Walk into the sanctuary and feel the warmth of the staff as they welcome you with all their heart regardless of whether you look like a supermodel or a drowned rat from a wet and wild motorbike ride… of course we were the latter.
In the traditional Pramana Experience way, you’ll be offered a delicious frozen drink made of mint, lime, ginger + honey while the staff explain the fun activities you can partake in during your stay. It’s not uncommon to want to order the “welcome drink” even after you’ve been welcomed.
We were escorted to our villa under an ornately adorned parasol as the heavy tropical shower hit the thick canvas brim. The friendly concierge led us down a quiet path to our secluded leafy green paradise.
Equiped with a state-of-the-art modern kitchen, you can either cook for yourself or order from the onsite restaurant. We enjoyed dining in the restaurant as it has a lively energy with golden lights and sometimes even a great live duo performing, however when some kids got a little raucous (as they do) the staff offered to deliver our meal to our room which was lovely.
The villa’s private pools are generous in length and perfect for an early morning refresh or evening cool off.
If you’re an early riser, there is a great rice field tour which runs from 8am – 9am. It’s nothing taxing on the body, so haul yourself out of the ridiculously comfortable bed and explore the rice plantation, learn about the harvest, befriend some cows, meet some locals and don’t forget to take some sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy.
If that’s your exercise done for the day, treat yourself to a complimentary 10 minute massage in the spa and enjoy high tea in the restaurant.
The room service menu is extensive, and having the kitchen handy means you can reheat your toast and noodles later. A Pramana Experience breakfast always consists of a delicious fresh bread and pastry basket, tea or coffee, juice or fruit, muesli or cereal and a sweet or savoury breakfast option. The lunch and dinner menus feature both Western and Indonesian cuisine.
The two features I check first in a hotel is the bed and the bath. Dedari Kriyamaha Villa certainly receives a high score for having two of the best I’ve enjoyed, but you’ll have to try them out for yourself!
Throughout our stay, the staff were friendly, attentive and went the extra mile to make us feel welcomed and at home. I really appreciate this aspect of Pramana Experience as it definitely makes the stay more memorable. Thank you to Mr Wayan Wardika and his lovely team, we wish you all the best and hope to visit you again soon. Suksma!
Photography by my lovely boyfriend David Evans & myself.