In England, we call a coconut a coconut. Obviously, it has a shell, water, milk and oil but all are prefixed with the word, “coconut.” Now, in case you are questioning my sanity and wondering why I am rambling on with a linguistic analysis of a coconut in a post seemingly about a hotel – read on.
In the Balinese language, each different part of the coconut has its own distinct name and all of the 19 pool villas at Kayumanis Resort in Jimbaran are named after one of them. Our home in Jimbaran was to be the Seseh villa and in plain English, that means we were spending our Jimbaran days staying in the coconut tree trunk!This is what our butler told us as he guided us to our room. Each villa has an assigned 24 hour butler and room service facility just in case you should need a snack at 3am. Though if you read my last Kayumanis post about the delicious complimentary afternoon tea that Kayumanis feed you, then this is most unlikely, not to mention the cookie jar, loaded to the brim to bring down even the most disciplined, the daily fresh fruit platter and free minibar!
In my last post, I aimed to give an overview of the Kayumanis ethos, the services on offer and the sumptuous food we indulged in but it was this gorgeous private pool villa that I still dream about so here’s a little tour inside the place I came to think of as my Balinese home. A girl can dream. 🙂
The Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Pool Villa
We unlock our villa, walk down a pathway and step into our open air living room with a view of our tree-fringed private infinity-edge pool. We assume one of the two buildings facing us is ours and the other, our neighbour’s. But we are wrong. Apparently, this entire space is ours for the stay. The smaller building is the second bedroom (Pumpkin states this is where he will camp if I nag or chat too much), the larger one is our master bedroom. The villa is huge, approximately 500 square metres and we dance a little circle of excitement in our heads. We are Londoners so the concepts of space and fresh air bring jolts of welcome glee to our lives.A large flat screen TV lies at one end of the lounge (you are never supposed to admit that you watch TV in on holiday but occasionally, we do.) A smaller TV is put in your bedroom for comfort and CDs and DVDs can be borrowed from the hotel library.With romantic dim-lighting and elegant wooden furniture, the villas are styled with chic contemporary Balinese decor and artwork and the small touches do not go unnoticed.Even the free hotel pen, devoid of tacky logos, is uniquely made from a cinnamon stick, a reference to Kayumanis, which means cinnamon. They have thought of everything – you can even leave your international adapters at home because there’s an international multi-purpose one here.The living room has an open plan kitchen layout with a solid wooden dining table in the centre, which could easily seat at least ten with its own hob, crockery and utensils in the cupboards. I’ve lived with an open plan kitchen setting for ten years now and the social freedom it enables means that this layout is something I would look for in any future home. I cannot help but make references to home when I am here. There is something in the way the staff treat you here which enforces intangible parallels.
The villa is reminiscent of a very well-equipped self catered apartment except that it is a fully catered luxury resort! I am not one to cook my own meals on holiday (it is hard enough to get me to put together an edible meal at home) but if that is what floats your boat, the facilities are all there. For a fun alternative, you can even arrange private Balinese cooking class in your villa.
One evening, we came back after a stroll on the beach to find that the turn down fairies had flown in, laid out robes on our beds and scattered rose petals in the humid skies, floating with a graceful determination, injecting vibrancy into our final nights in Bali.
Generally, we used the living room before dusk and then moved to our bedroom. The hotel is well prepared for mosquitoes with a large net covering the bed, and repellent sprays but unfortunately, they still flocked to me. Pumpkin escaped almost bite free so I don’t know if it’s my perfume or my natural odour but it’s the same story, wherever I go in the world.We felt utterly pampered in our villa and Pumpkin almost had to drag me out screaming on the last day as I was refusing to leave but the staff were on standby with leaving gifts, including beautiful Batik dressing gowns as well as the thoughtful anniversary cake and gift they had already spoiled us with. If you’re planning that once-in-a-lifetime experience in Bali, where your money goes a long way and where each facet of service is impeccable, this is the place to stay. And if you’re there on honeymoon or want an ultimate romantic experience, they have all kind of delightful extras such as a private dinner in the middle of the pool surrounded by rose-petal strewn water. And if you’re stuck in the category of already married, second honeymoons are unquestionably acceptable 🙂
Have you ever stayed in a hotel that really felt like home?
Disclaimer: We received complimentary spa treatments and a meal for review purposes but as ever, I remain an opinionated little travel blogger and all views, good or bad, are entirely my own.