Firstly, I made a very last minute booking directly with the hotel, via email, and they offered a reduced rate for a deluxe suite. We paid US200 for a room in the “Sita” rooms, which included breakfast and afternoon tea.
The hotel is situated about 25 minutes from Ubud central. The hotel has free shuttle buses running from the hotel to Ubud and return at convenient times. We used the buses each day and they were hassle free. We visited Ubud each day to shop, have lunch and have a massage each day.
We paid 180,000 Rup (A$17.50) each for a 2 hour massage at Putri Bali Spa. We did this twice and fully recommend it. The place is a short cab ride out of town (in fact it’s on the way from Ayung and the driver will drop you there). The massage place will drop you back into town after your massage – a 5 min drive).
The hotel is beautiful and situated on a hill. It is a collection of buildings, some are accommodation blocks, one is the restaurant area, one is the reception etc. Each accommodation block seems to be about 3 levels, with a magnificent infinity pool stretching from one side of the block to the other. Out block was called “Sita” and the rooms are huge and very comfortable. The room has everything that you want and a free mini-bar with water and soft drinks complimentary. No alcohol though, but you can buy it. (My tip is to buy a few beers in town and bring them along, to save a few bucks).
The swimming pools are beautiful with the most amazing views. We watched a few monkeys playing in the trees from the warm water. You can order food from the pool and most times we had the pool to ourselves.
The “Sita” block of rooms was down a steep, winding, paved road. When you wanted to head up the hill to say breakfast, afternoon tea or to get the town shuttle, someone would come down in a golf cart and drive you up. We waited no longer than a few minutes each time we rang for a driver. Great service! We always walked down the hill to our room, but you can use the carts if you wanted. Just remember that as they get constant rain, you need to walk in the middle of the road, so that you don’t slip. We didn’t have problems, but we noticed a gentleman slip on the moss (on the side of the road), but thankfully he was ok.
Another big tip: All guests receive complimentary afternoon tea with some light food. It was a nice touch and it shouldn’t be missed. In fact, my wife & I decided to have late (and huge) lunches in Ubud town (after our 2 hour massages and hours of shopping) and only required the afternoon tea for dinner. (Note: we didn’t need to dine at the hotel for dinner and noticed that the prices seem to be a bit high!).
So, I would easily return and definitely would recommend it to others. It was nice to stay at a hotel slightly out of town. The drive was easy and enjoyable to take in the surroundings).
Finally, the staff were wonderful and always happy and helpful. I learnt that labour is cheap in all of Bali and the staff receive about A$4 per day for their services, so don’t be afraid to tip them, if you get a chance.
Another tip: I had a driver from another hotel collect us for the drive back to the airport. It was about half the price of the Ayung hotel driver. I paid 450,000 Rup for a driver for 8 hours (ie. A$50 with a tip). He drove us around for the whole day (as we had a 10pm flight). If you can’t find a good driver, then either use the hotel driver, or negotiate a rate with a taxi driver in Ubud town).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ayung Resort is a breathtaking, mystique and unique lifestyle hotel, perched high up on the bank of a mostly untouched tropical mountain rainforest gorge, in the traditional Balinese village of Payangan Ubud, surrounded by the gentle, spiritual tranquility and pace of Balinese life. Along this serene 8 hectares rain forest domain runs The Ayung, Bali’s most sacred mountain river. In the rocks of the hotels pathways and along it’s 600 meters long riverbank fronting the Ayung Resort, 250 of the finest Balinese Stone Carvers have painstakingly worked,for over a 2 year period,to carve the spectacular Hindu mythologies, Ramayana and Mahabharata amongst others. These stone carvings have become the most sought after photo opportunity of the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayung Resort Ubud Bali/Payangan