My husband and I considered Ubud Hanging Gardens as we were looking for somewhere in Ubud with the oo-la-la (afterall the resort was featured in Conde Nast Traveler), but we finally decided on Puri Sunia for our 6 night stay. I'm very happy with our choice. It's been a completely blissful experience.
A peaceful setting. Most sides of Puri Sunia are set amidst thick foliage and is quite luxurious like on a tropical island, while the front of the resort opens up to quaint little patches of a paddy field. It's an intimate and cosy environment, with the comforts of a well maintained resort. Birds, butterflies and dragonflies flutter about. Sightings of red ants and house lizards were thankfully rare.
The resort has a good layout, with quite a few spots at which we spent many lazy afternoons relaxing. The dining area is airy with views of trees overhanging the resort's pool on one side, and a more local scene with the occasional motor cycle whizzing by the paddy field on the other side. Hanging out in the yoga area feels like you are on a tree top viewing platform with greenery abound. The balcony of our upstairs room also had privacy from an almost unobstructed view.
We had a suite room upstairs. Spacious, clean and comfortable. The decor is a nice balance between modern with traditional touches - refer to resort's website photos. High roof and a bigger than usual bath tub. We found the pillows too soft but the resort replaced them with firmer ones.
The resort's food was consistently yummy and of good quality. For eg, spreads for bread were a variety of olive, pumpkin, etc. We had their Asian salads, local dishes, American n Int'l breakfasts. I was impressed that the pastries were always served warm. Prices were comparable to restaurants in Ubud city center, not exorbitant.
Complimentary services galore. It was great that the resort offered hourly shuttle to Ubud's city center which was a short 10 to 15 min ride away. The ride weaves through the villages and takes a scenic route so it's almost an excursion on its own. Free daily yoga and tea sessions were nice options we occasionally took up and enjoyed too. The two hour trek on Tuesday led by the resort staff through a village and paddy fields was good fun.
Resort staff was always warm and friendly. A joy to be always greeted with smiles and sometimes by first names at the reception area when we returned after an outing or at the start of one's day at breakfast.
We have also been fortunate on this trip with like minded resort guests at Puri Sunia - for eg, no one rushes to reserve pool side chairs before breakfast. There hasn't been any sense of overcrowding at any of the resort's facility, even though I believe the resort is about 80% occupied - perhaps each guests' timing has simply worked itself out.
Weather was perfect too. I generally prefer the tropical heat to temperate weather (for eg, I found the weather a bit too chilly for swimming at HuaHin, Thailand, in Dec). During our stay, it rained on some afternoons as this is the rainy season but I welcomed it as it made the afternoons in Bali cooler. On some nights, after it rained, we left the balcony doors open for the cool breeze in instead of using the air con.
I'll definitely return to Puri Sunia, especially if the upkeep of the resort is maintained.