approved

‘Junior Smiths can spend hours playing on the beach, snorkelling the reef, kayaking in the shallows, splashing in the pool or being entertained at the free Three Monkeys Kids Club, plus there's a great kids' menu and dedicated children's pool, too’

Smith & Family


None, but you can book a trained babysitter with four hours’ notice, from US$9 an hour, and under-2s are welcome to use the kids' club facilities when accompanied by an adult.

Kids Club

Three Monkeys Kids Club caters for children aged 2–11, and is open daily from 9am to 5pm. The attractive, well-equipped (and free!) club keeps younger guests entertained with treasure hunts, dressing-up, beach larks and junior cookery classes, as well as Balinese dancing, and puppet- and mask-making – there's much emphasis placed on learning about local culture and plenty of immersive experiences for families to try together. Older children will be drawn to the table games, games consoles, and pool action.


Given four hours’ notice, Karma Kandara can organise a trained babysitter to watch over the kids in your villa, from US$9 an hour.


The villas are really too far from Di Mare restaurant to use devices, so a babysitter's the best option for romantic dining. You may want to pack your own monitors to use in your villa, though: some are spacious enough for even quite loud 'complaints' to go unnoticed from your pool deck or master bedroom.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Prams (request in advance)

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Puzzles • Beach toys • Pushchairs (request in advance) • Play pens • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Board games • Games consoles • Puzzles • Kayaks


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Things to do

Kids who like to duck and dive – in the water, of course – will be completely in love with Karma Kandara. There’s your private villa pool, the two-level main infinity pool below Di Mare restaurant, the kids’ club pool, and the private beach, where a protective reef-fringed lagoon makes for safe snorkelling and splashing. Needless to say, there are plenty of poolside options for presiding parents: shaded relaxation pavilions, sunloungers and seaside salas. There are also kayaks available by the beach for leisurely paddling close to shore. On land, pampering Karma Spa will get your attention; and the kids’ club activities should distract the smalls.

Hotel activities

There's amazing snorkelling to be done just off the beach, as well as kayaks to borrow for gentle offshore pottering. The hotel can arrange all manner of outings and activities, from catamaran-cruise diving excursions to a morning of browsing the fish market before cooking your own Balinese feast. If the smalls need a break from the sunshine, send them to the free air-conditioned romping room, equipped with toys, games and child-friendly flicks, just near reception. For those wanting to get rid of some holiday calories, organise sunrise t’ai chi on the beach, an outdoor cardio-boxing session or an aqua-aerobics lesson at extra cost – they can all be adapted to suit a family group. There's even Stand-up Paddleboard yoga, for the seriously core-committed.

And there's more…

Look out around the resort for the fruits of Karma Kandara’s artist-in-residence programme, which nurtures the talents of painters, sculptors and musicians, and might engage young or creative minds.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Popular with surfers and backpackers is the simple yet welcoming Yeye’s Warung (+62 (0)361 742 4761) between Uluwatu and Padang Padang beaches, where you can get Indonesian, Thai and Indian food, along with pizza and burgers (and retro surf videos).

Don't miss…

Karma Kandara’s calendar ( of adult- and family-friendly events, including Karma Days (gigs by visiting musicians and DJs), club and movie nights, and parties. The regular Sunday sessions are legendary.

Karma Kandara is perfect for leaving the rat race behind, recharging your batteries and discovering the Bukit Peninsula's amazing beaches and spectacular scenery. One of Bali's most revered Hindu temples, cliffside Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is just 10 minutes' drive from Karma Kandara. Catch one of the nightly kecak dance performances at sunset; the dramatic costumes and Monkey God hero should entertain the kids, although younger Smiths may find the show a tad long. Watch out for mischievous pick-pocketing monkeys.

The Bukit is known for its surf: book big kids in for lessons at Padang Padang Surf Camp (+62 81 999 283 549); they'll start on the sand and then convene to a nearby beach suited to their level. In the heart of Kuta, Waterbom Bali waterpark (+62 (0)361 755 676) has 10 slides, an activity pool, bungy and hectares of tropical gardens. Under-12s must be accompanied by an adult but there are some grown-up facilities, too. Pool bar, anyone? Among the residents of the Bali Bird Park (+62 (0)361 299 352) in Singapadu are extremely rare (and incredibly beautiful) white Bali Starlings, as well as Komodo dragons. Join a feeding session, catch a flight show or have your photo taken with cockatoos, hornbills and other exotic species.

Board the Bali Hai II luxury catamaran (+62 (0)361 720 331) at Benoa Harbour (on the eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula) for a fun-packed day cruise to Lembongan Bay. Families will have a blast, with a treasure hunt, coral-viewing, village tours and a guided snorkel tour geared towards younger folk.

