If you wanted to get away from everything and spend most of your time at the hotel, then this is probably the place for you. There are rice paddies surrounding the hotel. Its so well tucked away that our driver had a bit of trouble finding the hotel. You may also enjoy the very loud croaking frogs and insects in the night.
However if you wanted to explore Ubud, in my opinion this is the best location. Although there was a free hotel shuttle service to the centre of Ubud, the trip each way took around 15mins in non-congested traffic (which is unlikely in the day).
My partner and I stayed here for one night in the superior room. The website says the room "overlooks the infinity-edge salt-water pool as well as either the rice field terraces or the spring-fed stream and features 1 king-sized bed." We were looking onto a construction site where I think 2 new villas were being built. We had 2 twin beds pushed together instead of one king sized bed. The outdoor bathroom was big but too hot. We could see that Bhanuswari used to be great, but is now a little run down and requires some touching up. Our plug hole in our sink was blocked.
We had quite an unfortunate experience at Bhanuswari. When we got back from Ubud centre in the night, we plugged a phone charger into a socket. The fuse went and the whole room was left without electricity. Luckily we had showered before this happened. We called reception about it and they promised to send someone over immediately to deal with it. We waited for around 30 minutes in the dark without air-conditioning. It was around quarter past midnight, we were tired and gave up waiting and decided to sleep without air-conditioning.
We spoke to the manager the next morning. At first he didn't believe that we had called reception the night before for assistance. He insisted that he would have answered the phone and he had no recollection of us phoning. Then he offered to take $5 off our price. We thought this was ridiculous. We said if we wanted a non air-conditioned room, we would have gone somewhere else and paid much less. The manager kept saying he didn't want to argue with us but he didn't seem to be very reasonable by giving us a $5 discount. In the end, when we finally checked out, the manager reluctantly accepted our offer to pay the price of a standard room.
The breakfast was ok. We were a bit disappointed that we had to choose between either fruits and a fruit juice. All the other hotels we stayed at offered both fruits and fresh fruit juice. Furthermore the pineapples that were served were not ripe enough to eat.
Our friends wanted to have a massage at Bhanuswari before we left for the airport. However for some reason the spa was closed.
Overall it was very unfortunate that we did not have the best experience at Bhanuswari. The rural setting amongst the rice paddies would have been very enjoyable if we didn't encounter the above problems.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eco / sustainable tourism / GLBT friendly welcome to tranquility! Bhanuswari Resort & Spa offers "natural Bali", providing exquisite peace in a lush tropical environment, away from traffic. For discerning travelers seeking both traditional and modern Bali, we offer a true sense of place, with a special spirit that is truly unique. Only a 10-minute drive from Ubud, "cultural capital of Bali", this property is surrounded by flowing water and gently terraced rice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bhanuswari Resort And Spa
- Bhanuswari Hotel Ubud
- Bhanuswari Resort Ubud
- Bhanuswari Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali