Reconnect with nature and your loved ones at Samsara Ubud, a blissfully tranquil luxury boutique resort nestled in Bali’s tropical forest.
North of Ubud, a short way along a windy road that heads into the forest hills and a steep river valley, is the exquisite luxury boutique villa resort Samsara Ubud. While unspoiled nature, serenity and the beauty of the views are doubtless the reason for the location, the resort itself has been expertly crafted to seamlessly fit into the vista and provide discerning travellers with a delightful destination that goes beyond expectations.
Guests are greeted warmly and introduced to their butler in the elegantly understated lobby overlooking an almost untouched jungle. A welcome drink is served in a champagne flute setting the tone for your visit and allowing you time to take in the stunning backdrop and the simple, modern take on Indonesian style that gives you a gentle sense of place. Generous use of calm toned, natural stone and marble is enlivened by cushions in bright peacock colours and wonderfully high-backed chairs; there are Indonesian flowers on a table and jars of home-made cookies for guests to enjoy as their bags are loaded onto a buggy.
This secluded, peaceful resort is clearly ideal for romantic interludes and honeymoons, but it also lends itself to pampering trips for groups of friends, lifestyle retreats and weddings thanks to the range of facilities available. Built hugging the hillside, the 17 pool villas range from one to three bedrooms and all fully embrace the spectacular views.
The villas themselves are havens of serene comfort. Dark woods, pale marble floors and dark grey stone provide a background of strong natural colours for the warm copper Samsara infinity symbol inherent in the decor, while vividly coloured cushions and runners in Indonesia’s rich patterns provide a sumptuous ambience. The four-poster bed with its white nets promises a night of restful slumber, while the sofa and coffee table provide an indoor space to escape the heat of the day and enjoy room service. Wall-to-ceiling sliding doors bring the view indoors and also provide access to the wooden decking, sun loungers and your own personal, infinity-edge pool.
All the pools at Samsara Ubud – both the one in your own villa and the main pool – are heated, making an early morning dip to take in the beauty of the misty sunrise very tempting, as is spending an evening stargazing as you watch the fireflies flit around.
For those seeking privacy, there is no need to ever leave this private sanctuary. The villas are designed for lazing around listening to music, watching TV, or playing one of the resort’s selection of Indonesian and international board games, while in-villa dining arrives quickly.
Throughout the resort, the attention to detail and dedication to quality is evident. Caring, attentive staff are always on hand and keen to be proactive in making your stay more comfortable, more enjoyable and more memorable.
The Kelusa restaurant offers tasty international dishes with an Indonesian twist, such as the delicious bouillabaisse, and the well-experienced team is more than happy to chat and advise you based on your personal preferences. The pool bar, Firefly, serves cooling juices and carefully crafted cocktails made with loving attention and is a great location to watch the pretty flashes of light in the evenings. One of our favourites is the inventive Popcorn Sour cocktail, which actually has popcorn on it, making it an ideal accompaniment to movie nights on the lawn.
With a spa, tea lounge, yoga area, gym and meeting room close to the river valley, there is always something to do – from meditating by the river confluence to pumping iron in air-conditioned comfort.
Samsara Ubud embraces the beauty of Bali’s culture and nature, presenting the varied aspects to guests in such a way that everyone can feel enriched in their own personal way by this escape from day-to-day life.
Banjar Ayah, Desa Kelusa, Payangan, Gianyar, Bali 80572, Indonesia
T: (+62) 3612091769