As you might remember, we can stay at a hotel paid by Brecht’s parents every once in a while. It seemed like the perfect way to celebrate the turn of the year: relaxing by the pool of a fancy hotel. Brecht outdid himself with this one: Anumana Hotel in Ubud, aka paradise on earth. Because of this special time of the year, we paid slightly more than if we would have stranded there on another moment: $270.21 for three nights, including New Year’s Eve.
We got a very nice welcome, including a map of the surroundings and a lovely welcome drink in their restaurant. We had just arrived from Legian in a warm minibus packed with people and their luggage, so we especially enjoyed this refreshing cocktail. As it was past noon and we hadn’t had any food since breakfast, we ordered lunch while we were at it.
After lunch they led us to our room, a nice big hotel room with everything you expect and more. There was airconditioning with remote, a fridge with minibar (including one time free use of the three items in it), and a private bathroom with soap and shampoo bottles, toothbrushes, cotton buds, shower caps and plenty of towels. There were slippers and a bathrobe, a television, even a plug in mosquito repellent. We had a cozy little terrace looking out over the pool, filled with two chairs, a small table and a rack to dry our clothes and/or bathing suits. We were glad to have a decent WiFi connection once more, a service that can not be taken for granted in Bali.
The staff was really friendly and at our service with a smile at all times. They come make up your bed every day and provide you with fresh towels, more toiletpaper and four small complementary bottles of water. As in every itself respecting hotel there is a laundry service, but we didn’t make use of it here.
Breakfast was included and could be enjoyed in the restaurant. It’s not a buffet so you’ll have to choose between continental, American or healthy breakfast. The eggs can be substituted by pancakes or a croque monsieur for example, but we wouldn’t recommend that last one. Fruit juice and tea or coffee are included as well. Our advice: skip the orange juice (it’s not fresh) and go straight for the delicious pineapple or strawberry juice.
The pool was just wonderful: surrounded by green plants, and sun beds in the shallow water. The water was really refreshing, not warm like often the case in warm countries. Another complimentary treat was the afternoon tea. Every day between 15h and 17h you could order free coffee or tea with Balinese cake which they would serve by the pool or in the restaurant, as you wish. Every day there was a different typical Balinese sweet snack and we haven’t had a bad one in three days, yum!
The hotel is very close to Monkey Forest, one of Ubud’s most popular tourist attractions. (Read more about it in a next blogpost.) It’s also close to a quite large supermarket, should you crave some cookies, fruit or chips. A lot of tourist attractions lay within day trip distance from Ubud, so naturally the hotel offers several tours. You’ll get chauffeured around to the temples and other sightseeing places of your choosing in an airconditioned car. In our opinion they where quite expensive though.
Overall we were as satisfied as can be with our stay in Anumana Hotel in Ubud. It’s a beautiful hotel, with friendly staff, a lovely pool, and most importantly the WiFi connection was quite fast (especially by the pool). We had a lovely stay and recommend you to stay there a couple of nights if you have some extra money to spare.