We decided to end our time in Ubud with a few nights in a boutique hotel. There are so many great hotels in Ubud to choose from, it was a tough decision. Contenders included the Hanging Gardens (incredible pool but perhaps a bit remote), Uma by Como (definitely one for another time), the Royal Pita Maha and the Four Seasons. Eventually, after reading lots of reviews (and I mean a LOT), we decided on the Komaneka resorts. There are four Komanekas in Ubud and we decided on Tanggayuda – mainly for its incredible infinity pool but also because of its location. The hotel is set in a peaceful valley, overlooking rice fields and lush rainforest, but it was only a 10 minute drive to central Ubud should you wish to venture out (as it turns out, we didn’t!)
After an incredible stay at Villa Shamballa (more on that here), I was slightly concerned about whether the hotel would feel as special. However, there was no need to worry.
Upon arrival, we were taken for cocktails by the hotel’s showstopping infinity pool whilst we waited for our room.
This isn’t the hotel’s only pool – there is a lower pool which is a bit more shady but also has pretty incredible views.
We were also told there was a heated pool in the gym but we didn’t feel the need to head to that area of the resort!
We splashed out on a Premiere Valley Pool Villa and it was huge.
Just look at the size of the dressing room!
Our room also had its own private pool – just in case there weren’t enough for us to choose from!
The views from our balcony were gorgeous.
On the first evening, we had pre-dinner drinks on the roof terrace.
Our waiter asked where we wanted to have dinner – they could set up a table for us anywhere in the grounds. We chose a terrace that we had spotted earlier and the staff set up a gorgeous private setting.
After we had eaten, the waiters brought out a chocolate covered birthday cake for me (it was my birthday the day before) and they all sang happy birthday! When we returned to our room, we discovered they had also written happy birthday in rose petals on the bed. It was such a sweet thing for them to do and really made my evening.
Each morning, breakfast was served in the hotel’s main restaurant, overlooking the main pool.
There were several types of breakfast to choose from but each was huge and consisted of many courses.
We spent our days going from pool to pool.
We also took advantage of the complimentary yoga class and complimentary afternoon tea, served each day in a different location. Balinese afternoon tea includes a selection of local savouries and sweet treats, served to you by staff in traditional dress. It was a nice treat to look forward to each afternoon.
If you wanted to, you could also take part in Balinese dance class, learn how to weave or join one of the excursions. However, we felt we had had our fill of days out and were looking forward to some down time before our impending return home.
We loved pottering around the hotel, exploring it’s grounds and pools.
The hotel has a beautiful open air lobby – I love how almost everything in Bali seems to be open air.
I can’t talk about Komaneka without mentioning the staff. The resort prides itself on its people and rightly so. The service was faultles and every staff member we encountered was so friendly. It really was a case of your wish is their command.
But all good things must come to an end. Sad that our time in Bali was over, we left with heavy hearts. However before we returned to the UK, it was time for a quick visit to Singapore (more on that to follow!)