Kamandalu Hotel in Ubud, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 8, 2019

Review of Kamandalu in Ubud, Bali.

Kamandalu Ubud – Individually-designed villas in a pristine valley, ideal for honeymooners and families.

A short drive from downtown Ubud, this sophisticated resort boasts a traditional rural setting. Designed to some extent like a Balinese village, chalets and villas (with up to three bedrooms) face rice fields, lagoons, private gardens, or the valley. The extensive landscaped gardens are sprinkled with palms, gazebos, fountains, and statues, and the infinity pool facing the ravine features an inviting swim-up bar. All accommodations are traditionally designed and feature four-poster beds, plentiful luggage space, and massive bathrooms with outdoor showers and sunken bathtubs, while some also have private pools. Although actively promoting ‘romantic getaways’, it also caters pleasingly well for families, offering a range of activities for the whole clan, and a children’s pool.

Kamandalu Ubud – The Location

  • Address: Along an access lane, 200m from the main road (Jalan Raya Andong), which extends northeast of Ubud, the most popular tourist region in central Bali. About 3km from central Ubud.
  • Area: The few facilities along the main road, 200m from the resort, are more for locals than tourists.
  • How to Get There: Best to arrange an airport pickup with the hotel, which is about an hour (40km) away, depending on traffic. See other options under “Local Transport” below.
  • Handy to: Birdwatching at Petulu village.

Kamandalu Ubud – The Basics

  • Guests: Most guests are couples of all ages, with special focus on honeymooners. Also caters reasonably well for families.
  • Kids Club: One of few resorts to offer activities for children, and ones which are more engaging than at resorts in Kuta/Legian, e.g. classes in Indonesian cooking and Balinese dance, crafts, and arts.
  • Views: All accommodations face the gardens, while many also face lovely rice fields. Glimpses of the ravine and distant volcanoes are also possible.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Many villas feature private pools, and some also have jacuzzis.

  • Extras: Free shuttle services to downtown Ubud. Yoga classes each morning.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Limited free and secure parking spots at the reception, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 975 825
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: kamandaluresort.com

Kamandalu Ubud – Amenities

  • Pool: One infinity pool with a swim-up bar in the middle. Attractive setting alongside the ravine with superb views. Another is for children.
  • Spa: Remarkably, 2 spas, both as sophisticated and welcoming as imagined. Chaya Spa – Uses traditional methods and organic products. With sunken bath and yoga classes. • The Forest Spa – Sublime setting amidst the forest. Mostly for massages.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly, there isn’t one.
  • For Families: Cots. Child-minding.
  • Activities: Decent selection of free activities offered, including cycling, bird-watching, cooking, yoga, and hiking.
  • Other Facilities: Gift shop.

Kamandalu Ubud – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Alun-Alun – Meaning ‘Village Square’, this is one of the more romantic places in Ubud. Specializes in 6-course menus. Dress up. And dinner only. • Tipi – Another elegant and intimate setting for dinner only. • Awana Pool Lounge – Alongside the exquisite pool for healthy food and drinks. Closes by 6 pm. • Petulu Restaurant – Open for buffet breakfast and à la carte dinner. Mostly Indonesian, serving the famous rijstaffel sharing plates. Award-winning, and extensive wine list. • Aira Café – Overlooking the pool for casual all-day dining.
  • Breakfast: Usually included, but check when booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Kamandalu Ubud – Rooms

  • Room Types: Ubud Chalets • Garden Villas • Garden Pool Villas • Valley Pool Villas • Pool Villas (with 2 or 3 bedrooms)
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: While some have 2 or 3 bedrooms, the best villas with 1 bedroom are the Valley Pool Villas which feature infinity pools that blend into the forest. Adding to the immense appeal are the abundant floor-to-ceiling windows, garden bathrooms, and very elegant décor.
  • For Families: Some villas have 2 or 3 bedrooms, all with separate living areas. Some also feature private pools.

Kamandalu Ubud – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Some pleasant strolls among rice fields are within 200m up the street (away from the main road and past the Viceroy hotel), but too far for anything else on foot. The roads are too steep, narrow, and potholed for cycling. Ask the hotel about bike rentals.
  • Public Transport: There is no reliable public transport anywhere in or around Ubud.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Car rental can be arranged at the resort, but driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended. Motorbikes are easy to rent and popular for visiting local attractions without the traffic of southern Bali. Metered taxis from southern Bali can drop passengers off in Ubud but are forbidden to operate here. So the best (and really, only) option for day trips is to charter a car with a driver. This should be organized through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: For towns popular with tourists (e.g. Kuta and Lovina), shuttle buses are comfortable and cheap, if a little overcrowded at times. Local operators, including the major island-wide company, Perama, will pick up (but not drop off) guests from hotels, but they probably won’t come out this far, so get a transfer with the hotel to/from Ubud. The Kura-Kura Bus company links Ubud with southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Kamandalu Ubud – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    The only places for tourists are in nearby resorts:

  • Andong Teras – At Element by Westin Bali Ubud resort for all-day dining and amazing views. South, down the main road. 5-minute walk (450m).
  • The elegant CasCades faces the ravine, and Apéritif, opened in mid-2018, will soon be one of the world’s finest. At Viceroy Bali resort, 350m further up the lane from the Kamandalu. 5-minute walk.

