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“Exhilaratingly Memorable”
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Villa Semana
Ranked #71 of 196 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Exhilaratingly Memorable”
Reviewed 19 May 2011

this was not our 1st trip to bali but definitely the most memorable. Villa Semana Resort has only 10 villas, each with individual swim. pool. IT IS SO EXCLUSIVE and PRIVATE. no reception area. but the entrance is just next to a terraced padi field where you will find farmers working happily and chatting away. the resort's restaurant faces the Common Inifinity Pool which seems to flow down to the Stream and forested area some 2 storeys down. the place is so serene and peaceful, we did not even want to spoil it with our MP3 or even talking too much. our fav spot was the pavillion perched next to the stream with the sound of flowing water and occasional laughters of children bathing or trekking nearby. we are a singapore couple married 35 years and the Semana Villa experience really made us re-commit ourselves that WE CAN STILL BE ALONE TOGETHER, AFTERALL. the resort's staff of over 50 were so well-trained and they know how to respect privacy and know when to provide top-attention service. when we asked for shuttle service to restaurants, the staff even took initiative to make reservations for us. the driver phoned 1 off-duty colleague to buy for me some local products and it was ready the next day at breakfast. one more thing - for just 10 villas, they even have 24-hour Room Service. we were initially skeptical about staying in UBUD, but we will definitely be back and surely recommend couples who just want to be with each other. oh ya, and the Semana Harmony massage package - it is so romantic for the couple - no one should miss it !

Room Tip: all villas hv PRIVATE pools, no need for views !
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 18 May 2011

We recently spent a week at Villa Semana and our stay was perfect. We arrived under pouring rain but were nevertheless welcomed with a smile and taken to our villa, where a member of the staff explained to us arrangements and amenities of our accommodation.
The following day, due to the rain we had a problem of water liking from the roof of our villa. Without any fuss we were moved to the adjacent one, with many apologies and a complementary bottle of wine.
The villa itself is a lovely building, with a living room, a private pool, a bedroom and a spacious bathroom. There is also a large pool, for all the guests, situated in the restaurant area. It is positioned strategically, with view on the river. The spa is on the river bank. The whole complex in surrounded by gardens and ponds and located among rice fields, some 15 minutes by car from Ubud.
There is a regular shuttle service to Ubud, so one should not fear to feel isolated. In fact, the atmosphere is very relaxed and perfect for those who want to detach completely from their daily life. There is no TV, which I particularly liked, but good CDs are provided. One can also listen to the sounds of nature, such as birds, crickets and frog – and it is a pleasure to listen to the real thing and not to a recording of the original sound.
We enjoyed breakfast and few lunches and dinners at the Villa and the restaurant service was very good. We also had a few treatments at the spa and they were truly enjoyable. Lastly, I must mention the professionalism, exquisite kindness and attentiveness of all members of staff who truly made us feel at home and made this holiday one of the best I ever had.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bengaluru, India
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2011

We saw the website. We checked out the reviews. But nothing matched up to being there in person. Absolutely fabulous property with sweeping views of paddy fields and the river. Right up there among the best locations.

Excellent service from Jurgen and his team. This is a place you know they've paid attention to the smaller details.

Definitely recommend it to anyone! It was the perfect honeymoon!

Vinita & Kunal
India

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Salt Spring Island, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 15 May 2011

Quiet property. Good restaurant. Attentive staff.

Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2011

Rated as the top ten best location for honeymoon and indeed, we were truly impressed.

Staff were friendly, ensuring guests are well taken care of yet not disturbed. It's unlike the usual greetings for the sake of doing so; staff truly wants to make the stay enjoyable, especially the folks working by the poolside restaurant.

We received a surprise birthday celebration and we were truly touched as it was really unexpected. It was also nice of that the rest of the staff remembers and gave well wishes the following day while we were having breakfast.

Notably, the owner is a very friendly guy who chats up with the villa guests, providing recommendations for what to do, see or eat at Ubud; something I thought was nice and made the stay a lot more welcoming, and planning day trips a lot easier.

Something worth mentioning is how effective the staff cleans up the villa twice a day and turns it over to prepare for the day, and another time for the night, all while you are having breakfast, or while you are out and back in the villa in the evening/ night. However, the open living room felt a little dusty that can be improved with daily vacuuming during the clean up.

Food is fantastic! Nasi Goreng and Mee Goreng are great! I came from a city famed for Asian food but I have never tasted something close to what is provided in Villa Semana. Other recommendations are soto ayam, ayam talawang and the grilled fish, all of which we enjoyed a lot. The driver recommended bubur ayam which we missed but thought it's worth mentioning here. Although price is on the high side but we felt it was worth it. We spent two nights out for dinner in restaurants highly recommended by guide books but they weren't as great as that in Villa Semana.

The 3hr spa is highly recommended and is truly an experience. It is set against the river, trees, villagers bathing/ washing clothes by the river that completes the whole experience.

The villa location is about 15 minutes away, but there are regular pickup and drop off services, very much similar to many other villas/ hotels seen at the same drop off location. This 15 minutes provided a location right in the heart of a village embedded in a true Indonesian environment with first class service.

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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 May 2011

I recently visited Villa Semana with my wife after staying in 2 other 4 star Bali properties.
This resort is something special when it comes to providing a place for a complete break in a magnificent location and being treated as a special guest by all the staff.
There are only about 10 villas and the private pool villas are excellent in terms of atmosphere and comfort.

Room Tip: splurge on the private pool villa
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Claremont, Australia
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

My Wife and I chose Villa Semana purely on price. After our wedding in a private villa in Canggu we wanted to explore the cultural heart land of Bali. We choose the honeymoon package and it lived up to everything we needed after partying with a lot of our guests for the week leading up to our wedding day. We were picked up from our Villa in Canggu by a very pleasant driver and offered any cool drink we required. When we arrived at the Villa the friendly staff explained everything that we needed to know about the Villa including transport times and when we wanted to book in our 3 hour pampering session and 5 course honeymoon meal included in the package. The service was impeccable, the meals were amazing and the transport service was everything they explained when we arrived, which was leaving on the half hour from the villa and picking up on the hour in Ubud. All you needed to do was give them 15 mins notice and you were away, and then arrange a time with the driver that he would pick up up later in the day/night. There wasn't cars just leaving on this times they just wanted you to book these times to keep them structured for all the guests. For the price you pay the room and the location was amazing. However, the 3 hour pampering session, the service and honeymoon meal was by far worth the cost alone. They truly went above and beyond. (3hr pampering session - foot massage, full body massage, full body scrub, rose petal bath with juice and snacks, another full body massage and facial.) There was renovations going on while we were there but we only noticed as we walked past. Not once did it effect our time at the villa nor did we ever hear anything. There was even a note in our room saying that if we ever heard anything to let them know and they would stop immediately. We never contacted them. I did read a negative report before I wrote this one, someone who looks like they were staying in the Villa the week before us. She was definitely staying in the wrong place. While you are in paradise do you want to be watching television? We never once had a problem with transport. She obviously didn't take note when she was explained the times. Not everything is for everybody but this was exactly what we needed to start our married life together. Thank you to all the staff at the Villa. You were all amazing and the setting was majestic...

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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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
#54 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#61 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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