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“Peaceful Sojourn in Ubud”
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Puri Sunia Resort
Ranked #42 of 199 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 September 2012

My wife and I stayed five nights at Puri Sunia Resort in Ubud and it was the best hotel experience that we have ever had in our thirty-five years of travel. We had booked a deluxe room but the resort, much to our delight, upgraded us to a pool villa. The pool in the villa is really a large plunge pool with water jets making it a ‘jacuzzi’. The resort nestles in a small tranquil valley amidst lush tropical vegetation and rice paddies. It is a good ten-minute drive from the Ubud town center - far removed from the crowds and the hustle and bustle. The resort provides a shuttle service every hour to and fro and therefore the distance from the town center is a non-issue when you want to visit.

What sets this resort apart is the superb staff who are a true embodiment of the Bali spirit – welcoming, friendly and doing their best to please the guests. The high staff to guest ratio assures a very high standard of service. The resort offers four breakfast menus to choose from. We tried them all and they were excellent. We dined in a couple of times and enjoyed their Tom Yum soup that was intensely flavoursome. The villa in which we stayed was spotless.

The resort arranges local Bali tours and we found the cost to be no different than that on offer by independent tour operators. It also offers complimentary yoga and jogging through surrounding villages and it also has a great spa. We have no hesitation in recommending this resort to anyone who would wish to spend a few peaceful days in Ubud, the cultural hub of Bali.

Room Tip: Villa 901 in which we stayed, had no issues.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

Like most first time Bali visitor, I spent a considerable amount of time researching places to stay in Bali, pondering whether I should stay longer in Ubud or Seminyak and why I should avoid Kuta. My partner and I found Puri Sunia on TA. My initial attractions to this hotel were: reasonable priced, recommended by TA users consistently, slightly off the beaten track, the complementary activities such as yoga and jogging. The goals of our holiday (which we managed to achieve in Puri Sunia) were relaxation and avoid constant sightseeing.

Puri Sunia is a lovely resort that is run by extremely friendly staff. There were a few set backs initially – such as the hotel forgotting to send their driver to collect us from the airport. I was not very impressed given that Bali airport is swamped by touts and makes the first time Bali visitor like myself quite agitated. I rang the hotel and they sent a representative in 5 minutes to assist us in buying our cab voucher to the hotel without getting overtly ripped off. (They couldn’t send their driver as it takes about an hour plus from Ubud to the airport) I had done some research prior to arriving in Bali and knew the cost of the cab fare would have been around USD 20. It wouldn’t have been a big deal to haggle my cab fare with one of the many drivers who approached me. It’s the hassle after being on board the ‘Bali Bus’ from Sydney for 6.5 hours, screaming children, porters at the airport insisting on taking your luggage for 20 metres and demanding payment. Not a good start to anyone’s holiday!

Location – The hotel is about 75 mins from the airport, took us an hour and 40 mins in Bali traffic. It is also not within walking distance from the main Ubud strip. It’s 7 to 10 mins with the hourly complimentary shuttle from the hotel via windy roads. It is located amongst the rice fields and has a village atmosphere. One is surrounded by greenery, the mooing of cows and roosters’ crow in the morning. It is simply very pleasant to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bali!

Staff- The staff are extremely pleasant, helpful and go all out to extend their Balinese charm to their guests. We felt we were being welcomed into their home and that we were amongst family rather than strangers. I think this is something that can’t be experienced in larger high end resorts. Front of house staff always addressed us by our names. Juli, the yoga instructor and her ‘sister’, guided us through our yoga sessions, our jog through the rice fields and shared their culture with us. We were very honoured to be part of their celebration of Galungan during our stay.

Food- The restaurant served breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. The first night we ordered room service, as we were exhausted from our trip. Room service wasn’t just about eating in your own room. It was about bringing the dining experience to your room. The initial visit involved waiting staff arriving with table setting, bread and butter plus drinks. 15 mins later, the food was brought in and laid out as it would be if you were in their restaurant. Impressive. The food was reasonable quality with a mix of local and European dishes. There was also a healthy option of meals and juices on the menu. Price was reasonable by hotel standards. I think the portions were not too big – hotels having the tendency to over deliver on quantity rather than quality. Breakfast consisted of continental, American, Indonesian and Puri Suni options. You had the option of mixing between them if you got bored of eating the same thing. The fry up was mediocre – perhaps something the hotel could work on. But pastries, cinnamon toast and local breakfast were good!

Gluten free- My partner is celiac and we had informed the hotel prior to arrival. The dishes are not marked GF nor other dietary labels. There are dishes which are GF on the menu – a local prawn curry, fish wrapped in banana leaf, nasi goreng without kicap, nasi bubuh for breakfast without the sauce and a few others I can’t recall.

Spa- We had the 3 hour couple’s package which cost $180 per couple. This included massage, body scrub, bath and a facial. All in our own spa suite. The quality of the treatments were reasonably good. My partner felt her therapist was a bit rough, but mine was excellent!

