I recently stayed at Villa Sarna with my friends. The hotel has a nice view (although just forest not the rice field as advised on their website) and room is okay (I got a deal from Agoda, otherwise I would not pay for the regular rate. Overpriced for what you get). You need to be fit as there are quite a number of stairs.
The general stay was okay. Two big dissapointments were 1) the location and 2) the food.
1) location: It often took the shuttle (the hotel offers a free shuttle, running every 2 hours, not the most convenient) 25 to 30 mins to reach Ubud town. And you have to call them one hour in advance to tell them your return time. If you don't call them, they won't pick you up. It's written on a sheet of paper in your room. I found it quite inconvient. As the set pick up time is 7:30pm and 9:30pm. A couple of nights we wanted to stay in town a bit longer till 8 or 8:30pm, but could not. And if you take a taxi from town to the hotel, it costs you USD10. We bargained hard but no taxi would take us for less than that. Considering the hotel charge USD30 for airport pick up.. It was quite far.
2) Food: the hotel offers breakfast, which is basic - your egg, toast, chicken sausage, fruit. Although on their menu, it's mentioned bread and donuts. It was never put on table. And they give you 5 options, such as option ) egg, option 2)toast or sausauge, option 3) juice, tea or coffee etc. So if you want to have your morning coffee as well as some juice, you are not allowed. There is a very small kitchen attached to the small dining area. The few days I was there, I could not sit with my friends as the only big table was taken by a bigger group.
On the hotel website, they wrote "Our expert chefs await you and will provide the finest culinary experience by creating masterful dishes that incorporate only the finest of local produce and ingredients". That was not true at all. They don't have their restaurant. For a proper meal, you will have to take the hotel shuttle for 5 minutes to go to a place called Kampung Cafe down the road. Both the hotel staff told me that they don't own the restaurant. If you don't mind the hassle, it is okay. The food at the cafe is good but a bit overpriced by Bali standard. I was actually quite surprised to find out about the restaurant situation as it was totally different from what was written on the website.
Overall the stay was okay. If I knew about the location and the restaurant situation before, I would not have stayed there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blending modern and traditional Balinese design, Villa Sarna is one of Ubud's most unique boutique villas. The Villa blends harmoniously with nature's rich and ancient traditions. We are built in an enchanting and secluded setting overlooking the Agung Mountain, a short drive from the many cultural activities in nearby Ubud. Spa facilities offer an array of treatments, massages, and therapies that allow guests to truly lose themselves in Bali! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Sarna Hotel Ubud
- Sarna Hotel Ubud
- Villa Sarna Ubud Bali