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Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa
Ranked #63 of 193 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best part of our trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed for 3 nights in early September. We loved everything about this resort. Yes there are things that could be upgraded - the bathroom could definitely do with an update, the tiles are chipped and bath/shower fittings are old and tired looking. But this place is 85 years old and the fact that it's old is part of the charm. The bed was comfortable, our room was clean, the service was great and we found the staff to be friendly. I for one appreciate staff that are not constantly gushing all over you and in your face.

If a hairdryer is important to you (it is to me!) I suggest you take your own and an adaptor - there was one in the room that didn't work and the one they replaced it with wouldn't stay in the power point properly so I did have to resort to using their dryer which was pretty useless.

There were no coffee/tea making facilities in the room but someone else in the resort just asked for a kettle and it was provided promptly - we hadn't thought to ask for one.

The spa is amazing - it's like sitting in a carved grotto, looking out over lush jungle. We had no problems with the pools, they were clean and there were plenty of towels. Only thing was at the newer pool it was a bit hard to get a sun lounger, they could do with some more.

The breakfasts were fine, quite a good selection and plenty of fresh fruit. There was also a selection of Balinese food available - only complaint is that nothing seemed to be hot. But all that seemed unimportant when you get to have breakfast in such lovely surroundings. Couldn't believe the Ozzie woman who asked if they could put mince on the menu the next day!! Who wants to go to Bali and eat mince??

We loved being able to sit on our verandah, looking over the beautifully kept grounds and have a beer before wandering into town (or using the shuttle that runs every hour) for dinner.

I would say be careful of being pushed into taking day trips as soon as you get there. The shuttle driver had us booked for an outing (with his cousin) as soon as we had arrived. We didn't really want to go so we cancelled it so you just need to be firm.

As far as we were concerned Ubud was the highlight of our 12 days in Bali (the other 9 were spent in Seminyak). If you are going to visit the elephant park, do it from Ubud because we ended up driving nearly all the way back to Ubud from Seminyak (about 1 1/2 hours) to do this trip.

Room Tip: We stayed in Sawah 4 but if (in fact when) we go back we would request Sawah 5 because it had a slig...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

I am a huge fan of Tjampuhan Resort and Spa in Ubud and have returned to this place countless times over the last 20 years. We even spent our honeymoon here and returned with our children. Although we haven't been back for a while now, I feel compelled to write (after reading recent reviews) and say that this resort isn't for everyone. It's not a The Four Seasons, nor an Outrigger, HIlton, Novotel but simply an locally run hotel packed with old Balinese charm. The resort has historical significance and its moss covered crumbling walls are part of its character. Expect ants, mozzies, lizards and every imaginable creepy crawly. The swimming pools get their fresh water from a natural spring and my husband did suffer from an ear infection as a consequence. We stayed at the Walter Spies Bungalow which is a duplex thatched hut and it was great for a family of four. The staff were very attentive and courteous. In the old days, we did not have phones in our rooms and we had to use an instrument made out of hollowed tree trunk (shaped like a lingam) to summon room service. We love the fact that its rustic, laid back and minus all the modern gadgets. Most afternoon it would rain cats and dogs so we just sat outside on our verandah sipping Kopi Bali and play board games. The resort may have seen better days but hey! we were there during those better times and we loved the fact that it has remained unchanged. If you are a naturalist at heart, this place if for you! P/S. Caution: walking to and fro from Ubud town centre, beware of holes in pavement (described in previous reviews), they do exist!

Room Tip: Located on a terraced slope overlooking a lush ravine, access to all rooms are via cobbled steps and...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

We were disappointed with this hotel, having had a very pleasant stay in Sanur. The welcome we received was half hearted and the room was dingy. We were given just 2 thin towels, no hand towels or cloths and on the second day our bath mat was taken away too! The ceiling dropped black bits into the bath whenever someone walked on the floor above.
We could hear constant mechanical humming and squeaking which made it difficult to sleep at night and across the (small) river, construction work is going on.The pool was small and not clean with lots of floating debris and a funny smell. The only time the staff were really friendly was when we were leaving!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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92 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

This was our third stay in Ubud and our second at this hotel. The tropical setting on the side of a not very wide river valley is different and the clever design ensures every room has good views. However, because it is set on the side of a steep hill there are lots of steps (without any lifts). It is not recommended for the disabled or frail.