Activities- We woke up for yoga three times during our stay. I never knew yoga first thing in the morning could be so invigorating! Trees and other greenery, away from the main building, surround the yoga pavilion. Juli led the daily jog (around 4 km), not too far from the hotel. It’s a good way to explore the surrounding area. One of the mornings, we took off ourselves after yoga. At the end of our run, Juli’s sister (can’t remember her name!) was waiting patiently for us with bottles of water! The swimming pool is lovely and clean.

Rooms- we were upgraded to a Deluxe Suite on the first night. We had booked a pool villa for the remaining four nights. The room was spotless and exactly how it looked in the photos. The mosquito net was clean and soft. The bed was extremely comfortable. They use some amazing smelling cleaning product for the bathrooms! The Deluxe Suite is on the first floor (Room 808), which is probably a better bet than the Deluxe room as it’ll get more light. Lighting is a problem in the rooms. I guess Puri Sunia is in some ways eco friendly, and trying to reduce the amount of electricity used is part of it. The Pool Villa is AMAZING! There’s a lovely plunge pool (not big enough for swimming) which can be switched on to deliver warm water if the weather is a bit chilly. Ubud is not exactly sun haven in Bali.

Creatures- There are mossies about. But it is much less than the place we stayed it in Seminyak. Puri Sunia is located amongst trees and rice fields. Therefore, mossies is as given. The hotel does make a huge attempt to reduce your chances of getting bitten – nets even in the outdoor pavilion if you stayed in the Pool Villa, electric repellent etc. Ants can be a problem if you leave food lying around but otherwise it’s not an issue. Unlike other reviews, I did not see any rats.

Overall, I would highly recommend PS. They have recently celebrated their one-year anniversary and I hope they continue to deliver excellent service for travellers like ourselves. We can't wait to go back there! The negative comments I have here is just me being really picky.

Room Tip: Rooms closer to the Yoga pavillion are quieter. Pool Villa 903 was lovely!
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

i found this hotel from trip advisor in very last minute booking . and its the best coincidence ive ever have.
everything are so blend in perfect harmony in this hotel, quite place, beatiful scenery of rice field and tropical trees, warmth and friendly staff, what the most i like from this place is food are outrageous delicious and not too much pricy !

we stayed for 2 nights and would like to extend here, unfortunately everything are fully booked . its understandable, since so many people would love to stay in this Little Paradise !

definitely will back again to this place next holiday !!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Yudrah83
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

My wife and I stayed at Puri Sunia for 3 nights as part of 6 nights in total in Bali for our honeymoon.
We made our reservations after much research on TripAdvisor, and after many glowing reviews and a very good rating, we had high hopes for this establishment.
The resort is situated quite a distance outside of Ubud, but for us that was a great thing. Ubud itself can be a nonstop assault on the senses, so a quiet, peaceful retreat that feels like a world away, only 10-15 minutes by shuttle, is exactly what we needed for our downtime. Really, dont worry about the distance out of town. The resort shuttles are reliable, constant, comfortable and always mindful of making sure they get you safely back to the resort (even outside of scheduled trips).
The resort is quite new, well considered in its design, with an emphasis of blending into the natural environment (even more so than many local buildings!). The landscaping is in harmony with natural rainforest surrounds, as well as rice terraces that envelop the resort. All of this adding to the sense of tranquility. It is quite small and cosy, not a lot of space between rooms and little to no grounds, but this added to its own sense of charm and intimacy! Expect to strike up a conversation or two with fellow travelers in such a cosy atmosphere!
We had a basic suite on the ground floor. Privacy is slightly comprimised as rooms open onto public pathways very close to the rooms. The rooms are generous and comfortable. Beds huge. Bathrooms modern and very large. Water pressure in shower just passable but understandable for resort location. 2 bottles of water supplied in the room daily. No worries with mosquitoes despite being surrounded by wet rice fields.
Complimentary welcome foot massage was lovely. Welcome fruit in room not so much, had mold on it! Quickly replaced when informed though. We were disappointed when we learnt from other honeymooning guests that they received welcome drinking coconut on arrival, as we did not receive one. Although we did not really utilize the extra spa facilities, my wife enjoyed complimentary yoga one morning. We also enjoyed complimentary village tour one morning. Resort guides take you for an approx 2 hour walk through local villages and rice fields, giving an excellent glimpse into local customs and traditions, and a great opportunity for photos.
Pool is lovely but too cold for us during August. It is a high and often cloudy part of Bali that seems to get little sunlight. Together with much shade from surrounding forest canopies, it makes for a cold, useless pool! Other reviewers have said its a heated pool but if it is, then it wasnt on while we were there.
Restaurant is beautiful overlooking the pool and the rice fields, very relaxing. The included breakfast was very nice. Having a choice of breakfast menus was nice for variety. each menu included large serves of fresh, tasty dishes.
Complimentry afternoon tea with balinese cakes was also nice.
Restarant at dinner also very nice. Good variety on the menu. Prices are higher than most restaurants in Ubud but the food is much fresher, much tastier and in the end well worth it. Compared to Brisbane Australia, the prices are fine! Huge main Balinese spiced duck dish was about AU$15, lovely entrees of asparagus and quail egg salad about AU$6. We did have a major problem with one of our dishes on one of the evenings. However, as a chef myself, I can say that given enough time something will almost always go wrong for a kitchen in the preparation a a dish, but the mark of a good establishment is in how they deal with such a problem arising. Chef Wayan and fellow staff dealt with the problem to our satisfaction, in a polite and professional manner. Keep up the good work guys!
The best part about this resort really is the staff. They are friendly, personable, thoughtful, and always welcoming and accommodating. The level of customer service at this resort is very high compared to most, another benefit of a small establishment. Thanks Indra for accomodating my booking requests prior to arrival!
This hotel may not suit a large young family due to lack of kid based activities, or those looking to party 24/7 as it doesnt have bars running late into the night, but it is perfect for honeymooners, or anyone looking for a quiet escape yet still close convenient to the action of Ubud. We would not hesitate to recommend this resort. We also feel that the previous reviews written are an accurate reflection of the quality of this resort.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

