As the first stop of our honeymoon proper, I wanted the hotel in Ubud to be perfect. Komaneka Bisma exceeded our expectations and more! We paid an extra US$40 for airport pick-up and from the moment the driver greeted us with a warm, welcoming smile, we knew everything was going to be great. Cold, refreshing face flannels, cookies and chilled drinks were offered before we left the airport and the driver kept us engaged, answering our questions about Ubud and Bali. There was also an iPod in the car, from which we could select music and volume, if desired.
Bisma is on the other side of Ubud, so on arrival you will drive through the centre past the key sites on the main road, and off down a bumpy track, surfaced only in places, with paddy fields on both sides, which leads you to the superbly located hotel - how else do you expect to have unrivalled views down a jungle-clad valley? A ramp drops down off the track to a turning circle and canopied reception area. Each time you arrive, reception staff will come out to open the door and greet you. We would get a buzz every time we returned and descended the ramp - it's like entering a kind of other-paradise. You can amble slowly into the centre of town in about 20 minutes or call reception and they will arrange a shuttle for you.
On arrival, the manager welcomes you personally and you will be offered a tropical welcome drink before being shown to your room. The hotel is kind of upside down due to its location, with the reception/bar area on the top floor, rooms on 2 floors below and the restaurant under that. You then descend a flight of wooden stairs to reach the swimming pool and spa. Before you go to your room, make sure you check out the view down the valley from the reception deck - my wife almost shed a tear at the beauty of it!
The welcome you receive sets the tone for your entire stay - staff are extremely well-trained and are polite, engaging, helpful and friendly. They will learn your names very quickly and be constantly looking for ways in which they can help to improve your stay. They will even teach you Indonesian if you're interested! At the beginning it felt strange, but you’ll miss it when you leave.
Standards throughout the hotel are extremely high - rooms, grounds and all public areas are kept impeccably clean and in good order - and the whole 'look' of the place is one of crisp, contemporary design, with Balinese influences. Walls and public spaces are adorned with examples of Balinese art, from wire sculptures to old compound doors to woodwork and painting. I believe the hotel opened in 2008 and it still looks pretty new. The infinity swimming pool is stunning and really feels like it goes on forever when you’re trying to swim to the end of it. Wonderful to stand in the shallow end and gaze down the valley. There’s also a smaller children’s swimming pool a level below with hammocks in the trees nearby.
We stayed in one of the 34 Bisma suite rooms in the main building. They were huge and tastefully furnished with 2x8 metre balconies and a main room size of 8x11 metres. Rooms are extremely well-equipped with Apple TV (selection of movies and music, a lot of the latter seemed to be slightly cheesy 80s stuff, but hey!) and in-room wireless internet. The bathroom is beautiful with a massive shower area, separate toilet, bath and dual washbasins. A separate storage area for luggage and clothes also opens off the bathroom. A large, comfortable bed, desk, dressing table and sofa complete the furnishings. Slippers and straw hats are provided in the rooms.
From our balcony, we had an outstanding view across the valley, with the paddy fields below and 50-metre infinity swimming pool to the right. You can also see the 10 private villas concealed in the jungle. At night, Chinese lanterns come on to illuminate the paddies below - magical! You also get a natural night-time orchestra of jungle sounds and the river. Take a walk around the grounds one day, there’s also a wedding chapel if you’re not already hitched.
I don't want to spoil things by telling you about all the little touches you will experience during your stay, but it's the kind of place where you can feel like royalty without any sense of guilt. One of the great things about the Komaneka hotels - there are 3 of them in Ubud - is that they are all owned by a local Balinese family and provide great employment opportunities to people from the area around Ubud. Staff seemed well treated and to really enjoy their jobs.
As we weren't there in the peak season, we got a very reasonable rate, about 30% off, which included breakfast, afternoon teas and unlimited shuttles to/from Ubud. The weather was still great, about 31 degrees with blue skies, and although Ubud felt relatively busy, it gets a lot busier in July/August. I'd recommend going in October.
We didn't use the spa, but it's wonderfully located just above the river, with 3 or 4 beautiful treatment rooms. Treatments were not cheap, starting at about US$150.
Just go and experience the place for yourself!
As for Ubud, we absolutely loved it and could have stayed for more than our 6 nights, but it all depends what you're looking for. It might be too mellow for some, it's certainly not an all-night party destination, but we were there for our honeymoon, so it was perfect. There are plenty of temples to see, shopping to do, a monkey sanctuary and it is a fantastic base to make day-trips further north, e.g. to the crater lakes and volcano, Jatiluwih paddy fields, etc. We met a great guy who I can recommend for day-trips with vehicle or local/mountain treks.
Don’t miss a trip to Bebek Bengil - one of the oldest restaurants in Ubud – for some of their famous crispy duck and make sure you try the eponymous suckling pig at Warung Ibu Oka across the road from the Royal Palace.
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- 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