Luxury resort Komaneka at Tanggayuda was the best possible place for our honeymoon. 15 minutes outside of Ubud with an infinity pool spilling into the jungle, it was quiet enough to offer us total relaxation but close enough to the city to provide endless access to Mie Goreng and coconut ice-cream. Post on our hotel coming soon…
For now I’m letting you in on a little secret…a brand new hotel only just open to the public: Komaneka at Keramas – 30 minutes by car from Ubud, 15 minutes from Sanur and an hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Not only is it another perfect honeymoon spot, it combines the luxury of the Komaneka name with an olympic-size swimming pool and 360 degree views of the ocean. The best of both worlds.
During our stay in Bali we were lucky enough to get a first look at the brand new, unopened Komaneka at Keramas hotel – the fifth in Komaneka’s empire. It towers above an incredible black sand beach on the south-east side of Bali, and we were kindly invited over for lunch and a look around.
After a breakfast spread fit for Kate Middleton at our own Komaneka home, we were whisked off to Keramas in an air-conditioned transfer car (with cookies).
As we pulled up at the hotel, the first thing we noticed was the sprawling rice paddies and organic gardens that wrapped themselves around the complex. The paddies here are all working fields, so the hotel enjoys an elevated position above the ground. (Not to mention delicious fresh, organic produce for the hotel’s restaurant!)
Even the hotel’s 30 luxury villas enjoy undisturbed sea views because each one is built slighter higher up than the last.
Upon arrival we were immediately shown to the restaurant, ‘Timur kitchen‘ and a table overlooking the sea. This open-air restaurant has floor-to-ceiling glass windows for unspoilt views of the Indian Ocean. On a clear day you can see all the way to Bali’s neighbouring island…Nusa Penida and Bali’s highest volcano, Mount Agung.
The setting was truly perfect for a spot of lunch and a cocktail. It’s no wonder they call this hotel, ‘the soul of Bali, by the sea’.
Attentive staff offered us a choice of two dishes – succulent tenderloin steak with mash or chicken stuffed with goats cheese. After days (and days) of fried noodles, this European offering was music to our ears. Tom opted for the steak, whilst I chose the chicken.
Each one, beautifully presented, was served with passion and a plethora of knowledge about the dish. They tasted as good as they look.
For dessert; green tea panna cotta with goji berries and coconut sorbet…
Each mouthful was better than the last. Tom was particularly taken by the colour combinations because he appreciates details like that…smooth green panna cotta, rich red goji berries and a garnish of fresh mint on a jet black serving platter.
After lunch we had a walk around the grounds. After nearly two weeks of jungle living it was a nice change to run around in the salty sea air.
The hotel wasn’t officially open so there was hardly a soul in sight. We felt like kids being allowed to run around in a shopping centre after all the adults have locked up and gone home.
The main attraction? An olympic size swimming pool, sunk deep into the ground and framed with sun beds. It felt like an effortless extension of the beach below it.
Just a short walk from the imported white sands by the pool we stepped foot on a totally black sand beach, complete with fierce, dramatic waves – the ideal place for surfing. With everything you need in such close proximity, it’s not hard to imagine the kind of luxury you’d experience during a stay at this hotel.
We played in the waves until we called inside by our hosts.
We weren’t expecting visitors, but…these guys showed up regardless.
Playtime over, we were escorted to the top of the hotel, where two rows of 15 luxury villas lay on top of each other, overlooking the ocean.
Warm wooden furnishings, circular edges and downlighting reflected the feeling of a luxury yacht. Each villa at Komaneka at Keramas Beach has its own private pool, eliminating the need for differently-priced rooms. Sun beds were laid out for views of the sea whilst a comfy day bed big enough for 12 people sat untouched on the deck.
As well as a private pool and a lazy daybed, guests can enjoy an outdoor shower and incredible views.
Huge white beds showered in rose petals will await honeymooners and couples, whilst enormous bathrooms offer plenty of storage for his and her wardrobes.
Feeling totally in awe of this beautiful new addition to the Komaneka family, we raced back to the comforts of our own Komaneka hotel.
Warm ginger tea by the infinity pool at Komaneka at Tanggayuda put the perfect cap on an absolutely gorgeous day in Bali.
I’m forever grateful for the opportunities my little corner of the internet has brought me. Thank you so much for showing us round, Komaneka! We can’t wait to come back.