This was the second of our accommodations in Bali (for our honeymoon!) Like the other two places we stayed in, the Damai was on par with (and, in many ways, exceeded) the others.
The "bad" news first. It's in Lovina. The Lovina area is very far away and took about a 3.5 hour drive (with a couple stops) from the south. (We came from Jimbaran.) Lovina itself isn't a particularly remarkable area. The beach wasn't very swimmable to us and the town "center" didn't have much reason to visit. The only reason one would go there was to go on one of the dolphin watching boat rides, which we did do and saw a great deal of dolphins. (So that was a highlight.)
That being said, the Damai itself is amazing. Easily the most beautiful grounds of all the resorts we stayed in. Elegant, beautiful flora and architecture. The villa was also easily the best we stayed in. Big and a perfect mix of sleek and modern and traditional in feel. Dark woods and tiles, tasteful decor and furniture, and the best "plunge" pool, which was large, wrap-around, and had an amazing view of the hill down to the ocean. The grounds have a walking bridge over a stream, which was a beautiful sight in and of itself. The Damai is one of the best places I've ever stayed in.
The staff, also, is perhaps the best resort staff I've ever encountered. (And this is high praise considering the incredibly high level of service in Bali.) They all knew our names. Incredibly friendly and accommodating. Very skilled in what they do. It was great even talking to the bartenders by the main pool. They are the best!
One thing I didn't know prior to booking here was how food oriented they are. Their restaurant is great. We ate there each night we stayed there (3 nights.) I can't imagine a better resort restaurant, and certainly is a reason to visit the resort even if you don't stay there for a night. One reason might be because a lot of the herbs and vegetables they use are grown on their grounds. Walking from our villa to the restaurant area, you move past garden beds with labels on what is being grown. They also raise rabbits, crayfish, fowl and more in a small farm across the road. It was impressive and reminded me somewhat of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York State. (If you know this restaurant/farm, you know this is high praise.) The freshness and innovation of the restaurant's food rivaled restaurants in NYC. We also took a cooking class with one of the chefs, which included a market tour in Singaraja. The class itself was a highlight of our trip.
They have a lot of other classes and activities available, which was great to have as an option.
They also have an amazing signature drink, the "Mojitea" (white tea mojito) that is incredible. We were given one at check-in and had more when we had dinner.
I'm glad we decided to take a chance up north to visit this resort. I feel like the remote nature of the location might be a bit of a hinderance to some. Perhaps, though, a place like this can only really exist in Lovina, as the resorts in other, more crowded areas, had limited space.
I highly recommend this resort!
- 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
- The Damai Lovina Beach, Bali