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“As close to paradise as you can get!!”
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Villa Sarna Ubud
Ranked #135 of 199 Hotels in Ubud
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Deer Park, New York
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“As close to paradise as you can get!!”
Reviewed 30 September 2010

Ok so i was really excited to go to Bali - its alway been one of my fantasy destinations. Too many times i have been disappointed when i finally got to a place i had been looking forward to. Well not Villa Sarna - no disappointment at all !! Pure elation and joy.
This stunning little resort is tucked away in the middle of the hills Ubud amidst the magnificent a green lush forest. When you arrive you are greeted by smiling faces and a totally cool dog named Whiskey (who sat with me each morning as i relaxed outside my villa soaking up the atmosphere). The rooms are mostly individual villas with spacious and modern bathrooms. They have a delightful little pool area befitting the surroundings. Getting served fresh fruit and home cooked breakfast each morning while sitting on a balcony overlooking paradise was about as good as it gets to start your day. The staff is
friendly and totally willing to do whatever necessary to make your stay awesome. They make it easy to take any kind of tour or day trip you like and the island is chock full.
Also access is easy to town of Ubud which is fun and charming. I cant wait to go back!!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

If Paradise was to have another name, im pretty sure Villa Sarna is it.

The peaceful private and beautiful surroundings truly put you in to holiday mode.

In Bali people and Hotel staff usually are polite, helpful and friendly without saying. but at Villa Sarna they take Helpfulness and Friendliness to a whole new level.

Everything is a phonecall away. If its a snack, drink or full meal all you have to do is ask. And the prices are low, and quality high! If you need a massage, book one in, at your room or poolside.

Villa Sarna only having 7 rooms for rent, also makes you feel like you are there on your own. It has beautiful homely feel, having also been a private residence before becoming a resort. And to Top it of, the Resort Dog "Whiskey", will turn any cat or non dog lover into considering owning a dog. I know i am. :)

As far as Rooms go, there is something for everyone. In our stay we managed to try out two different rooms, and both gave us something different, yet something in common.. Full privacy and Contentment!

Villa Sarna is approximately 30-40minute drive to central Ubud, and here is the best part! They have designated shuttle busses for clients, that leave every 2hours. The plus side is that you can always arrange a desired time to leave and get picked up. Anywhere and Anytime! And the Drivers are more than happy to show you around, and give you excellent tips for day trips and eatery. The times we were recommended we were not let down! They seem to know what you want! ;)

From the get go, booking with Villa Sarna was a pleasure. Sahiba Sarna, daughter to the Owner Mr. Sarna, was very kind and easy to communicate with via email prior to our booking. Arriving to the Villas was no let down, Straight of the plane before the sometimes hour long visa queues in the airport, we were greeted by a friendly staff member who swiftly got our visas arranged, and found us the Designated villa Driver. Off course this kind of service cost a little bit extra, but as a 5 time Bali visitor this was money well spent!

Too sum it up, i truly recommend and will be recommending Villa Sarna to my friends, family and fellow peers. And ultimately will be coming back!

The only downside to having stayed here, is that nothing really measures up to the service, surroundings and hospitality that Villa Sarna has to offer.

So thank you! And hopefully we will see you sooner than later.

All the best,

Chris and Kristin Ebeling

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Villasarna, Owner at Villa Sarna Ubud, responded to this review, 1 October 2010
Thank you very much for your extremely wonderful review of our property. Words cannot describe how much joy we feel when we get to read about the amazing experiences guests have at Villa Sarna. I just wanted to take a moment to clarify what was written regarding the time it takes to get from our Villa to the Ubud City Center. The most direct route to the Ubud Center only takes approximately 15-20 minutes. However, for those guests that are not pressed for time and want to see the beauty of surrounding villages of Ubud, we ask if they would like to the beautiful "scenic" route into town. This route ventures through the picturesque rice paddies and deep, lush valleys of the Ubud Village; truly a sight to see. This route takes a little longer, but many guests prefer it and hence the extra 10 or so minutes of travel time. But, we always ask guests which route they would like to take and we will always be at their service. Again, I would like to thank everybody for reading these reviews and management responses, and we look forward to having you stay with us.
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Reviewed 26 September 2010

Villa sarna is located about 20 minutes from ubud. Overall we enjoyed our stay in villa sarna very much. It has very beautiful views on jungle and rice terraces. Rooms are spacy and have excellent facilities. (TV, Minibar, Big - indoor!- shower ..). And also the breakfast in the morning is really good! The views from terace is terrific and though the choice of breakfast is limited and the qualit is very good.

Some things which did not work 100% during our stay:
- Whiskey - the very lovely dog from the hotel- seems to take a bath in the hotel pool once in a while, which we didnt love too much.
- We had the feeling that the drivers were trying to sell us tours all the time. They were very friendly in the beginning and offering us tours but became quiet when realizing that we couldnt do tours as my girlfriend had a cold. Finally we did a tour with the driver but got very few background information and were also made to visit some shops where the driver aparantly was expecting some commision. This experience in the end was a bit disspointing as it partialy disilusioned us from the great family atmosphere we felt during the rest of our
stay.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Villasarna, Owner at Villa Sarna Ubud, responded to this review, 30 September 2010
We at Villa Sarna really appreciate the wonderful review that has been written here. It really means a great deal to us when guests have a wonderful time in the familial atmosphere that we strive to create. We do apologize for the factors that affected your stay, and we are quite upset that your experience wasn't absolutely perfect.

