KajaNe Mua Private Villa & Mansion
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... store s well as a handful of hiking kit stockists in order to find something suitable. We couldn't find coats that we could squeeze into, but Dave did buy all the trousers in Denpasar that reached his ankles!
Balinese Pizza Hut turned out to be a most confusing experience, and it took a while to even find pizzas on the menu. Then, with both of us feeling shopped out, we returned to Ubud for an evening of blogging and mie goreng / sweet and sour pork at one of the local ...
... raced up to them, sometimes jumping on them to get a banana! Sometimes they stole the whole bunch! I even saw one reach into a mans pocket incase he was hiding bananas, and then one jumped on Pete's leg! He soon buttoned his pocket! The monkeys weren't stupid! When leaving Ubud our taxi driver told us (true or not I don't know!) that some people trained the monkey to steal things like sunglasses that they could sell, and when the monkey brought it to them ...
... in the Hindu culture. Our next stop was at a coffee and spice farm. This was an amazing experience. We first were shown all the coffee and tea plants before being taken to the manufacturing process. It wasn't very high tech just a lady stirring beans on a fire. We were also introduced to Indonesia's speciality coffee. Beans are fed to a civet. The civet breaks down some of the beans before it poo's it out. The poo is then collected, washed and used to make coffee. The digestion gives ...
... with the raindrops so we pulled into a small local Warung to grab some lunch and sit out the rain. As we sat there I looked up to find a small sign on the opposite side of the road directing us to the waterfall....very spooky, twice in one day we have randomly pulled over on the scooter only to find we were exactly where we needed to be! Unfortunately the rain didn't ease at all, so soggily we made our way back to Wayans leaving the waterfall for another day. The rest of the day was ...
... landing as it was still snowing) to drop off passengers and pick up others that were headed to Kuala Lumpor. Well that ended up being a nightmare as the Tokyo airport CLOSED on us before we could take off! We ended up getting off the plane and sitting in the airport for 3 hours until ATC allowed us to takeoff. We chatted with a few fellow passengers from Bangladesh, Australia and Malaysia.
Finally loaded back ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews KajaNe Mua Private Villa & Mansion Ubud
The wonderful world of Kajane
Stayed here for 2 nights & absolutely loved it! Wish we had stayed longer.
A small number of villas, right in the heart of Ubud! Absolutely central location to everything...there's a 24-hour convenience store just directly opposite the narrow one-way road. There are good restaurants to its left, right and opposite. It is within walking distance to the Ubud Palace, market & also to the Monkey Forest too! The staff are very very friendly and provide us transport everywhere, even to Pertulu and Mozaic, Neku Museum, which are located a little bit further from central Ubud (We didn't use them often but there was once the driver even wanted to wait for us to buy staff before transporting us back to the villa. That's almost like having our own driver & guide! We told him no need to wait of course...)
The villas were fantastic! Absolutely beautiful. We stayed in Beiji Gita. The view was gorgeous. Although its rice paddies were just a tiny patch, they were tiered (grown on a hill), across a small gorge, with some other trees such as jackfruit, coconut trees, bananas.
Love the interior of the villa. There's a wooden swing for 2, just next to the pool. And the pool size is big for 2 person! (This is not a plunge pool). Very very charming & the sound of trickling water from the pool was really very soothing. We had breakfast by the pool (in-villa dining) everyday. If not for the bad weather, we would have enjoyed our stay more. Mosquitoes were also not a real problem in the villa (I had comparison since I stayed in another place in Ubud for 1 night.) They had this romantic white veil that was more for aesthetic purposes. They also had a bathtub in a landscaped, semi outdoor area. Usually, I would fee quite claustrophobic to be in a tub but the surroundings were spacious and so much landscaping greens that you just feel wonderful to be in the tub.
I really do hope the price doesn't go up significantly (has gone up since I heard about it) I really do hope to go return.. someday.
