We spent 7 lovely nights at this wonderful hotel at the West coast of Bali. It is perfect for peace and quite and if you wanna see truely unspoiled authentic Bali. Only few rooms (12 or 15 I believe), so it is very calm and relaxed and not crowded at all. We had the most wonderful view from our terrasse. And We had indoor shower and toilet in our spacious room and an outside bathtub. So cool.
Small authentic Bali village Called Pekutatan is only 5 min drive from the hotel. Free shuttle car service at the hotel. Bikes Can be rented as Well. But do not expect tourists all over and lots of restaurants and bars and Night life like in Kuta it Nusa Dua. It is very authentic original Bali and very charming with the sweetest people. You Can buy water and so in the mini markets.
The Staff at this hotel is absolutely amazing!! Kind, sweet, helpful and just really lovely people. They Will do anything to make your stay perfect.
The breakfast is not buffet, but you Can choose different types of menus from the card. Good food. Good coffee. You Will not leave the table hungry and you Will watch the waves while having your breakfast.
The surroundings and nature in this area is just awesome. The Black sand Beach is magical, fine Black powder that sparkles like diamonds. Waves are Big and powerful and not for kids, but great fun. Long drive from the Airport (3,5 hours) but totally worth it. The hotel arranged a driver to pick us up in the Airport. This was Clever.
The hotel offers Yoga classes with the perfect view over the Beach. Goshia, the instructor, was really good!
They also offer massage which is good and especially the healing-massage is wonderful. Warmly recommended and with a view over the ocean and the Sound of the waves in the background. Like meditating!
Warmly Recommended is also Body massages at the local beauty salon in Pekutatan (also beauty and wellness School) across from the police station. This is much more low key Thank on the hotel and of cause very authentic. They are amazingly sweet and kind and They perform a wonderful massage at very low cost. It is not fancy but a great experience and We went almost every Day.
The atmosphere in this place is wonderful, gives you peace of mind and makes you relax 100%. We Will definitely be back!
Thank you so so much Kelapa Retreat! Please don't ever change! You are perfect.
Visited Bali 2 weeks ago and still carrying its state of mind in my soul .
We loved Kelapa because of its serenity and luxury in the middle of wild beauty.
The transfer assured by the hotel( 60 USD) from airport took 2.5 hours, but the driver Putu, attentive and kind, kept us updated about Bali .
The retreat is a very unique place, build with "bon gout" on the beach surrounded by coconut threes,where you will be disturbed only by the ocean sound and superb
The check in very smooth and fortunately we were upgraded to the Kelapa Residence, a great villa with two bedrooms, a large living and a wonderful terrace , with an infinity pool in front, we booked via Booking an ocean villa.
The residence had an ocean view and acces , beside the yoga platform; in the yard were coconut trees, carefully cleaned for our safety every day. The pool was great and fortunately we did not have any neighbors during our 5 days stay.
The restaurant is fine, the breakfast two choices -american and continental, both preceded by fresh fruits platters, natural juices, Balinese( arabica) coffee or espresso, cappuccino might be ordered. We ate every night there and the food was great- surprisingly good wiener schnitzel in the middle of a coconut forest :).
Every night there is a great choice of Balinese great food, very tasty compared with some turistique places tasted afterwards.
The beach was interestingly, black sand, but very nice sunsets and pure and simple wonderful walks on the long of the beach.
We managed to admire some moving sunrises too( difficult for the european to wake at 1 am) and magnifique strolls on the beach with magnificent shells between the rocks.
We tried a concomitent double massage during a rainy day and was great , pleasant and healing too.
We tried a half day trip, visiting a market in Negara( and a small mall with nice sarongs and t shorts) a temple,Medewi beach and a tortue farm.
For the rest we preferred to enjoy the excellent amenities of the retreat.
Nice roof with chaiselongues on top, open shower room, nice reception with a fruits platter. The staff was nice and smiling all the time, room well clined and air conditioning great; we had some "unexpected" guest- lizards, but they were efficiently disposed by the staff we called.
The wi-fi worked mainly well , especially in the restaurant ans reception area.
We were transfer to Nusa Dua with the same rate and profoundly regretted afterward that we leave Kelapa for Nusa Dua which is very crowded now.
