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“Devine jungle splendour” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hanging Gardens of Bali
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Payangan
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9 reviews
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“Devine jungle splendour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

This hotel is simply stunning. Right from the attentive welcome from the staff through to the tiniest of details.

We we're lured away from the craziness of Kuta for some chill time in the jungle and this hotel really delivered.

The headline grabbing feature infinity pool lived up too it's infamously Facebook and Pinterest fame but once that's been experienced the awe of being in amongst the jungle is something we haven't experienced anywhere else.

As other reviewers have said the hotel is quite a way from Ubud but totally doable via taxi. We popped to Ubud for an evening Balinese dance performance and were back in the hotel within 2.5hrs.

Do get a room with its own pool. Do the Balinese massage, but at the end of the day not the beginning like us. Do use the Funicular. Don't bother with the riverside lunch, the river ponged a bit but only when you venture right down next to it.

The real trick with this hotel is it's harmonious relationship with the jungle valley and the local Balinese feel slightly sanitised for its soft westernised customers.

Probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

My wife and I stayed in this hotel for four nights in August 2013. Ubud Hanging Gardens is beautifully situated on a hillside with the lobby being at the top and the rest of the hotel below the lobby level all the way down to the valley. Nonetheless, guests are not required to use stairs as the hotel has two lifts to carry guests.

We booked the Panoramic Deluxe Pool Villa but were upgraded to the Panoramic Pool Villa Suite courtesy of American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts. While the room was very nice by any standard, I wouldn't quite rank it up there with other premium brand hotels. I sensed that they lacked attention to detail when it came to interior design. Also, our suite was at the top of the resort, which also means that we were closer to all the noise that was just outside the resort's walls. This includes a rooster that woke up at 4am every morning made sure to wake everyone else up with it. Other than that, everything else was great and above expectation.

The staff were wonderful, friendly, and helpful.

The spa, in my opinion, was average at best. It is at the very bottom of the resort by the valley right next to the river, which made a wonderful sound effect. But that's where the positives end. The massage was below average. The room was cold, which left me shivering most of my session.

The resort didn't have a gym, which I found strange since they definitely have the space.

Internet is free but most of the time there was little or no service.

Notwithstanding the above, I still thought that the resort deserved an excellent rating. The natural setting alone is something to be seen.

Room Tip: Rooms at the top can be noisy in the early dawn from dogs and roosters.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

One of the best hotels in the world and amazing service!!! Rooms overlooking the lush valley were immense and food even better. From start to finish a brilliant experience.

Ubud also a nice chilled town And worth popping into if you get time.

Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pamandzi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

I didn't actually stayed overnight so I can't say anything about the rooms, but back in early August, I spent a couple of days in and around the restaurant taking hundreds of photos of the luxuriant vegetation and the breathtaking scenery set in the tropical forest. Food and wine were absolutely gorgeous, and so were the swimming pools especially at night.

The main dining area is located opposite a temple perched on the opposite side of the mountain and the view from the terrace is unique. The first time I visited the hotel it was fairly early in the morning and the weather was quite grey as it had rained part of the night, the hotel and surroundings were hidden in a kind of mist which, when it gradually cleared up revealed the astonishing natural beauty of the place. A spine tingling kind of moment.

Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

From check-in to check-out we loved staying here. Each villa is beautifully appointed and the entire resort is perched on a mountain ridge overlooking trees across from a temple that seems to defy gravity. Swimming in our private infinity pool was surreal. Add fabulous service and the experience was first rate. The resort is about 30 min from UBUD center and we enjoyed its secluded setting. If you want night life and action this isn't the place for you. I hope we can return one day!

Room Tip: I don't think there is a bad villa inthe place but the higher the room the better the view. Requ...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Orient Express Hanging Gardens is a true jewel in the jungle. They have a 4 to one staff ratio and a funicular to take you up and down the valley. Most suites have private plunge pools and there is a spectacular pool overlooking the river. They certainly have the most exciting romantic dining possibilities including a private candlelit dinner at the temple across the river with a blessing ceremony by the monks, a total lifetime memory in the making.

Room Tip: All rooms overlook the luscious gardens. The pool villas are a better choice.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

We stayed here to take a break from seminyak. The hotel, rooms, service and scenery are all superb. One struggles to think what they could do better. I especially liked the individual pool villas, which provide pure relaxation in absolute privacy. Staff go out of their way to be helpful. Travellers should realize that there is not much to do around the hotel, but there are plenty of tours to keep oneself occupied. Overall a wonderful experience.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hanging Gardens of Bali
Address: Desa Buahan, Payangan 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Payangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Payangan
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Payangan
#6 Luxury Hotel in Payangan
#6 Spa Hotel in Payangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hanging Gardens of Bali 5*
Number of rooms: 44
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

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