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“Great hotel, great staff, beautiful surrounding, but not so customer friendly owner” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Semana
Ranked #57 of 190 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great hotel, great staff, beautiful surrounding, but not so customer friendly owner”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

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.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2014

Villa Semana is magical, beautiful and peaceful ! My friends and I had a memorable and relaxing stay in Dec. The location is ideal (short drive from Ubud) and the grounds and surroundings are stunning and beautiful. The villas are private, quiet and very comfortable with its own swimming pool. The restaurant serves excellent food with a lovely view. The staff are friendly, attentive and helpful. Everything has been meticulously and very tastefully thought through and it is obvious that nothing has been left to chance. Impeccable service, good management plus the beautiful scenery made the stay in Villa Semana truly magical !

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ubud, Indonesia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

I had the extreme good fortune of being invited to attend a party at Villa Semana recently in order to celebrate a friend's birthday. While I live in Ubud, it was the first time I had taken the opportunity to visit Villa Semana. From the moment you turn off the main road and on to the private drive way leading down to the Villa you are enveloped by the very special magic of Bali, a picture-perfect postcard view of pristine terraced rice fields, cascading river, bordering jungle, tropical birds and exotic flowers. The staff meet you at the top of the drive and lead you down the steps past koi and lotus ponds to an enclave of peace and quiet serenity. The party was held at Villa Cempaka and absolutely everything about the villa, the service and the food were absolutely perfect. The manager and staff go out of their way to ensure you have everything necessary to make your visit truly special. If you are looking for a quiet and comforting retreat from a busy and often times hectic world, look no further ... Villa Semana is an exceptional place.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ccnbali
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

I live in Ubud, and come to VS occasionally for a meal or party or just to have a drink in their riverside private pavilion. Having not been for several months, just wanted to confirm, they are still serving some of the food in hotel land here. It's a special place for a special meal, and if you are in residence, you are even luckier. Staff is routinely great, and the manager/host is unfailingly entertaining....there is a resident cat who also makes things special. highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PeregrinMundi
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

Villa Semana was incredible. There are not enough words to express the warmth, luxury, and peacefulness of this beautifully situated place. From the very beginning, we were treated like royalty. Bali has a reputation for offering wonderful service, and we cannot say enough about the staff at Villa Semana. The views of the rice patties were vast and breathtaking. Having the nearby sounds of the river added a nice ambiance to every moment. It was slightly more pricey than other options, but every cent was very well spent. Breakfast included in the price every day. Air-conditioning available. Staff cleaned the room twice per day! There is a free shuttle that runs to central Ubud that runs multiple times a day that makes it very simple to get to town. It was a lodging experience we will never forget and would recommend it whole-heartedly to anyone.

Room Tip: Cempaka suite where we stayed was breathtaking.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John L
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Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

On an island of outstanding accommodation, Villa Semana stands out. Set beside a perfect little valley of unspoiled rice fields, its private villas are havens of beauty and tranquility, A group of friends recently celebrated a special birthday at Villa Cempaka, which is set in lovely gardens between a river and a wall of jungle. Even after over a decade in Bali, I've rarely experienced such a magical ambience and the food was exquisite. I highly recommend it as a venue for a stay or a special event.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Florianopolis, SC
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

My husband and I recently spent 7 nights at Villa Semana celebrating our 27th Wedding Anniversary. Upon entry to our villa, I declared "I want to live here!" The villa was romantic, peaceful and tastefully decorated with all that the Balinese are renown for. The bed was super comfortable, the outdoor shower with the sounds of the jungle and nearby river made us feel at one with nature, and the private plunge pool a welcome treat from the heat and humidity. We were treated to tropical fruits every morning and a sweet surprise every night. The in house restaurant served both local and western food and the quality and presentation was amazing. Most deserving of recognition was the quality of service that is provided by the staff. They were efficient, polite and even came to know how we take our coffee in the morning! Nothing was too much trouble with tours organised at a moments notice and room service in a flash. I would recommend the spa experience as a must for anyone staying at Villa Semana. The experience took me to heaven and I floated for a long time after. These skilled ladies know how to massage all your worries away and leave you feeling so relaxed without a care in the world.I would thoroughly recommend Villa Semana as a place for complete relaxation Balinese style. Thank you to all the staff for a truly memorable experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JamaleHoiAn
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Property: Villa Semana
Address: Banjar Semana, Desa Singakerta, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
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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
#45 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#51 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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