We arrived at Rama Candidasa after riding for a few hours on the road in from Legian. The further East you travel, the traffic thins out and the roads improve. You can feel it when you are entering this lush, windward side of the island, as the greenery thickens and the air becomes wet.
A few miles before our destination our Driver stopped at the beautiful Goa Lawah temple with its auspicious Bat Cave. Even though a ceremony was in session (this is quite common) we were able to put on a sarong and sash and quietly walk in to take a look. The Balinese are always so patient and friendly with Visitor's at their Holy sites as they go about the business of the many ceremonies that are a part of Hindu life.
The street outside gives no clue as to the lovely grounds that are within the property of Rama Candidasa. The grounds are a botanical delight! So many kinds of palms laden with fruit, ponds, fountains, manicured greens, and many flowering plants surround the little Villas that the hotel is made of. There is a small beach next door to the property (and a dive shop), but the water's edge of Rama Candidasa is a sea wall. The small bay there is dark and calm looking and seems less of a swimming beach and more for fishing or boating.
We were greeted with beautiful marigold garlands and a sweet juice to sip with the cool cloth for our sweaty faces, as is customary in the better hotels in Asia. As we waited to be checked in we were encouraged to enjoy the over-sized furniture in the large traditionally roofed lobby area that is surrounded with a koi pond and some bubbling fountains. An event organizer came by offering morning rice paddy hikes, yoga classes, and dive trips in case we were interested as the area outside of the hotel is fairly residential with not a lot going on.
The Villas were gorgeous. Each Villa is a 4-plex, 2 ground level units and 2 upstairs. Each Villa has a water feature in the front which completes the soundtrack for relaxation, as the breeze blows the palms, and the waves break calmly out front. The rooms themselves are dark wood contemporary, with wooden floors and a large sofa. The curtains and covers have sumptuous fabrics and the bedding (the bed and pillows were great!) is spanking white. The AC humms and we were grateful for it even in December as it is a muggy part of the island. Large black and white artists photographs decorate the walls with images of nearby water Temples in triptychs.The natural stone bathroom has a large glassed-in shower and nice amenities. The sign in the shower does state that it is not potable, but drinking water is provided in the room.Nice sized closets and drawers, a mini bar and fridge, a safe, and a flat screen with satellite are all features of the room. We stayed on the second floor of our Villa and we really enjoyed the front lanai that had a huge day bed to relax and read on. Bring your mosquito repellant. I am sure they fog, but you really can't conquer the jungle when it comes down to it.
The sandy area along the sea wall at the ocean facing section of the property also has a series of large, wooden framed, canvas covered swinging beds that are the most decadent hammocks I have ever seen. It seems the whole property is geared towards relaxation.
The hotel restaurant and bar is open toa beautiful bay view and is next to the small but very clean and well designed swimming pool and massage house. Statues of Garuda and Barongs spew blue water into the quasi-infinity style plunge. We enjoyed a dinner there early in the evening to gamelan accompaniment, and a terrific breakfast buffet the following morning. The far side of the property inland revealed what looks to be a spacious conference or wedding complex fronted by a stunning open green in a palm grove. A massive lotus pond was dotted with lilies of every color is a central point for more of those covered beds to lay about in and read.
The Staff was all very helpful and pleasant, but a bit more remote than other places we have stayed. The front desk is pretty firm about the 2 pm or later check in.
If you are willing to take a few hours drive out of the bustle of Seminyak to really chill out, Rama Candidasa is your destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa is located in the east of Bali, in the heart of the Candidasa district. With private beach frontage and a beach terrace above, the resort offers tranquility, ocean breezes, and a romantic atmosphere for nature lovers. Accommodations are artistically furnished and decorated with contemporary Balinese décor and modern facilities, and secluded balconies offering views over the ocean, pool, or garden.The natural serenity of being set amongst, mountains, rice fields and ocean, that offers the ultimate peace and tranquility. Whether you want shopping, activity ; such as diving, snorkeling and yoga, or just relaxing and daydreaming. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rama Candidasa Resort And Spa
- Rama Candidasa Hotel Candidasa
- Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa Bali