Leaving the Bali Hyatt
All good things must come to end, as they say. On our 4th and final day there, we packed our things and prepared for our next stop on Bali.
I had arranged for a car service for our transportation from Sanur to Ubud through Hyatt. It was there waiting when we went to the front desk to check out.
This was the only real blemish about our stay. We must have been checking out at the peak time because the front desk was hammered with several guests departing. They were very unorganized and we waited almost 30 minutes to finalize our stay there. It was rather unfortunate that this was the last memory we had of the Bali Hyatt, but we wouldn’t let it taint our experience.
While we were sad to leave the amazing service of the Bali Hyatt, we were excited to leave the somewhat sleepy beach town of Sanur and head 45 minutes northwest to the cultural center of Bali, Ubud.
Komaneka at Tanggayuda
When we arrived at the open air lobby (just about everything here is open), we were greeted by the front desk concierge and a very friendly bellman.
Like the Hyatt, we were brought cold scented towels along with welcome drinks.
Sariti, the concierge, told us she would be also our personal assistant for our 5 day stay. Our bags were already on the way to our room while we relaxed and waited.
When she was finished checking us in, the concierge asked to show us around the resort and then to our room.
Sariti walked us around the lush grounds, showing us the infinity pool, the cafe that overlooked it where we could take complimentary afternoon tea, the spa, and the restaurant.
During our stay, we took advantage of almost all the on-site amenities and they were all great.
Also, surprisingly enough, they weren’t overpriced like we’re used to when staying at luxury resorts.
The infinity was absolutely breathtaking. It overlooked a valley and a span of rice terraces along a hillside.
Our Valley Pool Villa
Let me tell you, we don’t stay in luxury rooms very often. Regardless, this room completely blew us away.
There’s so much to mention, but I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
In addition to all the awesome amenities pictured, Komaneka also offered free WiFi that was fast and no extra charge for ordering room service.
The food here was generally better than the Hyatt, but the Hyatt did have more variety.
Here at Komaneka, there was only one restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service. The menu wasn’t too extensive so we didn’t eat there often; we were busy in Ubud most days.
What was nice is that every room rate at Komaneka seems to include breakfast and you can choose to eat it in the restaurant or in your room, for no extra charge.
Food prices were just as fair as the Hyatt, nothing even close to what we’re use to overpaying in America.
Staff & Service
The staff is what you’d expect from a resort with only about 20 villas… extraordinary.
We were always greeted formally by name. Every staff member we interacted with asked if they could be of service and then wished us well.
If Bali Hyatt had an amazing staff, Komaneka at Tanggayuda’s staff was out of this world.
In particular, our personal assistant, Sariti, was a delight. She told us about the activities we could set up through the resort.
Normally, we wouldn’t think to do anything through the resort, but with this level of service, we figured we’d give it a shot.
We took two excursions – Trekking and Biking. Sariti was our guide for both and she was really informative and genuinely friendly. It felt like we were just hiking with one of our friends.
The location is great because it’s a 10 minute car ride outside of Ubud, which can get crazy. We liked having the option of getting out of the city and relaxing.
We tried hard and we couldn’t think of anything less than stellar about our stay at Komaneka. Even the price was affordable. While more expensive than the Hyatt, it was still cheaper per night than both our stays at the two aforementioned hotels!
The only negative was that we only stayed there for 4 nights!