View of a Samabe Bali pool. Image courtesy of Samabe Bali Resort & Villas, used with permission.
Your guide very rarely ever gets to see something big happening from the ground floor, and the invitation from Yani Wongsowinoto, the Director of Sales & Marketing for the Samabe Bali Resort & Villas, seemed too good to pass up.
Yani is in charge of promoting a new five-star accommodation at the southern end of Nusa Dua on the island of Bali: an exclusive oceanfront resort that takes up about eight hectares of landscaped tropical gardens overlooking a pristine stretch of beach facing the Indian Ocean. The watchwords for the property: privacy and luxury.
The land presents a moderate slope down to the sea, allowing the construction of 42 pool villas, all with views of the ocean, and a building close to the sea with 39 full Ocean View Suites (13 of which will have their own private pool).
Birds' eye view of the Samabe Bali property. Image courtesy of Samabe Bali Resort & Villas, used with permission.
For guests of the Samabe Bali Resort & Villas, no expense will be spared to ensure they live in the lap of luxury: the villas and suites will all feature large bedrooms and living spaces, and the villas in particular will have outdoor showers and landscaped gardens with private outdoor dining spaces.
The demo unit Yani ushers me into is an exercise in Balinese five-star style: Balinese thatched roofs over high-ceilinged spaces, and intricate patterns marking the floors and walls (inspired, Yani tells me, by Arabic carpet design). The gleaming bathroom fittings, the ample spaces, the contemporary art and sculpture, the expansive view of the Indian Ocean... you'd want to check in and never leave.
And you'll never be seen by anyone but the valets, if that's your thing: the pitch of the slope and the architecture of each villa guarantees absolute privacy.
Samabe Bali Villa bedroom. Image courtesy of Samabe Bali Resort & Villas, used with permission.
Once open, Yani assures me, guests of the Samabe Bali will enjoy the finest gourmet cuisine and a number of exclusive recreational pursuits, all geared towards people used to the finer things in life. Guests will have the run of the gourmet restaurant and ocean view grill restaurant and bar, tropical spa at the rock, ocean view swimming pool, wedding chapel, and romantic caves along the shoreline.
The land where the Samabe Bali Resort stands is one of the last parts of Bali to see development; fortuitously enough, it's not that far from where the tourists are in Bali. "I would say that our resort location is not really out of the way, considering it is only 15 minutes away from Bali Collection and Bali Nusa Dua Theatre," says Yani, who points out that the southern Nusa Dua location and the massive lot size enables a high ratio of space to guest: "Eight hectares of land with only 81 suites and villas... nine out of ten rooms will have a guaranteed full ocean views."
The beach - accessible by a stair from the suite complex - features some of the tamest waves on Bali, calm and sparkling waters ideal for swimming and water sports.
Panoramic view of beach from the suite. Image © Mike Aquino, licensed to About.com.
Like guests of the Samabe sister property the Grand Mirage Resort in Tanjung Benoa (read the review, or visit their official site), Samabe Bali guests will enjoy all-inclusive benefits in two tiers: "Samabe is offering two types of privileges for our guest to choose from," explains Yani. "'Limited Privileges', where guests will have room and breakfast and some value added benefits included, and 'Unlimited Privileges' or 'Luxury All-Inclusive', where guests will experience the benefits of Limited Privileges PLUS unlimited premium value added benefits."
Guests in the latter tier will get the full gamut of premium meals and beverages on tap, a wide selection of Samabe signature activities, entertainment, meeting room facilities and some spa treatments.
View from the Samabe Bali villa terrace. Image courtesy of Samabe Bali Resort & Villas, used with permission.
You'll get to experience the view, the luxury, and the privacy for yourself, when the five-star Samabe Bali luxury resort soft-opens by December 2012. For more information on Samabe Bali Resort & Villas, visit their official site: www.samabe.com.