I booked my accommodation through one of those group buying deals so received amazing value for my week here. My one bedroom suite was lovely and the staff were super attentive with servicing it daily even when I told them it was fine to leave it as is. As I was on my own, i felt the space was perfect, but if it was a twin share it might feel a bit more cramped but still good. The bed and pillow is pretty firm which may not suit everyone (I slept pretty well the whole time - mattress was fine but I would have preferred a slightly softer pillow)
There are a few little shops nearby (Gusto Gelato, Monsieur Spoon patisserie and more) but the main attractions and cafes/bars are a $2.50 cab away (not really walkable which is the only reason I didn't give 5 stars for location). There is a free shuttle service 3 times daily but it was usually easier just to cab it in and out. It was actually nice to be away from the hustle and bustle but I expected more rice paddies - it has become quite developed on the street where the hotel is, a few of the smaller streets are still quaint with paddies and fields.
Only had one meal at the rooftop restaurant (the snapper fillet in Indonesian spices with rice) and was surprised by how good it was. The breakfast is pretty standard for a hotel but lots of variety (3 sections - continental, hot english style including eggs made to order and hot Indonesian/asian style).
The pool was lovely but the towel counter was almost never manned any time I passed by. Also as it was in the middle of the complex with 4 stories on all sides, it was mostly in shadow for much of the day. It was pretty comfortable and warm in the shade but probably only half the pool and 2 or 3 of the lounges were in the sun so if you are after some sunbaking, it's not really the place for it.
The staff were all unfailing sweet and lovely and always smiling. I think there may have been new ownership as it felt like there were alot of new staff who had only been around between 1-3 months and were still learning. Not that it impacted the much service, just that their English wasn't as fluent as other places I've been and it occasionally felt not quite as clockwork as it could have been.
All round decent place that ticks all the boxes. Nothing that makes it stand out but still pretty decent if you are on a mid-range budget and want to be a little bit away from the centre of the action.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Umalas Hotel and Residence is a resort located in a peaceful area surrounded by natural legendary rice fields of Kerobokan or within minutes away from up market of Seminyak shopping centre, where famous restaurants, bars and shopping arcade are available. Umalas Hotel and Residence is easily reached by 35 minutes drive away from Ngurah Rai International Airport, while the resort is situated at tranquil yet divertissement area which offers distance of only 5 minutes to the heart of Seminyak, 10 minutes to Kuta beach, 25 minutes to Capital City, Denpasar and 40 minutes to popular Ubud. A 102 spacious rooms complemented by the comfort of luxury amenities await you at Umalas Hotel and Residence where a collection of self indulgence of suites rooms incorporated with greenery environment and busiest street of Kerobokan, Kuta, is the most exciting moments that you will not miss even for a while when in Bali island.Umalas Hotel and Residence offers One Bedroom Suites, Two Bedroom Superior, Two Bedroom Penthouse, Two Bedrooms Deluxe, Three Bedrooms Superior, Three Bedrooms Penthouse, Three Bedroom Deluxe and Luxury penthouse. All those suite rooms are completed with modern facilities and amenities including kitchenette and pantry, spacious living rooms, wide LCD TV at both living rooms and in main bedrooms and safe deposit boxes. Whole unit types are comfortably accommodating those on romantic honeymoon journey, catering to families, and business people with the needs of generous modern living suites. Our facilities will be fulfilling your expectations for a fine dining restaurant and spacious main pool, sauna and hot cold Jacuzzi, spa treatments, completed gym equipment and a scheduled shuttle services that are available for guests to escort them to popular Seminyak shopping arcade centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Umalas Hotel And Residence Bali/Seminyak