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The Sungu Resort & Spa
Ranked #103 of 195 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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“Great value for the money”
Reviewed 28 February 2013

Stayed at the Sungu Resort & Spa for 2 nights just two days ago. I have stayed at Amandari in the past. In my opnion, the standards at Sungu are almost the same as at Amandari but at about 1/7th of the price. Great value for the money. Staff service very caring; a car and driver was always available (and complimentary) when we wanted to drive to central Ubud. The location is great--only a few minutes away from town close to The Bridge Restaurant. The hotel changed management to its current one just about one month ago and they are making some upgrade changes. However I could not find fault with anything at this resort and look forward to my next visit.

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Reviewed 4 January 2013

We stayed 4 nights at the Waka Namya late December just as it was being rebranded (the 'Sungud' if I remember correctly). This is a hotel I would highly recommend because of its extremely friendly and helpful staff. Although the hotel is not 5 star rated, the staff's attitude certainly make you feel like it is. Moreover, the hotel in itself is charming (set in a beautiful balinese garden with a great large pool), even if a bit old (and undergoing some refurbishing at the moment). Rooms are spacious, well decorated and with huge outdoors bathrooms. The location is good too - just a 5min drive into central Ubud. And, the hotel provides a free shuttle service to drive you anywhere in town, and pick you up from anywhere as well. All in all great value and wouldn't hesitate to recommend!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

We stayed here (mature couple) for 8 nights in October. The staff were extremely welcoming and friendly throughout our stay. Room was kept clean and bed turned down every night (mozzie nets on the bed too). We had a Lanai room, which was very spacious. We also had access to the smaller pool as it was low season.
The bathroom, although large, was a rather strange design. The shower was in the open, which was lovely, although the pebbles were a bit unstable to walk over. To get to the shower, you had to walk through the toilet, even though the most direct way was from the bathroom but there was only a skinny tiled area behind the the bathtub to do this.
We had our breakfast served on our patio as the stairs to the dining room were a bit much for me to handle on a regular basis (knee replacement). Breakfast was lovely and the service was excellent.
There was a shuttle available whenever you wanted to take you into central Ubud or to any restaurant, as well as pick you up (finishes at 10pm). It was only a 15 minute walk into Ubud, but there are no footpaths on the windy, hilly road. I walked it once (uphill) and my husband did it a few times but not worth the risk at night time. Anyway, it only costs 40,000 rupiah if you need to get a taxi and they are plentiful in Ubud.
Take advantage of the free ride and admission to the Rudana museum, owned by the director (I think) of Waka Namya. My favourite though, would have to be the Blanco Museum, just down the hill, then up the hill, from Waka Namaya.
There are several little massage spa's and art shops around the hotel. I bought 3 paintings and had several massages. The massages at the hotel are ridiculously overpriced, about $75 US per hour. You do get a complimentary 30 minute massage and it is absolutely wonderful, however, they have priced themselves out of the market, which is a shame for the girls who give the massages as they are excellent.
My only complaint about this place would have to be the toilet paper! I know, sounds like a ridiculous thing to complain about but this stuff just disintegrated as soon as it came within a hint of moisture. We ended up buying some from a little shop down the road.
Nonetheless, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Waka Namya and would definitely recommend to others, particularly if you don't like the big resorts. This is a small and personal hotel

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

The hotel was incredible. It was intimate, full of character, comfortable, great facilities (2 sml pools and an excellent spa), location close enough to town you can walk (but there are also free shuttles whenever you want dropped off/picked up) and the friendliest staff. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel special. We arrived very late (after the kitchens had closed) but they still rustled up something to eat for us. We went on the free rice field walk in the morning which was informative and the hotel organised a couple of other trips for us too. The bungalow we stayed in, with sunken bath and outdoor shower was lovely, with great big canopied comfy bed. This was an ideal part of our honeymoon we very much enjoyed.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

With our family with young kids we have stayed in this very pleasant small resort for 3 nights. We felt at home immediately after check in. It is a very quiet place and very pleasant designed. The staff is very friendly and helpful and a few excursions (f.e. risefield walking, visit to art museum) are organised for free. The breakfast is too limited and the rooms or houses don not have wifi, which is quite rare nowadays. The bathrooms could have some modernisation. There is a free shuttle service for around. The free afternoon tea with small snack is also very pleasant. We will not hesitate to recommend this place to others and understand from the hotel management that necessary modernisation will take place the coming months.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We enjoyed Waka Namya and were very happy with our choice to stay here for 5 nights. This was our first trip to Ubud so we can't really compare value for money against other hotels here.

