Review: The Next Luxury Resort–Samabe Bali

Samabe Bali

It was the end of Ramadan–August 2012–when I visited the site of the Samabe Bali Resort and Villas in Nusa Dua, Bali. The workers were off on holiday. The roads were unfinished, the hedges were overgrown, and the buildings were exposed concrete blocks crowned with Balinese thatched roofs. But photographs in the brochure’s glossy pages revealed a stunning luxury villa community set to open in February 2013. Despite the contrasts in the image before me and the one in my hands, the mundane colors of construction were decimated by the calm turquoise waters and silhouettes of reef anchored into the blues.

Samabe Bali Luxury Resort

Samabe Bali

When the 81 units are complete on the eight hectares of land, guests will have a few room options: private pool villas with ocean views, enormous suites, or the exclusive two-bedroom, two-story Royal Samabe Residence. Though most rooms were not yet furnished during my visit, I did tour a completed model, a two-bedroom garden villa, which had a private pool, twenty-foot ceilings, and a telescope for star-gazing. I’m not a details guy, but I did note the attention paid to the ordinary, like using mother of pearl to decorate the door handles. If the villas are out of your price range, the suites built at cliff’s edge met my wife’s criteria for a sexy bathroom and offered other elements for augmenting romance, like day beds perfect for dining on.

Samabe Bali

Of the 81 units, 55 will have private pools. The suites without them, still have access to the three cliffside pools. Unlike many of the resorts north of Nusa Dua, Samabe sits along a stretch of tranquil ocean where the constant grind of motorboats does not exist. Also, you’ll feel catered to since there is a four to one, staff to guest ratio. If you’re looking to marry in Bali, the resort is constructing a 40-person wedding chapel complete with beautiful vistas and beside one of the island’s most sacred temples.

Samabe Bali

I expect that the resort will most likely match the photograph, since the Samabe director who toured me around the property was also involved in the opening of one of Vietnam’s most impressive hotels, the Nam Hai in Hoi An. But I’m disappointed with one small decision the resort will adopt (and hopefully amend after reading this piece). Samabe will have an all-inclusive option, but alcohol is only included from 5pm to midnight. Since beer is quite cheap in Bali, and vacationers spending thousands hate to be nickeled and dimed, it wouldn’t cost the resort much more to offer up Bintangs and wine to guests who could use a midday libation. In any case, if you’re not looking to stuff your face, the all-inclusive isn’t that attractive since Samabe’s standard offerings–breakfast any time of day deliverable by room service, complimentary mini-bar, free coffee, tea, juice, and soda, twenty-four hour butler service, free wifi, access to all ocean equipment like kayaks, windsurfboards, and catamarans–are quite good.

Samabe Bali

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One Response to Review: The Next Luxury Resort–Samabe Bali

  1. Nosara Costa Rica

    Beautiful place! Very well-designed…I would to visit it someday

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