Kupu Kupu Barong Villas & Tree Spa
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKupu Kupu Barong Villas & Tree Spa Ubud
The rooms are cosy and spacious. The dinning is good, but the main thing this place has to offer is the amazing view, its worth the stay in itself.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kupu Kupu Barong Villas & Tree Spa Ubud
We spent in KKB 3 nights in July 2006 which was a part of our honeymoon stay in Bali. Our impressions of the hotel are ambiguous.
First, good sides:
Our villa 15 with a pool was very nice. We had our own bale by the pool with a wonderful view and spent quite much time there. Actually most our positive impressions were connected with our villa. We especially liked that our villa had glass walls overlooking the jungle. The food was delicious and good value for the price (taking into consideration that it is a hotel restaurant). The staff was friendly and everybody was trying to remember our room number and names. Overall the service is rather good, although sometimes I couldn't reach our butler. We also enjoyed complimentary spa in 4 different locations - really relaxing and pleasant. Every night our butler prepared us petal bath and flowers were actually everywhere, which was very nice and somewhat romantic.
Bad sides: If you aren't fond of insects and small animals, don't go there. We had two lizards, a butterfly and a bunch of small insects residing in our room. Every night groups of 1 centimeter big ants came to our bed using canopy. We also saw a big frog climbing the outside wall of our villa. So you end up checking every garment for insects before putting it on. All the clothes and towels was very dump, so you could really feel being in the jungle.
They serve breakfast a la carte, which is not really a bad side, but we prefer buffet. They also give only 2 small complimentary water bottles a day, which is surely not enough. The minibar water costs 15 times more than at the supermarket. We didn't have our own sunbeads by the villa pool, so we had to go to the main pool for sunbathing. The water in it is not heated, so it was rather cool and I couldn't stay in it for more than a couple of minutes. But the really stupid and dangerous thing was a variety of shampoo, shower gel, etc. bottles, ALL MADE OF GLASS in the shower. Shower gel was so thick that it wouldn't come out, so you had to shake the bottle very strongly. So my husband ended up dropping the bottle and cutting his foot severely. At last we had his toe stitched and now he can barely walk. BTW never use medical center at Denpasar airport - it's just horrible. Also, be ready for an extra workout - the way from the villa to any facility of the hotel is very long and up/down hill. You can wait for the buggy to come, but it's not always convenient.
A mixed bag...
We had both good and unpleasant experiences at KKB during our 5 night stay in May.
Good: new single story villas are amazing...beautifully laid out, nice bathtub and great outdoor balcony/pavillion off villa (we had #17).
Treehouse spa: had a daily massage and it was hit or miss with the therapist but the ambiance and location of this spa is great. After having our first spa in the main area (the room behind the desk -- we heard the employees all talking loudly throughout our entire massage, so it was not relaxing) we booked the rest of our treatments for the treehouse...glad we did.
Bad: we were originally given villa #1, dark, old and 4 stories (granted there's just a few steps between each floor...it still makes it a hassle to go down to the bathroom 2 floors down especially in the middle of the night.) The airconditioner is down a floor from the bedroom so it was quite hot during the night. Also, the small balcony is not really usuable because there's a loud generator next to it. And the plunge pool? No place to lay out next to it... It was literally a pool squished in between two villas. Nothing like the pictures on their website.
After we told the front desk then the manager about how our villa was disappointing and nothing like the website pics-- they conceded that there's actually just ONE villa that looks like the pic posted. The front desk and concierge told us this has caused problems in the past. We asked the GM why they wouldn't specifically disclose this and we were told that it is so they could present the best parts of the hotel. We thought it was just misleading.
After we asked to be relocated, they accommodated us to 17 but told us that we'd have to go back to #1 on our last night. While we enjoyed our stay in the newer villa, the whole experience ultimately left with us very disappointed with the entire property.
One last note: the service and employee training is also a mixed bag. After finishing a day long activity -- we had about a 2 hour window in our room to get ready for dinner. We shared this info with both Concierge/butler and the front desk (they often like to ask about your day). Even after the conversations and having requested the car to drop off us for dinner -- 2 people still showed up to our villa. They knocked (we were taking a bath in the big tub) -- and one actually looked into the window next to the door and he and I made eye contact so he clearly saw I was in the tub. Yet, they knocked even harder. Because we thought it could be something important, my husband grabbed a towel and opened the door and they asked if they could do turn down service (at 6pm if I recall correctly b/c our dinner res was at 7). When we told the GM about this while we were talking about our stay and experiences...he backed up the employees and stated that turndown service is at a specific time. Period.
