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Tanah Merah Art Resort
Ranked #91 of 196 Hotels in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Perfect and Unpretentious!”
Reviewed 8 March 2012

My husband and I recently stayed at Tanah Merah Resort and Gallery and absolutely loved it! We stayed for 7 days originally in a Timor cottage which was lovely and had an amazing bathroom and sweet porch. Peter Bloch the owner kindly upgraded us to a Bali villa which was amazing! And had such a fantastic view! It was quiet (apart from the buliders making a new house by the pool area and another building near the lobby; but we are talking about one handeheld hammer not pnematic drills! And it wasn't at all that disturbing). Its in a fantastic location in a small village area near ubud amongst beautfil paddy fields and overlooking a gorge.

Some people here have said the breakfast was not that great?! I thought the breakfast and for that matter all the meals we had there were great! Not 5 star restaurant fare, but great tasty simple food and probably one of the best steaks I have ever had! The gallery and museum was fascinating and Peter is a very friendly and interesting guy who was always available if we needed anything. The staff were great- I have to say it was the staff that made our stay so special. They were so kind, funny and made you feel right at home and looked after. If we went backt o Ubud we would definately come back to Tanah Merah!

Room Tip: Pay a little more for a Bali villa but the Timor cottages are very nice.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

My wife and I planned to join a busy Intrepid trip to Lombok, but before starting this adventure we wanted a place to relax, have a massage and enjoy some good food. The Tanah Merah Resort was perfect for that!
The location is about 10 minutes drive from the center of Ubud, but location is very quiet and the nature is absolutely beautiful. We stayed in the Timor Cottage, which was very big with a huge bad and beautiful Indonesian style bathroom. The food in the resort's restaurant was with the best food we had on our Indonesia trip.
If we ever go back to Bali, we will definitely stay in this place again!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

The Tanah Merah was a real delight to stay in. Stayed for 2 nights in a beautiful room which was very spacious, with great amenities such as a large four poster bed, striking copper bath, indoor lounge area and own private outdoor courtyard. The room had really interesting paintings and furniture items, which in themselves were each worthy of viewing. We were told that the art was for sale and that most rooms each had different and individual art work; a welcome change to the usual mass- produced homogenous decorative features usually found in hotel rooms. The setting of the Tanah Merah was lovely; lush garden area, a breakfasting restaurant that was overlooking a stream/river and forest. Lots of great 'photo' spots. The breakfast menu was good and the breakfast food very tasty. The Tanah Merah has its own fab gallery which has fascinating items of furniture/sculptures/jewellery/art etc. It’s really a must to visit the gallery, if you stay at the Tanah Merah. The owner, Peter, was very welcoming and friendly and the Tanah Merah is evidently a real achievement on his part. The staff were helpful and efficient. We had the benefit of quite a reduced rate for our stay due to when we booked and the time of year; I expect that the normal standard rate would have been more expensive; therefore for me the stay definitely represented very good value. There were only two small downsides: the restaurant where we had dinner on the first night, was relatively expensive but the food was only ok. The other downside is the location of the Tanah Merah; its a little way outside of Ubud in a hilly location with a remote feel to it. We took taxis to get to and from the Tanah Merah- although its worth mentioning that I think the Tanah Merah had a shuttle bus that was available at specific times. However these small two factors didn't diminish the wonderful stay and the Tanah Merah definitely deserved my overall excellent rating.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Tanah merah is a wonderful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of tourist crowds. All the staff and host, Peter, we so welcoming and I couldn't fault anything. My short stay was perfection and I will be returning next year. Amazing views, amazing food and amazing service plus a fascinating gallery and museum showing pieces from through Indonesia. A must for all those interested in Balinese and Indonesian culture and history.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

We booked one of Tanah Merah's studio apartments through agoda.com for half price. When we arrived, much to our surprise, we were shown to one of the villas overlooking the river valley instead. Peter, the owner, said it had become available and he thought we would like it better..... What was not to like! It was absolutely fabulous! The bathroom was filled with flowers, the king size beds comfortable (firm mattresses), the art work in the room and on the huge veranda wonderful, the view to die for, the grounds lush with plants, birds, and flowers - with art work everywhere.

Some reviewers complained about the breakfast. We stayed there in January 2012 and breakfast was good and plentiful. You had a choice of Asian and western style breakfasts. We mostly ended up with one of the western style choices which consisted of a plate of fresh fruit (pineapple, bananas, watermelon, papaya with slice of lime), a choice of 4 different fruit juices, 2 eggs any style, bacon, a small patty of fried potato, toast and croissant and coffee or tea. No complaints here!

As others have pointed out, the staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. And don't even consider turning down Peter's offer to show you his art collection. It rivals that of bigger and much more well-known museums.


