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The Samaya Bali Ubud
Ranked #4 of 198 Hotels in Ubud
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“Great value but not true 5 star”
Reviewed 31 January 2012

We had a lovely stay for the first 3 nights of our honeymoon. The villas were spacious and welcoming and the staff truly attentive. However I have stayed at many 5 star hotels around the world and while the samaya was comfortable it is not 5 star in true sense. We have just checked into a villa at the club at the Legian and are now able to compare with real 5 star. While only 2 years old the samaya does not have overly modern appliances in rooms and the lobby is understated and does not give a great first impression. Room service was delicious as was breakfast. We really did have a lovely stay and it was excellent value for money but I'm not sure this property deserves to be #1 on tripadvisor

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

We chose samaya ubud as one of our hotels for honeymoon (october 2011). We loved the experience! Everything was perfect! Our hill villa was amazing, the staff was very friendly and kind.
The breakfast was superb, scrambled eggs, pancakes that i'm still dreaming of, fresh juices, and morning newspaper specially for us (yes, with our names on it!)... The complimentary afternoon tea was great too. The transportation to ubud was available at any time.

We strongly recommend anyone staying there!! We had a great time! Thanks samaya!!

Room Tip: Hillside villa which have private pool
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

Simply Amazing!!! My husband and I had the extreme pleasure of staying at the Samaya in Ubud for the last half of our honeymoon in end-Oct/early November 2011. This was our first time to Bali and we couldn't have been happier with our decision to stay at the Samaya in Ubud; we wish we would have left Seminyak earlier to stay there even longer than we did! From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we have never experienced such supreme hospitality as we did there. We arrived to a special honeymoon greeting that they took special care to prepare and time, to the point that they were conversing with our taxi driver on our way from Seminyak to ensure we got there in time before all the beautiful flowers they had displayed for us would wilt. A multitude of flowers greeted us, including heart-shaped flowers at the entrance to our villa and a beautiful floral arrangement in our bath tub. The personal 'butlers' were genuinely concerned with our happiness and no request made was turned down without consideration and follow-up; they made every effort to accommodate us. One of the most wonderful things they did was, after we had checked out our last day, they enabled us to stay in another villa late at night for free until we had to leave for the airport at 11pm (which they arranged free transport for as well). We were able to swim, order in, and then shower before our flight. Was remarkable and relaxing. The breakfast there was another highlight...it was so tasty and satisfying. The selection was vast and you can order as much as you want! They even brought you a personalized news letter every morning to highlight current world events for you to peruse while you ate breakfast. We also took part in the cooking class offered by Samaya and had an amazing experience. We would highly recommend the Samaya in Ubud to anyone considering going there...you won't be disappointed!

Room Tip: definitely suggest a room along the Ayung River...very peaceful and romantic!
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

Having loved The Samaya in Seminyak, but keen to enjoy another meal at the suoerb Mozaic restaurant in Ubud, we stayed for our first time at this resort.Living up to the extremely high standards set by the sister property in Seminyak, we found all aspects perfect.
The setting, in the forest, by a beautiful river, was so delaxing afetr our busy working lives in Sydney.
Our villa was beautifully fitted out, with an amazing inside/outside bathroom pavillion.The pool and gardens, with fountain et al, was luxurious.
We love a good breakfast, everything freshly cooked to order. Perfect. And our Seafood BBQ dinner in the restaurant overlooking the river was excellent.
Service was faultless, we get spoilt by The Samaya's standards, and perhaps it is unfair to single out one person when every member of the staff are so well trained and so pleasant to deal with, but the Head Butler, a lady called Jo did make a marvelous impression

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

Amazing hotel. We loved the setting and the villas which were luxurious and comfortable. The breakfasts were beautifully presented in a beautiful setting with lots of delicious choices. The afternoon tea offered overlooking the river was a lovely touch and was a great way to end a busy day. The best part of our stay was the hospitality we received from the staff. Their attention to detail and their genuine warmth and personal attention made it a perfect stay.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

This is our second stay at the Samaya Ubud and we are as impressed as we were last year.

The accommodation is fantastic as are the staff.

We will be back and highly recommend these Villas if you want a relaxing break where the staff will ensure everything you want is looked after.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

We really loved the Samaya Ubud. We had booked a 1-bedroom hillside villa and were offered a complimentary upgrade to a Ayung (river) view villa. The villa was beautiful with a private plunge pool and a gazebo overlooking the river. Breakfast was offered in the villa or in the "Scene It" restaurant, and was quite nice. The dinner at the "Swept Away" restaurant was excellent. We got several spa services and those were quite good as well at very reasonable prices. The staff seemed to go above and beyond to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Definitely a hotel worth going back to again and again!

Room Tip: Get either an Ayung view villa (right next to river) or a hilltop villa (view of rice terraces), and...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: The Samaya Bali Ubud
Address: Banjar Baung, Desa Sayan, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Ubud
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#4 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#8 Family Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Samaya Bali Ubud 4.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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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