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Hotel Highlights

  • Warm and thoughtful service from your personal butler
  • Complete privacy in a rustic garden setting
  • Chauffeured limousines around Ubud on demand

Overview

Mix traditional Balinese villa design, a home-from-home ambience, spa-resort luxury and a lush tropical location in the heart of the island and you have Kayumanis Ubud. Enjoy utter privacy in your own thatched villa, with a cinnamon-tree-shaded pool and an ever-ready personal butler. ‘Romantic’ is an understatement.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Kayumanis Ubud with us:

A one-hour Relaxing Massage for two and a romantic flower bath on arrival

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Kayumanis Ubud

Flexible rate

Facilities

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Kayumanis Ubud hotel – Bali – Indonesia

Need To Know

Rooms

23, including 19 private one-bedroom villas, two two-bedroom Residence Villas, the three-bedroom Owner's Villa and the one-bed Kayumanis Suite.

Check–out

Midday, although both early check-in and late check-out can be arranged, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $277.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast, a 30-minute massage, and a private shuttle service around Ubud, from 7am to 11pm.

Also

Kayumanis Ubud also organises trips to Buahan village for a picnic lunch overlooking the mountains and Ayung river valley or to watch the sunset at famous Tanah Lot, a romantic temple perched on cliffs high above the ocean.

At the hotel

Spa, library, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: fully equipped kitchenette, TV, DVD player on request, CD player, sound system, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Because each one is uniquely styled according to a different cultural theme, the best villas depend on your taste. We like the traditional Balinese and the rustic, back-to-nature Primitive villas, but there’s also Javanese, Oriental, Palembang and Modern to choose from, and each comes in one-, two- or three-bed flavours. Get a valley view if you can.

Poolside

Each villa has its own large private pool and sundeck within a secluded tropical garden.

Packing tips

Yoga clothing – there are classes every Wednesday. Keep some space in your suitcase for authentic Balinese artworks in gallery-packed Ubud town.

Also

Your personal butler is on hand to provide afternoon tea, daily fresh fruit and a constantly stocked complimentary minibar, and anything else you request or require. Smoking is allowed throughout.

Children

Kayumanis is very much an adult playground, however children aged 16 and above are welcome.

Food & Drink

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Kayumanis Ubud hotel – Bali – Indonesia

Hotel Restaurant

If you can tear yourself away from the cloistered luxury of your villa, let chef Nyoman Mustika serve you up some thom yam goong in the Dining Corner – traditional Thai food at its spicy best.

Hotel Bar

The elevated Wine Corner lounge is a great place to hole up and usher in the dusk with a good bottle from the extensive cellar. Cocktail fans will lap up (or at least contentedly sip) the Sayan Forest, a blend of Kahlua, fresh strawberry and milk.

Last orders

The Dining Corner and the Wine Corner both close at 11pm.

Room service

You can order an a-la-carte meal served overlooking your own private pool and garden.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Laid-back Balinese or cool flowing cotton – from sarongs to Stella McCartney, anything goes.

Top table

The corner table on the bottom deck gives you a privacy boost, as well as putting you closest to the stunning natural surrounding.

Local Guide

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Kayumanis Ubud hotel – Bali – Indonesia
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

If Ubud is Bali’s cultural heart, then the gangs (alleys) are its veins and art is its lifeblood. You can lose a day just wandering around the town, pootling between art galleries and craftsmen’s workshops. Bali’s growing generation of female painters exhibit at the Seniwati Gallery (+62 (0)361 975 485), which you can stroll around for free.

Local restaurants

It may be a bit rough around the edges, but don’t let that put you off – Naughty Nura's Warung on Jalan Raya Sanggingan in Ubud town is the best barbecue in Ubud. Residents converge here for homey, cheap and cheerful fare such as hearty pork ribs (+62 (0)361 977 547). Nobody knows in advance what they’ll be eating at Mozaic (on the same street) but rest assured, nobody ever comes away disappointed. Chef Salans’ modern French tasting menu is an ever-changing revelation and the wine list is similarly inspired (+62 (0)361 975 768).

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Serene cinnamon groves

Kayumanis Ubud

Banjar Baung, Sayan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, 80571

Planes

The airport is served by carriers including Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar and JAL. The drive from here to the hotel should take just under an hour. If you need one, visas can be bought on arrival, so have cash with you if necessary.

Automobiles

The arty Ubud is a 10-minute drive away, and Denpasar city centre is half an hour south of the hotel. There’s free parking and a valet service.

