We were recently in Ubud in our attempt to get away from insane Hong Kong heat. Usually people live somehwere else and do day trips to Ubud but we decided to stay there for three days. Samkhya Villas is situated in middle of a rice paddy about 10 mins from Ubud Centre. When you walk into your villa you are drowned with a feeling of calmness. If you listen carefully, you can hear a river babbling somewhere in a distant.
This property will give you a magical experience if you are looking for a relaxing stay. Party people this is not your place.
For three days we were 'in the lap of nature' as the villa opens up to a paddy field and all you see is greenery. You can laze around in the pool or read a book on the day bed or do yoga breathing in the fresh air. Pure bliss.
The villa over all is comfortable. Bedroom is spacious & cozy with a great view. Washroom is big and clean but I feel the toilet is a little far from the plunge pool.. But it's manageable.
Food, my friends, is phenomenal. This one time we saw the chef plucking fresh coriander from the garden for us. Needless to mention that the ingredients are super fresh. Must haves - Balinese Porridge, Sate and Chicken Curry with Roti and Nasi Goreng.
Staff is extremely lovable. Their smiles are genuine and most of them adore Bollywood. This guy was singing 'bole chudiya' one night. It was hilarious.
The Spa is okayish. I thoroughly enjoyed the massage but my husband did not. He had tiny blisters on his legs for a week after the masage. Our guess is maybe they rubbed his hairy legs too hard causing the hair to pull from the roots. We get massages quite often and something like this happened for the first time. He had to apply Neosporin cream for a week.
Ubud town is 10 mins drive from here without traffic. Do go there to visit the famous Monkey Temple, eat delicious pork meal from Ibu Oka, and buy some local artefacts. I bought few beautiful dream catchers.
Important tip - Shop from the outlets which are near the monkey temple as they are a little cheap from other shops in the vicinity.
Verdict - We will go to Ubud again, very soon and might stay in Samkhya again. When you are planning your Bali holiday do stay in Ubud for atleast two days. If you do a day trip you will end up spending 1 and a half hours from Nisa Dua around an hour from Seminiyak in your car one way which to me is a huge disappointment. Let me know if you have any questions about Ubud in comments :)