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“An absolute GEM!”
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Villa Semana
Ranked #67 of 195 Hotels in Ubud
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Singapore, Singapore
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“An absolute GEM!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2011

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.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2011

Villa Semana was one of the first stops on our honeymoon.

Absolutely fantastic in every respect. First class service all the way at a reasonable rate.

The views from the restaurant and pool area are unbelivable, with the Agung river and wild looking rainforest / jungle right at your doorstep.

The spa / massage treatments are a must.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2011

It's a charming boutique resort with only 10 villas set between rice paddy fields and the Ayung River. Service is brisk and attentive from the well trained staff. The villas are comfortable, and upgrading work will no doubt confer on its future guests with the necessary mod-cons. F & B service is good. It's a bit further from Ubud centre but its location is truly unrivalled with magnificent views of rice paddy and the river, literally at its doorstep. Landscaping within the villas is gorgeous and serene. If you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of the world, this is the place to go to and escape. The resort is about 10 years old, its age shows on its facade but peel beneath all that and you will discover a truly gorgeous gem tucked away in traditional and tranquil Ubud. The owner is investing in upgrading works, which is on-going, and this will surely elevate Villa Semana to a level comparable to the new properties in Ubud.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2011

The staff were always friendly and couldn't do enough for us. The rooms were decorated beautifully and always clean. The food was amazing. The villas are away from traffic noise and it is so peaceful, all you can hear is the sound of the Ayung river. Have never felt so relaxed after a holiday.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2011

Our stay at villa Semana was everything we wanted, secluded, quiet, scenic with wonderful staff and great food.
Having first been to Bali in the early 70's and ten times since, we are always looking for
accomodation away from the tourists and traffic, and here we found it.
Well placed among the rice fields and the Ayung river and just off the beaten roads to Ubud is Villa Semana.
The rooms were well serviced twice a day, the restaurant food was marvellous (thanks to Chef Alit) and the staff discrete, prompt and friendly.

Room Tip: all rooms viewed were great
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2011

These villas are amazing, The pool is stunning. The atmosphere so relaxed. the staff incredibly friendly. I have honestly never stayed anywhere as amazing. I thoroughly recommend this for any couple looking to relax, enjoy each others company and bask in the delight that is Ubud.

Not a place for families, making it so much more relaxing for those looking for some quiet time.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely.
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Manila, Phils
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2011

We arrived in Bali on the eve of Nyepi (Balinese New Year and Day of Silence). We were prepared for a boring time the following day since people are not allowed on the streets during Nyepi. We were wrong! It was a delight spending the whole day at Villa Semana - marvelous view, super fresh air and delicious food. Our villa was a sweet spot and our spa experience really divine. Jurg, the resort's amiable owner, entertained us with many interesting and funny stories. Anyone staying at the resort should plan on spending a day enjoying its environs and spa.

The staff are friendly and yet discreet. Janawan, the resort's driver who drove us around Bali was fluent in English and taught us so much about Balinese culture and family life. He was very patient and obliged our little whims, like going a bit out of the way for gelato or driving by Ketut Liyer's place.

We come from a country with beautiful beaches so we really chose to experience Bali's culture rather than its beaches. Villa Semana, with its proximity to art galleries, woodcarving workshops and dance performance venues, was a perfect choice for us.

One thing that can be improved is the quality of the mattress and pillows. They're comfortable enough but not yet 5-star hotel quality.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Suter_Singapore_Bali, Owner at Villa Semana, responded to this review, 15 March 2011
Thank you very much for your kind and constructive comments.
We much appreciate that you enjoyed your stay - especially over Nyepi.
And we have taken your suggestion for a mattress-topper at heart - already we offer the optional softener to our guests - anything to make the stay more comfortable and enjoyable.

Thus looking forward to having your and your friends back soon.
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Additional Information about Villa Semana

Property: Villa Semana
Address: Banjar Semana, Desa Singakerta, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#15 Family Hotel in Ubud
#50 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#58 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Semana 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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