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Karma not good, it's great

BREATHE in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out.

I am trying to focus on perfecting my yoga technique, but the view sprawled out before me is somewhat distracting.

Perched on the elevated limestones of Bukit Peninsula at Bali's southernmost tip, the Karma Kandara Resort occupies literally the most breathtaking real estate around.

No matter you are doing, watching the rhythmic waves roll in from the Indian Ocean is far more captivating.

Fishing boats bounce along, gently swaying as they navigate their way back to shore.

Birds of prey soar through the air and circle in the hope of scoring an easy meal.

Occasionally the outline of a large ship forms on the horizon before slowly moving out of your line of sight.

Breakfast at the resort's clifftop Di Mare restaurant turns into a two-hour affair.

Partly because it is a scrumptious four-course affair of fresh fruit, natural yoghurt, eggs benedict with home made hash browns and baked savoury delights that is topped off with freshly squeezed fruit juice and aromatic coffee.

But mainly because the semi circle open plan design of the dining room leaves nothing between you and the horizon.

It is a wondrous thing to behold. It evokes a sense of peace and stillness that stays with you throughout the day.

Karma Kandara Resort in Ungasan opened three years ago by entrepreneur Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for Australia, John Spence.

The former musician had a vision to provide his guests with more than just a place to stay, rather a "whole experience."

And it shows.

Once in the door, it is hard to believe that the resort is not an island in its own right.

The rambling ride from the airport through the dusty surrounds, past lonely roadside cows and even the odd roaming chicken is all-but-forgotten by the time you're shuttled from Karma Kandara's reception to your villa on the back of a golf buggy.

Sprawled across the resort are 46 villas designed with a combination of Balinese architecture style and Mediterranean atmosphere.

Karma Kandara's spacious villa residences offer two to five bedroom options, including grand luxury cliff-front residences.

The bedrooms are en-suited with giant pod-shaped bathtubs which are divine for evening relaxation.

The interior features natural stone finishes and roofs are clad in either indigenous grass or ironwood tiles.

With their high pitched roofs, the open plan living pavilions have an airy, expansive feel and comprise lounge, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen.

Beyond the bi-fold doors is a private, yet surprisingly open wooden deck with plunge pool.

You can choose to laze about here or head down to Karma Kandara's private beach club, Nammos.

The resort's inclinator - think a vertical rail car - delivers you 150 metres down to the beachside cafe which presides over white sand, a rarity in Bali.

Guests can kick back on daybeds, in private gazebos or perch on stools at the bar.

Come lunchtime there are seafood selections like lobster, shrimp and other shellfish farmed from the lagoon.

Walking from the resort's gym to Karma's Spa and Wellness centre for a private clifftop massage, you might spot the occasional wild monkey clambering about.

The holistic spa offers everything from healing Reiki to massage curatives and transformational sessions delivered by traditional healers from Bali and beyond.

The centrepiece of Karma's Spa and Wellness centre is an open-air platform, where sunrise yoga and sunset massages are performed, features an infrared detox sauna and a Himalayan crystal salt pool.

The sunset from the Temple Lounge and Bar at Karma Kandara is as romantic as they come.

The sky turns from blue to orange, a deep red and then almost purple as the night closes in.

Shisa pipes and giant Moroccan stained glass lanterns at the Temple Bar create a Kasbah-like setting where guests enjoy custom cocktails and Mid-East inspired tapas style dishes.

It is no wonder that haute couture designers from across the globe often use Karma Kandara's stunning outlook as a backdrop for photo shoots.

Don't be surprised if you see the likes of celebrities Ruby Rose and Natalie Imbruglia holidaying alongside you. They are known to have visited in the past.

By the time it comes time to leave Karma Kandara you'll be in love with life all over again.

GOOD TO KNOW

Karma Kandara occupies a spectacular limestone clifftop at Bali's southernmost tip an elevated peninsula known as the Bukit.

The area is emerging as the island's most exclusive address, often dubbed Millionaires Row thanks to its mix of rearing ledges, white sand beaches, world class surf and elite luxury lifestyle brands.

The airport is just 25 minutes away, while trendy Seminyak is just 40 minutes distant.

GOOD TO KNOW ABOUT KARMA KANDARA

Karma Kandara occupies a spectacular limestone cliff-top at Bali's southernmost tip an elevated peninsula known as the Bukit.

The area is emerging as the island's most exclusive address, often dubbed Millionaires Row thanks to its mix of rearing ledges, white sand beaches, world class surf and elite luxury lifestyle brands.

The airport is just 25 minutes away, while trendy Seminyak is just 40 minutes distant.

It's no wonder that haute couture designers use Karma Kandara's stunning outlook as a backdrop for photo shoots.

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