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Alam Shanti
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   P.O. Box 165 | Nyuhkuning, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #20 of 119 hotels in Ubud
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“Garden of Eden in Ubud”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I am loathe to review Alam Shanti because every review sings its praises and thus the secret is out. A group of 14 women stayed for a week in June to celebrate my daughter's 40th birthday and we all had nothing but high praise for all aspects of these individual huge spacious and luxurious villas set in verdant gardens and all for very reasonable cost. The staff could not have been more accommodating; (service with a smile which is rare event when you hail from Perth); every request was met; so many small touches made it a special place: - shuttle service to and from; meals delivered in room, by the pool etc; ice and glasses on request; even a packed breakfast box for an early morning airport transfer. ...

Room Tip: Monkeys can be a nuisance in the villas in the rice field
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Spent 5 nights here in their lumbung house (now called Utari House). A small cottage set back in a small rice field. It is exactly as you see in their website. Clean, quiet and peaceful except for the occasional motorbike passing through the back lane. Only complaint is that the small air conditioner is barely able to cool the property during the day (2 floors, ac placed on above the stairs in the corner, ceiling fan upstairs), however it works well enough during the night for a comfortable sleep. Still great nonetheless!

P/S: sometimes, some large gecko might crawl into the property like in my case, but i'm ok with it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Spent two nights in April in thsi loely place. rooms were spotless, the verandah was very pleasant, the garden beautiful, including the rice paddies. Ordering full meals from the nearby restaurant was easy and the food, well, delicious, from the rijstafel to the sumptuous free breakfast.
The shuttle into town was rapidly available
Only gripe: the car was not there to pick us up at the airport. I called and they allowed me to take a taxi for the same price, so we did not lose too much time...

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice, the "cheaper" ones are on the ground floor, more luxurious ones on...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

we were exhausted when arriving at Alam Shanti, but that quickly changed to excitement, when we stepped out of the car. Alam Shanti was everything we expected and more- friendly staff, fantastic service, beautiful gardens, peaceful and quiet, and the comfiest four poster bed! breakfast was huge, and served on our balcony every morning. Afternoon tea was the perfect addition to our full days of touring around! Seraswati room was fantastic, so much room, and a day bed on the balcony to sit and relax. Yes there's bugs, and some interesting noises through the night, but hey, they were nothing out of the ordinary- insects, etc are common place here in Oz. We felt like we had the place to ourselves- even the staff kept well hidden, but when we needed them they were there. oh and the free shuttle bus service was such a bonus!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

Not one for wordy reviews but I love this place. We stayed in the Gayatri room and chilled out in this lovely space. The short distance to the Monkey Forest means you occasionally battle the monkeys to keep your breakfast, but this was really fun and had no negative impact on our stay. The whole hotel was spotless with wonderful staff. Book ahead as it's hard to get in. Can't wait to come back

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

It is with mixed feelings that I write a review of Alam Shanti. As the more popular this beautiful oasis becomes, the more difficult it is to make a booking.

But I can't let my own selfish reasons detract from recommending Alam Shanti as a little slice of paradise. We've now stayed there twice, most recently in the Gangga room and on a previous trip, Indus. Both rooms are spacious, wonderfully appointed and set amongst picturesque gardens.

Our most recent stay in late March 2013 was in the Gangga room which is the second level of a two storey dwelling and also has access to a private pool. We have two young children (4 yrs and 18 mths) but the rooms are so spacious that there is plenty of room to move around.

If you haven't stayed at Alam Shanti before you will find a series of buildings set amongst lush tropical gardens adjacent to a mild river that runs through the monkey forest. A short walk up the road towards town (apps 200m) will bring you to the rear entrance to the monkey forest. And if you're feeling adventurous you can walk around the forest by taking the motorbike trail, which will lead you over the river and back onto Monkey Forest road. It is close enough to the heart of Ubud to be walkable but far enough away to give you some peace and quiet.

One of the great things we love about Alam Shanti is that you can order meals in from the various restaurants or the aligned Laka Leke up the road and the staff will delver them to your room all plated up to enjoy on your own private deck. I can literally close my eyes and remember having the traditional duck meal from Bebek Bengil (dirty duck diner) being served on the balcony washed down with cold beers after our kids had gone to bed. If you have young kids I would strongly recommend you consider this option. One other great thing about Alam Shanti is the lack of TV's, so sit back, relax, listen to the sounds of the forest, enjoy a good book and embrace island life.

One final note. Ubud is changing. I was quite disappointed to see a large Starbucks in Ubud this time around and the marketplace is very different. That being said our time at Alam Shanti transports us back to our first Bali trips apps 10 yrs ago. Alam Shanti is a must do for couples or young families, but make sure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment as the secret is out ....

