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“Perfect Getaway from hustle & bustle of Bali” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wapa di Ume Resort and Spa

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Wapa di Ume Resort and Spa
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Jl. Suweta Banjar Sambahan, Ubud, Bali 80761, Indonesia (Formerly Waka di Ume Resort)   |  
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Ranked #13 of 135 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Tauranga, New Zealand
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“Perfect Getaway from hustle & bustle of Bali”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

My partner and I are Kiwis and we just got home after 10 days in Bali. We stayed 6 nights in Kuta and we couldn't wait to get to Ubud and out of the hustke and bustle. We almost left Kuta early as it was so busy and then we spent out last 3 nights at Waka Di Ume which was the perfect end to our trip. It was totally relaxing and tranquil, the room was amazing and was a little piece of luxury in a very busy country. The shuttle runs every hour from the hotel to the centre although we walked it most days and only took us 30 mins. The pool was fantastic with such peaceful surroundings and we loved the spa, it was nice to soak in the hot water at night and listen to the sounds of the frogs and birdlife. The staff were very friendly and always helpful. We can't fault the Waka Di Ume and will definitely recommend anyone to stay there that wants peace and relaxation. Thank you to everyone there for making the end of our trip a relaxing one.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 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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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Stayed there for 2 nights last year and I was surprised that the hotel does not have TV in every room. However, the room was great, it overlooked rice paddies so I woke up feeling refreshed. Finally, I did not mind having no TV for those days. The good thing is that they provide shuttle service every 15 minutes or so to Ubud local market. This hotel is suitable for honeymooners who want to get a piece of Bali.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

We have just returned to Australia after 10 days in Bali, which included 3 nights at the Wake di Ume Resort in Ubud. This was a lovely experience overall. Beginning with the wonderful staff from Reception to the Restaurant, to the Room staff to the Shuttle drivers. Visiting the Spa for a massage or other treatment is an absolute must. Set in the most serene and beautiful location it was a perfect end to our Bali holiday. We moved to a two bedroom villa for the last two nights overlooking the Rice Terraces and we spent time relaxing in our own private pool which was a treat. We would highly recommend this Resort to anyone wishing to stay in the beautiful Ubud area.
Julie & Wayne
Victoria, Australia

Room Tip: An upstairs room would probably be a good choice for the views.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

Stayed at a Waka property a couple years ago and hated it (see review through profile - Waka Ganga near Tenah Lot). So I smacked myself on the forehead when it dawned on me that this hotel was part of the same Waka group.

That said, they did a pretty good job. We went with a pool villa and had a nice stay.

Good:
-pool villa was big (at least for us, couple)
-great little plunge pool
-mini-pool gets sun too... we've stayed at places in Bali where your plunge pool is surrounded by privacy walls / courtyards for privacy which while nice, block a lot of the sun too. These mini-pools face the rice paddies so feel much more open and spacious and others we've rented.
-Teatime
-Nice main pool

Bad:
- Found the shuttle service a bit to ad-hoc. Missed the return pickup a few times (driver never showed), which is annoying, as getting a cab from central square in Ubud is frustrating and a rip-off.
- Getting a cab or car from hotel to restaurants was frustrating. I hate how everything is a negotiation when you're in Bali. Frustrating. I try to not let it get to me (but it still does).
- Food was ok, but got a bit old by day 3.
- Slow to bus dishes from around hotel.

Overall: I'm probably to picky, but I struggle to give this place a 4, more like a 3.5. Because the staff all seem so earnest I guess I'll bump it up a peg.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

As a first time visitor to Bali, Waka was a fabulous place to start. This was a much anticipated holiday where i wanted to relax but also take in some culture. Waka allowed the time out. It is very tranquil. Wasn't sure how i'd go without a tv or radio in the room but i enjoyed the quiet. Nothing better than waking up, looking over the rice paddies or having dinner delivered to our room at night with the same view. Loved the frogs. Could hear them plopping into the water out the front of our room. The rooms at Waka are really beautiful as are the staff. Nothing is ever a problem. Even though there are clearly others at this property, you feel as though you have it all to yourself most of the time. It was rare that there was anyone in the pool or spa when we were there. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus into town. If you want to go into town by yourself, the local taxi drivers are lovely and it is very cheap. I am sure there is more i can share but i think this review is long enough already....Can't wait for my next stay at Waka. Ubud is a place where you can do lots of day trips so not only would i recommend Waka very highly, i would also recommend Ubud as a destination

Room Tip: I would expect all rooms to be equally as comfortable. We had a room with 2 double beds which was r...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

The location is beautifully set between rice fields and jungle. The Ubud markets are nearby and the complimentary shuttle service makes it a breeze to get into the city. The facilities are beautiful, comfortable and thoughtful. Yet, perhaps the greatest gift of the Wake di Ume is the generosity and warm service of it's staff. They seem genuinely happy that you are there and the manager offered great ideas for activities. This resort goes out of its way to be exceptional and make you feel at home. I highly recommend the cooking class!

  • Stayed January 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

After a long search, we choose this small hotel outside Ubud for a 2-night stay and were very charmed with the whole atmosphere and treatment; we got a splendid suite-room on the top-floor (only 1 level up), with great views on the rice-fields from our large terrace. The accomodation was very good, great room and bathroom, top comfort. They have a good complimentary transfer-system downtown in both directions. Their afternoon-tea is heavenly with all kinds of good small pastries - too good! And the pool is of a good size too.
Breakfast can take a while, because they prepare and serve it for each table separately, but this is not so bad; the view from the breakfast-terrace is breathtaking. And the service is excellent, the staff is very friendly and helpfull.
It is too far to walk downtown, but If you prefer nature and silence, in a small boutique-hotel, just go for it!
We definitely should return to this 'garden of Eden'!

Room Tip: all rooms are good and have views, ask the high floor; why not try a suite? it is a paradise.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Jl. Suweta Banjar Sambahan, Ubud, Bali 80761, Indonesia (Formerly Waka di Ume Resort)
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#8 Business Hotel in Ubud
#11 Spa Hotel in Ubud
#12 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#15 Family Hotel in Ubud
#24 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Wapa di Ume Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An oasis of quiet and serenity, only a minutes form hustle and bustle of Ubud, the cultural ans artistic heart of Bali. You will stay in one of nineteen individualistic and distinctive dwelling units, scattered down the gentle hillside flanked by rice field. The resort has 10 Villas with pool,8 spacious Di Ume suites and 15 Lanai Rooms. The resort on-site facilities include 2 levels Padi restaurant,Pool Bar, Traditional Balinese Kitchen on the rice paddies for cooking lesson, The spacious Yoga Centre and meditation centre, The open stage, a monumental wedding chapel, Gallery, an Organic garden, and A luxury three level ultra modern Spa in rice terrace. Everywhere at Wapa di Ume, you are surrounded by the textures and colour of nature, dressed slate, tiles, smooth unpainted wood, soft homespun fabrics, fragrant alang-alang grass roofing, natural bamboo, rough cut stone, flowers and foliage. ... more   less 
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Waka Di Ume Hotel Ubud
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Wapa Di Ume Resort And Spa Ubud, Bali

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