Overally, we had a wonderful time in Ubud and Bali in general but feel that it could have been one of those AMAZING vacations had our last 5 nights at KKB not been so mixed.
We will not be returning here, especially given the myriad of villa choices in Ubud. We briefly saw the hotel Royal Pita Maha right off the river and that looks promising for us to try next time.
Kupu Kupu Barong is the BEST!
Kupu Kupu Barong is the BEST! My husband and I spent the best 4 days there. I just read the review before this and agree with everything they said. There are a few things in particular that made Kupu Kupu special:
1. The butlers: On an island full of the sweetest and friendliest people, they were by far the friendliest. They were sincerely interested in helping us whenever we needed it and also just chatting about Bali. We learned way more about the culture through our Butlers than in any of the books we read. I'd like to send a special shout out to Wayan who particularly went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed our stay. If you get a chance to go to Kupu Kupu, I highly recommend asking for Wayan to give you a tour of Ubud.
2. The private villas - they are so unique and designed for romance. The view of the trees and river below is breathtaking and peaceful. Our butler's left us daily messages made from flower petals on our bed. With two living rooms and huge bathroom with spa tub, there is plenty of space to enjoy. One note: I don't recommend going out of your way to get the private pool as it isn't heated and so not very inviting. It is pretty though.
3. The food and service - You can have your 4 course meals served to you anywhere you want - in your room, on your terrace, in the hotel, by the pool, at the bar. The food is delicious and the experience was awesome!
4. The spa - Our package included 1 1/2 hours a day of spa services. We decided to put them all together for one big spa day and it was AWESOME!! If you aren't in love before, you will be by the time it is over. It's a trully peaceful and inviting environment.
5. The grounds: It is a maze through the trees with pretty villas spoted all over it. Everywhere you look there are pretty gardens, statues and views.
In a nutshell, Kupu Kupu is a unique and romantic place. I too have traveled the world, but the sweetness of Kupu Kupu I have not experienced before.
A lifetime memory
We just arrived home from four of the most glorious days at Kupu Kupu Barong. Our stay at Kupu, I am sure, will be remembered as a lifetime treat. Budi, Suastika and Wayan, our butlers, took such good care of us and our accommodations in the Royal Suite were so beautiful from the inside to the outside (killer views), our meals were delicious and beautifully served and presented (including breakfast by our pool), our warm greetings every time we returned from an excursion from the staff and our fabulous massages were so appreciated, thoroughly enjoyed and always remembered.
Our four days could not have been more wonderful unless they were the entire 7 days we spent on Bali. We would recommend this to all couples who want to rediscover the romance! Or keep it going!
As a note...we are from a world class resort area in southern california that has amazing restaurants and hotels. Anything that impresses us must be totally wonderful!
I am sorry I don't know how to post our photos but enjoy the photos of the other reviewers. It is a marvelous place.
As an afterthought, I would spend all my time on Bali in the Ubud area and the up by the north coast (or perhaps east coast which we did not have a chance to visit). Bali is definately about the people, their culture, art, music, traditions and religion. The large resorts by name brand hotels on the beaches in south Bali can be had at many places in the world like Mexico and Hawaii. But come to Bali for the people and all they have to offer. So look to the hills and Ubud!
Mixed feelings about KKBarong. Quick summary of positives and negatives:
Positives: Great Location, nice views over Ajung River, nice restaurant, free shuttle-bus to Ubud every hour, free (wireless) internet, nice private one-storey villas down close to the river
Negatives: Most of the 2-storey villas are in close proximity to each other and offer no privacy (beware of villa numbers above 19). No TV in the one-storey villas, mediocre service (forgetful), expensive drinks/food.
The picture of the villa with private infinity pool on the KKB-Homepage is from one of the few one-storey villas further down the hill towards the river. The other 2 storey villas with own pool are very much less picturesque. Most of the 2-storey villas are in two rows directly adjacent to one another. The hotel management told me that all villas are equal in price as the 2-storey villas are larger and have a TV. If you can do without a TV and don't need as much inside space, go for the 1-storey villas. But beware, not all villas have their own pool. And if the prices don't differ between the villas, make sure you get one including private pool (well, more like a large bathtub..). If you prefer a 2-storey with more inside space, villa 1 is beautiful.