At nearby Smith-approved stay Alila Villas Uluwatu (+62 (0)361 848 2166), poolside eatery Warung serves authentic Indonesian cuisine and plenty of family favourites – chicken saté, grilled fish and fried rice, for example. Bagus Café (+62 812 390 7681), beachside off Jalan Four Seasons, is considered the best of Jimbaran’s many seafood barbecue joints. Ask to be dropped at the Intercontinental Jimbaran Bay, walk through the resort to the beach, then turn left. Grilled fish, lobsters, calamari and prawns are just some of the offerings that will hit the table. Children can use their fingers and no one will give a hoot.

Head to Italian trattoria Pepe Nero (+62 (0)361 702 111) in Jimbaran for house-made pasta and a decent wine list. For you, squid-ink ravioli filled with seafood; for them, a calzone stuffed with mozzarella, ham and spinach. Temple to hedonism Ku De Ta (+62 (0)361 736 969) in Seminyak, a 30-minute drive, isn’t exactly child-friendly at all times, but if you’re looking for beautiful food, a sneaky cocktail and diversions for the youngsters head here on Sunday for Family Dayze. Face painting, balloon-animal making and a whole load of other kids’ activities take place from 12 noon until 4pm, backed by a DJ soundtrack and accompanied by KDT’s excellent menu.

Treat yourself to a babysitter if you fancy visiting Ku De Ta one evening, or try one of these for a big night out: Sarong (+62 (0)361 473 7809), in Kerobokan, where successful Sydney chef Will Meyrick puts the focus on Asian street food (and the outdoor lounge is blissfully free of small people under the age of 12); or Sip Wine Bar (+62 (0)361 730 810) in Kuta – Christian Vanneque’s brasserie is a Francophile's dream.

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Karma Kandara
Jalan Villa Kandara, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, Bali, 80362
Hotel setting

Dramatic coasthugger

Getting There

Karma Kandara is on the coast of the rugged Bukit Peninsula, Bali’s southernmost point and home to famous clifftop temple Pura Luhur Uluwatu, as well as some of the island’s best surf beaches.


Fly into Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport (, south of capital Denpasar, served by carriers including Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, KLM, Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Air Asia and JAL. You can buy a visa on arrival, if required, which costs US$25 for 30 days payable in cash (just make sure your iPod is charged to accompany your wait in line).


Karma Kandara is a 30- to 40-minute drive south from the airport and provides transfers for US$48.40 a car for up to four people each way. You can rent a car at the airport but, frankly, traffic can be terrifying and the roads aren’t always smooth sailing (the hotel offers free parking). Fortunately, you can hire well-maintained cars with excellent drivers for as little as US$30 a day.

Parent travel tip

Don't forget to check that your passports are all valid for six months beyond your date of entry, or you'll be turned away at the airport. To speed up your progress through Bali’s notoriously time-consuming airport, contact the Bali Concierge (, which can send a representative to fast-track you and your family through the lengthy visa-on-arrival and customs queues, scoop up your luggage and deliver you to your hotel. Airport arrival services can be booked online for about US$35 a person; departure services cost US$45 with access to the Lounge (handy for weary kids), or US$28 without it. A package offering both arrival and departure fast-tracking costs about US$70 a person with Lounge access (US$55 a person without). Hotel transfers to the Bukit Peninsula are extra. Karma Kandara can also organise fast-tracking for US$45, depending on availability.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Karma Kandara – has been selected and approved by parents.

Designed to evoke a Mediterranean village with white-washed stone walls and snaking passageways, this exclusive, cliff-top, coasthugging collection of 46 family-friendly villas distinguishes itself from Bali’s five-star pack from the very first impression. And having room to roam among three, four and even five high-ceilinged bedrooms takes a holiday here up several notches on the 'amazing family experience' scale. Private plunge pools in each villa overlook the verdant gorge or oceanic panorama, and well-equipped kitchens give families the freedom to feast at will – someone else can even do the shopping for you.

Mr and Mrs Smith will love the holistic Karma Spa with its private outdoor Jacuzzi and view-boasting treatment pavilions; there are full-moon parties at Karma Beach Bali; fine dining in the restaurant and an excellent wine bar. Local babysitters can watch over the brood while you enjoy some of Bali’s after-dark attractions, or you could get a private chef to whip you up a family barbecue. Junior Smiths can spend hours playing on the beach, snorkelling the reef, kayaking in the shallows, splashing in the pool or being entertained at the free Three Monkeys Kids Club, plus there's a great kids' menu and dedicated children's pool to keep them happy. We defy you not to love every second.

Smith & Family

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