Bali: Nau Villas - An Immersive Ubud Stay
Have you ever arrived at a hotel and thought, do I really need to leave and sightsee?
Actually, I'll start from the beginning. Have you ever been on a trip and as you were headed to your hotel wondered, where the hell am I?
We caught a taxi up from Seminyak, and after getting lost hitting a collapsed bridge, we made a turn onto an old road that was more broken rocks than road. With the car's shocks being severely tested, I looked around, saw only rice fields and thought, where are we?!
Any and all worries disappeared after checking in.
After the lime-mint slush welcome drink and the golf cart ride down to our villa, I knew that this would be an amazing stay.
Here are 5 reasons it was:
1.Beautiful, spacious rooms
The rooms are decorated nicely - they feel luxurious yet authentic. The high ceiling made it feel even more spacious as did the big window doors that open out to the private pool deck area.
There's a Bang & Olufsen speaker if you want music as well as a nicely sized flatscreen TV.
We had room #3 (there are 10 total) which was towards the higher end of the road closer to the reception area. Even though there were rooms above and below, it almost felt like we were all alone at the resort. It's a perfect environment to kick back and relax, especially on the comfy king-sized bed.
I'll admit, the outdoor bathroom took some getting used to. There aren't many cases where using the toilet, taking a shower or soaking in a bath is a "public" experience.
Once I realized that the villas are thoughtfully designed for privacy even when there are no doors or walls, I became ok being in nature when nature called.
Being able to look up at the star-filled night sky while taking a shower actually helped perfect the Bali experience. After all, it doesn't make sense to stay in the middle of rice fields only to use a small, enclosed bathroom, right?
3. Private pool area
The private pool area was amazing. The water itself was a little too cold to be honest, but cooling off in your own pool on a hot Bali day is nothing to complain about.
With the table for two set up on the deck, we used this area to have breakfast as well as watch sunsets. The area is open with no walls, and because the pathway is below the deck, there was never anyone getting in between us and the surrounding nature.
4. Great food service
Nau Villas basically had an all-you-can-eat breakfast that they'd bring to our room and set up for us so that we could eat poolside.
There were several categories to choose from for breakfast, and you can choose something from each or just order one thing.
- Drinks: 5 different coffees, 6 teas, hot chocolate and milk
- Tropical fresh fruit salad
- Fresh fruit juice: Watermelon, H. melon, papaya, pineapple, orange
- Healthy juice: Carrot and Ginger on the Green, Spicy Ginger Pineapple, The Beetroot Sun, The Minty Cucumber
- Cheese platter
- Pastries: Pancakes, waffles, toast, croissant, danish, French toast
- Smoothie bowls: Dragon Bowl (mango, banana, dragonfruit, mixed berries, coconut milk), Be Strong (mango, banana, pineapple, coconut milk), Coconut Breeze (red dragonfruit, pineapple, banana, coconut water)
- Egg dishes: 7 different styles of eggs, omelets and a condiment on the side
- Indonesian dishes, breakfast salad bowl, Balinese healthy breakfast options of Loloh or Jamu Kunyit
My personal favorites were the eggs benedict, Vietnamese coffee and all of the smoothie bowls.
5. Luxurious service
What's a resort getaway without good service, right?
Despite only opening in December 2017, 5 months before our stay, the staff operated like veterans from the time Esty, one of the receptionists, helped us with our reservation.
They were all extremely accommodating, helpful and patient. They also seemed to genuinely care about the resort - something that was obvious in the quality of service that they gave.
Convenient transportation services are available, that is, in case you want to leave.
There's a free shuttle a few times a day that transports guests to and from Ubud town, about 30 minutes away.
For about 600,000-900,000 IDR ($42-63 USD), Nau Villas also provides private, custom tours. Our driver, Kadek, who had traveled the world while previously working on a cruise ship, took us around for 2 days in which I wrote about, and explained a lot about the places we were at and about some of the local culture.
Nau Villas was very carefully and impressively thought through.
Everything from the terraced villas to the villa design itself to the secluded dining tables makes you feel as if you are the only ones at the entire resort.
They provide an experience that seamlessly immerses you in the island's nature at almost every moment, never once feeling like you're not on a relaxing, spa-like getaway.
If you're reading this and are planning to stay in the Ubud area, consider Nau Villas. It's a fantastic deal to say the least. I had a great experience and would love to stay there again sometime.