The Spirit of Bali Hotel is simply wonderful. We stayed for 2 nights in October and were greeted with a welcome drink and cold flannel to cool ourselves down.
The hotel grounds are beautiful and the pool lovely. Such welcoming and friendly staff. Our ‘superior double’ room was so quaint and even had an outdoor shower which was such a treat!
The breakfast was delicious and the free shuttle bus service into town very efficient. We didn’t eat dinner at the hotel but had room service one night which was good. The cocktail (Mai Tai) wasn’t particularly pleasant but then I found cocktails at various places in Indonesia to be rather disappointing and in the end just stuck to the Bintang Beer!
The hotel does put mosquito repellent candle type things in your room at night however I was bitten quite a lot. My other half wasn’t bitten at all so perhaps I’m tastier than him but I would recommend using a deet repellent at night just in case.
In terms of things to do in Ubud we only had one full day in Ubud and we found this enough. We took the free shuttle bus into town, and started our adventure in Monkey Forest, then looked around the markets and temples. According to the lonely planet guide no visit to Ubud would be complete without a walk through the hundreds of rice fields. So we braved the mid afternoon sun and walked for an hour and a half! En route a lovely little lady (who couldn't speak much English!) offered us some shade on a hammock type bench made of bamboo and sliced open a coconut which we drank from.
Back in the centre of town we had half an hour until the next shuttle bus so we treated ourselves to a foot massage and fish spa.
In the evening we made the journey back into town for dinner and a 'spirit of Bali' cultural show!
Ubud was fantastic, I would thoroughly recommend, especially this hotel. It definitely provides the “wow” factor ! The rest of our time in Indonesia was spent in Lombok and the Gili Islands so beachy resorts so it was great to have a couple of days in the hills.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A tranquil place to return to at day's end, where traditional Balinese architecture, rich in natural materials, in enhanced by the luxurious appointments and services expected of a fine hotel. 30 Private suites and villas, all with views, air-conditioning, fan, hot water garden showers, cotton sheets and towels, breezy terraces, and discreet service. Restaurant, bar, reception pavilions, massage and spa treatments, cultural programs and more. Now there is a unique facility in Bali to nurture the Self-a place to restore both body and soul. Bali Spirit Hotel and Spa brings together the traditional healing arts and ritual life of Bali in a serene, intimate setting of total comfort and top quality design. We are in close walking distance of Ubud-the island's cultural hub. Overlooking whitewater river and off-the-beaten-path, Bali Spirit feels more like a private estate than a hotel. Natural springs flow into a large swimming pool. And the Bali Spirit Spa provides a complete program of body massages, beauty treatments, and healing tools from traditional Balinese healers & Western practices. Come, feel the gentle touch of Bali Spirit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bali Spirit Hotel Ubud
- Bali Spirit Ubud
- Bali Spirit Hotel And Spa Ubud