So right after my Yogyakarta adventure, I decided to pass by Bali since I was already in Indonesia. I checked flights from Yogyakarta and the prices were reasonable so I booked the ticket right away! Bali accommdations are usually known for their beautiful villas so I was pretty excited to be staying with Lifestyle Retreats this trip! I was able to experience The Santai & The Amala, two of their six properties around Bali. Before even leaving Manila, I already googled the place (I mean, who wouldn't right? Haha!) and my jaw dropped. Everything looked amazing and I was so excited for my stay.
Jalan Bumbak No.88A, Banjar Kelod Anyar, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia // +62 361 9002699
I arrived in Bali quite early since I took an early morning flight. Thankfully, I don't have to worry about how to get to The Santai since once you land, you are greeted by staff who will take you to their property. We first picked up my friend Kimi whom I convinced to join me for the next few days with Lifestyle Retreats.
We arrived in The Santai and was greeted by their gorgeous lobby (above left)! The staff assisted us and ushered us to our villa for the next few days. We were already starry eyed upon seeing the entrance to our villa (above right).
Our villa was amazing! We had our own private pool, dining area, living area, bedroom, and even a fully functioning kitchen (which we used to cook Indomie lol!). Loved everything about the place really. They also have a 24hr butler service & complimentary minibar! We were greeting by our own private pool in the villa I was so excited to just jump in the pool and spend the whole afternoon under the sun.
After settling down, I decided to go around and check out what else is there to see in The Santai. The place was pretty big and there are really nice spots to check. My favorite part is probably the hallway of greenery leading to another villa (secretly wished we stayed there lol!) but I can’t complain, the sun sets above our villa door so it made for a pretty cool photo!
For breakfast, you can opt to have it in your room (just be sure to call early cause the need time to prepare it!) or have it in their restaurant, Gong (Jalan Bumbak No. 88A, Banjar Anyar Kelod, Kerobokan - Umalas, Kerobokan, Bali // 0828 97190099) . They have a wide variety of signature dishes from around South East Asia to choose from using all locally sourced ingredients to not only ensure freshness but also to support local growers in Bali.
Besides spending the whole day in our villa, The Santai also let us experience their Balinese cooking class! It’s available from Monday to Sunday and usually lasts for about 2 hours. Minimum of 2 people and maximum of 10 people for the class. It’s IDR 550,000 per person subject to 21% Govt Tax & Service Charge.
It was a pretty fun & cool hands-on experience. It was great not only learning from the chefs but also getting to chat and know them. I have to admit, I’m not the best person to be in the kitchen but at least I gained a bit of confidence and knowledge about cooking. I definitely recommend trying this out in case you decide to stay in The Santai.
Alas, it was finally time to say good bye to The Santai and hello to The Amala.
Jl. Kunti I, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia // +62 361 738866
Our time in The Amala was quite different from The Santai — which was pretty cool cause even if they’re from the same group, you get a whole different experience when you stay in another one of their properties. The Amala for me has a very zen/relaxing vibe compared to The Santai which I think had more of a luxurious feel to everything.
We stayed in one of their Spa Villas which comes with your own jet pool jacuzzi, an outdoor bathtub, a steam shower, and a couple of sundeck lounge chairs. What I love about the spa villa is that the door slides from end to end so you can actually open the whole room and make the inside and outside one (did I make sense here?? See the photo above Haha!)
We spent most of our time in The Amala just lounging and literally not doing anything. We couldn’t help it. The place really just pulls you in and makes you want to spend the day lying down or in the pool bathing in the sun. I was also pretty exhausted from my trip from Jogja and spending the first couple of days in Bali going around and checking nearby establishments in our area. I think it was a great way to end an amazing trip.
That’s it for my quick getaway with Lifestyle Retreats in Bali. If ever you’re thinking of going to Bali, I suggest checking out one of their six properties around Bali. You can find more information and photos of their other properties in their website: http://www.lifestyleretreats.com!
Photos 10, 33, and 36 are by Kimi Juan
Disclosure: This post was made in collaboration with Lifestyle Retreats. All opinions are my own.