It's all too much, Ubud, these days. What a crying shame. That lovely town with it's kitsch carved cats, its endless wooden fish mobiles and its crazy streets, where the only 'brands' were the fake Prada shop and the Lotus restaurant, has turned into a Hollywood parody of itself. Today, you've got to get out of Ubud to find Ubud.
Now don't get me wrong - Ubud's fine if you haven't been there in the Old Days. It just isn't if you have memories of the way things were.
Which is why we moved from Kajane Mua to Kajane Yangloni. Yangloni is a collection of wooden fishermen's huts set in rice fields with (nicely-designed and rather chic) hotel facilities (a restaurant, gym, computer room and small pool) nearer the road. There's an on-demand shuttle service from the hotel to the town, so you can still get your Ubud market/shop/restaurant fix.
Rooms have open terraces, fridges, air con, TV and iPod docks and low beds swathed in mosquito nets. They are a little on the dark side as the windows are quite tiny (ask for more lights to be brought in), but the bathrooms are indoor/outdoor and super-dramatic, with baths and basins carved from granite boulders, and a shower moated by koi ponds.
Big Plusses: views, photogenic bathrooms, wildlife (if you can't stand the frogs' chirrupping, take earplugs), lovely beds and bed linen, thick fluffy towels
Breakfast is lovely - it's menu driven and there's no buffet: specially recommended is the patisserie: the delicious, freshly baked croissants were yummy. Though it's a brand new hotel (at the time of writing), staff are professional and, in fact, shared with Kajane Mua.
One major downside: there's no atmosphere as yet - guests don't seem to hang around the hotel - it's breakfast on your terrace then off for the day, which leaves the place feeling a little bit love lorn. And in the evening, everyone dines out, so there's no sociability or real chance to make friends with fellow travellers.
One minor irritation: the mosquito nets look gorgeous, but they're suspended from a central point rather from a frame, so they do trail over your face. Not pleasant, actually.
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