Good alternative to the Four Seasons
The Kajane Mua is a great alternative to the Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay for the more budget conscious. You don't get the stunning view of the ocean or the luxury as you do at the Four Seasons, but the standard of the villa is just as good, if not better. The service at the Kajane is simply outstanding, among the best I've come across in my nine trips to Bali. I asked one of the staff to help me buy some local fruits, which I wanted to present to my mum back home, and he did promptly, bringing me a whole bag within an hour. After we'd checked out, they even gave us complimentary use of one of the living rooms at one of their villas, since we had about four hours to kill before heading to the airport. The location couldn't be better for those who want proximity to some of the best restaurants, shops and culture in Ubud. There's even an excellent authentic ``nasi padang'' eatery about 100 meters away from the hotel where a plate of rice and four dishes and drinks for two would cost you only about $5.
Loved the Kajane Mua Villa
Kajane has exceeded our expectation in every way. We stayed 7 nights and we enjoyed every minutes of it. The room was beautifully designed and the service was excellent.
We stayed in a three bedroom Danu villa; the setting of the villa was very intimate and private. The pool was magnificent.
The service was over the top; everyone served us with a smile. Breakfast and afternoon tea was something we look forward to every morning and afternoon. They set everything up on the patio where we enjoyed our morning sun and afternoon breeze. Not to discount the room and the location, but the service seems to be highlight of our stay. We hope to visit Ubud again and we will definitely stay with Kajane.
Dream Hotel - Wish we were there now
Beautifully designed - with amazing attention to detail (husband and I are design snobs so we noticed the high-end materials). We stayed in Beji Kila which was great - with another villa only on one side separated by a wall and greenery. We felt like we were in our own private country house.
The staff was over the top nice - we stayed an extra night because we loved it so much.
One caveat is that they are building the rice fields right across the ravine from the villas so currently there is a view of construction workers and mud. I'm sure once it's finished it will be lovely.
I'm hoping the price doesn't increase too much as it was a bargain and I would love to go back!
Hi all we stayed at the Kajane Mua in jan 06 and what a very special place it is the staff are wonderful and the rooms are very good value, all in all cant find better.
Another great review - loved Kajane Mua!
My husband and I stayed at the Kajane Mua at the end of December 2005 for four nights and we had an absolutely wonderful time. We had two nights in the Toya villa type and two nights in the Beji villa type. We are both in our early-30s and travel extensively for both business and pleasure.
As mentioned in other reviews, this hotel is located off the busy Monkey Forest Road but you would never know it when you're in the villa. It feels very private, quiet and secluded, but you had the advantage of being able to walk only a few minutes to reach many restaurants, spas and stores. The villas are very new and modern, and the outdoor shower/bathtub was a very unique experience. The private infiniti pool was the best part and we spent many hours lazing out on the deck chairs and swimming in the saltwater pool. Both the breakfasts and afternoon teas were delivered right to your patio table every day and the food was excellent. We had the American breakfast every morning and it was more than enough food, including fresh fruit, pastry, bacon and eggs. Many times the staff delivered afternoon tea after they saw us walk back the front desk...we didn't even need to ask. It was nice to have a coffee/tea and baked good delivered to your villa each afternoon. The staff was extremely attentive and would be there to help with any questions/requests. Everyone was very friendly and that really made our visit at the Kajane Mua extra special. For example, we were actually staying at the villa on Christmas morning and we were woken up by a Santa delivering gifts, while the other staff sang Christmas carols...very cute and well beyond what we would ever have expected.
They are currently doing construction at the front entrance for a new restaurant and reception, but we didn't have any issues with noise since the villas we stayed in are further down
the hill and well away from the main street.
In summary, great place to stay in Ubud - it was one of the highlights of our three week trip to Bali/Thailand.
Would stay again!
Location can't be beaten since it's off Monkey Forest Road. There are eateries, spas & shops right outside yet the villas were private and secluded.
