We stayed here (mature couple) for 8 nights in October. The staff were extremely welcoming and friendly throughout our stay. Room was kept clean and bed turned down every night (mozzie nets on the bed too). We had a Lanai room, which was very spacious. We also had access to the smaller pool as it was low season.
The bathroom, although large, was a rather strange design. The shower was in the open, which was lovely, although the pebbles were a bit unstable to walk over. To get to the shower, you had to walk through the toilet, even though the most direct way was from the bathroom but there was only a skinny tiled area behind the the bathtub to do this.
We had our breakfast served on our patio as the stairs to the dining room were a bit much for me to handle on a regular basis (knee replacement). Breakfast was lovely and the service was excellent.
There was a shuttle available whenever you wanted to take you into central Ubud or to any restaurant, as well as pick you up (finishes at 10pm). It was only a 15 minute walk into Ubud, but there are no footpaths on the windy, hilly road. I walked it once (uphill) and my husband did it a few times but not worth the risk at night time. Anyway, it only costs 40,000 rupiah if you need to get a taxi and they are plentiful in Ubud.
Take advantage of the free ride and admission to the Rudana museum, owned by the director (I think) of Waka Namya. My favourite though, would have to be the Blanco Museum, just down the hill, then up the hill, from Waka Namaya.
There are several little massage spa's and art shops around the hotel. I bought 3 paintings and had several massages. The massages at the hotel are ridiculously overpriced, about $75 US per hour. You do get a complimentary 30 minute massage and it is absolutely wonderful, however, they have priced themselves out of the market, which is a shame for the girls who give the massages as they are excellent.
My only complaint about this place would have to be the toilet paper! I know, sounds like a ridiculous thing to complain about but this stuff just disintegrated as soon as it came within a hint of moisture. We ended up buying some from a little shop down the road.
Nonetheless, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Waka Namya and would definitely recommend to others, particularly if you don't like the big resorts. This is a small and personal hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Next Antonio Blanco Museum. With choices of accommodations in Ubud: villas, private villas, resorts and hotels, the Sungu Resort & Spa is no new player. Formerly known as Waka Namya Resort & Spa Ubud, this hotel and resort has re-invented itself, and therefore upgraded many of its services and facilities to cater for its guests - the satisfied repeaters and the new ones seeking an alternatives of Ubud Resort or Ubud Hotel. Come and stay with us - Be a part of supreme, serene and sacred experiences.The Sungu Resort - the haven on the hill, within walking distance to the famed Antonio Blanco Museum, is nearby the artist village of Penestanan and is a short drive from the Rudana Gallery, many Ubud Art Museums & Cultural Centre and the downtown of Ubud. The Sungu Resort is serene and relaxing with welcoming friendly staff and management team who are always at your service. The Renovation has been done properly, To be in full operation on 1 July 2013, the resort is keen to await your stay with us with a full rejuvenating spa programs, children programs and creative art programs. Relax, rejuvenate, and rediscover yourself in a newly refurbished Resort, The Sungu Resort. This newly reborn Resort, formerly known as Waka Namya Resort, boosts new improved facilities such as New Duplex Villa Sungu ideal for 2 Adults and 3 Children. Another addition is the 2 Bed Room- Pool Villa Sungu also ideal for 2 Adults and 3 children. 2 Bed Room - Pool Villa SunguThis is a two storey-traditional Balinese style villa with amenities such as top floor is a big sofa bed in the queen size bedroom with, TV cable for kids, air conditioning. And in down stairs find a queen size bedroom, shared huge bathroom, open shower, bathtub with complete amenities such as a hairdryer, large fridge, mini bar and a telephone. This Balinese room is decorated with local art work, whilst in the outside terrace you can find a private swimming pool, beautiful tropical garden, ideal for 2 adults and 3 children; or, if you would prefer, 4 adults maximum. 2 Bed Room - Pool Villa Sungu is an excellent choice for your family. Each of the villas has an outdoor swimming pool decorated with green stone - a true wonderful appeal for a swim for adults and children. Have a swim and regain your stamina and wellness with the healthy sea salt treated pool. The Sungu Resort - Unique place to stay - feels like home ... more less
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- The Sungu Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali