The peace that prevails in the lush green hills of Ubud is so potent, making it an ideal destination when you really want to unwind and rejuvenate the spirit while in Bali. It's a special place, imbued with serenity and enchantingly beautiful in its scenery.
I had the pleasure of staying at Kamandalu Resort & Spa a few years back, in a deluxe private pool villa that was dramatically perched overlooking the cascading Petanu River. Days were spent floating in the cool waters of our pool while listening to the farmers singing in the surrounding hills, accompanied by the cracking call of wild birds. Occasionally we would drag ourselves out to sample the great food at the resort's restaurant, or to have a cocktail at the swim-up pool bar in the public areas, or a romantic meal in the garden. More than one day was spent enjoying the pampering spa treatments on offer. But one of the real highlights was an evening spent in the privacy of our own villa enjoying a bbq of Indonesian delicacies created by the resort's chefs, just for us. And with that incredible view, it's a meal to remember - if you stay here, you must try it!
Totaling 56 villas in five different styles - the Ubud Chalet, Garden Villa, Pool Villa, Deluxe Pool Villa and the larger two bedroom Pool Villa which is perfect for groups - each villa features natural stone finishing and indigenous grass (alang-alang) roofings, and most have their own private bale bengong (traditional outdoor day-bed) for the perfect enjoyment of the art of doing nothing. And in such a spectacular location, surrounded by nature, lost in the pure bliss, it's the perfect way to spend time together.
Kamandalu Resort & Spa is located just a 10 minute drive in to Ubud centre if you're keen to go shopping or head out to a restaurant or sight seeing. Though be warned, dragging yourself away from the relaxation of your daybed won't come easy here!
Images courtesy Kamandalu Resort & Spa