Whiskey, our resident Golden Retriever, truly is a gem of a dog and almost all guests seem to concur. We can assure you that Whiskey does not take baths in the pool and it is absolutely not a regular occurrence at all. Whiskey is extremely docile and well trained. The only time that Whiskey actually jumps into the pool is when guests constantly tell him to jump in the pool, as many of them love the sight of him in the water. As I said earlier, Whiskey takes suggestions very easily and is never one to disappoint! Again, we can assure all guests that at all other times, Whiskey absolutely does not go into the pool unless prodded by guests.

With regard to drivers trying to solicit tours and take you to places where they gain commission, we are completely in shock. The drivers are absolutely not supposed to do this, and by no means were these actions under the instruction of me or Villa Sarna management. This was completely done by the individual driver, and we had absolutely no knowledge of this. We are frankly extremely embarrassed by this and we want to give you and all guests our sincerest apologies. We wish this had been brought to our attention during the stay, as we would have stopped it right there and then. As soon as I heard this, I immediately took charge and order has been restored. We assure you this nonsense will never happen again from my employees, and if it ever does and the management is notified of it, we guarantee to all guests that we will not charge any money for your tour for the entire day. That's how positive we are that this will never happen again.

We want to thank you for this review and we hope you accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you, and we look forward to serving you again in the near future.

Best,

Satnam Sarna
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 19 September 2010

We are 10 girlfriends and we live from Lamu to Sydney. To celebrate our 50th birthdays we booked Villa Sarna so that we could spend a week together - and we LOVED it!! The experience of being together and the place itself were EVERYTHING we could have hoped for.

From the moment we put the bookings in place I could tell that the owners of Villa Sarna are very hands on and that they really care about each and every guest. They have a fantastic team at the property -

Rye is the young manager was a delight - so welcoming, capable, keen to help, friendly and her English is fantastic – she is a real asset to this small hotel
Komung and the girls in the kitchen looked after us so well – breakfast was always delicious and on two occassions they cooked up a Balinese feast for us to share. On another night we did eat at Café Kampung, a nearby restaurant that usually provides meals to the guests, and it was good - but we loved Komung's cooking and it gave us a chance to 'stay home' and share time together.
The drivers – Made & Dewar were patient and always in the right place at the right time - which was remarkable considering there were 10 women pushing and pulling in every direction.

The rooms were spotlessly clean and very well maintained, the gardens are lush, tropical and immaculate and the pool was always clean and ready for our afternoon dip.
One afternoon, after a cycling tour, I had a massage with Iluh and she was fabulous with the strongest fingers ….. for a bit of relaxation around the pool she was a god-send, the rest of the gang soon started booking her up.

With only 7 rooms this hotel lends itself perfectly to groups of family or friends that want to book something exclusively. The rooms are all different - I had Krishna which was my personal favourite but everybody was very comfortable.

Villa Sarna is only 7 or 8 kms from Ubud, but on Bali roads this does translate to about 20 minutes so it is a bit out of town BUT we didn't mind and the nearby villages were a great and very traditional place to go for an early morning walk.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

Fantastic place, rooms excellent, gardens magnificent. If you are looking for a place that is out of the hustle and bustle of Ubud this is it! Staff were great and happy to drive us to Ubud and pick up after shopping. Amazing views from breakfast room.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Marlton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 10 September 2010

I stayed at the Villa Sarna for a week in August, and I was blown away by the villa and Bali. Villa Sarna is located right outside of Ubud on top of a valley overlooking lush jungles and rice patties that rise along the valley’s walls. It is really amazing here and is unlike any place I’ve stayed before. It is pretty small (7 rooms) but very homey and each room is unique and you feel like you are in the middle of the jungle. I stayed in the Vishnu room, which was beautiful and was the most private room in the hotel. The rom also had a great outdoor are that had a beautiful outdoor canopy bed, as well as a small koi pond and incredible views of the rice paddies and the jungle. Its an incredibly relaxing place to be and just what I needed after traveling through southeast asia for three weeks. Plus the staff here are amazing. Every morning they would cook a delicious breakfast of fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, fresh papaya, watermelon, pineapple, and honeydew, pastries, eggs, sausage, pancakes, you name it. Something I could definitely get used to. Villa Sarna has a few cars and a few drivers that will shuttle people into town on a regular schedule which was very convenient or you could hire a driver by the hour. We took advantage of this service one day and our driver drove us to Kuta beach, where we tried our hand at surfing. When we were finished surfing, the driver was at the beach waiting for us and then drove us to a great restaurant in Jimbaran Bay and then drove us back to the hotel. I can't stress enough how great the service is at Villa Sarna. Nothing you ask is out of the question, and the people there are so nice and will do anything to make your stay comfortable. I will definitely be going back to Villa Sarna if I make my way back to Bali and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic, relaxing Bali experience!

  • Stayed August 2010
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

We truly enjoyed our stay at Villa Sarna, we wished we could stay longer and will return again soon. We stayed in the Ganesha suite which was spacious, clean and beautifully appointed. The staff were very helpful and friendly, assisting in getting us what ever we wanted with a smile. We arrived late at night, yet the staff were still available to provide room service.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Villa Sarna Ubud
Address: Banjar Tangkup | Desa Kedisan Tegalalang, Ubud 80361, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#29 Family Hotel in Ubud
#34 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#76 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#104 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Sarna Ubud 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blending modern and traditional Balinese design, Villa Sarna is one of Ubud's most unique boutique villas. The Villa blends harmoniously with nature's rich and ancient traditions. We are built in an enchanting and secluded setting overlooking the Agung Mountain, a short drive from the many cultural activities in nearby Ubud. Spa facilities offer an array of treatments, massages, and therapies that allow guests to truly lose themselves in Bali! ... more   less 
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