Bali is a mecca for luxurious accommodation for those looking for some time out from the real world and to get their zen back on track. Ubud nestled amongst the rice paddies in the centre of Bali is a place many visit to relax, be healthy and experience a new culture. It is a far cry from the neon lights of Kuta and endless shopping of Seminyak.
Ubud is situated just over an hours drive from the airport and Como Uma Ubud Hotel lays a short 10-minute drive from the centre of Ubud via the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service. Being situated just outside of the centre means the hotel enjoys a quiet and remote feeling of tranquility nestled between rice paddies and palm trees.
There are 46 rooms and suites in this luxury boutique hotel. We stayed in one of the four Ubud rooms on the first floor equipped with private balcony, hand carved king-size bed and over sized bathroom. The room was the perfect size and beautifully decorated.
There are two menus to choose from here; the normal a la carte, which features modern, light local cuisine and the “healthy” Shambhala menu for those looking for nutritionally rich dishes. Breakfast here is served a la carte, which made a welcome change from the huge buffet breakfasts you usually find on holiday. The eggs we had were delicious as was the local breakfast noodle dish we tried.
The 25m outdoor pool here is the centrepiece of the hotel with all of the accommodation and dining situated around it. The bed chairs were comfortable and plentiful and the service by the pool excellent. It definitely helped being a smaller hotel to ensure you got the best spot for some sunbathing and relaxation.
The hotel also offers itself up as a retreat for those looking to practice yoga and evoke Bali’s peaceful and health-giving spirit. There are daily complimentary yoga sessions with private sessions available too. The variety of treatments on offer are Asian inspired and ensure it’s reputation as one of the best spa’s in the area.
There are also daily tours of the local rice paddies by a resident guide, these tours are a great way of getting off the beaten track and seeing this area in its authentic glory. We walked through rice paddies where farmers were tending their crop, organic vegetable gardens which cater the local restaurants and across hidden waterways experiencing some of the local wildlife.
Aside from the beautiful accommodation and pool area the excellent service needs to be mentioned. On arriving at the hotel (for the first time) we were greeted with “welcome home”. This helped to make us feel like we were staying in a home away from home and we are now excited for more Como experiences around the world.