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Komaneka at Monkey Forest
Ranked #14 of 196 Hotels in Ubud
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Amazing Stay at Beautiful Hotel”
Reviewed April 22, 2010

We recently returned from Bali where we stayed for five nights at Komaneka at Monkey Forest, I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Ubud.

We had a pool villa room which was one of the nicest rooms that we have ever stayed in. We had a plunge infinity pool that overlooked a ravine with a river flowing through it. The bathroom was outdoors (although sheltered). The big bath tub was surrounded by a fish pond with lily pads, fish and little frogs. Our room had a huge dressing room which was separate from the living area and from the bathroom.

Next to the pool were two deck beds with cushions and in a separate area was a sheltered table with four chairs were you could have breakfast or entertain guests. Each day we were provided with a jar of cookies and assorted fruit in addition to the mini bar drinks.

My Mum and her friend met us at the hotel and they stayed in a Suite over looking the rice paddies - their room was bright and airy and the view was amazing.

The staff were very friendly and helpuful. The resort was emaculately maintained and a nice quiet oasis.

When we arrived, the desk clerk advised that we could move to Komankea at Bisma which is about a ten minute drive away. We had a good dinner at Bisma on the balcony overlooking the pool. The food was excellent Balinese and included some really nice Gado Gado. We had a tour of some of the rooms to see if we wanted to make the change. They too were lovely and similar in design - modern, clean Balinese - these rooms might have been a bit roomier than those at Monkey Forest. The draw back from our perspective to Bisma was that it was slightly off the beaten track and you would need to take a car in to the main drag. We opted to stay at Monkey Forest and enjoyed being able to walk out to shops and restaurants.

The breakfasts at the hotel were excellent. They serve delicious fresh fruit with yogurt, cinnamon and honey. My husband and I didn't eat dinner at the hotel but the hotel provided a complimentary Balinese meal for my Mom and her friend who stayed on afterward. They said it was a really special touch.

We used the hotels car service to tour around. The drivers (Eric and Subrata) were excellent drivers and very attentive. They always had cool drinks and cool towels available - which you really needed in heat and humidity.

The spa is beautiful. I just went in for a polish change and was served some tamarind tea when I arrived. As I waited for the polish to dry on a couch over looking the rice paddies, I was served a small plate of mixed fruit and some ginger tea. Pretty amazing service for a simple spa treatment.

Komaneka is owned by the same family as the Neka Museum - when you stay at the hotel you get free admission to the Art gallery - if you are remotely interested in art, this museum cannot be missed - it has an amazing collection.

We had several great meals outside of the hotel. We would highly, highly recommend Lamak - we actually ate there twice we enjoyed it so much. The guidebooks suggest the butterfish marinated in yogurt and curry and I would agree - delicious. This restaurant also makes a great soufflie. This is a good place to have a martini (which can sometimes be warm in these climes) as they serve the glass in a bed of ice.

We had another great meal at Cafe Wayan. This restaurant caters well to visitors and they explain in detail how the water they use is purified along with the ice for your drinks - something that you sometimes wonder about in other restaurants. I had a great nasi goreng there. The service was excllent.

We could also recommend Cafe des Artistes.

Enjoy Ubud - it is a great place with lots of character and is still really good value for money.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2010

This is a beautiful boutique hotel well located right in the heart of Ubud which nevertheless maintains an air of serenity. The rooms are very well appointed (ask for one overlooking the rice paddies if you don't mind natural nocturnal noises), the staff are extremely helpful and the infinity pool is stunningly set over a gorge with a small waterfall and creek beneath. Outside, great restaurants and shops are only a short stroll away. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a few days of peace and quiet in lovely surroundings.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 15, 2010

This was our secxnd stay here and agian it cant be faulted. Meals good, fruit in room fresh every day. Loved the personal service of the staff they are so friendly and welcoming and nothing is too much trouble for them. Ideally located. The massage was sensational too.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2010

Three of us stayed in a normal room their was pleanty of space. The service was realy good nothing was to much trouble for the staff. The breakfast was realy good. We are all planning to go back as soon as we can.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

We had only 3 nights here but it felt longer as it was so peaceful and relaxing. The staff and the rooms are exceptional. On the main road into Ubud - central to everything but SO quiet and peaceful. Will be going back on my next trip

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

We had such a lovely time at Komaneka. Upon arrival we received a free upgrade to a suite. The staff are just lovely and couldn't do enough for you. The rooms are superb overlooking the rice paddies.Would definitely recommend staying in this hotel.

The only thing is that as many hotels in Bali do, the spa is very expensive. An hour's massage was about US$ 80 compared with about $US 4 in places other than hotels.

They also have free wifi and if you don't have your own laptop they lend you one form the hotel for free.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

I stayed in Komaneka in Monkey Forest Road. Had 4 nights in a Deluxe Room. So spacious. Loved the fresh fruit and cookies in the room every day. You can have breakfast in the restaurant or in your room. Very close to shopping and restaurants. The massage (1hr) in the day spa was great. Would definately stay at Komaneka again but for longer next time. Staff were fantastic, would remember my name each time I went past reception.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
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Property: Komaneka at Monkey Forest
Address: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#7 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#11 Spa Hotel in Ubud
#12 Family Hotel in Ubud
#14 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Komaneka at Monkey Forest 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Komaneka at Monkey Forest began as a residence for artists behind the prestigious Komaneka Gallery, specializing in fine contemporary Indonesian and Balinese art. Now recently renovated with luxurious suites, an infinity pool, open-air restaurant, spa, and pool villas, all in a lush garden with mature shade trees, this is a very special oasis. The resort's location on the Monkey Forest Road gives immediate access to the Ubud market and all the cultural activities of the Ubud palace, Puri Ubud, residence of Ubud's ruling family. At the other end of this bustling street, lined with restaurants and boutiques, is a sacred monkey forest. ... more   less 
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