We were a bit worried when our driver turned into a very small lane way off a main street in Ubud, but there was no need when we saw the destination. The hotel was magic. It was very attractive and representative of the culture of Bali. Just gorgeous, with traditionally inspired architecture and the tropical gardens were well maintained with lots of statues in interesting places. It overlooks small rice paddies. Fresh cut flowers and burning incense offerings all around the buildings were a nice touch, reminiscent of a far more expensive hotel.
Check out the spa at the back of the hotel. The spa treatment I had was to die for. The price was cheaper than the spas in the town centre.
There are nice two pools, but the one near the restaurant and spa is the best.
Our room was quite big with a more than adequate four-poster bed. The walls were covered with woven bamboo and were nicely decorated. The bathroom was a bit tired looking but was quite spacious with a corner plunge bath and separate large tiled shower area. There was plenty of hot water. The towels and linen on the bed were nice and clean. The traditional gilded wooden windows were a lovely touch. We had a private balcony with a lovely view. Each room has a semi-private garden.
Breakfast was served in the open –air restaurant. It has two storeys, and you could sit upstairs where there was a marvellous view across the paddy field. Here about a hundred ducks foraging in a part of a recently harvested rice paddy entertained us. Most of the food for breakfast was precooked with not a huge choice, but it was more than adequate for our needs. There was a mixture of Asian and western dishes. It was constantly replenished as we ate so it remained fresh and hot. The dishes changed each day.
There was a room near reception with three computers that had free internet access.
The hotel is tucked away in the middle of everything and was nice and quiet. It is an easy walk to all attractions and shopping. The market is only two or three blocks away. Head off into the back streets for the best food and shopping.
The Monkey Forest is within walking distance down the road, but might be a tad far for the aged or unfit. We walked, but the pavement is uneven and you have to watch where you walk. On the way back, treat yourself to coffee and cake in Café Wayan on Monkey Forest Road. You won’t be disappointed.
The rooms were only $US50 double per night so it was fantastic value for money. We had four nights in Kuta before going to Ubud, but I would have preferred to stay at Cendana Resort rather than in Kuta as it is only about 30 mins in a taxi to commute. Ubud is much quieter and also cooler. We are not beachgoers so appreciated the traditional small town feel of Ubud, up in the mountains. It was easy to access day trips further north to the lakes and volcanoes from the hotel. We had arranged a private driver.
After reading the recommendations on Tripadvisor we booked and paid for the hotel on their website and had no problems at all. I can’t understand why this hotel does not rate more highly.
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- Also Known As:
- Cendana Hotel Ubud
- Cendana Resort Ubud
- Cendana Resort And Spa Ubud, Bali