Overlooking their very own private beach in the Nusa Dua region, Samabe Bali Suites & Villas (“Samabe”) boost stunning views of the vast Indian Ocean. We found out about this hidden gem through a local who shared with us that Samabe is getting popular among the younger crowd in Bali. When we arrived at this five star resort, we clearly understood why it is fast gaining popularity.
Booking a room in Samabe for three nights entitle you for a very comfortable ride in the resort’s Alphard. Trust me, you will appreciate taking the Alphard given the bumpy roads just before the resort. The ride from Bali International Airport is approximately 40 minutes ride.
The entrance into Samabe is spacious and exudes a luxurious touch. We were particularly impressed with the friendliness of and the service staff. We love how the resort isn’t too inundated with customers and were told that the occupancy rate is normally 60%.
There are no rooms in Samabe – only suites and villas! Staying in Samabe was a real treat for all of us, young and old alike (we had 2 years old all the way to 83 years old). Samabe offers three types of ocean view suites – Honeymoon Suite (as shown below), Family Suite and Samabe Suite. All rooms are the 1,453 sqf and they offer the same incredible view of the Indian Ocean! These options are also available with private pools but I say ditch that and go to their main pool.
The toilets are top-notch, absolutely love it. If you are traveling with kids, you would be happy to know that every room comes with a bathtub which your kids can play in. The Honeymoon Suite toilet has a bathtub that is facing the ocean… pretty good view to snuggle up with your special one (sea salt and milk bath provided courtesy of Samabe)!We also like how the resort provided a beach bag and hats for him and her. It came in very handy for us when we went to the private beach and we were all happy to have a souvenir to bring home.
We stayed a night at the One Bedroom Ocean Villa and we felt that the One Bedroom Ocean Villa wasn’t as good as the Honeymoon Suite as it didn’t have that unblock ocean view. If you look at the picture below, you realised that it was not an entirely clear view of the ocean (yes, that’s the picture with me on the unicorn). Nevertheless, the villa itself is huge (2,852 sqf) and it has a private pool. The high ceiling is something you can never get with the Honeymoon and Family Suite. It’s good for hosting family over for some bonding time and if you are one who prefer to stay within the compounds of your villa.
We were spoiled for choice when it came to the activities. There are two main pools within the resort and a private beach for Samabe customers only. The resort is above sea level and the private beach is accessible either by foot (there’s a flight of stairs down) or by the resort’s jeep. Kayaking and standup paddle boarding are available at no extra charge.
It helps that non-alcoholic drinks are free flow for the Limited Privilege Package and they come in different sort of flavours like coconut juice, mango, strawberry, avocado ice-blended. (TIP: The minibar has a few cans of beers and soft drinks which are complimentary, refilled on a daily basis. We brought these out in our Samabe straw bag when we went to the private beach which helped quenched our thirst while we were out in the sun!)
Besides the wet activities, there is a Children Room (opened between 9-6pm) with a nanny to take care of the kids. The room is well equipped with entertainment for the little ones and I like that the friendly nanny spoke good English. For those who enjoy yoga and cooking classes, these are provided for as well. Just remember to do an advance booking at least one day before.
Our Limited Privilege Package included daily breakfast which doubled up as brunch for us. We went wild on the foie gras served at Rempah-Rempah Main Dining Room. The breakfast spread consists of a buffet and a menu which you can order freshly cooked dishes. A wide selection of bread, pastries, yoghurt, cheese, small bites, cooked food, and fruits are available at the buffet area. Frankly, breakfast kept us full until it was time for dinner.
We tried the food at Crystal Blue Ocean Grill and their Grilled Jumbo Prawns are pretty awesome.
If you are looking to take your wedding vows in Bali (like we did), this gorgeous view will convince you that you have to do it here – with the beautiful Indian ocean to witness it all. We had a small party of immediate family and made use of the Banten Room to host our dinner after our wedding vows. If you like to see some pictures of our actual day or to read more about our experience, I wrote more about taking our vows in Samabe here and here.
Overall, we had a very good stay at Samabe. Service is not always top-notch as you know, the chill vibes in Bali means the staff takes longer than usual to get things done. I usually don’t overrate a hotel, but I think I will make an exception for Samabe – they are deserving of six stars! Yes, that’s how much I like this place. Highly recommend if you are thinking of a nearby luxury getaway of a “minimoon” after your wedding.