We spent a week at the D'Omah hotel and it was a great Bali experience. The hotel is quite rustic but this style of hotel is not unusual in Ubud and the highly humid, tropical Indoneisan climate. We were here for a wedding taking place at another hotel, and due to the amount of people descending on Ubud for the wedding, i had the privilege of seeing quite a few other hotels in Ubud. I can honestly say that the D'Omah is as good and better than other places, especially the more expensive ones. The service at the D'Omah is excellent and it is also easily accessible to Ubud town and most taxi drivers know it or can find it - something not to be underestimated in a countryside location. Ubud is not small but finding hotels can be a challenge for even the local drivers at the best of times.
The hotel is clean and well maintained but it would be considered 'rustic' by western, 'quality' hotel criteria/standards. Don't let this deter you as the charm of being in Ubud or off-the-beaten-track-Bali works its magic through this hotel. The staff are incredibly helpful from top manager Rodney, all they way down, and everyone is always cheerful - you will soon relax and enjoy the place for all that it offers in no time.
We were a large group with several adult families. We had 3 rooms in the main hotel and 5 rooms in the villa annex, which was accessed via a pathway round the back of the hotel. The rooms are a great size and the beds comfortable. The main gripe some of us had was the cockerel waking us rather too early, hardly the hotel's fault!! The only other gripe we had was the lighting in the rooms. There is simply not enough light, and you can't actually read using the bedside lamps due to too low wattage bulbs. Overall the rooms are comfortable and the decor is atmospheric, but it all gets too dim at night.
I did not use the spa, but several members of our party had massages, which they enjoyed. We went swimming in all the pools. They are all clean. Free wifi is available in all the communal areas and it is true that you can pretty much feel like the hotel is all yours, due to the amount of secluded areas.
Being in the annex had its (somewhat unexpected) advantages. We had a full team in the kitchen at our beck and call. We had a 'butler' in the form of the brilliantly resourceful Cadek, who simply couldn't do enough to make sure everything on our trip was the best it could be. If he could tuck us up in bed at night, i am sure he would! Superman!
I think this was what really made it for us - the personalised hospitality, the unique location of the hotel, the constant cries of cockerels, the weird and wonderful insects, the pet dog who is actually a cat crossbreed, the spicy noodle 'me goreng' for breakfast.... It was like staying at someone's house in Bali - different, indulgent, memorable - altogether our stay in Bali was an unforgettable holiday, not just due to the beautiful surroundings but this wonderfully unique hotel and its staff. Highly recommended if you are looking for something different and special in your holiday in Bali but equally need the usual mod cons.
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