Like most first time Bali visitor, I spent a considerable amount of time researching places to stay in Bali, pondering whether I should stay longer in Ubud or Seminyak and why I should avoid Kuta. My partner and I found Puri Sunia on TA. My initial attractions to this hotel were: reasonable priced, recommended by TA users consistently, slightly off the beaten track, the complementary activities such as yoga and jogging. The goals of our holiday (which we managed to achieve in Puri Sunia) were relaxation and avoid constant sightseeing.
Puri Sunia is a lovely resort that is run by extremely friendly staff. There were a few set backs initially – such as the hotel forgotting to send their driver to collect us from the airport. I was not very impressed given that Bali airport is swamped by touts and makes the first time Bali visitor like myself quite agitated. I rang the hotel and they sent a representative in 5 minutes to assist us in buying our cab voucher to the hotel without getting overtly ripped off. (They couldn’t send their driver as it takes about an hour plus from Ubud to the airport) I had done some research prior to arriving in Bali and knew the cost of the cab fare would have been around USD 20. It wouldn’t have been a big deal to haggle my cab fare with one of the many drivers who approached me. It’s the hassle after being on board the ‘Bali Bus’ from Sydney for 6.5 hours, screaming children, porters at the airport insisting on taking your luggage for 20 metres and demanding payment. Not a good start to anyone’s holiday!
Location – The hotel is about 75 mins from the airport, took us an hour and 40 mins in Bali traffic. It is also not within walking distance from the main Ubud strip. It’s 7 to 10 mins with the hourly complimentary shuttle from the hotel via windy roads. It is located amongst the rice fields and has a village atmosphere. One is surrounded by greenery, the mooing of cows and roosters’ crow in the morning. It is simply very pleasant to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bali!
Staff- The staff are extremely pleasant, helpful and go all out to extend their Balinese charm to their guests. We felt we were being welcomed into their home and that we were amongst family rather than strangers. I think this is something that can’t be experienced in larger high end resorts. Front of house staff always addressed us by our names. Juli, the yoga instructor and her ‘sister’, guided us through our yoga sessions, our jog through the rice fields and shared their culture with us. We were very honoured to be part of their celebration of Galungan during our stay.
Food- The restaurant served breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. The first night we ordered room service, as we were exhausted from our trip. Room service wasn’t just about eating in your own room. It was about bringing the dining experience to your room. The initial visit involved waiting staff arriving with table setting, bread and butter plus drinks. 15 mins later, the food was brought in and laid out as it would be if you were in their restaurant. Impressive. The food was reasonable quality with a mix of local and European dishes. There was also a healthy option of meals and juices on the menu. Price was reasonable by hotel standards. I think the portions were not too big – hotels having the tendency to over deliver on quantity rather than quality. Breakfast consisted of continental, American, Indonesian and Puri Suni options. You had the option of mixing between them if you got bored of eating the same thing. The fry up was mediocre – perhaps something the hotel could work on. But pastries, cinnamon toast and local breakfast were good!
Gluten free- My partner is celiac and we had informed the hotel prior to arrival. The dishes are not marked GF nor other dietary labels. There are dishes which are GF on the menu – a local prawn curry, fish wrapped in banana leaf, nasi goreng without kicap, nasi bubuh for breakfast without the sauce and a few others I can’t recall.
Spa- We had the 3 hour couple’s package which cost $180 per couple. This included massage, body scrub, bath and a facial. All in our own spa suite. The quality of the treatments were reasonably good. My partner felt her therapist was a bit rough, but mine was excellent!
Activities- We woke up for yoga three times during our stay. I never knew yoga first thing in the morning could be so invigorating! Trees and other greenery, away from the main building, surround the yoga pavilion. Juli led the daily jog (around 4 km), not too far from the hotel. It’s a good way to explore the surrounding area. One of the mornings, we took off ourselves after yoga. At the end of our run, Juli’s sister (can’t remember her name!) was waiting patiently for us with bottles of water! The swimming pool is lovely and clean.
Rooms- we were upgraded to a Deluxe Suite on the first night. We had booked a pool villa for the remaining four nights. The room was spotless and exactly how it looked in the photos. The mosquito net was clean and soft. The bed was extremely comfortable. They use some amazing smelling cleaning product for the bathrooms! The Deluxe Suite is on the first floor (Room 808), which is probably a better bet than the Deluxe room as it’ll get more light. Lighting is a problem in the rooms. I guess Puri Sunia is in some ways eco friendly, and trying to reduce the amount of electricity used is part of it. The Pool Villa is AMAZING! There’s a lovely plunge pool (not big enough for swimming) which can be switched on to deliver warm water if the weather is a bit chilly. Ubud is not exactly sun haven in Bali.
Creatures- There are mossies about. But it is much less than the place we stayed it in Seminyak. Puri Sunia is located amongst trees and rice fields. Therefore, mossies is as given. The hotel does make a huge attempt to reduce your chances of getting bitten – nets even in the outdoor pavilion if you stayed in the Pool Villa, electric repellent etc. Ants can be a problem if you leave food lying around but otherwise it’s not an issue. Unlike other reviews, I did not see any rats.
Overall, I would highly recommend PS. They have recently celebrated their one-year anniversary and I hope they continue to deliver excellent service for travellers like ourselves. We can't wait to go back there! The negative comments I have here is just me being really picky.
Rooms closer to the Yoga pavillion are quieter. Pool Villa 903 was lovely!
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