We love the Tjampuhan Hotel for it's non pretentious 'rustic' feel - it really is an amazingly beautiful, green piece of Bali in a relatively quiet location just out of town (Ubud). The gardens and setting (on the side of a steep river valley) is just superb and the feeling is relaxed and comfortable. Wonderful exercise with the many steps - we love this feature. We love exploring the area also - just across the road is a long steep (upwards!) flight of steps that leads in to the rice paddies. Keep walking straight and on the left about 300 metres down there is a lily field that is in full flower around December. Turn right just after the top of the steps and walk along a little ridge into the local villas and rice paddies. You'll pass Yellow Cafe which is an organic cafe producing simple & very healthy meals - well worth curling up on the cushions for a quick lemon drink on your travels. Just down the road before the bridge is the turnoff to Sari organic - a 10 minute walk through the rice paddies will get you there and it too is a wonderfully healthy cultural experience - it's getting a little more developed (lots of building happening) every time we go, so go soon to see it as it is now (note, with Sari organic, if you want a real experience, the local drivers can often call the cafe in advance and arrange for you to be picked up on bikes if you don't want the 10 min walk - I'd recommend the walk however bikes can be a good, if a little scary option). The rooms at Tjampuhan vary from rustic (basic, yet still beautiful) to quite lovely. All have nice sized terraces in gorgeous gardens and are relatively private. We love the Arie Smith rooms, however on our last stay we had a bed bug challenge over 4 nights which really affected our enjoyment of things (4 nights on 'high alert' wasn't how we planned our stay). In saying this, the staff were wonderful and very gracious in endeavouring to sort the challenge and bent over backwards to help. It was our choice to stay in the room and go through spraying / fumigating rather than moving to a different room, so we'll take responsibility for that! We always find the staff to be open and friendly in a happy balinese way - not overly professional or pretentious as in the 5 stars, funny at times - we've stayed in both and we like this. All in all, would we stay again? Yes, absolutely - this is a lovely piece of Bali in a gorgeous, green, peaceful setting - our challenge could have been experienced anywhere and is certainly not reflective of the hotel. Hope you enjoy Tjampuhan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The classic Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa, built where two sacred rivers meet, has been legendary since 1928. As the first hotel in the artist colony of Ubud, this royal guest house graciously hosted celebrities and foreign painters such as Walter Spies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tjampuhan Ubud
- Hotel Tjampuhan And Spa
- Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa Ubud, Bali