I stayed at Uma for two weeks and found it an excellent place to stay. Our room (a terrace room) was tastefully furnished in white and light wood colors and had a large, elegant bathroom and a totally private terrace. The shower was great - open to the outside and fresh air - but no insects or the like, totally private, and with a sturdy lock in the door leading to the rest of the bathroom, for safety (no issues on that count, though). Really perfect. Wonderful large bathtub, lots of towels, etc. There was AC as well as a fan (both of them very effective, when required). Rooms are being serviced twice every day. We found really nothing wanting.
All the staff were very friendly, without disturbing you when you prefer quietude. They just appear genuinely friendly and are always looking for ways to be helpful.
In terms of food, Uma is really good at adjusting to special requirements. There is a vegan menu, for instance - including superb vegan coconut icecream (not sorbet, real ice-cream!). I have a LOT of food allergies, and the chefs were really spectacular in making sure that nothing went wrong. I had no problems whatsoever during the two weeks of my stay, despite the really complicated allergy situation. Really an EXCELLENT job!
The grounds are beautiful, but not extensive. From the yoga pavilion and a few of the rooms, there is a very beautiful view of a river far below in a narrow valley.
Overall, the resort has a very quiet feel to it. I guess you can get to know other guests if you like, but you can also just keep to yourself and relax, or enjoy all the yoga classes, massages, etc.
Speaking of those, yoga classes with Budi were SUPERB. I am a beginner, really, and not very sporty. Still, I really enjoyed his classes and ended up going every day. After the vacation, I felt SO much better, and am really trying to keep up yoga practices now, back at home. There are also great group yoga sessions for all levels. During yoga practice, you have this wonderful view of the valley and are surrounded by the sounds of the forest, and only those. A very special experience. Budi is an excellent teacher, with a good sense of what you can and cannot do. He adjusts practice such that you feel the challenge - and your progress - without making it too hard. And he offers a lot of variety in terms of exercises and different combinations; so it never gets boring, even if you do go every day. We are already looking forward to many more of his great yoga classes next time we stay at Uma.
I also had a WONDERFUL massage therapist who worked miracles in terms of getting rid of my shoulder and neck pains. She offered a thai/accupressure massage style treatment - which is not on the spa menu, strictly speaking - because I preferred that. I came back several times for it. I was told that the other massage therapies are really great too; but I loved her thai massage and just stayed with that throughout my stay.
In terms of other activities, you can borrow DVDs at the reception (which we did not try, no idea regarding breadth of choice), and you can use the shuttle to Ubud if you like (walking is also feasible, though, and cabs are very cheap, too). There are beautiful walks in the area, across rice fields and along a ridge. And you can go on guided tours (mountain-biking, sightseeing, etc.).
In summary, I can definitely recommend Uma. We are hoping to go back very soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uma by COMO, Ubud is located in central Bali, close to the cultural hub of Ubud with tropical views of temples, rice paddies and the Tjampuhan Valley. The resort’s contemporary Asiatic design is pared down to ensure sunshine flows through interiors, from bedrooms to cooling plunge pools. Kemiri restaurant boasts world-class, healthful cuisine, created with fresh local ingredients, subtle spicing and distinct Balinese flavours. A signature COMO Shambhala Retreat, replete with a range of holistic wellness therapies, help to nurture and relax, while cultural activities, such as visits to artisans, are complemented by a range of outdoor pursuits, including white-water rafting, mountain biking and trekking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Uma Ubud Hotel Ubud
- Uma Hotel Ubud
- Uma Resort Ubud
- COMO Uma Ubud Bali