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“No views. Nice decor. Limited lobby / open areas.”

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The Purist Villas and Spa
Ranked #8 of 199 Hotels in Ubud
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

Very nice place set up by some Italians, I gather. Designed more like a villa and better decor than many other places I have stayed. Very comfortable sofas.

I think this place works best for people that want to stay in a villa in Bali, but don't want to deal with the staff.

I prefer the river view rooms, which are the cheapest. The Villas are too enclosed for my taste. Overall, however, if you are in Bali, I prefer views of rice paddies and so this wasn't for me.

Breakfast was so-so.

They were a bit thinly staffed at times at the lobby. You would be standing at the front desk and the phone would ring and ring while the staff were helping you.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

The property is just fabulous, in the middle of a real tropical jungle. The villas are stylish, classy and beautiful. The only problem is that it is far from ubud town and the hotel shuttle service is at inconvenient timings, which they are very rigid about, along with being rigid about where the shuttle will drop you. So getting around and seeing ubud is somewhat of a challenge and I didn't find the hotel staff too helpful on that count. In fact, while the hotel staff are extremely polite and lovely, they lack the Balinese hospitality of going out of their way to see what you might need or want o do, which we experienced at le jardin in seminyak and which is why we typically pick small boutique hotels over large ones. But it really is beautiful and luxurious and I would most certainly highly recommend it. We stayed in the jungle villa. The bedroom overlooks the jungle. There is a lovely sit out also overlooking the jungle (which could do with a fan and mosquito repellant). The bathroom is massive and beautiful. There is a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the jungle. The vibe is peaceful and calm.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Diya K
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

We recently stayed at the Purist for our honeymoon. It is very luxurious and is really an oasis located just outside of Ubud, which was our favourite city to visit in Bali. The design of this resort/villa is amazing and the service was excellent. Every morning we were served breakfast on our own private balcony overlooking the rain forest. Overall, it's a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Duncan M
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

My wife and I stayed for a few nights at the Purist in March 2012 for a wedding anniversary. From pick up to check in to the service every day, it was quality, courteous and professional. We like staying in these smaller hotels of only a few villas as there was plenty of privacy and not a lot of noise. It is a bit of a drive from the centre of Ubud, but very easy and cheap to use the transport arranged by the hotel. Breakfast was delicious, the bathroom and fit out of the room was amazing and the pathways and pool are very well landscaped.

The Purist delivered all that it promised.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank McDarwin
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

We had the Garden Villa - Timor and Garden suites combined. Rooms were absolutely beautifully decorated with lots of local artefacts and were very luxurious. The bedroom bit in the Timor Suite is quite tiny and dark, but the large sitting room area makes up for it. We had access to an amazing private pool area - wear goggles as there is an incredible amount of chlorine in the pool that made our eyes sting for two days after. The service was faultless - efficient and personalised; we were addressed by our names and there were ever-ready smiles for us. The food was good but takes ages to prepare - all fresh - and some portions were a little on the small side. The Purist offers exclusive accommodation and plenty of privacy - this meant we hardly ever saw any guests - may be a good thing for some people, but not for others. Also, they encourage you do take all your meals etc. in your villa - as a result there isn't much in the way of common areas for eating and lounging and we felt that when we were at the hotel, all our time was spent inside our rooms, which was not ideal, especially as we had a toddler with us. The biggest drawback of this place in our opinion was the fact that there were no views, which was such a shame given the beauty of the surrounds. We had no views whatsoever from our rooms and felt like we were missing out. Overall, we despite the massive pros - gorgeous rooms and excellent service - we didn't feel like it was worth the money we paid.

Room Tip: Garden Suite has a massive pool/courtyard area. Timor has a very small bedroom area but a huge livin...
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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10  Thank Jehan123
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Reviewed 6 June 2012

This was a great choice for a short stay in Ubud. A small hotel which offers secluded luxury. Staff was friendly and helpful. We arrived late at night but and were shepherded right to our room with a smile, a quick tour and a the question "what would you like for breakfast and what time would you like it served?" Our room was terrific- great style and appointments and a really unique open air shower. Ever shower in the rain? Every room is different each has its own appeal. Manager gave us a quick tour of other rooms and all were special. Our room overlooked a jungle ravine and stream with a gazebo that was an excellent spot for breakfast. Breakfasts were great with a surprise guest of a macaque on one morning. Close taxi ride to Ubud centre. Hotels does have scheduled transportation to town but was very helpful in providing transportation to restaurants.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

Once you're in Ubud, you couldn't help but to retreat to your own sanctuary. Ubud is one of those places that will give you a sense of relaxation and at ease. The Purist offers that and more.

Location wise, it's a tad far from downtown, but with that, you'll get the serenity from the surrounding greeneries. Think of Purist as a family home, with individual villa(s) configured in a unique way to provide privacy.

Check in was a breeze. We love the little library where you can browse reading materials and also DVDs.

We stayed at River Villa residence (comprises two-separate villa that can be booked separately). Each villa has its own charms; antique furnitures and ethic furnishings, one even has a splendid outdoor shower area. There are living and dining area that separates the two villas, where we had our breakfast every morning.

The river residence has a direct access to the main pool, that overlook the jungle. The pool is a good size with ample pool beds.

What could be improved: breakfast was a little slow, and there were no staff around the pool area for us to order some refreshments, so one of us went to the lobby to ask for service.

Other than that, overall a great stay.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank voyageur1980
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Address: Jl. Tirta Tawar | Banjar Kutuh Kaja, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Ubud
#8 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#8 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#18 Family Hotel in Ubud
Price Range: £138 - £438 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Purist Villas and Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located four minutes’ drive from Ubud centre, The Purist Villas is a design-inspired oasis of calm. A collection of seventeen unique and spacious luxury residences, villas, and suites, most with private swimming pools, complimented by an elevated wellness centre, poolside restaurant and lounge areas. Contemporary and Indonesian architecture has been thoughtfully combined, well-furnished, and styled with a large and valuable collection of fine textiles and Indonesian artefacts. Owner-designers Yvonne Hulst and Alberto Cortes, together with architect Joost van Grieken have created a most spectacular villa resort, a beautiful estate, in harmony with the landscape of the lush valley of the Tawar river. Featuring an eclectic palette of materials, including recycled wood, lava & limestone, green river stones, and authentic artefacts from years of traveling the Indonesian archipelago. Balisimo restaurant, situated poolside in the peaceful Purist environment, honours the slow food philosophy. Fresh, organic produce prepared by an experienced team of Chefs results in a collection of healthy and delicious seasonal menus. The devoted and well-trained team of dedicated Butlers are intuitive to guests needs, establishing the Purist villas excellent reputation for superior, attentive service. The Purist Spa offers a range of blissful Ayurvedic treatments and uses high-end Sensatia products; Ayurveda is the ancient Indian philosophy of healing and wellbeing, focusing on re-balancing energy. The Purist's meditation and yoga therapists are finely attuned to the practice of working with energy, having mastered the art of mindful touch. The Purist Villas have brought a new benchmark of luxury boutique villa resort accommodation to Ubud and should not be missed. ... more   less 
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