Far away from the bustling backpacking town Canggu and cosmopolitan beach resorts of Seminyak, Ubud delivers a hearty bite of traditionalism. The drive from the airport is breathtaking in itself, offering beautiful views of winding rivers, lush green forests, and those famous rice paddies.
But just when you thought Bali couldn’t get any prettier, greener, or more tranquil, Como Uma Ubud knocks it out of the park. The luxurious property is nestled amongst the valleys and provides a sanctuary for those who wish to truly unwind – in every sense of the word.
Location, Location, Location
Located in the green outskirts of Ubud, the hotel sits away from the busy main street, residing in the heart of a village and yet close to some of its most famous attractions. Here, you’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of each town along the way – there’s plenty of architecture, serenity, and daily Balinese traditions to take in. Bonus: Ubud is also where Eat, Pray, Love was filmed.
Lodging is split into villas and suites, providing the same secluded feel that you get throughout the resort. The rooms are whitewashed, light and airy, which contrast beautifully against the banana trees that decorate the gardens. Each room is behind a carved-wood private door, and the entry is paved with stepping stones, with a pond that is home to bright-orange koi fish, frogs, and beautiful lily pads.
Understated luxury is something the hotel does perfectly throughout – the rooms are comfortable and grand, but remain true to traditional Balinese style. And they do their bit for the environment, too. The fabric bed runners are recycled, as are the notebooks that are available for purchase in the gift shop and make for great souvenirs.
Rest and Relaxation
When it comes to R&R, you’re spoilt for choice here. There are free morning walks through the beautiful rice paddies as well as complimentary daily yoga classes that take place in a calming pavilion looking over the Tjampuhan Valley. But if your idea of winding down involves no exertion whatsoever, a trip to the spa at COMO Shambhala Retreat is just what the doctor ordered. The treatment rooms here are simple, but the Balinese massage is authentic and as relaxing as they come.
Dining with a Difference
From the breakfast that comprises two menus (one with traditional Balinese dishes and Western-style eggs, another for clean eaters) through to the room service (the nasi goreng is the perfect choice if you want to lounge in your villa for the evening), every single mealtime at Como Uma Ubud is a delicious affair.
Uma Cucina is the property’s Italian restaurant, and draws in tourists who aren’t even staying at the hotel because the pasta really is that good. Whether you’re looking to indulge or continue with your health kick, the options on this menu are seemingly endless. The afternoon tea here – an Italian take on a truly English tradition – also comes highly recommended.
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