Kalapa Resort & Spa in Canggu Bali was a real delight for our first few nights in the country. There’s really an overwhelming number of affordable accommodation options in Bali, particularly in the popular areas of Canggu, Seminyak and Kuta. I’ve always found it hard to decide where to stay whilst in Bali but luckily, this time we stumbled across this beautiful resort online and couldn’t have enjoyed this little retreat more.
Read on for my review of Kalapa Resort & Spa here:
Kalapa Resort & Spa is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Canggu and surrounded by rice paddies, giving a real feeling of seclusion and calm. The retreat is located in a small local village, offering a simple yet luxurious stay within lush landscaping.
The resort offers complimentary transfers into the beach area of Canggu via car throughout the day.
Kalapa Resort & Spa, at the time of writing, has just 8 beautiful villas, each elegant, yet so simple. There was some light construction going on during our stay (April 2018) so it looks like there will be another 6 or so later this year.
Each villa is different and so so gorgeous, each adorned with Balinese or Javanese art or sculptures. The villas each have wooden floors and walls, together with vaulted ceilings and shuttered windows. Our room was one of the smaller villas, but we had a huge comfortable four poster bed with soft white drapes hanging down.
We had a large wooden wardrobe with a safe, together with things like soft white dressing gowns, slippers, pool shoes and a rattan woven basket to take to the pool.
The bathroom outside was gorgeous and fairly typical of the style you’ll find in villas around Bali. Outdoor bathrooms are so amazing – when will more places in the world adopt this!
Showering under the stars is always special!
We had ‘his and her’ sinks, together with a huge stone bathtub set into the ground.
At the front of the villa, there was a huge terrace with giant sofas to lounge on and a hammock.
Breakfast is served right next to the rice paddies in the delightful restaurant, or it can be served in your room. The menu changes daily and guests have the option to choose between a number of choices each day. Your orders are taken the previous evening so everything can be prepared for the next morning.
The resort’s team serve up food all day long poolside and I highly recommend the satay chicken! You’ll also be offered daily afternoon tea wherever you’d like to take it, so of course we opted poolside.
Yoga, Spa and Wellness
The resort has a really wonderful wellness offering and this theme runs through every element of your stay. From a truly calming and secluded location among the rice paddies, to the two serene and peaceful pools. Just being at the resort is soothing for the senses, but they also offer daily complimentary yoga, each day a different type of flow or practice with a local qualified yoga instructor. You can find out more about their yoga offering here.
The resort’s spa treatments can be offered in villa or in the spa centre at the heart of the property and range from reflexology or a coconut scrub to a volcanic body mask. Not to mention the signature Balinese massages – possibly my favourite technique in the world.
I opted for an hours’ Balinese massage, which was a really deep stimulation of my muscles. I walked out like I am gliding on air, feeling undoubtedly the most relaxed and rejuvenated I have in a long time.
There are also a number of places to sit back and relax with a book and with so few villas, you can be sure that you can find a quiet spot to make yours.
Somehow, hotels and villas in Bali just have some of the most beautiful pools in the world, and Kalapa Resort is no exception.
Kalapa offers two pools, the first nearer the entrance with a covered canopy seating area and a handful of sun loungers.
The second pool is bordered on one side by rice paddies, with tropical foliage surrounding the others.
Giant sunbed loungers and umbrellas make for another gorgeous spot, with the only noise being friendly chirping birds.
Kalapa Resort & Spa Canggu Bali Review
Overall, Kalapa Resort & Spa was a fabulous spot to stay at as a base for exploring Canggu. Tucked away from the busy streets and scooter carnage, Kalapa Resort offers a true retreat with charming local hospitality.
Nothing is too much, but the resort itself is simple and calm and I could have easily whiled away a week here, simply reading, eating, snoozing and swimming!
I hope this post has been useful for anyone visiting Canggu, Bali and was looking for a beautiful serene hotel to stay in.
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