ESCAPE LONDON – Escape to Ubud in Bali
Upon arrival in SenS we were immediately greeted with smiling faces, offers to take our bags and herbal tea. After a bumpy ride in the taxi, this hotel seemed like a burst of luxury amid the bustling urban centre of Ubud.
Our cosy room was equipped with everything we could possibly need during our stay, from bathrobes and slippers, to flip flops and hot drink making facilities, pleasingly with sturdy mugs, rather than teacups (which I often drain within minutes).
The strong, hot shower was also a stand-out feature, with complimentary toiletries and, even, toothbrushes. We were also well stocked with free bottles of water, which are very welcome after a day’s sightseeing. Breakfast is a relaxed affair with a choice of freshly squeezed fruit juices, teas and strong coffee. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner offering a varied menu, catering for all tastes, from pizza, pasta and steak, to local dishes including satay and noodles.
The jewel in the SenS crown is undoubtedly the spa and, after visiting several during our time in Bali, we can confirm this is a cut above the rest. We were welcomed by massage therapist Sri who handed me a detailed form to fill out for my massage. They can tweak everything from the room temperature and the heat of the bed mattress to the firmness of the massage and the scent of oils, which include lavender, jasmine, eucalyptus and rose, all with different forms of healing and relaxation.
The swimming pool was surprisingly large, given the space allowed and was heated, we even took a dip in the rain. While the busy Hanoman street is only a 15 minute walk away, SenS also had a free shuttle service, complete with huge umbrellas, which is ideal for nipping out to dinner in the evening.
Guests can also book an array of day trips from reception, from white water rafting and waterfalls, to temples and rice paddles.
Prices start at just £51 per night. For more details visit www.senshotelsresorts.com