Whether you're seeking the ultimate honeymoon experience or an authentic Balinese “Eat, Pray, Love” moment, the Kamandalu Resort & Spa in Ubud is the perfect place to begin your journey. I spent a week there, and immediately fell in love with the resort and its friendly and hospitable staff. Read on to see why the resort and its employees made such a lasting impression…
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Kamandalu Bali Review
The hotel staff is exceedingly welcoming from the start. They greet each guest with a lei made from fresh frangipani flowers, which smell incredible. I never wanted to take mine off! Upon arriving at my villa, I discovered they'd also scattered petals in the tub and formed them into the shape of a heart on the bed. 💛
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The property itself is a luxurious 5-star resort with private villas tucked within a lush, green jungle setting. Here are a few of the services and facilities included with the resort:
♡ Main Swimming Pool + Children's Swimming Pool
♡ Infinity Pool with Swim-up Bar
♡ Indoor Kids Club
♡ Rumah Yoga
♡ Meeting Room
♡ Village Club: A cozy club lounge exclusively for Pool Villa guests
♡ Alun-Alun: a wedding venue and romantic dinner escape
♡ Multiple on-site dining options that include both Balinese and Western dishes
♡ Andalu Shop: A souvenir shop that includes local Balinese arts and crafts
When the scenery is as breathtaking as Kamandalu's, the pictures speak for themselves. Every inch of the grounds is beautiful, immaculately maintained, and looks like scene straight from a postcard.
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There are many options to choose from when selecting your room. The chalets face either the lagoon or the rice paddies, while the villas overlook terraced rice paddies and jungle canopies. I selected a pool villa, with its own private zen garden, personal infinity edge pool, an outdoor Balinese-style daybed, indoor spa tub & shower (plus a beautiful private outdoor shower), and an oversized thatched roof bed (mosquito netting included!).
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♡ Complimentary daily morning yoga session at Rumah Yoga
♡ Baby sitter service is available (with additional charge)
♡ Complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Ubud center from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
♡ Complimentary baby cots upon request
♡ On-call doctor
♡ Car rental
♡ Complimentary high speed wi-fi internet in villas & the resort's public areas
♡ Postal service
♡ Kamandalu leisure activities & tours (cycling, trekking, etc.)
The resort is a short 10 minute drive to central Ubud, with complimentary shuttles running back and forth multiple times each hour to escort hotel guests.
Of all the hotels I've stayed in during my travels, Kamandalu was (and still is) my favorite. I'm sure the unique setting had a lot to do with it, but it was also due to the great service and highly attentive staff. (And that's saying a lot, because I also stayed at The Ritz-Carlton while in Bali.)
I have to take a moment to rave about the staff, because the employees were incredibly hospitable and charming. I felt spoiled from the moment I arrived. By the time I left I felt as though I was part of the family!
My favorite employee was a young man named Wawan H. who spoke excellent English and was always happy to chat about his life and family in Indonesia or to learn about the U.S. He knew my favorite drink and produced it within seconds whenever I appeared near the pool (his assigned area), and he always had a smile on his face and was a joy to be around!
What to Do in Ubud
♡ Get up-close & personal with wild monkeys in the Monkey Forest Sanctuary [Read: The Trip of a Lifetime: Visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali]
♡ Take a sunset stroll through the rice paddies
♡ Shop for souvenirs in the local markets
♡ Experience a meaningful Balinese cultural ceremony
♡ Watch local wood and bone carvers in-action
♡ Visit one of Bali's sacred Hindu temples
♡ Sample local cuisine
When to Visit Ubud
The best time of year to visit is…whenever you can! Ubud is beautiful year-round, although it does have a “wet season” you may want to avoid. The wet season is from September to March, and brings with it higher humidity levels, increased chances of rain, and muddier roads — as many of the roads in Ubud are not paved.
It's still quite a beautiful time of year, because the jungle is so lush and green from all the moisture. We visited in November and barely saw any rain, but it was extremely humid so keep that in mind. Traditionally, the tourist season in Bali is heaviest from April to September. December is also quite popular.
Here's a discount code from hotels.com that's good until the end of this month for international reservations: International Coupon – $110 off $800 or more with code Passport17. Book by 7/31, Travel by 12/31.
I hope this review has been helpful! If you have any questions about Kamandalu, please let me know in the comments or reach out to me via email at erin [at] sandsunandmessybuns.com.