This post is part of our Bali 2014 trip.
After our encounter with “kopi luwak” we continued on with our driver to Ubud. As we approached the heart of Ubud, the streets got narrower and more crowded, until at last we approached Jalan Bisma, the street where our hotel was located. I was shocked to see the turn onto Jalan Bisma was so narrow, and it was also two-way street! Our driver literally had to inch past other cars, motorcycles and pedestrians just to navigate up the tiny street. The street was also lined with shops and restaurants, with barely any sidewalk, hence people just walked on the road. It took a while just to navigate about 2 blocks. Once we got past some of the buildings, the road opened up and became more of a secluded dirt road. I had no idea where we were going to end up but we somehow made it to the Komaneka Bisma and turned into their circular driveway! At last!
The helpful Bisma staff unloaded the car and we tipped our driver. The airport transfer is actually included in our room rate so we didn’t have to pay the driver separately. It was starting to rain and got a bit misty at this point, but we could still see our resort had some beautiful sights.
As we were being checked in, we were brought refreshing welcome beverages. I couldn’t remember exactly what was in here, but I caught the words “carrot” and “sprite”. Whatever it was, it worked for me and I thought it was quite good. The staff at the Bisma were really warm and welcoming, I felt like we were coming home instead of to a place we’d never been to. This feeling was echoed multiple times during our stay.
We were escorted to our villa by one of our “butlers” – I am sorry to say that I didn’t catch his name. But all of them were so helpful and they seemed to work seamlessly and in unison. So no matter if you called reception and didn’t get the same person each time, they seemed to know exactly what what going on and could anticipate your every need. In fact, Steve realized he left his iPhone on the plane, and when he told them, they pretty much took care of everything and made all the phone calls and emails just to track it down. They are just so good about helping you in any way they can and we really appreciated their hard work in tracking down the phone! All the staff looked as if they truly enjoyed working there, and you get the feeling that it was their pleasure to serve you. I wish I had help like this every day!
We were in villa 109, which is one of the one-bedroom private pool villas. We were escorted in a golf cart to our villa, on the way passing by the main building which housed the other rooms and suites.
The villa looked just like it did in pictures. The living/pool/kitchen space was very large and open. The infinity pool was huge!
The bedroom was through sliding glass doors and was also connected to the bathroom. I liked that it was fully enclosed.
The first thing we did after we settled in and unpacked was to jump in the pool! It felt so good to be enveloped by the cool crisp water…swimming was always the first thing we did in the morning and last thing we did at night…it was so much fun to have a private pool.
Here’s a little video I shot of the Komaneka Bisma 1-BR Pool Villa during the day. I’m sorry it’s not a great video, I’m more used to taking pictures than video. I’ll work on it for upcoming trips!
After our lazy swimming session on our first day, it was getting late and we were obviously tired from the travel so we opted to have dinner at the resort. There is one restaurant at the resort and it caters mainly to hotel guests. We decided to eat in the restaurant instead of ordering room service just so we could explore a bit. The walk from our villa to the main building with the restaurant was about 3 minutes.
We were exhausted but it was a great arrival in Bali! We were welcomed with open arms at the Komaneka Bisma and everyone has been super friendly. We couldn’t wait to see what else Bali had in store for us…the adventure continues…
Read the rest of our Bali 2014 Trip of a Lifetime.