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3.0 of 5 Resort   |   P.O.Box 165, Nyuhkuning, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #12 of 124 Hotels in Ubud
Bonogin, Australia
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“Heaven!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We were travelling with 3 children under 8. It had been 20 years since I had been to Bali and I wanted my families first experience to be of the serenity and culture that I recalled from Ubud. We were not disappointed.We spent the first 4 nights at Alam Jiwa in the Cendrawasih room which is perfect for a family. Over 3 levels, comfortable beds with mosquito nets and bathrooms on both levels, upstairs bathroom being outside. It was very humid so the air con on the second level was great although not avail in the upstairs room but fans were provided.

All levels had views of the rice paddies and local people working the fields. The children didn't notice there wasn't a TV and spent much time chasing geckos, watching squirrels and swimming in the pool while we enjoyed afternoon tea and a Bintang!!. The staff were exceptionally attentive and rooms were tendered to each day + they were great with the kids.

There is a free shuttle to town or if walking there is a back track around the monkey forest so you don't have to pay to go through each time. Staff tell you all you need to know and provide a local map. Laka Leke the sister restaurant just down the road we ate at twice and watched a Kecak dance performance 1 night. Kids loved it and got photos with the dancers after. Try the bacon wrapped prawns .. to die for.

We were not there in peak time so found we didn't have to wait long for the shuttle. When booking the accom I asked for a driver to collect us from the airport. Everything was seamless and cost about $25 airport to UBUD. (Travel agent booked our return transfer from Seminyak to airport and it cost us $70!) Once there we organised with the drivers to take us to the Safari & Marine park and do our transfer to the next hotel in Semiyak. This was much cheaper then booking a tour and enabled us talk with our driver ; thanks rabaul.

We would highly recommend Alam Jiwa and will be back! My boys are wanting to go back now as they didn't get to say bye to the 'man with the glasses and snake' Wayan I think..so bye to you from the boys and thank you for a most enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

This hotel met our expectations: we wanted a quiet place though not too far from the town center. The bungalows are nice and big and the Jew in the paddy fields very relaxing. Service was attentive but discrete. All in all a place to reccomend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

My wife booked Alam Jiwa largely on the strength of the reviews and we were not disappointed! We are a family 5 with 3 children under the age of 7. We were picked up from the airport and they came prepared even with a carseat for our 11 month old. Once we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff and shown to our room Cendrawasih. This was spectacular as it's not a room but a 3 storey bungalow set in beautiful tropical bush overlooking rice paddies. Such a private place, we had ample room so our children could have the run of an entire floor and both sleeping levels had their own bathrooms. The upper level had the most gorgeous outdoor bathroom with shower and the lovely balcony was where we had breakfast every morning. The included breakfasts are amazing 3 course feasts and afternoon tea is best had beside the serene pool. This was essential with the hot temperatures and high humidity and our kids loved swimming every day. You can even have your dinner delivered to your room from Laka Leke their sister restaurant if you don't want to venture into Ubud. Ubud is only a 10-15 minute walk through the monkey forest away, or they provide a complimentary shuttle service to/from Ubud which we made full use of. It is so easy to get a return ride from Ubud as any restaurant/cafe will call them for you. YOu can even arrange day trips with one of their drivers to other places in Bali. We had 6 nights here and could have stayed longer but unfortunately the room was unavailable for the rest of our holiday so we moved to Alam Shanti. Our preference would have been to stay at Alam Jiwa as it was idyllic and the space we had was incredible. The staff were so friendly, and obviously love children. We would have no hesitation in highly recommending them to families.

Room Tip: All rooms seem to have good views. Cendrawasih is the largest being 3 levels so perfect for a family...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had expected a serene, lovely outlook but were gobsmacked by the huge villa we were ushered into. I still cannot get over having orchids in bloom, growing on one of the walls in the bathroom. Glorious views and wonderful sounds of nature at night. You feel thoroughly pampered here because the "villa" is so beautiful and private. We looked over the rice paddies, watching the geese waddle around, laughed at the squirrels dashing up the coconut trunks and would sigh with contentment.
A courtesy car takes you into town and pick you up after your shopping and/or dining. So much to explore in the area!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Garuda room, at ground level. It was the most beautiful location, with a gurgling...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We chose this place base on the good reviews and we can say that its met our expectations on terms of the room, view and the friendly staffs. Our room- Hanoman , has a very big bed, make up of 2 adjoining super single beds and a daybed , very spacious bathroom with a bathtub plus a semi open shower overlooking the rice field but not an open air as mentioned in their website.
The best part is the balcony where you can have your meals and a daybed for relaxing with uninterupted rice field view and I suppose its the only room with such wonderful view. We spent most of our time here during daytime and having breakfasts as well as afternoon tea. A selections of breakfast menu to be ordered the night before and we found out the fried rice and Jaffle (Toasted sandwich) are the best. There is no Tv here thats make it very quiet at night with bottles of Bintang (beer) accompanied you. A mini bar with drinks well stocked but its overpriced. Not much facalities around , you can walk to the adjacent rice field via a small bridge or the the nearby villages, or just take a dip in the small pool. Signs of aging can be seen from around the property from the building and the furnitures. Our wardrode in the room can't even close properly. Despite complaints from previous guests about low water pressure, nothing seems have been done to address the problem.
This property together with their sister hotels are always booked out and they just raised the rate in October, I think its time for the management to do something about this aging hotel.
The staffs here are very friendly, attentive and would recommend some good eating places. Everytime you pass the reception, you will bw greeted. They do provide free shuttle to Ubud town which comes very handy as Alam Jiwa is about 5 km from town and there are hardly anything nearby. The problem is being always fully booked, the shuttle can't cater to such high volumn and we were make to wait as least 30-60 minutes for the ride back to hotel. Perhaps , the management/owners should add another vehicle since the business is so good.

Room Tip: Hanoman has the best view but no outdoor shower.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

After a great Stay in Sanur, we were sad to leave and thinking we have made a mistake by leaving. But oh no, it was not a mistake. This place was just amazing. Everything we had hoped for and more after reading all the great reviews. Peaceful calm relaxing, just what you need after the busy streets of Ubud. The rice fields were a calming effect after busy days of sight seeing and shopping. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We were fortunate to be able to stay for a whole week in this beautiful hotel (comprising of five individual houses). We enjoyed the friendliness and excellent service of the staff, the view over the rice paddies, the quietness and afternoon tea. It is a perfect home away from home in a further very busy Ubud area. We had nice dinners in different restaurants, but the best taste and value we found by D’Waroeng just down the street.

Room Tip: All rooms are good, the choice is if you want to climb the stairs.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O.Box 165, Nyuhkuning, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ubud
#5 Family Hotel in Ubud
#11 Spa Hotel in Ubud
#14 Romantic Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Alam Jiwa 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Alam Jiwa Ubud, Bali
Alam Jiwa Hotel Ubud

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