The Final Phase at Karma Kandara completes the journey for Karma Group’s iconic flagship resort on the island of Bali. It’s signature elements include a brand new reimagining of the award winning Karma Beach –Southeast Asia’s premier beach resort and a fixture for in-the-know visitors to the island. In terms of residents, the Final Phase adds a collection of spacious villa residences and apartments on the limestone cliff tops at Bali’s southern reaches.
The villas and apartments were designed by acclaimed architectural studio Woods Bagot out of Australia and typify the contemporary tropical style that marries the best of Bali’s famed inside-meets-outside approach to creating living spaces, with a pared down modern aesthetic, perfect for the climate. Structurally, the design makes the most of passive cooling via an ingenious ventilation system that allows air to circulate freely throughout each connected space whilst reducing humidity and heat – a crucial service in Bali.
The interior spaces also blur the boundary between inside and outside, with extensive use of double glazing glass and locally available materials such as rich teak wood, and beautiful and resilient hardwood Merbau for decking alongside cool Yogyakarta stone.
Furnishings also make the most of natural materials sourced in factories in Central Java, including handwoven rattan furniture and teak wood fittings. In keeping with the location, the color palette is a mix of muted greens and blues that reflect the colors of the lagoon at Karma Beach Bali – Karma Kandara’s private beach club that gives onto the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean.
Interior designer Tina Kirschner has ingeniously combined a pared back contemporary style with organic color palettes and just the right mix of traditional elements that evoke cultural diversity of the Indonesian archipelago. With nearly two decades of experience at the elite level, Kirschner intuitively understands how to harmonise discrete elements to create stunning interior spaces where guests instinctively wish to linger. Her décor evokes an uncluttered Mediterranean ambience, with richly upholstered furnishings in earthy shades accented with artworks from around the Indonesia archipelago
Comfort, artistry and quality are paramount across the villas and apartments, with comfy low-slung couches and custom fittings mixed with traditional accents garnered from around the Indonesian archipelago. Bedrooms feature king and queen size beds made up with luxuriant high thread count sheets and duvets, kitchens are equipped with high calibre German appliances and the latest audiovisual systems can be found in the open plan living area and bedrooms. Broadband WiFi Internet is of course available throughout. spa- like bathrooms provide a sanctuary of exquisite vanity units, soaking tubs and powerful showers. All rooms are equipped with the highest quality climate control provisions.
But perhaps the biggest highlight here is the location itself – and the substantial three and four bedroom villas make the most of the tropical environment and jaw-dropping views with floor to ceiling glass and an open-plan kitchen dining space that gives directly onto the private pool. Guests are never far from the sight & sound of the surf and the scent of frangipani on the tropical breeze.
Whilst Karma Kandara Final Release benefits from all the award-winning amenities of the resort as a whole, it also features its own destination restaurant and private pool deck, complete with swim up bar and tapas counter. In addition there is a gym and wellness facility, with an interior space fitted with the latest machines and free weights beneath a yoga pavilion styled after the classic Balinese bale. It’s a clever way to maximise space.
Then of course there are the stunning facilities for which Karma Kandara is rightly famous. Accessed by a funicular, the new look Karma Beach features a brand new collection of ocean-view private gazebos with plush upholstery and cushioning and gossamer-light curtains offering privacy. At the other end of the scale, a large communal table has been added that is recommended for large families and groups of friends. Another big highlight is the handcrafted Komodo Kamado Grill, which has been described as the best grill in the world by both Robb Report and Forbes. It’s a long way from the average casual barbecue, cooking food to perfection. There’s even a tropical tiki bar serving a range of cocktails with rum playing a starring role. Finally, a dedicated kid’s zone offering a range of facilities and creative activities and trained staff completes the suite of new additions.
High above Karma Beach is Karma Spa, which centres on a trio of luxury spa shacks suspended at the edge of the vertiginous cliff, 80 meters above the Indian Ocean. A glass walled infrared sauna is the perfect detoxifier, especially when followed by a soak in the cliff hanging Himalayan salt bath.
Meanwhile destination restaurant di Mare’s dramatic location is matched by its architectural audacity – a dining room set out beneath a contemporary high tensile pavilion like a sail, framing the blue on blue vista of the ocean.
All of these incredible venues continue to receive awards and accolades from the industry and leading luxury media from around the world. Karma Kandara’s Final Release completes one of the world’s most desirable villa resort developments in stellar fashion.