After spending two weeks island hopping all across Indonesia my traveling companion and I had looked forward to a night in Bali. Neither one of us were prepared for what we found at Bambu Indah! I had been to Bali a number of years ago and upon arrival it definitely seemed to have builtup substantially so I was glad to have made the choice to delve into the interior. We passed village after village specializing in stone carving or wood furniture. Bambu indah is about 10 minutes drive (airport side) from Ubud, considered the cultural heart of Bali. The entrance is discrete and tucked away on a side street off the main road and what we found was paradise on earth!
We had arrived early so our room was not yet ready so one of the ladies at the reception gave us a tour of the grounds. They were stunning! As I snapped pictures like crazy other guests were equally effusive saying they too were blown away at the beauty and uniqueness of the property. The organic gardens, the unique, creative structures many made from bamboo, the giant "baskets" that housed the reception and the bathroom. The towering bamboo structures were out of someone's vivid imagination. The grand bamboo staircase led up to the spa and private massage areas, the spacious and intriguing kitchen and restaurant, the black bamboo yoga building of Sumatran traditional architecture, the natural pool spanned the premisess and then you look out and see the terraced rice fields below. The sound of rushing water is all around from the innovative irrigation systems typically used in the rice fields but also from a rushing river or creek down below. When we arrived tiny birds--- palm swifts if I have my birds right--flitted about and the air was perfumed. I don't know what flower but it was fragrant and maybe a touch of incense too?
Our room was the Jawa Lama house. On the far edge of the property. A wrap around porch with comfortable lounging furniture. There was a measure of privacy that some of the ones by poolside mightn't have. The view was more jungle than rice fields here and to the right still was a tree house or meditation room probably 40' between a coconut palm and another tree. Of course we had to climb up and check it out!
After a couple weeks of adventure travel both of us took advantage of the massage services and it was excellent and affordable! Food at lunch and dinner was also delicious. Prices were western for the meals but being from the west, we're used to that. I could easily have stayed for days and gotten into the flow and pace of Bali ---kind of ridiculous to only be in Bali a day but I left vowing to come back to this place. Some of the interactions with other guests (which seemed very friendly and I believe that the place lends itself to this) raved about the morning walk inthe rice fields and bragged about a green school visit as also highly worthwhile, not to mention the fun of going into Ubud for shopping, catching a traditional Balinese dance or music. If you're comfortable enough you can rent one of bambu indahs scooters or take a taxi to town for $6.50 which they just apply to your bill if you wish.
The rooms were comfortable and cool. There is a rustic-ness about them as they are reconstructed Javanese houses. So the floor boards creak as you walk, etc... With outdoor showers and bathrooms. So it's not the Ritz but it's not trying to be either. It's its own thing altogether. I would highly recommend it and would go back in a New York minute!
- Also Known As:
- Bambu Indah Hotel
- Bambu Indah Hotel Ubud
- Bambu Indah Ubud, Bali
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rustic luxury in the gardens of a tropical highland farm. ... more less
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