We will definitely come back to this wonderful , peaceful and relaxing retreat with a great pleasure.
GeorgeandTor United Kingdom
Short version: Kelapa Retreat is a beautifully landscaped, relaxing and tranquil boutique hotel on a spectacular beach, ideally suited for a romantic getaway, but less suitable for families or group holidays.
Long version: My partner and I visited Kelapa Retreat for 10 nights in June/July 2016. It's a very small, boutique hotel currently with ~12 rooms located in the middle of a coconut forest right on the edge of a spectacular, almost deserted, black sand beach on the west coast of Bali.
While a visitor to this hotel needs to keep some things in mind, they will find a place of space, tranquility and easy-going luxury.
The staff are fantastic and without exception friendly, helpful and polite.
We stayed in an ocean front room, in the row closest to the beach and swimming pool. The room was HUGE and consisted of a small patio with loungers, a spacious living area with two reclining chairs, cupboards, a king-sized bed and two wardrobes, a bathroom with two sinks, shower and toilet cubicles, and an outdoor shower/bath area. Space is not a problem at Kelapa Retreat.
In fact, due to the small number of rooms and consequently small number of guests, it felt like we had all the space in the world. There were some days where we reclined by the (beautiful but small-ish) pool or frolicked in the sea all day and didn't see another guest between breakfast and dinner. If you're into tranquility and doing your own thing, like I am, then this is ideal, but if you're a family with children or looking for animation, activities and nightlife, this is perhaps not the ideal holiday destination.
One possible downside to all the peace and quiet is the ramifications of such a remote location. It takes around three hours to reach Kelapa from Denpasar airport, and the hotel is essentially isolated on the outskirts of a small village. That means no walking to restaurants, no shops in the vicinity for souvenirs or other shopping, and long day trips for sightseeing if you want to visit some of the more touristy areas of Bali, Ubud, Tanah Lot or the mountains.
Because it is essentially in the middle of nowhere you have to reconcile yourself with eating at Kelapa's restaurant for almost every meal. Breakfast is very good and huge, so it sets you up well for the day. My personal recommendation is the Indonesian Breakfast, and to try adding lime to any of the fantastic fresh fruit juices.
Because breakfast is so big, you won't need much of a lunch, which is lucky because there is no smaller lunch menu - you get the same food at dinner. At dinner I heartily endorse the 'order in advance' specials - the duck, chicken and fish are all very very good and represent excellent value (for 2 people you get a whole duck, chicken, or large fish).
Overall the restaurant food is reasonably priced by UK standards but is somewhat expensive for Bali, which is to be expected due to the lack of alternative options in the area. The Indonesian/Balinese food is far superior to the western fare on offer (though it is still not bad), and there is NO separate children's menu, though they'll do small portions on request. The kitchen staff will try to accommodate your needs, so ask if you have any questions.
The hotel offers day trips/tours with a private driver. We availed ourselves of two of these. The first, a trip to Ubud and back via some craft-focused villages - gold/silver, wood carving, painting, coffee - and a wonderful temple surrounded by water (I believe called Taman Ayur), and Ubud's popular monkey forest. For us, it felt a little rushed to get everything in, and I would recommend people taking this trip to miss any of the crafts you aren't interested in to get more time in Ubud.
The second was a snorkelling trip to Menjangan island, an uninhabited island surrounded by tropical reef. This was pricey but undoubtedly worth it: private driver, our own boat and guide to the island, snorkelling equipment and lunch were included. The real highlight however was the snorkelling itself. The variety and beauty of the coral and fish to see were breathtaking, though sadly there was a small amount of rubbish in the sea at points (though I stress that the water was largely very clean).
Overall I'd say that my stay in Bali was unforgettable due in no small part to this unique small hotel, it's beautiful location and brilliant staff.
Some more minor things to note:
1. The hotels has built a number of new rooms adjacent to its current site.
2. The sea is great fun due to the large waves. However almost all of the time this means that the sea is not safe for children or weak swimmers.
3. In addition to day trips and tours the hotel has mountain bikes for hire. You can also get a car and driver to hire for your own use rather than a prescribed tour.
4. Yoga classes and spa treatments are available - I can heartily recommend both.