We stayed in Beji Kila which is the most private of the three Beji villas. As for the view, it's really a forest view, with some coconut trees & some rice terraces (about 3 small terraces & not as spectacular as I thought it would be). You really have to go on a tour of the island to see "proper" rice terraces. However, it is very tranquil & the landscaping round the pool area is lovely. You can hear the river gushing but can't see it.
The villa is very well appointed & luxurious. Staff were incredible! Extremely friendly & attentive. They brought in a play kitchen for our kids, a dinghy & floatie without us even asking.
As it was my parents' anniversary, when we returned from dinner one night, they presented my parents with a lovely heart shaped cake & decorated the pool & patio with flowers & candles. Absolutely romantic! It was a really special touch from the staff & made our stay most memorable!
However, maybe it was the time of the year but we had a problem with insects. We stayed for 3 nights & only had the problem on one night. The shower is semi-outdoors so when the lights were on, it attracted lots of flying ants. We're not squeamish when it comes to insects but that night it felt like we were having an insect shower too... The staff were really great & helped us get rid of the dead insects in the shower after. I suppose this is part & parcel of the setting being on a tropical island!!! It's really a minor setback which the hotel had no control over. As the other reviewers didn't appear to have the problem, it's probably an isolated incident!
All in all, would definitely stay again!
Stayed in this hotel on the strength of the reviews and forums and it did not disappoint. The location is perfect for exploring Ubud - right down the road from Monkey Forest Sanctuary and the drivers will take you anywhere in town for free. I stayed in the Beji Gita villa all the way at the back of the hotel and had an infinity pool that overlooked the river gorge and trees. I felt like I was in my own little sanctuary right off busy Monkey Forest Road. The main highlight was the staff - Service was impeccable (everyone seemed to know my name!) and I thought it was a very nice touch to be served tea in the afternoon.
The hotel is small and new so my driver (that was not Kajane Mua staff) had a hard time finding it (we circled Monkey Forest Road 3 times!). The sign isn't very big but it's right near some construction on your left as you drive up the road. Not sure if the construction is for the hotel but suggest asking for a room towards the back since I assume it might get noisy in the front of the hotel. (I didn't hear anything from my room.)
A really neat find!
Would like to second the 'amazing' review above... we just got back from kajane and enjoyed it throroughly... stayed in the beji villa, ours did not have a river gorge view but just a greenery view, which was nonetheless very pleasing to the eyes... interiors are gorgeous, loved the infinity pool, the terrace, the swing, outdoor bath and the huge walk in closet/dresser... also liked the free transport within ubud. We did a lot of walk in research on other hotels in Ubud but couldn't find a better value for money. Would ABSOLUTELY recommend it to anyone!
We have just returned home from Bali and have to share how wonderful this hotel is. Kajane Mua is a relatively new hotel in the centre of Ubud. I have to say it one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.
Although on Monkey Forest Road which is in the hustle and bustle of cultural Ubud, Kajane is set back way off the road looking over the river gorge. You would have no idea you were in the middle of Ubud as the seclusion and tranquility is unrivalled.
We stayed in the Beji Killa Villa which is a private detatched villa overlooking the gorge with it's own gorgeous infinity pool. It was nothing short of beautiful. The terrace and the pool are not overlooked at all, even across the river Kajane have made sure nothing has been built so you can gaze at the rice terraces all day. It has total privacy. It seriously took our breath away.
The design of the villa was pure luxury, huge king size bed, separate dressing room, walk in shower room, semi outdoor terazzo bath tub filled with flowers and outdoor shower. The whole ambience was calming and romantic.
What made it extra special was the staff at Kajane. They we so friendly and welcoming and also there to pander to your every need. A choice of breakfast is served on your terrace every morning at whatever time you choose. Fresh flowers adorn you room and bed every day, the attention to detail was fantastic. They even supply in villa Balinese massage and a car service within Ubud.
We loved staying here. You have the best of both worlds, the ammenities od Ubud on your doorstep and the seclusion of Kajane where you can relax in luxurious peace and quiet. We would recommend this hotel to anyone, especially for a honeymoon. Brilliant value for money too. Can't wait to go back!