Kayumanis private villa and spa

Kayumanis private villa and spa

Kayumanis private villa and Spa is an Indonesian hospitality brand. The resorts of the brand are located in some of the best locations in the mystical island of Bali: Nusa Dua, Ubud, Jimbaran and Sanur. I was lucky for having the opportunity to experience the world of Kayumanis resorts and Spa in Nusa Dua and in Sanur. In this blog post on TVG, I’d like to share with you a few lovely memories I made at the resorts and the photos I took during my stay.  

Kayumanis private villa and spa

Kayumanis private villa and spa

What I loved at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa

The well-appointed outdoor living area in my villa left me in awe! I was moved by the decoration. It made me think how much I’d love to have a home that looks like this! Their interior design is something I don’t think I will ever forget easily. 

The Kayumanis Sanur villas are named after the keyed instrument that plays the resonant melodies in a traditional orchestra. 

One evening the hotel arranged a transfer for me to their seaside restaurant, where I enjoyed dinner and the gentle breeze.

Kayumanis private villa and spa

Kayumanis private villa and spa

Kayumanis Sanur Nusa Dua hotel review

Kayumanis Sanur Nusa Dua hotel review

Kayumanis Sanur Nusa Dua hotel review

Kayumanis Sanur Nusa Dua hotel review

Kayumanis Sanur Nusa Dua hotel review

What I loved at Kayumanis Nusa Dua:  

Riding a bike along the beach.

Laying on the bed, listening to the rain and thunderstorms during the night!

The bedroom was one step away from the pool. Imagine waking up in bed and directly being able to jump into your private pool.

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The sunrise breakfast at the private beach of the hotel was a great experience.

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The hotel provided me with the cutest slippers, beach bag and robe (Balinese style)

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Where to stay in Bali luxury hotel review

I loved feeding the squirrels in my villa and watch them eating.

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The feeling of complete privacy and exclusivity within the secluded walled gardens.

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Thank you to the lovely people at Kayumanis private villa and Spa for an exceptional stay! And again, a huge thank you to Eva Air (EVA AIR on Instagram) for flying me from Vienna to Indonesia with safety, attentiveness and reliability. 

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*Disclaimer: This content was brought to you in a friendly collaboration with Kayumanis private villa and Spa. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Solo female travel to Bali

Solo female travel to Bali

Solo female travel to Bali

At some point of the beginning of the year, I was convinced that I would have to do this trip to Bali alone. I don’t have a problem with traveling alone, but of course, traveling together with someone (who has the same passion for travel and photography) is always better.

During a conversation I had with Katharina from Munich (aka Photopraline), she told me that she also wanted to make a trip outside of Europe. I told her that she could join me if she want to. She took some time to think about it, and one day she came to me and told me that she will be coming with me to Bali.

So, this wasn’t exactly a solo female travel to Bali for me. It was partially a solo trip. I flew from Vienna to Bali alone with Eva Air (EVA AIR on Instagram). Two days later, Katharina came too from Munich. She also left Bali one week before I leave, so I spend this last week alone. It was the first time I travelled with Katharina. We had a nice time together, as we share the same passion for adventure, good food and photography.

But I also enjoyed the time alone in Bali. I am an introvert. I don’t need many people around me in order to be happy. I create my own happiness by doing the things that I enjoy. I enjoy having a meal alone, or going for a walk at the beach alone. I like spending time with anyone who makes me feel comfortable. With anyone who don’t judge me every minute for what I am doing or for what I am saying. I don’t need any judgement or misunderstanding. I love being myself and I don’t want to put pressure on me and make efforts to convince anyone of my value.

Solo female travel to Bali
Solo female travel to Bali
 

The most common question: Is Bali a safe destination for a solo female trip?

I asked myself the same question a hundred times. In order to find an answer, I decided to do a research. I read other blogs, I watched YouTube videos and talked about it with women who have travelled to Bali alone. They said that it’s safe. This is what I also realized when I was there. Bali is safe for a solo woman traveler. However you need to use common sense, as you do with every place you visit. For instance, one thing I never do when I travel alone (except I am in the Greek islands) is to go out during the night. I prefer to return to my hotel after sunset.

Ubud hotel Bali

How do you decide to go on a solo trip?

In one of my trips, I met a girl and during a conversation we had, I asked her exactly this question. How did you decide to go on a solo trip? She said something that hit me: “I didn’t want to be that boring girl who sits at home and has a boring miserable life”! Your need for traveling urges you to become independent. It’s not about visiting a place, it’s about your need to feed your wanderlust. If you want to visit a place, just go. Do a research on the internet, book your flight and your hotel and just go.

What I do before any departure / My safety advices
  • Buy a SIM card so that you can have access to the Internet and you can make phone calls wherever you are!
  • Make sure to have a travel insurance.
  • Consult the official travel advisory.
  • Make copies of your passport.
  • Save all the important documents such as booking reservations on your mobile’s home screen.
  • Please take 2 mobile phones with you. Leave one at the hotel and take one with you!
  • If my trip last long, I take with me a laptop AND a tablet.
  • I make sure to have 2 credits cards with me and cash! I had many bad experiences and I learned my lesson.

hotel in Ubud Bali

How does it feels to travel alone?

At the beginning it feels weird. You may think that everyone is staring at you and wondering what are you doing alone. But it comes a moment where you begin to appreciate your loneliness and don’t care about what others may think or say about you.

The Verdict

A solo female travel to Bali or to anywhere is definitely not that easy. It can be fun, but it can also be tricky and challenging. You become the best friend of your self. You become strong and independent, you learn to rely on your self. You learn that whatever will happen in your life, you will be fine, because you will always have you.

The photos of this blog post were taken in our amazing hotel in Ubud. 

