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The Santai – luxury boutique hotel

Last but definitely not least we spent our last three days in our luxury accommodation The Santai.

The accommodation is more or less (depends on traffic of course) about 15 minutes away from Seminyak and Canggu in the tranquil vicinity of Umalas. The atmosphere there was very familiar. I think a lot of visitors come here for their honeymoon, a family vacation (as it has more than enough space and cool floats for the pool 😀 ) or just to relax in a quiet and beautiful location. Again, my boyfriend and were blessed as we knew we are going to stay in our own private villa for one more time. This time around however, the living room including a kitchen was bigger than ever (including participate in a private cooking class)!

This luxury boutique hotel owns 11 bungalows. Each of them has their own (and extended!) private pool and are compleetely protected from any paparazzi. 😛  You can enjoy your breakfast in your own villa or at the Gong Restaurant. Once again, we tried both – of course!

breakfast by the pool

I loved the division of the rooms in our villa, since there was one sleeping room with a king size bed and a cozy couch, a living room with another couch, a fully equipped kitchen and a dinner table. In both rooms we had two giant plasma TV’s. Everything was designed with Japanese and Balinese characters. Besides, of course our bathroom in the villa was amazing! One of the most beautiful outside bathrooms I had ever seen in my whole life with an extra-large concrete bathtub, an in- and outdoor rain shower and a giant vanity in the middle of the bathroom. The Santai gives you definitely that exotic vacation sensation!

the bed room

kitchen and living room

dining table

our huge bathroom

selfie time 😛

bubble baths <3

outside rain shower

private pool area

Between lots of pool dips, tanning and exploring, we also took part in another activity at The Santai: The Indonesian cooking class – which was so much fun!

One day before our cooking class we told our concierge that we have some special enquiries on the food as my boyfriend doesn’t like eating fish… so we were a little bit suspicious about whether they would be able to make extra preperations for us.

Nevertheless, our chef Gede who teched us during the cooking class was super friendly, helpful and nice and changed the menu from fish to chicken! together we created some traditional Indonesian dishes, of which the spicy green bean and chicken salad was my odds-on favourite. It’s incredible how much you can get to know about a culture, just by learning how to cook the local food. Furthermore Gede explained us all about the traditional balinese ingredients and how to use them. In the end we both got a certificate for attending the cooking class. This was somehow a badge of honor to us!

the menu

the ingredients for our balinese cooking class

green bean salad with chicken

Carlos’s preparing the desert

our chef Gede with the fresh fruit platter

the cooked menu

The hospitality was simply amazing! The resort offers a free taxi service among the Seminyak area. So we still had the possibility to get back to nightlife and enjoy our last holiday cocktails at different lounges.

As it was our last day we ordered another spa-treatment directly to our villa. Then the staff carried the massage beds to our villa. What a privilege and service to enjoy your massage this way! In the afternoon we had to leave beautiful Bali behind and fly back to cold Switzerland.

-in collaboration with Lifestyle Retreats

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