Uma Sapna, A dreaming place

“A dreaming place” – that’s what uma sapna means, according to our driver. Maybe he meant “A place to dream” or “A place of dreams”. Whatever it is, I liked the sound of it already.

The villas are located in the heart of seminyak town, just a five minute walk from the main street jalan laksmana and a twenty minute walk to the beach, but far enough from the main street to ensure you get the peace and quiet you need in the villa. The fact that it is located off a minor road does mean that the road leading back to the villa does get rather quiet at night (and I hated that there was no footpath along that road) but this is not a problem since you can always rely on a cab (especially when cabfares are really affordable).

We got upgraded from a one bedroom villa with private pool to a two-bedroom villa with private pool, which meant that the space we had was huge! The villa was clean, the bed was comfortable, the daily breakfast of your choice (delivered to the villa every morning) was yummy and most of all, the service was impeccable!! I was really impressed. Everyone we met in the villa always greeted us with a smile and was always helpful.

My minor gripes are that the bathtub’s a bit too huge for someone to lie comfortably and the pool looked a bit dirty (but I think I’m just being a kiasi Singaporean) and the see through door of the toilet cubicle may be weird if you are staying with friends or if you need total privacy when doing your business. We also had “visitors”, a centipede, frogs, a monitor lizard, spiders, but hey, that’s part of the experience I guess!! Mozzies weren’t that big an issue because someone would come into the villa every evening to turn down the bed, switch on the lights so you don’t come back to a dark villa and burn mosquito coils to keep the Mozzies away. Very thoughtful!

We took the dream home package which comes with a two hour spa for both of us, a 10 hour chauffeured tour around Bali (which I really liked because we could plan where we wanted to go at our own pace), daily breakfast and a lunch. And I must say, I felt every cent we paid was well worth it!

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Uma Sapna Villas
http://coconuthomes.com/

The kinda cafe I like

There is something about cafe Bali that draws me to it. It might be that unique centerpiece chandelier or those white lace tablecloths or that white antiquated look about it. In any case, we stopped for a mid afternoon drink and thought it’ll be a great place to just chill with a book or a friend, think about life and watch the world go by. Unfortunately we don’t have the luxury of time today! Didn’t try the food but prices are definitely reasonable and there’s free wifi!

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Cafe Bali
Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak

[update: we love the little box the bill came in, along with yummy ginger sweets and a pretty namecard. A really sweet touch!]