We came here because (1) we got a rave recommendation from a friend, and (2) it was the off-season and we got a really, really good room rate - 4-star accommodation at a 2-star price. We usually don't get to stay in hotels/resorts this nice.
The negatives (none a deal-breaker): (1) our first room, which was excellent, sprang a leak in its roof during a torrential downpour midway through our stay, and we had to hastily transfer to a second that for some reason just didn't seem quite as nice. (2) Since it was the off-season, for several of the 5 days we were there we were the sole guests - breakfast arrived within a few minutes each morning; when other guests were present, the kitchen seemed to have difficulties coping, and it took up to 30 minutes for a somewhat simple meal. Presumably more efficient during peak season. (3) In one sense, the location was excellent - on the side of a river valley, looking out over jungle, a sense of remote isolation. The jungle even had monkeys! On the other hand, it's 3 kilometers from central Ubud, and walking or biking is out of the question due to road and traffic conditions. Thus, can't just casually walk into town, but a shuttle runs regularly enough so that it's not really a big deal.
Otherwise, the staff was courteous and helpful in typical Balinese fashion, and we had no complaints of real substance. Really enjoyed having our personal plunge pool. We'd stay there again.
- 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