Hotel review: Anumana Ubud Bali
Picking the perfect hotel I find as difficult, if not more difficult, than choosing the destination itself. For my recent stay in Bali I had originally planned to stay in two separate hotels- one beach side and one in the centre of Ubud. The Anumana Ubud was the ideal choice for a luxury accommodation right in the heart of Ubud.
Truthfully I can’t claim that I found this hotel, the fella did, and I was certainly impressed with his choice. The Anumana Ubud seemingly ticked every box on my seemingly endless wish list- under our budget of AU$100 per night, beautiful pool, clean and luxurious rooms, onsite restaurant, just out of the centre of town, free wifi, in-house spa treatments, etc. Although I had little to no expectations of Bali I knew that the Anumana was a strong choice. (you can read about how I ended up falling in love here!)
We ended up spending four relaxing nights at the Anumana Ubud and I was truly devastated to leave. The hotel rose and exceeded every expectation that I had set it. Surprisingly the hotel was quiet, which I simply put down to it being low season, but I do honestly consider it to be one of the finest hotels I’ve stayed in, and would highly recommend it to anyone travelling to Bali. This will not be my last stay there- I’m already planning my return.
Let me tell you why!
The hotel is located on the convenient road Jalan Wenara Wana (formerly known as Jalan Monkey Forest). It’s on a quiet part of the road so there is not exterior noise. It’s an easy 3 minute way to the Sacred Monkey forest, maybe 500 metres away, and an easy 15 minutes into the centre of Ubud. Surrounding the hotel are many restaurants, bars, a convenience store, and a large supermarket all within 3 minutes walking. Across the road is an excellent spa for those late night food massages! The hotel offers a complementary shuttle service that will drive you into Ubud Centre and return. This service runs every two hours til 7pm. For a small fee (under AU$5) the shuttle car can drive you to wherever you want within central Ubud. In terms of location, and ease of transportation, the hotel is really in an ideal position for those wanting a retreat from bustling Ubud, but still wanting to be amongst the action.
The Anumana Ubud is charmingly decorated in Baliness wooden furniture. The foyer has comfortable chairs and a large round table where you can relax and plan your day. There is 24hour lobby with the most attentive staff who will happily help you at any hour.
We stayed in a Superiour Room with Lagoon View which is the Anumana’s base standard room.
The room features a Queen size double bed with crisp white comfortable linens, a good sized working desk and chair, a open cabinet where you can unpack, tea & coffee making facilities, a television (only one english speaking channel) and a mini bar with a few soft drink cans which are complementary (one time per stay only).
The bathroom is spacious, and can easily accommodate two people at the sink at one time. The shower is large and the shower head produces great pressure, although there is only a small glass panel that divides the shower from the rest of the bathroom, so I always ended up getting the entire bathroom wet when I showered! The bathroom is separated from the main bedroom by a glass window, yet there is a blind there for privacy.
Each room has its own private balcony which overlooks the lagoon pool. It was the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon cocktail! The table setting and drying rack were nice additions to the balcony area.
The rooms at the Anumana Ubud were the perfect size for two people, and gave us enough space to unpack and then stretch out. The room was serviced once a day, with a turn down service available, and they always felt spotlessly clean. I was quite happy to spend a lot of time hanging out in the room reading and chilling!
One of the main drawcords for the Anumana Ubud is it’s beautiful lagoon style pool. Every element of the hotel seems to be based around the pool- from the building design, to the balconies, the garden and the restaurant, all using the pool as it’s key focal point. And with good reason- it’s beautiful.
A team of gardeners are constantly maintaining the pool area to give it a lush tropical feel, with palm trees, frangipani tress and other unique local natives. The pool chairs are located in a shallow area of the pool, with the water coming up to your ankles. Otherwise there are cabana style seating where two or three people can recline.
