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COMO Hotels and Resorts opened Uma Ubud in Bali as an inland cultural retreat. The word Ubud is derived from the Balinese word, ubad, which means medicine. Numerous medicinal plants grow wild in the jungle around Ubud and in the nearby Tjampuhan Valley.

Uma Ubud location

Located on the outskirts of Ubud, in Bali Indonesia, Uma Ubud is a one-hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar International Airport). You can drive to Ubud in five minutes from the Uma Ubud hotel or walk to town in 20 minutes.

Balinese gateway
Balinese gateway
Photo: Uma Ubud, Bali

Surrounded by coconut palms, banyan trees and terraced hillside rice paddies, the 7.4-acre Ubud resort is situated below a mountain and above the Oos River.

Resort accommodations

The Uma Ubud hotel has 29 rooms and suites. Terrace Rooms have four-poster beds and French doors, which open to a terrace overlooking gardens.

Garden Rooms feature open-air courtyards and fish ponds. Uma Suite includes a sitting and dining room. Three Uma Pool Suites have private infinity plunge pools. COMO Suite has a private spa treatment room.

All rooms and suites in the Uma Ubud Hotel Bali have free access to broadband Internet, 21-inch flat screen satellite televisions, DVD players and mini bars with free coffee and tea making equipment. There is free WiFi in the Uma Ubud hotel lobby, bar and restaurant.

Kemiri restaurant Balinese cuisine
Kemiri restaurant Balinese cuisine
Photo: Uma Ubud, Bali

Indonesian cuisine

To help guests experience each destination's culture, COMO Hotels offer local cuisine. At Uma Ubud, Kemiri restaurant serves Indonesian dishes like grilled Lombok lobster with chilli paste and kaffir lime. Desserts include banana pancakes with Javanese rambutan blossom honey ice cream.

Other menus are available for children, room service and COMO Shambhala cuisine, which features nutritious fresh, raw and living food dishes.

COMO Shambhala

COMO Hotels and Resorts created COMO Shambhala as a healthy living concept, featuring experiences and products that promote well-being. COMO Shambhala Retreat at Uma Ubud, Bali, has an open-air yoga pavilion, gym, four treatment rooms, reflexology and meditation areas, steam bath, sauna and a 25-meter pool.

COMO Shambhala therapist
COMO Shambhala therapist
Photo: Uma Ubud, Bali

Holistic therapies include Ayurveda and Bali massage treatments, like the Javanese Lulur Royal Bath. The signature treatment at the Uma Ubud COMO Shambhala Retreat is the two-hour Balinese Spice Body Mask ritual, which uses Balinese Boreh (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, black pepper and ginger) mixed with crushed rice to warm and relieve sore muscles, prior to an Indonesian massage.

Ubud Bali

Besides free daily group yoga classes and guided morning walks through rice paddies to villages and temples, Uma Ubud offers guests free shuttle transport into Ubud village.

Many talented painters and artists live in Ubud, Bali. Numerous shops sell Indonesian teak furniture and Balinese jewelry. In art galleries, you can buy Indonesian handicrafts and souvenirs featuring Balinese wood carving.

Bali culture

Uma Ubud hotel staff can arrange studio visits, meetings with traditional craftspeople and art courses. Arts and crafts classes include Indonesian batik, Balinese dancing, traditional Balinese mask painting, puppet-making and gamelan music lessons.

Kemiri restaurant chefs also teach Indonesian cooking classes. Participants learn about Indonesian food and how to prepare ceremonial and everyday Balinese dishes.

In addition, the Uma Ubud Bali makes arrangements for guests to attend Kecak dances, which tell the story of Prince Rama. Private Kecak dance performances are sometimes held at another COMO Hotel and Resort, Begawan Giri Estate, located a five-minute drive from the Uma Ubud.

Guests can also dress in traditional Balinese costume to make simple offerings of incense and flowers (canang) at the Uma Ubud shrine (mrajan).

Lily flowers in pond
Lily flowers in pond
Photo: Uma Ubud, Bali

Bali tour packages

Like other COMO Hotels, Uma Ubud reflects and showcases the culture of its location. Guests at the Bali Uma Ubud hotel can choose from a variety of day tours, including walks, treks, mountain biking and white water rafting.

Bali package tours include a six-night Ubud & Beyond Discovery cultural tour. Participants visit the pavilions and garden courtyards of Ubud Palace (Puri Saren Agung) and the Pura Gunung Lebah sacred temples, which are supported by large carved turtles. They also visit Goa Gaja (Elephant Cave) and Yeh Pulu (Spring Temple), as well as several Ubud museums and art workshops.

An Activity Planner on the Uma Ubud website helps guests find Bali cultural tours, group adventures, Ubud shopping trips, nature tours and family activities to match their interests. Uma Ubud hotel also makes arrangements for guests to attend a Purnama or Full Moon Ceremony and other Bali festivals.


Uma Ubud Bali: www.comohotels.com/umaubud

More information on Indonesia:

Guide to Indonesia