Having just stayed at The Chedi Club when we arrived at The Damai, I must admit our expectations were very high and I'm delighted to say this resort exceeded them. We were originally booked into a deluxe villa, but the staff were able to accommodate my request to upgrade to a pool studio the day before we arrived, for a reasonable price of $125 per night. This was so worth it! We stayed in Umah Ratu which is on the hillside with a stunning infinity pool and views over the jungle and water - in fact, if you see the little Damai icon next to the hotel name above, it was this room! The outdoor area has an oversized bale with plug points, two decent loungers and a small garden area - it was perfection. Inside the standard was just as high and the designers cleverly blended contemporary, luxury furnishings with authentic Balinese touches. The bed and tv are huge, minibar is well stocked, the freestanding bath is gorgeous and the outdoor shower is surrounded by frangipani flowers. Showering outside under the moon, with the occasional nosy lizard for company is a wonderful thing! The resort itself is in harmony with the surroundings and quite hilly as a result, but golf buggies are always on hand if you are less mobile. We didn't need to use the main pool but it's a good size, and the cocktails made by Astika are fantastic - try his 'rojito' with dark rum and Balinese spices! The in-villa dining menu is a good size with plenty of western fusion and local choices, but I recommend eating at the restaurant. Our dinner of foie gras, mahi mahi and chocolate mousse is among the best I have had anywhere, which is not an accolade I give lightly! It was simply stunning. The hotel is only ten minutes by car from Lovina and the hotel offers shuttles. We didn't explore the area much but of course we did the dolphin and snorkelling tour and were fortunate to come across a pod of thirty dolphins - one of the most moving experiences of my life. Ask for Chandra on the beach and he'll give you a good price, plus he is lovely! Finally, a huge thanks to The Damai staff, all of whom were warm, friendly and couldn't do enough to make the stay perfect, and our special thanks to Eka, Evy, Budiasiah and Astika for their personal, professional and kind company during our stay. The Damai won an award as the best small hotel in Indonesia - it absolutely deserves it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Damai is a boutique resort in the green hills above Lovina. 15 Beautifully appointed villas in a lush tropical park welcome you with stunning views over the North Bali coast and the distant volcanoes of Java. The award-winning restaurant serves delicious local and international cuisine with organic ingredients from the resort's own gardens and farm. The Damai is perfect to relax from your daily hectic world, to enjoy the private luxury of a pool villa during your honeymoon, or simply to relax in your private pool after a wonderful massage and before a delicious meal over the hills of Lovina. Of course, The Damai offers you all the facilities to stay in touch with your home world. Your fellow customers believe that The Damai is the best hotel on Balis North coast - let us show you why. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Damai Hotel Lovina Beach
- Damai Lovina Hotel
- Hotel Damai Lovina
- Damai Lovina Beach, Bali