Stylish rice field gazing
One of the pleasures of Ubud is gazing at the (unfortunately no longer never-ending) rice fields, and The Samsara provides you a place to do this in upmarket style.
A row of modern glass-fronted brick duplexes face a marvellous infinity lap-pool and enjoys a green rice-field view. Two villas with private pools are also available. The six rooms in this boutique hotel feature restrained modern decor and clean lines. Rooms are smallish but adequate and along with a comfortable bed, a built-in day bed is just the spot for a bit of reading, meditation or enjoying the rural ambience. The air-con rooms are equipped with a small desk, TV, safety box, mini-bar and have WiFi access. The bathroom is a delightful outdoor affair featuring natural stone and wood. There’s a hot-water rain-shower, but no tub.
Relax on your terrace, swaying away on the comfortable rocking chairs—something we haven’t seen in Bali before—while you admire the dazzling contrast of the royal blue pool and emerald fields. Take a plunge or recline on one of the umbrella-shaded lounges. The Samara’s restaurant serves the included breakfast plus lunch and dinner from an Italian and local menu.
Staff are charming and due to the small nature of the hotel, service is personal and impeccable—all the guests we spoke to were return visitors. One of the pleasurable aspects of staying at The Samara is its lack of road access, which is obviously a problem for the less mobile, however a free motorbike shuttle service is available anytime, and it’s only five minutes to central Ubud. We would prefer the leisurely stroll though the fields—take your time, say hi to the ducks and stop for a fresh coconut along the way. We were charmed by the location, but feel The Samara is a little pricey for the offer. They do offer discounts for a longer stay but if the rice-fields ever get built out they won’t have the same allure.
Address: Jalan Kajeng, Ubud
T: (0812) 3772 7818; (0361) 849 3591;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'41.42" E, 8º29'56.06" S
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Room rates: 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,490,000 rupiah||1,990,000 rupiah|
|Private pool villa||2,350,000 rupiah||5,050,000 rupiah|
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