Whether a sun-worshipper, a food fanatic or a yogi, add COMO Uma Ubud to your Bali bucket list. Just north of Ubud’s bustling centre, COMO Uma Ubud will bring a feeling of peace and tranquillity to anyone staying at this stunning luxury retreat resort that overlooks the Tjampuhan Valley.
As a hotel group whose philosophy lies in the quiet comfort found in inspiring and culture-rich locations, and with a portfolio that includes a number of exotic hot spots including Miami, the Maldives and the Turks and Caicos Islands, it’s little wonder that there are two COMO hotels in Bali, an island known for its rich heritage and stunning backdrops, with a third to open later this year in Canggu.
On the day we checked in the sky was overcast with looming grey clouds and a veil of mist over the distant horizon. Rather than dampening the views of the hotel, if anything, it made for a more dramatic setting. We were welcomed with a cold towel and refreshing drink, both of which were greatly appreciated given the balmy temperature, before being shown to our villa. With just 46 rooms, COMO Uma Ubud retains a boutique hotel charm, despite its impressive size. It also features an onsite Italian restaurant, open air yoga pavilion and the iconic COMO Shambhala Retreat and wellness facilities.
Uma Pool Villa
We stayed in one of the hotel’s Uma Pool Villa, which had incredible views of the Tjampuhan Valley and our own private infinity pool that overlooked the lush greens Ubud is so well-known for. The room itself was beautiful in its simplicity with luxurious creature comforts; from the platter of fresh fruit waiting for us, to the stand alone bath tub and hurricane lamp on the outdoor decking. The bed was a four-poster and there was an additional living area between the bedroom and the terrace, perfect for lounging in. With beautiful interiors that combined shades of white and wood, the room was a sanctuary in itself, with unrivalled luxury and a proximity to Ubud’s jungle that spoke to the hotel’s ethos of quite and unassuming comfort.
Yoga Overlooking the Tjampuhan Valley
After relaxing in our room and enjoying the plunge pool for a couple of hours we made our way to the yoga pavilion for the afternoon’s practice. The setting for the yoga class could not have been more breathtaking; and as shallow as it sounds, nothing quite beats a yoga class with a beautiful backdrop. As a qualified yoga teacher holidaying with one of my sisters who has little, if any, yogi experience, I was slightly apprehensive prior to the class in case the pace was either too trying for my sister, or too leisurely for me, as someone who likes to work up a sweat during my practice. I shouldn’t have worried; run by a local Ubudian, the class incorporated a beautiful flow and those practicing were able to do so at their own level. A gale swept over the nearby river as we neared the end of the class, and transcending into Savasana pose while listening to the pouring rain was a grounding and quite wonderful experience.
Walking through the grounds back to our room before our evening dinner I was struck by just how green the hotel’s grounds were; the windy passages leading to the pool villas behind the hotel’s infinity pool were flanked by tropical plants and add a really beautiful touch to what is already a stunning spot.
The in-house restaurant, Uma Cucina (or home kitchen for the Italians among us) was certainly one of the highlights of our stay. While Ubud has an abundance of healthy eateries boasting raw, vegan and macrobiotic food galore, prior to dining at Uma Cucina I was yet to find a decent Italian. The menu, while deliciously decadent, still managed to maintain a healthy edge, and visitors are able choose from a variety of small plates, main plates and puddings. We opted for the burrata and jumbo octopus to start, followed by the grilled tiger prawns and short rib ragu with handmade pasta and a side of polenta chips and charred corn. Perfectly portioned plates, the food is locally sourced and seriously tasty. For pudding, I opted for the chocolate nemesis; my sister for the lemon and ricotta tartlet and suffice it to say that not a morsel was left on our plates. We returned to our room, in which the hurricane lamp had been lit, our bedding turned down and slippers and bath robes laid out ready for the night ahead.
Breakfast at Kemiri the next morning rivalled the previous night’s fare; and as well as a buffet with fresh yoghurts, fruits and pastries, there’s a menu guests can choose from. Unable to choose between savoury and sweet – a dilemma I always have when ordering breakfast – we opted for sweetcorn fritters with smoked salmon and ricotta, avocado on seeded crackers and hotcakes with candied nuts and strawberries.
COMO Shambhala Retreat
Post breakfast, feeling suitably satiated, I headed for the hotel spa, part of the COMO Shambhala Retreat for a sixty-minute massage. The hotel has a signature scent used in all their toiletries, which the spa was fragranced with, and alongside the sounds of Balinese music it made for a relaxing and welcoming ambience. The therapist focused on one side of my body before moving to the other and used a firm pressure and a series of oils for a truly relaxing treatment. On leaving, I felt restored and rejuvenated and it marked the prefect end to our stay at COMO.
The lack of sunshine during our time at COMO was actually a blessing in disguise. Usually, my sister and I will happily while away endless hours sunbathing under the Balinese sun. However, the lack it gave us the impetus to explore and enjoy the hotel more. The perfect getaway, whatever the weather, COMO Uma Ubud is a resort that offers visitors a scenic and stunning stay that they will remember long after they’ve left.
COMO Uma Ubud
Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Banjar Lungsiakan, Kedawatan, Ubud, Gianyar 80571, Bali, Indonesia
The Fit Traveller was a guest of COMO Uma Ubud for this stay. As always, the opinions, words and images are authentically our own.
Lucy Pearson is a certified bookworm, wanderluster and a qualified yoga teacher with a thirst for adventure and love for life.
Lucy has her own blog, The Unlikely Bookworm and also contributes to Stylist Magazine and Hip and Healthy.