One-bedroom villas from $US738 ($1000) a night plus taxes, including a la carte breakfast, 30minute massage, airport transfers, afternoon tea, minibar, Wi-Fi and 24-hour butler service. Sister properties in Bali are at Ubud, Nusa Dua and Sanur. There’s also a Kayumanis villa resort in Nanjing, China. More: kayumanis.com. nervous) or jump a shuttle to sister resort Kayumanis Nusa Dua to use its private beach club.
We’re venturing no further than 100m to Resto. Again. Opened eight months ago, it’s making quite a splash, serving the best Indonesian fare in the area. Chef Oka, Bali-born but recently returned from Oman, offers an extensive menu including a very superior beef rendang and the signature bebek panggang mekudus, grilled duck marinated in Balinese spices and served at the table on a small, smoky clay grill accompanied by minced chicken on lemongrass skewers and a clear broth.
Under the direction of lovely resort manager Made Karta, who learned his trade from the ground up joining Kayumanis 15 years ago as a butler, the staff are exemplary, always remembering guests’ names and tailoring every stay with genuine care. Fancy a market tour? Cooking or yoga class? Perhaps an in-villa dinner a deux with your table set on a floating platform in the pool? Most things are possible.
We’re disappointingly low maintenance, happy just to doze by the pool after a late lunch enjoying absolute privacy and tranquillity, far from Bali’s madding crowd.
Christine McCabe was a guest of Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate and Spa.