We enjoyed our stay at Villa Sabandari - the resort is beautiful, very tranquil, modern and has lovely views of the rice fields. We were lucky and were granted my request for the Barong Room, which is upstairs facing the rice fields - definitely the best room if you can get it. The room has a nice bed (great bed side lights for those who read) and nice bathroom with outdoor shower. The pressure in the shower is great but we found that they ran out of hot water at the peak morning time (around 9am to 10am). There's robes and slippers provided and a bar fridge. Breakfast is good, you just let them know the night before what time you would like it and they serve it on your balcony. It consists of fruit, yoghurt and cereal for starter and then a rotating main dish plus usually some extra bread/pastries and jam - we had bread and cold meats and cheese, noodles, toasted sandwich and bacon and eggs during our stay. The location is actually good (I was worried it was too far out before we arrived) but it was only a 15min walk to Monkey Forest Road. Generally we used the complimentary transfer to get into town and then walked back. The transfers generally work well but allow for a 10-20min wait. One problem we had was that we requested early in the day to book a transfer for 7pm to attend a Balinese Dance (and were told that was fine), when we went to the lobby at 6:55pm we were told they had someone else to take first (the Manager, Ester, and an older couple) but that they would be back in 10mins. I wasn't sure that it was too professional for the Manager to use the hotel's vehicle at the guests expense? Although I am not too sure that Ester understood that we had made a booking. Anyway, we suggested maybe they should call us a taxi, but they said no, they would be back in 10mins, plenty of time to get to the show ontime. 20mins later and the driver arrived back. We just made it to the show before it started but got the worst seats. The staff are very friendly and lovely (especially the drivers), but if you do want to make a set reservation for something, I would suggest you speak to Ester (or Dirk when he's back) - as I am sure sometimes messages are lost in translation. Until the last day I didnt realise where to find Ester (she wasn't ever at the reception/lobby area) but there is a manager's office (and residence) out the back. We also took advantage of the complimentary day tour to go Lake Bratan - which is really lovely and the driver they booked for us was great. Overall (apart from the small mishap) we loved the resort and would recommend it to those that are looking for a peaceful Ubud hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Hotel hidden in the rice fields, yet at walking distance from the center of Ubud. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Sabandari Hotel Ubud
- Villa Sabandari Ubud, Bali