Komaneka at Monkey Forest
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Vandaag uit Ubud vertrokken. We vonden het echt een hele leuke stad om te verkennen maar hebben helaas niet erg veel ondernomen omdat we onze de laatste week wat ziek voelden. We zijn nog wel naar Monkey Forest geweest, was geinig, maar aapjes voeren hadden we natuurlijk in Lombok ook al gedaan. Na Ubud wilden we naar Kerobokan gaan en zouden …
Another early morning flight, waking up at 3am, whisking through empty streets to the airport. After a layover in Kuala Lumpur for a few hours, I suddenly find my self looking out the window at the island of Bali a piece of lush land protruding out of the mass of blue ocean surrounding it. From the plane sandbars and coral areas can be seen I …
... the town, and as we arrive at the gateway to the forest we can see a fair number of the Balinese long-tailed macaque monkeys already, seemingly waiting to pounce on unsuspecting tourists looking for food. We head in, Linda somewhat wary after our encounter with aggressive monkeys in China a couple of months ago, but it’s a busy place (hence there are more targets available for the monkeys!) so things seem like they’ll be OK. There are quite a few of ...
This morning, Wayan picked me up and I went to Studio Perak where I'd previously booked myself onto a silver jewellery class. Some of the other volunteers were there too (even though they didn't say they were doing it) so it was nice to see them too. Last night I was musing as to what I was going to make and decided on making a ring (despite already owning 25 very beautiful silver rings). I had an idea of what I wanted to make so ...
... wrong, he didn't seem quite as happy or energetic as the day before.
At the coffee plantation, he was pretty good, pointing out stuff and showing me how to get at it, making me smell it.
The only thing was, he was on his phone more than half the time.
So he'd be talking on his bluetooth in Balinese, then pointing out durian to me in English.
When I was tasting coffees, him and the girl serving me chatted in Balinese the whole time.
When we got to the temple, he ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Komaneka at Monkey Forest Ubud
Understated Elegance in Paradise
This was my second stay at Komaneka, intentionally. The facilities are extremely well-maintained and comfortable, the elegance is understated, and the staff is almost overwhelmingly friendly, helpful, attentive and responsive.
This resort is very conveniently located near the center of Ubud, yet it is blissfully quiet, surprisingly calm and serene even though near the hustle of the center of the village.
I am a relatively low-maintenance hotel guest, and the staff at Komaneka consistently anticipated my every need and desire, fulfilling them almost before I expressed them.
I don't get to SE Asia very often, but I actually chose to come back to Bali so that I could experience the pleasures of this particular place once again.
I would happily, wilingly, and enthusiastically recommend this resort to my friends and to anyone traveling to Ubud.
Great place to stay
my wife and i where travelling with our 6 children and needed to get away from the shopping and hussel of kuta, so we all travelled to ubud for a few days in jan 07.Not having booked anywhere we looked at some hotels but didn't really like them .We wanted something looking over rice fields and with a nice pool and friendlly staff.
We booked into another hotel but it wasn't what we really wanted,so be walked down the street and looked at every hotel we found.
At about 6pm we can across the KOMANEKA , and after having seen the pool villa ( which my wife and i took ) and the other rooms which my children loved, we changed hotels that night.
The owner and staff could not do enough for us. The rooms where large and clean and the breakfast that was included was great , equal to any 5 star hotel.
The hotel wasn't large and the great staff get to know you and there attention to detail makes you feel like nothing is a trouble.
My 6 year old son was sick when we arrived and the owner
and staff could not have been more helpful or caring, bring him special rice and porridge.
The view over the rice fields was a great site, looking at open spaces instead of a brick wall was just great in the late afternoon as my wife and i had our glass of wine.
The main pool also looks over the rice fields and a river and as you float around in it you cann't help but relax.
The restuaunt served some of the best food we had in bali and the price was the same as the street places but the atmosphere at KOMANEKA was so much better.
Included in the price is afternoon tea which is a must to have at about 3 pm it was a welcome site with 6 children.
The location was great just 5 min walk to the monkey forest in one direction and 5min walk in the other to the centre of ubud.
Komaneka was a home away from home and with a dvd player in the rooms at no extra cost it was great to watch the dvd that you purchased in Kuta.
It was also great for the kids and myself to use their free internet service( even if you didn't have a laptop they would lend you one with no time limit)
Over all i could not recommed the KOMANEKA highly enough.
If you wish to excape to UBUB for a few days and relax in a place with great staff , frendliy service and great food in the best location and not look at 4 walls ,the KOMANEKA is for you.
