Opulent and romantic
Veiled amid a flourish of tropical vegetation, The Sandi Phala’s 11 luxurious and discreet rooms sit a hair’s breadth from the sands of South Kuta. Housed in double-storey brick and thatched bungalow-esque buildings, three categories of rooms offer opulent traditional-style comfort with bespoke details.
The Sandi Phala suites are the top picks here, and of course will make the biggest dint in your bank account, but for a special occasion they are, well, special. Sitting on the second level above other suites the entrance (in the one we viewed) oddly opens to the kitchenette, but don’t let that put you off, as the space is rather stunning with a modern-classic style lounge anddining area stuffed with antique knick-knacks and gorgeous ikats leading to the voluminous, almost regal bed chamber, complete with hand-painted mural, plush rugs and rich textiles. We love the ensuite bathrooms with oversized tub and richly embellished sparkling mirror-like detailing in the walls. Over the bath, light filters though distressed wood slats bringing the outdoors in. A wide furnished balcony allows you to enjoy the lovingly tended garden, but sadly no sea views here. As to be expected all mod cons are provided and (mostly) discreetly hidden so as not to clash with the more classic decor.
Other suites follow similar but individual styling, albeit over a smaller footprint—some with separate lounge and others studio style. Pool suites offer a private plunge pool, three on ground level and one on the second level, however the one we saw wasn’t entirely private, sitting at the front of the room facing the garden. It did however still look inviting.
At the front of the hotel, a large rectangular deep green swimming pool faces the ocean, fringed by fragrant frangipanis and swaying palms. Take a load off on a shaded poolside sun lounge or move to one on the sand and easily laze away the day taking in the sea breeze and gazing at the ocean. Enjoy your included a la carte breakfast bought to your room or in the oceanside Ma Jolly Restaurant watching the surf roll in; you probably won’t have room for lunch. The restaurant is also a terrific spot to sip a cocktail while watching the sun set, then enjoy a romantic dinner on a warm starry tropical evening.
As befitting a small resort, service is welcoming and personal. We love the peaceful and romantic ambience of The Sandi Phala, so if you’d like a bit of wow factor and not a cookie cutter resort, this is a star pick in Kuta. Be sure to check online rates as they were a considerably better deal than those we were quoted as a walk-in, making this a much more competitive offer. For a lesser spend, Poppies Cottages offer more traditional bungalows in a romantic (yet not beachside) setting. Or consider Balinese-style Alam Kulkul. If a larger, more sanitised (but still decent) resort is your style, consider The Stones.
Address: Jalan Wana Segara, Tuban
T: (0361) 753 780;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º9'51.54" E, 8º44'1.72" S
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Room rates: 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|2,050,000 rupiah||2,050,000 rupiah|
Pool suite. The Sandi Phala Suite: 3,360,000 rupiah
|2,950,000 rupiah||2,950,000 rupiah|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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