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.
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- Alam Jiwa Ubud, Bali
- Alam Jiwa Hotel Ubud