Kamandalu Ubud: Tranquility Within Arms Reach Of Ubud

Kamandalu Ubud

We had been to Ubud a few times, but this time we wanted to get out of the village itself, away from the hustle and bustle. We wanted to be able to relax in the surrounds of Bali’s natural beauty, whilst still being close enough to easily get to Ubud Village. After lot’s of searching, we finally found Kamandalu Ubud.

Our First Impressions

The first thing we noticed at Kamandalu Ubud was that genuine Balinese service. Friendly staff that genuinely want you to have a great stay. Walking through the grounds was peaceful, with villas and walkways and beautiful surrounds. Traditional Balinese style, tranquility, nature and luxury.

Kamandalu First Impressions

Location, Location, Location

Although not located in Ubud village, this is really a perk. It’s about a 5 – 10 minute taxi to Ubud, or you can also use the hotels complimentary shuttle service. It’s located right along the Petanu River, nestled in the natural beauty of Bali. The location provides tranquilly and calm that’s hard to find in Ubud centre. A lot of hotels on the Ubud outskirts can be further then you think, but the proximity of this hotel to Ubud centre made it the perfect mixture of peacefulness with restaurants, shops and other facilities within arms reach.

The Room And Beyond

We stayed in the Ubud Chalet, which is Kamandalu’s entry level room type. It was private villa overlooking rice paddies, and I have to say, this room and outlook was stunning.  The room itself was very spacious, with 4 -post king size bed,  indoor shower and bath, as well as an outdoor shower with garden.

There were two pools to choose from, one larger pool with swim-up bar, and another more peaceful infinity pool overlooking the river. Also overlooking the river was morning yoga sessions.

Other facilities included a restaurant, cafe and range of other private dining options, and a spa. They also have garden villas and a range of pool villas to choose from.

Almost Landing Loves

Traditional Balinese Style
Tranquil grounds in lush green setting
Friendly Staff
'Best of both worlds' location

The Details

Kamandalu Ubud

Jalan Andong, Banjar Nagi, Ubud

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If you have any questions about Ubud, accommodation or Bali we would be happy to answer them in the comments below…

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4 Comments

  • preety says:

    Hi mandy n Chris, just came across ur wonderful site..i already feel i know so much of bali by reading all ur posts..u both are such a enthusiastic ppl, n share such a nice blog.. My question is we are family of three my 3.5y old,hubby,myself planning on a bali vacation 10 days.im really not sure how to plan ,wat places to see n wat are good hotels as its a bit confusing as i want it to be relaxing as well as family entertainer as my son gets bored n cranky at times!! Nusa dua ,semiyank kuta,jimbaran so many on the list
    Can u pls suggest
    Thanku

    • Hi Preety, thanks so much!
      Here are my thoughts…
      As you are going for 10 days, the first thing I would do is decide if you want to stay in one or two places. The advantage of 2 places is not as many day trips and seeing different sides to Bali. The advantage of 1 place is that you can be settled.
      Figure out what areas and activities appeal to you and your family. I have not travelled to Bali before with a child, so I’ll do my best to help out here.
      Nusa Dua is considered quite safe, with swimmable beaches. It is still close to Seminyak to get a taxi to dinner, and a good base for day trips. There are some beautiful hotels here, however, there isn’t as much to do here when compared to other areas of Bali.
      Seminyak is one of the main tourist areas, with plenty of restaurants, shops, beach (although can have strong waves), lots of hotels to choose from.
      Kuta and Legian are neighbours to Seminyak, a little less classy, very touristy, but if you choose the right hotel and location you can definitely make the most of it, and Seminyak is just down the road. They also have Waterbom park in Kuta, a water park. Kuta and Legian can be a little more cost effective. On our recent stay at Padma Resort Legian, I remember thinking it would be a great hotel for families They had lots of space, villa options, pools with kids activities and waterslides etc, and it’s across from the beach.
      Jimbaran is south of Kuta, has some beautiful hotels set amongst a local community. There are less dining options and things to do immediately outside of the hotels, but some of the hotels are big resorts with kids clubs and activities. It’s also quieter here compared to Kuta/Legian/Seminyak.
      Then you also have Ubud, which is inland, and has cultural things to do like rice field walks, arts and crafts, and little shops.
      As for hotels, I would choose one with a pool and activities so if you want to relax, your son won’t get bored.
      Overall, I think Nusa Dua or Jimbaran if you plan to spend most of your time in the hotel or do day trips, or Seminyak/Kuta/Legian area if you want to be able to walk outside to shops and lots of restaurant options etc. You could stay in any of these places and have a great holiday, so there’s no real wrong choice, just ones that might suit you better.
      Really hope this helps, please let us know if you have any other questions once you read this.
      Have a geat time in Bali :)

  • Leanne Jacinto says:

    Hi, My name is Leanne Jacinto from the Philippines and I’m planning to go back to Bali in August for a nice relaxing vacation with my friend August. Do you have any recommendations on where we can stay in Ubud which is near the local art galleries, markets, local shops and organic restaurants? We’re really going there more to relax and just take in all the local culture and appreciate all the local art.

    Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated. :)

    • Hi Leanne, there are so many choices of where to stay in Ubud. Did you have a style of accommodation or price range in mind?

      Most of the things you have mentioned are within Ubud Village, which is really just 3 main streets. Staying in the village, you could walk to most of these places.

      However, it can get busy during the day with day trippers. If you wanted to be spending some time in your hotel, relaxing away from the crowds, there are also some beautiful hotels just outside of Ubud that are a short taxi ride into the town (e.g. Kamandalu).

      If you have any other questions let us know and we’d be happy to help!

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