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Komaneka at Monkey Forest
Ranked #18 of 198 Hotels in Ubud
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Perfect Relaxation right in town”
Reviewed 25 August 2009

We were walk in customers looking for an upscale but affordable hotel right in Ubud. We were greeted with wamr welcome, and cool towels and refreshing drinks and happily shown a nice room. The hotel is right on the main strip in Ubud, but runs all the way back to a jungly ravine, so it's very green and quiet throughout.

We asked to stay for three nights, and by the first, we were begging for more (unfortunately they were full, but helped us find a nice room at one of their sister hotels). The room was spacious, with a nice desk area, window seats, a nice patio with comfortable lounge chair, in room safe, outdoor bathroom. The only thing lacking would be CD player/sound system. We could hear the room beside us at times, but they were unusually loud with their television I think... who else stays in a room in Bali and watches movie after movie on thier TV?

The pool is located at the back of the property by the ravine, and is the most quiet, unassuming, elegant pool you ever needed. Very nice salt water system that refreshes.

Breakfast is fantastic. DO have the french toast. It has raised all my french toast standards forever more. Maybe it was the warm fruit compote, the roasted bananas or perhaps the grilled fruit that came with it....? We didn't have any other meals there, because there are so many options to walk to from the hotel.

One cannot say enough about the staff at Komeneka. Their pride and professionalism is evident in everything they do. They all seemed to know us, and even sneaked in and made up the room when we were having breakfast. Amazing. No more wondering if they would come at at inconvenient time, or if it would be made up by the time you come back for a cool siesta mid-day. Very appreciated.

I felt very happy and comfortable at Komeneka. They treat you like family, only Royal Family!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2009

A wonderful experience. From the moment we were picked up from the airport everything was exceptional. Arriving in the middle of the night we were shown to our pool villa where the bed and bath were decorated with flowers. The villa had a lovely big bedroom and large bathroom/dressing room with beautiful fittings also there were flower arrangements both inside and out in the bale which overlooked a rice field. Ginger tea, cookies and a swim on a warm Balinese night, heaven! Food was delicious and the masseuse at the spa is fantastic. Afternoon tea by the pool is another plus, there is a very generous feel to everything. The Hotel is in a great position to wander the streets of Ubud and is very quiet. All the staff are charming and very friendly. The manager Gungdek asked us if we would like to stay at their new property Bisma for a night WOW this is an extremely stylish hotel in an amazing location and again with the same attention to detail and wonderful staff. Bisma has the WOW factor and is stunning and Monkey Forest is gorgeous. We have stayed at quite a few hotels on our 3 trips to Ubud, Uma, Como Shambala, Alila, Maya but the Komaneka hotels are our favourite.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2009

Only metres away from the busy main drag of Ubud the Komaneka was an oasis of calm manned by the most delightful staff we have ever come across.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2009

We had passed this hotel several times during trips to Ubud but had never been inside. This year we fancied staying for a few nights in Ubud itself to sample the nightlife so we booked 2 rooms directly with the hotel for my husband & I and my teenage daughter & her friend.
The hotel staff were fabulous - responding to my emails promptly & answering all my questions (I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to planning holidays!! - I even looked at their site plan & asked if we could have 2 specific pool villas & sure enough, when we arrived, they gave us the exact ones I requested way back in December).

We were a little concerned as to what the hotel would be like (being directly on Monkey Forest Road) in terms of quality & safety but we were blown away - the villas were georgeous and we all felt very safe and well looked after. The staff were lovely and we all really enjoyed our stay. The one downside was that we had only booked 2 nights! I would not hesitate to stay here again.

Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2009

an immaculately maintained property located near the heart of ubud, the hospitality at komaneka just blew me away. we were picked up at the airport by a friendly driver who provided cold towels and water for refreshment. the drive to ubud took just under an hour with good traffic. check in was quick, and painless, but the welcome drink was excellent.

the pool villa itself was gorgeous, with a spacious outdoor dining area and a plunge pool overlooking a padi field. as a honeymooning couple, they provided some gifts and extra romantic touches.

but the best part of the stay was the exemplary staff, always friendly and smiling. this was by far the most refreshing and relaxing stay we've ever had.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2009

Nothing was too much trouble at the Komaneka Monkey Forest - from the moment we arrived the staff were tuned into our every need. We stayed for 5 nights and it was definitely the best hotel we have ever stayed at! My husband and I have been to Ubud previously and enjoyed it but the top class amenities and service at the Komaneka could not be surpassed. The staff were friendly, always remembered your name, would remember our likes/dislikes and pre-empt our needs before we had even thought of them ourselves. My husband and I were on our first break since having a child and our stay at the Komaneka felt like a second honeymoon and they certainly gave us all the trimmings. THe first room we were allocated looked over a rice paddy and semi-construcction site where men were working the fields. We felt this didn't really allow us enough privacy and we requested a move of room which they were most accommodating and we were moved the next morning. The room we were transferred to was gorgeous with a beautiful outdoor bathroom (beware the bugs though and make sure you securely close the door into the bedroom area!).

The attention to detail was amazing, including their beautiful afternoon teas and breakfasts which became the highlight of our day and we would plan our activities around being back for their afternoon tea surprises.


Fantastic service, very friendly,warm and attentive staff and the rooms were immaculately kept (loved the sunken baths and the private garden). We would thoroughly recommend this resort to anyone wanting a top class experience in Ubud.

Many thanks to all the staff at the Komaneka who contributed to our experience.

P.S - We moved on to a hotel in Seminyak for the next part of our trip which was awful and we refused to stay there (avoid the Villa Coco in Seminyak - it was terrible!) and we promptly transferred to an alternative hotel (Hotel Padma). Although the Padma was nice it didn't compare with the quality and service of Komaneka!!

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Eindhoven
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Reviewed 15 July 2009

After our 10 days trip through Java we ended up in Komaneka. Arriving there, we did not expect this great atmosphere (even after having read the reviews, which was a reason to book).
We had a pool villa with romantic package, which must be recommended to everybody. The villa resort in the resort was very good and had all the luxury we could have wanted. The details made the difference, but you'll find out once you are there.

The staff knew what service is about. They note down your details and keep all contacts very personal. And they are interested to help you. The staff arranged us a transport/guide that was not one of their own after declining their own (we knew the costs from Java). They also solved problems like a lost wifi-connection (setup per room) very well; within two minutes somebody rang the bell of our compounds carrying his own laptop (no waste of time anywhere).

We also stayed another week in Bali at Puri Santrian in Sanur after this. Even while that resort was very nice, we really felt dissapointed because the difference was so big.

Komaneka (luxury and service) and Ubud (atmosphere) both are the best parts of Indonesia we have seen so far on their own fields.

The prices might seem high in comparison to ie Java, but worth every penny. Also note that the prices of food/drinks at this resort are even lower than resorts with much less service and/or stars in the south of Bali like Sanur and especially Kuta.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Komaneka at Monkey Forest
Address: Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#7 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#12 Family Hotel in Ubud
#14 Spa Hotel in Ubud
#16 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Komaneka at Monkey Forest 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Komaneka at Monkey Forest began as a residence for artists behind the prestigious Komaneka Gallery, specializing in fine contemporary Indonesian and Balinese art. Now recently renovated with luxurious suites, an infinity pool, open-air restaurant, spa, and pool villas, all in a lush garden with mature shade trees, this is a very special oasis. The resort's location on the Monkey Forest Road gives immediate access to the Ubud market and all the cultural activities of the Ubud palace, Puri Ubud, residence of Ubud's ruling family. At the other end of this bustling street, lined with restaurants and boutiques, is a sacred monkey forest. ... more   less 
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