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Villa Semana
Ranked #67 of 198 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Bengaluru, India
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“Best experience at the Villa Semana Suite!”
Reviewed 9 June 2011

Villa Semana is a picturesque boutique hotel tucked away near the Agung River in Ubud. We had booked the Paddy View Pool Villa and once we got there, we were slightly disappointed by the size of the room for the price that we paid. Another problem was that since the paddy fields were right outside our room, there was hardly any privacy with farmers cultivating the land right next to our pool. There were also repairs taking place in the villa next to ours and was therefore a bit noisy.

The next day we asked the Manager to see if we could change our villa to a quieter, more private one. She immediately upgraded us to the Semana Suite which in one word was spectacular! It had a beautiful (much larger) private pool overlooking the Agung River and the service was truly world class. The Suite had a stunning views of the river from all rooms and the bathroom was large and luxurious.

But what truly made this stay memorable was the overall quality of the Villa Semana service. Nothing was too much for them. The shuttle that took us to Ubud was prompt and very useful. Everybody from the Manager to the drivers in the shuttle were helpful and made our stay completely wonderful. All in all a great stay!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

I went with my family - wife and two teenagers. We got a duplex villa that came with a small private swimming pool. Wished we've stayed longer!
1) Fantastic resort environment. Lush greenery and very nice landscape.
2) Food at the restaurant was good. Very good selection of dishes. Staff very flexible with cooking what you want e.g. a lunch item that you want for dinner. Nice restaurant ambience. Waiters/waitresses well-trained in serving guests; attentive and alert to guest's needs.
3) Since this is a boutique hotel with only about ten villas, the resort is quiet and peaceful. I received very attentive service.
4) Free shuttle to Ubud town centre was very convenient. My family was particularly pleased with Janawan, one of the hotel drivers who was very friendly, patient and careful in his driving.
5) The two-storey villa I stayed in was roomy, well- and tastefully furnished. There was a nice private pool (abt 5m x 2m) with two deck chairs and umbrella. Bed and pillows were comfortable. Air con worked well.
6) the outdoor shower (in addition to a bath tub and shower indoor) was fun to use
7) the spa/massage was great. It was next to a river. The sound of flowing waters was soothing.
8) wi-fi internet access available although access speed and signal strength could be improved.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Melbourne Australia
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Reviewed 25 May 2011

Looking for an exceptionally managed boutique private villa in Ubud, with a focus on natural surroundings? ... then look no further than Villa Semana.

We stayed here for 2 nights in May 2011, we have been to Ubud before & enjoy coming here for a few days every time we go to Bali.. boy are we glad we decided to book this Villa! With only about 8 private villa's (private in the way that you dont hear your neighbours), it's set amongst rice fields & mountains. Immaculate grounds - not a cigarette butt in sight or thing out of place, the property is very large and filled with greenery, karp, running water features & other native flowers, An infinity pool right on the top of a mountain allows you to hear rhythmic sounds of the surrounding nature at its best; birds, wildlife a a running river, you feel like your on the edge of the world - lush green jungle-like surroundings adorn the restaurant/communal area .. We were tired from a week of festivities so decided to spend a day by the very large pool, and it was just what the doctor ordered! The staff were a pleasant surprise too - not intrusive like so many hotels & Villa's, we were left alone to enjoy our time, swim & read books, but as soon as we looked around to find someone to take our lunch order, there someone was! The food offering is great too - with a mix of western & indonesian with an emphasis on organic produce the dishes were aesthetically pleasing & enjoyable (Aparently they have over 10 chefs on the books), we were more than satisfied with the menu, i can highly recommend the Margerita's too - YUM! Breakfast was included in our room & was lovely - the local tea was the best i had tasted in Bali .. when we left we kept asking for it at all our major hotels but were not able to have anything that compared. You MUST try the sunset massage located by the river & goes for 2 hrs, but book in early .. Convenient with a shuttle service that takes you into Ubud central town, wireless that can keep you in the know, and probably the friendliest owner/operator we have ever met. We travel quite a bit, and were so impressed by Jurj - he was only there to help, gave us recommendations on places to see, tours to take & restaurants to try.. he genuinely loved his operation and was there to make you feel comfortable ... if you're trying to decide on a place to stay in Ubud, don't bother looking elsewhere, this one ticks all the boxes!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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san francisco
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Reviewed 24 May 2011

Villa Semana was our first stop in Bali and we loved it! the staff was amazingly helpful, the villas are absolutely gorgeous and the location can't be beat. If you are looking to stay in or around Ubud, I can tell you Villa Semana is the perfect spot for rest and relaxation!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Neutral Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 24 May 2011

We spent 6 days at Villa Semana enjoying seamless luxury, with our own pool overlooking the Ayung River, 15 minutes outside Ubud. Our suite was always beautifully serviced, twice a day, cool & very comfortable with spectacular river & forest outlook. Staff were caring & meticulous. The restaurant was one of the best we experienced in Ubud. Excellent fresh fruit & hot cooked breakfast, with great coffee began the day overlooking the infinity edge pool. Mine host spent time with us & other guests at meals, suggesting activities & attractions in Ubud. A friendly & regular air conditioned shuttle took us into Ubud & return when we chose. Conducted trips & walks were excellent. Free WiFi in suite was another bonus. The beauty spa was a highlight. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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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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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank nippycissy
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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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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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Villa Semana Ubud, Bali

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