My Husband and I just returned from our Honeymoon in Bali. We chose to stay all 7 days at the Villa Semana. After reading all the reviews on Tripadvisor, and carefully studying all the villa layout on the website we decided we would want to stay at the Melati.
( All Villas have names and they are actually named after a flower. Melati is Jasmine)
We informed the Hotel while making our booking that we preferred to stay at the Melati. But due to previous bookings, our stay was split between the Melati and the Alamanda. We didn't mind it as we got to experience both.
If I had to chose which one I liked better I would go for the Almanada.
Our package included, Daily Breakfast, One Romantic Candlelight Dinner and a 3 Hour Spa Treatment, Free Airport Transfers, Complimentary bottle of Wine.
Let's start with all the good stuff.
The Alamanda is better for honeymooners, for the privacy. The pool is bigger too. I agree with one of the other reviewers about the pressure on the shower placed inside the bathroom. It was rather strong and it made the bathroom wet. Loved the outside shower. Though every now and then I'd look around for a Lizard.
The room was big. The bed was high, and at night during turn down they would cover it with the mosquito nets.
I loved the snake fruit that they would place in the fruit basket everyday. I was pleased that they didn't place the usual apples and bananas only. They kept the snake fruit, passion fruit, tangerine and bananas.
At turn down they would place, cookies, chocolates or banana bread/cake. We loved the banana bread.
The Melati on the other hand has a completely different room layout. The living area and the bedroom are separate. The bedroom is pretty cozy, so if you have more than one bag it can get pretty stuffed. The bathroom is much much bigger.
The pool is smaller, and you can jump right out onto the paddy field from your room. Skinny dipping in your private pool at the Melati may not be a good idea and a farmer may occasionally pop up and walk by the villa. Where as at the Alamanda the pool is covered.
There's a very small Koi/Lotus pond right outside in the living area. So there tend to be a couple frogs (2-3 at least) in the living area at night.
Since the living area is open, the frogs from the paddy fields or the occasional gecko will find their way into your villa. Oh and not forgetting the Lizards too. I pretty much stayed in the bedroom at night.
All staff are really really helpful and sweet at Villa Semana. Everyone's really eager to help and make your stay as comfortable as possible. At the Melati I happened to notice the water heater leaking which explained the lack of Hot Water when I would shower the previous night. When we informed one of the staff, they acted promptly and the heater was replaced by the time we got back from our tour that day.
The food was excellent too. Our favourites, the Beef Rendang, Pork Mince Patties and you must not miss Khao Mao Taort ( Banana dipped in Jaggery and Sesame seeds and then deep fried with ice cream). That is the best dessert they have.
Breakfast was good and filling. on the night of our Candlelight Dinner, it rained hence we ate at the restaurant. We didn't really mind it that much at there was plenty of light and not many people either. The food was really yumm and served with lots of love and enthusiasm.
The spa was excellent. Our 3 hour spa treatment included a Body scrub, a Flower Bath with snacks, a massage and a facial. We loved it. It was so relaxing and the sound of the river in the background just made it better.
The Shuttle service is a huge blessing and they are always so prompt to pick you from the Ubud Town. They would arrive right on time, on the dot.
We did have a couple power outages on the first day but it didn't really bother us and the generator would kick in immediately (at least we think its the generator)
Now for the few complaints...
There's not too many actually, and most of them may actually be just me.
I wasn't a fan of the pillows. They were too fat and big and while my husband just loved that, it made my nights pretty uncomfortable.
It would get a little warm in the room at night, even with the A/C and the fan on.
The Mattresses were so soft and made me sink right in which gave me a bit of a backache.
The pool water was too cold for me. We couldn't stay in more than 10-15min, and hence couldn't enjoy the pool as much as we would've liked.
Overall we loved our stay at the Villa Semana. The location is fantastic. The place is so quiet, you hardly get to see any of the other guests. It's perfect for a private, romantic, Relaxing Holiday.
- 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