The valuables in Bali’s crown: Why COMO Uma Ubud is a ideal place to relax AND find your subsequent favourite square of …

Not even a screaming children on a Jetstar moody could confuse us from a fact us from a fact we were about to embark on a weekend of bliss.


Because as my partner Lucy and we we left a craft on alighting in Bali, we were in need of some relaxing downtime.

Not usually since we’d spent 5 hours in a association of great kids. As anyone operative prolonged hours knows, any now and afterwards we usually need to get away, put on that ‘out of office’ email, take one low exhale and put your day-to-day worries on hold.

COMO Uma Ubud was that oh-so-satisfying low breath.

Paradise: Como Uma Ubud's boutique villas also come with opening to a open forever pool

Paradise: Como Uma Ubud’s boutique villas also come with opening to a open forever pool

All villas during a review in Bali's halcyon Ubud also come with private swimming pools, with a few unaware a overwhelming valley

All villas during a review in Bali’s halcyon Ubud also come with private swimming pools, with a few unaware a overwhelming valley

Home, honeyed home: A unequivocally peaceful four-poster bed - with a butterfly concealment - sits in front of la atmospheric bathroom

Home, honeyed home: A unequivocally peaceful four-poster bed – with a butterfly concealment – sits in front of la atmospheric bathroom

Once we’d negotiated a approach by Bali’s depart depot and it’s furious crowds of intensely dynamic – yet unequivocally accessible – cab drivers and found a ride, we set off into a night and on or approach to a hotel.

It was too dim to scrupulously conclude a lifelike rice paddies and unconditional valleys we were pushing past this time (although we would see them later), yet that didn’t stop us enjoying a refreshing knowledge that is Bali’s roads.

It appears there is no extent to what can be carried on a behind of a moped on Indonesia’s holiday island, and as we were overtaken by a scooter carrying a driver, a immature child no comparison than 4 years aged in his trail and a full wooden habit on a rear, we couldn’t have felt serve than home.

Bali might be usually a brief moody from Australia – and it’s no consternation it’s such a renouned end with those on both a easterly and west coasts of a nation – yet a enlightenment could not be some-more different.

Because while a roads can seem like a chaotic hubbub, all else about a island could not be some-more chilled.

Three smiling members of staff accommodate us during a alfresco opening to a hotel, where a many peaceful of welcomes creates us feel as if we are assembly aged friends.

Get comfy: COMO Uma Ubud's unequivocally possess extract bar - that turns into a bar during night - sits subsequent to a swimming pool

Get comfy: COMO Uma Ubud’s unequivocally possess extract bar – that turns into a bar during night – sits subsequent to a swimming pool

Fancy a dip? Because all villas come with their possess private pools, a categorical swimming area has a loose atmostphere

Fancy a dip? Because all villas come with their possess private pools, a categorical swimming area has a loose atmostphere

Nice view! The villas' private pools unaware a jungle unequivocally are a ideal place to boyant and watch a universe go by

Nice view! The villas’ private pools unaware a jungle unequivocally are a ideal place to boyant and watch a universe go by

One rapid check-in after and we are led to a villa, streamer past a categorical swimming pool and by trees to a still trail that leads us to a accommodation.

A fruity freshly-made acquire splash is watchful for us, as is a member of staff with a bag who willingly shows us around a home for a subsequent 3 nights.

The vital room is atmospheric and airy, finish with all a mod cons and a immeasurable television, not that we would be wanting it.

A unequivocally peaceful four-poster bed – with a butterfly concealment – sits adult a integrate of stairs, that lead by into a atmospheric bathroom, with both a shower, dual sinks and a low free-standing bath.

And, for those who wish to feel truly during one with nature, a semi-separate showering room has a doorway streamer out into a small courtyard, where an outward showering waits.

Stepping by a immeasurable shifting doors of a vital room and we find ourselves in a overwhelming yard garden. The environment is conspicuous and, for someone who has never been to South East Asia before, unequivocally utterly beautiful. 

Twilight: The review kindly lights adult during night, with lights running a approach to a dual restaurants and out to a reception

Twilight: The review kindly lights adult during night, with lights running a approach to a dual restaurants and out to a reception

The hotel's grill - named Kemiri - serves opposite specials any week and has a smorgasboard any morning

The hotel’s grill – named Kemiri – serves opposite specials any week and has a smorgasboard any morning

Each boutique villa during COMO Uma Ubud has a private swimming pool, and everybody has opening to a categorical open pool too, yet nothing are some-more scenic and regretful than ours.

The forever pool sits directly in front of what appears to be miles and miles of unenlightened jungle, giving us ringside seats to Mother Nature.

In daylight, it unequivocally was a ideal place to boyant and watch a universe go by, with plantain squirrels scurrying adult tree trunks, creation leaps from bend to bend and causing a ruckus with a engorgement of pleasing birds.

Once you’ve had adequate cooling off in a pool – or in my case, when we need to get in a shade before we bake in a afternoon object – a garden’s day bed with a same overwhelming perspective is a ideal place to snooze, review a book or usually watch a many goings on in a hollow below.

