27 hours after leaving Toronto Canada, with a 3 hour taxi ride which should've been 1.5 hours since our driver got lost, we finally arrived at Puri Sunia in the heart of Ubud. The reason why this place was so difficult to find was because it is literally off a beaten road surrounded by rice patties. ( Advice : pay the $30 for the hotel to come to the airport to pick you up, we went with a normal taxi and ended up paying closer to $50 )A little skeptical at first, when we finally checked in, the journey started and it just got better and better. While we had to wait for the bell boys to bring our luggage to our suite, we were invited to their dining area where we were warmly greeted by friendly staff, provided a cranberry and lime slushie type of shot which tasted phenomenal and some fresh water infused with fresh fruit. Since we had yet to have dinner, we decided to try their food and went with crispy duck and chicken curry, both dishes were phenomenal and made perfectly. We were also give a very nice heart shaped chocolate cake to commemorate our honeymoon and a nice floral arrangement on our bed when we first got to our room. Very sizable, very stylish and very chic. This place is a little slice of heaven on earth. We utilized all the activities that the hotel offered which were: morning / afternoon YOGA classes, rice patty tours , neighbouring village tours, arts/crafts ( we learned how to make offerings ), free 15 minute foot massages and even mountain bikes for us to use. The free breakfast at the hotel is also the best quality of food we ever tasted, I tried them all but stuck mostly with the Mie Goreng ( Chicken stir fried ramen noodles ) and cinnamon french toast, the Nasi Goreng ( chicken fried rice ) is also really good. I did have the american continental breakfast one morning and I think thats what gave me the runs all day during our mountain biking tour..... thats why I stuck with the Mie Goreng all the other days. Now someone people might complain that we were not walking distance to the city of Ubud but if you've walked the streets in Ubud, you would be ecstatic to know you wouldn't be staying in the noisy smelly streets of Ubud. The hotel shuttle did only leave and arrive every hour on the hour but they were always on time and on point so the 10 minute ride back and forth was no big deal at all. The staff at our hotel was bar none, 5 star all the way. Shout outs to these invididuals who went out of there way to help us, recommend places to go and even invite us into their villages and homes: Gusti - great host and all around assistance, Eko - food/services, showed us around the grounds and the villages nearby, Wayan - not the manager but a friend of Eko's, he was so friendly in helping us aroudn the city and who can forget Juli and her sister, they took us out on the tour, did the Yoga, taught us how to make the offerings and even had us offer up our creations to their Gods. Those two girls work so hard, its unbelievable how they do it without a break. On top of it all, everyone here knows your name!!!! They don't forget you while you are staying there. The pool and deck was very intimate and nestled with greenery all around. I think what we liked best about this place was the fact that they didn't have a ton of rooms, which meant shared areas were never packed, we almost always had poolside chairs which was nice. If i had to decide on a place to stay, I would definitely come back to Puri Sunia, the experience was just that phenomenal!
PS. Mosquitos are still popular in the area, just bring some Muskol and citronella candles. Showers also had no back door which allows the water to seep all over floor in the washroom. If you can live with those tiny cons, this is the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Puri Sunia nestled in its own secluded place surrounded by the natural of environment such as beautiful rice paddies, water, coconut trees, Balinese traditional village of Abangan and Kokokan Village, a home of thousand white herons. It’s located only 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Ubud, a home of art and cultural.Puri Sunia is derived from Balinese word 'Puri' and 'Sunia'. Puri mean a house of King and Sunia mean “quiet or peaceful”. Offering 19 rooms in Balinese architecture with 3 private pool villas, 8 suites and 8 deluxe rooms. Enhancing the peacefully with meditation and yoga in yoga centre, relax and rejuvenate yourself in our Spa and sunny side at our main pool. You are surrounded by the textures and colour of nature, dressed slate, tiles, smooth unpainted wood, soft homespun, fabrics, intricate worked copper, fragrant alang-alang grass roofing, natural bamboo, rough cut stone, flowers and foliage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Sunia Hotel Ubud
- Puri Sunia Resort Ubud, Bali