A small group of boutique hotels in and around the arts enclave of Ubud, Komaneka Resorts was founded to celebrate Indonesian and Balinese art. Komaneka at Bisma, nestled into the jungle near the center of Ubud, is more minimalist than some of the other Komaneka properties, emphasizing rich woods, cool marbles, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that look out at emerald rain forest. Local artisans made most of the wooden objects and furnishings. Daily deliveries of fruit, flowers, and cookies make guests feel like family, but high-tech conveniences such as in-room Apple TVs help them stay connected on the road. The Komaneka Gallery at the Monkey Forest property showcases one of the world’s largest collections of art from the archipelago, and Bisma guests can arrange a tour, which is included in the price of their stay.
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Komaneka at Bisma is a serene escape amid the rice paddies and coconut palms of the Campuhan Valley just minutes from the art and cultural attractions of Ubud. The Puri Lukisan Museum was the first museum in Ubud, opening in 1956 to educate visitors about Indonesia’s three main painting styles: the Sanur, Batuan, and Ubud styles. Today, many quirky museums such as the Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets complement the art institutions. Komaneka Resorts also have a special relationship with the Neka Art Museum as well as its own Komaneka Gallery. Health, food, and nature experiences are easy to find here. One fun excursion is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
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Rooms: 34 suites, 10 villas. From $500. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The family-style restaurant overlooks the Campuhan River Valley with its sloping rice terraces and coconut groves. Dishes are mostly Ubud favorites, some presented on banana leaves. The fourth-floor lobby lounge offers an inviting afternoon tea, and is the best place to take in the sunset. Spa and gym details: Workouts at the modest gym can be paired with yoga classes, Balinese dance lessons, and runs around the jogging track. There’s also a traditional spa stilted over the Campuhan River behind palm and papaya trees. Five open-air spa villas offer sweeping views and background sounds of rushing water. One unique treatment is lulur, a Javanese body scrub of rice and spices that was originally prescribed for royalty.
Who's it best for: Art and nature connoisseurs craving all the action of Ubud. A tropical chapel also attracts lovebirds who want to get hitched in paradise. Our favorite rooms: The one-bedroom Pool Villas are the most stylish accommodations. Palm trees grow out of sundecks, and an open-air lounge area (with curtains for privacy) spills into a treetop infinity pool. A four-poster bed with a white canopy has a view of the pool and the forest. Things to do: Komaneka at Bisma features a full slate of activities, from cooking classes and cycling tours through the rice paddies to wood-carving lessons and workshops on coconut crafts.