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Villa Semana
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Banjar Semana, Desa Singakerta, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia   |  
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“Absolutely Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

When traveling I'm always sceptical about how true and accurate reviews and images of a location are. But I can genuinely testify that Villa Semana looks and sounds exactly as it is in the pictures - flawless.

It was our honeymoon and I chose not to reveal the exact location of our stay to my wife! Having searched numerous locations Villa Semana looked and sounded too good to refuse. I thought it was a risk not telling my wife - it was - but up until this day she continues to remind me how it was the best honeymoon and experience she could have dreamed of.

Before arriving, I was communicating with Nana via email. Asking question after question, requesting more information on the area and things to do and never once did I receive a hostile reply. It was always a timely reply which answered any query and more.

Villa Semana had arranged to collect us from the airport to our villa. It was a night flight and very hot but Nana emailed me the day of travel to note my description so she could inform the driver. Upon exiting the airport the driver had our name and recognised us at once like they were our relative, warmly greeted us and took our bags to the car. There was quite a bit of traffic on the way to the Villa but the driver provided us with refreshing drinks and a cool towel. The journey took about 45 minutes but did not seem long as the driver was informing us about Bali's history, what to do in Bali, what the Villa offers, where to go, where not to go, the culture and pointing out particular places.

When we arrived at the villa we were greeted by Nana and another kind staff member and we were immediately in awe. Although it was dark we could hear the scenery calm sound from the light wind rushing through the rice fields and upon entering our villa I could not hide my shock as the villa was exactly as described and pictured online - beautiful! The room was well dressed, homely and well kept. The bed was sprinkled with a love heart in rose petals with some complementary chocolate and wine.

In the morning we were able to witness the true beauty of Villa Semana. The rice fields were serene, the villa pool was clean and cool, and the breakfast we were delivered was first class! We still from time to time reminisce about this!

Whilst taking a stroll to the main restaurant area workers greeted us so warmly and Nana was there again to welcome us. We had a good conversation with the owner of the Villa too who was so genuine, open and welcoming; traits that clearly run through Villa Semana. As I write I could explain every detail as this review is bringing back awesome memories. But I shall break it down as follows:

SERVICE
First Class. My wife had a permeant smile as all the staff remembered her new name and greeted her as Mrs Kantanka.

Personalising our honeymoon really added value. The staff were not forceful but always around if and when needed. Whether it be arranging trips, calling a taxi or recommending places to visit or eat.

The food served was always cooked to perfection it seemed. We never got to meet the chef but they clearly take pride in not only the quality of the food used but how it is cooked and displayed. The room was cleaned daily and we were never bombarded with service visits or knocks on our villa door. From beginning to end we felt so welcomed and were made to feel as though we were the only ones in Villa Semana at the time!

ACTIVITIES:
Onsite, we indulged in the main infinity pool. The location and view was breathtaking and the pool itself was at good temperature. We also took advantage of the onsite massage and hot tub to relax where we were also provided with fruit and a platter of delightful food


Overall, we highly recommend Villa Semana and have done since our honeymoon to anyone looking for a serene getaway location, with a high level of quality customer service and a memorable experience.

Thank you Villa Semana

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A bit far from center of Ubud, so if you want to be in the middle of that hustle and bustle, this spot not for you. However for a romantic escape away from bright lights, this place is PERFECT. Dinner was just OK, lunch food was delicious, but the big winner was an amazing breakfast served right inside your villa! Perfect honeymoon spot.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed in Villa Semana for 3 nights in July. Numerous great TripAdvisor reviews set our expectations high, but the hotel still managed to surprise positively. Our Villa (Vanda) was spacious and very clean, it was serviced twice a day and small details make this hotel quite unique (for example, when you are having dinner the villa is cleaned, bed made ready for a night and lights dimmed for a good night's sleep). One unique detail is also that the staff know who you are, they address you with your name and should you have anything planned or if you need hotel to organize anything all staff members seems to be updated so you don't have to ask/explain anything twice.

Service is excellent, the staff made sure we can relax and enjoy our stay. For example, our next destination after Ubud was Nusa Lembongan and after we told it the staff made all reservations needed with the speed boat operator including hotel pick-up. Also the free shuttle service to Ubud was very easy to use.

All in all, hands down the best hotel stay we have stay. If you want to have a total relaxation in a quiet place this is the hotel for you.

Room Tip: We did only see Villa Vanda but I guess all other rooms are nice too! All villas have a private pool...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We stayed at Villa Semana in early August for 3 nights & thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff are so warm & friendly and were very helpful in recommending activities & alternative places to eat.

The villa was large & we loved the outdoor lounge area. The bed was so comfortable & the property was very clean & well air conditioned.

We stayed in Melati & thought it was beautiful to wake up to rice paddies. Do keep an eye out for the occasional rice paddy farmer!

The gardens are magnificent & the restaurant overlooks the infinity pool & river. The spa is located right on the river & is very relaxing.

We are looking forward to coming back to Villa Semana :)

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My friend and I stayed at Villa Semana for 3 nights. The grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. The staff is very friendly and very accommodating. The food was delicious. The bike ride with Jurg is recommended but you should be in pretty good shape because its 18 miles of ups and downs in the heat and Jurg can fly. The massage down by the river is very relaxing and you get to choose your type of oil. If you are with your significant other, the couples massage with the bath is one of the most romantic experiences I've ever had. To top it all off, the candle lit dinner is the way to end the night. Last, the volcano and temple tour is worth the trip. Anything you need, Jurg is the man.

Cheers,
Alex and Natalie

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

we stayed at villa semana for 2 nights and had a very good time. The setting, overall feeling and service was above our expectations. We would recommend this hotel to any honeymoon&anniversary couples who wants some alone time and relax. The locatio is little off but free shuttle service takes you to Ubud center in convenient hours.
The place as a whole exceeded our expectations and will always remember the perfection it reflects. It is not like any hotel, it is a little hidden gem with a lot to offer.
I can only suggest better breakfast options-it was the only below average thing in the hotel.

Room Tip: private pool recommended..
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We have just spent 4 days at these quiet villas beside the river. They arranged a pick up from the airport and as we arrived late at night that was helpful. The staff were also helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The hourly shuttle into Ubud worked well for us. The spa beside the river was very special.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Banjar Semana, Desa Singakerta, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#7 Spa Hotel in Ubud
#11 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#15 Family Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Semana 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Semana & Spa is a hidden treasure deep in the Ubud area of Bali. It is located 7km or 15 minutes drive by our free scheduled shuttle service everyday. Villa Semana & Spa consists of 10 private pool villas each with unique views of the Ayung River tributaries. Your home away from home offers 180-degrees views of stunning valleys and rice fields that make choosing Ubud an easy decision. Be part of nature and experience total relaxation in the lotus pond bath with sound of near by waterfall. ... more   less 
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