Mana Sari Villa is a treasure. Located a little bit away from the busyness of central Ubud the villa gives you a sense of tranquility. The very large main living space/bedroom, huge bath area, infinity pool looking onto a gorge, ensuite building and big outdoor lounge area make this a perfect spot for a couple or a family. Really impressed with the thought that went into the design touches. The cook is super nice and talented and the owners are lovely people with many great recommendations for the local area. They will arrange drivers and help you with things like finding ATMs you can trust.
Highly recommend this villa! Hard to think of a better place to unwind and get to know the beautiful areas around Ubud.
Mana Sari is a relatively new villa in Ubud and as such offers many positives along with a few areas for improvements.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT:
After booking on booking.com I was informed by the villa that payments by credit card would attract a 1.5% surcharge, now whilst that is not unusual per se, on the booking.com page it clearly states that the price you see has no hidden extras, of which there were. The owner offered to waive the fee for the deposit but asked if the remainder could be paid in cash which was somewhat inconvenient.
As a genius member on booking.com you are entitled to a one-hour early check-in at this villa, however, when requesting this we were told that although we could check-in one hour early the staff would probably still be cleaning until 2pm. As such we chose not arrive until 2pm so that the villa would be clean and ready when we arrived. When we did arrive at 2pm there was no manager or owner to greet us or to collect the large amount of cash I had to carry to pay, or to show us around and explain the villa, and the cleaners were still cleaning until 330pm. Even after cleaning until 330pm there was still uncovered old food in the refrigerators left from previous guests. We were offered a complimentary massage at the villa to compensate, which was very kind, however, would have preferred a smooth arrival.
At all villa’s I have stayed at previously in Bali staff arrive in the morning to make breakfast and clean the villa and then leave you in privacy for the remainder of the day. They are very discreet and ask before entering the villa/garden; at Mana Sari staff are on site from 8am-4pm and just come and go around the site all day. You can request privacy, however, I feel that this should be a given rather than having to ask; I personally am uncomfortable telling people to just leave us alone. There were also a couple of odd occasions such as one of the ladies just coming into our private outdoor kitchen with her child and cooking lunch for them and leaving without even asking, and other occasions where there were groups of staff just chatting away loudly to each other in our garden seemingly oblivious to our presence. This is not what I would expect of a high-priced villa and made us feel unwelcome and uncomfortable in our own villa.
As with all villa’s in Bali please be aware that there will be large ants in the room and little ones too and keep all food well-sealed.
Please also be advised to be very careful walking on the floors in the villa and the verandah as they are extremely slippery and can lead to a very nasty fall. A non-slip coating or at the very least being told about this beforehand would have prevented a very nasty injury which further dampened our enjoyment of staying here.
If the above-mentioned areas were addressed I think this villa would make for a very relaxing and enjoyable stay in Ubud.
This villa is absolutely beautiful, well appointed and spacious. The location on the edge of the river with the water rushing below and animal sounds in the background allow for a serene and calm stay. Add to that the large saltwater pool and you could be very at peace here indeed.
The fridge is well stocked with drinks, and prices are reasonable. The beds are comfortable and the bathrooms are large and well appointed. The air conditioning is nice and we slept very well here.
Notwithstanding the earlier comments about staff, Ketut, who was our main housekeeper/cook was absolutely lovely. She was discreet and polite and friendly and even washed some clothes for us when we asked about a nearby laundry. If it were only Ketut onsite at our villa during the day we would not have had a problem.
This villa has the potential to be an extremely relaxing oasis of calm just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of central Ubud and I would definitely recommend staying here providing the few areas I mentioned earlier were addressed.
Ive traveled the world, staying in tents riding out storms on big mountains to enjoying some of the worlds most luxuious hotels and resorts. I dont write many reviews but I felt compelled to let others know about this place. Ive seen 'it all' and let me tell you Mana Sari is one of the best! Jay, his staff Nyoman and crew are top notch. The villa was amazing and salt water pool was immaculate. The villa was more than enough room for 4 of us. It is a true oasis in Ubud! They were very responsive and welcoming. We booked at the last minute and they sprung into action readying the Villa for us that day. Villa Mana Sari and its staff are awesome!
My fiancé and I had the pleasure of staying at Mana Sari for 5 glorious nights and days. Our stay was first class from day one. The owners arranged for private transportation from the airport to the villa. The villa is a stunning architectural design with a beautifully decorated main house and separate guesthouse. The outdoor bathroom (which is connected to the bedroom) is massive with a beautiful deep stonework tub and separate shower. There is a spacious fully equipped indoor kitchen and a smaller outdoor kitchen conveniently located by the pool. Breakfast was prepared for us daily by a wonderful and friendly staff. The second guesthouse was smaller but no less exquisite. The salt water infinity pool overlooked a lush garden setting and a beautiful rooftop garden. The location is secluded on top of a hill, just 5 mins east of downtown Ubud by motorbike and within 15-20 minutes of the rice fields, coffee plantations, and temples. The owners arranged motorbike rentals for easy exploration of the entire area including spas and restaurants and our favorite sunset at Bamboo Indah. Mana Sari is big enough to accommodate a couple, a family, or a group of 6-8 friends. My fiancé and I will stay here again and again. If you want to feel special while enjoying a relaxing vacation, please stay at Mana Sari! In short, this villa is PERFECT!!
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This was our third and final villa we stayed in whilst visiting Bali and we regret not getting there sooner. The villa was dreamy. It was large, extremely well decorated and very clean. The owners were so lovely and very accomodating. We highly recommend staying here and we will 100% be coming back.