On the day that we arrived at Karma Kandara we were full of excitement ( … & some hesitation) knowing that we would be enjoying true five star luxury for the next week on what is known in Bali as “Billionaires Row.”

Now don’t get me wrong - I love a luxury vacation just as much as the next girl, but a small part of me always worries that the island culture & casual beach vibes may get lost in modern luxury &five star, in-villa services. Sure, it wounds like a horribly trivial worry to have that I may sink into a poolside lounge chair & be lost until checkout, but I also believe that experiencing the local food, culture & vibe of any country is incredibly important … otherwise why not just stay home?

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Our journey started with check-in at the front lobby & a vibrant and delicious welcome drink (something that you will find is standard in most hotels & villas in Bali). Our concierge introduced herself as Dewi, helped us to lift our bags onto a small trolley & led us down the pathway to our home for the week.

From the moment that our big blue doors swung open into the courtyard, I could tell that we were going to enjoy our time here.

Comprised of two separate buildings with a small pool in between, our common areas & living quarters were clean and modern, but still distinctly Bali.

It didn’t take long for us to get settled by the pool before receiving a call asking if we would like to book lounge chairs on the beach for the following morning.

One of our favorite features of Karma Kandara was the way that they prioritize the needs of their guests. Confirming day beds & beach chairs the night before was just one of the many ways that guests were able to enjoy the beach without having to worry about outside travelers coming to the beach club & monopolizing spaces intended for paying guests.

The beach & beach club were an adventure of their own! From the entry point at the top of the cliff-side to the gondola down to the beach (cold towels & organic shots on arrival), we always felt relaxed & well taken care of.

We were certainly impressed that in a resort of that size we were never forgotten & that the famous “Bali hospitality” was always present. We enjoyed conversations with staff about where they were from & were given many recommendations for tours, restaurants & warungs in the area that could offer guests a more authentic, local experience.

Easy trips from Karma Kandara include a visit to Uluwatu Temple, Garuda Wisnu statue & the Jimbaran Beach Fish Market, but there are many unique experiences to be had in the South of Bali.

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All in all our impression of Karma Kandara was that it was well worth the money spent & that it was the staff that put our experience over the top.

Paired with a stay somewhere a little more Bali and little less Billionaire, a visit to Karma Kandara (especially for Honeymooners or small groups of friends) could be just what you need for the perfect Bali getaway.

Book your stay online or get in touch with TL Travel at to inquire about your own custom travel package (airport transfers & tours included)!


From the moment that we booked our stay in West Bali National Park, we knew that we were in for a beautiful adventure. Having been to Bali so many times before, our goal for our most recent trip to the island was to get off the typical tourist path & explore somewhere new & exciting.

On the day of our transfer to West Bali National Park we woke with the sun & transferred four hours down winding roads to Labuan Lalang Harbor where we met our boat transfer to NusaBay Menjangan.

Upon stepping into the wooden boat that would carry us just a short distance to the resort, we were immediately drawn to the peace & tranquility of this calm & untouched region. With the waves & weather working in our favor, it was a short & easy ride to NusaBay Menjangan where we were greeted with waves, smiles, tea & cake.


Our Lanai Cottage was different from our typical Bali bungalow accommodations. We felt a little like we were on a beautiful Indonesian island, but also a little like we were on Safari somewhere in South Africa ... or at least what we would imagine that to be like.

Equipped with all of the necessary comforts from hot water & air conditioning to WiFi & a mini-fridge, we felt incredibly spoiled for how far off the beaten path we had come.


If we did not already feel at one with nature from the comfort of our Lanai Cottage, we were soon greeted by the local wildlife! Within moments of our arrival we had spotted deer making their way uphill to our doorstep & monkeys perched in the trees outside of our windows. Later we would grab some masks & snorkels from the activities stand & discover an entirely new world of colorful fish & coral.

Looking back at the resort from the water you can truly get a sense of how emerged NusaBay is in its surroundings. As the only resort in West Bali National Park, its cottages, restaurant, dive shop, pool & spa all fit seamlessly into nature.

Enjoy a varied menu of drinks & dishes from the beachfront restaurant, spend your days floating in the pool, or book one of the many tours offered from hiking & biking to snorkeling or diving.

West Bali National Park is truly a picture perfect piece of paradise for the adventure traveler & backpacker alike.

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PROS: The snorkeling in this location is like nothing I have seen anywhere else in Bali. Not only is the water crystal clear, but there are so many types of fish & other marine life there to explore.

CONS: As is often the case with amazing snorkeling locations, the beachfront is rougher than it is soft & sandy. It is recommended that you wear sandals or water shoes when exploring the beach front & enjoying the views!

Find out more about our stay on the TL Travel YouTube channel, and book your stay today at NusaBay Menjangan in West Bali National Park.

FOR THE LOVE OF TRAVEL // Vlogging With @angelicadelro

FOR THE LOVE OF TRAVEL // Vlogging With @angelicadelro

Angelica is a 27 year old freelance photographer & videographer based out of Wilmington, North Carolina in the United States. While Angelica also has a 9-5, it is evident that travel is her passion & you can see this in the way that she documents her adventures through both video & photography.