The two pools are both small but pretty. The rooms are located very close to the pools but this did not cause us any problems during our stay. The open-air shower section of the bathroom is huge, and there is no wall between this and the rest of the bathroom so the whole area has a really cool, open feel to it. I worked up a lovely tan on my buttocks whilst in the shower! My oh my what an experience.

Breakfast is served in the upstairs dining room which is decorated with local paintings.

No TV!! Much appreciated.

We asked to have a bath run for us in our room, and prepared with flowers, scented oil, candles, etc. This was not on the spa menu but the staff understood what we were looking for and said they would have it ready for 7:30 when we returned from the day's activities. We were asked if we would like the bath "like honeymoon?" so we agreed "yes, like honeymoon, but not actually honeymoon". Not sure whether this message was fully understood as when we arrived back at the room there was a cake on the bed (which we had not asked for nor had it been mentioned by staff) with HONEYMOON written in icing. Quite humourous, The bath itself was great, surrounded by heaps of candles and frangipani petals everywhere. We should have asked them to make it a warm bath though. Oh well, next time. They went to a lot of effort and didn't charge us for any of it so we were very impressed overall.

Location is good, removed from the Ubud centre which can get pretty busy but still a short walk or very short free shuttle trip to pretty much anywhere in town. Morning walk through the adjacent rice paddies was very scenic, hosted free by the hotel. Some very nice, very cheap restaurants on the same street, and a massage/spa place called Cantika ("chantika") down a little path through the rice paddies only 2 minutes from the hotel which is really worth checking out. All natural, organic products.

Our only criticism of Waka Namya was that the whole place seemed a little bit run-down (except for the bedrooms) but from what I have heard this is pretty standard for these hotels and you get used to is readily enough.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

Stayed four nights and loved our little 'home away from home'. Friendly staff, beautiful decor and grounds and nothing too much trouble (even our delayed flight causing us to require a driver late at night - arrived finally at 1am). Excursions we organised through reception were so much fun - excellent affiliates. Breakfast always delicious and lots of choice. You can always pay less for accommodation but you get what you pay for! Spa services are great, pool lovely place to hang out and though they'll shuttle you to town it really isn't that far to stroll with interesting shops on the way. Their sister Ubud hotel, Waka de Ume is also highly recommended.

Room Tip: All are placed around a pool/garden ...each a sanctuary...I doubt any one is better than any other...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Sungu Resort & Spa

Property: The Sungu Resort & Spa
Address: Jl. Raya Penestanan (Jl. Campuhan 1), Ubud 80571, Indonesia (Formerly Waka Namya Resort & Spa)
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#36 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#85 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Sungu Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Next Antonio Blanco Museum. With choices of accommodations in Ubud: villas, private villas, resorts and hotels, the Sungu Resort & Spa is no new player. Formerly known as Waka Namya Resort & Spa Ubud, this hotel and resort has re-invented itself, and therefore upgraded many of its services and facilities to cater for its guests - the satisfied repeaters and the new ones seeking an alternatives of Ubud Resort or Ubud Hotel. Come and stay with us - Be a part of supreme, serene and sacred experiences.The Sungu Resort - the haven on the hill, within walking distance to the famed Antonio Blanco Museum, is nearby the artist village of Penestanan and is a short drive from the Rudana Gallery, many Ubud Art Museums & Cultural Centre and the downtown of Ubud. The Sungu Resort is serene and relaxing with welcoming friendly staff and management team who are always at your service. The Renovation has been done properly, To be in full operation on 1 July 2013, the resort is keen to await your stay with us with a full rejuvenating spa programs, children programs and creative art programs. Relax, rejuvenate, and rediscover yourself in a newly refurbished Resort, The Sungu Resort. This newly reborn Resort, formerly known as Waka Namya Resort, boosts new improved facilities such as New Duplex Villa Sungu ideal for 2 Adults and 3 Children. Another addition is the 2 Bed Room- Pool Villa Sungu also ideal for 2 Adults and 3 children. 2 Bed Room - Pool Villa SunguThis is a two storey-traditional Balinese style villa with amenities such as top floor is a big sofa bed in the queen size bedroom with, TV cable for kids, air conditioning. And in down stairs find a queen size bedroom, shared huge bathroom, open shower, bathtub with complete amenities such as a hairdryer, large fridge, mini bar and a telephone. This Balinese room is decorated with local art work, whilst in the outside terrace you can find a private swimming pool, beautiful tropical garden, ideal for 2 adults and 3 children; or, if you would prefer, 4 adults maximum. 2 Bed Room - Pool Villa Sungu is an excellent choice for your family. Each of the villas has an outdoor swimming pool decorated with green stone - a true wonderful appeal for a swim for adults and children. Have a swim and regain your stamina and wellness with the healthy sea salt treated pool. The Sungu Resort - Unique place to stay - feels like home ... more   less 
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