We were quite intrigued by the concept behind the ARMA - a living museum with rooms.
On the plus side, the grounds are fantastic. It seems that the place is a work in progress, in that they are continuing to enhance the place with additional statues and carvings and enhancements to the gardens, but we did not think that that was inconvenient or a distraction. There are beautiful ponds, bridges, flowers, pathways and carvings everywhere and it is a delight to walk around.
The pool is a good size and very nicely done, with a poolside bar/snack area.
The staff are very welcoming and obliging.
Entrance to the attached museum is free for guests.
The rooms are large, and the attached balcony was huge with a lovely sofa/reclining area and table/chairs, which overlooked the pool.
The location is convenient - the monkey forest is really close by and Ubud town isn't too far a walk at all. The hotel also provides a relatively regular free shuttle bus into town, and for a fee which is not much more than you would pay for a taxi (if you bargain!) they will also take you to other places or pick you up outside of the schedule.
On the down side, the rooms could definitely be improved. They seemed a bit dated - broken tiles on the floor, rooms that don't make the most of the space available, dusty surfaces, loose plugs (and not many of them). Even though we had a double room, they had put two singles together - not an uncommon practice, but the crack in the middle made for a pretty uncomfortable sleep at times!
I agree with other reviewers that insects do find a way to get in! The hotel does provide anti-mozzie plug-in repellents, which are helpful, but if you are squeamish about insects, you should take this into consideration.
The breakfast was also not the best. The fruit was left out in the open air space, and was bug infested - not appetising! There are a la carte options (both Indonesian specialties and eggs) and they were not bad, but overall the breakfast could be improved. We also had dinner at the Thai restaurant on the first night, which was included in the package, and it was fairly disappointing and bland.
In my view, the "big picture" idea of this hotel is really very good, but the fine details need to be improved. For the price (USD125 per night), they could probably do better, although I wouldn't say no to staying there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Arma Museum Hotel Ubud
- Arma Museum And Resort
- Arma Museum & Resort Ubud, Bali