Reviews

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Kayumanis Ubud hotel – Bali – Indonesia

Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

City dwellers often forgot the joys of silence. On our first night at Kayumanis Ubud, Mr Smith and I lie in bed and giggle at the deliciousness of not being able to hear anything. There are no rumbling air-con systems or humming fridges, barking dogs or tooting horns and – thank you, thank you – absolutely no thumping beats or noisy neighbours. OK, so we can just make out the st…
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Kayumanis Ubud

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

City dwellers often forgot the joys of silence. On our first night at Kayumanis Ubud, Mr Smith and I lie in bed and giggle at the deliciousness of not being able to hear anything. There are no rumbling air-con systems or humming fridges, barking dogs or tooting horns and – thank you, thank you – absolutely no thumping beats or noisy neighbours. OK, so we can just make out the stirring of palm trees on the gentle breeze, but that’s hardly upsetting the romantic vibe.

A rooster crowing, however, does stir me from my slumber in the morning. Mr Smith’s idea of a morning meal is lunch, so I wander alone to breakfast. After passing on what looks like a muffin of mass destruction, I’m presented with an American breakfast that is a sorry, cold state of affairs. The last time I saw a sausage that mistreated was on my dad’s barbecue during a bank holiday. Thankfully, the happy hens of Bali deliver eggs that scramble like a dream.

Really, a less than fortunate breakfast experience is the only bump in an otherwise smooth road to relaxation. On arrival the previous day, Mr Smith and I are escorted to Cedana, our Deluxe Villa, guarded like a precious jewel behind two heavy wooden doors secured by a huge padlock. The adage ‘size doesn’t matter’ may not apply to villas, but we both gasp when we realise just how huge our temporary love nest is. An eight-metre swimming pool is glistening in the sunshine. Here, there’s an emphasis on outdoor living, with areas for lounging and relaxing open to the elements. The only concession to the great indoors is a raised pavilion housing the bedroom and its draped four-poster.

Stone boulders on the path outside point the way to Dining Corner, a villa that has been converted into a restaurant serving traditional Thai cuisine. Sitting in one of the upper pavilions, having ordered a strawberry mojito and Long Island iced tea, Mr Smith and I simply stare at the verdant jungle foliage spilling down the river valley. We feel as though we’ve found Bali’s physical and spiritual heart.

With stomachs demanding attention, we opt for in-villa dining at lunchtime so that we can soak up every indulgent moment. Waiting for room service to arrive Mr Smith goes into boyish discovery mode, flicking on the tellie and pumping up the sound system. Meanwhile, I’m wrestling with issues concerning the outdoor bathroom. It’s drop-dead sexy, but my girly side can’t overcome concerns about creepy-crawlies and being bitten on the most delicate of regions.

Attacks by bugs are soon forgotten as the butler transforms our fully equipped kitchen into a private restaurant. Two types of flavoured olive oil, wood-fired garlic bread, iced lemon water and handmade crostini are laid out along with the nasi goreng and mie goreng we’ve ordered.

After wolfing down satay sticks and noodles, there’s nothing to be done but lie about. By the pool, the thickly padded sunloungers make movement – apart from rolling over – difficult. Mr Smith even comments that for someone who usually can’t remain still for more than a moment, I am doing a remarkably good job of this relaxation thing.

With the sun setting we head across the wooden footbridge suspended over the river to the spa for our complimentary massage. Thatched open-air treatment pavilions are host to an unbelievable sensory experience. Face down I feel totally encompassed by nature, and soft strokes lull me as I listen to the sounds of the forest. All too soon I hear those four dreaded words: ‘Your massage is over.’

In the darkness, we light candles around the villa and soak together in the huge bath (I defy anyone not to fall in love all over again), before strolling back to the restaurant. There’s no one there but us, and we’re treated like superstars, with a tasting menu of Thai delights filling our table and our stomachs. The service is gracious and warm, and there’s always a watchful eye ensuring we need for nothing.

When Mr Smith finally wakes from his slumber – a long time after I’ve finished my forgettable breakfast – we decide to explore. A stroll down Ubud’s Monkey Forest Road is an assault course of broken paving stones, dogs, exposed drains and stepped-on offerings. Still, it has a great vibe and there’s plenty to look at and eat. We stop at famous Ibu Rai (named after a woman who began selling food to travellers on this site in the 1960s – now a restaurant run by her grandson) for a well-earned snack and at Tropical View for killer cocktails. We finish up in the evening with dinner at TeraZo, having discovered that Mozaic, Ubud’s iconic fine-diner, is fully booked. The colonial bistro serves tastebud-defying Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, and I have a moment of food envy given a taste of Mr Smith’s incredible tuna.

The next day we slowly pack our bags and padlock our retreat. Kayumanis promised luxury, privacy and comfort and delivered on all fronts. Even the cinnamon trees seem to be waving goodbye as our heavy legs struggle away from a holiday we never want to end.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Kayumanis Ubud's Guestbook below.

 

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We loved

The tranquility. The absolutely stunning villas. The beautiful jungle. The amazingly friendly and helpful staff. The size of our pool. The outdoor spaces. The main pool. The complimentary massage on arrival. The list goes on...

Don’t expect

Very hard to find - our driver had to ask 5 different people, and we were within 1 km of the final location. Plus our stay was too short... :)

Rating: 9/10 stars