My fiancee and I stayed here at the end of our Bali vacation finalizing wedding preparations for 3 Days/2 Nights, and it was by far the highlight of our trip. We had selected this resort after reading reviews on tripadvisor and after having stayed at a sister location in Koh Samui (napasai) which was amazing too. We stayed in a panoramic pool villa which was situated at the top of the hill (great because no one is looking down onto you, but we could sneak glimpses into other people's villas/pools!). Seated in the middle of the jungle, about 1.5 hours - 2 hours from the airport depending on traffic, the hotel was just amazing. We were a little dubious driving through ubud and up to the resort, but as soon as we saw it and then eventually our villa we were so happy. The villa itself was quite large - and there was a private infinity pool overlooking the valley (every villa has a little infinitypool) - it was just so serene it made you want to stay there all day. And there was an outdoor patio area too with lounge chairs and a table and outdoor shower. The staff at the hotel was so friendly and attentive, and the accommodations were perfect. The first night we just relaxed in the pool, ordered a room service snack - they set up the table on our deck - it started to rain later so we sat inside and watched the rainfall from inside it was beautiful. Then had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant downstairs - the food was really good but the ambiance was the real jewel - sitting there at the edge of the jungle under the stars with romantic candlelight was unforgettable. We also had drinks at the bar - the bar snacks were great! The next day we went for a short bike ride round the area to see the rice paddy fields and the jungel - you can rent bikes for free - relaxed some more in our pool and went into ubud town for dinner; it wasn't bad and good to see the town since we were staying there, but in retrospect i think we would have probably enjoyed it even more if we just stayed in the resort - it's so nice we just didn't want to leave.
A few notes to first-time travelers:
- ubud and this resort is in the jungle - so there are going to be bugs, critters and all sorts of exotic things that come with an open-air style resort like this - it can't be helped - but just part of the charm IMO.
- the food and everything is pretty expensive comparatively probably because they ahve to cart everything up the mountainside, but if there's a time to splurge, this is it
- 3 D / 2N was a bit short for us, but we had already spent 4D at the beach area in bali - which is a totally doable vacation if you have the budget
- there are no real meter taxis around ubud it seems so transportation is another expensive item - the hotel has a free shuttle to and from the town that you can take. While there are restaurants and bars in town, as i said above i think the best would just be to enjoy the hotel - it was so nice.
- from the pool at night, you can see a billion stars it's beautiful
- if you have the choice, request a villa higher up on the mountain or on the side so that other people can't peep into your pool....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hanging Gardens of Bali is a luxurious destination in the heart of the jungle. It is situated near Payangan, a village North of Ubud, whilst the hotel rests in the centre of the magical island of Gods. The enchanting five star luxury resort has 44 private suites and individual villas, each enhanced by its own granite infinity pool, rippling into the jungle below. Each villa is designed with traditional Alang Alang thatched roofs in complete harmony with nature. In 2014, TripAdvisor and Conde Nast Traveller named our Twin-Tiered Cascading Pool as the World's Best Pool and number one honeymoon destination in Bali by Conde Nast Traveller. In 2015 Hanging Gardens of Bali has been awarded: World Luxury Hotels Awards, Seven Star Global Luxury Awards and World Travel Awards as well as other prestigious recognitions, such as the World Luxury Spa Awards and the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. The renowned Garden Restaurant serves innovative Indonesian dishes with Asian flare and Mediterranean delicacies flavoured with the local herbs and spices grown on the land and freshly-caught fish from the Jimbaran Bay. The truly luxurious Spa Collection combines natural, local ingredients and ancient techniques to create beauty therapies and treatments that soothe the mind, rejuvenate the body and energize the soul. Complimentary shuttles to Ubud center are scheduled daily for guests. The airport is around 90 minutes away by road depending on traffic. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ubud Hanging Gardens By Orient-Express Hotel Payangan
- Hanging Gardens Ubud
- Hanging Gardens Hotel Ubud
- Hanging Gardens Of Bali Payangan