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“Like some sort of strange joke” 2 of 5 stars
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Michi Retreat
Jukut Paku Street, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #88 of 127 Hotels in Ubud
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Like some sort of strange joke”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2010

We were shown to our $60 room (certainly at the lower end of their range) to find that it didn't have a balcony - or indeed a window - despite being promised such things by the description of that particular room on their website.

We kicked up a fuss and were upgraded to one of their high end rooms; it would have been on the order of $150 per night judging from their website. It wasn't nearly as nice as the $25 room we had at Ubud Bungalow the night before.

The place was completely empty. It quickly became apparent why.

The upgraded room was OK. Nothing particularly special, lots of strange (barely functional) touches and a severe dearth of anything remotely comfortable to sit on.

The location isn't much good - you probably need to rent a scooter to be able to do anything convenient/interesting/fun. It's a rather long walk along a main road into Ubud town.

The pool area is hilarious - keep your eyes on the uneven ground or you will probably break an ankle.

Only saving grace was the views over the rice field - that was quite nice. But obviously you need one of their vastly overpriced rooms with views for that.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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adelaide
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96 reviews 96 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2010

I went to Bali alone for a much needed rest in August 2010 and was thrilled to be able to find somewhere with a room for me at short notice during peak period. First of all I have to say the room was REALLY cheap. The surroundings were charming and quirky and I loved the sound of the river tumbling over the rocks below my room, and the rice terraces etc. I didn't mind the fact that things looked in need of repair in places. The kapok mattress in my room wasn't terribly comfortable- but what do you expect for $35 a night! The real disappointment was the food in the restaurant, however. I became exasperated with being presented with the same menu at each sitting- only to be told most things on it weren't available time after time. The limited menu didn;t change while I was there actually. The staff were smiling and pleasant but couldn't seem to recall from one day to the next to eg bring milk with the coffee, honey with the pancakes etc. They also kept bringing the main course while I will still eating the soup and didn't seem to have any idea why I didn't want that. Bringing the main course back later - re-heated just made things worse. The quality of the food varied from ok to revolting. I learned that the smart thing was to eat elsewhere and the staff were happy to take me into Ubud whenever I wanted during the day- although the service ceases at about 6pm, so I had to get a taxi back. I found the staff very pleasant generally- but the yoga and other classes and activities mentioned on the website were no where in evidence while I was there. I couldn't get any tourist information from the hotel either; in fact, the staff seemed to have no idea I was coming, nor to have any idea how much deposit I had paid- or what I had paid for a car transfer from the airport. etc etc which made be suspicious about a looming dispute over the bill- which thankfully did not eventuate. The one massage I had left me sore for days - and I found it very awkward to be lying there topless while they brought a male guest to be given a massage on the bed about 30cm away from mine. It was even more awkward when I had to get up to leave and try and cover myself up. I do think they should have used another room (there were others available) - or asked me did I mind them bringing this guy in. I suspect he was as uncomfortable as I was! They were doing some upgrade work in the 'spa'- so maybe that was the reason, but it was by far the most expensive massage I had in Bali, and the most uncomfortable experience. Professor Kung was a charming, interesting and delightful host and seemed frankly embarrassed with the deficiencies in his staff. I noticed he tried to spend time with all his guests (including me) which was a treat- as he is a very interesting man. The evening I dined with him the food was about 300% better than at other times, so it was clear the kitchen staff can do better if they try!. The pool was nice and clean, but it took me a couple of days to find the pads for the loungers and the pool towels. I was offered a drink by the pool once- which was a nice surprise, but the rest of the time there was just no-one around to give me anything and with no pool bar, I had to bring a bottle of water from my room to the pool with me. I would happily have paid for morning/ afternoon tea, but it just wasn't available any time I asked.
When I arrived having missed lunch I was just told there was nothing available but oily (prawn) crackers. I can't decide if I would ever go back. On balance I probably would not- mainly because of the restraurant and the fact the resort is some distance from Ubud which means you can't really walk there and back for a (decent) meal. I have to say Michi was the only place in Bali where I had a bad meal- so the staff were really doing something wrong there.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2010

