COMO Uma Ubud
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What it is
A 46-room resort modeled after Indonesian villages—albeit with glossy interiors, a jungle-decked spa and expertly curated local thrills.
What it isn't
Tasteless. The on-property food scene is yet another reason to book a stay here—you’ll have some of the best dishes in the region to sate you, including cassava cakes, wok-fried squid and smoked duck, along with Western necessities (the Italian restaurant Uma Cucina serves up everything from woodfired pork and fennel pizzas to housemade gelato and tiramisu).
What we think
You may literally pinch yourself when you enter your room here. Each thatched roofed abode feels like an Indonesian dream sprung to life, with an infinity plunge pool facing the jungly hillside and romantic four post beds ringed by billowing sheer white curtains. Luxury touches abound, including things you may not have thought to ask for, including Bose docking stations, goose down duvets beneath Egyptian cotton linens, and (hallelujah!) satellite TV, supersonic WiFi and air-conditioning you control yourself. This being a Como, the activities are seemingly bottomless and truly excellent. You’ll have English-speaking guides joining you for whatever excites, be it rice field walks or white-water rafting the Ayung river.
You're here because
You tend to gain weight on vacation, but the resort’s many wellness amenities—including a spa set on a koi carp pond and open-air yoga pavilion that faces the verdant jungles beyond—will probably prevent that.
Stretched out on a sandy-hued daybed alongside the resort’s turquoise infinity pool, you can scarcely remember your last stressor at the office. When your waiter hands you a dry aged martini from Uma Bar—a specialty of the house—it’s more than official. You’re never going back.
Restaurants & Bars
Uma Cocina - Italian with outdoor terraces and a large communal table
Kemiri - Breakfast in an Indonesian open-air space
Not far from the artist-filled village of Ubud, in a region with some 20,000 Hindu temples and shrines. You’ll kick yourself if you leave without stopping by Saraswati Temple Ubud—otherwise known as The Water Palace, thanks to its frangipani tree-lined lotus pond.