Nestled within 8 hectares of tropical greenery in Southern Nusa Dua, Samabe Bali Suites & Villas makes the most of its cliff-side location. The younger sibling of Grand Mirage, in the nearby Benoa Bay, the resort cascades down a terraced hill, offering breathtaking views of the gardens and the ocean. A fleet of chauffeured buggies is on hand to help guests traverse the resort’s extensive grounds.
Take Balinese aesthetic, mix in 21st century technology, and you will have a fair picture of the layout of Samabe’s 81 suites and villas. “Balinese architecture can be seen in many of the resort’s details such as thatched roofs and the sculptures peppered throughout the property,” says Annisa Rahmita, Samabe’s Corporate Marketing Communications Manager. “At the same time, our rooms feature state-of-the-art technology such as flat screen TVs, coffee brewing machines and iPad docking stations.”
The suites range from Ocean Front Samabe Suites, with a separate bedroom and living area, to the Ocean Front Honeymoon Pool Suite, a one-bedroom studio style suite that comes with a private pool and an outdoor sitting area. Star-gazers will be pleased to know that each suite comes with a telescope. In the villa department, guests can choose Two or One-Bedroom Ocean Pool Villas or a Two-Bedroom Penthouse Pool Villa strategically position on top of the cliff-side suites building. All villas feature a high-ceilinged living room, terrace, sundeck and private pool. For those wishing to really live it up, the jewel in Samabe’s crown comes in the form of the palatial Royal Samabe Residence. The opulent two-storey residence features two bedrooms, a living room, dining room and three guest powder rooms.
Descend down the 200 or so steps from the resort’s main pool to find a private white-sand beach and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Collect shells, spot monkeys flying through the trees or simply laze in a gazebo. There is even a cave where the resort can arrange romantic dinners. Annisa says that the one thing Samabe’s guests rave about, is the beach. “It’s one of the favorite places for guests to unwind while enjoying a fresh cocktail or juice,” she says, adding that the more active guests, can get involved in non-motorized water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, buggy boarding or snorkeling.
The Privilege Program
Samabe’s privilege program makes it stand out among other resorts in the area. Guests can choose from two different options. The “Limited Privileges” option that includes room, breakfast and a number of other benefits such as a complimentary mini bar, free flow of soft drinks and juices at any of the resort’s restaurants, an afternoon high tea and coffee service, non motorized water sports, yoga classes as well as a 24-hour butler service. Those wishing to really spoil themselves can opt for the “Unlimited Privileges” concept, which includes all the benefits of “Limited Privileges” plus a number of signature activities (massages, bike tours, cooking classes), and a selection of meals and cocktail hours. All guests receive a free gift – his and her sun hats, and a rattan fan and beach bag.
Samabe features two restaurants – Rempah-Rempah, which serves Balinese, Asian and Mediterranean dishes, and Crystal Blue Ocean Grill, which specializes in modern European fare.
Rempah-Rempah, which translates to Rich Spices in Indonesian, overlooks the resort’s tropical garden and water ponds. For breakfast, guests can select from an a la carte menu and an extensive buffet that includes delights such as sushi, meats and cheeses, made-to-order eggs, baked good and exotic fruit. There is also a tray of colorful vitamin juices that come in shot glasses. For lunch, the restaurant has a rotating themed dinner menu offering Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Mongolian cuisine. “The restaurant offers an array of signature Indonesian dishes, as well as a traditional Indonesian health tonic called jamu. This is a real treat for those who are health-conscious,” Annisa says.
Crystal Blue Ocean Grill is set in a less formal outdoor setting. Forget the traditional dinner table, as the restaurant features a series of poolside teakwood decks and private gazebos with little side tables. For lunch, guests can enjoy treats such as seafood bites, wagyu beef burgers and salads, while the evening menu features delicacies such as foie gras parfait, and ravioli of lobster with sea urchin foam.
Those feeling thirsty can stop at Samabe’s Te.Ja.Co Lounge & Bar or Right of Fire Pool Bar. Both serve an extensive list of cocktails and mocktails, Indonesian coffee, tea, herbal drinks as well as a range of other beverages. Te.Ja.Co actually stands for tea (TE), jamu (JE) and coffee (CO). The Ring of Fire comes to life each evening when a series of fire torches bring out the eclectic colors of this magical location.
Those wishing to get married, or renew their vows, can do so at the resort’s Pearl Chapel. Making the most of its location, the striking glass-walled chapel features 180-degree views of the ocean below.
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