Upon arrival the place blows your mind, we were served fresh coconut water in a silver goblet! It is visually spectacular and breathtaking. We stayed here in the Jawa-Lama (?? I think) house at the end of our honeymoon travels around Bali - the room was beyond beautiful and the bed linen was heavenly. The tree-house cured my fear of heights, after my husband encouraged me to climb up, I was petrified but it was SO worth it!
Having stayed in high end and mid-budget accommodation throughout our trip I would honestly say you get better value and service in the mid-range places than the higher priced resorts in Bali.
I am such a foodie, and Bali is a food lovers dream, but the food here was VERY average and was the most expensive meal we had all holiday; it was basically chicken on the bone with veg. We saw the owner practically spit it out and complain to the cook on the only night we ate there. I'm not sure why it was so pricey, as they say they grow most of their produce on site? The food at Melting Wok in town was infinitely better and a fraction of the price, also the Three Monkeys set next to padi fields was lovely. It's also the only place where I cannot remember what the breakfasts were like, I can recall, (in scary detail) every meal in Bali as it was so mouthwatering, but I have no idea what they served here in the morning. The wine and afternoon tea at Bambu were good though.
We also had a fantastic trek with the hotel guide Coco and walked for hours in the hills and near by villages. I would highly recommend that.
The owner never spoke to us or said morning, even when I did. Normally you wouldn't notice but everywhere else you stay in Bali, whether it was 5* or a beach shack, the owners and managers cannot do enough for you and always make such a HUGE effort with everyone that it was quite a noticeable contrast when we stayed at Bambu Indah.
The pool, if you like natural water pools with slime and fish, was refreshing and has a great rope swing but as soon as we got out we were eaten alive but tiny bugs so it became quite unpleasant to sit out. The rooms had mosquito cream/repellant in, and we had our own, but it did nothing to stop the onslaught of night time mozzies. We'd been travelling round Bali for a few weeks and had no bites, but went home covered in them after staying here. I know it's set in the jungle and I should have expected it but it was quite unpleasant, so I would recommend spray with 50% deet (ours was lower), and sun lotion and aftersun with repellant in it. Bambu has a strong emphasis on eco/organic living so lotions with chemicals in are not ideal but it kind of ruined the end of my trip.
The accommodation is not really near the heart of Ubud so we had to get a driver to pick us up and collect us every time we went out, which became annoying and was costly.
Despite Bambu's wow factor I'm not sure I would stay here again, which I would not say about anywhere else we stayed in Bali.
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- Bambu Indah Ubud, Bali