You get all the above and more for less than a 4 star resort.
On a scale off 1 to 10 we would all give it 15.
If you read this and don't stay at the KOMANEKA you are loosing out.
We will return for sure
Treated like Royalty!
Having just stayed at the Komaneka, Ubud for a week, we would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel. The room with private pool was nicely decked out! It is a serene, beautiful hotel well situated in the heart of Ubud with all modern amenities. The staff were friendly and efficient. The breakfast included was delicious with a few good choices (including eggs). We tried the restaurant for dinner on two occasions and the food was delicious and fresh. Best hotel we've stayed at in Bali!
A perfect place for a short break
Have just returned from 3 days at Komaneka Resort and having travelled extensively both on pleasure and leisure, i must rank it as one of the most pleasant 3 days of my life!
Not only is the hotel in a beatiful setting, but the staff are both friendly and helpful. One small problem with our plunge pool resulted in us being upgraded immediately as well as the offer of a free massage. A response which far exceeded any minor irritation the pool problem would have caused, but very much appreciated.
I have read the previous reviews and must say that I share no common experience with 'Alaskaitaly'. I would suggest that this reviewer stay with the large 'cookie cutter' US chains and leave these unique local boutiques to those who appreciate real value and service.
The owner introduced herself to us at afternoon tea (free every day in the grounds). She visits the resort every day to ensure that all guests are happy, and these 2 certainly were.
I would recommend this small resort to anyone wanting a break in luxury, close to shops and reataurants, etc with great staff and service. we will be going back next year.
OK but not worth the price
I just returned from a 5 night stay at the Komaneka Resort in the center of Ubud.
On one hand, I have debated whether to write a review - because the service staff in the hotel are lovely, kind, warm and friendly people who are doing the best job they know how. On the other hand, I find this true in other resorts I've visited in Bali, but the service itself is not up to par with the prices/standard of a 4 or 5 star hotel in other parts of the world. I wonder if because the guests at these hotels are so enthralled by the sites/feeliing of Bali that they overlook some basic service items when considering their stay, like me, not wanting to make disparaging remarks about the people who are so kind.
In any event, Komaneka Resort is well situated in Ubud-easy access to other restaurants, shops and services. I was greeted with cold cloth and a sweet drink before being escorted to my pool room that boardered the rice paddies.
This room is normally priced at $300 per night plus service charges and tax. I was given a 50% off offer because of my long time stays at another hotel that has a connection with this one. After staying at the Komaneka, I would never pay $300 for this room and considered the $150 to be on the high side for the service/amenities.
On first look, the room is absolutely lovely. A thatched roof space. The large bed with linen netting, bouquet of tuberroses, enormous bathroom/dressing area with free standing tub, separate marble shower and toilet areas that view out onto the rice paddies and the patio/pool area. There are two writing desks with small table lamp on one; another table that holds the minibar; a TV with DVD player; a CD player; large bench for holding the luggage and a closet.
The garden-like patio area has two lounge chairs with cushions, a separate thatched roof area with a table and chairs, pool towels and a door that can be closed off to disturbances. The pool is more of a plunge pool - and because of its close proximity to the paddies and those working in the paddies, I did not use the pool. There is no way anyone but a small child could actually do any movement in the pool.
On closer inspection and use - the furniture is a bit "tired" - outside chairs look more western-look. The lighting is inadequate for reading. To turn off the main lights in the room, you must go outside and turn off the switches there. The toilet would not flush without 4-5 flushes and I often ended up using water from a wastebucket to flush the toilet.
When I requested a softer pillow, there were no other choices. For this price and standard of a hotel-this kind of thing is a normal type of request. Generally, the bedding is nice and well taken care of. The towels were also adequate and many of them in the room. There is a nice sofa at the end of the bed.
Breakfast was included but found it a bit ridiculous that you could choose either continental American or Indonesian which priced normally at $10/$11 respectively - but had to pay if you wanted eggs for a breakfast that is shown on menu at $12. Just odd - and hardly a 5 star situation.
Observation that I am now at the Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok at a rate of $220 - less than the normal rate of $300 charged at the Komaneka..and their breakfast buffet is without comparison; robes, exercise room, fruit in the room twice a day, excellent service....concierge, help with travel arrangements,etc....
