We stayed initially for 4 nights in the Garden villa then returned for a further 4 nights and stayed in the River Residence with our daughter and partner.. We have travelled extensively throughout the world and this is undoubtedly the best hotel we have ever stayed in which is indeed a major achievement.
The use of the world "villas" in the title of the hotel maybe initially misleading, The Purist is a HOTEL with exquisite individually designed villas all to the highest possible standard. Each combines a strong Balinese design but contrasted with exceptionally modern design elements. You will have to thumb through the pictures to decide which villa you prefer. Having now stayed in two and viewed a number of the rest they all excite. Why would anyone want to go back to a hotel where all the rooms are broadly similar straight from the interior designer's drawing board?
The Purist's food also require special mention. It is possible to eat in your room (each villa has a dining table), eat on your deck or by your private pool. We only ate in the restaurant area once which was also excellent. The food is very carefully prepared and presented although given that you are in Ubud, the culinary centre of Bali, it is by no means the only choice.
Even with all the above it would not be our best hotel ever if it wasn't for the amazing staff. Balinese hotel staff are always well trained and very attentive but in the Purist without exception the staff are an amazing team who deliver great service without being over stuffy or intrusive.
What would we change? Well we would want it on wheels so that wherever we went next it was miraculously there..