We found the service quite poor for a 5 star hotel. The service was quite forgetful and didn't think along. One night we had 2 large rats in our bathroom - this was dealt with but no-one came to apologise the next day or to offer free laundering of the clothes which the rats had probably sniffed around in. We were also forgotten a couple of times for the shuttle pick-up which was a pain. Service was friendly however, and I don't know how much better other 5* resorts in Ubud are.
Dinner is good, but overpriced. If you have the all-inclusive deal, beware that there are set menus for the romantic dinners. If you want something else however, the staff are happy to help.
The Spa was nice, but not spectacular. The Tree-top spa is a nice idea, rather small however. The majority of the spa is in another building at the reception.
You should expect to pay about US$300 per night per villa, including 2 spa treatments, dinner, tax and service. If you negotiate you will definitely get a stay4-pay3 or stay6-pay4 deal which is fair. Check online as they also include some good offers.
Great hotel !!!
Pretty nice hotel, very helpful staff, really luxury villas.
We spent 3 nights in a villa with a plunge pool, it was awesome. The view from your private balcony is simply gorgeous. The restaurant provides various menu and some delicious meals. You can also enjoy a spa at the top a tree (I think it was a Mango). A peaceful retreat in the heart of Bali.
a perfect stay for a honeymoon. I recommend it !!
Immensely beautiful and charmed by its natural beauty and superb service
This is our first honeymoon in Bali and was extremely delighted to have chosen Kupu Kupu Barong. We had really enjoyed the quiet ambience and natural scenery there including our private plunge pool, romantically decorated villas, the spa villas combined with the warm hospitality from the staff. We hope to go back there in the near future and highly recommend this especially for honeymooners.
THE Luxury stay in Bali !!!!!
I just come back from Bali, and my only thoughts are when do I go back to Kupu Kupu Barong !!!
What an amazing stay. From our first day to the last one we had a perfect honeymoon. The Villas are gorgeous with their private plunge pool and breathtaking views, our buttler (wayan) has been so kind and knew how to anticipate every single of our needs without beeing envasive.
Staff is so nice and loves his country, it is such a pleasure to share that with them this is the real BALI far from the madness of the beaches. An Idyllic retreat for honeymooners and romantics.
The restaurant's great too we had so much choice discovering balinese traditions, this would easily have its place on 'Les Champs Elysées' in Paris. The Spa at the top of a tree seems to be unique concept in Asia and what a great memory.
I can't easily find the words to explain how great was this moment. I'm looking forward my next stay at Kupu Kupu Barong.
if you go to BALI, this hotel is a MUST stay.
Most beautiful villa/room I have ever stayed in.
We stayed in a villa overlooking the Arung river that had a private plunge pool along with a veranda attached to the villa. We had a butler to bring whatever we requested. Our room was featured on the cover of an Asia magazine for the months of Aug/Sept 2005, it was that pretty. We had breakfast served in our room every day if we chose not to go tho the restaurant, we had a private dinner and 2-90 minute massages.
The closer you are to the river the prettier it is but the walk is longer so they provide a golf cart (buggy to them) to take you to your villa. We never had to wait for the cart.
The staff were excellent, could not have been more helpful. I travel a lot and I have never stayed in a prettier place with more wonderful staff. Check ---- for auction prices on this property.
It is such a shame about the most recent bombings as I fear that they are going to be hurt badly in the tourism area and they are the kindest most gentle of people who are heavily reliant on tourism.
Check the special offers, first!
when you arrive at the hotel the first impression is not so good: you do not understand if it is a private property or you are in the middle of a local village: a few shops, a little fruit market before entering the main gate..., a messy forest, lots of dogs!!! The lobby is nice and the Spa, too. The staff is friendly and helpful, but I think they need to be trained. To reach the rooms you need to use an electrical machine: ours was very far away in the forest and it took us five minutes to reach it. It was very nice, with a private pool, huge windows with wonderful view of the valley and the river, king size bed and bathroom with both bath and shower (all fully refurbished). The price was really value for money, because this special summer offer included breakfast daily, dinner daily and 90 minutes treatments at the Spa, otherwise the full price is too high for this property.
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