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The Samaya Bali Ubud
Ranked #6 of 171 Hotels in Ubud
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kihei
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66 reviews
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Stayed two nights in two different villas. Place was amazing. The staff made you feel like home. Restaurants were some of the best we had on our vacation. The dinner venue sets right on the rivers edge. LIve local dancing and music. The room was spacious and pools were so relaxing. Spa was equally amazing..right on the waters edge..so relaxing

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We have recently returned from a six day stay at the Samaya , staying in both a hill villa and a riverside Ayung villa. After years of travelling this is very possibly the best hotel we have ever stayed in: charming, helpful, personable staff, wonderful location on a steep hillside with views over rice terraces, food in the restaurant could hold its own with any other, anywhere, the tasting menu was wonderful, and the cookery class we did was great. Beautiful spa with excellent massages, shuttles on demand to go into Ubud, Hill villas in particular are very cleverly designed for total privacy - it feels as if you are in your own private house and lovely garden. Bathrooms are large, stylish and with a glass ceiling over the enormous bath.

Turndown service is thorough - room tidied, fresh crockery, water bottles replaced, etc. I would recommend without hesitation - we would love to go back.

Room Tip: on balance we preferred the hillside villas - no 105 had lovely views
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We recently stayed at the Samaya Ubud for 5 Days. The hotel has only 19 villas (I think) and they range in location from the top of the river valley to down along side the river. We were lucky enough to get one of the two which have great views over the surrounding rice fields. The villas are large, very well appointed with their own pool and are totally private.
Maybe because of the small number of rooms, it seems like you get to know the staff very quickly.
The entire management team and staff can't do enough for you and it was great to chat with many of them around the hotel.
This place is a world away from the traffic and hustle of much of Bali including Ubud town itself. If you can't relax here, you never will. Wayan, the General Manager, asked a few times how they could have improved our holiday experience. I couldn't think of anything and I still can't a few weeks later. Perhaps there is one thing - don't be so good !! Not having been to Ubud for probably ten years, we were keen to get out and explore the countryside and some areas we hadn't seen for awhile. However the hotel was that good we didn't want to leave and we didn't do much at all.

Room Tip: All rooms would be good.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband and I and our daughter stayed in an Ayung Villa overlooking the river with its own swimming pool. The villa was very well appointed and the service was excellent. On our last day, where most hotels leave you alone, we arrived back from breakfast to find everything tidied up, beds made, towels folded - a really wonderful touch.
The food at the Swept Away restaurant was superb. We dined there three nights in a row and were never disappointed. An excellent choice of international food and also local cuisine. The local chef has got it absolutely spot on. Breakfast was also a delight in a restaurant overlooking the rice fields - what a view, what a place. Total peace. Our daughter used the Spa on a couple of occasions - she is a great Spa user and declared this one of the best.
We did a lovely walk with one of the hotel staff who took us across the rice fields and round his village, including looking round a traditional Balinese house - fascinating - well worth the hour and a half.
Also went round the local coffee plantation which was fascinating.
Transport into Ubud by the hotel is very helpful as it is a 15 minute trip and although I am sure you could walk it, it is quite a way.
The staff are all very efficient and keen to make your holiday what you want it to be.
We really enjoyed it here and would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: The Ayung Villas are worth the extra. We had 207 which is between the Spa and restaurant and was ve...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My wife and I were in Samaya Ubud last week. We have been to many many 5 stars hotels all over the world. Park Hyatts, St. Regis, Four Seasons, Taj, Jumeirah, Bvlgary etc…
This Samaya Ubud, is an extraordinary vacation getaway. The hotel, view, food, spa, garden, service, restaurant are all way above par. But the most impressive of all, are the details of everything and the hospitality. We have been to Bali many times, but Samaya stole our hearts.

The hotel manager, Mr Wayan Suambara, is a very experience and positive open mind. He talked to us several times, share his experience and recommended us to take a bicycle tour, which is a MUST. Cycling in the rice field, is not something we can do every week.

I will definitely come back to Samaya Ubud…

To Pak Wayan and team, thanks for everything,.. for the joyful moment.

Room Tip: pick the Ayung River Villa. More expensive, but worth every single penny
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Samaya for two nights at the end of a nine day trip to Bali. As soon as we arrived we wished we were staying longer! The staff at the Samaya welcomes you as if you are family. Every single person we encountered went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable. The accommodations were wonderful. We got one of the Hill View villas with our own private (very large) plunge pool and outdoor cabana. The hotel provided round trip taxi service at no extra charge into Ubud for shopping and dining. I highly recommend the Samaya and hope to stay there again.

Room Tip: Opt for the Hill View villa
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We started our trip to Bali by staying at the Samaya, Ubud and were incredibly impressed straight away by being greeted with flower leis, scented cold towels and welcome drinks,
The tranquil setting is outside of the city of Ubud in the heart of very lush gardens and valley, overlooking a beautiful rice paddy, which is where breakfast is served (the simple ability to have breakfast at any time was truly appreciated, so we could plan activities accordingly without trying to adjust or adapt to fit into a certain window). It is ideal to experience the beauty of the area without the noisy hustle and bustle of the city, though they offer shuttle services into the city center, only 15-20 minutes away.
We had several excursions planned and the staff was meticulous about all details. We would highly recommend the river rafting, ending at their Swept Away (overlooking the river) restaurant for lunch. It was a unique and fun experience. Their spa and services were also amazing. One of the highlights of our stay was a Cabana dinner, which was set up in the Cabana of our villa with flowers and candles everywhere and personalized service throughout the dinner. It was a very special experience to celebrate our wedding anniversary!
Wayan, the Manager ensured everything was managed smoothly and the warm and very personal service continued throughout our stay. We were continually impressed by the amazing level of care from every staff member. Their open, warm and friendly approach was genuine and sincere, making us feel a part of their "family".
Highly recommend for an unforgettable and special experience!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: The Samaya Bali Ubud
Address: Banjar Baung, Desa Sayan, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#6 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#6 Spa Hotel in Ubud
#8 Family Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Samaya Bali Ubud 4.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Samaya Ubud is where the guests can experience the unique delivery of Balinese hospitality in superb natural location set alongside the Ayung River. The Samaya Ubud is a 15-minute drive from central Ubud. Featuring Free shuttle service to the central Ubud anytime with prior booking, WiFi throughout the resort, wellness center complete with gym and outdoor main pool. The guest can also enjoy cycling, trekking, and morning yoga activities with free of charge based on Hotel schedule. Cooking class will be provided with prior booking and additional charge. With spacious luxurious villas, The Samaya Ubud offer guest's privacy at an ideal place to relax in a tropical paradise surrounded by rice fields and hillsides, equipped with flat-screen cable TVs, minibar, iPod docks, en suite spacious bathrooms with a Jacuzzi. Each villas comes with a private pool and 24-hour butler services. Guests can enjoy spa treatments in-villa, spa by the Ayung Riverside, or at Ayung Riverside Spa Centre with private sauna room, steam room, and Jacuzzi. Laundry, dry cleaning and car rental services are available. The famous Swept Away Restaurant offers Special Romantic Hundred Candle Light Dinner where the guests can enjoy a truly unique dining experience with the sound of natures by the Ayung River. Chef de Cuisine, I Nyoman Wiratma has emulated his successful style with more than 10-year experience in fine dining, serving an array of modern and eclectic dishes with maintaining a strong focus on local produce and authentic flavours will pamper you. The Samaya Ubud is 1-hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The hotel provides Airport Transfer at an additional fee. ... more   less 
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