My partner and I enjoyed a wonderful three nights at Villa Arya, and were particularly blown away by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.
There are only a few villas (I think five?), which makes the hotel feel more like a homestay, particularly due to the personal touches of the rooms and services. The rooms themselves are fully equipped and big (the bathroom was huge!), and are cleaned twice a day (when we'd come back in the afternoon to change from daily activities it would be spotless, then on coming back from dinner afterwards it would have been prepared for us to go to bed).
The location of Villa Arya is quite hard to find down a secluded passageway (our driver from Seminyak got quite lost) so make sure you have a map printed or saved to help in locating the Villa. It's about a 10 mins drive away from central Ubud, and certainly too far to walk, but the shuttle service is excellent and they were happy to take us or pick us up from any of the locations in central Ubud (eg. restaurants, sights, our silver-making workshop) so the location was absolutely no problem.
Can't describe how warm and reliable the staff were; they gave us suggestions, organised itineraries, booked courses, restaurants, snorkelling, and the spa for us, they were flexible about everything we needed (e.g. preparing us breakfast before 7 so that we could go snorkelling early, and giving it to us in takeaway containers so we could eat in the car there). They assisted in taking us to a very late flight at the airport - even though we had to change plans due to flight delay, and it was 1.5 hours away - free of charge. Particularly we want to thank Tutti, who was especially wonderful to us.
Only slight con was that the sheets and towels weren't changed daily - maybe for the towels in particular this would be good. But i am so sure that if we had asked for it, it would have been done, so it's really not a problem.
Absolutely no hesitation in strongly recommending Villa Arya for a relaxing stay and authentic experience!
- Also Known As:
- Villa Arya Ubud Bali
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in lush landscaped gardens, a serene and relaxing environment consist of 5 units one bedroom villa, is designed exclusively to reflect a mix of modern and Balinese influences which traditionally reveal the atmosphere of tranquility. ... more less
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