My husband and I spent 5 days at Villa Semana in May, our first trip to Bali. Prior to checking in at Villa Semana we stayed at another hotel villa of similar size located in Seminyak. I cannot begin to tell you how unhappy I was with the Seminyak area, even though our villa was quite nice. Still trying to figure out why so many want to stay there. The beaches are not great, the traffic is horrible, and you really feel know you are in a third world country. Not my idea of a dream vacation, nor was it the image I had in my mind of Bali. Our vacation was for almost 3 weeks and I felt like I had made a horrible decision to spend this much time in Bali.
However the minute our driver pulled into the beautiful Villa Semana property my heart lifted. The setting is stunning, right on the Ayung river. Our villa had a view of the rice paddies, the river and gardens. It was lovely. The staff is absolutely exceptional in every way, from the adorable young man who checked us into our room, to the efficient, always smiling dining room staff ("Ani" is so sweet and Sukarma is a character), to the drivers. All are better than any staff at the Four Seasons, Aman resorts or anywhere else. The owner seems to be a tough guy to work for as he demands perfection, but it does pay off. The hotel and grounds are absolutely pristine. The food in the dining room is outstanding and it's as good as any we had in Ubud. (Especially the Thai selections). Breakfast is amazing, you can order almost anything. The shuttle to Ubud runs quite often and it's only a 15 minute trip. Loved staying outside of town for the peace, quite, and the natural beauty. (The hotel is in the Sayan area outside Ubud). We had spa treatments every other day. Don't miss the spa! The ladies there are also very well trained and you will not experience a more delightful setting. The massage beds are just above the river. There is a waterfall you can see and hear from the massage area , and sometimes you see Balinese washing and swimming in the river from the spa. We also saw this daily life on the river from our room-just fascinating.
This is the real Bali in our opinion. Vila Semana will not disappoint unless you want non-stop nightlife, crowds, and noise. It is also a great value.
- 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