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.
- 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