Kayumanis Private Villa & Spa is one name that we’ve been hearing for quite some time now, and when leading luxury hotel bookings portal The Luxe Nomad offered us the chance to experience the hospitality, we hopped on to a flight and checked in to the Jimbaran property. The drive in to the villa was a colourful one – where we were greeted by a local linear of provision shops, warungs (small Indonesian eateries) and a scatter of fashion boutiques – before we turned in to the private land.
The serenity was then all ours.
Every staff whom we met along the way welcomed us with warmth and enthusiasm, and it immediately cast off any lingering post-flight lethargy. The check-in process was prompt, and a friendly butler swiftly ushered us to our humble abode for the next 2 nights. We learned that the resort only has 18 private villas, which explains its meticulous and personalised hospitality and service.
And when we say “personalised”, we really meant it with all our hearts. Almost every staff remembered our names and greeted us every morning. As if that was not impressive enough, they remembered our itinerary, constantly did a check on the programme flow, and even made reminder calls for our appointments and whatnot. This is what they meant by a stress-free getaway – indeed.
So the villa is a spacious 2-room one with a rustic Balinese decor that had us forgetting all our woes and worries upon stepping in. Complete with two air-conditioned bedrooms with attached bathrooms and outdoor rain shower areas, a living room with a huge television and sofa seats, a kitchenette and a swimming pool, anyone would fall in love. It is not just the literal luxury of space to shout about, but the entire arena to simply sink in to relax, unwind and indulge.
Breakfast was sent to our villa every morning, and they really spoilt us silly with the array of dishes and options. Well, you could choose to dine at the main restaurant, Tapis, but if you could enjoy the same sumptuous spread in the comfort of your villa, wouldn’t it be nicer to embrace that privacy and morning quietness?
Tapis Restaurant operates throughout the day, so that can also be your answer to lunch and dinner if you do not wish to step out of the resort at all.
But for dinner, we would highly recommend the in-villa Floating Candlelit Dinner. Priced at USD350 per couple, it is a one-of-a-kind romantic experience, one that will have your lover and you remember forever.
Set atop your private pool is a floating platform where dinner will be held at, and the surrounding is lavishly decorated with flower petals, candles and hanging lamps for a complete atmospheric evening. Dinner is a 7-course affair with a mixture of contemporary and Balinese cuisine, complete with a bottle of wine of your choice. The entire set-up cannot be more impressive, and this brilliant dinner is quite the perfect touch to your couple’s retreat!
Heading out is also made convenient with the resort’s complimentary limo service, and they will drive you to your destinations so as to save you the hassle of haggling for a taxi by the streets. The farthest they will send you to is Nusa Dua. But if you want a quieter beach, take a short 3-min stroll to the nearest Jimbaran Beach where you get a big piece of the ocean and calm waves, and a whole street of seafood cafes to pig out on the daily fresh catches.
A memorable stay it was, and with a team of dedicated staff all going to great lengths to make our stay a warm and joyous one, we checked out with recharged souls and rejuvenated spirits.
They say Kayumanis is where life is a private celebration, and we say it is, indeed.
We travelled to Bali as a guest of The Luxe Nomad and Kayumanis Private Villa & Estate. The Luxe Nomad is a curator of Asia’s most exclusive hotels and villas, and members get to book them at rates up to 70% off. Travel the world in style by becoming a member on The Luxe Nomad!