  • Stayed March 2013, 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 May 12, 2013

We stayed at Alam Shanti in the Shindu room for a week recently and loved the experience.
Alam Shanti is located in Nyuh Kuning Village just south of the Monkey Forest in Ubud.
I had booked about 7 months prior. On our last trip to Ubud about two years ago we had tried to book Alam Shanti but there was no availability. On that trip we stayed next door at Saren Indah and I went in and had a look around Alam Shanti with a view to booking for our next trip. That inspection led to this stay.
The hotel is really a group of large Balinese style "houses" spread around through beautiful, natural tropical gardens and rice paddies. Each "house" is divided into two "rooms", upstairs and downstairs. Shindu room is really a one bedroom apartment on the ground floor with "Dewi" upstairs. Each room has a totally separate entrance and is totally private.
The room is huge with a large under cover porch area overlooking a large lotus pond; it has a good sized table and chairs where you are served breakfast each morning, also a nice day bed.
You enter the bedroom through carved teak double doors (secured with a large padlock when go out). The bedroom is large with a massive king size bed with canopy and mosquito netting. There is a mini bar, writing desk and another day bed. The room is air-conditioned and has a ceiling fan. The whole apartment is beautifully decorated in an Balinese/Indonesian style using lots of carved wood antique style furniture, stone carving, marble and tiles and local artwork.
You then go through another set of carved teak double doors to a massive dressing room and indoor/outdoor bathroom complete with fish pond, fountains and statues! There is an outdoor cold water only outdoor shower, a toilet to one side looking onto the pond and fountain and a vanity wash basin area on the other side. Back "in" is a massive oversized marble tiled bath tub with a hand shower being held by a stone lady statue at waist height! There is also a dressing area with another day bed and teak "built in" wardrobes. Basic toiletries are provided along with towels, hand towels and face washers. The bathroom is not air conditioned and does have some mosquitoes in the evenings.
The grounds and gardens are delightful; very well tended and beautifully laid out. There is quite a lot of wildlife including various birds, squirrels, lizards (including the ubiquitous geckos) and frogs.
We also had a ginger and white tom cat appear after a day or two and graciously allowed us to stay in his villa! There were a few cats in the hotel area who seemed to be resident and in good condition. I think there purpose is to keep any rodents at bay, which is a good thing as my wife has a phobia about rats and mice!
The pool area is very pleasant, the pool is kept very clean. There were 7 sun lounges and 4 large umbrellas. Also two "bale" huts with seating cushions for shade. One of the huts had a basket of pool towels and another basket to place your used towels when leaving the pool area. We often had the pool to ourselves occasionally sharing with other guests. The pool is about 18 metres long and fine for doing laps or just a refreshing dip.
Adjacent to the pool is part of the Alam Wangi Spa. We had a couple of treatments here and the massages were amongst the best we have had in Bali and certainly one of the most pleasant and clean environments. The treatments are not cheap by Bali standards, $23US ++ for a 60 minute Balinese massage but good value by western standards. The Spa staff were very pleasant, friendly and respectful.
The hotel staff were all very friendly with that cheerful Balinese smile greeting you with "selamat pagi and apa kabar"! The reception and room staff spoke good english and were very obliging with any requests. There are lots of gardeners who are constantly sweeping and snipping to keep the gardens and grounds beautiful! Another aspect of Alam Shanti we loved was the traditional Balinese Hindu Temples dotted around the grounds and the lovely offering rituals the staff would make each morning. Our room had a mini temple and a staff member would bring a fresh offering tray, light incense, splash holy water and pray to the gods to keep the evil spirits out of our room.
A great benefit of Alam Shanti was the "on call" shuttle cars. They would take you into Ubud and pick you up when you wanted by appointment. The latest evening pick up is 10.00PM. You can walk through the Monkey Forest into Ubud which takes 15 to 20 minutes. It is very dark at night and you will need to take a torch (there is one in each room). Contrary to a previous review; there is a path on the edge of the Monkey Forest that you can walk through or ride a motorbike. There is no charge to use this path. If you want to go into the Monkey Forest and look at the Temples and feed the monkeys etc. you must pay an entrance fee.
Breakfasts are included in the room tariff and you give your selection to reception the evening before. There is fresh fruit juice, fresh fruit, muesli & yoghurt, choice of eggs, omelettes, jaffles and bakery, toast, rolls or croissants and tea or coffee. The breakfasts are served on your terrace in front of your room at your choice of time from 7.00AM. Complimentary afternoon tea or coffee with cake is available from 3.00PM. This can be served at your room, by the pool or at the tables by reception. We also asked for ice and glasses to be provided in the late afternoon so we could mix our own G&T's (duty free gin) to have "sundowners" on our terrace.
There is a nearby restaurant owned by the same group called Laka Leke which is highly recommended. We ate there twice and really enjoyed the meals, service and ambience. They also have Balinese dancing performances and host the Cafe Wayan Cooking Classes.
Wifi is provided free of charge, however it is very slow and drops out frequently. It is the type that you have to enter a username and password everytime you use it; so if your smart phone shuts down for power saving mode, you have to log in again to keep surfing.
The other slight negative is the quality of the room towels etc, they are a bit worn and threadbare. As other reviewers have said, for the rates charged the linen should be better.
However, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Alam Shanti is a beautiful, peaceful oasis in a sometimes busy and hassled Ubud. I would thoroughly recommend Alam Shanti and would certainly stay there again on future visits to Ubud.

Room Tip: Downstairs rooms have easier access and more space.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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:
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Hotel Class:3 star — Alam Shanti 3*
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