Tranquil elegant style
Traditional Balinese culture, art, elegant style and tranquil open green space are the deal at Sudamala Suites and Villas, boosted by terrific warm and welcoming staff.
This calm and relaxing intimate resort sits at the quieter end of town, but is still on the main drag with easy access to the beach, shops and restaurants. Behind the resort’s streetfront art space showcasing cutting edge contemporary art, comfortable rooms are housed in double-storey blocks fringing two inner courtyards. One is a grassy square punctuated with large shady trees, perfect for kids to run about, and the other encloses an appealing large swimming pool. Sudamala also offer two private villas.
Rooms are spacious, luxurious, and ooze the traditional spirt of Bali or “taksu” as it is locally called, featuring traditional cement-tiled floors, handcrafted furniture and furnishings, plus mod-cons including wonderfully comfortable beds, large flatscreen TVs with satellite channels, minibar, and espresso machines in some rooms. Rooms either open to small private courtyard gardens, or with balconies overlooking the garden or pool. Although mostly in the higher categories, we felt the walled gardens a little claustrophobic, however they do afford more privacy. Bathrooms offer the same traditional style and attention to detail, some with open-air rain-showers and bathtubs.
We were impressed by many of the thoughtful touches here, including a “bedtime story” with the turn-down service: a scroll with an Indonesian folktale. The fabulous swimming pool embodies the tropical cliché: swaying palm trees, sun lounges and a poolside bar, but if you’d rather have sand between your toes, Sudamala have a private beach club (well just a stretch of sand really), a short bike ride away (free bikes provided). Drop into the “beach station” at the hotel on the way to pick up sunblock, beach balls, buckets and spades or even a picnic hamper. Under the water more your thing? An on-site dive shop will get you face to face with the fishes.
Also on offer are a handful of interesting cultural tours that will give you a deeper insight into Balinese life. We like the sound of their “signature purification tour”, which offers a soul scrub and chakra cleanse. Or if you’d just like to relax with more physical scrubs and rubs, there’s an on-site spa too.
Breakfast is included in the rate and rather than the standard buffet as with other resorts, it’s a la carte with innovative fusion options including an ayam betutu omelette. The resort’s restaurant, Ares, specialises in steak and pasta, but is more imaginative than it sounds.
We think Sudamala Suites and Villas is a terrific option for its pricepoint. It outclasses cookie-cutter resorts, yet you don’t miss out on the sea and sand. If traditional Balinese culture appeals, and you’ve just won the lottery, the sublime Tandjung Sari would be your next move.
Address: 20 Jalan Sudamala, Sanur
T: (0361) 288 555;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'20.77" E, 8º42'26.74" S
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Room rates: 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room|
++. Deluxe garden: US$115/$163++.
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
Studio, ++. Studio pool access: US$151/$202.
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