Unless you're a surfer, you might not have heard about Keramas before. Located just under an hour's drive from the international airport, this world-famous surf spot on the East coast of Bali has been the venue for international surf contests in recent years.
It's also where you'll find Hotel Komune Bali, a laid back, family-friendly resort that caters to mainly, you guessed it, surfers. The resort offers luxury surf camp accommodation in 66 rooms and suites, with more private villas being built as we speak, as well a new Health Hub.
If you're not staying at the resort, you can still soak up the beachfront location at Komune Beach Club. It's a great day trip away from the more popular areas in the South of Kuta and Seminyak, although your own transport will be required but that's half the fun!
Head past the lobby and wander down the shaded pathway to towards the beach. You know you're going to get the freshest salads when the hotel has it's very own veggie garden!
The Beach Club comprises 180 m of private lawns and gardens (accessed over a cute little bridge) and of course a rather dreamy swimming pool that overlooks the famous Keramas break.
Visitors are welcome to use the Beach Club facilities however a minimum spend may be required. The food here is delicious though, so that's not really a problem!
Get comfortable on one of the sun beds and order a fresh fruit juice or cocktail while the kids splash about on colorful inflatables under the watchful eye of the friendly Balinese lifeguard.
There's also some bean bag like seating down at the beach where you'll have a front row seat when the surf is pumping.
The restaurant and bar area is a breezy open-air structure that again faces directly towards the surfing action. Komune Beach Club has been voted as one of the top 5 in Asia, and this is no doubt in part due to the food that comes out of the kitchen.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are available, as well as a tasty poolside menu that includes corn on the cob, fresh seafood platters and nachos, and there's also lots of other Western favorites such as authentic pizzas and the freshest salads and healthy wraps.
If you feel like something a little more "local", the Komune Warung is tucked below the large wooden deck that serves as a wedding venue and yoga pavilion just to the left of the swimming pool.
Of course if indulging in food and drinks gets a bit much, you can always have a game of table tennis or take out one of the Stand Up Paddle boards.
Komune is the only place in Bali that offers night surfing. Both guests and visitors can book a night surf, where the number is limited to six people in the water. If you're not that brave, take a seat up on the deck under the floodlights and watch the action from there.
As mentioned previously, the resort now offers a brand new Health Hub with it's own separate swimming pool and fitness center. These facilities are for in-house guests only though, so you'll have to book an overnight stay to check them out.
Visitors can however go in to the newly opened boutique which sells a everything from accessories and clothing to surf books and sun screen.
|Address||Jl. Pantai Keramas, Kec. Gianyar, Bali|
|Tel||+62 361 301 8888|
|Komune Resort - Bali|
Keramas is located on the east coast of Bali, and you'll need your own transport to get there.
○ From Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, head to Sanur
○ Continue past Sanur along the Ngurah Rai Bypass for approximately 10 minutes
○ Turn right onto Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Bypass and continue for approximately 15 minutes
○ At the traffic lights for the right turn to Pura Masceti (before Bali Safari & Marine Park) make a U-turn and head back towards Sanur for about 1.1km
○ Look out for the black surfboard with yellow writing on the left-hand side - this is the turn-off for Keramas Beach and Hotel Komune