Friday, June 1, 2012

Wedding & Proposal at Villa Sarna

Hi everyone! Villa Sarna has proven yet again to be a truly romantic destination! Along with the numerous honeymooners we have everyday - we had our first couple get engaged on our grounds!!! We are so excited to be part of their memories forever. Next week, we'll have our second wedding at the hotel. It will surely be a beautiful and momentous occasion.  The bride and groom rented out all 7 of our rooms for their friends and family. We are gearing up with flowers everywhere, Rindik players for the ceremony, and Balinese design all around. It will surely be an intimate and magical celebration!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone! I know it has been forever since my last post but I am finally back! :) 
We are gearing up for our busiest couple of weeks at Villa Sarna and we couldn't be more excited. We have a lot of families and couples joining us to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, so we'll try our best to make it feel warm and homey! Many of our guests have asked me what my favorite activities/restaurants are in Ubud, and I thought I would feature some every so often. 

I would personally recommend a cycling tour - and we feature one from Villa Sarna. It is the perfect way to see the luscious scenery of Ubud and really see Bali for what it is. The views of the rice paddies are absolutely breathtaking, and our Villa Sarna guides really show you the best spots. It's a great way to get a little exercise as well and have fun with your loved ones. 

In terms of restaurants, no trip to Ubud is complete without a visit to Ibu Oka for the sucking pig. It was featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations and is a true local hotspot. 

I would also recommend taking an authentic Balinese cooking class. I personally have taken one at Casa Luna, but there a bunch of them now in Ubud, and you can find these on google or tripadvisor. 

Until next time.. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Villa Sarna - The Little Hotel That Could!!!

We are super excited to start Villa Sarna's first blog! We were inspired by our latest award from Expedia - we were selected as one of the best hotels in the world! Only 500 hotels out of 130,000 were selected - less than 1% of hotels!  This was a very unexpected honor as we currently only have 7 rooms and we're only a couple of years old! My father gave me the good news the other day, when an Expedia representative happened to show up at the Villa Sarna doorstep and presented us with the Expedia Insiders' Select 2011 plaque. The gentleman informed us that only 3 other hotels in Bali received this honor, and we were the only hotel in Ubud! We were mentioned through their worldwide press release, Expedia's website, and in travel blogs such as this one.  To give everyone some background, Villa Sarna was purchased in 2008 by my father who was born in Indonesia. After living in the United States for over 30 years, he wanted an escape into the paradise that is Bali. At the end of 2008, we decided to turn my father's dream property into a full-scale luxury boutique hotel because I felt that this gem of a location should be shared with the world. In 2009, the hotel Villa Sarna became a reality and we are super excited to serve all of our guests and show them the real Ubud, Bali! We have the best staff anyone could ever ask for in a location that only one can dream of!  In this blog, I will post updates about the hotel, fun places to see and do in Bali and the surroundings areas, and other travel tips! We look forward to having you follow us on our amazing journey!