Kayumanis Ubud, Ubud Indonesia, Bali
Kayumanis is a stylish and romantic luxury getaway 10 minutes from the heart of Balis cultural heartland of Ubud. Built into the side of a steep valley overlooking the Ayung River, this hotel is an incredibly peaceful and private environment in which to enjoy the dramatic scenery of the area, while still being close enough to enjoy the delights of Ubud town.
The hotel has 23 airy and peaceful pool villas that all offer complete privacy and a stylish, modern and minimalist wooden design. We particularly recommend the 13 deluxe suites which all have a large private pool, surrounded by beautifully maintained plants and trees and a large thatched roofed, terraced living area. The bay window in the sleeping area opens out with views of the garden and pool, while the large semi outdoor bathroom has all the modern amenities and style that you would expect.
The hotel and rooms are situated within lush tropical grounds with paths and steps leading all the way down to a large infinity pool, wine bar and sitting area that overlooks the valley and river below; creating an incredibly peaceful and romantic setting. Due to the steep sides of the valley there are a large number of steps throughout the grounds, which can make it a relatively energetic experience to get from the pool back up to your room.
The restaurant provides an excellent quality, Thai speciality, a la carte menu that has a wide and varied selection, all of which can be ordered to the villa for private dining. This hotel is definitely designed with Honeymoons and romantic getaways in mind and the service is aimed at retaining this romantic, private and peaceful environment.
The hotel also offers complimentary transfers into Ubud, where there is a wide selection of activities and points of interest during the day and great eating options in the evening. Also included in any booking here is one 30 minute massage, a complimentary mini-bar and daily afternoon tea.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.
The stand out experiences all involved some locals: the walk in the Bali rice fields with a guide, the trip to the Borobudur eco-village and ride in a horse cart which also charmingly had us playing the Gamelan with local kids.