Gorgeous villa at The Royal Purnama in Bali

  • Sukawati, Bali

We spent two weeks on Bali with stops in Ubud, Munduk, Uluwatu, and Seminyak. Half an hour south of Ubud we stayed two nights at The Royal Purnama which is by far the best accommodation that we experienced during the trip.

The Royal Purnama is a stunning hotel with suites and villas located just on the waterfront with black, volcanic sand beach. Quiet corner on southeast Bali with a beautiful interior, a great Indonesian restaurant, beautiful stone-surrounded pool.

First impressions

Greeted in a beautiful lobby, jumped on a golf cart and driven to our private villa. The first impression of the villa was colourful wooden-carved door that opened up to a courtyard with stepping stones surrounded by water, a long pool and a beautiful villa. The villa was typical Balinese with tranquil yet luxurious. We dumped our bags in the villa and jumped in the pool less than two minutes after the staff closed the wooden door behind us.

The Location

Located in southeast Bali in Sukawati. It is located quite isolated, to be honest, but we didn’t mind this and was a perfect stop between Ubud and Seminyak. The setting with the black sand beach is truly unique and this black sand can be found all long the east coast stretching from Padang Bai in the south to Lovina in the north. Believed to have originated from the lava from Bali’s most famous volcano, Mount Agung, and can create a shimmer or glimmer that is beautiful.

Left: Door to Villa, Right: Black, volcanic sand

The Villa

Colourful and traditional with a modern Balinese feel. First met by the small courtyard with stepping stones and water. The villa with a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and open-air bathroom. Running along the entire villa was the private pool that had entrances from all three rooms in the villa. Next to the pool was a day-bed to hang out in as well.

At The Hotel

The hotel had great common areas. The large pool area with standing stones, day-beds and black beach sand is the first thing that meets your eye. There is a great Indonesian restaurant where we had both lunch and dinners. A gorgeous spa where we enjoyed a hour-long Balinese treatment. Finally, a gym that was surprisingly good to be on Bali and fulfilled our workout needs for these days.

Food & Activities

With the isolated location, you will spend most of the time at the hotel. We had breakfast in our villa, spent a lot of time in our villa and went on a few walks and runs on the beach. Few things worth highlighting:

  • Sunrises – This part of Bali is well known for the beautiful sunrises and was recommend by several locals at the hotel. Set your alarm early and combine it with a sunrise yoga class at the beachfront.
  • Sukawati Art Market – Local market that has art, accessories, sarongs, and souvenirs. Well priced and not too touristy.
  • Warong Legong – Head out to dinner one night and take a ride to Warong Legong. Five minute drive away and worth the visit.

Our Thoughts

If in the area – definitely stop by. The hotel was perfect with its setting, the villas, tranquility, and food. It is easily the one place we think back to on Bali that we miss the most and want to return one day in the future.

Disclosure: The Royal Purnama invited us to explore their hotel and provided us with the stay. All thoughts and content in this blog post are however 100% our own.

The Royal Purnama

Website | Google Maps | Price from $140


  • Beautiful hotel

  • Unique, private villas

  • Great food

  • Good gym & spa


  • Slightly remote location, but we didn’t mind that.