The Karma at Jimbaran lives up to it's name and is a very tranquil and relaxing villa retreat away from Bali's ever increasing hussle and bustle. As the numerous Tripadvisor reviews and photographs suggests the gardens and villas themselves are beautiful and comfortable...however there are some areas that management should address if it is to maintain it's 'luxurious status' advertising!
Firstly our preordered and paid for airport transport took us to the wrong Karma....not the drivers fault but obviousy a breakdown in office communication.Inconvenient and labrious after a long flight and not a great start to a holiday especially with 4 children!
The bedrooms/bathrooms are nicely decorated, clean and comfortable but the air conditioning was inconsistent and with each of our 3 bedroom units requiring servicing during our 7 day stay and lack of ceiling fans in all rooms, sleeping well was hit & miss!
Two of the bedrooms had mosquito netting above the beds but the third did not and as luck would have it was the room that suffered most with mosquitoes and an unidentified bug infestation that required fumigation! This could easily and inexpensively be remedied at the very least with a plugin mozzie zapper that many other resorts use and a mosquito net .
Having the benefit of a fully equipped kitchen appeared great and was especially with 4 kids except for a few missing items. For example a small D/W liquid, plugs and a dishcloth for the sink and a least 1 bowl & 1 saucepan would have been handy....I didn't really require 3 fry pans! Some salt and pepper sachets in the tea & coffee cady would've been good too alongside a replaceable ceramic drinking water dispenser at hand that again many other villas tend to have. It's the small things like these that sets establishments apart especially when its a bit of a hike to the nearest convenience store!
Getting transport from Karma was sometimes quite delayed, up to 25 mins waiting time for phone ahead Blue Taxi's. Although not too remote it's unlikely you'll pick up a passing taxi in the street. With a 6 seat van always parked at reception , Karma could benefit from a pay per use transport system to local attractions/restaurants/shopping areas for in house guests.
These are all minor details however and did not distract us from having a wonderfully relaxing stay.The staff were always very obliging with any request and were very friendly and respectful .
The Karma lounge Restaurant has excellent food and a wide variety of meals although is a little pricey for Bali. There are good restaurants close by such as the famous Jimbaran Seafood Cafes on the Beach.We went to both Roma and Menega.Set menus decent fresh and tasty grilled prawns,fish and calamari.We also went to Pepenero an Italian Restaurant 5 mins walk from the back entrance of the Karma.Don't expect authentic italian food but is an appetzing Balinese interpretation that is reasonably priced and has a great view.All good with a nice cocktail or two!The other little known but superb restaurant is at The Royal Bali Beach Resort in JImbaran absolutely love the food!
We didn't use the spa but my two teenage daughters went to 2 inexpensive ones opposite the Intercontinental on Jalan Uluwatu and had a decent massage for $7AUD each.
The staff were always cheerful , greeted you with great respect and would try their best to accommodate any request.
Overall a lovely experience and do hope to return one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful spacious villa product with genuine and friendly Balinese service, Karma Jimbaran offers 3 and 4 bedroom villas all with their own private plunge pool and fully self contained features including full kitchen, dining and living areas, satellite TV, Flat Screen TV and Home Entertainment Systems in each villa. Also inclusive complimentary in each villa is high performance wi-fi access and our famous kids club... as happy kids are happy parents. All bedrooms have en-suites so whether a couple, friends travelling together or families (large or small) there is enough space and privacy so you can all enjoy your time together. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Karma Jimbaran Hotel Jimbaran
- Karma Hotel Jimbaran
- Karma Jimbaran Bali