Ro­man­tic Leisure in Ubud

Bring a loved one and en­joy ro­man­tic nights at Royal Ka­muela Ubud.

Maxx-M - - WHERE TO STAY - Text by Clar­isa Mu­tri­afica | Pho­tos cour­tesy of 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.

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