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“far from madding ubud crowd” 5 of 5 stars
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Arma Museum & Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Jalan Raya Pengosekan, P.O. Box 9696, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #52 of 134 Hotels in Ubud
LOndon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“far from madding ubud crowd”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Spent only one night and two days in this delightful and peaceful retreat. Long haul up to Ubud in December due to extensive traffic allowing one to take in the less attractive aspects of Bali. Ubud is also a mixed blessing. Good shopping if you go slow and are selective but lots of tat along with international brands. Frankly Ubud has been too successful- not the Bali of old.
ARMA is a peaceful haven replete with fountains, statues, art ( museum), water features and rice paddies and waterfalls.So many vistas. How could one not relax?
Rooms substantial and well equipped but no TV ( why would you want one?) Food more international in the up-market coffee shop- more European than Asian. Their gado-gado was more melted peanut butter with french fries than proper crunchy with Asian veg. But this small defect aside, you would think you were a million miles away from the noisy, crowded, and frankly unattractive main road only 200 meters away.
Service very attentive but runs on Bali time. Oh, and there is wifi at the pool.

Room Tip: superior rooms are fine but if you can splurge on a private villa
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  • Stayed December 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Malmo, Sweden
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13 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Spent 3 nights relaxing completely in this beautiful, tranquil oasis. The professional and friendly staff made sure we never needed anything and were there instantly there when we called (even at 2 AM for removal of small gecko that found it's way into our room). The founder, mr. Agung Rai himself treated us to some afternoon coffee while telling us many interesting anecdotes about himself, his family, the place and Balinese history in general.
I would both recommnend this place to a friend as well as return there myself.

  • Stayed November 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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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Looking at the Arma resort's website, with its private villas and pools, it looked too beautiful and idyllic. However, reality is far from that. We were staying in one of the private villas. The size inside isnt very big to start with. From the 1st night we had nice surprises: we found a disgusting worm on the pillow on the bed, dead ants inside the bed and the AC was literally spilling water out (which almost flooded our computer that we left under it). The AC issue was fixed on 2nd day, but it's still not nice to pay 200$ per night and have to face that. Then, the light bulb in the toilet broke down, the conditioner in the bathroom was completely watery and looked and smelled expired. Then, there was lizard excrement on the floor of the bathroom for 3 days, which makes me wonder if they ever cleaned floors?!
For the positive side: you get a private pool with the villa, and the architecture of the resort is charming in traditional style.
At the time of check out, we asked for a discount based on all the negative experience we had, but they completely refused and weren't business-minded and customer-oriented enough to make a small gesture to compensate. In the end, paying 200$ a night to face such issues is simply unacceptable and unheard of! Total rip-off!
Oh, and i forgot to mention breakfast was not good at all, and we made the mistake of ordering dinner to be delivered to our villa, it was simply disgusting! Crazy to think of the rates they charge and the service they cannot provide!! Never stay there!
I gave them 2 stars for the location, rice patty fields - and because Bali is beautiful in itself. Not for the resort!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We spent three days here on our first visit to Bali. Comfortable, spacious room with magnificent balcony overlooking the pool where we took advantage of the excellent room service to dine al fresco (on the balcony, not in the pool!) Loved the frangipani trees, the orchids, the lotus flowers in the water garden, the marvellous profusion of carving on and around the buildings. Fascinating to visit the gallery and museum where we attended a spectacular (if slightly over long) display of Balinese dancing and gamelon,and, as it was the full moon, the amazing and dramatic Cak Rina dance on the open stage in which a mythical battle was played out by men and young boys literally playing with fire. But the absolute highlight was the Golden Hour Tour in which the very charming Mr Agung Rai, owner and founder of the resort, personally took us on a 3 hour early morning drive throughout the nearby villages and rice fields to show us the real Bali - magical!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

This hotel is very well located in Ubud !! 15 min walking from the monkey forest and very close from nice little restaurants such as the Arma kafe for balinese food and taco casa ( mexican food)
The hotel in itself is gorgeous..the place is absolutely beautiful...the pool, the rice fields all around, the statues...BUT the room was really humid...and not so pretty...very disapointing.
The breakfast was not so good either and very frugal ...(included)
I wuold just recommand to go around the hotel and especially the museum very close to it : the Arma museum..

Room Tip: maybe goo for the villa....
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Park City, Utah
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012 via mobile

Upgraded to a villa after plumbing problems in first room. Very luxe with vaulted ceiling, privite pool, option of outdoor shower beside pool with lush vegitation. But, animals living in bamboo ceiling repeatedly left droppings on bed. On site restaurants not good. There are much better dining options.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

My girlfriend and I spent 2 weeks in Indonesia. Our first 4 days were in Ubud, and we booked the Arma Resort online. I saw several reviews on Trip Advisor saying the reservation system had caused problems, but we had no such problems.

You can definitely find places in Ubud for much less, BUT, this is a very nice property, and it is located very close to central Ubud. Don't think about walking to central Ubud from here. The resort provides a free shuttle, but if you're up for it, the way to go is to rent a motorbike (about $5 USD per day, and it costs about $1 USD to fill with gas).

We were picked up from the airport from the Arma staff, which went very smoothly after over 24 hours of travel time. It took a bit of time to check in, but the staff was very pleasant. Check the deals on the Arma website, we found a 4 nights for the price of 3 package, and that saved us some money (we stayed another 3 nights at the end of our trip, and if we had had another night available i could have done the 4 for the price of 3 again).

We had booked the "Superior Villa", which includes a private villa with private pool. When we arrived, we were told that there were no Superior Villas remaining...I was prepared to be disappointed, but was told that we were upgraded to the best Villa on the property at no extra cost. This Villa is also known as room #101. It is the nicest looking Villa that displays on their website, with a large private infinity pool, a very large villa with way more space than what would normally be needed by two people, and an outdoor hot tub. Breakfast is included, and if you order the night before, you can have it delivered to your room. Breakfast is very good. It was the only place I found in Bali where eggs where prepared the way I find them in America. The banana pancakes are also excellent.

As I mentioned, we spent 2 weeks in Indonesia, the first 4 days in Ubud, the next week on Lombok, and then the final 3 days in Ubud. We liked the Arma Resort so much that we made sure to stay the final 3 days there. When we were on Lombok we went for the $20-$50 per night accommodations, so staying at the Arma was a splurge, but worth it. As mentioned above, we stayed in the best Villa on the property, #101, our first 4 nights. When we returned to Ubud, we stayed 1 night in a deluxe bungalow, #803, and at about half the price of a Villa, it was very private and we would also recommend it. Our final two nights we stayed in a Superior Villa, #104, and it was excellent with a private pool.

The only real downsides were that #803 had a few bugs, and #104 had quite a few tiny bugs on the bed. I guess this is to be expected in a hot humid environment. Bug spray and zappers are provided, but it was interesting that we didn't really have any bug problems in #101, and just a few bugs in #803. I'm not sure why there were so many more bugs in #104.

This place really felt like home, the grounds are absolutely beautiful, and the rooms are very private. I would stay there again, unless someone were to point me to an equally comfortable accommodation at a better price. For the Superior Villas, we spent about $200 USD per night, so if you are on a tight budget you will want to look elsewhere.

Room Tip: We stayed in 3 different rooms over 7 nights. #101 is the best in the place, but pricey. #803 (Del...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, P.O. Box 9696, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#36 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#43 Family Hotel in Ubud
#51 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Arma Museum & Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 29
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