As the holiday season approaches, Bali has always been a paradise for tourists and locals alike, who want to spend special times with their loved ones under the sun, with a captivating backdrop of beaches, forests and mountains. The Island of the Gods has long been a famous destination, and this year is no different.
Located on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula in the south of the island, an area known as “Billionaire’s Row” is full of five-star hotels and luxury resorts that provide a 360 view of the best the island has to offer. No one, however, can capture the beauty and spirit as accurately as Karma Kendra in Ongasan. Iconic trendsetter Karma Kendra defines the cosmopolitan Bali pool villa and beach lifestyle.
Once again, the luxurious resort is hosting its annual 12 Days of Karma event starting December 23. The event will begin with the lighting of the Karma Christmas tree in the Temple Lounge, accompanied by cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music entertainment. The following evening, the festive atmosphere is heightened with a special Christmas Eve dinner accompanied by Christmas carols sung by the children of the Bali Life Orphanage.
Giving back is an important part of the Karma Group, the travel and lifestyle brand behind the resort. Through their Karma Cares initiative and in partnership with Bali Life Foundation (BLF), guests are invited to donate 300,000 rupees to a giving tree. The money will be used to buy gifts for needy children and will be distributed by Santa Claus to the underprivileged young people supported by BLF.
Back at Karma Kendra, the resort is guaranteed to give family and friends the perfect location to wait for Santa. Unlike other resorts, the destination offers villas and residences, from one to four bedrooms, giving each group the privacy it needs, with cabanas arranged around their tropical courtyard and a private infinity pool where you can’t tell where the water ends and the sky begins.
The one-bedroom pool villas are designed for honeymooners or couples, and offer complete privacy. They come with an open space: a spacious living room and dining area, opening onto a large balcony with an infinity pool and another dining area. A perfect hideaway for two. As with all the other villas, the design combines traditional Balinese architecture and world-class luxury, where culture and comfort intersect.
Meanwhile, the two-, three- and four-bedroom villas feature natural stone, teak decks and local grass or iron tiled roofs. The two bedrooms feature a traditional Indonesian suite next to the infinity pool for an extra touch of culture, while the three and four bedrooms offer additional options of stunning Balinese backdrops: garden view, ocean view or cliff sea view.
The resort also offers two residences; Karma Villa Maria and Grand Cliff Villa Nirvana. Perhaps similar to what the villas offer, each comes with spacious rooms accented by modern and traditional designs. There are five en-suite bedrooms over two levels, with a stunning master bedroom on the second level with a dramatic panorama overlooking the ocean. On the ground floor, floor-to-ceiling windows open onto a spacious private balcony with outdoor dining, a barbecue area and an extra-large infinity pool. Located on the edge of the cliff, this is the ultimate experience for families and small groups.
No stay would be complete without the best cuisines. Karma Kandara Resort uses a simple method to deliver the best of Bali: fresh ingredients, exotic flavors and classic cooking techniques inspired by European and Asian destinations. The resort has four establishments that will keep guests coming back for more. Only this season, it becomes more special.
One of the culinary highlights of Karma’s 12 Days is a special seasonal edition of Chef Joseph Antonishek’s wildly popular Cali-wine-ication event on December 29, where Chef Joe pairs five wines from a favorite California vineyard with his own carefully curated selections. . After three successful events all over Bali, Chef Antonishek still has a few things up his sleeve that he can’t wait to reveal to guests.
Catch the special occasion at Di Mare, the resort’s award-winning Mediterranean cuisine served in a stunning cliff-top setting overlooking the Indian Ocean. The restaurant offers Western and Asian inspired food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Signatures include their frog leg appetizer served as the “love child of Java and France”, while mains include traditional food from Greece, India, Egypt, Thailand, the UK and of course Indonesia itself.
Next on the list is the Temple Lounge, previously mentioned as the venue for the resort’s upcoming exquisite Christmas tree. Located on the rooftop of Di Mara, the Temple Lounge evokes a North African atmosphere of balls and colorful lanterns, creating a kasbah-like environment where guests enjoy custom cocktails and native Middle Eastern tapas. Don’t forget to try the daily cocktail specials prepared especially for the occasion, such as the wonderful Star Light, made with gin, clemensi lemongrass cordial, osmanthus and kaffir lime ginger beer.
While wine lovers will want to join the popular Cali-wine-ication event, the resort also has a year-round Veritas wine bar. The Veritas cellar is stocked with fine wines from the old and new world. The cellar offers vintage bottles from boutique growers and well-known labels, curated by sommeliers. Step back in time with a cigar from the section to enjoy with Pinot Noir, like a movie set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Of course, no resort would be complete without access to its beach. La Club 22 is located right on Karma Beach, for happy barefoot days and carefree and glamorous nights. The resort also offers activities such as water sports, beach tours, food throughout the day, special events, private pavilions and more. During the special season, international DJs will ring the sunsets at Le Club 22, while other entertainment includes traditional Balinese dances and even a special circus performance.
Start the New Year off right at Karma Kandara with the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party. This year, the landmark event will take on a South American theme with dishes from countries across the continent, before a host of international DJs led by Ibiza legend John Sa Trinka get the party started on Karma Beach.
After all the partying, relax in the spa. The Karma Spa team has a boutique menu of healing treatments created from ingredients sourced from ethical and sustainable growers. Perched on the top of the cliff, the spa suites are nestled within jagged limestone cliffs with 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean landscape, which lull guests into a state of ease and deep relaxation. They also offer spa and daycare activities for those who prefer meals that are mostly low in sugar, gluten-free and dairy-free with many vegan options.
Karma is also a perfect location for families with children. Three Monkeys Kids Club creates adventures and activities for children aged 4 to 12, including beach tours, kite making, art and swimming. This season there are special activities for children with balloon games, Christmas shirt painting and a scavenger hunt at Karma Beach.
Teens and parents won’t miss out on the fun as we offer the chance to explore Bali with a variety of exciting guided adventures for all ages. For some fitness, visit the resort’s treehouse-style gym, a teak tree, overlooking a jungle of tropical vegetation with state-of-the-art equipment, or head down to the beach to paddle surf, snorkel or join the yoga and tai chi classes available. also.