Michi Resort is the creation of a charming character named Professor Kung and if you're lucky, he will be there to give you a tour. It's a maze of delightful rooms on multiple levels, all decorated with mozaic tiles, bits of glass, curvy beds of cement inset with marbles...Nice setting if you would like to be slightly out of town in Nyuh Kuning. We just stayed for 2 nights as we wanted to experience a variety of hotels. Kids would love it but there are a lot of steep drops here so you'd have to mind them well.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2010

I cannot add much more than what others have already said. Strangely I agree with all the good and not so good reviews. But the important thing I have been meaning to write here all this time is how very happy we felt there. Sure, we were honeymooning, but every person we met did MORE than a lot to make us feel like royalty. We know great service is to be expected here, but it was beyond exceptional from our points of view. I could tell you about all the little and big things they did for us while we were there, but I would hate to ruin the surprise. Professor, we thank you for your unique hotel and the fabulous memories. You would be amazed at how often we smile and laugh about our wonderful times spent with you all there. No return trip of ours to Ubud would ever be complete without a stay at Michi Retreat.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

As lovers of mosaics and peaceful locations we were attracted to Michi on asiarooms.com and booked several nights in advance. We were allocated the Michelangelo Room for rp300,000 per night. On arrival at Michi the friendly staff immediately informed us that they had a problem with Asiarooms and that the Michelangelo Room was 'too small' for two people. They insisted on 'upgrading' us to the Coffee Room but that the price would be rp575,000 including tax - or nearly double! We had been staying at Losmen elsewhere in Bali and were used to smallish rooms but on asking several times to view the Michelangelo Room we were told 'not possible' as it is too small. Only after deciding to look elsewhere in Ubud were we offered a discount to a more affordable rate, although at 450,000 still much more than we expected. Interestingly another guest shared a similar story with us and I've seen others on this forum. Perhaps this is a problem with Asiarooms but it really should be sorted before guests arrive.

On the positive side the motel is quite beautiful and located over a gorgeous view of river and paddy fields. The owner 'The Professor' is a very lovely and wise sage-like man who is always willing to stop for a conversation in his roams of the premises. The distance from Ubud suited us perfectly as it was well away from the partying and shopping frenzy. We loved the creativity of the buildings and surrounds and how it reflects the life of its owner, and the pool was very clean and inviting.

The food was excellent but, being on a travellers budget, we found it quite expensive and the serves small. Luckily we found a very very pleasant Warung not far from Michi towards Ubud run by a lovely couple with a talent for good cooking at Warung prices. If you take this option say hi to Royan and Kadek at D'Warung.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amman, Jordan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2010

This hotel is a wonderful escape from the busy center of Ubud and a great place to enjoy time to relax and rejuvenate. The rooms offer a sense of charm and creativity distinct from the repetitive commercial Balinese hotels and is run with care and sincerity. For those who enjoy the personal touches of small hotels, this is an excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

The first time I stayed at the Michi Retreat I was really looking for a peaceful place to relax as I needed to disconnect from the business of day to day. And I couldn't feel happier when I saw the beautiful landscape, the friendliness of the staff and owner and the exquisite architecture and decoration of the various rooms and villas available, each with its unique and artistic style. So I decided to go a second time and this time with my partner as I really wanted him to enjoy the same wonderful experience. At the Michi Retreat you can have a good massage overlooking the river, private yoga sessions and great food in the restaurant. And all this in just 10 min. distance from Ubud centre!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jukut Paku Street, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#63 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Michi Retreat is a unique place in an already unique island. It is very different from every other hotels and retreats, it is daring and and catches inspiration. Our management is exploring new paradigms and we are evolving step by step to a more sustainable entity.Join us in the evolution of Michi and in the retrofitting of an adventure that is never ending. We are in process of following the principles of Permaculture where Nature is our guide and our strength, and where community is Nature. We would like to welcome you to Michi's slow gestation and then to it's rebirth with our new team in management and our new creative and humble spirits awakening. ... more   less 
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