The Damai looked great on the website and we were surprised to find that it was even better in person! We arrived tired after a loooooooong drive and were welcomed by friendly and efficient staff who checked us in, provided us with an amazing welcome drink (non-alcoholic mojito) and walked us to our room before providing a full tour and explaination of everything we needed to know.
The room was exceptionally clean and well laid out. The low Japanese table with the sunken footwell underneath was a very nice touch. The outdoor shower was also very nice.
The gardens are very well maintained and, in addition to being good to look at, grow various herbs and vegetables for use in the kitchen.
Breakfast, lunch and (particularly) dinner far exceeded any expectations. Even the Balinese staple of Nasi Goreng was presented with a truly 'fine dining' experience.
The service in the spa was great. Very professional and effective massages. The only downside to this was the occasional motorbike speeding down the road nearby, momentarily detracting from the tranquility.
The pool was great in the day with complimentary coffee and cake bought to us. The bar was well stocked and the cocktails were expertly mixed (I'd walk back there for another couple of Honey and Ginger Mojitos).
All of the staff, from the manager to the gardeners, we're genuinely welcoming and couldn't do enough for you. The entire team spoke exceptional English and tended to welcome you as an old friend rather than a hotel guest.
The location is the perfect antidote to Kuta, Seminyak, etc. You won't be hounded to buy things and will never hear the shouts of "Transport", "Taxi", "Massage" and you soak up the atmosphere. You won't even have a pushy sales pitch from the driver of the Damai branded private car.
There's not really much within walking distance of the hotel but there's really no need as all the food, drink and amenities are on site (including and extensive DVD library). However, there are shuttles in to town if you did need to get out and about or go and see the dolphins (the guides in your room will suggest some great trips).
There's really nothing negative I can say about our stay at The Damai. At a push, I would just point out that the location, while stunning, is far away from pretty much everything else. But isn't that why you're on Tripadvisor looking at potential holiday venues? I wouldn't make this your first stop off the plane as it's easily 3-4 hours in a car from the airport. That said, the scenery along that drive is stunning. The only other thing would be to say that a few days of enjoying massages, amazing cocktails and gourmet food, as great as it is, still gets presented to you on a bill upon check out and the level of service offered costs a bit more than your average resort.
I would, without hesitation, book in to Damai on our next trip to Bali and would certainly recommend splashing out on a couple of nights here during your visit to Bali.
- 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