Room service brought silverware wrapped in a cheap, paper napkin - no linen. Food was so-so if not poor. Example: Ceasar salad described in menu as Romaine lettuce with crisp bacon pieces when ordered produced three huge leaves of head lettuce with strips of bacon (cold and fatty) laying on the top; mango crumble was old tasting. Pumpkin soup was excellent though and, in general, the breakfasts were mostly nice if but for 2 of the 5 mornings when the food was cold in the center and poorly presented.
They also serve "tea" mid afternoon - Bali cakes and choice of coffe or tea. Nice service.
There was more noise than I liked and was necessary. The first morning, the gardners began cutting/hacking down trees at 7 a.m. right outside my villa. Even after making a complaint to the Manager, a few days later, construction began at the same time next to my Villa. Staff would often be chattering and laughing while working or walking outside my Villa at early hours with seemingly no understanding of vacationers still in bed.
Service from the staff, although friendly, was largely at fault due to poor communication skills and lack of initiative to rectify a situation. Asking for an extension of the stay brought-"Well, could you ask us tomorrow?" Even after saying I had to make arrangements by that night for my connecting flights to be changed.
I sent a new bathrobe to the laundry - the first time it came back (later than when they say) it was not cleaned and, in fact, came back dirtier with stains. They apologized and sent it back, only to have it come back still dirty and with holes-the third time there were more holes and it was still damp. The Housekeeping Manager was very kind and apologetic but I still had to press for compensation - far less than the value of the robe.
The hotel offers free WIFI - unfortunately, many of the guests computers, including mine, would only pick up a signal in the lobby.
Miscellaneous comments: Often times the turn down service was not done. The hotel has another hotel farther out of Ubud that is quite similar but with more quiet setting. Hotel room had a huge bag for guests use which proved very handy! CNN and HBO would often go out - but a call to the desk sent a repair/service man...was a bit inconvenient though when I was watching at midnight or later when I didn't want to have someone come to the room. Guests books/room services/room service pages are wrinkled and dirty-needs updated/replaced - perhaps covered with film. Very nice selection of magazines in the room. Hair dryer was nearly useless - low power. Spa looked very nice but, compared to other places, it was a bit expensive. $60 for a massage compared to $10 down the street. No clock next to the bed. Robes in the rooms are very nice. Air conditioning in the room great.
I adored the croaking of hundreds of frogs in the rice paddies throughout the night and waking up to the chirping of baby chicks parading up and down the paddies walls during the day.
A Secret Jewel.
We stayed in a Valley View Pool Villa and it was the equal of all the competitors in Ubud. The Amandari and the Four Seasons Sayan may have the name but this little known gem is their equal.
For our money it is not only better value but the ambience was more to our liking. The staff were efficent and friendly without being obsequious.
If you want to drop out for a while and enjoy a totally private holiday then this is the place.
This is a small intimate resort free of noisy groups and mass activity.
After a few days here the idea of going anywhere else in Bali seemed so ridiculous that we cancelled other bookings are stayed at longer at Komaneka Tanggayuda.
Occasionally, we dragged out for a meal at some very fine restaurants nearby but that was about the limit of our exercision.
If you immense yourself in the gentle rhythm and beauty of your pool villa and you too will rediscover the feeling of happiness.
Cannot recommend highly enough.
Wonderful place!! Would go there again!
We were recently in Ubud for a three night stay at the Komaneka Tanggayuda (Valley View Pool Villa) and had a wonderful time. The room was immaculate, tastefully decorated and most importantly - clean! Service at this hotel was fantastic and all the hotel staff were friendly and respectful. We could not have asked for better accomodations or better service! In-room dining or dining by our private plunging pool was not at all a problem for room service. If you are looking for a small, quiet, romantic, and private place to stay for you and yours - this is it!
Very noisy, not recommended
We stayed only one night at KOMANEKA Resort which is considered in UBUD (BALI) as a high standard hotel. At first sight, it's paradise : beautiful rooms and swimming pool.
In our room, we could hear all the films our neighbours were watching, all their conversations... We did not sleep all night. When we closed our bathroom door, it made such a noise (SLAM). One of our neighbour told the hotel her bathroom doesn't work properly. Our tap water had problems too.
We will not recommend that hotel.
Never mind the Ants !
Nice resort with perfect location in the very center of Ubud, shops, restaurants and cafes, the market, the palace, monkey forest ... just around the corner. Balinese style, spacious rooms with private courtyards and traditional open air bathroom (the disadvantage: by night you have to share the bathroom with thousands of ants - but no worries, they disappear at sunrise). Nice pool to relax after exhausting hours of shopping and sightseeing. Spa looks very nice too, but didnt try out. A bit pricey like all upscale hotels in Ubud.