Otherwise, get a hotel shuttle bus to Ubud and visit these unique places:

  • Ibu Oka (0)361 976 345 – Offers almost nothing but babi guling (roast pig), a Balinese speciality. The outlet along Jalan Suweta is more spacious, and guests can peek into the kitchen (animal lovers beware). 10-minute drive (3.5km).
  • Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner – Local institution specializing in crispy duck. Gorgeous setting. Come for dinner to avoid the day-trippers. 10-minute drive (3.6km).
  • Murni’s Warung – On 4 levels, facing a river and ravine. Local favorite since 1974 for Indonesian, Thai, and French food. Art shop inside. 13-minute drive (4.5km).
  • Bridges Bali – Super-swish and award-winning, with an extensive wine list, live music, valley views, and 5-star service. 13-minute drive (4.5km).

Shops

  • Basic grocery shop along the access lane, 100m before the resort, and better-stocked minimarts along the main road, 200m away. Otherwise, get a hotel shuttle bus to Monkey Forest or Hanoman roads, or the produce and art markets.

Attraction

  • Petulu – About 2.3km up the main road (ask for exact directions at the turn-off to the village). For reasons no-one understands, 100s of white herons and egrets have been flocking for decades to trees in this village only. Arriving en masse from about 4pm daily, it’s a remarkable sight, best enjoyed from a low-key café among the rice fields. 6-minute drive.

Kamandalu Ubud – The Hotel

The resort is located northeast of Ubud, in a quiet region, with only a small shop in its access lane.

The resort is along a quiet lane, about 3km northeast of Ubud, the most popular region in central Bali. (This is also a picture of the only shop along the access lane to the resort.)

The resort has a very tranquil setting, away from the bustle of Ubud.

The Kamandalu boasts a very tranquil setting, seemingly so removed from the bustle of Ubud.

The divine location offers views of rice fields from everywhere.

The location is divine, with the lobby, facilities, and villas facing rice fields.

The Awana Pool Lounge serves healthy food and drinks.

The Awana Pool Lounge offers healthy food and drinks.

There is a large gift shop by the lobby.

Near the lobby is a large gift shop.

Aira Café by the pool serves casual meals.

The Aira Café overlooking the main pool is ideal for a casual meal.

The resort grounds have a photogenic rice field.

Remarkably, within the resort grounds is a photogenic rice field.

The resort offers views of the valleys, rice fields, and forest.

Views from many angles across the resort include valleys, rice fields, and the forest.

The resort design compliments the serene setting.

The design of the resort blends so nicely with the serene setting.

Paths lead to villas and chalets.

Paths meander around the grounds towards villas and chalets.

The modern and stylish Pool Villas have a traditional design.

Pool Villas are modern and stylish, but the design is traditionally-minded.

The lovely Pool Villas come with 4-poster beds.

The lovely furnishings within the Pool Villas include 4-poster beds.

The Pool Villas are beautiful inside and out.

The panache of the Pool Villas extends to the exterior.

Some of the pool villas have large infinity pools.

The divine infinity pools in some villas are substantial.

The private pools come with lounge chairs in the water.

Lounge chairs seemingly ‘float’ in one end of the pool in the Pool Villas.

The facilities around the resort are geared more towards locals.

The resort is about 200m from the main road, along which facilities are more suited to locals than tourists.

The lane to the resort is ideal for walking.

The lane to the resort extends further past the neighboring Viceroy hotel and is ideal for walking.

Aperitif restaurant in the Viceroy hotel opened in mid-2018.

About 350m further up the access lane, the Aperitif restaurant within the Viceroy hotel opened in mid-2018.

CasCades restaurant, also at the Viceroy, offers views of the ravine.

The other restaurant at the Viceroy is CasCades, which overlooks the ravine.

Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner is renowned for its crispy duck.

Many guests would hop on the hotel shuttle bus to Ubud for meals. Some may try Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner, renowned across the island for its crispy duck.

The swanky Bridges Bali restaurant is worth the trip to Ubud.

Also worth a trip to Ubud is the swanky Bridges Bali restaurant.

Ibu Oka is known for its babi guling roast pig.

Another restaurant accessible via the hotel shuttle bus, Ibu Oka specializes in babi guling roast pig.

Murni’s Warung is located on the other side of the river from Bridges Bali.

Built way back in 1974, Murni’s Warung café is perched on the other side of the river from Bridges Bali.

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