It is a long (1.5 hour) ride from the airport the resort along narrow roads but upon reaching the turn off for the resort the road curves and descends sharply to the lobby entrance, a spectacular open air lobby that offers a hint of what is to come: an even more spectacular view of a vast tropical gorge at the end of the lobby with a whitewater river flowing nearly 300 feet below!
The staff greets all guests with a traditional Balinese welcome including placing an orchid onto every guest's ear along with cool fresh wet towels. It is then that the "experience" begins with a walk down steps (could be several) to one of the over 50 villas nestled on the hillside off the lobby. All villas have spectacular views of the gorge and foliage with a vast bedroom, a living area and massive bath fitted with a jacuzzi, shower and a dressing area. Both the living area and the bathroom lead on to the private pool - a real pool nearly 20 feet long and 10-12 feet wide! The most incredible aspect to the pool is the complete privacy and its setting in pristine natural surroundings.
Breakfast can be had at one of 3 lovely spots: two levels off the lobby with both overlooking the gorge and one at the "organic" restaurant down below. Service and quality of food is simply outstanding!
The one factor to be considered is that the resort is not for those with any physical disabilities, temporary or permanent. The steps can be daunting and exhausting for those not in shape particularly from a villa all the way down by the organic restaurant - as many as 60+ steps to the top!
At any rate, the word that comes repeatedly to one's mind whether in the villa or on the grounds is during a stay here is "Tranquil".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Etched into the hillside that overlooks the Tjampuhan valley in Ubud, Pita Maha Resort & Spa encompasses 24 villas in a style reminiscent of an intimate Balinese village composed of private compounds. Named after the artistic association that nurtured creative talents during the 1930’s, Pita Maha means ‘great shining’ and today this boutique resort is an icon that showcases local artistry and design elements. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pita Maha Hotel Ubud
- Pita Maha Resort And Spa Ubud, Bali