Samabe Suites & Villas, Bali

Posted April 5, 2017 by in Indonesia

Rating

Value
8.0


Location
7.0


Sleep Quality
10


Cleanliness
10


Service
10


Room
10


Total Score
9.2

9.2/ 10

Price: US$369 to 3,200 per night depending on room type
 
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Pros:

Stunning location overlooking the beautiful coastline of Nusa Dua, gorgeous Balinese architecture and design, excellent service
 

Cons:

It caters more to travelers who are looking to completely unwind — due to its location, it can be quite isolating to stay here as it’s quite a distance from restaurants or shops.
 
Verdict

Samabe Bali was an excellent place for us to refuel, unwind and immerse in a quiet and untouched part of Bali. I had no idea such a remote and uncommercialized part of the island still exists and I thank Samabe for doing such a great job of preserving it.

by Nellie Huang
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If you’re one of those people who like to steer clear of tourist crowds and immerse in secret hideouts, then this place is for you. Samabe Bali Suites & Villas shows you the side of Bali that few people know exist — one that’s pleasantly free of commercialisation, and still completely untainted from tourism.

Poised on a cliff top in the southern part of Nusa Dua, Bali, the five-star resort gives you exclusive access to a stunning and isolated corner as well as some of the best beaches in Bali. You really can’t ask for a better location to enjoy a quiet and completely untouched part of Bali than at Samabe. Here in this corner of the island, you’ll only find quiet Balinese villages, beautiful temples and empty beaches dotted with local fishermen hauling their catch of the day.

Samabe Bali also gives new, fresh meaning to all inclusive services with a choice of “limited and unlimited privileges” for its guests. “Unlimited privileges” designed for an ultimate luxury experience with benefits such as Samabe Signature Activities (immersive daytrips), a 24-hour Butler service, special welcome amenities, the full gamut of premium meals and world-class beverages, entertainment, and spa treatments.

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

Having just opened its doors in February 2013, the resort is relatively brand new but it’s already won several awards from the hospitality industry. It was recently one of the winners in the Luxury Hotel category of TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice 2017, ranking 23rd out of 25th in Indonesia.

In 2016, it also won the prestigious Haute Grandeur Awards 2016 as Best All Inclusive Resort, competing against numbers of hoteliers to be aligned with other upscale hotels in the world.

INTERIOR & DESIGN

Besides location, its design is another thing that sets Samabe Bali apart from other resorts. The resort features a fusion of contemporary and Balinese-inspired architecture, displaying Bali’s rich traditions alongside its modern, bold present.

All of the 81 suites and villas are immaculately designed with touches of Bali: from the black volcanic stone slabs on the private pools to the dark brown teak used on wall panelings and white seashell chandeliers that hang from massively high wooden thatch-roofed ceilings. Amidst this exotic Asian design are high-tech features like flat-screen TVs, automated thermostats, and slick bathroom furnishings.

The mastermind behind this stylish and artistic design is Bill Bensley, Bangkok-based, architect and landscape designer who is known as the king of exotic luxury resorts. His properties number more than 100 in 26 countries. With his firm, Bensley Design Studios, he transforms wild landscapes into sophisticated environments.

World-class interior designer Manny Samson ingeniously added an artistic touch to his architecture, blending the villas into an artful assemblage. Samson is at the forefront of the design industry in the Philippines, and his work has appeared in five out of all seven continents.

FACILITIES

Sprawling across eight hectares of verdant greenery, Samabe Bali has no shortage of green spaces studded with zen pavillions, lotus ponds, and Balinese-style structures. There’s plenty of outdoor lounging space, especially at the beautiful main infinity pool overlooking the beach that’s brimming with different hues of blue.

Samabe Bali also offers different types of dining choices, with four different restaurants and lounges spread out in different locations of the property. Rempah-Rempah is the main dining venue located next to the lobby area, serving up a buffet breakfast in the mornings and Balinese and Mediterranean food later on in the day. All guests have free access to afternoon high tea served at Crystal Blue Grill, a seafood restaurant, and at the beachfront cave, from 2.30 to 5pm everyday.

For families, Samabe is an ideal spot to unwind and relax without worrying about the safety of your child. I stayed at Samabe with my husband and two-year-old daughter, and we found that the hotel had paid attention to every single detail and made sure their facilities were completely safe for kids under 5 years of age.

Although the resort has many stairs (160+ steps to the beach) and slopes, Kaleya actually really enjoyed walking up and down them. For families who don’t feel like tramping up and down, the resort also provides a buggy to wherever you want within the property, and also an open-air jeep that brings you all the way to the beach. The hotel also provides baby cot to families with no charge, and every restaurant here has baby chairs (though they don’t have plastic cutlery). There is also a kid’s club for toddlers — though we didn’t use it as Kaleya is still too small for that.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE

The stunning location overlooking the beautiful coastline of Nusa Dua, coupled with its gorgeous modern Balinese design, completely won me over. But what won my daughter’s heart was the service here. The staff at Samabe showered her with warmth and kindness, chatting with her at every meal and making her feel comfortable. Every guest at the hotel also has a 24-hour butler service (whether you’re staying in a suite or villa), who will take care of all your needs.

For my family, Samabe Bali was perfect in every way and we couldn’t have asked for a better setting to just kick back and relax. That said, it caters more to travelers who are looking to completely unwind — due to its location, it can be quite isolating to stay here as it’s quite a distance from restaurants or shops. Most guests who stay at Samabe don’t usually venture out of the resort (although the resort offers free day tours to guests with the unlimited privilege plan, that will bring you out to local villages and tourist sights.)

All in all, Samabe Bali was an excellent place for us to refuel, unwind and immerse in a quiet and untouched part of Bali. I had no idea such a remote and uncommercialized part of the island still exists and I thank Samabe for doing such a great job at preserving it.

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View of the beach in front of Samabe Bali

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Main pool of Samabe Bali

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Oceanfront suites at Samabe Bali

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Expect an excellent view wherever you go in Samabe

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Plenty of lounging area

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The author with her baby at Samabe

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Dining to a view by the pool

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Ponds and fountains create a lush surrounding

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Walkways that let you weave your way through the greenery

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Modern furnishing blends immaculately with nature

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The private villas at Samabe

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Inside our private villa and our own pool

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A different view of our private pool

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My family enjoying the private pool

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Our spacious villa has a high ceiling and plenty of room

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The sleeping area in our villa

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Inside the massive bathroom

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The open jeep that Samabe provides to the beach

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Samabe is perched above one of the best beaches in Bali

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Beautiful canopies and benches on the beach

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The cave at the beach where lunch, tea and dinner are served

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The Rempah Rempah main dining area

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Breakfast buffet is a glorious spread of international dishes

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Elegant setting at the Rempah Rempah restaurant

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A sumptuous omelette served at breakfast


About the Author

Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offbeat destinations, she has written for numerous publications including CNN, International Business Times, BBC, Wend, and Lonely Planet. In her quest for adventure, she’s climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sea lions in the Galapagos, played with lemurs in Madagascar and cruised alongside penguins in Antarctica.

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