The Sakala Resort in Tanjung Benoa, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 17, 2019

Review of The Sakala Resort in Tanjung Benoa, Bali.

The Sakala Resort Bali – For beach worshippers, with luxury inside and hedonism out.

Straddling both sides of the (noisy) main road, this resort is ultra-modern. The main attraction is the sea-facing Sakala Beach Club with a long infinity-edged pool, gym, spa, and swim-up bar. Almost all accommodations are across the road, offering little or no genuine sea views, but are very comfortable and contemporary, if a little dark. And rooms at ground level have direct access to the lagoon-style pool from the patios. The secluded two-bedroom villas feature private pools, but can suffer from traffic noise. And the kids club is substantial. The resort is a little isolated in the north, though there are a few shops, cafés, and water sports kiosks nearby, and the proximity to the charming village of Benoa is a bonus.

The Sakala Resort Bali – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Pratama, the main road through Tanjung Benoa, a quieter resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Facing the beach in the northern part of the peninsula, with enough (but not many) facilities within walking distance. Only 500m north to Benoa village.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 30 minutes (15km, via the tollway), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Benoa village.

The Sakala Resort Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Appeals to the younger set which is attracted by the trendy beach club. Caters well for families, but children may feel out of place.
  • Kids Club: Modern, large, and supervised, but not as alluring as other resorts because it’s indoors and dark. Range of engaging activities in 3 separate areas for different age groups. Also, books, movies, and computers.
  • Beach: Very wide and reasonably well-maintained, but noisy at times from water sports.
  • Views: Almost all accommodation is on the other side of the road from the beach, so any possible sea views are mostly obstructed by buildings. Views are generally poor throughout, with limited gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Ground-floor suites have direct access to the main pool from the patio. The 2-bedroom villas feature private pools.
  • Wi-Fi: Included free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure off-street parking available, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 775216
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: sakalaresortbali.com

The Sakala Resort Bali – Amenities

  • Pools: 2 huge pools. 1 facing the sea is part of the Sakala Beach Club. The second pool in front of the suites is long, with infinity edges, and shaped like a lagoon. Both have swim-up bars.
  • Spa: The refined Wellness Spa uses unique organic products for its extensive range of treatments. Also heated spa beds, steam rooms, special baths, and specific areas and treatments for children.
  • Fitness Center: The amazing Health Club is spread over 4 levels. All the latest equipment, and personal trainers to help out. Open 24/7.
  • For Families: Games room. Baby-sitting. Children’s meals at the restaurant.

The Sakala Resort Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: The Restaurant – At the Sakala Beach Club, facing the sea. Indonesian and Western meals, and tapas, all day. Elegant décor, children’s menu, and live music at night. • Sakala Pool Bar – Alongside the pool at the Beach Club, with stools in the water. • Lagoon Bar – Swim-up bar at the pool in front of the suites. • The Lobby Bar – More sophisticated for cocktails and coffee.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available all day and late into the night.

The Sakala Resort Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Lower Ground Suites • Deluxe Suites • Deluxe Pool View Suites • Deluxe Pool Access Suites • 2 Bedroom Suites • Family Suites • Sakala Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in the rooms or public areas, but is allowed elsewhere.
  • Best Room: In a secluded and quieter section of the resort, the Sakala Villas are exquisite. Sporting a gorgeous contemporary Balinese design, some are twin-level with 2 bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas.
  • For Families: Family Suites feature 2 bedrooms, TVs, and bathrooms, but some suffer from traffic noise. The twin-level 2 Bedroom Villas contain 2 separate living areas. And some other suites have connecting doors.

