July 3, 2019
Samsara Ubud Bali takes you to a holiday haven
Arriving at the calm oasis that is Samsara, Ubud I was blown away by the stunning panoramic views across the jungle and main infinity pool and the magnificent reception area with it’s tranquil water feature and chic, elegant design. We were greeted warmly and made to feel at home instantly by Koka and Geni, our butler for the three night stay. Before we were taken to our suite we were treated to a welcome drink (a cool, delicious ginger concoction) and a selection of biscuits whilst uplifting music played in the background and a 15 minute traditional Balinese foot massage where feet are soaked in warm water scattered with fresh rose petals, essential oils and then exfoliated with natural salt and refreshed with fresh lime. It was heavenly and most welcome after a long journey to Samsara.
Feeling suitably revived we were whisked to our Deluxe Pool Villa by golf buggy and as we entered a beautiful garden with quaint pond , private pool and breathtaking views across the jungle and main infinity pool awaited us. Entering the suite there was an enormous super king bed dressed in beautiful bed linen and a spacious bedroom and bathroom complete with a free standing bath, generous shower, an outdoor shower and two sinks all in a modern Balinese design. As you looked out of the suite’s sliding patio doors our private pool in it’s turquoise perfection and glorious jungle was a view to behold.
After a couple of days of heavy rain in other areas we had stayed in Bali we were eager to get to the main pool since the sun was shining in Ubud. It is a sublime turquoise infinity pool surrounded by the lush jungle and next to a pretty garden where yoga classes and outdoor cinema screenings take place. The sun loungers were very comfortable and our attentive waiter came over from the bar area which is next to the beds to offer us refreshments. We choose the Fresh Young Coconut, perfect for sipping poolside.
Once the sun went down we returned to the room where I enjoyed a relaxing soak in the beautiful free standing bath before we set off to the Kelusa restaurant, which has indoor and outdoor seating and a chic, modern Balinese design. We were greeted warmly by the restaurant’s charming waiting staff and opted to sit in between both areas. After all that relaxing we’d built up quite an appetite and decided to share three starters of two light but delicious avocado and orange salads and a mouthwatering guinea fowl covered in a creamy froth. For a main I couldn’t resist the Shrimp which came as one enormous buttered shrimp in its shell and looked very impressive, like a lobster and tasted succulent and flavoursome as did the accompanying sautéed green beans and roasted new potatoes.
As we’d arranged to watch the movie showing in the outdoor cinema we ordered our deserts of Creme Brûlée and Rice Pudding at the table and they were kindly brought to the outdoor seating area for us to enjoy, whilst we watched the romantic tear jerker, “The Notebook”, under the stars. The seats were super comfy and the blankets and salted popcorn were a lovely added touch. It was my first time watching a film in an outdoor cinema and to do it at the Samsara, Ubud in such beautiful surroundings was a real treat.
The next morning we woke up early in excitement for our floating breakfast, which was to be brought to our room . . it was another “first time” experience and we were not disappointed. Two enormous wooden trays in the shape of boats arrived laden with Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and baby asparagus , musli, natural yoghurt, fresh fruits, pastries, fresh watermelon juice and tea. With a backdrop of the villa’s private pool, jungle and main infinity pool the whole scene was extremely instagrammable and so a quick photoshoot of us in our pool and the floating breakfast “boats” ensued, before we devoured every delicious morsel on the sun loungers marvelling at the view whilst counting our blessings.
After breakfast another chilled day by the main pool awaited us where we were looked after with care and attention and luxuriated in the quiet bliss and lush surroundings. My friend took advantage of the 4pm outdoor yoga class in the pretty gardens next to the pool, where the film had played the night before, and being an avid yogi said it was a great class. We had another scrumptious meal in the Kelusa restaurant that evening followed by an early night.
We arose at 7.30am the next morning as we had a private local “Village Walk” arranged for us before the sun became too hot. Our charming guide arrived to pick us up with a beaming smile on his face and all the “walk essentials” in his backpack. We walked for over an hour and it was fascinating to see the village that surrounded Samsara. Our guide spoke very good English and was a wealth of knowledge. We saw the rice fields and workers in them, cows that belonged to different houses and tied up outside, wild ducks, family temples that the Balinese Hindus build in the outdoor area of their homes and local children and their mothers walking along the rice fields.
It was lovely to relax by the main pool once again after the walk and then at 4pm we were in for a real treat of a “Traditional Balinese High Tea” in a courtyard with two lovely water features, in a traditional outdoor Balinese raised wooden abode with white curtains in each corner and cushioned seating where we sat cross legged, we were accompanied by a pretty, female member of staff dressed in traditional attire, her name was Sri and she was delightful. She showed us the selection of three fresh teas we could choose from and let us smell the leaves and we chose the medium strength jasmine green tea. As well as fresh fruit and biscuits an assortment of traditional savoury dishes came out first and Sri talked us through each one. We thought that was it, but then Sri charmed us by walking out to us with an ornate gold two tiered cake stand held above her head, laden with many savoury and sweet treats. We were amazed at the pretty colours (all natural colourings) of the cakes and sat open mouthed as she again kindly talked us through each one. It was a wonderful experience and in such picturesque surroundings.
A couple of hours later we headed to the stunning spa at Samsara for our appointment ,where we had a two hour Full Body Chakra Massage booked. The spa itself was beautifully ornate and luxurious in design with a striking, intricately carved out dark wood entrance, dark wood doors and black curtains with gold ties. The massage room was designed in traditional Balinese style and in sumptuous colours of gold and navy. We were treated to a therapeutic Balinese foot massage to start, then escorted to the comfortable massage beds and melted away to heaven during the two hour Chakra massage, which was utter bliss. Afterwards my therapist said I could take a bath to remove the massage oil in the free standing bath in the room, where I used the natural salts and essential oils laid out for me.
Sadly as it was our last night we needed to pack so we decided to order room service of one of our favourite dishes during our stay, the avocado and orange salad, whilst getting our belongings together.
Revived and renewed after three unforgettable days we said our good byes to all the charming staff at reception, who had so graciously taken care of us and happened to meet the charming owner who was a delightful man, super passionate about his baby, Samsara, Ubud and quite rightly so, as it too had a little piece of our hearts. As our driver drove away from the exquisite entrance we were already planning our next visit to this luxurious, tranquil haven.
W: Samsara Ubud
A:L Banjar Ayah, Desa Kelusa, Payangan Ubud, Bali – 80572 , Indonesia
T: +62 361 2091769
Written by Jo Freeman for Luxuria Lifestyle International