There are boutique hotels and there are boutique hotels.. This is the place that does it for me. Its close to Ubud town (15mins drive) but defnitely away from it all. I love the fact the place is small and intimate. Staff are friendly and the owner/manager is engaging. You will never tire of the views from Semana as well-from the working padi fields to the Ayung River, everything about it has a calming but yet engaging charm.
There are a few different types of villas, all come with a private pluge pool. Styled in more traditional Balinese style without being overwhelming, when you wake up you know you are in Bali. Each villa offers a different view and its own lovely experience, but the Semana spa will essentially blow your mind away. When you walk right down to the river's edge, that's where you get your massage done. You will only hear the running water and look on to the flowing river; its so rare to find a place that gets you so close to nature and then you realise why they call Bali the Isle of the Gods. The Balinese have it good, and they know it.
The food at the Villa Semana restaurant is excellent-the restaurant looks over the main infinity pool and it very romantic in the evenings. Serivce is attentive but not invasive. Most important is that the staff try their best to give you what you ask for.
Then there are the cigars-Villa Semana has recently added a small but very good collection of Habanos in a very elegant display humidor. My best time spent in Semana were the afternoon coffees with a good Cuban cigar. Almost as good as smoking in Cuba itself!
This place's no children policy works wonders too-no screaming kids to annoy the crap out of everyone.
So if you're heading to Bali and want to have a taste of the real charm of Ubud, recharge those worn batteries, get a fantastic massage and have a real Cuban cigar thereafter-Villa Semana is it.
- 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