After a prolonged day of travelling and an early start forward of us, we called it a night flattering shortly after arriving.

 After a prolonged day of travelling and an early start forward of us, we called it a night flattering shortly after arriving

 After a prolonged day of travelling and an early start forward of us, we called it a night flattering shortly after arriving

The vital room is atmospheric and airy, finish with all a mod cons and a immeasurable television, not that we would be wanting it

The vital room is atmospheric and airy, finish with all a mod cons and a immeasurable television, not that we would be wanting it

Aaaaand relax: The atmospheric lavatory comes with a shower, dual sinks and a low free-standing bath

Aaaaand relax: The atmospheric lavatory comes with a shower, dual sinks and a low free-standing bath

OUR ONLY REGRET 

Unfortunately we didn’t have time to make it to Uma Cucina, COMO Uma Ubud’s possess Italian restaurant.

The restaurant, regarded as one of a best Italian restaurants in Ubud, is spontaneous and open to a public, as good as hotel guests.

All mixture are locally sourced before being given an Italian twist.

We arise surprisingly well-rested for a 6am alarm and trifle down to breakfast during a hotel’s restaurant, Kemiri – named after a candlenut grown in Indonesia that is mostly eaten with rice and vegetables after being belligerent down to a thick sauce.

Kemiri’s breakfasts embody a full smorgasboard of pastries, bread, cereals and uninformed fruit.

As good as that, there is a full menu of nominal dishes that can be baked to order, including a daily special. 

COMO Uma Ubud has it’s possess extract bar, that turns into a some-more normal bar after in a evening, so a refreshments with breakfast are also value holding a demeanour at.

I opt for a clarification extract to shake off a final of that post-flight weariness, while Lucy goes for a Balinese coffee, that I’m told was both perfumed and reinvigorating.

We’re propitious adequate to get a best chair in a place, right subsequent to a immeasurable pool and watch a exhausted fish lazily deposit past as we nip divided during a delayed pace. 

A small organisation of 4 of us, as good as a useful guide, headed out into a rice paddies that are usually a five-minute travel divided from a hotel

A small organisation of 4 of us, as good as a useful guide, headed out into a rice paddies that are usually a five-minute travel divided from a hotel

Using their signature mix massage oils, we are treated to an hour of tranquillity during a hands of their massage therapists

Using their signature mix massage oils, we are treated to an hour of tranquillity during a hands of their massage therapists

Inspirational: COMO Uma Ubud's in-house yoga sessions disremember a timberland and a fill that lies below

Inspirational: COMO Uma Ubud’s in-house yoga sessions disremember a timberland and a fill that lies below

It’s easy to forget what time it is in Bali’s morning haze, yet thankfully a extract and tea reinvigorates us rather and we conduct to accepting to accommodate a beam of a morning.

A small organisation of 4 of us, as good as a useful guide, conduct out into a rice paddies that are usually a five-minute travel divided from a hotel.

The judicious mini-trek takes us right into a paddies, where we accommodate accessible farmers harvesting their stand by hand.

While a travel itself is comparatively easy, stout boots are a contingency as a trail is slippy during times, nonetheless thankfully a beam is on palm to assistance us adult any formidable to stand ridges.

Despite it usually being about 9am, after an hour of walking a feverishness is already starting to collect up, so we conduct behind to drop a toes in a pool, while Lucy goes for a yoga event during COMO’s in-house studio unaware a jungle.

Ruby Rose wears a John Hardy square desirous by Naga a dragon during a premiere of Pitch Perfect 3 in Sydney

Ruby Rose wears a John Hardy square desirous by Naga a dragon during a premiere of Pitch Perfect 3 in Sydney

A brief expostulate – organized by COMO’s useful staff – from a review is a John Hardy trinket workshop, where a namesake owner set adult a now-celebrity favourite code in a 1970s while travelling in Bali. 

John Hardy describes itself as a ‘sustainable luxury’ code as is worshiped for a perplexing designs, that are still combined by internal workers regulating normal Balinese techniques. 

A debate of a seminar takes we in with a designers as they hand-draw a subsequent pieces set to accoutre a likes of Carrie Underwood, Janelle Monae and Ruby Rose, who are all fans of a trinket brand.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Balinese artisans subsequent doorway are slicing gemstones, formulating exuberant pieces desirous by fabulous creatures such as Naga a dragon and regulating their singular weaving technique to emanate stunningly ethereal china items.

What’s many strange is that no one singular square of trinket during John Hardy is machine-made, with any small fact crafted by hand. Even a unequivocally accessible steel workers and weavers are uncertain how many pairs of hands any match or ring, for example, passes through.

Of course, we broke myself by holding adult one artisan’s offer of a doctrine in how to ideal their weaving technique – and unsuccessful miserably.

But their kind try to learn me their art form is a primary instance of a village suggestion during a workshop.

Every lunchtime, all a workers time off for an hour and conduct outward for a prolonged lunch together.

We are assimilated by some of a workers and a rest of a debate organisation to representation some of Ubud’s internal delicacies, that are all baked on-site by a John Hardy chefs.

Even I, a male who frequency wears jewellery, found myself withdrawal a seminar with a small something for myself.

