My husband and I have done Bali a few times before this stay at Villa Semana. I would give them all back and stay at this hotel instead of any of the large resorts.
We arrived to the airport in Bali, which can be a zoo if you don't know what to expect, our driver had a clear sign with my husband's name and immediately took the bags. We knew we needed a driver because the hotel is about an hour drive from the airport. We didn't worry about that because it was a pleasant drive through the heart of Bali and we were immediately offered beverages. Our driver was friendly and gave small facts along the way.
Upon arriving we were shown to our villa, Katalina, it was set up beautifully with helpful staff inside to show us around and get our itinerary in order of what we wanted to do. The villa was neat, clean, and anything you needed waiting for you inside (bug spray is a must for anywhere in Bali!). There was an outdoor shower and the spacious outdoor living area was great for relaxing with a cocktail (I suggest having them make a mojito! It was so fresh and made perfectly!) I was so impressed by the staff. Any request that was made (food, wine, driver, spa) was taken care of immediately.
The first night my husband set up a spa package for the two of us and a candlelit dinner by the pool overlooking the river. The spa was absolutely amazing. We both had massages outside (located below the resort along the river), A scrub, and a floral bath. The floral bath was unlike anything I've ever experienced. A bottle of champagne, fresh fruit, and snacks were waiting for us next to the bath. It was the most romantic setting with the sunsetting and you're completely alone with your partner/spouse. You have absolute privacy! It felt like a dream. There was no rush to get us out of the bath.
The candlelit dinner was fantastic. I had no idea but my husband had been in communication with the staff before we arrived to make these plans. They had prepared a meal special for us with the freshest ingredients. I was beyond impressed with the food and the chef had prepared this meal just for us. There are numerous fantastic restaurants in Bali but after this we decided to do it all over again the next night with a special menu, again for us. It made us feel like we were important to them and it's much appreciated!
The owner was around meeting any guest that was there and making sure their needs were taken care of. He gave us great recommendations on shopping, food, and places to see. Made sure our driver was ready and taking the right route to avoid any of the traffic. We had great conversations with him since he travels back and forth to Singapore and even had some recommendations for us there that we haven't tried!
All in all it was a great two night get away for us and we can't wait to go back. The staff and the way they make it personal for each guest is the best part.... really makes this little paradise special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Semana & Spa is a hidden treasure deep in the Ubud area of Bali. It is located 7km or 15 minutes drive by our free scheduled shuttle service everyday. Villa Semana & Spa consists of 10 private pool villas each with unique views of the Ayung River tributaries. Your home away from home offers 180-degrees views of stunning valleys and rice fields that make choosing Ubud an easy decision. Be part of nature and experience total relaxation in the lotus pond bath with sound of near by waterfall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Semana Hotel Ubud
- Villa Semana Ubud, Bali