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:
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!
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
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Villa Semana Hotel Ubud
- Villa Semana Ubud, Bali