So I came back to Bali after I just left this beautiful country a month ago. The main purpose this time though was not to surf all day (well ...kind of) but to specifically pay attention to the accommodation around Seminyak and Canggu to be able to share some useful tips and recommendations as I know many of you are travellers and surfers just like me.
My first stop took me to 'The Apartments Umalas'. This hidden little gem, away from all the hustle and bustle is perfectly located in Umalas, an area very close to Seminyak's hip collection of restaurants, bars and shops. Soooo many shops! Honestly it's a dream for anyone who is looking for some great clothing stores and amazing cafes. It is very close to the beach and super affordable!
I loved the two pools with lounges, surrounded by lots of greenery which guaranteed for relaxed vibes all around. If you feel like being on your own, the private courtyards equipped with furniture to lounge on, allow you to unwind and read a book while enjoying the quite surroundings.
In case you don't feel like going out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the in house menu will cater to your tastebuds with a variety of mouthwatering Indonesian and Western meals, desserts, juices and cocktails. If you get to try one of the juices, I can highly recommend the 'Too Good Juice'. A blend of banana and dragonfruit. So delicious!
The rooms are spacious, bright and clean with beautiful Indonesian style bathrooms and furniture. I was kindly offered the Deluxe Apartment. You can choose from three different apartment with the Prestige Suite (picture below) being the most, well, prestigious including two spacious bedrooms stretched over two levels and a beautiful out side bathroom.
Adding to the all around amazing experience was the extremely friendly staff at The Apartments Umalas. Any wish or question I had, was attended to nicely and promptly. I needed a scooter for a few days to go to Denpasar and catch up with friends. I hadn't booked one in for my stay but when I asked if I could rent one I received it shortly after. At any time I needed a taxi I also only had to wait a few minutes. There was always someone around who was happy to answer any questions or help me out if needed.
Aircon, Wifi and a little booklet with useful information about transport or restaurants in the area and other entertainment is of course included. If you feel like getting pampered you can even choose from a variety of in house spa treatments including pedicure, manicure, massage and much more for an affordable price. You pretty much don't need to leave this place at all as everything is right at your fingertips.
The minute I stepped inside I was received with a warm welcome by all the staff and especially Lucas the Manager. Thanks again so much to everyone for making this stay so wonderful! I literally felt like a princess.
So If you are looking to stay at a place where you can relax after a day of surfing or shopping, with quiet and spacious rooms, great service and pure serenity - The Apartments Umalas will make it an unforgettable holiday experience and it won't break your bank!