Location of Villa Semana is outside of Ubud. Next to the Ayan river in the middle of rice paddies. I personally like the more quiet location comparing to being in the middle of busy Ubud.
They have fantastic chef in the restaurant. Food is always fresh and delicious. It is more expensive than eating in Ubud, but I still strongly recommend to use hotel restaurant for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is included in the room price and is also delicious.
We also took a cooking class, which was great experience. Just two of us and chef preparing multiple meals.
Spa is located down at the river in very relaxing surrounding. Massages are fantastic. Strongly recommend.
All staff is super friendly and attentive. Exactly the Balinese hospitality you would want.
The only negative is the owner of the hotel (Jurg from Switzerland). He loves to come during meals, stand above your table and keep talking. He really likes to talk about himself. And most of the stories are weird. He is the type of guy who did everything and did it the best. He is an army. He is flying reconnaissance missions. He flies his own airplanes. He is car racing. He is killing snakes with his own hands. He is stopping random people on Bali and taking their car keys and later finding out they are chief of police.. omg your head will spin just listening to that.
All we wanted to enjoy the piece and quiet of Bali. We also did another mistake and took a bicycle trip with the same owner. We do not recommend this activity. We choked on motorcycle fumes riding the bikes on very busy streets. My wife didn't ride very fast on the bike and the owner didn't wait for us at the next turn. We missed that and ride for little bit more. Then stopped and hoped that owner will turn back and find us. At the end we found him, but instead of apologizing he got angry and said it was our mistake that we didn't turn left. That was a shocker for me as I would always expect that the guide cannot be showing off and ride fast and not wait for slower riders.
Well he just care repeating that it is our fault and not his. Similar things happened during the stay. One day the internet was down whole day. I told the owner about that and he argued that it is not true. Later he realized that he is using different connection (his private line) and Internet will be fixed in few minutes. It took another 5 hours and few reminders.
I think the hotel is great in general, but the owner should stop arguing and listen to guests. I feel bad, because all the employees are great. I would give 5 stars to employees and 1 star to owner.
- 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