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Looking for a romantic escape in a tropical paradise? We’ve got the scoop on a stylish new addition to an already dreamy resort on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Think of Bali and you might think of beaches, but for many visitors the highlight of their holiday is the serene cultural hub of Ubud, located in the rainforest uplands of the island.

COMO Uma Ubud is located right near Ubud, with views of temples, rice paddies and the Tjampuhan Valley. The resort features a contemporary Asian design across 46 rooms, suites and villas, plus two restaurants that utilise fresh local ingredients: authentic Italian at Uma Cucina, and distinct Indonesian flavours at Kemiri. The onsite COMO Shambhala Retreat has a wide range of holistic wellness therapies, and there are plenty of cultural activities to pursue, including visits to artisans, plus outdoor pursuits like white-water rafting, mountain biking and trekking.

Now, COMO Uma Ubud has launched ten new Garden Pool Villas, and a more tranquil spot for holidaying couples would be hard to find. The villas open onto their own private gardens and plunge pools, fringed with jungle. There’s a pared-back aesthetic that combines traditional Balinese elegance with all the mod-cons, from air-con to a 42-inch TV and Bose soundbar. Bathrooms have a free-standing bathtub and separate shower in shades of white, and tropical light floods the interiors.

Happy news: the resort is celebrating the launch of the villas with a special stay package, called – appropriately enough – Romantic Escape. It includes two nights in a Garden Pool Villa, with daily COMO Shambhala Cuisine breakfast for two, and daily lunch or dinner at Uma Cucina for two. Plus, you can choose two activities for no extra cost; the choice won’t be easy, though, because they all sound inviting:

• 75-minute COMO Shambhala Massage for two

• Romantic dinner experience for two

• Private cooking class for two

• 60-minute private yoga lesson for two

• Three-hour private tour of Ubud town for two

The Romantic Escape package starts from US$980 for two nights (subject to 21 percent government tax and service charge), and the offer is valid until 19 December 2017.

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This article first appeared in the December/January 2017 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.