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Perched between the jungle and the sea, Karma Kandara is a lofty cliff-top retreat where designer flip-flops rule and sunset ocean views can be had from every dazzling angle.
Style Supersized villas
Setting Dramatic cliffhanger
Why this week? We challenge even the most cynical romantic not to swoon at Karma Kandara’s powers of seduction; think secluded suites dotted throughout lush rainforest, a dreamy day spa helmed by nimble-knuckled therapists and a beach club accessible only by awe-inspiring inclinator. If your heart is fluttering at the thought, don’t fret; Karma Kandara has the perfect antidote with an exclusive Smith hotel offer: 40% off stays until 15 April 2014. As if you needed more of an excuse to start packing, Iron Chef Australia conqueror Herb Faust will be manning the stoves in the di Mare kitchen on Valentine’s Day night – sticky spiced pork, aromatic poached chicken curry and coconut ice-cream – for a one-night only, five-course feast – belts and tight trousers are best left in your villa.
Our favourite bits Ever the oenophile, we can’t go past the Enomatic Wine Dispenser – Bali’s first – in Karma’s wine treasure-trove, Veritas, without dipping in. Pop a plastic card into the slot and begin your sampling session (there are eight varieties to taste). Fresh from a treatment at Karma Spa, hedonistic pleasures can be found at Karma Beach Bali, where the dining and event calendar is brimming with fresh fish plucked daily from the Indian Ocean, international DJs, movie nights and barefoot dance parties.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘The blueness winks and flickers through bamboo trees as I traverse a stone bridge to Karma Spa. (Mr Smith has elected to remain in the villa to keep an eye on the three bedrooms, outdoor shower, pool deck and kitchen with everything from a microwave to Häagen-Dazs ice-cream in the freezer.) For the next half-hour, I’m to relax in the spa’s infrared detox sauna. It is tucked away in a glass-fronted cabin on a rocky outcrop, clinging to the brink as if it’s about to abseil down. There’s an oval pool, also cliffhanging, where you’re simultaneously enveloped in warm Himalayan saltwater and suspended, god-like, high above the surf. This is life on the edge as it should be…’ Read the full Karma Kandara review.
*Copy compiled by Stephanie Mikkelsen