Words really can't describe this hotel! We spent four nights there while on honeymoon in July 2010 and knew it was something special the minute the car turned into the drive. There is no reception, just a shaded area, an incredible view over a rice paddy, and attentive staff to greet you and help with your luggage. We stayed in a one bedroom villa with a private plunge pool and it was wonderful, decorated with Balinese furniture, with a bedroom, upstairs lounge with views over the river, palm trees and paddies beyond, and a bathroom with an outside shower. Although there were other guests staying at the resort while we were there the villas are so well spaced and thoughtfully designed we felt we had the whole place to ourselves.
The thing that really sets the Villa Semana apart though are the grounds, the restaurant, the pool and the incredible views that all three afford. The resort is set on the edge of a sheer drop down to a river, banked by palm trees and rice paddies as far as the eye can see. The owners have made the most of this with the most amazing infinity pool set on the edge of the drop. The path that winds down the hill leads to a beautiful spa which we didn't look at until the morning we left - big mistake! A sunset massage here would have been fabulous.
The food was fantastic, we ate in the restaurant twice, sampling both western and balinese food, both of which were delicious. The breakfasts were a real highlight, again with a choice of local and international dishes. The staff were extremely helpful and professional, particularly the manager Jurg who kept us entertained through many a meal and also took us out on an exhilirating bike ride!
Ubud itself is really wonderful too, and the hotel provide a free shuttle into town on request. In fact, one of the best things about this hotel is its location as an out of town resort, yet with easy access to the centre. It really is the best of both worlds and somewhere to escape from the busy streets when it gets a bit too much!
We would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and hope to return someday to enjoy it all over again. Thanks Villa Semana - we miss you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Semana & Spa is a hidden treasure deep in the Ubud area of Bali. It is located 7km or 15 minutes drive by our free scheduled shuttle service everyday. Villa Semana & Spa consists of 10 private pool villas each with unique views of the Ayung River tributaries. Your home away from home offers 180-degrees views of stunning valleys and rice fields that make choosing Ubud an easy decision. Be part of nature and experience total relaxation in the lotus pond bath with sound of near by waterfall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Semana Hotel Ubud
- Villa Semana Ubud, Bali