The pool water is crystal clear, and is always at a comfortable cool temperature, making it a perfect spot to cool off after a hot day exploring Ubud. It has a shallow end perfect for young families, and the gradually gets to a very deep section. I’m about 160cm tall, and could only get 2/3rd of the way down the pool before I was unable to touch the bottom. We did notice that some of the tiles on the bottom are becoming dislodged, but it’s still a beautiful pool!
I’m traditionally suspicious of hotel foods and their sub-par food. The Anumana however served superb fresh food, and I would have happily eaten there every single meal if I could.
Breakfasts were included in the cost of our stay and were generous in portion. You can order directly from a menu and the meal will be prepared fresh for you, which is great as it prevents food wastage and also ensures that you are eating well cooked fresh meals. There are plenty of options including cooked American breakfasts, European pastries, fresh fruits, pancakes and Asian style. Most days I would enjoy fresh fruit or a fresh juice, and a cooked breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes and roasted tomatoes. The breakfast were always filling and gave us an excellent start to the day.
The Anumana has a basic pool side menu featuring mainly light snacks and cool drinks, but they are happy to serve you food from the main restaurant menu for you to enjoy poolside. The restaurant is located at the front of the hotel on the main street, so that it attracts a local clientele not just hotel patrons. The restaurant is open aired, spacious and beautifully designed with it’s teak wood tables and comfortable lounges. At the Anumana we enjoyed both poolside lunches and diner in the restaurant one evening. The food was again, like breakfast, exceptional. Freshly cooked and featuring quality ingredients. Some of the delicious items we ate include spring rolls, vegetarian curries, noodles and satays. (I will write another post with more detail about the food, otherwise this post would be EPIC!) The hotel also provides room service with last orders called at 10.30pm.
The spa at the Anumana has a limited menu mainly focusing on body massages. I will feature the Anumana in an upcoming post about spa treatments in Ubud.
The Anumana staff make this hotel the success that it is. From the staff at the front desk, to the service cleaners, to the staff at the restaurant, every single member was cheery and welcoming. We were always greeted with big smiles and strong welcomes whenever we would pass staff in the corridors. They helped us arrange transport, tours and offered suggestions for excellent places to eat. They couldn’t have been more helpful.
Special shout out goes to Yuli (hope that’s correct) who provided an exquisite massage. There is also the sweetest waitress in the restaurant, and I never caught her name, but she was there every day from breakfast til dinner always with a smile and incredible service.
The hotel provides a airport shuttle service. We paid AU$40.00 for transfers each way.
There is four bottles of water provided each day as the water from the tap is not drinkable. Note that every drink I had at the hotel had ice in it. All ice was made onsite using filtered water. So don’t be afraid to order an icy delight!
It also runs private tours around Ubud, including a volcano tour, rice paddies, coffee plantations, etc. We did a full day tour which cost AU$70.00 with a private driver and saw six unique site (Again, I’ll be writing more about that soon). You can however plan your own unique itinerary and the hotel can arrange for that to become a private tour. This hotel really thinks of everything!
Room for improvement:
Although we LOVED our stay at the Anumana Ubud no hotel is ever perfect and there are a few issues that you should know about this hotel.
- The noise factor. You won’t hear any sound from the street, but the soundproofing between rooms isn’t well insulated. The hotel is popular with young families. It seemed as though there was always someone yelling, screaming, crying, talking, slamming doors, knocking loudly on our door, from early morning until well into the night. This isn’t the hotels fault, as some people have little respect for the peace of others when they are in their own holiday bubble, but some additional noise buffering between rooms would reduce this problem.
- A really petty thing, but some additional body product in the bathroom would be great. One tiny bottle of shampoo, body wash and conditioner is not enough for two people.
All in all the Anumana Ubud is THE PLACE to stay in Ubud for those looking for a relaxing, luxury accommodation at a brilliant price. I would highly recommend the Anumana Ubud as the ideal place to stay. I can’t wait to go back!
Cost: We paid AU$92.00 per night which included breakfast. What a bargain!!
Have you been to Ubud? Do you have a favourite place to stay? I’d love to hear suggestions!