We had contacted Mr.Wayan, the Proprietor of Ubud Bungalows for reserving a room and for transport from the Denpasar airport. But we were overwhelmed to see Mr.Wayan himself receiving us at the Nugurah Rai airport with a great Namasthe. He is a walking encyclopaedia on Bali culture and within the 90 minutes it took him to drive us down to Ubud he had chalked out a detailed itinerary for us - including visits to temples, monuments, palaces, a kecak dance and ... even a royal cremation (which was taking place in Ubud that week).
Once you enter the portals of Ubud Bungalow you walk into a profusion of greenery and small cosy bungalows lined up on one side of the walkway which was strewn with frangipani flowers of white, yellow and pink hues. In fact the fragrance of frangipani dominated our stay there, with the flowers found in all odd places - the bedsheet, wardrobe and even hidden in the face towels!
The room (we had a non-a/c room upstairs) was quite spacious and had all the facilities that a traveller would expect. (Perhaps the plug points need to be fixed, but the man at the desk was ready to do it and even gave us a universal multi-plug ) The sheets are changed every day and the staff cleans up the room meticulously. Our room was next to the swimming pool and had a pleasant view.
The breakfast of fruit juice, fresh fruit, toast, butter, honey and eggs (apart from tea and Javanese coffee) was adequate and was served with love by the waitresses on the verandah next to the swimming pool.
We had hired the hotel car for sightseeing (trip to Pura Besakhi, Kintamani, Goa Gajah, Tirtha Empul etc) and the driver, Kadak was a great help in understanding the local culture and the customs to be followed in the monuments/temples. He drove us down to Kuta at the end of our stay in Ubud.
Ubud Bungalow is located on the Monkey Forest Road, close to the forest on one side and the Ubud Palace on the other. Step outside and you have scores of good quality and economical eating places - ranging from warungs to proper sit-in restaurants. Lots of shops for souvenir and bargain hunters.
The map available at the hotel counter is very informative; but ask for directions to important places like the Palace, Museums, Jl. Raya Ubud (main market place) and Kecak shows.
Mr. Wayan himself was available whenever we wanted to seek his help. Only, you may have to look around closely - a couple of times we found him in uniform working with the staff in transplanting a grown -up tree or in cleaning up the surroundings! That explains the success of the lovely retreat called Ubud Bungalows!
Thank you, Wayan, for making our Ubud stay memorable!! Om Swasthyasthu!!!
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