My family and I just recently returned from our first-time visit to Bali -- back in May, I made a booking at the Samaya-Ubud from reading all the wonderful reviews on the TripAdvisor as well in several travel guidebooks.
Let me first state that our 6-day stay at The Samaya was the best vacation EVER for all three of us. From the time I made a reservation back in May, the reservation officer (who I believe is from the other Samaya, in Seminyak) had been extremely kind and informative. Soon the e-mail communication moved to the Executive secretary of the Samaya-Ubud, and this person helped us SO much with our 6-day stay, from suggesting some activities, booking reservation for Dolphin Watching and others, arranging transports, etc. Mind you, all these took place PRIOR to our arrival.
The day we arrived, the Samaya once again surprised us with arranging the "Fast-Track" service at the airport for my family who were arriving from Japan (I was flying in from Jakarta) - which meant my parents didn't have to wait in line for lengthy immigration process (normally takes around 45-50 minutes) instead they had arranged the official to take care of immigration/customs which sped up the whole process into about 15 minutes! The driver from the Samaya picked us up without any problem, in the car ride, he gave us cold towels, chilled water bottles and fresh strawberries :) By then my family and I were completely blown away by the service - and we were in more surprises (great ones, I must add) once arriving the Samaya. Even though our arrival was rather late (close to 11pm), the members of the reception welcomed us so friendly, gave us each flower-necklace. Upon check-in, a butler took us to our villa by a "baggie" (think of it as a 4-seater golf car).
Once we arrived in the Ayung Villa, we were speechless. Once you enter the villa, you immediately saw a private swimming pool plus a gazebo, the view was phenomenal! In fact, I swam in the private pool daily, and what a luxury that was! The Villa looked like a cottage, inside there was a high-ceiling room with an extra-Kingsize bed, TV, mini-bar and couch. In the bathroom, they had a jacuzzi, separate shower room, and small "stone garden" which was such a nice addition :) We had an extra bed (yes, it does cost extra) but the bed was also very good - not one of those extra beds you see in hotels where you get up with lower-back pain.
We had our breakfast at our private gazebo (a butler will come get the order the night before) or sometimes at the Scene restaurant (there you had more breakfast choices). Every morning we had freshly made fruit juices, freshly baked baguettes/breads, and some eggs :) Then you also receive complimentary afternoon tea service -- this, too, you can have it at your villa, or at "Swept away" restaurant while watching the Ayung River view.
The Samaya-Ubud offers several activities - Trekking and Cycling for free (which, unfortunately we didn't do as we had other plans). We signed up for a cooking class - first the chef takes you to the Ubud Market (explained to us some interesting fruits and spices), then after a break, we learned some of the traditional Balinese/Indonesian cuisine. It was such a special feeling that you can be in the kitchen of the Swept Away restaurant, and actually cooking! All the kitchen staff were so kind and friendly and we had an amazing time. After finishing our first course "Sop Ayam" (Chicken Soup), we sat down by the river to enjoy the soup -- they gave us amazing pineapple juice (freshly made) on the house. Then we went back to learn to cook some more dishes. The only downside was that my family and I had a full-breakfast immediately after our return from the Market Trip -- if you are reading this and want to sign-up for their cooking class, make sure to SKIP the breakfast, as you will have a six-course lunch (which you will learn to cook, of course!)
Since the Samaya is located about 10-15 minutes away from the Ubud Center, it was nice to have free shuttle services. You will tell them where/when for pick-up, and they will come pick you up :) Many drivers know some great local places to dine, so if you are not sure what Ubud can offer, do make sure to ask.
We also signed up for spa treatments while we stay -- the spa was conveniently located right next to our villa, so that was bonus. We each had a 90-minute hot stone massage therapy and it was simply amazing! The spa also has a very nice gym where my family and I worked out almost everyday. Normally the gym is open from 8am on, but when asked, they made it open specially for us (we are early morning people) at 6:30, 7am, and we were so grateful!
Our stay was simply just fantastic - all the staff members at the Samaya were so kind, generous, friendly and helpful. They were also very attentive to our needs and wishes. They came to make our beds after breakfast, then again when we left for lunch or dinner. Everytime we return to our rooms, the used towels had been replaced by fresh towels, empty water bottles had been replaced with new ones -- and this is the service you get 24/7, not just once/day as other hotels do. And more than anything, they were always smiling, take good prides in their excellent service. My family and I cannot be more grateful for this experience we just had. And you know where we will stay the next time visiting Bali? The Samaya-Ubud again, of course :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Samaya Ubud is where the guests can experience the unique delivery of Balinese hospitality in superb natural location set alongside the Ayung River. The Samaya Ubud is a 15-minute drive from central Ubud. Featuring Free shuttle service to the central Ubud anytime with prior booking, WiFi throughout the resort, wellness center complete with gym and outdoor main pool. The guest can also enjoy cycling, trekking, and morning yoga activities with free of charge based on Hotel schedule. Cooking class will be provided with prior booking and additional charge. With spacious luxurious villas, The Samaya Ubud offer guest's privacy at an ideal place to relax in a tropical paradise surrounded by rice fields and hillsides, equipped with flat-screen cable TVs, minibar, iPod docks, en suite spacious bathrooms with a Jacuzzi. Each villas comes with a private pool and 24-hour butler services. Guests can enjoy spa treatments in-villa, spa by the Ayung Riverside, or at Ayung Riverside Spa Centre with private sauna room, steam room, and Jacuzzi. Laundry, dry cleaning and car rental services are available. The famous Swept Away Restaurant offers Special Romantic Hundred Candle Light Dinner where the guests can enjoy a truly unique dining experience with the sound of natures by the Ayung River. Chef de Cuisine, I Nyoman Wiratma has emulated his successful style with more than 10-year experience in fine dining, serving an array of modern and eclectic dishes with maintaining a strong focus on local produce and authentic flavours will pamper you. The Samaya Ubud is 1-hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The hotel provides Airport Transfer at an additional fee. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Samaya Bali Hotel Ubud
- The Samaya Bali Ubud