We stayed here after 4 nightsnof luxery at the w hotel seminyak, and i thought bambu indah was the perfect counterbalance.
While the w is very modern, bambu indah feels like you've gone back in time without lacking modern comfort such as air con etc.
Bambu indah is about 15 minutes outside ubud centre, but easily reached by taxi (it will cost about £5) a way and you can preorder taxis at reception.
We didn't love the touristy centre of ubud much and preferred to be outside the main centre with amazing views of rice paddies, jungle and the mountains in e background.
We stayed at the udang house, which is set back a little and only has a partial view of the valley, which doesn't give you the incentive to use the porch much. The room is stylishly decorated but basic. It has air con inside the mosquito net, but because it is an old house (a traditional javanese villa) theree are gaps in the woodwork, so both the heat and the mosquitos get inside the room. However the mosquito net properly keeps the creepy crawlies away and because the rooms are so very clean i didn't even spot one spider.
If i'd ever return, i would ask for the kuno house which has a much better view of e valley from the front porch, or if i didn't care about the extra spend, the africa or padi house, which have direct view of the valley. There are a few other houses too: the eleanora house has very large glass windows and the kolam house is set back behind a wall and feels very authentic. I cannot comment on any of the other houses' interiours as i haven't seem them.
Breakfast consists of coffee, a juice, some fresh fruit and a choice of cooked breakfast. I thought the pancakes were the best, better than the omelett and the burrito.
Service is fine and friendly, but don't expect a top concierge. We asked for a one to one bicycle guide and were told that only tours with larger groups are on offer. Laterwefoynd out at our walking guide also offered private bicycle tours.
All in all, i would recommend this place for the view, the cleanliness and its very unique nature. But bear in mind it doesn't come cheap and there might be better bargains to be found. But why risk it when bambu indah is nearly flawless.
If you are looking for places closer to ubud, try uma ubud. The communal areaslook great, but i cannot comment on the rooms
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- Bambu Indah Ubud, Bali