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Nusa Penida

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How to get to Nusa Penida

There should be different ways, so please ask the receptionist of your hotel. We took a taxi from our hotel to Sanur and from Sanur we took a boat to Nusa Penida. We booked our ferry tickets online one day before the departure with Ray Fish fast cruises. I suggest that you take a morning boat because, from experience and from what we’ve heard from others, the afternoon boat ride can get really rough.

Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida
 
How to get around

Our hotel organized a personal driver for us. He was very flexible with the itinerary and the timing. We had him for one whole day, from morning till sunset. We were very happy with this service.

Nusa Penida

Where to stay

We stayed in an amazing hotel, called The Mesare Resort. We found the resort on Instagram. The resort offers 14 enchanting cottages with views to large organic gardens. I loved this hotel very much and I would highly recommend it to others.

Nusa Penida

Our program and itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at the hotel. Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel.
Day 2: Kelingking beach – Broken beach – Diamond beach – Atuh beach – End the day at Crystal bay for sunset
Day 3: Check out. Trip back to Bali

Kelingking beach - Broken beach - Diamond beach - Atuh beach

My travel tips

I’ve heard people going to Nusa Penida just for one day trip from Bali. I wouldn’t recommend that as I find it very stressful. We wanted to enjoy Nusa Penida and see most of what the island has to offer. So we chose to stay 2 nights. Therefore, I would recommend you to stay at least 2 nights, if possible.

Kelingking beach - Broken beach - Diamond beach - Atuh beach
Kelingking beach - Broken beach - Diamond beach - Atuh beach
 

Kelingking beach - Broken beach - Diamond beach - Atuh beach

Atuh beach sunset photos

Atuh beach sunset photos

The Verdict

You may not believe it but it’s true. We liked Nusa Penida more than Bali. Nusa Penida was exactly what we expected to see from Indonesia: an unspoiled island without traffic and palm trees everywhere.

Atuh beach sunset photos

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Eva Air (EVA AIR on Instagram) for opening the door to Asia for me.

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Kynd Community Bali

Kynd Community Bali

Words taken from the wall of Kynd community Bali

Damn life is good. How lucky we are to be here, right here in Bali. Remember that in every situation presented to you there is a lesson. Take it. Never ever stop learning. Fail, but do it quickly and learn from it. Trust people until they give you a reason not to. You don’t need a lot of friends, just quality friendships. Know that some people will change your life forever. Find them. Never forget you are so much more than just this physical body. Connect spiritually.

Kynd Community Bali
Kynd Community Bali
 

Karma is real. Give more. Way more. Giving is the most purest form of happiness. Understand the power of thought. Thought is creation. Oh and energies, don’t forget energies. Be conscious of energy. The energy you put out through thoughts, words and actions. What about the energy you put it? Your body is creating based on the food you put into it. Energise it, nourish it, love it, treasure it. Meditation is key. Love is always the answer. Mother earth needs us, needs you. Together let’s protect her. Together lets by kynd.

Words taken from the wall of Kynd community Bali

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Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa

Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa

From the moment you arrive at Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa in Bali, you realise that this is going to be a very special life experience. We felt it right at the moment we arrived, while our driver was approaching the entrance of the hotel, that we were entering a luxurious ancient Balinese house. Upon arrival, the hotel staff was waiting for us at the entrace and welcomed us with flower necklaces that were made specially for us and a smile on their faces.

Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa

We had arrived at Bali a few days before we visit Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa. The first days in Bali were very busy for us. In our effort to see and do most of the things we had on our “Must visit/do list”, Katharina and I ended up literally running from one place to another. From Canggu to Seminyak, from Seminyak to Nusa Penida.

And then back to Sanur where the driver of Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa picked us up to bring us to the retreat. Now I look back and remember clearly that during these first days in Bali, Katharina and I were aching for a place like Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa, where we would finally be able to detoxify the body and relax the mind.

Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa

I have stayed in several spa hotels in Europe, but I’ve never been to an Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa anywhere in the world before. This was a completely new experience for me. This ancient luxury Balinese home was definitely not just another spa hotel. Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa is a traditional healing environment where the staff want to support, nurture and gently assist you to achieve your health and wellness goals. I feel lucky and privileged that I have had this experience, and happy to share it on The Viennese Girl travel/photography blog, so that you will also get to know about it.

We spent 4 relaxing days at Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa, one of the most exclusive boutique health and wellness retreats in the world. During our stay, we spent most of the time in the hotel because the lovely team gave us a personalised daily programme (Panchakarma programme) that combined Ayurvedic treatments, yoga and meditation that balances the mind, body and soul.

We only stepped out from the hotel for a bike ride to Pererenan Beach, an early morning walk through the village and the rice fields of the area, and a visit to Bali’s famous Tanah Lot temple. All these activities were organised by the hotel and were not obbligatory.

Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa

What I miss most from Sukhavati Retreat and Spa:

The views of the lush surroundings from our own private villa called Chintanami. I miss being surrended by the tropical jungle.

The 90 minute massage treatments. They lasted long and their hands were doing magic.

The presence of frangipani and orchids literally everywhere in the hotel.

Listening to the sounds of nature while being pampered with divine spa treatments.

Last but not least, the lovely team of Sukhavati Retreat and Spa.

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We loved Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa and we can highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a retreat where you can restore your wellness physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Our stay at this hotel was for us the authentic, transformational Balinese experience that we expected to have from our trip to Bali.

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At this point, I would also like to thank Eva Air (on Instagram) for making my dream true and flew me to Bali. It was a long flight from Vienna to Bali, but at the same time, safe and fun (because of the Hello Kitty theme)

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*Disclaimer: This content was brought to you in a friendly collaboration with Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa. My flight tickets to Bali are sponsored by EVA AIR. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to the lovely people at Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa for an amazing stay!

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