I agree with some of the other reviewers. The restaurant is OK and the setting very nice, but there is much more variety in town and I would definitely recommend eating in Ubud. The hotel is about a 10 minute ride from Ubud, but you can always ask one of the staff members to drive you into town during the day. And the drive is gorgeous! In exchange for the relative remoteness (which does include early morning rooster wake up calls), you'll find yourself in a little slice of paradise.

Note: Tanah Merah has service to and from Denpasar airport for $35. I used a driver who had picked me up at Denpasar when I arrived and stayed in a hotel in Ubud for a couple of days before moving to Tanah Merah. The ride from the airport to Ubud was $22.00. He charged $27.00 for the ride from Tanah Merah back to the airport.

Room Tip: The older villas overlooking the river valley have the best views.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

I stayed here in the hotel rooms with a friend. We loved the way the resort integrated beautiful art and artefacts into every nook and cranny, the attentive service and the beautiful lay out of the place, with mossy stone walkways leading you to dining areas and pools dropping away to lush gorges. The room was very largely, very clean and perfect for an in-room beer before heading into town or to the open air restaurant for dinner. The host organised tours and transfers for us, which was great, we didn't need to lift a finger. Affordable luxury. Be prepared to be woken by chickens and roosters - an integral part of Bali's charm.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

Stayed with my wife and daugther for 3 days in Balinese villa #8, which is next to the owners (Dr. Bloch) private house (temple). The villa is built entirely in wood and bamboo and thatched roof, very authentic. Two queen canopy beds in a large room with ceiling fans and A/C, and a (somewhat dark) stoney bathroom dominated by a large shower wall overhung with plants and flowers. In front a large deck facing a majestic drop-off to a gorge, and a magnificent view for miles of tropical forest and rice fields in between.
Situated well away in the rice fields away from the bustling Ubud center, the hotel grounds are actually located more or less on the cliffs off the gorge, with many steps and footpaths leading to different levels. The whole area is overgrown with lush vegetation, intermingled with small temples, statues and ornaments, all neatly illuminated at night. You can take a hike down to the river below, and swim up to a nearby waterfall. (WARNING! Do NOT attempt this on your own - the steps are extremely slippery, and during our stay alone 2 other visitors strained their ankles falling on the steps! The hotel staff will gladly escort you down there, and take you for a swim - but beware, the current is extremely strong!)
As such the place is unique for its location and architecture. Add to this that the owner (a Danish dentist who came to Bali 43 years ago) is an avid art collector, and has built a collection of artifacts that is second to none. Imagine a pair of 38.000 year old carved mammoth tusks... vases from the Ming dynasty... and we are not talking just a few items here, there must be several 1000's of items, all kept protected in a large underground concrete bunker. Must be worth billions in any currency.
While Mr. Bloch, whom we met and talked to personally (being Danes ourselves), deserve respect for his large interest in art and the Bali culture, it seems that running the hotel may have been given less priority for a while.
Our biggest criticism goes towards the breakfast, which was served at a patio two levels below our villa. For continental breakfast we were served a few pieces of cut fruit, two slices of dry plain white bread with absolutely no nutritional value, and a croissant. Tea and coffee was served in worn out plastic cups. When asked for some orange jam, the waiter (a very young girl barely able to speak any form of English) just passed us a nearly empty and greasy jar from another couples table. One morning we had to wait 10 minutes for our coffee, despite we were only 3 couples in the area; clearly a result of inefficient or untrained staff. A plastic container on the table containing wooden toothpicks was covered with mold on the inside!
Even worse, in the afternoon we were in need for a knife to cut up some fruit, and I went down to the breakfast area to ask for a knife in the kitchen, but it was closed. I happened to look through the window, and noticed mice running around on the floor and the counters. Had this been at home the whole place had been shut down on the spot!
On the negative side was also that the larger of the two pools appeared unappealing, with visible algeae, leaves, dirt and an oilish look of the surface.
On the positive side, all staff appeared extremely warm, welcoming and helpful, entirely in the spirit of Balinese culture.
All in all, the place has the properties of being a distinct alternative to mainstream hotels, but Mr. Bloch must remember to keep up the maintenance, and perhaps inspect the facilities himself, if he wish to keep the interest by more discriminating guests from the Western culture.

Room Tip: Bali villas #7 and #8 are seemingly the best, with great views.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Tanah Merah Art Resort
Address: Jl. Melayang, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#31 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
#36 Family Hotel in Ubud
#77 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tanah Merah Art Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique Tanah Merah Art resort is located only 4 km (4000 m) from the center of busy Ubud. The short scenic route from Ubud winds thru rice terraces with view of the big volcanoes until you arrive at the hotel with the only access in Ubud to the Petanu river in the jungle, where you can swim up to the waterfall. The 18 villas and rooms are decorated with art and antiques. The unique museum and gallery here take you thru 2000 years of Indonesian and Balinese history. ... more   less 
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