Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
Tucked away on a little side street in popular coastal Sanur, Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa has created its own quiet, little Balinese village with some of the most luxurious services we’ve experienced to date. If you’ve ever wanted to feel truly spoiled—we’re talking daily afternoon high tea and butler service spoiled—this is the perfect place to stay. From beginning to end, everything is catered to each guest’s preferences–from food to scheduling to transportation. Comprised of 11 private villas each with their own pools, kitchens and outdoor living spaces, there is nothing ordinary about this exclusive little Balinese resort.
During our stay with Kayumanis Sanur we had the opportunity to experience part of a family cooking class and a delicious Balinese set meal, which we look forward to sharing below. We were going to experience their sunrise breakfast service, but unfortunately the weather chose not to cooperate, but we have seen pictures and video and it looked amazing!
It’s worth noting that Kayumanis is currently in the process of renovating their already-gorgeous villas into a newly designed style. Keep in mind, the existing villas are by no means outdated or showing signs of wear. While the layout will remain the same, the color palette, décor and decking around the pools will change. I got a sneak peek of one of the newly renovated units and I think they’ll be very popular with guests, though we were still impressed with the existing style.
Family Type Recommendation
We recommend the setup of the 1-bedroom villa we stayed in for families that either have bigger kiddos (tweens or above) or co-sleepers due to the fact that the staircase to the second bedroom was outside and not directly accessible from inside the master on the main floor–it could only be reached by passing through the outdoor dining area and around the side of the main building. This wasn’t an issue for us with our guys (ages 9 and 11), but it’s important you evaluate whether or not this setup would work for your family before booking. We recommend contacting Kayumanis Sanur directly to discuss other layout options as they have 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom layouts.
Water & Ice Note
We only used bottled water during our trip for drinking, brushing our teeth and washing our faces, which is a precaution recommended for American travelers. We only drank drinks with ice that was brought in (neat to see it being delivered) and not made with tap water as per American travel recommendations.
We didn’t feel safety was at all an issue at Kayumanis, especially because it was such a contained little resort. There were extremely tall walls around the resort perimeter and villas, which prevented anyone from being able to easily enter without passing through the main entrance. It is quite typical at safe resorts and businesses to have your car inspected with vehicle inspection mirrors and a visual check inside and out before being allowed to enter (you will often be asked to open car doors and your rear hatch). This is done for your safety and the safety of other guests, it’s nothing to be concerned over. Kayumanis actually had a separate parking lot for guest vehicles, so due to the fact vehicles could not be driven through the resort there was no need for a car inspection as guests got out at the front gate with their luggage.
Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa at a Glance:
- 10 minutes from Sanur Beach (complimentary transportation available via private car)
- 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport
- 45+ minutes south of Ubud
- 25 minutes from Sukawati Art Market
- On-site spa
- On-site dining at Gong restaurant can be eaten either in the restaurant or delivered to your villa (very accommodating with food restrictions from our experience)
- Complimentary transportation via private car locally (can be scheduled on-demand)
- 11 private villages (1-, 2- and 3-bedroom options)
- Private pool in each villa
- Child-safety pool fence available on request
- Daily high-tea (complimentary)
- Daily fruit bowl (complimentary)
- Daily restocked mini bar of juice/soft drinks and cookies (complimentary)
- Wifi (complimentary)
- 24-hour concierge
- 24-hour butler service
- Daily breakfast
- Valet parking
Location of Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
If you’ve ever been to Sanur you know it’s a bustling beach town popular with tourists, however, you’d never know this little private resort was snuggled between some quiet side streets right off a main road! Centrally located and convenient to other Bali destinations, Kayumanis offered a peaceful little oasis for us to return to after busy days of wandering. We drove ourselves around Bali and found it very easy to maneuver around Sanur as well as to and from areas as far as Ubud from Kayumanis as our home base.
Layout of Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
Kayumanis Sanur was designed to recreate the atmosphere of a traditional Balinese village and configured in a somewhat triangular shape. The majority of villas were along the longest side of the resort while the restaurant and gift shop were in the center. The open-air lobby, main entrance and spa were along the base of the triangle and the remainder of the villas were along the shorter side of the triangle. While villas shared outer perimeter walls, they were incredibly thick and very high, so little sound transferred from the villa next to us into ours. It was very easy to walk around the resort and with the old growth of the amazing greenery canopied around the grounds and our villa, it felt completely exclusive and private. We were told that the growth was at least 10 years old and while clearly tended to, it felt authentic and natural.
Should you stay at Kayumanis Sanur, make sure to explore a bit as there are so many amazing little details to take in. I have a particular love for the statues in Bali, so we brought home quite a few pictures of them!
1-Bedroom Villa at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
We stayed in a 1-bedroom villa, which was actually a 1-bedroom with an additional study that was converted into a second bedroom with 2 twins. If traveling without kiddos or with a co-sleeping child, that room could be left a study and used for work or indoor downtime.
The villa itself consisted of a main building with 2 floors—the bottom housed the master bedroom and semi-open bath, the top floor was the study or second bedroom. Off the side of the main building was the open kitchen, a third wash closet and a dining area. Perpendicular to the main building was the open family room and parallel to that was the private pool.
