Picturesque, peaceful and surrounded by rice paddies, at Wapa Di Ume you really do feel like you are in Ubud - the cultural and spiritual heart of the island.
I had stayed here a few months earlier for our Little Bali Love Mums Retreat, so it was lovely to return to this special hotel with my family.
Some of the best staff in Bali can be found here at Wapa Di Ume - so friendly, attentive, polite, and professional. I was warmly welcomed back again, and felt as if I had returned “home”.
There’s no kids club, no waterslide, and no TV’s but hey that’s no worries at all. You’re in Bali after all, and this beautiful hotel is the real deal. Surrounded by rice-paddies, buddhas and tropical gardens, and with many traditional touches, you get to enjoy the true beauty of the magical Island of the Gods.
There is a weekly schedule of free cultural activities for guests, and of course the little guests are welcome to join in, so the whole family can enjoy them together. Here you can learn the traditional art of Balinese offering making, take a guided walk through the local village and ricefields, or get your yoga on with a morning class each day.
There are two main pools, one on each side of the river, and both are suitable for children with shallower areas. We stayed in a villa this time with our own private pool, so we actually ended up spending most of our time swimming there. If you can afford to upgrade to a villa, it is well worth it - having a private pool to splash about in is such a treat for the kids!
A delicious a la carte breakfast is included and is served at the onsite restaurant Mr Wayan and is positively huge with coffee, juice, tropical fruit, fresh pastries and a selection of main dishes.... we highly recommend the corn fritters and the French toast.
The restaurant staff love the little guests and our girls were constantly doted on, and were treated to special hot chocolates each morning. There is a kids breakfast set menu, and a kiddies menu for dinner and room service too.
We enjoyed a lovely Indonesian dinner at Mr Wayan, which started off with a chilled glass of wine for Mum and Dad whilst looking out at the golden sun setting over the rice paddies - very special. The girls feasted on mini size serves of mie goreng and chicken satay, and finished off with scoops of gelato.
We also loved the yummy jars of home made cookies in our room and the bowl of fresh fruit which is replenished daily - perfect for poolside snacking.
There are a variety of rooms, suites and villas here but a couple in particular that we think would suit families best.
If you don’t mind being all in the one room, then the entry level spacious Lanai Rooms with twin double beds is perfect for a family of four.
We stayed in the 2 bedroom family pool villa which we think offers the best of both worlds - privacy and more space but with all the hotel amenities and services at your fingertips too. However the master bedroom is upstairs and the kids room with the twin beds is on the ground floor which opens up on to the balcony and pool, so this may be a problem if you are travelling with toddlers, or want to be on the same level as your little ones at night.
The location is fantastic and is close enough to town and all the action, but still peaceful and quiet and surrounded by rice paddies, so you definitely get that true Ubud expereince.
A free shuttle bus for guests into town leaves every hour, and within about a 5 - 10 minute drive you are dropped in the centre of town, just around the corner from the market and right opposite Milk and Madu which is a family favourite of ours for excellent coffee, brunch, lunch and pizza. Our other Ubud fave Lacasita is just a short walk from where the shuttle drops you off - head there for a Mexican feast, happy hour cocktails or a family dinner on Nino Wednesday where the kids eat for FREE.
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