The Sakala Resort Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Almost everything required is within walking distance. The main road is long, flat, and comparatively quiet. Ask at reception about bike rentals.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There is no public transport in the area. To reach attractions within southern Bali, metered taxis are cheap and comfortable. Driving a car anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but cars can be rented from a few agencies along the main road, while motorbikes are not as easy to rent as they are elsewhere. For longer distances, hire a car with a driver through the hotel.
  • Local Shuttle Buses: No shuttle bus company offers services to/from Tanjung Benoa, including the Kura-Kura Bus. About every hour during shopping time, a free shuttle bus (available to all) links major hotels in Tanjung Benoa with the Bali Collection mall in Nusa Dua (see below). But the bus doesn’t come this far north.

The Sakala Resort Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Not a great choice in the northern part of Tanjung Benoa.

  • The Tao Bali – Chic beach club featuring a pool, lounge chairs, exotic cocktails, and Thai food. Less than 100m north. 1-minute walk.
  • Rai Restaurant (0)361 773 815 – Cavernous eatery specializing in Chinese food. Mostly for groups of water sports clients, but anyone welcome. 100m south. 1-minute walk.
  • Pondok Duo – Best along the peninsula for authentic padang food (buffet of Indonesian dishes served cold). 4-minute walk (350m).

Shops

  • Limited options in the immediate area, but a couple of minimarts nearby. The free hourly shuttle bus to Bali Collection, a delightful outdoor mall in Nusa Dua, doesn’t come to this resort. But guests can jump on the bus outside the Grand Mirage resort, 1km to the south (13-minute walk); or get a taxi. 11-minute drive (5km).

Attractions

  • Tanjung Benoa is renowned as the epicenter in Bali for all sorts of activities on and above the water. One of the better places for jet-skiing or parasailing is Bayu Suta (0)361 772 257, on the beach and next to the resort. 1-minute walk.
  • Benoa Village – For a glimpse of genuine Balinese village life about 500m north up the road. Daily market, and unique combination within 100m of each other: church, temple, and mosque. 7-minute walk.

The Sakala Resort Bali – The Hotel

The resort is located in the isolated northern end of Tanjung Benoa.

The resort is in the more isolated northern end of Tanjung Benoa, a quieter and more low-key tourist region in southern Bali.

The contemporary and chic resort features a beach club.

The overall design of the Sakala is contemporary and chic, with a beach club facing the sea.

The beach club's restaurant is by the main pool.

The Restaurant at the Sakala Beach Club is alongside the main pool.

The Sakala Pool Bar is popular for cocktails at sunset.

Also part of the beach club, the Sakala Pool Bar is popular for cocktails at sunset.

The resort has 2 pools. This one is at the Beach Club.

There are 2 pools. This one is at the Beach Club on the other side of the road from the villas and suites.

The suites face the main pool.

The suites overlook the second pool, on the other side of the road from the beach.

The limited gardens feature a few gazebos.

Gardens are limited, but there are a few gazebos dotted about.

The second pool features a bar.

The second pool in front of the suites features an extended bar.

Ground-floor suites have access to the pool via patios.

Suites on the ground floor have access to the pool from the patio.

Most suites have distant and obstructed views of the sea.

Some suites face the sea, but most views are distant and obstructed by other buildings.

The villas are located in a separate, secluded section.

Villas are in a separate section, which is secluded and more distant from traffic noise.

Some villas come with large private pools.

Some villas feature sizeable private pools.

Villas feature minimalistic and chic decor.

Décor within the villas is minimalist and chic.

Some suites and villas feature living rooms.

Some suites and villas contain separate living areas.

Villa furnishings are contemporary and functional.

Furnishings throughout the villas are contemporary, but functional.

The Tao beach club is close by.

The Tao is a fashionable beach club only 100m north of the Sakala.

Rai Restaurant nearby is known for its Chinese cuisine.

About 100m south of the resort, Rai Restaurant specializes in Chinese cuisine.

Pondok Duo nearby serves genuine Indonesian food.

The best place for genuine Indonesian food – the sort that locals eat – is about 350m south of the Sakala.

Water sports can be arranged through the resort or the Bayu Sute water sports center nearby.

Tanjung Benoa is famous for its array of affordable water sports. These can be arranged through the resort or the nearby Bayu Suta water sports center.

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