The Waka Namya was an amazing resort and our family had the best time during our 3 night stay in Ubud out of our weeklong Bali trip. We booked the Family Package ($425), which came with a 2 story villa (called the Bambu) with 2 queen beds and a very large, outdoor bathroom.
The resort itself is located in a very convenient location, far enough away from the center of Ubud (up an extremely steep hill) to not be smothered with the sounds of tourists during the day or night, but close enough that you could walk to the Ubud center if you wanted to. But why would you when the Waka Namya provides a free shuttle there? Everytime we wanted to go somewhere, we'd just tell the front desk and almost immediately the van was ready to go. And a ride back was only a phone call away, we were picked up within 5 minutes of our call. The resort is very beautifully landscaped. We were told it was in the style of a traditional Balinese village. Most of the villas are set inside their own individually walled compounds with a small garden, ours even had it's own outdoor lounge hut. The pool is medium sized and sometimes had leaves in it but overall very clean. There are numerous sun chairs situated around the pool and also a stage area where some musical instruments were set up, but they were never played while we were there.
The villa we stayed in was very nice. There is not much space inside for much than the 2 beds, a very large "mini" fridge, but the high ceiling made it spacious. The 2 storey villa isn't actually a villa with 2 rooms however, it is more like a 2 storey suite (one room with two stories). The bathroom is on the first floor and almost bigger than the bedroom itself. The large outdoor shower makes the whole bathroom outdoors, with a rather "tired" but completely satisfactory sunken bathtub and modern toilet. We did encounter a slight problem with the toilet having an unusually slow flush rate, but it was an extremely minor, picky point.
We mostly only had breakfast in the small restaurant, but were extremely pleased that everything was very delicious and freshly prepared. We had dinner one night (as it came with our package) and were equally pleased with the effort that was put into each beautifully presented and tasty dish. There is not much variety on the menu, but you can always just asked to be dropped in the Ubud center where there are plenty of restaurants.
As with all the other reviews, We have to say that the service is what makes Waka Namya so amazing. The staff are indeed the most genial and accommodating of any hotel/resort staff we've ever encountered. They were extremely friendly and enjoyed taking the time to talk to us whether it was during meals or before or after our trips out. We really appreciated their honesty as well as they informed us that their internet signal was not so good and suggested another internet shop (cheaper too).
The only downsides for this place may be that there are no TVs and as mentioned, the internet service is not very good. The lighting in the villas is also rather dim as well so best to bring a light if you want to do intense reading.
Overall, we were extremely pleased with this resort in every single way and definitely recommend it to everyone. While we were there we saw a whole mix of guests from a family with young kids, a young couple to an older couple. It's really a great place to stay while in Ubud.
Thank you Waka Namya staff for an unforgettable stay!
- Also Known As:
- Waka Namya Hotel
- The Sungu Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With choices of accommodations in Ubud: villas, private villas, resorts and hotels, the Sungu Resort & Spa is no new player. Formerly known as Waka Namya Resort & Spa Ubud, this hotel and resort has re-invented itself, and therefore upgraded many of its services and facilities to cater for its guests - the satisfied repeaters and the new ones seeking an alternatives of Ubud Resort or Ubud Hotel. Come and stay with us - Be a part of supreme, serene and sacred experiences.The Sungu Resort - the haven on the hill, within walking distance to the famed Antonio Blanco Museum, is nearby the artist village of Penestanan and is a short drive from the Rudana Gallery, many Ubud Art Museums & Cultural Centre and the downtown of Ubud. The Sungu Resort is serene and relaxing with welcoming friendly staff and management team who are always at your service. The Renovation has been done properly, To be in full operation on 1 July 2013, the resort is keen to await your stay with us with a full rejuvenating spa programs, children programs and creative art programs. Relax, rejuvenate, and rediscover yourself in a newly refurbished Resort, The Sungu Resort. This newly reborn Resort, formerly known as Waka Namya Resort, boosts new improved facilities such as New Duplex Villa Sungu ideal for 2 Adults and 3 Children. Another addition is the 2 Bed Room- Pool Villa Sungu also ideal for 2 Adults and 3 children. 2 Bed Room - Pool Villa SunguThis is a two storey-traditional Balinese style villa with amenities such as top floor is a big sofa bed in the queen size bedroom with, TV cable for kids, air conditioning. And in down stairs find a queen size bedroom, shared huge bathroom, open shower, bathtub with complete amenities such as a hairdryer, large fridge, mini bar and a telephone. This Balinese room is decorated with local art work, whilst in the outside terrace you can find a private swimming pool, beautiful tropical garden, ideal for 2 adults and 3 children; or, if you would prefer, 4 adults maximum. 2 Bed Room - Pool Villa Sungu is an excellent choice for your family. Each of the villas has an outdoor swimming pool decorated with green stone - a true wonderful appeal for a swim for adults and children. Have a swim and regain your stamina and wellness with the healthy sea salt treated pool. The Sungu Resort - Unique place to stay - feels like home ... more less
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