Both the master bedroom and study/second bedroom had their own flat screens as did the outdoor living space. Both international and local programs were available, including kids channels–helpful during downtime!
All of the toilets in our villa were western-style toilets. They did, like most western toilets in Indonesia, have hand-held sprayers so make sure you explain to your kiddos in advance not to touch them to avoid a mess–just a little tip from us to you!
Noise Transference at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
The only noise transference we experienced was a bit in the open master bathroom, which was to be expected due to its open nature! We had absolutely none inside of our rooms and the boys said they had none in theirs.
Master Bed at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
The master was very cozy—the bed was fantastic and the pillows were plush. We found that the AC worked well in our room and kept the temperature very pleasant as long as the door to the semi-outdoor bathroom and main doors were kept closed.
Master Bath at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
The master bathroom was semi-open with an outdoor shower, tub, toilet and vanity. Because it was semi-open, the bathroom was naturally warmer than the master bedroom and also allowed some mosquitos in, though we were able to keep those at bay with the use of an electronic mosquito repellant and mosquito coil–you’re going to want those mosquito coils burning in any outdoor setting you’re staying in while visiting Bali!
Study/Second Bedroom at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
The study or converted second bedroom was on the second floor of the main building. It had plenty of room for two twins, a long desk, flat screen tv and mini fridge. The boys were very happy with their beds and when we gave them a test they were just as comfortable as our king. While the upstairs room didn’t stay quite as cool as the master below, it was very comfortable and the boys slept well.
Study/Second Bedroom Bathroom at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
Adjoined to the study or converted second bedroom was a full bathroom (enclosed) with a shower, vanity and western toilet. This was super convenient as some villas in Bali only have outdoor/open bathrooms, which can be a little nerve-wracking with younger kids at night. We found it best to keep the door to the bathroom closed so that the bedroom didn’t lose any of its cool air.
Balcony off Study/Second Bedroom at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
There was a balcony off of the second story of our villa, which was a decent size. For those concerned about little ones wandering out there unattended there was a lock (which required a key) so it could be secured shut to set your mind at ease. We locked it with our guys since they shared the room alone and while they’re generally good about listening while we travel, you just never know with unpredictable ADHDers if they’re going to find some rationale for doing something dangerous. It’s nice that you have that option!
The Kitchen at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
We were very impressed with the size of the open kitchen, which was equipped with a fridge, sink, cook top and various kitchen instruments. You could very easily prepare a meal in there if you wished or have one prepared for you.
The Dining Area at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
The dining area was perfect for our family and could have easily sat another person or two. We ate two breakfasts and two dinners at that table together and made some amazing memories. Service was wonderful and worth noting when we had meals delivered!
Open Family Room at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
The outdoor seating pavilion was quite large and really comfortable for downtime lounging. The boys spent some time early in the morning hanging out there waiting for us to get things ready to head out for the day and then again in the evenings once we returned before we had dinner. It was super comfortable and an all-around nice spot to hang out in. Don’t forget those mosquito coils!
The Private Pool at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
Our private pool was fantastic! The temperature was great and it was well maintained. The boys had a lot of fun splashing around in it for hours during our stay. It was also a really great size! You’d assume that the pool would be small given the fact that every villa had their own, but they were really quite large.
We did end up requesting that a safety fence be installed around our pool since the boys could access it without passing through our room first (they knew not to and didn’t attempt it, but better safe than sorry in our experience). While we weren’t really concerned so much with Seamus falling in, Liam really struggles with swimming due to some of his issues with coordination and sensory dysfunction, so we felt much more at ease knowing he couldn’t accidentally slip in walking past without us there. We highly recommend requesting it if you stay with Kayumanis and have similar concerns. Setup did take some time, so we’d suggest requesting it in advance.
Breakfast at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
Breakfast was served to us in our villa each morning and it was fantastic! The menu at Gong Restaurant was really extensive and included western/European, Indonesian and Balinese dishes. Additionally, they were happy to accommodate any requests if they could. As many of you know, I’m gluten-free due to an allergy to wheat. I was able to request gluten-free French toast for breakfast and it was quite good! The boys and Patrick really enjoyed the pancakes and pastries that were served with their breakfasts—they looked amazing.
Service was very attentive throughout our stay! We had an issue with one of Patrick’s dishes one morning and they were super quick to correct it and replace it.
High Tea at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
High tea was served each afternoon in our villa. We had the choice of opting for tea, coffee, juice, etc.—hot and cold. In addition to drinks, finger foods were served and Kayumanis made sure that as many of the foods as possible were gluten-free so that I could enjoy them as well–such a thoughtful touch! Afternoon tea was such a nice little perk and one all four of us really enjoyed. It was unique among all of the resorts we stayed at during our time in Bali and something that stood out to us. Definitely worth experiencing at least once!
Balinese Set Dinner at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
We were given the opportunity to experience the Balinese Set Dinner, which included a 3-course meal of different Balinese dishes. Courses were brought out at our pace and we had plenty of time to enjoy them all. Everything was absolutely delicious! We can’t say enough about the level of service we experienced at Kayumanis Sanur.
