Komaneka at Bisma Hotel in Ubud, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 9, 2019

Review of Komaneka at Bisma in Ubud, Bali.

Komaneka at Bisma – Unparalleled luxury in the midst of Ubud.

Facing a pristine forest spread across a large ravine, this resort feels remote but is only a short stroll from all the shops and cafés along Monkey Forest Road. The twin infinity pools, lined with palm trees and surrounded by rice fields, appear to blend seamlessly into the environment, while a five-kilometer jogging track meanders among the wilderness. The opulent suites feature modern décor and extraordinary 180-degree views of the forest, ravine, and rice fields from balconies broad enough to easily fit tables, chairs, and sofas. Even the bathtubs provide remarkable views. Villas are more secluded but equally luxurious, with private pools and divine kitchen/dining areas.

Komaneka at Bisma – The Location

  • Address: Set back from Jalan Bisma street in Ubud, the most popular tourist region in central Bali.
  • Area: At the lower southern section of the remarkably quiet street, Jalan Bisma, which is still lined in places with rice fields. The resort is in a pristine forest alongside a river and ravine, yet walkable to several places to eat and drink, and about 750m to Monkey Forest Road for shopping.
  • How to Get There: Best to arrange an airport pickup with the hotel, which is about 1.5 hours (38km) away, depending on traffic. See other options under “Local Transport” below. To reach Monkey Forest Road, walk south down Jalan Bisma and along the path to the Kopi Bali House Ubud coffee shop on the main road. Monkey Forest itself is another 200m down the namesake road.

Komaneka at Bisma – The Basics

  • Guests: Although trying to attract families, the overall vibe is of tranquility and serenity which is ideal for couples, especially those on honeymoon.
  • Views: Jaw-dropping views of the ravine, rice fields, and forest from all the rooms.
  • Kitchen: All villas and suites (except the Bisma Suites) feature kitchens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All villas and suites boast private pools.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: A few spots at the reception area, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Ubud.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 971 933
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: bisma.komaneka.com

Komaneka at Bisma – Amenities

  • Pool: Infinity pool in an idyllic setting alongside rice fields and lined with palm trees. Another at a slightly lower level. Both surrounded by deckchairs and umbrellas.
  • Spa: The Wana Jiwa Spa (‘Soul of the Forest’) is as sumptuous as imagined, and focuses on treatments for couples. Set amongst the forest, it’s almost perched above the river.
  • Fitness Center: Well-equipped, offering stunning views of the pool, forest, and rice fields.
  • For Families: Child-minding. Cots.
  • Activities: 5km jogging track. Cooking classes.
  • Other Facilities: Wedding chapel. Gift shop/boutique. Library/Business Center.

Komaneka at Bisma – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Providing even more exquisite views from several levels, Seneng Kitchen is open all day for fine-dining. Also, a bar at the lobby.
  • Breakfast: Breakfast is included in all the rates. Served to guests (in suites only) on the balcony, or in the restaurant.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Komaneka at Bisma – Rooms

  • Room Types: Pool Villas (1 or 2 bedrooms) • Family Duplex Pool Villas • Family Suites • Bisma Suites • Bisma Residence (1 only)
  • Smoking Rooms: Very few places for smoking. Check at reception.
  • Best Room: The 3-bedroom Bisma Residence is exceptionally secluded within the forest. Private pool, windows almost all the way around, and extra-large kitchen/dining room.
  • For Families: Villas have 1 or 2 bedrooms. The Family Duplex Pool Villas with 2 levels, private pools, and kitchen/dining areas are better; so are the smaller Family Suites.

