At its heart, The Como Uma Ubud is Balinese chic at its best. Sited among paddy fields and rolling hills, it feels, for all the world, as if you’ve stepped into a traditional Balinese village. This is perhaps best felt in the spa, where a series of Asian-inspired treatments site you firmly on Indonesia’s paradise island. There’s everything from a massages and reflexology treatments to steam rooms and complimentary yoga sessions, held daily in an open-air pavilion overlooking the Tjampuhan Valley. But, to keep things up to date, there’s also an expansive pool and superbly equipped gym.
It’s a sense of style that continues into the 46 rooms and suites. Linked by narrow paths overlooked by tropical vegetation, it’s an experience akin to staying in a rural hillside home. In turn, plenty of sleek, light-filled spaces and the likes of black-and-white bathrooms host to freestanding tubs provide plenty of modern accents. Expect thatched roofs to look down on hand-carved king beds and oversized French doors to open onto private terraces where day beds overlook lush gardens. The villas are particularly impressive, featuring open-air courtyards, private plunge pools and giant sundecks with sweeping, jungle-valley views.
And, the dining takes its notes locally too. Menus focus on traditional Indonesian dishes, created with fresh produce harvested locally. There’s also Uma Cucina; as you might have guessed, it’s an Italian-inspired restaurant and lounge bar where slow-cooked meats, seafood and wood-fired delicacies are presented across indulgent menus. The handmade arancini is particularly good. There’s even the opportunity to take your meal in private, at one of the intimate venues hidden among the resort’s grounds; choose between poolside tables, jungle-cloaked pavilions and lawn picnics. Then, after dinner, take yourself down to the Uma Bar, an open lounge where cocktail specialists mix up refreshing delights.
Outside of the resort, there’s a full range of activities on offer. Perhaps you’d like to get active with rice-field walks, biking trips, jungle canoeing, ATV trips or rafting expeditions. But, if you’d rather something more cultural, there’s everything from temple visits and cooking lessons to village tours and the chance to taste your way through a traditional market.