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Komaneka at Tanggayuda, Bali

Komaneka at Tanggayuda, Bali

Our private villa at Komaneka Tanggayuda
Our private villa at Komaneka Tanggayuda

With a possible polar vortex creeping up on us in Chicago, you may want to start planning your winter getaway to a warm, exotic place... like Bali, Indonesia! Last February, we spent some days in Bali, and while there, we stayed at Komaneka Tanggayuda. And that's where we had our own private villa, which included an infinity pool and cabana overlooking the rainforest.

So I hardly ever write about hotels or other places I stay at just because they are not unique enough to mention. But Komaneka Tanggayuda was spectacular. The villa itself was definitely larger than our Chicago apartment, and honestly, it was amazing to have all this sprawling space! In the back, there was even a stone bath tub, which was already prepared with rose petals!

hotel
hotel

In the sitting area, the table had a very sweet handwritten card, a jar of freshly made cookies, and a pyramid of fresh fruits, including rambutans (the spiny looking red fruits)! Rambutans are native to Indonesia, and inside, they are addictive, juicy, and pineapple-coconutty in taste! You may have seen them as overpriced, brown, spiny balls at Eataly - those are the over-ripened ones that the Indonesians normally throw away. And those cookies... let's just say I was done with them after the first night.

Left: exotic fruits Right: housemade cookies and personal note
Left: exotic fruits Right: housemade cookies and personal note

Check out this awesome bathroom - why doesn't our bathroom at home looks like this? They also provide the most comfortable sleepwear, which you MUST try out. And you get complimentary coffees, lattes, etc. from the in-room Nespresso machine on that shelf on the left.

IMG_3988 Bathroom at Komaneka Tanggayuda
IMG_3988 Bathroom at Komaneka Tanggayuda

Aside from your own personal infinity pool in the private villa, there are two massive infinity pools in the resort that overlook rice patties and the lush rainforest. Because Komaneka at Tanggayuda is located in the rainforest, it is extremely quiet and calm, the exact opposite from the hotels in Ubud city. Also, if you go during off season, you will practically have the entire resort to yourselves, which is pretty amazing!

IMG_3994 Komaneka Tanggayuda
IMG_3994 Komaneka Tanggayuda

And now for the food. If you are looking for a traditional Indonesian breakfast, this place serves up very filling dishes in the morning! Andrew ordered the stir fried noodles, which were perfectly crisp. Loved the addition of the fried egg on top too!

Bakmie goreng ayam - stir fried noodle with chicken, vegetables and fried egg
Bakmie goreng ayam - stir fried noodle with chicken, vegetables and fried egg

If you like curry, this potato croquette is exactly what you will want to fill up on before a day of activities.

Bergedel Kesela - sweet potato croquette with diced chicken on blanched vegetables, minced chicken and peanut curry sauce
Bergedel Kesela - sweet potato croquette with diced chicken on blanched vegetables, minced chicken and peanut curry sauce

My absolute favorite dish that morning was this Indonesia porridge, which was so hearty and flavorful I wanted seconds... It's like an Asian version of jambalaya!

Bubur ayam - traditional Indonesian porridge with shredded boiled chicken, boiled egg, salted vegetable and green chili cutting in light soy sauce
Bubur ayam - traditional Indonesian porridge with shredded boiled chicken, boiled egg, salted vegetable and green chili cutting in light soy sauce

And finally, we just had to try out the banana bread, which was surprisingly delicious! But what really made this banana bread was the accompanying fruit - I wish we had fresh fruits that tasted like this in Chicago...

Banana bread with with ricotta cheese and fresh strawberry
Banana bread with with ricotta cheese and fresh strawberry

Tips: 

  1. If you go during off season, this place is decently priced (much more so than the Four Seasons next door). But if you go during tourist season, the rooms have the same hiked up prices as the Four Seasons.
  2. If you want a more authentic Indonesian experience, Komaneka at Tanggayuda is the place to stay! They also provide complimentary high tea each day at any of the Komaneka locations.
  3. While in Bali, I highly suggest you take a full day tour with Bali Traditional Tours. Our guide took us all over the island, including the rice patties and some of the major temples. It's definitely one of the best private tour services in Bali.
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