First of all, this place is not near central Ubud - and I was aware of that already, so no complaints about the distance at all.
Uma Gran was nice and clean, and very quiet. It's built on a side of a hill, with a stream running below it, and all rooms face the side of a mountain. Staying here I felt very close to nature - I could hear the running stream, birds, and wake up to lovely sunrises complete with morning mist. There are only a few rooms (6 to 8), so it didnt feel feel crowded at all. While I was in central ubud I walked around checking out some of the guesthouses there, and most of them were packed and very noisy, so I was pretty thankful for the serenity in uma gran.
The distance didnt bother me much. I frequented an excellent and affordable massage place that had a free pick up and drop off service (and I sometimes got them to drop me off in central ubud ;) And of course you could always take a cab.
The rooms have slightly different decors. I stayed in a more modern looking one. Very clean and air con, wifi, water worked just fine. The owner made the stay an excellent one - she was extremely helpful in arranging for tours, and contacting agencies I spoke with earlier myself to confirm bookings and pick-up timings as well. She even convinced a tour agency to pick me up from the guesthouse even though they didnt actually offer the service! Staff are great too. If you're hungry, they can help you order in food if you're too lazy to go out. Breakfast was timely (you tell the staff what you want the night before, and they'll deliver it to your room at your specified timing), and did I mention the banana pancakes were delicious? Staff though nice and friendly, were non-intrusive.
Overall an excellent stay, and my only minor complaint would be that there weren't many seating options in the room besides the bed.. and the 1 chair and small coffee table (difficult to use my laptop). Otherwise - highly recommended if you're looking to have a nice and quiet stay in ubud!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Umah Gran Guest House is a boutique accommodation with a Family Residential concept. It harmoniously blends the ancient traditions of Javanese Hospitality with the mystical beauty of Bali. A very unique style and family life style service. Umah Gran Guest House offers a totally new concept in holiday accommodation. Umah Gran Guest House is located at Goa Gajah street a walk away to Goa Gajah Temple built in the 9th century and around 3 km from Central Ubud where tranquility is the main surrounding the rice paddies, hill view and the river which make the guest house a perfect sanctuary. It owns 4 rooms with pantry and private balcony overlooking to the hill view and Agung Mountain. The rooms are clean and comfortable with water heater, individually controlled air conditioning or fan, 24 hours Free Wifi inside room and luxuriously furnished with traditional Joglo House. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- UMAH GRAN GUEST HOUSE Ubud, Bali