with impressive carved wood furnishings
Rooms have 32-inch
flat-screen TVs with DVD players
terrace with seating, parasols, and hot tub
Massage beds and spa services
restaurant with views and cooling breeze
shuttle service to Ubud
Movie library on-site
Cooking classes available
location, removed from Ubud
get some traffic noise
Wi-Fi, while free, is reportedly slow
Bali Villa Ubud
is a small resort complex set in pretty gardens outside the tourist center of Ubud, Bali's de facto arts and culture capital. While the location can feel isolated, the surroundings are picturesque and the hotel offers a free
shuttle service into town. Spacious rooms have charming carved wood furniture and outdoor seating areas. There's also a pleasant pool area and a restaurant, and the rates are competitive for a mid-range hotel.
Small and charming resort complex set in pretty tropical gardens
The resort started out as a simple private
residence, but after numerous visits by family and friends, the owner began to add more buildings and villas. Rows of spiky cacti flank the hotel's elaborate Balinese temple-style entrance, which comes complete with a seated Buddha statue and an ornately carved wooden door. Inside is a series of beautiful stepped terraces with manicured lawns scored with stone paths and lined with colorful flowers, hedges, and tropical plants. Traditional buildings with coconut tree pillars and alang-alang (Indonesian grass) woven roofs sit beside European-style buildings with wrought-iron railings and
terra-cotta tile roofing. Although the
resort is surrounded by paddy fields on one side and a river on the other, the
general tranquility is occasionally by interrupted by distant traffic noise.
On the outskirts of Ubud, close to the main road and surrounded by rice fields
The hotel is
located in an isolated spot surrounded by rice fields and local villages, a 15-minute drive from Ubud, Bali's arts and culture capital and a major hub for spas. While there's little within
walking distance of the resort, the ancient Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul temples
are a 10 to 20 minute drive away. Bali's main Ngurah Rai International Airport
is just over an hour's drive, while the Denpasar city center takes around 45 minutes. The resort has an air-conditioned shuttle that transports guests to Ubud free of charge and airport transfers can be arranged in advance, for a fee.
Spacious and traditionally decorated rooms, most with furnished terraces
The resort has
nine spacious rooms and one suite, all of which feature Balinese decor and wonderfully elaborate carved wood furnishings. Rooms feature either marble or polished dark-wood flooring and wooden writing desks. In-room
amenities include free (though not very fast) Wi-Fi and 32-inch flat-screen TVs, although they only get local channels. DVD players also come as standard and the hotel has a free movie library. Bathrooms are big and have large glass-topped vanities, hairdryers, and shower/tub combos or walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads. Most rooms extend to furnished balconies or terraces with pool or garden views. Their jungle setting also means the occasion bug has been known to make its way inside. Rooms by the road can pick up a little traffic
noise, while poolside rooms feel a little less private than others.
Pleasant pool area with spa and hot tub plus on-site restaurant with cooking classes
The hotel's large freeform swimming pool is lined with circular armchairs and tables and chairs for
poolside dining, but it lacks lounge chairs. The open-air spa area is also
poolside, with several massage tables and a hot tub. There's also a
dedicated pavilion-style platform for outdoor yoga or Pilates. The on-site restaurant is situated on an elevated vantage point with pleasant views and serves a menu of Pan-Asian and Balinese cooking. Cooking
classes can also be arranged and there's a frequent free shuttle service into
Ubud for those wanting to eat in town (though the last return journey is a bit early
for late-night dining). Spotty Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.