This is a beautiful resort set on a spectacular hillside with views of the jungle and a tumbling river below. We stayed here for four peaceful nights. Our rooms were super large, with an entrance hall, a sitting/TV area, a large bedroom, a dressing area, a large bath with tub, separate shower and separate toilet, large closet, an outdoor jacuzzi tub and outdoor shower in a small walled and private garden, a downstairs outdoor "room" with a king-sized bed, another small garden, and a small private plunge pool (not heated, but you don't need the heat). All that with a view of the jungle-covered hills across the ravine. The inside flooring is beautiful polished wood and the bedding had four posters and mosquito netting.
The one downside: not enough light - so much so that it was difficult to dress and undress at nighttime. Reading was also difficult. This would be very easy to fix if it were brought to management's attention.
One reaches the resort through an entrance car park and is welcomed in an open-air reception area with a Balinese-style roofing. Then a long, gleaming, covered wooden walkway leads towards the restaurant and villas. A beautiful infinity pools is directly below the restaurant, and very steep and irregular (watch out - not easy to navigate!) stairs lead far below to the spa, which is very close to the river. Massages there are a wonderful treat, accompanied by the sounds of the rushing river and jungle. There is separate large lap pool at the end of the staircase, very worthwhile for serious lap swimmers. Beautiful jungle plants abound.
The quality of the food in the restaurant, however, was not consistent. We ate there twice and then preferred the many excellent places in Ubud. Breakfast was plentiful but pedestrian.
The staff was warm, helpful and professional. We got up at 2:00 a.m. to do the volcano hike, received a food basket to go, and were very happy with the service then and throughout.
A taxi or the hotel car service (which can be pre-arranged) is essential to get to town. Bargaining gets the taxi fare down to $5.00 per trip. While this is a significant impediment, the peace and quiet overall is worth it.
An extra sightseeing tip: step outside the gates, take a left, walk a few blocks, and you are in the rice paddies. Development is encroaching everywhere and often ruining Bali, and here also new construction is taking its unsightly toll, but still rice farming at least for now is right around the corner. Also have a look at the homes immediately surrounding the property, where some of the staff live: all tucked behind long, beautiful walls and gates, with temples, offerings, flowers, statutes and art right there for you to admire. Chicken squawk, scooters swerve, old women carry baskets on their heads, and one nearly forgets the uncountable planeloads of tourists that swarm the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Capturing a sliver of the Petanu River 's tumbling journey towards the sea, the Natura Resort & Spa is a sanctuary for the senses. Fourteen luxury villas designed by Bali's prominent local architect Popo Danes enhance the beauty of the site. Access is through the traditional village of Laplapan, just 3 km from the center of Ubud. Snugly fitted amongst the foliage of the native trees, all villas are oriented to face the sunset with spectacular views over the Petanu river valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Natura Hotel Ubud
- Natura Resort Ubud
- Natura Resort And Spa Ubud, Bali