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Alam Jiwa
Ranked #52 of 199 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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65 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Wonderful advice and prompt replies to emails”
Reviewed 3 November 2011

Have been viewing alot of hotels/villas all over Bali for the past few months, have decided to book Alam jiwa and found the staff to be very prompt in answering my emails, All staff were very friendly and had alot of information and help to offer. Can't wait to stay and let you all know what we thought of this lovely boutique hotel.

Room Tip: Staying in the Cendrawasih suite with 5 family members, for $210++ pn. Plus Kenari Room for 2 mor...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

Great view in the back and shower area of the rice paddies. Great service from hotel staff dropping me off and picking me up around ubud area.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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George Town, Malaysia
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

We had a truly amazing time at the Alam Jiwa and can't wait to go back! You can truly get away from everything while you are there. We loved that we could order breakfast the night before and have it brought to our balcony so that we could eat while looking out over the rice fields. Service was top knotch, the free shuttle in to town was wonderful! Nothing could have improved our stay at the Alam Jiwa!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the rice fields!
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 October 2011

spent 3 nights here with 2 boys( aged 12 and 10).good position away from noise of ubud but free and prompt transport arranged to/from the town.rooms large and spotless.Breakfast great and served on balcony (huge) if requested day before.Pool clean,always huge fresh towels to use there.Tea and cake served to room or pool in afternoons-we felt pampered by the friendly staff who were eager to please but never pushy-

Room Tip: room with fan a little warm until temperature dropped late in evening-consider requesting air con
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

Alam Jiwa was a beautiful place to stay. Initially staying in contact was a bit of a problem, but this is the Internet connection, not a fault of Alam Jiwa, so if you don't hear from them for a few days, don't worry :) The week before we arrived, they emailed us to let us know that the pool was broken and would be undergoing repairs while we were there. They offered us the use of a neighboring hotel, which we never got around to using. The breakfast was really nice, and plentiful. The staff are all very attentive and the atmosphere was extremely relaxing. This is definitely a place where you can lay back on the day bed and truly zone out. It didn't bother us that we needed to have the hotel car take us to town, this was a prompt service and it was nice to jump into air-conditioned comfort after a bit of shopping. The room was lovely, we stayed in Jatayu, bed comfortable and although I was a little apprehensive of showering outdoors, it really was an experience. I loved our villa. I would happily stay at Alam Jiwa again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

We stayed here once before -2 years ago - and were really looking forward to our return. It's quite hard to get a reservation, so our stay wasn't as long as we had hoped, but we were glad we went back and didn't opt for somewhere a bit fancier. There are a lot of quality places to choose from in Ubud, but Alam Jiwa has a magical, peaceful quality that drew us back. I'd also like to try their sister Hotel, Alam Shanti, as a comparison, but that was even harder to get into!

It's not a particularly flashy place and it's a little bit idiosyncratic in places, but the location, atmosphere and decor make it very special. The rooms are set out in 2 or 3 level villas, spaced out along the banks of a stream and looking out over the tranquil rice paddies. The gardens are beautiful, with a wide variety of plants and flowers set with traditiona Balinese stone carvings. The pool is small but very atractive and we never had to share it with anybody, despite the palce being booked out.

The rooms are all individually furnished with lovely Balinese furniture and the spacious verandahs are the real highlight - with day beds, cushions and pillows that demand you stop for a snooze! Some have aircon and some have just fans, so read the room descriptions on the website well, if this bothers you. There is plenty of space, inside and out and a table and chairs on the terrace for breakfast and afternoon tea - both delicious!

The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly and the walk into town a gentle easing into the increasing noise and traffic of Ubud's more central streets. If you don't fancy the 20 minute walk, then they will shuttle you back and forwards in their minvan wherever and whenever you want to go. Although there is no restaurant on site, they are quite happy for you to order food in, which we did, one evening. They give you the menu for their own restaurants, but I fancied a Pizza and they were happy to dig out a takeaway menu for a rival! It took forever to come as the delivery bike got lost, but they laid up the table and served it like a banquet when it eventually turned up!

The only slightly curious thing are the bathrooms, which are enormous, but slightly old fashioned, with tubs infront of picture windows looking out over the fields and shower attachments designed for dwarves. Unfortunately, the curtains in the bathroom were a little insufficient if you don't fancy exposing yourself in the buff to the local rice farmers!Our shower fitting was broken and no matter how carefully we tried squat down in the shower, we were constantly flooding the bathroom floor. Get rid of the baths and install a proper shower and the place would be perfect!

Room Tip: Only some rooms have aircon -so read descriptions well if this is important.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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NYC
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

We wanted to book all our time in sister hotel Alam Shanti, but we took a few nights in Alam Jiwa first before going to Alam Shanti. I'm really glad we had the chance to experience both locations since each had their own particularly charming elements. Our view of the rice terraces from the Kenari room at Alam Jiwa was really amazing. An upstairs room probably would've been even better. The room was in great shape, the staff was superb and accommodating, the tea and coffee and cake was great, and the enormous yummy breakfast was totally awesome. As I mentioned in my Alam Shanti review, if you are staying in/around Ubud, one of the Alam hotels is a MUST!

A couple details to bear in mind about Alam Jiwa - our room was gorgeous but the lack of a true shower was a little uncomfortable. It's not that big a deal overall, but having a real shower at Alam Jiwa made a big difference. Also, prepare to confront nature head-on. Personally, my wife and I enjoyed seeing large geckos crawling around the bathroom every now and then, but that might now be for everyone. The complimentary taxi to Ubud is great, but I warn you that Ubud may not be what you're looking for.

As I mentioned in the Alam Jiwa review, beware of Ubud. The town itself was a major letdown. If you don't like hundreds of cheap tourist trap shops and restaurants and locals incessantly asking you if you want taxi rides and massages (it's pretty much nonstop as you walk around), Ubud is not for you and you're be sorely disappointed. If you must stay in/near Ubud, you can't go wrong staying at any of the Alam hotels.

Room Tip: Go for an upstairs room if you can!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Alam Jiwa
Address: Nyuhkuning, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Ubud
#14 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#19 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#46 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Alam Jiwa 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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