Liked: Had one of the villa style rooms, second floor. Very beautiful, octogon shaped with glass windows halfway around the entire room. Intricate wood, high, pointed ceiling, canopy bed with mosquito net. The saltwater pools, the walkways had stone designs that I have every intention of copying they were so pretty. The grounds were lush and the crickets, frogs and other animals sang in chorus through the night, which took me to a place haven't been since childhood (now live in the city). The staff provided me with a power converter/adapter for my computer.
The breakfast was ok, laundry was reasonable and fast.
Disliked: Feel hotel should provide better times for the shuttle service. kind of odd. 7-10 in the morning and 7-9 at night. that was it. You could pay the staff to take you, though, which made me feel a little scammed. It was 3 bucks every time for Ubud center. The thing is, while near ubud center, the hotel is located on the edge of town and up a steeper than anything hill. Traffic was heavy with cars and mopeds whizzing by, with people dodging cars. And that's walking downhill to town. Uphill, after spending anytime shopping? forget it, another 3-4 bucks to get back. Did feel like I was constantly reaching in my pocket for cab fare if I wanted to go anywhere. The pool was nice when the sun came out but there was only one decent lounge chair, maybe a few other really old ones. That was kind of sad because the place really is pretty.
It had rained for days when I arrived and the room was a little damp, but then everything in ubud was damp at that time. Rooms were also dark, hard to read at night. And there were no english tv channels so tv was pointless. but that said, it gave me every opportunity to appreciate the nature all around me.
It depends on what you are looking for in a hotel in Ubud. This was an odd kind of place, but I am really glad I stayed there. I did enjoy "getting back to my place" away from the hussle of the town everyday, though I checked out some places in town while walking around and found some that also felt secluded, yet right in town for the next time I visit.
Two things I really enjoyed:
A tibetan bowl ceremony at Yoga Barn (hard to find this place, their sign is tiny, but I am really glad I experienced this.
A little spa called Beji Ayu. I had the place to myself, as they are very small. I had an outdoor bathtub filled with flowers in a ricefield among other services. It was no frills, but clean and lovely and an amazing experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ubud Garden Villa, a retreat place located in Penestanan, a little village just 15 minutes outside Ubud and has been known as an artist’s village where Walter Spies and Arie Smit used to live. Ubud Garden Villa creates an ambiance of complete serenity. In this magical retreat for couples, families and groups, guests will enjoy gracious Balinese hospitality throughout their stay as we have been welcoming guests since Mar 9, 2011 ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ubud Garden Villa Bali