SAMABE RESORT, Nusa Dua
When we go on holidays, we like to stay at our main destination (in this case The Grand Mirage) for the first week and then tack on a night or two at somewhere special. A place that we probably couldn’t afford the entire trip, but one that will make us feel relaxed (and a little bit special) before we go home and finish the holiday with a bang.
I often see picture perfect/luxurious resorts on Instagram, like the Maldives etc and I can only dream of one day being able to go there. The truth is, I don’t have 20k plus to spend on a holiday. But a place like this exists in Bali. Yep, it’s more expensive than a lot of places here, but it’s absolutely phenomenal, world- class and the sort place you’d expect celebrities to stay.
The Samabe would be the most amazing place for a wedding, honeymoon, romantic get away or celebration but here’s why The Samabe is a luxurious and fun holiday for families too.
you have two options here. A suite or a villa. On our first trip to Samabe we booked a villa and this time we tried out the family suite. Both are stunning and private. The suites are like a hotel room, located on the cliff face and have the most dramatic views. Some of the suites have their own pools over looking the ocean. While the villas are spotted around the resort, have their own garden and pool and is like a home away from home. Both the suite and villa accomodation still have the amenities of a resort on your door step, including the restaurants and hotel pool if you wanted a change of scenery. Both options make family life easy. I could sit by the pool while Chloe or Harvey slept and able to use my video monitor to see them. I never felt like I was trapped in a room. The butler (yes you actually have a butler 24/7) gave Harvey blow up toys for the pool and was there for anything we needed. Absolutely anything. And we were given a mobile phone to contact them at any time.
Honestly, one of the most breathtaking locations I have seen. The Samabe is located on a cliff edge, with a surprisingly easy 170 steps down to the private beach and it’s worth every step. Alternatively, the hotel’s jeep will take you down there in a couple of minutes or they have a brand new lift that takes you down too! The beach is stunning. Aqua water, white sand, sun beds and a bar shaded by big trees. It’s a quiet, safe beach with tiny waves and plenty of water sports. There are a couple of caves down there for exploring (at night they have special dinner to experience in them) and monkeys! Harvey couldn’t believe it. Just FYI, the beach doesn’t have a life guard but they do have a flag system to let you know if there is any unsafe conditions.
The grounds of the hotel are like a magazine and a buggy is available whenever you want it to whisk you around, not because you can’t walk it, because you don’t have to!
Every meal was like Gordon Ramsay prepared it for us. Some of the most divine meals I’ve ever had. The main restaurant is near the lobby with an air condition indoor section and an outdoor alfresco area, the food is modern Indonesian, it’s also where the buffet breakfast is held each morning. While another restaurant is located in the middle of the hotel above the pool and the view is magnificent.
The Samabe is in a secluded location, which means there isn’t any options outside the hotel. They do offer a shuttle to a couple of restaurants outside the hotel and to Bali collection (A mall with lots of restaurants close by). The all inclusive, was therefore the best option for convenience and some of the best food I have ever eaten. If you don’t want to leave your villa or suite, the room service is 24/7 and the mini bar is stocked daily. Otherwise, you can eat at the beach, by the pool or in the main restaurant. The buffet was extravagant and a very high standard but still offered foods the kids would eat and with the omelette stations etc you would find at other hotels. Harvey ate like a king. Paul is gluten and fructose intolerant and they went above and beyond to find foods suitable for him. But its not just about the food. All inclusive comes with some activities as well
You can chose from a variety of cooking classes, traditional wood carving class, a cave dinner, daily massages/body scrubs, yoga and even a bicycle tour of a local village. Most days I got a massage but the candle lit cave dinner would be the highlight for most couples. On the beach are free activities like kayaks, catamarans and paddle boards. We took Harvey out in the kayak a couple of times and he loved the fish.
Children 2 and up can attend this kids club which means Harvey didn’t need us or a nanny this time. He actually cried when we came to get him, he didn’t want to leave. It wasn’t huge like The Grand Mirage, in fact there isn’t much to it. It is just a room with some games and activities, a slippery dip, pool table, basket ball hoop, books and a big sleeping/bean bag area to chill out on after a big day exploring. It’s more about the activities; he had his face painted, origami, cookie decorating, balloon animals, tradition dress up and music and a stack of other things that kept him engaged and stimulated. I actually think Harvey liked having a bit of time to run crazy there without us. It broke up the pool and beach time for him and the ladies that worked in there were amazing with him. He only went for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon most days but it was a great service and he met some new friends too. Bear in mind, the resort does not have loads of kids here so it’s great that he got a lot of one on one time but it’s not buzzing with kids.
Everywhere you go in Bali, the people are beautiful. But here at Samabe, it was next level. Room service wasn’t just your tray dropped off. they set a table and laid out your food, condiments and cutlery as if you were at the restaurant. You can tell the staff have had hospitality training as I didn’t need to ask for things, they just knew and they appeared. For example; it was raining in the middle of the day and room service turned up with toys for Harvey. And on the off chance you did ask for something, like an extra international adapter or hair straightener, it was delivered in minutes.
I have to also say that the professionalism and care during and after the earthquake was superb. It was so reassuring to know we are in good hands.
They have a saying here at Samabe. Come a guest, leave as a friend and return as family. That’s exactly how they made us feel And exactly why we came back this year. X