Wondering about something? Perhaps you can find the answer below. If not, you are more than welcome to contact our reception staff.
The short answer is 'by car'. Besides a few communal buses there is no public transport in Bali, so you will be making your way around by car. The safest and most comfortable option is to hire a car with a driver. The extra cost compared to hiring just the vehicle is negligible, and your driver won't get lost, nor will he be surprised when a dog suddenly runs out into the middle of the road, and more often than not he will be good company and knowledgable about local customs.
Travel times can vary greatly in Bali, depending on the time of day, time of year and even the lunar cycle: Full Moon means more ceremonies, and ceremonies can often clog the roads. As a rule of thumb driving from South Bali to Damai will take you between 3 and 4 hours, mostly depending on the traffic down South. The journey is one of the most beautiful road trips you can take in Bali, and on the way you will pass the stunning Bedugul Highlands and the magnificent Ulun Danu temple. Driving to or from Ubud will take you 2-3 hours if you go though Bedugul, or 4-5 hours if you take the also very beautiful Kintamani road.
Bali has two distinct seasons, the dry season from April to October, and the rainy season from November to March. During the dry season rain showers are relatively rare, except for in the highlands, which get much more rain. Towards the end of the dry season some landscapes will loose some of their green lustre - not around Damai, though. A normal day in the rainy season will start with clear blue skies, the clouds drift in at noon, and you will often get either a drizzle or a regular shower in the afternoon. The amount of rain varies greatly from year to year and from region to region - you can often go for days, even weeks without a drop - but the chance of rain will be highest in the middle of the rainy season. Many regular visitors prefer to visit Bali in the rainy season. The weather is always warm, most days around 30 degrees C or there above, and the heat is humid. Remember that you can get sunburned even in overcast weather.
Damai is located on a fertile hill approximately 150 meters above the Bali Sea. Even this slight elevation makes some difference from the climate at sea level. The temperature is one or two degrees cooler, sometimes even dropping to the low twenties at night. Damai is also blessed with a fragrant tropical breeze, which ensures that it might get warm, but never stifling. It also keeps most mosquitos away.
Not really. Bali is the quintessential leisure destination, and everyone dresses casually. Ties and jackets are almost unheard of. While you will find some restaurants in South Bali that prefer gentlemen to wear long trousers, dinner is very informal affair at Damai, and shorts are just as welcome. Due to the breeze some guests prefer to bring a light shawl or a cardigan for evening dinners, but most are perfectly comfortable without.
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The Damai does not have a gym. For exercise we offer yoga, either together with other guests in our free yoga sessions in front of our spa, or as private lessons with our yoga teacher. Runs or walks around the village can be both very good exercise (the terrain can be challenging at places) and interesting (you will meet the very nice people living around Damai). And if you wish to dive, swim or golf, al you need to do is contact our reception.
The local currency is Indonesian Rupiah, and it pays to pay some attention to the exchange rate which sometimes fluctuates to some extent. In most shops and restaurants you can pay with credit card, but in small shops, bars and on the markets you pay cash in local currency.
In Bali tips are appreciated, but not expected. When you stay in a resort like Damai, 10% of your bill on checkout will go directly to the staff as a service gratuity on top of their salary. This means that you, like all our guests, are already paying a 10% tip. The total amount is divided equally among all staff, and constitutes a significant income. Nobody will expect any additional gratuity from you (they really won't). Should you wish to reward anyone in addition to this you are of course welcome to do so. If you wish to reward all our staff, instead of a particular individual, you are welcome to leave your tip at our reception, who will divide it among all our staff.
When you are eating in restaurants outside your resort a 5% tip is usually added to your bill. Some places are very conscientious in making sure all of these money goes to the staff, some not so much. While no-one will expect to receive a tip (again, they really won't) you might well choose to leave one. Even a small amount equal to a few dollars can really make your server's day.
Taxis and drivers don't really expect a tip either, but taxi drivers often find themselves without proper change at the end of your ride. Taxis are all metered and very cheap in Bali, so not much harm is done. If you have a private driver, and he has been friendly and waited patiently for you outside many temples, you might want to reward him with some gratuity at the end of his service, but again, no tip is expected.
We are glad you asked! The Balinese are a happy, graceful and friendly people living in harmony in one of the most beautiful places in the world. There are few places on earth where you are met with so many smiles. However, Bali is part of a developing region and poverty is still a fact of life in many areas on the island, and often visitors will feel a need to provide some sort of help. We would like to recommend donating to the Bali Children Foundation, which consistently impresses us with the tangible difference they make. In our village alone the foundation have lifted many dozens of children out of poverty by providing them with life-changing education, and across the island the foundation delivers real change for impoverished children and orphans. You will find their website here.
The Balinese are very easygoing, and visiting a temple is an everyday occurrence that demands not much else than normal courteous and respectful behaviour. Both men and women are required to wear a sarong during their visit, and if you do not have one, most larger temples will have some available for you to rent. Menstruating women are not allowed in the temples.
Not really. Bali is a very safe destination with one of the lowest crime rates in the world. There isn't a bad neighborhood anywhere on the island. Bali is officially malaria free, but very rare instances of dengue fever occur, so you might choose to wear mosquito repellent when you are down South. Bali is tropical island with a rich animal and plant life, but even in our location, surrounded by nature, there is relatively few nuisances from the fertile surroundings.