My Husband and I stayed in Umajati for 6 nights in December.
This was our 10th trip to Bali and we often try new accommodation each time. We both agreed that Umajati was the best place we have stayed.
I initially booked it because I liked the work that Jean and William are doing through Threads of Life and also that thought has been put into the houses with regard to the environment and the community. We wanted a small property and also something out of town now that Ubud has become so busy. Umajati was everything we wanted and more.
We stayed in both houses and both are equally as nice. Really spacious and beautifully decorated.The staff were fantastic, friendly, polite and helpful. They seem to have struck the perfect balance of doing their jobs well while still being able to maintain their personalities.
The gardens are beautiful and attract all sorts of butterflies, birds lizards and frogs.
Food is always a big part of our travel experience and we loved the food at Umajati. We went into town one night for dinner and were sorry we did. We only tried the Indonesian options and they were better than many of the restaurant cooked meals. Also there was nothing nicer than being in the house having dinner listening to all the night noises build. Seeing the fireflies flashing on and off in the garden and watching the geckos and frogs eating the small insects .
Mosquitos were virtually non existent because of the balance created by the non use of chemicals which allowed the frogs and geckos to survive and eat the larva...the way it should happen.
We did the walking tour with Ida Bagus and loved it. He was a wealth of knowledge about the plants used for both food and medicinal purposes. The tour finished with a delicious meal cooked by his wife at their family compound.
I would also recommend the tour to Tenganan with William. He explained the weaving process and social structure of the village...really interesting.
I was lucky enough to go into town for the special ceremony of the renovation of Pura Pesa. Pung met me there and explained what was happening, and then I watched dance and music performances from different villages from around Bali. Really special experience.
Jean, William, and Pung have created a very special place, it was a pleasure to stay there and to meet them and their staff. Our most enjoyable trip to Bali so far.
We will definitely be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by tranquil rice fields, Umajati Retreat is a lush garden property hosting 2 elegantly converted 100-year-old Javanese teak wooden homes sleeping 5 and 3 guests respectively. Each house has several private garden spaces around a shared swimming pool, and a private kitchen hosted by Balinese housekeepers who specialize in healthy and vegetarian food. Just 10 minutes north of Ubud, Umajati grants easy access to the village’s many restaurants, spas, and cultural opportunities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Umajati Retreat Ubud, Bali