The Best of Ubud at Komaneka

Looking for a romantic getaway in Bali? We find understated 5 star luxury among the rice paddies, just a stone’s throw from the heart of Ubud.

Ubud is the cultural and spiritual hub of Bali. Despite the throngs of tourists that it welcomes every year, Ubud retains much of its charm and tranquility from days gone by. Beautiful temples, art galleries, amazing restaurants, markets, simple homestays and boutique hotels are scattered throughout its little streets and stunning rice field vistas.

“Welcome home Ibu Heidi.” I’m greeted by a group of huge Balinese smiles after a trip to the Ubud markets in the afternoon heat. Nestled on the hillside by the Campuhan River valley, with sweeping views of the river, rice fields and coconut groves below, lies the luxurious Komaneka at Bisma resort. 

Day 3 of my honeymoon and I can honestly say, it’s hard to imagine a more magical and perfect place to spend four nights. If you’re heading to Ubud, here are just a few reasons why you should choose to stay here too.

Location
One of five properties in the Ubud area that is run by the Komaneka group, the award-winning hotel is just 10 minutes walk or a quick shuttle or bike ride from the centre of town. There is a free shuttle service that runs regularly throughout the day – that will drop you to different points around Ubud and any one of the other Komaneka resorts when you’re ready for a change of scene. You really do get the best of both worlds here – with all of Ubud’s action close by as well as the peace of the surrounding jungle. The resort oozes serenity – and it often feels like you are the only one there aside from the talkative birds in the neighbouring treetops. It's a perfect spot for a romantic getaway or a place to relax and recharge.

Welcome Home
Each time you walk in the gates to Komaneka at Bisma, the amazing staff will offer you a heartfelt welcome home. The team are so sincere and friendly that they feel like family by the time you leave. Nothing is ever too much trouble – from the bedtime stories and tasty treats that are left on our pillows each night, to the medicine that is quickly fetched for my husband’s mild case of Bali belly. They even insist on getting a chair for my bag when I sit at the restaurant and present us with a thoughtful gift when we leave.

Dream Dining
The breakfast menu is extensive and features typical gourmet breakfasts from all around the world – but if you have some other combination in mind, the chef is happy to create it for you. I become obsessed with green juice during my stay (plus I had more space for lunch!). Part of the Komaneka service also includes complimentary afternoon tea at any one of its resorts – a delightful touch that consists of yummy Indonesian pastries and savoury treats. If you’re really looking to spoil yourselves (and bask in romance), book yourself in for a Red Light Special Dinner. For 1.5 hours, an army of staff decorate our pool villa – a trail of candles, tea lights and lanterns are placed carefully across the terrace and a sea of flower petals adorn our private plunge pool. The result is nothing short of breathtaking.  Our own private waiter and chef then serve up an amazing 5-course Balinese banquet, culminating in a truly memorable experience. Of course, there are such a wide range of seriously fantastic restaurants and warungs (local eateries) nearby, it’s imperative you occasionally leave the Bisma bubble and sample what’s on offer. Our favourites were Café Wayan on Monkey Forest Rd, Indus restaurant and of course Warung Ibu Oka which serves up the most famous ‘Babi Guling’ (or roast suckling pig) in Bali.

First Class Facilities 
The suites and villas at Bisma are spacious and furnished to perfection, blending contemporary style and traditional Balinese design. Each one has a free-standing bath plus private terrace with sun loungers overlooking the jungle canopy - the perfect spot to enjoy sunset or relax with a good book. The Komaneka family originally ran an art gallery on Monkey Forest Rd, and as such, each of the properties and rooms are decorated with beautiful Indonesian artworks.

The infinity pool has graced the cover of magazines and it’s not hard to see why. I spend a great deal of time lazing about and soaking up that incredible view. If you can tear yourself away, the resort itself offers a range of other activities such as world-class spa treatments (their massages are heavenly), a gym, yoga classes and even wood carving lessons. The staff are also on hand to help you explore the local area – including to organise cycling or walking tours and white-water rafting. And if you’re thinking of getting married in Bali - there is even an on-site Wedding Chapel. Needless to say, Komaneka at Bisma would be a truly remarkable place to say “I do.”  

Find out more about Komaneka and book your stay at www.komaneka.com

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