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Alam Shanti
Ranked #71 of 197 Hotels in Ubud
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Reviewed 10 June 2009

I have no regret to stay in Alam Shanti. We stayed in Indus and it was a beautiful place and so peaceful. Service was great and everyone are very helpful. Breakfast .... GREAT!

However, one night we heard loud music in the back (not from the hotel) and it finally stopped around mid-night.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2009

Many reviews here have said it, but really needs to be said again... Alam Shanti is a small piece of heaven tucked away in the middle of Bali.

We picked on Alam Shanti after seeing it in The Sunday Times Travel supplement, which mentioned that Alam Shanti won a Hidden Gem award in 2006, which would have been it's first full year of business (though this is one of a handful of hotels run by the same familly). Of course we checked other websites for reviews just to be sure...

Before we left the service was good. We sent several emails enquiring as to rates, availability, transfers, and our onward trip to The Gilis. All emails were rapidly and efficiently dealt with.

We arrived late afternoon to a warm and friendly, but subdued/calm greeting, with gentle smiles and a general air of calmness and serenity all around. The usual signins were dealt with quickly, accompanied by a fresh juice, before we were escorted to our first room.

The path through the property takes you through small grounds with ponds aplenty on each side, a small rice field... and all properties are well separated and secluded from each other. The only neighbours you will have will be those in the rooms directly above/below. The place was fully occupied on our stays and we had absolutely no issues with noise etc filtering upstairs.

We stayed in the Indus room for 6 nights before heading to Gili Trawangan and Alam Gili - before 1 last night in Gangga before flying back.

Both 'rooms' were delights. The level of craftsmanship deployed to make the buildings very evident in the wood-/stone-work, and in the fittings and fixtures (the 4-poster beds had Balinese scenes woven into the fabric above the bed...). 'Rooms' - said because they really were huge. Very large bedroom/sitting areas (both have an extra bed in addition to the main 4-poster), very sizeable shower/bath rooms, and sizeable balconies.

The balconies of each are sizeable in both rooms and are a great place to enjoy afternoon tea (tea and cake!), breakfast or dinner, whilst enjoying the views of palm trees, rice fields... or just an afternoon nap. We didn't have any bug issues at all.

Downstairs may be fine, but upstairs you'd expect less antlife etc. Given the rates are identical for both upstairs and down - it was an easy call for us to go up.

You may have your own preference or reasons for choosing upstairs or down, but we were upstairs both times and can recommend it highly.

By going upstairs you also see the construction of the roof with bamboo, coconut etc. The roofspaces weren't sealed off, so the room extended upwards to the top of the roof which added an extra feeling of space, and the materials also helped create a calming ambience.

The pool was fairly small. It is an infinity type, and overlooks a small valley and ricefields beyond. Very calm and beautiful. As well as accommodating 8 sunbeds it also has a corner hut where you can escape the sun if you need to.

Throughout the staff were exceptionally courteous, efficient, friendly, helpful, all in a non-corporate way, and without crossing any line between friendliness and over-familiarity. Through them we made bookings for the Gili-Cat and dinner at a local restaurant in Ubud. In addition to which they run shuttles in and around town at your request, anytime, no problems.

Not mentioned in the handful of reviews I've seen is the Spa - which is a minute away. This spa was very well laid out and again benefitted from examples of the local wood-/stone-work. Separate changing/shower areas away from the treatment rooms. The staff were friendly and very good. The treatments you get, especially massage and reflexology, are proper treatments and not at all like some of the light touch sessions you get at even some top rate UK spas.

You will get a discount off the list rates if you are staying at Alam Shanti - but the rates are so low anyway its not really needed. As a hotel guest you will also get more tea and cake afterwards!

All in all this is a fabulous place. And thats before adding in any value for money criteria. Real heaven.

One or two things to be aware of :-

- there is no pool bar or onsite restaurant facility. Breakfast aside, food can be brought in from a couple of local places, and as we ate in those places the food is good. No problems - but if you want a full room service food experience you'll not get it here;

- UBUD centre is a short drive away - maybe 10 minutes;

- airport transfers - were charged at $25. For a 1-hour trip maybe ok, and they are very reliable, however as against true island rates $25 is extortionate;

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2009

The size and splendor of the rooms for the amount of money you're paying provides for excellent value. Book early, though. I booked in March for my May travels (just prior to peak season), and the hotel was fully booked. I managed to sneak in one night there. The rooms are spacious and clean and the staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating. The location was not right for me. I like to walk from place to place, and in order to walk from the hotel to the central portion of Ubud, you have to cross through the Monkey Forest. In general, the monkeys will leave you alone, but the pathway is not lit at night, making it necessary to hail a cab at night. The hotel makes up for it with free shuttle service all day. However, you're limited by shuttle availability. The views and landscaping are incredible. Most rooms have spacious balconies with lounge chairs and daybeds. Overall, great value, great stay!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 April 2009

We had 3 night here and wish we could have stayed longer - it was a recommendation from a friend in Jakarta and we loved everything about it.

The staff couldn't have been nicer, my wife thought it was the nicest room we'd ever stayed (not 5 star luxuries, but for the personal touches) and loved the outside shower looking at the fish pond and only 8 or so rooms means its very nice and peaceful.

It's also got a nice pool overlooking paddy fields and the breakfast on our own terrace was great.

Couldn't recommend this place highly enough, which seems to be how others feel as our friends say it can be difficult to get a room.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2009

We stayed here for 4 nights and absolutely adored it. The rooms were huge and clean, with a beautiful set up allowing for plenty of relaxation outside. We ate a delicious breakfast (you order the day before) on the patio every morning.
This hotel group is slightly out of town compared to some other places, but not a far walk and it's nice to go through the monkey forest. You can also get back via taxi pretty quickly.
You should also book a massage at the spa. We had an incredible experience and it was so cheap!

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled with family
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3  Thank ntmz
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Reviewed 13 April 2009

The service and location were second to none, views of the rice fields were spectacular. Breakfast was amazing served fresh on your balcony every morning. Full use of the hotels driver to take you were ever you please when ever you please in ubud. Internet access in the office and overall the best experience we had while in bali.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2009

Lovely, peaceful setting. So relaxing and welcoming from arrival to departure. Walking distance from Ubud town center. Delicious breakfast included and delivered to our room every morning. Beautiful infinity pool. We stayed 4 nights in the Deluxe Garden View (Indus), top floor. The other Garden View rooms looked nice, too. Free rides to/from town made it so easy to get around Ubud. Great spa with reasonable prices just down the road.

We lucked out with an introduction to a fabulous driver, Eka. He was super knowledgeable, reliable, spiritual, safe and never got lost. Visits to the temples with him were incredibly moving. We always felt better when Eka arrived to start a fun trip. To arrange airport pick-up, he can be contacted via email. Upon arrival, schedules can be set. Definitely would NOT recommend renting a car, the road system is a ballet there! Eka [--]

Delicious meals in Ubud at Casa Luna and Indus (same owners). So fresh and delicious. I heard great things about cooking classes at Casa Luna, but the schedule was already full by the time I tried to book. She also wrote a fascinating book called "Fragrant Rice" that I've found to insightful about the culture.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: P.O. Box 165 | Nyuhkuning, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
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#13 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#24 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
Price Range: £60 - £109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Alam Shanti 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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