Komaneka at Bisma – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Ubud is surprisingly spread out and distances can be deceivingly long, but there are enough places to eat, drink, and shop within walking distance of the resort. A few hardy expats ride bicycles, but traffic in central Ubud and hilly roads elsewhere ensure that cycling is rarely enjoyable. However, Jalan Bisma is comparatively quiet and reasonably flat. Ask at reception about bike rentals.
  • Public Transport: There is no reliable public transport anywhere in or around Ubud.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, but motorbikes are popular for visiting local attractions without the traffic of southern Bali. Both can be arranged at agencies in Ubud or the hotel. 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 is best organized through the resort.
  • 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. The Kura-Kura Bus company links Ubud with southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Komaneka at Bisma – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Places listed below are north, up Jalan Bisma street:

  • Black Pearl – Exceptionally inviting open-air hangout with comfy cushions, tasty coffee, and shisha water-pipes. Many also come for the grills, healthy food, and rice field views. 7-minute walk (500m).
  • Ne Warung Ubud (0)361 849 3093 – Unfussy and family-run, in a traditional-style hut and serving Indonesian food. 100m past the Black Pearl. 8-minute walk.
  • Balifornia Sushi & Asian Kitchen – Breezy setting and rice field views. Renowned for pizza and crispy duck. Virtually opposite Ne Warung. 9-minute walk (650m).
  • Alam Pizza Ubud – Quaint Italian-Balinese eatery, popular for cocktail hours and friendly family-run vibe. Opposite Balifornia. 9-minute walk (650m).
  • Honeymoon Kitchen – Superior selection of meals at pleasing prices. Part of the Casa Luna chain, renowned in Ubud. Counter at street level for people-watching. 11-minute walk (800m).

Shops

  • A couple of basic minimarts along Jalan Bisma street. For more serious shopping, stroll 750m down to the end of Jalan Bisma and cut across the lane to Monkey Forest Road. 9-minute walk.

Attraction

  • Monkey Forest – May seem a little touristy, and is certainly crowded, but worth visiting for the eerie setting, ancient temples, and pesky inhabitants. (Hang on to everything.) About 1km away. 12-minute walk.

Komaneka at Bisma – The Hotel

The resort is located in a quiet street in central Ubud.

The resort is along Jalan Bisma, a remarkably quiet street within central Ubud, which is the most popular tourist region in central Bali.

The resort is located well away from the street.

One of several in a chain across Ubud, the Komaneka is set back beautifully from the street.

The resort lobby is extraordinary.

The extraordinary setting at the lobby sets the tone for the entire resort.

The lobby houses a guest lounge as well.

In the lobby area is an extended guest lounge.

The lobby bar serves cocktails and coffee.

A bar opposite the guest lounge serves cocktails and coffee.

The infinity pool blends into the rice fields and forest.

The edges of the amazing infinity pool seem to blend into the rice fields and forest.

The second pool is just as fascinating.

A second pool is just below the main one.

Seneng Kitchen serves breakfast and other meals.

Spread across several levels, Seneng Kitchen serves breakfast (to hotel guests) and other meals all day.

The resort offers exquisite views from everywhere.

Views from all over the resort are exquisite.

There is also a gift shop and boutique on the lower level.

A gift shop-cum-boutique is located on a lower floor.

All rooms face the forest, ravine, and/or river.

The design of the resort ensures that all rooms face the forest, ravine, and/or river.

Suites come with spacious living areas.

Suites feature particularly spacious living areas.

Suites come with full-length windows for maximum light, breeze, and views.

Full-length windows alongside the bedroom and living area maximize the breezes and views.

The stylish suites sport a modern decor.

The décor in the suites is modern, without compromising style.

Breakfast is best enjoyed on the suite balconies.

Breakfast can be served to guests of the suites, best enjoyed on the balconies.

The suites come with outstanding marble bathrooms.

A standout feature of the suites are the marble bathrooms.

Black Pearl nearby is a pleasant cafe.

Black Pearl, about 500m north of the resort, is an exceptionally inviting café.

Ne Warung close to the Black Pearl serves simple Indonesian food.

Just past the Black Pearl, the unhurried Ne Warung serves simple Indonesian food.

Opposite Ne Warung, Balifornia is a very welcoming cafe.

Very welcoming is the popular hangout, Balifornia, virtually opposite Ne Warung.

Alam Pizza café is located opposite Balifornia.

On the other side of the street from Balifornia is the quaint Alam Pizza café.

Honeymoon Kitchen is worth the walk from the resort.

Definitely worth the 800m walk north of the resort, Honeymoon Kitchen is part of the renowned Casa Luna group.

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