Romantic Leisure in Ubud
Bring a loved one and enjoy romantic nights at Royal Kamuela Ubud.
We all know Bali is one of the greatest places to visit, whether is it only for a short getaway or for a long holiday with a loved one. And when you visit Bali, make sure Ubud is on your itinerary. Ubud is where you can experience the true heart and soul of Bali. On my last trip to Bali, I stayed in Ubud at Royal Kamuela Villa, which is near the famed Monkey Forest in central Ubud. Royal Kamuela is in the heart of Ubud, surrounded by shops and restaurants. Expect a warm welcome at Royal Kamuela, which defines Balinese luxury. This is an exclusive resort, with only 12 villas, ensuring absolute privacy. Little wonder Royal Kamuela is so popular with honeymooners. The rooms are surprisingly spacious. I had done my research before arriving but the size and luxury of my villa was beyond all expectations. My villa was a spacious 150 square metres, with an outsized private swimming pool, bale, a complete kitchen and a comfortable living room. The bedroom boasted a fantastic pool view, king-size therapeutic bed and luxurious bathroom including a Jacuzzi. I thought to myself, I am never going to leave this villa. But be warned that the inhabitants from the nearby Monkey Forest can sometimes stop by for a visit, so make sure you keep all your belongings in your room so the monkeys don’t walk off with your stuff. The room itself features modern décor with a touch of Balinese art. “The owner is a maestro of art, that’s why we put genuine Balinese art in every room,” said Oka Cahyani, the Manager of Royal Kamuela. I hadn’t finished enjoying my room but I decided to sample some of the offerings at Royal Kamuela’s Aum Spa. I chose the Royal Kamuela Package, which is two hours of pure blissful pampering. After a hot ginger tea, I went downstairs to start the treatment. The package includes a foot bath and full-body massage, leaving my body feeling lighter and more relaxed, with all the tiredness gone. After the spa treatment, I felt like there was a marching band in my tummy. So I asked for a dinner recommendation and was pointed to the Balinese Rijsttafel, which I complemented with a virgin mojito. The Balinese Rijsttafel is a specialty of Royal Kamuela and is perfect for a romantic meal. If you want to order Balinese Rijsttafel, you should let the staff know the day before because it takes around two hours to prepare. When the meal arrived at my room, I was surprised by the portion size. There was yellow rice cooked with spices and herbs, four side dishes, soup and, of course, sambal. Royal Kamuela features 24-hour butler service. As part of that service, they will deliver your chosen breakfast menu to your villa and prepare everything at your table. They also do custom breakfast orders, which means you can order breakfast at any time, including in the afternoon or at night. Royal Kamuela also has turn down service. When I returned to my villa in the afternoon, my bed had been prepared for sleep time, the curtains were closed and everything in the villa was just so for bedtime. In the morning, I opened the curtains to enjoy the sunrise and also to keep an eye out for visiting monkeys. I was hopeful that a couple of monkeys from the Monkey Forest would drop in for a visit, and to search for food, but no one came by. I guess the monkeys got all the food they needed at the Monkey Forest and did not need to venture out for snacks. I was a little disappointed but still, it’s a good idea not to leave food or any of your belongings outside for the monkeys to steal. Royal Kamuela is a romantic destination,withmagnificentvillaswherethe luxury is matched only by the personalized service. Royal Kamuela promises privacy and pampering in the heart of Ubud, near Monkey Forest, shopping and restaurants and cafes. There are also plenty of cultural attractions in the area, including traditional dances like the Legong and Kecak at the temples near Pasar Ubud market. Ubud is not as crowded as Kuta or Denpasar, and lets visitors experience Bali at its best.