We stayed at Alaya for 4 nights and sincerely wished we could have extended our stay. The grounds are stunning, with the view of the adjacent rice fields making you feel like you aren't in the hustle and bustle of the city.
Alaya is located steps from lots of delicious restaurants, shops, and, of course, Monkey Forest. We could not have asked for a better location from which to explore the city. It is also conveniently located right next to a very large grocery store, which made it easy to pick up water, snacks, etc.
Our ground-floor room was very spacious, and we particularly loved our giant shower that almost had a room of its own with a huge planter next to it. I really wish that our room had a bathtub, if only to order one of the luxurious in-room baths that the spa offers. Nevertheless, I did really enjoy the natural bath products, soap and lotion in the room, a far cry from the usual cheap synthetic products in other hotels. The beds were super comfortable and everything was spotless, with daily turn-down service ensuring that we always came home to a fresh-feeling room.
I also loved that the hotel had a complimentary shuttle to ferry us around the city. The driver was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, suggesting other sights and restaurants that we should check out.
Indeed, all of the staff members that we encountered were exceptionally pleasant, patient and helpful. We called about everything from forgetting the wi-fi password (twice!), to having trouble ordering a pizza, to renting DVDs (free at the front desk, albeit limited to mostly action movies) and more, and were always greeted by staff willing to go above and beyond for us.
We took advantage of the giant terrace outside our room - including a large table and comfy chaise-lounge - and ordered delicious room service breakfast twice. Worth every penny, the fresh-squeezed juice and assorted pastries made for our best breakfasts in Bali.
I highly recommend Alaya for a spa retreat feel in the heart of a busy and fun city. We were very sad to leave and would certainly return in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in downtown Ubud, Alaya Resort Ubud meets the needs of international travelers as a modern interpretation of Bali’s local building culture through the combination of indigenous materials, imbued with the essence of ancient Ubud. It features 60 tastefully-appointed rooms, Petani restaurant specialising in cuisine from around the Indonesian archipelago and award-winning DaLa Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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