Cooking Experience with Kayumanis Chef
The boys had the opportunity to make tropical smoothies and participate in part of the making of mini donuts with the chef at Kayumanis, which is one of the family-friendly activities guests can choose to set up during their stays. They really enjoyed taking part in everything and the chef was so sweet, but I think they enjoyed eating everything most of all!
We highly recommend doing at least 1 cooking class while in Bali, it keeps the kids entertained and exposes them to new foods in a super fun, hands-on way!
Gong Restaurant at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
The on-site restaurant at Kayumanis was named “Gong” and in addition to operating as a full-service restaurant it also provided all the food served within the private villas. We didn’t eat at Gong as we mentioned above, but all of our food from Gong served in our villa was absolutely delicious! I toured Gong when we initially got there and it offered a very intimate (and quite frankly, romantic) environment for dining. The restaurant itself was covered, but open and light was warm and low.
Housekeeping at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
Housekeeping was great. Everything was consistently tidied up and all toiletries were replenished each day. They were quite efficient as we never bumped into them despite being in and out of our villa throughout our stay. Turn-down was not an automatic part of the schedule from our experience, but we have no doubt they would have been quick to turn down the room in the evening upon request. It simply wasn’t something we needed.
Mosquitos at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
Mosquitos can be a bit of an issue in many areas in Bali, so we highly recommend bringing deet-based mosquito repellant with you (make sure it’s in a spray bottle not an aerosol can to make it through security). Kayumanis went to great lengths to keep the mosquitos away by putting out mosquito coils and supplying plenty of bottles of all-natural repellant, but if you’re like me or our youngest, it’s best to also bring along some strong bug spray. This had nothing to do with the resort itself, it was just par the course of traveling to Bali. Kayumanis fogged for mosquitos weekly, but if you preferred not to have this done in your villa you could indicate this to them prior to arrival. We recommend having it done if you have the option!
The Private Car Service at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
We didn’t use the car service at Kayumanis because we had to cancel our sunrise breakfast due to the weather and we drove ourselves around the rest of the time, but I did get the opportunity to check out one of their private cars and they were extremely nice! The cars themselves were new and beautifully maintained, filled with complimentary cold beverages and homemade cookies for guests to enjoy while being driven around. As we mentioned above, the private shuttle was available for guests to schedule upon request for the local Sanur area. We were told the shuttle was available round the clock, which was pretty darn cool!
Final Thoughts on Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa
Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa was an absolute pleasure to experience! We’ve stayed at some really gorgeous 5-star resorts in the past, but Kayumanis may have topped them all to date in terms of the level of luxury services included with a stay. Everything was done to cater to our schedule and preferences and every staff member we came in contact with was beyond kind and accommodating.
The food at Kayumanis was exceptional and every dish we tried was fresh, unique and well-made. Even the juices and smoothies we had were amazing! They were more than willing to work around my food restrictions and make some really yummy gluten-free dishes just for me. We didn’t dine in Gong (the on-site restaurant) because we found we enjoyed eating in our villa best (always convenient with kiddos), but the food prepared both in Gong and for the Villas was the same, so regardless of whether you choose to eat in your villa or in the restaurant you should have a consistent experience.
It was apparent at every turn that Kayumanis focused solely on catering to each guest during their stay and they continually asked if we needed anything or if they could change anything to our liking. We didn’t make use of the private shuttle, but as I mentioned above the car I checked out was really nice and the little added perks and flexibility was impressive.
While Kayumanis Sanur may have been the priciest of the resorts we stayed with while in Bali, it also offered the most exclusive, attentive services round the clock. And while the nightly rate may have been higher than some of the other resorts we stayed at it was comparable to some of the resorts we’ve stayed at in the U.S. price-wise (as well as many NYC hotels) and offered far more perks and services. If you’ve ever wanted to experience those kinds of top level first-class amenities this may be the perfect opportunity due to the favorable U.S. to Indonesian exchange rate.
We were so bummed that the weather decided not to cooperate and we weren’t able to experience the sunrise breakfast on the beach offered by Kayumanis, but we’ve read it’s amazing and it may be worth looking into as Bali sunrises (and sunsets) are epic!
All in all, we had a wonderful stay at Kayumanis Sanur Private Villas & Spa and would recommend it to any families looking for a purely luxurious stay while in Bali. As we mentioned above, the 1-bedroom villa setup is one we’d personally recommend for families with older children and/or co-sleeping children as it’s best to have a child you trust on their own with outside access stay in the study converted into a second room. Contact Kayumanis Sanur directly if you’d like to learn about other villa layouts.
Kayumanis has other locations throughout Bali which you also may want to check out if you’re planning to stay in other regions. We haven’t stayed at any of the other resorts, but if we do in the future we’ll be sure to share!
We’ll be discussing shopping and groceries in Sanur (and other areas of Bali) in another post, so check back for that!
If this sounds like the type of luxury resort your family would enjoy during your trip to Bali head to their site to book your stay now! It is a small resort, so you’ll want to make sure you secure your villa as soon as you’re ready to book.
Note: Our stay was hosted by the resort. All opinions are our own based on our personal experiences.