The Komaneka Bisma is the best hotel I have ever been to and this trip was the best stay of the three times I have stayed there in 2011. I'm all the way on the other side of the world from Indonesia, but I am drawn back to the Bisma and Bali because of it's gracious people and unique culture. Bali is truly the best place I have ever been in my life.
Eager to be back at the Bisma, I actually showed up early and added a day to my stay! The staff is EXCEPTIONAL! Ade, who was wisely moved from the gift shop to registration, started my stay with her warm smile and sweet personality. She was great!!! The staff remembered me from my previous stays, asked about my children, and remembered our Balinese friend, Ketut, who has been with us since we started visiting Bali. They even remembered particulars about my last visit, and some that I had even forgot about! They are truly amazing. My only regret is that I didn't stay there when I first began traveling to Bali. I remember being disappointed I couldn't afford the pool villa, but the suite rooms are spectacular! After staying in one of them I thought how foolish I had been to not stay there my very first trip! Live and learn. Now I will always stay at the Bisma.
Being completely hospitable, they bought me my favorite fruit, always greeted me by my first name (Ibu Ingrid), always had a smile, and basically made sure I had a wonderful stay. They filled my chocolate chip cookie jar every day and never teased me about how I was able to eat the whole jar every day! The room I stay in is perfect and it really does feel like home. I love tuberose and there is a beautiful tuberose plant right outside the front door of the room. It smells so lovely every time I return to my room. I feel completely safe both day and night, in and around the area. Walking to town is wonderful because I've become familiar with the people who work and live on Jalan Bisma. Having the shuttle service is great, especially when you do big shopping trips, but walking to town shouldn't be missed either because you are able to see more of life in Bali. If you are worried about traveling alone, don't worry. I actually have really enjoyed my trips alone, too, because I am able to learn more about the culture and spend more time with the people I meet at the market and in Ubud. It's the best way to learn about the Balinese and their way of life.
I teach swimming and the pool is heavenly....really! It is like you swim off into the jungle. The breakfast is superb and I would regularly have it in my room on the deck. The cake and tea time is a nice treat, and the spa massage is wonderful. Although the massage prices are much higher than the small massage shops down the road, the service, environment, extra touches and royal treatment warrant the cost. It is pure heaven. If you choose to not indulge in their excellent spa services, I would walk the extra distance to Lilly's, which is down the road, closer to town (pink sign on the left). Once again though, nothing can compare to the service and treatment you would receive at the Bisma.
This was the first trip I have visited Bali during December, the start of the rainy season. The mornings were quite good and then the rains would come between 2 and 3 in the afternoon. If it rains really hard it will be a short rain. If it's not so hard it will linger. Just ask the staff. Some will tell you exactly when it will start and stop :)! The rest of the days are usually sunny and humid.
I'm excited to bring my youngest daughter to Komaneka Bisma in March. She will be so happy to meet such lovely people and stay in a place where you truly feel like you are in paradise. Thank you Komaneka for another memorable trip. I always return home rejuvenated. I hope all of you remain safe during the rainy season as you carefully drive home on your motorbikes at night! Stay safe and I will see you in tiga bulan! Thank you again for your kindness :).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Komaneka at Bisma Located in the heart of Ubud, The Resort allows you to make the most of your extraordinary luxury stay. Combines with breathtaking spaces and hospitality to create grand moment to makes you feels at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Komaneka At Bisma Hotel Ubud
- Komaneka At Bisma Ubud, Bali