Apart from that, the hotel is very good. The rooms are decorated with a Balinese theme and all have balconies where you can sit and enjoy the view. They are spacious, clean and well maintained. The staff are friendly and helpful and the included breakfast offered a good selection of Continental, Asian or more substantial foods. The evening menu is also good but a little pricey by Ubud standards. There are better value places to eat elsewhere.

We only used one of the two pool areas. It was a lovely diversion in the tropical heat although it could be difficult to get a lounge chair at popular times. The view from the spa has to be seen even if you don't take advantage of its services.

The hotel is about 15-20 minutes easy walk from the centre of Ubud or an hourly shuttle service is available. If you walk in the opposite direction you will find more restaurants, galleries, museums and a large supermarket within a few hundred uphill metres.

We have seen a few places to stay in Ubud and there are cheaper options that are quite good; but you will struggle to find one that offers the same setting, location, quality, amenities and services at the same price.

Room Tip: There a couple of rooms at the top of the hill that are not well protected from road noise. Quieter...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013 via mobile

This hotel is set on the side of a hill, surrounded by trees. It is very beautiful. The carvings around are amazing and the spa is so different. The pool was an ok size however it was quiet around the pool when we were there as the water was cold. I don't think people are really in Ubud to stay by the pool. There is so much to do in Ubud and it is about a 10 minute walk. Be careful though, we walked home after dinner one evening. There was no lighting in some parts and the pavements are just concrete slabs. We fell down a hole and got our feet trapped between the slabs. We were trapped and some very nice Indonesian men had to help us! We really hurt ourselves so be warned! The staff were very helpful and attentive. The restaurant was a bit disappointing and breakfast was ok. The rooms are big but basic. On the whole a good, traditional place to stay but not if you are after something western.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

This is our second time at this hotel. It is in a great location so you can walk into town or catch the free shuttle bus. The rooms are spacious and clean and look out over the rainforest. Breakfast is my favourite part of the day. The chef will make you a fresh omelette with the ingredients for your choice. The banana pancakes are delicious! Be prepared to climb lots of steps, but this helps with calorie burning after all the eating that you do. Pool area is lovely too.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Gosford, Australia
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20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

I have recently returned from Bali and stayed at the Tjampuhan Hotel and Spa for my entire stay - 10 days - as I wanted to stay away from the coast and experience the inland region. The Hotel was beautiful, clean as a whistle, staff were friendly and helpful, the spa was a treat - hot and cold pools, steam and dry sauna ,and the massage which included a body scrub, yoghurt cream finish rub and a bath with oils and flower petals - just wonderful. I spent 1/2 a day at the spa for about $60 AUD. The stone carving everywhere were amazing. My room was cleaned daily by friendly, smiling staff who left red hybiscus and white frangipani everywhere - from the hotel gardens which were absolutely beautiful. I had room service meals at a very affordable price but also ate at the restaurant with its views over the valley. Breakfast was a buffet with lots of choices and an 'egg station' where eggs were cooked just as you requested. Older or less mobile people could find the steps around the hotel a bit difficult but for those who are capable, the views were ample compensation. Both of the swimming pools were just gorgeous - one being a natural spring. The hotel also has a shuttle bus to the main shops but it is not far to walk to catch more of the local scene. Visits to the Bali dancing, the volcano, the batic and silver making were worth the trips - I even used lots of courage to try a pillion ride on one of Bali's famous bikes - woohoo! Would certainly return.

Room Tip: I was in a Bonet room #6 which was quiet and mid way on the hill so a fairly easy climb to the lobby...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa

Property: Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa
Address: Jl. Raya Tjampuhan | PO Box 198, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#54 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 67
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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