A brief expostulate - organized by COMO's useful staff - from a review is a John Hardy trinket workshop

A brief expostulate – organized by COMO’s useful staff – from a review is a John Hardy trinket workshop

What¿s many strange is that no one singular square of trinket during John Hardy is machine-made, with any small fact crafted by hand

What’s many strange is that no one singular square of trinket during John Hardy is machine-made, with any small fact crafted by hand

A debate of a seminar takes we in with a designers as they hand-draw a subsequent pieces set to accoutre a likes of Carrie Underwood, Janelle Monae and Ruby Rose, who are all fans of a trinket brand

A debate of a seminar takes we in with a designers as they hand-draw a subsequent pieces set to accoutre a likes of Carrie Underwood, Janelle Monae and Ruby Rose, who are all fans of a trinket brand

Because of a perfected bid and length of time it takes to emanate usually one square of jewellery, a prices are dear – yet a apportionment of a income goes toward educating staff who grew adult yet correct schooling, as good as planting trees and other ecological work around Indonesia.

TRAVEL FACTS 

The John Hardy package during COMO Uma Ubud costs $5,410 for dual people.

It includes 3 nights in a pool suite, a regretful three-course cooking during Kemiri, a COMO Shambhala massage and a debate of Tirta Empul.

The John Hardy tour, as good as a long-table lunch and a nominal present from, are also partial of a package.

If you’re looking for a private stay during COMO Uma Ubud yet a package, bedrooms operation from $430 a night for a twin room with a terrace, adult to $821  a night to have your possess villa with private pool.

All villas, including a smaller options, come with a private pool.

Flights from Sydney to Bali with Jetstar requisitioned a integrate of months allege typically cost around $600.

Flight time: 6hrs 25mins.

Children above 12 are acquire yet practically this is not quite a family resort. 

After a prolonged day, there’s usually time to get behind in time for one of COMO Uma Ubud’s Shambhala massages.

Using their signature mix massage oils, we are treated to an hour of tranquillity during a hands of their massage therapists, who file their techniques as COMO’s Shambhala Estate, a brand’s wellness shelter usually 20 mins away.

After a well-earned lie-down behind during a villa to redeem from a eager day of relaxation, we start to get a small peckish.

Thankfully tonight we are being treated to a candlelit Kemiri, and a environment could not have been some-more romantic.

Closing off a whole grill usually for a dual of us for a evening, we are seated in a secluded, curtained off area and met by a smiling waiter. 

The waiters were so dynamic to leave us be, they left us with a small buzzer to ring, should we need anything.

There were dual dishes for a starter, that was a sour duck salad with Asian slaw, as good as a image of sichuan squid.

But a genuine leader was a tasty yellow fin tuna that followed, that was accompanied by a egg and peppers salsa and kale stir boiled in oyster sauce. 

One slimey chocolate fondant after and we were prepared to travel behind for a final night during COMO, yet with a subsequent day to fill before streamer behind to Australia, there was copiousness circuitously to fill a time…  

QUIET… BUT BY NO MEANS OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Located in a relaxed uplands of Bali, an hour-and-a-half or so’s expostulate from Denpasar airport, COMO Uma Ubud is distant rather from a hordes of Australian and European tourists that have taken over a beaches in Kuta and Seminyak. 

But that does not meant traveller hotspots are tough to come by.

Bali’s gorilla timberland is a brief five-minute cab boyant from a villas and while it is a traveller Mecca, there are still pleasing walks to take by a woods while examination a monkeys play with any other and safely correlate with humans.

Watch out though, a small rascals adore to take gullible travellers’ phones and jewellery.

Cost of entry: 20,000 Rupiah ($1.90AUD)

There are copiousness of quieter paddies off a beaten track, yet a easiest to get to and many renouned by distant is during Tegalalang, about a 30-minute expostulate from COMO Uma Ubud

There are copiousness of quieter paddies off a beaten track, yet a easiest to get to and many renouned by distant is during Tegalalang, about a 30-minute expostulate from COMO Uma Ubud

When we consider of Bali, rice paddies are one of a initial things that come to mind.

The fantastic terraces demeanour even improved in chairman than in a cinema and are a must-see while visiting a island.

There are copiousness of quieter paddies off a beaten track, yet a easiest to get to and many renouned by distant is during Tegalalang, about a 30-minute expostulate from COMO Uma Ubud. 

For a quieter experience, check out Tirta Empul, a church in Ubud dedicated to a Hindu God of water, Vishnu. 

On holy days, a church of filled with worshippers showering as they take partial in catharsis ceremonies. 

The design and statues that approximate a church are perplexing yet have stood a exam of time, with a site initial used in a 10th century. 

Tourists are acquire to travel by a drift and join in a H2O blessing ceremonies.

Please note that if we are not wearing full length trousers, both group and women will be asked to wear a giveaway sarongs supposing as a symbol of respect.

For a quieter experience, check out Tirta Empul, a church in Ubud dedicated to a Hindu God of water, Vishnu

For a quieter experience, check out Tirta Empul, a church in Ubud dedicated to a Hindu God of water, Vishnu

 

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