Great, total new, high livel of staff service, amazing room (suite particulary) resturant quinte expensive for Indonesia. Don't sorry about the location is rally nera to ubud center and with a private free shuttle to there. Highway reccommend

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Bibini-milano
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

My wife and I stayed at Puri Sunia for 4 nights. From check-in to to check-out everything was handled with a personal touch. The resort itself is nestled in a lush environment surrounded by rice fields. We stayed in a deluxe room on the second floor and it was very spacious and beautifully designed. Getting to the main town is a 10 minute free shuttle ride away so you get to enjoy a relaxing peaceful stay at this hotel without being too far from the bustle. We took the cooking class at the hotel with the head chef and it was worth every penny. It was the perfect thing to experience as honeymooners and we enjoyed it so very much. There is nothing negative to say at all about Ubud or this hotel. We had such an amazing time and thank the amazing staff for their friendliness and hard work.

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Reviewed 28 August 2012

We stayed here for two nights in Aug 2012 after our booking at Waka Di Ume was 'transferred' due to a double booking. We stayed in pool villa 3, and had a fantastic time.

Because of the circumstances around our stay,I wasn't very happy to be at the Puri Sunia, but the villa, staff and food quickly won me over. The room is great, very comfortable, with a small heated plunge pool, outside dining area and outside bathroom. The villa is not overlooked at all, so you have complete privacy. We had a team of 6 people to clean daily - pool guy, 2 gardeners, and 3 people servicing the room!

We ate dinner once at the restaurant, which overlooked rice paddies, and breakfast daily. Breakfast was included, and dinner very reasonably priced, and was better than the Waka Di Ume actually. Breakfast involved selecting from one of 3 or 4 set menus, continental, Indonesian, American etc, and was accompanied with fresh breads and pastries, with juice and tea or coffee. The pancakes are highly recommended.

We didn't use the main pool, but it was very attractive, with sunbeds and gardens surrounding that area. There are 4 blocks of 4 units, all with patios or balconies that faced the pathway, which may upset people looking for complete privacy, and 3 pool villas. The gardens were pristine, and the place had a very relaxing aura about it.

The property is about 15 mins drive to Ubud, but there is the hourly shuttle, and scooters can be rented for around $5AU / US a day. Given the hustle of Ubud, it was great to be back in the countryside after a couple of hours anyway.

This was booked by the Waka Di Ume for us, and if you are looking through TA reviews as we did, comparing hotels, I would say that the choice would be difficult between the two. I think the Waka has more privacy in non-pool villas, but the Puri Sunia is newer, probably a little more affordable, a lovely drive from Udud and the food is excellent. Although the villas only have small pools, they are heated which made them perfect to sit in during the evening with a bottle of Bintang.

I would definately return to Ubud and the Puri Sunia.

Room Tip: Pool villas all the way
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Jl. Tirta Tawar, Br. Abangan, 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
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#14 Family Hotel in Ubud
#15 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#17 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#34 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#36 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range: £64 - £214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Puri Sunia Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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Welcome to Puri Sunia Resort - A Peacefully Home in Ubud Bali, Puri Sunia Resort nestled in its own secluded place surrounded by the natural of environment such as beautiful rice paddies, water, coconut trees, Balinese traditional village of Abangan and Kokokan Village, a home of thousand white herons. It's located only 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Ubud, a home of art and cultural. Puri Sunia Resort is derived from Balinese word 'Puri' and 'Sunia'. Puri mean 'a house of King' and Sunia mean 'quiet or peaceful'. Offering 28 rooms in Balinese architecture with 1 Nandini Family Villa Private Pool, 3 Sunia private pool villas, 8 Nandini Suite and 16 Sunia Deluxe rooms. Enhancing the peacefully with meditation and yoga in yoga centre, relax and rejuvenate yourself in our Spa and sunny side at our main pool. You are surrounded by the textures and colour of nature, dressed slate, tiles, smooth unpainted wood, soft homespun, fabrics, intricate worked copper, fragrant alang-alang grass roofing, natural bamboo, rough cut stone, flowers and foliage. Puri Sunia Resort... Where magic happens and all experiences are enchanted. ... more   less 
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